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first_imgThe North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, July 9, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet Street.The two large items up for discussion are a proposed tobacco shop at 87 Salem Street and the proposed Cross Street development, which involves moving the Citizens Bank over on Cross Street, filling the corner space with a Starbucks at 198 Hanover Street.Notice: The Starbucks proposal may be withdrawn given the Mayor’s statement of opposition.*Advertisement* See the full agenda below.last_img

I know he is on a sixfight win streak but I am

first_img“I know he is on a six-fight win streak but I am confident that I can knock him out because most Mexican boxers can easily get hit because they love to brawl. I just hope the jackpot of hitting him hard will come early,” Villanueva said.Meanwhile, Roli ‘Zuma’ Gasca (20-4-1; 5 KOs) will be fighting a heavier Lande Olin (11-4), who is 4lbs heavier than the 122lbs catch weight. Gasca perfectly weighed in at 122lbs. ALA Trainer Edito Villamor demanded that Olin shed off at least two to three pounds.Thai Khunkiri Wor Wisaruth (10-5-1) also weighed in at 126lbs, two pounds heavier than the 124lbs catch weight while his opponent Mark Vincent “Machete” Bernaldez (11-0; 7 KOs) came at an exact 124lbs.Read Next Servania and Concepcion will duel for the WBO Intercontinental Super Bantamweight title.According to Servania, he was advised by fellow ALA Boxer AJ “Bazooka” Banal (29-2-1, 21KOs) to be cautious all the time. Banal lost to Concepcion in 2008 via 10th round knock-out when they fought for the WBA Interim World Super Flyweight title.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal“He told me that I have to be careful all the time because Concepcion is a power puncher and a brawler,” Servania said.“I’ll play my own game and try not to be distracted by his antics. I am pumped up to knock him out and avenge Banal,” Servania added. MOST READ Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SMC bags Bulacan airport projectcenter_img Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Psychological edge vs home-court advantage Concepcion and Servania also electrified the packed Active Zone of Ayala Center Cebu crowd when they made the traditional stare down where they exchanged heated words. Concepcion’s handler Carlos Costa stepped in to avoid trouble.MORE STORIESnewsinfoSenate resolution congratulating Pacquiao filednewsinfoMan dies after watching Pacquiao fight, another rushed to hospitalnewsinfoTribal poll tension gives way to cheers at Pacquiao fightMORE STORIESnewsinfoSenate resolution congratulating Pacquiao filednewsinfoMan dies after watching Pacquiao fight, another rushed to hospitalnewsinfoTribal poll tension gives way to cheers at Pacquiao fightConcepcion hurriedly left the venue after the weigh-in.VILLANUEVA EYES KO WINMeanwhile, ALA Boxing Gym stalwart “King” Arthur Villanueva (23-0, 13KOs) and his opponent, Mexican Edgar “Chololo” Martinez (16-7,10KOs) both tipped the scales at 115lbs. They will figure in a 12-round showdown for the WBO International Super Flyweight title in the card’s co-main event.According to Villanueva, he will just study Martinez’s style in the first round since he was not able to find the latter’s fight tape. The unbeaten boxer though, promised to score an impressive victory.ADVERTISEMENT WBO Asia Pacific Super Bantamweight champ Genesis “Azukal” Servania (22-0, 8KOs) and former WBA World Light Flyweight champion Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion of Panama both weighed at the division limit of 122lbs during yesterday’s official weigh-in as the greenlight is flashed for the much-anticipated Pinoy Pride XXII: The Revenge slated at 6 tonight at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.The weigh-in was done at the Active Zone of Ayala Center Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros View commentslast_img read more

In this photo taken in May 2015 Senior Supt Fer

first_imgIn this photo, taken in May 2015, Senior Supt. Fermin Armendarez III, chief of CIDG-7, checks one of the firearms seized in simultaneous raids in the different parts of Cebu. Last Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, CIDG-7 police officers nabbed two men for delivering a paper bag containing 2.5 kilograms of shabu valued at P28.5 million. (Photo by JUNJIE MENDOZA/Cebu Daily News)CEBU CITY —Wanting to have money for Christmas, two men agreed to deliver for another man a paper bag decorated like a Christmas gift without knowing what was really in it.So Friday, at around 6 p.m., Roljoy Rosette, 33, and Joshel Delfin de Jesus, 28, delivered the “gift” to the recipient on Sixth Street at the North Reclamation Area in Cebu City.ADVERTISEMENT London rated best city for students View comments Bar test panel chairs for 2019, 2020 vow ‘very reasonable examination’ He said agents would start tracing who the suppliers of Rosette and De Jesus were.“We also would want to know if it was really them whom we talk to before the operation,” Armendarez said.He said he believed there were still individuals who continued peddling shabu despite the relentless campaign against illegal drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte.“That has been their source of income. They will really find a way to continue their operations especially that Christmas is approaching,” Armendarez said.Rosette and De Jesus are currently detained at the CIDG-7 stockade.According to the records of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), police confiscated a total of P99.1-million worth of shabu in the region from July 1 to Dec. 1.At least 4,306 drug suspects hav been arrested in various police operations, while 91,856 drug dependents and peddlers have surrendered to authorities.A total of 149 drug suspects have been killed in police operations, while 219 have been gunned down by unknown assailants. -ATM MOST READ Read Next Dagupan church workers, parishioners back Villegas amid sedition raps The recipient turned out to be an undercover police officer – and inside the paper bag were two large packs of metamphetamine hydrochloride, or shabu, weighing a total of two and a half kilograms and valued at P29.5 million, according to an estimate of the Dangerous Drugs Board.After handing over the bag, the undercover officer gave them another paper bag that contained bills.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOBREAK: Suspension of Lotto operations lifted – PaneloNEWSINFODuterte to Cayetanos: ‘Kailan kaya matapos ang dynasty niyo?’NEWSINFOIndian family caught taking items from Bali hotel, sparking criticism onlineAt this point other cops came out and arrested them.The two men will be sued for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, a nonbailable offense, according to Supt. Fermin Armendarez, deputy chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG-7). WBC suspends Whyte’s status as interim world heavyweight champion Philippines ‘fires off’ diplomatic protest over Chinese vessels circling Pag-asa Island “Had I known that the paper bag contained shabu, I would not have agreed to deliver it. I really had no idea what its content was,” Rosette, a resident of Barangay Quiot, said.He said he didn’t know the passenger’s name but he could remember his face.He said the passenger gave him P250 as taxi fare.Rosette said he requested his friend De Jesus, a construction worker, to accompany him in delivering the paper bag.“I regretted delivering the paper bag,” Rosette said.In his own defense, De Jesus said he agreed to accompany Rosette, hoping that he too would get P1,000 from the passenger.“We could use the money this Christmas,” De Jesus said.But Armendarez said, CIDG-7 received an information four months earlier that the suspects had been selling large amounts of shabu.The CIDG-7 agents transacted with the suspects but the latter allegedly refused to deal with them early on.“They were very elusive,” Armendarez said. “But we did not give up until they finally gave in to our request at around 2 p.m. today (Friday).” Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian coffee magnate’s body found by river LATEST STORIES PNP chief warns drug lords: Drug war to be relentless amid Holy Week PLAY LIST 01:13PNP chief warns drug lords: Drug war to be relentless amid Holy Week01:592 suspected terrorists linked to Daulah Islamiyah nabbed in QC00:55Duterte still trusts ex-Customs chief Lapeña despite drug raps, says Palace03:26PCSO 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 The complaint will be filed against the suspects before the Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office next week.MORE STORIESnewsinfoDagupan church workers, parishioners back Villegas amid sedition rapsnewsinfoLondon rated best city for studentsnewsinfoBar test panel chairs for 2019, 2020 vow ‘very reasonable examination’MORE STORIESnewsinfoDagupan church workers, parishioners back Villegas amid sedition rapsnewsinfoLondon rated best city for studentsnewsinfoBar test panel chairs for 2019, 2020 vow ‘very reasonable examination’Both Rosette and Delfin denied peddling illegal drugs.“We were just requested to deliver this one,” Rosette, a driver of a motorcycle-for-hire, told reporters.He said it was a male passengers requested him to deliver the paper bag to another man who would pick it up on Sixth Street in Barangay Carreta.The passenger, he said, promised to give him P1,000 after the delivery.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Page 1 2Because I am a cofounder of a technolog

first_imgPage: 1 2Because I am a co-founder of a technology startup, people are often surprised when they learn that I have an MBA. Tech in general (and Silicon Valley in particular) can be very harsh to people with MBAs. After making my way into the tech community, here are a few pieces of advice that I have for those who want to make a mark in this sector.Earn Their Respect: Learn to CodeThis goes without saying: if you want to live in water, swimming is not optional. The best way to make an impact at a startup and earn the respect of engineers is knowing how to code. It helps if you have a technical education, but two years of business school might have made you rusty. It’s probably time to update the older IDE on your laptop and start coding again. If you don’t have a technical background, you can start taking some online courses to help you learn the language of the streets in the Valley. An MBA friend of mine who figured out pretty early that he wanted to go the tech route started his online MS in Computer Science while he was getting his MBA. At my company, I take care of the entire backend of my app in addition to data science modules.[RELATED: Harvard Business School Launches New Program to Recruit More Women]Try Not to Use MBA BuzzwordsIs delivering value to users your top priority? Are you itching to do a SWOT analysis of your company and your competitors? Or maybe a “3Cs” and “4Ps” analysis? Hold on. First, you might want to use a common language people understand. Try to not to use words like strategy, top-level, value, framework, etc. in everyday speech; there are better words available. Secondly, stay away from frameworks – nothing puts off startup employees and founders more. Even if you have a framework in mind, just break it down into its components when communicating.Understand Where You Can HelpEvery now and then, you’ll be part of a conversation where people question why MBAs even exist. Don’t believe me? Watch the HBO show “Silicon Valley” and you’ll notice how the characters treat Jared. Unlike an engineering degree, an MBA doesn’t make you immediately productive at an startup. Even if you are involved in marketing or business development, which are critical functions, engineering will almost always take precedent at tech startups.Show Your Business Acumen SubtlyWe know you learned a lot at business school. Engineers have a tendency to get bogged down in details and often miss the big picture. Time to use your business skills! A good way to demonstrate how smart you are is to intervene at the right time, such as during product review meetings. You can (and should) bring in your market research and influence the product roadmap. But remember: don’t use buzzwords or frameworks when communicating.(Continued on next page)Page: 1 2 be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 read more

A highlight feature of this years Black Enterpris

first_imgA highlight feature of this year’s Black Enterprise TechConneXt Tech Summit, held last weekend in Burlingame, C.A., was the Innovation Lab. Several companies, including FedEx and black-owned tech startups, demonstrated a wide range of products and services. Here are a few of those founders in action:Brock Christoval, founder and CEO of Flyspan, showed his company’s solution for enterprise drone fleet management. His intelligent drone management software allows businesses that operate multiple drones (for delivery, for example) to have granular, real time control over their drone fleet.Christoval, an engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Science Engineering from Tuskegee University, launched the company in 2013 along with another engineer, Vinny Capobianco. What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos Imo Udom, the founder of WePow, showed the future of the work interview and hiring process. WePow is a platform that lets companies create pre-recorded or live interviews with perspective hires. Businesses using WePow include Adidas, Lenovo, and Box. With WePow, Udom says that businesses “regain time, reduce costs, and recruit precisely.”WePow is located in the same town as Apple, Cupertino and embodies Silicon Valley innovation, with its array of services, including company branded interviews and mobile apps. The CEO of, Derrick N. Ashong, was on hand in the Innovation Lab to demonstrate the power of his company’s software solution for building an engaged community around is a mobile optimized web platform. It has an embeddable video player that lets users log in directly from the player via Facebook. Users receive points when they consume or share content. As they do so, they rise through levels–from “Fan” to “Tastemaker”–receiving recognition and rewards from content producers, brands, and other creators competing for their attention.The company’s first client was The World Cup of Hip Hop: Take Back the Mic–a two-time Emmy finalist in Original Interactive Programming. be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 read more

Your hearts grew so much during this workshop I a

first_imgYour hearts grew so much during this workshop. I am so happy for that.At the second anniversary of True Father’s ascension, North Korea sent me two wonderful dogs, Jeong Joo and An Joo, as gifts. Then An Joo had a puppy that I named Jeong Pal. Whenever I leave from the Cheon Jeong Gung gate, Jeong Joo, An Joo and Jeong Pal greet me so enthusiastically. The interesting thing is that they recognize the sound of my car. There are a few cars for True Parents, and they know which car I am riding. So, whenever I go to the Cheon Jung Gung gate, I can’t help but to stop. They try to get my attention. They bark. How can I just pass them by?What I am trying to say to you is that God created heaven and earth and all things. He created the animals and plants. After that, He created human beings, Adam and Eve. What’s special about that is that he gave humankind responsibility. The responsibility was to grow up with the position that absolutely united with God. One mind, one body, one harmony.During the process of growth, Adam and Eve thought centering on their own sake. They had desire centering on themselves. That was the Fall with Satan. The result is seven billion people living today with Satan’s lineage that are not related to God at all.However, God is omnipotent and omniscient and He should be the same before and after. He must succeed. Thus, there were problems. God is a perfect Being, but He gave all the responsibility to humankind. Therefore, a person who can be the ancestor of all humankind and fulfill God’s wish should be born to the earth again. That was the purpose of the 4,000 years of history to prepare the people of Israel and send the only begotten son, Jesus Christ.But if you look at the Divine Principle, we need more than just the only begotten son. However, the people around Jesus didn’t fulfill their responsibility. Jesus could not have the place in which he could work. Jesus was left alone because he lost the necessary environment. Therefore, when he was crucified he promised he would return.That was the 2,000-year Christian history of God’s providence. However, despite 2,000 years of Christian history, people don’t understand God’s providence. They don’t understand who is the central figure and what is the purpose of human beings. They don’t understand how to become close to God as His children.True Parents were born in this Korean peninsula. When True Father was 16 years old, Jesus came to him and asked him to fulfill the things that he could not fulfill while he was on the earth. True Father realized his position as the only begotten son from that moment. You should know this clearly.If you look at the Divine Principle, Adam and Eve have their responsibility until God confirms that they are perfected.Responsibility. Korea is a really important country. God does not use the Israel that failed their responsibility again. Israel is a country of the past. There are many reasons why God chose Korea as the chosen country. Korea doesn’t like to have war. They don’t fight until others invade first. The symbol of this country is the white cloth of the people. They don’t usually wear colorful and luxury cloth, but they like to wear clean, white cloth. So God cannot help but to choose this country as the chosen country. This is important.At the end of World War II, Korea had been a colony of Japan for 40 years. Korea then gained its independence in 1945. After gaining independence from Japan, this country was split between communism and democracy along the 38th parallel. Therefore, Christian history was cut short. This country experienced the Korean war right after its independence.Korea has a miserable history. I was in North Korea at the time. During the 2,000 years of Christian history, preparation for the only begotten daughter with a Christian background should be made. I was the only one with those qualifications. There was especially so much spiritual work going on in North Korea centering on Pyeong Yang. All of Christianity believed that Jesus would come back on the clouds. But in North Korea, there were Christian groups preparing for the Second Coming to be born on the earth with a physical body. I was at the center of that group when I was six years old. God was really concerned about the future of humankind so God sent me to the earth.My uncle studied pharmacy at Waseda University. He was supposed to return back to his hometown in North Korea, but he didn’t. He went to the military in South Korea after graduating. Furthermore, he was the only son of my grandmother. That was the reason why my grandmother, mother, and I came over the 38th parallel and into South Korea at the last minute. Two years later, the Korean War started.True Father, in the meantime, was first in the South and got the call from God to go to North Korea. Then he went to Heung Nam Prison. Can you imagine how urgent God was feeling? The Second Coming of the Messiah was God’s last hope. God had to save him, using the United Nations to do so. How was it possible for 16 nations of the UN to unite together to participate in a holy war for this country? It’s impossible from a human perspective. It was God’s providence. People should realize this.We have to especially spread the word around the world about True Parents’ holy birthday and celebrate it. I planned this. But what do you think? If we look at the phenomena happening around the world, we see the natural world is being destroyed as well, not just humankind. The natural world did not fall, but because of humans’ ignorance and greed centering on their own sake, it’s being destroyed. Imagine how much work True Parents have had to do and how challenging it must have been. You have to realize this and be grateful.The first generation did not fulfill their responsibility. You have to know that. Originally, True Parents were supposed to work on the worldwide providence through the foundation of a nation. It was America’s responsibility, but they could not do it. True Father experienced hardship for 40 years in America because they couldn’t fulfill their responsibility.If we look at the core problems of the world, war and powerful weapons—nuclear weapons—are the core problems. However, these people cannot see the future. Do you understand? We have to educate America. America is making many wrong choices. Of course, China and Russia are too. These developed countries are destroying nature by centering on themselves.What do you think is the perspective of True Parents and Heavenly Parent? I cannot just watch this. Do you understand? I already told you about this at the Wonmo Scholarship event. We’ve got to love our natural world. We have to restore nature to the way it was right after God created it. We should teach True Parents’ ideas all around the world, but also we have to take care of our environment and educate about how to protect nature as well. This planet should be kept clean and healthy in order to have the future that God and True Parents want for humankind. This is our one world, Heaven on earth.I would like to ask you one question. What does Heaven on Earth look like to you? What is your image of Heaven on Earth? The reason why God protected Korea is because this country should be God’s land. You should know this. Why did God choose this land even though it has gone through so many difficulties? True Parents have to work with the foundation of a nation. Providence can only move forward with the foundation of a nation. Therefore, because this country is the hometown of God’s land, I will use Cheong Pyeong as the central point that the seven billion people of the world can visit and feel the heart and life of True Parents and love of Heavenly Parent even after they leave for the spiritual world. It would be nice to have this kind of place in every country. But this is the starting point because it is the birthplace of True Parents. It should be the Garden of Eden. Therefore, this time I held this big event to bring the attention of the people from all around world.We are going forward with the goal of Vision 2020. During the first three years of Cheon Il Guk, the spirit world was making preparations. During this fourth year of Cheon Il Guk, the year of hope, Cheon Il Guk will be stabilized here on earth. It is about how we can show this to the world. Therefore, True Father, who is without body, has the freedom to do everything that he wants to do and I toured around the world and got a lot of inspiration.We will not need judges, lawyers, or prosecutors in the future. You won’t need to study in these areas. True Parents are everything for us. If you live life by the words of True Parents, the law is written in your heart.If you are proud of your parents, then you will tell people about your parents everywhere. How about you? You have to tell people about True Parents all around the world! You want to do it! True Mother speaking to Global Top Gun at Heaven G BurgerFebruary 17, 2016Heaven G. Burger, Cheongpyeong. KoreaDownload the speechlast_img read more

In addition to this incredible guidance the stude

first_imgIn addition to this incredible guidance, the students were given access to Verizon Innovation Labs to explore all of Verizon’s latest technologies. The Summit culminated with a pitch competition helping the students execute on the additional skill sets that they had acquired during the program.(Verizon Innovation Learning Pitch Competition. Image: Ross Knight Photography) be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 35. Barnett Auto GroupThe Road to TechConneXt: Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Gre…BE Modern Man: Meet ‘Mr. Higher Learning’ Dr. C… Verizon is definitely helping solve the issue of increasing the pipeline which some Silicon Valley companies claim is nowhere in sight. Looking at these images, that’s hard to believe. The Verizon Foundation recently hosted the Verizon Innovative Learning Minority Male Makers Summit in San Francisco for 100 of the top performing students in the Verizon Innovative Learning program, which boasts over 2,000 students during a two-year program, teaching them everything from wearable technology, virtual reality, 3-D printing and the internet of things.Black Enterprise caught up with the students at the Verizon Innovation Center and here is what they had to say:“A couple of years ago, my friend’s mom told my mom about the program. We’re building things, we had actual math classes that we’re taking in college, we even made these small little robots. We learned to program and they taught us some Python,” said James Stevenson from Tunbridge Public Charter School in Baltimore. “I was pretty excited to go to it. This is my last year so I’m trying to make it count.”“I’ve been in this program for a year now. It’s pretty fun. We get to do a lot that deals with computer science, coding, and engineering,” said Ryan Hyman from Crittenden Middle School in Newport News, Virginia. “We made a robot arm in the Hampton University program and we also made our website and today, I got to see VR twice. I like seeing things that I couldn’t see on a normal, regular basis.”Although some kids reeked of enthusiasm, not everyone was excited to attend the program at first. Lawrence Tyrell wanted to stay home and hang out with his friends in his neighborhood, but after attending he says he’s happy that he made that choice. “In this program, I found people that are passionate about the same things that I am, like video editing, producing, and manufacturing.” The major plus he says is, “I still get to hang out with my friends.”(Verizon Learning Lab. Image: Ross Knight Photography) In addition to getting the students feedback, we chatted with Justina Nixon-Saintil, director of education for the Verizon Foundation, to find out why she started this initiative.“We have a lot of kids who, if you ask them what they want to be, especially in middle school, they want to be LeBron, they want to be a basketball star, they want to be an actor and we say, ‘you know that’s great but, the opportunity for you to get there is very difficult, yet look at all the STEM jobs out there and they are very lucrative. If you graduate out of college you can get a STEM job that can pay all of your bills. You can take care of yourself’ and a lot of the men that we focus on, especially these young men, that’s something that they need to do.”The students were given mentors from Verizon’s top corporate execs, in addition to a few superstar mentors like 19-year-old Jaylen Bledsoe, whose company, the Jaylen Bledsoe Global Group, is currently valued at over $3.5 million and 15-year-old Moziah Bridges, the CEO of Mo’s Bows formerly seen on ABC’s, Shark Tank.(L to R: Phil Puthumana, Program Manager, CSR; La-Tonia Middleton-Jackson, Program Manager, CSR; Che Phillip, VP, Mobile Network Services; Bryce Walker, Director, Engineering & Operations; David Hubbard, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Marketing, Intellectual Property & New Media; Eric Cevis, SVP & Group President, Verizon Partner Solutions; Anthony Lewis, VP, State Government Affairs; Justina Nixon-Saintil, Director, CSR Education Programs. Image: File) “I really want to hear their stories and understand where they’re coming from,” said Bledsoe. “My story, my parents had me at 16, single parent household, so my story resonates with so many young men around the country and so seeing where they are coming from, how can I relate and how can I create that relationship. Now my story has more impact and it can inspire them a little bit more to take that step.”“We give them ties but we are also speaking to them and motivating them to do better than what they did yesterday,” said Bridges. “We make them dream big and let them know that they can do anything at any age.”(L to R: Moziah Bridges, Brandon Nicholson, Jaylen Bledsoe. Image: Ross Knight Photography)last_img read more

The Blog of Unification Theological Seminary

first_imgThe Blog of Unification Theological Seminary In her April 6, 2019 speech at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, CA, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon made significant statements on environmentalism, the ethics of nations, the use of force, and her course as the True Mother. Her speech has raised some discussion among Unificationists. Here is my understanding of her statements.EnvironmentalismI categorize environmentalism under what Divine Principle (Ch. 1) calls the third blessing, through which “the entire universe becomes yet another good object partner giving joy to God.” No one can deny that we are not caring for the earth as much as we should. We certainly are not achieving the oneness with nature that Principle considers our original birthright. And indeed cultural Marxists exploit the problem, subverting young people’s love of nature for political purposes. Which means those young people, including some of our second generation, stop listening to someone who is complacent about the environment.So, first of all, Mother has to assure those young people that she agrees with their concerns; she’s with them that climate change and ocean pollution are issues. Then idealists on the left say, great, this woman gets it. But then look at True Mother’s solution. It has nothing to do with carbon credits and bans on plastic straws.Here’s what she said: “We should attend God, the Lord of creation, live in accordance with the eternal principles of creation and find the right solution.”And then she went on to reject the view that science has all the answers. In fact, she stated that blind faith in science is actually part of the problem. She stated we are not here to live convenient lives, and that God and the marriage Blessing are part of the solution:“What I am saying is that we should live in line with the principles originally established by God. …Blessed couples who received the Blessing today, you would not want your beloved children to live in an even worse environment than today’s. Isn’t that so?”True Mother steered the conversation toward the headwing solution: attendance of God and the marriage Blessing.My nation firstAs to the problem of putting one’s own nation first, she said “the leader of this nation and leaders of other countries in the world are engaged in politics and actions that are centered on their own interests. Going this way means there is no hope for the future.” Mother is calling people on the right to do some soul-searching. Plus, again, she’s telling the left that she understands their heart.But she does not advocate the left’s neo-Marxist response of resist, hit hard and socialize. Her solution, again, is God and the Blessing:“All of you here that have received the Blessing today, please fulfill your responsibilities as tribal messiahs, and all ministers of religion participating today please go to your places of worship and accomplish your responsibilities. We have to start a movement that will bring this country to attend our Heavenly Parent, our Creator God, even one day sooner. This is the only way for America to fulfill its heavenly mission as a nation blessed by God. In this way, God’s dream and humanity’s yearning to see the heavenly kingdom of one family of humankind under God can be realized.”This is straight from the Peace Messages.Guns and knivesAs far as the guns and knives statement, she used the same tactic. Get the ear of the left, and give them, and everyone, Father’s message. Here’s what she said:“On the path to a peaceful world, do we need guns and swords? On the path to a peaceful world, we do not need guns and other weapons. You all know very well, that as a result of these, innocent lives are taken every day. We can no longer just watch these things happen. What should we do? Let us practice true love. This can only be achieved through the Blessing.”I researched Father’s position on guns, and found that her words align perfectly with what Father said. For example:“The word ‘Unification’ (Tongil) means to lead into oneness. The group which teaches leading into oneness is the Unification Church. But it does not lead and teach from a position armed with guns and knives. …for thousands of years the Christians have fought and have divided into three or four hundred denominations. With what can they be united? With guns and swords? Have you learned anything? With what are you going to unite them? By guns, by violence, by dictatorial skills? …So what the unification of world Christianity means is being unified by the Holy Spirit. This is the Holy Spirit Association. Do you understand? It is not bringing unification by the fist; it is not bringing unification by guns or swords. Through what will we unify? It is the Holy Spirit.”Conclusion thus farIn conclusion, what some may take to have been “throw-away” lines, even red herrings, at the end of the speech were strategic statements from True Mother articulating the headwing position. Now, she may have turned off people on the right by hitting their hot-buttons. “What, she’s against polluting the oceans?!” But for the sincere listener, she balanced that adequately with her expression of love for God and Jesus, marriage and family, reverence for the Christian roots of this nation, and hope for America and its Christian leaders.Next: Not talking directly about FatherBoth True Mother’s and True Father’s words are not their words; they are God’s words. She spoke the name of God or Heavenly Parent 24 times in the five-page speech, but not Father’s name. Why?I refer to Father’s words on May 5, 2007:“God should take the lead in the providential world and in making providential history. I will move to the rear now. If there is anything to praise, it is not me. The name, ‘Rev. Moon,’ should be erased. The name ‘Rev. Moon’ is associated with the opposition I faced, isn’t it? Next are the True Parents! To understand the title ‘True Parents,’ the unnecessary terms ‘Savior,’ ‘Messiah,’ and ‘Lord at his second coming’ were attached to it during the course of restoration. Those superfluous titles should all be removed.”And on another occasion:“My teaching is, ‘Love your 360 homes more than you love me.’ You don’t need to worry about me anymore. Say, ‘Father, you don’t need to come here for many years because I found someone whom I love more than you. I don’t need you anymore.’ That is fine. I will not complain, even if I am a stepping stone for all mankind. Instead, I will feel more hopeful.”Dr. Moon’s husband celebrated and validated her emergence as a woman with a voice:“What is so wonderful about Mother is that she trusts everything I say. She has absolutely obeyed what I have said, and therein lies her greatness. She has been put into situations in which a lot of women would have opposed me. But she overcame all this and became the kind of a daughter whom Father can trust. Even if a father is flawed, his daughter should think that she will take responsibility for her father’s flaws. When a woman has that kind of attitude, she can extract the root of Eve’s sin from herself.”Consistent with this, Mother’s words about the Holy Wedding did not mention her husband. She said at the City of Refuge Church, “In 1960, by my own volition, I ascended to the position of True Parent.”*Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon speaks at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, CA, on April 6, 2019.First, is it permissible not to mention her spouse? Of course. The speech was not about the Wedding; it was about Mother’s course. Father spoke of the Holy Wedding countless times in the context of his course, without mentioning his spouse. And her emphasis that it was her decision is vital.Father and Mother each individually represents True ParentsFather once said, “Even when I am alone, I represent True Parents. And the same goes for Mother. When she is alone, she represents True Parents.”This relates to the determination of our movement’s leadership, but it is deeper than that. It is rooted in the core of God’s purpose of creation. As Father said in 1977:“The invisible God, almighty God, can manifest through True Mother’s and my image. We are His visible image here on earth. …Almighty God …is appearing to you directly in the forms of Mother and me, borrowing our images to work with you. God is doing that only because Mother and I have laid a complete foundation for salvation.”True Father testified that he is the visible form of Heavenly Father and True Mother is the visible form of Heavenly Mother. God is “borrowing” True Mother’s image to speak to us. She not only has the right, but the responsibility to let the world know.Second, why is Mother telling people about her own course?Maybe because there were thousands of women there who could relate to it, learn from it, and follow it. And because the main driver of religious life, Christian or otherwise, is women.From the outset of his ministry, Rev. Moon called this the age of women and age of the wife. Christian theologians in dialogue with UTS seminarians in the late 1970s remarked that by their reading of Exposition of the Divine Principle, the Lord of the Second Advent should be a woman. God and Father want to hear the woman’s viewpoint, the woman’s story. It is the complement to the man’s story.In my doctoral studies in American church history, I encountered women historians, two of whom, Mary P. Ryan and Ann Douglas, impressed me tremendously. Ryan’s book is Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865; Douglas’s is The Feminization of American Culture. Both deal with the era of my focus, the early 19th century United States. There are many more excellent studies by women scholars and they reveal history from the point of view of women. The traditional male viewpoint is called the “great man theory.” History is shaped by male central figures. Fine, true, very meaningful, but only half the story. The world is ready to hear “herstory.”I’m not talking about the Cain-side feminism that Mother since her first WFWP speech consistently critiques and rejects.Father is the one who brought out the heroic women of the Bible, whom even female scholars call “the bad girls of the Bible.” Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba… yes, Mary. Father revealed that these women are heroines. As Judah declared of Tamar, “she is more righteous than me.” For Tamar, pregnancy, childbirth and more — the likelihood of being stoned to death. For Judah, an encounter with a prostitute. And he gets the spotlight as the progenitor of the Jews — “the tribe of Judah,” and Tamar is a “bad girl of the Bible.” Only Father vindicates the women who gave their lives so that Jesus could be born. Father discovered the Divine Principle “herstory” of restoration.Here’s a bit of True Mother’s herstory. Her mom pulled her into what was regarded by media and government as a sex cult. Father had just been released from Seodaemun Prison. It was December 1955 when Daemonim joined the UC. The church was poor; its leader was rejected by all other churches. In April 1960, Father was in the police station until 11 p.m. the night before the Holy Wedding.“Han Hak Ja, where is your fiancé? It’s ten at night, and tomorrow is your wedding!”“He’s getting interrogated at the police station. I’m sure it will be fine. Please get some rest. We start tomorrow at 3 a.m.”Mother was preparing to be a nurse, in a Catholic school. Solid as a rock, the Catholics. Respected, wealthy, stable, wise, Western. Good future. Help people, take care of the sick. Good girl. No one questions. No trouble.She knows that if she, a nobody in this church, stands up as Rev. Moon’s bride, she will be the object not just of the opprobrium of society but of the women of the church itself. I’m being blunt here, but this is based on Rev. Moon’s words, not Mrs. Moon’s.So the point Mother made in that City of Refuge speech was: This was my decision; I was not forced to do it; it was between me and my God, and I took responsibility for it and am still doing so. This was a symmetrical relationship, my husband and God, me and God, me and him. I had just turned 17. I own it, am proud of it, and am going to fulfill all of the promises I made that day.PredestinationIn that speech, a couple of paragraphs after her “it was my decision” statement, Mother said:“If key figures had understood the providence, Christianity would have become the foundation.”She’s saying it did not have to be her! We are not Calvinists. The human life that perfectly fulfills God’s Will is predestined. The person who lives that life is the predestined person.The providence of God is full of woulda’s, coulda’s and shoulda’s. If people had received Father in the 1940s, the True Mother’s position would have been filled by another woman. She knows that, and said it in so many words. If the providence 2,000 years ago had succeeded, obviously the True Father’s position would have been filled by Jesus.But Judaism failed Jesus, and Christianity failed Father. Father did everything humanly and divinely possible, and had to make condition after condition, and wait and wait until he was 40. That’s a long time to wait for one’s true wife to appear. Of this course, he said,“The suffering and tears of mothers have filled the valley of Christian history. This had to continue until …the true bridegroom is born on this earth and becomes mature enough to be married in the Holy Wedding.”Finally, a 17-year old female follower, who didn’t even convert on her own, came because her mother joined — a Jacob child; this nursing student appeared, and said, “Yes.”So, theologically, Mother was saying, “Look, people, it’s not about me; it’s about God’s providence. Here’s God’s providence as Principle teaches it. I fulfilled the True Mother’s portion of responsibility. Now, how about you?”Apparently, that resonated with Bishop Noel Jones and those gathered at the City of Refuge Church. It resonates with me.♦ By Tyler HendricksDr. Tyler Hendricks (UTS Class of 1978) is adjunct professor of ministry at Unification Theological Seminary, host of True Parents Way website, and a member of the Cheon Il Guk Academy. He served in leadership roles with IOWC, Ocean Church, American CARP, the International Religious Foundation, and HSA New England Region before becoming President of the Unification Church of America (1995-2000) and of Unification Theological Seminary (2000-10). His podcasts, videos and articles appear regularly on True Parents Way.center_img *Author’s notes from simultaneous interpretation. The official translation is “In 1960, the time had come when I could decide by myself, and in that year I ascended to the position of a True Parent.” He prefers the “of my own volition” phrasing.last_img read more

Five Beautiful Open Houses in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale

first_img 000 Print By Madeline Bilis· Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* 10/6/2017, 9:45 a.m. center_img Photo via Boston Town Real Estate1. A Loft-Like Penthouse Near Green Street329 Lamartine Street #5, Jamaica PlainPrice: $594,000Size: 1,110 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Open house: Saturday, October 7, 1-3 p.m., Sunday October 8, 1-2:30 p.m.Photo via Boston Investments2. A Renovated Three-Bedroom in Rozzie117 Sycamore Street #3, RoslindalePrice: $549,000Size: 1,406 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1.5Open house: Saturday, October 7, 12-2 p.m., Sunday, October 8, 12-2 p.m.Photo via McCormack & Scanlan LLC3. A Bi-Level Penthouse Near Stony Brook192-194 Amory Street #3, Jamaica PlainPrice: $950,000Size: 2,600 square feetBedrooms: 4Baths: 3Open house: Sunday, October 8, 1:30-3 p.m.Photo via Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty4. A Brick Beauty on Centre Street821 Centre Street #3, Jamaica PlainPrice: $579,000Size: 1,300 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1Open house: Saturday, October 7, 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, October 8, 12-1:30 p.m.Photo via William Raveis R. E. & Home Services5. An Enchanting Colonial Beside West Roxbury Parkway7 New Park Avenue, RoslindalePrice: $789,000Size: 1,918 square feetBedrooms: 5Baths: 2.5Open house: Sunday, October 8, 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. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. Five Beautiful Open Houses in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale Check them out this weekend. last_img read more

Meet Bostons Irish Whiskey Evangelist

first_imgMeet Boston’s Irish Whiskey Evangelist Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Glendalough Distillery’s Donal O’Gallachoir shares his whiskey-tasting tips. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. 3060306 Donal O’Gallachoir leading a Glendalough tasting at The Hawthorne. / Photo by Iris MacKinnon.“What you’re about to taste is what we think is one of the rarest whiskeys in the world,” says Glendalough Distillery co-owner Donal O’Gallachoir as he holds up a Glencairn glass gleaming with golden liquid at The Hawthorne cocktail bar. He goes on to explain the process of finishing a small amount of 24 year-old single-malt in a Madeira cask.As an Irish whiskey promoter, Boston-based O’Gallachoir describes March as his “Super Bowl.” The recent event at The Hawthorne was one of many he hosted this month in an effort to push some of his spirits, yes, but also to alter the perception that Irish whiskey is sweet, one-dimensional, and should only be consumed in the form of a shot on St. Patrick’s Day.“We’re trying to sort of reclaim the heritage of what Irish whiskey used to be,” says O’Gallachoir, who founded the distillery in Ireland with four friends in 2012, then moved to Boston in 2014 to focus on managing the brand in the U.S.He’s doing it mainly by showing off how nuanced the spirit can be. At the tasting, O’Gallachoir poured a range of offerings, including Glendalough’s new 13 Year Old Single Malt, finished in Japanese Mizunara oak barrels from Hokkaido, and a 7 Year finished in porter barrels.  The former, the first Irish whiskey to be aged this way, has vanilla and peach notes, while the latter is extra malt-y. “Some say there’s eatin’ and drinkin’ in that whiskey,” he says.“These whiskeys have some amazing character,” says Hawthorne bar manger Jared Sadoian.In large part due to O’Gallachoir’s efforts, Glendalough’s bottles have become a staple at many of Boston’s top bars and restaurants, including the Hawthorne, as well as Drink, Backbar, and Alden & Harlow (for Irish whiskey cocktail suggestions, check out our March issue Liquid Diet).And you’ll find them at dive bars, too. Whitey’s, in Southie, sells more Glendalough whiskey than any other establishment in the world, O’Gallachoir says. And it’s sold in 14 states and 38 countries. Why Whitey’s? “Well, we’re the only Irish whiskey that’s sold there, and you’ve got some good drinkers that go there,” he adds.Meanwhile, sales of the sprit as a whole have surged in the U.S. in recent years, making it a good time to be in the business.O’Gallachoir first started promoting whiskey as a teenager in Ireland, as “a cheesy promo person giving out free samples in bars,” he says. He eventually moved to the U.S. to represent another brand, then saw an opportunity to get in on the craft spirits movement by starting Glendalough, which bills itself as Ireland’s first craft distillery.“He probably knows more about Irish whiskey than anyone I’ve ever known in my life,” says Sadoian, who this weekend will be mixing Glendalough’s Double Barrel into countless cocktails, including a Tom Collins riff with fresh lemon, honey, and club soda.But if you prefer to drink it neat, follow O’Gallachoir’s tasting tips:Step 1 – The GlassFirst, get a good Glencairn whiskey glass or bulbed glass similar to a wine or brandy glass.Step 2 – Legs and ColorRoll the whiskey around in the glass. Look at the whiskey sticking to the side of the glass (the legs) to get an idea of the thickness or viscosity of the spirit. Then hold it against something pale such as a piece of paper to grade the color.Step 3 – The NoseWarm the whiskey slightly by cupping the glass with your hands, then swirling it slightly. Begin to nose the whiskey. It’s beneficial to keep your mouth open and chest engaged while nosing the spirit, as it allows you to get the flavor profile of the whiskey and not the alcohol vapor, especially on higher proof offerings. Try to identify the different flavors and notes that come to mind.Step 4 – The TasteNow the fun part. Take a decently sized sip. Allow the whiskey to make its way around your mouth to get the maximum flavor and benefit. You want the different flavor receptors to be engaged. Now think about the whiskey … Is it think or thin on the palate? Is it sweet or savory?Step 5 – The FinishAfter you swallow, you will be left with a distinctive aftertaste. This is called the finish and is said to have the most complex flavors. These flavors will start to reveal themselves, but sometimes they are subtle. What is the whiskey “telling you?”center_img By Jenna Pelletier· 3/16/2018, 4:07 p.m. Printlast_img read more

Bill Galvin Defeated Challenger Josh Zakim in a Feisty Democratic Primary Battle

first_img 36036 Politics Bill Galvin Defeated Challenger Josh Zakim in a Feisty Democratic Primary Battle He will now face Swampscott Republican Anthony Amore. 9/4/2018, 10:25 p.m. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! By Spencer Buell· center_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print Photo via AP/Michael DwyerSecretary of State Bill Galvin has survived a spirited primary challenge from Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, winning a decisive 67.4 percent of the vote, to Zakim’s 32.6 percent.Speaking with reporters after a speech to supporters, Galvin chalked the win up to “my familiarity with the state and the people’s familiarity with me,” according to the State House News Service. “There’s not a part of the state in all my time that I haven’t been to and spoken with, haven’t worked with local officials.”In what was at times a feisty contest, Galvin faced strongly worded attacks from the 34-year-old challenger, who made the case that it was time for a fresh take on the office. The secretary oversees elections, public records, corporations, and securities. Galvin, 67, has been secretary for nearly a quarter century, a tenure longer than that of any other state official.Zakim, the son of the namesake for the famous bridge, blamed Galvin for not pursuing aggressively enough reforms to increase voter turnout, including same-day and automatic registration. He accused Galvin, who has recently embraced those reforms, of being late to the party.But it seems Galvin’s extensive record, widespread name recognition, and the raw power of incumbency in Massachusetts were enough to prevent a shakeup of the office.Things had gotten surprisingly heated. As the two traded swipes on the campaign trail, Galvin reminded voters of a potentially embarrassing fact from Zakim’s past: that he hadn’t voted in several elections, including for John Kerry in 2004 and Deval Patrick in 2006. “He doesn’t bother to vote, let’s not vote for him,” campaign ads blared. Zakim’s campaign pointed out he has voted every year since he moved to Boston in 2011, adding memorably, “It’s somewhat surprising that Secretary Galvin didn’t just make an ad yelling at Josh to ‘get off my lawn.’”Zakim, meanwhile, expanded his criticism of Galvin outside the scope of the office, making note of the incumbent’s track record on several progressive causes. Galvin voted as a state representative in the 1980s in favor of the death penalty, against abortion rights, and against the rights of gay parents to adopt children—and has since sought to explain those votes. Zakim also nicked Galvin, whose duties include deciding when to hold his own primary, for picking an inconvenient date for voters after a long weekend. Galvin has cited conflicts on other possible days.Polling showed support leaning strongly in Galvin’s favor. He outperformed Zakim in a June survey 46-17. His long list of endorsements included the Boston Globe, Senate President Karen Spilka, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and former Congressman Barney Frank. A survey gauging name recognition for the two candidates found voters were overwhelmingly more familiar with Galvin—70 percent had heard of him, while an equal portion had never heard of Zakim.A troubling sign came early on in the contest, though, when delegates at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention endorsed his young challenger by a vote of 55-45, a result that surprised even Zakim. The city councilor also had support from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and the popular Congressman Seth Moulton.In his remarks after the results came in, Zakim still had strong words for Galvin:The first words I spoke on this campaign were about increasing access to government through expanded voting rights. I talked about Automatic Voter Registration, Election Day Registration, Early Voting, Weekend Voting and No Excuse Absentee Voting. Voting rights are civil rights. And those issues were ignored for far too long on Beacon HillNow, in part because of our campaign, Automatic Voter Registration is the law of the land. We still don’t have Election Day Registration, but Secretary Galvin has said he now supports it. I know all of us here will be holding him to his word.Galvin will now face off with Swampscott Republican Anthony Amore, who has been head of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for the last 12 years and overhauled protections at the site after the infamous 1990 art heist.last_img read more

The brother of a disabled asylumseeker who was br

first_imgThe brother of a disabled asylum-seeker who was brutally murdered by a racist neighbour has joined disabled activists in criticising a “safeguarding review” for failing to expose the “catalogue of injustice” he faced in the years leading to his death.They spoke out during a series of events in Bristol that were held to honour the memory of Kamil Ahmad, and another disabled refugee, Bijan Ebrahimi, who were both murdered by racist neighbours in the city.The memorial included the unveiling at Bristol’s City Hall of a copy of a mural that Ahmad helped create, which will be hung in the building’s foyer, followed by a march through the streets of the city to a nearby venue where campaigners discussed the barriers faced by disabled asylum-seekers and how to fight for change to the systems and agencies blamed for the two murders.Days before the memorial events, the safeguarding review, commissioned by Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board, had concluded that the murder of Kamil Ahmad in July 2016 by Jeffrey Barry “could have been avoided”.The two men had been living in separate flats in the same supported accommodation, but Ahmad had repeatedly told staff and police in the months and years leading to his death that Barry had been threatening and assaulting him and that he did not feel safe.Barry was finally sectioned following growing concerns about his behaviour, which included writing notes threatening to kill a number of people, including Ahmad.But he was released from hospital the following month on the orders of a mental health tribunal. Neither Ahmad nor the police were told of his release.Hours later, Barry attacked Ahmad and stabbed him to death in his own room.Bristol social services – which Ahmad had also told about his fears for his safety – had been about to evict him and leave him destitute on the streets, and only announced that this decision had been reversed the day after he was murdered.Barry was convicted of murder last year and will serve at least 23 years of a life sentence.Kamil Ahmad’s brother, Kamaran Ahmad Ali, who attended the memorial events, told Disability News Service that he was “not happy” with the review, and that both the police and health services had failed to admit their mistakes.He said he wanted what had “happened to me not to happen to anyone else. I can’t get my brother’s life, but we can get that”.But he said he welcomed the memorial events and believed that bringing disabled activists and disabled asylum-seekers together was “a very good thing”.He had earlier said at the unveiling of the picture that his brother’s murder by a “brutal and racist person” was “inhuman” and that “the silence and negligence of the organisations that were responsible for protecting him makes this suffering even harder to bear”.He said: “None of those organisations and institutions managed to protect Kamil’s life from this racist person, otherwise Kamil would have been with us now.“Our request is that those who were in charge of Kamil and people like him should reassess their practice and try to improve their services in order to prevent more lives to be lost.”Three of the main organisers of the memorial events – Rebecca Yeo, a disabled academic and friend of Kamil’s; Ellen Clifford, from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance; and Mike Steel From Bristol DPAC – said the review had failed to expose repeated injustices.In a joint statement, they said they were pleased the review had recognised that Kamil had been subjected to “systemic racism” and had been failed by many agencies in the city.But they added: “There could have been deeper investigation into potentially racist attitudes towards Kamil as an asylum-seeker by services that should have been providing support”.And they pointed out that decisions by Bristol City Council that led to a disabled man with high support needs being assessed as ineligible for support were “barely referred to, let alone questioned” in the review.They also said the review had failed to expose the police’s failure to protect Kamil, who had repeatedly asked for action to be taken in response to Barry’s violence and racist threats.And they were highly critical of the review’s repeated references to Kamil and other disabled people as “vulnerable”.They said: “All humans are vulnerable. People become more vulnerable if barriers are faced getting their rights met.“Kamil was failed by multiple agencies. He died because insufficient action was taken to prevent someone intent on killing him.“That is not a sign of Kamil’s ‘vulnerability’ but of agency failure.”They also said the review appeared to show that “as a service-user and as a refused asylum-seeker, Kamil’s rights to live free from abuse, harassment and fear were denied”.They added: “The repeated communication failures between the NHS, voluntary and private sector services which also contributed to Kamil’s murder are simply not a matter of ‘learning lessons’ or ‘designing new pathways’.“We believe these are a direct consequence of drastic funding cuts, unaccountable commissioning and the impact of service fragmentation on front-line staff.”Bijan Ebrahimi, a disabled refugee who was also brutally murdered by a racist neighbour in Bristol, had also made repeated pleas for the police and other agencies to protect him before his death in 2013.As a tribute to Ebrahimi at the unveiling at City Hall, the city’s first poet laureate, Miles Chambers, read the poem he wrote about the murder.The poem included the lines: “Faith in the police respected British rules and authority/Bijan thought they’d take care of me.”And: “Wake me up, shake me, give my cheek a pinch/Was I dreaming? Was this 1950s Mississippi/Did we just witness a lynch?”Ebrahimi’s two sisters had attended the unveiling and had asked Chambers to read his poem at the event.Alex Raikes, strategic director for the Bristol charity Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI), told the unveiling event that both Kamil Ahmad and Bijan Ebrahimi were supposed to be in housing “where they could be safe”.She said that both men had been disabled, and much of their impairments were “hidden, much exacerbated and made worse by the systems they were fighting here in the UK”.She said they had both “believed in authorities and systems and both thought authorities and systems were there for them”, but both had lost their lives to racist murders.Raikes said both Kamil and Bijan had used the system but “were failed because they were not listened to.“The system didn’t listen to them, and worse still it didn’t take them seriously and didn’t really believe in the racism they were suffering.”Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol – who was elected just two months before Kamil Ahmad’s murder – apologised to the relatives of both men “on behalf of Bristol”.He told them: “I do hope you take from today… that both Kamil and Bijan’s lives matter.”He said the city was committed to ensuring that there were people working in its institutions “who are committed to make sure that safety is the norm and is something we can guarantee and it is not an exception” and that “the support around individuals and communities, the response to people raising concerns, is as good as it should be”.Following the memorial events, organisers and representatives of groups that had taken part – including Yeo, DPAC, Bristol DPAC, TUC, Bristol Disability Equality Forum and Bristol Refugee Rights – wrote to Rees and the city’s MPs, calling for urgent action and a meeting with them and Bristol social services.They warned that the failings by agencies that had affected Kamil were “neither unusual nor the result of oversights”.And they said they knew of at least three disabled asylum-seekers with mental health conditions who had been evicted by the city council from social services supported accommodation and left homeless with no support.They said: “It is only a matter of time before we have the next tragedy and then the next apology. “We need urgent action to find a solution to this inhumanity and to turn Bristol’s apology into practical change. “We are fully aware that local authority budgets are in crisis and that social services have to make huge cuts.   “The impact of this needs to be highlighted at a national level but we also need to find solutions at local level.“This is an urgent issue of saving lives, right now in Bristol.”Picture: Kamil Ahmad’s brother, Kamaran, points at the copy of the mural, watched by Bijan Ebrahimi’s two sisters, Marvin Rees (second from left), and one of Kamil’s cousinslast_img read more

Jeremy Corbyn will today launch Labours European

first_imgJeremy Corbyn will today launch Labour’s European election campaign in Kent, where he is set to promote his alternative plan for Brexit and blame the current “deadlock” on the government.“No one expected us to be holding these European elections, but the government’s complete failure on Brexit means they are going ahead,” the Labour leader will say. “While the government’s incompetence and division on Brexit has created this deadlock, the injustices in our society are deepening. “Labour’s European manifesto, Transforming Britain and Europe: for the many not the few, lays out plans to tackle tax avoidance, environmental harm and the far right across the continent.It will come under significant scrutiny following an internal row over whether the party should commit to backing another referendum in any situation, which nearly half of its MEP candidates have agreed to do.Ultimately, Labour’s ruling body approved a commitment to support another public vote – but only if the opposition cannot secure changes to the current Brexit deal or force a general election, in line with the policy made by conference.Speaking at the University of Kent this morning, Corbyn is expected to highlight Labour’s core message that the “real divide” in the UK is between “the many and the few” rather than Remainers and Leavers.“Whether you’re from Tottenham or Mansfield, Stockwell or Stoke, here in Medway or in Manchester, so many of the problems you face are the same… Labour is the only party with a plan to unite our country to make it work for the many not the few,” the Labour leader will say.“Labour’s alternative plan for Brexit, which protects jobs, living standards and communities, would end the chaos caused by the Conservatives and let us focus on the other big issues facing our country.”The launch will take place in Medway, Kent, where the party gained four seats in the recent local elections. The neighbouring district of Gravesham, taken by Labour from Conservatives who had experienced deep divisions locally, was a key victory last week.Speaking in an area where 64% voted to Leave in 2016, Corbyn intends to explain Labour’s main objective: to reach across the Brexit divide and bring voters together, alienating neither side of the debate.After making it clear that Labour has its own Brexit plan, Corbyn will say: “But we can never accept the government’s bad deal or a disastrous no deal. So if we can’t get a sensible deal, along the lines of our alternative plan, or a general election, Labour backs the option of a public vote.“Labour will address the inequalities that helped fuel the Brexit vote by investing in our communities and people, ending austerity, and creating a fairer society. So whether you voted leave or remain in 2016, I urge you to vote Labour, the party that is determined to bring the many together and take on the entrenched power of the few.”Tags:Kent /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /European elections 2019 /last_img read more

Neighborhood Notes St Francis Fountain turns 100 years old and plans to

first_img Tags: arts • housing • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% St. Francis Fountain turns 100St. Francis Fountain, the diner on the corner of 24th and York street, is hitting the century mark. The ice cream and lunch eatery has been at the same location since 1918, and to celebrate, owner Peter Hood said they’ll be giving the landmark a rest: it will be closing for four to six weeks to revamp the old place, buy new equipment and install new flooring. “It’s like a party, you know?” he said. “When you’re going to have people over, you clean up so when they get there, they say, ‘Hey, nice place!’”   0%center_img Hood is also the general manager of Boogaloo’s, which recently reopened after lying dormant for two years. Having Boogaloos closed was an opportunity to take some staff to his other location, St. Francis Fountain, and have them train there. With Boogaloo’s reopening, Hood said, he’ll have St. Francis staff work at Boogaloos while renovations take place.He said he’s not sure when St. Francis will close, but he’ll post an announcement on the fountain’s website when the time comes. “I might even get back in the kitchen,” Hood said. Housing underway will benefit homelessThe city has selected Mercy Housing and Episcopal Community Services to lead a two-building, 265-unit supportive housing development for homeless and formerly homeless seniors. The city purchased site, currently a parking lot at 1064-1068 Mission, from the federal government. One hundred of the housing units will be earmarked for seniors above the age of 62 dealing with chronic homelessness. The site will also house an urgent care clinic, dental offices, a street medicine unit and homeless outreach services. It is unclear when the project will begin construction, as many affordable housing projects in the city have hung in limbo for years. Brava This weekend, Brava will be hosting a presentation of “Untold,” a theatrical adaptation of the book “Untold Stories” by Kat Cockrill. The production explores the race, gender identities and reproductive rights of women, and will be held in Brava’s new cabaret space.Showtimes: Starts at 8 pm Friday through Sunday at Brava Theater (2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110).Tickets are $0-25. Free classes coming up at ODCTo celebrate Bay Area Dance Week (April 27 to May 6), ODC is offering new students the opportunity to take any three classes for free. Returning students can also take one of the following classes for free: Afro Haitian, Rhythm & Motion Fusion, Hip Hop, Rhythm & Motion Fusion Essentials, Roryography and Salsa Workout. More info here:  Celebrating children, books and literacy The San Francisco Public Library invites families to the 19th Annual Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros celebration on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Parque Niños Unidos, at 23rd and Folsom streets. There will be live music, book giveaways and special performances. Children can climb aboard the bookmobile, make art, meet new friends and explore the playground. Special guests include children’s hula hoop performer Cherry Hoops and bubble artist Sterling Johnson. Back again will be the dynamic Master of Ceremonies, Josue Guardarrama, live DJ PakíPayá and more. Here’s a video that will give you a sense of what will happen. Coming up at ODCUncertain Weather, an ode to Climate Change, will premiere on May 5 and 6 at ODC.  The show follows three young people and their canine companion through a meteorological meandering. Showtimes:  1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, at ODC Theater in the Mission. Tickets are $10 for a child, $20 for an adult and $35 for a patron and can be purchased here.last_img read more

SF Mission District drag queens fighting Ellis Act eviction

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Richard Padilla, perhaps better known by his drag name, “Renita Valdez,” stood in a long hallway of his apartment at 1779-1781 15th Street Monday evening. He pointed to the constellation of plaques covering the walls that Renita Valdez has garnered throughout the years. “These are my accolades,” Padilla said. “You know, for being a part of the community.” He was particularly proud of ones given to him from former State Sen. Mark Leno and current State Sen. Scott Wiener. This personal Hall of Fame, in fact, has been growing for the last 22 years — the time Padilla has lived here. But now, he, his three roommates, and the resident of an in-law unit downstairs are facing an Ellis Act eviction.  “They just want to get rid of us,” Padilla said. Padilla believes it’s not a simple case of his landlords, Leslie Wan and Brian Keller, wanting to exit the rental market — the nominal purpose of an Ellis Act eviction. “We’re being discriminated against,” he claimed. Although his landlords deny that discrimination is involved — and Padilla says they’ve never explicitly used derogatory terms — the longtime tenant says he has felt an undeniable sense of repugnance from the landlords, who live in the unit above them. “The look of disgust, the look of shielding their children from us when we’re dressed in drag,” he said. “You get that feeling, when people look at you.”He added that Wan and Keller have harassed them by throwing away some of their drag costumes and disposing of furniture in their backyard, where the roommates and their friends would often hang out. “That’s another form of discrimination,” he said. These episodes are only part of an ongoing saga between those residing with Padilla and their landlords. They are detailed in a lawsuit filed last October that alleges the harassment and discrimination. (At one point, the lawsuit alleges, Wan covered her son’s eyes and told him to go upstairs when she saw one of the tenants, Freddie Miranda, dressed in drag.)Although Padilla alleges the landlords have been trying to shoo him out for years — first with an owner-move-in eviction in 2014 that was later dismissed by a judge — the situation came to a head three weeks ago, when Wan and Keller offered all four of their tenants a $50,000 settlement, according to Padilla.“My lawyer laughed and left the room,” Padilla said. “That’s when we knew we had to fight.” A trial is set for November. The tenants have also alerted media outlets, and hosted a press conference in front of their house Monday evening. Logos Branchflower has been living at the residence for the last eight years. The only emotion he could convey was “exhaustion.” Sadly, he said, the feeling was all too common. “We’ve been going through eviction attempts at this house for years,” he said. Before he moved into his house on 15th Street, he said, he had been priced out of his longtime residence in the Castro. He said it was very difficult to find his current living arrangement. “I don’t know where I’d go,” he said, when asked if he would have to leave San Francisco if evicted. Branchflower pointed to his artwork, which seemed to populate every bit of space in his room — paintings, artificial stained glass (tissue paper and foam board), a plethora of Fimo clay votives that line his shelves. He has been working with Fimo since the 1980s, but said he has not been producing much artwork lately. “I’m exhausted,” he reiterated. “It’s hard to do anything when your living situation is in jeopardy.” center_img Email Address,0%last_img read more

SAINTS fielded probably their youngest side ever a

first_imgSAINTS fielded probably their youngest side ever at this level with 6 making their debut along with 6 with less than 10 games under their belt and yet were still massively too strong for their opponents – recording a 94-0 victory over the North East.The game was a procession virtually from the kick off and developed into a battle with the score board against the clock. Although to their credit the players never once thought of it that way, approaching the job professionally throughout.Lewis Furlong kicked off the 17 try jamboree collecting Regan Grace’s clever knock back of Dave Hewitt’s last tackle cross kick to scoot into the corner. Second tackle from the restart and good footwork from Mike Weldon, making a welcome return after injury, put him through on a 50 metre break, he found Hewitt in support who shipped it out to Calvin Wellington and the big Welsh centre finished in style.Wellington turned provider for Hewitt minutes later providing the pass from which the scrum half twisted over in a tackle for the try.From the kick off a great 40 metre run carrying three defenders from Adam Thompson put the Saints on the front foot. The ball was spread right for Jake Spedding to go 50 metres down the right flank only to be caught with the line in sight. From the play the ball Hewitt jinked over for his second and the Saints were 22 points to the good in the opening 15 minutes.Saints fifth try saw Regan Grace show his paces. The ball was fired out to the wing from a scrum on the Saints 30 and Regan did just enough to outpace his opposite number and the covering defence on his way to the line without really getting out of second gear!This wasn’t just a fantastic display of handling skills. A wonderfully deep clearance kick from Rob Fairclough and a great chase saw the North East picking the ball up on their 5 metre line. Two tackles later and the weight of tackle had forced the error. Four tackles later and a Hewitt long ball saw Spedding in for his first.The pack were making yards down the middle for fun and runs from Chris Worrall, Ross McCauley and Joe Ryan, all impressive off the bench, coupled with an intelligent grubber on the last from Hewitt saw Ben Morris touch down at the sticks.Worrall and Ryan teamed up for the Saints last try of the half on the half hour as the Captain took the pass from his fellow prop after he had committed the full back.If there was to be a criticism at all about the Saints yesterday it’s that in both halves they switched off for 10 minutes at the end of each one.It’s often very difficult to switch back on in the second period after such a dominant display but normal service was most definitely resumed with a divine 40/20 from Hewitt giving the Saints a scrum on the home 15 metre line. Two tackles later and Ryan was strolling under the sticks.On the next set a half break from Wellington put Matt Costello in the clear. He took it on 30 metres before feeding the supporting Weldon to storm the final 30 to the try line for his first try in Saints colours at this level.Worrall and Ryan teamed up again this time to send fellow sub McCauley in at the posts for his first.Wellington showed the defensive side of his game rattling the teeth of his opposite number. Spedding picked up the loose ball and scooted in.McCauley charged over for his second try and then embarked on a series of wonderful examples of strong running centre play. The big prop obviously thought, wrongly, that Lewis Furlong needed a little bit of help down the left and proceeded to terrorise the right flank of the North East Region with some barnstorming runs, scattering would be defenders like pieces of straw on the wind. Worrall and Grace benefitted from these runs, both finishing off moves with tries.Just when the century looked a formality the Saints lost concentration and despite two more tries in the final three minutes from Lewis Furlong and Spedding’s hat-trick try after good work by Josh Eaves and Wellington, it was always going to be just too far away.However, as always this was never about reaching the ton, it was always about attitude and the ability to stay focussed and do your job properly and professionally. That is what this side did even to the expert running of water although the cone boy left a little to be desired!Seriously though, a long trip, a young side and the knowledge that other teams had whipped our hosts could have been a recipe for disaster. But not with this team. What they have done is exactly what they should have done, left the coaching staff with a host of dilemmas as the season progresses.Match Summary:North East U19s:Tries:Goals:Saints U19s:Tries: Jake Spedding 3, Lewis Furlong 2, Calvin Wellington, Regan Grace 2, Dave Hewitt 2, Ben Morris, Mike Weldon, Ross McCauley 2, Chris Worrall, Joe Ryan 2.Goals: Dave Hewitt 4, Rob Fairclough 7, Lewis Furlong 2.Half Time: 44-0Full Time: 94-0Teams:North East:1. Joe Thubron; 35. Lewis Davey, 3. Jake Woods, 4. Jack Williams, 5. Niall Sidney; 29. Zack Clark, 7. Dave Wheetman; 8. Lewis Thompson, 9. Aidan McCallion, 10. Kieran Bruce, 11. Jason Bass, 12. Kane Young, 13. Will Doyle. Subs: 14. Alex Bielby, 15. Ben Hoggart, 16. Alex Taylor, 17. Jonah McIntyre, 18. Jack Midgley.Saints:1. Matt Costello; 2. Jake Spedding, 4. Calvin Wellington, 3. Lewis Furlong, 5. Regan Grace; 6. Rob Fairclough, 7. Dave Hewitt; 15. Joe McLoughlin, 9. Josh Eaves, 10. Adam Thompson, 11. Lewis Hatton, 12. Ben Morris, 13. Mike Weldon.Subs: 8. Ross McCauley, 14. Brad Billsborough, 16. Chris Worrall, 17. Joe Ryan.last_img read more

RHINO Gladiator is a unique Mud Obstacle Event tha

first_imgRHINO Gladiator is a unique Mud Obstacle Event that is taking place between Wigan and St Helens on August 13 and 14 this year.It features more than 40 challenges for runners of all abilities over two days and former international rugby stars will be taking part.The event will take place at Shoot Delph Farm – with a 10k event on day one and a 5k and 2k on day two.It really will offer something for everyone and create a community event in Rugby’s heartland!Endurance Sports Ltd created Gelt Gladiator in 2015 with 2,500 runners taking part.The event in Cumbria was the first as part of a Gladiator Mud Run series which offered tough challenges but for all levels of ability including children, beginners and the extreme tough/fit guys.Partnering Endurance Sports in Rhino Gladiator will be former St Helens and Great Britain Rugby League captain Paul Sculthorpe.He will lead the Gladiators on the event days and join Adrian Morley, Ewan Dowes and Garreth Carvell in the challenge.Paul and the Endurance Sports team are proud of what Rhino Gladiator will bring to the area in offering an event that requires team work, effort, determination, desire and stamina which is everything he offered as a player.To complete the course they will need to get past Scully and his team of Gladiators!To find out more click here.last_img read more

He says the loss to Warrington showed the best and

first_imgHe says the loss to Warrington showed the best and worst of the side this season as they ran up a 14 point lead before losing heavily.“We have been a Jekyll and Hyde team all season and the game on Friday summed up our year,” he said. “You saw the really good side of us and the average side of us too. We were very disappointed after getting into the position we did to concede 30 unanswered points.“The lads were gutted in the dressing rooms but we didn’t help ourselves with errors and our decision making. They scored twice when we had the ball too.“Ideally, you’d have wanted to get into the dressing room at half time at least 14 points up. We played well in that opening 25 minutes and could have had more points.“But you could sense the momentum move towards the end of the half and at 14-6 you’d have wanted to get in, talk and regroup, but they scored again. Then, they started like a whirlwind on the back on another error and ran up the points.”He continued: “We lost Jon Wilkin in the warm up and he was a miss. He is our captain and an experienced talker and leader on the field. It does affect you but we have to be able to handle these things.“We have a no excuse policy here and you have to be able to handle what is thrown at you. Morgan Knowles went well there and did a superb job.”Saints take on Castleford in the Sixth Round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup this Saturday and will take heart from the last time the two sides met.They handed the Tigers a 26-22 defeat on Easter Monday.“We have to take confidence from what was our best performance of the season,” Derek added. “We played well against Castleford at our place and know we can compete with them. Going to Castleford is probably the toughest ask in Super League at the moment but we know the ability we have. We just have to show it for 80 minutes on the day.“We have a few knocks. Ryan Morgan should be ok and that means we have everyone but Jonny Lomax available to pick from.“Alex Walmsley and Mark Percival will be back too. They came back in on Monday, watched the video of the game with us and then went to sleep off their jet lag. They are quality players, that’s why they were in the England squad, and they will come back in and give everyone a boost.“I was brought up on the Challenge Cup and I love it. It is a massive occasion and a massive honour for the club and the players to get there and hopefully win it.“My first Wembley was in 1972 and I still remember walking up the steps and seeing how big it was. It took my breath away the sheer size of it. I am sure the players would love to put their mark on the history at the club.“We have to go over there, do what we can do for 80 minutes and get into the next round.”Tickets for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against Castleford at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle (2:30pm) remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Some residents wait patiently to prepare for Hurricane Irma

first_img Some buildings have planks of wood layered against their windows, and some people who live in Carolina Beach are ready to do their usual hurricane preparation.“We would put the hurricane shutters up. We’d have to move all the furniture in from outside,” Robin Smith said.But many of the homes already prepared are only vacation homes. Some of the year-round residents are hoping the hurricane stays away.Related Article: Ocean Cure prepares for annual Life Rolls On surfing event“You know at this point and time, we’re concerned and we’re watching all of the weather reports. We will make that decision on Sunday when we decide that we have to board up, whether or not we’re going to stay,” Smith said.Some residents say they are hoping everyone is safe and warns anyone new to hurricanes to be careful and cautious.“Be prepared but don’t get too excited and over prepared,” Southerly said.For anyone else in Carolina Beach looking to prepare for impacts, sand will be provided for public use beginning at 9 in the morning, tomorrow. You can find it on Sumter Avenue by the Mike Chappell park tennis courts. You must bring your own bags and shovels. 00:00 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 CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Impacts from Hurricane Irma are still days away, but some residents will wait a little longer to start preparing.“At this point, we’re kind of just watching because its still a little early and don’t know when its going to make the turn, whether its going to come up the west side of Florida or straight up the peninsula or the east side,” Chris Southerly said.- Advertisement – last_img read more