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Armazém Luxury Housing / Pedra Líquida

first_img Apartments CopyApartments•Porto, Portugal Photographs:  José CamposTeam:Luís Sobral, Carlos Campos, Teresa NovaisCollaborators:Maria Barreiros, Filipe Madeira, Tiago Antero, Diogo MesquitaStructural And Hidraulic Engineer:Ana Vale, Miguel ValeMechanical Engineer:Raul Bessa, Telmo MesquitaElectrical Engineer:Luís OliveiraAcoustic Engineer:Rui RibeiroStructural Engineer:Ana Vale, Miguel ValeHydraulic Engineer:Ana Vale, Miguel ValeCity:PortoCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© José CamposRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. In 2013 a building with a charming personality was found in the n.74 of the dynamic Largo de São Domingos, in Porto.Save this picture!© José CamposAmong a set of dwelling buildings this one stood out by the austerity of its facade and the large and free open interior, charactreristics of an old iron warehouse.Save this picture!© José CamposThe main object of the project was to transform a wide and deep spaece into an hotel of charm, maintaining its original atmosphere. Save this picture!© José CamposThe interior of the building was designed with a central patio allowing plenty of light inside and vivid spaces. A ligthweight staircase shows the verticality of its 6 floors and the horizontal circulations were mixed with living rooms, creating wide and generous common areas. Save this picture!© José CamposSave this picture!Floor Plan 04Save this picture!© José CamposThe materials were selected to enhance this duality between a warehouse and a hotel – cold and raw materials such as iron and concrete, appeared in contrast with light wood, fine fabrics, velvet, and confortable rugs. Save this picture!© José CamposThe reception and the main living room were designed facing the street. From here, going down a stairway that overlaps the pre-existing stone ramp, we find the breakfast/dinning room, served by a kitchen. Save this picture!SectionThe upper floors were reserved for the bedrooms, which all have private bathrooms. Going up the building one can find some surprising moments such as the terrace facing the Porto Cathedral or the penthouse in the last floor which allows a different and rich space experience given by the exquisite celling shape.Save this picture!© José CamposProject gallerySee allShow lessWOHA On Why High-Density Living Doesn’t Mean Sacrificing Nice ThingsInterviewsOMA to Regenerate Historic Columbia Circle in ShanghaiUnbuilt ProjectProject locationAddress:Porto, PortugalLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/805845/armazem-luxury-housing-pedra-liquida Clipboard Photographs Save this picture!© José Campos+ 40 Share Area:  600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Pedra Líquida Area Area of this architecture project Projects Armazém Luxury Housing / Pedra LíquidaSave this projectSaveArmazém Luxury Housing / Pedra Líquida CopyAbout this officePedra LíquidaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsPortoPortugalPublished on April 03, 2017Cite: “Armazém Luxury Housing / Pedra Líquida” 03 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceCarpetsB&B ItaliaCarpet – TwistBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusHow to use Fire Protection MembranesSoftware / CoursesSculptformSpecification Tool – Price and Spec AppFittingsHOPPEFloor Spring – AR2950DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for False Ceilings and FlooringFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Textured PanelAcousticConwedAcoustic Panels – Eurospan®More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Armazém Luxury Housing / Pedra Líquida 2016 Year:  “COPY” Portugal “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/805845/armazem-luxury-housing-pedra-liquida Clipboardlast_img read more

Interview with Ricardo González Alfonso

first_img Organisation July 21, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interview with Ricardo González Alfonso RSF_en New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Cafeteria of the Hotel Welcome, where the Spanish government is lodging the 11 Cubans who arrived in Spain on 14 JulySeven of them are journalists and one of the seven is Ricardo González Alfonso, who has been the Reporters Without Borders Cuba correspondent since 1998. He was arrested along with 74 other Cuban dissidents during the notorious “Black Spring” of March 2003 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.The Spanish section of Reporters Without Borders went to greet him on his arrival at Madrid’s Barajas airport and, because of the enormous international interest, organised a news conference for him and the other journalists on 17 July.In the following interview, he talks about his impressions since his release and his plans for the future.What were your initial feelings on leaving prison?There have been various feelings. The first is one of being physically in Madrid and mentally still in Cuba. In conversations, I find myself saying ‘here’ and I am referring to Cuba. There was a more intimate and personal feeling, the one I had when I woke up next to my wife for the first time in seven years and four months. In prison, there were conjugal visits ever five months, then every three months and finally every two months, but they were three-hour visits. And you missed waking up beside your wife. But there is a detail that is worth recalling: when I was on the plane flying to Spain, I saw a knife for the first time in a long while. A metal knife. Something very simple but forbidden inside prison. It surprised me. It almost frightened me. Another detail: the emotion you feel facing you first plate of hot food in seven years. It is a jumble of little things that may give an idea of the confusion I feel at this moment, and the need to adapt psychologically to the new circumstances.How did you experience your release, from the moment you received the news until you left Cuba?Everything began with a rumour, which I heard in the national prison hospital, where I was being treated for a foot infection. A fellow inmate, a reliable person I trusted, told me that he had heard on the radio (in the Combinado del Este building where he was) that they were going to free 45 prisoners. That was the first news. A little later, in the same hospital, I met another colleague, Julio César Gálvez (another journalist, who was also released). He told me he had heard something similar but he still did not have any details. When I got back to my cell, I asked for the newspaper, Granma, and there I saw that the news was confirmed. It spoke of releases but did not give the names of the chosen detainees. Later, at around 6 pm on the same day, 8 July, I got a call from Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the archbishop of Havana, telling me that my name was on the list of prisoners who were going to be released and flown to Spain, if I was willing. I said that going to Spain could be interesting. When I met my wife Alida, she was thinking of emigrating to the United States. But I was not contemplating emigrating. So we decided that we would separate when her exit permit arrived (which in Cuba is issued by the interior ministry). But, as the years went by, we became closer and more in love with each other, and Alida’s exit permit did not arrive. Finally, a few days after I was arrested, Alida’s one-way exit permit finally arrived, presumably to get her to abandon me. But she refused to abandon me. She rejected the permit and decided to stay here with me. It was obviously the kind of decision that creates a strong bond between two people, stronger than the initial commitment to each other.When the releases first began, in the first half of 2005, we talked about it and I told her that, if they released me and then took a year to give me an exit permit, we would stay in Cuba. But if they gave us the exit permit before the year was up, we would leave. Years later, I am a granted a release together with an immediate exit permit. So, I kept the promise I had made to my wife, in response to her loyalty to me, and we decided to emigrate. The first phase was difficult for me, because my younger son from my first marriage did not want to leave his mother, and his mother did not want to emigrate. But her friends and I managed to persuade her. I was fortunate in finally being able to emigrate with the two children from my first marriage, with my wife, of course, and with my children’s mother. So I can say I am one of the few Cubans with all of his family united.When you were told of your imminent release, did Cardinal Ortega tell you that you could choose between staying in Cuba or leaving?No, it was very clear. What he told me was that those who left with me would be able to return without a permit. This is exceptional. Any Cuban who emigrates definitively has to apply for a re-entry permit in order to return. This of course violates article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but that is the situation in our country. The cardinal also told me that, for the first time in 50 years, the property I left behind, my home, would not be confiscated. Those were the details he gave me. But he told me I had to take an immediate decision.In other words, you had to give him your reply in the course of the same phone call?Yes, at once. The cardinal said that the processing was going to be very fast that not a minute could be lost. I had to give him my reply at once.The conditions in which you were held for the past seven years, what were they like?There were various stages. The investigative phase and the trial itself, a total of 36 days, were spent in Villa Marista, the State Security headquarters. The light was on all the time. I had to sleep next to the light in a windowless cell. The water for bathing and drinking was rationed. The interrogations were in the morning, the afternoon, the night and in the early hours. So you had only short spells for sleeping. This went on until the trial. After the trial, the same conditions continued but we were allowed out of our cells in the morning and afternoon and were able to converse, because there was no longer any point interrogating.We were there until 24 April 2003, when we were sent to the top security prison, Kilo 8 in Camagüey, where the conditions were very harsh. I was in a cell in which, where the bed ends, the little bathroom begin. A cell so narrow that the water store is in this small toilet. There was no shower, just a water tube over the toilet, toilet in inverted commas, what we call a Turkish toilet. That is where you had your breakfast, lunch and dinner and where you received medical attention. From Monday to Friday, when it was not raining, we were allowed into a courtyard where, if I stretched my arms out, I could touch the walls on either side. It was like a cell, but instead of a roof it had bars. If it was noon, you had the sun overhead. At other times, there was glare from the sun. Then the situation changed. We spent three months without electricity. Then we were three months with the light on all the time.This was all in Camagüey?Yes, I am still referring to Camagüey’s Kilo 8 prison. It is 533 km from Havana, where my family lived. During the last month, we were able to turn the light off and on. That was a big advantage. While there, I wrote a book of poems called “Man without a face” that reflected all the abuses taking place there. Not just the abuses to which I was being subjected because of my ideals, for defending freedom of expression, but also what the ordinary offenders were undergoing. I was punished for writing the book. They sent me to a special wing holding Cuba’s most dangerous inmates, ones that no other prison accepted, to the point that there were no people in Camagüey province in the prison. They were all from other provinces.One told me that three of them were there to harass me, to steal things from me and to be verbally abusive. Not physical mistreatment, but verbal aggression, insults and so on. One of them admitted that he had been sent by State Security, that he would be rewarded for the role he was playing. To end this punishment, I was forced to go on hunger strike. I told the authorities that I would call off my hunger strike if they recognised that they were punishing me for writing a book or if they gave me the same treatment as my colleagues, the treatment that I had been receiving before, which was bad but not as bad as this.Later, when I already had gall-bladder and liver problems, I was sent to Agüica prison, in Matanzas province. I was in poor health all the time I was there. They took me to the national prison hospital several times and I was operated on three times there. From there, I was transferred to Havana’s Combinado del Este prison on 7 December 2004. At first, I was in Building No. 2. Then I was admitted to the hospital again. From there we were sent back to prison without a medical discharge because we had staged a protest. In the final stage, the last two or three years. I had a cell to myself, thanks to the protests and hunger strikes and the international campaign by my wife Alida.As a result, I managed to obtain conditions that were better than those available to ordinary offenders – the possibility of having my cell door open from 6 am to 6 pm and of having a light that I could turn on and off. As for the rest, it was the prison discipline that everyone has to accept. Except that I refused to wear the ordinary offender’s prison uniform because I was not an ordinary offender. I wore regular clothes. This led to my sister being harassed when she came from New York to visit me. The Cuban political police pressured her at Havana’s José Martí airport to try to persuade me to wear prison uniform. She was 71 at the time and they put her under so much psychological stress that she fainted.What can you tell us about the food and the hygiene in the prisons where you were held?Here again there were phases. For example, when I was in the windowless cell in Camagüey and being punished for going on hunger strike, the floor had a carpet of rodents. It was part of the punishment. My bed was just two steps from my toilet. The ceilings of the cells were incredibly damp. I saw this in all the prisons where I have been, without exception. There was so much humidity that we used plastic bags to channel the water leaking from the pipes so that it did not drip on us while we were sleeping or eating. Using Cuban ingenuity, the inmates made channels for the water by tying plastic bags. The walls were permanently damp in my last two cells. Water dripped from the walls and the leaks.And how did all this affect your health? Well, I am allergic to humidity. I had to be treated with antihistamines all the time. I suffer from migraines. I was always on analgesics to control those. I was 53 when I entered prison and 60 when I left and, logically, all that humidity made my osteoarthritis worse.Was the medical treatment satisfactory?I can say that I received privileged treatment compared with the ordinary offenders and even the other political prisoners who are not regarded as prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International.What is your view of the government’s decision to release detainees?The Cuban government clearly found that it had no choice but to release detainees. There was an combination of events beginning with Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death, the heroic hunger strike by Guillermo Fariñas, the marches by the Ladies in White on the streets of Havana, the support of various international organisations, the support of the Cuban exiles, the pressure from certain democratic governments in various parts of the world and the very critical economic situation. All these factors created a situation that favoured our release.At a time when a dialogue had started between the Catholic Church and Raúl Castro’s government, Spanish foreign minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos decided to step in as an observer in the dialogue, in order to facilitate the departure of the 2003 Black Spring detainees, so that they could go to Spain. As for the detainees who have decided not to leave Cuba, despite the government’s pressure, I have to say that they have all my admiration and respect. It is significant that the regime did not release them before those of us who agreed to emigrate. When a prisoner has to emigrate in the way we did, which was straight from prison to the airport, there is a series of steps that have to be taken including a medical check and the issuing of a visa. But when you release a prisoner who wants to stay in Cuba, all you have to do is open the door.They arrested 75 men in the space of 72 hours seven years ago. Now they have decided to release 52, and ten of them want to say. Will they be able to do that? I wonder why the government does not release them, when it is easier than releasing those who were going to emigrate. It is inconceivable that all those who decide to stay in Cuba should remain in prison. I fear that they are holding them as hostages to pressure the European Union, which has to decide in September whether or not to lift its common position towards the Cuban government.What do you think is needed for the situation in Cuba to change radically?There is no magic wand for political, economic and social changes. Various factors coincide. That is how it happened in all the totalitarian regimes at the end of the 1980s. The economic crisis, the disillusion with totalitarian policies that do not satisfy human needs, the exhaustion and attrition of social inequality, the internal and external pressure – they are all factors that accumulate. But we can see that there exist circumstances that are slowly favouring change. This word ‘change’ is one that is in the minds of all members of Cuban society. Not just the opposition, but also sectors of the leadership and the government. The only thing is that they want a change that will save a dying man, while the opposition and civil society want a change that will give birth to democracy.What are your plans in this new stage of your life, in which you are far from your country for the first time?My legal status has not yet been clarified. All the formalities are being sorted out at this moment. I would like to know as soon as possible under what circumstance I and my family will be able to remain in Spain. The fight for freedom of expression and for the release of my colleagues is not something I am going to start now. We began as soon as we landed at Madrid airport and we have continued. We will continue to say the same thing: that the release of all the political prisoners is an essential first step for Cuba’s total democratisation, which is after all the only thing that guarantees a person’s freedom.Interview by Alessandro Oppes, Reporter without border Spain News CubaAmericas Follow the news on Cuba May 6, 2020 Find out more to go further Newscenter_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News News Help by sharing this information October 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts CubaAmericas RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

St. Bernard’s girls, boys win basketball home-openers

first_imgHome, home at last.Both the Crusaders boys and girls basketball teams played in front of their home fans for the first time this season on Tuesday — and both gave the Crusaders faithful yet another thing to cheer about less than a week after the school’s football team captured a state title.Girls basketballJosie Petersen scored 18 points and Mackenzie Finck chipped in 10 more to lead the St. Bernard’s girls basketball team to a narrow 48-46 win over visiting Laytonville, Tuesday evening at …last_img read more

Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Skyscrapers

first_imgThis tutorial is a great example of what can be achieved using geometrical shapes in Cinema 4D. However, if you are wanting to create more of an ‘irregular’ shaped object, we offer some tips in our recent Realistic Rose Tutorial.If you are interested in learning more about Cinema 4D check out the Cinema4D section of the PremiumBeat blog.Got questions about creating a skyscraper building in Cinema4D?Let us know in the comments! Learn to create beautiful 3D model skyscrapers in the following Cinema 4D video tutorial.Although there are a bunch of great online resources for purchasing Cinema 4D objects, building them yourself may offer more customization and doesn’t cost you a thing. In the following exclusive video tutorial I’ll show you how to create skyscraper buildings in Cinema4D.Download the project file and follow along with the tutorial video below:[maxbutton id=”23″]Although the tutorial specifically covers skyscrapers, the same principle can be applied to a wide variety of models. The tutorial covers:ModelingTexturingGeometric ShapesPositioning Lightslast_img read more

Bengal Governor, State at loggerheads

first_imgThe newly appointed Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankar has taken on State Education Minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee over incidents of violence on the campus of Jadavpur University in Kolkata on Thursday evening.The Governor had intervened to personally escort Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo from the campus amid protests and heckling from students, who objected to his presence.Mr. Chatterjee had claimed that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had requested the Governor not to go to the university at the peak of commotion and to “give the government some time to peacefully solve the issue.”“This is most unfortunate and shocking that our Governor, the custodian of the Constitution of the State, without informing the elected government went to the so-called rescue of the BJP leader from Jadavpur University… Chief Minister requested him several times that the Governor being the constitutional head need not go at this moment. The CM requested him to give the government some time to peacefully solve the issue,” Mr. Chatterjee said.A press note issued by Mr. Dhankar’s office said, the Minister was not aware of the developments that took place before the Governor went to the University to rescue Mr. Supriyo. “Obviously, he did not know of the developments that took place between the Governor and the DGP [Director General of Police]/ CS [Chief Secretary] as also the conversation with the Honorable Chief Minister,” the press note said.Mr. Supriyo, along with designer Agnimitra Paul, had gone to the campus to attend a seminar organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Thursday. However, several students had protested against their entry by raising black flags and asked him to leave. The situation escalated when Mr. Supriyo refused to budge. As tensions rose, he remained stuck inside the college premises till the Governor arrived at around 8 p.m. and escorted him out.Meanwhile, members of ABVP and BJP forcefully entered the college premises, vandalised university property and beat up some students.Trinamool issued a statement on Friday, reiterating Mr. Chatterjee’s “stand” and argued that it “must be made very clear [that] universities are autonomous institutions and as per time-honoured tradition, police cannot enter university campus without permission of VC.”While acknowledging that Mr. Dhankar had spoken to the Chief Minister and “duly appraised her”, the Raj Bhawan note claimed that the Governor had very little option but to head for the university in south Kolkata.“There were many telephonic interactions between the two and in his high regard that the Governor/Chancellor has for the Hon’ble CM, personally and for the Office the CM holds, he would not like to divulge the conversation between the two, except that he left for the place after sufficient time had elapsed and the situation did not show any change,” the Raj Bhawan press note argued.However, a senior Trinamool leader claimed that it is the “job of the State administration to appraise the Governor about a crisis as law and order is still the State subject.” This is for the first time that the new Governor and the ruling party directly confronted each other.last_img read more

Ohio State Lineman Taylor Decker Got Goosebumps From Seeing “The Undisputed Way” Street Sign

first_imgOhio State's "The Undisputed Way" street sign.Twitter/@TDeck68Ohio State hasn’t been shy about celebrating its accomplishments under Urban Meyer, and this year after winning the national championship they put up a street sign on campus that reads “The Undefeated Way.” OSU offensive tackle Taylor Decker drove by the sign after workouts on Friday morning, and seems inspired to get another sign put up in 2016.Was driving back from workouts and saw The Undisputed Way street sign….goosebumps, but the preparation for next year has already begun— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) February 6, 2015The sheen of this season’s victory definitely hasn’t worn off in Columbus, but expect the Buckeyes to come out as focused as ever in the fall.last_img read more

Saga Shipholdings Entire Fleet Becomes BWT Compliant

first_imgzoom Norway-based shipowner Saga Shipholding has completed the installation of Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) throughout its entire fleet of 32 open hatch cargo vessels. Saga chose Optimarin for the supply of ballast systems in 2011, and the company installed its first system on-board Saga Future in 2012. Since then, it has rolled the UV-based and environmentally friendly treatment units across Saga Shipholding’s fleet, signing the contract for the final installations for three 2,000 m3 BWT units for newbuilds from Oshima Shipbuilding, Japan in May last year.The final installation was completed on the 47,000 dwt open hatch carrier Saga Viking during a scheduled docking in China. This vessel, along with the rest of the Saga fleet, operates with the primary purpose of transporting pulp from South America to markets in Europe and the Far East, according to Saga.“We’ve been focused on BWT for a very long time now,” Tore Andersen, Optimarin CEO, said, adding that the company spent “more than 20 years perfecting the system.”Besides the International Maritime Organization’s approval, and certification of OBS from several classification societies, including DNV GL, Lloyd’s, Bureau Veritas, MLIT Japan, and American Bureau of Shipping, the Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist became the first system supplier to gain full US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) in December 2016.OBS utilises a combination of filtration and 35kW UV lamps to treat ballast water without the need for chemicals, Optimarin earlier said.last_img read more

Laura Ingraham joins Fox News evening lineup

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham is joining Fox News Channel’s prime-time lineup with a program that pushes Sean Hannity into a direct competition with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.Her show, “The Ingraham Angle,” will air weekdays at 10 p.m. ET starting Oct. 30. The radio talk show host is no stranger to Fox viewers since she’s been a commentator on the network for a decade, and her ascension to a regular show has been an open secret since earlier this summer.Fox said her show would “focus on every day, hard-working Americans who serve as the backbone of the nation” and highlight the importance of faith. Ingraham did not immediately return a message seeking comment on Monday.She’s also the founder of the political and cultural website Lifezette. While she will continue to be listed as an editor there, she will have no daily role, Fox said.Meanwhile, Hannity will return to the 9 p.m. time slot he occupied for several years starting next week. With the departures of Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly over the past year, the vociferous backer of President Donald Trump has become Fox’s most popular personality.The panel show “The Five,” a weak link in the ratings for Fox, returns to the late afternoon time slot it occupied for several years.Hannity takes on cable news’ hottest performer, Maddow, in a competition that is likely to have little overlap in viewers.Ingraham had been rumoured to be under consideration earlier this year for a role in President Donald Trump’s White House. But she’s not a “no questions asked” supporter, and was critical last week of Trump’s discussions with the Democrats about immigration reform.She also said earlier this year that she was considering a 2018 challenge to Democrat Tim Kaine for a U.S. Senate seat representing Virginia, an avenue that would be cut off from her with a nightly program on Fox.___This story has been corrected to show that “The Ingraham Angle” starts next month.last_img read more

City hosting Candidate 101 info session for upcoming municipal election tonight

first_imgAttendees will be given an opportunity to ask staff questions and review the candidate binder.The City’s Legislative Services Director Janet Prestley spoke with Councillor Trevor Bolin about the upcoming info session last Friday’s episode of Moose FM’s Trev Talks.The nomination period starts at 9:00 a.m. on September 4th and closes at 4:00 p.m. on September 14th.The Candidate 101 meeting is taking place Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. inside the City Hall Council Chambers and is open to all members of the public.For more information about the October 20th municipal election, call Janet Prestley, Chief Election Officer, or Laura Howes, Deputy Chief Election Officer at (250) 787-8150. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be hosting a free information session this evening for anyone interested in running to be a member of City Council.The Candidate 101 info session will give prospective candidates answers to questions they might have about being a Fort St. John councillor or mayor, including what the role entails, what type of time commitment is required, or what exactly is involved in being a Council member.The meeting will also provide an overview of what remuneration and benefits are paid.last_img read more

Counterpoint Super Bowl XLIX Was Among The Most Exciting Super Bowls Ever

In the immediate aftermath of the New England Patriots’ 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night, we gave a preliminary measurement of how exciting the game was using what Brian Burke of Advanced Football Analytics calls the “Excitement Index.” This index tracks the cumulative change in win probability throughout a game, the logic being that bigger swings in win probability indicate a more thrilling game.By NumberFire’s live in-game probability model, the Excitement Index of Super Bowl XLIX was curiously modest, ranking just 12th all time. But, as we noted, win probability models can vary to a surprisingly large degree, so we wanted to recalculate the Excitement Index using data from Pro-Football-Reference.com, which hadn’t yet updated Sunday night. (We used Pro-Football-Reference in our original ranking of the most exciting Super Bowls last week.)The difference between the two sources is bigger than you might think. If we run the Pro-Football-Reference numbers, Sunday’s game comes in at No. 3 all time, a much higher — and, in our subjective view, more deserving — placement than we’d originally calculated.In addition to the vagaries of competing win probability metrics, it’s also worth noting that the Excitement Index has obvious limitations. Similar to the way the coastline paradox makes it difficult to pin down the true length of a landmass’s coastline, a bunch of incremental changes to win probability can add up quickly for a game’s Excitement Index even if the overall trend of a game is in the same direction.The Excitement Index (as originally defined by Burke) also counts a swing in win probability from, say, the first quarter the same as one from the fourth quarter. In terms of leverage index, this is entirely appropriate — but it may not track as well with the subjective feeling of excitement we tend to experience as fans, where late-game moments are given much more weight.To try to capture some of that feeling, we also calculated an alternative version of the Excitement Index that puts more weight on the end of the game. Here’s how it works: A play at the very end of the game receives a weight of 2, halftime receives a weight of 1, and the opening kickoff gets a weight of 0. It’s a bit ad hoc, we know, but it seems to produce ratings that match the perceived excitement of Super Bowls better than an unweighted sum of win-probability changes.Using our alternative Excitement metric, Super Bowl XLIX is second all time. (See the table below for the updated ranking by this method.)Then again, as we wrote last night, no index can ever really put a number on the elation felt by Patriots fans — and the corresponding despair of those rooting for the Seahawks — at the end of a game like Sunday’s. read more