Awful spear tackle sparks huge brawl in French third division

first_imgMonday Dec 7, 2015 Awful spear tackle sparks huge brawl in French third division On Saturday night in France this brawl kicked off following a really bad looking tip, or spear, tackle in France’s Federale 1 division, the third division of rugby in the country. The game was between Nevers and Lombez-Samatan and the fight actually resulted in only two red cards.As reported and shown by, the first transgression is the spear tackle by Lombez-Samatan, which leads to a bit of push and shove. It goes on for a while, but eventually spills over into a full on brawl, with pods forming and a few players ending up on the wrong end of mass uppercuts.When it all died down, the referee chose to send off just two players, with Nevers’ Samoan back Fa’atoina Autagavaia being one of them, and the other being Hugues Bastide.When watching the video back, we’re sure the officials will agree that a number of players could have seen red. Unfortunately then the forward packs would have been down to about three a-side.View more mass brawls and crazy tackles in our Big Hits and Dirty Play sectionADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Denpassar Residence / Atelier Cosmas Gozali

first_imgPhotographs:  Fernando GomulyaSave this picture!© Fernando GomulyaRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. The concept of this residence is the combination of Traditional Javanese house with a modern look. The combination of the terrace, courtyard, pool and landscaping come together and make this residence as an oasis in the middle of the dense areas with the high rise buildings.Save this picture!© Fernando GomulyaThe concept of “pendopo” (pavillion in a traditional Javanese house) applied to most of the space inside the residence. The minimum of solid boundary between exterior and interior space make this residence blend in with the natural surroundings. Mass orientation of the building directs to the innercourtyard , with openings doors and large windows to maximize natural light and air into the house.Save this picture!Ground FloorThe Mass building composition derives from the concept of “pendopo”, building mass split into several blocks, like as each of the “pendopo” are conected with the corridor . This mass building composition makes the residence not too massive and more humble.Save this picture!© Fernando GomulyaSome existing trees was preserved and moved from its position which combined with new landscape form of green space on the outside and inside of the building. The placement of building mass that oriented to inside & outside create a green spaces that blends with the inside house, without reducing privacy of the householder.Save this picture!1st Floor PlanThe Placement of spaces and the shape of the roof adapt to enviromental conditions, such as sun orientation, wind direction, view of each the room, and the surrounding buildings to form a mass unity with the environment.Save this picture!© Fernando GomulyaThis two storey residence looks very comtemporary and modern. But, if we explore it further, all these modern element comes from the values of Indonesia’s locality. The use of some local material that also handcrafted by local people combined with modern material and also various elements of traditional cultures and  textures on the facade create a rich harmony in design.Save this picture!© Fernando GomulyaThe combination of local and modern elements also presented in the interior of the house. The application of ‘kawung’ pattern as traditional element combined with a simple and modern design create an new experience for the residents.Save this picture!Section AASave this picture!Section BBModular metal panels and Alumunium composite panels used as secondary skin to reduce the heat that goes into the building , so its save the used of air conditioning. The amount of open space, large openings that maximize cross ventilation, and the use of local materials make this residential are environmentally friendly and in line with the concept of sustainability.Save this picture!© Fernando GomulyaProject gallerySee allShow lessSunstar Headquarter / Alhadeff ArchitectsSelected ProjectsARTS Plaza / Atelier HAY + Drury UniversitySelected Projects Share Photographs Denpassar Residence / Atelier Cosmas Gozali Save this picture!© Fernando Gomulya+ 21 Share Year:  Architects: Atelier Cosmas Gozali Area Area of this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Indonesia Denpassar Residence / Atelier Cosmas GozaliSave this projectSaveDenpassar Residence / Atelier Cosmas Gozali Area:  974 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAtelier Cosmas GozaliOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSetia BudiIndonesiaPublished on April 08, 2016Cite: “Denpassar Residence / Atelier Cosmas Gozali” 08 Apr 2016. 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Barnardos report ‘challenging year’

first_img Tagged with: Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 September 2006 | News 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. Citing the impact of the tsunami and Third World appeals, Barnardos Ireland has reported a challenging fundraising year in 2005, with income from activities down from ‚€2.6 million to ‚€2.4 million. Overall charity income, however, grew from just over ‚€16 million to ‚€17.5 million.Statutory income now represents 60% of Barnardos income with donations at 12%, shops 5% and trusts, foundations and legacies at 22%. The latter category grew significantly with a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies of ‚€1.8 million and other trust donations of ‚€1.7 million boosting the figure. Barnardos reported that it has recruited 4500 regular supporters giving through direct debit. Advertisement  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Barnardos report ‘challenging year’last_img read more

Polaroid Eyewear partners worldwide with Sightsavers

first_img Tagged with: corporate Howard Lake | 27 December 2011 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  36 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. Polaroid Eyewear will donate £1 to Sightsavers for every pair of its new 2012 Best Under the Sun Collection sunglasses sold during 2012 as part of a worldwide partnership with the UK charity.The company has chosen Sightsavers as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations. The money raised will help the charity fund work to restore sight and prevent blindness in children and adults living in some of the world’s poorest countries.Rebecca Harwood Lincoln, Country Manager, UK & Ireland for Polaroid Eyewear, said: “More and more consumers are choosing brands that are a force for good and this is a fantastic opportunity for our optical trade partners to be part of that move and help Polaroid release donations to support the incredible life-changing work that Sightsavers does.”Polaroid is inviting retailers to support its Sightsavers campaign by stocking up to 20 frames in the Best Under the Sun Collection, each drawn from an original design from the Polaroid archives, reflecting styles from the 1930s to the 1980s. In addition, Polaroid has created an Aviator frame, called Seventy-five, which is also included in the Sightsavers fundraising campaign.The company has created an eye-catching window display for retailers to help them promote the 2012 Best Under the Sun Collection. It illustrates the history of Polaroid sunglasses, and includes merchandise stickers which highlight the charity donation to Sightsavers of £1 a Polaroid Eyewear partners worldwide with Sightsaverslast_img read more

Indiana NRCS announces Sign up for special Farm Bill Initiatives

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana NRCS announces Sign up for special Farm Bill Initiatives Indiana NRCS announces Sign up for special Farm Bill Initiatives By Gary Truitt – Jan 22, 2014 Through the EQIP Organic Initiative, NRCS provides assistance to eligible producers for installation of conservation practices on organic or agricultural operations transitioning to organic production.  $50,000 is available to assist farmers under this initiative.  Hardisty stresses it is important for any landowner interested in conservation programs to have a conservation plan first.  For more information on how to get a conservation plan or any of these initiatives, please contact your local NRCS District Conservationist.  To locate the office in your area, please visit:   Information on the EQIP program is also available on the Indiana NRCS webpage at: Indiana is one of 12 states that will receive additional Farm Bill dollars for the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI).  This initiative helps producers implement conservation practices that avoid, control, and trap nutrient runoff; improve wildlife habitat; and maintain agricultural productivity.  Indiana has one project in the Middle Eel watershed, with $735,000 available to farmers for conservation work. The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides assistance to agricultural producers who want to implement practices that conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality.  AWEP operates through program contracts with producers to plan and implement conservation practices in project areas established through partnership agreements.  Indiana currently has two AWEP projects:  LaPorte and Southeast Lake Michigan, with $678,000 available to farmers for conservation work. SHARE SHARE Farmers in the St. Joseph, Upper Maumee, Auglaize and St. Mary’s watersheds are eligible for a special conservation initiative to help clean up the Great Lakes.  Indiana is one of eight states to receive federal funding through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).  GLRI focuses on agricultural practices that have the highest benefit for improving water quality, and practices that establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat and assist in controlling invasive species.  Indiana is awaiting funds for this initiative, but anticipates around $400,000 will be available for farmers. The 2014 On-Farm Energy Initiative specifically addresses energy conservation through practice implementation and for development of an Agricultural Energy Management Plan. The program is designed to assist producers by identifying ways to conserve energy on their farms through an on-farm energy audit and to provide assistance to implement various recommended measures through the use of conservation practice standards offered through this initiative, and $100,000 is available to assist farmers with this work. Funding for seasonal high tunnels, a practice that extends the growing season will be available through the Indiana Specialty Crop fund pool and through the Organic Initiative. Previous articleJobe Exposes Renewable Energy RealityNext articleAppeals Court Refuses to Revisit LCFS Ruling Gary Truitt The National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) will assist farmers with the cost to address high-priority water resource concerns in watersheds identified as impaired by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This initiative utilizes a special EQIP funding allocation to accelerate efforts to improve water quality in three 12-digit watersheds with streams designated by the EPA for the Clean Water Act section 303(d) list of impaired waters.  The three watersheds eligible for NWQI funding include Silver Creek, Ell Creek, and Eagle Creek Reservoir – Eagle Creek, with $941,000 available to producers. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist, Jane Hardisty, announces several special, targeted Farm Bill Initiatives with almost three million dollars available for Indiana farmers that target specific natural resource concerns.  These projects include the Agriculture Water Enhancement Program, Mississippi River Basin Initiative, Great Lakes River Basin Initiative, National Water Quality Initiative, On-Farm Energy Initiative, and Organic Initiative. All of the announced opportunities are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and provide farmers financial assistance to implement conservation practices on their land to address specific resource concerns. “These targeted projects allow us to address specific natural resource concerns, and provide a less competitive option for producers to work in these areas.  Applicants don’t have to compete with all of the statewide EQIP applications for these projects, just those applying for each specific initiative,” said Hardisty. Applications submitted by February 21, 2014 will be considered for this year’s funding.  Information about each initiative follows. last_img read more

Detained radio reporter to face terrorism charges

first_imgNews December 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained radio reporter to face terrorism charges RSF_en Follow the news on Burundi Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists BurundiAfrica 29.11.11 – Intelligence agency arrests radio reporter for allegedly helping rebelsReporters Without Borders is shocked by radio reporter Hassan Ruvakuki’s abduction-style arrest yesterday by the National Intelligence Service (SNR), which is still holding him but refuses to reveal his whereabouts. Employed by radio Bonesha FM and Radio France Internationale’s Swahili service, he is accused of collaborating with a rebel group.“We are outraged by the manner of this arrest, which is meant to intimidate reporters and the media in general,” Reporters Without Borders said. “After repeated harassment of the privately-owned media, a journalist has now been arrested without a warrant. We are very worried about Ruvakuki as there has been no news of him since his arrest. What evidence is there to support the claim that he was supporting a rebellion? How is he being treated? We urge the authorities to free him at once.”SNR spokesperson Télesphore Bigirimana told Reporters Without Borders: “He has been arrested along with other people, not as a journalist but as an individual, for the purposes of investigation. He is suspected of helping a rebel group. If he is innocent, I am sure he will be released quickly.”Ruvakuki was arrested by police and SNR officials at around 5 p.m. yesterday while covering an international conference on the protection and management of Lake Tanganyika and was taken to an unknown location. Intelligence officers also searched his home and reportedly took away documents belonging to him.According to initial reports, his arrest may have been prompted by Bonesha FM’s broadcasting of an interview with a Burundian citizen who identified himself as the commander of new rebel group in the east of the country, the FRD-AbanyagihuguTwo Burundian intelligence officials had threatened Bonesha FM’s management with the use of force on 25 November if Ruvakuki did not cooperate with the intelligence services and provide them with information about this new rebel group.The National Council for Communication (CNC) has meanwhile announced that the media are banned from broadcasting or publishing any information about the new rebel group or commenting on its existence. Innocent Muhozi, the head of the Burundian Media Monitoring Centre, condemned the ban as “illegal.”Amnesty International criticized the behaviour of the SNR in an August 2010 report entitled “A step backwards – torture and other ill-treatment by Burundi’s National Intelligence Service.” November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Photo : logo of the new rebel movement called FRD-ABANYAGIHUGU. June 5, 2020 Find out more Hassan  Ruvakuki, a reporter for Bonesha FM and the Swahili service of Radio France Internationale who was detained in an abduction-style arrest four days ago, has been charged with participating in acts of terrorism.A spokesman for the Burundi prosecutor’s office said he was suspected of taking part in the activities of a new rebel group, FRD-Abanyagihugu, in the east of the country. Local authorities have exchanged gunfire with the group, which has sprung up in the Cankuzo and Ruyigi regions 250 km from the capital, Bujumbura. Ruvakuki was arrested on 28 November by agents of the National Intelligence Service (SNR), on the orders of the public prosecutor and charged two days later. He is being held at the police station in Cankuzo where he is said to be in a weak condition.——-center_img Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention News Reports October 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further News BurundiAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation last_img read more

Plea Moved in HC Seeking Action Against Delhi Minorities Commission Chairman For Allegedly Making Threatening Remarks Against Hindus [Read Petition]

first_imgNews UpdatesPlea Moved in HC Seeking Action Against Delhi Minorities Commission Chairman For Allegedly Making Threatening Remarks Against Hindus [Read Petition] Karan Tripathi2 May 2020 12:04 AMShare This – xA plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking action against the Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission, Zafar-ul Islam Khan, for allegedly making inflammatory and threatening statements against the Hindu community. Moved through Advocate Siddharth Acharya, the petition cites a Facebook post put up by Zafar-ul Islam Khan on April 28 which allegedly referred to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking action against the Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission, Zafar-ul Islam Khan, for allegedly making inflammatory and threatening statements against the Hindu community. Moved through Advocate Siddharth Acharya, the petition cites a Facebook post put up by Zafar-ul Islam Khan on April 28 which allegedly referred to Hindu Community as ‘Hindutva Bigots’ and threatened the entire community of dire consequences. ‘(Khan) has intentionally and extremely cleverly, with an intention to cause a rift between two religions at such a sensitive time when India has been affected by global pandemic of Coronavirus and has accused the Hindu Religion of causing lynching, riots and professing hate campaigns against Muslims without provision any substantial proof’, the petition states. The Petitioner argues that the Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission should’ve kept in mind that the city recently experienced deadly communal riots in its northeast districts. He further argues that Mr Khan made these statements with a malafide intention to malign the entire Hindu community, and the same can lead to an endless cycle of violence. The petition states: ‘That the notion has been created that the Muslim minority of Country cannot secure justice from the Courts of Law and the justice system has time and again failed Muslims in the country, thus resorting to idea of vigilantism.’ While highlighting that the Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission has allegedly violated sections 153A, 295A, 505(2) of the IPC, as well as section 66A of the IT Act, the jurisdiction to secure ends of justice lies with the High Court as the said alleged crimes are committed by a Chairperson of a statutory commission, and not by a normal individual.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

Grassroots groups create guide to re-entering community after jail or prison

first_img ITHACA, N.Y. – The Tompkins County Re-Entry Toolkit fits in a back pocket. It has no staples and no hard binding. It’s a guide designed for, and by, people close to the experience of incarceration: people who have recently come home from jail or prison, their family members, and a community of advocates and activists who work daily on issues related to racial justice and mass incarceration.“This is built by the experiences of the people themselves,” said Fabina Colon, director of the Multicultural Resource Center, one of the organizations that partnered to create the Re-Entry Toolkit. “We’re proud of the outcome. It’s accessible, people are using it.”The guide is a joint effort of MRC and local leaders from the Alliance of Families for Justice, Showing Up for Racial Justice, and For Brown Bleeders, as well as numerous volunteers who offered input. It includes advice, a list of local resources, and encouraging quotes drawn from the authors’ experiences working with folks returning home, and it meets Department of Corrections security requirements so it can make its way into visitation rooms and cells.The creators of the Re-Entry Toolkit said there are myriad resources available in Tompkins for people returning home from jail or prison. The county launched a re-entry plan at the jail in 2016, and many organizations, including Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources of Tompkins County, Ultimate Re-Entry Opportunity and Legal Assistance of Western New York, provide services such as job and “know your rights” training, help with college enrollment and assistance with landlord or employer disputes.But while local resources exist, the toolkit team said they can be hard to find and access. Social scientists have shown that people with criminal records face discrimination when seeking employment, and the federal government only prohibited landlords from discriminating on the basis of a criminal record in 2016. Even with local services available, people returning home often struggle to find work, housing and social support.The toolkit is realistic about challenges people may face during re-entry and offers suggestions for overcoming them.“Be prepared to be denied housing,” it reads, continuing, “If you do get denied, stay strong and file an appeal to the landlord/agency directly.”“We wanted to provide a tool so people could build their own capacity for self-advocacy,” Colon said. “If you’re denied housing, how do you ask questions? ‘Is there a process for me to appeal this?’ ‘Is there a handbook?’” Tagged: alliance of families for justice, for brown bleeders, multicultural resource center, re-entry toolkit, SURJ Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: The guide is oriented around skill-building, insider tips and self-care. For instance, it lists specific contact people at large organizations, identifies organizations known to be “particularly culturally welcoming and competent,” and suggests exploring local trails, art walks and free concerts to maintain physical and mental health.Rose Fleurant, co-founder of the collective For Brown Bleeders, said it was important to listen to the voices of the people who are most affected by incarceration while creating the toolkit. “This is something we’re co-building together,” Fleurant said, “and people are still chiming in. It’s growing and manifesting in different ways.”In its current iteration, the toolkit guides people through the re-entry process from six months before their release until months or years after they return home. For instance, it covers how to gather applications for resources like SNAP food assistance, housing, and jobs while in custody, and shares tips for building supportive relationships while becoming self-sufficient once home.Practical advice is mixed with reassuring messages: “Re-entry is entering back into a lot of things. Society. Family. Relationships. It’s not easy. There are a lot of ways the system is set up that make it hard for you. But we’re here to help you take steps to make it through.”The project’s graphic designer, Coralee McNee, said the layout and mix of content “make the document more inviting.” It reads like a conversation, she said, not a textbook.The guide’s warm tone also sends the message that people returning from incarceration are welcome in the community.“We have to start by changing the stigma,” said Phoebe Brown, regional coordinator of Alliance of Families for Justice. Brown said she hopes the toolkit “can help people finagle the system,” but added that organizations need to evaluate their commitment to working with people who have been incarcerated.“Are you doing this work because in your heart of hearts you have thought about social justice,” Brown asked of local service providers and employers, “or because it looks good?”Early responses to the toolkit suggest there is high demand for help navigating existing resources. Organizations in cities including Binghamton and Elmira have reached out to MRC for advice on creating their own guides, and the team has distributed an initial printing of 200 booklets. Additional copies will make their way to community organizations and the Tompkins County Public Library soon, and an online version is available here.Featured image: The Tompkins County Re-Entry Toolkit. (Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice) Devon Magliozzi Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? 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Can work be soulful?

first_img Previous Article Next Article Spirituality at work is a joke, right? Not entirely, writes Stephen Overell,who is looking forward to next month’s Organisational Spirituality conference,the first of its kind to be held in the UK There was a time when the sign of a mid-life crisis was to buy a big, fastcar and have affairs with people half your age. Today, it is to become aspiritual consultant. At the UK’s first-ever conference on ‘Organisational Spirituality’ laterthis summer1 they will gather in their hundreds to conjure sorcerous paradigmsand amazing theories of enlightenment. Workshops include ‘Celebrating theCreative Child in the Workplace’, ‘Everyday Rituals, Exercises and Meditationsto Evoke the Living Spirit at Work’ and ‘Spiritual Intelligence – how to getit’. It’s easy to scoff, of course – and sometimes it is a duty. The spiritualityat work movement, which has seeped out of the US during the last 15 years, hasbeen responsible for some of the sickliest pronouncements ever to infectworkplace affairs. According to Ian Mitroff, a professor of business policy atthe Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles, and author of A Spiritual Auditof Corporate America, a spiritual focus could be the ultimate competitive advantage.2Meanwhile, Ericsson, Sterling Bank, Mitsubishi and many others teach theirexecutives about ‘love-based values’ and models of ‘organisationalconsciousness’. Liberating the Corporate Soul, the beatific blockbuster by aformer manager at the World Bank, continues to enchant a large and strangepublic.3 Enjoyable as scoffing always is, however, it doesn’t get to the bottom ofthe issue, or why it has arisen. Besides, Britain gave birth to the Quakers,the sect that originally fused spiritual commitment and commercial success.Sadly, we must probe a little deeper. For deep background on spirituality at work, let us start with good oldChristianity. In Britain, the various churches are losing 760 worshippers everySunday.4 When the BBC undertook an investigation into faith at the millennium,5it found a steep decline in the belief in a transcendent God with only 27 percent of people prepared to describe themselves as ‘a religious person’. Yet growing numbers of people claim to experience the divine, or thespiritual, from within life, with 31 per cent saying they were a spiritualperson. Only 8 per cent were atheists. Spirituality, which traditionally hashad definitively religious connotations, is now being touted as somethingsecular, to do with individual and social wellbeing. Employers are beginning to feel the edge of this agenda. How to integratework and life is one of the major themes of the past decade, an issue propelledby disillusionment and cynicism about how organisations are run and whether theresult of hard work really is greater happiness. Professional people seem towant more and more from their jobs – far beyond a wage and basic fulfilment. According to the annual temperature-check of managerial attitudes conductedby the Roffey Park Institute, the search for more meaningful work is under way.More than a third of managers hope to leave their employers over the next year,while a fifth are moved to do so on ethical grounds. Instead, they apparentlycrave values, purpose and identity in organisations that are not solelymotivated by profit. Instilling those values is the preoccupation of spirituality at work. It isan aim not that far removed from the human relations school of management, withall its emphasis on people being subject to ‘a hierarchy of needs’ at the topof which lies ‘self-actualisation’.7 Nor is it unrelated to the growing interest in culture in organisations. InJames Heskett and John Kotter’s exhaustive survey of corporate culture, forexample, they found the only way to explain the long-term success of certaincompanies was through culture and values (the best enjoy 901 per cent shareprice growth, the worst 74 per cent) which unite employees in collective aims.8Yet there is also a touch of The End of History9 involved in thespirituality vogue, too. Francis Fukuyama has his critics, but there is nodenying he put his finger on an important observation: the enterprise of makinghistory, of dreaming up new and superior versions of how civilisation should berun, is widely held to be finished. Liberal capitalism is it. People nowrestrict their aspirations to small-scale ameliorations to the status quo.Making the workplace conducive to human values is a project very much in tunewith the sense of cultural terminus. So what is spirituality at work? A hotchpotch of New Age gaucheness to besure. But it would be quite wrong to see it as just that. Father DermotTredget, a Benedictine monk who runs weekend retreats for executives at DouaiAbbey in Berkshire, takes the generous line, arguing most definitions ofspirituality can apply both to religious contexts and to humanisticphilosophies of life. The word spirituality derives from the Latin verb‘spirare’, to breathe, and the noun ‘spiritus’, a breath, so it involves ideasof energy or a force behind life. ‘When you read the world’s literature on spirituality, there are some commonthemes that emerge,’ he says. ‘That spirituality involves growth – aboutbecoming a person in the fullest sense. It involves relationships, perhaps akind of spiritual hospitality towards others. It embraces a person’s intellect,emotions and soul, and it animates a person’s attitudes, beliefs, behaviour andpractices.’ Tredget says that some of the material generated by the votaries of spiritualityin work is quite flaky. Nevertheless, he believes the task of developing a more ‘soul-friendly’workplace, where profitability, efficiency and techn- ology do not overridevalues of self-respect, respect for others and for the environment, has a practicalbearing on the grey-carpeted reality of life at work. ‘In many ways, it isabout reconnecting who people are to what they do,’ he says. Many of the world’s great religions have long preached a partnership betweenwork and sacred duty; St Benedict instructed his followers: orare et laborare –pray and work. But what are we to make of secular spirituality? Personally, Ican’t understand it. Spirituality exists in an explicitly religious context.Outside it, the word is vapid – a magnet for cranks. A better term might be‘meaning at work’. But then being a ‘meaning consultant’ doesn’t exactly soundtrustworthy, either, does it? 1 Living Spirit: New Dimensions in Work and Learning, held at the Universityof Surrey, 22-24 July; www.HPRG.org2 A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America, by Ian Mitroff and ElizabethDenton, Jossey-Bass, 1999 3 Liberating the Corporate Soul, by Richard Barrett, Butterworth-Heinemann,1998 4 From Christian Research, Statistics, 2000-2002 5 State of Faith at the Millennium, Opinion Research Business, 2000 6 The Management Agenda, Roffey Park Institute, 2002 7 Specifically the work of Abraham Maslow. 8 Corporate Culture and Performance, by James Heskett and John Kotter, FreePress, 1992 9 The End of History and The Last Man, by Francis Fukuyama, New York, 1992 Can work be soulful?On 11 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. 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Real estate’s glittery holiday parties on hold due to Covid

first_img(iStock)Fried Frank’s annual holiday bash typically draws about 1,000 clients and friends to Cipriani, where they stand elbow to elbow sipping cocktails and snacking on hors d’oeuvres.But this year may be one for the Grinch.Planning for the firm’s annual holiday bash typically starts a year in advance. But last month, the white-shoe law firm officially pulled the plug on its celebration, seen by many as the industry’s unofficial start to the holiday season.“As much as I like having fun and going to the parties and seeing everybody, I think this is the year of no parties.”— Daren Hornig, managing partner, Hornig Capital Partners. Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Share via Shortlink Email Address* “In the current circumstances it’s obviously the right decision,” said Jonathan Mechanic, the chairman of the firm’s real estate department, who makes a point of personally greeting several hundred guests each year.Like so many things in 2020, the packed holiday parties of years past are now verboten for New York’s real estate players, as health experts advise against large indoor gatherings. On Dec. 11, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down indoor dining again as the number of Covid-19 cases rose across the state.“As much as I like having fun and going to the parties and seeing everybody, I think this is the year of no parties,” said Daren Hornig, managing partner of Hornig Capital Partners.Read moreSmall Talk: How to survive and thrive during Real Estate Holiday Party SeasonIndoor dining will shut down again in NYCReal estate’s party poopers For the industry, the month of December is typically a whirlwind of party-hopping — and, for some, deal-making. Lavish parties at Cipriani, Top of the Standard and Tao are places to see and be seen, as raucous partygoers indulge in food and drink while networking, swapping market intel and gossiping.In 2018, Hornig sold the Bruckner Building after an encounter at a holiday party. Which one? “I don’t want to say it was Madison Realty Capital, because I don’t want to owe Josh [Zegen, Madison’s co-founder] a commission, but I definitely owe him some drinks,” he joked.Mechanic said Fried Frank’s higher-ups thought long and hard about what to do in lieu of an in-person bash. They ultimately rejected a virtual gathering, concerned that people wouldn’t connect in a meaningful way. “Our event is really kind of a who’s-who in the real estate industry,” he said. “To do something that was not going to be keeping with the nature of that event didn’t seem right to us.”He said organizers were also concerned about technical glitches. “The notion of some CEO getting frustrated didn’t sound appealing,” he said.Brown Harris Stevens also opted out of a virtual celebration. Instead, it plans to donate funds it would have spent on a party to various charities, including New York Cares and Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter. “This makes us feel so much happier,” said Hall Willkie, BHS’ president in New York, who said Zoom can’t replicate the energy or feel of in-person gatherings.Cipriani’s at 110 East 42nd Street (Photo via Cipriani’s)Cooper-Horowitz, known for a daytime affair that takes place on the second Wednesday in December, canceled its party, but is holding out hope that “when things improve we can do a spring holiday party,” Richie Horowitz, one of the firm’s principals, said in an email.In lieu of its traditional party at the Morgan Library and Hotel, which it helped renovate, Sciame Construction sent electronic greeting cards with photos from prior years and the invitation, “See you next year.”Kramer Levin also sent a video message to clients, offering words of thanks for health and connectedness. “In normal circumstances, I love going to the parties, I really do,” said Jay Neveloff, who chairs the firm’s real estate group. “Seeing people I like at the parties — it’s just personal connections that are so important.”Neveloff said the firm didn’t have a companywide celebration, but departments are hosting virtual gatherings on their own. The real estate department participated in a virtual escape room during the second week of December.Other firms have also done virtual events: In early December, Fried Frank partner Jennifer Yashar led real estate attorneys in a potato latke and applesauce-making class over Zoom, with recipes for potato pancakes and Moscow Mules circulated in advance.Despite the health warnings, some industry players have attended big bashes. Against the advice of the Centers for Disease Control, President Donald Trump followed through with a string of holiday parties at the White House this month. On Dec. 9, South Florida developer Gil Dezer and Douglas Elliman brokers Oren and Tal Alexander attended the president’s Hanukkah soiree. “Spare your political views,” Oren Alexander wrote on Instagram. “The president just served us kosher food in his house and wished us a Happy Hanukkah.”But for others, respite from weeks of party-hopping was a relief. Simon Ziff, president of Ackman-Ziff, said he was, in fact, ready for a break from the holiday parties. “I will miss seeing all of the paparazzi following around [Fried Frank’s Jonathan] Mechanic, [Royal Abstract’s Marty] Kravet, [Madison’s Josh] Zegen and [Cushman & Wakefield’s Bruce] Mosler,” he joked. “But they all are pretty damn photogenic.”Neveloff said instead of party invites, he’s gotten assorted gifts from clients, including a box of high-end truffle oils. On Dec. 12, he attended a virtual gala to support National Jewish Health, a respiratory hospital in Denver supported by New York developer Larry Silverstein. “Wine was delivered two days ago. Yesterday we got a box with cookies, popcorn, all sorts of goodies,” Neveloff said prior to the event. “What I don’t know is whether I’m supposed to wear a shirt and tie.”Contact E.B. Solomont Full Name* TagsCommercial Real EstateResidential Real Estatelast_img read more