Area: 3300 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Tree Hugger / 4site architectsSave this projectSaveTree Hugger / 4site architects Architects: 4site architects Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily TATYA Infra 2015 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904092/tree-hugger-4site-architecture Clipboard Tree Hugger / 4site architects Structural Engineer: Chandrakant. Kanthigavi “COPY” India Manufacturers: FunderMax, Sika, D’Décor, Daikin, Grohe, Hettich, Ashirvad CPVC and Supreme PVC, Asia Paints, Burma, Carysil, Customized, Fenesta, Green Duro veners, Greenlam, Jet Black, Kajaria, Sofa, Steel Grey, Zicom “COPY” Photographs Houses Naik Associates Lead Architects: Save this picture!© Gokul Rao Kadam+ 26Curated by María Francisca González Share CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Bengaluru, India Civil Engineer: Projects Photographs: Gokul Rao Kadam Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year: Products used in this ProjectWood Boards / HPL PanelsFundermaxMaterial Decors – Max Compact Exterior PanelsDesign Team:Nimisha Varghese, Anagha KClient:P.V. VargheseTeam:Rohit Baligidad, Veema HaridasCity:BengaluruCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Gokul Rao KadamA Single residence in a 40’-0” X 60’-0” plot evolved from a rigorous inquiry into the particulars of location and program. Our client, Mr. P.V.Varghese, is a valued partner, in our collaborative design process. As a response to his design brief, we came up with idea of “Tree hugger House”.n“As an architect, one needs to design a built environment, rather than just being a shelter.”Save this picture!© Gokul Rao KadamWith the understanding of our clients background (from Kerala-God’s own country), priorities, values and inspirations, likes and dislikes we got to know our challenges. First one was to create a contemporary residence with Values of Kerala architecture and interior spaces that would resonate with the client’s personality.Save this picture!© Gokul Rao KadamThe Essence- Special FeaturesIn a dense urban context, we embraced nature with our built environment to focus on the dichotomy of interior and exteriors. The Palm tree that divides the parking and pedestrian path at lower level, acts as a visual treat from Master Bed and common balcony at first floor with its foliage flowing into the balcony.Save this picture!Isometric plansThe choice of limited colors in the material palette, helps in drawing the focus towards the landscape and the wood used in the interiors. Wood was used as the key element that added “colour and texture” that brought in warmth and richness to the spatial organization. Landscape is the focal element in this project that knits the entire built and un-built together and highlights the liveliness in the neighborhood. The dynamics within the home change with respect to the seasonal changes the landscape elements undergo.Save this picture!© Gokul Rao KadamConcept: Tree HuggerOur Client, is close to nature, and wanted his dream house with a close connection to nature as it reminded him of his home and childhood. So he asked us to “design a House around a Tree.” Our challenge was to achieve the same ambience in an urban scenario. The large footprint of a traditional kerala home and its virtues had to be imbibed in a smaller urban footprint.Save this picture!© Gokul Rao KadamThe concept was conceived as an abstraction of the traditional “Nadumuttam (central courtyard) concept” in most of the houses in Kerala, wherein the homes are composed around a focal landscape feature usually a Tulsi plant.As a response to his design brief, we came up with idea of a ‘house that embraces trees’ we call it a ‘’Tree hugger, a contemporary urban residence with values of Kerala Architecture.’’Save this picture!© Gokul Rao KadamMaterials of Construction:Structure: Framed RCC structure and Solid Concrete block walls as in-fill.Fenestrations: Wooden Doors and UPVC windowsSave this picture!Isometric viewFacade:1. The “Vertical Drops” on the facades (acts as screen ) from neighbours, made of Aluminium boxes and plastered over MS mesh.2. Sika Crack resistance Material used for exteriors to get smooth finish.3. High-Pressure Laminate panel as composition.Interiors: FSC Certified Teak wood was used for doors and windows, wooden steps, wooden flooring and for little furniture.Save this picture!© Gokul Rao KadamProject gallerySee allShow lessDental Clinic / Drozdov&PartnersSelected ProjectsAD Classics: Empire State Building / Shreve, Lamb and HarmonArchitecture Classics Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904092/tree-hugger-4site-architecture Clipboard CopyAbout this office4site architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsBengaluruIndiaPublished on October 20, 2018Cite: “Tree Hugger / 4site architects” 19 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. 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ArchDaily 2018 CopyHouses•Ikoma, Japan “COPY” Year: Hasami House / Jima DesignSave this projectSaveHasami House / Jima Design Save this picture!© Kazushi Hirano+ 22Curated by Hana Abdel Share Area: 131 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Jima Design Area Area of this architecture project Hasami House / Jima Design Manufacturers: Koizumi, NISC COLOR, Sanwa Company, Takara StandardArchitect In Charge:Satoshi HigashijimaDesign Team:Jima DesignCity:IkomaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kazushi HiranoRecommended ProductsCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionText description provided by the architects. Hasami House is a home designed with spatial diversity as its main aim. Generally, we spend so much time in a limited range of spatial designs. Children grow up in square boxes for bedrooms and living rooms. They go from home to school to more rooms like boxes. There is no doubt that kids feel and act better when they are outside and unrestricted. So in addition, creation of spaces that simulate a more natural environment was important in the development of this home. The walls are not made at 90° angles and some walls are even curved.Save this picture!© Kazushi HiranoSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Kazushi HiranoNot only are the walls interesting themselves, but they work to create unusual shaped spaces for the family to enjoy. The home is essentially one large room with these unusual spaces created within. Apart from the bathroom, there are no other individual rooms. The unusual shaped spaces and the lack of enclosed rooms give the kids’ brains a different view and experience to that which they are typically exposed to in their everyday lives.Save this picture!© Kazushi HiranoFurthermore, by varying the materials, angles, colours, and sizes of the walls, an environment that is physically and mentally stimulating has been created to keep the family healthy. We know that we need to move our bodies to be physically healthy and we need to exercise our brains to prevent brain deterioration. For increased physical movement there is a climbing ladder for the kids to access the second floor and a large raised step in the living area. The movement patterns within the house are designed so that there is more than one way to access the different areas of the house, creating choices for our brains. The unusual shapes, colours, and spaces intrigue the brain and add an element of fun to the home.Save this picture!© Kazushi HiranoLastly, the family run a small factory exporting quality crafted scissors, so it was decided that scissors would be the design theme. Translating ‘scissors’ into Japanese, the house became Hasami House. In this way, the home is completely original and holds special meaning for the family. Looking towards the second floor you may see this motif in the wall angles. Further instances are also seen in the custom door handles.Save this picture!© Kazushi HiranoSave this picture!Section 02Save this picture!© Kazushi HiranoThe biggest challenge in the design of this project was not only creating a variety of spatial designs that would impress the family members, but also designing them so that they connected with each other. A regular home is like a toy box filled with wooden blocks stacked on one another, however, here is a home filled with cubes, spheres, cones, and pyramids. Connecting these different shapes together was the biggest challenge of this project. The completed project is a unique collection of spaces allowing the family members to feel completely differently in whichever space they choose to spend their time.Save this picture!© Kazushi HiranoProject gallerySee allShow lessHidden Garden Hostel / Full Scale StudioSelected ProjectsO2 Coffee – The New “RƯỜNG” / MW archstudioSelected Projects Share Projects Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/950748/hasami-house-jima-design Clipboard Photographs: Kazushi Hirano Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs “COPY” Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/950748/hasami-house-jima-design Clipboard CopyAbout this officeJima DesignOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIkomaOn FacebookJapanPublished on November 04, 2020Cite: “Hasami House / Jima Design” 03 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
May 9 — In a few days, the U.S. Congress is expected to deliver the equivalent of a coup de grâce to its colonial territory, Puerto Rico. If anyone had any doubt about the colonial status of this island, which belongs to the United States but is not part of it, this legislation will eliminate that doubt.Called HR 4900 or PROMESA (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act), this proposal is actually a collection agency to serve Wall Street bondholders. For that purpose, it will create a financial control board (FCB).Although created by Republican Party politicians, it does not mean that Democrats are totally against this endeavor. Their stillness and timid criticisms of PROMESA make them collaborators in this crime. Meanwhile, the White House is watching from a distance, placing total blame on Congress and hoping that this act, which answers to Wall Street, will solve the crisis.Puerto Rico has a public (and illegitimate) debt exceeding $72 billion, and without its own sustainable economy, Puerto Rico’s Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has repeatedly declared that the debt is unpayable, and, in fact, last May 1, the country could not pay the $420 million scheduled for repayment on that date. It is expected that this failure to pay will be repeated on July 1, when another IOU for the enormous sum of $2 billion is due.This default, which represents the latest chapter of the economic deterioration of Puerto Rico, exposes the anxiety of bondholders, who fear a debt restructuring that might reduce their multimillion-dollar profits.Criminal provisionsWhat provisions does PROMESA contain? On April 12, the Committee on Natural Resources of the U.S. Congress issued its 121-page report.With the usual imperialist arrogance, Reps. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), chair of the committee, and Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), sponsor of the project, issued a statement that reads in part: “This package of reforms will restore the guardrails of freedom and self-governance in Puerto Rico. It will hold Puerto Rico accountable to its debt, uncover audited financial statements, enforce fiscal responsibility and cut red tape holding down the Island’s economy. It provides tools to redirect Puerto Rico from a path of destitution towards a path of prosperity, preserving freedom and opportunity for the next generation.” (full text: tinyurl.com/zo5elhx)Here it’s clear that they have not counted the thousands of young Puerto Ricans aged 20 to 40 years old, who have had to emigrate due to the lack of jobs and wages sufficient to support a family.Among its points the following stand out. The FCB would be composed of seven members appointed by the U.S. president and chosen by the leaders of the House and the Senate, plus one nonvoting, ex-officio member appointed by the governor of Puerto Rico.Their powers — we have to remember that they are directed to pay the bondholders — would be overarching and autonomous, without being accountable to the Puerto Rican people or governed by its laws. The FCB: must approve and certify all measures, regulations, budgets, loans, restructuring, in effect, all actions by the government of Puerto Rico and any of its instruments. determine and enforce the budget, over and above any budget approved by the island government. will have the power to investigate and/or sanction anyone. will institute automatic hiring freezes and require approval of contracts in excess of $100,000. requires that all debt related cases will be heard in federal court. requires that any plan of debt restructuring must be consistent with its financial plan, for the “best interest of creditors.” will reduce the minimum wage of workers under 25 years old from $7.25 to $4.25. (Is this what Bishop and Duffy referred to as the “opportunity for the next generation?”–BJC)Another disposition which seems to be aimed at saving some money for the U.S. government pertains to Vieques. Following the valiant struggle of the people to oust the U.S. Navy from the island municipality of Vieques, the U.S. Department of the Interior claimed a part of the territory where it had a duty to clean up the massive contamination from 60 years of bombing practice. Something that until now has not been achieved and remains a demand of the people of Vieques.PROMESA proposes to “transfer” the area to the government of Puerto Rico, but with the caveat that the Secretary of Defense could not be sued by the government of Puerto Rico, the municipality of Vieques or persons of any class; nor could they claim damages resulting from emissions of hazardous substances or contaminants resulting from the operations of the Navy in said territory, unless the claim includes a number of requirements set forth by the act itself in its Section 1502.“HR 4900 additionally provides for voiding the cooperation agreement with the Secretary of the Interior in such Zones of Conservation, releasing the Federal Department of the Interior (FDI) of responsibility for the conservation of the land.” (tinyurl.com/gsnswv5)Vieques community leaders, however, responded to this with a joint statement: “We want the lands that are now in the hands of the Federal Department of the Interior (FDI) to be returned to the people of Vieques, but we demand the cleaning of all the territories (including those that are now under the jurisdiction of FDI) by the Navy and/or any other responsible body, as required by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.” (tinyurl.com/jyu6uve )This FCB has aroused great indignation in the Puerto Rican progressive movement.The people of Puerto Rico need demonstrations of solidarity from the world anti-imperialist movement and especially from within the U.S. to stop this criminal enterprise. Let’s say “No!” to the Financial Control Board! Free Puerto Rico!The frontal attack of imperialism against the movement and against militant unions and the current struggle will be the subject of the next article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Home » News » Agencies & People » PICTURES: ‘I know what it’s like to be stared at now just because you LOOK homeless’ previous nextAgencies & PeoplePICTURES: ‘I know what it’s like to be stared at now just because you LOOK homeless’Estate agents and suppliers at last night’s charity event in Stratford’s Olympic Park raised £58,000 for Centrepoint but also found out what it’s like to be homeless when travelling there with their overnight gear.Nigel Lewis22nd November 201901,404 Views LtoR: Presidential line-up: Phil Keddie, Christopher Hamer, Lauren Scott, Mark Bentley To the late-night dog walkers in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London the spectacle of 900 people sloshing around in the mud watching a stand-up comedian in the rain must have looked like a strange spectacle.Despite the challenging conditions, the festive atmosphere among the throng heightened as the event, organised by homeless charity Centrepoint, inched towards a total raise of £500,000.Estate agents played a significant role in the evening including a good show from nearly 100 Propertymark representatives.This included many of its senior figures, management team and local representatives.The Propertymark grouping of agents and suppliers raised some £57,000 from friends, family and customers, making it the second highest raised this year at a single event by estate agents.Donate via Just Giving here.LtoR: Valerie Bannister, Kate Eales Some £380,000 was drummed up prior to the event and another £100,000 rolled in during the evening before ‘lights out’ was called at 11pm. The total is expected to exceed £500,000 in the coming days.The cavernous tent filled with sleepers ready to hit, quite literally, the white sleeping ‘sacks’ given to each attendee.All of the agents at the Centrpoint event agreed on one thing other than the good cause it supported. Most had travelled to it via public transport and, dressed in thermal jackets and trousers and clutching pillows and sleeping bags, had briefly experienced the suspicious stares of commuters who thought they might be homeless.“It was strange because normally no one pays much attention to you as you travel to work, but suddenly today I felt unwelcome on the train so I now realise how people who are homeless may feel like,” says Marcus Feinhols of Fine Homes (picture below, right).LtoR: Ian Westerling, Mark Bentley, Marcus Feinhols Ian Westerling (above, left), the former MD of Humberts, former NAEA Vice President and now industry consultant, said: “As agents we are very commercially focussed but what a lot of people forget is that most agents have a lot of compassion about the wider communities that they serve.“Agents give back in many different ways and by doing something like this through Propertymark it helps spread the word with consumers that we’re not all there just to make a quick buck.”LtoR: Maxine Fothergill, Sarah Davies and David Cox The idea of having a Propertymark charity was the brainchild of Katie Griffin and most recent NAEA president Mark Bentley then chose Centrepoint which Lauren Scott, the current president, then decided to broaden out and use the ‘Big Sleep’ to help raise money.The Rentify team. “I talked to Centre Point about what they did and it really pulls on your heart strings and I realised that we’re in a position where we have so many agents who just want to give something back so we thought we’d raise £10,000 tonight.“And now we’re at over £50,000; which has been agents, suppliers and clients giving small amounts and that’s amazing.”More pictures from the Centrepoint nightLtoR: Robert Ulph, Nicky Heathcote, Suzanne Roberts-Smith, Duncan ChambersLtoR: Greg Barnes, Dexter Franklin-Beck, Spencer Lawrence.The Base Property team (LtoR) – Steve Akl, , Hannah Easter, Tristan Guage, Carla Bennett.The 900-berth marqueeLtoR: Abbey James, Patria James, Trading Places Ian Westerling NAEA Propertymark Mark Bentley Lauren Scott propertymark ARLA Propertymark Centrepoint November 22, 2019Nigel LewisAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
He notes in the email: “There has never been any question raised about this being illegal/not permitted but the university is starting to tighten up its regulations and are even doing comprehensive CRB checks – I am amazed that they have not already done so…”During December 2017 hearings at the Inquiry, Fr Cuthbert told panel members of his 2006 discovery: “That was a surprise to me. I hadn’t realised that. Age 19, some people going to university are still aged 18 and not 19.”He added that it was decided to make “arrangements to be absolutely sure that he had no contact with people under the age of 19.”Fr Cuthbert also noted at that then St. Benet’s Master, the Very Rev Fr Leo Chamberlain, “made some kind of risk assessment, if memory serves correctly…”Father Leo was headmaster at Ampleforth at the time of Fr Bernard’s sexual assault on the 13 year old pupil in 1995, reporting this abuse to statutory authorities at the time. One source has questioned how, given his previous responsibilities at Ampleforth, Fr Leo could not have immediately known about the nature of Fr Bernard’s ban when he became St. Benet’s Master in 2004. They told Cherwell: “Fr Leo seems to have chosen convenience over right…While we do not know what his motivation was, given the incident in 2005 (the harassment case) it beggars belief that he did not either insist on Green leaving or resign in protest.”Asked whether he initially knew of the 19-year-old provision to Fr Bernard’s ban, Father Leo told Cherwell: “No I did not know that, nor did the Abbot at that stage. It was in the paperwork, but he hadn’t found it. When he did find it, he acted, no dark plots. It is a serious matter, which we take seriously.” Fr Leo also told Cherwell: “The IISCA hearing makes it clear that the under 19 provision came to light after Abbot Cuthbert’s election, so must have been 2005-2007. “Once the provision was known, I would then have had to check that the ages of undergraduates tutored by Fr Bernard were not under 19.”It was another six years after 2006 before Fr Bernard was dismissed from his roles at Oxford following a new review of his case and ban. This was triggered by the fact St. Benet’s was then run by an educational trust that also ran a school a hundred miles from Oxford.In August 2016, Fr Cuthbert Madden himself temporarily stood aside as Abbot of Ampleforth. He was interviewed under caution by North Yorkshire police, who were investigating complaints by four former pupils of indecent assaults in the early 1990s.A spokesperson for Ampleforth, speaking on behalf of Father Cuthbert, told Cherwell: “As I’m sure you’ll know, in line with civil and ecclesiastical protocols, Fr Cuthbert Madden OSB has temporarily stepped aside from his responsibilities as Abbot of Ampleforth while appropriate Church protocols are being carried out relating to unfounded allegations concerning historical events.“He will not resume his duties at Ampleforth until these are completed, so it would not be appropriate for him to comment on your questions at this time.”In a statement to Cherwell, the outgoing master of St. Benet’s Hall, Professor Werner Jeanrond said: “It is a matter of deep regret that the Hall had any part in what happened in those years, a period which predates the fundamental changes in leadership and oversight that took place in 2012. In November 1995, Fr Bernard abused a 13-year old pupil at the Yorkshire school, known only as RC-A97. He entered a boys’ dormitory where the pupil was sleeping and “fondled his genitals.”Pleading guilty in February 1996, Fr Bernard was sentenced to two years’ probation, compelled to attend a sex offenders treatment programme, and registered on the Sex Offenders Register for five years to 2001.A Department for Education letter in August 1996 established that “on the grounds of misconduct Bernard Green should not be appointed or employed…as a teacher or worker with children or young persons.” Such a “worker with children or young persons” is, the letter reads, a person “whose employment brings him regularly into contact with persons who have not achieved the age of 19 years.”A 2006 email between Fr Cuthbert Madden, then Abbot of Ampleforth and current St. Benet’s Trust chair, and monastery lawyer Andrew Dawson, shows St. Benet’s knew of the nature of Father Bernard’s ban six years before he was dismissed.Dated May 20 2006, Fr Cuthbert writes to Dawson: “You will recall that we discussed Fr Bernard with Barry Honeysett and he said that he should not have contact with anyone under the age of 18.“You can imagine my surprise, then, when I found a letter (this week) from the Department of Education and a Employment, dated 1 August 1996, which reads: …the Secretary of State…has directed…that on the grounds of misconduct Bernard Green should not be appointed or employed…as a teacher or worker with children or young persons.”Fr Cuthbert adds to lawyer Dawson: “You will be aware that Father Bernard has been working at St. Benet’s Hall for some years now. How does that sit with this letter?” This report contains a description of sexual assault.The University of Oxford and St. Benet’s Hall employed a monk convicted of child sexual abuse for twelve years, despite a government ban on his working with younger undergraduates, Cherwell can exclusively report.Father Bernard Green, a member of the Faculty of Theology, tutored at a total of seven Oxford colleges and PPHs between 2000 and 2012, as well as serving as a Director of Studies in Theology from 2004. Green was banned in 1996 from teaching and working with “young persons under the age of 19” by the Department of Education (DfE). This followed his conviction in February 1996 on one count of indecent assault of a child under the age of 14 whilst at Ampleforth Abbey and College, which used to run University Permanent Private Hall, St. Benet’s.The Benedictine monk, who died in 2013, was dismissed from all St. Benet’s roles in 2012, when a case review by bosses “revealed that he had been barred from teaching under 19s by the DfE,” according to last week’s report on Ampleforth by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA).But Inquiry evidence, seen by Cherwell, also shows that the then Abbot of Ampleforth and former St. Benet’s Trust Chair, Father Cuthbert Madden, knew of the nature of Green’s ban as early as 2006. Father Bernard continued as a Tutor for another six years.The outgoing Master of St. Benet’s Hall said “it is a matter of deep regret” that the Hall had “any part in what happened”. He said the St. Benet’s “of today is a very different place,” citing “fundamental changes in leadership and oversight that took place in 2012.”Cherwell can also report that the University of Oxford too failed to realise Fr Bernard’s ban during a 2005 disciplinary investigation into the monk for harassment of a 19 year old male undergraduate. After having been found to have committed serious misconduct, Fr Bernard received a final written warning at the time. Green began his work at Oxford in 2000 while still on the Sex Offenders Register. It is also revealed that University authorities found indecent images of children downloaded on his computer in a 2013 investigation.A spokesperson for the University of Oxford told Cherwell the revelations of this “important report” were “deeply troubling,” and that it was “looking into the points raised.” It stressed that “the welfare of our students is an important priority.”One source close to St. Benet’s told Cherwell: “I struggle to see why St. Benet’s acted in this way. It is a source of great pain that they seem to have put avoiding possible harm to the Ampleforth name ahead of the pastoral and welfare needs of students.”Another source said: “This is a dark moment for Oxford University, it is a case of real negligence, turning a blind eye to a convicted abuser on multiple occasions.”A member of Oxford University also told Cherwell: “The fact that the University did not dismiss Fr Bernard in 2005 after the incident (of harassment) is astounding.“But what is more disturbing is that the University allowed a predator of this nature to work there in the first place, considering he was convicted in 1996. Added to this, the investigation was clearly not strong enough to root out that Father Bernard was actually banned [from working with young undergraduates] for the entirety of his [preceding] time at Oxford.”This week’s report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse details years of sexual abuse at Ampleforth College, a Roman Catholic public boarding school run by the English Benedictine Congregation. “The St Benet’s of today is a very different place. It is run by a separate Trust and far-reaching changes have been made to its governance, operating procedures, oversight arrangements, and to the make up of its staff and student community. While these cannot expunge the past and its failings, they do give us confidence for the future.”The 2005 University disciplinary panel was convened to investigate Father Bernard following an accusation that he harassed a 19 year old male undergraduate at a 2005 JCR picnic on Port Meadow, while serving as St. Benet’s Director of Studies in Theology. The complete conclusions of this panel were kept confidential at the time, but Fr Bernard was given a final written warning.According to the Independent Inquiry, the Panel, led by Magdalen Law Fellow Dr Katharine Grevling, concluded that it “did not interpret [Father Bernard’s] touching as a sexually-motivated contact and whilst very concerned at the verbal comments, accepted [Bernard’s] explanation for making them.”Speaking of this 2005 University disciplinary panel, Fr Leo told Cherwell: “My view, following this, was that St. Benet’s was a small place, Bernard a priest and not just a tutor, and that the situation would be unworkable.“So I asked for his withdrawal. Abbot Cuthbert, newly elected, chose to stay with the panel recommendations.”Fr Bernard Green tutored at colleges including Keble, Trinity, Worcester, St John’s, and Corpus Christi as well as St. Benet’s. He was a member of the University Theology faculty, a Joint Chairman of Graduate Seminar in Patristics and, from 2004, Director and Acting Director of Studies in Theology at Benet’s and Christ Church (between 2004 and 2005) respectively.A spokesperson for the University of Oxford told Cherwell: “The revelations of this important report are deeply troubling and we are looking into the points raised by it. “The welfare of our students is an important priority for the University and we regularly review our safeguarding code of practice and pre-employment screening guidance.”This article was corrected 13/08/18 to reflect the fact Fr Cuthbert Madden has not been St. Benet’s Trust chair since he stepped aside in August 2016. This position is currently held by Sir Ralph Waller.
Penny MordauntHow did those, there to protect, support and serve the most vulnerable people on earth, become complicit in their exploitation – by protecting the perpetrators, by failing to grip the problem or turning a blind eye?Because we failed to put the beneficiaries of aid first.How did we lose sight of that fundamental duty, for all the good people, many in this room today, and all the good works done? For be in no doubt that is what has happened.It may have started with an attitude born of fundraising pressures, fierce competition for bids or work, guarding an organisation’s reputation to maximise its reach and offer.That attitude found a justification, via the chaotic and complex situations we operate in, the belief that reporting wrongdoing would do more harm than good, that we’ve so many other things to worry about, or that peacekeeping troops are doing far worse.And then any nagging doubts that lingered, as predatory individuals moved to another organisation’s payroll, were banished, in order to avoid any criticism of the sector.Maybe that’s how it happened. Maybe.However it did, the result was the grotesque fact of aid workers sexually exploiting the most vulnerable people, and threatening whistle-blowers if they protested.In our respective walks of life – in aid and in politics – we have difficult choices to make, some of life and death:Who to help.Who to save.Who to rescue.How to do the most good.How to do the least harm.But on some issues there is no choice.You cannot help and support people, you cannot give them hope and a chance, you cannot promote human rights or the dignity of every human being – whilst paying them for sex, and whilst funding an industry that exploits them.So why do we find ourselves here?We find ourselves here for the same reasons we find ourselves so far from delivering the Global Goals.Because we’ve forgotten three things:The needs of those we are here to serve.The expectations of those who enable us to – the British people.And the values that make us who we are.To recover we must put the beneficiaries of aid first.We must live up to the values of our nation.And as a sector, as well as a “to do list” we also need to have a “to be list”.We cannot separate the aid this nation gives from the values this nation has. So, how will those principles and values help us deliver the goals?First, they will improve our performance.I’ve seen great things from organisations when they put aside concerns about information and knowledge sharing, Intellectual Property ownership – stop competing and start collaborating.In Somalia, by putting beneficiaries first, sharing data and working together, aid organisations have staved off famine.In Kenya, I’ve seen technological innovation IP shared to utterly transform options for communities to become more resilient.And I’ve seen so many nations, frustrated at a humanitarian system which if it worked better would give us a billion more to spend on helping people, start to come together to speed up the pace of reform.Second, it will enable others to help.I’ve seen entrepreneurs forfeiting profit and their own security to bring water, healthcare and childcare to their workforce.Major companies wanting to make this their mission.Small community organisations and businesses connecting with and supporting those in the developing world.And I’ve seen the courage and commitment of our armed forces opening up the space for us to operate in.We need the humility to recognise what others can bring will multiply our efforts. And we need to let many others help.Third, it is a necessary condition of the British public’s support – and their support is a necessary condition of our work.I’ve seen the poorest in our own nation giving generously to others less fortunate than themselves, time after time – whether it’s in DEC appeals, or in Oxfam’s shops.They’ve seen Ebola defeated, girls educated, hurricane victims rescued, polio near eradicated, and hope and help brought to Syria’s hell on earth, by individuals risking everything, everything, for the love of humanity.They continue to give, but I can tell you on many fronts they want us to raise our game: on what you do, on what I fund, and what together we can achieve.And finally, we must live our values because what you do, what Britain’s aid sector does, is more than satisfy the practical needs of life.In addition to food, water and shelter we bring the rule of law, security, justice.We bring protection for refugees and human rights.We bring freedom – of thought, of religion, of scrutiny, of the press.We bring empowerment – of women, of people with disabilities, of children.Without us bringing our values to work, we will fail in that work.So, let this moment not just be a wake-up call to improve safeguarding.Let it also be a wake-up call to all that we must be, if we are to deliver on our promise to the world’s poor.I will shortly bring forward a new development offer focussed on delivering the Global Goals.It will require others to help.It will require us to change where we work and who we work with, and greater cooperation between DFID and our armed forces.It will depend on the private sector.It will require more sharing of data and working together.It will compel us to leave no one behind.It will make UK aid work harder – delivering for the world’s poor, but also for the UK’s security and prosperity, upon which UK aid depends.It will require me to stop funding organisation that do not deliver our objectives, contribute to the Goals, or live up to our standards.It will have our national values and freedom at its heart.It will require leadership and courage to deliver.And it will put our beneficiaries first.They are the 10 million more children who will see their 5th birthday. The 81 million who will have enough food to develop normally.And the 400 million more able to read and write.If we do deliver the Global Goals by 2030.In my first week in this job I told you that I believe in aid.And I’ve not changed my mind.And I believe in you, in why you chose this career, in why you are here today.The organisations in this room do great work. I know that. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.All the vital work that Bond members, organisations of all sizes, from small to large, do each and every day. Passionate, committed, tireless individuals doing amazing work, in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.I believe in British compassion and charity. From the Magna Carta to universal suffrage, from William Wilberforce to Peter Benenson to Leonard Cheshire – as a nation we can and we have made the world a better place.Since the Oxfam scandal broke, you and UK aid have helped vaccinate around 1.5 million children from polio.That’s heroic.But if we have the courage and the will to change we can do more.And we must.We know what to do.We know what to be.So let’s get to it.Thank you. Penny Mordaunt speaking at the Bond conferenceWe’ve just 12 years left to fulfil our promise to the world’s poorest, and the commitment so central to the Global Goals – to Leave No One Behind.We set ourselves the task that by 2030 every child will have the chance of a decent education, but we are 85 years adrift on current projections – not set to achieve that until 2115.That is better though than our current assessment on when we will end malnutrition – we are looking at least a century before delivering that.And we’ll be well into two centuries hence before we do make extreme poverty history.You know that on current trajectories, achieving the Global Goals – which we talk about and show our commitment to in the pin badges we wear – is simply out of reach.We’ve known for some time we are failing.The facts speak for themselves – and the many we are letting down.If we want those facts to change we have to change what we do.To deliver on the promises we’ve made to the world’s poorest, business as usual isn’t going to cut it.And to understand how we need to change we need to understand why the world, and we as a sector, are falling short.Let us reflect for a moment on the issue currently dominating the headlines: sexual exploitation of the vulnerable, known by some, ignored by others.How did we get to this?
I couldn’t be more jazzed about all the news and buzz in the Networking industry. And much of it was happening at last week’s Linux Foundation Open Networking Summit in Los Angeles. Packed keynotes and vibrant conversations characterized the event, as the industry’s collective vision of Open Networking comes more and more into focus.We at Dell EMC made some news. But more importantly customers made their own news in support of Open Networking. Some sharing their success and others sharing their contributions to the open source community. We were particularly proud of the session we co-hosted with Verizon where they shared their Telematics production environment and the role that our OS10 Open Edition is playing in their disaggregated networking stack.The buzz was palpable, as was the absence of the dominant industry player. Interestingly, they did make some ‘news’ of their own this week, from afar, with their announcement about disaggregating their carrier-grade OS from underlying hardware. While this is a big step for them, for many it seems more like ‘rear-view mirror’ news.The fact is, disaggregating networking hardware and software is old news. In fact, we pioneered this notion over 4 years ago. And 4 years in, there is a vibrant Open Networking ecosystem to support this vision offering customers unmatched choice and capability. And the competition has since followed our lead including nearly all of the top-tier OEMs. Clearly, there’s a movement happening.Figure 1. Our vision for the open network—from 1.0 to 2.0But we, and the industry, are not sitting idle which is why we see this as yesterday’s news. You see, the industry is rapidly moving beyond its ‘1.0’ state where networking hardware and software is separated, to a 2.0 state where the software stack itself becomes disaggregated. And we at Dell EMC are doing everything we can to foster these development.Gavin Cato, our Networking engineering leader, spoke to a standing-room-only audience about this industry shift from 1.0 to 2.0. We also made a very important news announcement with Metaswitch this week announcing commercial offerings around this 2.0 vision. Needless to say it’s an extremely exciting time to be in the Networking industry as vendors and customers of all sizes step on the gas of Open Networking. So fasten your seatbelt, it’s going to be a wild ride!
“I suppose neighbors probably think it is their right to call if the students are being loud,” he said. Shirley McFarland, a local resident, said she felt some of the arrests might have been unwarranted. Good Neighbor Guides, distributed to off-campus students at the beginning of the year, suggest communicating with neighbors about upcoming parties and giving them contact information. Miller said while communication is helpful, parties need to be contained. “I think the students are great in helping the community,” Miller said. “If you’ve got a problem you need to talk to the people involved.” South Bend resident and Notre Dame 1964 alumnus Ben Cashman said student and community relations improved along with an increase in student outreach. “I think some of them could have been avoided,” she said. “I have phone numbers for the students so I would call them first.” “Most of the students are well-intentioned and respectful,” Miller said. MacFarland said student volunteers at the Robinson Community Learning Center helped her son and other local children with after-school programming. The fraternities, sororities and off-campus houses that line the streets of cities like Bloomington and Dayton are no where to be found on Notre Dame Avenue, Eddy Street or Angela Boulevard. South Bend is not a college town. “I think the students are quite involved, I see pictures in the paper of them volunteering downtown,” Carter said. “It’s just not acceptable to be having big keg parties. It’s a recipe for trouble,” he said. “Years ago, when my husband first died, I thought I was going to have to move out of the neighborhood,” she said. “I would come home from work and 200 kids would be across the street, two cars would be parked in my driveway, and when I asked them to move they drove through my yard. That was the worst time.” “[Students should] continue to be involved at the Robinson Community Learning Center, because they have a lot of kids there who have no help in the afternoons.” McFarland moved into her house on Notre Dame Avenue in 1984. She said students back then were often problematic residents. Some residents said they saw the University’s involvement in the construction of Eddy Street Commons as another positive way for Notre Dame to contribute to the community at an administrative level. Tensions rose when a spike in arrests occurred earlier in the semester, but cooled, and arrests declined. Miller said he felt the student presence in the neighborhood to be largely positive. Miller said individual students could help maintain good relations with the community by continuing to be active in South Bend and maintaining open lines of communication with neighbors. She said since the 1980s, students in her neighborhood have become significantly more considerate. A South Bend resident of 68 years, Deacon Brian Miller said he felt students needed to understand the stereotypical Animal House college lifestyle does not fit the family neighborhoods of South Bend. “Students do a lot of volunteer work, so that has helped relationships,” he said. “There was not much involvement with South Bend in my student days. We did not have chances to get involved with non-profits like the Logan Center or the homeless center.” “I think the rest of South Bend is getting let go and getting pretty rotten,” he said. “[Students should be] just trying to keep the neighborhood halfway decent.” “After that, it got better, once the police started talking to them,” she said. “Most of the time I don’t even know when people are over there.” In addition to forming relationships with their immediate neighbors, residents said student involvement in the community was also crucial to maintaining positive relations. But South Bend resident Jim Carter considers calling police to be a reasonable response if a situation warrants it. Tensions sometimes do arise from a discrepancy between students’ expectations of college town freedoms and local families’ expectations for quiet neighborhoods. He said some parts of the city are on the decline and need help from students. “The students, they need to try to be respectful neighbors. If they have a party they need to make sure there are parameters,” he said. “I’m over there a lot, to me I think it’s growth for the neighborhood,” McFarland said. “It brings business, it’s something for the community to look forward to, and people off campus can get jobs.”
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: US Air Force / PixabayBUFFALO — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has taken legal action seeking to stop all outstanding clergy sexual abuse lawsuits while it navigates bankruptcy proceedings in federal court.The diocese filed a motion in federal bankruptcy court on Saturday seeking an injunction on lawsuits filed under New York’s Child Victims Act. About 250 lawsuits have been filed against the diocese since August, when the act gave victims one year to pursue even decades-old allegations of abuse.Lawsuits against the diocese were moved to bankruptcy court in February and permanently frozen, but the bankruptcy filing only temporarily halted lawsuits against individual parishes or Catholic schools. Those cases could be moved back into state supreme court unless the diocese is granted a permanent injunction.“Pausing litigation will allow for all parties to engage in settlement negotiations in the context of the diocese’s Chapter 11 case and to attempt to reach a global resolution of all claims (including claims against parishes and schools), without the distraction of piecemeal litigation,” the diocese said in a statement Monday. The diocese said continued litigation would deplete its insurance reserves and reduce future settlements to survivors.But lawyers representing abuse survivors said the injunction is designed to keep their clients from having their day in court, prevent access to priest personnel records and allow parishes and schools to protect their financial assets.“This legal maneuver by the Diocese of Buffalo is just another example of the Catholic Church coldly putting its needs before the needs of victims,” said Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents 39 clients suing the diocese. He said a hearing on the injunction is set for May 20.“This is a very aggressive move,” Buffalo attorney Steven Boyd said Monday. “We feel it is an unnecessary move because we’ve been negotiating with them in good faith.”The diocese previously announced it would cease financial support and health benefits for 23 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse beginning May 1 as part of the bankruptcy process. None were in active ministry.