“COPY” 2007 CopyAbout this officeTetsuo Kondo ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJapanPublished on July 24, 2013Cite: “House with Gardens / Tetsuo Kondo Architects” 24 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Argentina Houses Roland House / BAK Arquitectos Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa Pinilla+ 39 Share Photographs 2012 Roland House / BAK ArquitectosSave this projectSaveRoland House / BAK Arquitectos Projects Area: 185 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Nivel, FV, Fábrica de Luz, Pasalto, TromenColaborator Architects:Carolina Saldariaga, Ekaterina AllariaLand Area:1152 sqmProject And Construction Managementr:María Victoria Besonias + Luciano KrukCity:La CostaCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaRecommended ProductsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesText description provided by the architects. A plot of land sloping downward into the sea. A rugged atmosphere of native pines and acacias. The open sky and the see merging into the horizon. Such was the scenery from were Roland House’s project began.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaEven though the commissioner’s program called for a typical summer house that satisfied the usual needs, it also had some peculiarities. Both social and private areas had to be organized on a single floor, except for a single independent space: the main suite integrated with a room for working and reading, a bathroom, and its own exclusive terrace.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaAnd that is how the house was built. Two bedrooms and an expansive yet unified living-dining-cooking area set on the ground floor while above, more independently, stands the master suite and the studio-library requested by the client.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaA pure and solid exposed concrete prism, half buried into the sand dunes almost like a railway carriage abandoned in a desert, became a living artifact.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanFloating above the street level, this volume produces a semi covered area that serves as a parking place. From this area, a two-story high narrow passage, fixed between to walls, directs towards the entrance, from where the space opens up into the house’s ample and luminous ground floor.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaThe facade at the front opens up to the surroundings. Rising from the natural terrain, the first floor protrudes the box and expands towards the outside. Encircled by the canopies of the pines and the acacias, it presents itself as a space for sensitive intimacy. Its terrace, however, surpasses the canopies and allows for views of the sea and the horizon.Save this picture!Top FloorThe facade at the back, mostly blind, becomes the dune’s retaining wall where the volume penetrates the terrain, and lodges the service areas. At the same time, it hosts the vertical circulation that starts at the ground level and goes all the way up through the first floor drawing a single straight line.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaThe study of the proportions between the heights and the dimensions of the inner spaces, along with the decision to produce linear openings on the walls—thus avoiding full height windows—looked to emphasize the building’s horizontality and to lower the visual impact of the bar-like volume, in an attempt to achieve a respectful dialogue with the environment.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaThis spatiality inside allowed a centrifugal effect for the senses, directing the views through big glazed openings towards the outside into the natural surroundings. There was an attempt to conceive the house not as a complete object per se, but as a means to achieve enjoyment instead. Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!SectionMost of the furniture was built in exposed concrete. The dining and the cooking areas are separated by a hanging partition, intersected by a horizontal pane that becomes a kitchen countertop and a dining table. While the partition gives the kitchen some privacy, the countertop and the table connect it with the living-dining area. These three elements were thought and built as a monolithic single object made out of concrete. This matter’s malleability allowed for it to be conceived as an autonomous piece, able to articulate the different spaces with its synthetic potentiality.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaPassive solar control devices were used. On the one hand, the walls of the first floor fold when they reach the ceiling and become an overhanging that protects the inside from the effects of the sun. On the other, for the same reasons, the floor slab prolongs to float over the ground floor.Save this picture!© Gustavo Sosa PinillaHouse Roland intended to reassure itself as an object in its own environment, to belong to the scenery as a part of it and, at the same time, to own it. It was our intention to make this work of architecture and Costa Esmeralda’s natural atmosphere to vibrate in harmony.Project gallerySee allShow lessBen van Berkel – IAAC Opening Lecture 2016/17LectureHouse Proposal Using Prefabrication & CNC Wins RIBA Journal’s Sterling OSB Habitat A…Architecture News Share Architects: BAK arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/796146/roland-house-luciano-kruk Clipboard ArchDaily CopyHouses•La Costa, Argentina “COPY” Photographs: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/796146/roland-house-luciano-kruk Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeBAK arquitectosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLa CostaArgentinaPublished on September 28, 2016Cite: “Roland House / BAK Arquitectos” 28 Sep 2016. 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Based on a talk by WWP member Randi Nord at the March 25 WWP/SDS Midwest Socialism Conference.I’d like to discuss the truth behind the al-Qaida threat in Yemen and what the struggle in Yemen means for U.S. imperialism and the Middle East.Western involvement in Yemen dates back many decades. Shortly after British occupation ended in 1967, South Yemen identified as a socialist state with strong ties to the Soviet Union, China, Cuba and revolutionary Palestinians.North and South Yemen unified in 1990, shortly before the Soviet Union officially dissolved. U.S. imperialism’s intervention in the region exacerbated the conflict within unified Yemen.Western corporate media credit the rise of al-Qaida in Yemen to conflict caused by Houthi rebels in 2011, with the al-Qaida forces allegedly using the chaos from the uprising to gain footing in the country’s tribal areas. This is false.The hills of Yemen had long been a place of recruitment and planning for al-Qaida long before their branch in the Arabian Peninsula was officially announced in 2006.In the 1980s, U.S. imperialism was busy arming reactionary sectarian forces in Afghanistan to fight the communist government in Kabul and its Soviet allies. Rural tribal areas in Yemen were ideal for recruiting fighters to take on what locals saw as Soviet invaders and godless communists. Fighters from parts of Africa and Saudi Arabia moved through Yemen.But U.S. imperialism is also directly responsible for the devastating situation in Yemen we see today.Yemen was a poor country prior to the current conflict, and now Yemen is starving, its population hard pressed to find food, clean drinking water or medical care, on the brink of famine. Many people — especially children — are dying every day from malnutrition or preventable illnesses like cholera.Not only are Yemenis subject to air strikes from both Saudi Arabia and the United States, but Saudi-backed fighters have been terrorizing civilians on the ground. They even threaten doctors and patients inside hospitals, forcing doctors to work at gunpoint.Aid agencies have left Yemen due to the Saudi regime’s relentless bombing campaign that targets civilian infrastructure including hospitals, funerals, homes, airports and agricultural areas, killing thousands and displacing millions.Unemployment is rampant. The illiteracy rate is climbing. Already the poorest country in the region, Yemen lives under an air blockade, which obstructs aid from entering the country and prevents civilians from fleeing.The U.S. has come under fire from several human rights groups for supplying arms to Saudi Arabia.Documents released via Wikileaks show that the Obama administration started arming and training the Yemeni government prior to the start of the war today. Washington and its imperialist allies are directly to blame.The new Trump administration has actually increased the U.S. military presence and air strikes in Yemen, including a raid so horrendous that even the corporate media condemned its causing the death of dozens of Yemeni civilians — including an 8-year-old girl — and one Navy Seal.While the U.S. claims to be fighting al-Qaida in Yemen, the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition and al-Qaida share a common enemy in the new Popular Resistance Coalition. The Houthis, portions of the Yemeni military and their allies have formed a broad coalition to fight back against both Saudi aggression and U.S. imperialism.Washington aims at propping up a Saudi-friendly and anti-Iranian government in Yemen. This is carried out by selling billions of dollars of weapons and supplies to the Saudis and their allies, including Qatar, Morocco, Bahrain, Sudan, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.However, despite his recognition from the imperialists, the Yemeni people reject ex-President Hadi and consider him a puppet for Saudi Arabian and imperialist interests.Saudi-backed forces include many foreign fighters from the UAE and parts of Africa.Yemen includes many important port cities, including Aden and Mocha. Resistance control of these ports could drastically alter global trade routes and the flow of capital.But perhaps most importantly, the U.S. and its allies oppose an anti-imperialist resistance government in Yemen, as this could threaten the stability of other Western-allied countries.The Yemeni people echo the same attitude as that of Syrians: if only foreign powers could stay out of our country, we Yemeni people could work this out on our own. They want foreign fighters out and they want the Saudi-led aggression to stop. They also know the West — specifically the U.S. — is directly to blame.As revolutionary socialists inside the U.S., we must fight for the U.S. to end terror alliances with Saudi Arabia and similar states. We must fight for Yemen’s right to self-determination.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
February 6, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation RSF_en News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned November 13, 2020 Egypt agrees to release a few journalists Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the Egyptian justice system’s agreement in principle to release five journalists but points out that this is far from enough and that only two of the five have so far been freed. Help by sharing this information to go further News February 1, 2021 Find out more News A Cairo court agreed in principle on 3 November to release Sayed Abdellah and Mohamed Ibrahim, a blogger also known as Mohamed Oxygen, who have been held since September 2019, and Haitham Hasan Mahgoub, held since May 2020. Two other journalists, Sameh Hanin and Awni Nafie, were actually released the same day.The decisions came just days after 56 members of both houses of the US congress and more than 220 European parliamentarians wrote letters to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi urging him to free prisoners of conscience, including journalists, whose detention is virtually a death sentence because of the danger of catching Covid-19 in crowded prison conditions.While the release decisions seem to be linked to these US and European initiatives, the release of three of the journalists has still not taken place. And exactly a week after the 3 November decision, Mohamed Oxygen learned that he was the subject of a new investigation on suspicion of “membership of a terrorist group,” requiring an additional 15 days of provisional detention. Some of the many journalists still in prison in Egypt were named in the letters. They include Mahmoud Hussein, Alaa Abdel Fattah and Hossam Al-Sayyad. New investigations have been meanwhile been opened against two other detained journalists, Solafa Magdy and Esraa Abdel Fattah, for offences allegedly committed while in prison.“These releases are so unusual as to deserve being highlighted but they are far from sufficient and the list of journalists currently in Egyptian prisons is still much too long,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.“Instead of freeing journalists in ones and two and prolonging the detention of others indefinitely, the Egyptian authorities should comply with international law by agreeing to immediately release all of the arbitrarily detained journalists together.”Egypt is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned News Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison January 22, 2021 Find out more
Twitter Linkedin Email Advertisement NewsLocal NewsEmergency landing for Ryanair jet at ShannonBy admin – February 16, 2009 717 Shannon Airport emergency services were called to alert on Sunday afternoon last when one of Michael O’Leary’s Ryanair planes was forced to make an emergency landing at the county Clare airport following a report from the flight deck of problems with a tyre.On route from the UK, the pilot made contact with Shannon to say it had a tyre problem, shortly before 4pm in the afternoon. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The plane operated a circling pattern above the airport at a safe distance and landed 15 minutes after notifying the emergency services.The plane was carrying 177 passengers and crew and no injuries have been reported.The Shannon Airport Authority reported that the plane carried out a low-level fly past over the main runway at Shannon so that fire crews on the ground could visually inspect the landing gear as the aircraft flew past.The fire crews had nothing to report so the aircraft was cleared for landing with no further incident. WhatsApp Facebook Print Previous articleThe rough guide to foodNext articleLPYMA grounds saga continues admin
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago affordable hottest livable Neighborhoods Redfin san jose Washington D.C. 2018-01-29 Radhika Ojha Share Save San Jose Tops Hottest Neighborhoods Rankings Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: affordable hottest livable Neighborhoods Redfin san jose Washington D.C. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago San Jose, California has emerged as the hottest city to live in, with nine of the top 10 hottest neighborhoods in the U.S. located in this tech hub, according to a survey by online real estate broker, Redfin. The survey, which was released on Monday also listed the hottest, yet affordable neighborhoods (Hottest Neighborhoods within Reach) with Hillcrest in Washington, D.C., topping this list.For this survey, Redfin ranked neighborhoods across 49 metropolitan areas on the basis of most recent growth in page views and favorites on Redfin.com as well as responses from Redfin agents around the U.S. to find out what drove these trends.The rankings for the 10 Hottest Neighborhoods pointed to a trend of migration among people living in the San Francisco Bay area. “While the San Francisco peninsula has traditionally been the hottest of the hot places, we’re seeing it become unaffordable for even the tech giants that helped create its demand,” said Kalena Masching, Redfin’s Silicon Valley agent. “The result has been a tech-worker migration to the South Bay charged by people looking for relative affordability, highly rated schools, short commutes and access to jobs.”It’s not surprising therefore that the hottest neighborhoods are now shifting to neighboring San Jose. With a median selling price of $1.5 million, Bucknall in San Jose topped the list of hottest neighborhoods, followed by Cambrian, San Jose, where the median price of homes is at around $1.2 million. White Oak, Ortega, West Santa Clara, Sunnyvale West, Lakewood, Blacow, and Rex Manor, all in San Jose were the other seven neighborhoods that were ranked among the 10 Hottest Neighborhoods. At No.8, Sunnyside, San Francisco was the only non-San Jose neighborhood to make it to the list.Redfin also compiled a list of 2018’s Hottest Neigbhorhoods Within Reach that reflected a home price of $286,700, which was also the national median sale price in December 2017. While the 10 Hottest neighborhoods list was concentrated on one particular city, 2018’s Hottest Neighborhoods Within Reach threw up a more geographically diverse set of results and pointed to a trend of people choosing livability over affordability while buying homes in these neighborhoods. “Features like easy commutes, farmer’s markets and proximity to parks or the beach all represent livability characteristics that many people value when searching for homes. Also, these areas have a mix of single family homes, condos and townhouses, which make the neighborhoods accessible to a wide range of incomes,” said Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin.Hillcrest in Washington, D.C., topped this list with a median housing price of $125,000. With a median housing price of $248,500, Deanwood, again in Washington, D.C., came second on the list. These frontrunners were followed by Riverview, Seattle; Misty Meadow, Columbus; Fairmount, Providence; Stevens Square, Minneapolis; Brewer’s Hill Milwaukee; Country Lakes, Chicago; Downtown St. Louis, St. Louis; and South Coast, Orange County.To read details on which are the hottest neighborhoods by Metropolitan areas, click here. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News January 29, 2018 2,030 Views Previous: Fannie Mae CEO on the GSE’s Past & Future Next: Ohio Courts Could Change Course for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / San Jose Tops Hottest Neighborhoods Rankings Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago
Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Collaboration is the blueprint for e-learning success but it will onlyhappen in the public sector, says martin BakerSix UK charities are currently working together in a consortium to share thecost and benefits of e-learning. This alliance has benefits that are applicableto all organisations. But let’s be honest – the private sector will ignore thepotential. A consortium is effectively a specific user group for a specific industrysector. Consortium members gain obvious advantages: they can pool resources,spread risk and gain access to a wider range of suppliers and e-learningcourseware. For some organisations, such as charities, the consortium idea provides acost-effective entry route into e-learning. By joining together, members havegreater buying power. They also create a common e-learning community, whichmeans they can share best practice and run regular tailored workshopshighlighting issues such as the internal marketing of e-learning and evaluationof the return on investment. These benefits will be shunned by private sector companies as competitiverivalries will always prevent them from sharing information that would be ofmutual value. This is a shame as the Government has stressed the need toimprove the skills base of UK plc. The consortium approach offers a verypractical solution, which could provide a broad range of high-quality,consistent training. However, there is nothing to stop public sector organisations – such asgovernment departments and agencies, local authorities, NHS trusts, healthcareteams and emergency service providers – from taking the consortium plunge. All they need to do is hook up with relevant suppliers that can provide theappropriate range of IT and business skills resources that meet the needs ofthe combined target audience. These resources should be made available througha hosted learning management system, flexible enough to allow each organisationto have their own personalised e-learning web portal. Consortium members do not need to have the technical infrastructure in placeto support e-learning because the e-learning content is hosted externally.Instead, users access e-learning resources via the internet. Those that manage to set up effective links with like-minded firms will soonnotice the benefits: an improvement in the skills and motivation of individualswho are able to learn online at their own time and pace; a saving in the timeand travel costs of face-to-face training and an improvement in the performanceof the organisation. The private sector’s loss could be the public sector’sgain. Martin Baker is a director of e-learning provider Jenison InteractiveTraining, which instigated the charity consortium for e-learning. www.jenison.co.uk Coming togetherOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today
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By MADDY VITALE For anyone who wants something that looks too good to eat, take a picture of an acai, pitaya, coconut or banana bowl from one of the Playa Bowls locations in Ocean City and Sea Isle City.And then take a bite. Not only are the treats scrumptious looking, they are flavorful delights for the many customers who lined up at both locations recently at the Promenade Food Court in Ocean City and 33 42nd Street in Sea Isle to give their orders – while socially distancing.The bowls are just as healthy as they are great tasting. They are loaded with vitamins, fresh fruits, veggies and even tailored to specific dietary needs, explained the owner of the two franchise locations, Joe Wallash, of Dennis Township. “We cater to all dietary issues at Playa Bowls in the Promenade Food Court in Ocean City and in Sea Isle. If you have allergies, if you want to control what is in the bowl, what vitamins you would like, we will cater to the customer,” Wallash said.A scoop of granola is a popular and healthy treat in some of the bowls.Some of the bowls to choose from are 8th Ave., which features pure acai topped with granola, banana and honey, the Coco Bowl, a coconut blend topped with granola, banana and honey and an Electric Mermaid, which is a pitaya blend with granola, kiwi, pineapple, mango, coconut flakes and honey.People took their takeout to dine at tables in the food court or outside at a table or two at the Sea Isle business, or grabbed their orders to go. At a time when takeout and outdoor dining are allowed under Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 guidelines, Playa Bowls is doing well, Wallash said.“We are blessed to have an online takeout system in place. We offer the community healthy options. I have a great staff. They make the customers number one,” Wallash noted.He and his staff enjoy the customers at both locations. In Ocean City, there are many families.“The Ocean City demographic of customers are families coming for day trips and vacations and kids coming in from surfing or from the skate park,” he said. The first thing Wallash asks the customers there is, “How is Ocean City treating you today?” Wallash bought the Ocean City franchise business in 2019 and just opened the Sea Isle location.Playa Bowls employee Natalie McNamara and owner Joe Wallash socially distance outside of the Sea Isle business. (Photo courtesy Joe Wallash)Wallash, 43, went to grade school in Sea Isle. The school closed in 2012, but he and his family still have fond memories of their time there.“Sea Isle is near and dear to my heart. We played street hockey there. Sea Isle means so much to me. My dad helped me build that store from the floor up. We started building it before the (pandemic) shutdown and then we were allowed to build with Sea Isle’s OK, Wallash said. “The mayor (Leonard Desiderio) was really great to work with. He deserves a shout-out. He understands how important it is for small businesses to open.” The Sea Isle business offers smoothies, as well as bowls. The Aloha smoothie offers a blend of banana, mango, pineapple and coconut milk. The Booster smoothie gives a mix of banana, vanilla protein, flax oil, spirulina, peanut butter and cashew milk.And the entire menu from bowls to smoothies ranges from $6.99 to $11.Healthy, tasty options, reasonable prices and friendly service are what defines the success of Playa Bowls.“I want people to feel appreciated. When they leave, they have gotten personalized service,” Wallash pointed out. “That is what people get and that is what contributes to the success we are having.”A family sits down to enjoy Playa Bowls treats in Sea Isle.The Sea Isle location hasn’t had a grand opening yet since it opened during the pandemic. Wallash hopes to host a celebration when it is safe to do so, but he anticipates it may be a while from now. In the meantime, Wallash and his staff enjoy offering customers something that they may be trying for the first time, or for the 10th time. And for someone who had limited experience in the food and restaurant industry, Wallash admits, he is doing well, but says it is because of the great people who work with him.Back in 2012, he was laid off from two pharmaceutical jobs. When he decided to try another field, he went to a coffee shop to ponder his future.“I sat down at a Starbucks and jotted down my goals,” he said.Friends in the surfing industry told him about the healthy ingredients in the fruit bowls and smoothies. It was an idea for a business that didn’t involve too much food, but offered something to highlight healthy living. What came of it were two businesses that are growing.“My plan was to do something simple — something good,” Wallash said. “I think I did it.”Ocean City Playa Bowls employee Mara McBane, of Egg Harbor Township, displays two juicy fruit bowls. Customers safely line up wearing masks and observe social distancing to order at the Ocean City Playa Bowls.
FARMINGTON – Commissioners approved a plow bid for roads in West Freeman at their meeting Tuesday morning.The commissioners separated roughly 8.7 miles of West Freeman roads from the Freeman and Salem Township roads last year, creating a separate contract that was awarded to a business on a contract at $38,000 per year. After that business declined to renew the contract after the first year, the commissioners put out a request for bids which had a single applicant, the same company that currently plows the Salem and Freeman Township roads: Fenwick Construction LLC.Fenwick’s bid came in originally at $94,000. Commissioners tabled the issue last week due to the increase in cost, which Andrea Fenwick, representing the business, said included money to purchase equipment, bonding and worker-related expenses to get the company back up and running on the West Freeman route. Commissioners asked that Fenwick consider agreeing to a single, re-merged contract for all of the plowing work. The Salem/Freeman Township contract covers roughly 33.8 miles, while the West Freeman contract covers 8.7 miles.On Tuesday, Andrea Fenwick declined to merge the two contracts, citing the bonding the company had in place for Salem and Freeman Township roads. She did offer the lower price of $86,972, which the commissioners accepted.Commissioner Charlie Webster of Farmington said that he and Commissioner Terry Brann of Wilton had both researched other, comparable plowing contracts and found them in line with Fenwick’s bid. They agreed to a new, five-year contract with Fenwick for the West Freeman roads, suggesting that the contracts could be recombined in the future.Commissioners also met with Somerset County Communications Director Michael Smith and Communications Deputy Director Tammy Barker. Both Smith and Barker were brought on to assist the Franklin County Regional Communications Center, which is dealing with personnel shortages. CL Folsom, the communications director for Franklin County, is currently out on leave, and Smith and Barker will be assisting Franklin County for two weeks as of last Friday.Somerset County’s assistance was offered at no cost following the Sept. 16 explosion on the Farmington Falls Road. The commissioners thanked Smith and Barker for their willingness to assist the county.In other business, Register of Probate Joyce Morton brought up a memo she had written regarding what she saw as a violation of the county’s personnel policy, specifically Section 4.5 Political Activities. That policy forbids political activities during work hours and states that employees may not “Use official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election or nomination for office …”Specifically, Morton said that Webster had taken a part-time employee of the probate office aside to discuss her interest in running for Morton’s position. Morton said that Webster also inquired as to the employee’s plans for registering in a political party and that he had previously told her that he was recruiting two republican candidates to run for the position.“These actions are improper employer/employee conduct and are extremely disruptive to the business of running the probate office,” Morton wrote in the memo, adding that they were in violation of the county’s personnel policy. “Commissioner Webster must stop these activities now and from this point forward.”Webster said that the matter could have been discussed privately prior to the meeting, rather than through the memo. He also said that he believed that the memo related to his unwillingness to support a run by Richard Morton, Joyce Morton’s husband and the former Judge of Probate, for a commissioner seat.No action was taken in regards to the memo.