Month: August 2019

UNIONDALE NY — Kyle Okposo called former Island

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — Kyle Okposo called former Islanders star Bryan Trottier a mentor. He made his teacher proud on a night New York’s career-leading scorer was honored on Long Island.Okposo scored three of his career-high four goals in a wild third period, and the Islanders rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 and move back on top of the Eastern Conference on Jan. 16.“When I came into the league, my first rookie camp (Trottier) was there,” Okposo said. “I just kind of picked his brain. The way that he carried himself and still carries himself is something that I really look up to and try to emulate.”Trottier won the Stanley Cup four times with the Islanders and twice with the Penguins. He tops New York’s career scoring list with 1,353 points.Okposo seemed to be trying to catch him in one night.He netted New York’s first goal, got the tying tally in the third, put his team ahead moments later, and then punctuated the Islanders’ fourth straight win with goal No. 4 inside an electric Nassau Coliseum.“To score four is pretty special,” said Okposo, who has 13 overall this season and a career-best 13 against the Penguins. “The atmosphere — it was awesome out there. I haven’t really heard it that loud since we played these guys in the (2013) playoffs.”The Penguins seemed poised to overtake the Islanders atop the Metropolitan Division and tie Tampa Bay for first in the East, but they failed to hold leads of 2-0 and 3-2.Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby had two goals and an assist in a losing cause.“We just didn’t raise our level enough in the third. We didn’t make smart plays,” Crosby said. “They are a good team. You give them chances like that, they are going to put them in.”Okposo cut New York’s deficit to 2-1 in the first period, tied it 3-3 at 6:42 of the third, and put the Islanders ahead with 8:09 remaining. He added an insurance power-play goal with 2:39 remaining, and Michael Grabner scored an empty-net goal with 1:13 left.“They took the momentum with the tying goal. Had a real surge,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said. “They took over the game.”Okposo had help from his linemates, captain John Tavares and Josh Bailey, who both had three assists. Bailey sent a perfect feed to Okposo in the slot for the go-ahead goal.“I seem to have some puck luck against them,” Okposo said. “They have been such a good team for a long time. They did a really good job of limiting our opportunities. They frustrated us.”Crosby gave the Penguins the lead in the first with a power-play goal and then assisted on David Perron’s man-advantage tally. He scored again with 4.4 seconds left in the second period to break a 2-2 tie.Crosby’s three points gave him 50 this season, tying him for the team lead with Evgeni Malkin, who had one assist. The Islanders (30-13-1) lead Pittsburgh (26-11-6) by three points.New York, which returned from a 5-2 trip, has won four straight. The Islanders are 3-1 against Pittsburgh this season with one meeting remaining.“Our division is heating up and there are some really good teams that are chasing us now,” Okposo said. “We just want to keep getting better.”Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves and outdueled fellow All-Star Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 29 shots and heard taunting chants of his name.Ryan Strome added a goal for New York, and Tavares notched his 200th NHL assist.“We’re in first place now, but that can change real quick,” Tavares said. “All these wins are big wins, but you’ve got to go out there and continue that.”Crosby made it 1-0 when he put in a rebound of Chris Kunitz’s shot with 9:08 left in the first.Just 1:30 later, Crosby helped set up Perron’s ninth goal and fourth in five games since being acquired from Edmonton on Jan. 2.The Penguins scored two goals on two shots in 55 seconds of combined power-play time in the first. After netting only two man-advantage goals in 10 games, Pittsburgh has four in the past three.New York’s second power play failed to produce a goal, but the Islanders cut the deficit in half just seconds after the advantage.Tavares drove down the left side of the Penguins zone, made a slick move to get around defenseman Simon Despres, and slid a pass across the crease to Okposo, who guided the puck in with his skate with 3:09 left.Strome tied it with 7:29 left in the second when he swept in a loose puck in the crease, but Crosby put the Penguins back ahead 3-2 during a delayed penalty.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MADRID SPAIN – Tennis great Rafael Nadal is set t

first_imgMADRID, SPAIN – Tennis great Rafael Nadal is set to open a tennis center in Greece in April, Marca, the Spanish sports newspaper, reported. The Rafa Nadal Tennis Center will be located at the five-star Sani Resort in Halkidiki and will feature eight clay courts “available to players of all ages and abilities” Marca reported adding that “the objective of the new center is to offer high quality tennis coaching for guests and residents of the area.”Nadal and his coaching team created and developed the programs available at the center and all staff members are required to spend two months in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain, Nadal’s hometown, to train in the methodology at the Rafa Nadal Academy.The Sani Resort, about an hour from Thessaloniki, is a top tourist destination set in an impressive landscape. The personalized tennis programs will undoubtedly add a whole new element for vacationers to enjoy, providing a unique chance to train, play, and have a lot of fun together. Besides polishing up their tennis skills, the more competitive participants will have the opportunity to battle it out on the courts in thrilling tennis tournaments running throughout the season, according to the Sani Resort website. Nadal is pleased with the new project, noting that “it consolidates the growth of the Academy around the world. I am grateful to Sani Resort for the trust that they have had in my team to deliver the new Center and I am sure that we are going to have a very fruitful and productive working relationship, especially for all of the tennis lovers out there,” Marca reported.The first series of centers opened at Costa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico in December with TRS Coral Hotel and Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort and Spa featuring the tennis facilities and program of the current No. 2 player in the world, Marca reported.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

A rendering of Aurora Health Cares planned develo

first_imgA rendering of Aurora Health Care’s planned development in Pleasant Prairie.Last updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:51 pmThe Pleasant Prairie plan commission on Monday approved preliminary site and operational plans for Aurora Health Care’s proposed $130 million ambulatory surgery center and physician office building near Interstate 94 and Highway 165.A rendering of Aurora Health Care’s planned development in Pleasant Prairie.The project will include a 100,000-square-foot ambulatory center and a three-story 100,000-square-foot office building at the northwest corner of 104th Avenue and 120th Avenue.Aurora plans to have 260 full-time employees, 140 of which will be newly created jobs, and 28 part-time employees at the facilities, according to plan commission documents. The buildings are being developed on a 64-acre site in the Prairie Highlands Corporate Park, where Aurora will join German gummy bear maker Haribo of America as a tenant. Aurora purchased the property from the village for $14.5 million.The facilities will be situated on the site to accommodate future expansion, plan commission documents said.Services will include primary care, orthopedics and urology, outpatient surgery, rehabilitation services, imaging laboratory services, occupational health and a pharmacy. Public roadways and utilities for the site will be under construction this summer. Building construction is expected to begin this summer with expected completion during summer 2020. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Once again the Nazzaro Center teamed up with the 

first_imgOnce again, the Nazzaro Center teamed up with the Police Athletic League (PAL) and the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) to provide families and friends of the North End with an incredible grand finale to the center’s ski program: a weekend of skiing at arguably the best ski resort in the east, Killington Mountain. After various day trips run by the center to different peaks in New England, the Nazzaro Center’s annual weekend, program-ending outing is always one of the most anticipated events of the year, and this season’s getaway was even more anticipated than usual.Although it wasn’t as snowy a winter as 2015 in Boston, northern Vermont saw storm after storm in 2016-17, providing the Nazzaro-ites taking part in this year’s junket with copious amounts of snow on the slopes, even after the calendar said spring had sprung. Having become an annual tradition going back 18 years, this year’s outing was the biggest yet, with 74 people participating. And being spring in New England, it wasn’t too surprising to see a mix of sun, wind, snow, fog, warm temperatures, and frigid air all within the 48 hours the group was in Vermont. The skiing was first rate and the accommodations were all that could be desired for families and young children. The Chalet Killington, where the Nazzaro contingent commandeered 25 of the 29 rooms, provided  warm, clean rooms, all with televisions; a common area surrounding a beautiful fireplace with a big HD screen above it; game rooms featuring ping-pong and pool tables; a sauna and indoor jacuzzi; and the most popular amenity of them all, an outdoor heated pool. Special thanks to Billy Stoddard of PAL and Teddy Tomasone from the NEAA for continuing to make this unique trip possible year after year at very family-friendly prices.last_img read more

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first_imgFollow Friends of the Public Garden on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on events happening in Boston’s parks.  We hope to see you in the parks this winter! Take a great photo in one of our parks? Use #FOPG to share and be featured on Instagram! For cities filled with tall buildings, thousands of cars, and acres of concrete, green spaces are invaluable. Here in Boston, 98% of residents live within a ten minute walk to a park—something worth celebrating! In partnership with the City of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department for over 48 years, the Friends raises and invests over $1 million in private contributions annually on parks care and capital improvements for the Common, Garden, and Mall. Our goal is to ensure these remain healthy spaces that all of Boston can take pride in and enjoy. Our public spaces age, renew, and change with the times, but always provide countless benefits, serving as an important refuge in urban areas. Every neighborhood and community is strengthened by the protection and enhancement of their green spaces. As we venture into 2019, we invite Bostonians to look at all of our parks holistically–yes, as green spaces filled with trees and flowers, but also places of community-building and gathering, recreation, historic importance, art and reflection, as well as critical contributors to larger objectives like public health, economic development, tourism, and climate resilience. While the other three seasons call for longer walks filled with colorful blooms, rides in the Swan Boats, and pick-up softball games, the winter weather provides us distinctive pleasures. From a beautifully lit Commonwealth Avenue Mall perfect for showing off snowmen to those passing by on foot or by car, to ice skating with family and friends on the Frog Pond followed by a soul-warming cup of hot chocolate, to the many fun events on the Boston Common from the tree and menorah lightings to fireworks on First Night, winters in our parks are something special.   *Advertisement* Aswe head into the heart of winter, many Bostonians tend to stay inside, choosingto stay warm and dry rather than bundle up and face the cold. Yet even whileour public green spaces are blanketed in white, winter still brings us opportunitiesto enjoy the outdoors. Families enjoy the winter weather and sledding on Boston Common. So when you’re looking out thewindow longing for spring, remember that New England winters are meant to beenjoyed. The fun and beauty in Boston’s parks is something that existsyear-round—and something definitely worth bundling up for. As the advocacy organization and steward of the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall, the Friends of the Public Garden (the Friends) works to preserve and enhance these public, open spaces no matter the season. We strive to keep these natural havens in our city in great shape for all to enjoy. From planting trees and maintaining lawns, to restoring sculptures and fountains, to enlivening Brewer Fountain Plaza by Park Street, to inviting Boston Public School students for an annual Boston Common history immersion experience and lobbying for more funding so all can benefit from beautiful green space, the Friends works to bring these beloved public spaces to life for the millions of people who visit them every year. By Liz Vizza, Executive Director, Friends of the Public Gardenlast_img read more

Painters refuse to go quietly

first_imgPainters refuse to go quietly Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege 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 SMC bags Bulacan airport project Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time MOST READcenter_img John Yre De los Reyes, city administrator, has observed that video karera machines have proliferated in the city and he has reported this to Talisay City officer-in-charge Supt. Resty Santos.De los Reyes is concerned with the city’s peace and order situation and told the police to do their work and not just sit inside their office.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeCaballero agreed with John Yre and challenged Santos to show accomplishments on their drive against video karera.Caballero added the fact that those hooked on the illegal gambling are mostly minors which should be a cause for concern. View comments Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip Chief Insp. Rodgene Fudotan, deputy chief of Talisay City Police, is asking the community to help them in their fight against video karera operations.MORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipMORE STORIESnewsinfoSen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancenewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipHe said they have confiscated a number of video karera machines but admitted that they have not arrested the operators and caretakers./Correspondent Gabriel C. BonjocRead Next WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine LATEST STORIES THE local government of Talisay City ordered its police force to curb the operation of video karera and other illegal activities in the city.Councilor Danny Caballero, chairman of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), issued the order during the council meeting yesterday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Whether or not it gains support from the Cebu City

first_imgWhether or not it gains support from the Cebu City Council, the semi-privatization of the Cebu City Medical Center is worth a serious look.It may be the only way to run a public hospital with professionalism.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Misyon Bulig ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents For one, it would be integrated in a complex of sorts with the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management to create what the Rama administration called an “integrated emergency response center.”MORE STORIESnewsinfoCops sent to ensure lotto outlets in Cebu are closednewsinfoNews Briefs: July 26, 2019newsinfoThis Week’s Festivals: July 21 – 27, 2019MORE STORIESnewsinfoCops sent to ensure lotto outlets in Cebu are closednewsinfoNews Briefs: July 26, 2019newsinfoThis Week’s Festivals: July 21 – 27, 2019Deciding to build on the original site on N. Bacalso Avenue settles a long-drawn discussion on whether to transfer to a lonely spot in the  South Road Properties (SRP), where jeepneys don’t ply routes.Did we hear an “I told you so” from  former congressman Tomas Osmeña, who called for retro-fitting  the existing city hospital where it stands?No need to gloat.Whatever is the best solution for Cebuano residents should be a decision shared by all.ADVERTISEMENT Building a new structure from the ground up, one that is quake-resistant up to magnitude 8, is a better  idea.Building, however, is one thing.Defining  day-to-day functions  and lines of policy making go to the essence of a hospital’s operation.Who will appoint the chief of hospital?Will the board of directors be predominantly government suits or private sector representatives?How does one insulate management decisions from the petty bickering of political opponents in a local government?Dr. Shawn Espina, a surgeon dedicated to the whole effort as a core member of CCMC Cares, correctly insists that  management and administration should be left to the private sector as the more efficient stakeholder.Whatever Cebu City officials decide, they should realize they have a new opportunity to get this right.Build it well and  complete it before the end of 2015 or at least before another calamity visits again. Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally Capital One Data Breach LATEST STORIES NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Leaving the CCMC completely to government bureaucracy would have it end up in the same sorry state its been for decades, caught in a gridlock of political appointments and power squabbles among local goverment officials.A healthy balance is needed in the competitive world of medical services.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionCity Hall has the mandate to serve indigent patients, but not the expertise or sound judgment to run a hospital in fine form.Initial plans are looking good. Read Next 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 PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements View commentslast_img read more

We are very excited and happy to share that some E

first_imgWe are very excited and happy to share that some ESGD members and supporting European 2nd gen have recently returned from Abidjan in Ivory Coast. We co-organized a West African summer workshop for more than 120 African blessed children. True Father emphasized during his European Tour in 2011 that Europe should have a significant role in supporting Africa. We are glad we could contribute to it and that such a co-operation could come about in precious area of education for Blessed Children.Beginning on 23rd June, we organized a 2-day leadership training for elder 2nd gen and Jacob’s children who were taking responsibility for the upcoming workshop. Goal was to share our vision for education of blessed children based on Father’s teachings and the Principle. Content included our approach to purity and Blessing lifestyle education and also key components of spiritual leadership. Alongside these sessions, much of the value came from us and the Ivorian staff; being able to share our experiences, challenges and concerns regarding the education of 2nd gen in both continents.ESGD staff was invited to give the main sermon on Sunday service and thus also connect with broad community of blessed families, both parents and children. Great step in preparations for the actual workshop.This then led straight into welcoming the 120+ workshop participants for a week-long summer workshop in Abidjan. Using our European summer motto, “Be Original”, we centred all the education and activities on connecting to our roots in God and True Parents. This included strengthening our confidence to be our true selves, work on our fallen natures and live a blessing lifestyle in order to become our original character and reach our full potential. Alongside our lecture content, a workshop highlight was the personal testimonies from the elder BCs (both European and Ivorian) who shared how they had overcome certain challenges in their lives to the participants. We also had a particularly special ‘Family Day’ out where we all spent the day at a local National park together. We enjoyed walking through the forest, playing team games and simply enjoying each other’s company outdoors as brothers and sisters.By the end of the workshop, many participants and staff expressed that they really appreciated the creative and personal dimensions of the workshop; having new experience of creative activities on workshops such as dancing and games. They valued team meetings where they could share more personally and connect with each other more than before.Based on workshop reflections and the staff evaluation day we can say that our time together was a great success! Both the FFWP national leader of Ivory Coast and the FFWP regional president of West Africa expressed their appreciation of the European group coming there to help with education. Through the project we could build personal connection with elder 2nd generation active in education and willing to develop it further. We believe it is a wonderful foundation for an ongoing co- operation that can now grow and continue between Europe and Africa. We will welcome your support for our future projects – be in touch with us.ReflectionsPierre (Germany): My name is Pierre and my mother is German and father is Congolese. Having grown up in Duesseldorf, Germany, this trip to Ivory Coast was my first time to Africa. From the first moment I met the Ivorian blessed families at the Church Centre, I was just amazed by how they all treat each other. The feeling of being one family is just natural for them. They expressed an intense amount of joy through their singing, dancing and playing with one another. I saw how powerful emotions can be and how much happiness can be created if we all include one another. Being in this environment made it easy for me to connect to them.We were able to open our hearts in such a short amount of time. I learned that quite a few of the Ivorian BCs have difficulties in their lives, some not even having the proper chance to go to school. So it really touched me that they were still trying to be hopeful and making God a part of their daily life. They are all trying to take responsibility for their situations in life. Trusting in God is so important for them but they also know that you have to work hard in order to create something good. I was touched by their immense joy and hope despite those difficulties. Learning from their lives was definitely one of my highlights of this experience.We all were so happy to create this bridge across the 2 continents. Cultural differences between European BCs and African BCs don’t really matter because we can learn from each other and expand our hearts to one another. Through establishing friendships at the workshop, I could learn that no matter where you live as Blessed Children, the best education is always needed in order to create an environment where we love and care for each other; where we respect one another and truly feel that we are God’s children. Through this experience I could see that we as BCs should all have the desire to live good lives with others and for others, connecting to each other across the globe. We can give hope to everyone, no matter where you come from and who you are, because we all have the same parents.Flora (Ivory Coast): My name is Flora, I am 24 years old and I’m a Jacob’s Child studying in University. The past summer camp for 2nd Gen we had here in Ivory Coast was an amazing experience for me; we started with 2 days training for leaders. I learnt a lot in this time as it allowed me to understand how important it is for us as leaders to prepare and develop our heart to be a model of integrity so that we can be a better support for our younger brothers and sisters. Since I am always concerned about how to take care of others, I was very happy to learn more about spiritual leadership.Also, during the workshop I understood God’s heart through my relationships with the participants.This is because it was not always easy to deal with their characters and behavior but still I needed to keep loving them and helping them move forwards in a good way, just as God does with us. I really felt concerned and responsible for them. And I realized that supporting each other is the key to succeeding in our life as blessed family members. Furthermore, I appreciated the lectures, which were clear and deep. And the co-operation with the ESDG team was wonderful – it was so easy and good to work together, planning the schedule and preparing activities. I felt our staff was a second family. Thank you to Heavenly Parents and True Parents and ESDG for this experience!So Sheloba (Ivory Coast): Usually when I go for a workshop, I always hope to learn something new, grow internally and get a stronger faith. And at this workshop, I certainly received a lot. I really got a chance to improve and learn more about myself. I really learnt more about how to balance my own personality and my way of doing things with the wider needs of the workshop. I also learnt to be more flexible and tolerant because I discovered that being flexible towards others gives them more space to discover themselves and take action for their own situation. It was definitely a step on my path of developing a better personality.I also really appreciated working with the staff team. We were patient with one and other. To codirect the workshop with Sean and Yebuny was simply great – we worked hard so that each person played their role fully. What’s more, I could discover more about the European situation and education system for 2nd generation, which opened a concrete perspective in this field for me. One thing I really appreciated is the clarity concerning the standard we should set for our life as blessed family members. I used to feel I was alone in this battle, trying to set a high standard by myself, but now I know there are other people around the world that have a similar goal and approach. So I want to thank you – is was just wonderful!Many parents have told me how happy they were that this workshop took place. And since the workshop, I have heard that many children who took part are pushing their parents to come to Sunday service each weekend! In my community, there are definitely more sisters attending Sunday service now! So I would like to say thank you for all the hard work of the staff and especially to the ESGD team giving their best in teaching the participants and engaging them in new games and activities, which all contributed to a lasting result!Kevin (Ivory Coast): My name is Kevin and I’m 20 years old. I am a student, working now with CARP Ivory Coast and also helping sometimes in my local church. First of all, I would like to express gratitude to God and True Parents to have allowed us to hold this wonderful workshop. When I heard about the plans for an international workshop here in Ivory Coast, I felt really good and hopeful because it has been a long time since we had a workshop.During the first 2-days leadership training, I received a lot of inspiration for my life. We talked about the blessing lifestyle and I was really focused on it because it allowed me to reflect on myself and on how I can become a good spouse and create an ideal family. We also talked about how to be a good leader and the values to embody in order to develop our own leadership. It was really good for me and I learned so many things that could help me to improve myself.Then after this training, we started the workshop. I really liked all the activities we did, it created a good atmosphere. I also learned so many things through this workshop – it allowed me to develop my sense of responsibility because it was my first time that I was in the staff team and I’m very grateful for that. In conclusion, this workshop has been a real opportunity for me to rediscover myself, to learn more and also to consolidate my relationship with brothers and sisters; I had a great time at this workshop. By ESGD, Yebuny HannaAbidjan, Ivory Coast, 23. June – 5. July 2016last_img read more

Prepared by FFWPU USA On the evening of July 14 w

first_imgPrepared by FFWPU USAOn the evening of July 14, with Unificationist youth from all around the world preparing to welcome and meet True Mother as part of Hyojeong Youth Weekend, FFWPU International President Sun Jin Moon had a heartfelt, earnest discussion with the young Unificationists on the meaning and practice of hyojeong—a filial heart.The night began with music and praise, as over 500 Unificationists between the ages of 15 and 40 sang their hearts out for God in the Manhattan Center ballroom. Feeling the passion of the youth after they sang as one family under God, FFWPU International Vice President, Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, then conveyed to the young Unificationists how precious and dear they are to True Mother. “Mother has specially prepared the chukseunghwe (victory celebration) on Sunday morning for this Hyojeong workshop,” Dr. Kim shared. He added, “True Mother really wants to meet each one of you. She always says that our coming generation is our future, so she really wants to share about God’s vision with all of you.”Sun Jin Moon would go on to echo Dr. Kim’s sentiments and more. After she and her husband, FFWPU International Vice President In Sup Park, were welcomed with a warm round of applause and beautiful flowers, she elaborated on the true meaning of hyojeong—what it truly means to live with a heart of filial piety. “It isn’t just about the individual; it is about respecting your family lineage and really going beyond oneself,” she said.When asked about how to connect the youth of the Unificationist movement in heart with God and True Parents, she answered, “The most important thing to connect with True Parents is the Word.” Consequently, she began reading from True Father’s autobiography, As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen to encourage the youth in the audience to put themselves in the shoes of a 16 year old True Father: “When you walk the world with True Parents, that is when you truly understand them,” she explained. Thus, as she read from the chapter “Fear and Inspiration,” the youth in the audience were asked to envision themselves in the place of True Father when he encountered Jesus. Sun Jin Moon emphasized that instead of Jesus calling upon them, however, it is True Father who has called upon them.The reading culminated with True Father’s poem, “The Crown of Glory.” “In many ways, this poem answers every question we have: how to love, how True Parents overcome all obstacles—It is only by love,” said Sun Jin Moon. “When we surpass everything through love, what will Father give you? The crown of glory.”It was fitting that Sun Jin Moon’s reading of her father’s words to the young Unificationists would be a reflection of her mother’s upcoming message at Madison Square Garden: Peace Starts With Me. She highlighted that just as many young people struggle with their faith, True Father initially struggled upon receiving his mission. “True Father could have just been an ordinary citizen, but he chose a path to do something extraordinary,” said Sun Jin Moon. “You need to make that choice, you need to find your truth, you need to do your own good in this world… Just like True Father at 16. That’s the potential each and everyone of you have.”After reading True Father’s words and conveying True Parents’ heart to the audience, Sun Jin Moon opened the floor up for the youth to ask questions, which was followed by a relaxing meditation in which everyone visualized Cheon Il Guk. Questions ranged from her own experiences of shimjung, or heart, the significance of True Mother’s speech at Madison Square Garden, her own struggles practicing hyojeong, how to align with True Mother, and Sun Jin Moon’s experience with the Marriage Blessing Ceremony.The honest, vulnerable answers of the FFWPU International President strengthened the bridge between True Mother and the young Unificationists. “I was moved to hear her struggles of growing up. It was so humbling for me to hear, and helped me to understand her heart a bit more,” said Ryota Naito from New Jersey. “Most importantly, I want to thank her for sharing with us what Hyojeong means, because I feel that it’s truly our greatest joy to understand what a parental heart is.”Stay tuned for the full transcript of Sun Jin Moon’s message to the youth!last_img read more

Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silvas Career

first_img Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career After Jon Jones put the finishing touches on a Rembrandt-like artistic domination of Glover Teixiera on Saturday night, his one-time teammate, Brian Stann, on Fox Sports 1’s post-game show, pushed the idea that Jones was the greatest UFC fighter of all-time.Generally speaking, arguments about UFC’s all-time greatest have come down to Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, the dominant stars of the modern era. With both out of action due to injuries, it has left the best fighter spotlight open to Jones, Renan Barao, Jose Aldo, Cain Velasquez, Demetrious Johnson and even Ronda Rousey. But Stann’s argument was that Jones, at 26, has already beaten better competition, and beaten them by a far more decisive manner than Silva or St-Pierre. More Coverage: UFC 172 Results | UFC newsDownload MMA Fighting iPhone App Latest From MMA Warehouse The comments on him from Saturday night was how he fought Teixeira where Teixeira figured to be at his strongest, and almost completely shut him down. That was the same thing people said about St-Pierre at the same stage of his career, when he shut down Hughes at wrestling. St-Pierre often challenged guys where they were best, outwrestling high-level wrestlers like Hughes, Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch, going to the ground with Matt Serra, and outstriking Nick Diaz.Jones (20-1) has the edge on St-Pierre (25-2) in that he’s really never lost a fight. The Matt Hamill disqualification loss was a fight he dominated and came from a series of questionable calls. By all rights, Jones should be undefeated. St-Pierre clearly lost, and was finished, twice, and many argue he lost a third time to Johny Hendricks. Some would argue Jones should have lost to Gustafsson, but that was really the only close call in his career.St-Pierre’s edge is time, as he had two title runs and was really the best in the world at his weight for most of eight-plus years, with a loss that he easily avenged. Jones has just past the three-year mark. St-Pierre beat three UFC champions (Hughes, Serra and Penn) and two Strikeforce champions (Jake Shields and Diaz). He fought all the best, and welterweight was a deep division the entire period he was champion. And he dominated everyone until Hendricks. Between his two title reigns, he finished four of 13 opponents.Silva (33-6), is best remembered for his 16-fight winning streak in UFC, which included ten title defenses. In championship action, he finished nine of 11 opponents, which would have been ten out of 12 except one missed weight. He also scored three wins one weight above, which neither Jones nor Silva has done. He defeated four former champions, Rich Franklin, Dan Henderson (Pride champion), Forrest Griffin (champion a weight class above and Silva moved up to fight him) and Belfort (champion a weight class above but they were the same weight at the time). But Silva had his scare with Sonnen in the first fight, and lost twice at the end of his career to Chris Weidman. He’s also viewed by many as the all-time greatest because of his style points, in the sense his wins were more spectacular than St-Pierre, even though St-Pierre controlled the action more until the Hendricks fight.Realistically, Jones now belongs in the discussion, with Silva, St-Pierre and Fedor Emelianenko as the greatest this sport has ever seen. And while he’s beaten more top quality opponents over a three-year period than anyone in history, it’s premature at this point to say he’s the all-time greatest. But he clearly belongs in the discussion.But he’s not alone. Aldo is nipping at his heels more quietly. Barao hasn’t been touched, but hasn’t stood the test of time as champion. Except for one punch, Velasquez has been more dominant than Jones, but injuries cutting back on his number of fights in his prime may hurt his legacy in comparison. And realistically, on the women’s side, it’s a division still in its infancy.While Jones took most of the headlines by taking apart Teixeira for five straight rounds, UFC 172 was the night with more spectacular finishes than any show in recent memory. It started early, with Chris Beal’s flying knee knockout of Patrick Williams. That could be up for strong consideration for knockout of the year. Danny Castillo followed with as perfect a right hook to the jaw as you could imagine. Later in the show came four straight submissions, by Joseph Benavidez, Max Holloway, Jim Miller and Luke Rockhold.All were noteworthy.Benavidez’s “Joa constrictor,” forced foe Timothy Elliott to tap with his legs instead of his arms. Holloway finished Andre Fili with a guillotine, noteworthy since Fili came from Team Alpha Male, a camp known specifically for that move. Miller’s foe, Yancy Medeiros, wouldn’t tap, and was put out cold by his guillotine.  And Rockhold used almost a reverse triangle to set Tim Boetsch’s up for a Kimura in the type of submission that looks great in demonstrations but is rare to execute in a fight against high-level competition.A look at how Fortunes Changed Saturday night for five winners:Jon Jones – With Jones continuing to master the light heavyweight division, a number of questions come up regarding business and legacy.Jones has struggled with popularity in recent years for a number of reasons, which led to him being well behind St-Pierre and Silva as a drawing card. He was hugely popular against Teixeira, but some of that may have been brother Arthur was a former star for the Baltimore Ravens. But Silva also had his struggles with popularity and drawing, until eventually winning crowds over in recent years. Most likely, if his title reign has the longevity of a St-Pierre or Silva, his popularity will be back to where it was against Rua, and the drawing power will follow.His next fight will be with Alexander Gustafsson (16-2). Given the classic these two had the first time, which turned Gustafsson into a major star in losing, the rematch should be the biggest UFC fight on the current horizon. Dana White teased the idea of doing it at a soccer stadium in Sweden, where Gustafsson is something of a national hero.Anthony Johnson – As the world’s largest welterweight, Johnson (17-4), was never a title contender. As a middleweight,  he blew weight badly and was submitted by Vitor Belfort. He was never on anyone’s radar when it came to the title picture.But after completely dominating No. 4 ranked contender Phil Davis, Johnson, in his first UFC fight back after two years with the World Series of Fighting, Johnson suddenly finds himself in the thick of the light heavyweight division.The obvious direction would be for Johnson to face the winner of the May 24 fight with Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson. The perfect scenario would be to put that fight on the same card as Jones vs. Gustafsson, setting the stage for the two winners to meet in the following championship match.Before Saturday, nobody would have given Johnson much of a shot with Cormier, who is favored to beat Henderson. But it was scary the way he completely shut down Phil Davis’ wrestling game enroute to a clear 30-27 win. Johnson looked gigantic at 205. But Davis doesn’t have the stand-up game as the other top light heavies, relying most of his career on takedowns and a ground game. Either Cormier or Henderson will present a very different set of problems.Luke Rockhold –  After quickly dispatching Boetsch, Rockhold (12-2) made it very clear where he wants to go next, challenging Belfort, who knocked him out with a spinning heel kick on May 18, 2013. He also noted at the press conference that he’d like the fight in Las Vegas, with the idea most likely that Belfort would be more heavily drug tested there. But there is no upside for Belfort to take that fight, as in theory, Belfort should be next on the agenda for the Weidman vs. Machida middleweight title fight winner.So as a secondary choice, he mentioned Michael Bisping. Rockhold was irked that Bisping, in talking about the two training together last year, made a crack that he (Bisping) showed he was the real Strikeforce middleweight champion (the title Rockhold held before coming to UFC). But Bisping is coming off a loss and didn’t look good with Tim Kennedy. Bisping will promote the fight but there are issues with it. Bisping is difficult to finish, but with anything less than a finish, it probably won’t help Rockhold’s ultimate goal of a title fight.Rockhold has wins in Strikeforce over both Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, but if matched with Souza, the winner of that fight could easily get a title shot. Another option would be the winner of the May 31 fight with Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi, but like Bisping, that would at best be a more lateral step than a progressive one.Jim Miller – With his 13th UFC win, Miller is tied with Gleison Tibau, and one behind Bisping, for most wins by a fighter who has never gotten a championship shot. Like with Bisping, it hasn’t been for lack of opportunity, as he lost to Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz in fights that could have garnered him a title shot. And like Bisping, he’s really never gotten that signature win over a top-five fighter.He wasn’t shy about where he wants his career to go, issuing challenges to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Josh Thomson, Donald Cerrone and TJ Grant. Numagomedov’s name came up again during the press conference, and Miller responded with a big smile on his face saying he’d take that fight against the former world sambo champion who has dominated everyone on the ground. With Grant still out after a concussion, and Nurmagomedov vs. Thomson a fight that would be difficult to put together since the two are training partners, Miller against either Thomson or Nurmagomedov and Cerrone against the other look like viable possibilities. Thomson vs. Cerrone makes all the sense for the July 26 FOX show in San Jose. Cerrone is coming off a big win on FOX, and it’s Thomson’s home city and it being a good style match for that type of show.Joseph Benavidez – In upping his record to 20-4, Benavidez in many ways finds himself in a similar position to teammate Urijah Faber a weight class up. Both almost always look spectacular, unless a title is on the line. Considered the No. 2 flyweight in the world, Benavidez won a performance of the night bonus on a night when the competition for such bonuses was a stiff as ever.  His four losses were two to champion Demetrious Johnson, and two to Dominick Cruz, the longtime bantamweight champion.He’s now in that position where he’s difficult to book. He was knocked out in the first round by Johnson in his prior fight, making a rematch difficult to put together. But if he’s put against a top contender, he’d be favored against all of them. In a division without a lot of viable challengers, the worse thing to have is a spoiler of that degree. So while the obvious matchup with former Bellator bantamweight champion Zack Makovsky (18-4) makes sense, UFC risks a potential challenger for Johnson when nobody else is ready.But there’s nobody else available. Jussier Formiga da Silva (16-3), looked strong in his win over Scott Jorgensen on March 23, but Benavidez just finished Formiga in the first round on Sept. 4. Another potential opponent, Josh Sampo (11-3), just lost to Makovsky. The next person down the line, John Lineker (23-7), is coming off a loss to Bagautinov. 2019: Little-Known Rule in Los Angeles, CA Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? 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But being the all-time greatest is something established over time. Without question, Jones has accomplished more at the same age than Silva, who was an 8-1 middleweight at the same stage. St-Pierre was 15-2 before his 27th birthday, and was considered the best in his division as interim champion. But he had not beaten fighters the caliber of those Jones has at this point.Jones has also reached the top without any career hiccups like Silva had in his pre-UFC days, and St-Pierre had with Matt Hughes and Matt Serra.Jones has made seven successful light heavyweight title defenses, putting him behind Silva’s ten (2007-2013) and St-Pierre’s nine (2008-2013). But an asterisk should be in place regarding Aldo, who, if you include WEC defenses, which you should given that was the top promotion in the world for the featherweights when he won the title, would have eight, spanning 2009 to the present.Where Jones stands out is his victims list. 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first_imgEd Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Bloody Elbow Debunking the Frank Mir vs USADA debacle Standard BJJ Gi UFC 240: Fights to make White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ Gordon Ryan Competition Kit UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card On Friday, Bellator MMA’s plans for an eight-man heavyweight tournament to determine a new champion were revealed, and now it looks as though we know what one of the quarterfinal pairings will be.Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir revealed on his podcast that he’ll be fighting none other than the legendary Fedor Emelianenko. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that the fight is agreed to but contracts haven’t been signed, and that the bout is targeted for April 2018. That date is important to note because Mir’s two-year USADA suspension expires on April 7th.Mir (18-11) saw his UFC career come to an end following a knockout loss to Mark Hunt in March 2016, and shortly thereafter it was revealed that he tested positive for the banned substance dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT). The 38-year-old was granted his UFC release earlier this year, and soon signed with Bellator MMA. Mir is just 2-6 in his last eight fights, with his wins coming by KO against Antonio Silva and Todd Duffee.Fedor (36-5, 1 NC) is the consensus greatest heavyweight of all-time and an MMA icon. The 41-year-old Emelianenko is coming off a knockout loss to Matt Mitrione in a crazy 74-second fight at Bellator: NYC in June. After a simultaneous knockdown, Mitrione got up first and was able to pounce on “The Last Emperor” and knock him out cold. Fedor ended his three-year retirement by defeating Jaideep Singh in Rizin FF on New Year’s Eve 2015, before winning a highly controversial majority decision against Fabio Maldonado in Russia. The other six tournament participants are Matt Mitrione, Roy Nelson, current Bellator light-heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, Muhammed Lawal, Quinton Jackson, and Chael Sonnen. More: Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Lockdown duffle bag Standard Ranked Rashguard More From ProMax 440 BJJ GI Related Good Night Tee King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Accessories Apparel Latest From MMA Warehouse Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Sale Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Latest From Our Partners Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack Gloves Bellator to run Heavyweight Grand Prix featuring Fedor, Mir, Rampage, and more Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Starslast_img read more