Villa SK / Atelier Thomas Pucher

first_img Austria Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/259571/villa-sk-atelier-thomas-pucher Clipboard ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeAtelier Thomas PucherOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGrazHousesAustriaPublished on August 02, 2012Cite: “Villa SK / Atelier Thomas Pucher” 02 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave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 Villa SK / Atelier Thomas PucherSave this projectSaveVilla SK / Atelier Thomas Pucher Photographs:  Lukas Schaller Text description provided by the architects. The initial assignment for the Villa SK was to rebuild with a rather limited budget an existing single family house and adjust it to the needs of its futures inhabitants. Instead of redeveloping the old structure, the decision was to add a contrasting annex that would extend the living area of the house into the garden. This choice allowed keeping intact the main structure of the existing construction and reserving it for the private functions, such as bathrooms and rooms for the children. On the other hand, the most public function of the house – the living room – is now surrounded by nature and becomes the central element of the house. The first floor of the existing house is now a more reserved area for the owners and the roof of the annex serves as an exterior terrace.Save this picture!© Lukas SchallerRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeThe extension volume consists of three materials—large glass panes, rough brick and red coloured concrete. The concrete structure that forms the roof is composed by two major beams, which extent almost to the limit of the plot. Although supported by thin metal elements, the roof structure appears to hover over the rough stone wall, creating a clear but delicate contrast between these elements and materials. In this gesture, the building embraces the existing walnut tree, forming a calm and reserved courtyard. The wide glass panes provide an intimate connection from the interior space with the outside scene, from spring’s lush greenery to winter’s bright snow. In this way, nature and architecture are interwoven to create a welcoming and harmonious backdrop for family life.Save this picture!© Lukas SchallerProject gallerySee allShow less[UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS Winners Announced!ArticlesAqua at Dover Street Market / Zaha Hadid ArchitectsArticles Share Villa SK / Atelier Thomas Pucher “COPY”center_img Houses Area:  240 m² Photographs CopyHouses•Graz, Austria Architects: Atelier Thomas Pucher Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/259571/villa-sk-atelier-thomas-pucher Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Lukas Schaller+ 14 Sharelast_img read more

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A message to my supporters

first_imgThis slightly edited April 24 commentary by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to his supporters on his 66th birthday is available at prisonradio.org/media/audio/mumia.Brothers, sisters, comrades, friends, people — I salute all of you because, although you think I don’t, I see, and sense, and feel a lot of what you do. And what you do is nothing short of marvelous.What this movement has become over these many years is nothing short of miraculous. I thank you all. I thank you for the fight that we’ve been a part of. We are not done. We still have work to do because the system is still fighting. Because the system by its very nature has never been fair, has never been human, has never been what it claims to be.But we, in our fight, in our struggle, we can make change, but only if we fight together, all of us, every one of us. When we fight, we win. So, let us fight together.Never forget the love I have for each and every one of you for the remarkable work you have done and we have done together. So, let’s get together. Let’s make it happen.I love you all. On the Move. Long live John Africa. Long live freedom, and down with this rotten-ass system.From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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With police chief search underway, FWPD weighs racial inclusion

first_imgLinkedin Twitter Linkedin Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printThe job posting for a new Fort Worth police chief is now officially open.David Cooke, Fort Worth City Manager, said this will be his first big hire as the city manager. This is his first time hiring a police chief. He will also need to fill the vacancy of Charles Daniels, the former assistant city manager who oversaw the police department.Cooke said the vacancies mean a time to think about change. Weighing on these decisions are the Fort Worth Police Department’s previous tensions over racial diversity and inclusion within the department and the community.“I use any vacancy as an opportunity to test whether we want to do anything differently,” Cooke said. “Do we want to work differently, and then what is the type of person we want to hire?”Whoever replaces former police chief Jeff Halstead will have to consider the department’s past as well as the two active federal civil rights lawsuits against the former chief and the city.Last December, former Sgt. Delbert Johnson sued for racial discrimination. This January, three more police officers filed another civil rights case.But racial tensions existed before the lawsuits, said Deputy Chief Charles Ramirez.In November 2013, Halstead began meeting with a group of four ministers called the Coalition to discuss unease within FWPD.“The Coalition expressed their concerns as far as lack of involvement, lack of communication and lack of inclusion in certain neighborhoods,” Ramirez said.Ramirez said during those meetings, the city created what is now known as the 3-E Action Plan, which stands for equity, equality, everyone.“It was developed back then, but it was put on the back-burner,” said Ramirez, who currently oversees the carrying out of the 3-E plan.After three racial discrimination complaints, the city hired Coleman & Associates Consulting to independently investigate FWPD in 2014, according to the Coleman Report.According to the report, two complaints were filed from supervisors in the police department with the third from “an officer of the Fort Worth Black Police Officers Association (FWBPOA).”The report found that racial discrimination occurred.“The response to the complaint situation reflects negatively on the Fort Worth Police Department because of the department’s willingness to accept and condone aggressive and intimidating behavior,” according to the report.The Coleman Report recommended ways to improve internal and community race relations. Ramirez said these recommendations were added to the 3-E Action Plan, which was finalized in September 2014.Ramirez said Halstead, Daniels and Cooke signed the plan.“There was stuff that we included in the 3-E Action Plan that the chief was responsible for because he created the atmosphere,” said Ramirez.“[The Coleman Report] was a contract between he and the city manager saying that he would do these specific things to improve the relationship between not only the African American community but also the Black Police Officers association here,” Ramirez said.Ramirez said FWPD has acted on many of the steps in the plan, even after Halstead’s retirement this January.“We’re about six or seven months into it,” he said. “So we’ve moved forward with it and actually completed a lot.”The police administration now meets with citizens on a regular basis.“We created the community advisory board that is made up of citizens and we meet monthly to discuss issues,” Ramirez said. “We allow them to represent their communities.”He said the Ministers Against Crime program was reinstated. It is intended to be “an effective liaison between the FWPD and the African-American community,” according to the 3-E Action Plan.“That relationship was actually strained with the former chief,” said Ramirez. “Then with the plan, we built that relationship back up.”“At the time, [Halstead’s] lack of acknowledging that group as leaders in the community is what made them probably feel detached,” he said.Additionally, there have been changes in labor and hiring. Ramirez said the presidents of the Black Police Officer’s Association and the Latino Peace Officers Association now sit on the board of the law enforcement labor union.The direction of the Fort Worth Police Department could shift with the hiring of the new police chief, who is not mandated to follow the 3-E Action Plan.“The Coleman Report and the after-effects of the Coleman Report were basically mandates to Chief Jeff Halstead on what he needed to do, and he was evaluated on it,” said Ramirez. “He would be held accountable on it by the city manager’s office.”The new chief will have more leeway.“A new chief may come in and say, well I don’t think that’s necessary at this point,” said Ramirez. “The new chief may not agree to meet with all the associations because he doesn’t have to.”However, Ramirez said a fresh perspective could be beneficial to the police department.“A new chief would be in his own right to say, ‘I like what you’re doing here, but in my previous experience, this has worked a little bit better,’” Ramirez said. “So doing something different, maybe something he’s experienced, and coming up with a different plan could be good. He may have a better idea.”City Manager David Cooke said the new chief will have to take the police department’s history into account when moving forward in the department’s complicated relationship with racial diversity and inclusion.“Not only are they going to have to look at the 3-E plan and what that means internally, they need to develop their own strategic plan with the police department,” Cooke said.“Diversity should always be part of the plan.”Ali Montag is the education and community editor for The 109. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @ali_montag. TCU students who are collectively borrowing $350,000 from a credit union may have to seek financial assistance elsewhere because of legislation that overlooked credit unions when setting better rates for nonprofit organizations, a financial aid officer said.With loan companies backing out of the federal loan market, many students have turned to credit unions for help, but credit unions are facing similar struggles with the loan market, said Melet Leafgreen, assistant director of scholarships and financial aid. Ali Montag Facebook Ali Montag is a managing editor for TCU 360. She has previously worked at CNBC in New York and is headed back to work at Bloomberg next summer. In person, she only talks about her hometown of Austin and her cat named Louis Vuitton. Ali Montaghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ali-montag/ Berry Good Buys gets facelift from Amon G. 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Diversity in Movement takes a step into social justice issues

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Facebook ReddIt Facebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 printThe room blared with hip-hop music while students clapped their hands, slid and stepped to the fast beat. Students giggled as they fumbled with the routine and squeaked their shoes against the polished wood floors.They were taught a variety of unique dance styles from stepping and swing to salsa and interpretive dance. Although it may look like it, this isn’t a dance class.Diversity in Movement is part of Doctor Kristen Guillory’s Diversity and Social Justice course that moved students out of the classroom for a lesson on diversity through different types of movement. Guillory, who is part of the TCU social work adjunct faculty, said she wanted her class to not only recognize diversity in race and gender but to break out of their comfort zones.“That’s an opportunity to maybe touch someone you’ve never touched or–with the interpretive dance–to be in the space of someone maybe you don’t enter the space like that, but I have to in this moment,” Guillory said.The lesson included several guest instructors who shared their style by teaching short routines to the class, then sat down with students to talked about their experiences relating to social justice.One such teacher was Kane Kong, who demonstrated salsa dancing before moving on to talk about police brutality in America. Kong said he approaches the matter from the perspective of a father and passed on the same advice he gives his 19-year-old son.He told students that he has a lot of friends who are police officers and acknowledged that there are both good and bad officers, but it’s important not to provoke law enforcement during a tense encounter. The best way to handle it, he insisted, was to do as the officers say and handle any grievances peacefully in court, if necessary.“Yes, I back the blue,” Kong said. “But I also believe that as young black men, as young people as a whole … you’ve got to carry yourself with respect, with dignity in a way that doesn’t get anyone to place you in a position to be abused.”Adam McKinney, an assistant dance professor, led an interpretive dance where he had students use their bodies to express non-physical ideas like sexism, ableism, oppression and liberation.“What does sexism look like to you?” McKinney asked the class.As he called out these terms, students twisted and crouched into uncomfortable poses to represent threats, then crowded together in a ring to symbolize liberation. McKinney said bodies have been the target of oppression, but can also be used to break free of it.“We must also use our bodies to heal and to be the focus point through which we perform that healing as a contradiction to the oppression,” he said.Chanter Craig, who joined the class to teach stepping, talked about her long history with step and advised people to try new things and meet people with different backgrounds.“I think we’ve gotten away from learning new things without necessarily believing in them or agreeing with them; that’s not the obligation,” she said. “Being as knowledgeable as we can about as much as we can, we owe our brains that and we owe everyone else that’s different than we are that service.”Guillory said her main mission for this lesson was to get her students used to being uncomfortable, whether it be grooving to an unfamiliar rhythm or having a serious conversation about racism between peers. Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students Twitter Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats Students learned to dance to new grooves in a lesson on diversity through dance. (Photo by Shane Battis) ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes Linkedincenter_img The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year + posts Linkedin ReddIt Shane Battis Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Previous articleArmy ROTC spends weekend practicing tactical missionsNext articleTCU’s IFC gives out free hot shaves to kick-off Movember Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Police Say No Hate Crimes Reported in Pasadena This Year

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Public Safety Police Say No Hate Crimes Reported in Pasadena This Year By DAVID CROSS and BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 3:02 pm 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 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Image of a swastika painted on a Pasadena church and reported to police Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Police at the time said they were considering the incident a hate crime. Historically, hate crimes have remained low in Pasadena, and none has been reported in 2020. (Photo submitted by a Pasadena Now reader)With outrage growing nationwide over a reported increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans, police say no such crimes have been reported in Pasadena this year.Reacting to reports of increased incidents of hate targeting Asian Americans throughout the country, the Pasadena City Council on Monday adopted a resolution condemning hate and hate crimes in all forms.The San Gabriel Valley Police Chiefs’ Association issued a similar statement this week.But, fortunately, with the first three months of 2021 nearly over, no hate crimes had been reported in the city as of Wednesday, said Pasadena police Lt. William Grisafe.“Pasadena has very few hate crime-related incidents each year,” Grisafe said. “With the recent concerns about the safety of the Asian community, we are fortunate we have not had any reported incidents of hate toward that particular community.”Pasadena police investigated five hate crimes in 2020 involving at least seven victims, Grisafe said. Two of the victims were Black, one was Asian, one was white, one was Latino, one was Jewish, and one was of an unknown race.2019 saw a total of four reported hate crimes involving five victims, according to Grisafe. One targeted unidentified members of the Asian community, while the others targeted a Latino victim, one targeted two members of the LGBT community, and one targeted a victim of an unknown race.Police in 2018 investigated three incidents as potential hate crimes, the lieutenant said.Father Bob Gaestel points to some of the damage inside Pasadena’s Church of the Angels after a January 13, 2018 incident. Investigated as a hate crime, the suspect was ultimately charged only with vandalism and arson. (Image courtesy Church of the Angels via Facebook)A man burned several local churches, although no hate crime charges were ultimately filed in that case, police said.Victims of the other two reported hate crimes in 2018 were Black females.The Police Department “classifies a hate crime as a criminal act committed in whole or in part, because of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics of the victim: Disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or association with a person or group with one or more of these perceived characteristics,” according to Grisafe.Hate crimes can be filed either as a separate charge or as an enhancement to another crime, he explained.But reporting and records are not uniform throughout the state, he added.“Also, [The California Department of Justice] tracks hate crimes, and when law enforcement agencies report such crimes, the DOJ will review to determine if they meet their threshold,” Grisafe said. “Unfortunately, sometimes there is a discrepancy between what the [district attorney’s] office determines is a hate crime and what the DOJ says is a hate crime.”According to the 2019 Los Angeles County Hate Crime Report, which is the most recently published report, 524 total hate crimes were reported in the county in 2019, compared with 523 in 2018.Hate crimes against Asian categories grew from 17 in 2018 to 22 in 2019, the report states.An analysis by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at Cal State, San Bernardino, looking at hate crime statics in America’s most populous cities found hate crimes targeting Asian victims in Los Angeles more than doubled from seven in 2019 to 15 in 2020.Related:City Council Adopts Resolution Denouncing Racist Attacks More Cool Stuff Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Flame grilled

first_imgPrint Advertisement NewsFlame grilledBy admin – June 3, 2011 716 WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Previous articleLimerick face the Kingdom this Saturday nightNext articleLunchtime raids at Limerick and Newcastle West brothels admin Linkedin – The best BBQ tipsOK, first and foremost, let us not get carried away. It looks like a brief spell of good weather is here, but hail rain or snow, we should have the right idea and do the best we can. We all love a BBQ or at least the concept of eating outside – it’s the getting it right part that deters some from tackling something that can be very easy. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up So, with that in mind, I have the top 10 BBQ tips that we should all adhere to so we get the most from our pleasant spells. Preheat properly – if you want that crunchy BBQ crust, be sure to bring your BBQ up to the right temperature before you start cooking. This also helps if you have been a little slack with cleaning the grill bars. Do not cook cold meat – Straight from the fridge is not what you do, beer, white wine and minerals yes, but keep your marinade meat at room temperature prior to cooking as it will ensure you have it cooked properly and to your liking. It is a problem when your chicken pieces do their best to soak that excellent marinade and we fail to cook them through because the centre is still fridge-like cold. Take them out an hour or more before you fire them on. Fat fuels the fire – so remember that when you are basting or marinating while you are cooking as the fat or oil in the mix will spark the flames to rise high and burn the meat. Try not to overload them during cooking but add a little and not so often. Thin is in – so remember this when you are asking the butcher to cut you steaks for the BBQ. We all like big fat juicy steaks but when you are outdoor grilling and BBQ cooking it is better to have them a bit thinner. If you really want thick steaks, you can seal them and get that initial flavour on the BBQ and then transfer them to the oven to finish…. kind of defeats the purpose for me.Remember food hygiene – or you will be BBQ-ing alone the next time. Don’t let the outdoors make you forget the basics and always put your cooked food on clean plates and never mix with raw. Let it be – so don’t poke and prod as it takes time for your meats to get that caramelise BBQ crust and the more you move it around, the more it is likely to remain greasy and messy. Try to only turn them once or twice and avoid overcrowding at the grill, that goes for the guests too. Rest – and relax, your meat as much as your bones, because it needs it. After cooking, let the meat, like any similarly roasted joint you may cook indoors, rest for a brief period as the juices will be retained within the meat. Keep it clean – because it will be seen. You can be, we can be, we all are, guilty of being lazy when it comes to BBQ grill bar cleaning. It’s the end of the evening and the beer and wine has flowed, and everyone is relaxed and full. The last thing we want is to tackle the grill. “We’ll get it later” is often the cry. But later never comes. Do it now.And finally, expand – and try something different. Be creative every so often, but only when you have the basics right. Emaillast_img read more

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Mortgage Assistance: Organizations Reached Out for Borrower Relief

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, News Previous: Amazon’s Prime Place Next: Why RE/MAX Delayed its Earnings Results About Author: Nicole Casperson Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Bank United FHFA Foreclosure Ginnie Mae HUD mortgage National Mortgage Servicing Assocation NMSA Ray Barbone 2017-11-02 Nicole Casperson Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago To view the full letter, click here.  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago November 2, 2017 1,473 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] Mortgage Assistance: Organizations Reached Out for Borrower Relief Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Bank United FHFA Foreclosure Ginnie Mae HUD mortgage National Mortgage Servicing Assocation NMSA Ray Barbone Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Assistance: Organizations Reached Out for Borrower Relief Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago This week, a group of housing organizations sent a letter to several government officials regarding mortgage relief options for homeowners living in areas affected by the natural disasters. The letter was specifically addressed to leaders of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Ginnie Mae.In the letter, the organizations ask for their specific leadership to prevent further devastation in communities that were hard hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the recent wildfires in California.“The options available to homeowners affected by natural disasters should be strengthened, and should be available to all homeowners, regardless of who owns, insures or services their mortgage,” the organizations wrote. In reaction to the letter, Ray Barbone, Chairman of the National Mortgage Servicing Association (NMSA) and EVP of Mortgage Services at BankUnited said, “NMSA  is committed to ensuring that homeowners affected by the natural disasters of the recent months are protected.”“The mortgage servicing industry looks forward to continuing active participation in the process of aiding residents in returning to their homes,” Barbone continued. “It is in the best interest of all parties—lenders, government entities, and most importantly homeowners—that prudent steps be taken to ensure that homeowners have a clear understanding of their options under this unique set of circumstances.”Barbone added that since the onset of these disasters, NMSA leadership has been in regular communication with leaders from HUD, FHFA, the GSEs and other federal stakeholders for the purpose of developing prudent and responsive servicing policy in the name of preserving homeownership for those who wish to remain in their homes. “The mortgage servicing industry will continue our practice of open communication with all interested parties and we remain confident that federal housing authorities will sensibly address the existing needs of homeowners,” said Barbone.The letter addressed factors and provided recommended terms including; disaster relief forbearance, disbursement of insurance proceeds, media outreach, and post-forbearance periods. Regarding disaster relief forbearance, the group proposed allowing affected homeowners to hit pause on their mortgage payments while they are responding to the emergency, assessing their financial situation, and putting their lives back together. According to the letter, “homeowners shouldn’t be penalized for needing help in the wake of a disaster.” A few of the recommendations outlined in the letter include: Automatic 90-day forbearance for all homeowners living in an area affected by a disaster, regardless of whether the servicer has successfully made contact with the borrower.Clear eligibility for extensions of forbearance of up to 12 months. Homeowners experiencing extreme hardship, including those who are displaced whilerebuilding or who are living in very hard-hit communities, should be eligible for up to a 24- month forbearance based on clear guidelines.Additionally, the letter addressed the concern for homeowners needing immediate resources to stabilize their homes, recommending that mortgage servicers should be, “instructed to release up to $10,000 up-front made payable only to homeowners and to release the balance of the funds as homeowners rebuild.” Other recommendations included media outreach, proposing written materials and spoken communications should be available in languages prevalent in affected areas with significant limited english proficiency (LEP) populations—including nearly 1 million in Houston, Texas, approaching 1.5 million in Miami, Florida, and 2.8 million in Puerto Rico. In the end, the organizations thanked HUD Secretary Ben Carson, VA Secretary David Shulkin, USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, FHFA Director Mel Watt, CFPB Director Richard Cordray, and Ginnie Mae President Michael Bright, for the “consideration of our recommendations.”  The letter was signed by the following organizations: Americans for Financial ReformCenter for American ProgressCenter for New York City Neighborhoods Center for Responsible LendingEmpire Justice CenterJacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsNational Community Reinvestment CoalitionNational Community Stabilization TrustNational Consumer Law Center, on behalf of its low-income clients National Fair Housing AllianceNational Housing Resource CenterNational Low Income Housing CoalitionUnidosUS Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Subscribelast_img read more

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Viable device made safe in Derry

first_img Twitter Previous articleDonegal County Council’s planning department to be graded by An TaisceNext articleBundoran lifeboat rescues stranded boaters News Highland What has been described as a viable device, has been made safe in the Drumleck Drive area of Derry.A security alert had been ongoing since the device was discovered leading to homes being evacuated.The police have conformed that the ATO has made safe the device which has been taken away for further examination.There are no further details at present. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota By News Highland – April 16, 2012 Google+ WhatsApp Viable device made safe in Derrycenter_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook Newsx Adverts Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Google+ Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report last_img read more

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first_imgColumnsVersus Avani Bansal8 Dec 2020 8:08 AMShare This – xWhile Lawyers are no strangers to taking sides and arraying themselves as ‘versus’ – a Latin term that means taking opposing stands in a lawsuit, the new fault-lines in the legal community are not just between those who are ‘activist’ and ‘conformist’ lawyers but it’s giving rise to a new third category – those who seem to have entered into a Faustian Bargain – seemingly determined…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile Lawyers are no strangers to taking sides and arraying themselves as ‘versus’ – a Latin term that means taking opposing stands in a lawsuit, the new fault-lines in the legal community are not just between those who are ‘activist’ and ‘conformist’ lawyers but it’s giving rise to a new third category – those who seem to have entered into a Faustian Bargain – seemingly determined to use all their intellectual and legal prowess in the service of defending the Government. Activist v. Conformist Lawyers What good ever came of ‘Conformism’? Following the Pied Piper, Magical as he may seem, Led the rats and then the children, To the drowning sea! Conformism is defined as ‘suspension of an individual’s self-determined actions or opinions in favour of obedience to the mandates or conventions of one’s peer-group, or deference to the imposed norms of a supervening authority.’ Activism on the other hand, is defined as ‘the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change’ as per the Oxford dictionary. We have never witnessed a Lawyers’ uprising or mutiny or movement in India, unlike the one in Pakistan in 2009, where the lawyers’ came together in what’s called ‘Movement For The Restoration of Judiciary’ or ‘Black Coat Protests’ against the then President and Army Chief Mr. Pervez Musharraf’s unconstitutional suspension of the then Chief Justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court – Mr. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. But throughout the world’s and India’s history, lawyers have had a disproportionate effect on the course of a nation. Time bears testimony, that at their worse – lawyers have been used as puppets by the political and business class; while at their best, they have been the leaders of revolutions, shapers of a nation’s destiny and captains of humanity’ ship in troubled seas. So when did ‘Activism’ become such a negative word? Those who are referred to as ‘activist lawyers or judges’ sure wear this badge with pride, but it is important to see the dividing lines in the Indian bar today for what it is and most importantly reclaim the word ‘activism’ for what it truly means. The major charge on ‘Activist’ Lawyers arguably is that they use their ideology to influence the polity. The assumption here is that lawyers should somehow be ‘neutral’ in their approach. It is this charge and this assumption that I seek to question in this piece. More importantly, I submit that it is ‘conformism’ which is the real danger amongst the legal community today. First things first. Lawyers are not like any other professionals. The scope of their profession encompasses the entire gamut of issues in a polity. Simply put, there is no issue that can claim immunity from landing on a lawyer’s work-desk. A lawyer’s field of work and vision is as wide as the society itself. Gifted with sharp minds and trained tongues, lawyers can have a disproportionately higher impact, on the destiny of India. So when we are witnessing unprecedented times in our legal and political system, where basic processes in the Parliament is not being followed and the Bills are being bulldozed through sheer brute majority force; or when legislations such as UP’s new conversion laws or the love-jihaad law are passed in open and clear violation of Indian Constitution’s ‘Secular’ fabric; and every single political move of the Government has either landed or has the potential to land in the corridors of the Supreme Court – we need to ask – which side are the lawyers in India on? Neutrality on these issues is not just difficult, but also those who seemingly maintain it, paint the legal profession as having much narrower contours – “I will speak when I am representing a client, never before or after.” Legal profession has always meant much more to its most notable practitioners – as a brief perusal of the life and works of the legendary Nani Palkiwala will reveal. Second, Lawyers can and do have their own ideologies. But it is pertinent that when taking a stand on public issues, they are not seen as subserving their narrow selfish interests for personal gains. The Government of any day, by definition is powerful, and does not need any defending but when arguably some of the best legal brains in the country are seen as blindly defending the government, we see the systematic chipping away of the rule of law and the very foundations of the legal system. Their ‘conformism’ seems a deliberate move to influence the polity, like that of the ‘activists’, but it’s important to remember that siding with the powers of the day is always easier, nay beneficial, as opposed to challenging it – as the latter is always done at the risk of paying a price – personal or professional. Whereas, ‘conformism’ if experience is to go by, has always come with a gain – personal or professional. Speaking of lawyers and ideology, one question is often asked of lawyers – If ‘A’ comes to you and confesses that he has committed a series of rapes or looted our nation of a thousand crores or led to the death of a thousand and more people, will you defend him/her? Now lawyers can and do subscribe to one of the two broad ideologies. Some lawyers believe that it is their duty to defend the client, without judging him/her. Their duty, the subscribers of this first ideology believe, is to ensure ‘fair representation’ for their clients. Then there are those who believe that they cannot take up a matter that goes against their conscience. Ask any lawyer and you will hear some interesting anecdotes around this ideological divide. For e.g. think of the furore that was caused when Mr. Fali S. Nariman took up the case on behalf of Union Carbide Company, in the Bhopal Gas tragedy case. Mr. Nariman himself has weighed on his reasons for taking up the matter in his auto-biography ‘Before Memory Fades.’ Irrespective of which of these ideologies a lawyer subscribes to – ‘conformism’ should not be a part of it. Think about it. Isn’t defending a client for the sake of ‘fair representation’ different from ‘defending the government or government’s stand’ in the court of public, especially when all the propaganda machinery is anyway at the disposal of the powers-to-be? Also, a distinction has to be clearly drawn between lawyers maintaining neutrality when representing their clients, as their avowed duty is to the Rule of Law and not individual clients; as opposed to when lawyers openly and affirmatively defend the government. Freedom of expression is a birth right of everyone, including lawyers, but the same has to be differentiated from ‘conformism’ which is blind adherence to the government of the day. Now, when some lawyers are inducted as Parliamentarians, one can still understand their positions aligning with that of the government, as these lawyers then seem to have walked over the line from being a lawyer to also being a politician. But shouldn’t there be a different yardstick, for lawyers, who while continuing being a lawyer (and just that), increasingly take a stand supportive of the Government and for what? Third, while the legal system is known for upholding the ‘nobility’ inherent in the profession,  (even at the cost of maintaining archaic practices such as ban on advertisement for lawyers) a quick review of India’s legal history shows that while ‘activism’ has always been for the good, ‘conformism’ amongst lawyers and judges has always dented our foundations of Rule of Law. Indian Supreme Court became famous world-over for Public Interest Litigation (PIL) due to some of the ‘activist judges’ going beyond the ordinary mould to ensure access to justice in the 1980s. However, during India’s darkest times of Emergency, ‘conformism’ shown by the judges and the lawyers, including the infamous argument by the then Attorney General, Mr. Niren De that ‘there will be no judicial remedy during Emergency’, made in the course of arguments during the ADM Jabalpur case, is a history that Supreme Court has tried too hard to forget and bury the ghost of. But the recent spate of remarks in the Supreme Court when referring to some of the lawyers, activists and journalists as ‘arm chair intellectuals’, ‘prophets of doom’, of ‘not having the patriotism’, amongst others, to address those who were critical of the government’s handling of the migrant crisis and overall ‘activist’ in their approach, gives rise to an age-old question which is more pertinent than ever before – who will history remember as having done greatest service and/or disservice to the nation – those who are ‘activist lawyers and judges’ or those who are ‘conformist lawyers and judges’? And then there is a third category – of those lawyers, who are seen as belonging to the top of the pyramid – known for their intellectual prowess, their rich experience and understanding of the Indian legal system, their fat fees justified by their winning streak in the cases with the highest stakes – who seem to have achieved it all and yet are seen as defending the Government on every controversial move. This third category, I argue, cannot be mapped on the lines of ‘activist’ versus ‘conformist’ but is reflective of a small minority, who has gone to the extreme end of ‘conformism’, suggestive of a Faustian Bargain. Farmers, Lawyers & The Faustian Bargain While suggesting the presence of a Faustian Bargain may seem a hyperbole – think about this. What do these lawyers, stand to gain by defending the Government, which already has the entire propaganda machinery to help it? Isn’t it reflective of the misuse of one’s intellectual powers and the trust that people have in the legal community, when its senior most members take the same stand as that of the Government on the abrogation of Art. 370, CAA & NRC, – while maintaining silence on issues as vital as the farmers’ issue, or for that matter other essential issues impacting a large number of people and polity – such as labour law reforms, environmental law reforms, the land laws regarding disclosure of religion while registering property ownership? One may ask – why care what the lawyers say – be that against the Government, in support of the government or in utter blind conformism to the Government? Shouldn’t it be Farmers’ we should have our attention to, at this point. Well, the simple answer is – NO. Consider this. What do farmers and lawyers have in common? They both serve a quintessential role to play in the question for our survival. While Farmers may represent our stomach, Lawyers represent the tongue. But both of them, when they use their minds can fundamentally alter the course of our nation. There is also a difference – farmers have always been seen as rooted to earth, physically and metamorphically, and thereby anti-elitist – majority of them anyway. Lawyers, on the other hand, are always seen as an aide to the elitist class, if not the elitist class themselves – majority of them anyway. While farmers are capable of bringing a real revolution, given their indispensability to our lives -it is further backed by ‘what do we have to lose anyway’ attitude. Lawyers too, have not much to lose, given the ‘autonomy’ and independence built in the very nature of their profession. Yet, when lawyers’ choose, consciously, not to use their gift of gab, and use their mind as ‘conformists’ instead – the allegation of a Faustian bargain becomes more than plausible. So, today, when are witnessing one of the largest farmers’ protest in recent history, we cannot neglect how closely intertwined the issues that farmers’ raise are to the law, and therefore, how important are the lawyers’ voices on it, including on all important national issues of the day. The farmers’ challenge to the three controversial bills is essentially based on some fundamental questions they are asking of the government – when no farmers asked the government for change in laws, why did the government bring those and at whose behest? Who is the government acting on behest of? Further, they ask – if the government’s promise that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will not be done away with, why not legalise the entity of MSP – give it a concrete legal shape so that government’s word is backed by a legal document? So, which way the farmers’ protest is going to go will atleast partly be dependent on the legal issues inherent therein. So on closer scrutiny, it becomes clear even to a layperson that all issues are legal issues and therefore the opinion of lawyers’ matter. In essence, the dividing line between the activist and the conformist lawyers that we see today may be historical in shaping the future of lawyers, judges and justice system in India. Let’s not fool ourselves. It is not for the first time in India that lawyers see this dividing line. Whenever governments have tried to concentrate power illegally, the lawyers and the judges have been the first to be presented with this choice. Lawyers, by definition are ‘independent’, and required to serve a officers of justice, not as yes-person to the client or to the government or to the powers-to-be. So, in cases involving private interests, when a client comes to a lawyer for legal advice – good lawyers are not those who say ‘yes’ to what their clients ask of them, but those, based on experience suggest to their clients, what the law’s true intent is and are able to suggest the ‘right’ course of action, not the ‘easy’ course of action. When matters of national importance are concerned – a good lawyer, armed with the understanding of law, equipped with the gift of articulation and protected from any personal consequences of taking sides in a case, is the voice of a nation – as much as the law makers, law implementers and law arbiters are. Therefore which side of this ‘versus’ – the lawyers and the legal community positions themselves, will ultimately decide the fate of India. There are but few moments in history, when this ‘versus’ matters more than it usually does to lawyers, for it is a fight not for the bread and butter of lawyers alone, but for the soul of this nation, the mind of the Rule of Law and everything our Constitution stands for – to which lawyers’ pay the ultimate obeisance. And when we get weak kneed – let us remember, history will remember our greatest lawyers not as ‘conformist’ but as ‘activist’ lawyers. Today’s greatest activist lawyers, those who have shown the courage of conviction in the darkest times – Ms. Indira Jaising, Mr. Colin Gonsalves, Mr. Prashant Bhushan, Mr. Dushyant Dave amongst several other Supreme Court and High Court lawyers, many of whom remain unsung are the stars that truly illuminate the dark sky. We, the young generation of lawyers will never forget you and your contribution and your spirit to fight the good fight. In the process, all and every badge is welcome. 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Father of missing boy Maddox Ritch ‘started panicking’ after he got out of sight

first_imgGastonia Police Department(GASTONIA, N.C.) — Ian Ritch says he and his son often go for walks in North Carolina’s Rankin Lake Park like they did Saturday. Maddox, 6, will regularly run ahead of his father, then slow down and wait for him to catch up.But on Saturday, the boy, who has autism and is nonverbal, got too far ahead of Ian and hasn’t been seen since. Ian says he “started panicking” when his 6-year-old son did not slow down and disappeared from view.“We were walking on a track around the lake and he decided to take off from me. … I didn’t think nothing of it and he got a little too far away from me,” Ian Ritch told Good Morning America in an exclusive interview Wednesday. “As soon as I got to the point where I couldn’t see him anymore, I started panicking. I couldn’t see him anywhere.”Hundreds of officials from the FBI, Gastonia Police Department, Gastonia Fire Department and other agencies have scoured the park around the clock since he was reported missing Saturday. Tips have flooded the tip line set up to assist in finding the young boy, and authorities continue to interview the hundreds of people who were in the park on a beautiful early fall day.“After the first day I thought they would have found him,” Ian told GMA.“I feel like I should’ve caught him, not let him get too far,” Ian said. “That’s what upsets me.”Ian said he continues to be eaten by guilt over letting his son get out of his sight.“It’s hard to sleep. I feel guilty because I can go to a house and lay down on the bed,” Ian said, “and he’s out there in the woods sleeping on the ground and that’s very upsetting.”Maddox’s mother, Carrie, spoke during an emotional news conference Tuesday afternoon, begging for any tips that might help bring her son home.“Maddox is my whole world and my reason for living,” Carrie Ritch said during the press conference.The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the discovery of Maddox. Thousands of acres have been searched by foot, ATVs and boat.Maddox has blond hair and blue eyes, weighs 45 pounds and is 4 feet tall, police said. He was wearing black shorts, closed-toe sandals and an orange T-shirt that reads “I am the Man” at the time he went missing, according to police.“It’s been nearly 75 agonizing hours since 6-year-old Maddox Ritch disappeared,” Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said Tuesday. “We do not want another hour to pass without finding this child and bringing him home. All the help has been humbling.”Ian did not attend the press conference Tuesday with officials saying he was taking part in the search effort.“I’m going to do all I can do to make sure he gets back home,” Ian said. “I’ll be out there searching, waiting, hoping, praying, everything I can do to get him home.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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