Tony EversLast updated on July 1st 2019 at 1054

first_imgTony EversLast updated on July 1st, 2019 at 10:54 amIn his first public remarks to a business group since he was inaugurated on Monday, Gov. Tony Evers called for the state’s leaders to find common ground.“I, as governor want you all to be successful,” Evers told members of the Wisconsin Bankers Association gathered today in Madison. “If you’re successful, then the people in the State of Wisconsin will be successful. At the end of the day, Democrats and Republicans absolutely have to find common ground on the issues I was elected on.”The WBA hosted its annual Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon at the Alliant Energy Center. Evers said it was an important event for him to attend. “We need to make sure these people who are serving in these positions in government really know how to connect the dots,” he said. “Government has to work with people to solve problems, and the only way we can solve problems is if we connect the dots.”The governor, a Democrat, said he feels most confident he can find common ground with Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Legislature on transportation and infrastructure.“When you think about moving product from point A to point B or you’re moving people from point A to point B…that’s important stuff,” he said. “Republicans want good roads just like Democrats do. I believe we can find a sustainable, long-term solution to (the state’s transportation funding) crisis.”Evers also is seeking compromise on health care and education.“We want to make sure that people are well-prepared for the workforce, but we also have to make sure that they’re good citizens and voters,” he said. “We also need a strong investment in the UW System. I think over the past few years, that has not happened.”He emphasized that good education creates the skilled workers Wisconsin’s employers need, and encouraged the leaders gathered to offer work experience to students.“I believe that what is the best for our kids and the best for our people and our education system is the best for economic development,” Evers said.When Evers met with a group of entrepreneurs in Milwaukee to ask how he could help them be successful, he said health care was their primary concern.“They said first and foremost, they needed to be able to have good health care for their small number of employees,” he said. “We need to understand how important access to high-quality health care is for the people who work all across Wisconsin, especially good people that are starting careers, starting businesses.”And he addressed the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., which he advocated disbanding during the campaign. Lame-duck legislation passed just before he took office gave lawmakers control of WEDC until September.“The legislation has a nine-month period where Evers gets off training wheels and becomes competent to work with the WEDC. I say that tongue in cheek,” he said.Evers said while he understands that some business deals need to be kept private, the WEDC should have more transparency.“…because much of the work at WEDC, at least the high-profile stuff, is lots of money and the people of Wisconsin want to make sure they’re getting their best bang for their buck,” he said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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first_imgTake Our PollNote: Web polls are not scientific, representing only those readers who choose to vote.To submit a report, call 311, go to the 311 website, tweet at 311, or download the app. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at*Advertisement* A few months ago, added a new weekly post – What’s the 311? – that highlights 311 cases in the neighborhood. 311 is the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline that allows residents to report issues and concerns to the City.In looking over recent North End / Waterfront cases, there are some common issues that continue to reappear. Which ones do you think should be the neighborhood’s top concern? Vote in our poll and add your thoughts in the comments section below! What’s the Neighborhood’s Top 311 Concern? (Select Up to Two Issues) (Poll Closed) Untimely Trash  35.02%  (90 votes)     Illegal Parking  21.01%  (54 votes)     Rodents (dead or alive)  19.46%  (50 votes)     Homeless Individuals  14.4%  (37 votes)     Potholes  7.39%  (19 votes)     Sign / Property Damage  2.72%  (7 votes)       Total Votes: 257   last_img read more

About the exhibition ​The Reasons Offsite exhibiti

first_imgAbout the exhibition​The Reasons Offsite exhibition focuses on prefabricated and modular building systems, referred to throughout the exhibition as “offsite architecture”. The global population is rapidly moving toward cities, creating high demand for urban spaces to live and visit. There are currently 3 billion people living in cities, but the number is expected to rise to around 5 billion by 2030, with 2 billion living under the poverty line. This rapid urbanization challenges experts to define new strategies to accommodate this growth.March 20 – 21, 2019 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PMPrice: Free and open to the publicWhere: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston Join the curator for an in-depth look at the exhibition The Reasons Offsite with a walkthrough of the design solutions in a 3D reality environment.About the curatorTours will be given by Samuel Gonçalves, one of the three exhibition curators from SUMMARY architecture. SUMMARY is an architectural studio based in the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto, Portugal. Seeking the balance between pragmatism and experimentalism, SUMMARY develops building systems assuming the optimization of time and physical resources as the core theme of its practice.*Advertisement*last_img read more

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first_imgTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine MOST READ Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. During the arrest, police also caught Lito Ventura, 36; Victory Paul Sanchez, 24; Alberto Villaflores, 42; and Edison Pamati-an, 40, allegedly having a pot session.The arrested persons will be charged for violation of the Republic Act 9165.Read Next The arrest was made by operatives of the Regional Special Operation Group (RSOG) of the Regional Intelligence Division (RID).Caballero said he was just asked by someone to deliver shabu to the buyer, who turned out to be an ROSG posing as a customer.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionSeveral packs of suspected shabu worth P1.6 million were seized from the man’s possession, said RID deputy chief Rex Derilo.Derilo said that based on the reports they received, the seized illegal drugs came from Ormoc City in Leyte. PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Painters refuse to go quietly Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip Two men suspected by police of being drug pushers greeted the New Year in jail after they were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Cebu City.Trisikad driver Dexter Caballero was arrested in barangay Hipodromo last Tuesday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s time to consider taking sea row to UN – Del Rosario Supt. Paul Labra II, chief of RID, said the drugs were supposed to be disposed in Cebu City during the Sinulog celebration.MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsLabra said a follow-up investigation will be made to identity the suspect’s financiers.In barangay Luz, Alfredo Gegrimosa Jr., 32, was arrested by operatives of City Intelligence Branch (CIB) past midnight of Dec. 31.Police said Gegrimosa’s brother Obet was previously arrested for the same offense.Police said 49 sachets and four big packs of suspected shabu were recovered from the man’s possession.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgI heard that you are strengthening the local churches in order to become a “national religion?’“That is right. The answer to church growth cannot be found at the central headquarters, but rather in the local churches. The Family Federation has been changing from a system centered on the main headquarters to a system centered on the local churches. As a result, we are seeing an effective expansion of church congregations.” What kinds of events were held in commemoration of the Third Anniversary and what was the focus of these events?“This year, the motto is ‘Let’s connect the world through peace,’ and the events were held with the spirit of resolving conflicts between religions, ideologies, races, generations, civilizations, genders, regions and socioeconomic classes in order to realize a peaceful world. It consisted of the ‘Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony’ and the ‘awardees special lecture,’ ‘World Summit 2015,’ ‘Peace Road 2015,’ ‘International Symposium Centered on Rev. Moon’s Ideology of Peace’ and ‘World CARP Assembly,’ which gathered peace loving university students. Diverse volunteering activities and programs were held in each nation.”According to the Family Federation, from August 7 to 9, five thousand young people including Koreans, Japanese and people each nation participated in the “2015 National Seonghwa Camp (Multicultural Youth Camp)” held at the World Jamboree Training Center in Kangwondo. This camp had the title, “Seonghwa! Become the light of peace and unification,” and consisted of various activities such as the “Seonghwa Cultural Festival,” “Peace Concert,” “DMZ Peace Walk Competition” and “Hypothetical Unification Presentation Contest.” It was a meaningful event where they were taught the peace ideology and vision of Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han. They shared in the culture of heart, and reflected about how to realize unification on the Korean Peninsula as well as world peace. In addition, in Korean churches, from September to October, the “Third Anniversary of the Cosmic Seonghwa Love Sharing Festival” was held in 231 places promoting four great areas, “Love Sharing Combined with Service” will be held. An affiliate of the Family Federation had high hopes, “The Love Sharing Festival was held according to the title decided, Forgive, Love and Unite, and was done in order to share the love and peaceful life of Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han with all who participated. It will become a door to the nationwide festival celebrating the Seonghwa period.”President Ryu emphasized that the highlight of the events held to commemorate the Third Anniversary of the Seonghwa would be the First Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony. The Sunhak Peace Prize honors the lifelong legacy of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who devoted his entire life to the peace movement on a worldwide scale centering on true love. It was established by Dr. Hak Ja Han in order to perpetuate and develop that spirit and legacy. This year is the first time it is being awarded, so I think it will be the one of the most important events. This year in particular, the recipients selected are involved in the fields of climate change and the food crisis. These are areas in which Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han have always demonstrated an interest.”As presented on the news in recent times, Kiribati President Anote Tong (63) and Dr. Modadugu Vijay Gupta (76) were selected as co-recipients. President Anote Tong was highly commended for his “legacy of making efforts to raise awareness on the gravity of climate change in the global community and protection of rights of climate change refugees. Dr. Modadugu Gupta was widely recognized for developing innovative fish farming technology and contributing towards resolving poverty and the food crisis in East Asia.” “The answer to church growth cannot be found in the headquarters, but in the local churches.”‘Vision 2020′ is a mission strategy to revive the Family Federation as a ‘national religion’ by the year 2020, which would mark the 100th year since the birth of the founder of Family Federation Rev. Sun Myung Moon. We intend to gain one thousand new members, open a new era and prepare the foundation for world peace. According to the Family Federation, the methods and activities that were carried out in the past centered on the Headquarters will be converted into a system, including activities, centered on the local churches. In order to do this, over the past three years, we have established the organization, personnel and the environment to strengthen the church headquarters in each region.” “Church Growth and Realizing a Peaceful World is a Part of the Success of ‘Vision 2020’ ““If you were to choose three of Rev. Moon’s peace legacies, what would they be and why?”“Rev. Sun Myung Moon has devoted his entire life to transcending the barriers of race, nationality, culture, language and religion in order to realize the vision of ‘One Family Under God.’ This is the core of Rev. Moon’s peace ideology. In order to do this, Rev. Moon has developed peace movement of various persuasions in every field. Among these, we can pick the Intercultural and Interreligious Marriage Blessing Ceremony, the movement to bring down national boundaries as part of the North and South Korea Unification, the Peace UN Movement and the movement to reconcile religions.” Special Interview: Kyeung-Seuk Ryu, President, FFWPU Korea“Our mission is church growth and peace movement revival”Presently expanding church growth through field certification and policy customized by region… The Third Anniversary of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s SeonghwaCommemorative Events with a Diversified Program Attracts Attention Two years have passed since you were appointed as the President of FFWPU Korea. Can you share with us some impressions you’ve had during this time?“It passed by very quickly (laughs). After Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Seonghwa, the Family Federation has been transforming into a more innovative enterprise centering on Dr. Hak Ja Han. Young leaders, including myself, have established a clear strategy and goal to achieve ‘Vision 2020’ and have been actively carrying out various activities. Especially, this year marks the third year and halfway point of the seven-year course to create an internal and external foundation. In order to do this, the Family Federation has been focusing on the goals of witnessing and training leadership, propelling the three innovative policies such as organization, capabilities and environment, as well as making efforts for the settlement centered on the local churches, Divine Principle education and strengthening capabilities of church pastors and ministers.” I heard that you have a certification system by which the system centered on local churches can take root. Could you explain what this is?“Wouldn’t policies customized to each region reach out and appeal to the people of that region? If the local church reports that a certain system would help with witnessing, then the central headquarters will investigate and examine this system before approving it. If the approved system is needed at another church, it can be used there, too. Through the policy centered on local churches, outstanding programs that have been developed in local churches in the past can be discovered and spread through the certification system. This is also plays a part in strengthening the capabilities of leaders. This year we also plan to continually strengthen the capabilities of pastors and ministers through this certification system. I believe that through this, more new members and leaders can be witnessed to.”President Ryu explained that by implementing a system centered on local churches, education and activities contributing to society have also changed. “The level of divine principle education at church or demand for volunteering activities will differ in every region. Therefore, when implementing Divine Principle education under the new system, various programs customized to suit the guests of each region are carried out, such as one-on-one Divine Principle education, introduction lecture to Divine Principle, Divine Principle workshops or public discussions. The true love volunteering organization established in each region will carry out volunteering activities that are suitable to the state or situation of that region.”These days, President Ryu is going through a busy schedule. This is because he is making preparations for the commemorative events for the Third Anniversary of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Seonghwa. In the Family Federation, Seonghwa means ascension (funeral). President Ryu explained, “The term ‘Seonghwa’ as explained by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, refers to the moment when you enter the spirit world with joy and victory after having lived a full life of bearing fruits in the physical world.”center_img Third Anniversary of Rev. Moon’s Seonghwa: “Let us connect the world to peace”This year marks the Third Anniversary of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Seonghwa. How are the preparations coming along?“The Third Anniversary of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Seonghwa is on August 30 (July 17 by the heavenly calendar). At 9 AM on this day, the Family Federation will hold this commemorative ceremony, along with three thousand participants, including current and former heads of state and other prominent figures from Korea and abroad. Twenty institutions and organizations, including the Universal Peace Federation, Women’s Federation for World Peace, Citizen’s Federation for North and South Unification, Youth Federation for World Peace, Korea Religious Association Conference, the Wonmo Pyeonae Foundation and Korea Multicultural Peace Federation, as well as education culture organizations such as the Segye Times, Sun Moon University and the Korea Cultural Foundation, came to pay respects to Rev. Sun Myung Moon. We are planning and organizing various commemorative events in the Unification Church community all over the world to commemorate the Third Anniversary of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Seonghwa.” “We commemorate the Third Anniversary of Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Seonghwa in a meaningful way, and the Family Federation will put forth its best efforts toward church growth by consistently spread the teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han.” This year will mark the second year since President Kyeung-Seuk Ryu was appointed as Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (hereafter referred to as Family Federation) Korea President. He evaluated his position and said, “During the two years since my appointment, I focused on the church’s internal growth.”President Kyeung-Seuk Ryu, born of parents who participated in the Marriage Blessing Ceremony (another name for the Blessing) officiated by the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, is the first second generation member to become president of Korea FFWPU. He graduated from Sun Moon University’s Theology Graduate School with a master’s degree in theology. He is also a religions expert who graduated from the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in the United States with a master’s degree in religious education studies, as well as a doctorate degree from Sun Moon University’s theology graduate school. Since 1991, he has served as a pastor in Korea, overseas missionary and director at the Family Federation Headquarters. He then became the director of the Providential Organization Support Headquarters at the Tongil Group Foundation in 2008 before becoming Vice President of the Family Federation in 2013. On August 10, we met President Ryu who is leading the Headquarters as a next generation leader at the Family Federation Headquarters in Cheong Pa Dong, Yongsan-Gu, Seoul. After concluding this Third Anniversary of the Seonghwa ceremony, I heard that there will be a change regarding the Seonghwa ceremony. What is the reason for this?“This Third Anniversary of the Seonghwa Ceremony marks the end of commemorative events held on the worldwide scale. The reason we decided upon three years is that in the Family Federation, the number ‘3’ represents ‘the completed number,’ and is the basic unit of all living things. Most religions celebrate the birth of their founders. Similarly, from now on, the Unification Church community will hold worldwide commemorative events for the birthdays of Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han. There will also be large-scale events held annually in January by the lunar calendar to commemorate the Cheon Il Guk Foundation Day.” Do you have any special plans in leading the Korea Family Federation in the future?“The most important mission is to lead to success the ‘Vision 2020′ led by Dr. Hak Ja Han. In order to do this, we will make efforts to expand our church congregation through revitalization centered on local churches. Strengthening leaders’ capabilities and training future leaders are also important topics to consider. In order to nurture the future leaders who will inherit and develop the providential legacies of Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han, we will establish a road map for educating every level starting from kindergarten and elementary school all the way up to university students, and then train them to become leaders. We also plan to strengthen our media, broadcast and advertising providence. This year in particular, we are looking to strengthen online missionary activities. In order to do this, on June 16, we officially launched the Internet broadcast ‘True Love TV’ on the occasion of the 61st anniversary since the establishment of the Family Federation. As part of the new media missionary policy, the Family Federation has been planning and preparing for the ‘True Love TV’ since last year in order to change the image of the Family Federation that the greater society has, and create a new environment for witnessing. We will continue these efforts so that through this ‘True Love TV,’ we can communicate with citizens, spread the Unification Church’s culture of heart and become a religion that can contribute to society. We will also work for the Korean society’s healthy development.”President Ryu also emphasized that he would create activities in solidarity with twenty other institutions and organizations in order to establish a substantial foundation. He said, “Recently, Dr. Hak Ja Han has been emphasizing the DMZ World Peace Park, the 5th UN Secretariat Korean Peninsula project, the Peace Road project for North and South Unification and world peace and the Religious Leader’s Peace Conference, as well as other diverse projects. We plan to work on these together with other related organizations. We will invest our efforts into reviving peace movements in order to ensure internal and external growth of the church and realize world peace. We will absolutely make ‘Vision 2020’ a success.” Monthly JoongAng, September 2015 issue (Korean Mainstream Monthly Magazine)Translated by PR Department of Tongil Foundation last_img read more

By FFWPU Cambodia On the basis of the Interfaith

first_imgBy FFWPU Cambodia: On the basis of the Interfaith Peace Blessing Ceremony in Battambang city which has held on July 18, 2015, Family Federation World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) -Cambodia, Battambang branch became to increase the numbers of blessed families. Following the Vision 2020, FFWPU-Cambodia Battambang branch started to expand its foundation to district to district and commune to commune. (Cambodia has administrative unit, divided into 25 provinces, 25 provinces is divided into districts, each district divided into commune.) FFWPU-Cambodia, Battambang branch decided to hold 2nd Interfaith Peace Blessing Ceremony (IPBC) at Samlout district which located nearby Thailand, Trad Province.On November 22, 2015, FFWPU-Cambodia conducted the IPBC at Meanchay commune, Samlout district, Battambang province. More than 430 couples were attended this Interfaith Peace Blessing Ceremony. As pre-program, Mr. Pheav Hang, Education director of UPF-Cambodia, Battambang branch, gave the lecture “Family as the school of love and peace”. He explained with this presentation about the value of re-building ideal family is the only the way for building peace. Many of participants made up their mind to become the families who could encourage their community to expand heaven’s blessing through this presentation.The Holy Wine Ceremony was officiated by Mr. & Mrs. Srey Kivsokhom, director of provincial teacher training center. At the same time, they offered the prayer to all participants wishing that they can receive True Parents’ grace which has the power of changing blood lineage for new life, new love and new lineage. All the participants couples were received the holy wine so seriously and determined automatically volunteered for working peace for community.Main program started with singing for national anthem after arriving of the main guest, Mrs. Dy Samet, chief of Samlout district, Mrs. Nhet Sarim, chief of district council of Samlout district, Mr. Yem Yorn, Chief of Meanchay commune and Mr. Shu Lin, Director of UPF-Malaysia, Penang branch. 3 Blessed Families came from Battambang town, which away from 80 kilometers from Samlout district voluntarily came to be as attendance. 438 couples, 865 people including 10 Christian couples, 4 Khmer Muslim couples and 2 Monk came to attend this Interfaith Peace Blessing Ceremony.Mr. Ng Shu Lin told and introduce Father Moon’s tradition of “Living for the sake of others”, “Love the Enemy” in his welcome speech. He emphasized the importance to keep the heavenly blood lineage and practice the tradition of True Parents. Open remark was given by Mrs. Dy Samet, Chief of Samlout district. She mentioned that “Principle of One Man and One Woman” is not only for FFWPU principle but also Samlout district principle. Encouraging the participants to work together with FFWPU for expanding the ceremony of realizing happy and healthy family not only this commune but all over commune in Samlout district. (Samlout district has 7 commune including this Meanchay commune)After 3 representatives of the Buddhism, Christianity and Muslim gave the prayer, Mr. & Mrs. Saito, regional director of UPF-Indochina conducted the Blessing Ceremony as representative of True Parents. 3 representative couples were on the stage to receive Holy Water. “Invocation of the Blessing” was using True Father’s prayer from Blessing Ceremony in Cheongshim World Peace Center, in March 2012 which translated into Khmer as local Cambodia language. After officiator proclaimed the acknowledgement of Blessing by Heaven, Mr. Saing Sen, vice president of international university gave the congratulatory remark. He shared his experience to the participants how he met with True Parents, through UPF and how changed his life. “All the family wanted to live with joyful heart but environment doesn’t allow us to live. As reality, many people faced difficulty with different kind of several reason, drive family to scatter as the result of divorce. Due to their parents’ divorce, children lost the way where to go as their future. Father and Mother Moon knew this issue very clear and has the passion to solve this issue for the people in all over the world. That’s why we are here to attend this ceremony.At the end, representative of Christian couple offered the flower to the officiator, Mr. & Mrs. Saito.After ending of the main program, indemnity stick ceremony was held. All the participants understood this indemnity stick ceremony is the new beginning as the Blessed Family to restore the mistake what human ancestor, their own ancestor and themselves committed. Most of the participants attended this ceremony obedient this indemnity stick ceremony.Most of the participants especially local authority was quite satisfied this result of the ceremony to transform their family, tribe, community and society. We could see District leaders were very inspired to see the magic of True Parents. This place, Battambang province, Samlout district was taken by Khmer Rouge (Revolutionary organization which led by Communist Party of Kampuchea. The organization is remembered especially for orchestrating the Cambodian genocide, which resulted from enforcement of its social engineering policies.) Until the last moment that this organization remain to involve as guerrilla activities till the time for the general election 1994. That’s why people in here are sincerely seeking for what is the True Peace. People knew that tragedy of genocide incident happened because of disunity. Disunity of society, disunity of people, and disunity between God and people. Our Interfaith Peace Blessing Ceremony could bring unity to the society. No one can do only True Parents can do.last_img read more

Prepared by FFWPU Benin At the request of the FFWP

first_imgPrepared by FFWPU BeninAt the request of the FFWPU Benin as part of the strategic arrangements for the preparation of the national blessing, the Conseil Communal invited the FFPMU Bénin to present a communication at the first session of the Council on 2019.This was an opportunity for UPF Benin to nominate the Mayor of Bonou, Mr Julien Afohounha, as the Ambassador of Peace. An March 11, 2019, the ceremony was chaired by the President Emmanuel Allognon and the Assistant Secretary General of the UPF Benin, Mr. Philippe Behanzin with the assistance of Mrs. Allognon Minko Mundembo, Public Relations Officer of the UPF Benin and the Municipal Coordinator of the FFWPU for Bonou, Mr. Serge GUELI. Participants reaction, testimony.The Mayor and the participants realized the importance of our activities and the challenges we have to overcome. The Mayor expressed his thanks for our activities in his commune and reaffirmed the support of the Communal Council.last_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 In the same week that African Americans, and black women especially, helped prevent an alleged child molester from obtaining a Senate seat, the first black woman to serve as an FCC commissioner, Mignon Clyburn, was one of two commissioners to vote against the repeal of net neutrality.Net neutrality was repealed on Thursday by a vote of 3-2. The FCC commissioners voted based on political party lines—the Republican-appointed commissioners, including President Trump’s appointed FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, all voted for repeal. Clyburn, and the only other woman FCC commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, voted against repealing the regulations.It’s hard to fathom why net neutrality is even a political issue. The only argument Republicans really make in being against it is that net neutrality has somehow shackled internet innovation. For instance, Republican Rep. Steve Scalise posted this vague, vapid tweet celebrating the repeal of net neutrality:Americans want better internet access and they want it to be cheaper. The internet is not broken; the federal government does not need to come in and fix it.— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 14, 2017Yet, those for repeal, have provided no evidence of net neutrality impeding internet access, competitive pricing, speeds, or innovation in any way. Anti-net neutrality arguments lack substance and are steeped in ideology, not facts.However, there are very real concerns about what can happen with net neutrality regulations rolled back.I interviewed Clyburn back in March and she provided very eye-opening insight into why protecting net neutrality was so important. She called net neutrality, “the best means of ensuring a free and open platform that has enabled millions in this country and billions around the world to take advantage of opportunity.”“People have a tendency to focus on some of the big picture aspects when it comes to open internet. I call it open internet because, for me, that describes it so clearly. When we talk about freedom of expression, to flourish, I can’t think of any other platform that has been so empowering. There should be no tolls, no barriers. If you should not prefer my website over another [for example], I should be able to use any device of my choice if it’s not harmful. I shouldn’t be blocked or limited because I don’t have social, economic, or political ties to big business or the industry. It’s going to be difficult to talk people into moving away from the protections we have been allowed,” she also said.Read the full interview with Commissioner Clyburn here. What’s New in TechnologyTavis Smiley To ‘Fight Back’ After Show Is Susp…She Re-Mixed Cardi B’s Song and Reshaped Educat…last_img read more

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first_imgJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports UFC 173 is filled with accomplished veterans who have been there and done that, but all of them are a little bit in awe of what Barao has accomplished.”Thirty-two wins!” animated Daniel Cormier said, laughing and shaking his head in disbelief. “I can’t even imagine. If I win, I’m 15-0, and I’m not even halfway there. Do you know how many things would have to go right in this sport in order to win another 17 fights?”Even Cain Velasquez, as great as he is, got hit by Junior dos Santos and the ‘0′ was gone from his loss column forever,” Cormier continued. “It happens as quick as that. That tells you how awesome it is, what Renan Barao has managed to accomplish. We all have off nights. Renan Barao hasn’t had an off night in eight years.”Indeed, Velasquez’s loss to dos Santos shows that the twisted whims of the MMA gods seem to ensure that even the greatest of fighters have their bad nights. There are so many things that can go wrong.”I don’t know who you are, I don’t care how talented you are, every day someone wakes up and goes, f—, today’s just not my day,” said UFC president and unabashed Barao fan Dana White.” Everybody has that day where it’s not their day, and in this sport anything can go wrong. You can get caught in a bad position, and you can end up facing a guy who isn’t necessarily the most talented guy on earth, and he hits like a truck.”Robbie Lawler’s been at this since 2001, when he started his pro career with seven consecutive victories. Asked how to put together a streak like Barao’s, Lawler reacted with his classic sense of deadpan.”I wouldn’t know,” Lawler grinned. “Obviously he’s a hell of a fighter, for him to do what he does is amazing. He’s getting better and hat’s off to him.”Dan Henderson has been around even longer than Lawler, so he’s been a firsthand witness for runs like Emelianenko’s and the 20-fight win streak put together by Glover Teixeira. While Henderson points out we don’t know a whole lot about the caliber of opposition early in Barao’s run, he still concedes Barao has done something remarkable.”I don’t know who the next closest guy’s streak is,” Henderson told reporters. “I don’t know all the competition he’s faced in the streak, but the last couple years, he’s definitely been the tops in his weight class and kept the streak going. It’s very impressive.”Ellenberger, the guy who’s been down to Brazil and watched Barao and Aldo up close and personal, gets the last word.”That’s unreal,” Ellenberger said. “That’s really unheard of. He’s got to be the only guy that you’ve heard of with that kind of record. And that kind of win streak, to have a handful of wins, five or six wins in a row, that’s difficult. That really just kind of shows his dedication and his routine to training.” Sale Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career MMA Fighting Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Standard BJJ Gi Accessories Latest From MMA Warehouse Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement More From Latest From Our Partners More Coverage: UFC 173 Results | UFC newsDownload MMA Fighting iPhone App Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Starscenter_img Gordon Ryan Competition Kit King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt LAS VEGAS — Jake Ellenberger has been down to Rio de Janeiro and trained at the Nova Uniao camp. That, of course, is the home of the dynamic duo which has produced a combined win streak of nearly 50 fights, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr. and bantamweight champ Renan Barao.And while the gym seems shrouded in mystery to fans here in North America — Aldo and Barao head up this way, don’t say much, kick some ass, and return home — Ellenberger has found that the secret to success is a simple work ethic above and beyond even the lofty standards set by the top camps in this sport.”I’ve seen the way they train,” said Ellenberger, who meets Robbie Lawler on the main card of Saturday’s UFC 173. “They really live the lifestyle there, inside and outside the gym. It’s really no secret, every day of the week they really work hard. It’s not really surprising that Jose Aldo and Renan Barao are two of the best fighters in the sport, period. If you watched them train for a week, you really would see why.”Barao, who defends his title against T.J. Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 173 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, has won 32 consecutive fights (minus a no-contest). That’s five more (also less a no-contest) than the sport’s most celebrated streak, the one put together by former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. Apparel Good Night Tee Gloves Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Standard Ranked Rashguard ProMax 440 BJJ GI Lockdown duffle bag More: Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs inlast_img read more

King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt

first_img King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt ProMax 440 BJJ GI Chael Sonnen was in the building and ready to fight. Tito Ortiz was there, too, making overtures on Twitter to come out of a short retirement. Muhammed Lawal was down to scrap.There were some options available to fight Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 172 on Saturday night in San Jose, Calif. Ultimately, Bellator could not make anything work in a small window of time and the card’s main event had to be scrapped.On Saturday morning, Matt Mitrione, Emelianenko’s scheduled foe, had to go to the hospital due to a case of kidney stones. Things were up in the air until 3 p.m. local time, just minutes before fights started at the SAP Center. At that point, Coker said Bellator had no choice but to postpone Emelianenko’s promotional debut. If the planned main event was canceled, Bellator had to give fans who bought tickets time to get a refund, per California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) rule.Sonnen was perhaps the most legitimate potential late-notice replacement, especially since he already has a CSAC license since he fought just last month, falling to Ortiz. But it just didn’t fit what Bellator wanted to do.“We have other plans for Chael and it would have interfered in that,” Coker said at the post-fight press conference. “It just got complicated and then the timeframe. I feel like we ran out of time. We set a deadline internally. … We had an obligation to the consumer to let the know this fight was going to be off.”Coker added that Emelianenko was not privy to any discussions about a potential new opponent like a Sonnen or an Ortiz. The MMA legend didn’t see too enthusiastic about that prospect anyway.“It’s not really right to change the opponent just a few hours before the fight at such a short notice,” Emelianenko said through a translator. “That’s why my decision and the decision of Bellator was to postpone the fight.”Emelianenko said he would be ready to fight again in May or June. Coker said the Bellator team would have to get with him to determine exactly what — and who — will be next for the Russian icon. It’s unclear if it’ll be Mitrione.“He’s looking forward to getting back in the cage,” Coker said. “And we’re looking forward to having him fight. So I think in the next couple months, Fedor will be in the cage for Bellator against an opponent.”Coker said he spoke with Mitrione and his team Thursday and he was having some issues in his midsection, but the feeling was that it was just indigestion. Then Friday at weigh-ins, Coker said Mitrione told him he had a “twinge” in his side.“I just thought he was nervous,” Coker said.But around 10 a.m. on Saturday, Coker said he began to get text messages from Bellator personnel that something was amiss. Coker told his people to get Mitrione to a doctor. Emelianenko said he first heard something was wrong about 1 p.m. At 3 p.m., when tests did not come back in Mitrione’s favor, the bout was called.“The first emotion was that it was a big surprise when Scott told me that Matt got to the hospital,” Emelianenko said. “But that’s the life and we have to accept it the way it is. That could happen with anybody at any moment.”It was a crushing loss for Bellator on a night it was supposed to be celebrating one of its biggest events ever, riding a high off another success last month at Bellator 170 in Los Angeles when Ortiz defeated Sonnen and then confirmed his retirement. Coker admitted this one is going to smart a bit.“The fans of San Jose came out to support us,” Coker said. “I feel really good about that and we’ll see on Monday or Tuesday how the ratings do. But let’s face it. This is a big, big fight for us and it didn’t happen. So, is Fedor happy about it? No. Are we happy about it? No.” Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars More: Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Fedor Emelianenko addresses the fans during Bellator 172. ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Apparel Standard BJJ Gi Latest From MMA Warehouse Sale Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Gloves Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Accessories Standard Ranked Rashguard Latest From Our Partners Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Lockdown duffle bag Good Night Tee MMA Fighting Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series More From Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs inlast_img read more

Theres UFC Heavyweights And Then Theres Shaq

first_img There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq Sale Gordon Ryan Competition Kit More: Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars ProMax 440 BJJ GI King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Bellator MMA Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement More From Latest From Our Partners Standard Ranked Rashguard Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam Good Night Tee Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Latest From MMA Warehouse Lockdown duffle bag Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Fedor Emelianenko Accessories Gloves Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Apparel [Pics] Husband Introduces Wife To The Wild Gorilla He Raised, But… Ice Pop Lights. Out. Standard BJJ Gi Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Sponsored Content [Pics] Blind Side’ Football Player, Michael Oher Finally Tells A… Tie Breaker Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Recommended by Bellator 208: “Fedor vs. Sonnen” takes place TONIGHT (Sat., Oct. 13, 2018) at NYCB Live in Uniondale, New York. The second card of an action-packed weekend for Bellator MMA will determine the second half to the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix.Let’s break it down:265 lbs.: Fedor Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC) vs. Chael Sonnen (31-15-1)We’re now one bout away from knowing which fighters will collide in the tournament finals. Before that happens “The Last Emperor” and “The American Gangster” are scheduled for a maximum of three rounds if needed. If PRIDE legend Fedor Emelianenko can land a power shot to the chin that may not be necessary. To date he’s won 11 fights by knockout including his last bout with Frank Mir. What’s often forgotten is that Emelianenko is even better at submissions, having racked up 17 in his career. Though he’s been relying on his power more as he gets older (and he just turned 42) his ability to catch Sonnen in a choke if he tries one takedown after enough is a real threat.Sonnen isn’t exactly a spring chicken himself at 41, and although he’s on a two fight win streak against Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, both men showed absolutely zero ability to stuff a takedown. Sonnen cruised to a unanimous decision in both fights. He’ll have to avoid both Fedor’s power and his ground game, but stifling power strikers is exactly what he did to his previous Bellator opponents. The majority of his wins came by decision (19) so the old saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” may be a perfectly good indicator of Chael Sonnen’s strategy in this semi-final bout.Standing 6’1” with a 73” reach, Sonnen’s ability to stand and trade isn’t entirely unprecedented, as the man with the self-described “largest arms in West Linn” does have seven career knockouts. Unfortunately he doesn’t have the reach advantage on Emelianenko, who is just an inch shorter but has a wingspan that’s three inches longer. That’s another reason Sonnen will want to wrestle with Emelianenko rather than have a firefight. It’s not as though other people haven’t had the same idea though. In his last seven fights, Fedor finished four opponents by knockout, and another submitted to strikes — arguably before he would’ve been knocked out too. I’m betting on power over wrestling here.Final prediction: Fedor Emelianenko wins via third round TKO185 lbs.: Alexander Shlemenko (56-11, 1 NC) vs. Anatoly Tokov (26-2)I’m going to step out on a limb here and potentially saw it off behind me with the following statement — there’s no chance Alexander Shlemenko wins this fight. I have a world of respect for the nearly 70 fight veteran and former Middleweight champion, but he’s lost two straight fights and at 34 that extensive bout record has taken a toll. Tokov is only six years younger but he’s had half as many pro fights and he’s on a two fight WIN streak. He’s shorter than Shlemenko at 5’10 to 5’11” but holds a two inch (73”) reach advantage and his only loss dating back all the way to 2012 was a majority (not unanimous) decision. He combines fearsome power (15 knockouts) with excellent skill on the canvas (six submissions) and he’s simply going to overwhelm Shlemenko in all aspects of the game.Final prediction: Anatoly Tokov wins by second round knockout 155 lbs.: Benson Henderson (25-8) vs. Saad Awad (23-9)“Everything else is virtually identical.” That’s a phrase we often hear Mike Goldberg say. If you look at the stat line for this fight it might seem to apply. Benson Henderson only has two more wins compared to Saad Awad, while the latter only has one more loss. Henderson is 5’9” with a 71” reach, while Awad is 5’11” with a 73.5” reach. Both have bounced back and forth between Lightweight and Welterweight. The biggest difference for these two men is momentum. Awad is on a four fight win streak that includes two technical knockout stoppages, while Henderson is 2-3 in five Bellator fights and only just returned to his winning ways against Roger Huerta. If I was making odds I might make it a narrow lean to Awad, but the measure of respect I have for multiple time world champion Henderson swings it the other way. That’s the one thing Henderson has over Awad going in — the confidence of being a former WEC and UFC Lightweight champion. In a sport where “everything else is virtually identical” self-confidence is the one thing that NEVER is.Final prediction: Benson Henderson wins a unanimous decision265 lbs.: Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) vs. Timothy Johnson (12-4)The comments section at MMA Mania can be pretty savage, and I won’t be surprised if they brand this a boring battle between castoff UFC Heavyweights. On paper though everything about this fight has great potential. Kongo is on a six fight win streak and just came off an impressive first round finish of Javy Ayala. Johnson’s 4-3 record in UFC may not seem sterling, but those four wins include names like Marcin Tybura and Daniel Omielańczuk. It was a bit surprising they’d cut him loose to sign with Bellator, but if the young strong bull from North Dakota (33 years old, 6’3”, 263 lbs., 78” reach, nine finishes) can impress against the elder statesman (43 years old, 6’4”, 242 lbs., 81” reach, 17 finishes) then he’s stamped his ticket to stardom in a whole new organization. Every time I think Father Time will catch up to Kongo I’m surprised yet again, and Kongo uses size to his advantage in a way most other Heavyweights can’t or won’t. If I was placing a bet I’d go with Johnson, but I look at the way Kongo has owned this division and I can’t tell you to pick against him.Final prediction: Cheick Kongo wins a unanimous decision145 lbs.: Henry Corrales (15-3) vs. Andy Main (12-3-1, 1 NC)Corrales is doing “OK” in his Featherweight career for Bellator with three straight wins over quality opponents like Cody Bollinger, Noad Lahat and Georgi Karakhanyan. The only problem is he stretched those three wins over a two year span, so he’s not really active enough to gain much traction. The MMA Lab fighter will definitely have the moral (and vocal) support of teammate Benson Henderson and vice versa though, so that’s a plus. Main was fairly active himself until a triangle choke win over Nam Phan in 2015, and has gone 1-1 in two fights since. The bigger risk of ring rust is on Main. He’s a Miller Brothers fighter with 58% of wins by submission (seven of 12) and that is a risk factor for Corrales, who has tapped in two-thirds of his losses. The winner of this fight needs to get busy in a hurry.Final prediction: Henry Corrales by technical knockoutThat’s a wrap! will deliver coverage of Bellator 208 tomorrow with Paramount Network fights starting at 9 p.m. ET. To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here. Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fightlast_img read more

Boston Childrens Hospital Needs Blood Donors

first_img Print Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Boston Children’s Hospital Needs Blood Donors The snow has left the hospital “in urgent need of blood and platelets.” Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* 2/13/2017, 10:52 a.m. center_img By Jamie Ducharme· 000 Photo by Dana GuthAs snow continues to accumulate, Boston Children’s Hospital is watching its blood supplies diminish.The hospital tweeted Friday that last week’s blizzard has left its blood bank “in urgent need of blood and platelets.” The tweet adds that, “You’re just the type we need,”—meaning every donation helps, particularly as the state continues to weather winter storms.Yesterday’s blizzard left our Blood Donor Center in urgent need of blood and platelets, all donors will receive free parking for their visit— Boston Children’s (@BostonChildrens) February 10, 2017Interested donors can schedule an appointment with the Boston Children’s Blood Donor Center on any day except Monday and Saturday. Click here to schedule an appointment.In the giving mood? Boston Children’s likely isn’t the only local institution affected by the snow. You can also visit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Kraft Family Blood Donor Center; the Massachusetts General Hospital Blood Donor Center; or these Massachusetts Red Cross sites.Boston Children’s Blood Donor Center, 333 Longwood Ave., Boston, read more

Five Contemporary Homes to Tour This Weekend

first_imgFor Sale/Rent Five Contemporary Homes to Tour This Weekend Road trip to the ‘burbs to view these open houses. 000 By Madeline Bilis· 12/7/2017, 10:54 a.m. Printcenter_img 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.* Photo via Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty1. A Deck House Atop Annursnac Hill540 Annursnac Hill Road, ConcordPrice: $989,000Size: 3,738 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 2.5Open houses: Saturday, December 9, 2-3:30 p.m.,Sunday, December 10, 2-3:30 p.m.Photo via Barrett Sotheby’s International Realty2. A Modernist Abode in Lincoln1 Moccasin Hill, LincolnPrice: $925,000Size: 1,860 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 2.5Open house: Sunday, December 10, 12:30-2 p.m.Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage3. An Acorn Contemporary in Carlisle116 Estabrook Road, CarlislePrice: $895,000Size: 3,440 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 3.5Open house: Saturday, December 9, 12-1:30 p.m.Photo via William Raveis RE & Home Serv.4. A Cape Cod Contemporary220 Alder Lane, FalmouthPrice: $1,135,000Size: 2,434 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 3Open house: Saturday, December 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Photo via Century 21 Commonwealth5. A Four-Bedroom in Sherborn19 Wildwood Drive, SherbornPrice: $765,000Size: 3,582 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 3Open house: Saturday, December 9, 1-2:30 p.m.The Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.last_img read more

The First Boston Location of the Shoe Store Allbirds Opens Today

first_imgWellness The First Boston Location of the Shoe Store Allbirds Opens Today We all need a pair of comfy sneakers to lounge in—and these just happen to be good for the environment too. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. 3/21/2019, 11:51 a.m. Photo providedBoston is just as much a sneaker town as it is a town for runners, historians, and die-hard sports fans. But if you’re looking for a shoe that’s both good for the environment and sustainable the San Francisco-based shoe company Allbirds is quite mindful about both. Its first Boston store is nested right on Newbury Street and swings its doors open to the public today.The three-year-old company was founded by Tim Brown, a native of New Zealand and former soccer player, and his partner Joey Zwillinger, an engineer and renewables expert, who took advantage of the plentiful wool industry in New Zealand where there are over 30 million merino sheep.“The fashion industry is one of the largest contributing problems to carbon emissions,” he says. “We saw this opportunity in wool and to make shoes that are better for the environment and sensibly designed. And we’re not just doing it because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes for a better product.”Allbirds shoes are made more for lounging and walking around town in than hitting the gym or logging miles. A store employee laughs while she helps me try on a pair of their signature shoes, the wool runner, that they’re more for walking to a workout class than actually doing said workout in. The wool runner is soft and light and feels almost like wearing a sock. It comes in a lounger, slip-on, style as well. When I met with Brown he was wearing a pair of the black tree runners, which are made from eucalyptus trees, making for a more breathable material. This material comes in a high-top version, boat shoe style, and a lounger as well and all their shoes can be worn without socks.“Because we’re not changing the designs all the time we’re able to update our current styles based on customer feedback and focus on making them really, really well,” Brown says. “If we can find a way to put a man on the moon we can find a way to make a pair of shoes more sustainable.”When you pull the doors open to the pretty generous store-front on the corner of Exeter and Newbury, you’re not pulling on a traditional door knob but rather an abstract figure of a foot. And then as you step into the space, bathed in natural light, the walls are lined with carefully displayed shoes, laces, and window boxes with the materials they use to construct shoes including wool, recycled plastic bottles, and sugarcane. Small chairs, ergonomically designed specifically for trying on shoes, are clustered in three’s throughout. There are even deconstructed pairs of shoes and textiles hanging on the walls so you can touch and feel everything.The retail space was designed to bring the online experience offline (and vice-versa), Brown tells me. Everything in the space is light, playful, and completely Instagrammable. And he says each of their five storefronts have specific features, like the color scheme, that nod to the heritage of the city. In San Francisco it’s Golden Gate red, in Chicago it’s ivy green from Wrigely Field, and here in Boston you can spot Green Monster green, brownstone brown, and blue from the Charles River.And in traditional sneaker fashion, the company will roll out a special limited-edition Boston Marathon shoe and is hosting a series of events the day of the race. You can also be on the lookout for product releases that will be exclusive to the Boston retail store.As for the name? Brown chuckles when I ask and says when people first came to New Zealand there was nothing but birds. “Hence, it was all birds.”205 Newbury St., Boston, Photo providedPhoto provided Printcenter_img Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* 5031505 By Tessa Yannone· last_img read more

A Worcester Baseball Teams Billboard Declares The Clap Is Back

first_img Print ummmmmm— meghan kelly (@meghanbkelly) May 15, 2019 5/15/2019, 11:23 a.m. 002 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! A Worcester Baseball Team’s Billboard Declares “The Clap Is Back!” A roadside ad for the Worcester Bravehearts raises some questions.center_img By Spencer Buell· Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Photo courtesy of the Worcester BraveheartsThis story has been updated.Spring has sprung in Worcester, and we all know what that means. The sun is out, baseball season is just around the corner, and, of course, “The Clap Is Back!”That’s according to an ad for the summer collegiate baseball team the Worcester Bravehearts, which the club’s official Twitter account shared on Wednesday. A photo the team tweeted shows the interestingly phrased slogan printed in giant block letters on a billboard, which could be found at the side of Route 290 last— Worcester Bravehearts (@WooBaseball) May 15, 2019Despite the impression you might have gotten from the tweet, which has been “liked” more than 2,000 times, Boston has learned the billboard did not return to its spot along the highway in 2019. Bravehearts General Manager Dave Peterson says the photo is of a billboard that ran for about a week last season to promote opening day for the team,  which happened to land on May 30 in both 2018 and 2019.So the photo was of an old advertisement, not a current billboard. Still, its reemergence online prompted some questions this week.“The clap,” for those who don’t know, is a tradition for Bravehearts fans, who clap their hands over their heads whenever the home team scores, while the catchy and meme-friendly song “Shooting Stars” by Bag Raiders plays through the stadium’s speakers.But to many who saw the photo of the billboard online—and, I’ll go ahead and assume, the thousands of commuters who drove by it last year—”the clap” means something… else.So the team’s social media has been flooded with snarky replies. “I think they have antibiotics for that!” one person wrote on Twitter. “I’ll make sure to wipe down my seat before sitting at the games,” wrote another user. At least one commenter wondered whether the double entendre of a promotion was actually a shrewd publicity tactic: “HAHAHA Galaxy brain marketing right here.”I’m just not sure “The Clap is back” is the message Worcester should be sending.— Doug Banks (@eDougBanks) May 15, 2019 Not a sports guy but… something seems off here… #Worcester— Bunk Pickett (@bunkpickett) May 15, 2019But Peterson says we’ve got the wrong idea. “Time for folks to get their minds out of the gutter,” he tells me in an email. “Gotta love these online commenters. My advice to them: get back to work.”Formed in 2014, the Bravehearts compete in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League each spring and summer at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field. Competition is brewing for the team, as Worcester is in the process of building a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, which will be relocating to the city in 2021. That hasn’t always been well-received by the Bravehearts, whose owner John Creedon, Jr. has publicly raised concerns about the impact the city’s investment in the PawSox will have on his five-year-old franchise.Sure, fans may soon flock to Kelley Square for AAA games, local beer, and what will apparently be a vibrant new shopping and entertainment district. But as the new billboard has reminded us all, the Bravehearts have something the PawSox don’t: The clap.Great crowd for playoff baseball as @WooBaseball takes on @RoxBaseball! Bravehearts lead 3-0 in the 3rd inning. @CharterTV3Sport— Brenna Wilson (@bwilson314) August 9, 2017An earlier version of this story reported incorrectly that the billboard reading “The Clap Is Back” was an advertisement for the Bravehearts’ 2019 season.last_img read more

Look Out Mayor Pete Sounds Like Seth Moulton Thinks Youre a Nerd

first_img By Alyssa Vaughn· Politics Look Out, Mayor Pete, Sounds Like Seth Moulton Thinks You’re a Nerd Buttigieg and Moulton may have gone to Harvard together, but they didn’t hang out. 7/12/2019, 12:41 p.m. 718 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! center_img Print Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Buttigieg photo by Charles Krupa/AP photo; Moulton Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP imagesHe may not have made it to the debate stage, but Seth Moulton would like you to know that he is definitely still cooler than someone who did—namely, his former Harvard classmate Pete Buttigieg.In an interview with Politico published Thursday, the Massachusetts Democrat talked Trump voters, taxes, that debate he had to watch from his couch, and the good ol’ days in Harvard Yard.“Did you know Mayor Pete in college?” the interviewer asked. Moulton graduated from the university in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, and Buttigieg graduated in 2004 with a degree in history and literature.“No. I think we hung out with different groups of friends,” Moulton said, and repeated for emphasis. “Not at all, I was not hanging out with the Harvard Democrats.”Buttigieg, it should be noted, was president of the Harvard Institute of Politics during his Harvard stint. However, while Buttigieg was researching at the Institute and probably doing other nerd stuff like learning a bunch of languages, reading James Joyce, and setting himself up to win a mayoral election seven years after graduation, elsewhere on campus, Moulton was going to church, drinking lots of milk, and hanging out with—“Athletes. People who went out and, you know, had a good time,” he said to Politico.Hold on tight to your lunch money, Mayor Pete—sounds like Seth Moulton thinks you’re a nerd, and considers you meeting up with your buddies at the Hong Kong to discuss “political philosophers, novels, [and] the Founding Fathers” over Chinese food to be neither “going out” nor a “good time.”Can Buttigieg’s campaign go on now that the Hufflepuff and creator of the Top-40-heavy “Buttijams” playlist has been outed as…uncool? We’ll assume he can take some comfort in his recent top five polling in the Democratic primary.last_img read more

SF Mission Church Offers Sanctuary to Undocumented Community

first_imgThe Mission’s Episcopal Church of St. John’s the Evangelist on Wednesday joined a number of churches in the San Francisco area and beyond in vowing to protect their immigrant community from deportation.“We’ve given sanctuary to many over the years,” said father Richard Smith, St. John’s vicar, to a group of some 50 community members gathered in front of two red doors marking the entrance of the church at 15th and Julian streets.St. John’s served as a safe haven to members of the gay community during the AIDS epidemic and currently offers temporary shelter to the homeless seeking a reprieve from the streets. On Wednesday, church members reaffirmed their dedication to shielding immigrants from deportation and assisting them in accessing vital resources. That practice has a long history at St. John’s – In the 80s, refugees fleeing the war in El Salvador found protection from immigration and law enforcement officials within its walls. It was during this time that parishioners decided to paint its doors red, signifying its status as a sanctuary church. “We painted the doors red as an indicator – should any of our families…face deportation, we would stand in the way to prevent it,” said Smith. The church renewed its commitment in light of threats of arrest and deportation made against immigrants across the nation by President Donald Trump’s administration. The announcement coincided with the commencement of lent  – a religious period to return to “the values we hold most dear, most important,” said Smith. Earlier, leaders of the faith community and supporters of immigrant rights had met at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to hold a ceremony in observance of Ash Wednesday.About a dozen faith leaders held papers labeled with what they saw as the world’s collective sins – “Deportation,” “Islamophobia,” “Segregation” and “Homophobia,” among others.  One by one, they burned them over a candle set up on the plaza.People tore and burned words of hate. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe group then marched down Mission Street and through Clarion Alley before ending the procession at St. John’s. Onlookers joined in for parts of the march, such as 21-year-old Luis Medina, who immigrated from Mexico two years ago.  “We have a big problem, but the solution is not deportations – the problem needs love,” said Medina, adding that he was “happy” to witness the show of support from community members.“Sometimes I feel alone, but seeing these people here, I know that we are together,” he said.The ceremony was meant to symbolize repentance, while the march denounced Trump’s anti-immigration agenda and made public the group’s intentions to open the doors of their churches to those subjected to hate and racism.“Today we gather here in public as a sign of public repentance and our denunciation of these words and actions that separate stigmatize and divide,” said Reverend Deborah Lee, of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.Father Richard Smith leads a march down Mission Street. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe faith leaders declared their commitment to supporting their immigrant members – both documented and undocumented – by offering them sanctuary from immigration officials as well as assistance with their most basic needs. Hailing from Germany, Maria Eitz, the first female Catholic priest ordained in San Francisco, said that she had come to stand with immigrants.“I am an immigrant,” said Eitz, who arrived in the United States in 1963. Before immigrating, Eitz said that she worked “behind the iron curtain” in Berlin to help smuggle children from East to West Germany.The U.S.’s current administration, said Eitz, is a frightening reminder of that time. “I grew up under Hitler and I know that what is happening now is following exactly those steps – I feel it in my bones,” she said. Presiding over the San Francisco Sophia in Trinity community, Eitz said she is not only offering sanctuary to immigrants but supporting them in finding housing. Photo by Lola M. ChavezCraig Wong, a member of the pastoral staff at the Mission’s Grace Fellowship Community Church, said that his church has long drawn members of the Asian and Latino communities. It is these parishioners and their families that his church is now vowing to advocate for.“Navigating housing, the school system here, getting jobs – there are many obstacles here for these communities,” said Wong.During the ceremony, caseworkers from CARECEN, a Latino resource and social justice center, shared moving testimonies of young immigrant men currently under threat of deportation.Most of the organization’s clients had fled poverty and violence, said Metzi Henriquez, a mental health specialist with the organization and herself a child refugee.Henriquez told the story of an 18-year-old client who found out that he was undocumented after a recent arrest. The young father, who speaks limited Spanish, is now facing deportation to Mexico, where he has no known family members.“I do not work with criminals,” said Hernandez. “I work with people who made simple mistakes, with refugees, with hardworking people who risked their lives to journey to this country.”At St. John’s, the staff is currently supporting three of CARECEN’s clients – two men and one woman, all refugees from Central America.“We meet with them and their caseworkers regularly and provide all the support that we can in the form of little things such as getting them BART cards to clothing, housing and of course lots and lots of prayers,” said Diana McDonnell, a lay leader at St. John’s,  adding that if push comes to shove, the church is prepared to go a step further by thwarting immigration officials’ efforts. “If the Trump administration decides to deport any of our brothers and sisters, we are committed to standing in the way and stopping that from happening,” she said. 0%center_img Tags: deportation • ICE • immigrants • immigration • protests • sanctuary city Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

TOM Armstrong bagged a hattrick as Saints complet

first_imgTOM Armstrong bagged a hat-trick as Saints completed their Engage Super League regular season campaign with a 34-16 win at Quins RL.It was a tale of two halves as they recovered from a 12-4 deficit to finish the year off with a victory.Saints were 12-4 down at half time as Quins punished indiscretions and got a fair slice of luck.Two forward passes and an ankle tap as the hooter went stopped Royce Simmons’ men imposing themselves on a game they’d pretty much created the main chances in.Tom Armstrong put Saints ahead but ill-discipline handed Quins the territory for Karl Pryce to send in Karl Temata and then bag one himself.In the second half, another try went begging as Saints passed up a four on two overlap before Lee Gaskell produced a piece of brilliance to chip through and get the ball down.Armstrong’ second and third sandwiched Scott Hale’s first in Saints’ colours and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook scored against his former employers to complete a satisfying day’s work.Saints fielded a full British 17 with 14 of their players coming through the club’s Academy system.Lee Gaskell and Jonny Lomax paired up once again in the half backs whilst Gary Wheeler made his first start since he was injured at Wigan on Good Friday. Scott Moore deputised for James Roby who was rested after playing in all of Saints matches this season.Carl Forster made his debut off the bench.For Quins, the day was all about Rob Purdham and his final appearance for the club before he heads up to Cumbria.After a pretty tepid opening 10 minutes a massive high ball was knocked on by Luke Dorn giving Saints prime position.And they didn’t disappoint, pinging the ball left for Tom Armstrong to get over in the corner.Quins responded on their next attack – a chip to the corner was knocked sideways by Karl Pryce and Karl Temata charged to the line. Gale converting to make it 6-4.Saints should have taken the lead moments later when Gary Wheeler sidestepped the defence to send in Tom Armstrong, but the winger’s pass was too strong for Paul Wellens to take in.And on 28 minutes Quins forged further ahead after weathering more Saints pressure. This time the ball was kept alive and Karl Pryce increased the lead – following a wonder tackle on Andy Ellis to quell the original attack.Tom Armstrong had a second chalked off for a forward pass as the half entered its final stages and Wellens took a massive bomb.Saints could have scored as the hooter went as Wheeler broke from within his half, but Lee Gaskell was just caught a couple of feet from the line.Saints forced a drop out in the opening ten minutes of the second half and then finally made the pressure pay.After banging on the door, Lee Gaskell chipped ahead and with the Quins defence standing still he touched down – Makinson with the conversion.Within minutes Saints were ahead – a sweeping move again involving Wellens and Wheeler which Armstrong converted.Makinson adding the extras off the touchline.Scott Hale burrowed over for his first in Saints colours before Tom Armstrong finished off a mazy Wellens run.Quins’ pulled one back through Jamie O’Callaghan but Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook restored the advantage and gave Saints the two points.Match Summary:Quins:Tries: Temata, Pryce, O’CallaghanGoals: Gale (2 from 3)Saints:Tries: Armstrong (3), Makinson, Hale, McCarthy-ScarsbrookGoals: Makinson (5 from 6)Penalties:Quins: 8Saints: 10HT: 4-12FT: 34-16REF: Tim RobyATT: 3546Teams:Quins:1. Luke Dorn; 5. Chris Melling, 2. Jamie O’Callaghan, 31. Karl Pryce, 23. Mark Calderwood; 24. Dan Sarginson, 6. Luke Gale; 17. Danny Ward, 7. Chad Randall, 8. Karl Temata, 12. Chris Bailey, 13. Rob Purdham, 3. Tony Clubb.Subs: 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Oliver Wilkes, 14. Jason Golden, 18. David Williams.Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 28. Tom Makinson, 3. Michael Shenton, 17. Gary Wheeler, 24. Tom Armstrong; 25. Lee Gaskell, 20. Jonny Lomax; 10. James Graham, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 18. Matty Ashurst, 16. Paul Clough.Subs: 19. Andrew Dixon, 26. Carl Forster, 27. Nathan Ashe, 29. Scott Hale.last_img read more

24th annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival held in Kure

first_img00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not found spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Sweet tunes and savory smells were in the air in Kure Beach this weekend during the 24th annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues, and Jazz Festival.The Pleasure Island Chamber Of Commerce was expecting around six to seven thousand people to attend the two day event at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.- Advertisement – Fourteen bands hit the blues and jazz stages over the weekend and there were plenty of arts and crafts and food vendors.“Everyone looks for an excuse to come down to our beach and, of course, when you put good music like blues and jazz in with it and the fact that it’s down here at the beach, it just kinda gives people two reasons to come on down,” said Mike Worley, the Pleasure Island Chamber Of Commerce’s chair emeritus.The weather held up for the festival this year after Hurricane Matthew forced the event to be moved to a different date in 2016.last_img read more

Brunswick Co deputy involved in crash undergoes surgery

first_imgNEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy involved in a crash last night is still in the hospital after undergoing surgery today.Officials confirm the surgery was related to a leg injury.- Advertisement – The crash happened in New Hanover County on 421 near the Isabel Holmes bridge.Investigator Trooper Andrew Smith says the deputy and a sheriff’s office volunteer were transporting two people to a facility outside of the county.The Highway Patrol says a driver turned left in front of the deputy and the two collided.Related Article: Life After Addiction: TIDES program aims to help women overcome opioid addictionNo word on the current condition of the other passengers.The highway patrol cited the driver of the other vehicle with failure to yield.last_img read more