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Propuesta de dictamen pide que Bruno sea suspendido del ministerio…

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Jon Bruno, pasó casi siete horas, los días 29 y 30 de marzo, testificando ante el tribunal que está considerando una sanción disciplinaria en su contra. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.[Episcopal News Service] El tribunal [o panel de audiencia] que contempla imponerle una sanción disciplinaria al obispo de la Diócesis de Los Ángeles J. Jon Bruno ha redactado un fallo en el que pide su suspensión del ministerio ordenado durante un período de tres años por haber incurrido en una conducta impropia.El panel de cinco miembros llegó a la conclusión en un veredicto de 4 a favor y 1 uno en contra de que “el alcance y gravedad de la conducta impropia del obispo Bruno… han perturbado injusta e innecesariamente el ministerio de una misión de la Iglesia”.El dictamen propuesto de 91 páginas rechaza específicamente que Bruno sea depuesto o  expulsado del ministerio ordenado. Dice que durante los tres años de suspensión Bruno no podría ejercer ninguna autoridad sobre “la propiedad personal o los asuntos temporales de la Iglesia”. Una suspensión de tres años situaría a Bruno más allá de la fecha de su jubilación obligatoria en noviembre de 2018, cuando cumpla 72 años.La propuesta de dictamen, que aún no es final, también insta a la diócesis a dejar que los miembros de Santiago el Mayor [St. James the Great] regresen a su inmueble en Newport Beach, California.Bruno cerró la congregación hace casi dos años después de que los miembros objetaran su infructuoso intento en 2015 de vender la propiedad de Santiago el Mayor a un promotor de condominios por $15 millones en efectivo. La congregación ha estado reuniéndose para el culto en un salón del ayuntamiento de Newport Beach. Su estatus canónico con la diócesis se encuentra en un limbo.El intento de venta tuvo lugar menos de 18 meses después de que Bruno reabriera Santiago el Mayor a fines de 2013, luego de recuperar la propiedad mediante una demanda legal provocada por una ruptura de la congregación. Otras tres congregaciones de la diócesis también se dividieron en disputas acerca de la plena inclusión de personas LGBTQ en la vida de la Iglesia Episcopal.El empeño subsecuente de vender a Santiago el Mayor a una inmobiliaria llevó a los miembros de la congregación a presentar acusaciones de conducta impropia contra Bruno, alegando que violaba los Cánones de la Iglesia Episcopal. Una audiencia sobre estas acusaciones tuvo lugar en marzo.Bruno siguió intentando vender la propiedad incluso después de esa audiencia. Esas gestiones, que el obispo trató de ocultar, le ganaron una amonestación del tribunal en junio. El tribunal le dijo a Bruno que tenía que dejar de intentar vender la propiedad durante el proceso disciplinario. Si lo intentaba, o lo llevaba a cabo, antes de que el tribunal decidiera el caso original en contra suya, esa conducta sería “desestabilizadora, dilatoria y por otra parte contraria a la integridad de este procedimiento”, le dijo el tribunal en ese momento. La nota decía que lo mismo se aplicaría si dejaba de brindarle al tribunal la información requerida respecto a sus acusaciones. Tal conducta viola la porción del derecho canónico que rige la conducta de clérigos que enfrentan acciones disciplinarias (Canon IV.13.9(a) página 151 aquí).Pocos días después, el obispo primado Michael Curry restringió parcialmente el ministerio de Bruno, específicamente su capacidad de vender propiedades de la Iglesia.La apelación de Bruno a las sanciones del tribunal no prosperó.Reconociendo su incapacidad de evaluar si [la iglesia] de Santiago [el Mayor] podría haber sobrevivido de haber podido quedarse en su edificio, el tribunal dice en su propuesta de dictamen que “existe amplia evidencia de su viabilidad y promete convencer al tribunal de que a Santiago el Mayor lo privaron de una oportunidad razonable de salir adelante como una comunidad de fe sostenible”. La congregación, dice el dictamen, “es una víctima de la conducta impropia del obispo Bruno”.Calificándolo de “un asunto de justicia” el panel recomienda que la diócesis suspenda inmediatamente sus gestiones de vender la propiedad de Santiago [el Mayor], que le devuelva a la congregación y a su vicaria el edificio de la iglesia y que le reasigne a Santiago el Mayor el apropiado estatus de misión.La propuesta de dictamen dice que aunque el Canon IV.15.6 permitiría al tribunal intervenir para ayudar a Santiago el Mayor, el mismo desiste de hacerlo. “Las acciones disciplinarias del Título IV no están concebidas para abordar las complejidades de los problemas específicos de las propiedades diocesanas que se les presentan”, dice el dictamen. “El tribunal cree que los obispos sí tienen y deben tener autoridad sobre la propiedad de la misión y que la revisión y aprobación del comité permanente es una parte esencial del tejido y las normas de la Iglesia”.La propuesta  dice también que los miembros del tribunal creen que la Diócesis de Los Ángeles tiene labor que hacer para alcanzar los objetivos de justicia, restauración, restitución y reconciliación sobre los cuales se basa el proceso disciplinario del Título IV. “El tribunal está convencido de que la Diócesis de Los Ángeles, particularmente su Comité Permanente, con el liderazgo solidario de su recién ordenado coadjutor, debe decidir conscientemente participar en un proceso de autoexamen y confesión de la verdad en torno a estos desafortunados y trágicos sucesos”.Sin esa tarea, dice el tribunal, esos objetivos no se alcanzarán “desde afuera por la fuerza de un canon”.La propuesta de dictamen recuenta meticulosamente el testimonio y las pruebas que el tribunal revisó. Esencialmente respalda las alegaciones de los demandantes de Santiago [el Mayor] de que Bruno violó los cánones de la Iglesia porque:No obtuvo el consentimiento del comité permanente diocesano antes de suscribir un acuerdo para vender la propiedad.Desfiguró su intención respecto a la propiedad ante los miembros, el clero y la comunidad local en general.Expuso falsamente que Santiago el Mayor no era una congregación sostenible.Expuso falsamente que la Rda. Cindy Evans Voorhees, vicaria de Santiago [el Mayor], había renunciado.Engañó a algunos de los miembros de Santiago [el Mayor] [al decirles] que él les alquilaría la propiedad durante cierto número de meses y que la diócesis ayudaría económicamente a la iglesia, yParticipó en una conducta impropia de un miembro del clero “al desorientar y engañar” al clero y al pueblo de Santiago [el Mayor], así como a la comunidad local, respecto a sus planes para la propiedad y por tomar posesión de la propiedad y privar a la congregación de acceso a ella.Herman Hollerith IV, obispo de la Diócesis de Virginia Sur, es el presidente del tribunal que lleva el caso contra Bruno. El panel, nombrado por la Junta Disciplinaria para los Obispos de entre sus miembros, incluye al obispo de Rhode Nicholas Knisely, al obispo de Dakota del Norte Michael Smith, al Rdo. Erik Larsen de Rhode Island y a Deborah Stokes Ohio Sur.Smith disintió de la propuesta de dictamen. Dijo que ninguna de las partes debió haber llevado sus disputas a los tribunales seculares, incluido  [el litigio] con los miembros de las cuatro congregaciones divididas. Y citó a I Corintios 6:1,7-8 en que se amonesta a los cristianos en contra de presentar demandas legales. Smith también dijo que las disputas de propiedades no debían ventilarse en el proceso disciplinario de la Iglesia Episcopal.Y él sugirió que Santiago [el Mayor] estaba demasiado centrado en una propiedad en particular. “En este momento de la vida de la Iglesia, muchas congregaciones están aprendiendo a convertirse en comunidades de fe afuera ‘de las cuatro paredes del edificio de la iglesia’”, escribió él.El tribunal no dio a conocer públicamente su propuesta de dictamen. Al parecer le dio copia de la misma a los demandantes y al Obispo Primado con vistas a obtener comentarios. El Título IV.14.7 (página 153 aquí) llama a esas partes “a ser oídas sobre los términos propuestos del dictamen”.  Los comentarios al tribunal están previstos para el 26 de julio.A Bruno no se le permite que haga ningún comentario al tribunal sobre la propuesta. La diócesis publicó un comunicado el 21 de julio en el que dice que nadie de la diócesis haría ninguna declaración pública sobre la propuesta “manteniendo su compromiso de respetar la integridad del proceso del Título IV, una prioridad que el obispo Bruno ha mantenido a lo largo del proceso de dos años de duración.”Neva Rae Fox, encargada de relaciones públicas de la Iglesia Episcopal, dijo que la Iglesia no haría ningún comentario en tanto el proceso del Título IV continúe.Roger Bloom, asesor de comunicaciones que trabaja para Santiago [el Mayor] publicó la propuesta de dictamen en las últimas horas del 21 de julio; según se dio a conocer, luego de consultar a un abogado que le dijo que los cánones de la Iglesia Episcopal no impiden su publicación.Cuarenta días después de que se emita el dictamen final, la Rvdma. Catherine Waynick, presidente de la Junta Disciplinaria para los Obispos, tiene 20 días para sentenciar a Bruno. Él puede apelar esa sentencia y, si lo hace, la sentencia no se impone mientras la apelación esté en proceso. Sin embargo, entretanto se ratifica el dictamen, la restricción parcial de Curry sobre Bruno se mantiene en vigor.Bruno cumple 72 años, la edad de jubilación obligatoria en la Iglesia Episcopal, a fines de 2018. Su sucesor, el obispo coadjutor John Taylor, fue ordenado y consagrado el 8 de julio en Los Ángeles.– La Rda Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora sénior y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jul 24, 2017 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY Propuesta de dictamen pide que Bruno sea suspendido del ministerio durante tres años El tribunal también le pide a Los Ángeles que le permita a la congregación regresar al edificio de Santiago el Mayor Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Youth Minister Lorton, VAlast_img read more

Sweet support will bee on hand for Milford

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Previous articlefilm column – Doctor SleepNext articleRose of Tralee to turn on Limerick Christmas Lights Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Advertisement Linkedin Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival A SWEET day out in aid of Milford Hospice is on the cards as the Limerick Beekeepers’ Association (LBA) revives the Limerick Honey Show.Organised in association with the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations, the show will take place on Saturday, November 30  in Mungret GAA Hall and is open to the public from 2pm.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Honey Shows have a long tradition among the beekeeping community in Ireland, showcasing the different skills in the craft.Exhibits will include not only honey but photography and baking with U12 and U16 classes. A special art class for local primary and secondary schools specifies that the exhibits must be pollinator related and a local artist will judge the exhibits.Local honey will be on sale from the teaching apiary in Mungret and funds raised will be used to develop beekeeping the county and city.The Limerick Beekeepers have gone from strength to strength in recent years and the organisation now has more than 100 members.The LBA meets monthly at the Mungret GAA clubhouse, where they get advice from certified lecturers, access to a free library and plenty of chat about all things beekeeping over a cup of tea.Chairman Gus Mc Coy says they are probably the envy of many other beekeeping associations because of the wide range of services and supports they can access.“We are grateful to Limerick City and County Council for leasing lands to us at Mungret for our apiary, which we use for training beginners, and also to Mungret GAA for the use of their hall.”Established in 1956, membership was quite small in the early years and by 2012 the club had just 18 members.According to Gus, it was only when they established a training programme for beginners at the start of the recession that there was a significant increase in membership numbers, as people focused on more homely crafts.“Membership has grown steadily in recent years due to the commitment of our committee to providing the resources and means for people to learn the ancient craft of beekeeping,” he explainedAdmission to the Mungret Show is €2 with under-16s free with proceeds going to Milford Hospice.center_img WhatsApp Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedLBAlimerickLimerick Beekeepers associationLimerick Post NewsCommunityLimerickSweet support will bee on hand for MilfordBy Bernie English – November 12, 2019 376 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Top 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sports: No. 13 Stan Kasten, LA Dodgers owner

first_img• Introduction• Photo Gallery Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Stan Kasten, 64, Dodgers President, CEO and Co-ownerLast year’s rank: 23The only person to be president of three franchises from three different leagues at the same time – the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Thrashers, including for the Braves’ 1995 World Series title – Kasten has helped the Dodgers build Baseball America’s top-ranked farm system. The Jackie Robinson statue to be erected at Dodger Stadium this year is Kasten’s project, but his tenure has been marred by the inability of Time Warner to distribute the Dodgers’ TV network for a third season.Top 50 Most Powerful in Southern California Sportslast_img read more

Griezmann gives Atletico power of positive thinking

first_imgIn a story of their season, Los Rojiblancos had lacked inspiration in the final third before Griezmann ended his eight-game goal drought in spectacular fashion by acrobatically thrashing home Angel Correa’s cross 21 minutes from time.Griezmann had been jeered by some Atletico supporters when he was substituted in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Real Madrid.However, he was backed throughout as his name was chanted before kick-off.“I think the night started well with the support from the fans,” added Simeone.“We fed off that positive energy, we found ourselves again and we found an Antoine who is a special player, and got back to playing a great match.”Griezmann then turned provider with a fine through ball for Gameiro to round Alisson in the Roma goal and slot into an empty net five minutes from time.“We are all behind him because scoring goals like that, he makes us win games,” said Gameiro.“I think he is a little relieved, like everyone else.”Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco admitted Atletico were deserving winners on the night, but insisted he would have been delighted with having Roma’s fate in their own hands going into the final game when they were handed a tough draw back in August.“We would all have signed up for having to win our last game at home to Qarabag to go through,” said Di Francesco.“We have to assume that responsibility. Atletico’s hopes are less than ours because they don’t depend just on themselves.”Share on: WhatsApp “There is still one game to go and, until the 90 minutes are over, we can’t think negatively,” said Simeone.“I always have confidence because I know my players and they will give their maximum until the situation leaves us with no chance.”Chelsea swept aside 10-man Qarabag 4-0 in Baku on Wednesday to secure their place in the knockout phase and move ahead of Roma into pole position to win the group.However, having been held twice by the Azerbaijani champions, Simeone believes they can cause an upset in the Italian capital.“You can’t underestimate anyone,” added Simeone.“Football is marvellous. Sometimes the ball wants to go in and sometimes not.“Today Chelsea attacked once in the first half and it was a penalty and a sending-off.”Yet, even if progress to the last 16 for a fifth consecutive season is beyond them, Atletico did end a five-match winless streak at their new Wanda Metropolitano stadium and guarantee at least a place in the Europa League with a well-deserved victory over the Italians. Atletico Madrid players celebrate, they beat Roma 2-0 on WednesdayMadrid, Spain | AFP | Diego Simeone refused to be downhearted by Atletico Madrid’s slim chances of making the Champions League last 16 after Antoine Griezmann returned to form with a stunning overhead kick and assist for Kevin Gameiro to beat Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.Twice finalists in the past four seasons, Simeone’s men still need a minor miracle in the final two games in Group C on December 5 to progress as Atletico need to win away to Chelsea and hope Roma drop points at home to Qarabag.last_img read more

Washington Center Opens Nominations for 2019 Excellence in the Arts Awards

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe 4th annual CENTER Stage Awards & Gala will be held at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The event is a fundraiser for The Washington Center and an opportunity to celebrate local artists and supporters of the arts.During the gala, the Excellence in the Arts awards recognize the individuals and organizations whose work, support, and involvement help build a vibrant cultural community in the greater South Sound region. Jill Barnes, Executive Director, says, “We have such a depth of arts in our community, and we’re proud to be able to recognize and feature local performing artists during the gala. It’s an eye-opening display of how vast the cultural talent is here, and an opportunity for them to gain new audiences and appreciation.”The awards include two categories. The Achievement in the Arts category recognizes outstanding artistry (performing arts or visual arts) by an individual or organization in the greater South Sound. The Commitment to the Arts category recognizes an individual or organization for their leadership, support or advocacy for the arts in the greater South Sound.Individual nominees for Excellence in the Arts awards must be at least 18 years old and have a history of at least 12 months of work in the arts in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, and/or Lewis Counties. Organizations must be located in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, and/or Lewis counties, and have been in operation for at least 12 months.The Washington Center opened in 1985 from the belief that a regional performing arts center is fundamental to the cultural pursuits of our community and vital to a better quality of life. Barnes says, “This belief remains at the foundation of our existence today, and is evident with every child that performs on the stage or witnesses the magic of theater.” Over 200 events take place at the Washington Center each year, from local arts and youth organizations to international touring companies.Nominations will be open until 11:59pm PST April 5, 2019, and can be submitted online.Previous RecipientsAchievement in the Arts2018 – Jim This, lifelong theater performer and producer2017 – Joe Baque, career musician2016 – Bud and Mary Johansen, Co-founders of the Johansen School of balletCommitment to the Arts2018 – Olympia Family Theater2017 – Stephanie Johnson, City of Olympia public art program2016 – Andy Crow, advocate for pipe organs and music educationlast_img read more

Shoaib Akhtar lashes out at Jofra Archer for lack of courtesy after Smith injury

first_imgAdvertisement 91ygNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshqzcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E49( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zlWould you ever consider trying this?😱2asovCan your students do this? 🌚e04xsRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former Pakistani fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar slammed England’s Jofra Archer saying that the English pacer lacked “courtesy”, after his brutal bouncer left Steve Smith on the floor. The blow was so dangerous that it forced the former Australian skipper to retire hurt with a temporary concussion. And on Sunday the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ didn’t hold back to criticise Archer’s behaviour. He pointed out that he was always the first one to rush to the batsman whenever such kind of incident occurred during his playing days.Advertisement “Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman,” Akhtar tweeted.Advertisement On the 4th day of the rain-affected second Ashes test at Lord’s, Smith was batting on 80 from 152 balls when the bouncer by Archer hit him on the unprotected part of the neck. The medical staffs from both sides rushed immediately onto the pitch, with the English players also gathering around to check on the Aussie superstar. Smith, who did not want to leave the field in the first place walked back to the pavilion to a round of loud applause. He came back after a while but didn’t look as composed as he was before. He added 12 more runs before being dismissed by Chris Woakes.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

2003 National Orders awards

first_img3 December 2003Forty-one South Africans – and the members of two Defence Force rescue missions – have received the country’s highest honours for outstanding contributions to nation building, the creative arts and sport, and for courage in the face of great danger.President Thabo Mbeki bestowed the newly instituted Order of Luthuli, Order of Ikhamanga, and Mendi Decoration for Bravery on some of South Africa’s “ordinary” heroes and heroines – ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things – at a gala ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.The new orders and decoration – each awarded in gold, silver and bronze categories – complete the country’s new set of national orders, created to express the new identity of the democratic South Africa that came into being in 1994.For more on the new orders, see Orders for ‘ordinary’ peopleSpeaking at the ceremony, Mbeki said the new orders “represent the nobility of human endeavour.“The distinguished South Africans we honour today are fit and proper persons to receive these awards, because they occupy an important place among those of our people who are the handmaidens of our liberty, who represent our creative talent, who manifest the national gift of courage that rises with danger.“For all time, these men and women will be admitted as esteemed members of these orders, and recipients of the decoration, subject to the precedence and authority of our national anthem, our national flag, and our national coat of arms, which represent the highest symbolic repositories of our common nationhood.”Confronting ‘clear and present danger’First to take the podium was game ranger Sam Nkomo, who received the Mendi Decoration for Bravery (silver) for rescuing two tourists who were being attacked by elephants at a resort near Madikwe in North West in July 2003.Slabbert Leonard, who saved eight members of the Congress of SA Trade Unions from drowning after their bus plunged into the Saulspoort dam while they were on their way to a rally on May Day this year, also received the Mendi Decoration (silver).Another recipient of the decoration – in the gold category – was not an individual, but all members of the South African National Defence Force involved in rescuing over 14 000 people from the floods that ravaged neighbouring Mozambique in 2000. South Africa’s role in the rescue and relief effort was lauded by Mozambique and the international community at large.Another group award – in the silver category – was made to the members of the former South African Defence Force involved in rescuing all 587 passengers and crew aboard the Oceanos, which sank off the coast near East London in 1991. The mission has since become a textbook illustration of maritime rescue professionalism, studied by many rescue centres across the world.Two posthumous decorations in the gold category were awarded to Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier Basil February, one of the first South Africans to sacrifice his life in the armed struggle; and to Petros Linda Jabane, also an Umkhonto we Sizwe fighter, whose last-ditch stand against apartheid security forces led to his becoming known as the Lion of Chiawelo.Mendi Decoration for Bravery: more on the recipients & their storiesAll the recipients, Mbeki said, had “confronted clear and present danger, with full knowledge of the potential harm to themselves, to save human life and limb … By their deeds, they reaffirmed our philosophy of Ubuntu – ‘I am because of you’.”Leonard said that he never thought his “bravery” would result in his being honoured, as he had performed an ordinary act as part of his involvement with the National Rescue Institute.“I never though it would come to this. This such an honour for me”, Leonard said, adding that if he had to do it again he would do it “with my eyes closed!”.Nation buildingThe Order of Luthuli – for outstanding contributions to democracy, nation-building, human rights, justice and peace – was awarded in the gold category to the late freedom fighters Charlotte Maxeke, Patrick Molaoa and Alfred Nzo, as well as to struggle veteran John Nkadimeng.In the silver category, posthumous awards went to Jafta Masemola, Archie Gumede, Matthew Goniwe, Cissie Gool and Mthuli Ka Shezi, while former Black Sash leader Mary Burton and African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Phillis Naidoo were at the ceremony to receive their awards.Other recipients in the silver category were liberation theologian Father Albert Nolan, Winnie Kgware – first president of the Black People’s Convention formed in 1972 – and Afrikaner academic Prof Willie Esterhuyse, who facilitated negotiations between the African National Congress and the apartheid government in the late 1980s and early 1990sLekgau Mathabathe (posthumous) and Jasmat Nanabhai became members of the order in the bronze category.Order of Luthuli: more on the recipients & their storiesPhillis Naidoo, dedicated her award to her sons Sha and Shdhan, whom she lost during the struggle against apartheid, and the “thousands of sons and daughters of the struggle”.“I lost two sons in the struggle”, Naidoo said. “I can’t say we thought we would make it, all I know is that we had to struggle, but here we are. So this award is for my boys and everybody who can’t be here – Masemola, Gumede, Cissie, so many people have died, and this is for them.”Mbeki praised the new members of the order, saying: “All of them have sacrificed much in their own lives, and yet some, their very lives, so that all our people can enjoy the right to live in a society free of oppression, racism and bigotry. All of them have been standard bearers for freedom who have blessed us with the gift of liberty.”Human imagination and talentThe Order of Ikhamanga – for excellence in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport – was awarded to some of South Africa’s most famous artists, writers, sportsmen and women, as well as to some that are not as well known.Artists Dumile Feni (gold), Gerard Sekoto (gold), Cecil Skotnes (gold) and Gladys Mgudlandlu (silver) became members of the order, along with writers Bessie Head (gold), Olive Schreiner (gold) and Alex La Guma (gold) and actor Ken Gampu (silver).Princess Princess Magogo ka Dinizulu, regarded as an authority on Zulu music and remembered as one of Africa’s greatest composers, musicians and singers, received the award in the gold category, while film maker Lionel Ngakane – who passed away just a week before the awards ceremony – received the award in the silver category.Among the sports men and women to receive the award were some of the pioneers of non-racial sport in South Africa: footballer Steve Mokone (gold), boxer Jacob Ntuli (silver), cricketer Basil D’Oliviera (silver), cricket and rugby player Eric Majola (silver), middle distance athlete Sydney Maree (silver), and cricket and rugby player Goolam Abed (bronze).Others to receive the award were golfing great Gary Player (gold), swimmer Penny Heyns (silver), high jumper Hestrie Cloete (silver), paralympic athlete Zanele Situ (silver), and boxer Gerrie Coetzee (bronze).Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone is regarded as the greatest footballer South Africa has ever produced. He became the first black professional in Europe when he signed up for English club Coventry City in 1955. He went on to achieve superstar status playing for the Dutch side Heracles and later Torino in Italy. In 1959 he was elected Europe’s best soccer player.Jacob Ntuli was the first black South African boxer to receive world acclaim – at a time when black boxers were severely restricted in South Africa. He became the first black South African to win an Empire championship (the forerunner to the Commonwealth title) in 1952, effectively making him one of the best two or three flyweights of his time, an achievement confirmed when Ring magazine selected him as its top-rated flyweight.Order of Ikhamanga: more on the recipients & their storiesMbeki said that the country’s “leading cultural workers and sportsmen and women” had all contributed “to the pride we as a nation feel in our achievements that celebrate our inner African and human soul”. Their achievements, Mbeki said, were representative of the country’s “wealth of human imagination and talent”.‘A new South African identity’Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s ceremony, the chancellor for the orders and director-general in the Presidency, Frank Chikane, said the new orders reflected a new South African identity.“We (as South Africans) are engaged in the quite extraordinary actualisation of the nature of society in South Africa and what we should be like in the future”, Chikane said.Speaking during the ceremony, Chikane said: “It is not given to every generation that it should be present during and participate in the act of creation. I believe that ours is privileged to occupy such historic space.“We are privileged … to be part of this historic act of conceiving and designing new national orders and the new coat of arms for this new democratic country. We are privileged as a generation to be part of the conception and design of a new national flag as well as develop a new national anthem.“We are privileged to be part of the process of self-creation, of defining who we are and what we want to be.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Malawi: Africa’s warm heart

first_imgLake Malawi’s secluded beaches and gentle currents attract throngs of tourists each year. With more than 600 different species of brightly coloured tropical fish – known as cichlids – living in the warm, tropical waters, the lake is ideal for snorkelling and diving. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Malawi Tourism Association 00265 1 770 010 [email protected] ARTICLES • Victoria Falls rising • African farmers land juicy deal • Prison island to tropical paradise • Rhinos return to Uganda  Richard HolmesSun-dappled beaches and clear waters, rolling plains teeming with wildlife and vibrant street markets await visitors to Malawi: a once castaway British colony that’s now making a name for itself as the “warm heart of Africa”.Like so many former African colonies, it has endured decades of dictator rule and struggled to build a viable economy since independence in 1964. Although Malawi remains one of the world’s poorest countries today, an ever-increasing number of tourists are being drawn to its diverse attractions.Laying low in LilongweChances are you’ll start your Malawi adventure after landing at the Lilongwe International Airport. Most tourists soon head straight out of the capital, but the city does have a few places of interest if you’re there on business, or waiting for a flight.But keep in mind Lilongwe’s quite spread out and grabbing taxis to travel through it can be exhausting when the tropical heat is at its most intense.Divided into Old Town, to the south, and New Town, to the north, the Lilongwe Nature Sanctuary neatly carves the city’s two districts in half.Slap-bang in the middle is the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre – a wild animal rescue and rehabilitation facility that also teaches visitors about the rich diversity of the country’s fauna.A lodge has opened in the sanctuary, giving tourists a “wild” experience in an urban jungle, and a portion of its profits go to the rehabilitation centre.The sanctuary is significant as it’s the only place where residents in the city can get a taste of the wide-open landscapes beyond its borders.From the sanctuary, explore Old Town’s thriving market on Malangalanga Road, visit the street vendors and their colourful ware, and stop in at the more upmarket shops, bars and restaurants in the Old Town Mall to experience daily life in Lilongwe.But few visitors come to country and never leave the capital. The real highlight is Lake Malawi, two hours to the east of Lilongwe, forming a shimmering natural border with Mozambique.Flaming watersThe jury’s still out on the exact origin of the name Malawi, but the best guess is that it’s derived from the word for “flaming water” in the local Chichewa language.If you’re short of time, the beautiful Senga Bay is the best place to head. Just 90 minutes’ drive from Lilongwe, you’ll pass through the bustling town of Salima en route, where there’s an interesting market to shop for souvenirs. A short way beyond that is the bay with a range of hotels, guesthouses and camp sites to suit pretty much every pocket.If you can stay longer, an adventure to the northern town of Nkhata Bay is well worth the long road journey. The great African explorer David Livingstone, who first set eyes on the lake in 1859, once visited there and it has since become the hub of the lake’s fishing industry.In recent years it’s attracted a growing throng of tourists who come to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and soothing waters. You won’t find many glitzy hotels here, but small guesthouses and camp sites are abundant and won’t put too much of a dent in your travel budget.You’ll also find a scuba school offering affordable diving courses. Lake Malawi is famous for its more than 600 different species of brightly coloured tropical fish – known as cichlids – and the warm, clear water with few currents makes it an ideal spot for learning how to dive.Nkhata Bay is also the northern stop for the Ilala ferry, which makes trips to the distant Likoma and Chizumulu Islands. Nestling in the eastern reaches of the lake, closer to Mozambique than Malawi, these islands are a tranquil hideout offering tourists their own, secluded beach. You can stay at a basic guesthouse, in camp site accommodation or at the impressive new eco-lodge.Unless you can afford to charter a plane, the Ilala is the only way to get to and from the islands, and while you’re on board you might as well take the opportunity to travel down south as well, but keep in mind the ferry service is not a speedy one.Built in the 1960s, the Ilala travels the entire length of the lake each week, from the northern ports to its home base in Monkey Bay down south. It is by no means a luxury liner, but if you book yourself into cabin class you’ll find it’s usually clean and the food is edible. It’s a legend in African travel and suited to daring tourists with time to spare.In his book Livingstone’s Lake, Oliver Ransford describes the colourful chaos on board as the Ilala pulls into port: “Amid the excited bell-ringing, siren shrieks and hooting that seem inseparable from all maritime arrivals and departures, crowds of Malawians line up on the Ilala’s deck to disembark, cluttered up with baggage that includes bicycles, cages filled with squawking fowl, sewing machines and even tethered goats.”Some 36 hours after leaving Nkhata the Ilala drops anchor in Monkey Bay on Cape Maclear, the tourist hub of the lake. From the relaxing beach bungalows on the cape to the upmarket resorts further south, this is where most visitors come to play. Diving, fishing, sailing, swimming, kayaking – and just plain lazing about – are all on offer here.Discovering BlantyreWhen you’ve had enough of lakeside living, head south to Blantyre. It may not be the capital, but it’s the country’s largest city and the commercial centre.Named after Livingstone’s birthplace in Scotland, Blantyre is home to a number of fine buildings, including the historic Mandala House and the National Museum of Malawi, also known as the Chichiri Museum.SSweeping plains and plateausMost tourists use Blantyre as a gateway to the scenic natural attractions of the south.Just 160km from the city is the Liwonde National Park, the most popular wildlife spot in Malawi. With the Shire river flowing along the western border on its way from the lake to the Indian Ocean, the lush park is home to large herds of elephant and antelope, and also offers excellent bird-watching.Towards Blantyre, the imposing Zomba Plateau rises above the plains. Although heavy pine plantations fill the area, there are still sizeable tracts of Afromontane forest for nature-lovers to enjoy.Serious hikers come to this southern corner of Malawi to tackle the country’s highest peak, Mount Mulanje, which soars above 3 000m. A number of tour companies offer assisted trekking on the mountain, but you can also contact the Mount Mulanje Conservation Trust about hiring guides and accommodation.Although colonials may have called this fascinating and diverse country home for many years, the Malawi of today is distinctly African. From beach resorts for sun-worshippers, to adventure activities for thrill-seeking travellers, this warm heart of Africa is well worth a visit.last_img read more

Ohio corn, soybean and wheat farmers reinforce commitment to water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the conclusion of the 2018 harmful algal bloom season, the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) and the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) today reasserted their commitment to addressing water quality for the long haul. Lake Erie experienced a significantly milder summer in terms of algal blooms than recent summers – and notably less than the level of harmful algae that was predicted by scientific forecasters. Ohio grain farmers are nevertheless more determined than ever to protect Ohio’s waterways through best management practices.“While we are grateful for an improved summer for fishing, boating, swimming and recreation, we know we must continue to do all we can to keep nutrients on our fields and out of the water,” said OCWGA Board President Jed Bower. “Investing in best management practices is crucial not just for today, but for future generations.”“This was a good summer, but our goals are bigger than one good summer,” said OSA President Allen Armstrong. “We will keep doing our part for clean water by investing in research and following the science.”Research and education funded by Ohio’s corn, soybean and wheat farmers include the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, edge-of-field water quality testing and updating the Tri-State Fertility Guide.For more information, please visit formyfarm.com.last_img read more