Keeping your cool in a hot climate

first_img Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply One of the reasons Florida is such a popular state to live in is undoubtedly its climate. However, while its winters are generally mild to warm, there are parts of the summer that can be unbearably hot. This has frequently proven to be a challenge for architects seeking ways to make homes habitable all year round, without total reliance on air conditioning to do the job for them.There are a number of classic design and construction principles that are often used, as well as more modern approaches too. But in all, the simple idea of using airflow to keep temperatures low inside a home is one of the oldest, and most practical. That’s why many Floridian homes have porches out front where residents can sit under the shade of the overhanging roof, while behind them a screen door allows the movement of air through the home.It’s certainly not all a question of free airflow. There’s also insulation. While you may think that having good insulation will mean an unbearably hot home, when it’s combined with the work of air conditioning that keeps the inside of a home cool, insulating against external conditions becomes very effective. In addition, many Florida homes are increasingly being built from materials that do a great deal to absorb external heat and prevent it from penetrating into the home’s interior.While it may seem like the peak of Floridian summer heat is unbearable, it pales in comparison with some of the temperatures that can be experienced in the United Arab Emirates. For example, the average temperature in Ajman, Dubai in July is a searingly hot 109 F degrees,  only dropping to 84 F degrees at night. With this kind of heat some serious measures are needed. The first thing that many people want to know when searching for rental properties through agencies is what steps have been taken to make places comfortable for habitation. As Bayut listing data shows, most villas boast air conditioning, but further measures are also needed. In the older Al Rawda district of Ajman, the villas are built in the traditional Arabic style in which the layout places rooms used in the daytime on the shaded side of the property. Homes in the newer Al Jurf area rely more heavily on the use of modern, heat-absorbing materials in their construction.Ajman Dubai (CCBY-2.0) by shazzandrobWith excessively high temperatures, heat-absorbing materials are vital as a climate of this kind needs insulation from the external heat. There are also some very exciting new materials being developed which use thermodynamics and become cooler than the air that surrounds them.A completely different kind of heat is what can be found in Indonesia, where high temperatures are coupled with excessively high levels of both humidity and rainfall. In that country, these high temperatures, humidity and rainfall has led to the kind of home design which brings the outside in, and vice versa. You’ll find bath and shower rooms are often open to the elements and rooms are built around open central courtyards, often with pools or other water features at their center.With a global climate that is said to be steadily increasing in temperature it’s likely that more and more countries will have to start incorporating many of these ideas into their designs. And, what is certain to be a challenge for architects, will certainly be a boon for the people who will live more comfortably in the houses that they design with climate in mind. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear TAGSArchitectsHot ClimatesHousingInsulationKeeping Cool Previous articleBREAKING NEWS: Florida reopens May 4th, phase one, with exception of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach countiesNext articleNew Amazon Prime Video series and movies coming in May 2020 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects

first_imgArchDaily Save this picture!Recommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionText description provided by the architects. This house is a renovation project of “wow home” TV series, for the client Ye Liangchen, a Internet star, who lives in the Loess Plateau of Shanxi Province. The original house is one of typical traditional cave courtyard in the village, in disrepair, and almost collapsed condition. Save this picture!Site PhotoSave this picture!Site PhotoIt included a main cave as the living space in the north, and three rigid side caves as the bedroom space in the eastern part. In an area of about more than 50 square meters and the depth is 11 meters without a kitchen and toilet, the space of main cave was extremely dark and damp.Save this picture!Given the traditional cave has the advantage of warmness in winter and coolness in summer, the design strategy follows tectonic of vernacular cave dwellings, but ensures that that each room is well ventilated and lighted. The design strategy is to preserve the northern cave houses, and to transform the run-down southwest wing caves into couple of independent spaces oriented to the south, which contain a kitchen, bedrooms, storage room, a dining room and a toilet. Save this picture!DiagramSave this picture!AxonThe preserved main cave is divided into two separated functions, the inner space as grandma’s bedroom, while the outer space as living room for family gathering. Taking into consideration the sunlight and ventilation in the cave, a circular glass light well sized in 1.5-meter diameter is devised in the middle of the cave. The main entrance of main cave is transformed into a wooden grid façade and glass curtain wall, which introduces plenty of sunshine.   In front of the cave entrance is a new semi curved canopy, which prevents the strong wind from the northwestern Mongolia.   Save this picture!Save this picture!Save this picture!Besides the improvement of living conditions, the prototype of walled structure compound is applied in the new design with more dynamic courtyard sequences. Courtyards introduce the nature to the house. The architect intends to maximize the outdoor space visually and psychologically.  Hence, 5 scattered courtyard landscapes are created within the compound, and connected through a zigzag path similar to the Chinese garden to create a tranquil atmosphere and infinite spatial experience. These areas also enable fresh air and daylight to enter every single house. Save this picture!Save this picture!The architect is committed to the integration of new building and local environment. The new houses are strictly controlled within the red line and the original building height. In the aspect of the selection of materials, the new building adopts the technology of traditional rammed earth, which composed of the mixed clay and sands from the top of surrounding mountains. By doing so, this building appear unique texture and color, whereas the effects of rammed earth in other places would appear various because of different origins of the clays. The application of rammed earth not only reflects the local building traditions, but also brings in the strength and permanence of stone with the warmth and simplicity of wood.  It also profoundly helps reduce the budget of project.Save this picture!Re use the previous furniture for interior space so that people can feel familiar from the old life.Save this picture!Rural people deserve a modern life and ample modern facilities. However, rural areas should not be the lower versions of the city, and should not be the followers of the city. Instead, it should maintain the intimated relations to the sky and the land.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessUniversity of Navarra Clinic in Madrid / IDOMSelected ProjectsRock & Branch / Hyunjoon Yoo ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects “COPY” Save this picture!+ 52 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2016 Year:  Projects Architects: hyperSity Architects Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img CopyHouses•Weinan, China Area:  278 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard China Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity ArchitectsSave this projectSaveCave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects CopyAbout this officehyperSity ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWeinanChinaPublished on January 17, 2017Cite: “Cave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects” 16 Jan 2017. 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SL House / ANX

first_img 2017 Year:  Residential Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: James Hardie, LaHabra, Metal Window Corp., Spark Modern Fires, California PoolsSave this picture!© Brian Thomas JonesText description provided by the architects. A slightly descending hillside parcel in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles serves as the location for this single family residence. In addition to the site’s gentle topography near the highland of the surrounding hills, the opportunity to capture commanding views of Downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign, and the Griffith Observatory influenced the position and orientation of the home.Save this picture!© Brian Thomas JonesSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Brian Thomas JonesSave this picture!Second Floor PlanArranged into two spatially interlocking volumes – a “cube” and a “bar” – the residence responds to the massing, scale, and setbacks of its suburban context, while also extending deep into the site to maximize relationships with the landscape and the distant vistas beyond. Entry into the home is found at the interstice between these two volumes, terminating upon arrival at the centrally located sculptural stair. Weaving these two volumes together, the stair core serves as the home’s interior center of activity.Save this picture!© Brian Thomas JonesOn the ground floor, the “cube” contains the garage and the voluminous kitchen opening to the pool terrace, while the well illuminated family room and deck are stacked above on the second floor. The street-oriented den, internally positioned dining room, and fully glazed living room and expansive terrace are placed on the ground floor of the “bar”, with the bedrooms and laundry room achieving privacy on the second floor.Save this picture!© Brian Thomas JonesA private terrace, screened from the street and neighboring properties is enveloped by the interior spaces of the home, promoting direct access to the pool, landscape, and the exterior living and dining areas. An exterior deck, with sunset views, is located adjacent the family room, while the master bedroom’s balcony looks out towards Griffith Park.Save this picture!© Brian Thomas JonesProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Beehive / Luigi Rosselli + Raffaello RosselliSelected ProjectsJuan Soriano Cultural Center and Museum / JSaSelected Projects Share “COPY” Save this picture!© Brian Thomas Jones+ 49Curated by Fernanda Castro Share SL House / ANX Projects CopyResidential Architecture, Houses•Los Angeles, United States Photographscenter_img Architects: ANX Area Area of this architecture project SL House / ANXSave this projectSaveSL House / ANX Photographs:  Brian Thomas Jones Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  3500 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project United States “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeANXOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLos AngelesUnited StatesPublished on May 08, 2018Cite: “SL House / ANX” 08 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore 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 streamlast_img read more

Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 4/8/2015

first_img By Ryan Martin – Apr 7, 2015 Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Home News Feed Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 4/8/2015 Facebook Twittercenter_img Models went wetter yesterday for the extended period and have not deviated from that solution yet. Another system bringing half to 1 inch rains can move through for the 17th-19th, and then another system near 1 inch for the 22nd-23rd. Models hint at slightly less activity from the 24th-28th…but we would say don’t book that quite yet. However if a ridge starts to build back in over the plains and western US in that time frame, it could lead to more drying. Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 4/8/2015 Previous articleIndiana Soil Moisture Recharge Won’t be a ProblemNext articleMorning Outlook Ryan Martin The pattern remains the same. We had rain break out yesterday over the state and strong to severe thunderstorms fired off over extreme southern Indiana late yesterday afternoon. While some thunderstorms are expected to linger and move into the state this morning and some of them might be severe, after they dissipate we should take a break in the action today for the rest of the day, even seeing some sunshine in parts of the state. Don’t get used to it…we are just reloading for tomorrow and Friday.Rain moves in tomorrow and holds into Friday morning before shutting down. We remain steadfast with half to 1.5” rain totals. State wide coverage will be 90%.We dry down from Friday midday and early afternoon through the weekend. Strong high pressure settles in and we should continue to see good evaporation through the weekend. Temperatures will be nearly normal, maybe skewed just a bit below normal behind the stormy frontal complex.The next front arrives Monday and Tuesday and continues to look nice and strong. We could see another strong to severe storm outbreak Monday afternoon. Rain totals look to be in the half to 2 inch range state wide with the coverage at 100%. Models continue to show a band of heavier rain/storms over the southern half to third of the state.last_img read more

Journalist kidnapped and beaten by uniformed men in Erbil

first_img News Reporters Without Borders today joined the Kurdistan Journalists Union in condemning the abduction yesterday of Nabaz Goran in the northern city of Erbil and the beating he received for several hours before being set free. Goran contributes to several media in Iraq’s Kurdish region.“These practices are unfortunately only too common in Iraq,” the press freedom organisation said. “The authorities have a duty to find a way to put a stop to this kind of criminal activity. As a first step, this means conducting serious investigations in order to identify and punish those responsible.” A freelance contributor to the Media and Halati newspapers and the website, Goran was kidnapped outside the Hotel Dam Dam in Erbil at about 10 p.m. yesterday. His abductors, five men in military uniforms, drove him out of the city, beat him with clubs and hose-pipes and told him to “hold his tongue” before setting him free a few hours later.Goran is known for being outspoken in his criticism of the authorities. Two lawsuits were brought against, but were withdrawn after mediation by the Kurdistan Journalists Union. RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa News April 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist kidnapped and beaten by uniformed men in Erbil News Follow the news on Iraq News to go furtherlast_img read more

Wanted Suspect Wearing Wig, Silicone Mask Arrested in Pasadena

first_img © OpenStreetMap contributorsDespite wearing a wig and a silicone mask in an effort to disguise his identity, a tip led police in Pasadena to arrest a wanted man they had been seeking on Monday afternoon, officials said.Officers were notified about 3:45 p.m. that Richard Phillip Torres, 32, of El Monte was in the area of Hill Avenue and Corson Street, Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Russo said.They pulled over a car Torres was riding in, which was ultimately determined to be a rideshare vehicle, he said.Torres was taken into custody without a struggle, Russo said. A loaded handgun was found in his waistband.Torres had failed to appear in court for a previous case in which he was accused of vandalism and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.A second man traveling with Torres was also arrested on suspicion of violating probation, Russo said. HerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Make a commentcenter_img Public Safety Wanted Suspect Wearing Wig, Silicone Mask Arrested in Pasadena By BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, October 19, 2020 | 6:29 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Ellie Mae, and More

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago October 10, 2019 2,184 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Ellie Mae, and More Subscribe Tagged with: CoreLogic Ellie Mae National Bankruptcy Services Sign up for DS News Daily Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. CoreLogic Ellie Mae National Bankruptcy Services 2019-10-10 Seth Welborn  Print This Post About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Industry Pulse: Updates on CoreLogic, Ellie Mae, and More Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider, announced the availability of its updated RCT Express reconstruction estimating and risk assessment solution that now includes the ability to provide valuations for large tract homes (LTH). This update gives insurers the ability to better assess and price LTH policies, bringing more powerful coverage adequacy tools to the insurance industry.“The rising popularity of large tract homes has created new challenges for insurers, who have historically struggled to distinguish these structures from high value homes that have more custom attributes,” said Benjamin Abbott, Product Manager for CoreLogic Insurance Solutions group. “Because of the size of these LTHs, many LTH homeowners policies have valuations more suitable for a custom home.”__________________________________________________________________________Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced that Mr. Cooper the nation’s largest non-bank mortgage servicer and a leading mortgage lender, has deployed the Encompass Digital Lending Platform and Encompass TPO Connect for its wholesale and non-delegated channels. TPO Connect optimizes lender’s wholesale and investor’s non-delegated correspondent channels through a fully equipped, customizable, and interactive web experience built on the Encompass Digital Lending Platform, allowing lenders with multiple channels to leverage a single solution.As a result of its acquisition of Pacific Union Financial in February 2019, Mr. Cooper acquired the Wholesale and Non-delegated Correspondent lending channels and technologies. This amounted to a total of five differing Loan Origination Systems (LOS) to manage and maintain, including some that were unable to support the mandatory URLA changes expected in 2020 and others that were inefficient and required supplementary manual upkeep.After successfully utilizing Ellie Mae’s Encompass for its Direct-to-Consumer Channel, Mr. Cooper turned to the Encompass Digital Lending Platform for some of their third-party businesses due to its system optimization, cost, ease of use, and quick implementation timeline. Use of TPO Connect and the Digital Lending Platform enabled Mr. Cooper to reduce the cost and complexity of its total solution footprint while allowing for a more seamless, true multi-channel lending platform experience.__________________________________________________________________________National Bankruptcy Services  recently announced that Matt Slonaker and Jeff Aiken have joined the leadership team.  Matt Slonaker is the EVP of National Business Development and Jeff Aiken is SVP of Operations.  Slonaker will lead the revenue growth strategy efforts and be responsible for aspects of customer acquisition, revenue growth management, marketing enablement and business development.  Aiken will be leading default operations and assisting Bonial & Associates, P.C.”Matt has a proven track record of building revenue growth programs and developing successful business development teams.” said NBS Chief Executive Officer Brad Cloud. “We’re glad that he is joining our leadership team and driving our organic growth in the mortgage, consumer and automotive industry segments.”Slonaker brings more than 26 years of experience in the financial services industry to NBS and their affiliated law firm, Bonial & Associates, P.C. Prior to joining NBS, Slonaker served as Senior Vice President & Head of Enterprise Solutions Sales at WFG National Title.  Additionally, he has held executive sales leadership positions at Sales Benchmark Index, Chronos Solutions and Carrington Holdings. From new leadership to new tech and partnerships, get the latest industry buzz in this update. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Freddie Mac Announces $400M NPL Sale Next: Coalition to Stop Real Estate Wire Fraud & Qualia Partnerlast_img read more

Taoiseach says political events overtook timeline for election

first_imgAudioElections 2020Homepage BannerNews Taoiseach says political events overtook timeline for election WhatsApp Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest A general election has been called for Saturday, the 8th of February. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asked President Michael D Higgins to approve the dissolution of the 32nd Dáil this afternoon.It kick starts a three and a half week election campaign.Leo Varadkar previously said he wanted the election to be held in May.However the Taoiseach says political events overtook that timeline:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Previous articleTeen charged with serious assault on taxi driver in StrabaneNext articleGreencastle and Buncrana learn FAI Junior last 16 opponents News Highland By News Highland – January 14, 2020 Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

EOC issues five-step guide to pay equality

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article EOC issues five-step guide to pay equalityOn 16 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has published a guide givingdetails of the five steps employers need to take to ensure they are notshort-changing women. The EOC’s Equal Pay kit – a step-by-step guide for employers on how toreview their pay systems – was officially launched last week by women’sminister Barbara Roche. Speaking at the launch, Roche said: “This kit is an essential tool foremployers who take equality seriously. I hope that carrying out an equal payreview will soon be seen as good business practice for every employer. “The sooner that happens the sooner women will be able to feelconfident their contribution at work is valued.” Julie Mellor, EOC chairwoman, said progress towards closing the equal paygap is extremely slow. She challenged employers to lead the way on equal pay bymaking a commitment to holding equal pay reviews. “We know the majority of employers don’t deliberately discriminateagainst women. EOC research found that 93 per cent of employers were confidentthey paid fairly, but few had checked their pay system for bias,” shesaid. “Pay systems are complex and it is too easy for discrimination to creepin, as recent EOC cases demonstrate. This kit will make it easier for employersto carry out a pay review. This is the only way they can be sure their paysystem is fair.” The five steps are: – Deciding the scope of the review and identifying information required – Determining where men and women are doing equal work – Collecting pay data to identify equal pay gaps – Establishing the causes of any significant pay gaps and assessing thereasons for these – Developing an equal pay plan Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

RAF broadens appeal with diversity drive

first_img Previous Article Next Article TheGay Pride festival over the August Bank Holiday heralded a new era for the RAF,as it specifically targeted homosexual recruits for the first time in itshistory.Eightofficers staffed a float at the event in Manchesteras part of a recruitment drive to show that the Armed Forces welcome peoplefrom different backgrounds. UntilJanuary 2003, it was legal for the Armed Forces to reject gay and lesbianofficers. But the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourgruled that the ban breached gay peoples’ right to respect for private life. Aspokeswoman for the RAF said: “We have recruitment policies that recognisethat people from different backgrounds can make positive contributions. Anindividual’s sexual orientation is none of the RAF’s business.”  RAF broadens appeal with diversity driveOn 7 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more