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Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNiger Insurance Plc is a life and general insurance company in Nigeria underwriting all classes of insurance. Life insurance products include endowment policies, group life, mortgage protection and term assurances. Non-life insurance products range from aviation hull and liability and fire and special perils to public liability insurance, professional indemnity and workmen compensation insurance. The company also markets products under the brand name Niger Cash, Niger Flexible Investment Assurance, Niger Mutual Halal, Niger Personal Pension and Savings. Founded in 1962 and formerly known as The Niger Insurance Company Limited, the company changed its name to Niger Insurance Plc in 1989. The company has a sound reinsurance treaties with reinsurance companies led by Swiss Re. Niger Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Niger Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Royston Wild These FTSE 100 dividend stocks yield 11.7% and 5.8%. Which one would I buy today? I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Share investing is a long-term endeavour. And market volatility is a fact of life that one has to endure in order to build a winning stocks portfolio. That’s not to say that investors aren’t entitled to be feeling a little nervous right now, however.It’s no reason to pull up the drawbridge entirely though. Indeed, it’s a good idea to load up with some safe-haven stocks today to protect yourself from the worst of the washout. Some shares like FTSE 100 gold producer Polymetal International (LSE: POLY) are ones that could actually rise in the event of prolonged social, economic and political uncertainty.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Gold has long been one of the world’s ultimate rush-to-safety assets, and recent estimates from UBS illustrate its broad appeal as an investment option today. Not only did the broker raise its price estimates for 2020 and 2021 to $1,650 and $1,700 per ounce. It predicted that the yellow metal could surge to record peaks of $2,000 in the event of a global Covid-19 pandemic.Polymetal is, of course, one great way to play the possibility of rising bullion values. Unlike investing in gold itself, investors here can get hold of a dividend. And in this case a very chunky one (the digger carries a 5.7% yield for 2020). Combined with a low forward P/E ratio of 9.8 times I think this mining stock’s a top buy for these testing times.More BIG yieldsI reckon buying shares in Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) is a risk too far, however, in spite of its near-12% dividend yield.Oil prices continue to reverse and as I type, Brent is at $33.60 per barrel, down markedly from just below $60 as recently as three weeks ago. And speculation is mounting that even more painful drops could be in the offing.Just ask the boffins at energy research business Rystad Energy. They predict that crude prices could fall as low as $20 per barrel inside the next three months following the breakdown of supply negotiations within the OPEC+ group.Rystad says that the cartel could swamp the market with an extra 1.5m to 2.5m barrels of the black stuff each day, an estimate that apparently reflects “realistic short-term capability.” It adds that “Without OPEC+, the global oil market has lost its regulator and now only market mechanisms can dictate the balance between supply and demand.”Too much riskRoyal Dutch Shell’s share price has toppled again on Wednesday. It now changes hands below £12.50 per share, levels not seen for exactly 16 years. With the coronavirus spreading and world governments intensifying lockdowns of local populations, it looks as if black gold prices could continue their alarming descent.This is why I don’t care about Shell’s low share price. At current prices it carries a P/E ratio of 6.5 times and a mighty 11.7% dividend yield too. If you’re looking to get big dividends with commodities companies you’d be much better buying the likes of Polymetal, I think.
545 321 McCarthy & Stone 482 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 1,191 0.74 Last reported TNAV (p) Barratt* Image source: Getty Images. 1.86 Current share price (p) 1,793 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 0.64 Berkeley* 3,539 2,454 I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 443 405 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 0.55 Persimmon* Enter Your Email Address 2,475 357 1.44 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! FTSE housebuilders have come under the cosh in recent weeks. Of course, they’re not the only industry suffering in what is a broad market crash. However, I’m particularly interested in the sector right now.This is because I’ve been bearish on housebuilder stocks for a good while, but always maintained there’d be a right time to buy. Could now be the perfect time?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…FTSE housebuilders bearTo understand my view on whether there’s now a compelling bull case for housebuilder stocks, you’ll need to understand my bearish position. My starting point is that housebuilding is a notoriously cyclical boom-and-bust industry. There’ll always be something that triggers a bust. It’s never ‘different this time’.In recent years, FTSE housebuilders posted record profit margins and returns on capital employed (ROCE). At the same time, they sported low price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios and huge dividend yields. For the average investor focusing only on P/E and yield, the stocks looked like no-brainer buys.However, brilliant operating metrics and ‘cheap’ P/E and yield valuations are entirely typical features at the top of a housing cycle. It may be counter-intuitive, but that is the time for value investors to be cashing out. In other words, ‘selling high’.Conversely, the time to be ‘buying low’ is when profit margins and ROCE are awful. P/Es are sky-high, due to the collapse in earnings. And yields are low or non-existent, due to the cutting or suspension of dividends.There’s also one valuation measure – price-to-tangible net asset value (P/TNAV) – that indicates whether housebuilder stocks are expensive or cheap. P/TNAVs are high (expensive) at the top of the cycle and low (cheap) at the bottom.Time to turn bullish?In light of my above views on FTSE housebuilder valuations, do I think the stocks are now into ‘buy’ territory?In a research note last week, Peel Hunt analyst Clyde Lewis included a handy table of housebuilders’ P/TNAV valuations. I’ve updated the share prices and current valuations in the table below (and only included FTSE 350 firms). 1.15 Vistry 101 858 69 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 963 Crest Nicholson FTSE housebuilders: Could now be the perfect time to buy shares? 132 1.09 Redrow G A Chester | Monday, 30th March, 2020 * FTSE 100 membersTo put some of the above valuations into context, when I looked at FTSE 100 volume builders Persimmon, Barratt, and Taylor Wimpey last summer, their share prices were 2,188p, 594p, and 181p. And their P/TNAVs were 2.32, 1.65, and 1.84.Their P/TNAVs actually went even higher, following the post-Boris-election rally. When I penned another bearish article in January, their share prices had reached 2,850p, 792p, and 210p, respectively.As you can see from the table, the three stocks are now markedly cheaper. Furthermore, there have been some positive developments – at least for the signals of my buy-low investment thesis. Many housebuilders, including the blue-chip volume trio, have cancelled their dividends.However, on balance, with their P/TNAVs still above 1, I’m inclined to avoid Persimmon, Barratt, and Taylor Wimpey at this stage.On the other hand, the mid-cap FTSE housebuilders are beginning to interest me. This is because they’re all trading at sub-1 P/TNAVs. I think it could be time to do some deeper research into their balance sheets and business models. 176 116 G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Redrow. 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Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Forget gold! How I’d find the best shares to build a fortune after the stock market crash Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 7th October, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Peter Stephens I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The stock market crash has caused some investors to sell shares to buy gold. While this plan may have been successful so far, over the long run, the stock market’s recovery potential may mean that a portfolio of high-quality companies outperforms the precious metal.With many stocks continuing to trade at bargain prices, now could be the right time to focus on identifying the best shares to buy for the long run. They may offer the highest return potential, as well as the lowest risks.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Buying the best shares after the stock market crashBuying cheap shares after the stock market crash is a logical strategy. It means that you purchase assets at low prices, and could benefit from their recovery over the long run.However, not all cheap stocks will recover from their current low levels. Some businesses may, for example, fail to overcome short-term economic challenges. Other companies could lack the right strategy through which to adapt to changeable market conditions. Therefore, it is important to buy high-quality companies that trade at attractive prices.This may not necessarily mean that they are the cheapest shares around after the recent stock market crash. However, it can be wise to pay a premium for a higher-quality business that is more likely to deliver on your long-term profit goals.Identifying the best shares todayThe best shares to buy today could be those that remain unpopular following the stock market crash due to external reasons. In other words, they face a difficult set of operating conditions brought about by the global economic downturn. They are likely to have sound finances, solid growth strategies and competitive advantages that can turn their present weak financial performance into growing profitability over the long run.Unearthing such companies may be best approached by searching within unpopular sectors, or industries that are currently facing a tough near-term outlook. For example, financial services firms may be negatively impacted more than other industries by a weak economic outlook. Similarly, energy companies, retailers and consumer goods businesses may need to make changes to their business models to benefit from future economic growth. Companies within those sectors may trade at low prices, and be in a position to record improving performances in the long run.Buying undervalued stocks todayWhile gold may be an appealing defensive asset to hold after the stock market crash, its long-term growth prospects may be less attractive than a portfolio of the best shares. Its high price and a likely improvement in investor sentiment towards the stock market may limit its prospects.Therefore, now may be the right time to build a portfolio of stocks that can deliver impressive returns and improve your financial position in the coming years.
FTSE 250 firms Boohoo and IG make acquisitions – Are their shares worth buying? Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Fast-fashion retailer Boohoo (LSE:BOO) has snapped up the Debenhams brand and website. Meanwhile, online trading group IG Group Holdings (LSE:IGG) is improving its derivatives offerings with the $1bn acquisition of US site Tastytrade. In light of this, would I buy either of these FTSE 250 stocks as long-term investments?Boohoo acquires DebenhamsThe Boohoo share price is rising in response to the news. I’ve always loved shopping at Debenhams, so as a customer I’m happy to still have the option. However, I think Boohoo shares are currently expensive. The UK retail sector has been hammered these past few years, first by Brexit, then Covid-19. Online sales are where the growth is at, but I think that’s already priced into Boohoo’s share price. It could be some time before the company sees sales growth to match its price-to-earnings ratio of 60.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential… Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. An expensive acquisitionIG shareholders were not overly enthusiastic in response to the acquisition, and the IG share price fell 10%. There are a couple of reasons for this. The options market has seen spectacular growth in the past year. However, there’s mounting speculation that the high-flying tech stocks are heading for a crash. If retail investors get badly burned, it will take the shine off the growing sector and it’s likely to face increased regulation.Spread betting business IG Group is either shooting for the stars or letting history repeat itself with a questionable acquisition. IG acquired FXOnline in 2008, around the time of the financial crash. Presumably it foresaw a bargain opportunity to grow exponentially. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out as planned when increased regulatory challenges dented its profitability.IG currently has a price-to-earnings ratio of 12, its dividend yield is 5%, and earnings per share are 65p. It will complete the IG acquisition with a combination of $300m in cash and by issuing 61m IG shares. This gives Tastytrade a valuation around 18 times its 2020 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA).Despite the high price tag for Tastytrade and potential for regulatory scrutiny, I think this looks an exciting acquisition. I’m tempted to buy shares in IG as a long-term investment. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Kirsteen Mackay | Monday, 25th January, 2021 | More on: BOO IGG Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. For investors focussed on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, Boohoo has to clean up its act. The company faced an investigation into atrocious working conditions at suppliers’ factories in the UK last year.I think Debenhams is a good fit for Boohoo and if managed correctly, it may well help strengthen the company in the future. However, Boohoo doesn’t offer a dividend and I’m not tempted to add Boohoo to my Stocks and Shares ISA at its current market price.IG acquires TastytradeTastytrade is a fast-growing online brokerage popular among retail investors. It specialises in the US futures and options market, which has taken on a life of its own in the past year. Tastytrade offers web-based options trading on individual equities, something IG customers in the UK have been requesting for some time.IG has a stellar platform and the infrastructure in place that will help expand Tastytrade’s presence internationally. Options trading is more complicated than simply buying or selling stocks. When done with little care, it’s akin to gambling. But when carried out thoughtfully, it can reduce risk and offer the potential of sensational returns. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay
TAGS: Exeter Chiefs Ready to bounce back: Talented and versatile Exeter back Henry Slade LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “There will be an awful lot of people commenting who’ve not been on the inside and not seen what’s happened,” said Baxter. “I fall into the camp where I don’t really know. Now how the last three months have been is not for me to say, but one thing everyone needs to remember is that coaching group have gone through a lot themselves and they’ve got family and they’ve got people who care about them and to see what they’ve had to go through in the last couple of weeks is not very nice.Facing a tough time: The England coaching staff at training“There is a human element we all need to remember. And I’m one of those people in the camp who thinks England have a lot of time now, there isn’t any rush for them to do something. The Six Nations is a little while away. The players will go back to their clubs for a Premiership programme and a European programme to get involved with and actually the RFU can take their time, make the proper decisions, do a proper detailed review and the right people can make the right changes – if any. Because we can all talk about what’s happened but none of us really know in detail.”Baxter had no issues working with Lancaster and revelled in the level of autonomy afforded him as a temporary forwards coach. He did not wish to comment on the current coaching staff or rumours of coaches being undermined, but insisted that it was on-field matters that really matter. Whatever happens in the aftermath of England’s disastrous World Cup campaign, Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has no concerns about his players returning from international duty. While he firmly believes that young playmaker Henry Slade should have seen more action for England before his run-out on Saturday in the dead rubber against Uruguay, he insists that the player will not carry any emotional baggage following his time in camp.“I’ve got no worries with Henry,” Baxter told Rugby World at the official launch of the 2015-16 Aviva Premiership season. “I actually spoke to him yesterday, spoke to Jack (Nowell) yesterday, spoke to Geoff (Parling) yesterday and they’re all looking forward to getting into training on Monday. But rugby players are like that.“I’m not going to pretend I know all the England rugby players, because I don’t. But I know that your average rugby player is a pretty good guy and what he likes to do is get on the training field, run around with a ball in his hands and get back into playing rugby. That’s why they got into the game to start with. None of them got paid the first time they picked up a ball. They loved doing it and that’s why, no matter what they say and what they do, we all know they are big kids inside and they just want to get out and play sport with their mates.“That’s why you’ve got to make sure that’s at the forefront of what they do, and probably if we’re honest that’s what we haven’t seen from this England team during the World Cup. It hasn’t looked vibrant and enjoyable and expressive; it’s looked a bit sad and a bit afraid, a bit nervous. That’s probably what we’re more disappointed about than the results.”Easy going: Baxter believes Exeter’s successes have come from “keeping it simple”Yet while he feels a self-contained style of play has let England down, Baxter has called for calm in the wake of England’s exit from the Rugby World Cup, urging pundits and fans to wait to see what comes out of any probe into why England crashed out of their home tournament before sticking the boot in.Baxter, who was an assistant to head coach Stuart Lancaster during the 2013 summer tour of South America while Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell were with the British & Irish Lions in Australia, has ruled himself out of the running as a possible replacement for Lancaster. However, while he is keen to focus on the start of the Premiership campaign, he has called on outsiders to consider the “human element” before slating the England coaches. “The squad selection, the formation of the camp, team selection and their performance: that’s how you have to judge him (Lancaster),” Baxter said. “Trying to find issues like ‘is there a problem with the coaching staff?’ or ‘Was there a problem in the camp?’ are not for us to talk about. We should actually go, ‘Well he’s the head coach, he’s responsible for X, Y, Z, so did it happen on the pitch?’ That’s how we should judge him, then we can take away the niggly and nasty bits and keep it about taking responsibility for the team on a Saturday.”For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.
At UN climate conference, Episcopal delegation urges nations to act swiftly and justly This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Lynnaia Main, The Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations (left), Ruth Ivory-Moore, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s director for environment and corporate social responsibility (center) and the Rev. Melanie Mullen, The Episcopal Church’s director of reconciliation, justice and creation care (right) at the United Nations Climate Conference COP 25 in Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 4, 2019. Photo courtesy of Lynnaia Main[Episcopal News Service] As the impacts of the climate crisis become more dire with each passing year and the catastrophic future scientists predicted decades ago inches closer to reality, governments have still not taken the actions necessary to protect humanity. Instead of declining, emissions of greenhouse gases have been increasing. And while nations are being warned that the commitments they have already made – such as the Paris Accord – are not enough to ensure a livable future and must do more, the Trump administration has chosen to abandon that agreement.It is a bleak backdrop for the United Nations Climate Conference, known as COP 25, being held Dec. 2-13 in Madrid, Spain. But a delegation of Episcopalians representing Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is bringing a Christian perspective to the summit, grounded in hope yet committed to substantive action. They are in Spain to share the church’s views on the sanctity of creation and humanity’s moral duty to care for it, as well as the dangers facing the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.The delegation’s objective is “to build relationships – and to do lots of listening, praying and meeting with global leaders because of our commitment to God’s justice and sustained vision for the earth,” said the Rev. Melanie Mullen, the church’s director of reconciliation, justice and creation care. “We are not alone as religious bodies in this forum – along with ecumenical partners, Episcopalians are expressing our commitment to living a public faith and witness in the world.”COP 25, or the 25th Conference of the Parties, is critically important because it is seen by many as the last chance to amend the current insufficient emissions commitments to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The U.N. has established that benchmark as the recommended limit, beyond which humanity runs the risk of inflicting “increasingly severe and expensive impacts” on itself. Based on today’s commitments, emissions will be twice what they should be by 2030, missing the 1.5-degree target. Because so little action has been taken, emissions must now drop 7.6 percent every year between 2020 and 2030 in order to reach the target, which the U.N. says is “ambitious but still possible.”“The overarching theme, which continues to remain uppermost on the agenda, is the need to ramp up ambition significantly, not only by member states but by all parties, including private sector, civil society and individuals,” Lynnaia Main, the church’s representative to the United Nations, told Episcopal News Service.The presiding bishop has sent a delegation to each COP conference since COP 21 in 2015. This year, the delegation is headed by California Bishop Marc Andrus, an outspoken climate action advocate. Andrus suffered a stroke in October and is participating remotely from California. The team in Madrid consists of Main, Mullen and Jack Cobb, senior policy adviser in The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations.So far, the delegation has been busy forging new partnerships, Main told ENS, especially with ACT Alliance – a coalition of 156 churches and adjacent organizations working on humanitarian goals around the world.“The Episcopal Church delegation has spent the past few days focusing on developing new partnerships and advocacy strategies with Anglican Alliance partners who are here – Archbishop Julio Murray and Dr. Elizabeth Perry – and for the first time has joined up with ACT Alliance’s ecumenical delegation which also includes the World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation. The Anglican Alliance also has been working with us on this partnership,” Main said by email.“As a delegation, we are advocating for several priorities that link to our 2018 General Convention resolutions. Among these are accelerating ambition, increasing support for loss and damage, protecting human rights in addressing adaptation and mitigation and boosting financial resources and mechanisms. These priorities connect to our overarching goal of ensuring climate justice for the most vulnerable. After all, Jesus calls us most especially to care for the marginalized, and in U.N. terms there is a parallel principle at work: We speak of ‘leaving no one behind’ and ‘reaching the furthest behind first.’”The delegation is not only urging political leaders to strengthen their policies. It is sharing the ways that The Episcopal Church has already acted to reduce its impact.“We continue to be surprised and encouraged as national delegations at COP look to faith bodies as the place civil society nurtures hope and progress,” Mullen told ENS. “[The Episcopal Church] is already doing many kinds of important local climate work. For instance, the General Convention mandates funding creation care ministries are exactly what government negotiators mean when they talk about local-level ‘ambition’ and climate ‘mitigation efforts.’”And joining forces with other faith organizations has strengthened the impact of The Episcopal Church’s efforts. On Dec. 2, the delegation and its ecumenical allies held a prayer service on the theme of “Praying For Climate Justice”:Partnerships like these, Mullen said, magnify the powerful message The Episcopal Church has to offer: that “a life-giving, liberating and loving vision for the world matters in addressing climate change.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN By Egan MillardPosted Dec 4, 2019 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Environment & Climate Change Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit an Event Listing Tags Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSADHDAdventHealthCalmingCOVID-19DisabilitiesDown’s SyndromehealthSensory IssuesVaccinationVaccines Previous articleRep. Demings shares grant opportunities for JuneNext articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vaccines will be available in a calming environment for people 12+ with sensory issues, including autism, anxiety, ADHD or Down’s syndrome From AdventHealthAdventHealth will hold a sensory friendly vaccination event for people ages 12 and older with developmental disabilities or any other sensory issues who may find it difficult to be vaccinated in open or crowded public spaces. This could include those with autism, anxiety, ADHD or Down’s syndrome.The event will be June 3 at AdventHealth Orlando with appointments starting at 10 a.m. Limited appointments are available online.Eligible parents and siblings may accompany the person with sensory issues and be vaccinated as well, however each person should have an individual registration.“Many people don’t realize, for kids with sensory issues, common public tasks like going to school or the store can become an overwhelming sensory experience.” said Dr. Emily Forrest, medical director for developmental pediatrics at AdventHealth for Children. “This event could be a game-changer for our families which will enable them to do an important thing, get vaccinated against COVID-19.”Vaccinations will be conducted in a more private, calming environment and experts from AdventHealth for Children’s Child Life team will be available to comfort and support the families getting vaccinated.Other important items to note:Proof of eligibility is required upon registration.Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses, and those who receive their first vaccine will be asked schedule their second vaccine appointment for June 24.As part of the vaccine process, those receiving the vaccine will be required to stay on-site for at least 15 minutes to ensure there are no adverse reactions. Most reported side effects are mild and include arm soreness, fatigue and headache. AdventHealth will have medical professionals on hand to assist with any reactions. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/228667/atriumtower-hiphouse-zwolle-atelier-kempe-thill Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/228667/atriumtower-hiphouse-zwolle-atelier-kempe-thill Clipboard Photographs: Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz Save this picture!© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich SchwarzAt the dawn of a new era of neo-liberalism in Europe, social housing is once again regarded with increasing indifference. The implicit assumption is that apartments for the lower social classes ought to be small, cramped, dark, badly built and ugly. Save this picture!© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich SchwarzArchitecture in the sense of a building art hardly plays a role here, for marketing and spatial qualities are regarded as unimportant and superfluous. Furthermore, social housing developments are facing great financial pressures due to a tightening of environmental laws, which entails a considerable increase in costs for technical equipment and building components, and negatively affects design opportunities. International star-architects barely show any interest in the topic. Accordingly, very few alternatives (to standard solutions) are being produced which, by becoming showcases, could act as catalysts to break out of the recent stasis. Save this picture!© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich SchwarzThe Hiphouse project in Zwolle presented Atelier Kempe Thill with a welcome opportunity to fundamentally question the assignment ‘social housing’. Largely due to the client’s ambition and the active support of urban planners, a prototypical project could be realized without exceeding a typical Dutch standard budget for comparable projects. A radical minimization of architectural means and a visible assertion of the processes and technologies of the building process helped to realize a maximum of living quality. Glass Tower Centralized Typology: An Alternative to the Deck-Access Typology Save this picture!© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich SchwarzThe deck-access typology is the most common form of multi-story social housing in the Netherlands, because a large number of apartments can be connected to a limited number of stairwells. Despite the social stigma this typology has come to represent, it remains an almost inevitable solution. Due to its extreme cost-efficiency it is still being employed today in large numbers. The very compact building typology realized through the central circulation in Zwolle offers an economic and competitive alternative. The building block, measuring 23m x 32m and providing 8 units per floor, has a very limited facade surface in relation to its floor area; this favourably affects building costs and enables the high quality detailing of the facade. The housing units are organized around a central core containing a double stair and an elevator. The plan layout allocates the larger apartments to the spatially interesting corners, thus creating apartments with double orientation. Save this picture!© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich SchwarzThe smaller studio apartments either face east or west, guaranteeing optimum sunlight for all apartments. To compensate for its volumetric compactness, the building’s surface is consistently glazed. Anodized aluminium profiles hold the high quality solar-protection glazing to form the facade. Depending on the viewer’s position the building appears to be covered by a transparent skin or a reflective surface; furthermore, sliding doors provide generously dimensioned facade openings. Save this picture!© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich SchwarzAs a whole, a very delicate visual balance is achieved. The functional grid of the windows and the underlying construction form a rigid architectural order, which is counterbalanced by a spontaneous collage of colourful apartment interiors. In a display of the complexities of city life a vital and optimistic image emerges, striking up intensive communication with the neighbourhood. This image is collective as well as individual, for it is – consciously or unconsciously – formed with the active participation of every inhabitant. The ‘building in use’ therefore essentially becomes the facade. Circulation as Collective Space: The Atrium The arrangement of apartments along the volume’s perimeter creates the opportunity to insert a central atrium at no additional cost. A 5.4m high entrance hall gives access to this space, which measures a vertical 26m and is illuminated by a skylight. At the core of the building, the atrium lends an unexpected spatial generosity, which stands in surprising contrast to the external appearance. Save this picture!elevation 01Due to the limited budget the central atrium was coherently designed in the rugged aesthetics of the unfinished. The concrete walls remain unfinished, the floor slabs receive a coating of acoustic plaster, handrails are merely galvanized and simple industrial light fittings are mounted directly onto the walls. As a result, a complex spatial entity emerges, deliberately displaying, but also celebrating, the ‘new poverty’ of contemporary building. By its generosity the circulation space becomes an area for social interaction between inhabitants and adequately expresses the collective of an expedient alliance of tenants. Panorama and Light: The Emancipation of Social Housing Save this picture!elevation 02Upon entering the apartments it becomes evident that even in social housing real luxury should be indispensable. The units are very well lit, with minimal circulation areas and large living spaces with freestanding kitchen blocks. Loft spaces are not an exclusive form of living reserved for a well-to-do elite, but are also realizable in the context of social housing. An emancipation of the lower income classes will last but not least have to be achieved through an increase in the quality of individual housing. The floor-to-ceiling windows give the apartments a feel of suspended landscape plateaus; the natural environment becomes a part of the space and expands the interior beyond its physical boundaries. Rain, sun, clouds, wind and greenery determine the atmosphere of the interior. Save this picture!© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich SchwarzThis effect is amplified when the large doors are slid open, transforming the rooms into airy terraces. Gone is the feeling of constriction prevalent in traditional social housing. A maximum of spatial richness is possible with a minimum of means. It therefore doesn’t come as a surprise when a tenant says: ‘Never have I seen such beautiful sunsets as I do from my apartment.” It merely seems like a logical result of a rigorous conception of the apartment as architectural space.Project gallerySee allShow less2012 Architectural League Prize Winners AnnouncedArticles19th Annual Canstruction® Raises Hunger Awareness with Food Drive ExhibitArticlesProject locationAddress:Rotterdam, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Save this picture!© Architektur-Fotografie Ulrich Schwarz+ 19 Share Atriumtower Hiphouse Zwolle / Atelier Kempe Thill ArchDaily “COPY” CopyHousing•Rotterdam, The Netherlands “COPY” Projects Housing Atriumtower Hiphouse Zwolle / Atelier Kempe ThillSave this projectSaveAtriumtower Hiphouse Zwolle / Atelier Kempe Thill The Netherlands Architects: Atelier Kempe Thill Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6 m² Photographs CopyAbout this officeAtelier Kempe ThillOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingHousingRotterdamRotterdamThe NetherlandsPublished on April 24, 2012Cite: “Atriumtower Hiphouse Zwolle / Atelier Kempe Thill” 24 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.