El Fondo de Pensiones de la Iglesia proyecta importantes revisiones…

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Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.[Episcopal News Service] Los mayores cambios en el Fondo de Pensiones de la Iglesia en los últimos 60 años deben entrar en vigor el año próximo. Están concebidos para brindar un mejor servicio a una cambiante Iglesia Episcopal y a sus empleados clérigos y laicos en tanto sostienen el fondo y mantienen el valor de los beneficios de jubilación.Ese es el mensaje que los funcionarios del Grupo de Pensiones de la Iglesia (CPG, por su sigla en inglés) están llevando a cada diócesis para explicar el alcance y la profundidad de los cambios que se espera que entren en vigor el 1 de enero de 2018. (el fondo de pensiones es una de las cinco compañías que componen el CPG).Los planes están siendo revisados, según Mary Kate Wold, directora ejecutiva y presidente del Fondo de Pensiones, para “crear planes más modernos que aborden las realidades de una cambiante Iglesia Episcopal, al tiempo que garantizar que cada plan de pensión se mantiene económicamente sostenible”.  Esas realidades incluyen hacer provisión para clases de ministerio emergentes no tradicionales, así como para las cambiantes necesidades de ministerios interinos, sacerdotes bivocacionales, clérigos de jornada parcial y clérigos que experimentan interrupciones más prolongadas en el servicio.Además, Garth Howe, un vicepresidente auxiliar del CPG en su oficina del Servicio de Administración de Cuentas de Beneficios Integrados dijo el 24 de mayo, en  una de las dos reuniones de la Diócesis de Pensilvania, que los cambios proporcionarán mayor flexibilidad para los clérigos, promoverán la coherencia entre planes, simplificarán las comunicaciones respecto a los planes y mejorarán su administración mientras conservan el valor total de los beneficios.Dos aspectos importantes del plan del clero no cambiarán. Se mantendrá un plan de beneficios definidos y la contribución  obligatoria que paga el empleador del clérigo se mantendrá en el 18 por ciento. Sin embargo, se simplificará la fórmula para calcular el porcentaje y cambiará el plazo para pagar la contribución.“Sabíamos que teníamos que reaccionar y ajustarnos a la Iglesia cambiante”, dijo Howe, explicando que el personal del CPG pasó tres años y medio viajando por toda la Iglesia para escuchar las opiniones de más de 1.500 episcopales sobre cómo el fondo de pensiones debía reaccionar a  tal cambio. Algunos de los cambios sugeridos se incorporaron en las revisiones, dijo él. Alguna modificación de las revisiones aún pueden ocurrir, en tanto los miembros del personal del CPG escuchan las reacciones durante las sesiones diocesanas.Mientras el CPG escuchaba a la Iglesia y debatía posibles revisiones, la Convención General de 2015, mediante la Resolución A177, aprobó la iniciativa. En la  Resolución A181, también instruyó al CPG a estudiar la compensación y el costo de beneficios para los empleados clérigos y laicos de las diócesis de la IX Provincia, la Diócesis de Haití, la Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba y sus asociados del pacto. Los cánones de la Iglesia autorizan al fondo de pensiones a proporcionar beneficios por jubilación y discapacidad a los clérigos que tengan derecho. El fondo está celebrando su 100o. aniversario este año.Fuente: Informe anual del Grupo de Pensiones de la Iglesia. Gráfico: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS[INSIDE THE GRAPHIC]ParticipantesVarones: 4.011Mujeres: 2.467Total: 6.478Datos estadísticos:Edad promedio: 54,0Compensación promedio: $70.332Recién ordenados (2015): 342Año pasadoContribuciones recibidas: $100 millones Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN 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 Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cathedral Dean Boise, ID center_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL Beneficios anuales pagados: $370 millones________InversionesActivos totales: $11.500 millonesInversiones socialmente responsables: $900 millonesFundado1910: el obispo William Lawrence promueve la idea en la Convención General.1913: la Convención lo aprueba.1914: [queda] incorporado. Un comité recauda más de $8,5 millones1917: Se pagan los primeros beneficios. JubiladosQue reciben beneficios: 7.967Beneficio de pensión promedio: $30.420Edad promedio: 75,1Cónyuges sobrevivientesQue reciben beneficios: 2.681Beneficio de pensión promedio: $20.834Edad promedio: 79.3[CENTER]CLÉRIGOS ACTIVOSHISTORIACLÉRIGOS JUBILADOSRESUMENFONDO DE PENSIONESDE LA IGLESIATotal de ingresos por concepto depromesas originales, contribuciones e inversiones:$16.600 millones*Pago de beneficios a clérigos ydependientes: $5.700 millones** 1 de marzo de 2017-31 de marzo 2016Las revisiones representan una profunda inmersión en la intrincada mecánica de los planes de pensión. Muchos están interconectados. A continuación aparece un resumen de algunos de los cambios principales, seguidos por enlaces a información adicional y programas de presentaciones del CPG sobre las revisiones.Derecho a disfrutar de los planes de pensiones del cleroActualmente, la participación en el plan es obligatoria si un clérigo trabaja tres meses consecutivos o más y se le paga al menos $200 mensuales. La revisión hará la participación obligatoria independientemente del nivel de pago para clérigos ordenados que cumplan con los criterios de elegibilidad. También exigirá que un clérigo esté “regularmente empleado” por el mismo empleador de la Iglesia durante cinco meses consecutivos o más. El cambio, dice el CPG, proporcionará flexibilidad para el servicio  a corto plazo y le dará acceso al plan a los clérigos con más bajos salarios.Aquí se encuentra más información, incluida la definición de “regularmente empleado” .Compensación total evaluableLa compensación total evaluable, sobre la cual los empleadores pagan una contribución de un 18 por ciento, es actualmente la suma del salario efectivo, otra compensación monetaria (por ej. bonos, tiempo extra, matrícula escolar para dependientes pagada por el empleador, contribuciones del empleador a planes de ahorro para jubilación y otros ingresos gravables), reembolsos de impuestos de la Seguridad Social, prestaciones para el pago de servicios públicos, vivienda (dependiendo de cómo esté provista) y, en ciertos casos, indemnización por despido. El cálculo se simplificará para incluir la mayoría de los ítems que se reportan en el Formulario W-2 (o equivalente), así como cualquier prestación en metálico para vivienda y el valor de la vivienda que proporcione el empleador. El cambio  en el tratamiento de la vivienda le permitirá al clérigo cuya única compensación es el acceso a la vivienda facilitada por el empleador no sólo el acceso al Plan de Pensiones del Clero, sino también a los otros beneficios del fondo de pensiones. Ese cambio podría afectar los presupuestos de esas congregaciones que le ofrecen a su clero vivienda, pero no salario, porque en la actualidad no se les exige que paguen una contribución.Aquí se encuentra más información.Pago de contribucionesActualmente los empleadores puede escoger pagar contribuciones trimestral o mensualmente. El próximo año todas las contribuciones deberán pagarse mensualmente. En la actualidad, el fondo de pensiones impone intereses a las contribuciones que tienen más de dos años de retraso. La tasa de interés del año fiscal 2016 es de un 4,125 por ciento. A partir de 2019, a los empleadores se les cobrará interés sobre las contribuciones que tengan un retraso de tres meses o más. La tasa de interés anual concordará con el objetivo de inversión anual del CPG. Esa tasa es actualmente de un 7 por ciento.Aquí se encuentra más información.Servicio acreditadoEl servicio acreditado es un componente esencial del cálculo de beneficios de pensión de un clérigo y es importante también para determinar el derecho a recibir otros beneficios, tales como el seguro de vida del Fondo y el subsidio para el Plan de Salud Suplementario de Medicare (MSHP por su sigla en inglés). Actualmente, los clérigos reciben un mes completo de servicio acreditado por un mes de trabajo si ganan al menos 1/12º. De la Compensación Hipotética Mínima, que ahora es de $18.200 al año. Su empleador debe haber hecho los pagos de contribuciones a tiempo. Si esas contribuciones no se pagan íntegramente, la cantidad del servicio acreditado se prorratea.La revisión permitirá servicio acreditado para pensiones y beneficios de seguro de vida en cualquier nivel de compensación si las contribuciones están íntegramente pagadas para ese mes. No habrá ningún prorrateo. Los clérigos tendrán que alcanzar la Compensación Hipotética Mínima ($18.000 para 2018) para ganar servicio acreditado a fin de tener derecho al subsidio del Plan de Salud Suplementario de Medicare. Así también, los clérigos que tengan una interrupción en el servicio por cualquier razón pueden hacer pagos de contribuciones personales hasta por 24 meses, en lugar de los 12 meses de la actualidad.El CPG dice que estos y otros detalles de las revisiones del servicio acreditado permitirán a clérigos con bajos salarios y a clérigos con servicio interrumpido acumular un beneficio de pensión más significativo, así como conservar su elegibilidad para otros beneficios.Aquí se encuentra más información.Mayor Compensación PromedioUn cambio importante lo constituye la Mayor Compensación Promedio (HAC por su sigla en inglés), otra cifra importante en el cálculo que determina el monto del beneficio de jubilación de una persona.Actualmente, el HAC, como se le conoce, es el promedio del mayor salario devengado en siete de ocho períodos consecutivos de 12 meses durante los cuales la persona haya ganado “servicio acreditado”. Tal servicio se gana por tener derecho al plan de pensión y porque  su empleador haya pagado sus contribuciones. Algunas personas que quieren maximizar su pago de pensión mensual buscan responder a llamados de mayores salarios para incrementar su HAC. Sin embargo, el método de cálculo actual puede no proporcionarles flexibilidad a los que, por ejemplo, se sienten llamados a aceptar un empleo de menor salario porque la misión y el ministerio de ese empleo les resulta más atractivo.Conforme al nuevo plan, esos siete períodos de 12 meses de mayores ingresos no tendrán que ser consecutivos. La nueva fórmula se aplicará a participantes que ganen lo que se llame servicio acreditado después de que las revisiones entren en vigor. Si un clérigo ya ha establecido su HAC para el 31 de diciembre de 2017, y aun gana servicio acreditado después de las revisiones, los nuevos cómputos nunca disminuirían esa cifra.Aquí se encuentra más información.Los participantes del fondo de pensiones reciben un folleto que les ayuda a orientarse durante las presentaciones diocesanas  del Grupo de Pensiones de la Iglesia sobre las revisiones que advienen el próximo año. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.Beneficios de jubilación además del cheque mensual de la pensiónSe mantendrá la estipulación actual sobre la jubilación anticipada para clérigos que cumplan 55 años y tengan 30 de servicio. La revisión cambia algunas otras estipulaciones sobre la jubilación anticipada y añade más opciones. Aquí se encuentra más información.Las revisiones simplifican los requisitos de elegibilidad para el beneficio de reasentamiento provisto para ayudar a los clérigos a mudarse cuando se jubilan, así como la manera de calcular el monto. Habrá un nuevo mínimo de $2.000 y un máximo de $20.000. Aquí se encuentra más información sobre los cambios concernientes a la elegibilidad.El beneficio de Navidad, o el llamado 13º. Cheque, se mantendrá y ya no estará sujeto al límite de los 40 años de servicio. Aquí se encuentra más información.La revisión incluye la estipulación del pago de una cantidad fija a cualquier clérigo cuyos beneficios de jubilación tenga al presente un valor igual o menor de $20.000 en el momento de la jubilación. Aquí se encuentra más información.Se están revisando las reglas del fondo respecto a trabajar mientras se está pensionado a fin de ofrecer mayor flexibilidad para colocarse a clérigos jubilados.. Aquí se encuentra más información.Fichas informativas y calendarios de presentaciónDetalles acerca de los cambios en los planes del clero, incluidos el plan internacional y los beneficios de jubilación, pueden encontrarse aquí a través de una serie de fichas informativas. Muchas de las fichas informativas individuales se relacionan con lo anterior.El calendario de las presentaciones diocesanas y los seminarios en la Red del CPG se encuentran aquí.Las fichas informativas que esbozan los cambios para los planes de beneficios definidos y contribuciones definidas de los empleados laicos, junto con el Plan de Ahorros para la Jubilación de la Iglesia Episcopal, se encuentran aquí. Los cambios en los planes de los laicos garantizarán una definición coherente de compensación y Mayor Compensación Promedio en todos los planes.– La Rda Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora sénior y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC 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 an Event Listing Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted May 30, 2017 Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY last_img read more

Library’s Spring Book Sale is Coming Up

first_imgBy Tim KellySure signs of spring: beach tag sales are picking up, second homeowners are getting their places opened up and cleaned for the season, and the latest Book Sale of the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library is about to take place. “They are a fantastic organization, and they really do a great job,” Library Director Karen Mahar said of the Friends and Volunteers. “We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group helping to support what we do.”The annual spring book sale takes place Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is held in the atrium outside the main entrance to the library.Hardbound books, paperbacks, fiction, nonfiction, children’s titles, even audio books are available. All proceeds are used for the benefit of one of the nation’s great public libraries.“The book sales are really our only means for raising funds,” said Patti Phillips, one of three co-chairs for the event (along with Elaine Wilson and Debbie Moreland) so we hope the community will turn out and support the event and the library.”Phillips said the group is passionate about the event because it enables people to increase the size of their personal libraries while helping the one in Ocean City.“We have quite a few teachers and former teachers who belong to our organization,” she said. “That’s one reason why we are so passionate about books and about literacy.” Karen Mahar, Ocean City Free Public Library director, calls the Friends and Volunteers of the Library a “fantastic organization.” A great deal of planning and sweat equity goes into the sale, Phillips explained.The books sold at the event come from a variety of sources. Some are books taken out of circulation from the library shelves, while others are donated from groups and individuals.  The human resources needed to keep the group going are fairly significant, Phillips noted. “We need approximately 50 people each day so that we can have 10 volunteers working in shifts,” she said. “It really is an organization-wide effort.”Sponsored by the Volunteers and Friends of the Free Public Library, the book sale also receives a big assist from the city, which donates the use of the tables where the books are displayed, delivers and installs them and then breaks them down post-event.“We receive a great deal of cooperation from the city,” Phillips said.The group’s mission is to focus public attention on the library and to help get the word out on its services, programs and facilities and to foster financial support, she said.New members and volunteers are always welcome. The group holds general membership meetings the second Monday of each month in the library’s Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. In addition to the book sale, the group prepares reading gift bags for new mothers at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, gift bags for Ocean City’s kindergarten students, sponsors speeches by popular authors and holds “High Tea” socials, among other events and activities in support of the library. The volunteers also organize the Dollar Books and free books tables at the library.“We’re very lucky,” Mahar said. “The Friends and Volunteers are great advocates.”Friends and Volunteers of the Library Spring Book Sale flyer. Register for a free class to test your culinary skills. last_img read more

Jay/Livermore Falls group plans watershed survey this summer

first_imgA grassroots group is planning a survey of the watersheds of Moose Hill Pond in Livermore Falls and Parker Pond in Jay on Saturday, June 1. The water bodies are sources of drinking water for the Livermore Falls Water District, which serves both communities.The group studying the watershed, which includes the land and water that drain into a particular water body, includes the Livermore Falls Water District, the Town of Jay Planning Board and Code Enforcement Officer, RSU 73 educators, the Spruce Mountain High School Envirothon Team and other local residents.By surveying the watershed area, sources of potential pollution can be identified. The greatest threat to a Maine lake is usually phosphorus, which increases the amount of algae growing in a lake. Maine soils are high in phosphorus, so soil disruption and erosion are the main sources of phosphorus in water bodies. When phosphorus enters a body of water, algae can bloom or multiply and this is a problem for lake’s ecology and the Water District’s filtration system. After the algal bloom, the algae die, and when bacteria decompose them, oxygen levels are lowered and a fish kill can result.Removing the algae from drinking water is very costly and labor intensive, as the Water District discovered a few summers ago when a late summer algae bloom hit the pond.Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, can occur when cyanobacteria or “blue green algae” occur and they can produce toxins like microcystins. Temperature and dissolved oxygen values have been collected on the ponds for a number of years. Both water bodies show diminished late summer bottom dissolved oxygen levels, elevating concerns for the release of internally loaded phosphorus from bottom sediments. Neither Moose Hill Pond nor Parker Pond have ever had a HAB.According to organizers, the intent of the survey is to identify potential problems before possible issues arise. During the survey, volunteers will be looking for things like eroding soils, improperly installed culverts, uncontrolled roof runoff, and improper agricultural activities. The survey is not meant to be regulatory and there is no legal reporting or documentation.Following the survey, the committee plans to work with municipalities and land owners to find solutions to any identified problems, beginning with problems identified as having the greatest impact that also have the greatest ease of implementation and/or low cost. The committee plans to meet with public officials and residents to provide educational opportunities and discuss resources for implementing solutions.Anyone interested in volunteering or being involved in the project may contact Livermore Falls Water District Superintendent Scott Greanleaf at 897-3445 or Spruce Mountain High School Envirothon Advisor Rob Taylor at [email protected]last_img read more

Plan being implemented to prevent diarrhea and cholera outbreak

first_img Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyleLocalNews Plan being implemented to prevent diarrhea and cholera outbreak by: – July 15, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share 21 Views   no discussions Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David JohnsonThe Ministry of Health says it is putting plans in place to help fight against diarrhea and cholera related diseases on the island.This announcement was made at a Cholera Preparedness workshop which is currently underway in Dominica.Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Johnson said if measures are not put in place immediately, cholera could have a devastating effect on the country.“When one considers that we have experienced three outbreaks due to acute gastroenteritis in the last five years we can well imagine what would be the economic consequences and loss of live that would result if we are no prepared,” he said.Dr Johnson says frontline health care workers are among the first to be affected during an outbreak of Cholera.Meantime National Epidemiologist Dr Paul Ricketts says Cholera is a threat therfore putting plans in place is very essential.According to Ricketts, the new international health regulations require all countries to put plans in place to prevent such diseases.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

2 vie for seat on community college board

first_imgWhile the race for two seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District has garnered more publicity, voters also will be asked to decide May 15 if an incumbent or a newcomer will win a spot on the Los Angeles Community College Board. Incumbent Georgia Mercer, a trustee since 1989, was forced into a runoff with retired sheriff’s Deputy Roy Burns of Reseda, who was the top vote-getter of three challengers she faced in the March primary. Mercer received 46 percent of the vote and Burns got 32 percent. Challengers Mike Rives and Hanna Hajjar received 11 and 10 percent, respectively. Mercer and Burns each said they are disappointed they didn’t capture more than 50 percent of the vote, which would have averted a runoff. Los Angeles Unified and the LACCD must pay a total of $8 million for the upcoming election, which is expected to have very low turnout. “My greatest opponent, of course, is voter apathy,” said Mercer, who is now president of the board. “But this time, voters have a choice between someone with experience and someone with no experience.” Finance campaign disclosures filed Thursday show that Mercer raised a total of $92,606, while Burns has $4,339. Burns has been endorsed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and the Los Angeles County Republican Party. Mercer has been endorsed by Los Angeles City Council members Dennis Zine and Greig Smith, and by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. “It’s a real frustrating campaign, because we’re expecting 4 percent voter turnout,” Burns said. “It’s sad this election will be decided by 30,000 voters.” Burns was one of four Republican challengers who ran against what they called the board’s mishandling of bond measures that voters passed in 2001 and 2003. The $2 billion in bond money is for construction and upgrading costs at the district’s nine campuses, but critics said trustees have wasted both time and money. Board members blame delays on high construction costs and bureaucratic red tape at the state level. Community colleges are state facilities. Also up for grabs on the May ballot are two Los Angeles Unified school board seats. Jon Lauritzen and Tamar Galatzan are vying for the District 3 seat. And Richard Vladovic, who won 46 percent of the vote in District 7, will face a runoff with Neal Kleiner, who received 32 percent. [email protected] (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FNB Vita honours rural crafts

first_img6 September 2002An unassuming woman from rural KwaZulu-Natal led the winners of South Africa’s premier craft competition, the FNB Vita Crafts Now Awards, when prizes were handed out at MuseuMAfricA in Newtown.Lobolile Ximba received a R6 000 prize for her powerful “Aids Doll”. Other awards were given for works ranging from paintings, ceramic sculptures and quilt portraits to wooden soccer players and telephone wire baskets.All the entries will be on exhibit until 24 September, as part of the museum’s special displays for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.Veteran journalist Denis Beckett, who officially opened the exhibition, paid special tribute to Ximba, each of whose works tells a unique story of how rural women are dealing with the devastating effects of the Aids virus. Ximba was taught by her mother and has been making dolls since 1984. Her dolls are expressive and colourful.Another Aids-related work came from the Karosswerkers of Limpopo province in the form of an embroidered cloth entitled “Aids”, designed by Calvin Mahlaule and Agnes Tshehla.Calvin Mahlaule and Agnes Tshehla’s embroidery “Aids”Held in tandem with the Association of Potters of Southern Africa’s African Earth, the event was adjudicated by professors Ian Calder and Karel Nel of the universities of Natal and Witwatersrand respectively.Nel decided against awarding gold, silver and bronze prizes, and instead gave four equal first prizes of R6 000 each to Ximba, the Karosswerkers, Johannesburg’s Digby Hoets and Katherine Glenday from the Western Cape.Awards of R1 000 each were also presented to Lother Bottcher for his glass vase, Kim Sacks and Joseph Msomi for porcelain and wire bowls, Themba Mnguni for a wooden pair of soccer players, Zama Khanyile for a telephone wire basket, and Jabulile Nkosi for her quilt of portraits.The awards for the African Earth pottery exhibition were given by Calder, who singled out for praise two ceramic sculptors, Henrietta Ngako and Vusumuzi Ntshalintshali.Gauteng’s Henrietta Ngako won the City of Johannesburg Arts, Culture and Heritage Services Premier Award for her work. Born in the town of Rustenburg, North West province, Ngako has exhibited widely in the country and abroad.She has work in collections at more than 10 museums and art galleries across South Africa, and has received numerous awards, including a merit award at the International Invitation Exhibition of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Taiwan in 1992.Source: City of Johannesburg web sitelast_img read more

Jeff Duling, Aug. 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I was so impressed with the corn stand we had at first but then it went backwards so fast. We had too much moisture and now we have some areas that are drying up. I got nine-tenths last night, which was beautiful for filling these late beans. It has been spotty though. Glandorf got an inch and a half or two inches.There are some areas of tremendous corn in Hancock and Henry County. I think I’ll have some corn fields go 200 plus bushels but I think we’ll hear about some 50 bushel yields around here too. Maybe worse. Those zeros out there really will pull down the average around here. It is going to be ugly. I have about 150 acres I think I am going to fly rye on next week already because the corn is so short.I think we may have decent beans. There are areas there in Hancock County where the river took them, but there are some good beans out here. I put on some insecticide and some fungicide.I had excellent yields on my wheat this year, averaging 82 bushels and 61 or 62 test weight with hardly any vomitoxin. I was going to put 170 acres of wheat out this fall but if they don’t want it, why put it out? So I am going to cut that by another 50 acres or so.My son got all of the hog manure injected. The pits are empty. The cattle manure is all spread and worked down and we put out cover crops — kale and rapeseed. I may sow some more rye on some of our prevented planting fields.last_img read more

What’s the Definition of ‘Green Building’?

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Recently I spent some time accumulating definitions of “green building” from as many sources as possible. These various definitions included ten different characteristics of green buildings.Of course, not all definitions agree, and none of the definitions include all ten of the characteristics that I identified in the various definitions.The three most common characteristics appeared in most of the definitions. According to most sources, a green building:Beyond these three characteristics, sources differed widely. Only a few definitions noted one or more of the remaining seven characteristics that I discovered (and list below).A green building: The logic behind the definitions Let’s look at the logic between each of these ten characteristics.1. A green building is energy-efficient. Energy use is strongly associated with greenhouse gas emissions, so reducing energy consumption tends to reduce damage to our environment caused by burning fossil fuels.There are many different ways to reduce energy use: for example, we can buy more efficient appliances, install thicker insulation, or specify windows with a very low U-factor. Determining whether the environmental benefits of reduced energy consumption are valuable enough to justify the cost (the environmental cost as well as the financial cost) of expensive energy-saving measures is tricky, so implementing this point takes judgment.It’s also worth noting that most countries in the world are now transitioning to energy sources that don’t involve greenhouse gas emissions. Once a region completes this transition, the environmental argument underpinning energy efficiency mostly evaporates.2. A green building is water-conserving. Almost all green building definitions include this point, and it generally makes sense. Of course, if you live in parts of Canada, Iceland, or Norway where fresh water is abundant, it makes little sense to invest in expensive equipment to save water — especially… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Lynx beat Mystics for top seed in WNBA Playoffs

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Lynx forward Plenette Pierson flexes her muscles to celebrate after a play by center Sylvia Fowles during the third quarter against the Atlanta Dream in a WNBA basketball game in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota secured the top seed in the WNBA playoffs while the Los Angeles Sparks will be the two seed. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)ST. PAUL, Minnesota — Maya Moore scored 26 points and Renee Montgomery added 18 to help the Minnesota Lynx secure the top seed in the WNBA playoffs with an 86-72 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday.Minnesota (27-7) finished the season a game ahead of Los Angeles (26-8). Both teams have byes until in the semifinals on Sept. 12.Washington (18-16) is the sixth seed and plays the Dallas Wings on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kristi Toliver hit a 3-pointer with 4:28 remaining to pull Washington within 80-71, but Moore answered at the other end and the Mystics didn’t score again until the 2:09 mark.Toliver led Washington with 20 points. Elena Delle Donne added 12 points in just 18 minutes and Krystal Thomas grabbed 14 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was Minnesota’s final game at the Xcel Energy Center as the Lynx will play their home playoff games at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena. The team is moving to accommodate the Minnesota Wild’s preseason schedule.SPARKS 81, SUN 70 LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOS ANGELES — Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points and Candace Parker had a double-double as the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks closed the WNBA regular season with a win over Connecticut.Los Angeles (26-8) went 15-1 at home, but finished a game behind Minnesota for the top seed in the playoffs. The Sparks have a bye until the semifinals. The Sun (21-13) are the fourth seed and have a first-round bye.Parker had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Sparks and Odyssey Sims had 16 points.Courtney Williams led the Suns with 19 points. Jonquel Jones had 10 rebounds to finish with 403, the first player in league history to surpass 400. Tina Charles held the old record at 398. With 10 points, Jones had 20 double-doubles this season.LIBERTY 82, WINGS 81ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief ROSEMONT, Illinois — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, making two free throws with 15.6 seconds left for a three-point lead, and Seattle beat Chicago.The Storm rallied to take a 79-78 lead with 3:11 left as Jewell Loyd’s open 3-pointer from the corner capped a 9-0 run.After Stewart’s makes, Allie Quigley curled around a high screen but her long 3 was off the mark. Seattle’s Noelle Quinn sealed it by making two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.Loyd added 25 points for Seattle (15-19), which plays at Phoenix on Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs. Stewart made 10 of 12 at the stripe as the Storm only missed three free throws in 27 attempts.Kahleah Copper paced Chicago (12-22) with 18 points. Courtney Vandersloot set a WNBA record in the third quarter for the highest single-season assists average. Her eight assists per game surpassed Ticha Penicheiro’s 2002 mark of 7.9. MOST READ ARLINGTON, Texas — Tina Charles had 18 points and 18 rebounds to help New York clinch the third seed in the playoffs with a win over the Wings and extend the Liberty’s winning streak to 10 games.The Liberty (22-12) matched the franchise record for longest winning streak and have a first-round bye. The seventh-seeded Wings (16-18) play at No. 6 Washington in a one-game playoff on Wednesday.Trailing 82-79 after a Charles putback with 22.1 seconds to play, the Wings missed, but forced a turnover and Aerial Powers scored on a putback with 3.7 seconds left. When the Liberty inbounded the ball in the frontcourt after a timeout, they had a backcourt violation, giving Dallas one last shot. Skylar Diggins-Smith’s attempt from the 3-point line bounced off the rim at the buzzer.MERCURY 84, DREAM 70PHOENIX — Brittney Griner scored 30 points as the Phoenix Mercury closed the regular season with a victory over the Dream on Sunday to secure the fifth seed in the playoffs.Phoenix (18-16) will host Seattle on Wednesday night.Griner reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in her career with a reverse layup with 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. She blocked Elizabeth Williams’ shot at the other end. All six of her 30-point games have come this season.Leilani Mitchell added 18 points for Phoenix and Diana Taurasi was held to nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.Rookie Brittney Sykes scored a career-best 33 points for Atlanta (12-22). She was 12 of 19 from the floor and made seven free throws. Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, and Camille Little moved into a tie with Lauren Jackson for 12th place in WNBA history with 2,447 rebounds, passing Yolanda Griffith.STORM 85, SKY 80 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Sharapova comeback, teen’s dream run end at US Open LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Doctor sentenced to 40 to 175 years in jail for sexually assaulting gymnasts

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar’s “decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.”“It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNassar found competitive gymnastics to be a “perfect place” for his crimes because victims saw him as a “god” in the sport, a prosecutor said Wednesday, shortly before the former doctor was to be sentenced for years of molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young women.“It takes some kind of sick perversion to not only assault a child but to do so with her parent in the room,” prosecutor Angela Povilaitis said. “To do so while a lineup of eager young gymnasts waited.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Larry Nassar is brought into court Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport’s national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)LANSING, Mich. — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar’s victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cliff Hodge return a shot in the arm for Meralco Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH She described the “breadth and ripple” of Nassar’s sexual abuse as “nearly infinite.”“What does it say about our society that victims of sexual abuse have to hide their pain for years when they did nothing wrong? What does it say about our society when victims do come forward … and are treated as liars until proven true?” Povilaitis said.Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the accounts of more than 150 victims had “shaken me to my core.” He said “no words” can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.“I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days” he said as many of his accusers wept.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more