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Iglesia de Kansas se arrepiente del trato que le dio…

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Miembros de la iglesia de San Pablo y algunos invitados se reúnen junto a la tumba de Mai DeKonza, 56 años después de su muerte, para la bendición y dedicación de una lápida sepulcral en lo que había sido hasta ahora una tumba sin nombre. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas[Diócesis Episcopal de Kansas] En una reciente tarde dominical, la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo [St. Paul’s Episcopal Church] en Clay Center, Kansas, estaba repleta de fieles, entre ellos media docena de invitados de la capilla Ward de la Iglesia Metodista Episcopal Africana de la vecina Junction City.Se habían reunido el 20 de septiembre para un servicio de arrepentimiento, restauración y reconciliación con el fin de reconocer el mal trato de que había sido objeto el único miembro afroamericano que ha tenido esa iglesia en sus 134 años de historia: Mai DeKonza, que murió en 1959.Una y otra vez, la congregación rezaba: “perdónanos nuestros pecados. Perdónanos nuestros pecados. Perdónanos nuestros pecados”.DeKonza, que fue confirmada en 1900 en la pequeña iglesia del centro norte de Kansas, fue poeta, músico, dramaturga y prolífica escritora a quien la mayoría de sus correligionarios ignoró durante sus 59 años como miembro de la congregación. Su separación de ellos fue incluso más completa por el uso de un cáliz específicamente destinado a administrarle la comunión sólo a ella.Durante el oficio de arrepentimiento, feligreses e invitados cantan un himno cuya letra escribiera Mai DeKonza. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas.Ahora, para contribuir a darle una voz en la iglesia, la cual ella no tuvo en vida, el oficio incluyo fragmentos de cartas que ella le había escrito al obispo James Wise, el cuarto obispo de Kansas, quien estuvo al frente de esa diócesis de 1916 a 1939, así como un himno que escribió y al que la organista parroquial, Sandra Carlson, le hizo un arreglo con la tonada Finlandia.Y cuando llegó el momento de la comunión, el único cáliz en el altar fue aquel que una vez habían reservado para DeKonza.En su sermón, la Rda. Lavonne Seifert, presbítera a cargo de la iglesia, dijo que el oficio tenía por finalidad abordar un doble pesar. “Hoy expresamos nuestro pesar por las acciones e inacciones de esos buenos cristianos que adoraban en la era de ‘la iglesia de la discriminación’, como Mai la describiera”, dijo Seifert. “Pero yo siento el mayor pesar por aquellos que nos precedieron y que perdieron la oportunidad de conocer realmente a Mai DeKonza y oír de su sabiduría, beneficiarse de sus conocimientos y disfrutar de su compañía”.El obispo de Kansas, Dean Wolfe, envío un comentario que se incluyó en el boletín del oficio: “Hoy, arrepintámonos de los pecados del prejuicio y del racismo y esforcémonos en ser el pueblo acogedor y amoroso que Dios nos ha llamado a ser. Digamos hoy ‘gracias’ a una mujer que no conocimos, y que sin embargo sigue enseñándonos mucho después de haberse unido a los santos en luz”.Hazel Washington, una afroamericana que se encontraba entre las personas que vinieron de la iglesia de la AME en Junction City, dijo que ella creía que el oficio “aportaba muchísima restauración”. Y añadió, “Siento que Dios está aquí”.DeKonza: músico, poeta, episcopal comprometidaLa actitud de la iglesia hacia DeKonza había sido reconocida en una historia escrita para el centenario de la parroquia en 1981. Ese relato definía el trato que le habían dado como “una mancha en la gloriosa historia de San Pablo” y hacía notar que durante años “ella fue tolerada, pero no aceptada”.Hazel Washington deposita flores en la tumba de Mai DeKonza. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas.Pero la profundidad de esta alienación, y los talentos que DeKonza poseía, se mantuvieron ocultos hasta que Jim Beck y su esposa Ginny se mudaron para Clay Center cuando se jubilaron en 2013. Después que el leyó el relato de 1981, dijo que su preparación en el terreno de la psicología —él tiene un doctorado en este campo— lo llevó a preguntarse: “¿Cómo ocurrió esto?”Con licenciatura en historia y experiencia de investigar, así como un hobby en la esfera de la genealogía, comenzó a indagar. Encontró información en el museo de la localidad y en los archivos del censo, así como en los archivos de la Diócesis de Kansas.Beck supo que DeKonza nació en 1870, hija de un hombre blanco de Inglaterra y de una negra a quien el general de la Unión y senador federal James Lane libró de la esclavitud al traerla al estado libre de Kansas.Su nombre de pila era Elizabeth May Lawton, pero al cumplir 21 años se cambió legalmente el apellido a DeKonza como un reconocimiento a su querido estado natal. Se desconoce cuando comenzó a usar Mai como primer nombre, una adaptación de su segundo nombre.De niña, DeKonza contrajo la fiebre tifoidea que la dejó permanentemente discapacitada y en necesidad de usar muletas para caminar. Aunque ella sólo tenía una instrucción de octavo grado, trabajó como maestra de música, taquígrafa, costurera y empleada doméstica para tareas livianas.También compuso e interpretó música y escribió poesía y obras de teatro, algunas de las cuales se publicaron. Pronunció discursos y dio conferencias sobre la raza, y participó activamente en la política, incluido su apoyo a la Prohibición [de consumo de bebidas alcohólicas].Más tarde en su vida, y luego de ser atropellada por un auto, pasó la mayor parte del tiempo confinada en su casa.San Pablo, en Clay Center, colocó esta lápida en la tumba de Mai DeKonza, la única miembro negra en la historia de esta iglesia, como una señal de arrepentimiento por la falta de aceptación de que ella fue objeto de parte de la congregación durante su vida. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas.Beck no pudo enterarse de lo que atrajo a DeKonza a la Iglesia Episcopal, pero en los archivos diocesanos encontró lo que él llamó un tesoro de 20 cartas de DeKonza al obispo Wise, y copias de algunas cartas de él a ella. En esas cartas “ella describía sus propias experiencias”, dijo Beck. “Eran como un diario”.En ellas compartía la profundidad de su compromiso con la fe y con la Iglesia Episcopal, a pesar del trato que recibía de sus cofeligreses.El 11 de abril de 1934, ella le escribió a Wise que, a pesar de su sentido de alienación de la iglesia, había intentado asistir al oficio de Pascua, haciendo el trayecto de 11 cuadras con sus muletas. Al llegar, descubrió que la iglesia había cambiado la hora del oficio, de las 8 a las 6:00 A.M. y que ella había llegado cuando la gente estaba acabando de desayunar.Al respecto escribió: “Y yo pensaba, mientras los veía disfrutando tan alegremente de la mañana de Pascua, que si la Iglesia les hubiera pedido que hicieran una caja de Pascua para los paganos de África, cuan alegremente habrían contribuido; pero nadie en San Pablo pensó en mí, de la raza africana, que me encontraba allí, para [obsequiarme] un huevo de Pascua, o una tarjeta, o un mensaje de júbilo, ni para sugerirme que me enviaban un bocado de su magnífico desayuno. Sencillamente me ignoraron”.Más tarde, cuando ella oyó decir que todos los episcopales negros podrían ser puestos bajo la jurisdicción del Rvdmo. Edward Demby, obispo sufragáneo para la obra [entre las personas] de color, dijo sencillamente que no acataría eso. Ella se sentía apegada al obispo de Kansas. Él había sido un pastor para ella cuando su clero local no lo había sido.Ella escribió: “Permítame afirmar este hecho, querido obispo, que todos los obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal, de todo el continente americano, respaldados por todos los obispos de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, no tendrían la fuerza suficiente para hacerme cambiar del obispo Wise al obispo Demby. Soy menuda y débil de cuerpo, pero ¿ha visto usted alguna vez mi espíritu?Beck también supo que cuando ella murió en 1959, su funeral tuvo lugar en una funeraria del pueblo; no en San Pablo, y que fue enterrada en una tumba sin nombre en la sección de los menesterosos del cementerio local.Hacer enmienda a través del arrepentimiento y una piedra tumbalA Beck le llevó casi seis meses concluir su investigación y compilarla en lo que se convirtió en un documento histórico de 19 páginas. Cuando los miembros de la congregación lo leyeron, supieron que tenían que hacer algo. Necesitaban hacer algún tipo de reparación respecto a cómo la iglesia —su amada iglesia— había tratado a DeKonza. Y tenían que poner una lápida sobre su tumba.Seifert sugirió que tuvieran un oficio para reconocer públicamente el mal comportamiento que San Pablo había tenido con su único miembro negro.Carolyn Garwood, la guardiana mayor de la iglesia, dijo que resultaba doloroso enterarse de la profundidad de la historia de DeKonza. Miembro de la iglesia de toda la vida, Garwood se dio cuenta de que su abuela habría sido una contemporánea de DeKonza. “Mi abuela era bastante tolerante —al menos yo creía que lo era— y nos enseñaba a respetar a las personas con discapacidades”, dijo Garwood. “Yo aprendí de ella la tolerancia. Esperaría que ella hubiera aceptado a Mai. Me asusta porque conozco a todas estas personas que yo no habría esperado que la ignoraran. Eso me hace sentir mal”.La Rda. Lavonne Seifert, sacerdote a cargo de San Pablo, consagra el vino en el cáliz que previamente se había reservado para el uso exclusivo de Mai DeKonza. En el oficio de arrepentimiento, toda la congregación recibió la comunión de él. Foto de Melodie Woerman/Diócesis de Kansas.Beck se preguntaba qué había sucedido con el cáliz reservado para el uso de DeKonza. Después de alguna indagación, aparecieron dos viejos cálices en el sótano de la iglesia. Él entonces le fue a pedir ayuda al Rdo. Frank Holtz, sacerdote jubilado en San Juan [St. John’s] en la vecina ciudad de Abilene. Holtz había crecido en San Pablo y, de adolescente, había sido el sacristán de la iglesia. Él le dijo a Beck que una vez había preguntado por un cáliz que había visto en el sótano de la iglesia y que le habían dicho, “ése es para la señora de color”. Beck llevó ambos cálices a Abilene y Holtz le señaló al que él recordaba. Seifert dijo que ella sabía que en el oficio que estaba planeando ese cáliz sería el único que se usaría.Los miembros de la iglesia también donaron dinero para hacer una lápida para su tumba, y un comité trabajó con la compañía local de monumentos para diseñarla: incluye el boceto de un cáliz, con un escudo episcopal que forma el cuenco y rodeado por una hiedra que, la compañía que hizo la tarja, les dijo que era un símbolo de fuerza.Seifert recibió autorización de la Diócesis de Virginia Sur para adaptar el oficio de arrepentimiento por la esclavitud que tiene esa diócesis. El oficio en Clay Center se llamó un “Oficio de arrepentimiento, restauración y reconciliación” e incluyó una variedad de himnos y música con el tema de la reconciliación, entre ellos “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, un himno de esperanza y profunda significación para la comunidad afroamericana.Después del oficio, la mayoría de los 75 feligreses que asistieron, se dirigieron en caravana al cementerio local para dedicar la nueva lápida en la tumba de DeKonza y poner flores en torno a su base. “Uno no puede restaurar algo que no se haya revelado”Heidi J. Kim, misionera m de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera para la reconciliación racial, dijo que los empeños de San Pablo muestran que sus miembros entienden lo que significa la reconciliación. “El pueblo de San Pablo ha dicho, ‘esto es una herida, y vamos a tratar de descubrir lo que ocurrió’”.(La Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) es el nombre con el cual la Iglesia Episcopal está incorporada, funciona empresarialmente y lleva a cabo la misión).El mirar con honestidad su propia historia, le dio a San Pablo la oportunidad de experimentar “una mutualidad de arrepentimiento y restauración”, dijo Kim. “Uno no puede restaurar algo que no se haya revelado”.Ella dijo que la profundidad del amor que los actuales miembros tienen por su iglesia provoca su sensación de dolor y de pena de que ese amor no se extendiera a DeKonza.Kim agregó que desde que supo lo que San Pablo había hecho, había compartido la noticia con otros en la Iglesia Episcopal, “y todo el mundo a quien se lo conté se ha conmovido hasta las lágrimas”, afirmó. “Esto es notable, y tengo prisa por compartirlo con toda la Iglesia”.El obispo jubilado Nathan Baxter, de Pensilvania Central, presidente honorario de la junta directiva de la Unión de Episcopales Negros, dijo en un correo electrónico que lo que hizo la gente de San Pablo fue “una increíble historia de gracia”. Él dijo que como obispo había oído hablar de algún feligrés negro en comunidades pequeñas y dispersas, pero pocas personas, incluido él, se habían detenido a preguntar sobre sus historias.Añadió que la labor de San Pablo de descubrir la verdad acerca de su relación con DeKonza muestra “que nunca es demasiado tarde para restaurar nuestras historias conscientes e inconscientes con la verdad, la confesión y los actos sinceros de penitencia colectiva”. Tales esfuerzos, subrayó, “cuando están bendecidos por la sinceridad, pueden convertirse en un testimonio liberador de la gracia cristiana para nosotros y para el mundo en nuestro entorno”.Un comienzo, no un finGarwood, la guardiana mayor de San Pablo, llamó al oficio del 20 de septiembre un comienzo importante, pero no puede ser un fin. “Tenemos que mantener esto en marcha”, afirmó “y alentar a otras parroquias a contar sus historias. Esto no puede pasar a un segundo plano. Tenemos que mantener el impulso”.Beck dijo que su investigación sobre la vida de DeKonza hace pertinente para él y sus cofeligreses encontrar “quiénes son los Mai DeKonzas de 2015 que viven en Clay Center, pero que han sido marginados”. Él se preguntó qué acciones realizadas por algunas personas hoy día causarán una vergüenza semejante a su comunidad dentro de cincuenta años.En su sermón, Seifert dijo que la iglesia ahora tiene la oportunidad y la responsabilidad de entender mejor el racismo sistémico y otros formas de opresión que dejan a las personas con una sensación de desesperanza. “Este es el momento”, afirmó ella “de dedicarnos nuevamente a notar a las Mai DeKonzas que encontramos aquí y ahora, a cuidar de ellas y a caminar con ellas”.Washington, de la iglesia AME de Junction City, dijo que le gustaría ver a congregaciones [compuestas] de diferentes personas reunirse, tal vez alrededor de Acción de Gracias. Y agregó que deben haber más oportunidades de compartir más allá de las diferencias raciales “no para corregir un error, sino porque es lo correcto”.– Melodie Woerman es directora de comunicaciones de la Diócesis Episcopal de Kansas. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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June 20, 2021 0

Scoreboard roundup — 2/17/21

first_img Beau Lund February 18, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 2/17/21 Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONOrlando 107, New York 89Atlanta 122, Boston 114Philadelphia 118, Houston 113Chicago 105, Detroit 102Washington 130, Denver 128Indiana 134, Minnesota 128 (OT)Portland 126, New Orleans 124Memphis 122, Oklahoma City 113Utah 114, LA Clippers 96Golden State 120, Miami 112 (OT)Chicago at Charlotte (Postponed)San Antonio at Cleveland (Postponed)Detroit at Dallas (Postponed)NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEFlorida 4, Carolina 3 (OT)Chicago 2, Detroit 0Vancouver 5, Calgary 1Edmonton 3, Winnipeg 2Toronto 2, Ottawa 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLSouthern Cal 89, Arizona St. 71Tennessee 93, South Carolina 73Loyola of Chicago 54, Valparaiso 52Kansas 59, Kansas St. 41East Carolina at Houston (Postponed)Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


May 8, 2021 0

The Crooked Vines Release “Who To Be” Featuring Evan Thibodeaux

first_imgLeading up to their debut, self-titled album release in October of 2015, you could find The Crooked Vines performing throughout New Orleans in various small venues. Their freshman effort appeared with a fresh new sound, and although it lacked big studio publicity, it displayed a birth of artistic brilliance that was welcomed by a small-but-growing fan base.Their sophomore effort, Alive, was partly funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and as a result the band was able to take a new approach to the creative process: every member made contributions both large and small to the composition, arrangement, and studio production of the new songs. This album is rich with musical diversity. The lyrics run the full gamut of emotions and topics that touch many relatable nerves in the human experience, while the music spans a wide range of moods and sounds. Thought-provoking narratives move through hope, fierce independence, optimism (tempered by disappointment), acceptance of reality, lessons learned, and nostalgic looks back at former relationships. A theme of personal growth that weaves through many of the tracks seems to echo TCVs own growth between albums and their musical transformation.Perhaps no number better exemplifies that transformation than “Who To Be.” With an intro and fade-out that sound like a scratchy old vinyl record, it carries the listener on a journey from youthful self-doubt to mature self-confidence, with a beguiling score that instantly gets under your skin and draws you back for repeat listens. An ethereal instrumental segment is worthy of its own track, sending tingles up the spine with eerie horn lines and a “spirit-world” vocal moment. Just when you think this number can’t get any better, a rap segment (written and performed by Evan Thibodeaux) adds a new layer. His continued commentary through the balance of the number brings a male voice that plays off lead singer Mikayla Braun’s for an energetic exchange. The pace shifts upward yet again into a confident stride in the wrap-up, reflecting the storyteller’s newfound self assurance.The first single, also the title track, “Alive” ponders the individual determination to rise above the dreary sea of workday conformity. It previews the wider-ranging musical tone of the album, and a screaming guitar solo by George Wilde (Sexual Thunder) infuses the track with even more energy.Alive is scheduled to be released November 10th 2017 on all major platforms.The Crooked Vines will host an album release party at The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans on Thursday 11/9 supported by Aaron Benjamin and Kathryn Rose Wood. The full project is available for pre-order now via iTunes, and will release on all major platforms on Friday 11/10. For more information find The Crooked Vines on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit their website at www.TheCrookedVines.comlast_img read more


March 2, 2021 0

DC default funds ‘not risky enough’ for younger members: Hymans

first_imgUK defined contribution (DC) master trusts are taking too much risk for their older members as they near retirement, according to Hymans Robertson.The consulting group also argued that some were taking too little risk in portfolios for younger members, which could lead to “poorer outcomes”.Hymans Robertson analysed the performance of default investment portfolios run by the UK’s biggest DC master trusts, including NEST, The People’s Pension, and trusts run by Legal & General and Standard Life.Positive investment returns generated by such funds were “largely as a consequence of supportive markets and unusually low levels of volatility”, the consultancy argued. Anthony Ellis, head of DC proposition at Hymans Robertson, said: “In assessing performance, the sole focus mustn’t be on returns. It’s also vital to look at the amount of risk being taken at different stages of the savings lifecycle to ensure it’s appropriate throughout.”The consultancy found that trusts taking a higher risk approach to the early-stage “growth phase” of investing saw better results than lower risk portfolios.The master trust market “delivered very strong returns for members close to retirement” on a one- and three-year basis, Ellis said.However, he argued that “the majority of providers have carried too much risk in this phase”.“At this stage investment risk should de dialled down significantly and the investment strategy should be consistent with the member’s decision at retirement,” Ellis said.“Over 53% of DC pension pots accessed at retirement are fully withdrawn, and 90% of these pots are less than £30,000 [€34,000] in size. In this context it raises a question mark over exposing DC investors to market risk and market falls.”In the “consolidation phase” – defined as five years from retirement – Ellis said the picture for performance and risk was “mixed” across the report’s sample set.More than a third – 35% – of members of workplace pension schemes were enrolled in some form of master trust, Hymans Robertson said. In total more than 7m participate in such schemes.“Until now there has been no recognised method of comparing relative value between the different master trust providers,” Robertson said. “Employers, and more importantly their people, should be able to clearly see that value.”The consultant also claimed that the DC master trust market could control as much as £300bn worth of assets within 10 years.last_img read more


September 29, 2020 0

Clendaniel: Stop yelling at officials? A sports fan’s vow to do just that

first_imgBad habits are hard to break. This, we know. But last weekend I vowed to end a practice I’ve engaged in for decades. You should, too.I promise never to yell at a referee or umpire again during a live sporting event. Ever.For the life of me, I can’t understand why it’s still socially acceptable in today’s world. Is there another setting in which that kind of behavior is condoned? I can’t think of one.Another point: As a former high school and collegiate athlete, a sportswriter for 10 years …last_img read more


December 20, 2019 0

Culling Time

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Victoria G. MyersProgressive Farmer Senior EditorAs fall calving season wraps, many producers avoid the cost of carrying less-productive cows over the winter months by culling the herd. It’s a sensible thing to do, but it’s also traditionally the time of year when the cull market is at its lowest. What are the options this year?Start with a herd assessment. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University emeritus Extension animal scientist, stresses this should be a well-informed. Cull cows represent about 20% of the gross income for any commercial cow operation these days.“Ranchers need to make certain cow culling is done properly and profitably,” he says. “Selling cull cows when they will return the most income to the rancher requires knowledge about cull cow health and body condition. Proper cow culling will reduce the chance a cow carcass is condemned at the packing plant and becomes a money drain for the entire beef industry.”MAKE A SMART ASSESSMENTDecide whether or not to cull, based not just on the projected availability of cheap winter feed and space (although these are key consideration) but also on the individual animal’s pluses and minuses for the business as a whole.1. AGE. First, think about longevity. Selk points out data from large ranches in Florida indicates cows are consistent rebreeders through about 8 years of age, with the most consistent decline after the 10-year mark. “Start to watch for reasons to cull a cow at about age 8,” he says. “By the time she is 10, look at her very closely and consider culling. As she reaches her 12th year, plan to cull her before she has health problems, or is in very poor body condition.”Selk adds it’s also important to look at older cows’ mouths, to be sure they are sound and able to harvest the forage needed to maintain body condition and stay strong enough to reproduce.2. CANCER EYE. Eye health is a key area to assess, and it can be one of the more common causes of condemned beef carcasses. Eye tumors often start as small pinkish growths in the eye. Also, be on the lookout for cows with heavy wart infestations around the eye socket.3. FEET AND LEGS. Cows with feet and/or leg issues should be considered early for culling. If culling soon after injury, make sure to follow required withdrawal time post treatment.4. BAD UDDERS. Quality of udders impacts a cow’s productivity and should be part of the cull-assessment. An OSU study found cows with one or two dry quarters had calves with severely reduced weaning weights (50-60 pounds). This is also a heritable trait. Also consider whether udders are “large, funnel-shaped” and/or have weak suspension. Select against these faults to improve the cow herd over time.5. BODY CONDITION. The smart move is to cull a cow long before she is in poor body condition. Thin cows will have much lower salvage value, and they will often decline further in transit. Their inability to remain standing for long periods can lead to bruising, excessive carcass trim, increased condemnations and even death.6. TEMPERAMENT. Just cull those wild cattle, it will make it easier on everyone.7. OPEN COWS. Unless you’ve got a good reason not to, cull open cows or those that don’t fit your calving season.CULL COW MARKETOnce the herd has been assessed for culls, what are analysts saying about pricing and market windows?Tanner Aherin, CattleFax analyst, says there’s a lot of data to help producer’s focus in on what have generally been the best times to sell cull cows.Over the last 20 years, average utility prices for cull cows averaged a 20% break from the January through August high, to the fall low. The last 5 of those years, the drop has been closer to the 25% mark. The cull market has not dipped below $50/cwt since 2010.Many years, retaining ownership on cull cows until February pays dividends for producers. This year Aherin says he still sees risk ahead, but adds there are a couple of factors on the horizon that may be more supportive of this market.“We could get below $50 per hundredweight, but there are a couple of factors more supportive to the market, and prices may not have to get that cheap,” he says. “Dairy margins are improving, so there may not be as many of them on the market. Also, if that Tyson plant comes back on line in the next two months it will open up more space for cows and bulls.”That said, he adds the next 6 to 8 weeks are where he sees the biggest risk ahead, based on seasonal patterns.“We look back over 39 years of data, and three-fourths of the time you add value to cows if you wait. I think that will still be the case this year, although it might not be as significant as it has been in years’ past. But it is likely there will be at least modest profitability in retaining cull cows until later in the winter or early spring.”Like Selk, Aherin stresses this decision has to be individually assessed, operation by operation.“Look at your input costs. Can you add weight economically? Do you have cheap feed needed to add weight? That is the biggest consideration. Also look at whether you have room to winter her for the next few months,” those are the two key questions.Victoria G. Myers can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @myersPF(SK/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more


December 17, 2019 0

Fort McKay Metis and preparing for life after the tar sands

first_img“Everyone is tapping on their brakes and people are taking a step back in terms of how aggressive they want to be in their developments. It’s a sobering second look- it gives the community the chance to catch our breath. If oil was to turn the key off tomorrow and go home this community would take at least 20 years to go back to the lifestyle that it had prior because everything around our community, in terms of our traditional territory, is gone.”Quintal said he’s terrified by what he’s witnessed over the years with the land being eaten up and polluted by industry.“The fact is we are putting controls in place. We have three air monitoring systems in the community at all times. Everything is under scrutiny. Do I think it’s all industry’s fault? There’s a good case against that.”But, it’s not just environmental impacts that came with the economic boom train, social issues add additional challenges.“Many here are living with addictions. Because the money is everywhere. We have 18 year old kids, graduating high school with opportunity. They go to work and drive heavy haulers and suddenly make $100,000 a year.”Quintal acknowledges that time is running out. They have money now, but the land is being destroyed and they may not have a place to call home in the near future.They are already planning ahead however, given the circumstances, to create a new vision for the coming generations.Recognizing the dilemma the Fort McKay Metis is buying land in Isle La Crosse Saskatchewan- an area with a high density of Metis people. It will be a place for the people to go to if Fort McKay ends up being swallowed up by industry.“We don’t have any sanctuaries to go to, but we’re buying lots to build some cabins and a lodge to be able to take our people away if they want to. There they can fish, hunt, pick berries and go back to nature,” said Quintal.Regardless of the challenges before them, the people will continue to take advantage of economic opportunities while they still can, said Quintal.Homes under construction in the Fort McKay Metis community. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN“What we need in Alberta is a policy that will enable the Metis the ability to be more engaged…That’s not to say we want to stop industry. We want to use the best technology possible, to know where you’re (industry) going to be working within our traditional territory. And we want the opportunity to continue make money off of the projects.”[email protected]@songstress28 (The administrative offices in the Fort McKay Metis community that has 90 members and 800 hectares of land in Alberta. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN)Brandi Morin APTN National NewsFORT MCKAY METIS COMMUNITY — New houses and new trucks greet you upon arrival at the Fort McKay Metis community in northern Alberta. It is a small place, a mere dot on the map, located north of Fort McMurray, between the tar sands and next to Fort McKay First Nation.The Fort McKay Metis is a unique community that was established during the fur trade here in the 1900’s.The people here have close ties with the local First Nation as well as mixed ancestry including French, English, Cree, Dene and Metis.Encompassing 800 hectares of land and having just under 90 members. it is the only Metis community that was able to negotiate their lands away from the Alberta government.It is surrounded by industrial development, mainly tar sands activity. The tar sands have had a large impact on the local environment and traditional territories of the Metis.Most say that for a time, they were ignored when it came to consultation with industry.The Metis here, like their First Nation neighbours, at one time tried to stop industry from encroaching on their territories with little success.Fort McKay Metis President Ron Quintal. Photo:Brandi Morin/APTN“It felt like everything was rubber stamped. Like our concerns were an afterthought,” said President Ron Quintal.That is until Fort McKay Chief Jim Boucher stepped up and insisted industry also consult with the Metis, he said.“In Alberta there is no policy or legislation in place that a proponent has to talk to a Metis organization while they talk to the First Nations about the exact same impacts. But we have been able to negotiate deals with industry,” said Quintal.They are prospering alongside Fort McKay First Nation. The community doesn’t receive any government money and is completely self-reliant via business agreements with industry.Through profits earned from the Fort McKay Metis Group LTD., several initiatives are funded like a beautification program, park building, housing, post-secondary scholarships and local infrastructure.“I’m about the success of my community and doing the best I can to ensure my community is successful,” said Quintal, which he added, includes mitigating environmental concerns.“We work with industry. We’ve gone this far and we use our best judgement to ensure industry and government are working sustainably.”Now, Quintal is asking for the ability to hit the brakes on further development. The current down turn in oil prices is an opportunity to look at ways to diversify the economy.last_img read more


October 14, 2019 0

City clerk certifies over 100000 signatures for SDSU West campus expansion

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — More than 100,000 signatures from supporters of a proposed ballot imitative that would pave the way for San Diego State University to acquire the SDCCU Stadium property for campus expansion were certified by the city clerk, paving the way for the measure to appear on an upcoming ballot, organizers announced Thursday.Now, the City Council will discuss the initiative at an upcoming meeting. The Municipal Code stipulates that the council can consider adopting the measure or send it to voters.“We are incredibly proud that the city clerk has cleared the way for SDSU West to be placed before voters this year,” said Fred Pierce of Friends of SDSU, which organized the signature-collecting. “This important milestone moves us one step closer to making SDSU West a reality for San Diego State University and our city as a whole.”The group submitted 106,134 voter signatures for verification by the clerk; 71,646 verified signatures were needed.A competing initiative, which would result in a soccer-centric commercial development, recently qualified and will go onto a 2018 ballot.If both SDSU West and SoccerCity are approved by voters, the one that receives the most votes would be adopted.The university has built to capacity in its current footprint, which means the proposal would allow SDSU to grow its academic, research and housing facilities to meet increased student demand that cannot be met at its current campus.School officials in the fall outlined their vision for the project, including 1.6 million square feet of classroom and research buildings, a river park and open space, 4,500 housing units, retail shops, a pair of hotels and a multi-use, 35,000-seat stadium for college football and other sports.“This initiative unlocks the university’s potential for continued growth,” Councilwoman Barbara Bry said. “Investments in education pay high dividends for our community. Each year, SDSU generates $5.67 billion of economic impact. It is critical we continue to grow this powerful economic engine.”SDSU Interim President Sally Roush and JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer said the project would be mostly funded by public-private partnerships, and wouldn’t rely on taxpayer financing. The main exception would be the stadium, which would be funded by bonds to be paid back by future revenues.The land is three trolley stops from the built-out main campus. February 15, 2018 Posted: February 15, 2018 City clerk certifies over 100,000 signatures for SDSU West campus expansioncenter_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:31 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

Apple recalls some MacBook Pro laptops due to fire hazard

first_img NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is recalling some MacBook Pro laptops due to a fire hazard.The batteries in the laptops can overheat, posing a safety risk. The recalled MacBook Pros have a screen that measures 15-inches diagonally and were sold between September 2015 through February 2017 in the U.S. and Canada starting at about $2,000.Apple, in Cupertino, California, said it has gotten 26 reports about overheating, including 5 reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation. There have also been 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property. The recall involves 432,000 laptops sold in the U.S. and 26,000 sold in Canada.MacBook Pro owners can check here to see if their computer is recalled and if so eligible for a free battery replacement program. Posted: June 27, 2019 Apple recalls some MacBook Pro laptops due to fire hazard AP June 27, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter AP, last_img read more


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