European Champions Cup analysis: Four exceptional English full-backs

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The top tier of European competition annually offers exiles a shot at the “exceptional circumstances” clause and a chance to prove England should cast aside domestic performers in favour of those residing further away from home.Barrelling openside Steffon Armitage has loomed large for the entirety of Stuart Lancaster’s tenure, his consistent breakdown excellence winning a multitude of backers. However, another Brit abroad shone bright on Saturday.Dismantling Northampton Saints for Clermont, two-cap Nick Abendanon moved to a haul of three tries, 38 beaten defenders and 716 running metres for the Champions Cup campaign and put his name firmly in the frame for World Cup involvement.Now, Lancaster knows the former Bath man well from his time in charge of the Saxons. Hellbent on inspiring the nation this year, the England head honcho will likely assemble a large training squad including foreign-based members before naming 31 to take on the tournament.That plays into Abendanon’s favour. But he was not the only English full-back to excel this weekend. In fact, every quarter-final featured a fine performance from a player in pursuit of Mike Brown’s place. Here is a run-down.Nick AbendanonMightily incisive, Abendanon helped conjure tries with two attacking contributions even before his own opportunistic 80-metre score after half-time.The first came from an excellent piece of anticipation as Lee Dickson‘s box-kick fell into his hands and he fed Wesley Fofana to devastating effect:The old sporting adage ‘you make your own luck’ holds sway here. Though Dickson’s poor connection means the ball was set to bounce well short of Abendanon, he hares off towards the landing area:Fortune favours the brave and the full-back gets a lucky rebound off the hands of his scrum-half Ludovic Radosalvjevic. He bursts through bodies and picks a great pass as Dickson comes in to tackle:Fofana does what he does best before linking with Napolioni Nalaga. The ball is then recycled and Noa Nakaitaci strolls over in the right-hand corner:While rather inconspicuous, Abendanon’s role in the second part of this five-pointer is just as important. Staying on his feet, he sprints through in support and is first to the ruck as Nalaga is tackled:Seven minutes later, Abendanon made a less subtle intervention:This is a masterclass in joining phase-play as a full-back. Watch where Abendanon starts, curving around to receive the third pass of the movement.Between the black arrows is the gap he eventually takes, between forwards Tom Wood and Salesi Ma’afu. This mismatch will already be in Abendanon’s mind:On catching Fofana’s pass, a step off the right foot sees him onto Wood’s inside. His pace easily beats Ma’afu on the outside:Another jink unbalances the covering Dickson and gets him onto the right shoulder of James Wilson, so the scoring pass is straightforward:The reverse angle of Abendanon’s evasion is nice to watch:On the rare occasions Clermont were on the back foot, their number 15 stayed composed and clear-headed.No better was that illustrated than here, as he fielded George Pisi‘s grubber through before beating Luther Burrell and the kicker:The pirouette is worth another look for sure:Many precocious, attack-minded Englishmen over the years have come under fire for their perceived lack of defensive prowess – Charlie Hodgson and Danny Cipriani among them.Abendanon may have been in that chastised contingent, too. Not any more. This try-saver on Christian Day was superb:Just as the hit on Day, approximate 20 kilograms heavier than him, is excellent, Abendanon’s patience and decision-making is very good. Staring down a four-on two, he has no right to stop Saints as Burrell throws a mis-pass:Aided by poor running lines, he drifts across, gets low and makes the tackle. After driving Day back, he gets to his feet and disrupts the ruck: Outstripping Saints: Nick Abendanon breaks away for Clermont against Northampton Nick Abendanon’s performance on Saturday evoked talk of “exceptional circumstances”, but he was not the only English number 15 in form.center_img It is a fine piece of play that demonstrates athleticism and footballing intelligence, something the next candidate possesses in abundance.Alex GoodeAdept at fly-half, Goode is blessed with razor-sharp rugby instincts. These came to the fore throughout Saracens‘ 12-11 hi-jacking of Racing Metro.This piece of back-field coverage provides a flawless example. Johnny Sexton, many of whom rate among the best tactical kickers in the world, makes a clearance that looks to be sailing towards the touchline.Goode glides back to intercept effortlessly, calling a mark and injecting tempo by tapping and setting off:Distribution is another skill Lancaster looks for in full-backs. Teams with more than one playmaker can impart two-sided attacks, whereby both blindside and openside are attended by runners.Goode lacks for nothing in this area. Watch how he hits the line in this movement before flinging out a pass off his left hand.The Racing defender is sucked onto Marcelo Bosch and the Argentinian match-winner creates the break with a quick transfer to Chris Ashton:Kicking is integral to the Saracens gameplan, and on Sunday the visitors often used the tactic  of wide runners chipping inside to follow-up support.Joining from first phase this time, Goode executes this well:Hooking into space, he follows up alongside Richard Wigglesworth and Chris Wyles. Racing carry over their own line, and a five-metre scrum results.To save the best of Goode’s afternoon until last, this break hauled his side onto the front foot:Sashaying past replacement tighthead Brian Mujati, Goode initially takes advantage of a mismatch.Even after another step bypasses three more would-be tacklers though, the most important thing is how he acts in the open.You learn a lot about a player when they are in space. Here, Goode knows how crucial retaining the ball is. He stays patient, and curves towards his support before staying on his feet for as long as possible.As the below screenshot shows, this has the effect of allowing Kelly Brown to catch up and resource the ruck:From the Parisian suburbs to Dublin, and another assertive display from an English 15.Anthony WatsonOf the 660 minutes Watson has spent on the field in Test rugby – eight full-game shifts and a cameo from the replacements bench against New Zealand – only around 68 have come at full-back.In that time, England scored six tries. Granted, the opponents were Italy, but the Bath youngster is definitely more comfortable in the more open expanses.Despite a mistimed jump that brought a deserved yellow card after Rob Kearney was floored, Watson underlined as much. Twice he lacerated Leinster from a standing start.Jimmy Gopperth planted this probing grubber early on. The chase is good, but Jordi Murphy gets comfortably beaten on the return. With a better offload from Matt Bahanan, Watson would have been the clear:A similarly scything run in the second period punished Eoin Reddan’s rather loose box-kick, sparking a sweeping counter:In terms of producing something from nothing – one of Lancaster’s favourite sayings – Watson’s fast-twitch footwork puts him out on his own.Elliot DalyDaly started Wasps’ eventual 32-18 defeat to European champions Toulon at outside centre, from where he has been causing havoc throughout the Premiership campaign and for the Saxons in Cork a couple of months ago.However, he has worn the 15 jersey both for England and against them in Barbarians colours. Possessing a howitzer left boot as well as power and pace, the gifted 22 year-old would be an effective Test weapon from deep.Two delicious forays into the 15-metre channel at the Stade Mayol reinforced as much, the first setting Rob Miller away thanks to a hitch-kick and step between Guilhem Guirado and Maxine Mermoz, before an explosive surge through contact and deft offload:Then there was this assist for Will Helu. While Josua Tuisova’s trip undoubtedly manufactures the opening, Daly executes the two-on-two superbly. His outside arc burns Mathieu Bastareaud, forcing Delon Armitage to step in:As shown by this screenshot, the scoring pass is timed to perfection – coming just as Armitage loses trust in his teammate and, quite understandably, turns his shoulders: Throw in Brown and Chris Pennell of Worcester Warriors and Lancaster has a plethora of extremely plausible full-back options, even without injured Ben Foden. The selection decisions will be difficult. 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Continuing Indaba is celebrated as ‘a wonderful gift to the…

first_img 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 By ACNS staffPosted May 29, 2012 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] An initiative to enable mission by strengthening relationship between parishes, dioceses and provinces has been celebrated by participants and evaluators as “an important tool” and “wonderful gift” for the Anglican Communion.Continuing Indaba, an official ministry of the Communion, has, for three years, been promoting cross-Provincial/diocesan dialogue, visits and the production of theological resources aimed at supporting the process of enabling “conversation across difference”.A recently published progress report Continuing Indaba – Celebrating A Journey revealed that those involved considered Indaba to be “an important tool for moving forward together as a 21st century Anglican Communion”.The report states: “The fruit of Indaba is becoming evident. The consistent testimony of those participating points to a deeper understanding of the unity of the church resulting in common participation in the Mission of God. They are already communicating the potential for Indaba in their own diocese, in their relationships with other Anglicans around the world and for the Communion as a whole.“Participants do not report that they are now more ‘liberal’ or more ‘conservative’. They are reporting that are being challenged to be more Christ-like, to get on with mission and to discover more of the wonders of being a follower of Christ on a journey with others.”One such participant, Ghana’s Bishop Matthias Medadues-Badohu of Ho Diocese, said: “Indaba is a wonderful gift to the Communion, bringing people together from every culture, race, language and belief into one fold, acknowledging one another as children of one Father.”Bishop Pradeep Kumar Samataroy of Amritsar Diocese of the Church of North India said that taking part in Indaba had not been without its challenges: “People came with lots of fear, apprehension and pessimism about the usefulness and outcomes of an Indaba consultation. But those feelings were turned to joy and excitement when understanding stated to be built up through face-to-face Encounter. We came as participants [to the Indaba resource hubs] but returned as partners in the mission of God.”Daniel Graves, of Toronto said of Indaba, “It is a different way of being together and requires us to take a leap of faith out of some of our old ways, and into being vulnerable, risking really listening and really being honest when we have our opportunity to speak.”A team of three evaluators were appointed to follow the project, especially the pilot conversations. Dr Paula Nesbitt (USA) headed up the team with her colleagues Dr Mkunga Mtingele (Tanzania) and Dr Jo Sadgrove (UK). The aim was to establish the genuine value of the project and to guide future developments.Their findings show that the Continuing Indaba model of Encounters and facilitated conversation improved participants’ sense of mutual listening, something and that it was very effective in developing authentic mutual listening and deeper overall understanding across dioceses, as well as a better understanding of how Anglican faith and mission are lived in different cultural contexts.The evaluation concluded with a strong, positive recommendation to continue refining Indaba, beyond the inevitable practical difficulties, frustrations and learning points of a pilot, as an important tool for moving forward together as a 21st century Anglican Communion.Continuing Indaba, Celebrating a Journey – Progress Report May 2012 has been commended to the Anglican Communion by Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams “as an important resource for ensuring that all voices can be heard as we seek to be a flourishing Church together.”To coincide with the publication of the progress report a new Continuing Indaba website has been launched as a place for resources, like the report and Creating Space – a collection of essays produced during the first phase of Continuing Indaba, and continuing conversation. It also features a blog that will be a space for Anglicans and Episcopalians around the Communion to encounter one another and share their thoughts on moving forward together. 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Albert Cutié preaches at July 10 convention Eucharist

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Tags General Convention, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [ooyala code=”U0OGpjNTpayWHP0m3RQW4DLB0AeM6smH”][Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The following sermon was presented today at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, meeting in Indianapolis IN through July 12.SERMON – JULY 10, 2012 – Remembering Bartolomé de las Casas: Tireless Advocate for Justice (MT 10:26-31) – The Rev. Albert Cutié, Diocese of Southeast FloridaIn the name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.I am so blessed and so happy to be here. While this is only my second General Convention, I have to tell you that I feel like I have been a member of The Episcopal Church all of my life. My wife and I have received so much love from all over the church. I just had to begin this sermon by telling all of you – especially those who are particularly interested in church growth that my wife and I just became the proud parents of a “little boy” – he is five weeks old. He will be baptized this Sunday. We also have our little 17 month old girl and our 17 year old son who decided on his own he wanted to be confirmed by our bishop this past Spring. So we are doing our part in contributing to church growth… Think about it, just with us at home, we have five new Episcopalians!In the gospel we just heard proclaimed Jesus says, “Do not be afraid” – “No tengan miedo…”I don’t know how many of you are familiar with “The Turtle Family”… One day the Turtle family decided that they were going on a picnic, and because they were turtles, it took them about three months to figure out what park they were going to. Then father turtle announced it was time to leave and they took about five days to get to the park.  Once they arrived, it took mother turtle about one week to spread the picnic cloth on the ground and place the basket on it. It took the Turtle family about a day to say grace before eating – they really sped through their prayers. Eventually they were ready to take the first bite from their sandwiches when little boy turtle told everyone “Wait!” I forgot to bring the salt… I have to go back home to get it.  So they all waited one day, two days, three days… Until little girl turtle announced to the family, “ I am so hungry, I am going to take the first bite”. The whole family insisted she wait for her brother, but there was no way. She just had to eat! So just as the little girl turtle was about to take the first bite, the little brother who has hiding nearby behind a tree said, “You see, that’s why I didn’t go get the salt, I was so afraid you would begin without me”The tenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew has always been very appealing to me!  It begins by giving us the names of “the twelve” and then presents us with a number of instructions and peculiar warnings Jesus offers to the disciples as they are sent on their mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Yet, in this particular passage we just heard, three times in just a few verses we hear Jesus say: “Do not be afraid”. If you pay close attention to the context of this chapter, one clearly sees that the disciples had every reason to be afraid. Jesus tells them they will be persecuted, rejected, even “flogged in the synagogues” – yet he assures them they should not worry and he tells each of them it will be the Spirit of God who will “speak through you” (Mt 10:20). The most important instruction and advice Jesus gives his disciples is not be afraid…Fear paralyzes. Speaking from personal experience, as one who was ideologically and somewhat spiritually paralyzed for some time, I can attest to the fact that fear is often our worst enemy.  Fear does not allow us to see things with clarity and often makes us seek what is comfortable and what we have grown accustomed to, avoiding doing the hard work of discovering the will of God, which brings us true freedom and lasting peace. I am convinced that fear is ultimately responsible for keeping us from doing the work of the Kingdom; that kingdom of justice, peace and love which Jesus challenges his disciples – both then and now – to proclaim and make real in this world.In my own faith journey, not unlike a good number of the members of our church who have come from other communions, one of the things that attracted me most to The Episcopal Church and our Anglican way is this sense of belonging to a spiritual oasis where we can “agree to disagree”, where there is room for ambiguity, where people can be heard, accepted and loved regardless of the popularity of their varied and diverse positions; a place free from the constant imposition of ideas and the rigid demands of dogmatism – which provide such little room for reason and simply do not value our God given ability to make personal decisions regarding what God may or may not be asking of us as individuals and as a community of faith.  Indeed our church is a spiritual oasis for many – and must continue to be that unique place – where the people of God and their leaders cannot be threatened by our rapidly changing world, but on the contrary, wish to embrace it with God’s unconditional and beyond-all-boundaries type of love! “Do not be afraid…” Jesus says.Bartolome de las Casas is a great example of what it means to be radical in following the Gospel and in the balancing act between dealing with the status quo – required of him due to his political and ecclesiastical position – and being truly unafraid to live the fullness of the gospel and work for justice, even when those he answered to, were systematically oppressing the native peoples he defended. Those unique political abilities and capacity to negotiate with the powers that be led him to be known as “The Protector of the Indians”; I believe these qualities would have made him a huge asset to our own General Conventions.  Yet, like so many of us, God surprised Bartolome in calling him to ministry, since he originally came to America thinking he would just be another “conquistador”, but God had other plans – eventually he would become a priest and later a bishop that would offer his life in fighting against the grave injustices that Native Indians all over the Americas suffered.As we look around our world today – in the United States and beyond – we sense the need for a renewed discipleship and commitment to justice – contemporary voices that are willing put fear aside and “shout from the rooftops” that we must “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being” (Baptismal Covenant – Book of Common Prayer).  Our sermons, even our tweets and posts – our daily work in church and especially in the larger community – must clearly express that we are not afraid and that every form of prejudice, injustice, inequality and bigotry are not compatible with that Kingdom which Jesus expects us to help build. We have work to do and we cannot allow fear to paralyze us or keep us from moving forward.Cuando Bartolomé de las Casas llego a las Américas, me imagino que seguramente se enamoro de la comida mejicana – que es mi comida favorita – de los volcanes de Centro America y de las Palmas de Cuba; donde nacieron mis padres. Pero con el paso del tiempo su verdadero amor, fueron los pueblos indígenas – las personas nativas de las tierras de America que el mismo junto a otros vinieron a “conquistar”.Las injusticias que encontró de las Casas, tuvieron un impacto tan profundo en su vida, que le llevaron a entregarle su vida a Jesús – convirtiéndose en sacerdote de Cristo y locutor de quienes no tenían voz ni voto antes las autoridades coloniales.Hoy Jesús nos dice en el evangelio “No tengan miedo” y “grítenlo desde las azoteas”. Al igual que se lo dijo a sus primeros discípulos, hoy el Señor Jesús nos lo dice a nosotros – No tengan miedo. El reto de los cristianos de hoy es no caer en la tentación de siempre caer bien a todos – eso es imposible.  Anunciar y denunciar es parte de nuestra labor profética como Iglesia de Cristo. Algunos se ofenderán y otros nos seguirán, pero el mensaje del amor incondicional de Jesús hacia todos es nuestra primera obligación como iglesia.No cabe duda que Bartolomé vivió en tiempos de gran injusticia.  Seguramente era más fácil quedarse callado y ser uno más del montón. ¿Para que preocuparse con todo eso de denunciar injusticias y luchar por los derechos humanos de un grupo de personas que realmente casi ni conocía? Eran de culturas muy distintas a la suya, de otras razas y con idiomas que el tuvo que luchar por aprender con gran dificultad. Pero Bartolomé tenía corazón de Pastor – y el que tiene corazón de Pastor lucha por sus ovejas – sin importarle las diferencias que puedan existir.Hoy, tú y yo, como mujeres y hombres – clérigos y laicos – hemos sido llamados a hacer realidad el reino de Cristo entre nosotros.  Nuestro compromiso con la justicia en nuestra sociedad es una parte esencial del cumplimiento del evangelio. Hace unos días el presidente de esta gran nación decía que somos un país de leyes, pero que también somos un país de inmigrantes. Si eso es así, ¿Cómo podemos seguir refiriéndonos a seres humanos como “ilegales”? – Para Dios no existen ilegales. Tú y yo tenemos que luchar para que las leyes de nuestra nación – y de todas las naciones en las que nos toque trabajar y luchar – respeten la dignidad de cada ser humano. Nos tenemos que quitar el miedo y revestirnos de fe y valor para promover la justicia en medio de una sociedad que aunque es muy sofisticada para la tecnología y la ciencia, es aun muy muy pobre en su trato de las personas más vulnerables entre nosotros.Mas alla de nuestras fronteras… No podemos tener miedo de dar a conocer lo que sufren nuestros hermanos en países donde aun no existe libertad de expresión, donde el hambre y la pobreza son extremas y donde la injusticia y la corrupción parecen no tener fin.Por eso, al escuchar las palabras de Jesús en el día de hoy, pienso que nosotros – su iglesia – tenemos que gritar desde las azoteas: Que se acabe la división familiar por las deportaciones. Que se acabe la discriminación y la falta de entendimiento entre personas de distintas lenguas y razas. Que se acabe la lucha absurda por excluir y menospreciar a quienes no piensan como nosotros y a las personas que muy a menudo maltratamos por nuestra propia ignorancia  Que tu yo renovemos nuestros esfuerzos y “no tengamos miedo” para poder hacer y cumplir lo que exige el Evangelio de Cristo en nuestros tiempos. ¡Que así sea! Amen. 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House Haller / Haller Jürgen + Peter Plattner

first_img Projects Save this picture!© Albrecht Schnabel+ 29 Share Austria House Haller / Haller Jürgen + Peter Plattner 2008 House Haller / Haller Jürgen + Peter PlattnerSave this projectSaveHouse Haller / Haller Jürgen + Peter Plattner ArchDaily “COPY” “COPY” CopyHouses•Mellau, Austria ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/143068/house-haller-haller-jurgen-peter-plattner Clipboard Photographs Year:  Photographs:  Albrecht SchnabelText description provided by the architects. The vision was a customised building, incorporating the impressive panorama at the foot of the Alps with a lifestyle demanding variable solutions. The owner’s specifications were a house combining living and working areas under one roof. Save this picture!upper floor planRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeThe entire design of this compact house conforms to the location and it was built into the slight decline. As the hill side of the house is embedded, the east facing cellar area could be naturally illuminated and used as an office, for example. This office has direct access, via covered outdoor steps between the main entrance and the carport. Due to its ideal positioning, the building profits from the optimal use of the mountain sunshine. Save this picture!© Albrecht SchnabelIn spite of being highly original and very chunky, looking almost fortified, the building does not appear out-of-place in its surroundings. The nearby 150 year old, heritage-protected, typical Bregenzerwald farmhouse is reflected in the Haller house. Local tradition has been reinterpreted, focussing on aesthetic details without cutting back on functional aspects. Save this picture!© Albrecht SchnabelThe entrance area is generous and includes a guests’ cloakroom. It is also possible to enter the house or the office from the double garage. The central staircase divides the ground floor into a living area and a kitchen/eating area. The bedrooms and an extra bathroom for guests are situated on the first floor. The owner’s bathroom has a separate terrace, which is ideal for relaxing and enjoying the magnificent views. The ridge and pitch of the roof give each first floor room an individual character. Save this picture!© Albrecht SchnabelThe internal walls and ceilings are covered with local silver fir wood, which gives the rooms a cosy feeling despite the large glass windows. The outside façade and the roof have been finished with local silver fir shingles. Here we can see how the architect as made use of a single material, testing its possibilities and confinements. What was once considered confined to traditional buildings appears here as experimental.Save this picture!© Albrecht SchnabelProject gallerySee allShow lessArchitecture City Guide: CharlotteArticlesAD Round Up: Cultural Center Part VIIArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/143068/house-haller-haller-jurgen-peter-plattner Clipboard Area:  150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Architects: Haller Jürgen, Peter Plattner Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeHaller JürgenOfficeFollowPeter PlattnerOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMellauWoodHousesAustriaPublished on June 15, 2011Cite: “House Haller / Haller Jürgen + Peter Plattner” 15 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSafety Window Films in Associated Watch and Jewelry BuyersFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MWindowsAir-LuxSliding Windows for High-Rise BuildingsSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60Manuals & AdviceSikaFirestop SystemsMetal PanelsAmerican MetalcraftRainscreen – RS300Curtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWaste Containers / Recycling BinsPunto DesignLitter Bin – PapilonSound BoothsFramerySoundproof Phone Booths – Framery OneCarpetsnanimarquinaRugs – ShadeMore 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 streamlast_img read more

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House Overveen / Bloot Architecture

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885033/house-overveen-bloot-architecture Clipboard Projects Manufacturers: Duco, Storax, Keukenmaxx “COPY” Santbergen Engineering, Santbergen Engineering Contractor:Pascale FibbeCity:OverveenCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Mirko MerchioriRecommended ProductsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Art & SignageEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. Renovation and extension of a stately row house in Overveen, The Netherlands. The house is located in a dune area and therefore the ground level is higher at the front than at the rear.Save this picture!© Mirko MerchioriThe inside of the house was already taken care of in the 70s and stripped of all period features. The ground floor serves as a living area and was a large narrow space. A spiral staircase with a balustrade made of marine  rope led to the basement that consisted of a series of small rooms including a small kitchen. The first and second floors consist of bedrooms and a family bathroom.Save this picture!© Mirko MerchioriThe basement has now been extended so that the existing kitchen has become larger and has now become a real family kitchen with an open view of the back garden. A floating veranda connected to the family kitchen strengthens this relationship. On the floating veranda you can sit with a cup of coffee and dangle your legs.Save this picture!© Mirko MerchioriThe open plan living room is too large for its purpose due to the new kitchen. The basement has a low ceiling and is dark, so creating an open connection between the kitchen and the living room was a logical step to take. The desire to have a roof terrace on the extension led to a connection between the floor of the living room and the roof of the extension. To open up this area and make as light and airy as possible, everything between kitchen and living room is made of glass . The glass is supported by large Douglas beams that are also continued into the extension.Save this picture!Section AThe staircase that runs along a continuous wall between the basement, the living room and the bedrooms creates a visually connecting element between the different spaces and also ensures that the long living room is broken up in a front and back.Save this picture!© Mirko MerchioriThe rest of the basement is open, with underfloor heating and now functions as a play area for the children or as guest room.Save this picture!© Mirko MerchioriProject gallerySee allShow lessPaulinum University Leipzig / Erick van EgeraatSelected ProjectsFarvardin House / HAMAAN StudioSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Mirko Merchiori Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  Lead Architects: 2017 CopyHouses•Overveen, The Netherlands Area:  269 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Bloot Architecture Area Area of this architecture project The Netherlands House Overveen / Bloot Architecture ArchDaily Save this picture!© Mirko Merchiori+ 19 Share Houses Tjeerd Bloothoofd Constructor: House Overveen / Bloot ArchitectureSave this projectSaveHouse Overveen / Bloot Architecture Photographs “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/885033/house-overveen-bloot-architecture Clipboard CopyAbout this officeBloot ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOverveenThe NetherlandsPublished on December 09, 2017Cite: “House Overveen / Bloot Architecture” 09 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GradationPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsCocowebLighting – Blackspot LED Barn LightUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemCeilingsSculptformTimber Batten Ceiling in All Souls ChapelHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH 5 + PH 5 MiniGlazedGrespaniaWall Tiles – Porto PetroThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterCompositesLamitechPlastic facades PanelexCarpetsHalcyon LakeCarpet – Nobsa GreyMore 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 streamlast_img read more

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Cliff House / Auhaus Architecture

first_img Projects ArchDaily Photographs Houses Year:  Lead Architects: “COPY” Photographs:  Derek Swalwell Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Auhaus Architecture Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Ocean Grove, Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/945911/cliff-house-auhaus-architecture Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/945911/cliff-house-auhaus-architecture Clipboard Engineering:R I BrownLandscape:Bethany WilliamsonBuilder:Ashley Crowe BuildersConcrete:DMC Concrete ArtStylist:Bek Sheppard, Bek SheppardCity:Ocean GroveCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Derek SwalwellRecommended ProductsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. The site is located at the top of a windswept sand dune, dropping down to the beach at its base. The wind-beaten dune vegetation shows the ferocity of the local conditions, with south-westerly winds regularly whipping across the ocean from the Bass Strait. The house we have designed for this site is replacing a previous house on the site by the same owners that were condemned due to significant steel corrosion throughout the structure. We came into the project with full knowledge of the history of the site and with the task of designing a house that could withstand a barrage of ocean spray and windy salt-driven rain without deteriorating over time.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe family split their time between this property and their farm, and consist of a couple with 2 grown children, very elderly grandparents and future grandchildren in the picture. The house then has been designed as a response to site and weather conditions, a response to views and surrounding vegetation, and a response to multi-generational living and the kind of spaces that entails. Materials are rustic and low maintenance, and in situ concrete shells warmed up with Australian hardwood timber.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Derek SwalwellAs well as perching over the dune escarpment, the house also sits adjacent to a public beach car park. A key element of the design was the interface with this public realm, which we sought to engage with, whilst retaining a degree of privacy for the owners. There is no fence to the public domain, just the edge of the house itself, and we’ve broken down the mass of the building to this side, opening up to the public through a large portal opening over the garage with a dune roof garden that will mature and merge with the landscape outside the house. From within the house, the roof garden cuts out and frames the view to Point Lonsdale lighthouse, creating a dual sense of protection and connection, whilst from the car park it provides a welcome green edge and a glimpse into the domestic life of the house beyond. The landscape to the car park edge emulates the native dune landscape and the battened entry screen into the double-height forecourt continues the soft delineation of the public to private, with sandy landscape drifting through into this entry area, while the roof garden spills down from above.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellInside, the split level plan sets the house over three main levels, with a sculpted central atrium linking the layers. This void gives the living area a feeling of airy lightness despite its robust concrete shell. As one moves through the house, the formal geometry relaxes and becomes more expansive, reflecting the transition from the public to the private realm. The sculpted curves of the void and helical stair carry through into the set down carpeted living area and kitchen joinery, and shaped openings through the concrete. The organic lines are a natural fit with the rugged native surroundings, creating an easy flow between spaces and reflecting the windswept beauty of the natural environment beyond the house. The plan wraps around the site, enclosing an elevated, tiered central courtyard, pool, and roof garden with views straight through the house to the ocean horizon beyond. Living spaces are on the beach edge, kids’ bedrooms to the far side of the courtyard, parents above on the ocean edge, and grandparents on the bottom level.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellSave this picture!© Derek SwalwellThe separation of the generations allows multigenerational living over extended periods, and the design offers moments of privacy, gathering spaces and room to grow with future generations. The raised central courtyard, pool and roof garden provides sunny, and more importantly – sheltered outdoor space, and is an anchor point for the plan. The tactic of pulling the courtyard up to the mid-level with the raised roof garden sitting above the level of the living zone creates the impression that the living is in fact sitting nestled within the natural landscape, beach scrub to one side and native planted dune roof garden to the other. In time, the roof garden will grow and drape over the main concrete elevation, softening the house to the street edge. The hardwood timber lining has been finished in natural oil and will silver off over time, blending the house into the dune scrub surrounds. This is a house that is all about its site.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellProject gallerySee allShow lessGreen Solution House / 3XNSelected ProjectsBioclimatic Community Mosque of Pamulang / RAD+ar (Research Artistic Design + archit…Selected Projects Share “COPY” Manufacturers: ROGER SELLER, Astra Walker, Auhaus Architecture products Save this picture!© Derek Swalwell+ 20Curated by Paula Pintos Share Cliff House / Auhaus ArchitectureSave this projectSaveCliff House / Auhaus Architecture Area:  437 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Australia 2019 Kate Fitzpatrick, Benjamin Stibbard Cliff House / Auhaus Architecture CopyAbout this officeAuhaus ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookOcean GroveAustraliaPublished on August 19, 2020Cite: “Cliff House / Auhaus Architecture” 19 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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New list broker at Occam

first_img Advertisement Howard Lake | 1 April 2003 | News Tagged with: Recruitment / people Occam has appointed Martina Nertney as Senior List Broker working alongside Liz Moss.Martina joins Occam from HLB and has over five years’ experience of list broking working with clients such as Oxfam, RSPB and British Heart Foundation. She will be responsible for list broking enquiries and will help further develop Occam’s List Broking service. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New list broker at Occamlast_img read more

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In “victory for impunity,” court acquits alleged drug baron of journalist’s murder

first_img September 11, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 In “victory for impunity,” court acquits alleged drug baron of journalist’s murder New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Venezuela News to go further VenezuelaAmericas January 13, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela News Reporters Without Borders calls for a review of the trial of alleged regional drug baron Ceferino García, who was acquitted by a court in Maturín, in the northeastern state of Monagas, on 28 August of masterminding the murder of Mauro Marcano. A radio and newspaper journalist, Marcano was gunned down outside his Maturín home on 1 September 2004. “This verdict is a victory for impunity over justice and highlights the ability of drug traffickers to obtain protection from local officials,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It will enable wrongdoers to continue sowing terror without fear of prosecution. We urge the judicial authorities not to yield to pressure and intimidation and to continue their investigation, so that Marcano’s murder does not remain unpunished.”Arrested with false papers in nearby Trinidad and Tobago in 2006, García was brought back to Venezuela and charged with Marcano’s murder. At the end of a trial consisting of 11 hearings, a jury found on 28 August that there was not enough evidence to link García to the murder and acquitted him. The judge in charge of the case, Larry Siluera, nonetheless thought there had been enough evidence to convict García, pointing out that Marcano had accused García in newspaper articles of heading a drug gang known as the Cartel del Sol.Marcano hosted a programme on Radio Maturín 1080 AM and was a columnist for El Oriental, a local daily. His daughter, Yasira Marcano, voiced outrage after García’s acquittal. “It seems the verdict was decided in advance,” she said. “During the final hearing, García was complaining that it had not yet been issued. He already knew what the verdict would be.”Former vice-president José Vicente Rangel, a columnist with the Últimas Noticias daily, described the verdict as “Marcano’s second death.” Reporters Without Borders shares his disappointment and reiterates its solidarity with the Marcano family. News Organisation August 25, 2020 Find out more VenezuelaAmericas Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Pasadena Host Lions Club to Host the 82nd Annual Student Speaker Contest

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  8 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Photo taken from previous year’s Student Speaker ContestThe Pasadena Host Lions Club will host the 82nd Annual Student Speaker Contest on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. The contest will be held at The Salvation Army Tabernacle inside Fellowship Hall at 960 E. Walnut Street in Pasadena.This year’s topic is Freedom of the Press: What does it mean? Join the future leaders of America as they compete in rhetoric for a cash prize. This multi-level contest will continue into the Spring and the overall winner receives $21,000.00 US dollars in scholarship money to be used in college, trade, or technical school after high school graduation.The purpose of the contest is providing an opportunity for competitive public speaking among students on a subject of vital interest to the American people. The Lions Clubs encourage self-expression and independent thinking; therefore, it is important to present to the public, through the student speakers contest, the problems surrounding the maintenance of this country as a free nation and to consider the means at our disposal of solving world problems.In support, Pasadena Councilmember Andy Wilson of District 7 will be a judge, as well as Eremita Miranda, the Education Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Nicholas Everett, Attorney at Primuth, Driskell & Terzian, LLP, in addition to Kurt Graf of National Geographic Learning.For information contact, Lion Kerstin Brucki at (213) 410-6130 or email [email protected] Community News Subscribe Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Uncategorized Pasadena Host Lions Club to Host the 82nd Annual Student Speaker Contest From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 8:20 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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On the Radar: Legal Experts on the Cases Shaping the Industry

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago On the Radar: Legal Experts on the Cases Shaping the Industry With thousands of cases unfolding across the country, keeping track of the ones that most impact your business can be a full-time job. Knowing what’s happening in the legal sphere as it pertains to your industry can be crucial, and can make the difference between success and failure. But where to begin?DS News spoke to a half dozen lawyers specializing in mortgage law and servicing to get the lay of the land as one year winds down and another looms ahead of us. What 2017 court cases set precedents that will impact the industry in 2018? Which still unsettled cases have the most potential to shape the servicing landscape in the years that follow? What issues were facing these attorneys in the past year, and what lessons have they taken away about how law firms and servicers can best work together to meet common goals?Read on to learn what was on the radar in 2017 for these legal professionals.Storms and StatutesThe damage unleashed by natural disasters has been one of the defining stories if 2017. California has been swept by massive wildfires, and an unrelenting hurricane season brutalized locales such as Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. As Matthew R. Reinhardt of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. pointed out, the U.S. Virgin Islands also took severe hits, with both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria steamrolling the islands while each storm was still at a Category 5. Initial estimates claimed that as much as 80 percent of the islands’ properties were affected by the twin hurricanes, so naturally that toll also extended to the court system, resulting in closures and delays. President Trump’s disaster declaration for the region also kicked off a 90-day moratorium on foreclosures of FHA-issued mortgages, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development recently extended that moratorium until March 9, 2018, for Hurricane Irma, and March 19, 2018, for Hurricane Maria.“Although all U.S. Virgin Islands courts have reopened and recovery efforts are progressing, the long-term effects of the hurricanes will continue to be felt in 2018,” Reinhardt said.He added, “Communication remains difficult or impossible in many areas, and property inspections are necessary to determine the best outcomes for each investment. Law firms with a presence and experience in the U.S. Virgin Islands can be essential partners for servicers operating in the territory under these challenging circumstances.”Back in the States, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made efforts to roll back the bar former Attorney General Eric Holder put into place in 2015 when it comes to local and state police being able to seize property without warrants or criminal charges. As Phyllis A. Ulrich of Carlisle Law explained, “That decision to expand civil-asset forfeiture by federal prosecutors could have a huge impact on mortgage professionals moving forward.” She noted that the federal forfeiture statute allows for the authorities to send a notice letter to a lienholder after a property has been seized as part of a criminal proceeding. The lienholder then has 35 days to file a claim before the lien is removed from the property—without any due process. “Because of this new power, federal prosecutors appear to be overzealously pushing these civil-asset forfeiture powers,” noted Ulrich.As an example, Ulrich described a situation where the authorities could sell a property that isn’t actually owned by the criminal, but where they have an unpaid land-installment contract in the property. “The good news is, in September 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved three amendments that would defund the federal forfeiture program,” Ulrich continued. However, as of this writing, the bill had not passed.On the New York front, the case of HSBC Bank USA, N.A. v. Ozcan may be one of the most significant decisions issued in the Empire State in 2017, according to Greg Sanda of Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP. Sanda explained that Ozcan “lessens one of the thorniest evidentiary problems for servicers prosecuting foreclosures in New York.” At issue is the process of proving that the “90-day letter” was mailed to the borrower. “New York courts have made proving compliance more difficult by imposing an undue evidentiary burden on servicers under the guise of ‘strict compliance’,” said Sanda, explaining that the onerous standards imposed by New York require direct proof of mailing “or proof of a standard office procedure ensuring an item is properly addressed and mailed.”“Ozcan alleviates this burden to an extent,” Sanda said, “holding that a mailing may be proved in any number of ways, not just the two listed above, as long as the documents relied upon and affidavit testimony meet the requirements of the business records exception to the hearsay rule.” Sanda added that this revised standard should prove easier for large and medium-sized servicers to satisfy.Mark Hernandez of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. shifted the focus to a Florida case that resolved an ongoing statuteof-limitations issue. In Bollettieri Resort Villas COA v. Bank of New York Melon, a first complaint was filed on February 1, 2008, with a September 1, 2007 default date. The case was voluntarily dismissed on May 19, 2011. A second foreclosure complaint was then filed on January 1, 2013, with a September 1, 2007 breach date. That would have put the second foreclosure outside the state’s five-year statute of limitations (SOL). “In Bollettieri, the court acknowledged that the bank’s second complaint was sufficient to establish that the foreclosure could be based on any of the missed payments since the initial breach and the complaint was therefore not barred by statute of limitations,” Hernandez said.Hernandez explained that after the Florida Supreme Court decided not to hear the case, the case law was left standing so that “a foreclosure complaint containing an initial default date occurring more than five years prior to the filing of the complaint is not barred by the statute of limitations provided that the bank alleges and proves a continuous state of default which includes defaults within five years of the filing of the complaint.”The Shape of 2018—And BeyondOf course, the machinery of law never stops churning, so there are inevitably a number of cases still wending their way through the system that will have large impacts on the industry in 2018—and in the years to come. We asked our panel of experts to highlight legal rulings still tied up in the courts that will impact mortgage professionals in 2018, as well as any other hot topics that will likely come into play this year.Ulrich cited questions surrounding Official Form 113, the national form plan for Chapter 13 bankruptcies. Ulrich explained that the time in which all creditors have to file a proof of claim in a Chapter 13 case has been drastically reduced from roughly 150 days to 70 days after the filing of the case. “Furthermore,” Ulrich said, “if a proof of claim is not timely filed, including claims for loans secured solely by the principal residence of the debtor, then the provisions of the Chapter 13 plan control—which upsets the way most bankruptcy court jurisdictions dealt with such claims, which was the claim controls over the plan provisions.”For Sanda, it’s a pair of decisions issued by Justice Thomas F. Whelan out of the Suffolk County Supreme Court in New York that are most “worth watching” in 2018: Nationstar Mortgage, LLC v. Donald MacPherson and Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB v. Ardith DeCanio. “These trial court decisions have the potential to alter the landscape of the statute of limitations, providing that the terms of the mortgage determine when the maturity of a loan is accelerated, not the commencement of a foreclosure,” Sanda said.“Specifically, where a mortgage permits a borrower to reinstate by tendering all missed payments and fees—a provision contained in the standard Fannie/Freddie form mortgage— Justice Whelan held the plaintiff lacks the legal means to accelerate a mortgage debt until a judgment of foreclosure issues,” Sanda continued. “This theory has been advanced in multiple jurisdictions across the country recently, most notably in Florida, and it will be interesting to see whether an appellate court addresses the issue in 2018. An appellate court’s endorsement of Justice Whelan’s view would be an enormous benefit to servicers in New York.”Statute of limitations is often a thorny area, and Roy A. Diaz of SHD Legal Group, P.A. said that it will likely remain so in the state of Florida in 2018. “Based on the state of the law as of today, servicers are adjusting loans with SOL issues to redemand within a five-year default period,” Diaz said. “This is consistent with the majority of appellate rulings. Law related to challenges of standing has evolved to statewide recognition that a party who successfully challenges a lender’s standing to sue cannot claim entitlement to attorney fees under the nonenforceable note and mortgage.”Sonia McDowell of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. expanded on the issue. “The Fourth District ruled this past year that Florida Statute 57.105 must be strictly construed and has two elements: that the party must have prevailed and the party had to be party to the contract. Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Glass held that, ‘the movant must establish that the parties to the suit are also entitled to enforce the contract containing the fee provision.’ Further, ‘where a party prevails by arguing the Plaintiff failed to establish it had the right pursuant to the contract to bring the action, the party cannot simultaneously seek to take advantage of a fee provision in that same contract.’”“And the Fourth District is not alone,” continues McDowell. “The Third District held in Bank of New York Mellon Tr. Co., N.A. v. Fitzgerald that, because the borrower ‘successfully obtained a judgment below that of the bank lacked standing to enforce the mortgage and note against her, we find that no contract existed between the bank and Fitzgerald that would allow Fitzgerald to invoke the mutuality provisions of section 57.105(7).”Glass and companion case Lakmaitree are currently before the Florida Supreme Court, waiting to see if the court will accept jurisdiction in a case that could have massive implications for consumer protections. “If these rulings stand,” said McDowell, “they may result in a radical shift in foreclosure and consumer debt collection defense as Borrowers would be precluded from recovering attorneys’ fees if they are successful in defending the suit based on challenges to standing, one of the most basic and often-utilized defenses. Plaintiffs and Defendants alike will be anxiously awaiting the court’s decision in 2018 as trial courts throughout the state are beginning to follow suit and deny Defendants’ entitlement to attorneys’ fees.”Ulrich discussed one situation many in the industry have no doubt encountered: the confusion and complications that can occur when someone who signed and initialed a mortgage isn’t actually identified in the body of the mortgage. “In the case of Bank of New York Mellon v. Rhiel, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the United States Court of Appeals for 6th Circuit certified a Question of State Law to the Ohio Supreme Court in September of 2017. The Ohio Supreme Court accepted the certified Question of State Law and will answer the following questions: 1) Whether an individual who is not identified in the body of a mortgage, but who signs and initials the mortgage, is a mortgagor of his or her interest? 2) Is a mortgage signed and initialed by an individual whose name is not identified in the body of the mortgage, but whose signature is properly acknowledged pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Sec. 5301, invalid as a matter of law such that parol evidence is not admissible to determine the intent of the individual in signing the mortgage?According to Ulrich, the Ohio Supreme Court’s opinion on this matter “will determine if a Chapter 7 Trustee in a bankruptcy case can avoid the mortgage encumbering the debtor’s interest in the property so that she can bring money into the bankruptcy estate for the benefit of unsecured creditors.”Partnering for the FutureBeyond all the rules and regulations, the servicing industry is, like any other business venture, about people. We asked our legal experts about how law firms and servicers could better partner in 2018, and how they could improve that symbiotic relationship going forward.“In judicial jurisdictions, the issue of streamlining should be focused on the ability to provide quality litigation support,” Diaz said. “Mortgagees must place value on good litigation practice, which is a concept that has historically been less of an issue. Streamlining ease of obtaining supporting documentation and informed client communication is critical to ensuring streamlined litigation. Mortgagees should establish quality litigation staff to work closely with a Plaintiff’s counsel.”Hernandez pinpoints communication as key. “The mortgage industry is a fast-paced environment and defense attorneys/borrowers are always looking to develop new strategies to avoid or delay foreclosure actions,” Hernandez said. “It is imperative that law firms and the mortgage industry stay proactive on educating themselves on potential litigated issues. This may include continual news blasts or some inhouse training by law firms to the servicers as to hot topic issues.”“Because lawyers are ‘in the field’ working cases through the court systems, servicers will always benefit from practical tips from the lawyers as to what works and what does not work from the court’s standpoint,” said Ulrich. “Whether method of servicing, escalation procedures, attendance to and at mediations or working with loss mitigation with borrowers, it pays for the servicers to understand what the courts feel needs improvement. Opening up to suggestions from the lawyers as to how to improve the impression the courts have of the servicer would greatly reduce wrinkles with timelines and improve relationships with everyone involved with the case. Although this is not a new suggestion for 2018, it is becoming more imperative for servicers to fall into good grace with the courts so that the courts make a turn from being overly pro-borrower/debtor.”With the future ever uncertain, a strong partnership between mortgage professionals and the legal experts who support them will be as crucial as ever. 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