Timber House / KÜHNLEIN Architektur

first_imgTimber House / KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturSave this projectSaveTimber House / KÜHNLEIN Architektur Projects CopyHouses•Germany Germany ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/624409/timber-house-kuhnlein-architektur Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeKÜHNLEIN ArchitekturOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIcebergHousesWoodGermanyPublished on July 05, 2020Cite: “Timber House / KÜHNLEIN Architektur” 05 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?木屋/ KüHNLEIN Architektur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 Architects: KÜHNLEIN Architektur Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/624409/timber-house-kuhnlein-architektur Clipboard “COPY” 2015 ArchDaily Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturRecommended ProductsWindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsText description provided by the architects. The Timber House from KÜHNLEIN Architektur is situated on a high plateau in Upper Palatinate, a part of Bavaria, Germany.Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturTwo gabled structures are unified with wooden lamellas: one containing living spaces and the other a series of bedrooms.Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturThe combination creates two yards: One becomes the space you pass by as you enter the house from the street, while the other is a terrace oriented towards the wide landscape.Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturThe windows to the street side are screened with the lamellae of the timber facade, while the windows to the landscape side have a free view, the facade is untreated larch wood, so it will grey with time. So from afar, the house appears like identical side-by side homes, completely devoid of windows.Save this picture!Floor PlanInside, the timber  continues, with exposed structural framework, oak floors, as well as wooden tables, cabinets and effects.Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturThe wooden interior is complemented with copper fittings like lighting, switches, handles and faucets. Custom made sockets and lamps were designed to tie the look together. The effect brings a comfortable living atmosphere inside.Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturThe electrical installation consists of copper pipes installed in front of the massive timber walls, so it was not necessary to perforate the walls. All the installations were designed by KÜHNLEIN Architektur, including the lamps, switches and sockets.”Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturAn open-plan living space occupies the northern most wing. It includes a wood-burning stove that rotates, as well as dining table created using offcuts from the build. A little cloak-cabin for work clothes connects the garage, which sits at the front of this block.Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturThree bedrooms are contained within the south-facing volume, as well as bathrooms. The master suite is positioned at the far end, offering views out over the landscape.Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN ArchitekturOriginally published on July 3, 2015.Project gallerySee allShow lessSun Rain Room / Tonkin Liu ArchitectsSelected ProjectsVC House / Dumay ArquitectosSelected Projects Share Save this picture!via KÜHNLEIN Architektur+ 12Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Timber House / KÜHNLEIN Architektur Year:  Houseslast_img read more

Convention to hear about Red Nose success

first_imgConvention to hear about Red Nose success Shivonne Graham, National Fundraising Manager at Comic Relief, which this year broke its previous fundraising record, will be addressing Northern Ireland Institute of Fundraising’s Annual Convention in Belfast.Red Nose Day has raised £78,237,675 so far and has been the most successful campaign to date. Shivonne will be sharing how the recession became her worst fear and greatest friend in the run up to Red Nose Day. Advertisement Tagged with: Comic Relief Institute of Fundraising Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis As National Fundraising Manager at Comic Relief, Shivonne leads the team responsible for driving and supporting fundraising with the general public, schools and youth, customers and employees.Before Comic Relief, Shivonne was Head of Events and Corporate Fundraising at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and Head of Corporate, Community and Events at Shelter.The Annual Convention, sponsored this year by Unity Trust Bank, PT Design & Print and Bruce Tait Associates, is aimed at encouraging, motivating and skilling local fundraisers to face the challenges of today’s difficult economic climate.The Convention will be held on Thursday 25th June 2009 at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast and there are still places available. To book your place, or to request a brochure, please visit www.iofni.org.uk or contact the Convention Office on 07836 231 594.www.iofni.org.ukPhoto: andym8y on Flickr.com.center_img 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. Howard Lake | 22 June 2009 | News  37 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Limerick businesses can no longer rely on UK markets, warns leading…

first_imgBrexit briefing told ‘never waste a crisis’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Product development and new markets driving Enterprise Ireland investment One of Ireland’s leading businessmen, Denis Brosnan, has advised Limerick companies that are reliant on UK markets to start exploring business streams elsewhere.Answering questions for a short video shot at the recent inaugural Limerick Chamber Regional Leaders’ Programme event, Brosnan was in reflective mood as he discussed Brexit and offered advice to local start-ups.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The event was the launch of the Leaders’ Programme in partnership with Dell EMC and University of Limerick.  The programme will see five leadership talks delivered by regional and national business people to 150 participants signed up to the programme.In between the bi-monthly leadership talks, the 150 participants will participate in smaller groups with a mentor, who will be a senior leader from the region who will work with them to develop their leadership skills.Each group will receive a new mentor every two months, ensuring that they are exposed to many different leadership styles drawn for a broad range of sectors. Email Previous articleUHL takes two prizes at national awardsNext articleWin cinema tickets Editor Shannon link to Frankfurt is vital for regional development WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Linkedin Budget 2020, Brexit, and global economic issues discussed at Limerick Chamber event BusinessNewsLimerick businesses can no longer rely on UK markets, warns leading economistBy Editor – March 17, 2017 850 Limerick Post Show | August 23rd 2019 Advertisement Print TAGSBrexitDenis BrosnanLimerick Chamber Regional Leaders’ Programme Brexit contingency measures for airport last_img read more

“Fringe Elements Wearing Masks Of NGOs, Human Rights Organisations And Political Groups Creating Unrest”: Justice Kirubakaran Of Madras HC,Justice Hemalatha Dissents [Read Order]

first_imgTop Stories”Fringe Elements Wearing Masks Of NGOs, Human Rights Organisations And Political Groups Creating Unrest”: Justice Kirubakaran Of Madras HC,Justice Hemalatha Dissents [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay19 Sep 2020 7:12 AMShare This – xWhile hearing the Bail plea of an alleged member of the banned organization called “Tamil Nadu Liberation Army”, Justice N. Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court on Friday (18th September) offered some intense observations against “fundamentalists” and “extremists” acting “against the very integrity of our nation and public welfare.””This kind of fringe elements are stated to be more active…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile hearing the Bail plea of an alleged member of the banned organization called “Tamil Nadu Liberation Army”, Justice N. Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court on Friday (18th September) offered some intense observations against “fundamentalists” and “extremists” acting “against the very integrity of our nation and public welfare.””This kind of fringe elements are stated to be more active in Tamil Nadu and wearing the masks of NGOs, Human Rights Organisations and political groups are trying to create unrest in Tamil Nadu by way of continuous propaganda through media especially social media instigating the people to protest, creating fear psychosis and spreading hatred among the masses. However, it is to be noted that many of the NGOs and Human Rights Organizations are really doing yeomen service to the people.Allegedly, the accused before the Court, was found to be indulged in various acts of violence disturbing the peace and tranquillity in the society in the name of the language, culture and separate country. In the process, he, along with the other members of his organization, caused the destruction of public and private properties apart from endangering the lives of people.After perusing the pamphlet, allegedly prepared by the Appelant/Accused, calling for “Liberation of Tamil Nadu” and “Tamil Language”, Justice Kirubakaran observed,”This kind of fringe elements are stated to be more active in Tamil Nadu and wearing the masks of NGOs, Human Rights Organisations and political groups are trying to create unrest in Tamil Nadu by way of continuous propaganda through media especially social media instigating the people to protest, creating fear psychosis and spreading hatred among the masses. However, it is to be noted that many of the NGOs and Human Rights Organizations are really doing yeomen service to the people” (emphasis supplied)Justice Kirubakaran further said,”When these elements take “Tamil Culture”, “Tamil Race” and “Tamil Language” as weapons for their sinister plans, the Governments should be careful enough to see that no action of the Government would pave way for or strengthen the propaganda made by these elements especially, with regard to emotive language issues. Already political parties are waiting to make use of such positions to arouse linguistic chauvinism to harvest political dividends.” (emphasis supplied)Anti-national Movements on the rise: Justice KirubakaranFurther, Justice Kirubakaran opined that many “antinational movements” have been emerging in India and they are continuously contained by the Governments with the help of the people.Justice Kirubakaran, in an attempt to clarify and elaborate on what he meant by “anti-national movements”, said,”Violence, Destruction, Militancy, Assassinations, chaos, anarchy, mutiny, riots, Creation of conflicts based on religion, race and language, Secession, Separatism are synonymous with anti-national and separatist movements which are active in India to disintegrate our country by soft and violent militancy”He went ahead and even compared such “anti-national movements” with other violent movements namely, ‘Khalistan Movement’, ‘National Liberation Front of Tripura’, ‘Nagaland Liberation’, ‘United Liberation Front of Assam, (ULFA)’ and ‘People Liberation Army of Manipur’.Without placing any caveat, he even said that “our country is facing more danger in the hands of elements within the country rather than enemy countries. Therefore, the Government, as well as the people, should be very cautious about those elements.””Some Organisations…”Justice Kirubakaran made some general remarks about “some organisations” to make a point that these organisations, who claim to fight for the rights of the people, themselves do not have any faith in the system.Justice Kirubakaran was of the view that some of the organizations in the name of fighting for the rights of the people always raise their voice for rights, forgetting about corresponding duties. These people, in effect, they also do not have any faith in the system.Further, he remarked,”They always support separatists, secessionists forces and those who celebrate our enemy countries and criminals in the name of violation of human rights. Sometimes, these groups themselves make anti-national comments making use of “Right to Expression” and “Freedom of Expression”.”The lovers of the neighbouring nation”Justice Kirubakaran, while citing an example, which was unusual in an interesting way, aimed to explain, in brief though, as to “who are the lovers of the neighbouring nation.”He said,”The recent Galwan Valley conflict between India and a neighbouring country exposed people who are lovers of the neighbouring nation, as they openly support the enemy country. The shocking fact is that many such elements cropped up in the media to spread distorted news and exaggerate minor incidents.” (emphasis supplied)He further opined,”They are not giving straight forward NEWS and only disseminate their VIEWS with the name of NEWS to mislead people. These elements are a threat to our nation. The fundamentalists and extremists which are a threat to national integrity and unity have to be nipped in the bud as the propaganda and their acts go against the very integrity of our nation and public welfare.”Our country is a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual and multi religious nation : Justice KirubakaranFurther, he stressed,”Our country is a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual and multireligious nation. Peace and Harmony have to be maintained. For that, Governments should make every citizen feel that his language, culture, religion, race are preserved and protected and not interfered with or suppressed by any action of the Governments. Even an apprehension should not be created in the minds of the people which would be certainly counterproductive”Lastly, Justice Kirubakaran also hinted at what is expected from the Governments. The following points, find place in the opinion of Justice Kirubakaran, as suggestions for the Governments to take note of:-(i) Not to create an impression in the minds of the people that their language is being discriminated or suppressed;(ii) Not to create any apprehension in the minds of the people that only a few chosen languages are given prominence and recognition especially when there are about 22 languages recognized and listed in the VIII Schedule of the Constitution of India which are entitled to equal treatment and protection so that all Indian languages are well-developed and preserved.(iii) To deal with communal elements, religious, extremist forces very firmly.The above suggestions, explained Justice Kirubakaran, are only in the interest of safeguarding the unity and integrity of the nation. There should not be any room for linguistic chauvinists to create any unrest in the name of languages in any part of our country.He also opined that the Governments should effectively deal with anti-national forces with an iron hand which are bent upon creating fear, unrest in the society in the name of “language”, “race”, “religion”, “region” or “ideology” and stall the development and divide the country.Therefore, opined Justice Kirubakaran, the Governments should deal with the above sensitive issues very carefully and cautiously to protect the largest democracy in the world, keep the destructive forces including chauvinistic linguistic forces at bay and to uphold our “Unity in Diversity”.Cautioning the Governments, he also said,”Any action of the Government, which is likely to create apprehension or giv the impression that their language is discriminated or any other language is given prominence, would amount to adding fuel to the mischievous propaganda made by these secessionist forces.”I do not subscribe to the views expressed by Justice Kirubakaran: Justice R. HemalathaWhile accepting that the Appellant shouldn’t be granted bail, Justice R Hemalatha, who was on the Division Bench along with Justice Kirubakaran, did not subscribe to the views expressed by Justice Mr.N.Kirubakaran.While observing that “learning languages is a matter of one’s personal choice”, she said,”I do not subscribe to the views expressed by Hon’ble Justice Mr.N.Kirubakaran with regard to the Tamil Organisations, the languages and the consequent suggestions given to the Government. They are not relevant to the present petition.”Lastly, as mentioned, the Court, while observing that the normal rule of bail not jail would not apply in this case, ruled that it would not be appropriate to grant bail to the appellant (charged with offences under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the Explosives Act and IPC) in the present case, when the trial is almost going to be over. Therefore, the appeal failed and the same was dismissedClick Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Spain-based USS Donald Cook starts US 6th Fleet patrol

first_img View post tag: USS Donald Cook March 14, 2018 The US Navy’s froward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) got underway from Spain, to start a patrol in the US 6th Fleet area of operations.The destroyer’s seventh patrol started on March 12, as the ship and crew departed Naval Station Rota.Donald Cook will be conducting routine operations in the US 6th Fleet and is scheduled to participate in multiple exercises while on patrol.“I am extremely proud of our in-port accomplishments and maintaining operational readiness. We are grateful for the constant support from our maintenance and support teams,” said Donald Cook commanding officer Cmdr. Matthew Powel. “Most importantly, we are thankful for the time we had with our family and friends. Donald Cook is ready to respond to any and all fleet and national tasking.”Donald Cook is one of four destroyers forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, which form a centerpiece of NATO’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) in addition to performing maritime security operations, training exercises and participation in the Standing NATO Maritime Groups. Back to overview,Home naval-today Forward-deployed US destroyer USS Donald Cook starts US 6th Fleet patrol View post tag: US 6th Fleetcenter_img View post tag: US Navy Forward-deployed US destroyer USS Donald Cook starts US 6th Fleet patrol Share this articlelast_img read more

Regent’s Park student dies

first_imgA fresher at Regent’s Park College passed away this week.Antonia Bruch had contracted meningitis and died on Tuesday.Dr Robert Ellis, Principal of Regent’s Park College, said, “The college was deeply saddened by the death of Antonia Bruch, a first-year undergraduate at Regent’s Park College, from bacterial meningitis.”He went on, “Antonia was a student of theology and, although she had only been at Regent’s Park for a short time, she was a popular and valued member of the college. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.”The college is receiving advice from local public health authorities. All students and staff have received advice and information about symptoms to look out for, and the college is keeping students informed.The college and the University Counselling Service are offering additional support to students at Regent’s Park College.There are approximately two thousand cases of bacterial meningitis in the UK every year.Symptoms include headaches, fever, rash, vomiting, neck stiffness, joint pains and drowsiness.Bacterial meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency.last_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” MAY 11, 2020

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? IS IT TRUE if people continue to conduct their personal business as they did in the past they could catch this deadly virus and could conceivably become very sick or even die?IS IT TRUE that “Government can’t do for people what they should do for themselves”?  …please wear a mask, put on gloves, stay in as much as possible, and practice safe distancing? IS IT TRUE that a total of 1,379 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, an increase of 17 over the previous day?  …that another 129 probable deaths have been reported based on clinical diagnoses in patients for whom no positive test is on record? … that death is reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days?IS IT TRUE that ISHD reported that only 3,851 people living in Vanderburgh County have been tested for the COVID–19?  …that 185 people have tested positive for the COVID -19 virus and only 2 people have died?  …about 182,000 people live in Vanderburgh County? IS IT TRUE the reality of coronavirus is that it will reach every location in the nation that has airports and interstate travel?…that Vanderburgh, Warrick and Posey County, Indiana are no exception to this rule? …at this point, scientific evidence points to more cases will continue to spread more broadly? Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site. IS IT TRUE according to the ISDH officials only 140,029 Hoosiers out of 6.7 million people living in Indiana have been tested for the COVID-19 virus?  …one could only surmise what the results would be if the majority of the remaining 6.7 million Hoosier were tested for the COVID -19 virus? IS IT TRUE that the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) announced yesterday that 402 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private laboratories?  …this brings to 24,126 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total? We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.center_img Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. IS IT TRUE we shouldn’t let the Coronavius pandemic manage us but its time we start managing it? ….behavioral risk mitigation strategies are the best option for slowing the spread of this disease?  …we give our full support and best wishes to the “Evansville Re-Open Task Force” and hope that they will succeed?IS IT TRUE to date, a disappointing 140,029 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 135,686 on Saturday? …this figure amounts to about 2% of the total population of Indiana? …so far an astounding 18% of the Hoosiers tested positive with the COVID-19 virus? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE that mere 895 people living in Warrick County took the test for the COVI(D -19 virus and 123 tested positive?  …as of yesterday, 20 people have died so far in Warrick County? …that 68,000 people live in Warrick County?IS IT TRUE in Posey County only 212 people were tested for the COVI(D -19 virus?  …15 people tested positive?…so far that no death has been reported in Posey County?  …that around 26,000 live in Posey County? IS IT TRUE a widely cited scientific model is predicting that Indiana reopening is projected to increase COVID -19 virus deaths by 543%?  …we hope and pray that this prediction will prove to have very little has no scientific or mathematical value? IS IT TRUE one of the reasons why Coranvius is considered to be deadly is because currently there are no known Vaccines to protect us against It?IS IT TRUE that 14,000 people have volunteered to be infected with coronavirus?  …they want to be part of a “human challenge trial,” of an ethically controversial vaccine test that infects people with a virus that doesn’t yet have a cure?  ….if selected these volunteers will be part of a “human challenge trial by using a method of vaccine testing that would deliberately infect people with the coronavirus as a means of accelerating development?…we consider these Voleneeters to be true American “HEROS”?IS IT TRUE a proposed contractual agreement was listed on the Public Works Board agenda and was ratified by the Board?  …this contractural agreement was between Lawman Security Consulting of Evansville and the City of Evansville (DMD)?  …this agreement gave Lawman Security Consulting the authority to provide security at Sartor Retreat House that is currently housing homeless persons needing to isolate due to the COVID-19 epidemic?  …this contract states that Lawman Security Consulting would receive $30,000.00 a month for services rendered? …we are extremely puzzled why hasn’t this legal and binding contract been consummated by the Evansville DMD with Lawman Security Consulting?IS IT TRUE that Abraham Lincoln once said: “Let the people know the truth and the people will be safe”?IS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny!  When the Government fears the people we have Liberty?IS IT TRUE our “READERS POLLS” are non-scientific but trendy?Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Which state do you feel that has been more forthcoming about the current status of the deadly COVID-19 virus?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE FILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, “READERS POLL”, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS”, EDUCATION, OBITUARIES and “LOCAL SPORTS”.You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]last_img read more

Speech: Race to change the face of the diplomatic civil service

first_imgIn the mid-1960s, three high-performing civil servants from a BAME background were denied entry into the Diplomatic Service because they weren’t trusted to be loyal to the country. Seventy years ago, we suspect that the only way people like our grandparents or great grandparents would have been allowed into the Foreign Office would have been to serve tea to British diplomats.We have come a long way since then – the FCO is now more diverse than it has ever been with more BAME ambassadors and one of the highest rates of BAME graduate new entrants across Whitehall. We can reflect on the progress led by pioneers like Noel Jones, who would go on to become Britain’s first ever BAME ambassador when he was posted to Kazakhstan in 1993; and Robin Chatterjie, who was the first BAME entrant into the diplomatic service fast stream (graduate entry). There were also enlightened politicians and civil servants who were prepared to challenge convention.And of course, it is also down to the extraordinary resilience shown by our parents’ generation settling in the UK as Commonwealth citizens in the 1960s and 1970s and the changes they helped to introduce in wider British society. Overcoming significant hurdles including significant racism, they worked all hours, often for little money, to ensure that their children and grandchildren had the best access to opportunities.Yet, as the note concludes, we have a long way to go. The new BAME entrants appear to be predominantly from a south Asian background. We are still struggling to attract black candidates. Too many of our BAME staff are stuck in the most junior grades. And even when you think you have finally made it, there are still people who think you have only got to where you are because of the colour of your skin.This has to change. It matters to us that we act as agents of this change. When the three of us joined the FCO in the 2000s, we felt like fish out of water. Our extended families wondered whether it was even allowed for non-white, second-generation immigrants to be British diplomats. And in the FCO, we were acutely aware of being watched by the granite statues of former diplomats who had governed our forefathers in the colonies.It is true that each of us has experienced some form of racial discrimination in our careers, whether that’s being refused entry into an event (because they had assumed we were drivers), being stopped more frequently at airports or military checkpoints, or simply being ignored in favour of white colleagues. However, our diversity has enabled us to develop deep relationships and build influential networks, often challenging and breaking down tired stereotypes of the quintessential British diplomat. Since we joined, we have had incredibly rewarding careers which have given us unique experiences. We feel proud and privileged to work for the FCO, to represent the UK overseas, and to play a role in keeping the UK safe, secure and prosperous. Sir Simon McDonald, the FCO’s permanent under-secretary recently said that it was “essential we make further progress to ensure our modern diplomatic service reflects the best of the diversity of the UK”. We couldn’t agree more.Our country needs to attract the best talent from all backgrounds in society to fulfil this responsibility. This also means that we embrace and ensure that we make the most of our uniqueness and our heritage links – to be who we are.Diversity is a huge strength for our country. Two of us come from the West Midlands, not all of us went to Oxbridge, our heritage links span three continents, we went to state and non-state schools, and speak several languages. From Baghdad to Dhaka to Kuala Lumpur, we have taken our diversity with us wherever we have been posted. For those reading this article, we would encourage you to read the history note. And if you feel, like us, that you could be a part of a bold and diverse diplomatic service, look at potential careers in the FCO and help us make history, like our parents and grandparents who didn’t accept the status quo.We owe this to our current and future generations of British diplomats, and to the country that we represent. We hope that a future version of this note will say that the FCO recruits the very best from society irrespective of background, and that the diplomatic service at all levels now reflects modern Britain. This is not just because it’s morally right to have a diverse diplomatic service, but because our diplomacy needs it. a person of un-English appearance or speech might be unsuitable for a situation in which he would act as a representative of the United Kingdom to foreigners. On a cold autumn afternoon last month, nearly 200 British civil servants and diplomats packed into the Locarno Room at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to mark a historic moment. For the first time in such detail, the history of black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) staff in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – our history – was published and discussed.The note, Black Skin, Whitehall: Race and the Foreign Office, 1945 to 2018, written by FCO historian James Southern tells the story of BAME officers in the context of decades of debate in the UK on the legacy of the Empire, immigration and integration of minority communities. It was an emotional moment for us all.The historical parts of the note make for deeply uncomfortable reading. In the early 1950s, successive Civil Service commissioners argued that,last_img read more

VIDEO: Alford on legal reform and the future of China

first_imgHarvard Law School Professor William Alford ’77 was a participant and panelist at major events on the political and legal future of China, held recently at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Fairbank Center at Harvard.On Nov. 28, Alford spoke on a panel titled “Rule of Law in China: Prospects and Challenges” at the Brookings Institution along with Jerome Cohen, professor at New York University School of Law, and Paul Gewirtz, professor at Yale Law School. Jon Huntsman, former U.S. ambassador to China, moderated.Watch video of the panel on C-SPAN.orgIn October, Alford participated on a panel titled “What’s Next for China?” at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga., along with Joseph Fewsmith, professor of international relations and political science at Boston University, and Yawei Lui, Carter Center vice president for peace programs. And on Nov. 30, Alford delivered a talk titled “How Law Doesn’t and Does Matter” at a major international conference, Chinese Politics Past and Present: The 18th Party Congress, held to mark the retirement of Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy Williams Professor of History and Government at Harvard.Read more about the panels and view footage on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

Imagining impact, and believing in it

first_img“There has to be a better way to do this.”From common roots — intellectual curiosity and the desire to make life just a little bit easier — 64 ideas blossomed this year in the Harvard College Innovation (I3) Challenge.Pursuing innovation not for its own sake alone, but out of a conviction that problems can be solved, students wrought lasting impacts, typically inspired by some challenging life experience.For Majahonkhe Shabangu ’14, a biomedical engineering student from Swaziland, it was something deeply personal: a relative who was living with HIV had stopped taking an essential medication. That’s all too common in patients taking a drug whose side effects can feel worse than the disease itself. But defaulting on a medication can lead to drug resistance, and it can allow HIV to advance or even kill — as it did Shabangu’s relative.During summer internships at a health clinic in South Africa, Shabangu and Nathan Georgette ’13 worked to help patients keep up with their medications. They made personal phone calls to support those who seemed most at risk of default, but they also spent hours sifting through paperwork to keep up with everyone’s treatment. There had to be a better way, they thought.Shabangu, Georgette, and collaborators Dario Sava ’13 and Roy Zhang ’13, won the $5,000 Senior Social Start-up Prize this year for Sawubona, a software program that automates clinical record-keeping, sends text messages to remind patients to take their medication, and identifies a “high risk” group of people who might need that extra phone call.Last summer, the group tested a prototype of Sawubona (the name is a Zulu greeting), analyzed the results, and quickly realized the impact they could make.“If we implemented this program [in one clinic] over 10 years,” says Zhang, an applied mathematics concentrator, “we could actually prevent 300 people from contracting HIV.”“There are over 2,000 clinics in the entire country, so you can imagine scaling this to cover South Africa, and out beyond the country [it could] have a huge impact in cost savings and the HIV incidence rate,” adds Sava, who studies engineering sciences.“Imagine, invent, and impact” — that’s the motto of the I3 Challenge, as it’s known on campus. Run by the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), and based at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the program involves more than just a competition. Over six years, I3 has grown into an independent study course (ES 95r), a mentorship program, a series of workshops, and a rigorous training program in idea development, pitching, legal issues, marketing, and technology research and design. Many of the projects grow out of assignments for courses such as CS 50 (Intro to Computer Programming I), Soc 159 (Social Entrepreneurship), or ES 139 (Innovation in Science and Engineering).Of the 64 teams participating in the challenge this year, 20 were selected as semifinalists, and six were announced as prizewinners on March 4 at the student start-up showcase and reception at the Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. Two additional teams were given second-place grants.The program was especially beneficial to Olenka Polak ’15 and her older brother Adam, whose personal experiences revealed a problem in the film industry and an innovative solution, but not an obvious path to market.“I grew up in a Polish-speaking house with parents who spoke little to no English, and they never came to movies with us,” recalls Polak, who is studying economics at Harvard. “We thought they didn’t like us,” she jokes, “but in fact it’s because they didn’t understand the language spoken on screen.”MyLINGO, the proposed solution, is a phone-based app that offers moviegoers a selection of audio files in various languages. What’s really new in myLINGO is a technique called “audio fingerprinting,” which automatically keeps the sound in synchrony with what’s happening onscreen. Arrive late to the theater, and the dialogue picks up at the right place, in any language.Through I3, Polak and her brother were able to find a mentor (electrical engineer Dan Ellis at Columbia University — “the exact guy” they needed, Polak says), find collaborators at the Graduate School of Design, identify the right studio contacts, and walk through the so-called “user funnel,” the route by which a potential user learns about the app, commits to it, and then accesses the audio files.Their project won the McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Commercial Enterprise, a $10,000 award.“The great thing is that we can actually launch a movie with that sum of money because of how much we’ve already done,” Polak says. “We could go to market without even raising capital.”Common to every successful I3 project is the desire to create and share something good.Project Lede, a $10,000 McKinley Family prize winner in the social category, wants to bring journalism workshops and newspaper starter kits to middle schools. “It’s such an awkward and vulnerable time,” says social studies concentrator Jacqueline Schechter ’15, who developed the project with a friend from her hometown. “We realized we could take our newspaper experience and scale it down to the middle school level to help engage and empower kids.”OpportunitySpace, developed by masters students at the Harvard Kennedy School, aims to facilitate the most cost-effective use of government properties — land and buildings — to advance policy goals.“Our students don’t sit back,” says Paul Bottino, executive director of TECH. “When they see a need in health care, in government, or in everyday life, they also see tremendous innovative solutions. But more importantly, they believe in their own ability to make change. These awards are meant to celebrate that and to help push their ideas to the next level of development. The drive to bring them to fruition after I3 continues, and so does our support.”Dario Sava ’13 (left) and Roy Zhang ’13 helped create Sawubona, a software program that enables health clinics to stay in touch with HIV patients who are at risk of stopping their medications.The winners are as follows:McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Commercial Enterprise$10,000 awarded to: myLINGOOlenka Polak ’15 (Economics)Adam Polak (Johns Hopkins ’12)$5,000 second place awarded to: Theratech (video here)Nikhil Mehandru ’15 (Engineering Sciences)Aaron Perez ’15 (Mechanical Engineering)Alydaar Rangwala ’15 (Applied Math)Brandon Sim ’15 (Physics)McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Social Enterprise$10,000 awarded to: Project Lede (video here)Jacqueline Schechter ’15 (Social Studies)Elizabeth Quartararo (University of Delaware)Public Sector Innovation Award, presented by Accenture$10,000 awarded to: OpportunitySpace (video here)Cristina Garmendia, M.P.P. ’13Alexander Kapur, M.P.P. ’13Andrew Kieve$1,000 second place awarded to: textMEdVishal Arora ’14 (Economics)Tracy Lu ’14 (Computer Science)Divya Seth ’14 (Neurobiology)Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard: Senior Start-up Prize$5,000 awarded to: Get It TogetherAndrés de la Llera ’13 (Engineering Sciences)Phillip Galebach ’13 (Government)Nevin Raj ’13 (Applied Mathematics)Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard: Senior Social Start-up Prize$5,000 awarded to: Sawubona (video here)Nathan Georgette ’13 (Applied Mathematics)Dario Sava ’13 (Engineering Sciences)Majahonkhe Shabangu ’14 (Biomedical Engineering)Roy Zhang ’13 (Applied Mathematics)Harvard Student Agencies PrizeAwarded to Butucu (video here)Neel Patel ’16 (Computer Science)James Ruben ’16 (Economics and Computer Science)Nithin Tumma ’16 (Computer Science and Mathematics)About I3The Harvard College Innovation Challenge is known on campus as I3, for “invent, imagine, impact.” Students compete for project grants and incubator space to help them realize their innovative visions. It is a yearlong program that cultivates, coaches, and showcases Harvard’s rapidly growing group of student entrepreneurs.Now in its sixth year, I3 has provided more than $600,000 worth of grants, incubator space, and professional services to students pursuing commercial and social start-ups on campus, online, and internationally.The students compete to win summer funding and space by submitting proposals and presenting their ideas to expert panels. The McKinley Family grants are awarded only to underclassmen; the TECH Prize is given to the best senior project.I3 relies on the support of several sponsors, including: The McKinley Family, The Lumry Family Endowment for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Accenture, WilmerHale, and The Coop.last_img read more