Month: August 2019


first_imgCELEBRATE HALLOWEEN ACROSS WEST ALABAMA:Halloween Events: Where to Go, What to Do: Oct. 22, 2018While Halloween is not until Wednesday, over 6,000 trick or treaters got an early start on the campgrounds of Tannehill this weekend.Saturday marked the 27th-annual Halloween Fairyland at Tannehill Ironworks Historical Park. Campers and cabin owners brought their families out to enjoy the festival in the great outdoors.“It’s great because it’s a beautiful place,” attendee Leanna Mathews said. “The weather, well, it comes and goes. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not. But its just nice to be out here together.”The festival featured an array of activities for the whole family. Some of the festivities included carnival-style rides, a petting zoo, plenty of food, face painting and, of course, trick or treating.“You’ve got the events that happen during the day, and the excitement builds up at five o’clock for the kids to get to go to trick or treat,” attendee Annie Sandlin said. “Then at night, to come back after that, we kind of start all over again and we start doing hot dogs and sitting around the camp fire.”To some families, this is more than just a festival, but a chance for the younger generation to put down their cell phones, step away from Netflix and be more engaged in good, old-fashioned family time.“Down here, there is no internet service,” attendee Amanda Norris said. “You can hardly get out on your cell phone and (the kids) have to talk to each other and that’s important nowadays.”For third generation attendee Angel Myers, the total amount of time she spends on her phone is “zero.”Myers said the festival taught her how to connect deeper with her family apart from their daily lives in this tech-centered age.“I think it’s good to be able to step away from your phone and enjoy the kids and Halloween and being out here with family,” Myers said.Tannehill celebrates the festival every year before Halloween and the staff at historical park expect next year to be bigger and better than ever.last_img read more

A local author donated copies of his book to eleme

first_imgA local author donated copies of his book to elementary schools across Tuscaloosa City Schools, saying he hopes its message will resonate with children who are having a hard time.Written by JacQuan Winters, “Kristen’s Rainy Day” is about Winters’ sister Kristen Amerson, who took her own life at the age of 11 after struggling with bullying and other issues.Winters said he started the Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation in her memory. The book, set the day after her death, reads as if she’d never taken her own life and follows Kristen through a rainy day as she deals with negative situations with a positive attitude. In all, 36 copies will be donated to libraries across the school system.Childhood suicide is an unfortunate reality, Winters said, and he’s hoping his foundation and book can bring more attention and awareness to the issue.“By putting a copy of ‘Kristen’s Rainy Day’ in the schools, we’re just really looking to empower children, ultimately to teach them how to remain positive through negative situations and just the importance of positivity in general,” Winters said. “And I really feel that if you learn that message at a young age you have a better chance of going through life and not really being subjected to suicide and other issues.”Kristen attended Eastwood Middle School before she died April 10, 2014, and Winters said it means a lot that he can give back to her school system.last_img read more

April is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Wa

first_imgApril is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Walker County plans to recognize victims next week at its annual candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence and other crimes.The event, the largest in the state, in the past has featured well-known speakers like Kim Goldman, whose brother Ron Goldman was killed along with OJ Simpson’s wife, and Kerri Kasem, daughter of radio celebrity Casey Kasem, who was kept from seeing her father for years by her stepmother.This year’s keynote speaker was Darlene Hutchinson Biehl, President Donald Trump’s director of victim services from the Department of Justice. District attorney Bill Adair said it is an emotional time for all.“One thing that I’ll always remember in my life will be when we first opened the display of the only crime victims’ memorial on a courthouse square in the state of Alabama,” he said. “And it was right at dusky dark and all the candles were lit up and there was not a dry eye in the crowd.”The event is free and open to the public. It starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 in the Walker County Courthouse Square. It will feature music and speakers.last_img read more

MELBOURNE Australia – Stan Wawrinka added a win o

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia – Stan Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival’s injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in the Jan. 26 final.The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start against the 13-time major winner and regained his nerve after dropping the third set against the injured Spaniard.Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but he refused to quit.“It’s really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I’ll take it,” said Wawrinka, the first man in 21 years to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players en route to a Grand Slam title.Nadal was a hot favorite to win at Melbourne Park and become the first man to win each of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice in the Open era — instead, his injury curse struck again. It remains the only major he’s hasn’t won at least two times.“Rafa, I’m really sorry for you, I hope your back is going to be fine, you’re a really great guy, good friend and really amazing champion,” Wawrinka said as he accepted his first major trophy.“Last year I had a crazy match, I lost it. I was crying a lot after the match. But in one year a lot happened — I still don’t know if I’m dreaming or not but we’ll see tomorrow morning.”Wawrinka lost in five sets to Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the 2013 Australian Open, in the longest Grand Slam match of the season. Djokovic went on to win his third consecutive title at Melbourne Park, and then beat Wawrinka again in five sets in the U.S. Open semifinals.But Wawrinka avenged those losses this time, beating Djokovic in five sets in the quarterfinals — ending a run of 14 straight losses to the Serbian player.Now he’ll move from No. 8 to No. 3. In doing so, he’ll surpass Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner who lost to Nadal in the semifinals — to become the highest-ranked Swiss player for the first time in his career.A constant supporter of his countryman, Federer was one of the first people to call and congratulate Wawrinka after his win.Wawrinka also broke up a sequence of wins for the Big Four — with 34 of the previous 35 majors going to either Nadal, Djokovic, Roger Federer or Andy Murray.“Stan, you really deserve it,” Nadal said. “Luck was against me today but you really deserve it.“Last thing that I wanted to do was retire. I hate to do that, especially in a final. Same time, is tough to see yourself during the whole year you are working for a moment like this, and arrives the moment and you feel that you are not able to play at your best. ”Nadal has had a terrible stretch with injuries at the Australian Open, and has described it as his unluckiest Grand Slam. He won the title in 2009, and lost an epic five-set final to Djokovic in 2012. But he missed the 2013 edition during a seven-month layoff with knee injuries and illness, and his quarterfinal losses in 2010 and 2011 were affected by injuries.“It has been a very emotional two weeks — I’m sorry to finish this way,” he told the Rod Laver Arena crowd. “I tried very, very hard — this year was one of the more emotional tournaments in my career.”A possible retirement was looming when Nadal was serving at 0-2 in the second set. He bent over at the waist to stretch his back and then grabbed his lower back with his hand and grimaced in pain. His serve immediately dipped to 141 kph (87 mph).When Nadal took a medical timeout after falling behind a set and a break, and returned to a chorus of boos without a shirt after 7 minutes, it seemed that an early finish was on the cards.Wawrinka was aggravated during the time out, demanding that officials tell him why Nadal needed the break. And he came out aggressively to finish off the second set.Nadal’s serve speed dipped even further to 125 kph (77 mph) and then 114 kph (70 mph). The support in the stadium gradually shifted as the crowd saw the Spaniard battling to stay on the court.His service speed improved in the beginning of the third set, prompting a fan to yell advice to Wawrinka: “C’mon Stan, no sympathy!”By the end of the set, Nadal’s serve was back up to 174 kph (108 mph) and Wawrinka’s error count was escalating.Wawrinka composed himself after an exchange of breaks in the fourth set to serve it out in 2 hours, 21 minutes. After a muted celebration, he consoled Nadal in the courtside chairs before getting a chance to hold up and kiss his first big trophy.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgSniffer dogs were deployed earlier in the stands and on the field to check for other suspicious packages.TweetPinShare0 Shares MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United’s stadium was evacuated after a suspicious package was found. Greater Manchester Police says a bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion at Old Trafford stadium on what they called an “incredibly lifelike explosive device,” the Associated Press reported.The controlled blast came soon after British military bomb disposal experts arrived at Manchester United’s stadium to investigate reports of a suspicious package.The Premier League match between United and Bournemouth was called off after the stadium, which has a capacity for more than 75,000 fans, was evacuated about 30 minutes before the scheduled kickoff time of 3pm local time.last_img read more

Brittney Crystal was just over 25 weeks pregnant w

first_imgBrittney Crystal was just over 25 weeks pregnant when her water broke.It was her second pregnancy — the first had been rough, and the baby came early.To try to avoid a second premature birth, Dr. Joy-Sarah Vink, an obstetrician and co-director of the Preterm Birth Prevention Center at Columbia University Medical Center, arranged for Crystal to be transported by ambulance from her local Connecticut hospital to New York City, where Vink could direct her care.Two weeks later Crystal started having contractions. She was given magnesium sulfate to stop them, and made it through the night. Crystal believed there was a future for her coming baby, whom she had named Iris.”I went to the mirror and I talked to Iris,” Crystal says. “I said, ‘you know, this was a rough day. … You’re going to have them. But then the next day comes and the sun comes up and we move forward.’ “That evening, however, the contractions started again. Crystal was whisked to an operating room for a Cesarean section. She was a little under 28 weeks pregnant.”I think I knew before I opened my eyes that she had died,” Crystal says, her voice cracking as she reaches for a tissue.Afterward, as she was recovering in the hospital and mourning the loss of Iris, Crystal and her family asked a lot of questions. Why can’t you seal up the amniotic sac if your water breaks early? Why can’t you reliably stop preterm labor?”And that’s when Dr. Vink told us that, you know, rare diseases are being cured in this day and age, but we don’t know what triggers full-term labor,” Crystal recalls. “That just collectively blew away everyone in the room.”It was surprising but true. When it comes to pregnancy, research on some basic questions stalled decades ago, Vink says. If a pregnancy is normal, that doesn’t matter much. But when things go wrong, those gaps in knowledge become issues of life and death.”It’s mind-boggling that in this day and age, we still don’t understand [even] in a normal pregnancy how women go into labor — what triggers labor,” Vink says. “Because we don’t understand the normal fundamental mechanisms, we can’t identify how things go bad — and then how we fix it when things go bad.”Crystal, for example, had undergone a procedure called cervical cerclage: Vink had stitched Crystal’s cervix closed in hopes of preventing it from opening too soon. The technique has been around for more than 40 years, and it’s about the only treatment available for what doctors call “an incompetent cervix.” But much of the time, it’s not enough to stop a premature birth.Most basic knowledge about pregnancy comes from research performed in the 1940s, Vink says, and she’s working hard to update that information.She’s focused first on the cervix, she says, because if doctors can get the cervix to stay closed in those final, crucial weeks of gestation, the baby won’t be born too soon, even if the amniotic sac breaks. “So, what is the cervix made out of? What proteins are there, what cells are there? How are all these things interacting? How do they change in pregnancy?” she asks, laying out some of the unknowns. By the end of pregnancy, a woman’s cervix goes from being stiff, like the tip of a nose, to very soft. But how?To help answer those questions, Vink and her graduate researchers are taking, for analysis, cervical tissue samples from women in her medical practice who are at different stages of pregnancy.One of her first findings, she says, is that the cervix is not made mostly of collagen, as doctors long thought. It also has a lot of muscle.While Vink studies what the cervix is made of, one of her university colleagues, mechanical engineer Kristin Myers, is trying to determine how it works.”I’m kind of an oddball in the department of obstetrics and gynecology,” Myers says. “I teach mechanics classes and design classes here at Columbia.”Myers got her start as an undergraduate, doing materials research in the automobile industry. Back then she tested how tires respond to heat.”So if you take rubber and you heat it up and you pull on it, it gets really, really soft — and then it breaks,” Myers says.That reaction reminded her adviser of how a bulging aneurysm bursts. He suggested she focus her curiosity on the mechanics of the human body. When she arrived at MIT for her graduate studies, Myers worked with researchers who were interested in the mechanics of pregnancy.”It’s an important area — an understudied area — and a basic part of pregnancy physiology,” says Dr. Michael House, an OB-GYN at Tufts University who also has a background in engineering. “There is just lots to learn.”House has been a mentor to Myers and continues to collaborate with her. He says the focus on the cervix is particularly important, “because a cervix problem can affect the pregnancy very early.”About 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. each year. If those babies are born close to term — after around 35 weeks — they can do quite well. But a woman with a problematic cervix can go into labor much sooner, which can lead to miscarriage or a baby born so early that the child may die or face lifelong health problems.Myers is investigating several aspects of the biomechanics of pregnancy — from how much the uterus can stretch, to how much pressure pregnancy exerts on the cervix, to how much force a baby’s kick puts on the whole system.”We’re building computational models of female pregnancy to answer those questions,” Myers says.She has two labs at Columbia — one at the hospital and one in the engineering school. In the lab at the engineering school there are a variety of microscopes and scalpels and slides. There’s one machine that can inflate the uterine membranes like a balloon, and another, about the size of a microwave, that stretches uterine tissue between two grips.”These [are] types of machines you’ll see in all different kinds of material testing labs,” Myers explains. “In civil engineering you can have one of these machines that is like two or three stories high and they’re testing the mechanical strength of, [say], railroad ties.”She is measuring just how much the cervical tissue changes during pregnancy — starting out with the capability and consistency of a tendon, and becoming something more like a loose rubber band.”We’ve mechanically tested various pregnant tissues and non-pregnant tissues of the cervix,” Myers says, “and its stiffness changes by three orders of magnitude.”All those measurements go into a databank. And when women in Vink’s practice get an ultrasound, the technicians spend an extra few minutes measuring the mother’s anatomy, as well as the baby’s, and send that information to Myers, too.Then the team uses their computer models to look at how the various factors — shape, stretch, pressure and tissue strength — interact as a woman moves toward labor and childbirth.Their goal is to be able to examine a pregnant woman early on, and accurately predict whether she will go into labor too soon. It’s a first step, Vink hopes, toward better interventions to stop that labor.That’s what Brittney Crystal is aiming for as well. After baby Iris died, Crystal started a foundation called The Iris Fund, which has raised more than $150,000 for Vink’s and Meyers’ research.”She didn’t get to have a life,” Crystal says. “But we really want her to have a very strong legacy.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Updated at 531 pm ETIn 2017 Kim Nelson had jus

first_imgUpdated at 5:31 p.m. ETIn 2017, Kim Nelson had just moved her family back to her hometown in South Carolina. Boxes were still scattered around the apartment, and while her two young daughters played, Nelson scrolled through a newspaper article on her phone. It said religious exemptions for vaccines had jumped nearly 70 percent in recent years in the Greenville area — the part of the state she had just moved to. She remembers yelling to her husband in the other room, “David, you have to get in here! I can’t believe this.”Up until that point, Nelson hadn’t run into mom friends who didn’t vaccinate.”It was really eye-opening that this was a big problem,” she says. Nelson’s dad is a doctor; she had her immunizations, and so did her kids. But this news scared her. She knew that infants were vulnerable — they can’t get started on most vaccines until they are 2 months old. And some kids and adults have diseases that make them unable to get vaccines, so they rely on herd immunity. Nelson was thinking about public health a lot back then and was even considering a career switch from banking to public health. She decided she had to do something.”I very much believe if you have the ability to advocate, then you have to,” she says. “The onus is on us if we want change.”Like a lot of moms, Nelson had spent hours online. She knew how easy it is to fall down internet rabbit holes and into a world of fake studies and scary stories. “As somebody who just cannot stand wrong things being on the internet,” Nelson says, “if I saw something with vaccines, I was very quick to chime in ‘That’s not true’ or ‘No, that’s not how that works.’ … I usually got banned.”Nelson started her own group, South Carolina Parents for Vaccines. She began posting scientific articles online. She started responding to private messages from concerned parents with specific questions. She also found that positive reinforcement was important and would roam around the mom groups, sprinkling affirmations.”If someone posts, ‘My child got their two-months shots today,’ ” Nelson says, she’d quickly post a follow-up comment: “Great job, mom!” Nelson was inspired by peer-focused groups around the country doing similar work. Groups with national reach like Voices for Vaccines and regional groups like Vax Northwest in Washington state take a similar approach, encouraging parents to get educated and share facts about vaccines with other parents.Nationally, 91 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months old have their vaccination for measles, and rates for other vaccinations range from 82 to 92 percent. But in some communities the rate is much lower. In Clark County, Wash., where a measles outbreak is up to 63 cases, about 76 percent of kindergartners come to school without all their vaccines. Public health specialists are raising concerns about the need to improve vaccination rates. But efforts to reach vaccine-hesitant parents often fail. When presented with facts about vaccine safety, parents often remained entrenched in a decision not to vaccinate. Pediatricians could play a role — and many do — but they’re not compensated to have lengthy discussions with parents, and some of them find it a frustrating task. That has left an opening for alternative approaches, like Nelson’s. Nelson thought it would be best to zero in on moms who were still on the fence about vaccines.”It’s easier to pull a hesitant parent over than it is somebody who is firmly anti-vax,” Nelson says. She explains that parents who oppose vaccination often feel so strongly about it that they won’t engage in a discussion. “They feel validated by that choice — it’s part of community, it’s part of their identity.”The most important thing is timing: People may need information about vaccines before they become parents. A first pregnancy — when men and women start transitioning into their parental roles — is often when the issue first crops up. Nelson points to one survey study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed 90 percent of expectant women had made up their minds on vaccines by the time they were six months pregnant. “They’re not going to a pediatrician [yet],” Nelson says. “Their OB-GYN is probably not speaking to the pediatric vaccine schedule. … So where are they going? They’re are going online.”Nelson tries to counter bad information online with facts. But she also understands the value of in-person dialogue. She organized a class at a public library and advertised the event on mom forums. Nelson was nervous that people opposed to vaccines, whom she calls “anti-vaxxers,” might show up and cause a scene. She had already been banned from some online forums by vaccine opponents. “Are they here to rip me a new one? Or are they here to learn about vaccines?” Nelson wondered. “I just decided, if they’re here I’m going to give them good information.”Amy Morris was pregnant, but she drove an hour and a half to attend the class. Morris wasn’t the typical first-time mom Nelson was trying to reach. She already had three kids. But during this pregnancy, she was getting increasingly nervous about vaccines. She had recently had a miscarriage, and it was right around the time she had gotten a flu shot. Morris had been reading pro- and anti-vaccine posts in the mom forums and was starting to have some doubts. In Nelson’s class, she learned the risks of not vaccinating.”That spoke to me more than anything,” said Morris.Now, holding her healthy 8-month-old son, Thorin, on her lap, she says she’s glad she went, because she was feeling vulnerable.”I always knew it was the right thing to do,” Morris said. “I was listening to that fear monster in the back of my head.”Nelson says that fear is what the anti-vaccine community feeds on. She has learned to ask questions to help parents get at the root of their anxiety. “I do think they appreciate it when you meet them sympathetically and you don’t just try and blast facts down their throat,” Nelson said.Nelson is now trying to get local hospitals to integrate that vaccine talk into their birthing classes. She’s studying for a master’s degree in public health at the University of South Carolina and also works with the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy. She’s even considering a run for public office. This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with WFAE and Kaiser Health News. Copyright 2019 WFAE. To see more, visit WFAE.last_img read more

Nick Maris president and CEO of Somna Therapeutic

first_imgNick Maris, president and CEO of Somna Therapeutics.Somna Therapeutics LLCLeadership: Nick Maris, president and chief executive officerHeadquarters: W175 N11081 Stonewood Drive, GermantownWebsite: rezaband.comWhat it Makes: Medical device to prevent acid reflux Founded: February 2012Employees: FourNext goals: Rebrand device; Complete $1.3 million funding round; Ramp up marketing.Funding: Has raised more than $7 million in three funding rounds.Nick Maris, president and CEO of Somna Therapeutics.Credit: Lila Aryan PhotographySix years, 10 clinical studies and mounds of paperwork later, Germantown medical device startup Somna Therapeutics has hit a key milestone: The U.S. Food and Drug administration has given approval for its Reza Band device to be sold over the counter.Consumers can now buy the Reza Band, which is worn around the neck to reduce acid reflux symptoms, directly off the company’s website for $169.Acid reflux results in the regurgitation of stomach contents from the esophagus into the larynx, pharynx and lungs and can cause chronic sore throat, cough, hoarse voice, sleep disruption and other symptoms.Launched in 2012, Somna received FDA approval to offer the Reza Band by prescription in 2015.The device, which is contract manufactured in Minnesota and Texas, was named after its inventor, Dr. Reza Shaker, chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Somna now plans to rename the Reza Band to “Reflux Band” to better inform consumers of what it does, and add a smartphone connectivity feature and symptom-tracking app for version two of the device, said Nick Maris president and chief executive officer. There are no competitors to the Reza Band, Maris said, since it is a brand new medical device. Somna has two issued and three pending patents.Somna serves a large addressable market, and now can do so without Somna or the patient having to convince the doctor to write a prescription for the Reza Band, Maris said.“Acid reflux is a huge market,” he said. “Many millions of people in the U.S. and around the world have terrible acid reflux every day.“In the one month since it’s gone over-the-counter, our sales have more than doubled from any month we’ve ever had. And we haven’t done any marketing yet.”But Maris plans to ramp up marketing, and double Somna’s employee count to eight this year to aid in that effort. The company is bringing in between $500,000 and $1 million in annual revenue, but he expects its first 12 months with OTC sales to top $2 million.Somna has raised a total of $7 million in funding to date, and Maris is working to raise another $1.3 million round this summer.The Reza Band works by applying pressure to the cricoid cartilage area at between 20 and 30 milliliters of mercury.“It’s about half the pressure of a tie,” Maris said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Notable incidents from the Boston Police District

first_imgNotable incidents from the Boston Police District A-1 Police Blotter in the North End / Waterfront area:Robbery09/08/17 3:00 pmMale suspect passed a note demanding US currency from the register displayed a knife in his right hand. Victim (clerk) of Commercial St. liquor store handed over the money and suspect fled up North Street.Larceny / Shoplifting09/10/17 3:05pmHanover St. boutique reports two suspects (male) and (female) stole a shirt, dress and pants from the store. Suspects fled on foot.*Advertisement*last_img read more

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first_imgJapan Unification Church Headquarters: Japan-Europe Special Lecture was held in Tokyo on November 18th with Dr. Willem Frederic van Eekelen, former defense minister of the Netherlands and the secretary general of the Western European Union. He spoke on the title: ‘East Asia’s security and prospects for Japan-Europe cooperation’ under the auspices of the UPF-Japan etc. About one hundred leading figures including diplomats, scholars, religious leaders and journalists listened to Dr. Eekelen’s keynote address in Tokyo.The forum was opened with remarks by Mr. Masahisa Hayashi, professor emeritus of the Waseda University and director of the Institute for Peace Policies as well as Dr. Eiji Tokuno, president of the UPF-Japan, both representing the organizers.Stressing the international status of the Netherlands, Director Hayashi mentioned, “Holland was actively involved in the reconstruction of Europe”, as it was one of the five founding nations of Europe’s Coal and Iron Alliance which was the harbinger of the European Union. It was also one of the five original member-states of the Western European Union established in 1948.President Tokuno said: “Dr. Eekelen’s address will be interesting for us to hear the example of the EU which received the Noble Peace Prize with a view to applying it in East Asia. While Dr. Song Yeon Cheon, now chairman of the UPF’s Japan Region, was engaged as the chairman of the UPF Europe, Dr. Eekelen helped UPF organize many symposium on peace in several European countries“. “Thanks to their friendship, Dr. Eekelen accepted his visit to Japan this time”, Dr. Tokuno said.In his welcome remark, Dr. Song referred to Dr. Eekelen’s previous visit to Japan four years ago in order to appeal ‘freedom of faith and human rights’. “The East Asian region faces variety of geopolitical challenges such as China’s hegemony-seeking expansion, North Korea’s nuclear adventurism and frictions over Japan’s history.” Dr. Song explained significance of the forum as saying, “The European continent underwent many upheavals including two World Wars, the Cold War and the trials and errors involving ethnicity, race and religion. Dr. Eekelen will offer precious advices to Japanese leaders.”In his keynote address, Dr. Eekelen first explained the meaning and process of the EU’s establishment. “Based on the past experiences up to the World War Two, Europe was determined never to go to another war. Leaders of the time attempted to set up a system, though not quite perfect, which would prevent a war by overcoming hostilities, giving strong impacts upon Europe.”“Germany has become one of the most democratic nations in Europe. My country, Holland, was occupied by Germany during the war, but our people have empathy with the contemporary Germany”, Dr. Eekelen said. He even mentioned an episode of a Polish foreign minister by the name of Sikorsky who paid a visit to Berlin several years before. Mr. Sikorsky said, “In the past we used to be annoyed by Germany’s assertive behaviors, but at present we are annoyed by Germany’s inaction.”Incidentally, during the period of Dr. Eekelen’s Japan trip, his wife separately attended a ceremony of reconciliation between Japan and Holland under the auspices of Japan’s Foreign Ministry in Nagasaki city, west of Tokyo. She was one of the 14 invited relatives of Dutch people who had been encamped in Indonesia by the Japanese army during World War Two.Dr. Eekelen introduced her positive impression about a new, democratized Japan. Mindful of Japan’s difficult relations with South Korea, Dr. Eekelen suggested, “Why doesn’t Japan apply a similar program with South Korea?”Finally, Dr. Eekelen pointed out: “As conducted internationally by the UPF, if we can understand why your counterparts in China or South Korea act this way or that way, the mutual understanding could bring about agreement and cooperation with them. That was what Europe has done right.”Similar lecture programs were held in Nagoya (Nov. 15th) and Fukuoka (Nov. 16th) as well as a dinner lecture (Nov.17th) in Tokyo. ”Freedom without responsibility is useless!” Major media reporters interviewed Dr. Eekelen By studying EU’s model ’Never Again War!’ – a system of peace overcame hostilitiesDr. Eekelen, who directed Western European Union, spoke in Japan on East Asia’s security and prospects for Japan-Europe collaborationMutual understanding can forge consensus and cooperationSuggestions on the post-war arrangementslast_img read more

By UPF Solomond Islands The UPF Solomon Islands i

first_imgBy UPF Solomond Islands: The UPF Solomon Islands is establishing a strong hold with the Ministry of Rural Development. A continuous meeting was conducted by the UPF staff Special Envoy Rev. Daeyeon Goo and Mr. Chaniel Tome with the Minister Hon. Jimson and the Permanent Secretary Ms. Selina Boso.For the achievement of Vision 2020, the UPF has to guide the Ministry of Rural Development in implementing its rural development plans.New Village Movement was one of the best development strategies for the Ministry of Rural Development. Therefore the UPF has taken the initiative to link the Solomon Islands Government to Korea through the New Village Movement activities. The ministry has recognized the importance of this development strategy and has closely worked with the UPF.The UPF’s New Village Movement initiative has now being recognized by some of the government ministries. Mr. Chaniel Tome introduces the New Village Movement in many workshops organized by the government. He emphasizes the importance of the movement in the development process of a nationSpecial Envoy Rev. Daeyeon Goo and UPF chairperson have meeting with Hon. Jimson, minister of the Ministry of Rural Development and his Permanent Secretary Ms. Selina BosoUPF Chairman Mr. Chaniel Tome introduce the New Village Movement to the Rural Cocoa Farmers, during their workshop organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and LivestockLaunching of New Village Movement activity at Hon. Ishmaels (R-end) village, Logu village, Guadalcanal Province by the UPF Chairman Mr. Chaniel Tome (L-end)Logu Village community during the Launching of New Village Movement activitylast_img read more

Prepare by FFWPU Uruguay In 1996 True Father led

first_imgPrepare by FFWPU UruguayIn 1996, True Father led the Ocean Challenge Program in Uruguay, during the winter and spring embarked on the GoodGo that he sent from the US, but then had the inspiration to establish a Condition of devotion, started on December 1, 1996 an activity, called the Fishing Condition of the Black Corvina.At that time no one knew the purpose of such activity, but over time we were taught that the use of the 33 canes was for the 33 countries of the Americas and would generate an internal condition for the unification of North, Center and South. Also the use of two hooks in each cane, would represent the female and male genders.The first years the Fishing Condition was carried out during the months of December and January, under the strict leadership of True Father, as the spiritual world passed, everything indicated that the offering would not have continuity, but the National Leader of Uruguay Rev. Kazuhiro Tsusaka felt that It should not stop.This year we celebrated the 22nd of fishing condition of the Black. Participants came from different nations of the world, an American, two students from UPA, the four Japanese missionaries from Uruguay and four from Argentina, two participants from GPA Argentina and five young people from the Uruguayan community who would receive special training to take charge of this activity. Later we also had several Uruguayan and foreign guests visited us for a few days.The original team member of the Fishing Condition Captain, Antonio Palma who was the main instructor again this year came from Brazil. And we are grateful for his effort.The opening ceremony was held on November 30, with testimonies and instruction. The first day, was very intense, with instruction, preparations and the transfer to Punta del Este and José Ignacio beach.On the fourth day we had a very special atmosphere which was generated by testimonies of experiences with True Parents and at the request of a missionary captain Antonio prepared a night fishing in the mouth of the lagoon, getting four black corvinas and become the hero of the moment.In the following days he took one per day, keeping expectations very high, but it was on Saturday 9 when something very special happened, one of the young people of GPA Argentina a 2nd Generation named Pedro Giulliano was able to get a large black reef weighing 21 kg. that we consider a gift from God for him and shared by all.On December 10 we returned to Montevideo, and we prepared all the material for the next year. All the participants offered their efforts and sacrifices for the realization Heavenly Parent and true Parents dream in all around the world and in American continent. Hoping that this Fishing Condition will be a helpful to achieve peace and unification of the Americas.last_img read more

World News

first_img World News English    Spanish    Portuguese    French    Russian     Korean    Japanese This week we cover: True Parents’ Victorious ReturnSpecial Breakfast to Celebrate True Parents’ Victorious ReturnHJ Cheonwon Special Pilgrimage for Patriotic Families True Parents Prepared by Peace TVClick on your preferred language to watch this week’s report: True Family (“Hanshik” Memorial Pledge Service at the Bonhyangwon and Paju Wonjeong)Heavenly Tribal Messiah Activities (Myanmar: Koji and Setsuko Takashima complete blessing 430 couples/ Cote d’Ivoire: Launching Providential Institutions/ DR Congo: City of Esanga Tribal Messiah Activities/ Heavenly Japan: Subregion 1, March Forward Resolution Rally)Peace Activities (Heavenly Korea: WFWP, Lectures for Korean Citizens on the Significance of Unifying the Koreas/ Angola: WFWP, Women and Education in the Family, Society, and the World/ Cameroon: WFWP, Orphanage Service Activity/ Benin: Traveling Campaign for Peace)Youth Activities (Brazil: Home Group Activities and Three-day Divine Principle Workshop/ France: Cranes Club-Europe Annual Meeting/ Dominican Republic: CARP and Hyo Jeong Divine Principle Seminar/ Uruguay, Portugal, Costa Rica: Divine Principle Workshops)Major Events (True Parents’ Special HJ Cheonwon Gathering/ Sunhak Global Education Foundation: Inauguration of Chairman Song Yong-cheon/ Heavenly Japan: Subregion 4, Hyo Jeong Culture Festival)last_img read more

Prepared by FFWPU Ukraine On June 25 the 21day W

first_imgPrepared by FFWPU UkraineOn June 25, the 21-day Workshop on the Divine Principle started in the workshop center near Kyiv. Seven new guests from different cities of Ukraine came to the workshop. Some of them already decided to join our one-year education program after the workshop. We also expected more new guests come to the second part of the workshop on July 4.last_img

Sweetgreen Announces Summer PopUps with Blackbird Fomu and More

first_img By Eliza Sullivan· Print 7/19/2017, 10:44 a.m. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. center_img Restaurant News Sweetgreen Announces Summer Pop-Ups with Blackbird, Fomu, and More The salad gurus will welcome Boston favorites for ice cream, juice, and doughnuts. 000 Blackbird Doughnuts Fenway photo by Jacqueline Cain / Mother Juice photo provided / FoMu Ice Cream Photo by Somerby JonesSome of Boston’s favorite spots are joining forces this summer to make your lunch and dinner a little sweeter. Beginning today with Blackbird Doughnuts, Sweetgreen welcomes three beloved brands to different local locations this summer. It starts today at 11 a.m. with free doughnut holes in Fenway and Back Bay, and picks up later this summer with Mother Juice and FoMu Ice Cream.The first 200 guests at Sweetgreen locations in Fenway and Back Bay today will get lemon and local berry doughnut holes on the house, as long as supplies last. While it’s not Blackbird’s award-winning Boston cream bismarcks, they will certainly pair well with any of Sweetgreen’s signature salads. The fruity donuts embrace the local emphasis of Sweetgreen while still delivering on Blackbird’s punchy flavors—and if you’re having salad for lunch, why not follow it up with a doughnut?Sweetgreen photo providedWhen Sweetgreen arrived in Boston in 2013 by way of Washington, D.C., Bostonians were definitely receptive to the healthy, locally grown options. The salad chain has opened seven additional Boston-area locations since then.Meanwhile, Blackbird is a Boston born establishment known for both raised donuts and cake donuts. It just expanded with a second location in Fenway. Mother Juice is also growing, with a new flagship store on Newbury Street. FoMu’s dairy-free ice creams have popped up with temporary locations around the city, plus a new South End location.The Mother Juice pop-up will take place at Sweetgreen’s Prudential Center location on Wednesday July 26, at 11 a.m., while FoMu will come to Sweetgreen on Summer Street on August 2, at 5 p.m.last_img read more

FixerUpper Friday An Expandable Property in Roslindale

first_img Print For Sale/Rent Fixer-Upper Friday: An Expandable Property in Roslindale This two-family home is situated on a reasonably large lot. 2/2/2018, 12:18 p.m. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.*center_img 000 By Madeline Bilis· Photo via Cameron Real Estate Group360 Cummins Highway, RoslindalePrice: $599,999Size: 1,430 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 4Fixer-uppers within city limits aren’t exactly bargains. Although this two-family in Roslindale is listed for $599,999, the property’s value lies in its expansion potential.Built in 1910, the three-bedroom home is situated on a 10,000-square-foot lot. That’s reasonably large for being on a busy thoroughfare like Cummins Highway, especially with its spacious backyard and off-street parking area. It’s this extra room on the property that makes it ideal for expansion.The house, of course, needs a slew of updates, which are not limited to a scrubbing of the exterior and cosmetic retouches on the inside. However, there’s plenty of room for an addition in the back—perhaps a few extra rental units or a sleek-looking workshop. The grassy yard means there’s potential to get creative with landscape design, too. You’ll just need to bring your imagination.For information, contact Samantha Edwards, Cameron Real Estate Group, via Cameron Real Estate GroupPhoto via Cameron Real Estate GroupPhoto via Cameron Real Estate GroupPhoto via Cameron Real Estate GroupPhoto via Cameron Real Estate GroupPhoto via Cameron Real Estate GroupPhoto via Cameron Real Estate GroupThe Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including home builders and contractors, building supplies, custom woodworking, custom closets, heating and cooling, kitchen and bath experts, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.last_img read more

Photos Boston Magazines First Networking Happy Hour

first_img On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Boston magazine invited select clients to Top of the Hub for a meet and greet with members of the editorial, sales, and marketing teams. Guests enjoyed delicious bites, conversation, and a wine tasting complimented by stunning views of the city.Photos by Melissa Ostrow Photos: Boston Magazine’s First Networking Happy Hour Check out scenes from the March 6, 2018, event at Top of the Hub. 000 Print 4/5/2018, 11:34 a.m. Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* By Julia Kacmarek· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! For more event highlights, follow Boston magazine Events on Facebook and Instagram for future events and other happenings around the city at @bostonmagevents.last_img read more

Five Studio Apartments for 1425 or Less per Month

first_img Photo via ZumperApartment hunting in Boston is overwhelming for a whole slew of reasons—heavy competition, pricing, and spiraling out of control on Craigslist are just a few of them. So, for your convenience, we’re highlighting a few Zumper listings with one unique characteristic. This round, it’s places asking $1,425 or less per month—because who has thousands to drop on a rental, anyway?Below, peruse five studio apartments for rent in Boston for $1,425 or less.1. 94 Corey Road, BrightonBedrooms: StudioBaths: 1Rent: $1,425 per monthThis Brighton studio may just be one of the brightest, cleanest units on the rental market. With its tiny (yet charming) white tile kitchen and curving wall in the main living area, the place brims with charm. Print For Sale/Rent Five Studio Apartments for $1,425 or Less per Month With options in Eastie, Somerville, Mission Hill, and beyond. 4/10/2018, 1:55 p.m. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. By Madeline Bilis· 2. Garrison Avenue #2, SomervilleBedrooms: StudioBaths: 1Rent: $1,400 per monthSituated in Somerville’s Teele Square, this updated studio features a host of modern updates. From recessed lighting to gleaming hardwoods, the sunny spot makes it easy to maximize space.3. 216 Everett Street #1, East BostonBedrooms: StudioBaths: 1Rent: $1,400 per monthThis Eastie unit is fairly spacious compared to the studios of Allston and Brighton. It has a good-sized galley kitchen, a main living area with a large window, and a bathroom with blue tiles.4. 69 Summit Avenue, BrooklineBedrooms: StudioBaths: 1Rent: $1,400 per monthYou won’t find another studio at $1,400 per month with a bathroom like this. Though it’s tiny, it comes complete with green subway tile and a glass-enclosed shower.5. 28 South Huntington Avenue, Mission HillBedrooms: StudioBaths: 1Rent: $1,350 per monthJust off the E Line, this Mission Hill pad is available September 1. Pets aren’t allowed, but heat and hot water is included in rent.Note: Although Zumper’s apartment inventory is updated in real time, these listings are not guaranteed to be available. Check in with a listing’s leasing office to confirm availability and to schedule tours.The Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including home accent décor, lighting experts, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* 89090last_img read more

Ask the Expert Do Diets Even Work

first_img Photo via society is steeped in diet culture. We’re constantly being sold on a diet plan to help you “shed 10 pounds” or a workout routine that will finally “banish that stubborn back fat.” Everywhere we turn we’re inundated with the message that our bodies aren’t good enough the way they are right now and we won’t be happy until they’re different.Yes, diets do work. Anything that creates a caloric deficit works. But diets give you a short-term solution to a long-term situation—you have to eat every day to stay alive. If you’re eating in an unsustainable way, it’s quite possible that when you reach the end of one diet, you’ll stumble right into another one. But remember as children when we ate when we were hungry, stopped when we were full, and (for the most part) ate our veggies before having dessert? Eating and nourishing our bodies really can be that simple. It’s just a matter of quieting the noise.The principle of Intuitive Eating is a way to begin to quiet the noise. Essentially, it’s the practice of honing in on what your body is telling you it needs, in regards to food and nourishment. But it can be hard to implement. How do you break a cycle that’s been going on for quite some time? Or quite possibly, your entire life? We chatted with Robyn Nohling, a Boston-based registered dietitian and nurse practitioner who specializes in intuitive eating, to get a better sense of why diets don’t work and how to implement intuitive eating into our everyday lives.Ask the Expert: Do Diets Even Work?The answer: In the short-term, yes. But then you end up on a never ending roller coaster. A better option? Adopting intuitive eating. The details: “Intuitive eating is simplistic, but it’s also complex,” Nohling says. “It’s a philosophy that’s well-researched, not just an adjective used to describe the way in which someone eats. It’s a set of principles that bridge together mind knowledge and body knowledge to eat primarily based on internal body cues versus external cues. “The premise hinges on these ten principles:Reject the diet mentalityHonor your hungerMake peace with foodChallenge the food policeFeel your fullnessDiscover the satisfaction factorCope with your emotions without using foodRespect your bodyExercise—feel the differenceHonor your health with gentle nutritionNohling says the principles weren’t made as a step-by-step approach, but rather a framework that you can go back and forth on as your relationship with food ebbs and flows—you don’t have to master one before moving on to the next one. “The goal of intuitive eating is to come to a place to make food decisions not based on guilt or shame, but rather out of respect for your body and what is going to bring you the most pleasure and joy,” she explains.Gentle nutrition is really the final step, though, because as you work through the other principles your mind might still be clouded with diet culture. And when diet culture says something is “bad” or “good,” it can be hard to quiet those messages. “[Diet culture] promotes a very narrow view of health and beauty and is based in morality when really, food and our bodies aren’t moral things,” Nohling says. Not to mention when we label something as “bad” our innate response is to crave it and to want more of it.Intuitive eating is about taking a step back from this. It’s about surrendering to the fact that we aren’t bad for eating pizza and we’re not failures if our bodies don’t look a certain way. “Those are stigmatizing ways to view food and bodies,” Nohling says. And although it’s easy to think about this in terms of going back to the way we ate as children, she points out that it’s much more complex than that.Nohling goes on to explain that intuitive eating comes back to something called the self attunement model, which is the practice of tuning into your most authentic self and honing in on our internal systems while closing out the external systems or messages that don’t actually serve us. So if you love pizza and diet culture has been telling you for so long that you can’t eat pizza, go ahead and have a slice. Then move on with your life. Practice removing feelings of morality from food, exercise, and the way you look in the mirror. “When we are able to stop blaming our body or food for our problems, we are able to have thoughts, feelings, and emotions that lead to a better quality of life,” Nohling says. “It’s a slow and painful process, I will tell you that, but one that is life-changing and very fulfilling.” Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. By Tessa Yannone· Nutrition Ask the Expert: Do Diets Even Work? Maybe you don’t have to be keto, paleo, or Whole30 to be considered healthy.  Printcenter_img Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* 27130 12/18/2018, 10:42 a.m. last_img read more