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RIP: Ruth Nicastro, esteemed church communicator, dies at 90

first_img Submit an Event Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Donald B hILL says: Comments are closed. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC M. Fletcher Davis says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME By Bob WilliamsPosted Apr 14, 2016 April 14, 2016 at 3:48 pm I first met Ruth at Episcopal Communicators in 1978. She welcomed this newbie communicator with warm and grace at my first meeting. She was both an inspiration and a hard act to follow – though she encouraged us in smaller and underfunded dioceses to do our utmost to achieve the highest standards of journalism. She was generous in her sharing of ideas and skills and one of the giants who called Episcopal Communicators into being and set the tone of education, service and collegiality that still marks Episcopal Communicators. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Rev. 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Photo: ENS archive[Diocese of Los Angeles] Canon Ruth Nicastro, longtime missioner for communication in the Diocese of Los Angeles and editor emerita of its Episcopal News, died March 28 while hospitalized in Thousand Oaks, California. She was 90 and had been suffering the effects of two strokes in recent years.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 3590 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles. Diocese of Los Angeles retired Bishop Frederick H. Borsch will preach.Well known across the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion for her award-winning expertise, Nicastro was in 1986-89 president of the churchwide Episcopal Communicators and in 1988 a member of the international Lambeth Conference communication team, serving at the invitation of then Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie.In 1980 Nicastro won the first-ever Polly Bond Award, thereafter presented annually by Episcopal Communicators and so named for an esteemed former communication director in the Diocese of Ohio. Nicastro won the award for a diocesan newspaper supplement titled “The Homeless Millions,” which addressed the international refugee situation and the church’s role in providing hope and relief. Upon her 1993 retirement, the Communicators also presented to her the Janette Pierce Award for outstanding service to the Church — an award she had helped to establish in memory of another close friend and pioneering communicator.“There are few people in the history of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Los Angeles who have shaped the diocesan community as positively and significantly as Ruth Nicastro has done through the years,” said Bishop Diocesan J. Jon Bruno. “Her friendship and mentoring will remain with me always. Our hearts and prayers are with her beloved Leo and the Nicastro family.”“Ruth Nicastro was the finest – as a reporter, writer, and editor, friend and colleague,” said Borsch, who retired as Los Angeles bishop diocesan in 2002. “She could be splendidly critical and appreciative at once, with insights that went to the heart of vital issues in the diocese and larger church – at home and in the nation and the Anglican Communion. I first met her in Nigeria. I loved her.”Nicastro and Borsch first worked together in the service of the international Anglican Consultative Council, of which he was a member and she a team journalist. In the Council’s 1984 meeting in Nigeria they served together with Bishop Edmond L. Browning, then leader of the Diocese of Hawaii and later 24th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. These colleagues continued their collaboration in 1987 in Singapore for the Council’s next meeting, at which they were joined by the late Pamela P. Chinnis, later elected president of the Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies. Their close friendships and professional work, including their ties with Runcie as Archbishop of Canterbury, produced fruitful and strategic guidance for the church at the time.“I first knew Ruth as a professional colleague: possessed of creativity, strategic thinking skills, commitment to God’s project and curiosity about the ways faithful people live out their baptismal vows,” said Barbara Braver, retired communication assistant to both presiding bishops Edmond Browning and Frank Griswold, and previously communication officer of the Diocese of Massachusetts. “Over four decades I came to love her ever more as a friend: rich in wisdom, compassion, loyalty, and with a delightful ability to find joy and humor in the daily round.”Retired Episcopal Life editor Jerry Hames also praised Nicastro for her professionalism, kindness, and experience shared while she served as an early member of the Episcopal Life Board of Governors.In Los Angeles, Nicastro was named diocesan missioner for communication and editor of the diocesan newspaper in 1977 by Bishop Robert C. Rusack. She had served previously since 1974 as an assistant for communication on the diocesan staff. Major activities of those years include ordination of women, release of the 1979 prayer book and 1982 hymnal, the closing of St. Paul’s Cathedral and construction of the Cathedral Center in Echo Park.Throughout her tenure as editor, Nicastro advanced the diocesan newspaper to new journalistic standards in years well before the advent of electronic mail and the Internet. Her reporting championed various issues within the diocese, including the ordination and full inclusion of women, as well as for LGBT people of faith. Nicastro retired as missioner and editor in 1993 when she was succeeded by Robert Williams as communication director. Bishop Borsch at that time named Nicastro an honorary canon of the Cathedral Center, and she continued to serve on the Program Group on Communication and the Episcopal News editorial board for many years.“Ruth’s meticulous care of her publications was legendary,” said Janet Kawamoto, current editor of The News, whom Nicastro first hired in 1981 as her assistant. “She was a generous, funny and wise friend, a supportive and encouraging mentor, and a person of quiet but inspiring faith. She set the standards to which I will ever aspire.”A devoted volunteer serving two diocesan institutions, Nicastro was a board member of Pasadena’s Hillsides Home for Children and president of the Friends of the Neighborhood Youth Association, a Los Angeles agency based near her longtime Mar Vista residence.She was in recent years a parishioner and former vestry member of St. Bede’s Church, Mar Vista, having previously attended St. Alban’s, Westwood, where she sang in the choir for several decades under the direction of Canon James Vail and took active part in refugee resettlement projects in response to the plight of Vietnamese “boat people.” In earlier years, she also sang in the choir at Church of the Advent, Los Angeles.A native Southern Californian, Ruth Moody was born in January 18, 1926, in San Fernando, California, and grew up attending St. Simon’s Church there. After her father, Clyde, an attorney, died at an early age, young Ruth and her mother, Gertrude, sister, Anna, and brother, Richard, united to meet new challenges. Ruth went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Pomona College and worked for Macmillan Publishing in both San Francisco and New York. While working in Manhattan Ruth met Leo, and the two were married for 65 years.Survivors include the Nicastros’ three sons, Stephen, Mark and David, daughters-in-law Terry, Robin and Susan, and grandchildren Michael, Max, Sam and Kaitlyn, three nephews and many friends.At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the college-access programs of Neighborhood Youth Association, 1016 Pleasant View Ave., Venice, CA 90291.— Robert Williams is canon for community relations in the Diocese of Los Angeles and a past communication director of The Episcopal Church. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis April 15, 2016 at 7:59 am Ruth’s remarkable accomplishments as a journalist will properly draw many examples and encomiums, but undergirding her professional accomplishment was her profound faith that may evoke fewer comments. It was the source of the passion that animated her work, a quality I was privileged to observe daily when a team of us from Los Angeles visited Hong Kong, our companion diocese. Her faith infused not only in her journalism, it glowed in her face and inspired both sides of that relationship. May we who were blessed by her life express our thanksgivings by going and doing likewise. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments (3) Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

Union suspends member for Nazi salute

first_imgThey concluded that: “It is more likely than not that an ordinary member would, when looking at a raised arm coupled with goose-stepping, see an allusion to the Third Reich” which the defendant himself admitted was “the most likely explanation” for such behaviour. The initial complainant at one point referred to these gestures as being “entirely reminiscent of a Nazi salute”, although the report found that this was not fully corroborated by the evidence presented. The defendant then noted that in this unnamed country “goose-stepping continues to take place, before deciding to start goose- stepping while mimicking the tradition”. The member has been suspended for two terms and fined £40 in line with Union policy forbidding conduct “liable to distress [or] offend.” The member (who is not named in the re- port in line with Union rules) is also alleged to have “engaged in goose-stepping.” The complainant’s representative argued that the claim that these actions were taken in the spirit of “cultural exploration” were “wildly improbable”, and argued that “there was very little evidence of remorse besides the admittance of drunken conduct.” However, they found that the rules of the society did not enable them to extend the scope of their investigation beyond that of the original complaint, and as a result no punishment was brought against the second goose-stepping member. They also stated: “Any symbolism of Nazism, reasonably interpreted, is liable to distress and offend a right-minded member” and that “Goose-stepping in itself a symbol of Nazism, is liable to distress and offend a rational, right-minded member and is serious and improper conduct” regardless of the intention of the defendant when raising their arm. The Oxford Union has found a member guilty of attempting to perform a Nazi salute at last term’s “Into the Wardrobe” ball. The report did not rule out the possibility of a second investigation. Noting that this was the second time within a year that a case had been brought regarding conduct by an intoxicated member liable to distress or offend other members, the panel “urge[d] all members to enjoy themselves responsibly at Society events.” As the Defendant entered no plea the disciplinary panel “proceeded as if a ‘not guilty’ plea had been entered”. In the course of the defence, the Defendant’s representative presented evidence that the goose-stepping had taken place alongside another unnamed member after “discussing the military traditions” of the unnamed member’s country in whose military they had served. The panel nevertheless found that the defendant had engaged in goose-stepping whilst raising their arm at an angle of at least forty-five degrees and laughing on at least one occasion. In addition to these allegations, the defendant also stood accused of having goose-stepped in the society’s bar prior to their alleged conduct in the marquee. However, upon examination of CCTV footage from the bar the panel found no evidence that this had taken place. center_img The report, by a Union Intermediate Disciplinary Committee, explains that the allegations were corroborated by an un- named member of the Union’s committee who stated “that they saw the Defendant with their arm raised at an angle 45 degrees above the horizontal.” The unnamed member claimed that he had not engaged in Nazi salutes, but had “moved his arm to five degrees above horizontal reminiscent of the [national] military’s practice of raising one’s sword while goose- stepping, and that the defendant may have done the same.” Speaking to Cherwell, Union President Genevieve Athis said: “I can confirm that an Intermediate Displinary Committee did decide to fine and suspend a member that behaved extremely inappropriately at our Hilary Term Ball. “The panel was dissatisfied with this situation.” “It is very important that all members feel safe when they are on our premises and I think the seriousness of the punishment administered to the member in question illustrates our commitment to this.” The defendant admitted to having engaged in goose-stepping at the ball which they referred to as “juvenile”, and admitted to having been heavily intoxicated at the time, but did not admit to having engaged in conduct reminiscent of a Nazi salute. “After the incident, the member was removed from the premises by a member of the Union’s security staff. “The complaint was brought by an ex- President on behalf of a member of the Union’s staff. “The goose-stepping itself constitutes a breach of Rule 71 (a) (i) (1) and was deemed by the investigatory panel to be serious and improper conduct. In its concluding remarks, the panel noted: “During our hearing it became apparent that although the original complaint had been submitted against a single member, the alleged actions were of two members.last_img read more

More Granada Davit Cranes for Moray East

first_imgThe UK-based Granada Material Handling has secured a contract to provide 100 davit crane units for the turbine jacket foundations of the Moray East offshore wind project.Granada is in charge of designing, manufacturing and commissioning Python crane units that will be fitted to each of the project’s 100 jacket foundation platforms.According to the company, each of the cranes has been specifically designed for the 950MW project and its challenging marine environment.Each unit is approximately 4m tall, has a 7.5m radius, and weighs approximately 2000kg. The maximum lifting capacity of 990kg is required to hoist the heavier serviceable components from the supply vessel to the laydown area on the platforms of jacket foundations, Granada said.The company said it is already looking to place orders and subcontract specialist areas of work to other UK businesses. The cranes are expected to be delivered over a six-month period.Granada is also supplying five davit cranes for the substation of the Moray East project, each of which will be fitted to the structure’s five jacket foundation platforms.Moray East will comprise 100 MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines installed some 22km off the Aberdeenshire coast. Project developer Moray Offshore Windfarm (East) Ltd plans to have the wind farm fully operational in 2022.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgEleven teams were affected, and the tests were reexamined and found to be false positives. The lab says all “individuals impacted have been confirmed negative and informed.”NFL-ATTENDANCEMiami Dolphins to allow up to 13,000 fans at home opener, Ravens won’tUNDATED (AP) — The Miami Dolphins will allow up to 13,000 socially distancing fans to attend their home opener against Buffalo on Sept. 20. The decision divided political leaders and upset the Bills’ coach. The same plan will be followed for the University of Miami’s home opener against UAB at the Dolphins’ stadium on Sept. 10. Crowd size will be about 20% of the stadium’s 65,326-seat capacity. Groups of spectators will be spaced 6 feet apart. When the season starts, 53 teams will no longer be eligible for inclusion in the Top 25 because they have postponed their seasons. PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSLefty impressive in Tour Champions debutRIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Phil Mickelson sizzled in his first round on the PGA Tour Champions.Mickelson had five straight birdies on the back nine and finished with 11 overall in a 10-over 61 that gives him a one-stroke lead over David McKenzie. Lefty decided to make his over-50 debut this week after missing the cut at The Northern Trust and getting eliminated from the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs. Brown fired after sweepPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have fired coach Brett Brown just a day after his seventh season ended in a postseason sweep.The 76ers were 43-30 this season and had woefully underachieved in a year when they were expected to be serious contenders in the Eastern Conference. Injuries played a key role in their struggles.The move was expected after the sixth-seeded Sixers were swept by the Boston Celtics.Brown had guided the 76ers back from the bottom of the NBA. The Sixers failed to win more than 19 games in his first three seasons while management stripped the roster and prepared for a rebuild. But the 76ers made the playoffs the last three years, going 146-91. Andy Greene opened the scoring at the 6:06 mark, his first playoff goal in a decade. It remained 1-0 until Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) and Anders Lee scored in the first nine minutes of the third. Devon Toews (deh-VAHN’ tayvz) added an empty-netter shortly after Carter Hart was replaced by an extra attacker with about eight minutes left.NHL-NEWSGrubauer, Johnson out indefinitelyUNDATED (AP) — Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Erik Johnson are out indefinitely as the team tries to bounce back from its Game 1 loss to Dallas in the second round. Grubauer appeared to pull something three minutes into the second period of the opener Saturday night and needed assistance to get off the ice. Johnson left later in the period after a collision with Stars forward Blake Comeau. The second-round pick from national-champion LSU was expected to start this season.Last week, Browns starting linebacker Mack Wilson sustained a serious knee injury and cornerback Kevin Johnson lacerated his liver when he was fallen on.In other NFL injury news:— The Patriots have re-signed veteran Nick Folk, giving rookie fifth-round draft pick Justin Rohrwasser some competition for the job. Folk finished last season as New England’s kicker after Stephen Gostkowski played just four games before going on injured reserve in October. Folk brought steadiness to the job, connecting on 14 of 17 field goals and all 12 of his extra points in seven games.— Raiders receiver Tyrell Williams will try to play through this season after tearing a labrum in his shoulder during practice last week. Williams finished his first season as a Raider with 42 catches for 651 yards and six TDs but his production waned after the first four weeks due to injuries. Game 5 is Wednesday.The Miami Heat have reached the second round for the first time in four years.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 23 points as the fifth-seeded Heat completed a first-round sweep of the Pacers, 99-87. Tyler Herro had 16 points and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) added 14 with 19 rebounds for Miami.Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) had 25 points and Myles Turner added 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who have dropped four straight postseason series to the Heat since 2012.Miami’s bench outscored Indiana’s depleted reserves 38-3. Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhks) three-run homer gave the Jays a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning of a 6-4 win over the Rays. Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr. also homered and Thomas Hatch worked two scoreless innings for the win, three days after getting his first big league victory against the Rays. Tampa Bay got home runs from Yoshi Tsutsugo (YOH’-shee soo-SOO’-goh) and Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs).The Rays had won 11 of 12 heading into the series.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Twins were 3-2 winners over the Indians as Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) fanned seven while limiting Cleveland to a run and five hits over five innings. Solo homers by Cesar Hernandez, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) put Minnesota ahead 3-0. Also around the NHL:— The Red Wings have signed forward Robby Fabbri (FAB’-ree) to a $5.9 million, two-year contract. Fabbri had 32 points in 61 games last season for the league-worst Red Wings. MLB-SCHEDULEJays split with splitUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have cooled off the Tampa Bay Rays by splitting a four-game set in St. Petersburg. — Seahawks defensive end Branden Jackson was back at the team facility Monday, two days after he suffered a head injury in a team scrimmage. The fifth-year defensive end appeared to collide helmet to helmet with offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and seemed to be unconscious before he landed on the turf.COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLClemson tops preseason pollUNDATED (AP) — Clemson is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25. Ohio State was a close No. 2 to Clemson, which starts atop the rankings for the second straight season. Alabama is No. 3, Georgia is fourth and defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma is fifth. Defending national champion LSU is No. 6. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEMiddleton comes alive in 4th quarter; Bucks take 3-1 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Khris Middleton finally found his shot this afternoon, and his hot hand put the Milwaukee Bucks in control of their NBA first-round series. Oklahoma has evened its series with Houston by winning for the second time in three days.Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) scored a career playoff high 30 points and the Thunder rallied from 15 points down in the third quarter to beat the Rockets, 117-114. Chris Paul scored 26 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who won despite allowing 23 3-pointers.Houston made its first eight 3-pointers to start the third quarter. The Rockets led 93-80 until the Thunder closed the third period on a 12-0 run.James Harden had 32 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets. Eric Gordon scored 23 points and Danuel House added 21 for the Rockets, who continue to play without guard Russell Westbrook because of a quad injury.NBA-76ers-BROWN — Javier Baez drilled a two-run homer and David Bote (BOH’-tee) added a solo shot and four RBIs as the Cubs ripped the Tigers, 9-3. Winning pitcher Alec Mills gave up three runs over seven innings while striking out seven. — Jesus Aguilar (AG’-yoo-lahr) provided a two-run double while the Marlins scored six times in the fourth inning of an 11-8 win against the Nationals. Aguilar had three RBIs and Jon Berti belted a two-run homer and Pablo Lopez held Washington to three unearned runs over five innings.MLB-NEWSMets resume play TuesdayUNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets will resume play with a doubleheader against the Marlins on Tuesday. — The Blue Jays have acquired struggling slugger Daniel Vogelbach from the Seattle Mariners for $100,000. The 27-year-old Vogelbach was a first time All-Star last season but was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Aug. 19 after hitting .094 with two home runs and four RBIs in 18 games this season. NFL-FALSE POSITIVESLab blames 77 false NFL COVID-19 positives on contaminationUNDATED (AP) —The lab used by the NFL for COVID-19 tests says an isolated contamination caused 77 “most likely false positive results.” In a statement, BioReference Laboratories says the test results on Saturday were contaminated during preparation at its lab in New Jersey. The Mets are able to resume their schedule after no additional members tested positive for COVID-19 since the team learned of two infections that caused four games to be postponed last week. The Mets will make up their weekend Subway Series against the crosstown Yankees with doubleheaders on Friday and Sunday at Yankee Stadium and a single game on Sept. 3 at Citi Field.In other major league news:— Thursday’s scheduled Astros-Angels game in Houston will be played on Tuesday as part of a doubleheader due to the potential impact that Tropical Storm Laura may have on the Gulf Coast. In addition, Wednesday’s game has been moved to the afternoon. — Indians manager Terry Francona will miss the club’s three-game series against Minnesota this week while he continues to deal with health issues. Francona underwent another surgery on Friday to address a gastrointestinal condition that has bothered him for nearly a year. First base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will continue to fill in for the 61-year-old Francona, who has missed 17 games this season. A late flurry from the Bucks forward led a 121-106 victory and a three-games-to-one lead over the Magic.Missing eight of his nine shots in the first three quarters, Middleton scored 18 of his 21 points in the final period and finished with 10 rebounds. He scored 11 points during an 18-2 run that put Milwaukee ahead by 19.Middleton was shooting just 28% in the series before getting hot in the final period.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh) had 31 points, 15 boards and eight assists, shooting 12 of 14 from inside the paint.Orlando wasted a strong performance by Nikola Vucevic (voo-CHEH’-vihk), who had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIslanders blank FlyersTORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders are the lowest seed remaining in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but they were good enough to open their second-round series with a win against the No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers.Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 29 shots and the Islanders opened their second-round series with a 4-0 win over the Flyers. Varlamov has posted consecutive playoff shutouts after failing to record one since 2011. He was at his best while Philadelphia took the first nine shots of the second period.Varlamov is the first Islander to record back-to-back shutouts. The Baltimore Ravens won’t have any fans at home games for the first part of the upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The team had outlined a plan to accommodate a crowd of 7,500, but decided against it “based on the recommendations of public health experts.” NFL-NEWSBrowns rookie safety Delpit carted off with practice injury BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie safety Grant Delpit was carted off the practice field with a right Achilles’ injury. He’s the latest Cleveland player to go down in what has been a tough training camp so far. Delpit was seen pounding the ground in frustration before being taken inside the team’s facility. Associated Press Update on the latest sports August 24, 2020 K.J. Choi was joined in a group at 7 under by Rocco Mediate, Rod Pampling and Tim Petrovic. Choi is playing his second Tour Champions event.VIRUS OUTBREAK-USAIN BOLTBolt quarantines as he awaits test resultUNDATED (AP) — Jamaican world record holder and Olympic multi-gold medalist Usain Bolt says on social media he’s awaiting the result of a coronavirus test and is quarantining himself as a precaution. The 34-year-old retired sprinter says on his Instagram account that he did a test for COVID-19 on Saturday and because he works he is trying to be responsible and stay in isolation. Bolt added he has no symptoms.last_img read more

How will the Warriors handle Durant, Klay and their other free agents?

first_imgThis time, the Warriors will not visit the Hamptons as they did three years ago. The main objective during free agency will still be the same, though.How can they convince Kevin Durant to be with the Warriors? Before, the Warriors successfully sold Durant on their team-oriented culture, their star talent and their championship resume. Two NBA titles and two Finals MVP’s later, Durant does not need to hear such a pitch. Instead, Durant has to wrestle with this question: to what extent does he …last_img read more

Selling corn before harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC The USDA increased the export demand pace for corn. Should the U.S. produce a trend line corn yield of 174 bushels per acre this year, then carryout would drop from the current level of 2.1 billion to just below 1.6 billion by next summer. If that were to happen, then corn is undervalued.However, the nearly perfect growing conditions across 90% of the Corn Belt is keeping prices down at the moment. The corn crop is setting itself up for a 180-bushel per acre national average estimate, which would mean 500 million more bushels and a carryout over 2 billion. If that would occur then Dec corn is overvalued today.On June 29 we will learn if the U.S. farmers planted more corn acres than estimated in the spring by the USDA. Expectations are that an increase of a half million to 1 million additional acres might have been planted. That would translate into an additional 100 to 200 million bushels to the carryout. This is not something that will help those looking for something to help rally this marketIn four of the last nine years (2009, 2013, 2014 and 2016) Dec corn futures drifted lower from mid-June through harvest. Weather analog years show 2009 and 2014 having similar weather conditions to this year so far.In five of the last nine years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017) Dec corn had a pop in prices at some point later in the summer. Weather forecasts should be biggest driver of the corn market going forward. There is a lot of summer to go and it’s still hot in many parts of the Corn Belt, but rain makes grain.The trade war certainly isn’t helping the situation but the amount of corn exported is small in relationship to beans on a percentage basis. The U.S. produces over 30% of the world’s corn and soybeans, it’s not as simple as not buying our product. Why I want to sell corn before harvestOver the last two weeks I’ve explained why I use average yields as estimates when selling corn prior to harvest. I’ve explained that there are a lot of advantages for selling before harvest.Historically, the best futures levels tend to occur during the middle of summer. Over the last 30 years, the price for new crop corn has been higher in May than October 75% of the time. Conversely, storing corn, hoping for a rally where prices the following spring are higher than at harvest, only happened 50% of the time. When a farmer stores corn they need to also factor in either the cost of commercial storage or home storage and the interest paid on the value of the stored grain. Either way this extra cost reduces the chances for better prices from harvest to spring to less than 50%. Even in the last 10 years only 2010 and 2011 saw significantly higher prices after harvest that exceeded those of the summer before harvest. Taking advantage of market carry premium and basis flexibilityFarmers can also take advantage of market carry premium in the market. That is when future months are worth more than current months. This opportunity is only available if a farmer has sold their corn by harvest.There is also the benefit of basis increasing after harvest, which happens in most years, even if futures prices don’t rally.When considering the profit opportunity potential of market carry and basis there is a better chance to maximize profitability by selling before harvest than waiting until after, hoping for a rally while paying storage costs and interest.Despite these benefits, a lot of farmers are fearful of committing to selling their grain before harvest. Why I don’t worry about selling my grain before harvestCrop InsuranceMy crop insurance protects all sales up to 80% of my normal APH yield, so as long as I don’t sell over 80% of my APH yields, then my sales are covered against a rally. This doesn’t mean I will get to take advantage of those higher prices, only that I don’t have to worry about coming up with bushels to cover the sales I made if I don’t raise the crop. Missing out on future ralliesOften farmers fear missing out on futures rallies, so they wait. But from my perspective, every time I sell I could be potentially missing out on a future rally regardless of the time of year. Nobody knows when the highs and lows of the market will occur. Therefore, since I’m willing to presell 80% of my grain before harvest, I can still take advantage of future rallies, but they’ll just be on next year’s crop instead of this year. Pre-selling doesn’t keep me from profiting on rallies when they come, it just may change which year I use it. Breakeven uncertaintyI use averages from the last three years and assume a minor inflation increase. I make sure to include all expenses, including fair market rental value for owned land, cost of living expenses, equipment custom rates, etc. In the end, I’m usually really close every year. My biggest expense variable can be fertilizer prices. Still, even a $100 per ton price shift, which is pretty big, only adjusts my breakeven price by 11 cents or about $20 per acre. I can eliminate this risk buy purchasing in advance. Final yield uncertaintyYields actually have the biggest effect on my breakeven prices, more than any other variable. For every bushel produced above or below my average production, my breakeven price changes 2 cents or $3.50 per acre. Instead of letting this significant variable keep me from selling before harvest I use average yields for planning. I reserve the extra profits when yields are high, and pull from those reserves during dry years. This takes some discipline to do, but the extra profit potential makes it worth it for me.I think the benefits of selling before harvest outweigh the negatives. The market usually trades above my breakeven point at least once during the marketing year, so I try to take advantage when it does. 2017 might have been the first year in a very long time where that didn’t happen. So far in 2018 the market has already traded above the average farmers’ breakeven point and there is no guarantee it will happen again.Since weather is the main driver for corn prices and completely unpredictable, I need to have a grain marketing strategy in place that provides the best chances of profit potential every year. For me historically there is a lot of rationale to support selling most of my corn before harvest. Granted it takes discipline and planning, but it’s worth it for the increased chances to maximize profitability for my farm operation and minimize my risk exposure. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Calculating Cooling Loads

first_imgA few decades ago, residential air conditioning was very rare in colder areas of the U.S., and cooling load calculations were usually unnecessary. These days, however, new U.S. homes routinely include air conditioning equipment, even in Minnesota, so most U.S. builders are faced with the need to calculate cooling loads.In my last two blogs (“How to Perform a Heat-Loss Calculation,” Part 1 and Part 2), I discussed the principles behind heat-loss calculations used to size heating equipment. In this blog, I’ll discuss the principles behind cooling-load calculations used to size air-conditioning equipment.Although most building codes require load calculations for heating and cooling equipment installed in new homes, the requirement is widely ignored and rarely enforced. Most HVAC contractors never perform cooling load calculations; instead, they size air conditioners by rules of thumb.The age-old rule of thumb used by most contractors was one ton of cooling equipment for every 400 square feet of conditioned space. In a concession to recent improvements in insulation levels and window specifications, some HVAC contractors have adjusted their rule of thumb, and now size air conditions at one ton per 600 square feet.Because these rules of thumb almost always result in gross oversizing of cooling equipment, most energy experts have been battling rule-of-thumb sizing for years. However, rules of thumb have their place. Using a rule of thumb is not really the problem; the problem is that HVAC contractors are using a bad rule of thumb.At least two well-known energy consultants, Michael Blasnik and Allison Bailes, have proposed a new rule of thumb for sizing air conditioners in homes with insulation that meets minimum code requirements: namely, one ton of cooling per 1,000 square feet. According to Blasnik, “Sizing an air conditioner using tons per square foot actually works pretty well,… 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. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

New LED Lights on the Scene

first_imgPhilips CFLs last a long timeI’m proud to say that for the last 16 years, the original Philips CFL light bulb that I bought in 1999 has been on a motion sensor in my back yard, extremely exposed to the elements, protecting us from marauding raccoons. It is still going strong. In this next wave of LEDs, my money’s on Philips — for their commitment to quality and durability. In 1999, I went through the back service doors of Wolf Electric, a local supplier, and fumbled my way along the poorly lit, uneven floors to drop $37 and tax for one light bulb: a compact fluorescent light (CFL) made by Philips.For me, this was the start of energy-efficient lighting. That moment in time might even have represented the apogee of CFLs. Store shelves today are littered with crappy CFL lights that aren’t dimmable, are filled with hazardous mercury, and include ballasts that give off so much waste heat that the white plastic base quickly gets cooked to a yellow crisp as the bulbs sputter to an early death. So much for energy conservation. BY GREG LABBE Air Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray FoamOrigami-Inspired HomesPastiche Architecture RELATED ARTICLES Martin’s 10 Rules of LightingRethinking Recessed LightingLED Filament BulbsFuture of LEDs: Lower Cost, Higher EfficacyAre LEDs Worth Their Extra Cost?LED Lighting Getting Better and BetterGBA Product Guide: LED Lighting No need for an airtight hat in the atticLotus LED Lights (Surrey, B.C.) has been retailing some exciting low-profile pot lights that could substantially reduce the fussiness of installing pot lights.It should be noted that good quality LEDs typically have aluminum heat sinks, and for good reason: the heat needs to dissipate. So take this next sentence with a grain of salt: These new lights could potentially eliminate the need for a large housing box that punctuates the air barrier system and projects into the attic, disturbing the uniform layer of continuous insulation and leaking conditioned air like a sieve.Sadly, many electricians don’t understand the need for air sealing. These new faux-pot lights might be able to help them in new construction, because many models install directly in the drywall and are plugged into a proprietary low-voltage junction box. That simple!What’s really exciting is that these lights may offer the opportunity to easily eliminate 90% of the air leakage that occurs through existing pot lights by simply retrofitting these new types of LEDs. Coming from a guy who made a living by sending other guys into hot, itchy attics to air seal the backs of pot lights — the LED product from Cree shown in the photo at the top of the page seems like a no-brainer retrofit solution. Greg Labbé is co-owner of BlueGreen Consulting Group, a high-performance home consulting firm that works with architects, builders, and homeowners to optimize the energy performance of new and existing homes through detailed energy modeling and site testing. Suddenly, LEDs have arrivedBut hang on… Is it just us, or did 2015 usher in a new era of LED lighting? It seems that LEDs have jumped out of the dark ages by offering dimmable features and lighting systems that tie into home automation and can change hue in response to commands from a smart phone. These LEDs produce a truly beautiful light that doesn’t oscillate — light that is good enough to permit one to read a book (that is, a durable, sharable, battery-less device made of bound paper, having stories printed in ink). And let’s not forget the fact that these mercury-free lights could be substantially more durable than CFLs.As readers may imagine, pot lights (also known as recessed can lights) installed through the air barrier of a home’s topmost ceiling have been a big pet peeve of mine — not because I don’t like the lights, but because they kill home performance. The great news is that some of the new LED lights that have flooded the market recently might be able to significantly reduce heat loss due to air leakage.last_img read more

Underside of terror

first_imgThe world was taken by surprise when an utterly defenceless and unsuspecting lot of people gathered to offer prayers at New Zealand’s Christchurch mosques and were gunned down simply for the names they bore. The immediate reason for this terror attack is the gun laws that make it easy for civilians to possess firearms. This grave public concern seems to have been addressed rather promptly with the Prime Minister’s announcement to alter gun laws in the country and that there isn’t a better time to do it than now – remarkably a very distinct stand to take compared to the world’s bulldozing superpower, the USA. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern advocated a wider public health approach that seeks to reduce deaths from gun violence; instead of focusing on the unrealistic change in human behavior of possible murders, she assertively talks about creating an environment where people are less likely to fall victim to gun violence. Without the rhetorics of labeling perpetrators of gun violence as good or bad or unwell, she acknowledged the seriousness of the hazard of civilians possessing weapons and that it is an inherently dangerous thing and that guns must be made much harder to get. As much as the menace of gun violence keeps the discussions going, the underlying but still much too obvious matter of white supremacy is brought to highlight by none other than Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern herself. The popular rant of ‘terrorism does not have a religion’ was empty noise until now. Ms. Ardern’s compassion and leadership have directed attentions to the underside of terrorism: just intense intolerance for the ‘other’, without any labels of religion or ethnicity. Her empathy and solidarity with the targeted community have a set a formidable example of good leadership on the global platform. Her sensitivity to the bereaved and firmness against the perpetrator of the attacks who deserves no sympathy or attention, is for world leaders to appreciate and emulate.last_img read more

Everton apologize for breaching PL rules

first_imgEverton Football Club have apologized for breaking Premier League rules regarding the signing of young players to club academies.The Toffees were fined £500,000 and banned from signing young registered academy players in England for the next two years after they were found guilty of inducements to players and their families.A club statement said, according to talkSPORT:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Everton has worked alongside the Premier League over recent weeks to conduct a full and thorough investigation into allegations relating to our Academy’s operational methods in some areas of player recruitment.”“In short, we are extremely disappointed with some of the practices we have found which are not in line with our values and not acceptable to Everton Football Club. Accordingly, we have accepted the penalties imposed on us by the Premier League and have given them our strongest apologies.”“We have already commenced a full review of our Academy operations and are committed to ensuring that issues like this do not happen again at Everton.”last_img read more