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first_img KB Home and the Well Living Lab unveil new “Healthy Living” concept home in Phoenix, Arizona. Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Local NewsBusiness Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  KB Home and the Well Living Lab Unveil New “Healthy Living” Concept Home in Phoenix, Arizona Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleScale Computing HE150 Named to SearchStorage’s 2020 Storage Products of the Year, Best Enterprise Storage Systems and Products of 2020Next articleAffise Raises $8M Series A to Make Partnerships a Measurable and Transparent Marketing Channel Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more


“Peace in Colombia will Come by Means of Reason”

first_img Diálogo: Criminal gangs have also been a real scourge for the Colombian society. Are they still a serious problem today? Diálogo: Today you were very positive about the U.S.’s Plan Colombia, and what it has meant for your country. How important is the U.S. Military collaboration and of regional nations? Diálogo: Illegal mining has become a very important source of profit for the FARC. How are you addressing this problem? Diálogo: Minister Pinzón, you said that you hope Colombia becomes the most hostile territory for drug trafficking and that you aspire to reach a level of security that allows the State to access areas that were unreachable before. What steps is Colombia taking in this respect? More importantly, we are moving forward towards establishing the necessary measures to guarantee the protection of the civil population. By incorporating IHL standards into our legislation, we are incorporating the principles and concepts promoted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for internal armed conflict situations. Colombian citizens are more and more concerned with everyday security; it is their routine situation. This shows the evolution that the security problem has undergone in Colombia. A few years ago, citizens were concerned with living and being free, but now the concern is more centered on having a normal life. Diálogo: Some of the latest changes in the field of security include the addition of 20,000 positions to the Colombian National Police. What does this measure respond to? Diálogo: What are the consequences of illegal mining on the Colombian environment? Minister Pinzón: The impact is very serious. It is perhaps our biggest concern. One of Colombia’s main assets – and of other countries in this hemisphere – is environmental wealth: non-renewable resources. As its main asset, it should be exploited in a sustainable, balanced way, with regulation that guarantees the use of that resource for centuries. Illegal mining, as well as drug trafficking, are predators. They pillage the environment and tropical forests; they leave pools filled with poisonous cyanide and mercury that are not degradable for hundreds, even thousands of years, according to experts. Minister Pinzón: Criminal gangs are the heirs to regional cartels and inaccurately-called paramilitary groups. These organizations used to have a national presence, and exercised control through violence and intimidation of territories where they had special interests in business involving drug trafficking and criminal mining. Through the efforts made by our current government and the National Police’s ‘Corazón Verde’ strategy against criminal gangs, in which the legal system and law enforcement are employed instead of military force, we have been able to disrupt each one of these gangs in the last 15 months. All those who in early 2012 led these organizations are now either dead or serving time in Colombian or U.S. prisons. As a consequence, we have destroyed their national command structures, and they now survive as local criminal organizations. The challenge now is to dismantle these local and regional criminal groups, which will obviously be affected by the strategies I previously referenced. We have to come up with a strategy for eradication, interdiction, and prosecution in areas where coca crops and cocaine production centers are still operational, but also have options and alternatives available for social order. About a year and a half ago, the Colombian government created the National Consolidation Agency in order to formalize, among other things, the state’s ability to introduce permanent policies that complement the use of force in isolated and deprived areas, and coordinate those with social policies from the rest of the government agencies. Now we must ensure that this agency is producing effective results in order to have a combination of a firm hand against drug trafficking and criminal organizations, and a helping hand ready to provide opportunities and alternatives to the community. By Dialogo April 16, 2013 Juan Carlos Pinzón, Colombian Minister of Defense: Drug trafficking is perhaps one of the greatest tragedies that affected Colombia, because it arrived several decades ago and found areas where state and public force presence was not strong enough, undoubtedly a situation with little opportunity. Hence, drug trafficking colonized these areas, and through the money it generated – because undoubtedly there’s consumption from richer countries – produced corruption, terrorism and violence. The influence and expansion of the drug trade was such that it became a threat against the Colombian state, not in terms of public health, but specifically of national security. Minister Pinzón: This is an ongoing plan. Currently, 10,000 out of the 20,000 positions have been filled, and we expect the other 10,000 to follow suit in the next 15 months. What we are trying to do is strengthen the capabilities of our Police to confront the challenges that affect the Colombian society; challenges that are closely associated with citizen safety and security, with the normal life that citizens should have. In a sense, a post-conflict stage is already taking place in several areas of the country. These, as seen in other nations, are characterized by the possibility of more common crime and violence. That’s why we’re gaining volume, so that the Police can address these challenges. Wheather peace is achieved by reason – as President Santos has suggested and as the Colombian people wish – or by force, which is how the Armed Forces have had to build this future for the Colombian people, the Armed Forces have a very important future in Colombia. On one hand, they will be devoted to protecting the environment, the water and natural resources, our borders to exercise our sovereignty. On the other hand, there is a great future for our Armed Forces, including contributing by means of security cooperation in the hemisphere, providing that experience to Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and to any partner nation in need. At the same time, due to their experience, the Colombian Armed Forces can collaborate in international peace and stabilization missions; they can contribute to development by effectively utilizing military aviation engineers, naval engineers in Colombian rivers and coastlines, bringing development, bringing work, responding to the humanitarian needs of Colombians in an effective way. Finally, disaster assistance is of crucial importance. Today they already play that role, but in the future it may gain even more relevance. Diálogo: What impact do the recent changes to the Colombian Constitution have on the work performed by the Colombian Military? Of course, the door towards a negotiated peace that was opened by President Santos would shorten the time for Colombia to reach the end of the conflict, at least with the FARC. Hopefully, peace in Colombia will be reached by means of reason, but it will continue to be built by force if necessary: the force of legality and democracy. Illegal mining is not only an attack on the Colombian environment, but against the planet and humanity as a whole. center_img Minister Pinzón: First, let me respond to the present, and then the future. Currently, the Colombian Military and Police Forces will continue – and must continue – to exert pressure and weaken all criminal and terrorist organizations that are threatening civil rights. The pressure will not only be maintained, but it will be intensified if possible, so that we can establish peace. If peace is ever achieved in Colombia, it will be due to the heroic work of Soldiers and Police members that have been undermining the FARC, the ELN [National Liberation Army], criminal gangs, drug traffickers… The country can now start to dream of peace and prosperity thanks to all this. However, to achieve this, we have to maintain this pressure and keep moving forward. Diálogo: Minister Pinzón, you grew up in a Colombia that was marked by conflict with guerrillas. As a Colombian citizen, do you foster hopes of having your two children grow up in a conflict-free Colombia? Minister Pinzón: The first thing, I insist, is to have the Armed Forces continue carrying out their duty: maintain pressure. On the other hand, the government should evaluate different alternatives. This is not the first time that a demobilization and reintegration process is presented in Colombia. Surely, the country will be able to look at our own experiences – as well as international experiences – to define the most adequate way to carry out this reintegration. In any case, I think the best way to do so is through an agency or group of agencies to guarantee that the fight against illicit crops conrinues, that works towards the development of isolated regions and, at the same time, to ensure that those who took to arms to spread terror and crime do not relapse. Minister Pinzón: Drug trafficking is still the main source of profit for terrorist groups. However, since this source of profit has been reduced by counter drug efforts from the Colombian government in close cooperation with the United States, some of of the armed groups have migrated to mining, exploiting it illegally to generate a similar significant income. We are confronting this problem through prosecution, with the National Police ‘carabineros’, whose mission is to protect rural areas and the environment, and the Military in support of that effort. The Military is responsible for pursuing armed groups that are profitting from this activity, while the Police operate in areas of illegal mining along with environmental and administrative authorities from each region. Diálogo: If peace talks in Havana end with a peace agreement, what will happen to the nearly 8,000 armed FARC members? We have been working on a concept called Armed Forces Transformation Plan, which seeks to strengthen the Armed Forces’ capabilities to fulfill those humanitarian, development, diplomacy and environmental and sovereignty protection missions that are so important to us, independently from the future scenarios we may face. Minister Pinzón: U.S. support through Plan Colombia has been a fundamental element in reaching the important achievements in the field of security that we have gained through a decade of close cooperation. We have created a great partnership with the United States. Between U.S. and Colombian Militaries there is a community of values regarding democracy, freedom, and the rights of every citizen in a modern society. Plan Colombia allowed a better approach through training, learning doctrine, executing joint operations. Important Colombia has made tremendous efforts and sacrifices to counter drug trafficking in a decisive way. It is due to these efforts that drug trafficking today is roughly 30 percent less than what it was 10 or 12 years ago. This means that we still have a challenge; we have to keep reducing that destabilizing factor in the Colombian society. However, we are exerting more and more pressure, and we have limited their operations severely, lessening the threat to the nation. Minister Pinzón: We have been working on a comprehensive reform of the legal framework upon which the Armed Forces are allowed to act and operate. This involved a constitutional amendment that very clearly defined the setting in which the Armed Forces can operate, in relation to International Humanitarian Law (IHL). This defines the limits of military penal law, defines its autonomy and generates basic guidelines to investigate cases that are familiar to that law under the framework of IHL. More recently, a statutory law was introduced in Congress to support these constitutional reforms. By blending Colombian Law with IHL, the law defines what are potentially legitimate targets as well as what can be considered an armed group, without implying that an armed group has political rights. With that in place, we can identify that an organization with a unified command and control could be considered an armed group if the intensity of violence they exert and the amount of weapons it uses surpasses its capacity to be handled by law enforcement or competent local authorities, and which, at the same time, supresses the authorities with that violence, generating certain control on the territory. Juan Carlos Pinzón, Colombian Minister of Defense, believes that his children will grow up in a country at peace. During a recent visit to the United States, Pinzón talked to Diálogo about the weakened guerillas, disrupted criminal gangs, and a nation that is getting closer to living a normal life. He said that thanks to the work of the Military and Police Forces, Colombia can now start dreaming of peace and prosperity. With the accumulated experience, Colombia has not only been able to change its security situation, but is now also in a position to help and cooperate with other nations in the hemisphere, always aiming to continue to learn and strengthen its capabilities. This is an act of humility by an Armed Force that is aware of the dynamic, ever-changing, environment of security. These forces have experience and capabilities available to support other nations with security problems, and which have something to gain from Colombia. Interview with the Colombian Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón Minister Pinzón: I think so, because what is known as ‘conflict’ – the confrontation against the FARC, ELN and so-called Bacrims – is going to end sooner or later, due to the heroic efforts made by our Military and Police forces. Nowadays, all those organizations have been seriously weakened, and they dwarf the powerful organizations they were about 10 or 15 years ago. In the last five years, criminal organizations have been practically fragmented and crushed. This means that if we maintain this trend, in time, the problems of Colombian citizens will not be very different from the problems in other parts of the hemisphere; we have already gained ground in some areas. Within the framework of IHL, this measure allows proportional military force to be used against these organizations, or even that law enforcement authorities may act against them. This puts in place a proportional state response supported by a clear legal framework, depending on the type of threat that the Colombian society is facing. Furthermore, it assures the Armed Forces that if the necessary protocols for the use of military force are established, they will be legally allowed to operate whenever necessary, which also gives the Military and Police Forces legal certainty, an essential factor for their effective operation. Diálogo: Let’s talk about the future, hopefully the immediate future… What role will the Armed Forces have if peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are successful? last_img read more


650 test positive for COVID-19 as four succumb

first_imgSpeaking during a press briefing on COVID-19 daily updates Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi noted that 490 patients have recovered from the virus, 308 being from the home based care system while 182 are from various health care facilities. Total number of recoveries stand at 15,100.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 650 test positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours out of a sample size of 6,768 bringing total confirmed cases in the country to 28,754.Out of the new cases 633 are Kenyans while 17 are foreigners.391 of them are male while 259 are female, with the youngest being a one year old, and oldest is 97 years. Four patients have succumbed to the virus bringing total number of fatalities to 460.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesNairobi County is leading with 356 cases followed by Kiambu with 53, Nakuru has 48 cases, Machakos 26, Kajiado 20, Busia 20, Uasin Gishu 15, Laikipia 15, Bomet 10, Bungoma 9, Migori 7, Mombasa 7, Kisii 7, Tharaka Nithi 6, Muranga 5, Narok 5, Turkana 5, Kericho 4, Makueni 4, Kitui 4, Samburu 4, Embu 3, Baringo 3, Nandi 3, Kisumu 2, Mandera 2, Marsabit 2, Isiolo 1, Trans Nzoia 1, Nyamira 1, Elgeyo Marakwet 1,Nyeri 1.Also Read  Noordin Haji reorganizes ODPP in renewed war on graftThe CAS said 34,000 community health workers have so far been trained to aid in home based care system.Adding that the ministry is exploring ways of training household members on taking care of those under home care system.“We do have home based care protocols which are on the MoH website. What we shall do moving forward, is have more personnel trained as well as have an online module on how to go about it,” said Dr Mwangangi.She noted that plans were underway to conduct re-training in 21 counties on emergency response.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondaySpeaking at the same function Acting Health Director General Dr Patrick Amoth said home based care is cheap and gives hospitals space to give care to the more critical cases.,He further urged citizens to seek medical attention as soon as one exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, to avoid further damage of organs.More to follow….last_img read more


Men’s Basketball: Badgers take on McNeese State as they look to continue defensive prowess

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (1-1), will host McNeese State (1-2) Wednesday night at the Kohl Center at 6 p.m.The Badgers will look to build on a career game from junior Nate Reuvers, who gets another chance to face an undersized team. It will also be interesting to see how Kobe King’s role is expanded upon after putting up a career-high 18 points last time out.The Cowboys are filled with guys who transferred in from other schools and carried by a backcourt tandem of juniors Dru Kuxhausen and A.J. Lawson. They’re both electric guards who can put up points in an instant and do so primarily from deep.Kuxhausen is a Junior College product from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He’s averaging a team-high 17 points per game through their first three matchups almost exclusively from three point range. He made seven deep balls in just 17 minutes against Southern New Orleans Monday night, and finished with 23 after not recording a field goal inside the arc.To this point in the year, 81% (26-32) of his field goal attempts have come from outside, and he’s shooting them at a 46% clip.Men’s Basketball: Badgers find new identity as season beginsThe absence of Ethan Happ is conjuring up many questions about the future of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball Read…Lawson is in his first year at McNeese after transferring from North Texas and sitting out a year. At North Texas, he was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team and started in a total of 49 games in two years.So far with McNeese State, the Texas native is averaging 15.7 points per contest, but that number is a little deflated because he only logged 15 minutes in the Cowboys’ 104–33 obliteration of Southern New Orleans.On the interior, McNeese State boasts Sha’markus Kennedy, who stands at just 6 foot 8. He’s averaging 13 points and 10.3 rebounds, but the height disadvantage will make things extremely tough on the Cowboys Wednesday night.Don’t be surprised if Nate Reuvers posts another monster stat line after handling Eastern Illinois last Friday.He was a beast and came up just one block shy of breaking the single-game blocks record for Wisconsin, instead settling for a tie with himself (2018) and Brad Sellers (1982).With one more block Friday, Reuvers also would have finished with an extremely rare points-rebounds-blocks triple double. With a stat line of 14-14-9, Reuvers showed just why so many people see him as the future of the Badgers’ program.Men’s Basketball: Badgers secure bounceback win against Eastern IllinoisThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (1-1) got their first win of the season Friday night after getting big Read…Because McNeese State is so perimeter-oriented, you can expect Brad Davison, D’Mitrik Trice and Kobe King to be applying constant pressure to the ball handlers. It will force Kuxhausen and Lawson to get down low, where Reuvers’ never-ending wingspan will be waiting.One thing to keep an eye out for is how Head Coach Greg Gard utilizes King from here on out. In his masterful performance against the Panthers, King showed glimpses of why he was such a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school. He hit tough jumpers, contested layups and even threw down a nasty one-handed poster en route to a career-high 18 points. 2019 just may be his breakout season.You can catch the game live on the Big Ten Network, or listen in on 1310 AM at 6 p.m. Wednesday night.last_img read more


Olympic qualifiers: Ghana draw Kenya as race for Africa slots continue

first_imgThe female national hockey team could not get past their Kenyan opponents on Tuesday in the 2019 African Hockey Olympic qualifiers, sharing the points in a 1-1 draw at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa.The result won’t come as a surprise to some as the Ghanaian team have never recorded a victory against the Kenyans in all their encounters drawing 3 and recording a single defeat against the East Africans.Both teams came into the game with victories in their previous match with a Vivan Narkuor inspired Ghana eased to a 3-1 victory over Zimbabwe while Kenya struggled to a 1-0 victory over Namibia.Kenya took the lead early on as Rhoda Kuira converted a Penalty Corner in the 7th minute but 2019 SWAG female hockey player of the year, Mavis Berko would equalise for Ghana in the 21st minute also from a Penalty Corner.Ghana next faces Namibia on Saturday 17th August 2019 while Kenya will face Zimbabwe on Thursday 15th August 2019.last_img read more


UN body names Messi responsible tourism ambassador

first_imgThe 30-year-old is the leading scorer in La Liga this season with 29 goals and is also the all-time top marksman in Spain’s top flight.He is also the top scorer in the history of Barcelona and Argentina. Share on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | AFP | The UN World Tourism Organization said Monday it has appointed FC Barcelona’s Argentine star Lionel Messi as an ambassador to promote responsible tourism.“During my travels I have had the opportunity to know other cultures and societies as well as other ways to see the world and this is very enriching,” Messi said in a statement released by the Madrid-based United Nations body announcing his nomination.“I am happy I can join this mission of promoting responsible tourism,” the five-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award added as the body steps up its campaign to minimise harm tourism can cause to the environment and historical sites.The UN body defines “responsible tourism” as tourism that “helps maximise the sector’s benefits while minimising its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe”.World Tourism Organization chief Zurab Pololikashvili said it was a “great honour” to have Messi promote “the positive values and benefits that tourism represents.“Messi is a unique sportsman and an example of how willpower and constant work yield good results,” he added.last_img read more


Westport Winery Cheers At Capital

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery will pour three award-winning selections at the annual Capital Food & Wine Festival at Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, March 25, from noon to 9 p.m. Once again, the winery’s sparkling cranberry wine, Rapture of the Deep, earned a gold medal at this competition. Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts will be on-hand at the event to share this extraordinary selection.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryMermaid, a blend of Merlot grapes from world-famous Red Willow and Two Blondes Vineyards, earned a silver medal. Each of Westport’s thirty-four wines and hard ciders benefits a selected charity. This label makes contributions to the Relay For Life of Grays Harbor. When visiting the winery, it’s always inspiring to see the locally crafted sculptures in the garden commemorating each of the wines. In this case a life-size mermaid, by welder Lisa Humbyrd-Murphy, greets visitors near the front door of the tasting room. The winery’s popular peach Riesling blend, called Peaches on the Beaches, won a bronze medal. This sculpture features two bathing beauties while the label, a watercolor by Darryl Easter, is a tanned torso. This wine benefits the Grays Harbor Breast Cancer Alliance. Ultimately, it is all about the delicious food, wine, and bon ami, which is why we always say “Cheers” at this fun festival.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second location, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more


Transformation Underway for The Red Store, Navesink’s Beloved Eatery

first_imgBut history wasn’t the only dish that drove customers in on a daily basis.“The old school ways, the communication and people coming in and (us) knowing what they wanted,” made The Red Store special, Verange said.It’s exactly what brought Barbara Criscito in regularly. Outside of being Verange’s real estate agent through the sale, she had been a longtime customer. Criscito brought her son and a handful of his friends in for lunch on Fridays after half-day dismissals from Rumson Country Day School.“Pat made everyone who was a customer in the store feel like they were the only customer,” she said. “I’ve been coming here for 15 years with my kids and they’ve always remembered everything that they liked.”General stores are a dying breed among the food service business due in part to larger corporations flooding the industry, Verange said. He only knows of two which are remotely close that have survived. In an effort to stand out, The Red Store had become its own brand. Bottles of soda and sarsaparilla-flavored seltzer water were specifically branded and brewed for the store. And a few years ago, Verange invested in customized sandwich wraps with The Red Store scripted logo accompanied by a “There’s only one!” proclamation.Verange ordered those sheets 100,000 at a time. He can only find one remaining sheet now and it’s stowed away in his apartment. He’s already planning to save it for his eight-year-old grandson.A Landmark’s FutureThe background sounds of a buzzing saw or a hammer’s clank illustrate the amount of construction left. Metzner, 33, the eatery’s new partner, said they’re focusing on reopening in either July or August. “We want to keep true to what has been a big part of the neighborhood there forever,” he told The Two River Times. “We want to be part of that town and keep the family feel to it.”Big Mike’s Little Red Store will still be a breakfast and lunch shop, still offering some of the usuals. They’ll also incorporate BLT and Cuban sandwiches, farm fresh salads and protein bowls for customers.Verange, though, is still figuring out his next step. He’ll soon move out of the upstairs apartment where he’s spent most of his life. He’s planning a “Red Store garage sale” later this summer for regulars to come and pick through old artifacts. But he’ll also have to say goodbye to a street corner that’s provided him with more than enough memories for a lifetime.“I haven’t had to (say goodbye) yet, so I don’t know,” said Verange. “But when I do I’m probably going to have a meltdown. I just don’t know when it’s going to hit me.”This article was first published in the May 24-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. NAVESINK – Pat Verange’s life has gradually changed since he turned off the grills for the final time last month at The Red Store.Some routines remain the same. Verange, 58, still goes to bed late at night and his interior clock continues to wake him at 3 a.m., just like a normal day of work. But instead of walking down from his upstairs apartment to unlock the doors at 5:30 a.m., he’s instead greeted by construction crews renovating the recently sold general store into a pit stop for a new owner.“It’s been a roller coaster ride, a good ride,” Verange, the former owner, said candidly Monday morning. “I know I’m going to miss it and be sorry that I sold it. But I do know I have enough memories to put up on my walls.”The Red Store officially closed for good April 28 after 59 years in business owned by the Verange family. Verange started working in the general store when he was four years old, helping out behind the counter, handling tasks fit for a toddler. But as the years progressed and health issues began to affect the business, he knew it was time to begin considering a sale.That was nearly a year ago. He listed the building in October and the queries came flying in, he said. He eventually sold it to a team comprised of Restaurant Nicholas, an upscale restaurant in Middletown, and a former chef there, Mike Metzner. It will be called Big Mike’s Little Red Store. The closing was final about two weeks ago, and the price tag was $725,000.“It was just a matter of who am I going to pass the torch to and who is going to do what I want to maintain this,” said Verange.The landmark red façade, which was originally green with black shutters, has fed thousands of locals spanning over 130 years. In one of the oldest parts of Middletown, it’s been a vital mainstay for laborers and nearby homeowners yearning for a hot morning coffee or a turkey on rye.The Red Store, located at 101 Navesink Ave., will become Big Mike’s Little Red Store when itreopens under new ownership later this summer. Photo by Jay CookWhile the exterior still has its original charm, the interior now is nearly unrecognizable. The wooden sidings and personal knick-knacks are no longer there. It’s been stripped down to the studs, literally, even recently exposing two old barn doors used in the early 20th century for horses to carry and offload goods right in the store.“You get the chill right through you” when walking through the building now, said Verange. “When you see everything coming down, it’s a little surprising, but definitely more of a chill. It’s weird.”center_img By Jay Cook |  Serving Up History and HominessVerange doesn’t know a life without The Red Store in it. His parents purchased it on a whim in 1959, looking to fund a growing family. John, his father, was a World War II veteran turned plumber and milkman. His mother, Etta, ran vegetable and fruit stands in the greater Red Bank area.But the history goes much further back. It was discovered after talks with Middletown historians that the building dates back to 1867, although it officially became a general store in 1885. An 1898 ledger Verange recently recovered lists sales to surrounding homeowners for bales, buckets and sacks of goods.Verange said it’s believed the store shuttered for about a decade in the 1930s after those owners gave out too much credit during the Great Depression. Those debts understandably were never repaid.last_img read more


SUPERSTAR MARE BEHOLDER WORKS BULLET SIX FURLONGS WITH STEVENS UP, TWO-TIME ECLIPSE WINNER SET FOR GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES SEPT. 26; TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS 1 ½ MILES FOR BAFFERT

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2015)–Under the watchful eye of trainer Richard Mandella, two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.80 under Gary Stevens this morning at Santa Anita–her final work in preparation for the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Beholder came on the track at 6:30 a.m. and galloped under the wire, around the Club House turn and was set down by Stevens at the five furlong pole, four lengths behind a stablemate. In-hand throughout, Beholder took command at the sixteenth pole and galloped out seven furlongs as planned.A 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes, Beholder seeks a record third consecutive win in the Zenyatta, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win & You’re In” prep. Should all go well in the 1 1/16 miles Zenyatta, it is expected Beholder, a smashing 8 ¼ length winner versus males in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 22, will take on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and others in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Oct. 31.“She’s super fit coming off the Pacific Classic,” Stevens told Xpressbet’s Millie Ball this morning. “But she needs to run.”Mandella was simply in awe. When asked for his “take” on the six furlong move, he responded, “I haven’t overcome the goosebumps in my eyes, because when I watch her work, it gives me that.”Beholder Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeBH443oY0sWith trainer Bob Baffert away in Kentucky, Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah took the track at 6:30 a.m. under exercise rider Manny Avila and backtracked to the half mile pole. As is his wont, “Pharoah” took a moment to take in his surrounds and on Avila’s cue, turned and galloped a strong 1 ½ miles.Owned and bred by Ahmad Zayat, American Pharoah, who followed up his Triple Crown run with an authoritative 2 ¼ length win in the Grade I Haskell Invitational Aug. 2, has not worked since running a close second in the Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 29.American Pharoah Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sCYrF23tcMlast_img read more


Eyes Wide Open: Teens and Parenting

first_imgBy Kiara McNair and Eveny Griffinpixabay [girl-869205_1920 by Foundry, June 24, 2015]Taking the first steps, starting school, making friends. These are some of the things associated with children growing up. One of the scariest parts of growing up in the eyes of parents is teenage dating. Most parents think of what the appropriate age to begin dating is, what time to set curfew, and who they want their child to date. Dating violence is less thought of, but a very important topic concerning teenage dating. Largio (2007) states “eighty-one percent of parents did not know or did not believe that teen dating violence was a problem”[1]. He also describes teenage dating violence as “(1) acts or threatened acts of some form of abuse; (2) young people; (3) and some form of intimate or romantic relationship. Thus, any form of abuse or threat of abuse that occurs between young people who are in a dating relationship constitutes teen dating violence” [1]. So why is this so important to discuss with teenagers of all ages? Teenage dating violence affects a large population of teenage students. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and preventive methods can be influential in protecting your teen from becoming a victim.Imagine yourself as a parent receiving a phone call from the school principal informing you that your child has been a victim of dating violence. Thoughts immediately begin to fill your mind including the feeling of self-doubt. Why would this be important to service professionals? As a service professional, the teen will need services to cope with the abuse as well as the parent. In order to fully be able to support the teen, the parent must move past the feeling of self-guilt. How can this be done? To begin, the service professional must know the signs of dating violence. Once the parent identifies these signs in their child, the service professional can identify how their child purposely hid the signs. The next step would be providing the parent tips for communicating with the teens concerning the abuse. As service professionals, we understand that teenagers often shut down when parents attempt to talk to them about difficult topics. The service professional can help the parent develop skills to overcome these communication barriers.What about the teenage victim? Think about how the teen must be feeling: self-blame, insecurity, and possibly what they think is love towards the abuser. It is critical for the service professional to know the effects dating violence has on a teenager whether they are the victim or perpetrator. Being knowledgeable of the possible feelings the teenage victim can be experiencing will assist the service professional in having empathy which leads to establishing a great rapport. Having an understanding of how this topic affects everyone involved can greatly influence the success of intervention.As we did research on Teen Dating violence, we learned that teens use violence as a means to control their partner and coerce them into doing what their significant other wants them to do. According to Largio (2007), one in five girls will become victims of domestic violence during their high school years [1]. As service professionals, we must be aware of the signs and symptoms that both teens and parents should look for when teens get involved with significant others. Parents and teens can work together by having open communication. How can parents have open communication? By actively listening to the teen, engaging in their story and not blame the victim/client.We must learn to actively listen to our clients, build rapport and validate their stories, especially our teen clients because they are even more susceptible to the opinion of others during this time of constant transition in their lives. We must actively listen and engage in a way that doesn’t push our biases and personal beliefs onto our client but allows us to work together with the client, and help them to work through the abuse and talk openly about their dating life. How would you encourage your child to talk to you about dating violence?References[1] Largio, D. M. (2007). Refining the Meaning and Application of “Dating Relationship” Language in Domestic Violence Statutes. Vanderbilt Law Review, 60(3), 939-981.This post was written by Kiara McNair and Eveny Griffin, guest bloggers for the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals orking with military families. Kiara and Eveny are masters-level marriage and family therapist (MFT) in training enrolled in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Valdosta State University. They also work as MFT interns at VSU’s FamilyWorks Clinic, a community-based family therapy clinic. You may find more about the authors, here. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD team on our website, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more