Month: August 2019

RTL Group has rolled out digital service RTL Play

first_imgRTL Group has rolled out digital service RTL Play in Belgium, marking its third on-demand service launch this year.RTL Play went live in Belgium last week and its deployment follows the release of RTL Play in Croatia and RTL Most! in Hungary earlier in the year.All three platforms were developed in collaboration with M6 Web, the digital division of RTL-owned French broadcaster M6 Group.In Belgium, RTL Play gives viewers access to programmes aired on RTL’s regional local channels – RTL-TVI, Club RTL and Plug RTL – as well as news and sport coverage from RTL Info and RTL Sport.The platform is designed to offer a personalised experience, recommending content based on users’ tastes. It will also offer access to the radio stations Radio Contact and Bel RTL.“Demand of this kind to freely access programmes aired on any channel, by any means possible, is inevitable,” said Stéphane Rosenblatt, general director of television at RTL Belgium.“As time goes by, this way of embracing TV will prevail, though this is not preventing linear TV from remaining the centrepiece of our offering.”last_img read more

Turner is using the Accenture Video Solution platf

first_imgTurner is using the Accenture Video Solution platform to help manage and operate some of the its online video services – including Filmstruck Curzon in the UK and Cartoon Network TV Everywhere (TVE) in Asia Pacific.The Accenture Video Solution is a cloud-based, open platform that integrates digital video management, distribution and monetisation. It is scalable and adaptable, letting Turner integrate components from the platform along with proprietary and third-party solutions.“We are reimagining television by taking a fan-centric, technologically innovative approach to deliver high-quality experiences to our audiences wherever and whenever they choose,” said Aksel van der Wal, executive vice president, digital ventures and innovation, international, Turner.“With Accenture’s flexible video solution, we are continuing to evolve our OTT app development platform and are well-positioned to deliver a wide variety of experiences to a much broader audience.”Sef Tuma, Accenture managing director and digital video lead, said: “Because we’re developing [an] open cloud-based Accenture Video Solution, and providing accelerated delivery services, Turner has the ability to launch multiple brands and services globally on top of it, ultimately giving consumers access to the best content across a variety of platforms.”Turner, in partnership with Warner Bros, announced plans at the start of the year to roll out its US subscription video-on-demand service Filmstruck internationally, starting in the UK.The service went live in the UK in January where it launched in association with cinema brand Curzon. Filmstruck draws primarily on the Warner Bros. library and the Criterion Collection library, as well as other global and local content partners.last_img read more

Unitymedia has promoted Thomas Funke to chief fina

first_imgUnitymedia has promoted Thomas Funke to chief financial officer, replacing Winfried Rapp who was upped to CEO over the summer.Thomas FunkeFunke was previously Unitymedia’s vice president of accounting and finance operations, a role he took in 2015. In his new position he becomes part of the executive board.The news comes after Unitymedia’s parent company, Liberty Global, announced in May the sale of its national companies in Germany and three Eastern European countries to Vodafone.“I am very pleased that the management entrusts me with this responsible task in this crucial transition phase,” said Funke.“The holistic management of the finance department of a successful company like Unitymedia is an exciting task – and a great opportunity for development at the same time.”Rapp said: “I congratulate Thomas cordially on this step and look forward to the trusting cooperation.”last_img read more

Altice Portugal and Rádio e Televisão de Portugal

first_imgAltice Portugal and Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) have agreed to renew the distribution agreements of the public station channels until 2022 on its Meo platform.Altice said that the deal “guarantees stability in the development of the relationship between both companies, and that it marks “opens space for collaboration and innovation in a shared effort of commitment with the country”.Alexandre Fonseca, CEO of Altice Portugal, said: “the renewal of this agreement is another milestone in the relationship between both companies. RTP is one of the historical partners of Altice Portugal, and this agreement once again consolidates the quality on offer of the best television content to our customers, as well as, through communication, technology and content, connecting it to the country and the world.“I also underline the importance and the quality of the professionals of this public television, which in many cases are true symbols of national culture and journalism. “Gonçalo Reis, President of RTP, added: “The continuation of the distribution agreement in a medium-term perspective allows the two companies to work on large-scale projects. We want both to develop additional forms of RTP content distribution on Meo platforms, enabling innovative user experiences, channels or themes.”RTP broadcasts a wide range of Portuguese-language stations on Altice’s Meo service, including seven television channels (RTP 1, RTP 2, RTP 3, RTP Memory, RTP Azores, RTP Madeira and RTP Africa).last_img read more

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first_img Mail Google+ Home NewsWatch Featured WATCH: Clock is ticking on E-Z Pass enrollment deadline FeaturedNewsWatchState News WATCH: Clock is ticking on E-Z Pass enrollment deadline By Tyler BarkerJan 11, 2019, 17:16 pm 469 0 Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Tumblr Facebook Next PostTime to prepare for this weekend’s winter storm Previous PostNicholas County Man Arrested After Letting 10-Year-Old Drive Vehicle Linkedin Pinterest BECKLEY (WOAY)- Our clocks will strike midnight soon and that means your chance at the great E-Z pass deal will be gone. Thousands of you have already signed up, even some of us here at WOAY. The West Virginia Parkways Authority calling it a deal you won’t want to miss out on. We’re just hours away before the E-Z Pass enrollment deadline. You have until midnight Saturday. It’s just 24 dollars for unlimited use on West Virginia Turnpike tolls for the next three years. The deal comes at a good time too. Turnpike tolls are doubling from two dollars to four on Tuesday. The original deadline was New Years Eve. But the Parkways Authority extended it after its website crashed because of all the traffic it was getting. Since the New Year, nearly 45 thousand transponders have been mailed out to people in our area. If you don’t have a transponder, it’s going to cost you an extra 13 dollars. You can sign up bu visiting https://transportation.wv.gov/Turnpike/EZPass/Pages/Create%20an%20E-ZPass%20Account.aspx Twitterlast_img read more

In This Issue… The dollar loosens it grip Jo

first_imgIn This Issue… * The dollar loosens it grip * Jobs market continued to improve * Investors testing Norges * A rate hike in the cards And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Clear as mud… Good day…and a Fabulous Friday to one and all. This will take care of my call from the bullpen for now, so Chris will have the ball for the next couple of weeks until Chuck returns at the end of the month. The summer time heat finally loosened its grip on St. Louis yesterday and the dollar strength which had a tight hold in the markets earlier in the week saw some pullback. We didn’t see much action in the overnight markets Thursday morning so everything was fairly flat when I sat down at my desk. The dollar buying frenzy did subside, but we didn’t see a total reversal that would offset the damage from Tuesday and Wednesday. I guess you could say the US dollar party got a warning for being a little too loud but it hasn’t gotten broken up just yet. I think the novelty of the Fed statements have started to wear away and investors are looking for more confirmation that QE3 really has been relegated back to the basement and additional data before they go much further. That’s not to say we could see some safe haven buying here and there, but I think it would be a while before the Fed could officially rule out additional stimulus measures. With that being said, we could see more emphasis placed on the US economic reports over the next couple of months as investors try and gauge where things actually stand, with the caveat that problems in Europe don’t flare up. While data has seen improvement in certain areas, there hasn’t been enough, in my opinion, to demonstrate the economy has the traction to carry on without the safety net of government stimulus. We did have several reports to talk about from yesterday morning, so let’s jump right in. Starting with the producer price index, wholesale inflation, the annualized figure did fall, as expected, in February to 3.3%, from the previous reading of 4.1%, and marked the slowest year over year gain since 2010. We saw the same thing with the cost of imported goods as the annual figure dropped lower, however, the monthly figure for both PPI and the import index gave us much higher readings than the previous reports. In fact, wholesale prices rose 0.4% from January and reflected the highest increase in five months. The Labor Department prints three monthly inflation reports, two of which we’ve already seen, so today we see the final gauge of inflation for February through the consumer price index. The CPI numbers are expected to fall in line with the other reports by showing no year over year inflation but is expected to show a monthly increase. The headline CPI number is expected to rise 0.4% in February, but core inflation is forecast to remain flat. The only problem with the core calculation is that both food and energy are taken out of the equation, which happens to be the two most frequently used consumer products. When the Fed stated oil will push up inflation temporarily, it’ll be interesting to see just how temporary this scenario plays out, especially if demand really does pick up. Moving over to the employment side of things, the jobs environment demonstrated another week of a step in the right direction as initial jobless claims fell to 351k, the lowest level in four years, from last week’s upward revision to 365k. The four week moving average, which is typically a less volatile figure, held firm at just under 356k. The number of people collecting unemployment benefits, which doesn’t include extended benefits, decreased to 3.34 million. With employment continuing to head in the right direction, the Bloomberg consumer comfort report yielded the highest level since March 2008. The equity markets have been on the rise over the past several months, so seeing positive returns on those portfolio statements also goes a long way in making someone feel a little better. The U. of Michigan confidence report will be released this morning so I’m sure we’ll see another pickup in the happy factor. The TIC flows, which measures international demand for longer term US financial instruments, surged in January to $101 billion. The markets used to pay attention and actually consider this a must see report, but the Fed pretty much threw water all over it when they kicked the printing presses into high gear. Anyway, thoughts of whether Greece would default or get another bailout spurred the safe haven movement into US Treasuries so that pretty much explains the rise. Other than that, nothing new as China and Japan still own over $2 trillion worth of Treasuries combined. Rounding out the remaining data reports from yesterday, the regional manufacturing figures both increased to multi-month highs and points to a rise in the national report, the ISM, which is due on April 2. The other reports that I haven’t touched on include industrial production and capacity utilization. If the secondary manufacturing reports and other indications hold true, we should see improvement in both figures. Looking ahead to next week, it’s shaping up to be a fairly slow week in the data department as it will pretty much be dominated by February housing numbers. As I mentioned earlier, the US dollar lost ground yesterday even though we had some positive economic numbers that could have kept the rally going. It looks like investors were willing to again venture out into the riskier asset arena as equities rose along with the major currencies. The trend that’s been in place for quite some time, which consists of positive US or global economic news promotes a weaker dollar, was back in the ring. I’m sure some of the cheaper prices, namely in gold and silver, enticed investors to get off the couch. The New Zealand dollar topped the charts by turning in a nearly 1.25% performance. An increase in February manufacturing to almost a two year high gave the kiwi an extra shot and gave investors a reason to pick up the currency at a seven week low. We’re starting to see better economic data coming out of New Zealand, but the much larger economy from Australia often casts a shadow they can’t escape. The Swiss franc remained near the top of the currency returns leader board yesterday by gaining just over 1%. The SNB, Swiss National Bank, met yesterday and kept interest rates on hold as expected. There wasn’t any earth shattering news surrounding the meeting, but they did express a more upbeat attitude regarding the economy. The SNB raised its growth forecast for this year by predicting GDP will rise 0.8%, instead of the previous estimate of 0.5%, and pushed away the prospects of a recession. The SNB also reiterated they will defend the 1.20 per euro ceiling that was established in September with the utmost determination. They don’t want to appear overly optimistic and attract too much attention, so continuing to fly under the radar is where policy makers would like to stay. While 4th quarter GDP and investor confidence has risen recently, the central bank is still concerned about deflation derailing the recent economic stabilization. One of the statements from the SNB explained that while the high value of the franc continues to present enormous challenges to the economy, the minimum exchange rate is having an impact. They went on to say the ceiling has reduced the extreme exchange rate volatility and has given business leaders a better basis for planning. In the end, any currency appreciation will be met with government intervention and economic policy changes look to be a long ways down the road, so there’s no reason to spend much time here in the foreseeable future. The Norwegian krone, interestingly enough, finished in the top five after its dismal performance on Wednesday. They did report a record trade surplus in February as rising oil prices boosted exports, but it looks as though speculators were trying to crack the code as the government’s pain threshold on currency gains. The central bank indicated after the rate cut on Wednesday they intend on keeping rates on hold for the rest of the year unless justified otherwise. Policy makers indicated on Wednesday they don’t defend a specific krone level and that interest rate policy will only respond to the extent that the exchange rate affects the inflation outlook. Most of the currencies had solid returns yesterday anyway so I’m not so sure that speculators trying to break the central bank’s resolve was the prime player. Nonetheless, these were some of the news headlines floating around yesterday and had some investors thinking about another Swiss type of situation. The Canadian dollar didn’t have the same returns as New Zealand or Norway, but it did remain in positive territory and got close to breaking back into the $1.01 handle. On the data side of the table, existing home sales in February rose 1.4% and the average home price climbed 2%. We also saw a Canadian consumer confidence poll rise to its highest level in a year. The higher oil prices and positive US data are starting to feed through to the Canadian economy, not to mention two fundamental pillars of strength which include a commodity based economy and a healthy fiscal position. As I was sifting through the news last night, I saw a story that traders now have over a 50% chance that we could see a rate hike by year end. That scenario might be a stretch given the Bank of Canada likes to follow in the Fed’s footsteps when it comes to rate decisions, but just seeing that thought kicked around says a lot about the Canadian economy. Gold and silver saw some renewed life yesterday as they both traded up around 1% throughout the day. Since they have gotten beat up this week, it looks like the buying on dips crowd were stirring around and scooped up the metals at cheaper prices. I also saw where physical gold demand from India yesterday was the highest level since January of last year, so I’m sure that helped as well. As I came in this morning, the overnight markets didn’t really give us any solid direction as everything traded in a fairly tight range. If anything, the dollar has strengthened this morning but nothing to write home about. There weren’t any global economic reports that held any market moving weight, but we did see a measure of European exports rise for a third month in January. If we look back to December and January, the euro was under some selling pressure from the Greek related anxieties so I’m sure that went a long way helping exporters with a cheaper euro. Then there was this… Evidence of a global economic recovery is real, but the level of optimism it has created deserves skepticism, according to The Economist. Growth is likely to be slower this year than last. In the U.S., stimulus should focus on higher wages, affordable housing, increased health care spending, and pensions. “If policymakers get it wrong again, the recovery could yet turn to dust,” the magazine notes. To recap…The dollar couldn’t keep the party going as most of the major currencies appreciated throughout the day. Consumer confidence displayed another rise as the labor market continues to show life. We saw another drop in the initial jobless claims figure and regional manufacturing reports continue to show improvement. The New Zealand dollar rose against the dollar as domestic manufacturing increased to a two year high and the SNB kept rates on hold while reiterating their commitment to the currency ceiling. The Norwegian krone appreciated despite Wednesday’s rate cut and the odds of a rate hike in Canada increased to over 50%. Currencies today. American Style: A$ $1.0529, kiwi .8184, C$ $1.0064, euro 1.3053, sterling 1.5728, Swiss $1.0811, . European Style: rand 7.6424, krone 5.7910, SEK 6.8088, forint 223.79, zloty 3.1641, koruna 18.8008, RUB 29.40, yen 83.72, sing 1.2623, HKD 7.7636, INR 50.3025, China 6.3229, pesos 12.6874, BRL 1.7983, Dollar Index 80.37, Oil $105.20, 10-year 2.31%, Silver $32.42, and Gold. $1,648.18 That’s it for today…I’ll be glued to the tv this weekend with all of the college basketball games, but my focus will be centered this afternoon when the Missouri Tigers hit the court. We also have St. Patrick’s Day this weekend so top o’ the morning to all that have Irish heritage. I have some Irish blood, so maybe I’ll enjoy a green beverage or two on Saturday, but you wouldn’t guess it be looking at me. You would probably think my holiday of choice would be Columbus Day as my Italian features are fairly prominent. Since I have both nationalities running through my veins, I guess I’m set either way. That’s it for me today and Chris will be back in the saddle on Monday, so until next time…Have a Great Day!! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

Click on image to enlarge The Comex Daily Deli

first_img (Click on image to enlarge) The Comex Daily Delivery Report showed that 99 gold and 243 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday within the Comex-approved depositories.  In gold, it was ‘all the usual suspects’.  In silver, the two big short/issuers were JPMorgan Chase and ABN Amro with 120 and 111 contracts respectively.  The biggest long/stoppers were Canada’s own Bank of Nova Scotia with 168 contracts…and then JPMorgan Chase with 59 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday but, once again, the big surprise came from SLV, where an authorized participant added 1,691,162 troy ounces of silver…and is virtually the same size of deposit that was made into SLV on Thursday…almost to the ounce, so I’m wondering if this was an double entry error.  We’ll find out for sure on Monday if/when they revise their number. Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank for the period ending March 21st…they reported that their gold ETF declined by a tiny 8,017 troy ounces…and their silver ETF declined by 200,557 troy ounces during the same period. The U.S. Mint had a smallish report.  They sold only 500 ounces of gold eagles…along with 1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 45,500 ounces of gold eagles…10,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 2,438,000 silver eagles.  Based on these numbers, the silver/gold sales ratio for the month so far is a hair under 44 to 1…which is pretty amazing…and I hope you’re getting your share. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they reported receiving 945,922 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 369,222 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. The Commitment of Traders Report was a surprise.  Silver showed a big improvement in the Commercial net short position…and gold showed a big deterioration in its Commercial net short position. In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by 14.9 million ounces…and as of the Tuesday cut-off stands at 132.2 million ounces. Once the market-neutral spread trades are subtracted out of the total open interest, the Big 4 traders are short 38.8% of the entire Comex silver market on a ‘net’ basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 11.6 percentage points on a net basis.  Add them up and the Big 8 are short 50.4% of the entire Comex silver market…and that’s a minimum percentage. In gold, the Commercial net short position increased by a whopping 2.02 million ounces…blowing out to 16.24 million ounces.  But the ‘good’ news, as Ted Butler pointed out to me on the phone yesterday, was that there was no increase in the short position of the ‘Big 8’ traders…which includes the BIG 3…JPMorgan, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia…and HSBC USA.  All of the increase was the result of the smaller Commercial traders selling some of their long positions for a profit. On a ‘net’ basis the Big 4 traders Commercial traders are short 25.4% of the entire Comex gold market…and the ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 13.7 percentage points of the gold market.  So the Big 8 are short 39.1% of the entire Comex gold market on a ‘net’ basis. In terms of troy ounces held short, the Big 8 are short 13.97 million ounces of gold…which represents 86.0% of the Commercial net short position in that metal.  In silver, the Big 8 are short 264.4 million ounces…and that amount of silver represents 200.0% of the Commercial net short position. Looking at the numbers in the previous paragraph it’s easy to see that, compared to silver, gold appears to be almost a free market…which it isn’t, as the gold market is also rigged seven ways to heaven. Here’s Nick Laird’s incomparable “Days of World Production to Cover Comex Short Positions” chart as of the March 19th cut-off. Silver opened virtually on its high of the day at the beginning of Far East trading on Friday…and was down about twenty cents to the $29 spot price just minutes before 8:30 a.m. in New York. Less than ten minutes later, the price had cratered by about 40 cents…and from there, the price pattern was almost identical to gold’s, with the only minor difference being the fact that the absolute low tick [$28.45 spot] came on a quick spike down at 12:15 p.m. Eastern time. Silver closed at $28.76 spot…down 42 cents from Thursday.  Gross volume was pretty decent at around 42,500 contracts. Despite the fact that gold got smacked pretty good earlier in the day, the gold stocks rallied into positive territory by shortly after 10:00 a.m. in New York.  Then, shortly after that, someone came along and sold the gold stocks off a percent…with the low of the day coming around 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.  From that point, the stocks rallied back slowly, and the HUI finished down 0.73%. Needless to say, the silver stocks didn’t exactly shine yesterday…as virtually all of them finished in the red.  But they did follow almost the same price path as the gold stocks.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Seven Index closed down 1.17%. (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s a series of three photos that my daughter Kathleen sent me yesterday.  What is it with cats and boxes?  And it obviously doesn’t matter about the size of the cat…domestic or otherwise! (Click on image to enlarge) Here’s Nick’s Silver Seven index which shows the longer term. With the obvious exception of the first story, it’s pretty much wall-to-wall stories about Cyprus for you today….and they’re mostly presented in the order I received them yesterday.  These stories seem to change by the hour…and it will be interesting to see how this all turns out. There are no market anymore…only interventions. – Chris Powell, GATA Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ takes me back to my last year in high school in 1966.  This ‘Go-Go’ tune got seemingly endless air time when it was first released…and it’s still a classic to this day.  The group was basically a one-hit wonder…but what a hit it was!  It’s old enough that the youtube.com video clip is in black in white.  I hope you enjoy it…and the link is here. Today’s classical selection is a tone poem by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The Swan of Tuonela was originally composed in 1893 as the prelude to a projected opera called The Building of the Boat. Sibelius revised it two years later as the second of the four sections of the Lemminkäinen Suite (Lemminkäis-sarja), also known as the Four Legends from the Kalevala, Op. 22, which was premiered in 1896. Sibelius revised the tone poem twice, once in 1897 and again in 1900. Here’s the Norwegian Radio Orchestra under the baton of Avi Ostrowsky. This recording is as good as it gets…as is the divine playing of the cor angl’e soloist.  The link is here. Enjoy. Well, it was another case of JPMorgan et al moving the markets because they could…not because there were any fundamental changes in supply and demand in both gold and silver.  If you take a quick peek at platinum and palladium, their chart patterns were unscathed yesterday. As I mentioned earlier this week, “da boyz” can move these market any which way they want…as there are no adults in charge anymore…either at the CFTC or in the mining companies.  Gold seems to have topped out just above the $1,600 price mark for the moment…and silver is safely back under the $29 spot price mark.  Where these markets go from here is unknown, but whatever direction we go in, will have nothing to do with real supply and demand fundamentals. That’s all I have for today.  As I mentioned at the top of this column, I’ll be out of town for a large portion of next week…and I can absolutely guarantee that the columns I post while gone, will be much shorter. I await the Sunday night opening in New York with some degree of interest. As I mentioned earlier this week, “da boyz” can move these market any which way they want NOTE:  I will be on the road most of next week…and will be writing my column on my laptop, which is an ordeal that I put myself through as few times a year as possible.  They will also be as short as I can make them…and the ‘Critical Reads’ section will shrink alarmingly during this time period. The gold price didn’t do a lot for most of the trading day in the Far East on Friday, but starting around 3:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, the price developed a negative bias…and shortly before 1:00 p.m. in London, the decline began more severe.  About forty minutes later…shortly after 8:30 a.m. in New York, it had hit its low tick of the day, which Kitco reported as $1,602.80 spot. The subsequent rally lasted until 10:15…and the price sagged a bit from there until shortly before 2:00 p.m. Eastern.  The gold price gained a couple of dollars from there going into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. In actual fact, it was all a tempest in a teapot, as volume was very light once again yesterday…around 84,000 contracts net, the same as Thursday’s volume.  The gold price closed at $1,609.20 spot…down $5.60 on the day. I couldn’t help but notice that Friday’s silver price path was almost a mirror image of the Thursday price pattern, which is hardly a coincidence I would think. The dollar index opened at 82.86 in early Far East trading on their Friday morning…and more or less traded flat until shortly after 8:30 a.m. in London.  From there it rolled over a hair…and headed south.  The absolute low tick came moments before noon in New York…and then didn’t do much after that…closing the day at 82.37…down 49 basis points from the Thursday close. Once again there was absolutely no correlation between what the dollar index was doing…and what was going on in the Comex paper markets in gold and silver. Sponsor Advertisement 2013 – A Breakout Year for Energy? The energy sector is a volatile market, but it can provide enormous gains to investors who know what they’re doing – and now is the time to get into the two most promising energy trends for 2013 and beyond. Top energy analyst Marin Katusa tells you what you should be bullish and bearish on this year in his special report, The 2013 Energy Forecast. Read it here for free.last_img read more

LESBOS Greece – Fantastic Weclome For The FCB Fo

first_imgLESBOS, Greece – “Fantastic Weclome For The FCB Foundation And The Barça Players’ Association On Lesbos Island (Greece)”, FC Barcelona says in an announcement.The veteran players of FC Barcelona and the Greek National Team, offered a unique game to the Lesbos island’s local community.The game was part of a larger support program of the SNF to Fundacion FC Barcelona.Earlier on Thursday the footballers visited Kara Tepe camp, and following that they held a training session to 80 refugee kids and 120 children of the island, sending the message that sports can be a vehicle for solidarity and is addressed equally to all.The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Barça Players’ Association visited the Kara Tepe refugee camp on Lesbos in Greece on Thursday morning. They arrived in the country on Wednesday to help promote social integration among young refugees.Photo: SNFThe first activity they took part in was a sports clinic for 250 children, which aimed to provide afun activity for the young from both the camp and the local Greek community. The event demonstrated football’s role as a powerful tool to promote social cohesion in communities.There are currently 700 refugees living at the Kara Tepe camp who crossed the Mediterranean from Turkey and who mainly come from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Kara Tepe is a reception camp with various educational and sports projects which go to great lengths to respect the dignity of the large numbers of families, children and disabled children who live there.Juliano Belleti, José Edmílson and Aloísio Pires were the most recognisable faces among a group of fifteen ex-players taking part in the sports session with the children.The Director of the Barça Players’ Association, Luis Ortiz de Zevallos, and Mària Vallès, the General Director of the FC Barcelona Foundation, led the expedition.Photo: SNFThis evening, the ex-Barça players will play a charity match at the Mitilene Stadium, in the island’s capital, against a team made up of Greek ex-footballers. Most of the opposition side played in their national team for their famous European Championship victory of 2004.The FC Barcelona Foundation’s recent actions are another attempt to empower young people, between eight and eighteen-years-old from both the local and refugee communities, towards more positive relationships and social skills, and improved emotional well-being. Our future projects in this area will be possible thanks to a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.The FCB Foundation’s strategic aim to fight social exclusion means it is looking at developing its ‘FutbolNet’ methodology across various camps in the Mediterranean. The goal is to work on conflict resolution among children and young people through football as a means of dialogue.This project will also offer the essential psychosocial support needed to help build their futures.MÀRIA VALLÈS’ STATEMENTS“The solidarity with the refugees on Lesbos island is admirable and is an example for the rest of the world. The FC Barcelona Foundation will contribute, with this visit and future programmes, to strengthening the ties between the refugee community and the local one and will help boys and girls overcome the traumatic circumstances they have suffered from. We want them to know their lives matter.”Photo: SNFPhoto: SNFRead FCB announcement:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

DALY CITY Calif AP — Known for an attacking st

first_imgDALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Known for an attacking style that has led to two of three lowest 72-hole scores in LPGA Tour history, Sei Young Kim had to adapt to win the LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship at tight and tricky Lake Merced Golf Club.Already playing through a back injury that forced her to alter her swing, the 26-year-old South Korean overcame a rough start Sunday in cold and windy conditions, then fended off Bronte Law and Jeongeun Lee6 with a birdie on the first extra hole. She won for the eighth time on the LPGA Tour, improving to 4-0 in playoffs.“I think that this win very hardest to win in my life, ever,” Kim said. “Last seven wins, I played really well final round. But today I wasn’t good final round. So I think that playing style, little tough to win. It means a lot.”Kim Sei-young, of South Korea, smiles after winning the first playoff hole of the Lake Merced Golf Club to win the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Daly City, Calif. Kim was in a playoff with Bronte Law, of England, and Lee Jeong-eun, of South Korea. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)Three strokes ahead entering the day, Kim opened with a double bogey and a bogey and dropped another stroke on No. 8. She birdied the par-5 15th to regain a share of the lead, dropped back with a bogey on the par-3 17th and birdied the par-5 18th for a 3-over 75 and a spot in the playoff at 7-under 281.“Even tough pin position, I try to go to the aggressive strategy,” Kim said. “But that strategy make the first hole and the second hole, third holes like no good result. After that I changed the strategy. If the pin position easy, going to the aggressive. If not, just avoid the pin, stay stable.”Law closed with a 65, finishing about 2 1/2 hours before Kim, and Lee6 had a 67.Kim nearly retraced her regulation path on the 18th in the playoff, almost driving into her own divot and hitting another 4-iron from 199 yards a foot closer than before onto the front right fringe.Kim Sei-young, of South Korea, kisses her trophy on 18th green of the Lake Merced Golf Club after winning the LPGA Mediheal Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Daly City, Calif. Kim was in a playoff with Bronte Law, of England, and Lee Jeong-eun, of South Korea. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)Law left her approach short and right and pitched to 6 feet. Lee6’s approach bounced into the middle of the green, leaving her a 40-foot eagle putt that she hit 6 feet past. After Kim putted to 2 feet, Law missed her birdie putt to the right, and Lee6’s try went left. Kim then ended it.She won for fifth straight year and first since shooting 31-under 257 last summer in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin to break the LPGA Tour record of 27-under 261 she shared with Annika Sorenstam.“Totally different,” Kim said. “When I shoot the 31 under and I look at the hole, just every hole in. But today, it wasn’t. Most hole like miss the hole.”Law, the 24-year-old former UCLA star from England, missed a chance to tie the LPGA Tour record for the largest comeback at 10 strokes.“Obviously, the greens are quite bumpy right now, it makes it kind of difficult at the end,” Law said. “Thought I hit a good putt there, so it didn’t go in. It happens.”She made five birdies in a six-hole stretch in the middle of the round and reached 7 under with a 4-wood to 4 feet for eagle on No. 15. She parred the last three, canceled her scheduled flight and waited to see if she’d win or get into a playoff.“Ultimately, waiting around that long is tough, to even get back into the mindset of, like, ‘OK, I got to go out and play again,’” Law said. “But that’s part of the job.”Lee6 played the final four holes in regulation in 4 under, holing a 12-footer for eagle on 15 and making birdies on 16 and 18.“Not really happy with the three putts,” Lee6 said through a translator.The 22-year-old South Korean has the number in her name because she was the sixth player with the name on the Korean LPGA. She has embraced the number, answering to it and writing a large “6” on her balls. Her South Korean fan club is called “Lucky 6.” Jeongeun Lee5 also plays the LPGA Tour.Lexi Thompson, Amy Yang, Eun-Hee Jiand Charley Hull tied for fourth at 5 under. Thompson, Yang and Ji each shot 71, and Hull had a 74. Hull eagled the 15th to get within a stroke of the lead, then bogeyed the 16th and parred the final two.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cholera is in the headlines again Last fall the

first_imgCholera is in the headlines again. Last fall, the World Health Organization declared an ongoing outbreak in Yemen the worst in recorded history, with more than 1 million cases. The outbreak first struck Yemen back in 2016, surged in May 2017 and has now flared up again. There have been more than 2,500 deaths so far.”We have been confronted with a sharp increase since the beginning of this year,” said Brienne Prusak of Doctors Without Borders (MSF). In that time, they’ve seen an increase from 140 to 2,000 cases per week to reach about 1.4 million cases since the outbreak began. Since January, the death toll has been 190.Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, cases are surfacing in Mozambique and other affected countries. This week, the first death from cholera in Mozambique was reported in the city of Beira.It’s a reminder that an ancient disease – and one which is easily treatable — can still take a terrible toll in modern times.Fast KillerCholera can kill a person in a matter of hours.It’s a severe gastrointestinal disease, transmitted by a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae. And it can trigger so much diarrhea and vomiting that patients can rapidly become dehydrated. They can lose so much fluid that their internal organs shut down.As we reported in 2016, the water-borne disease has been around for centuries, and it remains a global health risk. According to the World Health Organization there are roughly 3 million cases a year and 90,000 deaths.Cases crop up throughout the world — particularly when crisis strikes and clean drinking water is not available, as in Yemen. Cholera often spreads through water that has been contaminated by bacteria; it often enters the water from the diarrhea of someone who is infected.On March 14, Cyclone Idai wrought devastation across Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, with more than 815 reported deaths. In the wake of the disaster, which was the worst to hit southern Africa in two decades according to UNICEF, 3 million people need humanitarian assistance, half of them are children.In addition to injuring thousands, the cyclone also damaged infrastructure and flooded sources of drinking water, especially in the hardest-hit port city of Beira, Mozambique.”The cyclone substantially damaged the city’s water supply system, resulting in many people having no access to clean drinking water,” Gert Verdonck, MSF’s emergency coordinator in Beira, said in a statement. “This means that they have no option but to drink from contaminated wells. Some people are even resorting to drinking stagnant water by the side of the road.”Public health officials were concerned about the possible spread of cholera in Mozambique–and last week, five cases were confirmed.By Monday, that number had jumped to 1,000 suspected cases.”There are seven emergency cholera treatment centers operational in Beira and two more being set up. Two additional centers are being set up in Nhamatanda,” David Wightwick, the World Health Organization’s team leader in Beira, told the Associated Press.WHO will begin administering 900,000 doses of the oral cholera vaccine on Wednesday.The disease recently struck other countries in Africa as well. Last year, there were 10,000 cholera cases in northern Nigeria — a record for that region — with 175 known deaths. Public health specialists fear that Nigeria is headed toward another outbreak following a recent spate of violence that has led to overcrowding at displacement camps.Last year, there were also outbreaks in Zimbabwe, Niger, Cameroon, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Tanzania, according to WHO.Ancient HistoryEven though cholera is making headlines in 2019, it’s hardly a new disease.”It’s been in the Ganges delta from time immemorial,” says Dr. David Sack, a professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Cholera began spreading from India throughout the West in the early 1800s with more global trade and travel by ships, he explained, with cases cropping up from Russia and Western Europe to Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia.”It was a disease that affected large parts of the world,” he says. And it killed millions of people as it spread across the globe. Left untreated, cholera has a fatality rate of about 50 percent.”At that time, we didn’t know what caused it,” says Sack, who’s spent much of his career studying the disease. “We didn’t know how to treat it.”Theories about the cause of the illness were plentiful. The leading suspect was the foul air rising from sewers and piles of rotting trash in cities; poison from the soil was another possible culprit. Others looked higher up for a cause: Some church leaders said it was retribution by God for sinful behavior.Nearly all of the theories had a common thread, though. There appeared to be a link between cholera and overcrowded urban areas.Finally, in the 1850s, an English doctor named John Snow became a legend of public health for figuring out that an outbreak in the Soho neighborhood of London was linked to a single drinking water source. Dr. Snow is credited with stopping the raging outbreak, which claimed 10,000 lives across London, by taking the handle off of the Broad Street water pump.Snow argued correctly that water contaminated with sewage was spreading the illness from one resident to another. But he still didn’t know exactly what the water was contaminated with; at the time, the pathogen that caused cholera hadn’t yet been discovered. He theorized that it might be tiny parasites or germs or some “poison” able to reproduce in the water.Around the same time an Italian scientist, Filippo Pacini, identified the bacteria that causes cholera. But his discovery wouldn’t be widely accepted for decades — and in the meantime, millions more died.Souped-Up Sugar WaterCholera now is a treatable disease — as long as the patient gets medical attention quickly.”A patient with cholera should never die,” Sack says. “If they get to a treatment center in time, if they still have a breath, we can save their life.”Treatment consists of simply keeping the person hydrated. If they are capable of drinking, they can be treated with oral rehydration fluids — basically souped-up sugar water. This strategy works in about 80 percent of cholera cases. In more severe cases, the patient may need to be given fluids intravenously alongside antibiotics.There are also three vaccines that can be administered in areas where cholera is endemic or when an epidemic begins to spread. More than 30 million people have been immunized since the oral vaccines were developed in the late 1980s.WHO’s Global Task Force for Cholera Control announced a plan in October 2017 to end cholera by reducing cholera deaths by 90 percent and eliminating the disease in as many as 20 countries by 2030.A major challenge, however, is access to safe water and good sanitation — both key to preventing outbreaks. Otherwise, cholera persists even after an epidemic begins to slow.Lessons From HaitiOne of the biggest outbreaks in history took place in Haiti, where cholera was introduced by U.N. Peacekeepers in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. It spread quickly; since 2010, there have been 819,000 cases and nearly 10,000 deaths from the disease.In 2018, Haiti saw fewer than 4,000 suspected cases and 41 deaths — a massive improvement even from the year before.But there is always the chance of resurgence — especially as public health resources shift to the growing 2019 outbreaks.”This significant progress so far is to be considered with great caution,” the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a January 2019 report on the Haiti outbreak.”As long as cholera is circulating on the Haitian territory, an upsurge and expansion of the epidemic is possible.”And that’s a reminder that this ancient disease is still a powerful threat.Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

The redbricked St Stephens Church on Hanover St

first_imgThe red-bricked St. Stephen’s Church on Hanover Street in Boston’s historic North End is the last Boston church still standing that was designed by famed architect, Charles Bulfinch. Since those early days, St. Stephen’s history has become almost as diverse as the congregants who have worshipped on its grounds for the past 300 years. The land originally held a building that dated back to the early 1700’s and was used for the services of a Congregational Society, of which, Paul Revere and his father were members. In 1804, a new building designed by Bulfinch replaced the older church; and in 1805 a bell made by Paul Revere was hung in the bell tower. Ten years later, the New North Church, as it was called, changed to a practice of Unitarianism, which was one of the more prevalent faiths of Bostonians at that time. *Advertisement* Today, the church holds Masses, funerals, baptisms for residents and those visiting the area, as well as being the headquarters for the St. James Society. It is used by local schools for their musical concerts, along with the North End Musical and Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC). It has also become a regular stopping point for those exploring the North End and its history. “I am proud to represent a district that is so rich in history. It is important to continue to maintain these older structures so they can be preserved and enjoyed by generations to come.”, said Representative Michlewitz. St. Stephen’s Church is showing its age and recent inspections showed that the bell tower is in need of repair. Much of the wood has been found to have “rot” and the entire structure needs to be repainted with a weather-resistant paint, in addition to the gilding that needs to be done to the dome with of gold leaf paint. Along with funds raised by the church itself, the State repair grant will serve to restore the bell tower back to its original state. St. Stephen’s from Paul Revere Mall By the mid-1800’s, a large influx of Irish Catholic immigrants had settled in the North End with no local place to worship, so the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston purchased the available building in 1862. Fires damaged the structure in both 1897 and 1929; therefore, a rebuilding of the interior was required and was overseen by Charles Bulfinch – great grandson of the original architect. In 1965, Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, authorized the restoration of the church to the original Charles Bulfinch design. During his career, Bulfinch designed many buildings throughout Massachusetts including the Massachusetts State House and University Hall at Harvard University, as well as designing parts of the U.S. Capitol building. St. Stephen’s Church is the last church in Boston designed by Bulfinch still standing, and is registered with the National Register of Historic Places. The historic bell tower at Saint Stephen’s Church on Hanover Street received $125,000 for its much needed repair in State funding allocated by State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz. The earmark is included in the proposed fiscal 2020 budget and follows recent allocations for North End parks. Over the years, the building has become a landmark, emblematic of all the generations of Patriots and immigrants who had, at one time or another, lived and worshiped in the North End. Among those were Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy’s family, who had her baptized at St. Stephen’s in the late 1800’s. Rose’s funeral Mass in 1995 was held there as well. North End neighbors and supporters of the church are also helping to fund the remaining balance for the restoration. Leading the restoration campaign, Philip Frattaroli added, “We are grateful to Representative Michlewitz and his staff for taking on this cause. Without the funds they secured, this may not have been possible. We hope the North End community supports this important project to preserve a piece of history.” [View this fundraiser event post.] Fr. David Costello, St. Stephen’s rector, keeps the doors open at times as much as practical so that those walking along the Freedom Trail may step inside to see a bit of Boston’s great history. Along with studying Bulfinch’s architectural style, visitors are able to view cases containing some of the nails and tools used by Paul Revere, which are on display just inside the church’s doors. And the bell tower holding Revere’s bell can be seen from several vantage points including the Paul Revere Mall where his statue stands. It is our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at NorthEndWaterfront.com! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Contribute online at the links below or checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and special updates from the editor.*Become a Patron (Rewards!)* or *Make a One-Time Contribution*last_img read more

From Passaic to Palermo and Nashville to the North

first_imgFromPassaic to Palermo and Nashville to the North End, they’re bringing Primamusic into the 21st century with new energy and attitude to match. Comejoin the fun at the opening night of the 100th Saint Anthony’sFeast! Born into an undeniable musical legacy, Louis Prima Jr. picks up the torch lit by his iconic father and leads his incarnation of The Witnesses headfirst into the future. Next stop is the Bandstand of the 100th Saint Anthony’s Feast on Friday, August 23, 2019.  Theirseamless blend of big band jazz, insanely danceable swing and real rock androll has been wowing crowds worldwide for over a decade. Equal parts bandleaderand ringmaster, Prima Jr. brilliantly distills the finest elements of hisfather’s five-decade career through a contemporary filter, adding his ownindelible stamp. “This is the happiest music on Earth!” *Advertisement* Celebratethe 100th Saint Anthony’s Feast with this spectacular performance,as Louis and the Witnesses jumps, jives, an’ wails “Prima-style,” withtheir own thoroughly modern playlist. Enjoy an evening of classics from theLouis Prima catalog, selections from LPJ & Co.’s two CDs (Return of theWildest! and BLOW) and a healthy dose of sure-to-please surprises.  Therest of the Centennial Schedule will be announced soon on:  www.stanthonysfeast.com.last_img read more

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ester Cola, assisted by Taiheiyo-SEDC community relations officers Gines Boltron and Efren Labrado, turned over the goats to the beneficiaries in a simple ceremony recently.Cola, Taiheiyo manager for human resource, encouraged the beneficiaries to sustain the project to benefit more residents in San Fernando.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionPursued under the two companies’ joint Social Development Management Program, the goat-raising project started on July 15, 2009 with only 10 beneficiaries. The beneficiaries were given 10 does (female goat) and two bucks (male goat) for breeding.After the goats gave birth, the beneficiaries returned the first two offspring of their respective goat to the organization for distribution to new members. Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege PhilHealth: Premium hike covers those earning P8K, informal workers, OFWs Capital One Data Breach A GOAT-RAISING livelihood project initiated by Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc. and materials supplier Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) four years ago in the hinterland barangay of Bugho in San Fernando town, southern Cebu has yielded 84 offspring and 12 new beneficiaries.Twelve of the offspring were turned over to each of the new beneficiaries, while the 27 were sold and the remaining 45 were kept for breeding.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep MOST READ 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 Read Next Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents View commentslast_img read more

by Bosako Iyolangomo FFWPU Zimbabwe On 20th of Ma

first_imgby Bosako Iyolangomo, FFWPU ZimbabweOn 20th of March 2017, we held an character education program for the youth at our Peace Embassy. We had 19 participants and they had many questions which leads to an introduction of to Divine Principle.Some of the participants showed interest in becoming a Character Education teacher so they asked for more education programs. And they want to have a 2-day Divine Principle workshop as well.The national coordinator of Zimbabwe Scout association was also among the participant this time. He particularly wants many children to receive character education as well as Divine Principle lectures during Easter Holiday.That is why we are going to have 2-day and 7-day workshop soon. These programs will help the young people in Zimbabwe to know about True Parents and their teaching. As Scout association of Zimbabwe is dealing with many young people in every corner of Zimbabwe.last_img read more

Opening Plenary Session At the outset of the progr

first_imgOpening Plenary SessionAt the outset of the program, Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Chairman of UPF North America, and Dr. Michael Jenkins, President of the Washington Times Foundation, each emphasized the centrality of God-centered families to the resolution of the challenges of our time in their opening remarks.“As Richard de Sena [President of UPF USA and emcee for the day’s program] said, I wear many, many hats…[but] I am very proud of myself. I have only one focus and one hat at the end of the day. Even though we have many critical challenges these days, I am a family man…. This is the only hat I wear and carry with me all the time, wherever I go, whenever I wake up, whenever I go to sleep. More than anything else, the greatest and most critical point is how we can bring family values back to our American society, government, and community.” –Dr. Ki Hoon Kim“The Washington Times Foundation…calls upon all people to solve their problems by recognizing that we have one Creator, one Heavenly Parent, and that if we understand that, we can see that we don’t have enemies. We should not see others as our enemies. They’re just part of our family that’s a little uppity, and the way our family will calm down and come together is we have to live for them. We have to show that we’re more concerned about them than we are about ourselves. Then even an uppity relative can have your back. They can really change.” –Dr. Michael JenkinsThey were followed by Maria L. Vargas, President of the Sun International Peace Federation and Executive Director of the Office of Latin Affairs of UPF USA, who added to their comments a passionate articulation of the necessity of peacemakers committed to creating a world of peace.“We have tools with us today like never in history to bring about rapid change, to bring sustainable development, to end poverty, to end disease. We have the tools, we need the political will and the continued commitment of all peacemakers throughout the world. I have worked with the United Nations—this is my 24th year. What I have learned and seen the most is what a few committed people can do. It does not take masses to change society. It is the heart, and the fire, and the spirit of the Creator that motivates these people. You, distinguished leaders in this room, are the light, are the peacemakers, are the very same ones that will usher us into a new world of peace.” –Maria L. VargasMain ProgramAfter these opening remarks, Mr. Thomas McDevitt, Chairman of UPF USA, took the stage to introduce the purpose and goals of the day’s program. According to Mr. McDevitt, the event, titled “Discovering a New Paradigm to Address Our Critical Challenges,” was organized to identify an easily replicable model of education that can provide American citizens and leaders with the intellectual and heartistic insights needed to find meaning and meet the contemporary challenges of our time.The program consisted of four sessions, titled “True Character, Leadership, and Governance,” “Marriage and Family as Our Essential Resource,” “Building Community and Civil Society Beyond the Boundaries of Race and Religion,” and finally, “America as God’s Hope—Is This Even Possible Today?”Key tools provided to the attendees of the program were a pen, a highlighter, and a “sourcebook” that included selected readings on each of the day’s four main topics, as well as historic speeches given by the founders of UPF and the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU), Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, and prominent addresses given by American presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.Each session proceeded in four parts. First, a representative reader would read aloud from the sourcebook on a particular theme. Then, a commentator actively working in a related field was invited to convey briefly their insights about the reading. The rest of the attendees would then engage in roundtable discussions to share their takeaways. Finally, a few representatives summarized their roundtable insights and presented them to the entire room, making for an altogether unique and interactive educational experience.Many powerful readers, commentators, and audience members contributed to the program throughout the day. During the second session, Dr. Michael Balcomb, President of FFWPU USA, for instance, invited the audience to join the growing Marriage Blessing Movement, a collaborative effort to revive family values through the reinvigoration of marriage in America and around the world. Pastor Tanya Edwards of the Family Church of New York City later gave an impassioned reading for the fourth session, declaring with conviction after her reading her confidence that concerted effort can bring America back to God. And Joseph Placide, President of Sure Access Communications, described eloquently the challenge and opportunity now faced by America and the world to bring about much needed change.“What is our responsibility, given that we have so much to give and that we’ve been given so much? Within the boundaries of this great nation lie all of the possibilities for good. But we are also faced with many of the perils that can consume us and cause paralysis, preventing us from doing good. Around the world, in many places, it’s still the best of times. In others places, well, I don’t have to enumerate the problems for you. What am I asking of everyone here, what am I asking of myself—that collectively, we have to do what? We must look deeper, look inward, do more, aim higher, and go further.” –Joseph PlacideThroughout the day, attendees were also privileged to hear musical selections from Grammy Award nominee Bruce Stephen Foster, whose set ranged from beautiful renditions of pop hits like the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” and Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” to intricate classical guitar melodies from Barcelona—which were so astutely played that they even moved some to get up and dance.Get InvolvedTwo more pilot sessions of the ALC are scheduled to take place in Clifton New Jersey on March 25 and in Washington, D.C. on April 1. Anyone interested in attending the programs to offer feedback and support the development of ALC nationally and in his or her local community is welcome to attend.For the American Leadership Conference in New Jersey, you can register here. The first of three pilot sessions of the American Leadership Conference (ALC) took place at the 4 W 43rd St. Learning Center in Manhattan on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), The Washington Times Foundation, and the Sun International Peace Federation, the program brought together approximately 100 attendees for a day of focused study, reflection, and discussion on the themes essential to successful and principled leadership. by Mi Young Eaton, UPF-USAlast_img read more

Prepared by FFWPU Burkina Faso As part of the 70d

first_imgPrepared by FFWPU Burkina FasoAs part of the 70-day condition that was launched to support the Africa Summit, a blessing campaign was also launched at the national level.It is in this context that with the support and commitment of the King of Tenkodogo, a blessing was organized in this city for couples from a village close to the name of Wendtangin on January 13, 2018.Having been prevented at the last minute, the King dispatched four of his ministers to represent him at the ceremony. The opening speech of the King read by his emissaries which was very moving and in line with the vision of the FFWPU, peace begins above all in the family.Following the opening remarks, a presentation of the blessing was given by Vice President M. BARRE Harouna. The explanation of the stages of the blessing was given by director Blessed Family Department, Mr. NONGUIERMA Arouna. And Mr. and Mrs. TRAORE Bakary who resides in the city of Tenkodogo, were the officiators.32 couples agreed to receive holy wine, receive the blessing of marriage from True Parents and observe 40-day separation period. A second phase of blessing is provided for those who were present without their spouse.Indemnity Stick CeremonyOn February 22, 2018 we held the indemnity stick ceremony for 17 couples after their 40-day separation period in the village of Wendtangin.last_img read more

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first_img More: More From Fedor Emelianenko, the man who still has to be regarded as the most successful heavyweight fighter in MMA history, returns on Saturday night to the exact spot where he went from myth to human.On June 26, 2010, in just his second fight with Strikeforce, Emelianenko was facing Fabricio Werdum in San Jose, Calif., at what was then the HP Pavilion and is now the SAP Center, a hotbed for MMA for more than a decade that had housed some of the most historically significant fights in history. By no means was the fight expected to be one-sided, as Werdum was among the most skilled heavyweights in the sport and had been in the ring and cage with top competition for years.Still, few thought Werdum would win. For all real purposes, Emelianenko had gone 33 fights without a clean loss. The lone blemish on his record came nearly ten years earlier, a cut stoppage from an illegal elbow in a bout with Tsuyoshi Kosaka. By all rights that fight should have been a disqualification on Kosaka or a no contest. But it was in Japan in 2000. The sport was in its formative years, with no set rules, and decisions didn’t always make logical sense.While no championship was at stake, many considered Emelianenko the legitimate heavyweight world champion going into that fight. He had been champion of Pride when it had the best heavyweight talent in the world since 2003. Pride may have gone out of business, but Fedor had not lost since. Even when Werdum got him in a triangle — because Emelianenko had found himself in deep trouble in so many fights, yet always managed to find his way out — it was hard to envision he could lose. Time seemingly stood still as he was in that triangle, and then he tapped out.That shocking moment — one of the most memorable in the sport’s history — seems to have less meaning to Emelianenko (35-4-1-1) than fans.When asked if it means something to him to come back to the same location more than six years later, he unemotionally replied through an interpreter, “Maybe not, this is how it happened due to God.”Emelianenko headlines Saturday’s Bellator show on Spike TV against Matt Mitrione (11-5), a former college football star at Purdue who bounced around the NFL for a few years before making a name for himself with his outgoing personality as a mid-level UFC heavyweight. One year ago, he let his UFC contract expire, frustrated with the organization, and signed with Bellator, a decision he said he has never second-guessed.”I didn’t like where UFC was headed,” Mitrione said. “I didn’t like the forced nature of things. I didn’t like the way we were manipulated.” His deal started when he auditioned for a sport as a color commentator for Bellator’s kickboxing league, and was told that they wouldn’t hire him for that spot if he still worked for UFC.”It’s played out well,” he said. “I’m happy at all levels, happy with the appreciation, happy with the opportunity I’ve gotten at all levels. I don’t see this as being a short-term thing. Its not a way to get back. I’ll retire with Bellator.”Bellator president Scott Coker noted that the deal to bring Emelianenko back to the U.S. was very different from his previous one in 2009 when he was running Strikeforce. Back then it was all about negotiations with M-1 Global, which made getting on the same page very difficult. This deal had its rocky moments, but in the end it was Coker and Emelianenko who struck an agreement without third-party involvement.”Honestly, we kind of talked about a deal, and we got some lawyers involved, and then it got kind of hung up,” said Coker. “And then I jumped on a call with Fedor and his translator, Tanya, and we hammered it out in 45 minutes.”We had hired a lawyer in Russia to represent us. It took three or four months of back-and-forth, and once we started talking directly, 45 minutes later, we had a deal, and they inked it within a couple of days.””The contract is for several fights, so that’s the goal,” said Emelianenko, who said how long he remains in the sport is God’s will.Mitrione is about four inches taller, and will probably be 20 or more pounds heavier. He’s also more athletic than most of Emelianenko’s previous foes. But none of that seems to have any effect on Emelianenko.”At this moment, I don’t have any concerns,” he said. “We’ll see during the fight.”But at 40 — and ever since the Werdum loss — it’s clear he’s not the same fighter he once was. Even Fedor himself admits things are different.”I feel myself getting old,” he said. “But the training is still the same. I’m the same weight. The training is always very difficult, hard and long.”Mitrione is 38 yet, having come to the sport in his thirties, says he doesn’t necessarily feel the encroachment of age.”I’m really lucky, but I don’t feel differently,” he said. “I believe I’m a Highlander. I’m not the only one, but I’m one of the few. My body feels great. It feels fantastic, I also changed the way I train. I don’t spar with big gloves and I don’t take punches to the face in training. 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first_img Print 6/23/2017, 12:08 p.m. Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* 000 Events A New Flea Market Is Coming to Central Square Central Square Business Association and New England Open Markets are bringing a Brooklyn-inspired flea market to Cambridge. center_img Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. By Eliza Sullivan· Image via FacebookNew England Open Markets and the Central Square Business Association are bringing a new open air market to Cambridge on June 25. Central Flea is inspired by the flea markets of Brooklyn and designed to celebrate urban diversity.The market will feature Afro-centric artists, local makers and entrepreneurs, vintage and antique dealers, an assortment of food trucks, and live music. There will also be free painting and planting sessions by Paint Nite during the day. You can expect to see Boston favorites like Bon Me, the Bacon Truck,  and 1369 Coffee House among the group of over 150 vendors at the event.“We wanted to make it 100 percent authentic to Central Square,” said Michael Monestime, executive director of the CBSA, in a statement. “We wanted something for everybody—regardless of age, race or class.” Embracing Central Square’s identity was a crucial part of developing the market for both the CBSA and NEOM. “We hope the Central Flea gives them an outlet much closer to home, in the cultural epicenter of Central Square,” said Chris Masci, executive director of NEOM.As of right now, the market is only on for June 25, but it will be back Sundays July 9 – October 29 pending city approval. Given the chance, it looks like this will become a Central Square summer fixture.June 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 95 Prospect Street, newenglandopenmarkets.com.last_img read more