+1 Tweet Similar Stories June 14, 2018 Published by Ivona ← Jean d’Alembert Chair Paris-Saclay University – Paris IAS 2019-2020 Europa Cinemas Innovation Prize → Share 0 Taipei International Design Award 2018 LinkedIn 0 Pocket Reddit Deadline: 25 July 2018Open to: individually or a group (5 members) from around the worldAward: total amount around 127,31 USDDescriptionTaipei City Government organizes the Taipei International Design Award in the ethos of “Design for Adaptive City”, as an on-going gesture to the world, particularly to those with a passion for creativeness and design, a gesture in projecting the urban branding imagery of “Design Taipei; Dream Taipei. Here is an open call for outstanding international designs and an effort to shape Taipei into a convergence platform for creative designs, thereby to discover creative designs with business potential, and further still, to encourage practices of social design in an advocacy that design as a medium can bring humans a better, more pleasant and convenient life.Taipei City Government has been devoted to shaping Taipei into a city with design visions and has been encouraging designers to contemplate on the meaning of design, to see design as a problem-solving tool, that is, to solve problems inevitably faced by the general public, the society or the city, and to further present Taipei International Design Award in the ethos of “Design for Adaptive City”.Entries are grouped into three main categories: Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design and Public Space Design.Industrial DesignIndustrial design refers to design works that can be mass-produced, including general and digital application, transportation tools, equipment and instruments, daily utilities and household goods, IT and home appliances, etc.Visual Communication DesignVisual communication includes designs of digital graphics creations, identity, posters, packaging and printing (including digital printing) etc.Public Space DesignOpen space provided for public use, government buildings and certain private establishments.EligibilityEveryone around the world is welcomed to participate individually or as a group (each group is limited to five members) with one member as the main correspondent;Entries must be original creations of the contestants;AwardGolden Award – around USD 20,105Silver Award – around USD 6,700Bronze Award – around USD 5,025Inclusive Design Award – USD 6,701Social Design – around USD 4,020Applied Design Award – USD 4,020Judges’ Special Award – USD 402.02People’s Choice Award – USD 335.02How to Apply?1. Registration: all registration must be performed online.After completing on-line registration, you will receive an automatic email of ‘Account Confirmed Notification’. To ensure safe email delivery, please enter into the registration form your email address that is in active use which will receive competition-related information from the event execution body;After obtaining the account, entrants can sign on and upload files before the registration deadline. All files should come in the formats of jpg, png, bmp, under 3MB in size and 1190 x 840 pixels in resolution. Please make sure that all entries should not be marked with creators, authors or companies’ names or other symbols/codes that will impair the selection fairness; violation will lead to disqualification from the competition;After entrants uploading their entries in electronic files, along with design concept description and agreement of “Intellectual property Rights Disclaimer”, the registration procedure is thus completed. The system will send an automatic email of ‘Registration Confirmed Notification’ to the entrant’s email address;2. Preliminary Selection：In order to reduce waste caused by printing or mailing the entries, reception of entries and the preliminary selection will be conducted via electronic platform. Contestants do not need to submit physical sketch boards.3. Final Selection：Judging will be performed by reviewing the actual works.For more information please visit the official website.
SIGN UP American endurance riders planning to compete internationally this year may have some gaps in their schedules. Following the overnight severance of their national body from the US Equestrian Federation, competitors have been left wondering if there will be any FEI rides on home soil this season.At this time, both parties – the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) and USEF – are discussing emergency plans for scheduled rides, while USEF makes longer-term arrangements with ride organizers and finds a replacement for national body for endurance. It is a potential minefield, as FEI General Regulations require all national federations to ensure FEI rules are upheld at FEI rides. This, obviously, is not enforceable with non-affiliated organizations.During a 48-hour hiatus last week, AERC advised USEF it would be disaffiliating in December 2019. But USEF wrong-footed AERC, announcing that it was going to terminate their association anyway, and suspended AERC immediately.In the U.S., it is normal to run FEI rides in conjunction with AERC national rides, rather than stand-alone international fixtures. Seven FEI dates were scheduled for 2019.USEF is setting up a task force and has invited AERC members to apply to sit on the USEF sport committee, subject to completing Safe Sport Training and refraining “from participating in gossip, blaming, or other negative types of communication,” among other conditions.A USEF spokesman told Horse Canada it has no plans to fund American athletes to compete overseas – except at official FEI team championships – in the event of a reduced or non-existent FEI ride calendar in the U.S.Regarding contingency plans, AERC’s recently appointed new president Monica Chapman said: “AERC is happy to continue to co-sanction rides with FEI/USEF. The reason we put the 12/1/19 end date was to ensure the rides already scheduled for the 2019 ride season would not be cancelled.“USEF has reached out to AERC about developing an operating agreement for the rest of this year. It is in the infancy stages so there is nothing to report on what that agreement will include.“There are no other national endurance organizations in the United States. There are many small endurance organizations which are more like regional clubs that funnel into AERC. The Arabian Horse Association sanctions endurance rides, but they all co-sanction with AERC.“In looking at the numbers of USEF/FEI riders or AHA riders in co-sanctioned endurance events with AERC, I feel it would be cost-prohibitive for either of those organizations to have stand-alone events.”AERC was founded in 1972 and pioneered the “classic” sport over natural trails with the maxim “to finish is to win,” but the global dominance of U.S. riders dwindled with the desert racing evolution in the Middle East.AERC and USEF have had grievances for several years.Many AERC members have expressed reluctance on social media to provide for a handful of international members – just 55 of nearly 5,000 AERC riders started in FEI rides last year.USEF wants AERC to apply measures which AERC says are incompatible with its bylaws and not allowable under the Ted Stevens Act. This is a piece of legislation sponsored in 1998 by Alaska senator Ted Stevens, granting monopoly status to the US Olympic Committee and specifying requirements for national governing bodies.Primarily, though, AERC is frustrated by USEF’s refusal in recent years to join AERC in denouncing the many endurance scandals in the Middle East.USEF had meanwhile imposed a final January 12th deadline to pay an overdue affiliation fee and for AERC apply USEF’s required conditions.The AERC board was expected to decide its long-mooted disaffiliation motion on December 10th. But a heated teleconference resulted in a no-confidence vote in president Paul Latiolais, who wanted to wait for legal advice. He was replaced by Chapman, and the disaffiliation vote was deferred to last week.Last September, AERC requested two specifics from USEF – to withdraw funding for FEI endurance events outside the U.S., and to present AERC’s concerns about desert racing to the FEI. AERC hoped “FEI would recognize the seriousness of the situation without greatly impacting our AERC members who aspire to participate in the international level of endurance riding within the U.S. The second request was that USEF would take our concerns, [online] petition, and suggestion of a separation from extreme flat track endurance.”USEF replied that it wanted to wait for the FEI Equine Community Integrity Unit report into the cancelled world championship ride at Tryon. In a further letter dated January 15th, USEF said it now wished to wait further for the recommendations of the new FEI endurance committee, which only met in-person for the first time last month.In a public statement last week, USEF elaborated: “While USEF shares AERC’s concerns regarding horse welfare, the Federation considers this delayed disaffiliation to be contrary to the best interest of the future of endurance sport on a national and international level.“During AERC’s proposed period between now and December 1, 2019, USEF cannot be certain that AERC will comply with USEF’s affiliate requirements, including compliance with bylaws, rules, decisions of the Hearing Committee, and not impeding athletes’ ability to participate in international competitions, as protected under the Ted Stevens Act.“USEF will continue its commitment to national and international endurance sport and will appoint a special task force to oversee the development of the necessary mechanisms to fulfil the needs of endurance.“Additionally, USEF is encouraged by the creation of the FEI Temporary Endurance Committee and looks forward to their report and recommendations for the future of endurance.“USEF acknowledges that there may be some challenges as a transitional plan is put in place and will work to ensure minimal impact.”USEF told Horse Canada it would willingly reinstate AERC, conditional on an “Affiliate Agreement that outlines a way forward for endurance sport in the U.S.” Tags: endurance, USEF, American Endurance Ride Conference, AERC, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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Official White House Photo by Shealah CraigheadBy ELIZABETH THOMAS, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday tweeted that federal law enforcement and National Guard troops were on their way to Kenosha, Wisconsin, the site of violent protests, to “restore LAW and ORDER!”He still has not commented directly on the shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, that triggered the protests.Three people were shot and two killed in Kenosha overnight.“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)…” he tweeted.Trump has made “law and order” a central theme of the current Republican National Convention and his reelection campaign overall.First lady Melania Trump called for an end to violent protests in her Rose Garden speech last night as part of the RNC.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now From left: Harvey Epstein, Gale Brewer and Eric Adams (Credit: NY Assembly, Tequila Minsky, Wikipedia)Two Manhattan politicians are calling for measures to give renters and landlords a respite.Assembly member Harvey Epstein proposed a bill Tuesday that would cancel this year’s Rent Guidelines Board rent increases and freeze rents on rent-regulated apartments until next June.Separately, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and her Brooklyn counterpart Eric Adams, along with two City Council members, called on landlords to let tenants use their security deposits to pay rent.“Right now we’re in a pandemic — a global crisis,” said Epstein. “The idea that we should have Rent Guidelines Board meetings makes zero sense. The impact of raising rents makes zero sense.” The board determines base-rent increases for the city’s more than 900,000 rent-stabilized apartments.The legislation would keep rents at their current level until next summer.In New York City, the board holds public meetings ahead of a June vote to set the allowable increases for the city’s nearly one million rent-regulated apartments. The yearly event usually sets the stage for raucous protests from tenants opposing any increase, while landlords fire off press releases claiming their expenses have been outstripping rent hikes for years.Many in the real estate industry had hoped that after the tenant-friendly rent reforms last year, the annual increases allowed this year would be more generous than what the board approved: 1.5 percent for one-year leases and 2.5 percent for two-year leases.Epstein’s bill would wipe out those increases.Brewer, Adams and the other elected officials called on landlords to offer their own remedy for cash-strapped tenants. Landlords, they say, should let tenants use their security deposit funds to pay rent if they are experiencing financial hardship during the crisis.The politicians asked landlords to give tenants the option to pay back the deposit at the end of the month or purchase a low-cost insurance program to protect landlords when tenants damage their apartments or move out with rent still due. The measure’s backers said it would unlock about $8 billion in untapped savings, and $45 billion if it were scaled nationally.“Even as the city looks to the federal and state governments for direct support, we need to tap into every available resource to sustain our renters,” said Brewer in a statement. “Releasing $8 billion of security deposits has become a necessity under current circumstances. I join my colleagues in government to call for rent relief for tenants while ensuring building services can continue.”But neither of the measures would solve the conundrum that New York’s rental housing market is facing: Sweeping layoffs will render many tenants unable to pay rent, and in turn, their landlords may be unable to pay their lenders.Joseph Strasburg, president of the landlord group Rent Stabilization Association, compared the deposit-access measure to “putting a Band-Aid on a severed artery” and added that “when the smoke clears, there needs to be a mechanism to replace used-up security deposits for both tenant and landlord protection.”Strasburg said dipping into deposits to cover rent might be tempting for landlords “facing unprecedented cash-flow problems” but he urged them to resist doing so.Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted swiftly to provide relief to homeowners, but many renters are now unable to earn money with the hospitality industry cratering and non-essential workplaces closed by the governor’s order. Landlords are now frantically searching for options to fend off financial ruin, while banks push for a direct subsidy to renters so the institutions’ assets do not become distressed, according to sources.Cuomo said he “took care of the rent issue” — a reference to a stay on evictions — but has put no policy in place to financially assist landlords or renters.Read more of our coverage on housing policy amid the global health crisisCuomo says NY “took care” of rent issue, but has no policy in placeCuomo’s exec order tells banks to give homeowners a breakLandlords brace for impact of pandemicWest Coast pol calls for NY rent strike. Tenant groups say not so fastHere’s what the Fed’s actions mean for the housing marketNew York halts evictions statewideNYC’s biggest landlords pledge to halt evictions for 3 months
Councilwoman Carlina Rivera (Credit: Rivera via Wikimedia Commons, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)A City Council bill could shield restaurants, retailers and other business owners from certain legal action if they violate their leases — but it might not be constitutional.The measure, introduced by Manhattan Democrat Carlina Rivera, seeks to bar enforcement of personal liability provisions in commercial leases or rental agreements through at least September 2020 in cases where a tenant affected by Covid-19 defaults.Under the bill, attempting to enforce such provisions would be considered harassment. A state ban on residential and commercial evictions is set to expire in June.Rivera tweeted Wednesday that her bill would spare business owners from “personal financial ruin” if they walk away from leases.My bill to temporarily suspend personal liability clauses in commercial leases is being heard now in @NYCCouncil’s Small Biz Committee.This bill is critical bc it ensures biz owners do not face personal financial ruin/bankruptcy due to COVID-19. Tune in!https://t.co/B9LqpuWHgy— Carlina Rivera 利華娜 (@CarlinaRivera) April 29, 2020So-called “good guy guarantees” — which allow tenants to exit leases early if they give the landlord ample notice and agree to be personally liable for unpaid rent — are fairly common in the city. During a committee hearing Wednesday, City Council member Kalman Yeger said the city can’t interfere with such agreements between landlords and tenants.“The city cannot retroactively amend a contract,” the Brooklyn member said.The Real Estate Board of New York likewise testified that the bill calls for a “seemingly impermissible unilateral amendment of existing valid contracts.”On Tuesday, the industry group, along with city Sheriff Joseph Fucito, testified that another Covid-19 relief bill — which would prohibit city sheriffs and marshals from recovering property or executing money judgments against tenants — was not legally tenable.But as revenue plunges for restaurants and retailers during the coronavirus shutdown, personal liability provisions leave business owners vulnerable to civil action.David Helbraun, founder of Helbraun Levey, a law firm that represents restaurants and bars, said the City Council measure would give tenants leverage in negotiations with landlords about rent payments. He said tenants could walk away from leases more easily, knowing that they won’t face crippling legal repercussions.“You take away that weapon from the landlord, and we’re sitting at an even negotiation table,” he said in an interview Wednesday. The legislation would save some businesses from having to file for bankruptcy, he added.“It lets a lot of tenants off the hook and allows them to go on with their lives without being hit too hard,” he said, adding that landlords will be able to keep tenants’ security deposits.Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, which supports the bill, said at Wednesday’s hearing that businesses could not have anticipated the pandemic when they signed their leases.But he acknowledged that commercial tenants do have some leverage in negotiations because landlords would likely have difficulty filling vacant commercial space if the business departs.“There’s not going to be another restaurant ready to reopen,” he said.Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
The hit iconic 1960s film starring Cliff Richard is now the feel-good musical of the year, bringing music, laughter, romance and lots of fun to the stageCasting has been announced for the upcoming UK tour of Summer Holiday.Ray Quinn is to join the cast of the new musical in the lead role of Don, which was made famous by Cliff Richard in the original film. Ray was a runner up in The X Factor in 2006 and has since starred as Danny Zuko in Grease and taken roles in Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde and The Wedding Singer.Summer Holiday follows Don and his friends and co-workers as they journey on a double-decker bus through Paris, the Alps, Italy and Greece.The musical will run at Liverpool Empire from 8-12 May and then tours the UK until 3 November.Venues on the tour include Liverpool Empire, Milton Keynes Theatre, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Theatre Royal Brighton, Edinburgh Playhouse and Kings Theatre Glasgow. Further dates for 2018 and 2019 will be announced in due course.The original 1960s film of the same name has been adapted into a musical by Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan and is being directed and choreographed by Racky Plews.This hit-filled musical includes classics such as ‘In the Country’, ‘Summer Holiday’, ‘Bachelor Boy’, ‘Move It’, ‘Living Doll’, ‘The Young Ones’ and ‘On the Beach’.Full tour dates and venues can be found at summerholidaythemusical.co.uk
NatEx WM has had 1m contactless payments since its introduction in April.On 17 September, an unknown customer made the millionth contactless transaction.Tom Stables, MD of NatEx WM, says: “We trialled this system in Coventry in February. In the first two days, a fifth of adult cash passengers switched to contactless.”“People like it because they don’t even have to work out what ticket they need. They just tap a bank card on the reader and it works out the fare for them. The first tap pays for one trip. Then, however many more trips you make that day, you will never be charged more than an adult day ticket. It really is that easy – and it’s always the same price as the adult cash fares.”
“At the end of my voluntary service some Dutch companies started to ask for my services,” she recalls. “I did some copywriting and marketing, and I worked on websites. I was also asked to do training on professional networking at the Netherlands-Romanian Chamber of Commerce. This opened my eyes and I started to see the opportunities. There was a need for these services in Romania and I thought: I’ll start a business and see what is possible.” She drew up a business plan and registered her company in the Netherlands. “Two weeks later I applied for Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, and during the application process I acquired my first client.” The benefits Heijker was drawn to the Erasmus scheme because it offered a chance to exchange knowledge with an experienced entrepreneur. She hoped this would develop her own entrepreneurial skills, boost the start of her company, and also provide insights into doing business in Romania. She chose as her host Richard Reese of Imparta South East Europe, in Bucharest, the regional presence of a sales and marketing training company that has its headquarters in London. “Richard was the best choice for me because he had established multiple successful businesses in the past and he knows a lot about training.” She also saw what she could offer Imparta. “He needed an expert in online presence for his sales-development company. By helping him with this, I could add value for his company.” She is spending six months working with Reese, from mid-May to July and now from September to mid-December. Three hours are set aside each week to discuss issues relative to Heijker’s business. “I can ask Richard anything. He has helped me with contracts, with a client who looked as if they might not pay, for example, and also strategy and preparing for big events.” During the first three months, she completed many of her initial goals, including launching a professional website, building up a list of clients and gathering testimonials. Meanwhile, the subsistence support provided by the Erasmus scheme has eased some of the financial pressure. “I can focus on developing my business without worrying about how I will pay the rent.” Although Heijker has chosen Romania to launch her business, the scope is international. “I can work for clients everywhere in the world and move easily,” she says. “I’m passionate about having my own company. I can develop my business how I like it and I get the chance to help a lot of people. I have the freedom to work where and for whom I want and to develop my own services.” Starting a business that helps other aspiring entrepreneurs seems a bold step, particularly for someone just out of university, but communications specialist Anna Heijker saw a gap in the market and moved to fill it. “I help start-ups to pitch their business idea to investors,” she says. “I also help people and businesses to develop a one-minute pitch to present themselves in an optimal way. The results are that people feel more confident when they present themselves, network more effectively, acquire new clients more easily and generate other opportunities.” Heijker studied Dutch language and culture at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, picking up additional marketing and communications skills by working and volunteering at home and abroad. After graduating in 2011, she travelled in Australia and Vietnam for a year, then volunteered for six months as a marketing and communications officer at the Chance for Life Foundation, a children’s charity in Bucharest.
For their New Year’s Eve performance at the Fillmore Auditorium, rockers Umphrey’s McGee welcomed back the Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret horn section for a monumental celebration. Umphrey’s has collaborated with the horn players in years past, and the reunion was certainly welcomed by the fans.Check out this horn-fueled performance of “Wife Soup” below, thanks to YouTube user Kyle Miller:You can also watch “Bridgeless > Puppet Strings” from this show as well:Check the full setlist below:Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO – 12/31/15Set I: Bathing Digits > Wappy Sprayberry > Puppet String, Mad Love, Bridgeless > Puppet String, Women, Wine & Song*, Speak Up*&Set II: Bad Friday, Wife Soup*, Red Tape*, Make It Right, Ringo > Blackbird (Beatles) jam > Educated Guess, Example 1*, Tempted*%Set III: Bright Lights, Big City* > Auld Lang Syne*, JaJunk > Bittersweet Haji > JaJunk, Push the Pig* > Space Funk Booty, Ignition*$, 40’s ThemeEncore: Much Obliged > Bridgeless, Christmas In Hollis*#* = W/ Mad Dog’s Filthy Little Secret& = debut% = debut cover by Squeeze$ = debut cover by R Kelly# = debut cover by Run DMC
America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, has given music fans many reasons to laugh, cry, cheer, or even kneel over the years, but no one turned the performance of the patriotic tune into one hell of a sexy time quite like Marvin Gaye did during the 1983 NBA All-Star Game at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.On February 13th, 1983, the NBA’s best gathered at the Los Angeles arena for the 33rd All-Star Game between Eastern and Western Conferences. Unbeknownst to those in attendance that night, all would eventually leave the game as winners after experiencing Gaye’s sensualized rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Accompanied by only a drum-machine (high-tech equipment in 1983) Gaye turned all of The Forum into a baby-making palace of soul with his pre-game performance that still has yet to be topped.Related: Marvin Gaye To Be Featured On Postal Stamp For 80th BirthdayIn front of a packed house of world-class athletes, celebrities, and fans, Gaye walked up to the mic at center court in a stylish suit and sunglasses combination and delivered maybe the best version of the old song in American sports history that even George Washington wooden teeth and all could have gotten down with.Revisit Marvin Gaye’s exceptional performance of America’s national anthem below.Marvin Gaye – “The Star-Spangled Banner” – 2/13/83[Video: Bob T]