Transcorp Hotels Plc (TRANHO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2018 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Transcorp Hotels Plc (TRANHO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Transcorp Hotels Plc (TRANHO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Transcorp Hotels Plc (TRANHO.ng) 2018 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileTranscorp Hotels Plc is a hotel operations company in Nigeria and a subsidiary of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc. The latter is a diversified conglomerate with business interests in the power generation, hospitality, agriculture and oil and gas sectors. Hotels in the Group include Transcorp Hilton Hotel, a 5-star hotel with 670 rooms located in Abuja; and Transcorp Hotel with 146 rooms located in Calabar. Formerly known as Transnational Hotels and Tourism Services Limited, the company changed its name to Transcorp Hotels Plc in 2014. Its head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Transcorp Hotels Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Albany, NY Anglican Communion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Tampa, FL Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Secretary general urges greater awareness of Anglican Communion’s global reach Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Rector Bath, NC 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 Tags [Anglican Communion News Service] The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Josiah Idowu-Fearon has urged Anglicans to “become more aware of the Communion’s life.” Speaking to ordinands on the South West Ministry Training Scheme, in the English city of Exeter on July 14, Idowu-Fearon suggested that many people in the Church of England do not know that they are part of the Anglican Communion. He said that being in the Anglican Communion was “a way of being that was at the same time worldwide in perspective yet able to affect how individual lives are lived.”Read the full article here. Rector Knoxville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Posted Jul 16, 2018 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TN 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 Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28
Save this picture!Cortesía de Foraster Arquitectos+ 11 Share Under The Roof / Foraster ArquitectosSave this projectSaveUnder The Roof / Foraster Arquitectos Text description provided by the architects. The urbanistic legislation in Mungia, a town near Bilbao (Spain), forces the use in new constructions of a gable roof with tile, in order to keep an identifiable architectural style in the area. It is certainly good to seek architectural uniformity –experience has shown that without doing so it can lead to aesthetic crimes. But it does not preclude seeking original solutions to update existing typologies.Save this picture!Cortesía de Foraster ArquitectosRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApavisaBetonTiles / Mosaic / GresiteGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – CavaCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19That is what we have done in the rural town of Basozabal, where we have just completed a new home with a large gable roof that covers two cubic volumes, of modern forms. Separated by the entrance to the house, the first one is divided into two floors and comprises the bedrooms, with the principle filling the entire up flor. A large living room with a fireplace occupies the next. Communicated visually with the main room, it extends untill the ceiling beams. On one side is the dining room and the kitchen, and behind, the pool.Save this picture!Cortesía de Foraster ArquitectosThe cover is made of wood, a study carried out by the company Egoin, while the rest of the envelope is made with limestone perlato. This material is spread on the ground in the access area and blends harmoniously with the corten steel planters and tree pits, which protect the base of the trees located in front of the parcel. In the rear, the garden occupies a large green area dotted with olive and other trees, giving it a natural character to the whole.Save this picture!Cortesía de Foraster ArquitectosThere, the pool, which follows the axis marked by the cover, take a leading role. All rooms have floor heating powered by a pellet boiler, thus ensuring that the house has an energy rating A.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessForm of Public Control / Jae Kim | CoDeAUArticlesWine Museum Proposal / Mauro Turin ArchitectesArticles Share ArchDaily Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/296905/under-the-roof-foraster-arquitectos Clipboard “COPY” 2012 Architects: Foraster Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Area: 540 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Spain “COPY” Under The Roof / Foraster Arquitectos Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/296905/under-the-roof-foraster-arquitectos Clipboard CopyAbout this officeForaster ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMungiaWoodSpainPublished on November 22, 2012Cite: “Under The Roof / Foraster Arquitectos” [Entre Dos Aguas / Foraster Arquitectos] 22 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
2015 CopyHouses•Abranches, Brazil RK House / AP ArquitetosSave this projectSaveRK House / AP Arquitetos Area: 300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/876455/rk-house-ap-arquitetos Clipboard Save this picture!© Estudiograma+ 25 Share Year: Photographs: Estudiograma Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Architects: AP Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project Projects ArchDaily Brazil Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/876455/rk-house-ap-arquitetos Clipboard Manufacturers: Florense, PortobelloEngineer:Marlos ManginiClient:Rodrigo KolbArchitect In Charge:André PrevedelloTeam:Alexandre Bessa, Thiago Henning, Gabriel Yuji, Rennan FerreiraCity:AbranchesCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© EstudiogramaRecommended ProductsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The 300 m² residence is oriented in the north/south format, being rooms, living room and kitchens (areas of continuous use) facing north. In this facade, large glass panels and balconies guarantee ideal and continuous lighting. Hall, garage, services, and office (limited use areas) facing the south. In these spaces, few openings guarantee the minimum loss of heat.Save this picture!© EstudiogramaThe volumetry of the project is based on six major structural plans in the north/south direction. Among the plans, aluminum frames create an appearance of lightness and effects of shadow, light, and wind. In the east/west direction, we introduce a plane in wood to differentiate it from the other structural lines.Save this picture!© EstudiogramaSave this picture!Exploded 3D ViewSave this picture!© EstudiogramaThe six plans create three large volumes and the main access is at the highest volume, from the left of the person entering the house, creating a hierarchy between the volumes that define the entrance. The office, in this southern view, advances four meters in a cantilevered structure. In the north view, terrain backside, the plans, and volumes do not have hierarchy between them.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© EstudiogramaSave this picture!Underground and First Floor PlansIn the office, seen south, the elements that differentiate are the concrete cobogos. These were inserted to guarantee a visual protection to the office besides being traditional elements of Brazilian modernist architecture. A small tear ensures the external visuals.Save this picture!© EstudiogramaThe garage and music studio were leased underground. So the ground floor can be left open as a large lounge connecting living, dining, kitchen, and barbecue. In front of the dining room was positioned the pool, external and partially covered.Save this picture!Section AProject gallerySee allShow lessThis Stone Vault Prototype Creates Almost No Material WasteArticlesThis Large Structural Frame is Made From Laminated WoodMisc Share RK House / AP Arquitetos “COPY” CopyAbout this officeAP ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAbranchesBrazilPublished on August 26, 2017Cite: “RK House / AP Arquitetos” 26 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily Year: Houses Carol House / Estudio LAK Lead Architect: Lucas Muñoz ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/922067/carol-house-estudio-lak Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/922067/carol-house-estudio-lak Clipboard Carol House / Estudio LAKSave this projectSaveCarol House / Estudio LAK “COPY” Architects: Estudio LAK Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Benavidez, Argentina Manufacturers: Daikin, Duravit, Patagonia Flooring, Robinet, Thol, Welltecknic CopyAbout this officeEstudio LAKOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBenavidezArgentinaPublished on August 02, 2019Cite: “Carol House / Estudio LAK” [Casa Carol / Estudio LAK] 02 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description 2017 Save this picture!© Michael Biondo+ 38Curated by Paula Pintos Share Altieri Sebor Wieber Hudson Valley Compound / Rangr Studio Area: 8900 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses General Contractor: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944003/hudson-valley-compound-rangr-studio Clipboard Year: “COPY” Photographs Projects Dellea Landscapes, Folia Gardens “COPY” Landscape: Photographs: Michael Biondo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Rangr Studio Area Area of this architecture project Hudson Valley Compound / Rangr StudioSave this projectSaveHudson Valley Compound / Rangr Studio CopyAbout this officeRangr StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on July 20, 2020Cite: “Hudson Valley Compound / Rangr Studio” 20 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Victor Anpilov, carrying his son Sergey, at a demonstration in 1993.Memorial for Victor Anpilov in Moscow, Jan. 20. Speaking is Darya Mitina of United Communist Party.Red-and-gold flags of Soviet socialism flew high in Moscow on Jan. 20 as hundreds of people gathered at Troyekurovskoye Cemetery’s memorial hall to say farewell to communist Victor Anpilov, an historic figure in Russia’s long revolutionary history.Anpilov, who stood at the forefront of the struggle against capitalist restoration in the USSR during the early 1990s, died Jan. 15 at the age of 72. Two days earlier he suffered a major stroke en route to a meeting to discuss which candidate leftists should back in the upcoming Russian presidential election.Victor Ivanovich Anpilov was born in 1945 to a peasant family in the Krasnodar region of Russia. His father was a veteran of the Great Patriotic War — the Soviet resistance to German fascist occupation in World War II.His early life reflected the opportunities that existed for urban and rural working-class youth in the Soviet Union.As a child, Anpilov suffered the privations that affected many following a devastating war that cost more than 20 million Soviet lives. But the country rapidly rebuilt thanks to socialist planning.After doing his military service in a Red Army detachment in socialist Cuba, Anpilov attended Moscow State University and became a prominent international journalist. He covered struggles in Latin America, spending several years in Nicaragua during the 1980s when the Sandinista government was fighting the U.S.-backed Contras.His time in Latin America — studying the Cuban Revolution and other movements for socialism and national liberation — was a turning point for him as a communist.Anpilov learned the importance of revolutionary engagement with the masses, of militant fightback and street struggles. This was a keystone of the Bolshevik Party that led the 1917 Russian Revolution, but had been lost under the bureaucracy that guided the Soviet workers’ state after Lenin’s death.These lessons served him well upon his return to the Soviet Union, where a dangerous effort to restore capitalism was under way, headed by the likes of Communist Party Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. imperialist favorite Boris Yeltsin. Anpilov saw that parades and resolutions were not enough — militant, mass action by the working class was needed to confront the powerful enemies of socialism.In 1990 Anpilov was elected to the Moscow Soviet. The following year, he helped found the Movement of the Communist Initiative, which criticized Gorbachev’s appeasement of imperialism abroad and moves toward capitalist restoration at home.Anpilov published the first communist, anti-Gorbachev newspaper, Molynia (Lighting), distributed during the 1991 May Day celebration on Red Square. After a failed coup against Gorbachev in August by forces in the Soviet government, Anpilov organized “human chains” to protect Lenin’s mausoleum from pro-capitalist elements. And on Nov. 7, the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, he was one of the initiators of an unauthorized demonstration of communist forces in the capital.At the end of that year he founded the Labor Moscow mass movement, which later became Labor Russia, and was also a founder of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party.Workers World correspondent Bill Dores recalled: “I met Victor in the grim days of 1992, when Workers World Party sent me to Moscow to make contact with communists resisting the restoration of capitalism. I found him outside the gates of the Kremlin, where he was leading protests against the Yeltsin regime.“Victor’s confident words brought hope to revolutionaries the world over who were reeling from the overthrow of Soviet power in the land of the October Revolution. They cut like a knife through the bravado of the capitalist media gloating over the destruction of the USSR.“I still remember his vivid message to our 1993 May Day rally in New York: ‘The working class never betrayed socialism. Once again this May 1st, we will see the columns of workers marching to Red Square. Their flags will be red, their slogan eternal — Workers of the world unite!’”Dores recounted how “we watched with bated breath that May Day as Labor Russia defied Yeltsin’s police to march in the streets of Moscow. A week later the regime kidnapped Anpilov in revenge.” He was tortured by Yeltsin’s goons.Bloody October and afterAnpilov was freed in time to play a leading role in the popular uprising of September-October 1993, when tens of thousands of workers took to the streets of Moscow to defend the House of Soviets and the Soviet Constitution. Armed workers and youth took up positions around the so-called “Russian White House” to defend what remained of Soviet power.With the full backing of the U.S. government — headed by Democrat Bill Clinton — Yeltsin’s tanks shelled the House of Soviets and his fascist OMON (special forces) troops slaughtered the Soviet defenders. Hundreds were rounded up and murdered in a Moscow stadium in scenes reminiscent of dictator Augusto Pinochet’s coup in Chile. Anpilov and other leaders were jailed.“Here in the U.S., we marched outside the Russian Embassy to demand freedom for Victor Anpilov and the Moscow anti-fascist fighters,” recalled Dores, who coordinated the Campaign in Solidarity with Labor in Russia. “And we were thrilled when the prison gates opened in the amnesty of February 1994.”Following the defeat of the 1993 uprising, the floodgates were opened to untrammeled privatization. Much of Russia’s vast industrial capacity and natural resources were sold off at cut-rate prices to Wall Street and other imperialist powers. Thousands of factories and other workplaces shut down, never to reopen. Hunger and homelessness soared. Life expectancy plummeted.During these painful years, Anpilov and Labor Russia led several mass marches of workers from Russia’s industrial centers to the capital. He also led protests against Russian military cooperation with NATO and the Pentagon.The situation became more complicated with the election of Vladimir Putin to the presidency in 1999. Putin’s rise signaled a shift in power toward more nationalist elements of the new capitalist oligarchy, away from the bootlicking Yeltsin’s cabal. Although there have been several outbreaks of popular resistance in the 2000s, nothing has yet rivaled the mass fight-back movement of the 1990s.Anpilov’s later years reflected the difficulties of being a revolutionary who lives through a great defeat. He struggled to find ways to reach the masses that he knew were so crucial to the struggle for socialism, and this sometimes set him at odds with other sections of the left. But he never surrendered his vision of humanity’s communist future, nor his determination to fight oppression and injustice at every opportunity.Today, as Russia’s communists work to find unity and build a new revolutionary movement, Anpilov’s example is key — especially his historic contribution of “bringing home” the importance of militant mass struggle with an engaged working class.This could be seen at the Jan. 20 memorial in Moscow, where speakers included several Anpilov protégés who are today key figures in the Russian left – including Left Front coordinator Sergey Udaltsov, United Communist Party International Secretary Darya Mitina, and Stanislav Ruzanov, who succeeded Anpilov as head of Labor Russian in 2012.Another Anpilov protege, Maria Donchenko of the Vanguard of Red Youth of Labor Russia (AKM-TR), wrote: “Our relationship was not always simple, but I want to say the main thing — he [Anpilov] was the one who raised the banner in the fall of 1991, the day after the Communist Party of the Soviet Union was banned, when everyone was hiding in corners, he came out and raised the banner. History demanded that such a person appear, and Victor Ivanovich was that person.”A message from Workers World Party to Anpilov’s memorial said: “Today, on the cusp of new challenges and opportunities for communists in Russia and around the world, we reflect on Victor Ivanovich’s courage, his selfless sacrifices, and most of all, his role as a tribune of the people — a leader who came from the masses, who always listened to them and learned from them, while also teaching a Marxist-Leninist understanding of the class struggle.“Comrade Victor Anpilov’s work, unfinished, remains to us. The seeds he planted will grow and flower in new revolutionary generations that lift up the red banner, as he did, and carry it forward to new victories.”Victor Anpilov, presente!The writer was an organizer of the Campaign in Solidarity with Labor Russia. Biographical information for this article came from statements by the United Communist Party, Russian Communist Workers’ Party and Labor Russia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Follow the news on Iraq News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the fine of 100 million dinars (87,000 euros) that an Iraqi court has reportedly imposed on the Dubai-based Arabic-language satellite TV station Al-Sharqiya as a result of a lawsuit by Maj. Gen. Qassem Atta Al-Moussawi, the Iraqi military’s Baghdad operations spokesman, accusing it of defamation and a “personal attack.”“This sentence is a slap in face for free expression in Iraq, coming just as Iraqis staged a street demonstration on 14 August to express their desire for fairer media legislation guaranteeing real press freedom and security for journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Political pressure on the judicial system must stop,” the press freedom organisation added. “Iraq’s need for a new media law protecting the right to independent and critical reporting is more urgent than ever. Press offences must no longer be governed by the criminal code.”Gen. Moussawi sued Al-Sharqiya for 5 billion dinars (3 million euros) in damages in April because, like many other Arab news media, it quoted him as saying that Iraqis who had just been released by the US forces would be re-arrested and held in prisons under the control of the Iraqi authorities. Al-Sharqiya’s source was a report to this effect in the newspaper Al-Hayat. Moussawi, who denies ever saying this, welcomed the news of the court’s sentence on 13 August although the fine was less than what he had asked for.Al-Sharqiya owner Ali Wajih told Reporters Without Borders: “This sentence is illegal. The station was never notified that a lawsuit had been brought against it so no lawyer was able to defend us. We learned about the sentence from the military spokesman himself and we still have not received any court order making us pay the fine.Wajih added: “All this is contrary to the Iraqi criminal code. This kind of trial normally takes a lot more time. I’m going to let the international media and public opinion decide for themselves how much pressure must have been applied to obtain this decision, which constitutes yet another violation of press freedom in Iraq.”Tariq Harb, a lawyer who heads the Iraqi Legal Culture Association, claimed that “the court’s decision to fine the TV station is not a final one and could be rescinded if the two parties reach an accord.”Al-Sharqiya began operating in Iraq in 2004 and was one of the first TV stations to analyse security strategy and to report the difficulties that the Iraqi security forces were encountering in dealing with insurgents. It also exposed the fact that the Iraqi army was not sharing all its information with the public.Although it broadcast official communiqués about anti-terrorist operations every day, it received repeated official warnings about its coverage and its Baghdad bureau was closed temporarily by the authorities several times before being closed for good in 2006. It still has a bureau in the Kurdish city of Erbil. to go further Organisation News December 28, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information August 18, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Heavy fine imposed on satellite TV station, target of past harassment December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out more News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa
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Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald is offering a new proposal for members of the United Teachers of Pasadena to attempt to dissuade the teachers from continuing with their strike.McDonald presented the offer in an open letter for teachers published online as the strike continued.Calling it a “last proposal,” McDonald said the district is willing to increase teachers’ salaries by five percent effective July 1, 2016. The offer also calls for a three percent salary increase of UTP bargaining unit salary schedules retroactive to July 1, 2015, and a two percent salary increase effective July 2016 for the next school year.McDonald also intimated about the impending announcement by Gov. Jerry Brown in May that would increase teachers’ salaries further by 1.6 percent.Here’s the full text of Superintendent Brain McDonald’s letter to the teachers under the UTP:As Superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), I am inspired by the achievements of our students and the passion of our staff. For instance, standout student and Rose City High School senior Dalon Poole was recently recognized and honored by First Lady Michelle Obama for his contributions to the world of photography. Dalon has a passion for learning and a drive for creative excellence.At the same time, behind each student’s success is a team of Pasadena teachers with a desire to educate and a willingness to encourage our children towards academic and personal success. Each day, they mentor and inspire in powerful and often unseen ways.Public education has a life-changing mission with a transformational impact on students, families, and communities. Our district’s graduate profile is more than just aspirational; it is a call to action shared across PUSD.When I accepted this role as Superintendent, I recognized there would be hard work ahead in making the types of change that would position PUSD to be a district of first choice. Much needs to change in PUSD in order to benefit our students. This means we must manage taxpayer funds responsibly while being committed to excellence in all that we do.As public education moves beyond the great economic downturn, PUSD, like other districts, is addressing multiple issues such as prolonged declining enrollment, establishing a formal budget planning process that aligns spending with strategic goals, and modifying staff assignments based upon enrollment trends and student needs. It is not business as usual in PUSD; this is a time of intentional change requiring full participation at all staff levels.Since 2012, PUSD enrollment has decreased by over 1,000 students. The downward trend is due in part to the decline in birth rate and housing affordability; according to national demographers, these are changes occurring across California. In addition, there are a number of non-public alternative K-12 opportunities in the PUSD service area. While we are beginning to see enrollment level out for the first time in nearly a decade, more hard work is needed. We must continue to place a top priority on program improvements across the district, develop course offerings that retain and attract students, and continue the redirection of resources to the classroom for differentiated instruction that benefits all students.At the same time, PUSD is committed to attracting, retaining, and rewarding talented teachers. It is for that reason that our last proposal to United Teachers of Pasadena (UTP) provides an ongoing 5 percent salary increase effective July 2016. The offer calls for a 3 percent salary increase of UTP bargaining unit salary schedules retroactive to July 1, 2015, and a 2 percent salary increase effective July 2016 for the next school year. Based on funding from the state to be announced by the Governor in May 2016, teachers may also receive up to an additional 1.6 percent raise, bringing the total compensation up to 6.6 percent ongoing.In addition, modifications to the compensation structure are being made so that PUSD remains competitive for those with higher levels of experience. This means supplemental increases to targeted sections of the salary scale to attract, retain, and reward experienced educators who are foundational for student success. We believe this final proposal to UTP is fair and meets the interests of our students and their families.PUSD allocates 87percent of its budget to personnel (this includes administrators). Part of PUSD’s challenge in remaining competitive with our salaries is that we have not kept pace with the needed staffing reductions in relation to actual enrollment and, as a result, PUSD’s level of staffing is high relative to other districts’ staffing levels.Another factor is that our health care benefits costs are relatively high compared to most districts. This has been true for many years as UTP made this choice to keep teachers’ out-of-pocket costs for health care very low.An additional challenge is the employer public retirement contribution rate for teachers was increased two years ago by the legislature. It rose to 8.88 percent in 2014-15 (from its decades-long 8.25 percent) and then to 10.73 percent this past year. It will increase to 12.58% on July 1, 2016, and will continue increasing each year. Employer retirement contributions will reach 19.10 percent in 2020. These costs, when added to the built-in step and column raises (salary increases based upon years of service), are projected to rise at a rate which outpaces the increased revenues from the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).PUSD employs 864 credentialed full and part-time teachers. A majority (58 percent) of our teachers earn an average of $107,233 in total compensation, including salary, district-paid health care benefits, and district-paid retirement contributions. The annual salary of these senior teachers is $85,450, the average district cost per teacher for health care is $12,614, and the district-paid retirement contribution for that salary level is $9,169.With the proposed increases in salary, PUSD must be able to align personnel for maximum effectiveness. In order to redirect our resources to students while at the same time sustaining and offsetting needed salary increases (both now and in future years), PUSD’s proposal to UTP allows the district to transfer an instructor in instances where it would benefit our students. Many of the surrounding districts have this flexibility.We remain committed to working with UTP to reach an agreement as quickly as possible. The next step in the bargaining process is “fact-finding,” which in our case will take 30 to 60 days to conclude. However, the process can sometimes extend beyond the 60 days depending on a range of factors. The fact-finding timeframe can be altered should UTP accept the district’s proposal. The “fact-finding” meeting between UTP and PUSD is scheduled for May 4, 2016.While change can be difficult, it also leads to innovation and growth. I began by talking about the outstanding Rose City High School student, Delon Poole; I want to end by noting that every student in a PUSD school can be assured of working with a team of teachers and staff members committed to his or her success. Our graduates are changing the world both locally and globally. Working with UTP and the other bargaining groups, Pasadena United School District will continue this tradition of world class excellence. 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