Next PostUPDATE: Fire in Mossy Area Cleared by Fire Department Local NewsNewsWatch Residents Take To The Polls In The First Day of Early Voting By Terell BaileyApr 25, 2018, 17:24 pm 389 0 Terell Bailey Bio Coming Soon Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Previous PostMercer County Woman Wins $2,500 In Easter Egg Hunt Linkedin Twitter Google+ Mail Home NewsWatch Local News Residents Take To The Polls In The First Day of Early Voting Pinterest MERCER COUNTY., WV (WOAY) – Though the weather isn’t the best early birds throughout the state headed to the polls today, to cast their ballots for the May primaries.For the next week voters will be able to avoid the lines and head to the polls, ahead of May 8th.Residents need to make sure they have their proper ID’s ready. This is the first statewide election taking place that will require voters to show a form of identification at the polls.Newswatch, spoke with residents to hear what prompted them to head out early.Bluefield resident, Charles Blankenship adds, “I like to come when it’s not crowded and on election day sometimes there’s a line waiting, and with early voting there is rarely ever a wait.”The times for early voting locations are Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Facebook
Recommended Links The single threat that neither Trump nor Hillary is ready for… A new law threatens to restrict your access to your own cash in America…and the resulting event will threaten to shut down every single ATM. This threat will catch Trump AND Hillary completely unaware… Congressmen and billionaires have already prepared – have you? Go here to watch the video presentation… – Editor’s note: We believe dedicating a portion of your portfolio to gold is the best move you can make right now. And despite gold’s big year so far, this bull market is just heating up… Today, in place of our normal market commentary, we’re passing along expert insight from Palm Beach Letter editor Teeka Tiwari. As you’ll see, Teeka likes gold today for the same reasons we do here at the Dispatch. And like us, he says now is the time to take advantage… From Teeka Tiwari, editor, The Palm Beach Letter: It’s been a long time since I liked gold. Almost nine years, in fact. Back in September 2007, I recommended gold to my readers at $750 per ounce. I predicted it would go to $2,000 per ounce. It “only” went to $1,920. I haven’t heard any complaints… Since early 2012, I’ve hated gold. It was nothing personal. The charts were telling me that gold was in a bear market. So I’ve been sitting on the sidelines. But that’s all changed recently… You see, while I’ve been patiently waiting… a number of factors have begun converging. And just recently, they activated one of my “bull” triggers… telling me it’s time to buy again. A Gold Trigger I Haven’t Seen in Years I’m a chart and big-picture trend guy. I look for big trends driven by economics, demographics, and shifts in political policies. When I’m analyzing long-term trends, I use Point & Figure (PNF) charts. It’s an underused form of technical analysis that not many people are aware of. I’ve found it’s excellent in measuring the “battle” between buyers (demand) and sellers (supply). What I like about PNF charts is they screen out a lot of the “noise” that you get on a candlestick or bar chart. Take a look at the PNF chart of gold below. If you’re a novice investor… you might not know what to make of it… The downtrend line is in red. You can see that gold has clearly broken the downtrend line that had been in place since 2011. (The Xs represent demand… and the Os represent supply.) Will This “TERRIFYING” Video Leave You Speechless Too? Over the past few weeks, this terrifying video has been viewed thousands of times… Have you seen it? We believe Doug Casey’s forecast is too urgent to ignore, so if you haven’t viewed this video, I urge you to click here now. WARNING: Doug’s shocking revelation about America’s future is controversial. It may anger some. Viewer discretion is advised. This is an incredibly bullish sign. This breakout tells me that gold has started a brand-new bull market. These Two Forces Are Driving Up Gold It’s not just the charts that have me bullish. I’m seeing two bullish forces lining up behind gold. The first is negative interest rates. According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, there is $13 trillion of negative-yielding global government debt… At the beginning of 2014, there was none. Let me explain why this is very bullish for gold. When institutions consider buying gold, they pause. That’s because gold pays no dividend. Investors have to rely solely on capital appreciation to see any profits. Throughout history, cash and cash equivalents (such as bonds) have always paid interest while you hold them. So institutions have preferred to hold cash and bonds over gold. That is no longer true. — Due to low and negative interest rates, it’s now cheaper to hold gold than it is to hold cash or bonds. This is the first time in 5,000 years that it’s been cheaper to hold gold than cash and cash equivalents. This is going to cause hundreds of billions of institutional dollars to flow out of cash and bonds and into gold… and that is very bullish. Another bullish force for gold just took place in the U.K. In June, 52% of U.K. voters chose to leave the European Union. No one thought it could happen. Certainly not the elite. But the repercussions have been reverberating throughout the world. The British pound is at its lowest level in over a decade. And European banks are feeling the pain. Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and The Royal Bank of Scotland are all down more than 50% over the last year. The truth is no one knows for certain how Brexit will play out. But one thing is known: It’s caused a lot of fear and uncertainty in the market. With negative rates and growing global uncertainty, investors are turning to a safe haven asset—gold. The combined forces of negative interest rates, European uncertainty, and gold’s recent breakout are what has me so bullish on gold. And I believe it’s just the beginning… How We’re Taking Advantage of Gold’s Uptrend Over the next few years, I expect two things will happen… The first is interest rates will go even lower as central banks struggle to “fix” the global economy. The second is we’ll see even more uncertainty strike across Europe. My analysis of the current available gold supply—matched with the new demand I see coming—suggests that these forces will be enough to push gold up to $3,600 per ounce. (It’s currently trading near $1,325.) One easy way to profit from this trend is to own physical gold. I recommend holding a small portion of your assets (3-5%) in physical gold as a chaos hedge. In times of turmoil, gold will serve as a store of value for your wealth and as a ballast for your portfolio against any financial chaos. By owning physical gold, you could more than double your investment when gold hits $3,600. But if you want a chance to capture massive gains from gold’s rally, I suggest a different approach… You’re going to want to put a small portion (no more than 1% in each position) of your assets in a few small-cap companies leveraged to the price of gold. These include smaller gold-mining, royalty, and processing companies. Investing in these types of stocks is what PBRG founder Tom Dyson and I call “asymmetric” investing. An asymmetric investment is an idea that has massive upside potential. This can vary from 10-100 times the initial investment. With that range of returns, you don’t have to put a lot of money into an idea. That’s the asymmetric part. Your potential upside is so huge… you can risk a very small amount of money (even just $1,000) and still put yourself in a position to make tens of thousands—perhaps even hundreds of thousands—of dollars in profits. The gold bull market is coming, and now is the time to buy in. Editor’s note: Teeka recently used his “asymmetric” investing strategy to uncover a tiny $2 gold stock in Peru with a major stake in a brand-new gold discovery. And the stock could go up 400%… even 500%… Click here to learn more about this incredible opportunity…
Six Greek track and field athletes will be heading to the European Indoor Championships next month in Prague after meeting qualifying standards.Long-jump champion Louis Tsatoumas won gold at a Moscow meeting on Feb. 1 with a leap of 8.05 meters (26.41 feet), the third best in the world this year. He won silver in last summer’s outdoor championships and surpassed the standard of 7.95 meters (26.08 feet).High-jumper Costas Baniotis also qualified, clearing 2.28 meters (7.48 feet) in Moscow, where he finished third.Costas Douvalidis made it with a run of 7.63 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles at a meeting held in Piraeus on Jan. 31.Female pole-vaulters did well, with Nicole Kyriakopoulou soaring 4.68 meters (15.35 feet) in France, a few hours after Katerina Stefanidi recorded a personal best of 4.61 meters (15.12 feet) in Arizona.Greece’s national pole vault champion Costas Filippidis cleared 5.60 meters (18.37 feet) for the second time in a few days, this time in Dusseldorf.TweetPinShare0 Shares
SYDNEY — Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has split with coach Todd Larkham less than a week before the start of Wimbledon, saying on his website June 22 that the pair “mutually agreed” to part ways.The 20-year-old Krygios says “it’s never an easy decision to end a coaching relationship … but I feel that this is the right decision for me at this time.”He said he’ll work with Tennis Australia coaches through Wimbledon and will look at hiring a new coach after the tournament ends.Larkham worked with Kyrgios for seven years during the Canberra player’s junior years. He rejoined his team after Kyrgios’ surprising run to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last year which included an upset win over Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Giorgos Tzavellas scored with virtually the last kick of the game to spare Greece from a home loss to Bosnia for the World Cup qualifiers and earn the hosts a 1-1 draw in Piraeus.Greece coach Michael Skibbe experimented with a 4-2-3-1 formation and with left-back Costas Stafylidis as a winger, but the Bosnians enjoyed most of the possession and the chances of the first half – including their goal.Bosnia had warned the Greek defense from the 21st minute, when an Izet Hajrovic swerver breezed past the right post of Orestis Karnezis.Miralem Pjanic scored from a direct freekick on the 32nd minute as the ball hit the right post and went in off the back of Karnezis, with UEFA recording that as an own goal.This was followed by a four-minute stoppage as some the 1,500 Bosnian fans wreaked havoc at the stands, with flares and ripped-up seats thrown at the home fans, who responded trying to attack the Bosnians but were stopped by the riot police.Greece’s best chance in the first half was a Costas Mitroglou close-range shot that keeper Asmir Begovic kept out in injury time.In the second half Greece upped its game as Bosnia also dropped back to defend its lead. Costas Fortounis saw his shot from outside the box palmed by Begovic to his right post on the 55th.Then the two teams were left with 10 men each as Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Edin Dzeko received their marching orders after a tussle among a number of players.Just as it seemed Greece had lost the game, a poor clearance by the Bosnian defense sent the ball to Tzavellas and he unleashed a fearsome left-footer from 25 meters out to equalize for Greece 20 seconds from the end of time added-on.Greece is now second in the group with 10 points from four games.Before the game three Bosnian fans were hurt after being attacked outside the ground by people shouting that “Kosovo is Serbian”.In another incident a group of about 10 Greeks attacked a Bosnian fan at the metro station just outside the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, dealing him a number of blows before other Greeks rushed to protect him.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shares
ROME — Bologna secured Serie A football for another season after drawing at Lazio 3-3 in a thriller on Monday.Bologna moved four points clear of the relegation zone with one match remaining.Lazio was still celebrating winning the Italian Cup midweek and Joaquin Correa fired the capital side in front in the 13th minute.However, two goals in the space of a minute from Andrea Poli and Mattia Destro saw Bologna take the lead early in the second half.Bastos curled in a stunning effort to level for Lazio in the 59th but Riccardo Orsolini restored Bologna’s lead shortly after.Substitute Sergej Milinkovic-Savic secured a draw for Lazio with a sensational free kick 10 minutes from time.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS – The Greek sports tourism event Navarino Challenge returns for a 7th consecutive year, on October 11-13, 2019, to Messinia and Costa Navarino.The annual event was recently honored with a Gold Award at the Tourism Awards, the highest distinction in Greek tourism. Navarino Challenge has updated and enriched its program this year with innovative activities at the Municipality of Pylos-Nestor aiming at breaking the record of 7,500 athletes, visitors and volunteers.The event’s 3-day program includes Open Water Swimming, where enthusiasts will have the chance to compete in a chip-timed event on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the beautiful Navarino Bay from the scenic Pylos Harbor, covering the unique 1 mile (1.6 km) route of the open water swimming race by. The route has been designed by the national federal technical coach, Nikos Gemelos (the coach who has earned countless Olympic and world-class honors in open water swimming for Greece).Challenge The Wind – Sailing Races, an interclub sailing race on a triangle course with Optimist and Laser 4.7 boats, will be held for the first time from October 11-13. The race will be co-organized with the Maritime Athletic Pylos Association Nestor under the aegis of the Hellenic Sailing Federation.To be held on the second weekend of October, Challenge The Wind, as its name suggests, hopes to become an annual tradition and sporting benchmark for sailing competitions in the coming years.Open water swimming at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasSea Κayaking in the Navarino Bay will be held for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 12. It will start from the port of Pylos at Poseidonia and head to the island of Sphacteria, supported by Explore Messinia. Participants will paddle towards the inside of the bay exploring the coastline of Sphacteria.Basketball Camp with Joe Arlauckas will be the sport of honor at the Pylos indoor basketball court. On Sunday, Oct. 13, children from Pylos and Messinia, ages 8-16 will have the opportunity to attend basketball lessons for free by the Euroleague legend Joe Arlaukas, while on Saturday, Oct. 12, a basketball clinic will be held at Costa Navarino.Kids’ Athletics returns for another year to Pylos Square on Saturday, Oct. 12, with Periklis Iakovakis, the Olympic & World Champion in 400 meter hurdles, as its ambassador. This is an activity that aims at getting children acquainted with track and field sports. The Kids’ Athletics activities include long jump, the sport of the legendary Olympic champion Kostis Tsiklitiras, who was born in Pylos, Messinia.The Visit to Olympic Champion Tsiklitiras’ HouseOn Saturday, Oct. 12, enables visitors to Pylos to visit the refurbished family home of the Olympic champion Kostis Tsiklitiras. It is now a museum housing a Library and Art Gallery with rare documents, paintings, historical maps, and many interesting exhibits.ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIESOn Saturday, Oct. 12, athletes and visitors can partake of Messinia’s rich culinary heritage as Pylos comes alive with booths celebrating local flavors: traditional lalagia, loukoumia, pasteli sesame seed bars and nuts with honey created by food blogger Mamatsita, Poseidonia and Pylos Poems.Sailing at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasAt Sunset Beach at Voidokilia on Friday, Oct. 11, instructor Dimitris Moros and FitnessArt will hold sunset beach yoga sessions by Messinian Spa to the backdrop of the mythical Voidokilia, Messinia’s famed beach in the shape of the letter Omega in the Greek alphabet (written as “Ω”).Active Media, the organizing company which innovates in the field of destination and hotel sports tourism, promises a unique event with many surprises for everyone. Active Media Group Chief Executive Officer, Akis Tsolis said, “Sports tourism is one of the fastest-growing segments in the entire travel industry, and we’ve been fortunate over the past several years to really establish Messinia as a go-to sporting destination with Navarino Challenge. Youth, amateur or professional athletes are traveling to compete more than ever today, and they’re bringing with them their coaches, fans, parents, siblings, and friends – all of whom contribute to the hosting region’s local economy. Messinia is a unique region offering unparalleled on-site experiences as well as awesome restaurants, hotels, and attractions to visiting athletes, to enjoy during their leisure time. That’s a rare combination in the travel sports industry, and something we’ve really been able to leverage.”More information on accommodation packages can be found on the following link on the website of: http://www.navarinochallenge.com/accommodation-packages-2019.There is a 30% discount on registration until May 31.Entries for the award-winning sporting event are underway and interested parties can take part by completing the special form available at the following link: http://activemedia.com.gr/product/navarino-challenge-2019/.For more information on accommodation packages in the region visit VitaNTravel: http://vitantravel.gr/.Sailing at the Navarino Challenge. Photo by Elias LefasTweetPinShare0 Shares
The number of kids who struggle with thoughts of suicide or who attempt to kill themselves is rising. New research, published Wednesday in Pediatrics, finds children ages 5 to 17 visited children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts about twice as often in 2015 as in 2008.The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents. Lead author Gregory Plemmons, a pediatrician and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., says the study results confirmed what he had been seeing at the hospital.He says he hopes clinicians and families take note. “The No. 1 thing to take home is that it’s important to talk about this and important to ask about it,” he says.The findings line up with past data showing a steady increase in teen suicide over the past decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last year that a drop in adolescent suicide in the 1990s and early 2000s reversed course in 2008, though it has not yet reached peak levels seen in the 1980s. It’s not clear what has contributed to the increase, but the study noted the 2008 financial crisis may be one factor.Plemmons and his co-researchers examined billing data from 2008 to 2015 from a database of 49 children’s hospitals across the U.S. They included all emergency department encounters, stays for observation and inpatient hospitalizations at those hospitals. However, community hospitals were not included.The researchers turned up 115,856 visits for suicidal ideation or attempts, during the seven-year period. Such visits represented 0.7 percent of total children’s hospital visits in 2008, but by 2015 had increased to 1.8 percent of all visits. More than half the visits required at least one night of hospitalization, and nearly 1 in 7 required intensive care.Older teens were more likely to end up in the hospital and had the greater increase in hospital visits. About half of suicide-related hospital visits for the time studied were from teens ages 15 to 17, but 12- to 14-year-olds closely trailed them, making up 37 percent of visits. Children ages 5 to 11 made up the remaining 13 percent.One of the study’s most striking findings was a seasonal trend in hospital visits. Throughout the years, visits peaked in midfall and midspring and fell to the lowest point in the summer. “We knew there was an association with school seasons, but actually seeing that mapped out was surprising,” says Plemmons. It suggests a link with school pressures. “It really speaks to the stress and the strain at school,” says Dr. Robert Dicker, associate director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. “Kids appear to be under much more academic success to achieve and their perception of falling short.”Dicker, who was not involved in the study, noted possible influences from the media, particularly social media.Plemmons also drew attention to social media’s influence. “You’re becoming more disconnected and not having relationships with real people, and at the same time, you’re being fed a false distortion of what reality is, where everything looks great onscreen,” he says.Cyberbullying and sexting, he adds, could also be risk factors. “These kids have to deal with pressures that we didn’t deal with.”Other possible contributors noted in the study included earlier puberty in girls, since reaching puberty is a risk factor for suicide. Girls made up two-thirds of the hospital visits in the study period.But none of these possibilities is definitive. “This type of study is very good at revealing trends but cannot address causality,” says Dr. Laurel Williams, chief of psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Despite being the third-leading cause of death in adolescents, suicide is still relatively rare, making it harder to study causes, she says. But it is important to screen for depression and anxiety, she says. Her institution also uses validated screening tools to screen adolescents and is exploring teleconsultation strategies to help pediatricians manage cases if they feel underprepared or uncomfortable. “We know there are a lot of patients still out there who have clinical depression who are not accessing care,” Plemmons says, adding that it’s important for adults to identify resources in their area for struggling teens. Parents can start with their child’s primary care doctor.But the most important first step is one anyone can take.”The current best method for identifying risk is to ask,” Williams says. “Asking a young person how they are feeling, not just how they are doing, is essential. We need to give young people the time and space to talk about how they are feeling. This involves developing closer relationships over time, not something you can scramble at the last minute or only in moments of crisis.”Plemmons also emphasized the importance of talking to adolescents about the issue. “There’s still a huge stigma and anything you can do to destigmatize it helps,” he says, adding that a fear still exists among some pediatricians and parents that discussing suicide may suggest it to adolescents. “We know from literature that that’s not the case,” Plemmons says. “Talking about it can sometimes help reduce the risk.” If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889) or the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
In September 2016, the town of East Liverpool, Ohio, captured national attention when a photo of a local couple’s overdose went viral. It showed a woman and her boyfriend sprawled comatose in the front seats of a car, while the woman’s 4-year-old grandson sat in the back. The image was originally posted by the local police department. Overnight, East Liverpool, a town of just over 11,000 people, became the face of the opioid crisis enveloping parts of the country.Like many small communities in the Appalachian region, East Liverpool struggles with a foundering economy. The town is in the Mahoning Valley region, once home to a thriving steel industry. The region now has high unemployment and low average income, and has seen a steadily rising opioid overdose rate over the last decade. The viral photo triggered a painful moment of self-reflection in East Liverpool. The community took steps to address its addiction problem, but progress has been spotty. New funds became available for treatment, and a local clinic started offering medication-assisted treatment in town, but it has since shut down. The police department got a grant to start a quick-response team to help connect overdose patients to recovery services, but then funding ran out. Photographer Ian Brown traveled to the East Liverpool area several times to document this community and talk to people about how they feel about their town and their own futures. Here are the faces, and words, of the people of East Liverpool.In 2013, after seeing people she was close to struggle with addiction, CeCe Douglas (right) brought together a group of women in the community to start a grassroots nonprofit called Enough is Enough. The group helps people connect to treatment options in the community and also runs food drives and coat drives. She thinks local government and the community should be doing more to help combat addiction. Clentona Gist (left) is Douglas’ half-sister. Gist is recovering from a family tragedy that happened several years ago. Gist says Douglas has been her primary support since then, as she struggles with grief and works on her recovery from a crack cocaine addiction.Ryan Stovall (left), the mayor of East Liverpool and a part-time police officer, Brian Allen (center), the city safety manager, and John Lane (right), the police chief, together made the decision to release and post the photo that went viral in 2016, sparking a national conversation about the opioid epidemic.They instituted a more aggressive approach to policing to crack down on drug dealers, including a community-based program encouraging citizens to report any suspicious, drug-related activity they witness. The administration also created a Facebook page where photos of people charged with drug offenses are posted in an effort to “out” dealers and make it known that East Liverpool is taking a stance against drugs.Some in the community say that this tougher approach may just be moving the problem out of East Liverpool to neighboring communities. But Stovall stands by it, saying he “would gladly share our effective eradication approach” with other communities.Stovall says that his administration is now shifting its focus from law enforcement to economic growth. “Economic diversity and jobs are the key to our continued success,” Stovall said via email. Tawnia Jenkins grew up in East Liverpool and still lives in the house she was raised in. She began using and dealing drugs in the late 1990s, she says, when she lost her job and needed to supplement her income. Jenkins was eventually arrested and served time in prison. When she was released, she says it was difficult to get a job as a felon, but eventually she put herself through college. She now works as a drug intake counselor and peer support specialist at a local outpatient recovery clinic, the Family Recovery Center.Jenkins says she wanted to come back and help: “I returned home to become a thriving, supportive citizen of East Liverpool.” She says the town has a long way to go in tackling addiction.”The cops may say they have cracked down, but there is still an epidemic here,” she says. “There are more bars and empty buildings than resource centers or even housing for people who want to get clean but can’t due to living arrangements.”She says the town also lacks activities for young people to be involved in: “When you look at downtown, you see empty buildings and lost hope.”Melody Monteiro grew up in East Liverpool and works as a drug intake counselor for people facing incarceration. She says the town already had an addiction problem, including crack and alcohol, before that infamous overdose photo.”The  picture highlighted a problem that had been ongoing for years,” she says. It wasn’t until middle-class people started dying of opioid overdoses that the town started waking up to the severity of its problem, she says. Monteiro says she would like to see more resources going toward residential treatment and supportive living environments for people in recovery, like halfway houses. Without long-term support, people with addiction may end up relapsing. Inpatient residential treatment options are scarce in the area, especially for women.Shannon Marie Johnson is a mother of four who lives in East Liverpool. She says she has lost a lot of good friends and acquaintances to heroin. She says talking to her kids about these deaths has been one of the hardest things she has ever had to do. But she says, she still has optimism about the future of the town.In 2015, Glen McMillin Jr. was hit by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle. After the accident, he was prescribed pain pills by his doctors. He became addicted and began buying pills from dealers in town until he eventually started using heroin. McMillin says he overdosed three different times. Here, he is pictured standing in the ditch where he had his third overdose. He was revived with Narcan and was in intensive care for five days. Afterwards, he got on Vivitrol, a medication that treats opioid addiction and became involved in a faith-based nonprofit treatment program, which, he says, changed his life. He has been in recovery for over a year.Josh Lytle used to use and deal drugs and has spent time in prison. His father began a faith-based treatment program in 2008 called Family Care Ministries as a way to deal with Lytle’s addiction and incarceration. In 2016, Lytle and his family moved to East Liverpool to open a new chapter of the ministry. He has partnered with the police department and has been offering assistance, treatment and counseling for people struggling with addiction and for their families.Officer Kelsey Hedrick is a 21-year veteran of the East Liverpool Police. He runs the East Liverpool Police Museum and takes visitors on tours of historic crime sites in the town. He thinks the police have been doing a good job fighting the drug epidemic with the resources they have.Mitzi Stoddard says she used heroin for seven years before she got into court-ordered recovery two years ago. She went to a rehab center, where she says she learned she had to change more than her drug use. “You have to change your entire life and the way you think,” she says. Addiction is a family matter for her. She says she watched a loved one overdose in 2017 and watched the paramedics revive them, using several doses of naloxone, the overdose antidote.Stoddard says the community needs an economic boost and more addiction treatment resources, including long-term rehab, trauma counseling and mental health counseling.”We need long-term care … 90 days to 6 months. Those type of inpatient facilities they have some in neighboring counties,” she says.Ian Brown is a freelance documentary photographer from Toronto. His series, “American Dreams”, is a collection of portraits of people across the U.S. His Instagram is @ianbrownphotography.This story was edited by Meredith Rizzo and Carmel Wroth of NPR. Design and development by Alyson Hurt of NPR. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
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By FFWPU Italy, Elisabetta CaliWe held a summer workshop for 2nd generation children from the age of 9 to 13, on July 10-17, 2016 in Bocca Seriola, Italy. There were 25 participants and 17 staff members, most of which were second generations,The teaching staff were comprised of; Elisabetta Nistri, Angelo Chirulli and Gukson Capone (2nd gen), while the activity staff and general organisation of the workshop was in the hands of the 2nd generation who did a great job taking care of all the children and organising team games and activities designed to push their limits and learn to sacrifice oneself for the group and give the best they can.The teachers gave lectures on the principles of creation, the fall, Jesus’ position and True Parents’ life. Like always, we dedicated one day to a hike in the mountains, we walked for 2 hours, reaching a farm with cows, other animals and a fishing lake. It is always important to help the children discover God through observing and admiring the beauty of the creation.The workshop concluded with a prayer evening in front of a fire, into which they threw their letters with promises to our Heavenly Parents.
Photo by Francisco Seoane Perez on Flickr/Creative CommonsIf you thought last year’s experiment in a car-free Newbury Street was a dream come true, you’re in luck.The city is bringing the popular program back this summer, making the shopping destination pedestrian-only for one Sunday a month from June to September, the city tells the Globe. Dates have not yet been announced.The “Open Newbury Street” concept debuted last year, when the thoroughfare was closed to traffic for one day in August from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.“Open Newbury Street is an opportunity for our residents and visitors to enjoy everything Newbury Street has to offer without worrying about cars,” Mayor Marty Walsh said last year. “We’ve received a large amount of positive feedback from the community, and have worked closely with businesses and residents to ensure the pedestrian-only street closure will positively impact the neighborhood’s residents and businesses.It was well-received, with a few exceptions, including one of two associations representing businesses along the busy strip. The Newbury Street League had argued that many wealthy car-driving customers would be inconvenienced by the closure, leading Michele Messino, its executive director, to utter this memorable line: “Do you really think people are going to spend hundreds of dollars to primp and get back on the T?”That wasn’t the only controversy to emerge out of last year’s car-free experiment. Last time, Mayor Walsh stunned Greater Boston when he showed up to the event in a divisive (yet “comfortable”) pair of white cargo shorts. The city has never been the same since. By Spencer Buell· Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000 Newbury Street Will Go Pedestrian-Only Again This Summer It will be closed to traffic on three Sundays. Print Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 5/9/2017, 10:19 a.m.
The Best Healthy Food, Gyms, and Places to Go Outside in the North End Use our healthy neighborhood guide to the North End to learn where to get the best healthy food, go to the gym, and get outside in Boston’s Little Italy. By Tessa Yannone· 8/22/2018, 3:40 p.m. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Photo by Tessa YannoneFoodies and tourists are drawn to the saturated streets of Hanover and Salem in search of the perfect slice of pizza and overflowing bowl of pasta. So it’s no wonder that eating a little healthier in the North End, or making sure you fit in a workout between cannoli tastings can get a little tricky, but it can be done. If you live in the North End or are passing through, health is attainable amidst the temptations on every street corner. And although some nights it’s easier to just swing by Ernesto’s for a slice or Pauli’s for a Killer B sandwich, healthier choices can be made. Here’s the best healthy food, gyms, and places to get outside in Boston’s Little Italy.Where to Work OutNorth End Yoga: Located right on Hanover street, this small yoga studio, with wood-paneled floors, large windows, and brick walls is a little respite from the bustling street just down below. During the pleasant months, the windows are open and you can feel the breeze waft in as it billows the large curtains, but somehow the noise doesn’t detract from the practice. Along with vinyasa, structural yoga, and yoga ananda, the space also hosts pilates mat, fusion, and barre fusion, depending on what you’re looking for. 256 Hanover St., Boston, 617-227-9642, northendyoga.com. Knockout North End: This new boxing studio is nestled right between Antico Forno and Neptune Oyster on Salem Street. It has multiple heavy-weight bags and a full-size ring, as well as a full-service juice bar—not in operation yet, but soon to be. Choose from three different classes, including the signature knockout class, which is a 45-minute group class combining heavy bag intervals with bodyweight and strength exercises. The KO bootcamp is a 45-minute bootcamp class using kettle bells, bands, and calisthenics for a full body workout. And KO jump is a signature jumprope interval class, because it’s true what they say—fighters need fast feet. 89 Salem St., Boston, konorthend.com. Image provided.Next Level Fitness: This studio specializes in small group programming, so instead of being one of 25 people in a group class you’ll be one of four, and you’ll receive more personalized attention and accountability. Each class is classified by what will be focused on for the duration of the 45-minute session: strength, shred, or Tabata, among others. 133 Endicott St., Boston, 617-487-4001, nlfhealth.com. Where to EatThe Juicery: This little joint, with a couple of bar stools and a counter, is jam-packed during the morning commute. People walk out, smoothie in hand, and ready to take on their day. Try the classic peanut butter banana smoothie, made with banana, peanut butter, and chocolate almond milk, or check out the store coolers filled with grab and go foods if you’re feeling a little hungrier. 58 Salem St., Boston, 617-936-4010, juicery.com. Boston Public Market: Swing by the market and stop at Mother Juice for a salad or Inna’s Kitchen for a pita. If you’re looking to stock up for the week, buy fresh produce from Siena Farms or FoodCares Urban Market, meat from Chestnut Farms, and seafood from Red’s Best. Be sure to swing by Taza Chocolate for a stone ground chocolate drink or sample a sweet and savory selection of spiced nuts at Q’s Nuts. 100 Hanover St., Boston, 617-973-4909, bostonpublicmarket.org. Photo by Jacqueline CainMonica’s Mercato: Hear me out on this one. Yeah, you can walk in and buy a large chicken parm sandwhich or an overly stuffed Italian sub (highly recommend, though—save it for a special occasion), but this deli also has an extensive selection of fresh vegetables, traditional antipasti, and meats and cheeses. Just be smart about what you order. If you ask for the steak tips sandwich in salad form, they’ll load up a bowl of salad greens with roasted vegetables, steak, and fresh mozzarella with the sweetest, tangiest balsamic vinegar that’s ever graced your lips. 130 Salem St., Boston, 617-742-4101, monicasmercato.com. Where to Get Some Fresh AirThe Greenway: If you want to fall in love with the city over and over again, just take a stroll down the Greenway. Or better yet, lay out a blanket on the grass in between Cross Street and Congress Street and watch kids play in the fountain, people walking their rather adorable dogs, and all the tourists taking in the sights. There’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying your Monica’s Mercato selection while looking at the skyline (in close proximity) from a little green space in the middle of the urban jungle.Photo by Tessa Yannone 2590259 Print
7/29/2019, 10:56 a.m. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. Wellness What This Local Entrepreneur Wants You to Know about Eating Disorders Reba Tobia created the Brave Box as a way to address the shame and stigma around eating disorders, and to give those who are in the recovery process daily reminders of hope. 002 Print By Tessa Yannone· Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* Photo providedReba Tobia was 22 when she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. When she began the recovery process, she says she was in denial and scared. While she grappled with her diagnosis, she also grappled with feeling alone and isolated outside of her treatment team due to circumstances that made it difficult to receive the support she needed. As a result, she felt a strong calling to help others who might be in the same situation.Five years later, the now-27-year-old Maynard resident is helping others struggling with eating disorders, and changing the way we view the disease, through her company Brave Box. It’s a box, much like the Penny Pack for periods, filled with items that personally help Tobia the most in recovery, as she’s still going through it herself. It also serves as a platform for her to connect with others going through what she has gone through, or is currently going through.“Most people have this image of a ‘white picket fence’ recovery with a big group of people supporting them.” Tobia says. “I only had 3-4 friends and my treatment team, so I often felt alone and not as connected with other people as I wanted to be.”Inside the box you’ll find three items—one each for the body, mind, and soul. Each item can act as what is called a distress tolerance skill in therapy, Tobia tells me, or something you can engage with to deal with difficult emotions in a healthy way. Oftentimes in recovery you’re asked to eat foods that your eating disorder tells you are “bad,” Tobia explains, or hurtful thoughts and feelings will come up about your body. Her hope is that these items can help people get through those difficult moments.For the body, there are 10 self-love body image cards in the box. Each one has a mantra written on it, all of which Tobia wrote in a journal on her treatment journey, with custom-made illustrations. She says these can be taped on your mirror, or put anywhere you can see them often. She even says when she goes into fitting rooms or sees a magazine with hurtful diet culture language on it, she’ll tape the card there. For the mind, Tobia included putty that releases a lavender scent when kneaded in moments of distress, and for the soul, a succulent.“I like to say we’re very similar to succulents, especially in recovery,” Tobia says. “No two succulents are the same, like humans, and they grow, just as you grow in recovery.”A favorite in the box (both of hers and current customers), though, is an engraved fork with the words, “I am so okay” which Tobia says she often tells herself when a day feels particularly hard. She adds that if the box is being sent as a gift, she can print out personalized notes and words of encouragement from the sender, something she says gives her satisfaction after not having that for herself.The most important thing the Brave Box enables Tobia to do is change the way we talk about and approach eating disorders, while also giving those who are suffering a place to connect. In each box there is a welcome card inviting the recipient to join the Brave Box community on Instagram, where Tobia says she can express herself and where she feels others are able to find their tribe in a body positive and accepting space.Through both this online platform and in her marketing efforts for the Brave Box, she hopes to dismantle the image of eating disorders only happening to well-off white girls in emaciated bodies. “You can live in any type of body and have an eating disorder. You can be any gender or race,” Tobia says. “We grow up in a society where diet culture is everywhere. It’s even in our pet food and it’s crazy. I want everyone to know that all bodies are good bodies, any size is a great size, and you are unique and okay just the way you are.”A portion of all sales from the Brave Box go to the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association, a center in Newton with the mission to heal, educate, and empower the people, families, and community members impacted by eating disorders. And Tobia says this is a good place to start if you, or someone you know, is suffering. It is a place she has gone, herself, to learn.“Educating myself about eating disorders and really honing in on the fact that recovery isn’t linear has been monumental for me,” she says. “It’s a massive roller coaster ride. I own up to the fact that I don’t know everything. There are people who live in different bodies than my own and may have a completely different view than me.”In the future, Tobia hopes to make the boxes subscription-based and customizable. She also hopes to bring them to schools and colleges and share her story with others.“I am a better person and I have a bigger heart and so much more love to give because of my eating disorder,” Tobia says. “I know that sounds weird, but I’m much more empathetic and patient and I want to empower others to know that something good can come of their diagnosis. You just have to be willing to trust the process.”For more informatin: thebravebox.com.
I like charts because they give me a snapshot of what the players strengths are, and where they could be peaking or struggling. Koepka’s last two starts have been superb tee-to-green, He won’t be able to gain as many strokes off the tee this week, so he’ll need the irons and putter to stay hot.Going Streaking: Players entering this week in great formGetty Images Welcome to the Fantasy Six Pack! If this is your first time joining us, we highlight six golfers to use in two popular fantasy golf platforms, DraftKings and FanDuel. On each, you must select six golfers for your lineup under a specific salary cap. (DraftKings $50,000, FanDuel $60,000.) A little about me: I’m a golf nut with a trending-upwards 4 handicap (since my son, James, was born, it’s skyrocketed) and a nose for analytics — according to Rotogrinders, I’m one of the top daily fantasy golf players and ranked inside the top 5 of all players. Come check out all of my analysis at Awesemo.com where this year I’ve been able to secure a profit of nearly $100,000 dollars!The Tournament: The RBC Canadian OpenCourse: Hamilton Golf & Country ClubAverage Winning Score: -18Average Cut: Even Yardage: 7,000 Par: 70Last year’s top finishersThis event was last staged at Hamilton in 2012, and Scott Piercy won it.Skills emphasized: It’s one of the shortest courses the tour will play this season, checking in at just under 7,000 thousand yards, so we know accuracy will be a key factor. One of the only ways to make a short course Tour-ready to do grow long rough and place hazards around the course, which means hitting fairways will be paramount.The Favorite(s):Brooks Koepka (Odds: 6.5/1, DraftKings $11,700, FanDuel $12,500) It’s hard not to include Koepka here, even with Dustin Johnson (Odds: 6/1, DraftKings $11,900, FanDuel $12,600) in the field. Both are playing fantastic right now, but since Brooks just won basically head to head vs. DJ at the PGA, he gets the nod for this spot. Prior to his major win he also finished fourth at the Byron Nelson, and second at the Masters.