Q&A: Samira Izadi Page, founder of Dallas’ Gateway of Grace

first_imgQ&A: Samira Izadi Page, founder of Dallas’ Gateway of Grace By Lynette Wilson Posted Jul 6, 2017 The Rev. Fred Fenton says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Refugees Migration & Resettlement Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Comments are closed. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Mary Kathryn Berry says: July 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm This is one of the most inspiring and challenging stories that has ever appeared in Episcopal News Service. In the face of cruel US government policies, delaying the acceptance of immigrants fleeing for their lives and tearing families apart by arresting and deporting our undocumented sisters and brothers, sincere followers of Jesus must act. Samira is an example to us all. Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Comments (4) Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Anne Garbarino says: Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY July 12, 2017 at 7:47 pm Incredible, inspiring story…how I wish all immigrants were of this calibre and willing to help us help them…it makes me want to join with the organization in supporting them all the way…her grace and courage under much pressure touches my soul and I pray for her success with the organization she is chairing…God’s blessings. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Episcopal News Service – Dallas, Texas] Episcopal News Service spoke with the Rev. Samira Izadi Page, founder and executive director of Gateway of Grace, about her life, fleeing Iran in 1989, her journey to the United States a year later, and her ministry during a recent interview at her office in Dallas.Gateway of Grace is a ministry that mobilizes Episcopal and other churches to bridge sociocultural gaps, and remove the fears, anxieties and spiritual apathy that stand in the way of Christians connecting with refugees. Gateway partners with more than 50 congregations to adopt refugee families upon arrival, and provides job readiness, language and other trainings.On Wednesday nights, Gateway of Grace hosts Grace Community, providing a space for fellowship, prayer, worship, a meal and Bible study for Christian refugees who fled persecution in their home countries, and Muslim refugees who are interested in learning about Christianity. The community includes refugees from 16 countries — including Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Syria — and six religious backgrounds.In February, when the Trump administration first announced its executive order suspending the refugee resettlement program and restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, Gateway of Grace initiated a 30 Days of Prayer for Refugees campaign. Many of the refugees served by Gateway of Grace have family members and friends whose lives are in limbo.You have an incredible story. Can you describe briefly your journey from Iran to the United States, what drove you to flee your country and seek political asylum?My ex-husband was a Sunni Muslim, I was a Shia and he was persecuted. It’s a very long story, but one morning I was working on my Ph.D. and there was a knock at the door and when I opened the door life as we knew it just ended. The intelligence service came in, they tore the house apart and they found a copy of Salman Rushdie’s “[The] Satanic Verses” and that was basically the end for us. My husband, lucky enough, wasn’t home, but they took everything that we had at the house and they shut down his business, they shut down our accounts, and we escaped Iran empty-handed, walking through four feet of snow over two nights with two kids. We nearly froze to death.The Rev. Samira Izadi PageAge: 44 (on June 12, 2017)Born: Shiraz, IranResidence: Dallas, TexasWho: An Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Dallas and founder and executive director of Gateway of Grace. Professional background: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy earned in Iran. Attended seminary at Southern Methodist University: Master of Divinity and Doctorate in Ministry focused on missional church studies. Ordained a deacon in 2010; a priest in 2011.We went to Turkey. My husband’s brothers sent us money from Dubai, and we hired smugglers and they took us from Turkey to Mexico, and they left us in the middle of Mexico City with nothing; less than $500, no documentations, we had nothing. On the 10th day that we were there I saw a store that sold oriental rugs and I thought that may have something to do with Persian rugs so I went up to the store and I said, “Do you have any Persian rugs?” By my accent, he immediately knew I was Iranian. He started speaking back Farsi and I started crying. I said, “Stay right here, I’m going to get my husband,” and as soon as he came up he said, “Aren’t you the son of Mr. so-and-so?” That guy’s father had been my husband’s tenant back in our hometown. What are the odds of meeting someone from your own country of 60-some million, your hometown of a few million, whose father had been your tenant, in the largest city in the world on the 10th day? Every step that we took it was like that.We were there for a year, it’s a long, long story, but then we crossed the border at New Laredo and walked through the river and turned ourselves in at the immigration post and applied for asylum. They said, “Where do you want to go?” My husband said, “Dallas.” It was really random. I wanted to go to California because that’s where most Iranians are, but my husband said, “Let’s go to Dallas.” It was a God thing really. And we got to Dallas at 7 a.m. and I thought, OK, we are going to have a job and an apartment today. A cab driver took us to Motel 6 from the downtown bus station. I saw Yellow Pages, which I had never seen before. I started looking for apartment locators, started calling, found out we couldn’t rent an apartment because we didn’t have Social Security numbers or jobs. I saw Islamic center, so I called them up and they said that they couldn’t help, but they knew of a lady who worked with refugees. They gave me the number, I called the lady and she sent someone. By 9:30 this guy was at our door and he said I have an apartment, I’m not sure whether you are going to like it or not. He took us to a two-bedroom, fully furnished apartment. By 11:30 we were in our own apartment. We had done our grocery shopping. We had paid a month of rent in a city where we didn’t know a soul; without documentation.Now, these people, they were Christians, but they worked with Bosnian refugees who are Muslims. That’s how the mosque knew of them. They had prepared that apartment for a Bosnian family that was supposed to come a month before us. They never showed up, so it was just sitting. We walked right into it. When I told this man about my interest in Christianity he said, “Well why don’t you all come to church with us?” We went. It was a Baptist church, and I was baptized just six months later.You were eventually given refugee status. Would you say your journey was typical or atypical?It was atypical because refugees usually come in with full legal status. They come in with Social Security cards, they get work permits, but we had nothing. It was extremely difficult. That’s why I have so much compassion for refugees because I know where they’ve been.You were born into a Shiite Muslim family and you married a Sunni Muslim. How did your family react to your conversion to Christianity?My family was nominally Muslim, so there was never a conversation about religion at home. But my mom knew that I had a vision of the Virgin Mary when I was 6, so when I told her when I was about to be baptized, I called my mom and I said, “Mom, remember my vision?” and she immediately knew what I was talking about. I said, ‘Well, that’s happening,’ and she was happy. She is now a Christian; she was baptized about a year and a half ago, and now she’s being persecuted in Iran.How did you find yourself in the Episcopal Church?[By the] second year in seminary I knew that I couldn’t be a Baptist because of the sacraments and the understanding of ministry. My understanding was somewhat more ontological, who I was, rather than the function of, and the director of spiritual formation at Perkins was an Episcopal priest, Father Fred Schmidt. He is now at Garrett [Evangelical] Theological [Seminary]. I shared my testimony with him, and he said, “Well, have you considered joining the Catholic Church?” because of the vision of Virgin Mary. And I said, “Well I have a call to ministry,” and he said, “Well, why don’t you come to my church and visit.” I went that Sunday. And years and years ago, when I was 14 or 15, I had this dream and in that dream, I was thirsty looking for water. I was in a room that was in the shape of a hexagon and it was all marble and it was enclosed and I went round and round, and there in the middle of the room was a font. That stayed with me, and here I am many years later in the United States, becoming a Christian and I’m entering this church, Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. And I’m late and I have no idea what the Episcopal Church is and so I was kind of intimidated, and I enter through the back door, kind of the side door, and as I entered the first thing that hit me in the face almost was that font that I had seen in my dream. That’s how I knew I belonged there.Where did the idea of Gateway of Grace come from?When my curacy was coming to an end I started praying asking God what it was that he wanted me to do. And as I was praying through my life, it’s not like there was shortage of clergy here for God to bring an Iranian woman with an accent to serve at the parish, because as wonderful as that would be it would have nothing to do with my experience, what God had taught me through those experiences. So, I started to look at the refugee population, and at that time I had already worked with refugees for a couple of years. And I started looking at what was available to them, and Texas was the largest hub for refugees up until last year and now it is second to California. And I noticed there were churches that were doing holistic ministry, like the Baptist church that adopted me kind of intrinsically, and then there were churches or refugee organizations or ministries that were very secular: They would just give refugees stuff or help them, but they wouldn’t want to talk about the spiritual matters. Then there were, on the other side, people – “Are you saved, do you know Jesus yet?” And then there were a lot of programs but there wasn’t any systematic way of mobilizing churches to do a holistic type of ministry that would address not only the practical needs but also the emotional and spiritual needs of refugees. When we were praying about the name we thought, well, what is the one thing that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions, and that’s grace. And the instrument that God uses to communicate that grace into the world is the church, therefore, the church is the gateway of God’s grace, so Gateway of Grace.How did you end up focusing your doctoral thesis on decreasing anxiety and fear about refugees among Christians?When I got my doctorate, I wanted to do something that was relevant to the work I was doing and I wanted a very systematic, very Anglican kind of Episcopal way of removing fears and prejudices and spiritual apathy. Those are big issues, at least here in Dallas, just the unknowing. The idea was how do we use scripture, tradition, reason and social studies, all that we have in our church to address these issues specifically, and move them from the place of fear, anxiety, hatred, anger, unknowing to engagement in God’s mission through ministry to refugees?Why do you think Christians (Americans) harbor so much fear and anxiety?Well, part of it is the media. The media provides, whether it’s liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, or anything in between, they each provide a slice of reality. They don’t provide the entire pie of reality, and while those realities are factual, they are not the entire picture and thus they form an alternative reality that’s not accurate. But people who are not familiar personally with refugees, they buy that because that’s all they are introduced to, so media is a huge part of it; the way they present the issue.In your experience have you found that alleviating those fears comes through compassion and acceptance and is that possible only through personal relationships?So that’s what my thesis is about. It’s a whole workshop, it’s a whole process of how do we address those issues, so I use ancient prayer methods, social studies to kind of address the fears and the concerns and do a spiritual formation and move them from that place to refugee ministry.Unlike in Europe, where disaffected first-generation European Muslims have staged large-scale terrorist attacks, the United States hasn’t seen the same kind of violence. Yet, Americans live in fear of such attacks. How do you address or alleviate the fear that many white Christian Americans express? Not just in terms of fear of the other, but living in fear of a terrorist attack? Because they come with real fear, they see this stuff on television.I think the key is to acknowledge the fear because those fears are real. We had a shooting in Garland, Texas, that was done by a Muslim extremist, shooting [up] a library. So those are not things that are impossible to happen in the U.S., therefore the fears are real, right? But how probable are they? That’s a different question. So far refugee resettlement has been a very successful program and we haven’t had any issues with our refugees. I’m a Muslim background believer and I have a holistic ministry. Part of it is evangelistic ministry to refugees, many of whom are Muslims, many of whom are very conservative, so I understand the fear. So, for them to be able to connect to someone who would just acknowledge their fear and have sympathy for their fear and not just dismiss it, then that’s really the first big step. The other parts of it are, as I do in my workshop, how do we move forward, and that’s through this whole process that we do with our volunteers and it takes time and patience. But I’ve seen people who did not like refugees, did not like Muslims, who are now huge advocates for refugees.The U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program is a public-private partnership and six of the nine resettlement partners are faith based. The affiliate network and the nonprofits working locally also tend to be faith based. Not to compare or say the U.S. system is necessarily better than the European system, which varies by country, but do faith-based partners lead to better rates of integration?Absolutely.How so?Resettlement agencies such as Catholic Charities and International Rescue Committee or other organizations, they have limited financial resources and limited manpower, but in the church, we have all these resources. We have the manpower and the financial resources that we need to minister to refugees, but more importantly refugee resettlement agencies or secular organizations, they provide services, and those are for a limited number of months or until [refugees] get on their feet. But what churches do, they not only add to the services and fill in the gap where services are lacking, but they add Christian care. Services and care are two different things. I think that’s really important for the healing process, for the integration process. And, then on top of that, where these agencies leave off, the relationships that churches have formed, and by churches, I mean individual Christians, they continue to grow, and I think that’s a gift to the refugees that they are able to connect with Americans. Most refugees never come to experience real friendship with Americans, with Anglos, particularly.Gov. Greg Abbot pulled Texas out of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program, which indicates to me that statewide there’s some resistance to refugees. Still, resettlement continues with the federal funds channeled through nonprofit organizations, and Texas is second only to California in the number of refugees admitted. Can you share some insight into the dissonance?Political issues and people issues are two different things. I think the people of Texas are extremely generous, extremely loving, Dallas particularly. Or Texas is a Christian state, and while they might be politically conservative, they have the Holy Spirit in them, and the Holy Spirit moves them to reach refugees and to love them and to serve them whether they politically may agree with refugee resettlement or their political party is supportive of that.Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, on the other hand, takes a position opposite the governor. He applauds the resettlement program. I read that one in four Dallas residents is foreign born. What makes Dallas, particularly, welcoming toward immigrants and refugees? How have they helped shape the city?What has helped them to be welcoming, it’s just the heart of the people. It’s not political, they are just good people, many of them just good Christians. It’s a very religious city, so that might have to do with it.I’m sure you’ve read stories about how refugees are revitalizing communities in the Rust Belt, in the Hudson Valley, where there are tons of Salvadorans and others from Central America who have really revitalized some of these smaller towns. Obviously, diversity makes cities stronger, communities stronger. Have you seen that here in DallasYes. There is a neighborhood in Dallas that used to be very violent. Refugees have been resettled there and the violence has been reduced, but I don’t think and those may be impactful in the ways that political decisions are made, like at the mayor’s level, but I don’t think that individual Dallasites think in those terms. I don’t think they think, what are we gaining from this? I think they just have a good and generous and compassionate heart.The U.S. Supreme Court recently temporarily upheld parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, refusing entry to people from six Muslim countries, unless they have a family connection or a university appointment. What has been the impact of the court’s decision on the community you serve?Our refugees are in Turkey. They are mostly persecuted Christians. They are really struggling with that decision because their situation now is unknown and they despair. Many of them are wondering whether they should go back to Iran, and that would be extremely dangerous because these are heavily persecuted Christians. And so it has been a very difficult six months or so for our refugees, anyways, but this recent decision has added definitely for that.So, you have a direct connection to refugees who are awaiting third-country resettlement?Iranians, they are particularly there in Turkey, and my sister and her husband, they are refugees in Turkey right now among others. So, yeah, we have a network of refugees that we connect to.–Lynette Wilson is managing editor of Episcopal News Service.  July 14, 2017 at 8:32 am I was very impressed by the writer’s story. I lived in Dallas for 24 years and taught many children that were in a sense refugees—Mexican American kiddos. One should not call these people refugees since Texas was once a part of Mexico. The folks add so much to the cultural life of a city, let alone the economy. In those years I belonged to a church in Oak Cliff (south sections of Dallas) that provided sanctuary to an extended family from El Salvador. We learned a lot from this family. Thanks for the article. Keep up the good work. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Martha Richards says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Press Release Service TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK July 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm Your story is amazing. Keep up the good work. I’m sure our Lord Jesus has given you the strength eo endure and will continue to bless your ministry. Rector Belleville, IL last_img read more

RIP: Former Los Angeles Bishop Joseph Jon Bruno dies at…

first_imgRIP: Former Los Angeles Bishop Joseph Jon Bruno dies at 74 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Job Listing Submit a Press Release In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events Obituary, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Tags The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno. Photo: Diocese of Los Angeles[Diocese of Los Angeles] The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, former bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles, died suddenly of natural causes at his home in La Quinta, California, on April 23.In making the announcement together with the other members of the Bruno family, his wife, Mary A. Bruno, released the following statement:“Our family and the many others who knew and loved Jon have been blessed with his magnificent life. We are gladdened to know that he has been greeted by St. Peter and is in the loving hands of God. We ask that our family is included in your prayers and our privacy respected in this time of grief.”Bruno is survived by Mary, his wife of 35 years; his daughter, Jonelle; his son, Philip, and his wife, Mary; stepson Brent Woodrich and his wife, Andrea; nine grandchildren and countless friends.Services and other arrangements are pending. More information, including a full obituary in the diocese’s Episcopal News, is here.Bruno was known for his commitment to multicultural and polylingual ministry, his advocacy for inclusion and equity for all people regardless of orientation and identification and the visionary Seeds of Hope ministry he co-founded, which has helped bear tens of thousands of people through the pandemic with its food and education programs. He chose for his episcopate the theme “Hands in Healing” as a means of inspiring others to mend effects of violence, discrimination, and loss.Bruno was born Nov. 17, 1946, in Los Angeles and grew up in the Echo Park and Maravilla sections of the city. He graduated from East L.A.’s Garfield High School, Cal State L.A., and the Virginia Theological Seminary, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2001. He held a certificate in criminology from Cal State Long Beach and served as a police officer in Burbank, California. Raised a Roman Catholic, he entered The Episcopal Church through the parish of Epiphany, Lincoln Heights, during his youth.He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Robert C. Rusack in the Diocese of Los Angeles in 1978, and served churches in Thousand Oaks, California, and Oregon before beginning ministry as rector of St. Athanasius Church in Echo Park in 1986. There he conceived of the idea to build, on that site, the Cathedral Center of St. Paul and was installed as its first provost in 1994 by Bishop Frederick H. Borsch, whom he succeeded in 2002 as sixth bishop of Los Angeles, having been elected bishop coadjutor in 1999. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Posted Apr 27, 2021 Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT People TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

The Extend House / Landmak Architecture

first_img Photographs Vietnam CopyHouses, Refurbishment•Vietnam “COPY” Houses “COPY” Save this picture!© Le Anh Duc+ 19 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/783081/the-extend-house-landmark-architecture Clipboard ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeLandmak ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentVietnamPublished on March 08, 2016Cite: “The Extend House / Landmak Architecture” 07 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream The Extend House / Landmak ArchitectureSave this projectSaveThe Extend House / Landmak Architecture Architects: Landmak Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Area:  670 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2016 Photographs:  Le Anh DucConstruction Supervisor:Doan Van Khang, Bui Thanh TungArchitect In Charge:Ta Tien Vinh, Truong Tuan ChungDesign Team:Nguyen Thu Phuong, Vu Nam Son, Le Minh Hoang, Do Tho Ha, Bui HuyToan, Nguyen Hoang HaiCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Le Anh DucRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceText description provided by the architects. In Vietnam, recent years, the house built in advance in new urban areas is popular. Although these urban areas are often located at beautiful position, the project owners do not often adequately investigate the needs and living habits of Vietnamese when building hundreds villas. They are mostly affected by the French architectural style which makes the buyers often reconstruct the space inside house.Save this picture!© Le Anh DucThis house is a case. One difference from the neighbor’s house is that it is connected from two Semi-D. Fence separating two Semi-Ds is removed, two garden spaces links together. We build an unclosed awning near the road and join two Semi-Ds with a bridge made of steel structure and transparent glass behind the house. That solution make the two Semi-Ds become a continuous block and yet maximize advantage of the view to golf course behind. We wanted to reconstruct the house become a mixture of architectural features: space for family, space for guests, space for events and all must be comfortable as a mini Resort.Save this picture!PlanThe interior spaces are completely changed. In block A, a lift is used to make the vertical movement more comfortable and convenient.Save this picture!© Le Anh DucIn block B, ladder is moved to other location, combines with the void in order to take light for the spaces near the neighbor’s house.Save this picture!© Le Anh DucArchitects makes a research and transform the architectural details in the Vietnamese traditional houses as well as the main point of Buddhism (Vajrayana sect) to create: • The tropical climate in the public spaces such as living room, bedroom, home working space, spa, etc. • Buddhism marked space • Meditation space • The patio to meet friends with “screen” which is half open – half close • The other details and partition walls with wooden spindles or natural stone made in the Vietnamese traditional villages, for example, Dong Ky village – BacNinh, NinhKhanh stone village – NinhBinh, Van Phuc silk village – Hanoi.Save this picture!ElevationFinally all mix together, between local and contemporary, religion and daily life, privacy and community, the old and the new, the interior and exterior, close and open. And the last is the peaceful atmosphere when host comes home after leaving exciting life outside.Save this picture!© Le Anh DucProject gallerySee allShow lessBlues Design Office / D.I.G ArchitectsSelected ProjectsCOCREA / bews / building environment workshopSelected Projects Share Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/783081/the-extend-house-landmark-architecture Clipboard Projects The Extend House / Landmak Architecturelast_img read more

Seed Consultants 3/19/2013 Market Closing with Gary Wilhemy

first_img Previous articleRelief from SPCC Rule Extended for Farmers and RanchersNext articleFarmer Co-ops Celebrate National Ag Day Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Seed Consultants 3/19/2013 Market Closing with Gary Wilhemy Facebook Twitter Seed Consultants 3/19/2013 Market Closing with Gary Wilhemy SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 19, 2013  Market ClosingFinancialMixed conclusion in US equitiesDAX off .8%Housing starts up .8%Cyprus parliament unable to reach a consensus on tax levy, so the next move may be into bankruptcyDollar index up 24 at 82.90Gold $1605 up a fewCrude oil WTI down $1.64US banks not much involved, but undertow is presentLivestockNew lows in April cattle and hogsDomestic demand is punkWintry blast retards cattle weights gain but not for longCOF Friday with a 6% lower total on feed expectedCash hogs wallowGrain and soybeansInterior corn basis firm on tight suppliesDryness continues to haunt winter wheatBoth May corn and wheat closed eight higherMay beans off fourChina cancelling perhaps as many as 10-12 MT of Brazilian bean purchases because of shipping delays, but a transfer to US supplies may not be parallelCorn reduced as percentage of feed ration (42% from 45% last year)Two eastern ethanol plants reopenPlot the old crop new crop corn and soybean spreadsChinese crush margins said to easeAnalyzing economic reports is like going to a costume party12:58 updateDow off 35Chinese crush margins softenChina may be cancelling 10-12 MT of Brazilian beans but switch to US is not automaticCorn feed usage 42% of total versus 45% a year ago.Two eastern ethanol plants reopenTightly supplied corn basis firmsCattle and hogs both at their lows10:46 updateDow up 16 and S&P and NADAQ steadyCyprus tax levy unlikely to pass parliament, but then what?Packers at ease in cattleWintry blast harms weight gainPork margins in the black but cash steady to lowerRussian grain stocks seen at 16 MT 13/14 up from 15 MTChina cancels 2 MT of Brazilian beans due to delaysGulf bean down 5 on slow demandBull spreads working in cornOpening CommentFinancialDow up 43 as housing starts were .8% higher in FebruaryCyprus on hold as banks are closed until ThursdayUS banks are not deeply involved, but Cyprus is just another piece of European dysfunctionThe longer the crisis goes on the greater the risk of a European run on the banksS&P down 9 and NASDAQ up 8DAX .2% lower and FTSE up .2%WTI crude $93.73 off $.6Gold $1602 steadyDollar unchanged at 82.72LivestockCash cattle offered at $129Boxed beef narrowly mixed with the spread plus $2Show lists largerMeat demand sloppy domestically but exports were good last weekCOF -6% expected on total on feed19 loads of pork at $.53 higher on carcass, loins $2.40 higher and hams down $.27Kill 119,000 cattle and 426,000 hogsGrain and soybeansGrains a penny mixed and beans down 5 centsCorn stocks seen at 5 b and soybeans at 940 mCorn acres 97 m and soybeans 78 mOld- new soybean spread has moved $.50 since 3-11Midwest has had some rain but more and regular showers are neededDec corn resistance is at $5.70 and Nov bean support at $12.50Dollar steady but on its highOutside markets shuttering in uncertaintylast_img read more

Men’s tennis swept in singles, fall to No. 4 Texas

first_imgTAGSMen’s tennissports 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special ReddIt Alex RybakovPhoto by Jack Wallace Twitter 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Facebook Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallace Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TCU News Now 4/28/2021 TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks center_img ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebook Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ printAlex Rybakov takes a moment to himself after a painful loss against No. 4 Texas on April 6, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceNo. 10 TCU’s home win streak ended with a 6-1 loss to the No. 4 Texas Longhorns on senior night Saturday.TCU hadn’t lost at home since falling to No. 4 Florida 3-4 back in early February, winning eight in a row before it was snapped. Reese Stalder and Bertus Kruger ready before a shot against No. 4 Texas on April 6, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceDoubles started hotThe Frogs had an impressive start to doubles play, sweeping doubles for the first time in six matches.The Alex Rybakov/Alastair Gray duo improved their record to 12-6 on the year, while the Reese Stalder/Bertus Kruger team improved to 14-5.“We got the point, we played very well,” head coach David Roditi said. “I’m very happy with the way we played in doubles. Did a great job, very high level, good quality.”The Sander Jong/Luc Fomba doubles team did not finish but were down 3-5 when the doubles point was called.Alastair Gray rests on the net following his loss against Texas on April 6, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceLonghorns trample over singlesFor the first time this season, the Frogs were swept in singles.“They just beat us,” Roditi said. “They were better than we were today, and it’s just disappointing.”No. 20 Gray was the first Frog to fall as he lost 6-4, 6-2 to the No. 5 player in the country. Stalder went down quickly after, 3-6, 5-7, giving Texas the 2-1 lead overall. He had yet to lose any straight set matches in the season, but now has lost in straight sets two matches in a row.Fomba was handled easily in the first set but had a booming comeback in the second set, winning 6-2 to even the scoreline. This play could not be sustained, however, as he fell 2-6, 6-2, 4-6.“Fomba finding the energy that brought the best tennis he’s played in a while to win the second set was a win,” Roditi said.Bertus Kruger fought hard to win back the second set, but ultimately fell in the third. Photo by Jack WallaceThe other TCU senior, Rybakov, was one of two Frogs to win the first set. Slowly running out of gas, though, he couldn’t last and lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to hand the match to the Longhorns.“He broke us down at No. 1; I’m sure Ryba is disappointed,” Roditi said. “He’s going to have to learn from it. He’s been rock solid for us, but you never know what [they] can bring out on senior night. It didn’t bring out the best in him.”David Roditi looks on his team during the Texas loss on April 6, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceOne last pushThis is the first time in the last four seasons Texas has beaten TCU and sets TCU at 4-3 against the Longhorns since the Frogs entered the Big 12.“What makes Texas so good is that they’re solid one through six,” Roditi said. “There’s no holes.”TCU currently stands at third in the Big 12 standings behind Baylor and Texas.Up next:The Frogs have one final home match of the season against Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m. Monday.After the match, TCU will travel north to Oklahoma for Friday and Sunday matches against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to finish the regular season. The Big 12 Tournament, held in Lawrence, Kansas this year, will take place from April 18-21. TCU will look to capture their third Big 12 Tournament title in the last four years. Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. + posts Previous articleBaseball rebounds from Friday loss to win series over OklahomaNext articleImage Magazine: Spring 2019 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East Linkedinlast_img read more

Cycle Lane on Limerick’s Shannon Bridge to remain as Council reviews…

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Advertisement TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Previous articleBREAKING — Five patients in hospitals in Limerick and Clare test positive for COVID-19Next articleRound Up: Limerick SFC, IFC & JAFC Second Round Review Meghann Scully Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Facebook Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img BusinessLimerickNewsCycle Lane on Limerick’s Shannon Bridge to remain as Council reviews Covid PlanBy Meghann Scully – August 25, 2020 323 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Twitter LIMERiCK City and County Council has announced that the cycle-lane on Shannon Bridge, which was installed during the summer months as part of the Guiding Limerick Through Covid-19 plan, is to be retained.The re-purposing of one of the in-bound lanes on Shannon Bridge as a two-way cycle-lane was based on the need to provide safe cycling access to the city centre from the north side of the city.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This was identified as a priority in the Limerick Metropolitan Cycling Study and in the proposed new Transport Strategy for Limerick. Shannon Bridge had been selected for the trial as it had the space to implement the changes whereas the other city bridges did not. Brian Kennedy, Director of Service, Physical Development, Limerick City and County Council said “Following a review of the temporary Covid-19 measures and to provide a safe segregated crossing point for cyclists, it has been decided to keep the cycle lane in place with plans for a more permanent solution to be designed and constructed effectively.”“The cycle lanes have worked well during the trial period with user numbers exceeding those prior to the measures being put in place. We are aware that school traffic will increase in the coming days but we are working proactively with schools in the area and our traffic management department on this issue.”“In addition, design work has commenced to provide permanent cycling infrastructure on the bridge linking Condell Road cycle route with the city centre.  The Council will monitor traffic usage on the bridge and keep it under active review.“Similarly, the learnings from the data throughout the summer will inform the implementation of future transport projects in Limerick, specifically in relation to the Shannon Bridge, the City Quays and the South Circular Road.”Changes to the phasing of the Government’s Roadmap for re-opening society and business and delays in moving through the phases resulted in some of the Covid19 measures proposed in the council’s plan regarding the promotion of the night time economy and public animation events being postponed or curtailed.Changing our Public SpacesNew parklets have been built on O’Connell Street and Catherine Street. These will remain in place to allow for alfresco dining and enhance the area.  We will consider applications for additional parklets on a case by case basis.Catherine Street:  With only a small number of commercial premises benefitting from the temporary measures due to the delay in proceeding to phase 4, the Council has decided not to extend the part closure of one block of the street at weekends post August 31. The council, though, will consider proposals to pedestrianise the street for events on a case by case basis.The temporary pedestrianisation measures on Howley’s Quay/ Nicholas Street/ Denmark Street, Upper Denmark Street/Robert Street will cease as planned on August 31.The traffic restriction measures on South Circular Road, O’Callaghan Strand and the City Quays will also cease as scheduled on August 31. The traffic restrictions on the Old Dublin Road had already been removed.Applications for temporary road closures for specific cultural animations and events will be considered on a case by case over the coming months subject to public health guidelines.The Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy (LSMATS) will be launched by the National Transport Authority shortly which will provide a framework for all future sustainable transport measures and these city locations will be considered for future sustainable infrastructure.The 25kph advisory speed limit will continue to operate in the core city centre, while the council has commenced the process of providing permanent statutory speed limit reductions in this area.Free on-street parking on Saturdays will remain in the city centre for rest of the year. Parking will also be free on Saturdays in Abbeyfeale and Kilmallock. Newcastle West has always had free parking on Saturdays.The installation of click and collect zones and the licensing of outdoor furniture for the hospitality sector has been a success and will be maintained.Culture and Place-MakingA total of 14 grant awards have been made to date under the Creative Animation Grants Scheme.  However, due to the delay in moving to phase 4 of the government re-opening, some of these are currently postponed and will commence again once the national guidelines allow them to do so.Decorative lighting was installed on Thomas Street and Bedford Row, a 3D game was created in Arthur’s Quay Park with The Panoramic Wheel in situ until the end of September.Business SupportsAlmost €7m has been paid out to over 1,650 local businesses as part of the Business Re-Start Grant. Applications remain open for the Business Re-Start Grant Plus with payments due to commence in the next number of weeks.Almost half a million euro was paid to local businesses who availed of the Trading Online voucher with another €1m paid to businesses availing of the Business Continuity Voucher.220 stores continue to successfully trade on Limerick.ie/Shop with the Council’s 50 Days of Summer Tourism campaign generating a significant amount of national profile for Limerick with over 84,000 competition entries and a tourism marketing campaign continuing until Sunday 13 September.last_img read more

Pinjra Tod Member Natasha Narwal Will Be Allowed VC Meetings With Counsel, Books of Her Choice: Tihar Prison Informs Delhi HC

first_imgNews UpdatesPinjra Tod Member Natasha Narwal Will Be Allowed VC Meetings With Counsel, Books of Her Choice: Tihar Prison Informs Delhi HC Karan Tripathi29 Jun 2020 10:34 PMShare This – xTihar authorities have agreed to allow Pinjra Tod member Natasha Narwal to have video conferencing meetings with her lawyer, telephonic calls with her family, and access to books of her choice. The said information was provided by the Superintendent of Tihar in a status report submitted before the Single Bench of Justice C Hari Shankar on Tuesday. In the last hearing, Mr Adit S Pujari…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?LoginTihar authorities have agreed to allow Pinjra Tod member Natasha Narwal to have video conferencing meetings with her lawyer, telephonic calls with her family, and access to books of her choice. The said information was provided by the Superintendent of Tihar in a status report submitted before the Single Bench of Justice C Hari Shankar on Tuesday. In the last hearing, Mr Adit S Pujari who appeared for the Petitioner, had submitted that as per Rule 627 of the Delhi Prison Rules, interviews with legal representatives have to be within sight but out of the hearing of prison officials. It was argued that jail officials are currently privy to the conversations taking place between the Petitioner and her legal counsel. Therefore, the court must ensure compliance with Rule 627 in order to make sure that the jail officials are not able to hear the legal interviews of the Petitioner. ‘The Petitioner is an accused under FIRs registered for Delhi riots. She’s scared to move applications or discuss further course of action as jail officials are privy to get interviews’, Mr Pujari submitted. In addition to this, the Petitioner had also sought extension of time granted for video conferencing by citing special provisions for female prisoners under Rule 1516 of the Delhi Prison Rules. Instead of two calls of 15 minutes each, the Petitioner seeks two calls of 30 minutes each. ‘The Petitioner has two FIRs against her, she should be given more time for her legal interviews’, Mr Pujari argued. Today, Mr Rahul Mehra, who was appearing for Tihar, submitted that all the grievances of the Petitioner have been addressed and the following has been decided: a. The Petitioner will be provided with headphones during the video conferencing in order to ensure compliance with Rule 627 of the Delhi Prison Rules b. Screen sharing facility will also be provided through Webex app c. All the books desired by the Petitioner will be provided to her subject to the Delhi Prison Rules d. Petitioner will be provided with telephonic calls facility e. As far as practicable, 30 minutes of video conferencing will be provided to the Petitioner ‘The jail officials will be within the sight bit they won’t be at the audible distance’, Mr Mehra submitted. At this point, the Petitioner expressed satisfaction with the affirmations given by the Tihar authorities. The present matter pertained to a writ petition moved by Pinjra Tod member Natasha Narwal seeking a direction to be issued to the Tihar Superintendent to allow her daily meeting with her counsel through video conferencing.   Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Errors in juvenile copepod growth rate estimates are widespread: problems with the Moult Rate method

first_imgThe ‘Moult Rate’ (MR) method has been used widely to derive stage-specific growth rates in juvenile copepods. It is the most common field-based method. Unfortunately, the equation underlying the method is wrong and, consequently, large errors in juvenile growth rate estimates are widespread. The equation derives growth from the mean weight of 2 consecutive stages (i and i + 1) and the duration of stage i. The weight change and the period to which this change is attributed are, therefore, offset. We explore this potential source of error in the MR method critically. Errors arise as a result of 2 primary factors: (1) unequal durations of successive stages and (2) unequal rates of growth of successive stages. The method of deriving the mean weight (arithmetic or geometric) also has an impact and is examined. Using a steady-state assumption, a range of scenarios and the errors that arise are examined. The literature is then reviewed and the size of errors resulting from MR method application in both field and laboratory situations is estimated. Our results suggest that the MR method can lead to large errors in growth estimation in any stage, but some stages are particularly prone. Errors for the C5 stage are often large because the following stage (the adult) does not moult, and has a different rate of body weight increase. For the same reason, errors are also great where the following stage is not actively moulting (e.g. when diapausing). In these circumstances, published work has commonly greatly underestimated growth. For example, MR growth ranges from 11 to 47% of the value derived correctly for this stage, gi_corr (calculated assuming the non-moulting stage does not grow). In late stages that are followed by actively moulting stages, the MR method has commonly given values in excess of 150% of gi_corr, but underestimation also occurs, with values <90% of gi_corr. We propose new methods and equations that overcome these problems. These equations are written with and without within-stage mortality included. The equations are relatively insensitive to mortality rates within the range found in the field, but only provided that the stage duration is not determined from moult rate. Stage duration estimates obtained from measuring moulting rates of field-collected animals are very sensitive to mortality rates of the animals prior to capture, and field mortality rates are often high enough to produce dramatic over-estimation of stage duration.last_img read more

USS Preble, USS John Paul Jones Arrive to New Homeport

first_img View post tag: Arrive View post tag: Homeport View post tag: USS Preble View post tag: Navy View post tag: New USS Preble, USS John Paul Jones Arrive to New Homeport View post tag: americas View post tag: USS John Paul Jones The move was orchestrated to provide updated advanced Aegis capabilities to Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (COMNAVSURFGRU MIDPAC) in an effort to maintain the most robust and capable force possible.Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, welcomed both ships to Hawaii, noting the advanced capabilities they bring to the Middle Pacific Fleet.USS Preble arrived at JBPHH as a replacement for the guided-missile frigate Reuben James (FFG 57), which was decommissioned July 18, 2013, and will serve as a MIDPAC surface combatant to reinforce maritime operations in the region.Cmdr. Robert T. Bryans, commanding officer of USS Preble, said he looked forward to bringing USS Preble’s advanced capabilities to the region and being a part of the MIDPAC team.As a new addition to MIDPAC, Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class Chan Wakefield said the crew aboard USS Preble aims to answer the operational demands of the region, as well as take advantage of the rare opportunity of being homeported in Hawaii.Currently the most technologically advanced ship within the Ballistics Missile Defense (BMD) program, USS John Paul Jones will operate as a rotational BMD deployer, and testing ship, as part of a long-range U.S. commitment to the security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.The move also allowed the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) to proceed to San Diego for a scheduled, extended docking ship repair availability(EDSRA).Cmdr. Andrew Thomson, commanding officer of USS John Paul Jones, said his crew has proven that they are ready to assume the role as the Navy’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense test ship. In the coming years, the ship is expected to test newer and more advanced systems that will be used to defend the nation and allied forces overseas, Thomson said.USS Lake Erie is scheduled to replace USS John Paul Jones as a rotational BMD deployer out of San Diego once the EDSRA is complete.[mappress]Press Release, August 18, 2014; Image: US Navycenter_img August 18, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Preble, USS John Paul Jones Arrive to New Homeport The U.S. Middle Pacific Naval Fleet received two new additions as the guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) arrived to their new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) August 14 and 15 from San Diego. View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

OUSU criticised for “irrelevant” discussion

first_imgOUSU council is facing criticism for an “irrelevant” discussion of policies that are due to expire this term.OUSU council annually evaluate every policy that is coming to the end of its fourth year. The policies, which are put forward by the Common Rooms and OUSU executives, are contained in the Student Union’s booklet of what OUSU believe.The policies range from extending library opening hours to campaigning against the use of sweatshop labour in University products.Students have been critical of this process. Jim O’Connell, Univ’s OUSU representative, has questioned the importance of the policy booklet itself, commenting, “I think there’s a danger of many students seeing this kind of long-winded process as being irrelevant to their needs, especially when issues under discussion include condemnation of the Armenian Genocide, which happened nearly a century ago.”He added, “It’s these kinds of motions that lead to the perception that OUSU wastes time and isn’t focused on the needs of students and common rooms.”Lewis Iwu has rebuffed these arguments. He said, “You might think that Policy Lapse is unimportant, but the motions contained in this booklet were each considered and debated in Council by your predecessors; MCR Reps, JCR Reps, OUSU Exec members and delegates. I’d hope that in a few years time, people take the time to review the debates we have in Council today and I hope you take some time considering the policies in this booklet.”Magdalen JCR president Laurence Mills also stressed the need to consider the application of OUSU policy to lives of regular students.He said, “Whilst we only go through this process once a year, I think that there are definitely some issues that we will be debating that a lot of students won’t think are relevant, and so it is important that we reassess whether or not we are focusing on the important aspects of student life that we can be making progress on.”One of the most controversial policies to discuss is OUSU’s pro-choice stance. Matthew Brown, the President of Oxford’s Pro-Life society has found it “strange” to “take such a definitive position” when the student union represents many individuals”.He added, “Note OUSU also refers to its pro-choice position as a ‘campaign’ which I believe to be unhelpful language. Their position is to ‘campaign’, in the affirmative, rather than to support all students.”Defending this position, Both O’Connell and Mills argued that OUSU’s pro-choice stance is vital to maintain. O’Connell said, “OUSU needs to be pro-choice because it has a direct and hugely important effect on welfare, because people confronted with that kind of situation need the best possible information and advice.”last_img read more