Fethard Residence / Aughey O’Flaherty Architects

first_img Houses Save this picture!© Marie-Louise Halpenny+ 16 Share A south facing terrace opens the bedroom wing to the garden. A long west facing covered porch opens the living room wing to the wonderful landscape and the views of sea and sunset to the west. The building was designed to be energy efficient and cheap to run.Save this picture!© Marie-Louise HalpennyThe house is a combination of new and traditional construction technologies. The house is a super insulated air tight prefabricated timber structure, slowly wrapped in a local random rubble, sitting on a polished concrete base. Its layout and detail were guided by the principles of sustainable design. The use of natural light is integral. There are tall ceiling heights and large areas of full-height-glazing and sliding screens located to maximize the solar gain. The east, west and north façades are exceptionally thermally efficient. It was designed with a marsh grass roof to increase thermal efficiency and link it with the ground.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessImagine Our Digital Future and Join the Glass House Conversations’ Last Online Dialo…Architecture NewsBallymahon / ODOS architectsSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Wexford, Ireland Photographs:  Marie Louise HalpennySave this picture!© Marie-Louise HalpennyText description provided by the architects. This project is a new house on a site by the sea in Wexford. The site is located on a headland, Baginbun Head, a protected scenic amenity area. It contains a Norman wall and is bounded on 3 sides by cliffs and sea. The challenge was to deal with the potentially conflicting objectives of creating a home that was sensitive to this beautiful landscape and that also made the most of it. The form of the house is a simple L shape. This is a response to function, the path of the sun through the day and to the wind.Save this picture!© Marie-Louise HalpennyThe living accommodation is located in one wing, which is dual aspect and avails of the east west orientation. The bedroom accommodation is located in the other wing and avails of the north south orientation. The entrance and services are located in the intersection of the two wings. This square intersection has a low ceiling height to enable a roof terrace, positioned above. This is open to the sky and concealed within the roof profile.Save this picture!© Marie-Louise HalpennyThe building is kept low and the L shape plan is rotated to avoid the prevailing winds, regularly wild, from the sea to the west. The two wings protect and shelter a south facing garden which completes the square. 3 external covered spaces are cut into the L, in the form of niches, of varying depth. The entrance porch is located in a recess on the more public, northern side. Projects ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/392838/fethard-residence-aughey-o-flaherty-architects Clipboard Year:  CopyAbout this officeAughey O’Flaherty ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWexfordHousesIrelandPublished on June 28, 2013Cite: “Fethard Residence / Aughey O’Flaherty Architects” 28 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorGlassMitrexSolar PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemSealantsAGROB BUCHTALHow To Benefit From Ceramic Tiles With Hytect SurfaceSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassFacade SystemsTrimoTrimoterm FTV in the BASE – Backing wallSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingDoorsVEKAFront Doors – SOFTLINECurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsVentilated Facades on Building in PamplonaDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewAccessories / TV MountsYellow Goat DesignScreens – BlossomMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs Year: center_img Fethard Residence / Aughey O’Flaherty ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFethard Residence / Aughey O’Flaherty Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/392838/fethard-residence-aughey-o-flaherty-architects Clipboard Fethard Residence / Aughey O’Flaherty Architects 2012 “COPY” 2012 Architects: Aughey O’Flaherty Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  260 m² Area:  260 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Irelandlast_img read more

White Collage / Keikichi Yamauchi Architect and Associates

first_imgCopySave this picture!© Koji SakaiRecommended ProductsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD22Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural Solutions3D Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panel – GrooveText description provided by the architects. This house stands on a small wedge-shaped site with a frontage of 5.4m and area of 88㎡. The eastern side of the site is a 20m-wide busy road, and the southern side faces a green park with a baseball field and tennis courts. ArchDaily Houses Architects: Keikichi Yamauchi Architect and Associates Area Area of this architecture project White Collage / Keikichi Yamauchi Architect and Associates CopyAbout this officeKeikichi Yamauchi Architect and AssociatesOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSapporoHousesJapanPublished on July 25, 2013Cite: “White Collage / Keikichi Yamauchi Architect and Associates” 25 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorGlassMitrexSolar PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemSealantsAGROB BUCHTALHow To Benefit From Ceramic Tiles With Hytect SurfaceSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassFacade SystemsTrimoTrimoterm FTV in the BASE – Backing wallSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingDoorsVEKAFront Doors – SOFTLINECurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsVentilated Facades on Building in PamplonaDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewAccessories / TV MountsYellow Goat DesignScreens – BlossomMore 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 Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/400956/white-collage-keikichi-yamauchi-architect-and-associates Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Koji SakaiBefore this house was built, scenes of the park already existed: children on the playground, old people walking their dogs, or ginkgo trees that dramatically change their expression as the seasons progress. It is intended for “White Collage” to form a collage of the existing everyday scenes and the new scenes that are born from building this new house, and to create one unified scene. Save this picture!© Koji SakaiSince the building will continue to exist on the specific site, development of a relationship with the surrounding universal environment is important, and it is a theme that must be tackled continuously. Save this picture!© Koji SakaiIn order to capture various sceneries of the neighboring park inside the house, and to create a portion of the exterior skin for the building, 0.35mm thick stainless steel sheets are placed on the interior and exterior of the house. As time and the seasons go by, the somewhat distorted reflections of the scenery on these thin stainless steel sheets keep changing. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessCity Works: Provocations for Chicago’s Urban FutureEventRebollar Complex / SANTOSCREATIVOS + E85Selected Projects Share Year:  White Collage / Keikichi Yamauchi Architect and AssociatesSave this projectSaveWhite Collage / Keikichi Yamauchi Architect and AssociatesSave this picture!© Koji SakaiHouses•Sapporo, Japan Area:  119 m² Area:  119 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project photographs:  Koji SakaiPhotographs:  Koji Sakai+ 31 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/400956/white-collage-keikichi-yamauchi-architect-and-associates Clipboard Projects 2009 2009 Photographs “COPY” Year: last_img read more

Call for leniency for Muntadar al-Zaidi after shoe throwing protest

first_img Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today called for the release of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, of al-Bagdhadia television arrested after hurling his shoes at George W Bush at a Baghdad press conference during a surprise visit by the US president on 14 December 2008.“We obviously regret that the journalist used this method of protest against the politics of the American president”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But for humanitarian reasons and to ease tension, we call for the release of Muntadar al-Zaidi who has been held by the Iraqi authorities for two days.”“Given the controversy surrounding this incident, we urge the Iraqi security services to guarantee the physical wellbeing of this journalist, who was clearly injured during his arrest”, it added.“While we do not approve of this kind of behaviour as a means of expressing an opinion or convictions, the relaxed way in which George W Bush spoke about the incident afterwards, should give the Iraqi authorities all the more reason to show leniency”, the organisation concluded.Head of operations at the interior ministry, Abdel Karim Khalaf, told Reporters Without Borders that Muntadar al-Zaidi had been caught red handed and that he faced proceedings under Articles 223, 225 and 227 of the Iraqi criminal code. The journalist could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison for “insulting a foreign head of state”. Muntadar al-Zaidi is being examined by judges in connection with the investigation. Abdel Karim Khalaf said the he had not been subjected to any ill-treatment before concluding, “A journalist’s only weapons are words”. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Muntadar al-Zaidi achieved instant notoriety as a result of his gesture seen on television screens around the world. News “We obviously regret that the journalist used this method of protest against the politics of the American president”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But for humanitarian reasons and to ease tension, we call for the release of Muntadar al-Zaidi who has been held by the Iraqi authorities for two days. IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Organisation Newscenter_img December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News December 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for leniency for Muntadar al-Zaidi after shoe throwing protest Receive email alerts to go further December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

GOOD NEWS: Poems and Reflections

first_img WhatsApp The first Poems and Reflections was held Feb. 4 at the Parks’ Plaza living room. Residents were encouraged to recite or read their favorite poem. Participants included, from left: Shawna Johnson, Irma Guererro, Sandra Romine, Norma Creecy, LaJuanna Clarke and Jean Hall. ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ By admin – February 26, 2018 OC employee of the year always learning 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Twitter WhatsApp Home Local News GOOD NEWS: Poems and Reflections Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleOdessa woman fights back against pulmonary fibrosisNext articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 26 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The first Poems and Reflections was held Feb. 4 at the Parks’ Plaza living room. Residents were encouraged to recite or read their favorite poem. Participants included, from left: Shawna Johnson, Irma Guererro, Sandra Romine, Norma Creecy, LaJuanna Clarke and Jean Hall. Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Local News GOOD NEWS: Poems and Reflectionslast_img read more

SC Asks Solicitor General To Submit Suggestions on Plea Seeking Closure Of Ashrams By Fake Babas

first_imgTop StoriesSC Asks Solicitor General To Submit Suggestions on Plea Seeking Closure Of Ashrams By Fake Babas Nilashish Chaudhary8 July 2020 2:00 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday asked a petitioner seeking shutting down of Ashrams run by ‘fake babas’ to serve the petition upon the Centre in order for them to come up with suggestions regarding the the possible course of action.The Bench, comprising of CJI SA Bobde, and Justices Subhash Reddy and AS Bopanna, directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to read the Petition and seek…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 Supreme Court on Wednesday asked a petitioner seeking shutting down of Ashrams run by ‘fake babas’ to serve the petition upon the Centre in order for them to come up with suggestions regarding the the possible course of action.The Bench, comprising of CJI SA Bobde, and Justices Subhash Reddy and AS Bopanna, directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to read the Petition and seek instructions from the Government regarding suggestions on what could possibly be done.While admitting the plea, CJI Bobde took note of the allegations regarding criminal activities and unaccounted money which these Ashrams could be lending themselves to.”If this man says there are 17 ashrams that are fraudulent, declared by some akhara, it raises questions. There is a lot of money involved, criminal activities are taking place.””What can be done? This kind of practice gives a bad name to everyone”, he said to the Solicitor General.We’ll look into it. There are a number of akharas in india, which are centuries old”, responded Mehta.The Bench also discussed the prayer regarding guidelines for the establishment of Ashrams across India as well as directions to authorities to ensure a register of inmates is maintained and fake Ashrams are verified.The Centre must consider all these aspects, and inform the Court of possible action that may be taken when the matter comes up again after a period of 2 weeks.The Apex Court was considering a petition which sought an urgent direction to shut down all ashrams run by “fake Babas” or spiritual leaders on the argument that the “unhygienic conditions” prevailing in them could defeat the efforts of contain the spreading COVID-19 contagion.Citing an order of the Apex Court from March 23, where directions were passed in an attempt to decongest jails and ensure social distancing during the Corona virus scare, the petitioner argues that a large number of women/girls inmates are living in jail like conditions in these Ashrams. The petitioner claims his own daughter has been living in such an Ashram in Rohini, Delhi since 2015 which was founded by a fake Baba who is a rape accused and has been absconding for about 3 years. In this light, he seeks directions from Court for “rescuing his daughter along with about 170 women inmates from Corona virus who are living in jail like conditions in Adhyatmika Vidyalaya at Rohini of Delhi as it was done in the case of inmates of jails across the country.”Having named the founder of this Ashram, the petitioner goes on to submit that the “apex body of sages i.e., ‘Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad’ has declared 17 Babas as fake babas and cautioned the public from them.” This list includes some well-known names including Asaram Bapu, Gurmeet Ram Raheem, Radhe Maa and Veerendra Dev Dixit against whom “very serious criminal cases” are registered. The plea urges the top Court to take stringent action against illegal Ashrams run by these 17 “bogus babas” and order vacation of the same which are “having hundreds of women inmates in un hygienic conditions to avoid spreading of Covid 19”. Further directions are sought from the Court to close down any such ashram which is run by persons found to have any criminal records.Next Storylast_img read more

Aim Of Every Court Is To Discover The Truth: Supreme Court Explains Scope Of Section 311 CrPC

first_imgKnow the LawAim Of Every Court Is To Discover The Truth: Supreme Court Explains Scope Of Section 311 CrPC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 March 2021 7:14 AMShare This – xThe Supreme court briefly explained the scope of Section 311 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in its two recent judgments.Section 311 deals with the power to summon material witness, or examine person present. Any Court may, at any stage of any inquiry, trial or other proceeding under this Code, summon any person as a witness, or examine any person in attendance, though not summoned as…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 Supreme court briefly explained the scope of Section 311 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in its two recent judgments.Section 311 deals with the power to summon material witness, or examine person present. Any Court may, at any stage of any inquiry, trial or other proceeding under this Code, summon any person as a witness, or examine any person in attendance, though not summoned as a witness, or recall and re­examine any person already examined; and the Court shall summon and examine or recall and re­examine any such person if his evidence appears to it to be essential to the just decision of the case, the provision reads.One judgment was delivered by a bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi while allowing an appeal against a Karnataka High Court order. The High Court had set aside an order of the Trial Court allowing  the application filed by prosecution for summoning the witnesses along with securing the relevant records.The Apex Court bench observed that the object underlying Section 311 CrPC is that there may not be failure of justice on account of mistake of either party in bringing the valuable evidence on record or leaving ambiguity in the statements of the witnesses examined from either side.The determinative factor is whether it is essential to the just decision of the case. The expression that occurs is “at any stage of any inquiry or trial or other proceeding under this Code”. It is, however, to be borne in mind that the discretionary power conferred under Section 311 CrPC has to be exercised judiciously, as it is always said “wider the power, greater is the necessity of caution while exercise of judicious discretion……The aim of every Court is to discover the truth. Section 311 CrPC is one of many such provisions which strengthen the arms of a court in its effort to unearth the truth by procedure sanctioned by law. At the same time, the discretionary power vested under 10 Section 311 CrPC has to be exercised judiciously for strong and valid reasons and with caution and circumspection to meet the ends of justice.The bench particularly referred to the observations made in Swapan Kumar Chatterjee Vs. Central Bureau of Investigation 2019(14) SCC 328″10. The first part of this section which is permissive gives purely discretionary authority to the criminal court and enables it at any stage of inquiry, trial or other proceedings under the Code to act in one of the three ways, namely, (i) to summon any person as a witness; or (ii) to examine any person in attendance, though not summoned as a witness; or (iii) to recall and re­examine any person already examined. The second part, which is mandatory, imposes an obligation on the court (i) to summon and examine or (ii) to recall and re­examine any such person if his evidence appears to be essential to the just decision of the case. 11. It is well settled that the power conferred under Section 311 should be invoked by the court only to meet the ends of justice. The power is to be exercised only for strong and valid reasons and it should be exercised with great caution and circumspection. The court has vide power under this section to even recall witnesses for re­examination or further examination, necessary in the interest of justice, but the same has to be exercised after taking into consideration the facts and circumstances of each case. The power under this provision shall not be exercised if the court is of the view that the application has been filed as an abuse of the process of law.”Allowing the appeal, the bench observed that the Trial Court judge was justified in summoning the witnesses whose statements ought to be recorded to subserve the cause of justice, with the object of getting the evidence in aid of a just decision and to uphold the truth.In another case, the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah observed that the true test for invoking Section 311 CrPC is whether it appears to the Court that the evidence of such person who is sought to be recalled is essential to the just decision of the case. In this case, the state had approached the Apex Court against rejection of the application filed by it seeking recalling of witnesses. “In Manju Devi v State of Rajasthan , a two-Judge bench of this Court noted that an application under Section 311 could not be rejected on the sole ground that the case had been pending for an inordinate amount of time (ten years there). Rather, it noted that “the length/duration of a case cannot displace the basic requirement of ensuring the just decision after taking all the necessary and material evidence on record. In other words, the age of a case, by itself, cannot be decisive of the matter when a prayer is made for examination of a material witness”, the bench noted while allowing the appeal.Case 1: V.N. Patil Vs K. Niranjan Kumar [CrA 267 OF 2021]Coram: Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay RastogiCitation: LL 2021 SC 135Case 2: State vs. Tr N Seenivasagan LL 2021 SC 136 [CrA 231-232 of 2021]Coram: Justices DY Chandrachud and MR ShahCitation: LL 2021 SC 136Click here to Read/Download Judgment 1Click here to Read/Download Judgment 2Next Storylast_img read more

Mexican WAVE

first_imgMexican Concha is based on sweet enriched leavened dough, not too dissimilar to French brioche. They are round, soft bread rolls with a thick, sugary topping. Typical flavours are chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.Concha is probably the most popular of all the Mexican bakery products and is usually sold individually over the counter or multi-packed into bags of six or a dozen. It is very typical to buy as a mixed variety pack, usually very vibrant in colour.Concha is a popular treat and sweet snack product, not too dissimilar to how doughnuts or muffins would be consumed in the UK. How the product looks is key for consumers on the go, so these really do grab your attention. These vibrant-coloured treats could really create a stir and fit in with UK coffee culture very well.Also, why not experiment with a chocolate and cinnamon Concha option, using cocoa powder and cinnamon to taste.Come and see me give a demonstration of Concha-making at the Baking Industry Exhibition:Tuesday, 23 March: 12pmWednesday, 24 March: 11amTopping Paste RecipeIngredientsgCake margarine400Caster sugar400Flour400Vanilla flavourto tasteFood colouringuse visually (red or yellow are typical)MethodAdd all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and slowly combine using a paddle attachment until clear and smooth. The paste is ready to use or can be stored at chilled temperature in a sealed bag for later use.Dough Recipe (scale up as required)IngredientsgBread Flour100Salt1.4Block yeast6Milk28Improver*Sugar15Vanilla flavourto tasteEgg26Butter or Margarine20* use recommended supplier dosage or omit and bulk fermentMethod1. Mix the dough on a spiral mixer until 80% developed, then add the fat and continue mixing until fully developed (A).2. Scale the dough pieces to 60g, round and place on lined baking sheet (B).3. For the topping paste, weigh at 60g and form into a ball, then flatten to a disc (C). Using a spiral cutter press on to the paste to leave the spiral imprint (D).4. Slightly flatten off the dough balls and place the paste disc on to the dough piece (E). 5. Allow to prove at 22°C for at least two hours or doubled in size (F).6. Bake at 200°C for approximately 20 minutes.last_img read more

Subway opens 40,000th store

first_imgSubway has opened its 40,000th store at an AppleGreen petrol station in Ipswich, Suffolk.Launching in 1965 and soon to celebrate its 48th year in business, the brand has opened 1,761 new locations around the world since the start of 2013.Fred DeLuca, president and co-founder, said: “This is certainly a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire Subway team, who I often refer to as The Greatest Team in Franchising History.“I am proud to be part of a team that provides thousands of jobs for people in our stores, field offices, headquarters, and partner offices around the world.”There are more than 9,000 non-traditional Subway locations worldwide, and around 4,500 of them are in petrol stations and forecourts. Of these non-traditional locations, there are nearly 600 in Europe, with around 300 open or in development in the UK and Ireland.The UK and Ireland is the brand’s third-largest market, behind the US and Canada, with more than 1,600 locations. In all, there are 14,000 international locations in 102 countries outside the US.In addition to celebrating this recent milestone, the European team just opened their 4,000th location in a railway station in Bucharest, Romania. In total the brand’s franchisees employ about 40,000 people in the communities in which they serve throughout Europe, with around 16,700 people employed in over 1,600 stores in the UK and Ireland.According to Subway area development manager for the UK and Ireland Trevor Haynes, it is the “low start-up costs, flexibility, and simple footprint that makes a Subway franchise so appealing to entrepreneurs who look to our brand as a way to reach their goal of owning and operating their own business. That is what makes this work. We are thrilled to have this milestone opening in our market.”Marc Kreder, regional director for Europe, said: “The level of growth we’ve experienced in Europe is a fantastic achievement and reflects the strong entrepreneurial spirit of the Subway franchisees.”last_img read more

From heart-sick and road-weary to Harvard

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.James Venable knows life can be brutally unfair. But now he also knows such a bitter truth will never define him.After Venable graduates in May with his bachelor’s degree from the Harvard Extension School, he will head to Yale Divinity School for a master’s in divinity (on a full scholarship). His long-term plan is to return to Harvard for a master’s in theology, and then go on to Princeton University for his doctorate in African-American religion.“I have strong aspirations” said Venable, whose ambitious goals are partly the product of an early life marked by poverty, loss, and rejection. Where others might have been laid low, Venable has soared, using his suffering “not as a crutch but as a stepping stone. I embraced it … and now people are taking me seriously.”That yearning for respect and recognition springs from neglected roots. “I’ve learned through the proverbial school of hard knocks,” said Venable on a recent afternoon as he described his childhood in Baltimore, Maryland. His father was in prison when he was born James Louis Taylor in 1972; his mother abandoned him when he was a year old. By his ninth birthday, he had been in six foster homes. Hope arrived with a caring couple, Theodore and Melvina Venable, who adopted him in 1981. A year later, Theodore died from a heart attack. When James was 13, Melvina succumbed to cancer and he moved in with her sister’s family, who he says neglected and abused him. All that pain and adversity “made me what I am today,” Venable said. “I am not bitter but better. I have a strong relationship with the Lord. I am seasoned. I never make excuses. I am quite hard on myself. I am disciplined. I am always pushing myself to do better. … My weakness has become my strength.”“Those were some arduous times,” he added. “That leaves a lot of scars, when you don’t have anybody in the household to embrace you, to tell you that you can become something great. Rather, they are telling you what you are not.”School offered little solace. He was eager to learn, he said, but his special education classes gave him nothing to aspire to. “I was not exposed to education excellence with other students who were deemed smart … special education is a particularly cruel fate in a large urban school system like Baltimore.”Briefly homeless after high school, he took shelter in an abandoned bus in 1991, where he realized “if no one is going to believe in you, you’ve got to believe in yourself.” There were more trying times ahead, but Venable, who had become a born-again Christian when he was 15, knew his faith in himself and in God would sustain him. A traveling job selling cleaning products saved him from the street and taught him to “never take no for an answer.” He also learned to associate himself with “people who are where you are trying to go.”Later, at the urging of a friend, Venable moved to Texas for college, but he couldn’t afford to finish. More sales jobs followed, as did marriage, in 2003, and his own window-washing business. But the desire to learn never left him. Eager for people to take him seriously, Venable began lying about having a master’s and a doctorate. “I was profoundly discouraged about not having those degrees. I should have had it by then.”Eventually, Venable realized he needed to be “truthful with himself” and to go back to school. In 2014, he came clean about his fake degrees and enrolled at the Extension School.“As a born-again believer, I maintain nobody is called to help everybody, but everybody is called to help somebody. I felt the call to become a constructive agent of change to impact the marginalized, the academic, and the religious communities. That’s my calling and my Harvard and Yale educations will prepare and equip me to accomplish that task.”Since 2015 he has been flying to campus a few times a month from his Texas home, studying subjects including religion, leadership, psychology, and sustainability, and excelling at all of them.“I got a tutor and I was determined to never make under an A-, and I did.”Of the hundreds of students Harvard doctoral candidate Kythe Heller has tutored at the Extension School, Venable stood out. “James is the most motivated, the most over-the-top enthusiastic and committed and completely dedicated and remarkable student that I have encountered in all of that time,” said Heller, who worked with Venable in 2015 on how to craft an academic essay. She praised him for creating “a sense of elevation and enthusiasm in his mode of engaging with the world.”“I really have a sense of someone who has a job to do in this world in a larger capacity and who is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.”Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard Divinity School, advised Venable on his thesis, “African-American Religious Culture and Constitutional Questions of Religious Freedom.”“I’ve been blessed to be his thesis adviser here. He has written a magnificent piece of work on religious liberty in America, especially as it relates to black people,” said West. “He writes superbly, he writes clearly, he writes succinctly. His mind is very subtle. He’s got a critical intelligence that one rarely finds in any generation.”Venable smiled as he reflected on where he been and where he is headed. His ultimate goal, once his schooling is complete, is to become a senior pastor at his own church and spend his days helping lift others up.“I want for people to take me seriously. I want them to see that Harvard takes me seriously, and that I am taken seriously at Yale. It’s letting people know that my getting here wasn’t a mistake. When I think about it, I still feel it. From there to here, it’s a miracle.”last_img read more

When a sigh isn’t just a sigh

first_img 2010 Peace: “Swearing as a Response to Pain” 2014 Neuroscience: “Seeing Jesus in Toast: Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Face Pareidolia” You wanted to know but were afraid to ask Some past Ig Nobel Prize winners 2015 Physics: “Duration of Urination Does Not Change With Body Size” Ultra-soft underwater grippers use fettuccini-like fingers to catch and release jellyfish without harm 2009 Peace: “Are Full or Empty Beer Bottles Sturdier and Does Their Fracture-Threshold Suffice to Break the Human Skull?” Tree in Harvard Forest outfitted with sensors, cameras, and other digital equipment sends out on-the-ground coverage Held before the Nobel Prize awards, the Ig Nobel honors scientific achievements that “make people laugh, then think,” and highlights that there can be science even in absurd questions such as “Is a sigh ‘just a sigh’?” (Answer: No, it is an unintentional expression of negative emotions, including longing, boredom, disappointment, and defeat) or “Walking with coffee: Why does it spill?” (Answer: It’s the byproduct of the interplay between the motion of a cup and the low-viscosity liquid dynamics of what’s in it).“We’re bringing attention to things that probably would not get much attention at all,” said Abrahams, co-founder and editor of the science humor magazine Improbable Research. “Nobel laureates get recognition, but there are millions of scientists who are advancing science, and most of them won’t get any attention at all.”Take, for example, the team of doctors who studied the biomedical benefits and consequences of intense kissing, or the researchers who demonstrated that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in 21 seconds, or the scientists who examined how reindeer react to humans disguised as polar bears.The Ig Nobel also honors creators who didn’t receive due recognition for their innovations. Among them are the inventor of karaoke, the three people who, probably, gave Murphy’s Law its name, and the man who, together with his father, obtained a patent for the comb-over.Winning an Ig Nobel Prize is hard. Each year, Abrahams and a team of volunteers evaluate thousands of nominations. Some of those chosen decline the award for fear of public embarrassment, but most are thrilled and willing to pay the travel expenses to receive it in person.The event has garnered prestige among scientists all over the world and has been popular since the first awards, held in an MIT classroom that could barely fit the crowd, mostly of amused scientists and science students. Three years later in 1994, it moved to Sanders, where it has been held before a packed audience every year.,In the beginning, some scientists lambasted the Ig Nobel, calling it an effort to ridicule scientific research, but the presence of genuine Nobel laureates helped dispel that notion. Most scientists embrace the effort because it shows that they can laugh at themselves and it might encourage people to get interested in science.“There were some people who assumed we were attacking science and making fun of scientists,” said Abrahams, a former software developer who travels around the world leading Ig Nobel live shows. “But we’re defending scientists, who are trying to figure out what’s true, what’s real, and what’s useful. We want to get people curious about science. People can be scared of things they don’t understand. But if they manage to be curious before they get scared, science is not going to be scary anymore.”Winning an Ig Nobel doesn’t prevent scientists from winning an actual Nobel. In 2000, Sir Andre Geim, Regius Professor and Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Manchester, won an Ig Nobel for his research on using magnets to levitate a frog. Ten years later, he won the 2010 Nobel in physics for his groundbreaking experiments with graphene, a thin material stronger than steel.In an interview with the BBC, Geim, who lists the Ig Nobel win in his CV, said, “Frankly speaking, I value both my Ig Nobel Prize and Nobel Prize at the same level. For me, the Ig Nobel Prize was the manifestation that I can take jokes; a little bit of self-deprecation always helps.”The event is organized by Improbable Research and co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students and the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association. A live webcast of the ceremony will begin at 5:35 p.m.The 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will be held at Sanders Theatre on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the Harvard Box Office. 2011 Psychology: “Is a Sigh ‘Just a Sigh’? Sighs as Emotional Signals and Responses to a Difficult Task” 2018 Economics: “Righting a Wrong: Retaliation on a Voodoo Doll Symbolizing an Abusive Supervisor Restores Justice” Clever crows 2016 Economics: “The Brand Personality of Rocks: A Critical Evaluation of a Brand Personality Scale”center_img In 1991, Marc Abrahams founded the Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize ceremony that exalts obscure research in science. But his fascination for the funny and weird goes a long way back.As a fourth-grader growing up in Swampscott, Abrahams was captivated by numbers, and an eccentric, joke-telling math teacher, Mrs. Bondelevitch, had a lot to do with it. His curiosity sparked, Abrahams turned to science and began collecting “weird stuff,” including a newspaper article with the headline, “Man Flushes Toilet, House Explodes,” which delighted his 10-year-old imagination.On Thursday, Abrahams ’78, a Harvard graduate in applied mathematics, will revel in his role as emcee of the 29th First Ig Nobel Prize ceremony at Sanders Theatre, in an event that mixes comedy and science and celebrates unusual research. Le Monde called Abrahams “the pope of improbable science,” and the Washington Post dubbed him “the nation’s guru of academic grunge.”Past winners include a Ukraine-born researcher who designed a bra that can be converted into a pair of gas masks; an Australian scientist who did a comprehensive survey of human belly-button lint; and a Spanish inventor who created a washing machine for cats and dogs.“I’m getting to do as an adult all the things that I most enjoyed doing when I was a little kid,” said the editor and writer at his Cambridge home office, which is filled with Ig Nobel memorabilia.Every year, Abrahams leads the uproarious gala like an experienced ringmaster, carefully orchestrating the night’s mischief, including the traditions of audience members throwing paper airplanes at the stage and genuine Nobel winners bestowing awards.Among the laureates expected to attend this year are Eric Maskin, Adams University Professor and winner of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences; Jerome Friedman, who won the 1990 Nobel Prize in physics; and Martin Chalfie, who won the 2008 Nobel in chemistry. Source: Improbable Research 2012 Fluid dynamics: “Walking With Coffee: Why Does It Spill?” A gentle grip on gelatinous creatures A red oak live tweets climate change 2008 Nutrition: “The Role of Auditory Cues in Modulating the Perceived Crispness and Staleness of Potato Chips” Related 2013 Psychology: “Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beer Holder’: People Who Think They Are Drunk Also Think They Are Attractive” 2017 Anatomy: “Why Do Old Men Have Big Ears?” After using tools, the birds behave more optimistically, study suggestslast_img read more