De Lakfabriek / Wenink Holtkamp Architecten

first_img Products translation missing: Products used in this ProjectWindowsReynaers AluminiumWindow Systems – SlimLine 38Developer Industrial Heritage:BoeiContractor / Developer:Nico De Bont TBIBuilding Advice:K+Country:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tim van de VeldeText description provided by the architects. De Lakfabriek is part of the former leather factory complex KVL, which for years was one of the largest leather producers in Europe. De Lakfabriek initially served to paint the leather sheets, subsequently it functionated as a technical service. In 2001 the company ceased operations and closed their doors.Save this picture!Site PlanSince then, the factory complex have been largely restored, redesigned and has been unfolding itself into a lively and attractive area. De Lakfabriek is the first repurposed building on the site with a residential destination; the building has been transformed by Wenink Holtkamp Architects on behalf of BOEi and Nico de Bont TBI.Save this picture!© Tim van de VeldeIndustrial characterThe building, designed in 1925 by architect A. Benoit, is characterized by an unambiguous brick architecture. The rigid division of the façade openings and the vertical brickwork elements results in a rhythmic facade.Save this picture!BeforeSave this picture!© Tim van de VeldePreserving the industrial character of the former factory building was one of the core values of the transformation. This is exemplified by the raw concrete structure which has been left visible as much as possible in the interior of the housing units.The industrial look is maintained in the façade by the use of new slender aluminum window frames with a classic profile that refer to the original steel window frames, which unfortunately could not be preserved.Save this picture!© Tim van de VeldeHousingBy adding a glass extension to the roof an extra building layer is created. The modern and minimalistic structure clearly distinguishes itself from the existing architecture through language and materialization, but suits itself in a natural way into the whole. On the top floor, roof terraces are created by placing the extension backwards in relation to the existing façade.Save this picture!© Tim van de VeldeThe 25 living units are realized in three different types: studios, apartments and ground-based homes. The layout of each house is designed in consultation with the future residents, accompanied by Wenink Holtkamp Architecten. This concept resulted in a colorful range of housing types, “The house as a custom-made suit for the residents.”Save this picture!© Tim van de VeldeSave this picture!Before / Ground floor planSave this picture!© Tim van de VeldeSave this picture!After / First floor planSave this picture!© Tim van de VeldeProject gallerySee allShow lessSasaki Designs a Panda Reserve in Chengdu, China to Aid Wildlife PreservationArchitecture NewsThe Unlikely Life, Death and Rebirth of the Hastings PierArticlesProject locationAddress:Oisterwijk, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Van Thiel Optimaal 2018 De Lakfabriek / Wenink Holtkamp Architecten ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Tim van de Velde+ 30Curated by María Francisca González Share “COPY” Mechanical Installation: CopyApartments, Adaptive Reuse•The Netherlands Architects: Wenink Holtkamp Architecten Area Area of this architecture project Constructor: ArchDaily Year:  Copalcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Photographs:  Tim van de Velde Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Vianen Bouwadvies Electrical Installation: De Lakfabriek / Wenink Holtkamp ArchitectenSave this projectSaveDe Lakfabriek / Wenink Holtkamp Architecten Area:  1200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project The Netherlands Manufacturers: Reynaers Aluminium, Alhako, Betopor, Breman, Waxed Wood Projects Apartments “COPY” CopyAbout this officeWenink Holtkamp ArchitectenOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseThe NetherlandsPublished on October 29, 2018Cite: “De Lakfabriek / Wenink Holtkamp Architecten” 29 Oct 2018. 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New CASE Europe Director appointed

Joanna Motion has been appointed Executive Director of CASE Europe, and will take up the post at the end of August 2000.Joanna moves from her position as Director of Communications and Development at the University of Kent at Canterbury, where in 1998 she led the merger of the development and public relations offices to form a new, integrated function. New CASE Europe Director appointed AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Howard Lake | 18 April 2000 | News read more

Poisoned water plagues Pennsylvania prisons

first_img“You’d have to be crazy to bathe in that water,” a SCI Mahanoy prison guard told Mumia Abu-Jamal after seeing the black, foul-smelling water filling his sink. Yet the toxic water plaguing Mahanoy and other Pennsylvania prisons  has left prisoners no option other than to use the water or not bathe at all.For prisoners, including Abu-Jamal, who has untreated hepatitis C, the toxic water exacerbates existing health conditions. He suffers from excessive itching linked to hep C.Department of Corrections officials have done little to remedy the water crisis, claiming they are “fixing it” and periodically rationing bottled water. Mahanoy prisoners receive three cups of water daily with meals.From SCI Frackville prison, Major Tillery, a prisoners’ advocate, wrote Oct. 12: “We haven’t had clean water here for over four months. The water is brown and smells. The guards drink bottled water. We complained and first were told nothing was wrong. Then for three days, a month or so ago, prisoners were given a gallon of bottled water a day. Since then, it’s back to drinking and showering in dirty water.”Is coal the culprit?While Mahanoy and Frackville prisoners recently sounded the alarm, other Pennsylvania prisons’ water and air contamination problems go back years.  At SCI Fayette in La Belle, Pa., prisoners and guards reported serious health concerns in 2010, including shortness of breath, dizziness, and body sores and tumors.Prisoners, guards and La Belle residents have experienced alarmingly high rates of kidney, thyroid and breast cancers, reported Vice magazine in May 2015. Fayette prison was constructed atop a coal mining site; its coal ash dump produced fine-particle residue that drifted into the town and prison. Coal ash contains toxic and carcinogenic chemicals; 3.4 million tons of it is still deposited annually near the site. Two coal slurry ponds, suspected of contaminating drinking water, increased the cancer risk to 1 in 50 residents.The Abolitionist Law Center, a public-interest law firm, citing the Eighth Amendment ban against “cruel and unusual punishment,” began investigating 75 Fayette prisoners’ complaints. The state DOC’s 2015 investigation said the water met “drinking standards,” and Pennsylvania’s Department of Health claimed the environment doesn’t contribute to the cancer risk.Coal mining threatens Schuylkill’s waterThe Schuylkill County Municipal Authority (SCMA) provides water and sewer services for most of the county and appears to be the provider for Frackville and Mahanoy, though the DOC won’t confirm this.The area contains abandoned underground mines, plus active Reading Anthracite Company mines. Mountain-top removal strip mining was  practiced there. Reading’s largest abandoned strip mine, located at the West Branch Schuylkill River’s headwaters, could be contaminating water reservoirs used by nearby Frackville and Mahanoy prisons.Explosives that blow up mountainsides often leave chemical tracers. Coal preparation and coal washing employ a “chemical bath” to separate coal from other minerals, leaving behind toxic, chemical-laced wastewater. It is often stored in dams and slurry ponds, which can break, flooding and polluting groundwater aquifers. Black, oily coal wastewater is also stored in underground wells that leak and contaminate groundwater.Abandoned mines are sources of acid mine drainage (AMD) that occurs when pyritic material reacts with water and oxygen. AMDs acidify water, helping heavy metals dissolve, which are then discharged into rivers. High levels of AMDs exist in Schuylkill River tributaries.It’s difficult to prove coal production caused water contamination at Mahanoy and Frackville. SCMA, managed by Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of for-profit American Water, has not reported water contamination. American Water caused several water-related health catastrophes in West Virginia and hasn’t responded to public concerns.Prisoners at West Virginia’s South Central Charleston Regional Jail were not notified when a tank holding a coal preparation chemical spilled into the Elk River, contaminating water for 300,000 people in 2014. Uninformed, they bathed and drank the toxic water. Prisoners who protested were beaten and thrown into solitary confinement.Naval Air Station polluted waterWater tested positive for the carcinogenic toxin chronium-6 at Montgomery County’s SCI Graterford prison. This was linked to leakage of fire retardants used at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base into sources of county drinking water.With rural Pennsylvania factories closed, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers unemployed, the state’s solution was to build prisons there. They were often built on or near coal production sites or in areas fracked for natural gas, creating health problems for residents and prisoners alike.The state Department of Environmental Protection, Health Department and DOC won’t acknowledge or clean up the water and air crises created by energy extraction operations. Only when activist groups like the Abolitionist Law Center, Pennsylvania’s Human Rights Coalition and the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal coalition challenge prison authorities can any real change happen.ICFFMAJ recently demonstrated about the water crisis outside state prisons, and has called for a Dec. 9 mass mobilization in Philadelphia on this issue and more. For information, contact [email protected]reShare thislast_img read more

Editor of daily El Periódico abducted and drugged and a journalist assaulted within 24 hours

first_img Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! Receive email alerts News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Help by sharing this information May 8, 2020 Find out more News August 21, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Guatemala August 25, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of daily El Periódico abducted and drugged and a journalist assaulted within 24 hours News GuatemalaAmericas GuatemalaAmericas January 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía Reporters Without Borders today voiced its support and called for stepped up protection for the staff of the daily El Periódico, after its editor was abducted and injected with barbiturates and an investigative journalist was beaten up and threatened within a 24-hour period.Editor, José Rubén Zamora, was snatched on 20 August before being released barely conscious eight hours later while journalist, Oscar Ismatul, was ambushed the following day and threatened by four men who told him to “shut up”.“Despite the appearance of ordinary crime, since both victims were robbed, these attacks seem above all aimed at silencing staff on El Periódico”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The warning was completely unmistakeable in the case of Oscar Ismatul, who has been writing articles for the paper about official corruption. Staff on El Periódico should get protection and we hope that a prompt investigation will uncover who was responsible”, it added.Ismatul was chased by four men in a white car after he left the office in the afternoon of 21 August. Realising he was being followed, he got into a bus but as he got off again the driver of the white car blocked his path, while the three others lying in wait on the street corner managed to trap him. They beat him up threatening him with guns and ordered him to “shut up” or face serious danger. His assailants also snatched his notes and papers, before forcing him to walk away in the opposition direction. Editor, José Rubén Zamora, who was abducted 24 hours earlier, had his mobile phone and credit cards stolen. It was discovered that that he had been injected with barbiturates as a result of a blood test taken after the incident. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders called for protection for the offices of the daily El Periódico and its most exposed staff, after its editor José Rubén Zamora was abducted and released seriously ill and one of his journalists, Oscar Ismatul, was beaten up 24 hours later.last_img read more

Troy resident featured in national magazine spotlight

first_img “I didn’t really think much more about it but about three months later, I got the call,” Thomas said and added laughing. “I sent a photo of me on my Harley Davidson and I think that’s the reason I was called.”On Dec. 15, Thomas was taken on a whirlwind photo and makeover excursion in San Francisco.“I flew out on Thursday and back on Saturday,” Thomas said. “It was a fast trip but it was a lot of fun. They had a limo waiting for me at the airport and took me to dinner at a restaurant near the Golden Gate Bridge. The limo was at my disposal so I felt like Cinderella for the entire weekend. I stayed at the beautiful Mark Hopkins Hotel with all expenses paid but I was so busy with the makeover and the photo shoot that I didn’t have time for sightseeing but I did have time to go to Chinatown.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… A warehouse of fashionable clothing was there for the pickings.“There were different backgrounds for the photo shoot and I got to wear different clothes to go with the backgrounds,” Thomas said. “All during the photo shoot, someone was there to touch up my hair and fix my makeup and to make sure I had the right jewelry for the outfit I was wearing. And they kept up supplied with all kinds of fruits and other good things to eat.”Thomas said the five-hour photo shoot was both exciting and exhausting.“That’s hard work,” she said, laughing. Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Troy resident featured in national magazine spotlight The end result of the photo shoot and interview is the “Customer Spotlight” feature in the April edition of DHC.It’s titled “Mavis: A Real DHC Customer.”“I was given a list of interview questions including what I do for a living and hobbies and some things that no one would know about me,” Thomas said.Thomas is featured on a two-page spread that tells a lot about the Troy resident of 25 years.She graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree at age 48.She enjoys researching the benefits of herbs and the food/mood connection and decorating the feng shui way.Thomas spends her weekends visiting family, cooking with friends and watching Tyler Perry movies. Her idea of happiness is taking time to smell the roses and her favorite place is the island of Saint Bart.Thomas, who has a private practice in child and family therapy with Warren Behavioral Care, Inc. in Troy, said the whole experience was “unreal.”“When I see myself in the magazine, I keep thinking, ‘This is not me,’ but it has made my family really proud and I had a great time,” she said.“So, it was worth the effort. And, yes, I really do use DHC skincare products. And to be chosen for a Spotlight at age 50 is a real honor.” Email the author Skip Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 8:58 pm Tuesday, April 14, 2009 You Might Like Treadwell honored for service A woman who has given her all to preserving the history of Brundidge and giving the residents of this area… read more Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Mavis Thomas had been using DHC skincare products for about a year and enjoyed the “DHC For Beauty and Health” magazine. But it was her 28-year-old son who suggested that she tell her skincare story for the magazine’s Customer Spotlight.All that was required to be considered for the recognition and a DHC makeover and professional photo shoot in San Francisco was one’s name, age, phone number and address, a recent photo and favorite DHC products and why.Thomas followed her son’s suggestion and sent the necessary information to DHC. Latest Storieslast_img read more

Newly released data shows a spike in deaths in Puerto Rico around Hurricane Maria

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  The number of deaths in Puerto Rico spiked dramatically toward the end of 2017, according to data released Friday by the island’s Demographic Registry, bolstering claims of an undercount of fatalities related to Hurricane Maria.The figures show that there was an increase of 1,397 deaths on the island during the September through December 2017 compared to the same period the year before.Hurricane Maria made landfall as a category 4 storm on Sept. 20, 2017.During the first full month after Maria made land fall, the island say an increase of 683 deaths compared to Oct. 2016.The report does not indicate which of the September 2017 deaths occurred before Maria struck nor did the agency provide location, cause or ages of the dead.The document released Friday also indicates there were an additional 209 deaths on the island during the next three months, January through March of 2018, compared with the first three months of 2017.In a statement, Wanda Llovet Diaz, the director of the Demographic Registry said “The public information on fatalities was consistently provided in accordance with the public policy of transparency.”Earlier this week, researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health estimated that between Sept. 20 and Dec. 31, there were 4,645 “excess deaths,” according to the report in the New England Journal of Medicine. The government’s official death toll currently stands at 64.The report relied on household surveys to generate the estimate, which researchers said had a margin of error of plus or minus 3,852, meaning the actual number of deaths could be as low as 793 or as high as 8,498. However, they say about 5,000 is a likely figure.The number of lives claimed following Maria remains something of a mystery on the island. A team from George Washington University is currently leading an independent effort, commissioned by the island’s government, to count the dead. Dr. Lynn Goldman, dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, told ABC News the task of counting the deaths is an exhausting one that involves interviewing people involved in the care of those who passed away.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Luton mobilises over job losses

first_imgLuton mobilises over job lossesOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Atleast 3,000 workers at Vauxhall’s Luton plant went on strike last Thursday asGM Europe and the European Works Council Manufacturing committee met in Zurichto discuss plans for the Luton closure. Under discussion was whether GM Europebreached European rules on employee consultation.Speakingto Personnel Today, Bruce Warman, personnel director for Vauxhall, said,”The outcome of the discussions were that there are no plans to move awayfrom our restructuring proposals. We are looking at developing a framework ofunderstanding on how to deal with issues like this.”Headded, “The unions are still looking at whether GM Europe has breachedrules on employee consultation but as I understand it, no legal action is beingtaken.”Thestrike by the Vauxhall workers was part of a European-wide protest by nearly40,000 workers at GM Europe at the American car giant’s plan to cut thousandsof jobs. “Therehas been no consultation between employees and management over these plans tocease car production in Luton,” said a spokesperson for the T&G union.Theunion is urging the British Government to sign up to the EU directive onconsultation and information so employees can be kept informed of managementplans.last_img read more

Bipolar molluscs and their evolutionary implications

first_imgThe phenomenon of bipolarity, one of the major disjunct distribution patterns on the face of the earth, has been investigated repeatedly since the mid-nineteenth century. Running through the many hypotheses that have been put forward to account for its occurrence, it is possible to detect two persistent themes: it is usually interpreted within a dispersal framework, and it is generally believed to be of comparatively recent origin. To many authors, the phenomenon is intimately linked to the Plio-Pleistocene glaciations. Recent palaentological investigations have extablished that bipolarity can now be traced back to at least the Early Jurassic period (i.e. 200 m.y.a.). Here it is well marked in the Pliensbachian stage by a variety of pectinacean bivalve taxa. Further bivalves indicate probable Middle Jurassic examples, but the phenomenon is more clearly seen in the Late Jurassic, especially in the Tithonian stage. At this time, in-oceramid, buchiid and oxytomid bivalve occurrences at northern hemisphere localities such as arctic Canada, N.W. Europe, Siberia, N.E. USSR and Japan can be matched with those in southern South America, Antarctica and Australasia. A striking Early Cretaceous (Aptian-Albian) bipolar pattern for the oxytomid Aucellina may be complemented by several infaunal bivalves, brachiopods and at least one gastropod. There is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest that bipolar molluscs continued to develop through the Cenozoic era. Such is the level of generic and subfamilial differentiation within certain living forms as to suggest that they must be the product of a considerable evolutionary history. It is likely that present-day distribution patterns of prosobranch gastropod groups such as th whelks (Buccinidae), together with certain fissurellids, littorinids, naticids and turrids, can be related to a late Paleogene-early Neogene phase of bipolarity. Many amphitropical taxa, in both the marine and terrestrial realms, have probable late Neogene-Pleistocene origins. It is possible to set the Jurassic and Cretaceous examples of bipolarity within a largely vicariant framework based upon the disintegration of the Pangean supercontinent. In this way the widespread ranges of putative Triassic ancestors were disrupted by tectonic processes in low latitude regions, although it should be emphasized that major climatic and oceanographic changes were almost certainly involved too. Similarly, it is possible to view late Paleogene earl Neogene bipolarity as a vicariant event, but this time with climatic change identified as the single most important agent. Widespread or cosmopolitan distributions are held to have formed during global cool phases (such as the late Eocene-early Miocene) only to be disrupted by global warming (such as in the late early Miocene). It is even possible to view Plio-Pleistocene patterns as, at leat in part, the products of vicariant events caused by rapid temperature and sea level shifts. Clearly, there is an urgent need here for more critical taxonomic data to test these various hypotheses. Phylogenetic studies of groups such as the Mesozoic bivalve superfamily Monotoidea and the Cenozoic Buccinidae, in particular, should constitute future rigorous tests. In so doing, they should also provide much useful information on the relative roles of dispersal and vicariance in promoting global disjunction in marine faunas. Repeated formation of bipolar patterns through geological time may have had important implications for modes of speciation and phenomena such as the origin of taxonomic diversity gradients.last_img read more

Pinelands Preservation Alliance Webinar to Focus on Dune Protection

first_imgBy DONALD WITTKOWSKIWhen Hurricane Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coast in 2012, some areas were devastated, while others were relatively unscathed or even untouched.Parts of the shore that fared the best often were those protected by the older, more robust sand dunes fortified by grass or other vegetation.“Mature dunes serve as the first line of defense during storm events,” explained the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, a private, nonprofit environmental organization.The Pinelands Preservation Alliance and Raritan Valley Community College have teamed up for a program, now in its fifth year, to help shore towns protect and nurture their dunes along the 127-mile-long New Jersey coast stretching from Monmouth County to Cape May County.A free webinar will outline how the dune program works under the management of the alliance and the college. It will be held Monday, April 20, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Thursday, April 30, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at dune management program is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and is free to the towns that participate. Towns or privately owned beaches in Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties are eligible.“It’s not a cost to the town. It’s not a burden to the town. It’s not a formal commitment,” said Ryan Rebozo, director of conservation science for the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.In simple terms, Rebozo said the management program underscores the relationship between the beach and the dunes and how crucial each one is to the other.“The big thing is linking the beach and the dunes,” he noted.More than 70 percent of the coastline is disturbed by beach raking and other practices that prevent dune development, according to the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Towns use sifting or raking machinery to remove seashells, trash and other debris from the sand, giving the beaches a pristine appearance for the summer tourists.The dune management program establishes an area at the foot of the dunes, called “plant protection zones,” where no beach raking is allowed. Vehicles are also prohibited from driving in the same area. A strip of plants is created to help the dunes build up through their natural cycle.“This allows for the natural development of dunes and the enhancement of habitat for several threatened and endangered plants and animals that depend upon these areas for survival while not having a measurable impact to recreational uses of the beach,” the Pinelands Preservation Alliance says about the management program.The protected areas at the base of the dunes represent about 10 percent of the beach, Rebozo said. Although the size of the beaches varies from community to community, the protected areas normally average about 10 to 12 feet wide.As part of the program, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and Raritan Valley Community College will:Install temporary fencing and signage in late April/early MayProvide maintenance throughout the summerTake down temporary fencing in the fallProvide educational outreach to local communities on the importance of these practices in the form of news articles, letters, pamphlets, and presentation.Monitor/collect data to document the effectiveness of the fencing at stimulating the growth of vegetation and/or sediment accretionRebozo said a number of communities and state parks are already participating in the dune management program, including Corson’s Inlet State Park between Ocean City and Strathmere, the city of Ventnor, Cape May Point and Island Beach State Park in Ocean County. Several towns in Ocean and Monmouth counties have also signed up.Altogether, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and Raritan Valley Community College have managed the dunes in this way along 22 miles of the New Jersey coast, representing 17 percent of the state shoreline.Rebozo is hoping the program expands, but stressed that shore towns should sign up as soon as possible because the funding is scheduled to run out in June, although the alliance is hopeful of getting more money next year.This graphic by the Pinelands Preservation Alliance shows the different areas of the New Jersey coast that have beach management plans. Grass and other vegetation are critical for the natural formation of protective sand dunes at the New Jersey shore. (Photo courtesy of Pinelands Preservation Alliance)last_img read more

The Mobile Desktop – Taking Corporate Infrastructure on the Road

first_imgAlthough the personal computer has been declared dead many times, it continues to be the primary way in which work gets done in the modern age. As such, the merging of Dell and EMC is great news for service providers, who can now extend their infrastructure service offerings directly to the desktop.The way we work has changed drastically in recent years. You could say that work is no longer a location, but an activity. With this in mind, Dell and Intel commissioned the Future Workforce Study to better understand the changing mind frame of its users. Its findings support the idea that 60% of people do at least some work after hours, while two thirds of employees work from home on a regular basis. Once upon a time, technology was considered standard and users took whatever device IT gave them without questioning the quality. This has changed, however, and organizations can no longer afford to have their employees consider the work environment as a place where they must use old technology. The increased capability of users’ personal equipment is driving higher expectations in the workplace. Technology has become a differentiator as well as a job perk. As the Future Workforce study demonstrates, 42% of millennials would quit a job over poor equipment and 82% say cutting-edge hardware and applications influence what job they take. Therefore, talent acquisition and retention are key reasons for organizations to invest in a workplace transformation.Consumer-Grade ITThe effect of a great working environment goes further than simply attracting and retaining talent. At its recent symposium, Gartner again emphasized ‘digital dexterity’ as one of the conditions of digital transformation. While this phenomenon extends far beyond an organization’s adopting the latest in-house technology, offering the best possible resources to employees certainly helps in getting the best out of office workers. According to Gartner, IT must deliver a consumer-like computer experience to help people become more agile and better equipped to cope with the changes their organization is going through. Employees using excellent hardware and user-friendly applications will be more inclined to turn to technology and its possibilities to add value to the business. If people are digitally empowered, they will help speed the digital transformation.Another engaging reason to provide users with state-of-the-art computer gear is the security aspect: studies reveal that 95% of security breaches originate at an endpoint, where a lot of corporate data is stored. Securing desktops and laptops is an important step in developing a strong security posture.Digital Dexterity as a ServiceThis is great news for service providers who work with Dell EMC. Now that Dell and EMC have combined, our alliance partners can offer a complete bundle of products. It is comforting for corporate buyers to know that a single source can provide a broad range of hardware, software and services. Having one contract to cover the complete infrastructure, from the workstation to the datacenter and then to the cloud, ensures that there will be no finger-pointing between vendors.Dell has been a leader in the PC market for years, boasting an award-winning portfolio designed for productivity and unparalleled security while helping to enable people with the latest devices and the best endpoint security. This has led to 17 consecutive quarters of Commercial PC market share gains, according to IDC.  What’s more, the end-to-end solutions for the entire PC lifecycle can streamline and reduce IT’s workload, while lowering costs by 25%. Dell has recently expanded PC as a Service (PCaaS), allowing flexible consumption models to give customers yet another option for how they procure their IT.The renewed importance upon up-to-date in-house equipment offers a great opportunity for service providers to refresh their offerings for Workplace as a Service, Client Managed Services and other managed solutions. Adding these new resources to their existing portfolio will give them a fresh way to approach prospective clients and claim a bigger share of wallet with their existing customers.last_img read more