HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – A Marine veteran is running from Alabama to his hometown in Indiana to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide among veterans.Kyle Killinger left a veterans memorial in Huntsville, Alabama, before dawn on Tuesday. He plans to arrive in his hometown of Columbus, Indiana, in five days.An estimated 22 veterans a day take their own lives. Killinger says PTSD is a big problem, and he wants veterans to know they’re not alone in their struggles.Killinger hopes to raise $15,000 for two organizations that are trying to fight the stigma of PTSD and lower the veteran death rate.Killinger plans to run more than 80 miles to Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Tuesday. He says the thought of fellow veterans struggling with PTSD helps him keep going.(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) read more
About 50 West Blocton residents are being warned to boil their water after a pump failure last week.City leaders said water was tested over the weekend and was deemed normal, but state law requires more tests over the next several days before an all-clear can be given.No violations or illnesses were reported.If you’re concerned about the boil order, contact West Blocton Water Works at 205-938-7622.
Easter is coming up, which means there will be plenty of traditions like an easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter bunny. However, the Children’s Hands-On Museum (CHOM) does things a little different.This Saturday, CHOM will provide crafts and games for young children in order to get them into the spirit of Easter. Public programs coordinator Kimberly Crabbe said this event includes everything but an Easter egg hunt to make the holiday more interesting.“Well, a regular Easter egg hunt, although is fun for the holiday and everything, when you come to the Children’s Hands-On Museum, we try to make you learn a little bit and work through things kids might be developing with at the time,” Crabbe said. “So like, if it’s little kids, fine motor skills.”The event runs all day Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is $9 and free for children under the age of 1. read more
NEW YORK — The Nets are hoping their hot play will carry over when they hit the road.Joe Johnson hit six 3-pointers in his 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 points, and Brooklyn won its 11th straight at home, beating the Boston Celtics 114-98.After going 12-11 at home to begin the season, Brooklyn’s confidence remained high after concluding its three-game home stand. The Nets have been unstoppable on The Barclays Center’s herringbone-patterned court since beating Philadelphia on Feb. 3“We’ve been playing pretty good at home as a team,” said Johnson, who was 10 of 16 from the floor and 6 of 8 beyond the arc. “We got great ball movement offensively.“Guys really getting interior defense and making plays defensively. We’re gang rebounding and just helping each other. It’s been beautiful to watch and it’s been beautiful to be a part of.”The Nets will try to maintain that momentum during the next five days on the road, where they are 13-20 on the season. They will open up a three-game trip at Dallas on Sunday and continue at New Orleans on March 24 before wrapping up March 25 at Charlotte.Former Celtic Paul Pierce had 14 points, and Andray Blatche and Jorge Gutierrez added 10 apiece for the Nets, who won their third straight game and ninth in the last 10 to move within 1½ games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Toronto Raptors, who lost a double overtime thriller at home against Oklahoma City when Kevin Durant hit a game-winning 3-pointer to finish with 51 points for the night.Brooklyn moved within one game of the Chicago Bulls, who lost at Indiana, for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.Pierce was in a celebratory mood late in the game during a stop in action, interacting with the crowd during a T-shirt toss.“It’s great that we’re playing well at home. We know we can win at home, but the real challenge is how well we can play on the road, which is this three-game road trip,” the veteran said.“(It will be) a huge challenge for us knowing that each and every game is huge for us. That’s something that we’re going to have to take care of because come playoff time we may be starting out on the road.”With the score knotted at 45-all with 6:49 left in the second quarter, Brooklyn went on a 19-9 run capped by a pair of 3-pointers from Johnson and Deron Williams to end the half and pull away from the Celtics, who lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.Boston coach Brad Stevens thought that trading baskets with the Nets during the first two quarters did them in.“We weren’t very good on the defensive end of the floor. When Avery Bradley started going off, we just accepted trading baskets instead of really getting stops,” Stevens said.Bradley scored 23 of his 28 points for the Celtics in the first half and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 12 assists. “The opportunities were there and I was able to knock down my shots,” Bradley said. “Rondo was putting me in good positions to be able to make plays.”Johnson continued his hot shooting in third quarter by scoring 16 points, outscoring the Celtics during a two-minute stretch at the end of the quarter. Johnson made a lay-up and got fouled with 2:43 remaining, hitting a free throw on the 3-point play to extend the lead to 86-72.After a pair of misses by the Celtics, Gutierrez found Johnson for an open 3-pointer and then Johnson followed a Jeff Green basket by nailing another trey to make it 92-74 with 45.6 left.Brooklyn has won 18 of its last 20 at home and improved to 29-10 since Jan. 1, tops in the East. But they’re still struggling on the road, something coach Jason Kidd knows they need to turn around to have success during the playoffs.“You need to win on the road at some point to win a championship. For us, it’s taking one game at a time and winning as many possible and see who we open up in the first round against, on the road or at home.”TweetPinShare0 Shares read more
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in pursuit of a record sixth title.Federer hasn’t dropped a set in four matches in the desert and has been broken just once. He fought off two break points in the second set, including the last game when he closed the match with a forehand winner off a short ball on Friday.Rafael Nadal faces Karen Khachanov later for the chance to play Federer for the 39th time in their storied careers.Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem already advanced to the other semifinal.In the women’s semifinals, Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu plays No. 6 Elina Svitolina and No. 8 Angelique Kerber takes on No. 23 Belinda Bencic.By: Beth Harris, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare22 Shares read more
Welcome to 2030!We asked some social entrepreneurs – people who’ve created projects to make the world a better place – to predict what they hope to accomplish in the not-too-distant future.They are tackling a range of daunting issues: child sexual abuse on the internet, youth unemployment, mental health crises, counterfeit drugs, lack of access to medicine. Some of them have founded nonprofit groups, others are hoping to make a profit as they do good. To get up and running, they’ve relied on a mix of government money, donations, grants, fees from companies that buy in.And this year they’re each getting a $1.5 million investment in their work as the recipients of the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, presented at the Skoll Foundation’s World Forum this week in Oxford, England.Here’s a look at what they’ve accomplished so far – and what their hopes are for 2030 if they’re able – as they say in both the charity and the business world – to scale up. (FYI, 2030 is the year the U.N. aims to meet its “sustainable development goals.”)Youth Unemployment Will Come Way DownYoung, out of school and unemployed.That’s a common situation in many countries, especially those with a bulging population of young people.In South Africa, for example, every year 1.1 million young people graduate from high school or college – or else they just drop out.But only 400,000 of them find a job. South African Nicola Galombik, who in her day job is director of a global investment group, wanted to found an organization that would do something about the other 700,000 – to help these kids stuck in “a no man’s land,” as she puts it.One problem, she says, is that potential employers can’t easily judge an applicant’s employability. A high school diploma doesn’t attest to good English language skills, a strong work ethic, the ability to work well with colleagues and the public.The nonprofit group she started is called Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. Harambee means “we all pull together” in Swahili. And she’s pulled together a path for unemployed youth to burnish skills and land a job.Harambee invites young people to sign up for assessment and training. Their only expense is about one rand – about 75 cents — for mobile phone charges. They complete assessments and take classes to get them ready for the workplace. They’re eligible for apprenticeships. Their reliability is judged as well as their skills. Signing up for classes and not showing up, for example, is a red flag.So in essence Harambee creates a talent pool for companies, focusing on such fields asthe service industry, retail, global business, digital firms and technical work.The program appeals to youth. Harambee works with half a million young people in South Africa and also in Rwanda. And it appeals to employers, who have offered 100,000 jobs to candidates from the Harambee pool. Prediction: By 2030 Galombik hopes that Harambee’s efforts will grow, flipping the annual numbers in her country. She boldly predicts that of the 1.1 million youth leaving school each year, 700,000 will be able to enter the economy. If that happens, she says, “we’ve tilted the seesaw” in the right direction. Feeling Lost? You Can Text For Mental Health HelpWhen a person struggles with dark thoughts, mental health issues, abuse, one way to seek help is to call a helpline.But many helplines have limited hours. In some countries there aren’t any. And it can be hard to reach out for help by phone if you’re in school or in an office setting. Or if you’re a kid and parents are hovering nearby.But you can easily text for help at any time and in practically any place, says New Yorker Nancy Lublin. That’s what motivated her to found Crisis Text Line, which trains volunteers to respond to text inquiries and gives them support from staff with degrees in relevant fields.The group’s data shows youth are big users: of the 100 million texts received in the first five and a half years, 75 percent are from people under age 25, and 13 percent of the texters are under age 13. Two-thirds of the texters say they’re sharing something they’ve never told to anyone else before. Prediction: By 2030, Lublin believes that text-for-help will be available in 50 countries. And there will be real-time global data drawn from these texts so it’s possible to see if, say, a suicide by a famous individual or a gun incident has triggered mental health crises in certain parts of the world. Such data does not exist now, according to Lublin.Even with this predicted progress, some things will never change. Lublin says that “mom” is one of the most popular terms in the texts and will no doubt continue to be – cited as a source of pain but also as a source of strength.African Pharmacies Won’t Run Out Of Pills — Or Charge High PricesYou walk in a pharmacy to get some medication you need – say, for hypertension, for diabetes, for HIV, for malaria. They are all out. Or the pills are there but are prohibitively expensive.That’s a common problem in African pharmacies, says Gregory Rockson of Ghana. Africa has many mom-and-pop stores that can’t order in big quantities as chain pharmacies do. That means they may have to pay higher prices and may not be able to keep a full supply of medications on hand.The solution Rockson came up with is a company called mPharma(the m stands for mobile). mPharma can negotiate for lower prices because they’re buying in large quantities. By monitoring data from the pharmacies, he can figure out what kind of supplies they need to keep on hand to meet customer needs.mPharma now works with over 200 pharmacies and 50 hospitals in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Prediction: By 2030 Rockson wants to see an Africa where companies like his private sector mPharma distribute drugs widely – and at a fair price — across the continent.No Worries About Buying Fake Drugs, Seeds … Or Motorcycle PartsBright Simons of Ghana says his mother gave him the “Christian name” of Bright when he started religious school. It was a bright moment, a bright day, he says by way of explanation.Now Simons is living up to his name with an idea that shines light on counterfeit products. His company, mPedigree, gives consumers confidence that medicines and seeds they buy are the genuine article and not poor quality knockoffs.Fake pills and bad seeds are a serious problem in many parts of the world. Sometimes they’re sold in fake packages that look like the real thing. People die from ingesting counterfeit medicines. Farmers see crops fail if they purchase poor quality seeds.mPedigree has created software to try and solve the problem – from digital tools for governments to confirm authenticity to programs that let brands track their products as they go from the source to the customer, who can then use mPedigree apps or hotlines for verification.These systems are now being used in 12 countries in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The company also certifies a range of other products, from cosmetics to auto parts.Prediction: Simons hopes to offer mPedigree’s protections in many countries and for many products. As a side benefit, he says, consumers will develop trust in the marketplace – and technology as a tool to prevent fraud.No More Child Sexual Violence In Online ImagesIt is illegal in the United States and most countries to post online images and videos of child sexual abuse. Yet across the internet, these images still appear on sites that let users put up content. The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children has reviewed over 267 million such images and videos.Some big players in the field – Facebook and Twitter, for example — take measures to find and remove this kind of illegal content. As for companies that don’t — it’s not necessarily that they are “bad actors,” says activist Californian Julie Cordua. Rather, they are “busy building their business” and don’t have the ability to monitor all their content. To end online child sexual abuse, Cordua founded Thorn, which has developed software to help social media companies find the user-generated images and take them down. Thorn also has created software to assist law enforcement agencies as they try to find the children in abuse materials; they may be missing or victims of trafficking.In addition, Thorn uses online campaigns to target people those who seek out abuse material and direct them to help. She says the messages have “directed more than 100,000 individuals to seek help via confidential counseling” in the U.S. Prediction: “We will have eradicated the spread of child sexual abuse content online,” says Cordua. “It’d be a good world if that happens.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. read more
The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) held its annual December holiday party on Friday, December 14th. Over 60 members of the community, nearly all of them seniors from the neighborhoods, came to the center at 1 Michelangelo Street in the North End for a feast of ham with all the trimmings, topped off by a typical Italian panettone. The cheery Christmas tree in the corner, exploding with colorful decorations in silver, gold, red, blue, and green, was rivaled only by the festive holiday decorations draped over anything that could sit still, and the drop-in center was cozy and warm.“Our seniors are family,” enthused Maria Stella Gulla, NE/WE NSC Director. “I recall the North End, where I grew up, as a child, and we try to recreate that here. Clients are drawn here because the food is homemade, hearty, and delicious, and they are on a first-name basis with me and my staff. It is an enjoyable part of drop-in life at the center. In many cultures, especially the Italian, holidays are a reminder that central to food is the element of family. Many of our seniors were the matriarch and chef of the family – they often stop to share a recipe, food memory, or suggestion on how they would have prepared the pasta for lunch! This is central to their sense of identity. Why give that up?”ABCD NE WE NSC Staff behind the scenes in the kitchen (Josh Young Director, Field Operations & Legislative Affairs, Center).(L-R) Josh Young Director, Field Operations & Legislative Affairs; Johannah Malone, Fundraising Specialist; Senator Sal DiDomenico; Maria Stella Gulla, ABCD NE WE NSC Director.Senator Sal DiDomenico brought dozens of toys for the children in the neighborhoods, and visited with seniors, including two tables of West End constituents from the Amy Lowell Apartments and Blackstone Apartments. This is made possible by a grant from Title 3B from the Commission on Elder Affairs, and operated by Kit Clark of Bay Cove Human Services. Along with holiday wishes, Legislative Aide Michael Bonetti passed out candy canes in lavish stripes of red, green, and pink, on behalf of City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who extended her regrets that she could not attend personally.*Advertisement* Other special guests included Advisory Board member Dan Wilson and volunteer David Roderick, who assisted with serving the meal, clean up, and visiting with seniors. Advisory Board Member Victor Brogna delighted the NE/WE NSC with his trumpet playing.Volunteers Messaoud Khaled and David Roderick serving seniors.Without the many friends of the NE/WE NSC, the holiday party would not have been possible. The NE/WE NSC extends its deepest thanks to you, enabling the center to provide a day of cheer, socialization, and warmth for neighborhood seniors. Happy Holidays and wishing you all health, happiness, peace, and joy in 2019! read more
Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements While I am not familiar with the country’s implementation of its solid waste management laws, I can only surmise the huge efforts made and the challenges ahead for Malaysia in managing its natural resources and guiding stakeholders to be more ecologically conscious amid growing prosperity. The country is now described as an “advanced emerging economy,” with the vision to become a fully-developed nation by 2020 as set forth in Wawasan 2020 or Vision 2020, a brainchild of the former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.In any country, the Philippines included, development, urbanization and urban migration always take their toll on the environment. The philosophy of mindless consumerism has prevailed and the throw-away culture, in lieu of stewardship, has become the way of life.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 spikeWe have forgotten that any impact on our life support system affects all of us. We do not see nor care where the plastic bottle that we so carelessly drink water from ends up.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Indeed, how many are truly conscious of our interconnectedness with each other and with nature in making decisions, whether as a consumer or as producer on a day-to-day basis? Instead, we now see a tendency for LGU officials who are eager-beavers when it comes to instant wastes disposal, in considering proposed wastes being collected and incinerated through the so-called waste-to-energy technology (WTE). Incineration is banned under the Clean Air Act. Don’t they know that? WTE technology is anathema to the segregation policy mandated by RA 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Law. Don’t they know that as well, as they have not been made to account for the massive failure to implement said law in their respective jurisdictions?Only a handful of committed LGU officials have even taken the initiative of managing household electronic wastes, another directive of RA 9003.We wish for that day when each child, woman and man will willfully separate the battery, lights, computer and cellphone discards from the usual household wastes, with LGUs arranging with service providers to handle them, instead of trashing everything for transport to the dump sites.We also wish for the day when manufacturers will readily produce goods that do not destroy our ecosystems and take ownership of the responsibility “for the entire life-cycle of the product, especially for the take-back, recycling and final disposal” (Wikipedia).Looking at the pictures of the tons of debris scattered in the devastated typhoon-struck communities, I can only pray for the safety of the people. They were, and some are still, unknowingly enveloped by the emissions from mercury and other hazardous substances emanating from the goods broken and carried away by the swirling waters and the strong winds.Ecological solid waste management is one of the essential approaches that need to be integrated into our lives and in rebuilding lives and homes in the devastated communities.Starting anew should mean starting fresh in a life that should nurture, not destroy, nature. Is this not what inter-generational responsibility is all about?It is indeed time to throw away the throw-away mentality. PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Sen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performance What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR Waste management is an area that has proven to be a bane to many. Special mention is made of the public officials entrusted with the responsibility to educate citizens and entities in ecologically managing waste, that is, in a highly-responsible way.MORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexMORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexIt is difficult to understand why local government units (LGUs) are prioritizing waste collection over teaching the constituents to take responsibility for reducing and managing their wastes and being responsible for the consequences of violations.Local chief executives, with the support of the local sanggunian, are at liberty to allocate hundred of millions of pesos of taxpayers’ hard-earned money for tipping fees in collecting garbage, without even attempting to seriously implement our environmental laws. They conveniently forget that it is their primary and shared responsibility with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other agencies to protect our right to a healthy environment and enforce anti-pollution statutes, such as the Solid Waste Management Law, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.One of the reasons most LGUs fail in their devolved duty of environmental protection to us, citizens, is their gross inability to mobilize public participation in crafting policies and programs, irrespective of political affiliation.Why is it that many LGUs have not even obtained approval from the National Solid Waste Management Commission of a publicly participated solid waste management plan? How many have even embarked on massive environmental education campaigns in partnership with the academe and other stakeholders? How many have taken the essential step of characterizing their waste stream? Without this necessary data, how can plans be made to effectively minimize, reduce and manage the wastes and do away with the throw-away culture?ADVERTISEMENT SMC bags Bulacan airport project View comments An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary Kuala Lumpur’s landscape has vastly changed, almost 20 years after my last visit. Aside from being immediately struck by its government’s prioritization of efficiency and information technology (take note, Philippines, paper arrival cards for visitors have been discarded) and of the mass transit system, among others, I was impressed by the still smog-free skyline, amid the visible construction boom and the growing traffic congestion.The separate receptacles for plastic, paper and aluminum discards in public places were quite visible. Streets and public spaces were free of litter.ADVERTISEMENT read more
By FFWPU Idia, Krishna Adhikari: On July 12, 2015 FFWPU-India and UPF-India organized the Interfaith Family Peace Blessing Ceremony on the theme “Strengthening the Marriages for Building Ideal Families and World of Peace” at the HQ center of FFWPU-India. This is part of the series of Blessing Ceremony we are planning to conduct regularly at FFWPU-India HQ center through inviting the families from the Family peace Movement Seminars.
By FFWPU USA: On Saturday, March 19, 2016, the American Clergy Leadership Conference’s Women in Ministry (ACLC WIM) began a second series of “Standing in the Gap for Families” Seminars at the New Life Center Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Chicago, IL.The Standing in the Gap seminars take their inspiration from Ezekiel 22:30, in which the prophet Ezekiel reveals to the people of Jerusalem that God is seeking for good, true, and truly loving representatives to can stand up for and right the wrongs of their people and their city: “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land…”We were honored to receive a keynote address on this theme given by Sister Donna Farrakhan, daughter of Minister Louis and Mother Kadijah Farrakhan. Sister Donna said that God tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9, “My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways.” We can’t close the gap between our families, our cities, or our nations and God without God’s help. We need to close the gap with God’s Word. She went on to say that we have to strive to become perfect in God. Sister Donna was humble but strong, and lovingly challenged us to become perfect in God in order to stand in the gap. It was a very beautiful message that really touched our hearts.Mrs. Cleopatra Barrett, National Advisor for ACLC WIM, gave a warm and gracious introduction to Sister Donna. Mrs. Barrett, together with her husband, Rev. T.L. Barrett, pastor of the New Life Center Church, opened the New Life Center fellowship hall for ACLC WIM’s special Saturday seminar.Rev. Barrett gave a very warm welcome to commence the program, testifying how True Parents had healed his marriage and how he was so inspired by True Mother’s leadership. “I feel so moved by Mother Moon as she is going through all the incredible historical pressure to lift this world out of darkness into the era of Blessed Families.” Since the first meeting of ACLC with Minister Farrakhan was held at Rev. Barrett’s church, it was especially meaningful to have his daughter address ACLC WIM there.This is the second year ACLC WIM is holding these one-day seminars in four cities, starting with Chicago. The Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) of Chicago joined ACLC WIM as co-sponsor of the program, which was additionally given strong support from Love Train Ministry, ACLC of Chicago, and the Chicago Family Church.Over 120 participants were in attendance and the program went from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to Sister’s Donna’s keynote address, we listened to two presentations, watched entertainment, and engaged in worship together.The Community Youth Ensemble choir “Voices of Hope,” comprised of youth from the Nation of Islam, led us in songs such as “We are the World,” bringing joy to all of us.Rev. Mama Joy Sigur-Ramza and Rev. Rosemary Bookstein each led an ACLC True Family Ministry presentation. Their presentations on “God’s Original Ideal” and “What Went Wrong” provided an excellent chance to review the Bible verses and True Father’s words explaining God’s blueprint for humankind at the beginning of human history and how we deviated from it.Later in the day, a Marriage Blessing Ceremony was also officiated by Dr. Michael Jenkins, ACLC Chairman Emeritus, and his wife, Minister Reiko Jenkins, Co-Chairwoman of ACLC WIM.To conclude this deeply moving day, Coordinator of the Chicago ACLC WIM, Evangelist Greta Myers, closed the event with special thanks to all those who had made the program possible. We then joined hands in a prayer circle and Evangelist Greta gave a closing prayer, sharing a heartfelt moment of gratitude with our Heavenly Parent. The members of Love Train Ministry, which Evangelist Greta initiated two years ago, truly deserve recognition for their hard work and for continually building on the foundation which True Parents have made here in Chicago.It was a beautiful and blessed event. We really felt the unity of all the women made the foundation for its success.Minister Fannie Mae Smith: “True Mother was in the house Saturday, definitely, because I felt her love, her kindred spirit, her kindness and her thoroughness.”Sister Carrie Tonkumoh: “I really felt the feminine side of God on Saturday. I could see how powerful the feminine side of God really is, and how much that part wants the women of the world to really unite together.”Evang. Greta Myers: “We want to rebuild families, restore the community and renew the nation, and I believe we help with the world. Today people felt relieved. That was the main thing. The people who came today wanted relief. Those people were relieved when they left on Saturday, and I believe God stepped in.” read more
click to see more pictures By WFWP Costa RicaOn February 18, 2017 we organized an oriental cooking class for 32 participants.During the event we watched a video about True Parents’ works which was followed by Hood Dok reading of True Father’s word. After cooking class, we had a talk on living for the sake of others, and comments were subsequently shared.
By Chantal Chételat Komagata, FFWPU SwitzerlandThe end of December is the best period to reflect on the past and make new goals for the New Year. We thus organized a 3-day “Divine Principle and the way to happiness” bilingual French-German workshop from December 27 to 29, 2017 in Biel-Bienne. Each 1 ¾ hour period was divided into 3 parts: a ¾ h lecture summarizing 2 or 3 chapters of Divine Principle followed by a ¾ hour discussion in groups, ¼ hour questions- answer session and a ½ hour break.Among the 20 people who participated, we found Christians, Muslims, Sufis, Alevis and Unificationists from 17 to 71 coming from the different continents. Thus, the presentations were illustrated with Words from different scriptures, showing the universality of Divine Principle. Some were able to stay throughout the workshop, others only a few sessions and some who were totally new discovered with astonishment contents that could be applied to their everyday life. For the 2nd generation Unificationists, it became an opportunity to reflect on dogmas and beliefs, deepen their understanding about Jesus’ heart and (re)discover how his mission was completed by the 2nd coming of Christ and the only begotten daughter and in what way each of them has the responsibility to support to invest themselves 100%. The discussions clarified the theory and all the participants were able to take advantage of one another’s feedback, viewpoints and understanding. We concluded the workshop with some well-made videos on True Father’s autobiography and Cheongseong as well as on the 4th anniversary of Foundation Day that could illustrate the incredible work True Father did and True Mother is completing powerfully.New perspectives and plans for the year 2018 comprise regular meetings and projects of CARP, expanding the network of Ambassadors for Peace, True Family values and Blessing events, regular workshops and Bible study groups for pastors.As everyone in the Komagata Family was involved in teaching, simultaneous translation, preparation of meals and breaks or leading discussion groups and taking care of guests, this workshop was also a great opportunity for the family to pursue its efforts towards growing a heart of living for the sake of others and the realization of its tribal messiah mission supporting the fulfillment of Vision 2020.swi read more
Sir Richard Branson (Image: Facebook/Virgin Mobile USA) (Video: Facebook/Virgin Mobile US) be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/sir-richard-branson-unveils-virgin-mobiles-new-apple-partnership/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/sir-richard-branson-unveils-virgin-mobiles-new-apple-partnership/ Wednesday, Sir Richard Branson made the announcement that Virgin Mobile will be joining forces with iPhone to offer a $1 “unlimited” data plan… wait, what?!? [Passion to Purpose] Meet Gallery Owner Richard…Former Temptations Singer Richard Street Dies at Age 70SOAR Empowerment with T.D. Jakes | April 6, 201… In a private event to that took place in San Francisco, Branson took the stage with Virgin Mobile CEO, Dow Draper to promote the Inner Circle Life by Virgin Mobile.“It’s not often that as a brand, as a company that, you get to reposition yourself, you get to reposition the brand, you get to change your business model and you get to do it in a way that significantly advantages consumers,” said Virgin Mobile CEO, Dow Draper.In a flashy video displayed across the screen, the plan was broken down. The Inner Circle is the first iPhone-only offering that comes with six months of unlimited talk, text, and data for only $1 when you buy an iPhone. They are also offering a full year option of limited service for $1, but you have to purchase by July 31st.In addition to that, by joining the Inner Circle you have opportunities to get a free round trip to the UK on Virgin Atlantic, a night at the Virgin Hotel, discounts on Virgin Wine, and includes the donation of the monetary value of 10 meals to Feeding America.Now hold on, I’m no mathematician but, how in the world will $1 pay for all of this? We’ll eventually, your plan will shift from $1 to $50 but, in my opinion, that’s still a great deal.So why iPhone?“I think Virgin and Apple live by values that focus on the customer and their needs,” said Branson. “We love disrupting industries to bring delight and great satisfaction.”And that they are. If you are interested in finding out more about this plan, click here.After the announcement that had me ready to run down to the nearest Virgin Mobile Store and switch out my plan, Branson took the stage with New York Times best-selling Author, Speaker, and Digital Strategist, Luvvie Ajayi; Chief Inventor and CEO of Ring, Jamie Siminoff; lifelong social entrepreneur and Co-founder and CEO of SkystheLimit.org, Bo Ghirardelli; and moderator, award-winning director, photographer, and CEO of CreativeLive, Chase Jarvis. The thread throughout the conversation was all about disruption which, of course, started from the previous announcement.“When I started my blog 14 years ago, it was just considered playing on the internet,” said Ajayi. “I did it for the love of the writing and then the money came and then the credibility came.”“The fact that I didn’t have to write for the New York Times or Washington Post, I had my own space to do my own writing and that allowed me to control my content. I was able to hit The New York Times best-selling list the week my book dropped because I had built this audience online that followed my work for such a long time.”There is a lot of conversation around disruption in Silicon Valley as discussed during Wednesday’s gathering, even down to the Virgin Mobile, iPhone partnership. How is your industry being affected by disruption and how are you prepared to tackle those changes? Are you flexible and nimble or stuck in your old ways? Something to ponder. read more
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The event is headlined by a featherweight “super fight” between current 145-pound titleholder Jose Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.Supporting the main event is two pivotal bouts: One in the light heavyweight division as Rashad Evans meets Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and the other in the heavyweight division as big men Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva are set to collide.With the top three bouts of UFC 156 garnering lots of attention from both fans and media alike, it’s time to break down what, besides a paycheck, a victory on Super Bowl Saturday means for the six men carrying the UFC 156 fight card.Jose AldoThe UFC’s reigning 145-pound champion Jose Aldo has not fought in 13 months, and his return comes against arguably the biggest test of his 22-fight mixed martial arts (MMA) career in Frankie Edgar.The closest fighter to Edgar’s combination of speed, endurance, wrestling and striking that Aldo has ever faced would have to be Urijah Faber, but “The California Kid” has more of a bruiser style opposed to Edgar’s attack that is heavy on movement and getting in and out of the range of his opponents.Point is, this is far from a gimme fight for “Scarface,” who has won 14 bouts in a row.Aldo has taken out Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian and Chad Mendes in his UFC stint, but none of those wins would hold a candle to a victory over Edgar, who was the UFC lightweight champion from April 2010 to February 2012.The Brazilian has talked about moving up to the lightweight division for some time now, mainly due to the fact he has difficulty making the 145-pound limit required to fight at featherweight. While he may not move up after the Edgar fight, a win over “The Answer” would prove Aldo has what it takes to beat a fighter who was elite at a weight class above.A win for Aldo means extending his ridiculous win streak under the ZUFFA banner to 12, another title defense and the opening of many doors at both featherweight and lightweight.Frankie EdgarOne could easily say that Saturday night is a make or break contest for the image of Frankie Edgar. No one wants to be remembered as the guy who lost three title fights in a row at two different weight classes, and a loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 156 would make Edgar that guy, even if he was lightweight champion for nearly two years.Edgar has been nagged on for over a year now to drop down to the featherweight division where his frame is best suited and take a run at featherweight champion Aldo. “The Answer” has brushed off those notions, insisting that he fights best at 155 pounds and has no desire to cut the weight. It was hard to argue with Edgar’s stance while he held the lightweight belt, but after his second defeat to Ben Henderson, the move was a no-brainer, especially when an immediate title shot was offered.Defeating Aldo at UFC 156 means a number of things for Edgar. He becomes the third-ever UFC fighter to win belts in two different weight classes, silences the critics who said he didn’t deserve a title shot right off the bat and gets back to the world champion status he has become accustomed to over the last few years.The New Jersey native has a lot on the line on Feb. 2 and while a win is significant for every fighter on the card, it may very well mean the most to Edgar.Rashad EvansIt was less than a year ago that Rashad Evans was challenging Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title, now it almost seems as if the division is beginning to pass him by.Once considered the undisputed number two at the weight class, Evans is now lost in the shuffle of contenders with the likes of Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Lyoto Machida, Alexander Gustafsson, Gegard Mousasi, Phil Davis and Glover Teixeira, to name a few.The loss to Jones at UFC 145 last April didn’t drop Evans too far down the rankings, but his lack of activity since that fight mixed with several fighters in the division doing very well has put “Suga” in a situation where he absolutely needs to win — and win in impressive fashion — if he hopes to sniff anywhere near the light heavyweight title in the next year or two.The next challenge in front of the 33-year-old is Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, an extremely durable fighter who has only been finished once in 25 fights as a professional.A win for Evans in the co-main event of UFC 156 means avoiding a second consecutive defeat for the first time in his career, as well as a reminder to UFC fans that he is still a threat in the 205-pound division. But more importantly, it has come out in the past few days that Evans will likely be offered a fight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva if he comes out UFC 156 with an impressive victory. A lot is on the line for Evans on Saturday night, and a win will create tremendous opportunities for his career.Antonio Rogerio NogueiraWhile Rogerio Nogueira is still a dangerous fighter for anyone to share the cage with, there is no doubt that at 36 years of age, the career of “Minotoro” is winding down.After sitting out the entire 2012 campaign with numerous injuries, Nogueira returns to action for the first time since a technical knockout win over Tito Ortiz at UFC 140 back in December 2011. The Brazilian draws no easy task as he takes on former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans in the UFC 156 co-main event.Nogueira has struggled against wrestlers in his UFC career, losing back-to-back fights against Ryan Bader and Phil Davis before his win over Ortiz. A third defeat in four fights would not be a good thing for Nogueira, but a victory over Evans, who has only lost to Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida, would skyrocket him up the rankings.A win for Nogueira on Saturday means, first of all, he silences the critics who say he can’t beat wrestlers and second of all, it immediately puts him in the title mix with the likes of Henderson, Machida, Gustafsson and Teixeira.Alistair OvereemSince signing with the UFC in 2011, everyone has been waiting to see Alistair Overeem fight for the heavyweight championship belt. A win against Antonio Silva at UFC 156 on Saturday night will get him there.Overeem had his shot to fight Junior dos Santos for the belt at UFC 146 last May; however, when a drug test showed elevated testosterone levels in Overeem’s system, the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion was pulled from the bout, benched by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and has not fought since.”Demolition Man” returns to a situation many fighters could only dream of being in. He is on one of the most stacked UFC cards in recent memory, has what many consider to be a favorable match up and only needs one victory to reclaim his former status as No. 1 contender. Sounds like a pretty sweet package.Now all he has to do is deliver.Unless Overeem comes out and gives an utterly dull performance that everyone hates, a win at UFC 156 means the Dutchman will be fighting Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight championship later this year.Antonio Silva”Bigfoot” Silva has a massive opportunity to jump forward in the heavyweight division when he takes on the returning Alistair Overeem in one of UFC 156’s featured bouts. A lot of people are making an argument that Silva has little chance of beating Overeem unless he can put fist to chin and connect with his heavy hands, or drag the fight to the ground and smash Overeem much like he did to Fedor Emelianenko.While it is hard to make a strong argument against that point, UFC 156 marks Silva’s chance to prove he is more than just a power puncher with a heavy top game and has enough skill to beat an elite fighter such as Overeem.The talk surround Silva vs. Overeem suggests “Demolition Man” will get a title shot with a win at UFC 156. No one is talking about Silva. A win for the former EliteXC heavyweight champion would essentially leap him into Overeem’s spot and perhaps line up a rematch with Cain Velasquez.What do you think a win means on Saturday night for these six men? Let us know in the comments section below! 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By Jamie Ducharme· Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* Print 001 Former Obama Drug Czar to Head BMC’s Addiction Medicine Center Michael Botticelli is the Grayken Center’s first executive director. Photo by Alex LauMichael Botticelli, the former White House drug czar, will lead Boston Medical Center’s newly established Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine.Botticelli directed national drug control policy under President Obama. Before his time in Washington, Botticelli was the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, and held a variety of other drug-related titles. Twenty-eight years ago, he began his own journey toward substance abuse recovery.“Michael was instrumental in getting the fight against addiction to the top of the national agenda,” BMC President and CEO Kate Walsh says in a statement. “But he also led the way on shaping our country’s understanding of addiction as a disease, not a moral failing or character flaw, and that patients with substance use disorder deserve treatment not punishment. He is a true leader in addiction medicine.”BMC announced earlier this month that billionaire John Grayken and his wife, Eilene, donated $25 million to go toward addiction medicine. The Grayken Center will advance substance abuse prevention, treatment, and research, and work closely with government agencies and lawmakers.“I am excited and a bit in awe of the opportunity to work with this team to build the Grayken Center on the already strong foundation of great work in addiction medicine at BMC,” Botticelli says in the statement. “BMC’s international leadership in research, teaching, and clinical programming on substance use disorders and their consequences is well known. And the Graykens’ extraordinary gift makes it possible to spark innovation on new models of treatment and care that will have real impact.” 3/22/2017, 1:54 p.m. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. read more
000 By Kyle Scott Clauss· Photo via APMarty Baron is returning to the city that he helped turn on its head 15 years ago.The former editor of the Boston Globe, now at the helm of the Washington Post, will accept the 2017 Ellen M. Zane Award for Visionary Leadership at Tufts Medical Center’s annual fundraising gala Tuesday night, hosted at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Per a release, Baron will offer remarks “about the role of journalism at the Washington Post in ensuring a healthy democracy.”Baron’s career is among the most decorated in journalism. His 11-year tenure at the Globe saw six Pulitzer Prizes, including one in 2003 for the Spotlight Team’s investigation of the Catholic Church’s decades-long coverup of sex abuse within the Boston archdiocese. Since Baron came aboard in 2013, the Washington Post has garnered four Pulitzers, and through dogged reporting has repeatedly drawn the ire of President Donald Trump.Liev Schrieber portrayed Baron in the 2015 film Spotlight, which captured two Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Prior to landing on Morrissey Boulevard, the Tampa native held top positions at the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald.Tufts Medical Center will live-stream Baron’s remarks on its Facebook page Tuesday night. Print 3/27/2017, 11:01 a.m. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Marty Baron to Speak in Boston About Journalism’s Role in a Healthy Democracy The former Globe editor returns to the Hub. read more
Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Kyle Scott Clauss· Photo by Phil Roeder on Flickr/Creative CommonsSen. Bernie Sanders visited the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Dorchester’s Columbia Point last week for a conservation with the Globe‘s James Pindell, ahead of his sold-out rally with Sen. Elizabeth Sanders at the Orpheum Theatre.When asked if he is running for president again—the Vermont senator will be 79 when the 2020 election rolls around—Sanders deferred to a chapter in his recent book Our Revolution, in which he discusses the shortcomings of the corporate media.“Too often, the media get involved in what I call political gossip,” Sanders said. “The issue of today, in my view, is to try to address some of the concerns that I raised about the collapsing middle class, massive levels of income inequality, being the only major country not to guarantee healthcare to all people—that’s what we focus on. We do our work. And when election time comes around, things happen. People decide to run.”Prior to that question, Pindell asked if Warren had “gone with her gut” and endorsed Sanders in the Massachusetts primary, which Hillary Clinton narrowly won amidst suspicions of election law violations, Donald Trump would not be president. (Warren sat on the sidelines before endorsing Clinton in the general election.)Though Sanders did not answer the question, he did say that Massachusetts should be proud of its senator. “And later, actually, Elizabeth and I are going to do an event together, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure she’s reelected to the United States Senate,” he said. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000 In Boston, Bernie Sanders Refuses to Rule Out 2020 The Vermont senator also declined to speculate what could’ve been had he received Elizabeth Warren’s coveted endorsement. Print 4/4/2017, 3:04 p.m. read more
Print Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Photo of Bijan Sabet, of Spark Capital, by Pei Ketron (L) Photo of Eric Paley, of Founder Collective, by Noah Kalina (R).The annual Forbes Midas list, which honors the world’s best venture capitalists, is out, and once again names like Peter Thiel, Chris Sacca, and Steve Anderson are making appearances. This year, a record six women are featured (woo!) out of 100 honorees (oh). Mary Meeker, who backed Twitter and Slack, is the only woman in the top ten. Boston’s start up scene, thriving as ever, is represented by four local venture capitalists who have invested in area businesses. Here’s who made the cut:#31 Eric Paley is the Managing Partner at Founder Collective, which has an office in Cambridge. The venture capital company invested in companies like Uber and Buzzfeed, as well as New England originals including TellusLabs and Pill Pack.#49 Joel Cutler is a Managing Director and co-founder of General Catalyst, another venture capital company located in Cambridge. The long time Boston-based investor manages companies like Airbnb, Group Me, and Venmo.#82 David Fialkow isn’t just a Managing Director and co-founder at General Catalyst, he’s also on the board of Boston Beer Company, the brewer of Sam Adams. At General Catalyst, he manages Boston-based companies including Kuvee and Coach Up.#89 Bijan Sabet is a General Partner at Spark Capital. He lives and works in Boston, commuting to the company’s Back Bay office. The company has invested in Boston businesses including Wayfair and Runkeeper.In order to make the Forbes Midas list, these venture capitalists need eight “unicorns,” private start-ups valued at $1 billion or more, and 13 qualifying deals in their portfolio. Forbes also looks at an investor’s involvement in their deals, and puts a premium on new deals and deals where capital was risked in the early stages of the investment. They also take into account the performance of a venture capital-backed company once their stock goes public.Out of the 100 names on the Midas list, 23 investors came to Boston for some level of education. Many attended the Harvard Business School, but Boston University, Boston College, and MIT were also the training grounds for these investors. Hemant Taneja, Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners and investor in Snapchat, received five degrees from MIT alone. According to his bio, he was hoping to pursue an academic career, but found the education helpful in being a venture capitalist. 000 4/21/2017, 3:07 p.m. By Abbi Matheson· Boston Investors Make Forbes Midas List Several local venture capitalists are among the top 100 on the annual list from Forbes. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! read more
News Nicholas Fuentes, BU’s “Multiculturalism Is Cancer” Teen, Has Left Boston The infamous freshman says he received death threats after he participated in the Charlottesville rallies. 000 8/16/2017, 11:49 a.m. Screenshot via YouTubeNicholas Fuentes is leaving Boston.Fearing for his safety, the 18-year-old Boston University student from Illinois, whose peers mocked and condemned him for espousing such views as “multiculturalism is cancer,” says he will not return this semester.In an interview with the Boston Globe, Fuentes says he has received more than a dozen death threats after he attended rallies in Charlottesville with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other groups who chanted things like “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”“It’s becoming very dangerous,” he tells the Globe, to have extreme conservative views in a liberal city like Boston.Fuentes’ rise to infamy began with some controversial tweets and a slick YouTube video posted on the BU YouTube channel in October explaining his support for Donald Trump. “Political correctness and the multicultural movement in America are subverting any effort that a conservative could ever make to change the country,” he said in the clip. He has since posted several lengthy videos on the YouTube channel Right Side Broadcasting Network and was featured in a Globe story in March about the rise of far right youth video personalities.By Wednesday morning, Fuentes’ tweets had all been deleted.In his interview about not returning to BU this year, he tells the Globe‘s Danny McDonald that he believes the Charlottesville demonstrations were “about not replacing white people.” Although he attended the rally alongside Nazis and other white supremacist groups, he says he disavows Nazism. But in case you’re confused about where Fuentes stands, he cleared it up in a Facebook post after the event, which he described as “incredible” and inspiring. “The rootless transnational elite knows that a tidal wave of white identity is coming,” he wrote. “And they know that once the word gets out, they will not be able to stop us. The fire rises!”Nick, please, do not let the door hit you on your way out. Print Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! By Spencer Buell· read more
Chefs Kate Holowchik Is Creating Pita and Desserts for Avi Shemtov’s Simcha The star pastry chef is consulting on the Sharon project while developing her own ice cream brand. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* 1.2K01.2K Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. By Jacqueline Cain· 2/12/2019, 11:05 a.m. Kate Holowchik, posing at her last job. The pastry chef recently left Capo and will join Simcha Restaurant in Sharon. / Photo by Kel BellA creative culinarian known for whimsical cakes and nostalgia-invoking desserts is sharing her talents with a new project: Kate Holowchik has joined Avi Shemtov’s suburban venture, Simcha—which opens March 5—as a consulting pastry chef. Holowchik, a former Zagat 30 Under 30 honoree who has helped open high-profile Boston restaurants such as Yvonne’s, will establish the Israeli soul food restaurant’s important pita program, and flex her own creative muscles on the dessert and brunch menus. But both the pastry chef and her new boss are clear that Simcha is just the latest step toward Holowchik’s goal to open her own ice cream shop.Simcha will open in Shemtov’s hometown of Sharon, featuring a menu of globally influenced Sephardic Jewish food made with New England ingredients. The Chubby Chickpea food truck founder’s friend and industry peer, Holowchik, has the drive and talent to match the level of this very personal project, he says.“I need someone I trust, someone who eats, sleeps, and breathes food, like me. It’s not a career, so much as it’s a passion,” Shemtov says. He appreciates Holowchik’s flavors and artistry, but also her willingness to speak her mind in the kitchen and lead, he says. “She’s going to help my dream come true, and then take over the whole industry.”Holowchik has spent the past year and a half with the Broadway Restaurant Group, spearheading the Italian-leaning pastry program at Capo, and creating super fun sweets for Lincoln Tavern’s beloved brunch. She also takes on custom cake commissions, and has made impressive creations for the likes of O Ya, for its 10th anniversary; Roald Dahl’s grandson; and just recently, Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman.But South Boston can feel like a “microculture,” she says. “You can only push the boundaries so far. That’s what the neighborhood wants, and it’s perfectly fine. But one thing I’ve always done is push my flavors and have bigger conversations about the industry itself, and I never felt like I could get that platform there.”The pastry chef’s ultimate goal? Owning her own platform. She’s actually well on the way. Holowchik is working with a silent partner to look for a modest space to open a wholesale ice cream business, she shares. “Ice cream, next to doing cakes, is my ultimate favorite thing,” Holowchik says. “Amongst some of the great ice cream shops out there in the Boston area I feel like I can have a distinctive voice.”While that project takes shape, Holowchik can add to her repertoire by playing with the Simcha flavor palette, while staying in somewhat recognizable territory. She developed a pita recipe for Yvonne’s, and “I’m familiar with Israeli food, but I didn’t realize how [many] other cultures have influence on it,” she says. “You’re pulling African flavors. My grandparents are Ukrainian and I grew up with that kind of food, and there’s so much crossover with Israeli food and Eastern European food. It clicks with me.”Holowchik recently joined Shemtov for a pop-up Simcha brunch at the Townshend. The event previewed some of the flavors diners can expect from the pastry program, such as (pictured, below) a ras el hanout carrot cake fritter with a sweet labneh glaze and coconut macaroon crumble (which is actually an Israeli-spiced update of a menu item she created while pastry chef at the Quincy tavern); a Milky Pudding-inspired snack of mocha mousse, whipped labneh, coconut macaroon crumb, and babka tuile; and Babka French toast, filled with farmers’ cheese-pistachio baklava filling and drizzled in cinnamon bark maple syrup.Shemtov is excited that Holowchik is sharing her ideas with his latest menu. “At some point the Kate Holowchiks of the world have to do things they were meant to do rather than developing pita programs for a restaurant like mine. She’s talented. I feel like I was born to lead, and I know Kate’s the same type of person.”Simcha plans to open in Sharon on Tuesday, March 5.Coming soon to 370 South Main St., Sharon, Instagram.Ras el hanout carrot cake fritters from a Simcha brunch pop-up at the Townshend. / Photo by Kate Holowchik“Milky Way pudding” from a Simcha brunch pop-up at the Townshend. / Photo by Kate HolowchikBabka French toast from a Simcha brunch pop-up at the Townshend. / Photo by Kate Holowchik Print read more