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Fit for purpose: Budgeting a store fit

April 21, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgRichard Hamilton of HamiltonBIG, a creative retail and brand consultancy, considers the costs of building a storeThis month we’re looking at the big question how much does putting your ideas into practice cost? Budget, budget, budget and then add 10% is a golden rule in building a store. To begin with, there must be a realistic budget, which has to reflect what you are trying to achieve not what you hope it will achieve. The contingency is critical for dealing with unforeseen issues that will inevitably crop up when the store is being constructed and should be outside of the overall budget and, ideally, left alone until it’s needed.Every business addresses build budgets differently and some don’t factor in solicitor and site fees. But do be aware of these, along with other hidden costs such as landlord bonds that can sometimes be required while the store is being built. Other hidden costs, such as power upgrades and drainage improvements constantly crop up and, once the lease is signed, few landlords will offer any assistance.The budget should be set before the store is designed or costed and it has to reflect what the business can afford and then be designed accordingly. To break the budget down simply is difficult, as all stores will require different amounts of work; some may require more shopfitting while others may need a greater allocation to furniture and equipment. If the store is not the first, then base the budget on past stores, but obviously, take into consideration individual store requirements.There are several costs in the build of a store that are worth the spend and lighting is a top consideration. In general, the greater the investment, the better the long-term solution, especially if the investment is in energy-efficient equipment.The greatest single effect on how far the budget will stretch will be the choice of shopfitter. Like all things, buy cheap, buy thrice. A good shopfitter may cost slightly more from the outset, but they should save you money with intelligent construction and a reduction in long-term maintenance issues. Recommen-dation is the best way to choose, but always check out the workmanship. A tender process is worth consideration, but this is ultimately what will make or break the [email protected] Next month: project managementlast_img read more

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SMC prepares all-female ‘Henry V’ performance

January 26, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgWhen audiences first see director Mark Abram-Copenhaver’s spring production of “Henry V” at Saint Mary’s, they might be surprised at the lack of male actors.The play, which takes place April 3-6, is the first of its kind to premiere at Saint Mary’s. Every role from the servants to the king herself is portrayed and brought to life by an all-female ensemble at O’Laughlin Auditorium, sophomore cast member Claire Bleecker said.Abram-Copenhaver is the visionary behind the unusual concept of an all-female production of this Shakespearean history. By cutting and rearranging the text, he hopes to open its context for creative and thematic interpretation, Bleecker said.Bleecker said she is excited to say she is part of an all-female production of a Shakespeare play, especially one so fueled by masculinity.“There are three or four actual girl parts, so this is a play that I would never get a chance to be in outside of Saint Mary’s,” Bleecker said. “Back in my hometown, I played Hermia in a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Luciana in ‘Comedy of Errors,’ and they’re both basically the same people.  They’re not funny or tragic, they’re just objects of love for the people in the play.”Bleecker said although she has a rather small part, playing the character of Bardolph, she thinks the male role will be a great experience for her.“[Bardolph is] complex and has actual characteristics, whereas the female parts that I played in the past really don’t have actual characteristics,” Bleecker said.Critics of Shakespeare often point out that the major flaws in the female characters are their lack of depth and layers, Bleecker said.“When women are put into sticky situations in Shakespeare plays, their narrative is gone about in this light, sort of funny way,” she said.  “There’s this dichotomy where the women are light and the men are taken very seriously.”In addition to playing with the script, Abram-Copenhaver has brought in various speakers to better inform the cast about what they are saying and performing, Bleecker said.Professor of Shakespeare studies Christopher Cobb recently assisted the ensemble in understanding the historical background of the play’s time frame and setting, Bleecker said.The cast also consists of women who are not Saint Mary’s students, Bleecker said.“We have one of the employees of the College … one of the ladies who works in the Husking Center … [and] a math teacher who graduated from Saint Mary’s,” she said. “It’s a good range from freshmen to seniors.”One significant character trait Abram-Copenhaver wants each of his actresses to focus on in their performances is that they are not women playing men but women playing women, Bleecker said.“Essentially our characters are the same as men, as in we’re not just purely comical or love objects,” she said. “We’re tragic and sad and funny and everything else too. [Mark] says, ‘You’re not playing men. You’re playing women. You’re women playing these characters.’“That re-enforces the fact that we can play men [and] women can play complex characters. We’re not going to pretend to be men, because we can’t fool anyone there. It’s a major interpretation decision that he made and I agree with,” she said.In performing in an all-female “Henry V” Bleecker said she feels there is a need for this interpretation of a classic play to showcase the strength women can bring to such a story.“In history, we as women look back and men have always ruled,” she said.“Men were always the leaders, always, always, always, always. But now we’re at a time in history where we have an all-women’s cast in a show.“Here’s a real example of a time when women are making the decisions and acting all the parts and being complex and beautiful.  A little girl in the audience seeing King Henry? Yes, that’s going to have an impact. This is a ‘her’ story of King Henry V.”Tags: all-female, Emilie, Emilie Kefalas, henry v, Kefalas, performance, Play, production, Shakespeare, SMC, Theater, theater departmentlast_img read more

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Glee Club tours California over break

January 26, 2021 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgDevon Ngo Members of the Glee Club celebrate their inaugural winter tour in California following a performance. The group held nine concerts in a span of 10 days.As this year’s tour manager, Kuczynski helped Glee Club director Daniel Stowe plan the trip, including scheduling the concerts, finding places for everyone to stay and organizing activities during the day. When they weren’t performing, group members toured San Francisco, played beach volleyball in San Clemente and skied in Lake Tahoe. Senior Glee Club president Brian Raab said he agreed that a longer tour in between semesters made it a uniquely enjoyable tour.  “So often tour can feel like work because we usually have a concert one day in one location and the next day is a concert in a completely different location. It’s just bam-bam-bam. This time, we had a beach day at one point where we played volleyball for four hours. I went skiing in Lake Tahoe and that was one of the best days of my life,” Raab said. “The Glee Club, they’re my best friends at Notre Dame. Because we’re always touring over breaks, we don’t have a chance to take a vacation together somewhere, so it was cool we got to bring the vacation with us.” That sense of community, Raab said, was built over four years of touring with the Glee Club. Tours are the most important part of the club, in large part because of the community that it builds, Kucynski said.“When you go on tour, you’re spending literally every minute of your day with 40 other guys,” Kuczynski said. “So you just form this bond … because you’re working with these guys, essentially, but you’re also spending all your meals and all your free time with them as well, so it’s like this really close bond that you form with the guys and it helps to solidify the music, too.” John Jakubowski, a sophomore member of the Glee Club, said he agrees that tours allow for more social and musical connection within the club than everyday rehearsals. “Rehearsals are great,” he said. “But tour is when you spend a lot of meaningful time with these people. It’s kind of like a cornerstone of the club musically, but also socially. You’re spending a lot of time with these people, but you’re also spending a lot of time with the music. You get to know both the people and the music very well.”This tour in particular, because of it occurring over winter break, enabled the group to work on its technique and performance.  “We got to do the same music we’ve done in the fall, so rather than trying to memorize stuff, we already have it memorized, so it’s more working on musicality and stuff like that,” Raab said. “Getting more chance of consistent work and performance in front of a crowd really helps.” Over the course of 10 days, the club performed nine concerts. While the concerts meant there was plenty of work to do, the number and low-stress environment enabled the group to improve its performing ability, Jakubowski said. “Generally, you’re singing for people you don’t know quite as well,” he said. “Tour is just a really great time to learn the material because, since you don’t really know the people, there’s a little less pressure to perform.”Even though they’re not singing for their typical Notre Dame audience in South Bend, the club members are able bring their music to the greater Notre Dame community when touring. Often times, members of the club stayed with hosts from the Notre Dame clubs in the cities they visited. “It’s a lot more interesting, I’d say, especially since in a lot of the locations we stay with home-stays, so a lot of times you actually end up meeting the people who are listening to you that night,” Kuczynski said. “So it’s cool to get to know people and see how they appreciate our music and what Notre Dame means to them specifically.”In addition to hosting the members, the clubs often help market the event to their local communities. As a result, tour performances have audiences from both the Notre Dame community and the community in which they perform. “When you go on tour, you can be performing for anyone, like someone who saw there was a choir performance. And then you have the people who came because it’s Notre Dame and they love Notre Dame,” Raab said. “It’s so cool to sing in front of that mix of people.” The Glee Club will be touring again this summer in various countries in Europe, in addition to its usual on-campus concerts.Tags: arts at ND, California, Glee Club, Glee Club Tour, winter break Members of the Glee Club spent their Christmas break performing on their first-ever winter tour. Each year, the club typically spends a week performing on the road over fall and spring break. This year, in lieu of its spring tour, it spent 10 days visiting various cities in California.Senior Adam Kuczynski, the club’s tour manager, said the decision to tour over winter break instead of spring break allowed for a different kind of tour.   “We decided to do it over winter because … we wanted a little bit of extra time in California without the pressures of semester projects and homework and studying,” he said. “It was super laid back and everyone was much less stressed, which was nice.” last_img read more

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Member of Gang of Hitmen Arrested in Aruba, Colombian Government Says

December 20, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgBy Dialogo May 13, 2011 On 11 May, the Colombian government announced the arrest, on the Caribbean island of Aruba, of Gustavo Álvarez (alias ‘Tavo’), the second-in-command of a gang of hitmen working for drug traffickers and led by Maximiliano Bonilla (alias ‘Valenciano’). In a statement, President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated the police, the Aruban authorities, and the U.S. ICE and DEA “for the coordinated work that enabled the arrest” of Álvarez. According to the document, the arrest of alias ‘Tavo,’ sought for extradition by the United States, “constitutes a strategic blow” against the drug-trafficking organization. Hours earlier, Alonso Salazar, mayor of the city of Medellín (400 km northwest of Bogotá), where the criminal organization has its base of operations, had affirmed on his Twitter account that the Curaçao authorities had arrested Bonilla. According to the President’s office, the director of the police himself, Gen. Oscar Naranjo, went to Aruba, accompanied by a high-level police commission, to directly coordinate the development of the operation in which Álvarez was arrested.last_img read more

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Central America Becomes Certified in Aquatic Rescue and Humanitarian Aid

December 20, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgBy Lorena Baires / Diálogo June 07, 2017 Central American Humanitarian Rescue Units (UHR, per its Spanish acronym) certified teams in specialized aquatic rescue equipment and humanitarian aid. Thousands of communities situated in flood-prone areas raise the alarm every year before the arrival of winter. The certification took place within the framework of the “Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid Course I,” taught April 25th–May 19th at the Regional Humanitarian Aid Training Center of the Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CARAH-CFAC, per its Spanish acronym), located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The winter season always challenges the region’s armed forces to heed the population’s call to deploy their resources to save human life and evacuate individuals from rain-damaged homes, farms, and workplaces. “These officers are now prepared to pass on their newfound knowledge in their countries and to react quickly to emergencies. In Central America, the chance of a flood or landslide is always imminent,” Honduran Army Colonel José Luis Mendieta, director of CARAH-CFAC in Tegucigalpa, told Diálogo during the certificate ceremony. For four weeks military members were immersed in intensive classes in first aid, aquatic rescue in enclosed spaces and open water, as well as supply delivery, damage evaluation, and needs analysis. For Salvadoran Army Captain Jorge Alfaro, interim commander of the Salvadoran UHR, these new skills are invaluable in a country where almost two million people live in places affected by winter weather. “We are bringing new skills related to aquatic rescue, not only in enclosed spaces but also in open water, which will definitely allow us to provide better assistance during floods or other emergencies. Our people trust our soldiers, and for that reason, we train constantly as a way of returning that trust,” he told Diálogo. The Salvadoran Secretariat for Security Issues and the General Directorate for Civilian Protection confirmed that over one million Salvadorans live in areas at risk for landslides and that the majority of the country’s population lives in flood-prone areas. In Guatemala’s case, residents of seven departments were put at risk of flash floods, downed trees, and property damage by rain and strong winds in early May. “The knowledge acquired by the officers will help them to better serve the victims of floods, landslides, overflowing rivers, and other phenomena [such as volcanic eruptions]. Also, what we learned will help with prevention and mitigation of disasters during the winter season,” Guatemalan Army Colonel Miguel Ángel Orozco, commander of the Guatemalan UHR, stressed to Diálogo at the close of the workshop. Additionally, the Guatemalan UHR has already planned a local training so course participants will be able to put what they have learned into practice. High-performance center CARAH-CFAC motivates, prepares, trains, and educates the UHR personnel of the CFAC member countries to form specialized aid units to provide support during natural disasters and other emergencies. Since it began operations on January 14, 2014, this specialized center has trained more than 200 officers in various rescue and humanitarian aid themes. During the April workshop, 26 men and women from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras were trained. “Top quality human resources, plans, and knowledge are provided by CARAH-CFAC in Honduras for humanitarian aid during natural or manmade disasters. We are raising the level of professionalism with respect to the protection of human life and the pursuit of sustainable development in the region,” Col. Mendieta added. The second phase, “Comprehensive Humanitarian Aid Course II,” will be taught in July. The course will expand on applied knowledge and experience in topics such as aquatic rescue, first aid, needs analysis, and damage evaluation. Honduras currently serves as president of the CFAC Superior Council, and through these types of activities is fulfilling its mission to increase the operational capability of all the nations in the region.last_img read more

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Can the NHS deal live up to Erdman’s standards?

October 20, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

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China’s First 10MW Offshore Wind Generator Market Ready

September 28, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgDongfang Electric Machinery has developed China’s first 10MW direct drive permanent magnet generator for offshore wind turbines.Source: Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC)The new generator has recently passed its acceptance tests and has secured a design certificate.It is by far the largest generator produced in China in terms of the capacity and the rotor diameter, the developer said.The generator will be sent to Fujian and installed on the Xinghua Bay offshore wind farm.last_img

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High taxes could drive up marijuana prices and bolster the black market in California, analysis says

September 27, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgWashington Post 30 October 2017Family First Comment: They argue that legalisation of dope will get rid of the gangs and the black market.Think again!Taxes raise the price. Drug users want it cheap.www.SayNopeToDope.nzHigh taxes on legal marijuana in California could have the potential to turn many consumers away from the state’s cannabis shops and toward the black market, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.The credit rating agency estimates state and local taxes on marijuana, which will become legal in California on Jan. 1., could be as high as 45 percent in some cases. It would trail only Washington state, which levies a 50 percent tax on marijuana.“The existing black market for cannabis may prove a formidable competitor to legal markets if new taxes lead to higher prices than available from illicit sources,” the report says.Recreational marijuana will be taxed on both the state and local level, contributing to the potential for high rates. California will impose a 15 percent excise tax, as well as cultivation taxes. Municipalities will also levy sales tax and a business tax, which could be anywhere from 1 to 20 percent, on gross receipts. Business taxes on recreational marijuana have been approved by voters in 61 California cities and counties, according to the report.These high tax rates have the potential to drive customers toward the black market. The state is the nation’s epicenter of marijuana growing and has long provided black market pot. The report states that Colorado, Oregon and Washington all reduced tax rates after the commencement of legalization to shift customers back toward the legal market.California will implement a statewide framework for marijuana legalization, but each municipality must decide whether it wants to house marijuana businesses and, if so, map out its own regulations and tax structure. This may lead to a playing field that is not level in terms of tax revenue. Some cities like Adelanto, about 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, are using the cultivation of marijuana as an economic development strategy. In Monterey County in northern California, the local government is encouraging cannabis growers to use its vacant greenhouses.READ MORE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/10/30/high-taxes-could-drive-up-marijuana-prices-and-bolster-the-black-market-in-california-analysis-says/?utm_term=.7c62eaf7cf5alast_img read more

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ECCB Hosts 16th Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture

September 26, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_img Share 29 Views   no discussions Dr. Vaughn Lewis. Image via: madisonwhoswho.comDr Vaughan Lewis, Professor Emeritus, Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus, will share his perspectives on “CARICOM and the Caribbean in a Changing International Order” when he presents the 16th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium at the ECCB Headquarters on 2 November.During the period 1964 – 1982, Professor Lewis served at various tertiary academic institutions in the United Kingdom and at the University of the West Indies. He was appointed the founding Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in July 1982 and worked at that organisation until 1995.Dr Lewis, a native of Saint Lucia, was elected as a Member of the House of Assembly of the Parliament of Saint Lucia in April 1996, and served as the Prime Minister until May 1997. He has also published widely on regional integration, the behaviour of small states in the international political economy, relations between the major powers and developing states and relations between the Caribbean and Latin America.-more-Since 1996, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has been hosting the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture series in honour of the memory of Sir Arthur Lewis, Nobel Laureate in Economics, who made a significant contribution to Caribbean regional integration.Following the lecture, the ECCB will present the 3rd Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Book Award to the Dominica State College. The award, which is valued at $2,700, is presented annually in alphabetical order to a selected college in each member country of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.Press Release Tweet Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional ECCB Hosts 16th Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture by: – October 27, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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UPDATED: Counterfeit money circulating in area

September 24, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgUPDATE: The Versailles Police Department has posted a video of a suspect in the investigation.VERSAILLES, Ind. — The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents and business owners to be aware of counterfeit money that is circulating in the area.Businesses in the Versailles area have been affected by this scam, which police say involves someone trying to pass counterfeit $100 bills.The Sheriff’s Department is asking if anyone has information to contact them at 689-5555 or 689-5558.last_img

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