Theresa Street Residence / Sonelo Design Studio

first_img 2013 “COPY” Save this picture!© Peter Bennetts+ 18 Share “COPY” Theresa Street Residence / Sonelo Design StudioSave this projectSaveTheresa Street Residence / Sonelo Design Studio Legion Building Solutions Manufacturers: Centor, &Tradition, BANG & OLUFSEN, Bosch, Ceramica Vogue, Great Dane, Hafele, Havwoods, Muuto, Oliveri, ROGER SELLER, Index and co CopyAbout this officeSonelo Design StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneAustraliaPublished on August 18, 2017Cite: “Theresa Street Residence / Sonelo Design Studio” 18 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Builder: Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Photographs CopyHouses•Melbourne, Australia Year: center_img Theresa Street Residence / Sonelo Design Studio Houses Photographs:  Peter Bennetts Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Sonelo Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/877885/theresa-street-residence-sonelo-design-studio Clipboard Architects In Charge:Wilson Tang, Elodie LimCity:MelbourneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter BennettsText description provided by the architects. Subtlety is the one word Theresa Street residence evokes.On our first visit to this single storey house off a cul-de-sac lane, we were dazed by what presented before us. Upon entry, we were greeted by a tripartite layout with rather wide hallway barrelling through the gut of the house into the living room. Two clumsy stairs ascended from hallway to mezzanines. Spaces were dim and disjointed. Mezzanines were low in headroom. Bathrooms were bunker like, far removed from the loft interiors it boasted.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsWe were tasked to create a seamless light-filled interior whilst not diminishing the accommodation. With a modest construction budget, contrary to the extent of works required, our intervention became an exercise of restraint. A rigorous re-planning was necessary to bring forth spatial clarity and continuity.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!Section BBSave this picture!First Floor PlanNew kitchen, dining, and bathrooms were relocated to the heart of the house, previously a bland hallway. They linked existing front entry to the living room, simultaneously benefitting from the tall gable ceiling. Selection of finishes took cue from existing industrial detail and palette was kept neutral.The outcome is a modest seamless interior effortlessly disguising the old as new.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsProject gallerySee allShow lessAcquarium / AtelierbaSelected ProjectsTown Hall Extension / TitanSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/877885/theresa-street-residence-sonelo-design-studio Clipboard Projects ArchDaily Australia Area:  170 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

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New Fundraising Manager for NCVO

first_imgNew Fundraising Manager for NCVO  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 November 2005 | News Rob Daly starts today as Fundraising Manager at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Formerly Fundraising Manager at The Rainforest Foundation, Rob takes over from Martin Nee, who was appointed NCVO’s Head of Membership and Marketing in August 2005.The role of NCVO’s Fundraising Manager is to maximise income from a range of new and existing sources of funding including statutory, trust, lottery distributor, European, and corporate funders in order to maximise NCVO’s sustainability and independence. Rob will manage NCVO’s funder and potential funder relationships and contribute to design of new projects at NCVO, tailoring their content to potential sources of funding. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Battling Bands Hit A Charity Note

first_imgBattling Bands Hit A Charity Note Howard Lake | 15 September 2011 | News  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Bernie Galewski from Against Breast Cancer in Abingdon has teamed up with the SAE Institute in Oxfordto launch an Oxford Battle of The Bands that’s set to discover who’s the hottest music talent in the region right now.The project will also raise valuable funds for charity through ticket sales to the Oxford Battle of The Bands gig at O2 Academy Oxford on 8th October. Funds will support Against Breast Cancer’s vital research work into breast cancer.The 6 nominated bands, headlined by ‘The Black Hats’, will be judged by the public using an online voting system ahead of the gig and a clap-o-meter on the night. The voting campaign is going viral, with video clips posted on the Oxford Battle of the Bands Facebook page so voters can watch the bands perform and vote for their favourite band.Bernie who came up with the idea for the charity said “This is a fantastic opportunity for bands to take their music to another level. I have dreamt of this for a long time and I am really pleased that the charity will benefit from the initiative.”Steve Hartley, Head of Corporate & Media Relations at the SAE Institute said “We are delighted to offer opportunities to young talent by partnering Against Breast Cancer on this project; this benefits the wider community at the same time as providing our students with practical hands-on studio recording experience.”The SAE Institute is offering a fantastic prize for the winning band – a day in their state of the art recording studios. SAE students and their tutors will produce a digital master from the winner’s music session.More information about The Oxford Battle of The Bands 2011 is located at Facebook; Twitter: @obotb and @againstbc ; and www.againstbreastcancer.org.ukTickets are available from ticketweb.co.uk / o2academyoxford.co.uk– ENDS –Note to editorsImages are available on requestPlease contact: Bernie GalewskiTel: 01235 534211Against Breast CancerAgainst Breast Cancer is a charity dedicated to funding ground breaking research to improve detection and increase survival after breast cancer diagnosis. Our expert scientists use one of the largest collections of breast cancer patient samples in the UK to look for vital information that could identify the spread of the disease.More women are surviving breast cancer every year. Against Breast Cancer’s research looks at the whole woman through three interlinked areas of research – biochemistry, immunology, and diet and lifestyle. The charity’s research is studying new ways that could help doctors identify and treat secondary breast cancer faster and more effectively and our ultimate aim is to find a vaccine.The charity’s national Diet & Lifestyle study is one of the largest in the world looking at the effects of diet, lifestyle and complementary treatments on breast cancer and long-term survival. Support is vital for Against Breast Cancer if it is to continue its innovative research to develop ways to improve detection and survival after diagnosis so women and men can look forward to a future free of breast cancer.SAE InstituteSAE Institute is the largest worldwide private college for Creative Media Education. Providing practical training since 1976, their unique practical training methods have allowed them to deliver high calibre, technically able and creative graduates forging successful careers within the creative industries.Battle of The BandsTickets for O2 Academy Oxford gig on 8th October are £10 in advance (+STBF) – 0844 477 2000 / ticketweb.co.uk or £12.50 on the night from the box officeThe nominated bands are:Black HatsYoung LustColour Change For CamouflageMolotov SexbombThe ReaperWays Across Tagged with: Events South East AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Activists say: ‘Black Lives Matter’ at Panthers game

first_imgThe Tribe, a majority people of color queer and transgender group, organized an occupation at the main entrance in front of the Bank of America stadium, home to the National Football League’s Carolina Panthers on Sept. 25. The occupation was part of ongoing protests to put pressure on the mayor and police chief to release the entire footage showing the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott. The protest took place in 90-degree heat before the Panthers played the Minnesota Vikings in front of 70,000 fans. Hundreds of chanting protesters, Black, Latinx and white, locked arms as a security measure in front of riot cops armed with guns, tear gas and plastic handcuffs. Right before the game, the protesters kneeled during the playing of the national anthem with fists held high in the air. The protest was covered by national and international media including ESPN and the NFL.com. The protest lasted at least three hours until the end of the game.–Dante Strobino and Monica MooreheadFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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¡La juventud obrera quiere el socialismo!

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Según una encuesta realizada por YouGov en septiembre de 2019, el 70 por ciento de los millennials, personas entre 23 y 38 años, votarían por un socialista. Un tercio ve el comunismo favorablemente en comparación con el capitalismo. Lo que esta encuesta implica es que los jóvenes en los Estados Unidos creen cada vez más en un futuro socialista para la humanidad y el planeta.La juventud de la clase obrera en lucha contra los grandes capitalistas. La confianza en las instituciones básicas y la mitología fundadora de los Estados Unidos se está desmoronando. Solo el 57 por ciento de los millennials estaba a favor de la Declaración de Independencia de los Estados Unidos sobre el Manifiesto Comunista como un documento que “garantizaría la libertad”. Eso se compara con el 94 por ciento de las personas mayores de 74 años que eligen la Declaración sobre el Manifiesto.La popularidad del comunismo entre los millennials está creciendo rápidamente, y su apoyo aumentó en un 8 por ciento en el último año. Mientras tanto, el 35 por ciento de los millennials ve el marxismo favorablemente. Uno de cada cinco cree que el mundo estaría mejor si se aboliera la propiedad privada. Cuando se trata de reformas, la universidad totalmente gratuita tiene un 45 por ciento de apoyo, y un 50 por ciento cree que el gobierno debería garantizarles a todos un trabajo.¿Cuáles son las condiciones y experiencias que crearon todos estos “millennials rojos”?Esta es la generación que ocupó Wall Street, que lideró Black Lives Matter, que está en huelga por la justicia climática, que vota por Bernie Sanders y los candidatos más a la izquierda, y que continúa luchando contra todos los ataques racistas y fascistas de Trump.Esta es una generación pro-sindicato, pro-im/migrante, pro-LGBTQ2 + y pro-igualdad de género, así como contra la guerra y contra el racismo.Esta es también una generación que está subempleada, enfrenta billones de dólares en deudas estudiantiles y no puede pagar sus tarjetas de crédito o facturas médicas. Los hijos de los millennials, los nacidos hoy, enfrentan una esperanza de vida más baja que sus padres. Esta estadística aplastante es una acusación del sistema criminal capitalista que causó el declive, una acusación al capitalismo en un callejón sin salida.A pesar de la aniquilación de los niveles de vida por parte del capitalismo, el impacto de la propaganda anticomunista en el siglo pasado, una respuesta del capital a la victoriosa revolución bolchevique, sigue siendo una realidad. Por ejemplo, el 61 por ciento de las personas encuestadas consideró que la palabra “comunista” era un insulto. Sin embargo, significativamente, solo el 37 por ciento de todas las personas encontraron insultante la palabra “socialista”.La mayoría de los encuestados consideraba a Donald Trump como la mayor amenaza para la paz mundial. Continúa la clásica cruzada anticomunista, llamando a Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez y otros funcionarios electos progresistas “comunistas” y “anti-estadounidenses”.Mientras tanto, el liderazgo del Partido Demócrata enfrenta un desafío de los “socialistas democráticos” dentro de su partido, creando una división sobre si continúan siendo el partido sin complejos del imperialismo neoliberal o ceden terreno a aquellos que impulsan una agenda más progresista. Los líderes del Partido Democrático de la Vieja Guardia, como la presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, Nancy Pelosi, continúan defendiendo las perspectivas capitalistas orientadas al mercado.Mientras los demócratas se tambalean, los partidos socialistas y comunistas en los Estados Unidos están creciendo a medida que el mundo entero se enfrenta a la desaparición del capitalismo.Capitalistas celebran la caída del muro de Berlín, pero el socialismo avanzaCuando el Muro de Berlín cayó hace 30 años, marcó el comienzo de una contrarrevolución global y el colapso de la Unión Soviética. Los apologistas capitalistas proclamaron el fin de la historia, declarando que el capitalismo es el sistema económico permanente del mundo.Sin embargo, después de tres décadas de capitalismo en la ex República Democrática Alemana, Europa del Este y la ex URSS, las encuestas muestran que la mayoría de esos países prefieren la vida que tenían bajo el socialismo. Han experimentado el contraste entre un sistema que garantizaba empleos, viviendas económicas, cuidado infantil universal, atención médica gratuita y de calidad, contra los males del capitalismo: desempleo, falta de vivienda, robo de salarios, bajos salarios, analfabetismo, nacionalismo de derecha, falta de apoyo para la salud mental, por nombrar algunos.Hoy en China, cientos de millones de personas han salido de la pobreza y se están tomando medidas serias para abordar la emergencia climática. El pueblo de Cuba vive más que las personas en los Estados Unidos.La realidad va en contra de toda la propaganda capitalista de que “el socialismo es una buena idea, pero no puede funcionar” o que Estados Unidos “salvó al mundo” de la “esclavitud” y la “dictadura” comunista.Los gobiernos pro-socialistas en países como Venezuela y Bolivia, actualmente sitiados por las fuerzas derechistas respaldadas por Estados Unidos, han logrado enormes ganancias para el pueblo y han construido movimientos de base después de ganar las elecciones burguesas.Sin embargo, la pregunta principal sigue siendo: ¿qué clase controlará los bancos, las principales industrias, los medios y la sociedad civil, junto con el aparato estatal? Esta pregunta será decisiva para la supervivencia de la humanidad y toda la vida en el planeta.La revolución socialista es, de hecho, la única alternativa real al sistema capitalista de explotación y al creciente peligro del fascismo.Desde nuestra fundación hace 60 años, el Partido Mundial de los Trabajadores ha defendido firmemente el campo socialista y sus esfuerzos por transformar el mundo. ¡Esperamos que muchos jóvenes comunistas milenarios se unan a nuestras filas y luchen en las calles para construir un mundo de trabajadores!last_img read more

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South Korea: RSF backs striking journalists

first_imgNews News South KoreaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Conflicts of interestFreedom of expression PHOTO: HYEKYEONG KIM August 18, 2020 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on South Korea South KoreaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Conflicts of interestFreedom of expression center_img to go further On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) to satisfy journalists at two public broadcasters who have been on strike for the past two months to press their demands for editorial independence. News More than 3,000 journalists and other employees at Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) have been striking since 4 September in response to a call from the National Union of Media Workers (NUMW) backed by the Journalists’ Association of Korea (JAK).As in previous strikes in 2010, 2012 and 2016, the journalists are protesting against political pressure on the public media, which began a decade ago. Their demands included the removal of the heads of KBS and MBS, who are seen as having been imposed by the previous government.They are also demanding the reinstatement of many colleagues who were unjustly fired in the past.End the stalemateRSF urges the KCC, whose powers include appointing the members of the governing boards of the public media, to end the stalemate by quickly replacing the two disputed presidents, Koh Dae-Young at KBS and Kim Jang-Kyum at MBC.RSF also calls on the South Korean authorities to overhaul the regulations that govern the public media so that their journalists can henceforth enjoy complete editorial independence.South Korea appears to be emerging from a dark decade for media freedom, in which it fell from 31st position in RSF’s Press Freedom Index in 2006 to 63rd in 2017.Hopes of improvement have been raised by human right lawyer Moon Jae-in’s election as president in May. When an RSF delegation visited in July, President Moon’s transition team undertook to ensure that South Korea is back at 30th place in the index by the end of his term. October 30, 2017 South Korea: RSF backs striking journalists November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation RSF_en last_img read more

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RSF decries “disturbing erosion of press freedom” in Gabon

first_imgGabon is ranked 108th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. GabonAfrica Freedom of expression Follow the news on Gabon GabonAfrica Freedom of expression November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is dismayed by the Gabonese media regulator’s decision to suspend a newspaper for three months and ban its editor from working for six months over an article about President Ali Bongo’s health. The sanctions are the latest example of the decline in press freedom in Gabon. The High Authority for Communication (HAC) issued its decision in response to an article in the newspaper L’Aube headlined “Gabon on (very dangerous) autopilot.” The story asked why President Bongo’s hospitalization in Saudi Arabia for the past three weeks has not triggered article 13 of the constitution, which addresses a vacancy in the presidency. While the HAC’s powers include the ability to suspend a newspaper, nowhere is it written that it can suspend a journalist. Gabon’s media regulator nonetheless also banned L’Aube editor Orca Boudiandza Mouelé from working for six months, in contradiction with Gabon’s international commitments, in particular with article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states the right of everyone to “seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds”. Only an independent judicial authority could have legitimately pronounced such a restriction on the exercise of a fundamental freedom. December 31, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation January 24, 2020 Find out more Ali Bongo, président du Gabon, 29/01/2018 SIMON MAINA / AFP In August, RSF condemned the HAC’s ban on local broadcasting by the French public TV channel France 2 for one year. The ban was reduced to three months a few days later. RSF also condemned the one-month suspension imposed on the tri-weekly Echos du Nord just because it failed to respond to a summons for questioning about an article.  “We call for the immediate lifting of these latest sanctions on a newspaper and its editor, which represent one more stage in the disturbing erosion of press freedom seen in recent months in Gabon, said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. The newly-created High Authority for Communication has suspended many media outlets since June, especially media critical of the government, the president or the president’s inner circle. This policy not only limits the freedom to inform but also hurts the country’s image.” In its ruling, the HAC described the newspaper’s interpretation of Gabonese law as “arbitrary.” The issue of a presidential vacancy has nonetheless been widely discussed in both the national and international media, especially as the information about Bongo’s health has not been reassuring. Several foreign media outlets claim to have had confirmation that he suffered a stroke while visiting Riyadh. News to go further Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands The HAC is a supposedly independent government offshoot that was created by government decree on 23 February to replace the National Council for Communication (CNC), for which there was constitutional provision. It has nine members, of whom seven are appointed by the government. Its president, Raphaël Ntoutoume Nkoghe, used to be President Bongo’s communication adviser and can still be seen alongside Bongo in photos on his Facebook profile. Gabon’s Media Owners Organization (OPAM) issued a statement condemning the HAC’s “mounting authoritarianism,” which has included arbitrary sanctions on three Gabonese newspapers and a French TV channel in less than six months. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Reports Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prison November 14, 2018 – Updated on November 16, 2018 RSF decries “disturbing erosion of press freedom” in Gabon last_img read more

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Police beat two journalists when they try to interview detained lawyer’s wife

first_img Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Reporters Without Borders established a system of sponsorship more than 15 years ago in which international media are encouraged to adopt imprisoned journalists. More than 200 news organisations throughout the world are currently supporting journalists by regularly calling on the authorities to release them and by publicising their cases. Mohammed Abbou has been adopted by Aldaketa Hamasei-Cambio 16 (Spain), El Periodico de Catalunya (Spain), CIBL FM (Canada), Campus (Canada), Quartier Libre (Canada) and Le Métropolitain (Canada).————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Organisation RSF_en November 12, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information December 26, 2019 Find out more Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Follow the news on Tunisia Two journalists, Slim Boukhdir and Taoufik Al-Ayachi, were beaten by police yesterday in Tunis when they went to the home of Samia Abbou, the wife of imprisoned lawyer and cyber-dissident Mohammed Abbou, to interview her. A large number of police have been stationed around her home ever since she staged a one-day hunger strike on 13 August to demand his release. Boukhdir works for the daily Al-Chourouk and is the Tunis correspondent for a website operated by the pan-Arab TV station Al-Arabiya. Ayachi works for Al-Hiwar, a TV station that broadcasts from Italy. They were accosted and beaten by about a dozen policemen and Ayachi’s camera was confiscated when they arrived at the Abbou family home. Boukhdir managed to get into the house but was stopped, led away and beaten again when he came out.Boukhdir has often been harassed since he posted articles on the Internet criticising the Tunisian regime. His newspaper stopped publishing his articles in November 2005 and froze his salary in February of this year. The authorities have also refused to give him a press card and have confiscated his passport. He staged a hunger strike from 4 April to 16 May in protest, but the government turned a deaf ear.Ayachi has been subject to judicial proceedings on a charge of “illicit filming” ever since he covered a demonstration in support of Lebanon, during which he was beaten.Known as the “freedom lawyer,” Mohammed Abbou has been detained since 1 March 2005 in Kef prison, 170 km from Tunis. At a sham trial on 29 April 2005, he received a total of three and a half years in prison terms, which were upheld on appeal two months later. His offences included posting an article on a website that compared the torture of political prisoners in Tunisia to that perpetrated by US soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.His wife has staged repeated protests against his deplorable prison conditions, which worsened after she and four lawyers staged a demonstration outside the prison on 2 March. She and her children are also the targets of constant harassment.Reporters Without Borders and ACAT-France (Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture) demand that the Tunisian authorities:- stop using physical violence and sanctions to silence journalists who take an interest in human rights issues;- respect their international undertakings as regards detention and release Mohammed Abbou at once.The two organisations also firmly condemn the harassment of Samia Abbou since her husband was imprisoned, and express their solidarity with her. News August 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police beat two journalists when they try to interview detained lawyer’s wife to go further News News Newslast_img read more

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Limerick’s Great Southern Greenway to be ‘a world class visitor experience’

first_imgNiall Collins T.D., Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr. Michael Collins, Minister Patrick O’Donovan, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, Tom Neville T.D., at the sod turning of Barnagh Tunnel, Great Southern Greenway Limerick project. The Great Southern Greenway Limerick (GSGL) is already suitable for walking and cycling off road along a 39 kilometre stretch from Rathkeale to Newcastle West and onto Abbeyfeale. But this latest investment in the project will create an exciting new feature as an underpass is built under the N21 to link it with the Barnagh Railway Tunnel and onto the Barnagh viewing area.The project will increase the safety of those using the GSGL who cross the N21 to the Barnagh viewing/picnic area and Barnagh Railway tunnel.Limerick City and County Council received €2.7 million for the further development of the GSGL in December from the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF), with the Council also providing match funding.Speaking at the event, Cllr Collins said that it will strengthen tourism in the region. “The Great Southern Greenway Limerick has the potential to be a game changer for tourism in West Limerick. Huge volumes of tourists pass through West Limerick on the way to Kerry and while we already have plenty of reasons here for them to stop and enjoy this part of the county, the Great Southern Greenway Limerick is a compelling offering.The connection of the route to the Barnagh Tunnel is a huge plus for the greenway and it’s now up to us to promote this facility to the country and beyond.”Gordon Daly, Director of Social Development, Limerick City and County Council said the Greenway had the potential to really boost tourism in Limerick.“The development of the Great Southern Greenway Limerick project is a huge boost to Limerick tourism.  But it’s not just tourists.  It will enhance the quality of life and services for people in the area by providing a fantastic leisure amenity for healthy activity.”A range of upgrades already funded by Limerick City and County Council and the Hinterland fund have included crossing points, fencing, track surfacing, bridges and signage.As well as joining two separate sections of greenway Limerick City and County Council also intends to carry out two junction improvements at Ardagh and Rathkeale to allow further ease of access onto the trail and to commence the resurfacing of the existing Greenway to bring it up to the national standard. Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleSculpture, performance pieces and paintingsNext article‘Know your strengths and weaknesses’, Limerick Chamber Regional Leaders Programme hears Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Attended by Deputy Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Michael Collins, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister Patrick O’Donovan and other public representatives, Friday’s event saw the commencement of the Barnagh Tunnel element of the project, by contractors working for Limerick City and County Council. Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mayor welcomes Government’s funding of Great Southern Greenway Limerick re-development The Great Southern Greenway Limerick has the capacity to be a game-changer for tourism in the west of the county, an event to mark the commencement of the latest investment in the project heard. Failte Ireland has identified the development of 3,000km of cycle networks throughout Ireland which will serve both overseas and domestic visitors and also the secondary target market of recreational cyclists. TAGSEnvironmentGreat Southern GreenwayheritageNews Facebook NewsEnvironmentHeritageVideoLimerick’s Great Southern Greenway to be ‘a world class visitor experience’By Staff Reporter – April 9, 2019 2692 Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Email It’s fantastic to see the Barnagh Tunnel on the Great Southern Greenway restored to its former glory with an investment of €2.7million from Government #Limerick @merrionstreet @LimerickCouncil @DeptRCD @Failte_Ireland @TourismIreland pic.twitter.com/Cyq337Z0Ff— Patrick O’Donovan (@podonovan) April 9, 2019 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Printlast_img read more

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Chronicling a Law Firm’s Fall and Leader’s Rise

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2020-02-14 David Wharton Share Save Chronicling a Law Firm’s Fall and Leader’s Rise Subscribe Related Articles Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the February issue of DS NewsThe bad news began with a phone call. It kicked off a chain of events that would consume the next several years of Mark Wittstadt’s life and bring about the collapse of the company he had helped build.Now, some five and a half years after that portentous phone call, the dust has settled but the debris remains. Throughout 2014 and 2015, the headlines surrounding Nathan Hardwick IV—previously one of Wittstadt’s partners, who served as CEO of LandCastle Title and Managing Partner of Morris Hardwick Schneider (MHS)—flew fast and furiously as the details of Hardwick’s misdeeds came to light. Unfortunately for Wittstadt, those headlines also included speculation about what Wittstadt’s own role in the emerging embezzlement scheme might have been.Since then, both Wittstadt and his brother and partner, Gerard “Rod” Wittstadt, have been exonerated and, in February 2019, Hardwick was handed a 15-year sentence by a federal judge in Atlanta. But the damage was done. Morris Hardwick Schneider became a casualty of the crime, with hundreds of jobs destroyed and the Wittstadts being forced to burn through tens of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees spent dealing with the aftermath and shortfalls incurred by the case.And yet, as a new year dawns, so too does a brighter future for Wittstadt, who has spent the intervening years building Lawyers Title Exchange and the firm, Wittstadt and Wittstadt, and LTX Law Group. Notably, Wittstadt is also, for the first time since Morris Hardwick Schneider collapsed, returning to the default space. As of early 2020, Wittstadt now serves in an Of Counsel role for the firm of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., working in mid-Atlantic default cases.“Success is built out of a series of failures,” Mark Wittstadt told DS News. “Your story is who you are. You can let other people tell your story, or you can own it and define it. I’m not here to say this never happened to me … but it’s my story.”How do you go about rebuilding a career atop a foundation of ashes scorched black by someone you once trusted? How do you start again in an industry you love when, to this day, a Google search of your name returns a slideshow of your worst days? It takes a certain amount of moxie to return to the room that holds that many bad memories—but Wittstadt is determined to step over them and make something new.The First DominoThe twisting tale of Nathan Hardwick IV and the fall of Morris Hardwick Schneider was extensively chronicled as more details emerged and litigation dragged on through the decade. It’s not surprising—the case had all the makings of a Grisham novel or a late-night TV legal thriller, with millions of dollars on the line, accusations flying between all involved parties, and even the very public involvement of PGA golfer Dustin Johnson, who loaned Hardwick $3 million in 2014. At the time, Johnson was unaware of Hardwick’s misappropriations of funds.“The default side of the firm, which I ran, was very robust,” Wittstadt said. “We had budgets. We did forecasting—six months, a year, 18 months into the future, trying to plot where the firm needed to go and what changes it needed to make in order to keep up with the times. We had business plans and continuity of business to be able to see us through both sides of the real estate market.” Wittstadt told DS News that, had things gone differently, he expects MHS would still be one of the larger real estate closing and default operations in the country.Mark Wittstadt remembers the day the phone rang without even having to think about it—July 31, 2014.At the time, Wittstadt’s career was enjoying a high point. Having become an equity partner, along with his brother, in the firm of Morris Hardwick Schneider just about a year prior, Wittstadt was running the firm’s default practice from Baltimore. Hardwick was running the title business from Atlanta, serving as CEO of LandCastle Title and Managing Partner of the firm. It was in the midst of an outside financial audit when an email came through from Hardwick, requesting that the Wittstadts convene for an “emergency call.”The bad news was bad indeed—Hardwick informed Wittstadt that some $750,000 was missing from the firm’s closing trust accounts.“All the escrow accounts were separate,” Wittstadt recalled. “Closing had their own escrow accounts and default had their own escrow accounts, and [Hardwick] indicated that it was an error that his CFO had made. He said he had directed that $750,000 be moved from the operating account back into the escrow account.”During that initial call, Wittstadt was actually on vacation with his family at the beach. As he made follow-up calls to try and figure out what was going on, he told DS News that he had an increasing feeling that “things weren’t adding up.” He flew back to the office in Atlanta and set about making arrangements to bring in a forensic fraud examiner to go over the books carefully.“I wanted a full reconciliation of the books and the accounts,” Wittstadt said. “I wanted to know what was gone, where it went, and how it got out.”The examiner and his team worked between August 2 and August 13, 2014, and they eventually came to a stark conclusion. The escrow accounts were short—to the tune of $37 million.The Makings of a MovieWittstadt said that, after the initial emergency call, Hardwick had told his partners that he would personally borrow or sell assets to help offset the shortfall. However, even before the final tally came from the forensic fraud investigators, Wittstadt said that he was growing increasingly concerned about the potential extent of the problem. But he said nothing could have prepared him for the reality of that $37 million total.Wittstadt set a meeting with the firm’s founding and retired partner Art Morris and with representatives from Fidelity National Financial. After explaining the situation, and desperate to try and offset the shortfall in the escrow accounts and prevent a large, widespread impact to affected homeowners, the group soon came to an agreement: Fidelity would acquire a 70% stake in LandCastle Title. Hardwick resigned as CEO of LandCastle and Wittstadt was named Executive Managing Partner of MHS.However, Hardwick’s attempts to borrow from outside parties in order to make up for the shortfall soon came back to haunt the firm, kicking off a barrage of litigation that would stretch over many ensuing months. Hardwick reportedly secured loans from two people: business associate James Pritchard and Johnson. In October 2014, Johnson sued Hardwick, the Wittstadts, and the law firm of MHS,alleging that the parties involved had conspired to steal the $3 million he had extended Hardwick as a loan. According to Johnson’s suit, Hardwick allegedly told Johnson that the firm would repay him $4 million in monthly installments.Hardwick also reportedly borrowed $2 million from Pritchard, with repayment allegedly to come in 24 monthly installments and eventually totaling a $2.3 million repayment. Obviously, neither payment plan commenced as planned, and the lawsuits soon followed in the fall of 2014.Johnson finally reached a $2 million settlement agreement in June 2016, part of the bankruptcy plan instigated as the firm reached the final stages of its collapse. Notably, Johnson admitted as part of the settlement agreements that neither of the Wittstadts had any involvement in the loan made to Hardwick. Pritchard ultimately secured a $2 million judgment against the firm, which was handled in the bankruptcy.“It was a waterfall,” Wittstadt said. “It just kept coming.”Salvaging What MatteredAs Mark Wittstadt and his brother navigated a maze of litigation, conflicting stories, and financial collapse, they were also working to try and ensure that the fallout didn’t reach the homeowners who had entrusted their escrow funds to LandCastle Title and MHS.We were fighting battles on five different fronts,” Wittstadt said. “And I was prepared to fight those battles, because we didn’t do anything. But I was spread too thin.”“I was trying to fix it all the way up until the day we filed for bankruptcy,” he continued. “I had worked my entire legal career to get to where it was, and filing for bankruptcy was the last thing that I wanted to do. We tried for almost a year to pull out, and every time we thought we’d get a step ahead, we’d just get knocked back. The legal bills were just astronomical. The amount of money we were spending to defend ourselves against all these false and frivolous allegations against my brother and I, and against the firm, just became too much for us to overcome.”In July 2015, they made the call and filed for bankruptcy. But while this was no small decision, it didn’t mean Wittstadt and his partners were out of the woods. Rather than turning things over to a trustee, the Wittstadts opted to stay and oversee the final steps.“Once we filed bankruptcy, the firm was done,” Wittstadt said. “We knew that. But, as lawyers, we recognized that we had undertaken the obligation to all of our clients to represent them under the code of conduct that’s required of lawyers. We had an ethical and moral obligation to make sure that that was done correctly.”Wittstadt first contacted Jeffrey R. Waxman, a Partner at Morris James LLP and one of the attorneys who helped oversee the bankruptcy proceedings, on or around May 2015.“They had a very short period of time in which to file for bankruptcy,” Waxman said. “To their credit, Mark and Rod were stand-up individuals throughout the process, despite the fact that it would have been easy for them to simply say, ‘This is more than I bargained for, I’m washing my hands and walking away.’ The two of them stuck through it for the entire process.”Wittstadt recalled, “We had a lot of money in our escrow accounts that needed to get back to who it belonged to. We had a number of real estate closings that needed to be completed. We needed to make sure deeds were recorded, mortgages were paid off, releases filed—those types of things. So, we had to maintain a staff to be able to wind that business down. We had to account for whose money it was and ensure that the default escrow accounts, the ones that I had managed, were reconciled to the penny.”Well, perhaps not to the penny. “We were off by like five cents,” said Wittstadt with a wry laugh.“Mark and his brother did far more than any other firm [in this type of situation] that I’ve seen to date,” said Rudy Casanova, President of Rainmaker Solutions and an industry colleague of Wittstadt. “There have been other firms in the past who would just wash their hands of their situation [once bankruptcy begins]. In one of those situations, my company was harmed and we received $1 million judgment—of which we received zero dollars. Mark and his brother did far more than most people would have to maintain their integrity in the industry.”Waxman recalled, “This was one of the more difficult cases that I’ve ever had. This was a confluence of a significant number of parties with a large interest. You had openly hostile creditors and counsel who were litigious from the first day of the case. You had a creditors’ committee who were fulfilling their fiduciary obligations by monitoring everything, but that also meant a large amount of scrutiny. You had the office of the United States Trustee, the watchdog of the bankruptcy process, who was justifiably skeptical at the outset of the case. But, throughout the case, Mark and Rod came to the hearings. They filed the schedules. For long periods of time, they weren’t getting payments for their salary, or if they were, they were significantly reduced.”“It took a lot of effort to make sure that my default banking clients got all their money back, but every single one of them got all their money back,” Wittstadt continued. It took Wittstadt and his remaining staff the better part of a year to finish reconciling the escrow accounts and ensuring all those who were owed money back were addressed.Wittstadt told DS News that, during this stressful and emotionally draining time period, he often turned back to lessons he learned from his father—who had served as a lawyer and then later as a judge—to help push him forward.“He instilled in us that we have an ethical obligation to our clients,” Wittstadt said. “It’s immaterial to your representation of your clients to allow your personal issues to interfere with your obligations to your clients. That’s what I believed, and I continue to believe that today.”The Aftermath (and a New Beginning)In September 2016, Wittstadt’s day-to-day obligations to the firm were finalized, and oversight of the bankruptcy was passed on to the liquidating trustee. Along with a couple of employees he had remaining, Wittstadt launched LTX Companies, as well as shifting focus to the firm he founded with his brother, Wittstadt and Wittstadt.In the years that followed, Wittstadt got back to work, representing clients doing real estate closings, title abstracting work, real estate litigation, and other related matters. After having overseen an organization of around 700 employees, Wittstadt now has just under a dozen on his payroll. It was good, honest work, but Wittstadt recalls a sense of restlessness.“In this life, you only have two choices: you fight for your spot in the sandbox, or you pick up your toys and you go home,” he said. “I’m 54 years old today, but I’m not ready to pack up my toys and go home. I want my space back. I want my spot back.”Time passed, as it does. In February 2019, Hardwick was finally sentenced, closing the door on the saga of MHS and LandCastle Title, but for the wounds left behind and a once successful business brought down by malfeasance.But, as we spoke to Wittstadt in the fall of 2019, there was a new light on the horizon. In 2018, Wittstadt began returning to the sort of industry events he’d avoided for a while, including the Five Star Conference and Expo and some MBA events. He began discussing possible paths back into the default industry where he felt his skills would best be served.In late 2019, those discussions bore fruit with the announcement that Wittstadt would be serving Of Counsel for the firm of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. Wittstadt will assist with the firm’s clients in the Mid-Atlantic states.Mike Barker, Managing Partner, Financial Services Division for Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., told DS News, “We are very pleased that Mark has joined the firm as Of Counsel. We see substantial opportunity for him to rebuild his practice in Maryland and we are pleased to embark on this journey with him. There are few people who could have gone through what he went through and still have enough in them to persevere, fight, and rebuild.”As he returns to default practice, Wittstadt said he’s encountered a mostly warm reception from both clients and other organizations, something he says he credits to the work he and his brother put into trying to make things right. He also said he’s looking forward to returning to this field with lessons instilled both by these particular experiences and from the perspective the years have provided.“You have to have a diversification of your law practice,” Wittstadt said. “You can’t put all your eggs into one basket and expect that that business is always going to be there, it’s always going to thrive, and it’s always going to generate the type of revenue that you were accustomed to before. The successful plan is watching the market and figuring out how to provide the best services utilizing as much automation as you can, providing excellent customer service, and diversifying your practice to follow trends to allow for other revenue streams. That’s the only way that a successful firm will survive.”He also suggests that a sense of vigilance is critical for leadership of firms and other organizations so that they can catch red flags sooner rather than later.“Whoever’s at the helm needs to make sure that they are looking at critical areas every day to make sure that things are in accordance with how you want it to run, not just on the surface but in the underlying mechanisms, the underlying workflows,” Wittstadt said. “You have to take deeper dives down into the way your firm and your business is running. You have to know those business lines and not take for granted just what’s on the surface. It’s just like going to the doctor. Just because you feel good doesn’t mean you don’t go get your checkups.”He added, “Everything is not always fine.”The story of Mark Wittstadt’s past decade is one that often wound through dark places, but now there is sunlight on the horizon. Moreover, the address of his Baltimore offices as he returns to the default industry suggest that maybe, just maybe, the storm has truly passed. He’ll be doing business at 902 Light St.“Sometimes bad things happen to good people,” Wittstadt said. What matters, he suggests, is what you do next. 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