James Hook turns children’s authorJames Hook chuckles as he talks of kicking practice with his eldest son, Harrison. The ten-year-old loves his rugby, playing fly-half for Mumbles, and works on his technique with his dad, who has a fair bit of experience.Harrison likes to challenge himself from long range, as Hook senior explains. “He’s always trying to kick from halfway before he’s done it from the 22,” laughs the former Wales back.It’s Harrison who has provided the inspiration for the 35-year-old’s latest challenge. During Hook’s time at Gloucester, he went to an after-school book fair with Harrison, who was eager to find a rugby tale. They came up short, as they did when looking online. There were plenty of factual or historical rugby books but they couldn’t find a children’s fiction tale related to the sport.That was Hook’s lightbulb moment: why didn’t he write one? After all, it seemed there was a hole in the market.Can he kick it? James Hook in action for the Ospreys last November (Getty Images)He put the wheels in motion when he returned to the Ospreys, contacting Mal Pope, of the BBC, to see if he knew any children’s authors and being put in touch with David Brayley. “I told him what I was thinking – to put bits from my life and my career into a fiction book,” says Hook.The idea was a winner and Polaris came on board as publishers. So how did Hook and Brayley go about writing it? “We met up loads of times – at my house, in coffee shops. I told him about my rugby experiences when I was younger and my career. We wrote lots of ideas down. It was good fun but a lot of work as well.“It’s a fictional book from personal experience, told through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy called Jimmy. There was a lot of back and forth initially. At the start I thought I might offend him, but I could say if I didn’t like something and he would do the same. I’m not an author so I couldn’t do it without him and he couldn’t do it without me.”The original idea of one book has become a series entitled Chasing A Rugby Dream, aimed at children coming to the end of their primary school days or in the early years of secondary school.The release of the first book, Kick-off, was delayed due to Covid but is out on 1 October (you can pre-order on Amazon), with more to come. The stories will follow Jimmy as he grows up, with Hook also taking insights from coaching Harrison’s team. There will even be some subtle coaching tips. This article originally appeared in the May 2020 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “The book starts off in the schoolyard when Jimmy makes an enemy of a teacher who is also the rugby coach. He’s got talent but the teacher gets in the way a bit.“In another part of the book, Jimmy struggles with his tackling and gets frustrated; he wants to tackle but can’t. He then meets a character who gives him tackling advice. It’s not listed as coaching points but it comes through in the book.”Hook ran parts of the story past Harrison but the youngster wanted to wait until he could read a finished book rather than look at pieces of paper. The whole process is one that Hook has enjoyed.“I want it to go well but I’m not pressured by it. I’ve really enjoyed doing it. I’m aware from my kids that they’re always encouraging boys in particular to read and if we can get them reading through rugby it’s a positive. I think we can get that message across through rugby to young kids, particularly in Wales and all over the UK. These are books for all kids who love rugby and it’s to try to encourage boys and girls to read.”Chasing a Rugby Dream: Kick-off – BUY NOW FROM AMAZONSilver service: James Hook with the Triple Crown and Six Nations trophy after the 2008 Grand Slam (Getty Images)There are more books to write but an autobiography won’t be among them. For all he’s achieved – Six Nations Grand Slams in 2008 and 2012, Celtic League triumphs with the Ospreys, a European Challenge Cup with Gloucester, touring with the 2009 Lions – Hook has little desire to tell his story.“I’ve never fancied doing one. I think to sell autobiographies you have to upset some people!”Hook always planned to retire at the end of the 2019-20 season after a decade and a half in the professional game and a career that has included spells in England and France as well as Wales. While he was denied the chance of a farewell due to the pandemic, he has also taken on a new role with the Ospreys as skills and kicking coach. The former Wales back could soon be known more for crafting stories than kicking goals New role: James Hook is now part of the Ospreys coaching team (Getty Images) Looking forward, he talks of the desire to spend more time with his family – wife Kim and sons Harrison, Ollie and George – as well as “pass on some knowledge” as a coach. It sounds like Harrison will have more opportunities to work on his long-range kicking going forward.
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SotoPosted Feb 2, 2015 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rapidísimas Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID El poeta, revolucionario y activista nicaragüense Ernesto Cardenal ha cumplido 90 años de vida con un aspecto físico bien deteriorado y con ideas inalterables sobre los cambios que necesita América Latina. En conversación con varios medios Cardenal dijo que los sandinistas de hoy han traicionado la memoria de Sandino que luchó contra la intervención militar en su país. Cardenal también dijo que el papa Juan Pablo II se alió con los peores exponentes de la lucha latinoamericana como el mexicano fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, Marcial Masiel. Preguntado sobre qué deseaba hacer el resto de su vida, dijo que no “quería homenajes, ni exaltaciones de su obra. Quiero que me dejen morir tranquilo”.En una festiva celebración, la presbítera anglicana Libby Lane ha sido consagrada como la primera mujer en el episcopado de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, una lucha que llevó varias décadas. Docenas de obispos tomaron lugar alrededor de ella en señal de solidaridad. Cuando el arzobispo de York, John Sentamu, principal consagrante, pidió el consentimiento verbal de la consagración se oyó una fuerte voz diciendo “No, no en mi nombre”. El arzobispo continuó el ceremonial sin inmutarse. Lane será obispa sufragánea de la diócesis de Stockport. Está casada con un sacerdote, toca el saxofón y le encantan los deportes. En la Comunión Anglicana hay 29 mujeres obispas.La Iglesia Anglicana de Kenia aún mira a la Iglesia de Inglaterra como la “iglesia madre” y por eso le duele acciones de ésta como la ordenación de mujeres. La noticia de que Inglaterra tiene una mujer en el episcopado ha irritado a muchos pero se espera que esto sea “una nube de verano” dicen observadores.Marcus Borg, prominente teólogo liberal luterano y uno que ha estudiado profundamente la vida de Jesús, ha fallecido a la edad de 72 años. Fue uno de los fundadores del “Seminario de Jesús”, un movimiento que trata de buscar en textos antiguos las palabras de Jesús y qué significado tienen ahora a la luz de nuevos descubrimientos. Borg mantuvo su filiación con la Iglesia Luterana aunque con frecuencia asistía a la Iglesia Episcopal donde su esposa, Marianne, sirve en una parroquia.El papa Francisco dijo desde el balcón de su apartamento en la Plaza de San Pedro en ocasión de la Semana de Oración por la Unidad Cristiana: “¡Es feo que los cristianos estemos divididos! Jesús nos quiere unidos en un solo cuerpo pero nuestros pecados, la historia nos ha dividido y por eso debemos orar mucho para que el Espíritu Santo nos vuelva a unir”.Con la muerte del rey de Arabia Saudita, Salman bin Abdul–Aziz Al Saud, se abre un nuevo capítulo en la nación petrolera y amiga de occidente. Su muerte coincidió con la sentencia de 10 años de prisión y 1,000 azotes por criticar al islam. Muchos se preguntan si el nuevo rey introducirá nuevos cambios durante su reinado. Veremos.La Iglesia Presbiteriana en Estados Unidos próximamente dará un cambio radical que seguramente causará controversias. El cambio consiste en permitir que hombres y mujeres del mismo sexo puedan contraer matrimonio en la iglesia y servir como pastores. La decisión, que también se aplica a diáconos y ancianos gobernantes, no requiere que la iglesia ordene a candidatos gays pero elimina las barreras que hasta ahora impedían su ordenación. Uno de los líderes del movimiento gay dijo que “en las congregaciones hay muchas personas que se sienten llamados por Dios al ministerio ordenado”. La Iglesia Presbiteriana una de las principales denominaciones protestantes en Estados Unidos tiene una feligresía de 2.8 millones de miembros.La obispa presidenta de la Iglesia Episcopal visitó recientemente la República Dominicana y sostuvo un diálogo con miembros de la comunidad haitiana residentes de Santa Fe, San Pedro de Macorís. Muchas de estas personas han perdido su ciudadanía por decisión de la Corte Constitucional de 2013 que los despojó de su ciudadanía dominicana por su origen haitiano. Se cree que unas 200 mil personas están en esa situación.El presidente venezolano Nicolás Maduro pasa por una seria situación política. Su extenso viaje por Asia y el Oriente Medio no produjo los préstamos que buscaba, su popularidad ha ido en picada, cada día el desabastecimiento es mayor y ahora niega que los ex presidentes de Colombia, Chile y México visiten al encarcelado líder político Leopoldo López acción que le traerá “mala prensa” tanto en Venezuela como en otros países.CONSUELO. Encomienda al Señor tu camino, confía en él que él actuará. 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Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service[Episcopal News Service] For Bernadette Demientieff, rediscovering her identity as a Gwich’in – one of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic – meant reconnecting with the land. Specifically, a mountain called Duchanlee near Arctic Village, Alaska, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a place that holds deep significance to her people.“When I went there, I don’t know what came over me,” she told Episcopal News Service. “I just started crying.”“I lost my identity after high school,” she said. “I kind of went down the wrong path.”But on that mountain, something changed.“And right there, I asked Creator for forgiveness, for being disconnected so long, but that I’m here now to share my responsibility as a Gwich’in,” she said.Bernadette Demientieff speaks on July 10, 2018, at the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas. Photo: Sharon Tillman/Episcopal News ServiceFor Demientieff, that responsibility includes protecting the lands and animals that have sustained her people for thousands of years. Now 43, she is a central figure in the coalition of Gwich’in, Episcopalians and conservationists that has fought to prevent industrial development from disrupting the ecology of the refuge’s most sensitive area. She is the executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, which calls itself “the unified voice of the Gwich’in Nation speaking out to protect the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” from the oil industry. She is also a member of The Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Care of Creation and Environmental Racism and has spoken to the House of Bishops and the General Convention about the importance of protecting the refuge.Demientieff plans to be in Washington in September to advocate for an expected House of Representatives floor vote to restore protections for the Coastal Plain, which was opened to drilling by Congress in 2017 despite decades of vocal opposition from the Gwich’in, The Episcopal Church and many other groups from around Alaska and the U.S.Now, with the prospect of drilling in the refuge closer to reality than ever, Episcopal and Gwich’in leaders say they’re not giving up — especially in the face of the climate crisis, which is already wreaking environmental havoc in Alaska.“It’s not over,” Demientieff told ENS. “It just started.”The Sacred Place Where Life BeginsThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which occupies the northeast corner of Alaska, is so vast it’s difficult to comprehend. At 19.6 million acres – about the size of South Carolina – it is the largest wildlife refuge in the United States, stretching from the forests of Alaska’s Interior across the Brooks Range to the Coastal Plain tundra, all the way to the Arctic Ocean.Image: U.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceThe refuge has been inhabited by Native peoples for thousands of years. The Iñupiaq live along Alaska’s northern coast, while the Gwich’in have traditionally inhabited an area that includes the interior of the refuge and stretches east into Canada. Besides the Iñupiaq village of Kaktovik on the Arctic coast and the Gwich’in settlement of Arctic Village on the refuge’s southern boundary, there are virtually no traces of human activity in the massive refuge.Mountain ranges and waterways in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife ServiceIn fact, the area the Gwich’in have been trying to protect from drilling – the Coastal Plain – is not part of their ancestral homeland. Although the Gwich’in traditionally followed the Porcupine caribou herds during their seasonal migrations around the region, the “one place that the caribou go that we do not is the Coastal Plain,” Demientieff testified during a congressional hearing in March.But the reason they have avoided the area for so long is the same reason they are trying to protect it now: the Coastal Plain is where the caribou go to give birth and nurse their calves every summer.Caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service“This area is sacred to our people,” Demientieff testified, “so sacred that during the years of food shortage we still honored the calving grounds and never stepped foot on the Coastal Plain.”The Porcupine caribou herd – named after the Porcupine River – is crucial to the culture of the Gwich’in, and to their very existence. Life in the Gwich’in villages revolves around the subsistence economy – hunting caribou, fishing and gathering. All but one of the Gwich’in villages are isolated from the state road system, so whatever food and supplies are flown in from elsewhere tend to be about three times as expensive as they are in a typical Lower 48 supermarket: A gallon of milk at a village store in a place like Fort Yukon or Arctic Village costs at least $10, as does a gallon of gas, and when something like a watermelon makes a rare appearance, it can go for around $40. If the caribou’s breeding or migration patterns were disrupted, there would be few other options for affordable food.The Porcupine caribou have the longest land migration of any animal in the world, traveling more than 1,500 miles per year from their wintering grounds in the Interior to the Coastal Plain, which the Gwich’in call “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” – “the Sacred Place Where Life Begins.”Open for businessThat same area, however, has attracted the interest of the fossil fuel industry for decades because it could contain massive oil deposits. The Prudhoe Bay oil field, by far the largest in North America, sits on the coast to the west of the refuge. Its discovery in the 1960s radically altered the economic, demographic and cultural makeup of Alaska. It has also forever changed the landscape; what was once an unspoiled frontier along the Arctic Ocean is now a hub of heavy industry.Some of the industrial facilities at the Prudhoe Bay oil field. Photo: Peter Prokosch/GRID-ArendalToday, the oil and gas industry provides over one-third of Alaska’s jobs and about 90 percent of the state’s revenue. Because of Alaska’s reliance on the oil and gas industry, the state economy since the 1970s has been a series of dramatic booms and busts. The state once had so much oil revenue flowing in that it literally didn’t know what to do with it, so it set up a fund that continues to pay each citizen a dividend of around $1,000 every year. But oil production at Prudhoe Bay has slowed, and since prices plummeted in 2015, the state has been steadily shedding revenue, residents and jobs. Alaska now has the highest unemployment rate in the U.S., at 6.3 percent in July. On Aug. 27, BP – which has been in Alaska for 60 years and operates the Prudhoe Bay oil field – shocked the state by announcing it will sell all of its Alaska assets, the latest sign of turmoil in the industry. With legislators refusing to implement a state income or sales tax, the state has blown through billions of dollars in savings and has been embroiled in a budget crisis for several years. This summer, a drawn-out political battle has erupted over Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s severe budget cuts, including a proposed 40 percent cut to the University of Alaska system.The prospect of a large oil field beneath the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain – bringing with it the jobs and revenue that Alaska desperately needs – has made opening it up to development a top priority for the state’s congressional delegation for decades. When the refuge was created, the “1002 area” – 1.5 million acres of the refuge’s Coastal Plain – was set aside for possible development, which required congressional authorization.Nearly 50 times, Republicans tried and failed to unlock the 1002 area. But in December 2017, a provision to open the area to drilling was tucked into the tax bill signed by President Donald Trump. It appeared that the coalition of the Gwich’in, The Episcopal Church and environmentalists had lost the battle.‘This is our family’The Episcopal Church, through its Washington-based Office of Government Relations and the Diocese of Alaska, has been a leader in that fight for decades because of its deep historical connection to the Gwich’in people and its broader commitments to environmental protection and indigenous rights.The link between the Gwich’in and The Episcopal Church dates back to the 19th century, when Episcopal and Anglican missionaries brought Christianity to the Gwich’in. One of those missionaries, Robert McDonald, created the written form of the Gwich’in language and translated the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.Rowe Chapel, the Episcopal church in Arctic Village, Alaska. Photo: Diocese of Alaska“In Alaska, where The Episcopal Church began to take root was in Gwich’in country,” said Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime. “And so, as a diocese, we have recognized that this is our family. These are our people. And we have wanted to do what we can to stand and walk with them and support them.”The coalition of The Episcopal Church, the Gwich’in Steering Committee and the Alaska Wilderness League has been a constant presence at congressional hearings for years, most recently on March 26 at a heated hearing on a bill that would have repealed the refuge-opening provision in the 2017 tax law. Lattime and Demientieff both testified in support.Gwich’in clergy and Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime (top right) gather for a photo at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Fairbanks in June 2014, after a Eucharist celebrated in a dialect of the Gwich’in language. Photo courtesy of Scott FisherBack in Alaska, Lattime has spoken and prayed at rallies and public forums and participated in a TV ad campaign. He said he tries to be as helpful as he can to the Gwich’in’s cause without speaking for them.“We’ve been very careful and intentional to listen to their voices and to follow their lead and do what we can to respond as they have asked us to do,” he said.Although the opening of the refuge was a major blow, the situation is still evolving. With Democrats now controlling the House of Representatives, hearings like the one in March offer new opportunities for advocacy. The Interior Department says lease sales will begin by the end of this year, but the combination of regulatory hurdles and volatility in the price of oil means it could be many years before any drilling happens. It’s also possible that the 1002 area contains much less oil than was originally speculated, making it economically unviable to drill there. For now, the Office of Government Relations continues to advocate for legislation that would at least introduce new restrictions on drilling in the refuge, such as a provision that would require oil lease sales in the Coastal Plain to be priced high enough to produce the revenues anticipated by the 2017 tax bill, which are much higher than what the current market value would be, according to domestic and environmental policy adviser Jack Cobb.The Episcopal Church’s efforts on environmental protection and climate justice go beyond its Capitol Hill advocacy. At the 2015 General Convention, a resolution directed the church’s Executive Council Investment Committee to divest from fossil fuels “in a fiscally responsible manner.” Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Kurt Barnes estimates the church’s portfolio now has about 2 percent exposure to the fossil fuel industry. However, that resolution did not apply to the much larger Church Pension Fund. In its report to last year’s General Convention, the Church Pension Group said it is not opposed to divestment but can only do it if it doesn’t interfere with its fiduciary responsibilities. CPG does not disclose the amounts of specific securities in its portfolio, but says it is focused on socially responsible investing and shareholder advocacy, said Curt Ritter, CPG senior vice president and head of corporate communications.Demientieff’s approach going forward is more direct.“I will stand up even until the first oil rig goes in,” Demientieff said.An uncertain futureAlaska Natives are not universally opposed to drilling in the refuge, though. Among the Iñupiaq people who live on the Coastal Plain, there is strong support for increased oil and gas development. Unlike the Gwich’in, the Iñupiaq benefit from the industry in the form of local tax revenues, corporate dividends, better village infrastructure and local jobs. Those who support drilling in the Coastal Plain say development there would be safer and leave a much smaller footprint than it has in Prudhoe Bay. At the same hearing where Lattime and Demientieff testified in support of protecting the Coastal Plain, several Iñupiaq witnesses testified against it.Caribou walk across a gravel pad at Kuparuk, 45 miles from Prudhoe Bay, with oil field facilities in the background. Photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service“I’m not trying to take jobs from anybody,” Demientieff told ENS. “I’m not trying to tell anybody what to do. But honestly, that is considered federal land regardless of who lives right beside it. And just because I don’t live close to it does not mean that I will not be impacted by what happens there.”And by perpetuating the burning of fossil fuels, drilling in the refuge would contribute to the effects of the climate crisis that are being felt more severely in Alaska than almost anywhere else. The state has warmed twice as fast as the rest of the U.S. in the past 60 years, with average winter temperatures rising by six degrees Fahrenheit during that time, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Amid record-high temperatures, the sea ice that once protected coastal villages from erosion has dramatically retreated, causing problems for Native subsistence hunters who need sea ice to hunt seals, whales and walruses. Permafrost beneath villages is thawing rapidly, causing land to sink and often leading to erosion. Entire villages are moving to higher ground. Warm water is causing salmon die-offs, threatening a major source of the state’s food supply and economic base. Wildfires are becoming an increasingly common threat.A section of coastal bluff, with visible permafrost, collapses at Drew Point on Alaska’s North Slope. Photo: Benjamin Jones/U.S. Geological Survey“All the elders that I interview and talk to, they’ve never seen anything like this before,” Demientieff said.The Rev. Trimble Gilbert speaks at a meal in Nenana, Alaska, during the House of Bishops’ visit in 2017. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceOne of those elders, the Rev. Trimble Gilbert, has lived in Arctic Village for nearly all his 84 years. An Episcopal priest and traditional chief, Gilbert has a unique perspective on climate change, combining his own experience with stories passed down from his ancestors. He can point to specific examples: polar bears moving into villages in search of food, fish depleted where they used to be plentiful.“I could see a lot of change [in the] last 30 years,” he told ENS. “It’s gonna be a pretty sad place in the next 50 years if they’re gonna [drill] … I could see it now. So I hope they can stop and protect the land.”In the meantime, he finds solace in living off the land, as his ancestors did, and he tries to keep those traditions alive.“We still try to live our traditional way of life, sharing and taking care of each other almost every day,” he said.Demientieff says her spirituality and maintaining a traditional way of life also sustains her in the fight.“I take the time to pray every morning,” she told ENS, adding that she needs it just as much as food or sleep. “When I don’t stay strong in prayer … it’s draining.”“God gave us this land to take care of,” Demientieff said. We should be taking care of our blessings. We should always take care of what God put in our hands to take care of for him, not to drill it and destroy it.”– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Please enter your name here A familiar opponent moves up to #2There was no change at the top of the Associated Press Poll for high school football teams in Class 8A. The Apopka Blue Darters, coming off a 78-0 win over Edgewater High School, remain in the #1 position with unanimous agreement. All 13 voters put the 2-0 Blue Darters in first place for the second straight week heading into their matchup with the Deland High Bulldogs (1-1) at Roger Williams Field in Apopka this Friday at 7pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 10-7 win over Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach after losing its opener to Daytona Beach Mainland 35-0.Moving up in the poll to #2 was the Kissimmee Osceola Kowboys, the 2015 Class 8A state runners-up. Apopka beat the Kowboys 14-3 earlier this year in a spring jamboree game in Kissimmee.Orange City University (2-0) is the only other school in Central Florida ranked in the poll, although Lake Brantley of Altamonte Springs and Sanford Seminole High School received votes. Orange City moved from #7 to #6.Here is the Associated Press Florida high school football rankings for following Week 2 action. Ranking is followed by first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous ranking:CLASS 8A1. Apopka (13), 2-0, 130, 12. Kissimmee Osceola, 2-0, 112, 33. Miami Southridge, 1-0, 106, 44. Delray Beach Atlantic, 2-0, 88, 55. Flanagan, 1-1, 58, 66. Orange City University, 2-0, 56, 77. Dr. Phillips, 2-0, 45, 98. Columbus, 1-1, 44, 29. Vero Beach, 2-0, 30, 1010. Deerfield Beach, 0-1, 24, 8Others receiving votes: Sandalwood 6, Mandarin 4, Coral Gables 4, Lake Brantley 3, Manatee 3, Sanford Seminole 1, Boca Raton 1 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSApopka High SchoolAssociated PressBlue Darters Previous articlePiedmont Plaza plans to be presented to City Council todayNext articleHelp the Apopka Community by test-driving a new Ford Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11
ArchDaily Projects Year: “COPY” [EARNEST CAPE] The Hill where the sky and the sea take a break / JMY architects + PLS Architects Houses Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903802/cheonggye-ri-house-jmy-architects Clipboard Architects: JMY architects, PLS Architects Area Area of this architecture project South Korea Area: 339 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Joonhwan Yoon+ 15Curated by María Francisca González Share Photographs: Joonhwan YoonCollaborator S:MOA StructureCollaborator M:HL Consulting EngineersCollaborator E:Daewon PobisArchitects:JMY architects, PLS Architects, Jaemin YOON, Hyukhu SHINDesign Team:Wihwan CHOICity:Ulju-gunCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Joonhwan YoonRecommended ProductsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsGanjeolgotHaving the earliest sunrise on the eastern coast of Korea, Ganjeolgot (literally meaning the Earnest Cape) is a tourist attraction that contains both sweet stories and the natural settings such as breaking waves, cool endless sea, the white lighthouse, mailbox, and a space for rest. It is famous as a driveway between Ulsan and Busan, and the neighborhood lately sees the rapid increase of commercial facilities such as cafes and restaurants due to the rise of the floating population.Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonThe Flat Land with a Commonplace View on a Coastal Hill Surrounded by GreensThe project site is a trapezoid flat land with an area of 2,340 sq. m., which lies nearly 300 meters inland from the beach of Ganjeolgot. The area encircled with the undeveloped, low-lying sloping grassland, surrounded by low buildings and pine woods, makes a cool yet boring horizontal view. The entry into the site is allowed from the southern road alone, and the frontality directed toward the open sea through the width of approximately 50 meters between the eastern pine woods offers a crucial factor regarding the entry and the site planning.Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonSave this picture!Site PlanSave this picture!© Joonhwan YoonThree questions according to the site conditions and the client’s requirements:- How should we design a 340 sqm single-story building that is not boring but diverse as requested by the client?- How should we bring the seascape 300m off into the site?- What kind of place is a cafè, and how can it be differentiated?Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonA Shape Created by SpaceTo accommodate the demands of the first two questions, the frontality is directed to the eastern ocean and the building is designed as a waterside gallery that has an approximately 5m width, surrounding a water space placed in the center. With a focus on the ease of construction, the gallery is made of a polygonal shape, thereby generating spatial diversity and the waterside shape of the building.Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonForming Relations between Nature and ArtificialityThe water space that sits at the center of the gallery is to serve as a mediating and transitional space, which creates a borrowed landscape with the sea, contains the sky and connects the artificial space with the surrounding environment. The sizes and placement of vertical structural walls are adjusted to form relations and create various scenes, for zooming in and out on the near and distant views around the pine woods and nearby buildings.Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonA Space for RestCafès are generally inward spaces where people drink tea, chat, and often engage in small meetings or study, whereas this cafè project provides a space for rest that relaxes our body and mind by extending our gaze far outside through an active architectural intervention. By minimizing and simplifying decoration and finishing, the project increases the focus on conforming to nature externally and communicating with nature internally.Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonProject gallerySee allShow lessAD Classics: New Museum / SANAAArchitecture ClassicsAsian Games Village Residence / Vir.Mueller ArchitectsSelected Projects Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903802/cheonggye-ri-house-jmy-architects Clipboard [EARNEST CAPE] The Hill where the sky and the sea take a break / JMY architects + PLS ArchitectsSave this projectSave[EARNEST CAPE] The Hill where the sky and the sea take a break / JMY architects + PLS Architects 2017 CopyHouses•Ulju-gun, South Korea CopyAbout this officeJMY architectsOfficeFollowPLS ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesUlju-gunSouth KoreaPublished on October 15, 2018Cite: “[EARNEST CAPE] The Hill where the sky and the sea take a break / JMY architects + PLS Architects” 14 Oct 2018. 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£2,000 prize for public service photograph About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 9 April 2001 | News 14 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Guardian is offering a £2,000 prize for a photograph that “best capture [the] nature and value of public service.” The closing date for entries is 12 April.The Guardian is offering a £2,000 prize for a photograph that “best capture [the] nature and value of public service.” The closing date for entries is 12 April.Find out more in Uncommonly good images at GuardianUnlimited. Advertisement
ReddIt Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ Linkedin Twitter printhttps://vimeo.com/161890581Karen Gonzalez had been nominated multiple times over the last 24 years. This was her year.“The profession can be thankless at times,” said Gonzalez, a social studies teacher at W.P. McLean 6th Grade Center. “But in other times, we really get wonderful accolades from things like this.”Gonzalez was one of 132 Fort Worth ISD teachers who received “Campus Teacher of the Year” awards on Tuesday. Members of the school district gathered with teachers at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas to celebrate the teachers’ success in the classroom.“I just believe that my job as a leader is not to create followers, but rather to create leaders and empower you to lead as teacher leaders in your schools,” Superintendent Kent Scribner said to the crowd on Tuesday.Before handing out various door prizes — a $1,000 travel voucher, a wine party, a free year-long lease on a new Nissan and more — Scribner said his vision for improving the school district hinged on the award-winning teachers.“We’re trying to replicate what’s happening in your classrooms across the district,” Scribner said. “We want your colleagues, your brothers and sisters to believe in that.”Gonzalez said the classroom values Scribner referred to were not based on curriculum.“It’s all about relationships to me,” Gonzalez said. “I’m pretty good with content, but…it’s making those personal relationships with students that propels them on to do other things.”Elsa Chavez, a second grade dual language teacher at Clifford Davis Elementary School, said she knows a big part of her job is being an example for her students.“Where even though I grew up in an area like they did, I didn’t become a statistic,” said Chavez, a Fort Worth native. “Every day I show them you can do what you set your goals to.”Chavez’s younger brother, Daniel, also won a Campus Teacher of the Year award.“It’s not every day that they honor you with this award,” said Daniel Chavez, a first grade dual language teacher at Bonnie Brae Elementary School. “It keeps you motivated to try harder with your students and to continue [educating] yourself so you can help out the community.”Ten finalists for District Teacher of the Year — five elementary teachers and five secondary teachers — were also announced at the event. One elementary winner and one secondary winner will be selected by members of the school district and the community. The winners will receive $5,000 prizes.While not everyone can win at the district level, teachers honored by their campuses said they just enjoyed being recognized.“It’s a boost, it truly is,” Gonzalez said. “For the teachers in my building to decide that I deserve this honor, that was very touching for me.” + posts Facebook Clayton is a senior journalism major from Mesquite, Texas. He’s worked at The Dallas Morning News and PolitiFact in Washington, D.C. He holds the all-time record for highest batting average at his high school after he hit a single in his only at-bat during his senior season. Frogs close regular season with 9-3 win, sweep over Kansas State Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ New dean selected for honors college Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ TCU drops rubber match 3-1 to Texas Tech; Frogs lose 2nd straight Big 12 series Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Clayton Youngman ReddIt Previous articleBaseball falls to UT-ArlingtonNext articleWater line replacement begins Thursday on Bellaire Drive North Clayton Youngman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Twitter Three longtime social work faculty set to retire Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Facebook Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday
TAGS Woman charged with endangering two 2-year-olds Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Stephanie Stuchell A woman was arrested Sunday after she reportedly left two 2-year-old boys unattended for an hour and half while drugs and drug paraphernalia were found inside the residence.Stephanie Stuchell, 26, was charged with two counts of endangering a child (criminal negligence), a state jail felony.The reported child endangerment happened Sunday in the 1700 block of Patton Drive, an Odessa Police Department affidavit detailed.A man, identified as 43-year-old Ernesto Ochoa, stated that a 2-year-old had walked over to his residence, the affidavit stated. Ochoa believed the 2-year-old lived at the residence next door to his and he stated the child had been outside of the residence unattended for an hour and half.Officers went to the residence where the 2-year-old lived, the affidavit detailed. Officers yelled “Odessa Police Department” several times with no response.As officers stood in the doorway, they saw another 2-year-old boy sitting in a small chair with a blanket, the affidavit stated. Officers reportedly saw dried blood around his upper lip and nose. Officers walked into the residence and made contact with the child.The 2-year-old also had bruises on his head, back and around his right eye, the affidavit stated. Contact was eventually made with Stuchell who was in the front bathroom. She stated she had fallen asleep due to some sleep apnea issues.Officers reportedly saw a dirty house that hadn’t been cleaned in a long time. There were dirty dishes and clothing all over the residence and the children’s bunk beds were full of stuff and no one could sleep on them.Officers asked Stuchell if they could search the bathroom that she had been in and she gave consent, the affidavit stated. Officers asked the woman if there any narcotics in the bathroom and she stated there was Tramadol in a bottle without a label.During the search of the bathroom, officers also found a pink bag sitting on the bean bag inside of the bathtub that had several methamphetamine pipes along with syringe needle tips and small individual baggies used for narcotics, the affidavit detailed. One green baggie reportedly had meth residue in it.Officers also found a pink Paw Patrol bag that had a meth pipe in the bathroom sink. Stuchell stated she had used meth two days prior.Stuchell was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. She has two bonds totaling $30,000 and was in custody as of Monday afternoon, jail records show. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Local News Previous articleNORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE: Watson focusing on what’s ahead for JackalopesNext articleOUR VIEW: Huge gift is boost for Odessa teachersTHE POINT: The Bushman family and ICA give back to the community in many ways. Digital AIM Web Support Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021
Home / Daily Dose / Similar Consumer Debt Patterns Found in Borrower-Lender Data Comparison The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Debt-holding patterns reported by borrowers and those reported by lenders seem to agree more than one would expect, according to a study released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Monday.In the study, titled “Do We Know What We Owe? Consumer Debt as Reported by Borrowers and Lenders,” authors Meta Brown, Andrew Haughout, Donghoon Lee, and Wilbert van der Klaauw found that the pictures of U.S. consumer debt produced by the Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF), which is a survey of U.S. households focusing on household assets and liabilities, and the Consumer Credit Panel (CCP), which is based on data supplied by credit reporting agency Equifax, were more similar than expected.”Our most striking finding is that, overall and in most disaggregated debt categories, debt levels reported in the SCF and CCP are quite similar.”For the study, the authors compared consumer debt aggregates as well as metrics of household distribution of the following forms of debt: total debt, mortgage and home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), vehicle loans, credit card debt, student loans, and other debt in both SCF and CCP data, according to the New York Fed. The study also computed household delinquency and bankruptcy rates in both the SCF and CCP samples for four different years (2001, 2004, 2007, 2010), two of which came prior to the implementation of major bankruptcy law reform (2001 and 2004) and two came after.For the majority of disaggregated debt categories and borrower characteristics, the authors found that debt levels reported in the two sources agreed for the most part.”Our most striking finding is that, overall and in most disaggregated debt categories, debt levels reported in the SCF and CCP are quite similar,” the authors wrote. “Even bankruptcy measures correspond well. The exceptions lie in the unsecured debts. Under our most inclusive assumptions, SCF-implied aggregate credit card debt is 37 percent lower than that implied by the CCP, and SCF-implied aggregate student debt is 25 percent lower.”The debt levels followed similar age, geographic, patterns, and time trends in both the SCF and CCP for mortgages, HELOCs, and vehicle loans. One notable exception in which the debt levels were not similar was credit cards; authors found that in the CCP, household credit card balances were reported to be 37 percent higher than in the SCF.The similarity in bankruptcy data between the two sources, however, was “unexpected,” according to the authors.”Bankruptcy appears to be reported at similar frequencies in the SCF and the CCP (though differences in available measures of bankruptcy in the two data sets impose qualifications on this claim),” the authors wrote. “We find that, among one- and two-adult households, the CCP’s two-year household bankruptcy rates in 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010 fall comfortably between the SCF’s one- and three-year bankruptcy rates, and that, if anything, one- and three-year bankruptcy rates in the SCF appear to be a bit high relative to CCP two-year rates.”Click here to read the complete study. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Bankruptcies Consumer Debt Mortgage Debt New York Fed 2015-08-24 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Recent Stock Market Losses Cause Many to Doubt that the Fed Will Raise Rates Next: Ad Campaign Targeted at Helping Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure Rescue Scams Print This Post Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Tagged with: Bankruptcies Consumer Debt Mortgage Debt New York Fed Similar Consumer Debt Patterns Found in Borrower-Lender Data Comparison Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea August 24, 2015 941 Views Subscribe
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Five Minuets With: Kim Morris on Diversity Practices Who are your role models in business?As a child, my father—Ronnie Morris—was my role model in business and life. He was a kind soul that cared so much about people and his business, and he knew that it took relationships in both to be successful. He worked his way up in the mortgage industry from a clerical position all the way to executive management. I always aspired to be just like him and admired him wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, when I was only 23 years old, I abruptly lost my dad to a heart attack. I took that as my queue to follow in his footsteps and entered into the mortgage industry in a clerical role and, like him, have worked my way up to an executive role. Today, I still find myself asking “What would Dad have done?” in different situations. “How would he have reacted? What steps would he have taken to resolve this issue?” I think back to his life and all that I learned from him and somehow always find the answers. Tagged with: Five Minutes With Kim Morris Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Editor’s Note: This article was originally featured in the September issue of DS News, available now.Kim Morris brings a 28-year history of property tax and mortgage servicing knowledge to Accumatch, with specific experience in escalations, reverse mortgage, tax certificates and, most importantly, an unrelenting focus on customer service and product excellence. Having joined Accumatch in September of 2015 in the company’s Tax Operations division, she is now SVP of Operations. Morris’ previous experience includes Director of Operations at Fannie Mae, Senior Operations Manager at First American Commercial Real Estate Tax Service, Operations Manager at First American Residential Real Estate Tax Service, and Senior Operations Manager at Transamerica Real Estate Tax Service.How has the mortgage industry evolved in its approach to diversity and inclusion over the course of your career?I began working in the mortgage industry in 1988, just after graduating from college. At that time, it was not about diversity and inclusion; it was about meeting racial quotas for hiring and promoting people. Hiring managers were forced to hire or promote specific ethnic groups or sexes, and you were not always able to hire the most qualified person for the job. This caused a lot of frustration amongst hiring managers and a lot of animosity in the workplace between the selected staff members.As people truly began to understand the value of diversity, established quotas quickly became a thing of the past. When I hire people today, I do not think about employees based on sex, race, color, national origin, or religion. I think about how well this person will fit into the culture that we are trying to build and what added value they can bring to the organization. It is about empowering people and learning from each other, and it must start from the top down in the organization. The more diverse a workforce is, the better variety of ideas are generated, making way for groundbreaking discoveries that may have otherwise gone undiscovered. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save What do you feel is a common misconception regarding diversity in the mortgage industry?The most common misconception, and perhaps the most dangerous, is that the job is done—that we’ve accomplished our goal and that everything is all right. It’s easy for people who have not been subject to discrimination or have not been accused of treating people differently to believe that it’s not happening anymore. We’ve had nondiscrimination laws on the books for a long time, so many just assume that if they don’t see someone getting sued that there aren’t any problems. That’s just not the case. I don’t subscribe to the theory that anyone who isn’t actively trying to make the world a better, more diverse place is part of the problem. They’re not a problem, but by ignoring the fact that a problem exists, some people make it much harder for the rest of us to create positive change.Another misconception is that anyone who is an advocate for diversity is trying to get special treatment. Being treated differently is exactly what people who are fighting for diversity don’t want. They want a workplace where everyone is welcome and free to contribute value and then be rewarded for it fairly. A perfect example to cite is a smart, young Hispanic woman who was admitted to a university based on the use of race-conscious admission policies. She spent her entire college career trying to prove the legitimacy of her accomplishments. She had to work twice as hard to overcome being judged for her ethnic background. While diversity and inclusion will certainly be a focus for mortgage professionals in the coming year, what other challenges do you feel the industry will face in the near future?We expect interest rates to tick up and competition for limited housing inventory to make it harder for originators to maintain volumes. Meanwhile, servicers are under intense regulatory scrutiny right now. Even with talk of changes to Dodd- Frank, it’s not clear what might change or when. This just adds uncertainty, which is no friend of business. Both lenders and servicers are seeking to reduce overall uncertainty in their operations, which is why they are seeking out qualified partners who can guarantee compliance in their areas. The real challenge for the industry this year will be finding the right partners to help them take their businesses into this new home finance environment. Home / Daily Dose / Five Minuets With: Kim Morris on Diversity Practices Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Five Minutes With Kim Morris 2017-09-22 Brianna Gilpin About Author: Brianna Gilpin The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago September 22, 2017 1,651 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Print Features Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Do you feel you have ever been discriminated against in a business setting? If so, how did you overcome this challenge?Unfortunately, I understand discrimination firsthand as it has happened to me more than once in my career. Being a young, ambitious woman in business in the early 1990s, most of the ideas that I had were either disregarded or stolen and presented by a man in a higher-level position than me. It was very frustrating, but it did not stop me from coming up with new ideas and at least getting them in front of someone who could implement them. As time went on and perspectives of women in business started to change, I began getting recognition for my contributions. It took a long time and a lot of frustration, as the only thing that was holding me back in my career was being a strong, smart, outspoken, competitive woman.I once had a manager who had a problem with the way I dressed. I was well within the dress code, but she didn’t think I looked “feminine” enough. I tried to change the way I dressed to suit her, but being a gay woman, I felt like I was being asked to be something I wasn’t. I felt I had no choice but to give up the job. It was devastating because it had absolutely nothing to do with my performance or abilities.To add another anecdote, a male boss of mine in the ’90s told me that I would go a lot further in business if I just did what I was told and did not question why. Since that was not in my nature, it was difficult for me not to voice an opinion. The only way that I could overcome this situation was to move out from under this particular manager. So, I applied for a new position, reporting to a different manager who respected my opinions and promoted me based on merit. This is how I started moving up in my career and began gaining respect for my own ideas and work ethic. Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Is the CFPB’s Regulatory Power Limited? Next: Fed: Household Worth Climbs with Stock and Housing Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago