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ArchDaily Square House Veierland / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Houses Norway Projects + 19 Share Architects: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter Area Area of this architecture project Area: 120 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Square House Veierland / Reiulf Ramstad ArkitekterSave this projectSaveSquare House Veierland / Reiulf Ramstad ArkitekterSave this picture!Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad ArkitekterHouses•Norway Year: “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/387731/square-house-veierland-reiulf-ramstad-arkitekter-as Clipboard CopySave this picture!Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad ArkitekterRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. The house is situated in a pine wood on Veierland, a car-free island outside Nøtterøy in Vestfold. Perched on stilts above a rocky ridge it gently hovers in the woodland, leaving no footprint. This impression is further enhanced by a homogenous surface of dark wood, which gives the house an inconspicuous, almost muted character. It bespeaks serenity and inward orientation; a principle reflected further in its very rational layout. Functions are gathered in ‘batteries’, which leaves the rest of the indoor volume clarified and transparent. Made up of longitudinal blocks around a central open area, the house is oriented towards this centre, which in itself does not serve any function and therefore constitutes a serene, untouched locus.Save this picture!Courtesy of Reiulf Ramstad ArkitekterHuset er plassert i barskogen på Veierland, en bilfri øy utenfor Nøtterøy i Vestfold. Satt på søyler på en bergrygg, svever huset vagt over skogbunnen, uten å etterlate fotavtrykk. Dette inntrykket er videre understreket med en homogen overflate av mørkt tre, noe som gir huset et dempet uttrykk og gjør det nesten usynlig. Det signaliserer ro og har en innadvendt retning; et prinsipp som er tatt videre i boligens inndeling. Funksjonene er samlet i batterier som etterlater resten av volumet klart og oversiktlig. Sammensatt av langsgående blokker, er huset orientert mot et sentralt åpent område, som i seg selv ikke betjener noen funksjon, og utgjør derfor et rolig, urørt sted.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessOMA Leads Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc Competition in BordeauxArticlesWhite Lodge / DyerGrimes ArchitectsSelected Projects Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/387731/square-house-veierland-reiulf-ramstad-arkitekter-as Clipboard 2011 CopyAbout this officeReiulf Ramstad ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesWoodNorwayPublished on June 17, 2013Cite: “Square House Veierland / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter” 17 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 January 2002 | News The Charity Commission has published the latest totals of charities in England and Wales. At the end of 2001 there were 188,116 charities on their Register, of whom 27,338 were subsidiaries or branches. This means that there were 160,778 main charities.The Charity Commission has published the latest totals of charities in England and Wales. At the end of 2001 there were 188,116 charities on their Register, of whom 27,338 were subsidiaries or branches. This means that there were 160,778 main charities.Total annual income of all these registered main charities was £26,708,648,232, according to the Register. These figures confirm that very few charities raise a large proportion of total charitable income: 372 charities, 0.24% of those on the Register, raise over £10m per year, but together they receive 42.75% of the total annual income of all charities on the Register. Advertisement Latest totals for charities in England and Wales 13 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Visit the Charity Commission.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 November 2005 | News Tagged with: Ireland Sports Council to open new funding programme 26 total views, 2 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Sports Council for Northern Ireland plans to open a new challenge funding programme during November 2005, with a closing date December 2005. The new programme will invite applications from statutory organizations and ‘umbrella’ community/voluntary organizations with a multisport commitment. The Sports Council particularly seeks to encourage applications that improve physical literacy and therefore participation in sport and physical activity among under-represented groups, especially people with a disability. Details will be available shortly to download from the Sports Council website.The new programme follows a recent consultation exercise on ‘Proposals for Funding Community Sport beyond 1st April 2006.’ Advertisement
Cancer Research UK chosen by five businesses as charity of the year Howard Lake | 28 February 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Cancer Research UK has been chosen as Charity of the Year for 2007-08 by five leading UK businesses: Adecco, Hallmark Cards, Michael Page International, Visa Europe and Weber Shandwick Financial.The partnerships with international recruitment consultant Adecco and national greeting card retailer, Hallmark Cards, are expected to raise over £20,000 each for the charity; Visa Europe expects to raise £50,000 and UK recruitment consultancy Michael Page International’s partnership is expected to raise over £150,000. Tagged with: corporate 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Twitter TAGS Facebook DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– The “Regenerative Medicine Market Share, Size, Trends, & Industry Analysis Report, By Therapy; By Products; By Application; By Region: Segment Forecast, 2020-2026” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The Regenerative Medicine Market is anticipated to reach over USD 79.23 billion by 2026 In 2019, the cell therapy dominated the global Regenerative Medicine market, in terms of revenue. North America is expected to be the leading contributor to the global market revenue in 2019. Regenerative medicine is a branch of medicine that regrows, and repairs the damaged cells in the human body. These medicines include the use of stem cells, tissue engineering, that further helps in developing new organ that function smoothly. These medicines have the caliber of developing an entire organ as these cells are multipotent. The cells are majorly isolated from bone marrow, and umbilical cord blood. The regenerative medicine market is primarily driven by the increasing number of individuals suffering from cancer, rising need to monitor and treating these chronic diseases in the limited time. Furthermore, stringent government policies, proper reimbursement policies, and increasing government healthcare expenditure for developing healthcare infrastructure to also boost the market growth in coming years. Also, rising number of organ transplantation, and increasing number of products in pipeline that are waiting for approval create major opportunity for the regenerative medicines in the coming years. However, some of the ethical and religious concerns for the use of stem cells, and lack of proper regulatory for the approval of various drugs would impede the market growth during the forecast period. North America generated the highest revenue in the Regenerative Medicine market in 2019, and is expected to be the leading region globally during the forecast period. Increasing number of patients suffering from chronic diseases, improved healthcare infrastructure and health facilities, accessibility of healthcare facilities, are the primary factors driving the market growth in this region. While, Asia Pacific to be the fastest growing region in the coming years. The growth in this region is majorly attributed to the developing healthcare infrastructure of the countries like India, & China, and rising awareness for the use of regenerative medicines as an effective treatment option for chronic diseases. The key players operating in the Regenerative Medicine market include Organogenesis Inc., Vericel Corporation, Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., Stryker Corporation, and NuVasive, Inc., Medtronic Plc., Acelity, Cook Biotech Inc., Integra LifeSciences, and C.R. Bard. These companies launch new products and collaborate with other market leaders to innovate and launch new products to meet the increasing needs and requirements of consumers. Key Topics Covered: 1. Overview and Scope 1.1. Research goal & scope 1.2. Research assumptions 1.3. Research Methodology 1.4. Key take-away 1.5. Stakeholders 2. Executive Summary 2.1. Market Definition 2.2. Market Segmentation 3. Regenerative Medicine Market Insights 3.1. Regenerative Medicine – Industry snapshot 3.2. Regenerative Medicine – Ecosystem analysis 3.3. Regenerative Medicine Market Dynamics 3.3.1. Regenerative Medicine – Market Forces 18.104.22.168. Regenerative Medicine Market Driver Analysis 22.214.171.124. Regenerative Medicine Market Restraint/Challenges analysis 126.96.36.199. Regenerative Medicine Market Opportunity Analysis 3.4. Industry analysis – Porter’s five force 3.5. Regenerative Medicine Market PEST Analysis 3.6. Regenerative Medicine Market Value Chain Analysis 3.7. Regenerative Medicine Industry Trends 3.8. Competitive Ranking Analysis 4. Regenerative Medicine Market Size and Forecast by Therapy Type, 2015-2026 4.1. Key Findings 4.2. Tissue engineering 4.3. Cell Therapy 4.4. Immunotherapy 4.5. Gene Therapy 5. Regenerative Medicine Market Size and Forecast by Product Type, 2015-2026 5.1. Key Findings 5.2. Acellular Products 5.3. Cellular Products 5.4. Autologous Products 5.5. Allogeneic Products 6. Regenerative Medicine Market Size and Forecast by Application Type, 2015-2026 6.1. Key Findings 6.2. Oncology 6.3. Dermatology 6.4. Orthopedic 6.5. Cardiology 6.6. CNS Disease 6.7. Diabetes 7. Regenerative Medicine Market Size and Forecast by Region, 2015-2026 8. Company ProfilesOrganogenesis Inc.Vericel CorporationOsiris Therapeutics Inc.Stryker CorporationNuVasive Inc.Medtronic Plc.AcelityCook Biotech Inc.Integra LifeSciencesC.R. Bard For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/ve9unn View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005572/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH STEM CELLS OTHER HEALTH SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 07:35 AM/DISC: 02/24/2021 07:36 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005572/en WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Global $79.23 Bn Regenerative Medicine Markets, Analysis 2015-2019 & Forecasts 2020-2026 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Previous articleThe TJX Companies, Inc. 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Oxford Catholics have voiced their concern after it was revealed that tickets for the upcoming play ‘Antigone’ wil include a discount on sex toys and pornography from ‘The Private Shop’ on Cowley Road.‘Antigone’ is due to be performed this Sunday evening at The Cellar, which has never hosted play productions before. There are rumours that drugs will also be circulating during performances, although director Jess Edwards stressed that the production team will be upholding the Cellar’s strict drugs policy at all times. Edwards said that the prospect of an S&M show in Oxford had been met with excitement by students.“What we wanted to do was sell sherbet and sweets that look like drugs, or herbal legal drugs, but apparently even selling talcum powder advertised as cocaine is still illegal. “The Cellar was very clear in saying no to our idea, but I guess by putting [the play on] in a club we are running a certain risk in this respect”.Patrick Milner, a prominent member of the University’s Catholic community, was left unimpressed by the production’s marketing. He said, “I think it’s rather sad if student dramatics are forced to revert to sex, drink and drugs to attract people to performances; the producer can’t have much confidence in the acting ability of the cast. Each can be obtained in abundance through easier channels. It’s all rather embarrassing to be honest.”Newman Society President Hubert MacGreevey told Cherwell, “I was aware that there was going to be a performance of Antigone coming up, but not that it was going to be a sex-fest spectacular.“As a practising Catholic, I don’t approve of any aggressive promotion of sexual promiscuity. But let’s be honest: [we know] what lengths undergraduates will go to in order to make a splash and to receive lots of attention from their peers.”Edwards admitted that using a sex shop discount was a marketing ploy rather than an artistic decision. She described it as “camp, amusing and experimental”, but not intended to cause offence. The performance is billed as ‘the closest a party can get to a play’ with a live DJ, strobe lighting and shot girls. The actors will move amongst audience members.The Oxford version of Antione describes itself as a ‘highly sexualised production with a sadomasochism costume theme’. The production team claim that their version of the play is a “visual way to bring out the excess of Greek tragedy, frightening and relevant to a modern audience”.
Amendment 2 (McGinn & Elpers): This proposes cutting the City’s $130,000 contract with New Hope for a Highway 41 bus service. Amendment 5A (Mercer): This proposes cutting all non-profit grants by 25% except for I-69 Bridgelink, UNOE, Leadership Evansville, and SWIRCA. Amendment 4 (Adams): This holds in abeyance the grant to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund allocation from $500,000 to $0 until City Council has received the Affordable Housing Trust Fund’s first two quarterly financial reports in 2019 for review and approval. After such approval, the City Council will entertain a new appropriation of $500,000 for the Fund. Amendment 3 (McGinn): This proposes reducing the grant to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund from $500,000 to $100,000. Amendment 1 (Weaver): This amendment calls for a $3 million cut from the budget to line items designated and specified by the administration. If this amendment passes, the Council tables final passage of a budget until October 22nd in order to allow the administration to identify and propose its specific cuts. Amendment 5 (McGinn & Elpers): This proposes cutting all non-profit grants by 25% except for I-69 Bridgelink and UNOE. This memo was sent yesterday to members of the Evansville City Council by their Legal Counsel, Joshua Claybourn.DEAR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS;I’ve attached all of the budget amendments that I’ve received so far and had a brief summary below. Please review any that you are sponsoring as soon as possible in order to let me know if you have any changes. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Amendment 6 (Elpers): This amendment reduces the City’s contribution to employee health insurance premiums by $10.00 per month ($120 per year) for each employee, which will have the effect of requiring employees to increase their share of health insurance premiums by $10.00 per month ($120 per year). This would not apply to Teamsters since they are on their own health insurance plan.FOOTNOTE: The above amendments shall be discussed at Mondays City Council meeting and are subject to changes as deemed by City Council members.
Who doesn’t love movies? The personalities of the characters, the complexities of a story line and the magic of the special effects, all taking place in front of your eyes on the big or small screen. At Dell, we support movie making of all kinds, from major blockbusters to independent films, and enabling filmmakers to bring great stories to life.We’re particularly passionate about supporting the independent film community, especially those in our own backyard in Austin.“Independent filmmaking is tough, but raising money for indie filmmaking is even tougher,” Austin Chronicle writer Richard Whittaker points out.So to help them tell the stories that would not be told otherwise, we’ve partnered with the Austin Film Society (AFS), a non-profit that empowers our community to make, watch and love film and creative media, to introduce the first-ever AFS Powered by Dell Grant. The AFS grant program was founded based on the lack of funding available for emerging artists in Texas. The Powered by Dell Grant awards funding and technology to independent filmmakers in Austin.In addition to funding, two of the Powered by Dell Grant recipients will receive a portfolio of Dell Precision workstations, Dell UltraSharp monitors and Adobe Creative Cloud suites, which will provide them the power and performance of technology used by some of today’s leading filmmakers and movie studios. In fact, four out of the five latest Academy Awards in visual effects were developed on our Precision platform.On September 1, AFS announced the recipients of the AFS Powered by Dell Grant which include:Ben and Bo Powell for the in-progress feature documentary, “Rosedale.” (pictured above) Ben Powell is a producer, director and editor whose debut documentary feature, “Barge,” premiered at SXSW and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival. “Rosedale” is a feature documentary about the people of Rosedale, Mississippi, a tough old river town in the Mississippi Delta considered ‘the South’s South,’ where the scars of slavery and segregation run deep.Director Paul Gordon for the narrative feature in development, “Wolves.” The dramatic comedy “Wolves” brings together Ashley, a young idealistic woman, with a couple of performance artist, chefs that are homeless. Paul Gordon recently wrote, directed, edited and played lead actor in “The Happy Poet,” which screened at festivals around the world, including Venice Film Festival, South by Southwest (SxSW), and Tokyo International Film Festival, and won both audience and jury awards.An additional AFS Powered by Dell cash grant has been awarded to Deborah Esquenazi for her feature documentary, “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four,” which has already received support from the Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures and had a presence at SxSW. The film profiles the persecution and abuse of four Latina lesbian women, wrongfully convicted of a crime.The AFS Grant is a continuation of Dell’s ongoing support for the independent filmmakers at Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Napa Valley Film Festival and many more. We look forward to empowering this community of talented artists and filmmakers in Austin, and providing them with the great technology of Dell Precision Workstations. Stay tuned for more about the recipients and their projects.And to learn more about how creative projects come to life with the help of the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation and Adobe Premier Pro, watch this video: </p><p>Image Credits: Dell (top) and Ben and Bo Powell (middle)
To find out what the absolute essentials are for hiking the Appalachian Trail, we went straight to the source.Jennifer Pharr Davis holds the overall speed record for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. She is the founder of Blue Ridge Hiking Company in Asheville, N.C., and she travels and speaks to hikers and runners across the region and the country. Her strategy: everything she carries is important—nothing more, nothing less. Here are a few of her favorite gear and apparel picks for both day hikes and overnights.Day Hikes1. Zamberlan Shoes“People are constantly asking whether I prefer hiking in trail runners and boots. I respond, Both! Since the birth of backpacking, hikers have relied on boots. They protect and support feet on technical terrain, they provide great traction, and they are durable. A good pair of boots can last a couple of thousand miles. But trail runners are lightweight and breathable, less expensive and they don’t require the break-in miles boots demand. I went back and forth between trail runners and boots until I found Zamberlan Crossers. The Crossers are a “cross” or hybrid of a traditional boot made with lightweight, breathable materials. They last a really long time and they have great traction and support that’s especially important when I am carrying my 20-month-old daughter in a pack. But they are still comfortable and light enough to allow me to fastpack or put in high mileage days.” About $119, depending on model; zamberlanusa.com2. McHale Pack“Footwear and packs are extremely important to me because those are the items that I feel all day long. An ill-fitting pack will turn even a simple day hike into a miserable march. With a tall, slender frame and a disdain for too much weight on my shoulders, I was a tough match for traditional packs. For about 2,000 miles I actually thought that packs were supposed to hurt. I thought it was part of hiking and that I just needed to suck it up. But then I heard about Dan McHale. McHale started a cottage industry by hand making custom packs. He requires clients to send measurements and pictures and then go through a demo process to ensure that the pack is a perfect fit. It takes a couple of months to receive your pack, but it is worth the wait! Now when I load up with 40 pounds, it simply feels like a good friend is giving me a gentle hug around the waist.” Custom prices vary; mchalepacks.com3. Fits Socks“These became my go-to sock on the 2011 Appalachian Trail record. They are extremely durable but at the same time soft and cushioned. They never bunch up, and the socks only have one seam which helped cut down on blisters and rubbing. They also wick away moisture incredibly well. I only occasionally had to use Gold Bond powder, which is another amazing piece of backpacking gear!”$20.99 Medium Hiker Crew; fitssock.com4. Sawyer Mini“A water parasite is the most unpleasant trail souvenir that I can think of. When I started hiking I had to choose between using heavy pump filters or chemical treatments. I didn’t like the weight of the filter or the wait that the chemicals entailed. Today, I use the Sawyer Mini. It boasts the finest micron filter on the market and it only weighs two ounces. It is guaranteed to treat 100,000 gallons. You can screw it onto a water bottle or water bladder. Or you can use the straw attachment and drink directly from a water source.” $24.95; sawyer.comOvernighters“When it comes to solo overnight trips, I am a minimalist,” says Davis. “I like the focus to be on hiking rather than on camping. But anyone who knows me knows that I am a wimp in cold weather.”5. Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bag“I have used Western Mountaineering Bags for the past eight years. They are expensive, but the high quality goose down makes the bags lightweight, extremely packable, and super warm. I actually gave my husband a Western Mountaineering sleeping bag as his engagement gift. Back then I thought it was imperative that he had a left zip bag and I had a right zip bag so we could zip up together. Six years later, I look back and laugh.” $329 – $499; westernmountaineering.com6. Snow Peak Stove“I don’t like cooking on the trail and I will only cook when I am backpacking with someone else. But Snow Peak does make my life pretty easy. All I have to do is screw their lightweight stove onto a gas canister and press the igniter! It is easy to control the flame, which is good because I am paranoid about forest fires, and it usually gets the water boiling in less than five minutes.” $39.95 – $49.94; snowpeak.com7. Mountain House Meals“I don’t like to cook, but I really hate doing dishes on the trail. Mountain House dehydrated dinners are not only delicious, but they are self-contained in a re-sealable pack. No fuss. No mess. All I have to do is heat water, wait, eat my dinner, and then zip up the pouch when I am done. A lot of times, if I have leftovers, I will save them in the pouch and eat them for lunch the following day. But I rarely have leftovers because Mountain House is so tasty. My favorite meal is the Chili Beef Mac. Try adding cheese and Fritos. And yes, I have occasionally made Mountain House at home.” $6.99 – $9.29 per entree; mountainhouse.com