Poundland share price falls as its biggest shareholder sells larger-than-expected stake after 99p Stores acquisition

first_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Poundland share price falls as its biggest shareholder sells larger-than-expected stake after 99p Stores acquisition whatsapp whatsapp Emma Haslett Show Comments ▼ Tags: Company Poundland Groupcenter_img Share Shares in Poundland slid 5.5 per cent to 393.9p this morning after Warburg Pincus, the discount retailer’s largest shareholder, sold off 10m more shares than originally planned, after its acquisition of 99p Stores last week.The investor said yesterday it was planning to sell of 25m shares (about £101m worth) – but this morning, it emerged it had actually offloaded 35m, netting £142m, thanks to “strong demand”. That means the company has almost halved its stake in the retailer, from 30.4 per cent to 16.4 per cent.Having flourished during the recession, Poundland has continued to be the darling of many high streets. Since it floated in March, shares have more than doubled from their listing price of 200p to 416p yesterday,They jumped again last week, when the retailer announced plans to acquire its arch-rival, 99p Stores for £55m. At the time, chief executive Jim McCarthy said the deal would “generate further value for Poundland’s shareholders” (not to mention a lot of loose change…). by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsLux & LushShe Hid Her True Identity All Her Life With MakeupLux & Lush Wednesday 11 February 2015 4:37 am last_img read more

Premium / Analysis: lean into the future – the logistics plans of JD.com and Alibaba

first_img Password* << Go back By Alessandro Pasetti 05/02/2018 Premium subscriber LOGIN Email* Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Please Login Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Forgotten your password? Please click herecenter_img New Premium subscriber REGISTER © Shannon Fagan “What we need to do is always lean into the future, when the world changes around you and when it changes against you – what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind – you have to lean into that and figure out what to do, because complaining isn’t a strategy,” Jeff BezosThe shares of Alibaba and JD.com, the first- and second-largest e-commerce players in China, have enjoyed spectacular runs in the past 12 months. But as … Reset Your Password LOGIN Email* Resetlast_img read more

News / Australian box depots ease payment terms for cash-strapped operators

first_imgBy Sam Whelan 16/03/2020 Australia’s empty container depots – and at least one major stevedore – have agreed to extended payment terms for cash-strapped transport operators.Software provider Containerchain, which collects ‘notification fees’ on behalf of empty container depots, said today that payment terms would be extended from 14 to 21 days for the next three months, providing some respite to logistics firms struggling with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.MD Chris Collins said: “We too are feeling the economic impact, but we want to ensure that we work with the Australian container logistics sector to get through this current crisis as best we can, together.”According to the Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA), the virus crisis and plunging international trade has had a worrying cashflow impact on transport operators across the country.“Plummeting trade volumes out of China and the flow-on effect to containerised trade from other countries, means that transport operators’ equipment and labour are idle, leading to a significant cashflow squeeze,” said CTAA director Neil Chambers.“The willingness of Containerchain to assist the sector in these current difficult economic circumstances is welcomed.”Mr Chambers said some freight forwarders and shippers were delaying or postponing invoice payments to transport operators, which are “clearly concerned about their own cashflow situation. This is heightening the current precarious cashflow situation for many”, he added.He warned of “long-term participants exiting the sector”, should the industry not “pull together” and relax strict payment terms for notification fees, as well as for the controversial infrastructure charges levied by the country’s stevedores.“One of the largest cashflow outlays for transport operators are the stevedore landside infrastructure (terminal access) charges and vehicle booking system (VBS) fees, which must be paid well in advance of the amounts being able to be recovered from transport customers,” Mr Chambers explained.After writing to Australia’s major terminal operators, Mr Chambers told The Loastar Hutchison Ports Australia had agreed to temporarily extend payment terms from the invoice date, from 14 to 30 days, with the decision to be reviewed at the end of the financial year.In a message to the CTAA, Hutchison said: “Many of your members may not know that we are subsidising every container that we handle. Most of the cash subsidy is for labour, which we have to settle within 14 days. Therefore in addition to the subsidy, we have to also provide two weeks’ financing. This is further compounded by losses from customers which fold up, and there are quite a few.“Please do understand that the Covid-19 virus is impacting us equally, if not more so, by the much larger and costly infrastructure we need to maintain in order to operate. As you can appreciate, we are caught in a very difficult place.”Mr Chambers said the CTAA had not yet received an official response from the country’s two largest stevedores, Patrick Terminals and DP World Australia.“We’ve also asked them to display empathy to wharf carriers in these current hard economic times,” Mr Chambers said. “For example, not to be too quick to cut off terminal access if wharf carriers display genuine levels of financial stress.“The irony is that, as Chinese containerised imports into Australia start to recover to somewhere near normal levels, this will coincide with significant social isolation policies being implemented by the government and businesses alike.“This might mean that container transport operators could be caught with staff shortages at the time when they need them most.“This may translate into more penalties imposed by the stevedores for the late arrival of trucks for their vehicle booking system slots and ‘no-show’ fees, meaning wharf carriers could be left chasing their tails.”last_img read more

Final test results confirm an Ebola vaccine is highly effective

first_img GENEVA — Final test results confirm an experimental Ebola vaccine is highly effective, a major milestone that could help prevent the spread of outbreaks like the one that killed thousands in West Africa.Scientists have struggled to develop an Ebola vaccine over the years, and this is the first one proven to work. Efforts were ramped up after the infectious disease caused a major outbreak, beginning in 2013 in Guinea and spreading to Liberia and Sierra Leone. About 11,300 people died.The World Health Organization, which acknowledged shortcomings in its response to the West Africa outbreak, led the study of the vaccine, which was developed by the Canadian government and is now licensed to the US-based Merck & Co. Results were published Thursday.advertisement HealthFinal test results confirm an Ebola vaccine is highly effective Youssouf Bah/AP Tags Ebolapublic health The Lancet paper published Thursday mostly crystallizes what was already largely known from interim results released last year. The vaccine proved so effective that the study was stopped midway so that everyone exposed to Ebola in Guinea could be immunized.“I really believe that now we have a tool which would allow (us) to control a new outbreak of Ebola of the Zaire strain,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, a WHO assistant director-general who was the study’s lead author. “It’s the first vaccine for which efficacy has been shown.”She noted that other Ebola vaccines are undergoing testing, and that a vaccine is also needed to protect against a second strain, Sudan.The virus first turned up in Africa in 1976 and had caused periodic outbreaks mostly in central Africa, but never with results as deadly as the West Africa outbreak. Many previous vaccine attempts have failed. Among the hurdles: the sporadic nature of outbreaks and funding shortages. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Merck is expected to seek regulatory approval in the US and Europe sometime next year. Leave this field empty if you’re human: The experimental vaccine was given to about 5,800 people last year in Guinea, as the virus was waning. All had some contact with a new Ebola patient. They got the vaccine right away or three weeks later. After a 10-day waiting period, no Ebola cases developed in those immediately vaccinated, 23 cases turned up among those with delayed vaccination.advertisement About the Author Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy Associated Press By Associated Press Dec. 22, 2016 Reprintslast_img read more

Florida may lift ban on goliath grouper harvesting

first_imgAdvertisement FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida may lift its three-decade ban on catching and killing goliath groupers, with wildlife officials saying the coastal fish’s numbers have rebounded from when they were driven to near-extinction by overfishing and environmental damage.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider on Wednesday a staff proposal to allow 100 goliaths to be caught and kept annually during a four-year period. Supported by fishing groups, the proposal calls for a lottery to issue $300-per-week licenses that allow each recipient to catch and kill one goliath, with proceeds funding research of the species.The goliath almost died off in the 1980s from overfishing and pollution and is not allowed to be caught in any other state or federal waters.The fish is a favorite of underwater photographers for its docile demeanor and mammoth size — adults typically weigh 400 pounds (180 kilograms) but can exceed 800 (360 kilograms). While the species’ population is unknown, state officials believe it has grown enough to allow the limited catch. No Content Available Advertisement“Goliath is a recovering stock, becoming more abundant in parts of Florida, especially on artificial reefs,” the commission staff wrote in its recommendation.That’s a contention disputed by those who oppose lifting the fishing ban. They point to major die-offs over the past decade from cold weather and other causes. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: Goliath grouper Advertisementlast_img read more

Mystery skull washes up on New Jersey beach

first_img Sponsored Content RELATEDTOPICS Yup — you’ve got some algorithm spitting out a three-digit number that’s basically controlling your entire life. We… If Your Credit Score Ever Falls Under 700, Make These 5 Moves ASAP New Jersey governor legalizes marijuana use, decriminalizes possession February 23, 2021 By The Penny Hoarder Man accused of New Jersey murder now facing charges in New Mexico March 29, 2021 AdvertisementTags: New JerseySkull Advertisement Some people took to Twitter and speculated the skull belonged to a pelican, a “very dead bird from like 1,500 years ago,” and even an octopus beak. OCEAN COUNTY, N.J. / CNN — A mystery washed ashore on a New Jersey beach on Monday.A strange looking skull showed up on the sand at Island beach State Park in Ocean County.The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection shared the pictures on Twitter. AdvertisementOfficials later confirmed that the bones were the ventral (lower) jaw and skull of a Minke whale.“You never know what you’re going to find on the beach after a storm” officials said.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Former New Jersey governor released from hospital following COVID-19 treatment October 12, 2020 Skull found on fireplace mantle identified as missing Tennessee man October 28, 2020 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Soldiers steal crops to endure power plant construction

first_img SHARE News By Kang Mi Jin – 2015.08.04 4:18pm US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News With construction for the ‘Mt. BaekduSongun Youth Power Plant’ fully underway, desperate attempts to satiate theirunrelenting hunger have seen mobilized soldiers and shock troops looting collective and personal barley fields in the areadespite the fact that the crop has not yet reached full harvest.“The shock troops and soldiers who aremobilized for construction efforts related to the power plant do not have enough to eat.Unlike other residents, who are free to engage in business like selling at the jangmadang [markets], the soldiers haveno way of making ends meet. The provisions and food that they receive from thegovernment are quite meager,” a source in Yanggang Province reported to DailyNK on August 2nd. Two additional sources in the same province verified thisnews. This grim reality, she added, drives manyto steal crops from the residents, many of whom struggle to get by themselves. In fact, the situation is so severe that themajority of the barley fields within a 6km radius of the power plant have beenpicked clean with nothing left to harvest. In the past, the shock troops alone made a significant dent in the crop yield, but the additional soldiers this year have further compounded an already dire situation, she said, noting, “Residentsguard their fields around the clock, the unrelenting worry preventing them fromsleeping through the night.” The barley crop planted in the earlierperiod is typically harvested around August 5th; the later round collected closer to the 15th. Hungry, overworked shock troops and soldiers are too weak towait for the crop to mature, plucking barley that is far from ripe. The damage wrought by this desperation is such that “the fields are pillaged late at night, andend up looking as though they’ve have bombs dropped on them,” the sourceasserted. “The citizens of Cheonsu-ri collective farmwork units 3 and 5 and residents in Hwangto-ri have all but given up on farmingefforts since the construction of the power plant broke ground in 2001. Some inthe area are trying to sell goods to the shock troops but many are just movingto Deoklip District and Yoopyeong District,” the source explained.“Residents in Ori and Shibri —villages in proximity of the power plant — have moved to farm in Jeungsan,about 11.8 km away,” she said, adding that in Cheonsu-ri wherethe power plants is, few inhabited homes remain and the adjacent fieldsabandoned and now teeming with wormwood stalks. Meanwhile, the authorities have failed toameliorate the underlying cause of these issues. Some residents left behindhave attempted to set makeshift traps in the fields but such efforts have metwith little success. Moreover, compounding an already difficultsituation are grave concerns that if barley, the crop typically planted to tideresidents over until the potato harvest, is disappearing at this rate, potatolooting may be prove even worse. To attempt to get a leg up and stave offdisaster, worried residents are already patrolling the potato fields, accordingto the source. She said that those left in Cheonsu-ri are close to the end of their rope, lamenting,“Will spring even come to stolen fields?” This phrase is from a poem of the same title by Lee Sang Hwa [1901-1943] from the period of Japan’s annexation of Korea. In Lee’s work, “stolen fields” refers to the loss of national sovereignty, while spring alludes to independence. For the residents appropriating the work to illustrate their current situation, “the excerpt provides an apt parallel for their grievances regarding the apathy and lack of accountability from the current leadership,” she concluded.*The content of this article was broadcast to the North Korean people via Unification Media Group. Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img NewsEconomy North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News Soldiers steal crops to endure power plant construction Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

Markets kick off the new year with shoes and sugary snacks

first_img News Markets kick off the new year with shoes and sugary snacks By Daily NK – 2016.01.14 9:46am News SHARE Facebook Twitter This is “NK Market Trends,” bringing younews about the North Korean economy every week, and today, we are accompaniedby reporter Kang Mi Jin. But first, let’s take a look at the market’sperformance over the past week.*The price of rice has arisen over the lastweek. A kg of rice cost 5400 KPW in Pyongyang and Sinuiju, and 5500 KPW in Hyesan. A kg of corn kernels cost 2050 KPW in Pyongyang, 2100 KPW in Sinuiju, and 2200KPW in Hyesan. The exchange rate for one dollar was 8640 KPW in Pyongyang, 8760KPW in Sinuiju, and 8800 KPW in Hyesan. The exchange rate for one yuan was 1320KPW in Pyongyang, 1340 KPW in Sinuiju, and 1350 KPW in Hyesan. A kg of porkcost 12000 KPW in Pyongyang, 12500 KPW in Sinuiju, and 12500 KPW in Hyesan. Akg of gasoline cost 7500 KPW in Pyongyang, Sinuiju, and Hyesan. A kg of dieselcost 5550 KPW in Pyongyang, 5450 KPW in Sinuiju, and 5350 KPW in Hyesan. Thishas been Weekly Marketplace Prices.1. Around New Year’s and other holidays parents typically buy candy for their childrenas gifts. Did you hear much about that this year up in North Korea?As we reported last time, North Koreans liketo eat dumplings and songpyeon (half-moon shaped rice cake) during the New Year’s and other holidays. Parents also buy candy andother snacks for their children to be given during this time as they do withother holidays. This year was no exception, according to Daily NK’s inside sources. When mothers are busy preparing food for the holidays it’s hard to play with kids at the same time.Little gifts and treats keep them busy and give mothers a bit of freedom totake care of things. Also, the bitterly cold winter months in North Korea mean that children can’t really play outside, so snacks keep them occupied whilethey’re inside.Candy wrapped in crimson packaging is a particularlypopular gift around for children by parents of well-to-do households; otherparents will buy just the candy and wrap it themselves. Stick candy is apopular treat for parents to treat their children’s friends. I also used tomake snacks for my daughter when I lived in North Korea. Sometimes I would make taffy for her, but she particularly liked hardcandy. 2. It definitely goes without saying that mostchildren like candy. What’s the price like?The price of sugar determines the price ofcandy. Currently, a kg of sugar in the Pyongyang market costs 5900 KPW while akg of candy costs 6400 KPW. The price of a kg of flour, which is the base ofall the baked sweets, is 5280 KPW; these little cookies usually go for about 6000 KPW per kilogram. The price of flour rose by 200 KPW around New Year’s this year due to the greater demand for sweets and other foodsduring the holiday season. Shape and design also factor into the price of bakedgoods. Families with connections to traders or friends who have gone to Chinaon special visas also bring in sweets from outside China–funny thing is a lotof time those snacks end up being South Korean brands. A source also told me of an incident involving one of her friends in Yanggang Province; this friend received atype of South Korean candy made with nurungji (scorched rice). She asked whywould South Koreans who have so much would eat nurungji. But then, aftertasting how delicious it was, she said that’s the only candy she ever wanted toeat after that! I guess Hallyu’s influence has even trickled down to candy now!3. You also mentioned shoes. Were shoes apopular gift during the holidays this year?Yes. Parents who want to buy their childrencotton shoes or boots bought them earlier on in the winter and then gifted themon or around the New Year’s holiday. A wide range of quality of shoes is now available at themarkets, a fact that is directly reflected in the price: a cheap pair of shoes costs 15,000 KPW, while amore expensive pair can cost up to 40,000 KPW. 4. Do those who live in the country makethe snacks themselves?Yes. Our sources say that those who live inthe countryside make cookies themselves by purchasing flour or with othergrains. As I was listening to the source, I was reminded of the times that Imade it myself at home. Although the quality of homemade confectioneries can’tcompare to those sold in the marketplace, the need and desire to be frugal meansthat people out in the countryside don’t really have the same luxury as thosein cities. 5. . How did you make sweets at home?South Koreans don’t make sweet snacks athome because there is a wide range of them readily available for purchase. Also,when I lived in the city in North Korea, I used to buy confectioneries from themarketplace,  but when I lived in thecountryside,  I would make them myselfand even take  purchase orders for themas well.  To make cookies, one of the mostpopular items, both for eating and ordering, the first step is to  make stencils. This is done by cutting up analuminum container into various shapes like birds, peaches, flowers, and stars. You know. when I first came to South Korea and saw a heart shape, I thoughtthat it was a depiction of a peach. I wondered why South Koreans liked peachesso much, but later learned that what was depicted was a heart.So there are two types of cookies generally.The first kind involves a batter consisting of a kg of flour, 350 grams of sugar,and 3 eggs. You lightly fold the ingredients together with your hands, cut thedesired shapes from the batter, and then place them in a steamer pot. Since there are no electric or gas ovens inNorth Korea, this cooking is done over a charcoal fire. The other cookie variant involvesaggressively kneading the dough, cutting out shapes, putting them in a strainerand then lightly baking them over the charcoal fire. As soon as they get thatnice golden brown color you take them off the heat. This method creates asofter cookie that’s more pleasant to eat.I should also mention that saccharine, not sugar, is used as thesweetener in this second case.  Households that have a hard time getting bywill often buy the confectioneries that have not been baked over the charcoalfire, while those better off will buy the ones that have been baked. That’s all for me this time. We want to thank all our listeners and hopethat your 2016 is off to a happy and prosperous start. *This segment reflects market conditions for the week of January 4-8.  News center_img News Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Improving Livestock Biosecurity In Victoria

first_imgImproving Livestock Biosecurity In Victoria VIC PremierVictoria’s livestock industries will be supported with grants from the Andrews Labor Government to further strengthen the state’s biosecurity and to prevent and manage pests and diseases.Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes today announced 25 projects worth $9.5 million have been successful under the 2020 Livestock Biosecurity Funds Grant Program.The grants fund projects that provide innovative solutions, use emerging technologies and tackle livestock biosecurity issues, needs or gaps for the industries.The grants are administered from the four livestock compensation funds – cattle, sheep and goat, swine and honeybee industries.The grants include funding for the Victorian Farmers Federation to conduct a producer-led biosecurity extension program funded by both the cattle and sheep and goat compensation funds, for the Livestock Saleyards Association of Victoria to complete the ‘Managing Transit Stock in Saleyards’ project and for HiveKeepers to complete the ‘Smart Sentinel Beehives Pilot Program’.Government projects funded include the continuation of the National Livestock Identification System for both sheep and cattle, Significant Disease Investigation programs, animal disease investigation courses and abattoir-based pig health surveillance and prevention of anthrax.Other grant recipients include La Trobe University, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, Agrinous, Victorian Apiarists’ Association and the Victorian Recreational Beekeepers Association, all delivering projects to support biosecurity in Victoria.Changes to legislation last year through the Primary Industries Legislation Amendment Act 2019 has meant that more money is now available for programs administered from 2020. For more information, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/livestockbiosecurityfunds.As stated by Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes“Biosecurity is fundamental to the wellbeing and prosperity of our agricultural sector. Exotic pests and diseases can threaten this – so we need to be proactive in identifying and responding to potential breaches.”“We have a track record in Victoria in identifying and managing biosecurity risks, but we are always facing new threats. This funding helps industry meet those emerging challenges.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, amendment, Apia, AusPol, Australia, biosecurity, CSIRO, Government, industry, investigation, La Trobe University, legislation, livestock, Minister, project, surveillance, university, Victorialast_img read more

New ATLAS Building Becomes First CU Facility To Get Top Environmental Ranking

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The ATLAS building, the University of Colorado at Boulder’s new technology learning center, has become the first facility in the CU system to attain a gold rating, one of the nation’s highest for green building design. The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society, or ATLAS, building has achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s gold rating under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The LEED program is considered the U.S. benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. To achieve a gold rating, a building must meet high standards, including sustainable site development; water-saving features; high levels of energy efficiency; use of green construction materials; extensive recycling of construction waste; and high indoor environmental quality. The recognition follows the renovation of CU-Boulder’s University Memorial Center, which received a silver certification earlier this year. “With ATLAS we not only have a building that is aesthetically pleasing and filled with innovative features that meld art and technology, but one that meets the highest standards when it comes to human and environmental health,” said campus conservation officer Moe Tabrizi. “The ATLAS building is 20 percent to 30 percent more water and energy efficient than others recently built in Colorado,” he said. Tabrizi also noted that construction waste was recycled and that paint and other finishing supplies at the site were “the most environmentally friendly materials available on the market.” Steven Thweatt, CU-Boulder’s campus architect and director of facilities management, said the university has many people to thank for the achievement, including students who pushed for green construction when they approved fee increases to pay for new buildings. “Our students should be very proud of what they, the project team, and our faculty and staff have accomplished here,” he said. Vice Provost Bobby Schnabel, director of the ATLAS program, added, “Recognizing the ATLAS building’s sound, green construction only adds to the satisfaction of knowing our students and faculty have such a high-quality facility available to them in the heart of campus.” Construction of the $31 million ATLAS building was financed through a combination of a new student capital construction fee, federal and state funding and private donations, including a $2.25 million co-naming gift from Jim and Becky Roser of Boulder and a $1 million gift from cable television giant Comcast. The student fees, which began this fall, amount to $21 million of the building’s overall budget. The fees will increase from $100 a year to $400 a year over a four-year period. The new fee will be assessed for 20 years and serves as a replacement for state funding. It also funded other campus projects, including the new law school. The ATLAS building features a black-box theater, classrooms, a state-of-the-art production studio and other high-tech amenities. Published: Dec. 12, 2006 last_img read more