Feel Good Friday: 3RD HOME

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Initially, you may wonder how a premier reciprocal travel club for luxury second homeowners could be connected to anything remotely philanthropic, but you’re gonna wanna hear us out. Giles Adams, partner and president of 3RD Home, is a true advocate of charitable acts that exist outside the box. We caught up with him to find out more.Can you tell us about what 3RD Home do for charity?We are involved in two charitable enterprises. Firstly, we are the Global Philanthropy Partner for British Polo Day. British Polo Day is an excellent organization that champions British brands all over the word through putting on world-class polo events. As well as providing luxury British brands with a platform to showcase their wares, they also have a very strong philanthropic element and have raised almost $1,200,000 for charitable causes from the 32 events they have put on.As their Global Philanthropy Partner we donate memberships and access to our homes as auction lots. These tend to be the marquee lots and raise anywhere between $15,000 and $70,000 at each event. Through this, we have been able to contribute a significant proportion of this overall total and we are very proud to be associated with some fantastic causes.We have also partnered up with the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation http://www.jajf.org/ My business partner, Wade Shealy, saw a program about the organization and wanted to help. It was founded by Jon (“Jack”) Albert when his wife Jill was struck with terminal cancer and she worried her kids might forget her. JAJF sends families facing similar challenges on vacations where they can create lasting memories for the children who are facing the imminent loss of their young Mums or Dads. He thought that a company in our business with our great members could help Jack and Jill, so he reached out to them.Essentially, we are contacted by the foundation when they have a new family dealing with terminal cancer in an area where we have some members and houses. Invariably we have a home or two that has some last minute availability which is currently on the 3RD HOME, site or we reach out to our members in the area and ask them whether their beautiful home would be available for this family for a week or a long weekend. Either way, we explain the situation and every time our members have bent over backwards to help. We, as a company, provide the home owning member with the “Keys” (our system credits) and in return the members provide their home with a fully stocked fridge to enable these families to create some fantastic memories in a beautiful setting. The notes of thanks we have received after these trips have been truly humbling.Really?One family who we provided a house for at the Jersey Shore sent us a note after their trip… “for the first time in many years we were able to stop the worries, frustration, and pain and sadness… We were able to relax, laugh, and remember that we are still a regular family, with dreams, and we are all together having fun, something that I think we have forgotten about for a long time.” You can’t help be feel great from hearing something like this.Personally speaking, is this a cause close to your heart? Why?I have been very fortunate to do a good deal of traveling in my life and I know how happy it makes me and how rewarding it has been for my family, so for us to be able to provide a little bit of this to the most deserving of people whose time is finite and incredibly precious feels great.Do you have any plans to build on what you’re already doing in the future?We will continue to support both of these organizations and the fantastic work that they do. We have the scope and opportunity to provide more homes for the Jack and Jill Foundation families and look forward to receiving more calls and requests from them. They are always bitter-sweet calls. On the one hand you have a new family who is going through the toughest of times and on the other it’s great to know that we are in a position to truly help.What’s the best thing about Friday?The hour between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. It has always been a favourite time. The work week is over and the weekend beckons. You never know how it is going to really unfold but the anticipation is exciting. I get to see my very young daughters and read them a story before bed at 7:00 and then it is either out for dinner or R&R. You can’t fault it. The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy last_img read more

Government accused of massaging immigration statistics in run up to Brexit vote

It is thought that the proposed 11-month visa for low-skilled workers would help to ensure that a post-Brexit Britain would be able to maintain and control a workforce in a variety of sectors that rely on short-term contract employees.   Sunder Katwala, the director of British Future, a think-tank specialising in integration and migration issues, said the Government’s decision to cap migration for low-skilled workers at 11-months raised questions about the motives, particularly because trust surrounding immigration is currently so “low”.In a tweet he asked: “Was the main reason that you chose 11 months visas, not 12, because 12 months counts in immigration stats, while 11 months is immigration that you don’t count?“The real answer is yes!”It is understood the proposals will be part of the Government’s long awaited migration White Paper due to be unveiled in the week beginning December 3.It is anticipated that Mrs May will then try to frame the Brexit debate around migration, claiming her EU deal fulfils the referendum pledge of taking back control of UK borders. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Leaked Cabinet papers reveal Home Office plans for a new 11-month low-skilled migrant visaCredit:Kirsty O’Connor /PA Jonathan Portes, professor of economics and economics and public policy at King’s College, London, said: “In theory these people coming into the UK under this visa would not be immigrants and would not be counted as immigrants.“I would call it a pretty transparent attempt to massage the immigration figures.”Immigration statistics are based on the International Passenger Survey in which up to 800,000 people arriving and leaving the UK each year are asked a series of questions, including how long they intend to stay or have stayed in the country. The results are used by a number of Government departments and contribute to the official statistics on the number of immigrants coming to the UK. The Government has been accused of a cynical attempt to massage immigration statistics after it emerged Theresa May will announce a curb on low-skilled foreign working arriving in Britain.Leaked Cabinet papers revealed how the Home Office has drawn up plan to issue low-skilled migrants with 11-month visas “with restricted entitlements and rights” while they live in the UK. The move was seen as an attempt by the Prime Minister to win support among Eurosceptic Tory MPs in the run up to the Brexit vote.But, immigration experts and campaigners yesterday warned that the proposals would mean that those arriving under the 11-month visa would not be counted as immigrants.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Leaked Cabinet papers reveal Home Office plans for a new 11-month low-skilled migrant visa While anyone remaining longer than 12 months is deemed an immigrant, someone staying 11-months or fewer would be classes as staying a “short term” and so not ratchet up the official immigration figures.“If you’re coming to the country for more than one year then you count as a migrant,” Professor Portes continued. “But, if you say you’re on an 11-month visa then you are not recorded as an immigrant.” read more

Ausenco wins contract for Kazakhmys 18 billion copper project in Kazakhstan

first_imgAusenco has been awarded a A$45 million Create phase engineering services contract for the $1.8 billion Bozshakol copper project owned by Kazakhmys. Ausenco Minerals and Metals business will be providing engineering services for the concentrator plant that is expected to have a throughput of around 28 28 Mt/y. The Bozshakol copper project is located on a greenfield site near the village of Bozshakol, approximately 220km northeast of Astana in northeast Kazakhstan. On September 8, 2011 Ausenco announced it had received a Letter of Intent to deliver two projects (Bozshakol and Bozymchak) worth A$70 million in revenue. Bozshakol is the second of these projects and the contract has now been signed.Bozshakol is located close to existing power, transportation and other infrastructure. The deposit has a Mineral Resource of 1,173 Mt at an average grade of 0.35% Cu, including 832 Mt of Measured and Indicated Resource with an average copper grade of 0.37%. The orebody contains valuable byproducts of gold and molybdenum. It will have a production life of over 40 years, with average output of 75,000 t/y of copper in concentrate, although the production will average 100,000 t for the first 14 years. At current prices, Bozshakol has a highly competitive operating cost, in the second quartile for copper mines globally.Bozshakol will have a three year development phase, which will start by the end of 2011, slightly ahead of schedule. Pre-production mining will begin in 2014, with the first ore to be processed at the associated concentrator during 2015. The project has a capital cost in the region of $1.8 billion, and is being funded from the existing $2.7 billion financing facility provided by the China Development Bank and Samruk-Kazyna.When it was announced in August, Bozshakol was the largest single mine development in Kazakhstan by both volume and value and will employ around 1,500 people at peak construction activity in the development stage, and slightly over 1,500 people when operational.Ausenco CEO Zimi Meka said the contract win further builds the company’s relationship with Kazakhmys and increased its footprint in the high growth region of Central Asia. “We’re excited about the opportunities ahead of us and look forward to working with the owner teams to deliver these important projects.Kazakhmys is a leading international natural resources group with significant interests in copper, gold, zinc, silver, power generation. It is the largest copper producer in Kazakhstan and one of the top worldwide with 17 operating mines, 10 concentrators and 2 copper smelters. It had revenues of $3.2 billion in 2010 with Group EBITDA (excluding special items) of $2.8 billion. The Group employs some 61,000 people, principally in Kazakhstan.Ore extraction of 25,003,000 t in the first nine months of 2011 was in line with the same period in 2010. Ore output declined slightly across all regions in Q3 2011 and was just 2% below Q2 2011. The average copper grade over the first nine months was 1.01% Cu, in line with earlier guidance, compared to 1.10% Cu in the same period of 2010. The main factor was the declining  grade at the mature mines in the Zhezkazgan Region. Central Region also saw a decline in grade, due to a combination of operations moving to less mineral rich areas and natural depletion. The average copper grade is likely to remain at around 1.00% for the rest of 2011.The combination of stable ore output and lower grades in the first nine months of 2011 against the comparative period, led to a 7% reduction in metal in ore mined. The lower level of metal in ore mined is reflected in the production of copper in own concentrate of 229,900 t. Production of copper in concentrate during the first nine months of 2011, and the comparative period, benefited from the reprocessing of waste material from the Balkhash furnaces and converters. Waste material will continue to be available for reprocessing throughout 2012. Copper cathode equivalent production from own concentrate in the first nine months was 226,900 t, 5% below the corresponding period reflecting the lower concentrate production but partially offset by a release of work in progress carried over from 2010. The production of 73,900 t of copper cathode equivalent in Q3 2011 was 6% below the previous quarter, reflecting the 5% decrease in own copper in concentrate production. The Group remains on track to meet its 2011 production target of 300,000 t of copper cathode equivalent.last_img read more