Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Zeal aims to create digital lottery giant with Lotto24 reunion Lottery AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Lottery Lottery betting brokerage Zeal Network has made an all-share bid to acquire its former subsidiary Lotto24.Zeal says that the combination of the two businesses would create a digital lottery business with more than 5m customers around the world, billings of around €500m and a diversified international footprint.It would see the companies reunite after Lotto24, originally Zeal’s German lottery brokerage division, was spun off as an independent business in 2012.“Zeal will reunite with Germany’s largest digital lottery broker,” Zeal chief executive Dr Helmut Becker said. “We will have a significantly enlarged, loyal customer base, strong technology and marketing platforms, and an exceptionally experienced team.“This transaction is good for shareholders, good for customers, and good for the German federal states and their lottery beneficiaries. We have held initial, constructive conversations with Lotto24 and look forward to further engaging with the management to achieve a successful combination of the businesses.“We also look forward to a successful and constructive cooperation with Germany’s state lotteries and invite all shareholders to join us on this journey.”It expects to offer one new Zeal share for every 1.6 Lotto24 shares, which it says reflects the ratio of the volume-weighted average prices of Zeal and Lotto24 shares over the past three months.This proposal has already been accepted by a number of Lotto24’s major shareholders including the Günther Group, Working Capital and the company’s current deputy chairman Jens Schumann. These shareholders, who hold 65% of Lotto24’s issued shares and voting rights, have entered into irrevocable tender agreements with Zeal.Zeal noted that the deal would deliver significant benefits for shareholders, achieving cost synergies of around €57m per year, and a reduced risk profile, as well as significantly growing revenue.Since an initial public offering on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 2014, Lotto24 has grown rapidly, generating billings of €220.7m and revenue of €25.2m in 2017. The business upgraded its full-year guidance for 2018 in October, and now expects to see billings growth of between 38% and 43% for the year.Zeal, meanwhile, reported billings of €280.5m and revenue of €134.3m in 2017. For the first nine months of 2018, billings were up 5% year-on-year to €212.4m, with revenue up 19% at €111.2m for the same period. As of September 30th, it had 3.5m registered customers.Key to future growth will be a strategy to grow the combined businesses’ position in the German lottery brokerage market. This will see Zeal discontinue the secondary lottery business of its Lotto24’s Tipp24 brand to focus on the brokerage business, which tends to be less volatile than secondary lottery. This would give Zeal a strong foothold in Germany’s €8.7bn lottery market, complementing operations in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Norway and the Netherlands.It aims to ultimately make Germany the focus of the business, with plans to relocate its headquarters from London to the country in due course. Discussions with German lottery regulators regarding the combined companies’ licensing arrangements have already been initiated.“We believe this deal creates significant value for ZEAL and Lotto24 shareholders,” Zeal chief financial officer Jonas Mattsson said. “The future growth prospects, significant reduction of regulatory risk and the related uncertainties, and €57m of annual cost synergies make the combined group a highly attractive long-term investment proposition.“With our shared history, we are confident of achieving a seamless integration of both companies. We encourage all holders of Lotto24 and ZEAL shares to follow the major shareholders and take part in the offer.”Zeal plans to hold an extraordinary general meeting in late December, at which its shareholders will be asked to approve the offer, including the acquisition of Lotto24 shares from members of its own supervisory board.The full terms of the offer will then be set out in an offer document, expected to be published early in 2019, with the transaction expected to be completed, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, in the first half of that year.As a result of the proposed acquisition Zeal’s executive board has revised its full-year forecast for earnings before interest and tax. It now anticipates EBIT in the range of €33m to €38m, down from €33m to €43m, as a result of transaction costs related to the deal.Zeal’s share price was down almost 9% on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange following the announcement. Deal would see Zeal acquire the subsidiary that was spun off in 2012 19th November 2018 | By contenteditor Email Address
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Photo: Pat McCaughan/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] The season of Lent may rapidly be coming to a close but some creative Lenten spiritual practices seem sure to linger on.Like the ‘Fat-Tuesday’-inspired “Skinny Tuesdays” running club at Trinity Cathedral in Miami in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida.After the traditional Fat Tuesday pancake suppers “we figured everyone was going to need a skinny Tuesday,” joked the Rev. Grey Maggiano, assistant priest and a serious runner. “People enjoy it, it’s a neat way to have a diverse group of people gather.”The ‘Skinny Tuesdays’ running group walks/runs about three miles weekly from Trinity Cathedral in Miami to Miami Beach and hopes to make Skinny Tuesdays a regular gathering. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Grey MaggianoAltogether, about 50 people have joined in the runs at one time or another during Lent, with about a dozen participating regularly. “We meet on the cathedral steps at 6:15 p.m., stretch for 15 minutes, talk and catch up, pray and then we take off,” said Maggiano.Participants are aged from 7 to 70; some do a two-mile walk, others a three-mile run along the Venetian Causeway from Miami to Miami Beach and back again. “We run along the water the whole way.”The physical exertion helps clear out the clutter of the day, Maggiano added. “The rhythm and pacing of running has always given me something else to focus on so I can distract my mind … and that little corner opens up where I connect directly to God and pray as I’m running and life becomes simple. You focus on two things, God and the road and nothing else matters for that two-hour stretch,” he said.It also has been a helpful spiritual practice because “Miami, like most cities, is so built up, we can forget how close we are to nature.“Watching fish jump out of the water, and running by palm trees and reminding yourself that this once all was nature that we’ve taken over, is an important reflection for our call as Christians in this community,” he said. “To remember, that not only are we serving God and each other but we’re also serving this creation that surrounds us.”The group has even attracted some runners who aren’t members.“The thing that’s exciting for me as a priest is the people showing up and the conversations being had on the margins with folks about their lives and their kids and their spiritual lives and everything else.“Now, one young runner wants to become an acolyte and to get more involved at the cathedral,” added Maggiano, 33. “Last week he brought a friend, so he and the friend raced while their moms walked and talked together. It’s exciting to see new people becoming familiar with the cathedral and the Episcopal Church through something as simple as running.”Hiking in Los AngelesSimilarly, nature lovers from St. Luke’s Church in Monrovia, and Transfiguration Church in Arcadia, California who joined a Lenten “Wilderness Wondering/Wandering” Saturday morning meditation and hiking group want to extend it beyond Easter.“Hiking is such a wonderful time to meditate, as well as focusing on health,” according to the Rev. Neil Tadken, St. Luke’s priest-in-charge, who is considering establishing hiking as a regular weekly time with parishioners.Andy Dagis (in the foreground) follows the Rev. Neil Tadken along semi-rugged terrain during the weekly Lenten ‘Wilderness Wondering/Wandering’ on April 5. Photo: Pat McCaughan/Episcopal News ServiceThe hikers meet at the church and carpool to the hike location; the weekly treks are moderately paced, “and we’re learning what works and what doesn’t,” Tadken said. He selects the hiking paths in consultation with others and by checking hikespeak.com, a guide to California hiking trails.Their first outing, a 5-mile jaunt along the Sam Merrill Trail to Echo Mountain in the San Gabriel Mountains, offered both physical and spiritual connections with that week’s gospel, “the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness where he is shown all the kingdoms of the world,” he said.“We could see as far as from Camarillo to Palm Springs to Catalina Island” a sweeping panoramic 150-plus mile view of the Southern California landscape, according to Andy Dagis, an avid hiker and church member.Wearing hiking boots, shorts and an Illinois sweatshirt, Dagis, a statistician for City of Hope and former Sierra Club member, also was along April 5 on a 3.5-mile hike to the 40-foot Eaton Canyon waterfall in the San Gabriel Mountains.“Is the high road easier?” he mused as the group brushed past wild rosemary bushes, California pine and oak trees, navigating slippery rocks while crossing small flowing streams, up hill and down, alongside a winding creek, in semi-rugged terrain.Much of the journey was single file, solitary, except for periodic stops to reflect on the next day’s Old Testament lesson, Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of the dry bones, prompting hikers to review the past and reflect on the future.“When in your life have you felt all dried up?” Tadken asked hikers, in response to the Scripture. “What helped you renew your faith? If we say the future is nothing more than what the past has always been, then we can’t call something new into being.”Yoga Nidra in Seattle: becoming still, still, stillFor yoga instructors Wendy Townsend and Brenna Kramer, teaching ‘Yoga Nidra’ at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, was to offer stillness and centering as a response to the way “our society is so driven to go, go, go, do, do, do and it leads you into a very deep place.”Citing a Thomas Merton definition of Lent as “seeing our own true self in Christ, in the desert, in meditation” Townsend added that: “I think our own true self is sometimes hard to connect with because we’re so outer-focused.”Participants have gathered in the dimly lit cathedral for the five-week series and during the hour-long class focused on “a starry night, a mountaintop, images that help you let go of your shopping list and what you have to do tomorrow, and go to your center,” she said.“I like to talk about my favorite Bible quote, 1 Cor. 3:16, do you not know your body is a temple and that God dwells within you,” she said.The cathedral backdrop aids “the sense of being in a holy place. It’s a wonderful place to practice yoga,” added Townsend, 71, a 14-year instructor.Yoga “is not a competitive sport. It’s an individual experience. We invite people to close their eyes and go inside and find this being that they are. It brings you into a reflective awareness and I think people long for that,” she said.Similarly, “coming out from a deep sense of reflection enables you to better live your life because you are coming from a deeper place,” she added. “We get very superficial and we’re getting it all done but I don’t know that we come from the deeper place of being connected.”North Carolina: passing the Lent BatonPassing the Lent baton has been a fun – and virtual way – to observe the season at Church of the Nativity in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to the Rev. Stephanie Allen, rector.“It’s an idea of using Instagram and sharing the pictures of our lives and where we see God at work in our everyday normal lives outside of Sunday mornings,” Allen told ENS recently.Imagine spending an entire day snapping camera phone selfies – Lent- and faith-focused ones – and then sharing six to eight of them, said Allen who took the first slot on Ash Wednesday and included bread as one of her images.“Somebody brought me some bread as a little thank you gift and so I took a photo of it with my phone. You know, bread, bread of life, it took me to all kinds of places.”Others have taken photos of their journals, daily Lenten readings, plants, candles, and people interactions.For Allen, it’s become a spiritual discipline in that it helps remind us “that God is there, if we pay attention and if we take the time to really open our eyes … and you realize that’s really what we ought to be doing all the time.”She admits to being an Instagram newbie until the Lent baton happened, “but there is a lot of potential for sharing … your image of the world and how you see it,” she said. “Everybody is an artist with their camera phone” and the wider community has also joined in.Parishioner Mike Belmares, who facilitated the Lent baton, got the idea after seeing the popularity of the RDU Baton where “people in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, were signing up to take the baton to show parts of their lives, where they hang out, go jogging, eat. It has a two- to three-month wait list so he decided to adapt it to the church.With a signup genius phone app, all participants have to do is “see it, snap it, share it,” he said. Nativity lends its account user name and password for a day, to participants.“Lent is kind of this forgotten season, yet so pivotal to our faith,” he added. “It isn’t just about weeping and gnashing your teeth, or about your sins. It is a procession up to Easter. The idea was to kind of give life to a somewhat forgotten season, and to find fun ways to do it.”He aims to continue the practice. “It is a matter of taking the message outside the brick and mortar of our congregations,” he said. “It’s about sharing faith. And I love the Episcopal Church and I think it has a lot to offer.”The enthusiasm has caught on and “we’ve had other folks in our diocese jump on board. That was really neat to see. Folks we’ve never known have gotten involved from other congregations and it’s become a way for people to share their faith.”“We just wanted to engage people and to share, that’s all. There is more power in all our hands than some of our hands.”Seattle and the Ministry of ‘Worsted Wool’While it’s true that Jonie Pritchard and Barbara Erickson are serial knitters, this year they invited others to enrich their faith during Lent by knitting baby blankets for a local pediatric clinic for the underserved.It has also functioned as a kind of virtual ministry, in that the participants corresponded via the Internet, exchanging patterns – called ‘Jonie’s pattern’ – and e-mails, but worked in the solitude of their homes.For Pritchard, performing the knit one, purl one, simple basket weave stitch is in itself a spiritual exercise, which she augmented “by praying as we’re knitting,” she told ENS recently. “We are bringing a new child into the world and this is a special thank you God for the ability to knit or crochet.”Soft pastel worsted wool yarn is used and “we should have a big basket full of baby blankets to be blessed the Sunday after Easter.”Along with six other members of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, they participated in the ministry, dubbed the Ministry of Worsted Wool by Erickson.“It dawned on me that the blankets we make are out of worsted wool yarn. So I decided to call it the ministry of worsted wool, and then I found a little lamb on Google and that’s become our little symbol,” Erickson said.“It just felt like it was the right thing to do for the season,” she told ENS recently.“We just knit, and I give away a lot of my knitted products. So, whenever I knit something it’s done with that spiritual intention.”Knitting, for Erickson, “has a spiritual aspect. It’s a calming thing … To me, no matter what’s going on in the world if I just go and sit and knit I’m at peace.”Added Pritchard, 76: “It’s a labor of love. I do this all year long but this time I have blocked out the other blankets I have requests for and am just doing this during Lent specifically with the idea in mind that St. Mark’s Cathedral will be knitting a bunch of blankets for the clinic.“And I picture these little babies be there, and I pray it [the blanket] will comfort the new baby, and be of comfort to the mother, that the baby will be blessed by God and will turn to God. It’s all done with love and to the glory of God.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. 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State of the Union invitation highlights Florida Episcopalians’ work with displaced Puerto Ricans Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Emmanuel Ortiz-Nazario and Cristalimar Torres-Rodríguez pose with their son and daughter in front of the National Museum of Natural History during their visit to Washington, D.C., so Ortiz-Nazario can attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. Photo: Jose Rodríguez[Episcopal News Service] When President Donald Trump addresses Congress at 9 p.m. ET Jan. 30 in the U.S. Capitol, Emmanuel Ortiz-Nazario will be in the chamber listening.The State of the Union is a president’s chance to frame the political narrative for the coming year, but if the president were to pause and listen to Ortiz-Nazario, he would find that this 30-year-old from Puerto Rico has a compelling story to share.It began Sept. 20, when Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, laying waste to the island and upending life for the U.S. territory’s 3.4 million residents. Ortiz-Nazario’s story continues in Florida, where he and his family relocated in November, joining the many Puerto Ricans who have fled the devastation at home to seek new opportunities on the mainland.In Orlando, Ortiz-Nazario’s story intersects with the work of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, which has helped welcome him and other Puerto Ricans by providing them with food, clothes, housing assistance and the spiritual support of an active faith community. It was through the diocese that Ortiz-Nazario was offered this opportunity to visit the nation’s capital and represent fellow Puerto Ricans at the president’s speech.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Ortiz-Nazario told Episcopal News Service by cellphone from a car. He and his family were on their way to the Capitol to meet Rep. Stephanie Murphy, the Florida Democrat who invited Ortiz-Nazario to be her guest at the State of the Union speech.His wife, Cristalimar Torres-Rodríguez, 29, and their 10-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter will watch the speech on a TV in Murphy’s office. The family arrived Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C., accompanied by the Rev. José Rodríguez of Jesus of Nazareth Episcopal Church in Orlando, and they have spent the past few days sightseeing, including stops at the National Air and Space Museum and outside the White House.“It’s been amazing being here with my family,” Ortiz-Nazario said.Emmanuel Ortiz-Nazario takes a selfie with his family during a visit to Univision studios in Washington, D.C. Photo: Jose RodríguezMurphy reached out to the Diocese of Central Florida earlier this month seeking help in selecting as her guest one of the Puerto Ricans who have migrated to the Orlando area. Rodríguez suggested Ortiz-Nazario.“They’ve become part of the community,” Rodríguez said. Ortiz-Nazario and Torres-Rodríguez not only benefited from the diocese’s ministry to relocated Puerto Ricans, he said. They have become active volunteers in that effort. “They came to the church for assistance, and then became part of our offering assistance.”Their story isn’t the only example from Hurricane Maria’s aftermath to be showcased in the lineup of congressional guests for Trump’s speech. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz was invited by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York. Rep. Darren Soto, a Florida Democrat, will bring a Puerto Rican college student who is now studying in Orlando. And Florida Rep. Kathy Castor, also a Democrat, chose a woman who has helped lead a task force providing relief supplies to Puerto Rico.Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s office released this family portrait of Emmanuel Ortiz-Nazario and Cristalimar Torres-Rodríguez and their children.Murphy, in announcing Ortiz-Nazario would be her guest, said she wanted to bring attention to the challenges facing citizens in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as those who left the islands for central Florida.“Displaced Americans like Emmanuel and his family have confronted adversity with tremendous courage, and it’s important to listen to their stories and understand their struggles,” Murphy said in a written statement. “In tough times, Americans are there for each other, which is why Congress and the president must act with the urgency this situation demands.”Hurricane Maria’s profound impact on Puerto Rico is still being felt long after the storm. It initially knocked out power and telephone service across the island, caused mudslides, destroyed homes and businesses, downed trees and was responsible for the death of dozens of people, possibly hundreds. But by the time Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry made a pastoral visit to Puerto Rico on Jan. 2, power had been restored for barely half of the residents, and shortages of food and drinking water persisted.The Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico has been active in relief efforts, partnering with other denominations and with local organizations to address needs not being met by the federal or territorial government. Episcopal Relief & Development has provided logistical support for those efforts, as well as money for supplies there.The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, based in Washington, D.C., also has been engaged on the issues of disaster relief and serving populations displaced by disasters.“The scale of need is simply far too large for churches and nonprofits to address alone,” according to an Office of Government Relations statement released in advance of the State of the Union address.The statement noted that a bill awaiting Senate approval would provide $81 billion for areas affected by the several 2017 hurricanes to strike the United States, including almost $3 billion aimed at providing education for children of the displaced. The office also issued a policy alert on the issue hours before Trump was scheduled to speak.“Federal grants, state budgets, and school districts did not plan for hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans, including an estimated 10,000 children, to be displaced into Florida schools,” the Office of Government Relations statement said. “The Episcopal Church has a strong commitment to equity in education opportunity and the Office of Government Relations is privileged to evangelize and advocate for our Church’s values to be represented in federal policy.”Concern for their children was a driving factor in the decision by Ortiz-Nazario and Torres-Rodríguez to leave Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and move to Florida. Schools in Puerto Rico were closed after Hurricane Maria, and crime was on the rise, Ortiz-Nazario said. Their home wasn’t badly damaged, he said, but there was no longer any demand for his airbrush painting services, forcing him to close the business.“We need to have a better place for my kids,” he said. “Things are going bad back there.”Estimates vary when tallying how many Puerto Ricans have relocated to the mainland. Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office has released a series of updates on relief efforts that cite a figure based on the number of people traveling from Puerto Rico to Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale since the hurricane. On Jan. 25, that count stood at 344,000, which would represent 10 percent of Puerto Rico’s pre-hurricane population.The state’s calculations, however, have been criticized for including all categories of travelers, not just Puerto Ricans displaced by disaster.University of Florida economists estimate about 50,000 people have moved to Florida from Puerto Rico and, to a lesser extent, from the U.S. Virgin Islands, which also was hit hard by the hurricane. Those numbers are based on requests for state aid and the more than 11,000 school enrollments for displaced children.Puerto Ricans have been moving to the mainland U.S. in waves for generations, a diaspora that often coincides with the territory’s economic struggles. Census figures show that the largest concentration of Puerto Ricans is found in New York, followed by Florida. Significant but smaller numbers of Puerto Ricans live in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.Rodríguez, the Orlando priest, was part of an earlier wave of Puerto Rican migration. His family moved to Connecticut in the 1980s when he was 2 years old. He still remembers the red doors of the Episcopal Church in Hartford that helped his family adjust to their new community, and he and his family brought their newfound faith with them when they later moved to Orlando.Rodríguez said he feels called to minister to Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria.“I lived this experience,” he said, and his experiences are informing his work in launching the diocese’s Episcopal Office of Latino Assistance to coordinate assistance to Puerto Ricans who have moved to central Florida.A primary focus of the ministry at Rodríguez’s church is its food pantry, which has served dozens of new Orlando residents from Puerto Rico. The diocese also has received crisis grants and donations to provide these families with new clothes and shoes and to cover application fees for apartments.“As soon as the money comes in, it’s effectively spent. The need is so great,” Rodríguez said.Central Florida Bishop Gregory Brewer has been a prominent supporter of these efforts, even helping to unload a truck filled with relief supplies just after Christmas.Brewer also met with and blessed Ortiz-Nazario and his family before they left on their trip to Washington, D.C.“They haven’t called this attention on themselves,” Rodríguez said. “They’ve come here trying to do what’s best for their family.” In the process, they have been welcomed into the family of Episcopalians in Orlando.Ortiz-Nazario called it an honor to be able to attend the president’s speech. He knows it’s unlikely he will get to tell his story directly to Trump, but if he could, he would emphasize the need for unity over partisanship when addressing the needs of Americans affected by disasters like the one his family lived through.“When people work together, people do better,” he said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Significant inland wind damage and rainfall flooding could occur in parts of north and central Florida, given Irma’s large size.Locally heavy rainfall is expected, with up to 20 inches possible, based on the latest rainfall forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the Weather Prediction Center:Northern Florida Peninsula: 3 to 6 additional inches, with storm totals of 8 to 15 inchesCentral Florida Panhandle: 2 to 4 additional inchesRainfall ForecastRainfall ForecastLocalized higher amounts are possible.Georgia, Carolinas Forecast, ImpactsThe center of Irma will track into Georgia by Monday afternoon, then into the Tennessee Valley as a weakening system Tuesday.Dangerous water-level rises (storm surge) of 4 to 6 feet are also possible from South Santee River, South Carolina, to Fernandina Beach, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center, if they occur at high tide.Significant inland wind damage and rainfall flooding could occur in parts of Georgia and the Carolinas, as well.Power outages from tropical storm-force winds are expected to spread as far north as the Tennessee Valley Monday and Monday night.Dangerous surf and coastal flooding will likely exist throughout the southeastern U.S. coastline even well away from Irma’s center, possibly into Tuesday in some areas.Coastal flooding already closed a few streets in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday afternoon.The National Weather Service in Charleston, South Carolina, said that record tide levels, topping those during Hurricane Matthew, are possible at Ft. Pulaski, Georgia, and storm surge at Charleston Harbor Monday could top that seen from Matthew, exceeded only by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.(MORE: Why Irma May Produce Coastal Flooding Worse Than Matthew Along the Georgia, South Carolina Coasts)Heavy rainfall is expected to spread across the Southeast. Here are the latest rainfall forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and the Weather Prediction Center:South Georgia: 3 to 6 inches with storm totals from 8 to 15 inchesMiddle Georgia, eastern Alabama and southern South Carolina: 3 to 6 inches, with isolated 10-inch amountsWestern Alabama, northern Mississippi, southern Tennessee, north Georgia, northern South Carolina, western North Carolina: 2 to 4 inchesIsolated tornadoes will also be a concern early this week.Recap So Far: Leeward Islands, Caribbean, Florida Keys, South Florida BatteredIrma’s center came ashore a second time in the Sunshine State at 3:35 p.m. Sunday in Marco Island as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph.As the eyewall moved through Naples late Sunday afternoon, a wind gust to 142 mph was reported. A gust to 130 mph was clocked at the Marco Island Emergency Operations Center.According to the National Hurricane Center, the center of Irma crossed Cudjoe Key just east of Key West around 9:10 a.m. EDT Sunday, with maximum sustained winds at the time estimated at 130 mph and a central pressure of 929 millibars.This was the first time on record two Category 4 landfalls occurred in the continental United States in the same hurricane season, much less within 16 days.An estimated storm surge of 10 to 14 feet was seen on Cudjoe Key, in the Lower Keys of Florida as the eye moved ashore Sunday morning.The NWS office in Key West warned of “swaths of tornado-like damage” possible in the eyewall that hammered the Lower Keys earlier Sunday. Storm surge in Key West topped out around 3.3 feet.A weather sensor on Big Pine Key east of Key West clocked a 120 mph wind gust around 9:38 a.m. Sunday.A 91 mph gust was recorded at 7:55 a.m. at the NWS Office in Key West. Large trees were reported downed across from City Hall.Wind gusts up to 109 mph have been clocked in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale metro. A construction crane boom and counterweight collapsed over a building under construction in downtown Miami near Biscayne Boulevard.Other notable wind gusts so far:Lely (Collier County): 122 mphNorth Perry Airport (Broward County): 109 mphMiami International Airport (tower observation): 99 mphSt. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant: 99 mphCape Canaveral: 94 mphKey Largo: 92 mphOchopee: 92 mphCoral Gables: 90 mphFort Myers (Southwest Florida International Airport): 89 mphMarathon Key: 88 mphDeerfield Beach: 86 mphMiami-Opa Locka Executive Airport: 84 mphFlagler Beach: 83 mphMiami NWS/NHC office: 81 mphTampa Bay: 78 mphClearwater Beach: 79 mph; sustained to 59 mphSebring: 78 mph; sustained to 59 mphWest Palm Beach International Airport: 77 mphFort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport: 75 mphJacksonville International Airport: 75 mphPort Charlotte (Charlotte County Airport): 74 mphStorm surge at Virgina Key, in Biscayne Bay, was close to 4 feet above normal tides Sunday afternoon. At Naples, in the Gulf of Mexico, storm surge topped 4 feet above normal tides early Sunday evening.Over 10 inches of rain triggered flooding that shut down a stretch of U.S. 1 in Ft. Pierce, Florida, Sunday, with water reportedly into at least one home and parked cars flooded. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! TAGSHurricane IrmaThe Weather Channel Previous articleBabies arrive at Florida Hospital before IrmaNext articleApopka assesses the damage Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Spreading Damaging Winds Into Georgia; Surge and Rainfall Flooding from Florida to South CarolinaFrom weather.comHurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm but will still bring damaging winds, flooding rain, and tornado threats northward into Georgia and the Carolinas, while continuing to lash parts of Florida, even as Irma’s peak winds slowly subside.The center of Irma is located about 30 miles north-northeast of Cedar Key, Florida, and is moving north-northwest at 15 to 20 mph.Among the hardest-hit areas right now is the Jacksonville metro. Winds have gusted from 80 to 90 mph at both Jacksonville International Airport and Mayport, downing multiple trees at the National Weather Service officeThe biggest concern, however, is currently flooding. The NWS issued a flash flood emergency for downtown Jacksonville, including San Marco, South Hampton, Landon Park and Riverside for the concern that winds switching direction once Irma moves north of the area will drive a water rise of another 1 to 2 feet in these areas.A storm surge of 3 feet has been measured along the St. Johns River at the Interstate 295 bridge. An almost 5.5 foot surge, one of the highest measured on the northeast Florida coast, was reported at the NOS tide gauge at Mayport, Florida, early Monday morning.Storm surge flooding on par with that observed during Hurricane Matthew was also reported in Flagler County at Marineland Acres. Waist-deep water from torrential rain was seen farther south in Palm Coast and in Daytona Beach east of U.S. 1. Water was reported up to car doors on U.S. 17 in Brunswick, Georgia.Irma’s large tropical-storm force wind field, up to 415 miles from the center, had already triggered some tree damage and power outages in south Georgia and the eastern Florida Panhandle.Winds gusts up to 70 to 80 mph hammered the Orlando metro area early Monday. In the suburb of Pine Hills, residents were rescued early Monday morning when 24 homes were flooded with waist-deep water.A storm surge warning continues from the South Santee River, South Carolina, southward to the Flagler/Volusia County line in Florida, and on the peninsula from Cape Sable to the Ochlockonee River, including Tampa BayTropical storm warnings are in effect on Florida’s Gulf Coast from Bonita Beach to the Okaloosa/Walton County line. On the Atlantic coast, tropical storm warnings are posted from Jupiter Inlet, Florida to the South Santee River, South Carolina.These tropical storm warnings also extend well inland to include much of Georgia, eastern Alabama, and parts of southern South Carolina, including the cities of Atlanta and Montgomery, Alabama.Storm surge flooding may linger through Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Here are some potential peak surge levels (expressed as inundation above ground level) going forward, if they occur at high tide:Cape Sable to Captiva: 2 to 4 feetCaptiva to Anna Maria Island: 3 to 5 feetNorth Miami Beach through Cape Sable, including the Florida Keys:Irma’s wind field is large. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 415 miles. These tropical-storm-force winds will expand eastward across the entire peninsula.Depending on the exact track of Irma, locations in the hurricane and tropical storm warning areas could see structural damage and scattered to widespread power and communication outages from high winds. Please enter your name here
Year: Photographs: José CamposSave this picture!© José CamposRecommended ProductsDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalSkylightsLibartSolaGlide Inclined Retractable SkylightText description provided by the architects. Integrated on a housing facility from the mid 90’s, the apartment is a result of the rampant construction that characterizes the neighborhood growing where it’s located. Maybe for this reason, it was organized in a very uncommon way: the house’s most intimate area was facing to the only public space that confronts the building, Ruy Belo street, traced by the seaside landscape and the noise; while the house’s collective zone, the living room and the kitchen, enjoyed the calm of the backyard. This feature made the apartment’s living experience quite dark and little related with its urban context, therefore, making fundamental to reverse this random character and rotate the apartment’s internal organization. Save this picture!© José CamposSave this picture!© José CamposSettling a hinge on the existent infrastructural core, where we relocated the bathrooms and the laundry, we turned the living and kitchen space towards the beach and the bedrooms to the block’s quite garden.The house’s internal organization is now appointed by this service central core and by a plywood surfaces line, which extends itself throughout the apartment and allows to multiply the number of bedrooms.Opening and closing the folding doors, which finish off the plywood line, one breaks and redefines the apartment spaces, ensuring some flexibility on the occupation and the number of inhabitants. Save this picture!Floor PlanAs it is a holiday home, for summer and weekends, it was our intention to give an important role to the trivial domestic tasks, which in these periods acquire a different time on quotidian life.This way, the opened laundry to the entrance, by the presence of the marble vat, and the central counter of the kitchen, realms this functional dimension and enhanced the importance of the new organization on the house’s new ways of using. The blue tiles, which wrap the central core, helps to highlight the ludic and summer character that was intended to be given to the apartment, while the construction options for light materials, like the birch cupboards and the marble cement floor, make the house more illuminated. Save this picture!© José CamposThrough this materiality and the new exposure, we tried to bring more light to the apartment and to link, on a very clear way, the interior space of the house with the beach for which it turns to now. Save this picture!© José CamposProject gallerySee allShow lessOrms Granted Planning Permission for Music Venue as Part of Tin Pan Alley RevivalUnbuilt ProjectPacific Design Center WESTWEEK 2016ConferenceProject locationAddress:Vila do Conde, PortugalLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/784359/forte-apartment-merooficina Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© José Campos+ 40 Share Area: 120 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyApartments, Apartment Interiors•Vila do Conde, Portugal ArchDaily Photographs Architects: merooficina Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMerooficinaOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsInterior DesignResidential InteriorsApartment InteriorsVila do CondePortugalPublished on March 24, 2016Cite: “Forte Apartment / merooficina” [Apartamento do Forte / merooficina] 24 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Manufacturers: CHOVAFOAM, Cerámicas Pedro Beltrán, MonestirTechnical Architect:Raúl Ruiz CastillejaBuilder:Sando Puerto Moral S.L.Carpenter:Carpintería Galaroza S.C.Blacksmith:Jesús MateosClient:Carlos María Gómez GonzálezArchitect In Charge:Carlos Gómez SosCity:CortelazorCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jesús GranadaRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesPorcelain StonewareApavisaFloor Tiles – RegenerationPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & Facades«Everything that the forests, rivers or the air do / Fits amongst the walls that believe to enclose the room»Jules SupervielleSave this picture!© Jesús GranadaThis recreational house is built on an old majada, as stone sheds are known in the Sierra de Aracena, auxiliary buildings that serve as pantry, chicken coop or for storing implements. It is for this reason that they are usually located on the edge of villages, closer to the rich orchards, like those bordering Cortelazor. The building we found here was a soon to be ruin that had fallen into disuse long ago.Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Jesús GranadaThe small building stands on the complex pentagonal geometry that resulted from property changes generation after generation. Reconciling the difficult spatial conditions with the requirements of reasonable living standards represented the main challenge. Under the strong influence of the tight plot limits, the adopted strategy solves the project with very simple resources. Starting with the layout, for which the subsidiary uses (toilets, heating, kitchen, storage, stairs…) are located towards the perimeter, thus releasing a clear domestic centrality that is occupied by the kitchen in the livable basement, the living room downstairs and the bedroom and study upstairs.This arrangement gives the building its characteristic pierced shell image, a protected area that does noy restrict to interiority, but opens with generous windows to the depth of the landscape. Hills and valleys are welcome into the domestic warmth, lending its immensity to the bosom of a humble home. Perhaps this is its greatest ambition, otherwise the inhabiting experience seeks no more than a renewed vita simplex built around food, rest and conversation.Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaBeyond the strict regulatory architectural requirements in place the project lies on the extensive common ground shared by popular architecture and contemporary taste. Our present understanding of the traditional aesthetic floor translates, once more, in an eulogy to simplicity, manifested in a palette made just of wood, roof tile, clay and the ubiquitous white.Save this picture!Constructive SectionProa house is the first finished sample of a management model aimed at recovering small obsolescent buildings and provide their owners with modern affordable homes in places of environmental quality.Save this picture!© Jesús GranadaProject gallerySee allShow lessA Simple Guide to Using the ADA Standards for Accessible Design GuidelinesArticlesHow to Get a Job in Architecture Without Any ExperienceArticles Share Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/872887/proa-house-gomez-and-gorshkova Clipboard Area: 109 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects ArchDaily Spain Photographs: Jesús Granada Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses•Cortelazor, Spain Proa House / GÓmez & GOrshkova CopyAbout this officeGómez&GOrshkovaOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCortelazorSpainPublished on June 06, 2017Cite: “Proa House / GÓmez & GOrshkova” 06 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
“I have decided to give, and I will do so even if the form is incomprehensible and it takes me all afternoon”… said no donor ever.As usual, Beate Sorum has shared her slides from the session via Slideshare: Howard Lake | 27 October 2015 | News A very popular session at last week’s International Fundraising Congress was one run by Beate Sorum explaining what charities can do to improve the chance of someone persevering to the end of the online donation process.And it does often require perseverance on the part of the donor. Sorum explains:“We are leaving so much money on the table by not making it easy enough to give. We leave the hard work to the donor – rather than making the investments and doing it ourselves”.Her session covered a series of practical solutions, looking at how to design an effective donation form, and how to fix common website problems. She also included advice on applying behavioural economics “ethically and in a good way” to website design in a way that influences the way donors behave.Her first slide sums up the challenge: Advertisement 49 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 How to get people from intention to donation from Beate Sørum AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Beate Sorum explains how to get people from intention to donation Tagged with: Digital International Fundraising Congress usability 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Community businesses can apply for up to £6,000 of extra funding if they use the Crowdmatch function on Crowdfunder to raise cash for their projects before Saturday 30 November.This is a result of Community Business Crowdmatch, a partnership between Crowdfunder and Power to Change, which offers extra funding for successful crowdfunding campaigns that are run for the benefit of their communities.So far, for every £1 pledged by Power to Change, £2.15 has been matched by the local community, increasing the amount of capital raised for community businesses using the programme by 115%. In total nearly £100,000 from 1,019 supporters has been raised for seven community businesses, with an average pledge of £60.53.These include Norwich Mustard, and Equal Care Co-op in Halifax. Norwich Mustard saw more than 180 people donate to a Crowdfunder campaign to start Norwich’s own cooperative, community-owned company to produce mustard in the region after Colman’s announced it was moving out of the town, raising £14,000, £6,000 of which was crowdmatched by Power to Change.Equal Care Co-op, which offers fairly paid social care services, raised £22,050 with 198 supporters, £6,000 of which was matched by Power to Change.To be eligible for the extra funds, organisations must meet the four criteria of a community business:Locally rootedAccountable to the local communityTrading for the benefit of the local communityHave a broad community impactEligible community businesses can seek extra funding from Power to Change on a first-come, first-served basis and funding will be allocated by the end of November 2019.To apply, community businesses need to set up their project on the Crowdfunder site and tick the ‘Extra funding’ box.Naomi Sampson, Programme Manager at Power to Change, added:“This partnership with Crowdfunder has allowed community businesses to raise much needed funds, but at the same time it has presented people in their local communities with an opportunity to engage with these businesses where they traditionally might not have before.“We encourage any existing community businesses or those with an idea for a community business to consider starting a Crowdfunding application to appeal to their local community, with the incentive of having funds matched by Power to Change.” Advertisement 158 total views, 2 views today 159 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Tagged with: crowdfunding matched giving Jason Nuttall, Programme Director at Crowdfunder, said:“Community businesses have many of the ingredients which help to make crowdfunding a success, they have strong community support and are usually able to offer some great products or services as rewards to backers. Coupling that with match funding from Power to Change all goes to help projects run successful crowdfunding campaigns.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 19 November 2019 | News Community businesses offered up to £6k extra funding through Crowdfunder Crowdmatch
RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails everything that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, this year’s Nobel peace laureate, has done for press freedom in his country and urges him to pursue these efforts in order to prevent any future backtracking. He should also encourage his neighbours to take the same road, RSF said. October 11, 2019 After his Nobel Prize, Ethiopian Prime Minister urged to continue defending press freedom Help by sharing this information EthiopiaAfrica Protecting journalistsEvents Freedom of expressionNobel Prize Abiy was awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize today for ending decades of hostility with neighbouring Eritrea and achieving reconciliation at home. Ethiopia’s media and journalists have been among the leading beneficiaries of his premiership, which began in April 2018. Within weeks of his becoming prime minister, Ethiopia’s prisons had ceased to hold any journalists, a situation with no precedent in more than ten years. Hundreds of radio and TV stations and news websites that were banned under the previous government are now permitted. Formerly exile media outlets such as OMN and ESAT can now operate legally within Ethiopia. Freedom of expression is not suppressed and media access to government officials has improved. “Ethiopia’s journalists and media have unquestionably enjoyed a new lease of life since Abiy Ahmed became prime minister but this Ethiopian press spring will only last if these changes are institutionalized,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We urge the prime minister to lose no time in adopting legislation that gives journalists more protection. And, reinforced by this Nobel Prize, we also urge him to promote press freedom at the regional level, especially as several Horn of Africa countries are news and information black holes.” Crédit : EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP RSF_en Ethiopia is ranked 110th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. EthiopiaAfrica Protecting journalistsEvents Freedom of expressionNobel Prize The changes seen in Ethiopia have yet to reach its neighbours. Eritrea continues to be sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest jailer of journalists with at least 11 currently held without access to families or lawyers, some of them for 18 years. Like its Eritrean neighbour, Djibouti allows no independent media outlets, while Somalia continues to be Africa’s most dangerous country for journalists, with 58 murdered or killed in connection with their work in the past ten years. News News May 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ethiopia The 2009 terrorism law, which was widely used by the former government to arrest journalists and bloggers, has still not been repealed, while the promised reform of press legislation has yet to materialize. No bill has been submitted to Ethiopia’s parliament and the committee tasked with drafting the new legislation has said nothing publicly about how its work is progressing. Organisation News These changes were responsible for Ethiopia’s extraordinary 40-place rise in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. No country has ever risen so fast in the Index since its launch in 2002. These achievements were recognized by UNESCO when it chose to celebrate this year’s World Press Freedom Day, on 3 May, in the Ethiopian capital. to go further Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation May 18, 2021 Find out more Last July, RSF warned the Ethiopian authorities against any temptation to “reverse course” on press freedom after several journalists were briefly arrested or were subjected to intimidation during a surge in ethnic conflict. One general even threatened reprisals against any media outlets that “tarnish the reputation of the armed forces.” Receive email alerts February 10, 2021 Find out more