Según se avecinan más cortes de agua, la Iglesia se…

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Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Detroit, Michigan] En un día cualquiera, unos 10.000 residentes de Detroit, ancianas y madres solteras en su mayoría, abren un grifo seco.Es una persistente crisis de agua que ha atraído la atención y la condena internacionales en medio de la cobertura del renacimiento de Detroit que, emerge de la quiebra y de la ruina, como ciudad de inversores, empresarios, artistas e individuos creativos.Durante más de un año, al mismo tiempo que se inauguraban restaurantes de moda, aumentaba la competencia por los áticos y apartamentos del centro, y comenzaba la construcción de una línea de metro —a un costo de $137 millones de una inversión de capital mixto (público y privado)— que se extiende por casi cinco kilómetros a lo largo de la avenida Woodward, los residentes más pobres de la ciudad han venido enfrentando interrupciones en el suministro de agua.“Se trata de una pobreza abyecta, éstas son personas a quienes les han suspendido cupones de alimentos y sus beneficios de bienestar social, ancianos y mujeres con niños”, dijo Lindsay Airey, miembro del personal de la iglesia episcopal de San Pedro [St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Corktown] y voluntaria de Nosotros el Pueblo de Detroit. “De las personas a quienes les distribuimos, al menos el 75 por ciento tienen niños, y el resto probablemente son ancianas.“Llaman a nuestra línea de emergencia y tratamos de ayudarlos hasta que sus casos se resuelvan. Teníamos una mujer, una muchacha de 17 años con un niño, y no volvimos a saber nada más de ella porque la desahuciaron. Estaba en el intento de asistir a la escuela secundaria”.Al fondo del santuario de San Pedro, detrás de la pila bautismal, cuelga una sábana blanca con descoloridas letras negras que dicen: “Puesto de agua de San Pedro”, debajo del cual se encuentran siete galones de agua, dos cartones de 1 galón y un envase de 5 galones, que es todo lo que queda de una donación de 1.500 galones.“Estamos sin agua”, dijo el Rdo. Bill Wylie-Kellermann, pastor encargado de San Pedro, añadiendo que la iglesia ha estado a la espera de una donación de 2.500 a 3.000 galones.San Pedro has servido como puesto de agua, almacenando agua y haciendo entregas semanales a residentes desconectados. Una sola persona podría recibir de 8 a 10 galones a la semana; una familia con dos o tres miembros, de 20 a 25 galones y una familia de siete u ocho miembros, de 35 a 40 galones, dijo Airey, en una conversación con Episcopal News Service en el santuario.“Estamos en una encrucijada”, dijo ella. “No queremos tener que solicitar donaciones corporativas”.Las anteriores donaciones de agua han provenido del Consejo de los Canadienses, una agencia de acción social, y de la Fundación Guarda de los Montes con sede en Virginia Occidental.Históricamente, la iglesia episcopal de San Pedro ha servido de base para programas de justicia social, una tradición que Wylie-Kellermann continúa. Mientras la innovación empresarial y los centros tecnológicos empiezan a aparecer en el centro de la ciudad, San Pedro invirtió en su edificación.“Convertimos el salón parroquial en una colmena de justicia social —y algunas organizaciones sin fines de lucro lo han alquiladlo, esa es la manera en que pagamos la cuenta de la calefacción—, todo tipo de cosas han comenzado allí y han servido para financiar la parroquia”, dijo Wylie-Kellermann, un metodista unido influido por los jesuitas, que ha atendido San Pedro durante ocho años.“En el Caso de Nosotros el Pueblo, recaudamos algún dinero para dárselos a ellos por 18 meses. Si fuéramos a aplicar la tasa del mercado, lo que uno podría hacer en Corktown, estaríamos boyantes” .San Pedro se encuentra en la esquina sudoriental de la intersección de Michigan y Trumbull, diagonalmente opuesto a un solar yermo de 4 hectáreas donde los Tigres de Detroit jugaron durante 90 años. La iglesia está prácticamente en el centro del Corktown, llamado así por los inmigrantes del Condado de Cork que escaparon de Irlanda durante la hambruna de la papa a mediados del siglo XIX. Al igual que el moderno centro de la ciudad, Corktown —un barrio diverso de ingresos mixtos donde viven artistas y residentes de pura cepa— está de moda.“Durante muchos años, nuestros amigos en San Pedro han expresado su preocupación por la justicia social a través de sus acciones”, dijo Rick Schulte, director de comunicaciones de la Diócesis de Michigan. “Esa es una iglesia que abre sus puertas todos los días y sirve a su comunidad de Corktown, y que conoce las necesidades y problemas que son importantes para todos los que llaman a San Pedro su hogar. Su capacidad de movilizarse y de responder a una necesidad, a una situación siempre ha sido impresionante”.Antes de convertirse en pastor encargado, Wylie-Kellermann fue guardián del orden en el comedor de pobres de San Pedro, mientras viajaba a Chicago para dirigir un ministerio urbano del SCUPE, o Consorcio del Seminario para la Educación Pastoral Urbana. Su esposa, la difunta Jeanie Wylie, hija del desaparecido Samuel J. Wylie, obispo de Michigan Septentrional [Norte], fue en un tiempo editor de The Witness, una revista episcopal progresista que cerró en 2006.Arrestado más de 50 veces por desobediencia civil, Wylie-Kellermann se encontraba entre las ocho personas que arrestaron en julio de 2014 mientras intentaban bloquear las puertas de la compañía privada de camiones contratada para llegar a cabo las desconexiones del agua.Desde el asiento trasero de un auto patrullero de la policía, Wylie-Kellermann le dijo a Detroit Free Press, “Estamos aquí para apelar a los trabajadores que cesen de desconectar el agua”.Durante una entrevista junto a un café y un tazón de chili Motor City en Onassis Coney Island, de la acera de enfrente a la iglesia por la avenida Trumbull, Wylie-Kellermann, hijo de un predicador, contó el relato de un día de verano de 1967, el año en que él se graduó de la antigua Escuela Secundaria Cooley.“En julio, yo estaba en el noroeste de Detroit y me acuerdo de haber mirado hacia Grand River —tengo la sensación de que estaba de pie en medio de la calle, aunque no sé si eso puede ser cierto— y veía el humo que ascendía de la ciudad”, dijo, añadiendo que él había escrito su trabajo trimestral de cuarto año sobre desobediencia civil.“Yo estaba leyendo la Carta desde una cárcel de Birmingham, [escrita] en esa primavera, en abril, y el Dr. King estaba en la iglesia de Riverside, y eso es lo que yo estaba leyendo mientras ascendía el humo.“La otra persona a quien estaba leyendo era a [William] Stringfellow —él escribió un libro para adolescentes llamado En lugar de la muerte [Instead of Death]. Entre Stringfellow y Martin Luther King, entendí de alguna manera que era una rebelión in situ. Y mi vocación al ministerio pastoral pasa por eso, yo vi el humo y mi corazón quedó de alguna manera traspasado”, afirmó, aclarándose la garganta. “Siento que tengo una vocación basada en un lugar. Detroit es inseparable de mi llamado, un poco como los monjes que hacen un voto de estabilidad”.En 1967, los residentes de Detroit se sublevaron contra las altas tasas de desempleo en la comunidad afroamericana, las escuelas y las viviendas segregadas, en lo que algunos llaman una “revuelta” y otros una “rebelión”. En las décadas transcurridas desde entonces, la población blanca de la ciudad emigró para los suburbios y la base industrial de la ciudad siguió el rumbo del resto del llamado “Cinturón del Óxido”.Al preguntarle si se sorprendía de la crisis de agua de Detroit, en que nada se resuelve pese a la amplia cobertura y crítica de la prensa, Wylie-Kellermann respondió: “Cierto, es un hueso duro de roer”.Sin embargo, algunos dicen que se trata de una crisis de agua que presagia una lucha más extensa por el derecho al agua que ya se ha extendido a Baltimore, Maryland.En Detroit, la crisis se remonta a 2005, cuando el Departamento de Acueducto y Alcantarillado de la ciudad comenzó desconexiones del servicio hidráulico a gran escala que afectó a 10.000 consumidores que estaban atrasados o que no podían pagar sus facturas del agua. En ese tiempo, se propuso un plan de tasa costeable, pero nunca llegó a aprobarse. A lo largo de los próximos 10 años, el costo del agua en la ciudad ha aumentado en un 119 por ciento. Para la primavera y el verano de 2014, la desconexión del servicio del agua alcanzó un ritmo de 3.000 viviendas por semana, hasta alcanzar un total de 30.000O unidades.En julio de 2014, más de 1.000 personas con camisetas y carteles que decían “el agua es un derecho humano” se reunieron en el centro de Detroit para protestar por las desconexiones.En ese tiempo, el Wall Street Journal informó que 80,000 cuentas residenciales atrasadas debían $43 millones, siendo la factura de deuda promedio de $540.Los residentes que se han retrasado dos meses en el pago de cuentas del agua han suscrito planes de pago sólo para encontrarse incurriendo en nuevos atrasos; otros residentes han hallado un modo de existir sin agua, dependiendo de los vecinos, de los puestos y repartos de agua, mudándose con otros miembros de la familia o yéndose definitivamente de Detroit, dijo Airey.“Muchísimas personas pierden sus hogares finalmente porque esto (las facturas del agua) se agregan a los impuestos. Luego, con la línea directa, los conectamos al servicio de emergencia del agua, pero también los ayudamos a hacerse camino en los programas de ayuda que existen allí”, explicó Airey, que calcula que unas 500 personas han llamado a la línea directa.El cuarenta por ciento de los 700.000 residentes de Detroit viven por debajo del nivel de la pobreza. La ciudad fue en un tiempo la cuarta del país en número de habitantes, pero desde la década del 50 ha perdido más del 60 por ciento de sus vecinos. Fuera del núcleo de la zona del centro, 362 kilómetros cuadrados de Detroit es sitio de fábricas, bancos, tiendas y viviendas —a veces cuadras y cuadras de casas— abandonadas, y casi un tercio de ese espacio son solares yermos.“Detroit solía ser una ciudad de 2 millones de habitantes y ahora tiene 700.000. Por consiguiente, desde un punto de vista, tenemos esta infraestructura dispersa —¿cómo vamos a reorganizar a la gente?— y la manera en que el municipio ha decido hacerlo es privilegiar a ciertos barrios con recursos y servicios, y desconectar a los demás”, dijo Wylie-Kelleermann.Airey y otros afiliados a la iglesia y a Nosotros el Pueblo de Detroit se preparan de nuevo para hacer una encuesta por barrios, una campaña de ir casa por casa para identificar las familias sin agua. Otros sondeos previos han revelado la vergüenza de los residentes.“La campaña de puerta en puerta nos dice que las personas se sienten avergonzadas, y se han autosilenciado”, dijo ella. “Se han creído lo que dicen los medios de prensa de que es su culpa y que deben pagar sus cuentas. Recuerdo cuando estaba haciendo esta encuesta en el otoño (2014) de personas que habían marcado líneas azules en sus aceras, y algunas nos dirían: ‘oh, no, a nosotros no nos han cortado el agua, pagamos nuestras cuentas’ —luego, eso forma parte de la batalla”.“El constante estribillo de Monica es: ‘no es nuestra culpa, pero es nuestra lucha’. Lograr que la gente llegue a creer eso es la parte más difícil”.“Monica” es Monica Lewis-Patrick, la cofundadora de Nosotros el Pueblo de Detroit, una activista y organizadora comunitaria que ha participado en la lucha por el agua de Detroit desde el principio.Cuando Nosotros el Pueblo se creó en 2008 como un movimiento de base al objeto de capacitar y movilizar a los residentes de Detroit para mejorar su calidad de vida, recibió ayuda de la Iglesia Presbiteriana EUA.Un año después, un administrador de emergencia nombrado por el estado asumió las operaciones diarias del municipio y nueve meses más tarde Detroit se convirtió en el mayor municipio en la historia de EE.UU. en declararse en quiebra. En marzo de 2014, el Departamento de Acueducto y Alcantarillado de Detroit adoptó “una estrategia más agresiva para el cobro de deudas”, método que las Naciones Unidas denunció como una violación de los derechos humanos internacionales.El 10 de diciembre de 2014, cuando Detroit salió formalmente de la protección de la quiebra, su alcalde, en una conferencia de prensa en la que estaban representados los principales medios de difusión, incluido The New York Times, planteó una pregunta difícil: “¿Cómo uno brinda servicios en una ciudad donde la tasa de desempleo es el doble de la tasa promedio del estado, y donde hemos logrado reconstruir el sistema de acueducto y un sistema de autobuses y un sistema de computadoras y un sistema financiero?”, preguntó el alcalde Mike Duggan. “Todo ello va a ser un reto”.El 21 de julio de 2015, el Concejo Municipal de Detroit aprobó aumentar las tarifas de agua en un 7,5 por ciento.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. 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Marion McDougall Stepping Down From Caliber

first_img About Author: Radhika Ojha Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: A Resurgence of ARMs Next: Fitch Rates Nationstar’s U.S. RMBS Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago November 14, 2018 2,607 Views Related Articles Caliber Home Loans Marion McDougall 2018-11-14 Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Marion McDougall Stepping Down From Caliber Tagged with: Caliber Home Loans Marion McDougall Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Marion McDougall Stepping Down From Caliber Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Marion McDougall, EVP, Chief Loan Administration Officer at Caliber Home Loans will be stepping down from her current position by the first quarter of 2019, according to industry sources.An industry veteran with more than 25 years of financial services experience in the U.S. and internationally, McDougall has worked in mortgage and retail banking with a particular emphasis on mortgage servicing, business development, and post-closing. She was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Five Star Conference.While accepting the award, McDougall said that the industry had come a long way, battling the cyclical nature of the housing and mortgage business as well as the regulatory changes and pressure. “I challenge us all to continue to think outside of the box, and about our industry from the perspective of our customers not only from a compliance perspective,” she told the audience.McDougall had said that it was interesting to see how many of the technological advances that were envisioned 18 years ago had been realized today. “It is even more interesting, however, how many opportunities the technologies present that the mortgage industry has not yet taken advantage of,” she said during the awards ceremony. “We must continue to act like mortgage bankers and innovate by leveraging the ever-expanding toolkit available to us.”Learn more about McDougall’s career and her impact on the industry in this video: The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas.  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Servicing Subscribelast_img read more

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Search underway for 3 children in vehicle swept away in Arizona flood

first_imgKPHO(PHOENIX) — The Gila County Sheriff’s Office warned Arizona residents Friday morning that several roads and bridges were closed after floods made them unsafe to cross. Most of the closures were around Tonto Creek.“Gila County Sheriff’s Office would like to advise that the Store Crossing, Bar X Crossing and the A Crossing going across Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin are now closed. Please do not try to cross these crossings. Please have a safe day,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.Just a few hours later, deputies and several other agencies were performing a “search and rescue” for three missing children that were swept away by flooding at the Bar X Crossing at Tonto Creek.Authorities received a call at 4:11 p.m. about a vehicle stuck at that location, according to a statement from Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd. Multiple people needed rescue.Once there, officials with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety rescued by helicopter one adult and four children, who escaped the vehicle and were stranded on an island. Another adult made it safely to shore, but three children never made it out of the vehicle, officials said.Multiple agencies, including the Tonto Basin, TriCity and Globe Fire Departments, are assisting in the search for the children.Information about the ages of the children and their relations to those rescued has not been released.Many parts of Arizona were hit with severe winds and floods across the Thanksgiving holiday week, while areas such as Flagstaff got as much as nine inches of snow.Shepherd said he would like to “remind everyone of the dangers that can occur during flooding. We are concerned for the safety of those involved and the first responders.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Art in the making

first_imgWith a major renovation limiting exhibition space, the Harvard Art Museums can’t always show off new acquisitions these days.One example is a fragile plaster model — 34 inches high — that is a rare survivor from the rough-and-tumble sculpture studios of 17th century Italy, where new sculptures were made and ancient classical works were restored from fragments dug from the ground. Young artists often learned their trade by piecing these remnants together.Restorations required making plaster models, three-dimensional representations of what a finished work might look like. They were just templates of a sort, and were discarded once a sculpture was finished.But the half-scale example somehow survived and was donated to Harvard last year by the estate of First Amendment lawyer Daniel Paul ’46, a one-time member of the Harvard Board of Overseers who had a passion for collecting fine art. (He also earned degrees from Harvard Law School and from what became the Harvard Kennedy School.)The survival alone of such a fragile artifact makes it rare. But what makes Harvard’s model even more important is the figure it depicts: the Barberini Faun (circa 220 B.C.), one of the key works of Hellenist sculpture in the canon of Western art.The original, a life-size marble statue on display in Munich since 1830, shows a reclining, naked faun — in Greek mythology, a satyr — in what one critic called “the relaxed abandonment of sleep,” with legs akimbo, and one arm crooked behind a head wild with curls.That abandonment includes a full frontal view of the faun, a pose that has since made the statue an icon in homoerotic art. The same legs-apart view also assured that for years the Barberini Faun appeared in art textbooks only as a detail of a handsome, relaxed face.Stephan Wolohojian was shocked when he saw the original, in Munich’s Glyptothek museum. The blatant naked pose was part of the shock, he said, but so was the naturalistic beauty of the statute’s musculature and “the seductive trance of the sleeping faun” itself.Wolohojian is the Landon and Lavinia Clay Curator, and head of the division of European and American Art at the Harvard Art Museums. He delivered a talk on the Faun plaster model this month (Dec. 8) at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum lecture hall.It was the second of four In-Sight Evenings at the Art Museums, in which patrons are invited to an after-hours reception and then talk that looks “deeper and differently” at a single artist or work of art.The story of the plaster model starts with the story of the Barberini Faun itself, which in the 1620s was excavated in Rome. More than a thousand years before, it had likely been among the tons of statuary hurled at invading Goths from the heights of the besieged Castel Sant’Angelo, a papal fortress. In ancient times the fortress had been the mausoleum of the Roman emperor Hadrian, an ardent Hellenophile who scoured the empire for Greek statuary.When it was dug out of the old moat, the Faun was missing its right leg and left arm, as well as fragments of the face, hand, and elbow. By 1627 it was in the possession of Cardinal Francesco Barberini, a cousin of Pope Urban VIII, an arts patron who himself was a Barberini.By 1629, marble had been purchased for a restoration. A 1679 letter refers to “making two legs in stucco and plaster,” and by 1692 another Barberini inventory refers to a sitting, sleeping Faun, and a plaster model.All the evidence points to the Harvard model being “a working model,” said Wolohojian, and not a cast for reproduction. It was the kind of working object made of clay, rope, and other handy material that “rarely survived in a chaotic sculptor’s studio,” he said. “This plaster is a rare and precious survivor.”Such models, of course, were never presented to large audiences, said Wolohojian. So the Harvard example, complete with a piece of bone inside used to strengthen the right leg, is a window onto restoration work of centuries past.The Harvard Art Museums own a similar artifact — a low-fired clay model of St. Longinus (1628) that has been in the collection since 1937. It is by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a favorite of Pope Urban VIII and the leading sculptor and architect of his day. (He designed the Piazza San Pietro in front of St. Peter’s in Rome, as well as the interior of the Basilica. His “Apollo and Daphne” and other works have been widely admired for almost four centuries.)“It would please me to think … that there was a Bernini intervention” in restoring the Barberini Faun, said Wolohojian, but there is no evidence of it.The original was “the envy of popes and princes,” he said, and it underwent serial restorations. A full-scale marble copy done in Rome in 1726 shows the restored right leg in an upright position, as it appears in the Harvard model.But the most famous restoration — by Italian sculptor Vincenzo Pacetti, in 1799 — replaced the right leg once again, skewing it outward to expose the buttocks more dramatically.The Pacetti restoration also “imposed the single frontal viewpoint,” said Wolohojian, an imposition of artistic design that today would be called a “mutilation.”But that was the business of restoration in 17th and 18th century Italy, when sculptors had a virtual license to rework classical fragments as they saw fit, he said. “Artists felt a certain freedom, a certain liberty to respond” to the materials in front of them.Such manipulations were “clearly acceptable” to audiences a few centuries ago, said Wolohojian. Fragments of ancient marbles were sought out to make modern works, he said, and restorers would often integrate fragments of old sculpture to make new ones, like using parts from a bin.Today, “most of us admire classical marbles” on display, often without considering what restorers just a few centuries ago might have done with their “unions of ancient fragments.”After a brief round of questions, Wolohojian invited the audience to ask more “over some wine” at the reception following the lecture. “Appropriate,” he added, “for thinking about a satyr.”The topic of the next In-Sight Evening, at 6 p.m. March 9 at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, is the statue of Meleager. This stunning fragment of heroic Greek sculpture has been on display at Harvard since 1899.  For more information.last_img read more

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Colombians Protest FARC Executions, Call for Peace

first_imgBy Dialogo December 08, 2011 Outraged by the execution of four captives by FARC rebels, thousands of Colombians protested across the country, demanding an end to 50 years of guerrilla violence and kidnapping. As helicopters hovered over Bogota and car horns sounded on December 6, Colombians dressed in white marched toward the capital’s main square, holding images of the murdered men and chanting “No more war! Yes to life, yes to peace.” The victims – members of the armed forces held in jungle camps for more than a decade – were shot at point blank range by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia as troops attacked the rebels’ hideout. Their bodies were found alongside the metal chains used to tie their necks to trees. “We have tolerated the FARC enough,” said Ruben Castaño, an engineer, who took the day off work to participate. “Santos, it’s time to end this.” President Juan Manuel Santos, who backed the march, is facing increased pressure from Colombians to seek an end to the conflict that has killed tens of thousands over the decades. Responsible for some of the harshest blows against the FARC, including killing the group’s leader Alfonso Cano in November, Santos has expressed willingness to hold peace talks if the Marxist rebels stop kidnapping, lay down their weapons and cease attacks on civilians and the military. While the FARC has refused, Cano had hinted before his death that dialogue was the only way forward. “It’s not just the government calling for peace, it’s all of Colombia,” Santos said at the start of the demonstration. “The people are sick of violence.” More than a decade of U.S.-backed strikes against the FARC has severely weakened the rebels and limited their ability to launch attacks on the nation’s economic infrastructure, attracting billions of dollars in foreign investment. But the group remains a big part of the conflict, which strips as much as 1 percent from the economy each year. Once considered almost invincible – none of its seven-member secretariat was killed or captured in more than four decades – five have died since 2008.last_img read more

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Feds allege former CU CEO moved nearly $700,000 to avoid government seizure

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Federal prosecutors alleged former Municipal Credit Union CEO Kam Wong, who is awaiting sentencing for stealing nearly $10 million, allegedly “dissipated assets” of nearly $700,000 to avoid the government’s seizure of those funds.Wong’s attorney, however, said Friday this allegation is false.According to court documents filed by federal investigators last week, Wong transferred funds from two Citibank accounts to two TD Bank accounts under his wife’s name after a criminal complaint and his arrest in May. Before the complaint was filed and before he was arrested, the Citibank accounts were jointly held by Wong and his wife, making the TD Bank accounts subject to criminal forfeiture, according to court documents. A criminal forfeiture allows the federal government to seize the assets of any person involved in criminal activity.“His bank account he shared with his wife was closed by the bank due to his arrest and he simply opened up a new account in his wife’s name in order to prevent another closure of the account,” Jeffrey Lichtman said, a New York lawyer who represents Wong.last_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST COLUMBA’S, TERMON

first_imgSt. Columba’s Parish TermonFr. Patrick Mc Hugh PPPhone/Fax 074-9139016 Emergency Mobile number 086-2831800Fr. Michael Mc Keever, Churchill at 074-9137057 or daytime at 074-9121208Parish website: www.gartantermon.net or www.raphoeparishes.com/termon.htmSaturday 28th July & Sunday 29th July 2012 Seventeenth Sunday in ordinary timeWeekday Masses & Announced Mass Intentions  Sat 28th July 7.00pm Patricia and Charlie Gallagher, Clooncarney. RIPSun 29th July 9.00am11.00amMissa Pro PopuloMichael O’Kane, Doon. Months Mind Mass. RIPMon 30th JulyNo Mass Tues 31st July9.30amHoly SoulsWed 1st Aug 9.30amPrivate IntentionMass in Honour of the Holy Face of JesusThurs 2nd Aug 9.30amPrivate IntentionFri 3rd Aug 9.30amFirst Friday in Honour of the Sacred Heart of JesusSat 4th Aug10.00am 7.00pmFirst Saturday Devotions in Honour of the Immaculate Heart of MaryJohn Mc Grenra, Barnes. RIPSun 5th Aug9.00am11.00amMissa Pro PopuloBrian Gallagher, Stragraddy. RIPThe Loop Hearing Aid system is currently available for all Ceremonies in this Church  The 9.00am Mass every Sunday is offered for the intentions of the people of the parishConfessions are available after Mass on Sat evening & on the First Friday of every Month.Divine Mercy after 10.00am Mass every Saturday except the first Saturday of the Month. Course for engaged couples“What every couple should know before they get married”. The course will provide a wide variety of topics to help you to understand each other better and improve your communication skills. The course will be held in Kilmacrennan in The Old Primary School on the 11th of August 2012. If you have any questions or wish to register:Contact Magdalena on 087 94 99 741. Cost €50 per couple. Visitation of the sick and housebound on Friday August 3rd. Beginning in the Churchill area at 11.00am.  First Saturday Devotions in Honour of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: next Saturday beginning with Mass at 10.00am followed by Rosary meditation.The VEC Adult Education & Training Centre Milford: are now accepting applications for places on their part-time back to education initiative (BTEI) Daytime Office Skills Course for September 2012. For information contact Doreen Buchanan or Angela McElhinney as soon as possible on 074-9153194 Mon –Fri between 9.30am & 1.00pm.There are lots still happening this summer at Lough Derg…there are events at the Island this summer to suit all ages and abilities.  For further information download a copy of the updated Season Guide from [email protected] Creeslough Community Enterprise Ltd. Have now vacancies for the following positions: Maintenance/caretaker workers, Day Care Assistants, Child Care Assistants, Youth Worker and Administrator: for further details contact Betty Synan, Creeslough, on 074 9138452. Collectors for the Month of AugustSaturday  Vigil MassSunday 9.00amDan Gallagher Drumoghill & Seamus Friel DrumlurgaghSunday 11.00amEammon Strain, Drumoghill & Brian Mc Daid  Your help is appreciated. Crailbhín notes.We are also taking names for our autumn classes if you are interested in participating in Irish Language classes, Guitar, Fiddle, Computers – Internet, ECDL, Book Keeping Advertisement For Leaving & junior Cert students – Supervised Study evenings. Gym Membership €25.00 per Month only €3 for Pay as you go.SLIM R USClasses are held weekly in Craoibhín Community & Enterprise Centre!One class per week now on Thursday evenings @ 7pm. Only €5.00 Advertisement If you have any queries or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us on [email protected] , 074 91 19988 – 086 8437407 Income & Building Fund  €1310           Expenditure €830LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST COLUMBA’S, TERMON was last modified: July 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST COLUMBA’STermonlast_img read more

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Opinion: VTA must protect downtown San Jose during BART construction

first_imgDowntown business and property owners understand and welcome the legal challenges to the current plans for extending Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San Jose filed by the San Jose Sharks in the past two months.It would be wrong to mistake our concerns for opposition. We strongly support BART’s extension to two downtown San Jose stations – one at Market and Santa Clara streets, and the other at Diridon Depot, across the street from SAP Center.Get editorials, opinion columns, letters to the …last_img

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Vapor Barriers Redux

first_imgNo, the problem is air leakageGBA senior editor Martin Holladay suggests Taylor may be confusing air barriers and vapor retarders. “If you pay attention to air tightness (by following the Airtight Drywall Approach), there is every reason to believe that your proposed wall would function very well in Chicago, even without vapor retarder paint,” Holladay writes.“However, your local building code probably requires the use of a vapor retarder on the interior side of your wall — so you should probably go ahead and install kraft facing (the kind that accompanies fiberglass batts) or vapor retarder paint (if you choose cellulose — the better choice), just to keep the building inspector happy.”More to the point, Holladay says, is to choose a builder who understands how to make a building airtight. Ideally, that would extend to the drywall contractor. “There’s no reason to build a brand-new house with contractors who don’t understand these principles,” he says. “‘How risky is this?’ is the wrong question. The right question is, ‘Why would I want to choose contractors who don’t know how to do a good job?’”As to Taylor’s assertion that a poly vapor barrier, when installed correctly, is a viable means of controlling moisture, Holladay says: “Malcolm’s advice is appropriate for many locations in Canada, but is not recommended in the U.S., especially for buildings that will be air conditioned. Leave out the polyethylene unless you have a maple leaf on your flag.” Don’t forget, vapor barriers had a purposeMalcolm Taylor reminds Ed that problems associated with the movement of interior moisture is what prompted builders to begin using vapor barriers some 40 years ago, and that walls built in the manner Ed describes may indeed experience problems.“You need to go back to why vapor barriers were introduced into exterior walls in the first place,” Taylor writes. “Indoor moisture making its way into wall cavities really wasn’t much of a problem until the 1970s, when the push to conserve energy lead to widespread use of (mainly) batt insulation. In Canada this was pushed by the CMHC [Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation], and it was the widespread wall failures of the houses they had sponsored that was largely responsible for that adoption of poly vapor barriers as a way of mitigating air movement into the exterior walls.”Taylor says other strategies are available, including the Airtight Drywall Approach and the use of exterior insulating sheathing. “But,” he adds, “I don’t think anyone is advocating building without some method of limiting the movement of air through exterior walls.”The problem with vapor barriers, Taylor says, crops up when they are placed in such a way that the wall does not have a means of drying out. “The reason the wall would have moisture to dry in the first place would in most cases be that there was not an effective vapor barrier.”Later, Taylor adds this: “I’m not advocating for their use, but at present, outside the rarified world of green building and it’s one-off projects, sealed poly represents a viable method of stopping air movement that doesn’t interfere with common building practices as they are done throughout most of this continent.” Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost looks at it:There are four ways that buildings can get wet: a bulk water leak, capillary suction or wicking in porous materials, convective moisture (air leaks), and vapor moving by diffusion. You should worry pretty much in that order, regardless of climate. And yes, an assembly getting wet by diffusion alone is largely a cold climate issue, or an issue in buildings with inherently high interior relative humidity (like an indoor swimming pool), or both. For all other situations, reliance on just that continuous air barrier is the best way to keep interior or exterior moisture from getting into assemblies.We avoid Class I vapor retarders (0.1 perms or less, like polyethylene) if we can because they restrict drying and because, when used to keep moisture out of a wall or ceiling, are usually complete overkill. But other factors matter too: for example, the indoor and outdoor relative humidities, as well as the vapor permeability of all the OTHER layers in the wall or ceiling assembly. (For more information on these topics, see Vapor Profiles Help Predict Whether a Wall Can Dry and Are Dew-Point Calculations Really Necessary?)Walls can get wet from mechanisms other than those already mentioned: for example due to solar-driven moisture or wicking from mortar continuity in veneer masonry. In general, you want to take all the drying potential you can find, rather than unnecessarily restricting drying with less vapor-permeable retarders than required by wintertime interior relative humidities.I would add that if your building inspector pushes you to install a dedicated interior vapor retarder, “smart” materials such as CertainTeed’s MemBrain or Pro Clima’s DB+ or Intello Plus should be considered in cold climates.There is some evidence that asphalt-impregnated kraft paper facings do not really stand up to repeated wetting and drying — at least in terms of their variable vapor permeability — like the other “smart” retarders do. Few topics in building science seem to have caused as much confusion as the use of a polyethylene vapor barrier in exterior walls.Once routinely used by builders to prevent the migration of interior moisture into wall cavities, polyethylene is no longer recommended for houses unless they’re built in extremely cold climates.But related questions keep coming, including this query from Ed in Chicago, which was posted in the Q&A forum at GreenBuildingAdvisor: “It’s well known that improper use of vapor retarders can prevent walls from drying out properly and leading to moisture related issues such as mold and rot,” Ed writes. “Is it uncommon to have moisture issues in walls due to air leaks or vapor diffusion if the vapor retarder is left out? Would there be a concern with moisture issues for a standard construction wall (siding, plywood sheathing, 2×4 or 2×6 framing, fiberglass or cellulose insulation, drywall without vapor retarding paint) if the vapor barrier is not used in cold climates?”The house under construction (not Ed’s, but the house of someone he knows) won’t include a poly vapor barrier — but the builder doesn’t plan any special effort to make it airtight, either. RELATED ARTICLES Vapor diffusion from the interior toward the exterior is an unlikely threatDana Dorsett points out that the major moisture threat is wind-driven rain leaking past improperly flashed windows and doors — what’s called “bulk leakage.”That’s followed by air leakage, he adds, “with vapor diffusion at an extremely distant third place, as much attention as vapor-retarders get in code. If an assembly can be designed to work without poly vapor barriers, it SHOULD be built without them, in my opinon, since (a) In practice the poly is rarely airtight, and (b) poly severely inhibits drying, whether airtight or not.”Dorsett continued,“In most of the lower-48 of the U.S., the rampant misapplication of poly in locations where it can just as easily be designed-out has caused as many real-world problems as it was intended to solve, and that would include Chicago. Summertime dew points in Chicago are high enough that a ‘drying toward the exterior only’ approach can create mold problems in air-conditioned houses with interior poly and fiber insulation, with or without ai-tight sheathing (or airtight wallboard), especially those with stucco or brick cladding. (Brick cladding and interior poly can be an issue for air conditioned buildings in Winnipeg, too.)” “It seems like every story I hear about wall moisture problems is because of improper use of vapor barriers, not because it was left out,” Ed wrote. “Is there concern that leaving out the vapor barrier without making the house reasonably airtight lead to a moisture problem?”That’s the subject of this month’s Q&A Spotlight. Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!Do I Need a Vapor Retarder?Installing Fiberglass RightQuestions and Answers About Air Barriers Building Science Corp. Report on High R-value Wallslast_img read more

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