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Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Dover, New Hampshire] Few items hitch a ride with the Rev. Mark Pendleton through the entrance of the Strafford County Department of Corrections every Monday morning. More important are the words of hope and the friendly smile he transports to the dozens of immigrants locked away inside the jail.“My task is to show a human face, that they’re not a number, they’re a person,” said Pendleton, one of about 10 volunteers with the New Hampshire Immigrant Visitation Program. “We try to be the face of Christ to them in a very tough moment.”After leaving cellphone and wallet in his pickup truck and handing his driver’s license to the desk officer, Pendleton passes through the metal detector. On the other side he collects his keys, a Spanish-language Bible and an accordion folder filled with paperwork detailing past detainee visits and photocopies of legal pamphlets that may help some of the immigrants win release or halt deportation.At a time of deep divisions in American society, when political battles are waged on battlefields far removed from the people affected by federal immigration policies, Pendleton and the visitation team bring no partisan motive to the Dover jail. Their presence promotes no agenda other than a pragmatic compassion rooted in their Christian faith.“The Christian message is a rather redundant message of love and forgiveness,” Pendleton said.The visitors’ assistance is welcomed by supervisors at the Strafford County jail in Dover, one of more than 200 prisons and jails across the country to hold detainees for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, part of the Department of Homeland Security. As the only such facility in New Hampshire, the Dover jail’s immigrant detainee population has increased dramatically in recent years, starting during the Obama administration, when the average daily number of immigrant detainees jumped from 30 in 2015 to 80 in 2016, according to a Concord Monitor report.Episcopalians interested in joining visitation programs or starting their own can find contacts and resources online from Freedom for Immigrants, a California-based nonprofit that tracks and supports such programs.This year, under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigration, the 495-bed jail has averaged more than 100 people targeted for federal immigration enforcement. Some are awaiting trial or serving sentences in unrelated criminal cases, but many of the immigrants are being held for no other reason than ICE suspects they are not in the country legally. They may only spend a brief time at the jail before ICE determines their next steps and moves them elsewhere, typically without revealing those moves to jail officials or the visitation team.Episcopal News Service was granted access to the jail’s inmate housing units and meeting rooms to report on the work of the New Hampshire Immigrant Visitation Program, as well as Pendleton’s pastoral care for detainees who request it. ENS, escorted by a jail superintendent, spent much of the morning Nov. 5 shadowing Pendleton and four other volunteers to capture the substance of their interactions with immigrant detainees.To minimize the risk that these normally one-on-one conversations would be hindered by the additional presence of a reporter and jail supervisor, ENS refrained from asking questions of the detainees themselves. ENS also agreed to requests from the jail and the visitation team not to quote detainees directly or by name. The outlines of their stories, however, offer examples of what the visitation team members say are typical scenarios facing the detainees, some of whom are clinging to hope against long odds.The volunteers provide the detainees with general information and guidance about aspects of the immigration system, from applying for asylum to voluntarily leaving the country, though the team is necessarily clear about not being able to provide legal advice. They aren’t attorneys.“A lot of what we’re doing is just listening to people,” said Nancy Pape, one of the lead volunteers. “Just being heard is great for everybody.”Pape created the visitation program about six years ago with Maggie Fogarty, a New Hampshire official with the Quaker organization American Friends Service Committee. Pendleton, rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Exeter, joined the team two years ago, drawn partly by the prospect of putting his knowledge of Spanish to use. Though not officially a faith-based ministry, volunteers often bring a Christian perspective to the work.This Monday, they were joined by two other volunteers, Judith Cole and Sally Fleming. The group signed in around 8:20 a.m. and made its way through a pair of secure doors. Each opened and closed with a mechanical “CHACK-buzz-CHACK” facilitated by some invisible Oz on the other end of the intercom buttons.Down a flight of stairs, through more imposing doors, Jake Collins, the jail’s assistant superintendent for programs, led the way through a maze of halls that he said was designed to maintain an element of mystery. If an inmate somehow were to escape through one of the doors, the next step toward freedom wouldn’t be obvious.Helpful information and a chance to be heardThe detainees are not required to meet with the visitation team. As the volunteers move among housing pods, jail officers make announcements to the units to invite immigrants to come forward if they’d like the assistance. The number of detainees who accept the invitations varies week to week, sometimes depending on how active ICE has been in making arrests over the weekend.Immigrant detainees are most likely to be in their late 20s or early 30s, and 70 percent are jailed on immigration violations for a month or less, according to national statistics kept by Freedom for Immigrants, a California-based nonprofit aimed at ending immigrant detention. Mexico is the detainees’ most common home country, followed by El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, three countries facing high rates of forced displacement by violence.The Dover jail mirrors those trends. Certain Spanish words ring with regularity in the conversations between the detainees and the visitation team.Asking a detainee’s “país,” or country, is one of Pendleton’s icebreaker questions. He received his call to ordained ministry while in Colombia and has been to many of the immigrants’ home countries, allowing him to establish a rudimentary rapport with them in the jail. He and the other volunteers also ask how the detainees entered the United States, and whether they re-entered after a previous deportation, which can complicate the detainees’ efforts to remain in this country.“Familia” is another important detail. Having family members nearby can make a big difference, Pendleton said, as can an “abogado.”“Tienes un abogado?” Do you have an attorney?Without one, a detainee’s long odds become even longer, and there are few lawyers willing to take on immigration cases pro bono unless they see a reasonable chance for success, Pendleton said.The Rev. Mark Pendleton, rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Exeter, New Hampshire, has visited immigrants at the jail in Dover for the past two years. “We try to the be the face of Christ to them in a very tough moment,” he said. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceAfter navigating the hallways and ending up deep inside the facility, the visitation team’s first stop was Housing Pod 1, or HP1 in the jail’s shorthand. Inmates here are assigned to one of several units arranged in an octagon around a raised guard station, from which officers can monitor the inmates’ activity.Units A and B are for female inmates. Unit D is maximum security, for disciplinary cases. Unit E is for inmates with special management needs, such as physical disabilities or court orders that prohibit contact with codefendants. Unit F is intake, for newly arrived inmates as they are evaluated for housing assignments.Unit C is divided in half, and on one side of a cinderblock dividing wall are the non-criminal ICE detainees, the only inmates who wear jail-issued maroon. Strafford County does little else to differentiate them from the general jail population. Like all inmates housed in Dover, “we try to treat them as fairly and humanely as possible,” Collins said.Assistant Superintendent Jake CollinsOn this day, Collins estimated Unit C held about 50 detainees in maroon clothes. As he spoke, he buzzed one man back into the unit to retrieve paperwork.The visitation team began setting up in a sparse meeting room, its off-white walls rising from a trapezoidal floor plan. Fluorescent bulbs radiated light down to the tile floor. Reinforced windows afforded views out to an equally sparse hallway and to an adjoining conference room. In the middle of the room, folding tables were arranged into a square.On one side of the square, Pendleton was speaking in Spanish with an immigrant about his case. Another man was with Fogarty researching an asylum application.Cole, with Pape translating, worked with a third man, who said he was from Nashua, New Hampshire, and wanted to apply for release on bond. Winning release doesn’t guarantee a win on the underlying immigration matter, but mounting a defense is more productive on the outside, in addition to being more comfortable.Immigrants in some cases ask to leave the United States immediately and voluntarily rather than sit in jail indefinitely, Pendleton said.ICE pays $83 a day to Strafford County for each federal detainee held in the Dover jail, and in 2017 those payments totaled nearly $2.8 million, according to the Concord Monitor. The jail, which first began housing ICE detainees in 2009, must pass rigorous federal inspections that check the facility on more than 600 standards, from the temperature of its dishwashers to the labels on its cleaning spray bottles.ICE also must OK the visitation program and its schedule before the volunteers, who receive agency-approved training, are allowed to meet with the detainees. The jail has worked to accommodate the team’s interest in serving these inmates.“If somebody can find something and help these guys out with their case, we encourage it,” Collins said.The Strafford County jail in Dover, New Hampshire, is one of more than 200 prisons and jails in the United States that hold federal immigration detainees and the one such facility in the state. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceBehind bars, dozens face uphill immigration battlesAs the group wrapped up its visits with Unit C detainees, Pape moved to a different housing pod to offer assistance to immigrants being held in Unit G, where 72 inmates are monitored by a jail officer stationed behind a desk on the unit’s floor. Instead of maroon, these inmates wear brown to indicate they have active criminal cases pending.The unit is considered high-medium security. Inmates here have a range of amenities, including TVs, laundry facilities, showers and a simple workout area. The jail no longer accepts physical mail addressed to inmates, for security reasons, but each is assigned a durable tablet for receiving email.Pape set up in a meeting room not much different from the first – this time a rectangular floor plan, but the same off-white walls, overhead fluorescent lights, reinforced windows, tile floor. She put her files on a folding table and began talking with an immigrant in a brown jail shirt. He wanted help with paperwork for a child custody case, and handing Pape his jail-issued tablet, he showed her a picture of his girlfriend and their son, who also live in New Hampshire.He has another child in the United States, which is why he re-entered after being deported several times to his native Honduras, Pape said. Because of the re-entries, he was charged with an aggravated felony.“For the general public, you’re thinking something really dangerous, and this is just a case of him wanting to return to his children,” Pape said.Over in Unit H, a mirror image of Unit G, Pendleton asked the jail officer to let the inmates know he was there. She leaned into the intercom: “Gentlemen, we have representatives from immigration here if you’re interested.”Not exactly. “We’re not ICE. We’re volunteers,” he clarified. In the meeting room with the inmates he repeated the clarification in Spanish. “Somos voluntarios. Non somos el gobierno.”Initially he was joined by three men, who said they were from Somalia, Guatemala and El Salvador. A fourth entered behind them.“De qué país?” The late arrival said he was from Mexico.Pendleton first met with the man from Somalia, who had injured his legs in the jail and was seated in a wheelchair. He told Pendleton he had hoped to join a group of other Somali detainees who were sent back to their home country earlier in the year, and he wasn’t sure why federal officials left him behind in Dover.Pendleton said the visitation team would look into it. “You’ll be here next week, chances are, so I’ll update the team,” he said.Next, the man from El Salvador explained his situation, saying in Spanish that he had entered the United States in 2012 after a previous deportation.“Abogado?” Pendleton asked. No, the man said, but his wife and daughter live nearby.After asking the man how he felt about his case, Pendleton acknowledged it was “un poco complicado,” a little complicated, because of the re-entry. Pendleton took notes so the team could follow up next week.New Hampshire may seem a surprising locale for such conversations, with much of the national focus turned to immigration enforcement along the United States’ southern border. Texas, California and Arizona are the states with the largest numbers of immigrant detainees, each state averaging thousands each day, according to Freedom for Immigrants, which maintains a national network of affiliated visitation programs at 55 prisons and jails like the one in Dover.An estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the United States as of 2014, but only 10,000 were in New Hampshire, according to Pew Research Center, out of a statewide population of 1.3 million. Yet New England has become a regional flashpoint in the immigration debate. Immigrants here, legally or not, typically have moved north into the region in search of work or to join family, or they have crossed the border south from Canada, Pendleton said.About 40 people gather Nov. 6 outside the Norris Cotton Federal Building in Manchester, New Hampshire, for one of the ecumenical prayer vigils held in support of immigrants checking in with federal officials. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceSeveral faith-based groups, including the New Hampshire Council of Churches, have held regular vigils outside the federal building in Manchester because immigrants have been told to show up there with increased frequency for ICE check-ins. Some arrive fearing they will be told on the spot to buy an airline ticket to their native country and leave any family members behind, Fogarty said.The groups also organized a Solidarity Walk for Immigrant Justice in August, walking the 40 miles from Manchester to the jail in Dover over four days to raise awareness of the immigrants’ plight and to show support for them and their families.Immigrants, including those facing deportation, also have the support of the Episcopal Church, which in July passed multiple resolutions on immigration issues at its 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas.Messages of hope in times of despairAbout 40 people joined the prayer vigil Nov. 6 outside the Norris Cotton Federal Building in Manchester on a drizzly, overcast Election Day morning. Some participants ministered to the immigrants who arrived for their check-ins throughout the morning, while the rest of group joined a Jericho walk, seven times around the building in silence.“I know that no matter which party is in power, we have lots of creative work to be done,” the Rev. Gayle Murphy, a United Church of Christ pastor, told the participants before the walk.A day earlier, in the Dover jail, Pendleton explained how “difícil,” or difficult, some cases are that he reviews.“Some of these folks are just headed for deportation,” he told ENS. Sometimes, all they have left is hope.Esperanza.When it was the Mexican man’s turn, Pendleton asked his hometown and learned the man was from Vera Cruz. “Mucho calor” – very hot – Pendleton said, trying to break the ice.The young man smiled through a light beard, but his smile didn’t last long. He told Pendleton that he had been living in Danbury, Connecticut, with his family when he was arrested on a traffic violation. That traffic stop revealed he had re-entered the U.S. after a previous deportation.“Es difícil,” Pendleton told the man, whose mouth pinched slightly and face flushed with apparent anguish as the priest identified potential hurdles ahead. “No es imposible.”Not impossible to fight deportation, no, but Pendleton offered the man a photocopy labeled “Voluntary Departure Guide” in case he wanted to take that route instead.“No pierdas esperanza,” he said finally. Don’t lose hope.Pendleton’s last task of the morning was to meet with immigrants who had requested pastoral visits from him. For this, he slipped his white clergy collar into the neck of his black shirt and gave Collins a sticky note with the names.Collins said he would bring one of the inmates on Pendleton’s list into Interview Room S-1, but “the other guy went out this morning,” he said, referring to another inmate on the list who had been taken from the jail by ICE.S-1 was even smaller than the other meeting rooms, about 8-feet squared. Off-white walls. Overhead fluorescents. Reinforced windows. Laminate wood floor.Pendleton placed his Bible on the room’s folding table and took from his folder sheets of paper containing excerpted Bible passages in English and Spanish. Collins brought in an inmate who said he originally was from Costa Rica, and as the man sat down across from Pendleton the conversation alternated between languages.“Your English is good,” Pendleton complimented.The Costa Rican man has lived in the United States for 18 years, and, despite losing his right forefinger in a childhood injury, had been able to find work on a dairy farm in Vermont. He and his wife, who is from Argentina, have three teenage children, all born here. They are churchgoers, he said, and although he wasn’t sure the denomination, Pendleton guessed Episcopal by the man’s description of the church – kind of like a Catholic church, but with a female pastor.The man had been in the jail for a month and wore a green shirt, which Collins had said earlier indicates an inmate serving a criminal sentence, though the man’s crime wasn’t clear. Pendleton remarked that the man seemed upbeat and cheerful despite his difficult circumstances.“Tú lees la Biblia?” Do you read the Bible? The man said he did, and the two of them took turns reading out loud the Spanish passages on Pendleton’s sheets: Isaías 41:10, Salmos 145 and 2 Corintios 4.“Nos derriban, pero no nos destruyen,” St. Paul says in his second letter to the Corinthians.Struck down, not destroyed.“Es la verdad, no?” Pendleton asked. The man agreed, very true.They concluded the pastoral visit by reading the Prayer of St. Francis and the Lord’s Prayer together in Spanish. Their words were still ringing in the air as Pendleton shook the man’s hand and returned him to Collins in the hall.Donde hay ofensa, dar perdón;Donde hay duda, fe;Donde hay desesperación, esperanza.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Photo: Victoria Ix/Diocese of Western Massachusetts[Episcopal News Service] Shareholder advocacy is nothing new for the Episcopal Church. With an investment portfolio worth about $400 million, the church has long used some of those investments to influence companies based on Christian principles and General Convention resolutions that set church policies and priorities.What’s new is one of the investment tactics the church plans to implement in the new year to address gun violence.General Convention passed a resolution in July that calls on Executive Council’s Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility to research investing in gun manufacturers to give the church a new voice in how those companies do business. The goal: “to minimize lethal and criminal uses of their products.”“We’ve never purposely gone out and bought [shares in] what we’d consider a bad actor in order to press the company to change behavior,” said Brian Grieves, the outgoing chair of the committee, which oversees the church’s shareholder advocacy.The resolution, B007, was proposed by Western Massachusetts Bishop Douglas Fisher, a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, who will take over for Grieves as committee chair in January. Fisher’s diocese is home to the headquarters of Smith & Wesson in Springfield, and in March he participated in a rally outside the gun manufacturer led by high school students in the wake of a deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.Fisher acknowledged a “sense of frustration” among anti-gun violence advocates in response to Congress’ inaction. “The federal government is doing nothing about the public health crisis of gun violence,” he said. “So where can the church engage this big issue?”Shareholder advocacy already has produced results on the issue, such as the decision by Dick’s Sporting Goods in February to stop selling assault rifles at its Field & Stream stores and to stop selling any guns to customers under 21. The Episcopal Church, as a shareholder, was involved in the effort to pressure the chain based on the Sandy Hook Principles, named after the school in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 students and six educators were gunned down six years ago, on Dec. 14, 2012.The Dick’s shareholder effort was aided by a coalition called Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, or ICCR, an organization to which the Episcopal Church belongs that helps religious organizations pool their shareholder power. The group has recently worked with other of its members to do what General Convention urged: buy stock in a gun manufacturing company to influence corporate behavior. Eleven Roman Catholic organizations invested in Sturm, Ruger & Co. and in May were able to pass a shareholder resolution requiring the company to produce a report documenting how it is mitigating the harmful effects of its products.Fisher said the Episcopal Church intends to take its cue from ICCR and base its advocacy with gun manufacturers on principles developed by an anti-gun violence campaign called Do Not Stand Idly By.Such efforts aren’t opposed to gun ownership or the Second Amendment, Fisher said. “We’re really taking the approach of, why can’t gun companies act like car companies? Car companies are already trying to make their cars safer. … That’s good business practice. Why can’t gun companies go down the same path?”That’s a worthwhile case to make to those companies, said the Rev. Rosalind Hughes, a Cleveland-area priest who has been vocal and active in the fight against gun violence, but she isn’t sure investments are the best way to make that case.“My personal feeling is that I would prefer that we were not investing in the manufacture of guns in the first place,” said Hughes, rector at Church of the Epiphany in Euclid, Ohio. She favors greater lobbying efforts to pass stricter background checks, an end to gun-show loopholes and other reform measures. Bishops United Against Gun Violence has backed such measures as well.“The fact that we’re talking about this on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting doesn’t escape my notice,” Hughes told Episcopal News Service. “And the idea that the best that we can do is to invest in the manufacture of more guns in order to influence the landscape of guns in this country, that doesn’t sit well with me.”Grieves, who will remain on the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility after stepping down as chair, describes actively investing in such companies as just one of the alternatives available to the church as it pursues a range of policy goals.“One size does not fit all,” he said. “It’s a strategic decision, and we’re going to have to look at how we arrive at those particular positions.”Even if this approach gets results on gun safety, it may not be the best approach for some of the church’s other priorities, which include climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, indigenous people’s rights, corporate board diversity and an end to human trafficking.The church already owns shares in Caterpillar and Motorola, for example, and for years has been pressing those two companies to address human rights concerns related to their contracts with Israel in the occupied territories.“The purpose is to engage in dialogue and try to get the company to move toward making a change in its behavior,” Grieves said.General Convention, however, stopped short of approving a blanket divestment in Israel, which some critics of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories have called for. Instead, bishops and deputies passed a resolution that calls on Executive Council to establish a “human rights screen” to determine the criteria that would justify divesting from specific companies based on their track records on human rights.The church also maintains so-called no-buy lists against investing in tobacco companies, for-profit prison companies and companies that earn more than a specific percentage of their business as military contractors.Fisher noted that affirmative investing is another approach the Episcopal Church takes, such as its support for companies doing good work in the Palestinian territories. The Bank of Palestine is one example.On climate change, the church seeks out investments aligned with its interest in caring for God’s creation. In 2015, Fisher’s diocese took the additional step of divesting from companies that profit from fossil fuels.It’s one thing to divest from oil in order to invest in alternative fuels, Fisher said, but that approach doesn’t work well in addressing gun violence. “What would you invest in that would impact the public health crisis of gun violence?”By investing in gun manufacturers, then, the church and its partners may be able to persuade those companies to take steps that will reduce the number of gun deaths. One example would be to adopt technology like fingerprint recognition, familiar to any iPhone user, that would lock guns for everyone except the owner.“Even if you don’t get shareholder resolutions passed, if you stay with it long enough … people start to take notice,” Fisher said. “It’s not something that gets ignored. It gets addressed.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Reconstruction Of The Tower At Sint-Amandscollege / SAMYN and PARTNERS City:KortrijkCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0WoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The importance of the vertical development of cities. The vertical development of cities is one of the foundations of future urbanism for the sake of preserving the natural and agricultural territories. The verticality is the result of common sense but the livability of vertical housing remains, as its architecture, to be elaborated in order to give rise to a community of inhabitants. For decades, Philippe Samyn conceived proposals in this direction (see, for example, his essay “The Vertical City” published by the Royal Academy of Belgium in September 2014).Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersThe project of the K-Tower is an integral part of this vision. It is about offering quality apartments instead of beautiful villas arranged in the periphery, the latter being too excessive, both in land consumption and in the development of urban networks. The site. The site of the Sint-Amandscollege is located inside Kortrijk’s periphery, on the bank of the river Leie. The current school buildings strongly vary in appearance as they were constructed at different ages.Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersThe “Collegetoren” was built in 1960 to house a boarding school; its base houses additional educational facilities. As the “Collegetoren” no longer meets the current needs, the Kortrijk Urban Development Board launched a competition in 2005 for its reassignment and the rehabilitation of the Collège buildings themselves. A thorough analysis of the existing situation concluded that the tower had to be demolished and that the base should be maintained.Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersThe implantation of the tower. A tower does not set itself anywhere. The new tower is thus situated on the east side of the remaining base, next to Albert Park. This position reinforces the image of the base and closes the ensemble in a logical way. Placed on the bank of the river Leie, the tower is the visual link between the dense city and its vast green periphery. It offers views of an exceptionally wide extent.Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersThe form. Based on a rectangular plan of 1 to 2, the tower is slender to limit its shadow. It presents the city with its finest silhouette. Its visual slenderness is accentuated by the luminous appearance of its envelope of white sheet, satin mirror and polished mirror. The senses. The book “A Pattern Language” by Christopher Alexander, qualified by Françoise Choay as the only theoretical work on architecture after Vitruvius, forms, with the “plastic number” of Hans Dom Van der Laan on the proportions, a part of the theoretical foundations on which all the reflections of Philippe Samyn are based.Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersPhilippe Samyn has likewise always been concerned about the respect of the five human senses and particularly the respect of natural light. A special attention is paid here as well to the visual, acoustic, olfactory and tactile qualities. The most striking feature is the significant use of mirrors and glass with a high color rendering index on the façade, which increases the brightness in the building as well as on the terraces.Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersOrientation and views. The proposed development for the interior of the tower, consisting of 65 apartments, is flexible. Around a central core containing circulations and techniques, it is possible to provide two, three or four apartments per floor. A loft, including a double height living room, occupies the top floor. With its east-west orientation, the tower offers far-reaching perspectives on the river Leie while its slim south facade enjoys views over the historic center of the city.Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersThe plan allows at least two orientations for each unit and their alternating wide terraces. The double height of the latter provides abundant sunshine and natural light of high quality inside the apartments. The mantillas of perforated sheet around the terraces ensure the privacy of the apartments and protects them from the draughts. The openings, created at each terrace and each apartment, frame exceptional views in the manner of paintings. The facade. Any construction is characterized by seven orders of magnitude waymarking the visual field, like the keyboard of a well-tempered piano has seven octaves expanding over the hearing field. The readability of these orders is essential to attain visual harmony. Architecture must ensure its materiality.Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersThe large facades of the tower are thus divided into subsets nested in increasingly small dimensions, each of which is materialized by a different treatment based on internal comfort and the intake of natural light: white, mirrored or satin finish reflective surfaces. This découpage, associated with the terraces wrapped in perforated sheet metal, makes it possible to gradually switch from the large urban scale and vast landscape to the size of the door handle. It also ensues that the kinetic image of the tower is always different depending on the time of day and the day of the year.Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and PartnersProject gallerySee allShow lessRotating Triumf Arch / KATARSIS abSelected ProjectsIndustrial or Natural Future: Is It Possible to Create Organic Cities Shaped by Tech…ArticlesProject locationAddress:Diksmuidekaai 11, 8500 Kortrijk, BélgicaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/956514/reconstruction-of-the-tower-at-sint-amandscollege-samyn-and-partners Clipboard Architects: Philippe Samyn and Partners Area Area of this architecture project 2018 Save this picture!Courtesy of Philippe Samyn and Partners+ 42Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Apartments Area: 11348 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officePhilippe Samyn and PartnersOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBuildingsResidentialKortrijkMies van der Rohe AwardBelgiumPublished on February 09, 2021Cite: “Reconstruction Of The Tower At Sint-Amandscollege / SAMYN and PARTNERS” 09 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
New United Way website to save $20,000 per year 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 February 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In the USA, United Way of Delaware, which manages fundraising campaigns on behalf of a number of local nonprofits, has announced that its new web-based system will save it over $20,000 a year.The new web site, rolled out to 4,000 nonprofits, allows them to login securely and download their updated donor lists and funds transfer reports directly from the site.The web site was developed by Helix and is fully integrated with the United Way back-office campaign management system ‘Andar’, also developed by Helix. “We have been working closely with the United Way of Delaware to design the web pages” said Real Bedard, vice president at Helix. “We used our existing integrated online pledging technology base to deliver live data from our Andar database directly to agencies.” Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Technology “The new web site not only saves us money, it also saves our agencies money” said Wayne Meadows, IT Director of the United Way. “Agencies now have access to information as it becomes available to us.”United Way of Delaware’s annual campaign is supported by more than 90,000 individuals, including employee donors at nearly 1,000 Delaware workplaces. Helix is a provider of enterprise-wide fundraising and community support software to nonprofit organisations. Helix’ Andar Fundraising Software is an integrated suite of products that offers fundraising campaign management, online giving, allocation of funds, outcomes measurements, volunteer matching, and other services. 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.
Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Twitter Facebook + posts Linkedin Facebook The University of Houston-Downtown Linkedin Paris Jones is a senior news and media studies major from Mason, Texas. She serves a managing editor for TCU360.com. One of her proudest accomplishments is her ability to drink a half liter bottle of water in seven seconds. printThe XTO Energy Parade of Lights lit up the streets of downtown Fort Worth Sunday night.The parade included 125 entries and took about two hours to finish. It’s expanded significantly since the first XTO Energy Parade of Lights, in 1983, which featured only 25 units.While thousands of people came out to watch the floats, bands and groups, hundreds left before the show ended.Here are five highlights from Sunday’s parade for anyone who couldn’t stick around for the entire thing.5. The horses wearing little hats:Horses wearing little Santa hats pull a carriage during the parade. Photo by Andrew Van Heusden.Few things are more adorable than horses pulling carriages covered in Christmas lights. However, horses wearing little hats while pulling carriages covered in Christmas lights give it some competition.4. The small herd of Shetland ponies:Some shetland ponies pull mini carriages during the parade. Photo by Andrew Van Heusden.Take each cute element listed above and imagine it smaller.That’s exactly what happened with this entry.3. Giant balloon characters:The Canary and Bluebird balloons being escorted down the street. Photo by Andrew Van Heusden.The Angry Birds franchise may have left most of its relevance back in 2013, but that doesn’t stop the birds from making appearances in nearly every major parade in America and the Parade of Lights was no exception. The Angry Birds Cardinal, Canary and Bluebird floated along in the parade behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird.2. The Grinch riding a unicycle while playing the clarinet:“The Grinch” rides a unicycle in the Parade of Lights while playing clarinet. Photo by Andrew Van Heusden.The DFW Unicycle Club had over a dozen members riding unicycles with Christmas lights in the parade, but this one stood out.1. Ronald the Ramblin’ Rattler and his “tongue”:It’s hard to miss a bicyclist powered light-up snake.It’s was even harder to miss that snake when it opened its mouth to show a woman wearing pink leggings whose only mission was to do leg lifts so she looked like a tongue.For a complete list of the parades entries, visit the parade’s website. Twitter Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ TCU holds fourth annual TCU Gives Day to gather donations for the university ReddIt Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ ReddIt Paris Jones Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ Off campus shooting incident ‘not a random act,’ no TCU students involved Previous articleWomen’s basketball beats undefeated SMU, 76-67Next articleTCU students will breathe deep to fight lung cancer Paris Jones RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘The Office Gif Club’ GroupMe gives hundreds of students an Office gif a day Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday
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Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Investment Fraud Scheme Nets 27 Months in Prison Next: RealtyTrac: Natural Disaster Risk ‘Very High’ for 10.6M Housing Units Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Fed: Taper Continues; Adjust Economic Projections Federal Reserve FOMC Janet Yellen Mortgage-Backed Securities 2014-06-18 Tory Barringer Tagged with: Federal Reserve FOMC Janet Yellen Mortgage-Backed Securities June 18, 2014 992 Views The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its June meeting with the announcement that members have once again voted to bring down the Federal Reserve’s stimulative monthly asset purchases.Taking a cue from improvements in labor market indicators, household spending, and general economic activity, the committee members voted to reduce the Fed’s monthly purchase of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to a pace of $15 billion per month, while purchases of longer-term Treasury securities will be cut to $20 billion per month.Together, the cuts represent a scaling back of $10 billion in monthly additions, keeping with the committee’s pace so far. If the current course continues, the so-called “taper” could conclude by fall.However, as usual, the FOMC made a point that “asset purchases are not on a preset course, and … will remain contingent on the Committee’s outlook for the labor market and inflation as well as its assessment of the likely efficacy and costs of such purchases.”Despite seeing overall improvement in the economy, board members did readjust their economic projections in light of recent news of a downturn in the first quarter.For 2014, the committee now projects a 2.1–2.3 percent change in real gross domestic product (GDP), a sharp drop from March’s projection of 2.8–3.0 percent growth.On the other hand, labor forecasts were more favorable. By the end of the year, the committee—perhaps encouraged by recently improved jobs numbers—expects the unemployment rate to be as low as 6.0 percent.In a press conference following the release of the committee’s statement, Fed Chair Janet Yellen explained the revision comes as a result of better than expected payrolls, which have averaged 234,000 over the last three months.Yellen also addressed the role that the regulatory environment has played in this year’s slowdown in the housing market, admitting that banks have grown increasingly reluctant to lend to borrowers with lower credit scores.”They mention in meetings with us consistently their concerns about putback risk, and I think it is difficult for any homeowner who doesn’t have pristine credit these days to get a mortgage,” she said, adding that regulators now need to work to clarify mortgage lending rules “to create an environment of greater certainty for lenders to be willing to extend mortgage credit.”Markets responded largely positive to the announcement and to Yellen’s conference. As of 2:30 Central, the S&P 500 was up 0.6 percent for the day and was on pace for a record closing. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fed: Taper Continues; Adjust Economic Projections Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe
News UpdatesAdvocates, Doctors, CAs Now Covered Under MSME Loan Scheme LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Aug 2020 11:30 PMShare This – xThe Union Finance Ministry has expanded the scope of the MSME loan scheme announced in the wake of COVID-19 to include professionals like doctors, lawyers, chartered accountants and others, reported the Financial Express.The 3-lakh crore scheme was announced by Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, in May as part of Government’s ‘Athmanirbhar package’ to help the Micro, Small and…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?LoginThe Union Finance Ministry has expanded the scope of the MSME loan scheme announced in the wake of COVID-19 to include professionals like doctors, lawyers, chartered accountants and others, reported the Financial Express.The 3-lakh crore scheme was announced by Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, in May as part of Government’s ‘Athmanirbhar package’ to help the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.”The government has decided to relax the eligibility criteria for tapping the Rs 3-lakh-crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) to cover professionals and enable a much wider pool of businesses to benefit from it”, the Financial Express said, quoting Nirmala Sitharaman.Financial services secretary Debashish Panda said individuals such as doctors, chartered accountants, lawyers, etc, who wish to take loans for professional purposes, will also be covered under the scheme.Last week, the Delhi High Court had dismissed a PIL seeking the inclusion of advocates under MSME scheme.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story