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first_img More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and City chairman says the politics of envy is causing an exodus of talent whatsapp Tags: NULL Wednesday 15 December 2010 7:48 pm Show Comments ▼center_img Stuart Fraser’s office at the City of London Corporation features an interesting contrast. Along one wall is a series of large photographic prints of the London skyline, including a shot of the stunning white Guildhall Yard, next to which we are sitting. The opposite wall contains a small shrine to Asia: a scale model of a Chinese bell, a temple carved out of wood and a scroll painted with Chinese characters.The division is telling; the power-struggle between Asia and the West is a recurring theme for the City of London Corporation policy chairman, with new EU legislation on bankers’ bonuses threatening to accelerate an exodus of talent he says has been quietly underway for years.The Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) announced its labyrinthine new rules earlier this week, which, after cutting away the yards of red tape, will boil down to bankers receiving a fraction of their bonuses up front (around a tenth for those earning upwards of £1m). Add to this the spectre of a unilateral tax on bonuses being thrust onto the agenda by business secretary Vince Cable, and things start to look very uncomfortable indeed for City workers.“What worries me,” says Fraser, “Is that the rest of the world isn’t doing it. We live in a global age with global opportunities and Asia is very keen to take business off us. This is Europe not taking into account the rest of the world and it will drive away talent. It is a very serious concern. More financial services will go to Asia regardless, but if we want to accelerate the trend by driving business away, this is how to do it.”Fraser, 64, is a City stalwart, taking his first stockbroking job in 1963 and working across fields including forex, equities and fund management. He was elected to his current role in 2008 but maintains an interest in the private sector as director of Brewin Dolphin. He is also an adviser to the Shanghai government, presumably in the spirit of knowing your enemy, helping it to develop as a global finance centre. But his loyalty lies with the City, which, as new research commissioned by his department shows, contributes more to the Treasury coffers than any other industry – a staggering £53.4bn. Given its vastly disproportionate contribution to the public purse, Fraser is angry that the financial services sector is still being demonised by populist politicians who want to win over disenfranchised voters.“We are not talking about systemic risk anymore,” he says. “We are not talking about another financial crisis. We are being anti-highly paid people in the financial services industry. It’s as simple as that. “I would call this targeting of the bonus structure the ‘politics of envy’. No government outside of Europe is telling employers what they can pay their employees. “We’re in danger of castigating a whole industry because of the inappropriate actions of a few. Some of this legislation has a vindictive nature and it will drive away the talent.”And Fraser is in no doubt where the talent will go – Asia. His links to the east give him a better idea than most of the threat it can pose to UK financial services. But bears have been predicting migration of talent to new financial hubs like Hong Kong and Shanghai for years – when will it happen?“It’s already here,” he says. “The danger is that you don’t see it. It’s not a mass exodus of 100,000 people. It’s the rainmakers – the most talented fund managers and traders. In terms of numbers, you’re not going to notice less people on the trains. But over time they will bring other businesses over to service them.“Why would you stay, if you could earn at least the same amount of money for a lot less tax? These are young men, and a lot of them, particularly traders, have very short careers. They burn out after about 15 years, much like footballers, so they want to go and earn some money.”Ironically, the biggest loser will be the British taxpayer. The new research shows the average tax paid by financial services workers is £40,000. Even a relatively small migration would cause overall tax receipts to plummet.Fraser is cautious not to heap the blame entirely at the door of politicians (“not only do we have the comprehensive spending review coming in, we have bonus season around the corner too. People are very angry. No wonder politicians are keeping a low profile…”). However, Cable’s antipathy towards the banking sector – and his predilection for a unilateral bonus levy – would be “disastrous”.“I have known Vince for a long time and obviously he has very strong convictions on this, but clearly I have to disagree with him – it would be a big mistake.”But with chancellor George Osborne loathe to resurrect Alistair Darling’s bonus levy, Fraser is more concerned about the often-pernicious grip over the City wielded by Brussels, which he says dominates UK financial policy. “That is why we have to be very active in Europe, to make sure new rules do not destroy London’s place as a global financial centre. It would be a disaster for the UK if we became just another European city.”He hopes that continued lobbying can bring the European rules from their current state into something “workable-with”. He points to the alternative investment directive, which he says was initially “awful” but, after a great deal of tweaking, is no longer such a drain on the industry.Part of the problem with the regulation, he says, is the sheer speed at which the finance industry has changed in the wake of the financial crisis.“It’s like technology – when the change is slow you can keep up. But nowadays I’m struggling with my BlackBerry Torch. That’s not age – it’s the fast pace of change. Regulators are struggling. You need someone who can keep up. “The problem is, if you are a bright young man and someone is offering you half the money to become a regulator, why would you take it? What the regulators need to do is pay more for talent. We need the poachers to become the gamekeepers for a while.”He says the pace of change underway is akin to the Big Bang in 1986, when Thatcher, almost literally overnight, deregulated the banking industry. Wall Street banks clamoured to expand their UK operations and London regained its spot as the world’s foremost financial hub.Now Fraser says the movement is towards Asia: “When you think of the sheer size of the Asian economies – China and India in particular – you have billions of people at the early stages of finance. When they get to our standard they will be the leaders. It is inevitable, although I think it’s several decades away. “What we have to make sure is that when they grow, some of that comes back to London. That’s the key.”Unless the importance of the City is recognised by politicians – at home and in Europe – this seems far from guaranteed.CV | STUART FRASER1963: Entered the City as a trainee stockbroker before moving through a number of investment related disciplines, including foreign exchange, money broking, international equities, investment research and fund management.1980: Became a member of the London Stock Exchange.1993: Became a common councilman of the City of London. 2008: Took up current role as policy chairman of the Corporation of London. Personal life: He has been married to his wife Laura for 41 years They live in Blackheath. 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first_imgSunday 19 December 2010 11:26 pm Share whatsapp BUSINESS secretary Vince Cable is on the warpath over bankers’ bonuses, announcing yesterday that he doesn’t care if tougher rules cause an exodus of financial firms from the UK.“We’re not going to be bullied,” he said, in relation to companies’ threats to leave the country due to an inability to recruit top talent. He added: “You can’t just give in the whole time.” Cable’s comments come as RBS, which is 84 per cent taxpayer-owned, is said to be trying to strike a deal to award cash bonuses of £50,000 to its investment bankers, as opposed to last year’s limit of zero.Cable says that the current situation is “quite scandalous” and that he wants tougher transparency rules so that financial institutions are forced to publish more information about how they pay their top earners.“I’m committed to having better disclosure,” he told City A.M. Over the weekend he said the government needed to “start shining light on what’s actually going on at the top of the leading banking institutions [because] if you keep people in the dark, you grow poisonous fungus.”If Cable does push for further rules on bankers’ pay, the measures would come on top of recent EU rules that make Britain’s bonus rules the most stringent in the world.British Bankers’ Association chief executive Angela Knight told City A.M.: “It’s a very tough, aggressive regime, which hasn’t always been reflected in political remarks.”The new rules, which come into effect in January, mandate that no more than 20 to 30 per cent of any bonus is paid in cash up front, with at least 50 per cent to be paid in shares and 50 per cent of the whole bonus deferred and paid over several years.Cable and chancellor George Osborne are meeting with banks today to review their remuneration practices, but Whitehall sources say there is a growing rift between Cable and the Treasury, with Osborne not planning any further measures beyond a £2.6bn bank levy.The chancellor had originally talked up the idea that banks should be forced to disclose how many employees are paid over £1m, but rowed back from that position when it became clear that it would be hard to get an international consensus on the issue.Banks such as HSBC, Lloyds and Standard Chartered have indicated that they would be cooperative with further disclosure rules, but it is understood that Cable could face some opposition from Barclays, whose remuneration committee meets tomorrow. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi KCS-content CABLE TO BANKS: I WON’T BE BULLIED Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

first_imgNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance) is an investment holding company in Nigeria with business interests in aviation services and support. This includes aviation cargo, aircraft handling, passenger facilitation, crew transportation and aviation training. The company was established in 1979 as the sole ground handler at the newly-commissioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Today, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc handles 70% of domestic and foreign airlines operating in Nigeria encompassing 35 airlines at 9 airports across Nigeria. Subsidiary companies include Mainland Cargo Options and Nahco Power Energy and Infrastructure. The Federal Government through Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has a 60% equity stake in the aviation enterprise. The remaining 40% is held by Air France, British Airways, Sabena and Lufthansa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgWAA’s Renovation of Antwerp Tower Will be the Third Tallest in the CitySave this projectSaveWAA’s Renovation of Antwerp Tower Will be the Third Tallest in the City “COPY” Apartments “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily Projects CopyAbout this officeWiel Arets ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsUnbuilt ProjectResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsRefurbishmentRenovationBuildingsResidentialAntwerpenAntwerpwaaAntwerp TowerBelgiumPublished on September 22, 2017Cite: Ella Thorns. “WAA’s Renovation of Antwerp Tower Will be the Third Tallest in the City” 22 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?高层建筑还可以更高,WAA 对安特卫普塔改造将会成为比利时第三高!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 WAA’s Renovation of Antwerp Tower Will be the Third Tallest in the City CopyExtending the tower to 100 meters, Wiel Arets Architects’ (WAA) design for Antwerp Tower will make it the third tallest building in Antwerp and hopes to provide a hub of activity to an already vibrant part of the city. The renovation of the 1970’s block will see the footprint of the upper levels being expanded out to increase living space whilst maintaining the unique diamond floorplan.The residential tower will contain 6 to 14 apartment units on each floor, each with their own loggia, ranging in area from 40 to 120 square meters and penthouses that will be up to 240 square meters. The system of load bearing walls and columns partially replacing the existing structure will minimise the need for columns within the residential spaces.Save this picture!Courtesy of Wiel Arets ArchitectsRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyAs the corner plot of the tower borders the side of the Flemish Opera, WAA have had to be careful in producing a design that does not overwhelm the ornamental building. A simple yet elegant style achieves a considerate composition of the two buildings by incorporating large polished concrete components, up to 9 meters wide, and seamless windows into the closed cavity façade system. The loggia’s design further provokes simplicity with glass balustrades and the same material palette carried through from the tower’s façade. The redesigned Antwerp Tower will impart a 24-hour energy within this highly trafficked section of the city, while simultaneously creating a live-work-play destination–for residents and visitors alike, explained the architects. On the lower levels there will be a restaurant, offices and wellness areas, accessed through the entrance on the western façade adjacent to the opera and retail on the ground floor that is fronted by the southern pedestrian-only shopping street. A void that passes through the tower to the roof terrace (provides) sufficient daylight for the lobby.Save this picture!Courtesy of Wiel Arets ArchitectsThe tower is scheduled to be completed in 2019.ArchitectsWiel Arets ArchitectsLocationDe Keyserlei 5, 2018 Antwerpen, BelgiumArchitectsWiel Arets Architects (WAA)Project TeamJoris van den Hoogen, Jos Beekhuijzen, Jochem HommingaCollaboratorsJelle Homburg, Laura Fiset, Irene Ank, Rogier Franssen, Alicja Pawlak, Bram van GrinsvenClientMatexi Projects N.V.Engineering ConsultantCES Building EngineeringAcoustic ConsultantD2S InternationalFire ConsultantFPC RiskIn Collaboration WithELD ArchitectsArea59800.0 m2Project Year2017PhotographsCourtesy of Wiel Arets ArchitectsArchitectsWiel Arets ArchitectsNews via: Wiel Arets Architects.Project gallerySee allShow lessMuseum at Prairiefire / Verner JohnsonSelected ProjectsSpotlight: Gunnar AsplundArchitecture News Share Save this picture!Courtesy of Wiel Arets ArchitectsWritten by Ella Thorns Share Belgiumlast_img read more

first_imgCharity Technology Trust to present at Perfect Pitch tomorrow Howard Lake | 20 February 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis There is one slot left on the timetable and we’re still waiting to hear from one company in that regard.There are 219 registered delegates. To join them register today. Tagged with: Digital Individual givingcenter_img Charity Technology Trust will be presenting at tomorrow’s UK Fundraising Perfect Pitch – Direct/email marketing and donor retention/management. The timetable for the day is now available.Charity Technology Trust (CTT) join Occam, Blackbaud, Give or Take, White Box Digital as speakers. Each present their service or product for 30 minutes followed by a five minute question and answer session.All speakers, plus exhibitor iCompli, will then form a panel at the end of the event to handle any remaining questions. Advertisement  15 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.last_img read more

first_img Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Help by sharing this information RSF_en December 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of a second journalist imprisoned for “insult” EcuadorAmericas December 24, 2019 Find out more News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today called for the immediate release of Milton Chacaguasay Flores, owner and editor of the weekly La Verdad, based in Machala, south-western Ecuador.The journalist, who had been acquitted in a lower court, was sentenced on appeal on 15 November to 10 months in prison for “insulting” a judge and imprisoned two weeks later.This came one month after Freddy Aponte Aponte, of privately-owned local radio Luz y Vida, was jailed for the same reason. He too had been acquitted by a lower court. “These two virtually identical cases inevitably point to the need to decriminalise press offences” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Our concern is not to know if insult was really given in either case. We challenge the principle of prison sentences being handed down for this kind of offence.”“Imprisonment does not put right the offence the complainant considers himself a victim of and it has nothing to do with the protection of society and it will never guard the press against possible abuse.”“The law should be reformed and we urge President Rafael Correa to use his prerogative to pardon the two journalists” it added.Judge Silvio Castillo originally sued Milton Chacaguasay Flores over an article published in September 2007 and attributed to the editor of La Verdad, which implicated him in “illicit enrichment”. Chacaguasay Flores was acquitted in the lower court after he demonstrated to the court that neither he nor the newspaper were behind the article, which had been carried in a free insert and did not even name the judge. Castillo appealed against the acquittal and won his case on 15 November 2008. The same appeal court had earlier sentenced Chacaguasay Flores to eight months in prison in February 2008 for “insulting” a leader of the Christian Socialist Party, José Ugarte Aguilar, whom he reportedly accused of corruption. The journalist’s family said that he had received death threats from the politician, on 1st December. The journalist was initially jailed at the Machala rehabilitation centre and then transferred to Quito, as a “precaution”, the family added. His judicial fate is now in the hands of the country’s highest jurisdiction, the National Court of Justice, which recently upheld Freddy Aponte Aponte’s six-month prison sentence. Press offences remain punishable by prison sentences under Ecuadorian law, contrary to a general trend on the continent towards decriminalisation, under Article 13 of the Inter-American Human Rights Convention and jurisprudence set by the Inter-American Human Rights court. EcuadorAmericas center_img News Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped June 15, 2020 Find out more News to go further April 10, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Ecuador Organisation Newslast_img read more

first_img WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleBrexit: businesses & consumers here urged to up preparationsNext articleMartin McDermott – Glengad dreaming in the FAI Cup News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – August 22, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+center_img Pinterest The Government has approved large scale projects at both Loreto Community School and Mulroy College in Milford. The multi million euro investment will see the construction of new classrooms in both schools.Loreto and Mulroy have been approved for the projects by the Building Unit in the Department of Education and Skills under its additional accommodation programme.The decisions on the additional accommodation projects are based on a number of factors including the increasing and projected enrolments in the schools.In statement, Education Minister Joe McHugh says that Loreto Community School has been approved for 11 new classrooms which will includes the replacement of five prefabs with permanent rooms, one technical graphics classroom, two science labs and prep area, one art room and two special education teaching rooms. New toilets and a locker area will also form part of the plan.Meanwhile Mulroy College has been approved for one mainstream classroom, two special education needs rooms and three special education teaching rooms, as well as toilets.The Department is also awaiting a revised roof replacement design which will be considered at a later date.“It is a fantastic boost to see investment in schools to support increasing enrolments with projections for around 800 students to be in Loreto in the coming years and around 530 students enrolling in Mulroy this year.”Minister McHugh added: “There are a number of other school projects in the pipeline in the county and I hope to be in a position to signal progress on those in the coming weeks and months.” Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Twitter Multi million investment announced for two Donegal schools Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Houston Rockets point guard James Harden extended his streak of scoring at least 30 points in a game Wednesday night to 31 games.Harden, 29, finished the night with 42 points. However, that wasn’t enough to help his team beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, who won the game 121-111.With his 30-point streak now up to 31 games, Harden is tied with NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest such streak in the league’s history. Chamberlain also holds the record for the most consecutive games with at least 30 points with 65 games.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. February 14, 2019 /Sports News – National James Harden’s 30-point streak now up to 31 gamescenter_img Written bylast_img read more

first_imgThe acknowledgment of Islamic culture’s contribution to Western civilisation remains, for the most part, restricted to the margins of public knowledge in the West. In similar fashion, much of the Islamic world remains unaware of its rich medieval past, its scientific and philosophical dialogues with classical antiquity and medieval Christian Europe. The figure of the cleric played, and still plays, a blocking role in the interpretation of history. The image of the terrorising “heathen Turk” in sermons of Pope Urban II and St Bernard of Clairvaux proved a comforting notion to the Crusader imagination. It was not just a mere war, but became a Christian jihad. Despite this perception of Islam, many denizens of medieval Christian West believed otherwise. The Englishman Adelard of Bath (died 1142) was the first significant populariser of the achievement of Islamic learning. In these achievements, Adelard saw the apotheosis of human knowledge. The Bodleian Library’s new exhibition, ‘Medieval Views of the Cosmos’, centres on the Bodleian’s newly acquired medieval Arabic treatise, the Book of Curiosities, containing diagrams of the heavens and maps of the earth, many of which are without parallels. It dispels the miasma around this period of history and charts an eclectic history of medieval Islamic and Christian cartography, lodging the Book in its various cultural contexts. The reception of Greek, Arab, Persian and Indian influences aided the creativity of Islamic celestial and terrestrial cartography. One such treatise, The Book of the Constellations of the Fixed Stars demonstrates the cultural diversity of Islamic civilisation. The teastained hues of the folios display drawings of each of 48 classical constellations overlapped by the pre-Islamic categorisation of stars called “lunar mansions”. The representation of Orion as a long-sleeved warrior armed with a celestial dagger, formed by red-dotted marks, marries the potency of the visual imagination with the human desire to make sense of one’s surroundings. Indeed, the spirit of human exploration lurks within maps of five river systems in the Book of Curiosities; the Nile, the Oxus, the Euphrates, the Tigris and the Indus. The serpentine quality of the Nile, as it endlessly meanders from one end of the manuscript to another, marked by small tributaries, is remarkable. Furthermore, legends and myths come to form an aspect of the tradition of Islamic cartography with the waqwaq tree, a frightening component of the spirit of exploration. The depiction of brown bodies sprouting out of green vegetation, hanging from the branches, connected by voluminous capillaries of blood wavers between grotesque and grand-guignol.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

first_imgAtlantic City Electric will improve reliability in Ocean City by installing special equipment to reduce the number of customers affected by power outages.Reclosers will be installed for areas serving every 500 customers or fewer, so when an outage occurs outside of a substation area, fewer homes and businesses will be impacted. Instead of having a couple of thousand customers without power because of a pole accident, for instance, 500 or fewer customers will be affected until repairs are made.Installation of these reclosers will require service interruptions this winter as crews replace existing poles, transformers and wire. Contractors will notify customers before these outages occur. The work also will require road closings and detours around the blocks where work is taking place.For the week of April 1 to 5, the tentative schedule (weather permitting) of service interruptions will be as follows:Monday: 18th Street and Bay AvenueTuesday: 18th Street between Bay Avenue and Simpson AvenueWednesday: Bay Avenue and Arkansas AvenueThursday/Friday: On 24th Street between Bay Avenue and Simpson Avenue Atlantic City Electric crews are pictured working on the lines at 5th Street and Asbury Avenue as part of the service upgrades.last_img read more