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Study to probe what makes us happy and healthy

first_imgMulti-year Harvard research collaboration with Aetna will assess well-being across numerous dimensions of health and wholenessWhat does it mean to be well? Not just “not ill,” but really thriving?Researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and at Aetna are embarking on a collaborative, multi-year study of well-being intended both to advance scientific understanding of what it means to be truly healthy across numerous dimensions and to translate that knowledge into practice.The principal investigators at Harvard Chan School plan to develop a comprehensive assessment that considers physical health, emotional health, purpose, character strengths, social connectedness, and financial security. Implementing this assessment in a large cohort of participants across a multi-year timeline could, they say, transform the field of well-being research. It will also inform how institutions and companies can best help their employees to thrive.“The vast majority of the existing data on happiness is cross-sectional, with all data collected at one time, making it difficult to draw conclusions about causality,” explained Tyler J. VanderWeele, Ph.D., the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School and director of Harvard’s Program on Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing.That’s about to change. Through the participation of thousands of Aetna employees and members and the sharing of de-identified data with Harvard, the study is expected over time to generate a unique and valuable trove of longitudinal data.“Within a couple of years it will be one of the most important well-being data resources in the world,” said Eileen McNeely, Ph.D., founder and co-director of the Harvard Chan School’s Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) and instructor in the Department of Environmental Health. “Our collaboration with Aetna will powerfully advance our understanding of, and capacity for, workplace promotion of employee well-being.”The well-being assessment will be closely related to a conceptualization of flourishing put forward in a 2017 paper by Professor VanderWeele in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In that review, VanderWeele pressed the need for further study into the causes, outcomes, and interventions that affect well-being. Such new knowledge, he asserted, would not only improve individuals’ health; it could compound to produce a better functioning society.“We’re excited by the unprecedented opportunities to measure and improve the well-being of those we serve, in line with our mission of building a healthier world,” said Kay Mooney, Vice President of Employee Benefits & Well-being at Aetna. “We’re changing the conversation around health to focus on holistic well-being, and this groundbreaking collaboration with the Harvard Chan School will help accelerate this strategy.”The agreement with Aetna, spearheaded by Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, provides significant support to Harvard Chan School to enable the study, in a field of research where smaller commitments have been more typical.“Until now, relatively little funding has been available for well-being research,” VanderWeele said. “The ambitious and well-funded collaboration with Aetna will propel forward our understanding of the determinants of well-being.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Tattoos not taboo on Tuesdays in Texas

first_imgMany credit union employees who are proud of their tattoos must cover them up in the workplace.To bridge this gap, Alliance Federal Credit Union in Lubbock, Texas, created a compromise that pleases everyone—including the many beneficiaries of the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation (CCUF).Employees of the $225 million credit union can show their tattoos—so long as they’re appropriate—on Tuesdays in return for a small donation to CCUF, which offers grants for financial education, professional development, and disaster relief.“Seems we live in a world of ‘tats’ and ‘hats.’ From this baby boomer, these two things had their place and it was not anywhere in professional workplaces,” says Scott Rose, Alliance Federal CEO. “Tattoo Tuesdays allow the credit union and staff to raise money for the Foundation while having a little fun.”Employees who aren’t inked can get in on the fun by donning temporary tattoos for Alliance Federal or Texas Tech University, which also is based in Lubbock. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CNTB: List of fairs and congress exchanges for 2020

first_imgFind out more about the exhibition conditions and other details HERE The Croatian National Tourist Board has published a list of fairs and congress exchanges in 2020, which are organized by the CNTB. A bit of a strange decision, either funds will be provided or not. This way, it will turn out that funds will be provided for some (those who call first), and not for others. The conditions for all must be the same, this will create unnecessary dissatisfaction and a sense of inequality. Namely, at the CNTB stand at fairs during 2020, the co-exhibitor pays the rent for the appearance at the CNTB stand, which is defined by the fair organizer and 50% of the arrangement cost defined by the technical contractor selected through a public tender, while the remaining amount is arranged by the CNTB as follows. : with 50% of landscaping costs at general fairs (general, nautical, camping) and with 100% at congress exchanges. FAIRS AND CONGRESS EXCHANGES 2020 These fairs for 2020 are tourist fairs for the general and / or business audience and specialized fairs – camping, nautical fairs and congress business exchanges.center_img As they point out from the CNTB, since the funds for the costs of arranging co-exhibition places in the CNTB budget are limited, it will be able to be used by entities that will submit contracts / application forms until the funds are exhausted. If the funds are spent before the end of the applications for co-exhibition, the CNTB will no longer be able to bear the costs of arrangement and co-exhibitors will be obliged to pay the full cost of arrangement for their co-exhibition place, emphasize the CNTB. The novelty this year is that the CNTB will bear 100% of the cost of arranging the stand on the congress exchanges, although not in full, but until the secured financial resources for that purpose are spent. CONGRESS EXCHANGES 2020 LIST OF FAIRS 2020last_img read more

Rising number of uncontested races undermines regional polls

first_imgThe number of sole candidates running in Indonesia’s regional elections has steadily increased in the past five years, election data has shown, leading to growing concerns that the upcoming polls might ruin the electoral system.A total of 28 out of the 270 regions holding elections this December are likely to see a single candidate pair run for the top seats, according to recent General Elections Commission (KPU) data.This is more than nine times as many as when sole candidacies were first allowed in the 2015 elections, which were held in a similar number of regions as this year’s polls. Read also: KPU records sharp decline in independent candidates for year-end pollsBased on regulations, independent candidates must be able to show proof that there is enough support for an eventual election campaign.In the 2015 polls, prospective candidates were required to gather the identity card numbers of 3 to 6.5 percent of voters on the final voters list in their respective regions, as per Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2014 on regional elections.But the threshold for public support was later raised to 6.5 to 10 percent of voters on the final voters list when the 2015 Regional Elections Law was passed, which was then enforced for the 2017 and 2018 regional polls.“I believe that there might be individuals who are capable and willing to be regional leaders, but they just weren’t able to amass enough public support due to the higher bar set,” Khoirunnisa said during a webinar on Thursday.A lone candidate pair contesting rarely loses to the “blank box”, a space on the ballot paper provided to voters who wish to reject the sole candidate pair.Read also: ‘Blank box’ to compete with sole candidatesSole candidates have only been allowed since 2015, after the Constitutional Court struck down a clause in the Regional Elections Law requiring the KPU to confirm at least two candidate pairs in every provincial, regency or municipal election. But the new provisions have instead exposed the failings of the current political party system.Critics have long pointed to the failure of so-called regeneration among political parties as a possible driver for the lack of competent candidates running for office, resulting in a surge in one-horse races.Read also: Expert links sole candidacies to poor party regenerationKhoirunnisa said that instead of backing their own members as candidates, political parties tended to partner up in big-tent coalitions and support the candidate pair that was most likely to win, such as incumbent leaders or members of existing political cliques.According to KPU data, 16 out of 28 prospective sole candidates are incumbents, while the remaining few are either members of regional councils or relatives of prominent figures in the country.The list includes Hanindhito Himawan Pramono, a sole candidate running for Kediri regency in East Java from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). He is the son of Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, a former lawmaker and respected senior PDI-P politician.Read also: One political dynasty makes way for another as Kediri prepares to voteThere were bound to be a lot of “grand coalitions” if all the political parties had the same mindset, said Khoirunnisa.“This is the sort of situation that will lead candidates running for office to focus only on canvassing support from coalitions rather than the public,” she said. “But it won’t be a healthy democracy because, when it comes to the elections, the public – not the parties – should be the main attraction.”Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) political researcher Arya Fernandes said that any regional election featuring a candidate running uncontested with backing from a big-tent coalition would likely produce leaders of poor quality.Such candidates are prone to misusing their power, whether embezzling regional funds or political horse-trading for positions in the administration, he said.Both Arya and Khoirunnisa suggested revising the threshold for public support of independent candidates in order to pave the way for more healthy competition in future elections.Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) member Ratna Dewi Pettalolo said that her agency had found several cases of vote buying in elections where only a sole candidate pair was running.She said, however, that Bawaslu was unable to report the alleged perpetrators to the police due to a lack of supporting evidence.“Most transactions involving ‘political dowry’ are carried out in the dark. But now we are committed to tracing any information on such practices and will gather as much evidence as possible,” Ratna said.Offering a “political dowry” – that is, depositing a sum of money to political parties in the hopes of securing their support – violates articles 47 and 187 of the 2016 revision of the Regional Elections Law.Topics : The data shows that the number of sole candidates has steadily increased in every election year: From only three sole candidate pairs in the 2015 elections, the number rose to nine in 2017, 16 in 2018 and now 28.The trend has critics raising concerns over the possibility that the elections are becoming more unfair with each passing year, while also limiting the chances of independent candidates to succeed.Khoirunnisa Nur Agustyati, the executive director of elections watchdog the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), said many factors were to blame for the rising number of sole candidate pairs.However, the biggest sticking point may be the tougher requirements that independent candidates have to meet prior to even registering their intent to run.last_img read more

Joe Adams, Franklin County

first_imgSecond in the series of area coaching bios is Joe Adams who is the girls basketball coach at Franklin County High School.  Joe is a high school graduate of Franklin County, and he has come back to coach the Lady Wildcats.  This is Joe’s first year with them.  He is presently teaching special education although he also has a license to teach Spanish.Previous experience for Joe includes 8th grade girls at Northeastern Junior High, boys varsity assistant at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, and assistant at Earlham plus coaching the JV.    Joe was active in sports in high school playing basketball and tennis.  He played basketball for Earlham.We wish Joe the best in his future years of teaching and coaching.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, July 21, 2015:•7:25 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary of currency in the 200 block W. Lincoln, Wellington.•3:57 p.m. Jeremy M. Hutton, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in 40 mph zone.•8:20 p.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the area of 26 Crestway, Wellington.•8:50 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute in the 600 block N. C, Wellington.•10:05 p.m. Officers took a report of lost identification in the 200 block N. Washington, Wellington.last_img read more

Ronaldo in Madrid squad for Man Utd reunion

first_imgThe World Player of the Year only returned to training with his Real teammates on Saturday as he was handed an extended summer break after playing for Portugal at the Confederations Cup and is still not expected to start.However, as is common for showpiece occasions, Zidane has decided to take his entire 24-man squad to Macedonia.Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo could feature against his former club Manchester United in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup after being included in Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane’s squad for the trip to Skopje, Macedonia.Ronaldo’s summer has been overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion in Spain, which led to him being appearing in court last week, and speculation over his future.According to a report from Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Ronaldo told the court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain.last_img read more

Premier League set to use VAR from next season

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The Premier League is set to use the Video Assistant Referee system from next season after clubs “agreed in principle” to the move on Thursday.During a meeting attended by key members of all 20 Premier League clubs, officials were presented with an update on the non-live VAR trials taking place.They were also given “key learnings” from VAR’s use in the FA Cup and League Cup this season.VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where 335 incidents were checked by VAR officials, and is already underway in some other European leagues.A formal Premier League request will now be made to the International Football Association Board and FIFA, the world governing body.A statement from the Premier League said its testing programme would continue for the rest of the season, “with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently”.How VAR decisions are communicated to fans in the stadium will be addressed, with the development of a “clear protocol” to be established.– Praise –Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey praised the decision, telling BBC Radio Five Live: “I think it is a good thing. I know a lot of people are against it but we’ve got to embrace it now and move forward.“We’ve seen this season a number of incidences that have been called wrong, especially this weekend when there were a number of goals ruled out when they shouldn’t have been. “I think as long as we get the training and education right, and we get the right personnel, that’s the most important thing for me.“The referees will still want to go out and get the key match decisions right, it’s very important that referees are not hiding behind the VAR. They’re still going to be making these big calls correctly.”In April, Premier League clubs voted against the introduction of VAR for the 2018-19 season.But there have been growing calls from managers and players for VAR to be introduced into the English top-flight for several years.On Saturday, Southampton forward Charlie Austin called for VAR after he was denied a goal for offside against Watford, a decision he called a “joke”.Also last weekend, Slavisa Jokanovic, since sacked as Fulham manager, was furious after Aleksandar Mitrovic was denied a goal by a controversial offside decision, with Liverpool going straight down the other end to take the lead.VAR is used to check goals, penalties — both awarded and not — direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity when a player is wrongly booked or sent off.The referee has the information relayed through his earpiece by the VAR team.For some incidents, he can review the footage on a pitch-side television monitor before deciding whether to change his initial call.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgMIYADI HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY ON SATURDAYTrainer Steve Miyadi has two horses entered on Saturday’s Sunshine MillionsDay card at Santa Anita featuring five stakes offering $1 million for California-bred or sired horses. They are three-year-olds Mr. Hinx in the $250,000 California Cup Derby at a mile and one-sixteenth, and Ms Wayaka in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks at a mile on turf.Both are longshots, but Miyadi recognizes that “you can’t win if you’re not in.”Mr. Hinx, owned by longtime Miyadi client Gary Barber, is coming off a handy six furlong maiden win, while Ms Wakaya, also owned by a longtime client, owner/breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, had issues breaking from the rail when she was a well-beaten fourth in the one mile Soviet Problem at Los Alamitos Dec. 17.“Mr. Hinx has speed and is stretching out,” Miyadi said, “and there’s other speed in the race, but the horse is doing well.“Ms Wakaya was sort of looking around after breaking from the one hole in the Soviet Problem, and while she wasn’t going to beat the winner (Sircat Sally, who scored by 12 lengths), she did improve her position and might have been closer.’The Oaks, race five: Cash Prize, Chantal Sutherland, 20-1; Cioppino Pasadino, Joe Talamo, 30-1; How About Zero, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; Bella Luma, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Adios Call, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; Ms Wayaka, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Miss Sunset, Martin Garcia, 12-1; My Pi Romancer, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Sircat Sally, no rider, 9-5; and Princess Roi, Corey Nakatani, 5-2.The field for the Derby, race nine: Tribal Storm, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Ann Arbor Eddie, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Mr. Hinx, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Hot Smoke, Joe Talamo, 8-1; California Diamond, Kent Desormeaux, 5-2; Six Point Rack, Stewart Elliott, 12-1; and Colis Gold, Martin Garcia, 2-1. VAN DYKE SUFFERS BROKEN ARM IN RIDING SPILLDrayden Van Dyke was at Huntington Memorial Hospital Friday morning after suffering a compound fracture to his right arm following a two-horse spill in Thursday’s fourth race, according to his agent, Brad Pegram.The 22-year-old jockey underwent surgery shortly after arriving at the hospital in nearby Pasadena, and was thankfully cleared of any injuries to his head, neck and spine.Van Dyke, champion apprentice jockey of 2014, had five wins, nine seconds and two thirds from 51 mounts at Santa Anita through Thursday. He was aboard the pace-setting Tawny when the filly went wrong turning into the homestretch.Rally Back, trailing Tawny, could not avoid the fallen horse, unseating jockey Chantal Sutherland, who escaped injury and was working horses Friday morning.Rally Back had only superficial injuries. Bob Baffert2653419%46%$398,246 SPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY IS 11:45 A.M.In an effort to better accommodate both the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream and a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup card locally, Santa Anita has moved first post time Saturday to 11:45 a.m. HORSEMEN VARY ON PEGASUS PICKSLess than a month into 2017, the Race of the Year is here. It unfolds Saturday atGulfstream Park where Horse of the World Arrogate meets Horse of the Year California Chrome in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at 1 1/8 miles.Opinions on which of the two Southern California-based champions–Arrogate, 2016 Male Three-Year-Old Eclipse Award winner–and California Chrome, 2016 Horse of the Year and Older Dirt Male, varied in a random sampling of Santa Anita-based trainers, as noted:Richard Baltas: Chrome. He’s been training at Gulfstream; Arrogate has not.Alexis Barba: I’ve got to go with Chrome. I loved Arrogate as a three-year-old, but I’ve got to go with ‘the man.’Rafael Beccera: California Chrome 100 percent.David Bernstein: Arrogate might be the best horse but Chrome might have a tactical advantage because he’s been training there and it’s a mile and an eighth.Simon Callaghan: It’s a coin flip, I think.Jack Carava: I like Arrogate based on the post positions, but on training, both are prepared to give it their best shots.James Cassidy: Arrogate. The 12 hole is a big problem (for Chrome). It’s a short run to the first turn, and it’s not like there’s a bum in the one hole.Ben Cecil: I’d like to see Chrome win but I’m probably leaning towards Arrogate.Vladimir Cerin: I just hope it’s a good race.Phil D’Amato: I give Chrome the edge. At Los Al (Winter Challenge) he was eight wide (actually six), so I don’t think the post matters.Neil Drysdale: I like ’em both. I’ll take either one of them.Ron Ellis: Chrome, because Arrogate hasn’t been able to maintain a normal training schedule.Peter Eurton: Chrome with the outside draw.Neil French: I’m leaning slightly towards Arrogate.Paddy Gallagher: I just want to see a great race.Mark Glatt: Arrogate.Jorge Gutierrez: I think Arrogate is the best horse in the country but California Chrome is the best horse of a lifetime.Bruce Headley: Chrome. Years ago Art Sherman galloped the best horse (Swaps) and now he trains the best horse.Dan Hendricks: Chrome, just off the pace with a stalking trip and then blow by them.Eric Kruljac: If I had to bet my life it would be Arrogate, but I’m 100 percent behind Chrome emotionally.Ian Kruljac: At a mile and an eighth, Chrome.Jerry Hollendorfer: Both are California guys; I’d like to see one of those win it, so whichever one wins is fine with me. I think they have to beat Chrome, even though Arrogate beat him before (by a half length in the Breeders’ Cup Classic). I think people are trying to say Arrogate’s not ready, but Bob (Baffert) wouldn’t take him back there if he wasn’t.Marty Jones: Chrome. Going with the Cal-bred.Steve Knapp: Arrogate. He’s got a better post.Brian Koriner: Chrome is too tough.Craig Lewis: It’s a coin flip.Mike Machowsky: I’d like to have either one.Ron McAnally: Arrogate. If I said Chrome, Baffert would choke me.Mike McCarthy: It looks like a great race. I just don’t know who, though.Sean McCarthy: Arrogate, but I’d like Chrome to win it.Gary Mandella: The post positions aren’t good for either horse, but I’d say Chrome.Richard Mandella: They’re both very good. I couldn’t pick between ’em.Alfredo Marquez: I love Chrome. He’s been at Gulfstream and had works on the track. Steve Miyadi: I just hope it’s a great race.Hector Palma: California Chrome. The distance is shorter and it’s better for him.George Papaprodromou: Arrogate. I think he’s the better horse.Jorge Periban: Chrome.Dean Pederson: I give Chrome a slight edge. He didn’t have to train through adverse conditions. Face it: this is Chrome’s all-in race. Arrogate has the whole year ahead of him, but never underestimate Baffert.Marcelo Polanco: Chrome is the better horse. He’s been there and he’s acclimated.John Sadler: It’s pretty close. Maybe Chrome goes out on top.Gary Sherlock: I think the distance favors Chrome. I don’t think he’d beat Arrogate going a mile and a quarter.John Shirreffs: I’m a Chrome fan.Cliff Sise Jr.: It’s 50-50. It should be a good race right down to the wire.Gary Stute: A mile and an eighth suits Chrome better. Arrogate’s better at a mile and a quarter.Eddie Truman: Chrome at a mile and an eighth. If it was a mile and a quarter, I’d go with Arrogate. Chrome will be rolling this time, not sitting there waiting, but Arrogate’s just been spectacular, the way he’s looking.Kathy Walsh: I’m pulling for Chrome. It should be a fabulous race. Arthur did a helluva job giving the horse to the world.Howard Zucker: I love Chrome. I think the distance favors him.The field for the Pegasus, the 12th and last race, with a scheduled post time of 2:44 p.m. Pacific Time: Arrogate, Mike Smith, 7-5; Prayer for Relief, Florent Geroux, 50-1; Neolithic, John Velazquez, 30-1; Noble Bird, Julien Leparoux, 25-1; War Story, Antonio Gallardo, 50-1; War Envoy, Luis Saez, 50-1; Shaman Ghost, Jose Ortiz, 20-1; Semper Fortis, Tyler Gaffalione, 50-1; Keen Ice, Javier Castellano, 12-1; Breaking Lucky, Luis Contreras, 25-1; Eragon, Edgar Prado, 50-1; and California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 6-5.Whether Chrome or Arrogate is the post time favorite remains to be seen, although an argument could be made that whichever horse is the chalk, the price could be closer to 4-5.NBC will air the Pegasus live from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST. Jerry Hollendorfer4998918%53%$750,164 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.5474213%24%$333,525 Peter Miller33710421%64%$373,950 Stewart Elliott5266912%40%$234,280 HORSEMEN FAVOR CHROME OVER ARROGATESPECIAL FIRST POST TIME SATURDAY: 11:45 A.M.MIYADI SENDS OUT TWO FOR CALIFORNIA GOLDVAN DYKE SUFFERS BROKEN RIGHT ARM IN SPILL Kent Desormeaux50117622%48%$722,563 Doug O’Neill56691011%45%$382,468 Rafael Bejarano601091017%48%$598,313 Luis Contreras48681313%56%$286,564 (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 26) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FINISH LINES: With Southern California weather back to normal (no rain), there were 265 recorded workouts this morning, including 39 on the training track. Both surfaces were labeled “fast.” . . . Tamarack Bay is the dam of three California Cup runners Saturday, notes Jon White, Santa Anita’s morning-line odds maker. “Tamarando and Ward ‘n Jerry in the California Cup Turf Classic and Six Point Rack in the California Cup Derby are all offspring of Tamarack Bay,” White said. “As a broodmare, Tamarack Bay has a terrific record. Tamarando is a Grade I winner. In addition, he has produced Luckarack, a multiple stakes winner, and U’narack, a stakes winner. Ward ‘n Jerry, Six Point Rack and Luckarack are by Lucky Pulpit, the sire of California Chrome, twice voted Horse of the Year (2014 and 2016). Tamarack Bay’s sire is Dehere, an Eclipse Award winner in 1993 as champion 2-year-old male . . . Santa Anita hosts a trackside wine festival Saturday featuring delicious food and wine tasting throughout the day. To purchase tickets, visit santaanata.com/events . . . Congratulations to Chad Lindsay on winning his first race of the meet Thursday with his 16th mount aboard Good N Naughty for trainer Hector Palma. The three-year-old California-bred filly captured the first race by 8 ¼ lengths at a $9.40 win payoff. “That was an easy ride, a nice ride,” said the 23-year-old Texas native, who is represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan. “There’s a lot of competition out here, a lot of new faces, and a lot of big faces that have been here a while, but I finally got the monkey off my back.” . . . Evin Roman, an 18-year-old apprentice from Puerto Rico, is scheduled to make his United States and Santa Anita debut early next month. A graduate of Escuela Vocacional Hipica, Puerto Rico’s state-run jockey academy that produced world class riders Jose Ortiz and Irad Ortiz, Roman rides in Puerto Rico on Feb. 5, arrives in California the next day, and will be on horses at Santa Anita Feb. 7, according to his agent, Tony Matos, who also represents Santiago Gonzalez. Drayden Van Dyke5159210%31%$319,786 Martin Pedroza4767813%45%$239,958 John Sadler1854528%78%$254,234 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Smith2061430%55%$605,940 Flavien Prat731781123%49%$922,263 J. Keith Desormeaux1762435%71%$368,675 Tyler Baze741610722%45%$542,602 William Spawr1260250%67%$170,661 Philip D’Amato2654619%58%$442,440 Richard Baltas4689517%48%$419,958 Peter Eurton2163029%43%$186,495 Gary Sherlock1752129%47%$125,800last_img read more

Spiritual Life Bible Church Crusade Attracts Hundreds

first_imgA congregation of worshipers at a Spiritual Life Bible Church Crusade in Monrovia.As part of its Gospel Mission to Liberia, the Spiritual Life Bible Church (SLBC) of Brooklyn Park of Minnesota in the United States has engaged in a series of spiritually filled crusades in Monrovia.Former Associated Press photojournalist James Kokulo Fasuekoi, who is a member of the group, said the team includes five pastors. He said in an interview that the services have been exciting, providing spiritual healing to Liberians that thronged at their various gatherings.Fasuekoi said the team arrived in Liberia on January 23 to carry out a series of crusades or soul-inspiring gatherings across the country in partnership with Rev. Christian Dagadu of the Christian Evangelistic Pentecostal Church.He said the duration of the crusade is from January 23 to the end of March, and is held under the theme: “Walking under an open heaven.”He said Rev. Dagadu is a product of a bible college founded by the SLBC in the United States and his preaching in Liberia has made impact on the lives of many Liberians.He pointed out that the SLBC engages in crusades annually in Liberia and Sierra Leone to empower pastors as well as winning souls for Jesus Christ. He noted that the ongoing crusade in Monrovia is aimed at equipping pastors and church workers in order for them to be sensitive to their working environment in the country.Some of the pastors at the ongoing crusade made presentations on marriage and the obstacles that are associated with them and how to overcome them.He said a similar crusade is planned for Gbarnga City in Bong County. The SLBC has established a bible school in a private building at the Bong Mines Bridge on Bushrod Island in Monrovia. Other areas the crusade is expected to be held include Virginia, Morton Corner, and Kebbah Field.Besides, Fasuekoi added that a parcel of land has been secured in Lower Caldwell for the construction of the Spiritual Life Bible Church Bible School to provide professional training for a broad spectrum of pastors and church workers in Liberia.He explained that doctors Judy and Joseph Fornara, founders of the Spiritual Life Bible Church, have traveled to 112 countries and continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nationalities.Fasuekoi recalled that the SLBC founders encountered difficulties in Liberia during their gospel work, adding that even during the civil crisis in Liberia, they encountered rebel commanders who on several occasions threatened their lives.Fasuekoi noted that Liberians have been receptive to their good news.On the SLBC team are Bishop Michael Cole of Gospel Outreach Ministries; Rev. Claudius Cooper of Christ Chapel of Praise International Ministry, USA; and doctors Judy and Joseph Fornara, founders of SLBC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more