first_imgIn an effort to boost the morale of the newly promoted 1st division club — FC Fassell, Mr. Kouh had revealed a sponsorship deal with the Phoenix Mining & Investment Group (PMIG).The FC Fassell CEO said the deal is valued at US$300,000.00.He indicated that the team has already made three sets of jerseys; dominant black and yellow distinctly with the logo of the sponsor and an alternative jersey of orange, with the logo also.Mr. Kouh further said a headquarters of the team has already been procured and inspected by the LFA; the Baptist Seminary field has been finalized, including the establishment of bank accounts of the association and a junior team, amongst others.“We are prepared to axe big trees and win the LFA Cup, Knockout and President’s Cup,” Mr. Kouh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgUnited Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on January 10 launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain. During this critical window of opportunity, brain cells can make up to 1,000 new connections every second –a once-in-a-lifetime speed. According UNICEF release, these connections contribute to children’s brain function and learning, and lay the foundation for their future health and happiness. A lack of nurturing care – which includes adequate nutrition, stimulation, love and protection from stress and violence – can impede the development of these critical connections. The campaign kicks off with #EatPlayLove – a digital and print initiative aimed at parents and caregivers that shares the neuroscience on how babies’ brains develop. #EatPlayLove assets explain the science in a straightforward, visually interesting way to encourage parents and caregivers to continue to make the most of this unrivaled opportunity to provide their children with the best possible start in life. By engaging with families, the initiative also aims to drive demand for quality, affordable early childhood development services and to urge governments to invest in programs targeting the most vulnerable children. According to a recent series in The Lancet nearly 250 million children in developing countries are at risk of poor development due to stunting and poverty. But the need for greater investment and action in early childhood development is not limited to low-income countries. Disadvantaged children living in middle- and high-income countries are also at risk. UNICEF estimates that millions more children are spending their formative years growing up in unstimulating and unsafe environments, putting their cognitive, social and emotional development at risk. Investment in early childhood is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing the ability of all children to reach their full potential – increasing their ability to learn in school and, later, their earning capacity as adults. This is especially significant for children growing up in poverty. One 20-year study showed that disadvantaged children who participated in quality early childhood development programs as toddlers went on to earn up to 25 percent more as adults than their peers who did not receive the same support.Early childhood development interventions, such as the Care for Child Development package that includes training community health workers to teach families about the importance of playing with their children in a way that stimulates healthy development can cost as little as 50 cents (USD) per capita per year, when combined with existing health services.UNICEF is therefore, calling for governments to increase investments in early childhood, expand health and social services offered to young children, and strengthen support services for parents and caregivers. This campaign is part of UNICEF’s broader program on early childhood development, supported by H&M Foundation, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, ALEX AND ANI, and IKEA Foundation.About UNICEFUNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img“I think this is a cutting-edge lab,” said Joseph Peterson, director of the university’s School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics. “I think we will have no peer in terms of the quality, space and facilities. So it’s among the very, very best.” The lab, with room for 400 employees, will provide evidence testing for all law enforcement agencies in the county using the latest technology, including DNA analysis and computerized programs that let jurors and investigators view crime-scene re-enactments. Evidence from about 140,000 criminal cases will be submitted for analysis annually. Scanning electron microscopes will be used to analyze trace evidence, such as gunshot residue and fire-scene debris. Various chemical processes and laser examination help develop fingerprints on surfaces such as plastic bags, paper and other surfaces that can’t be processed using traditional powders. Currently, the sheriff’s lab has more than 30 analysts testing DNA samples to reduce backlogs and solve crimes. The new lab will have room for more than 70 DNA analysts. LAPD Scientific Investigation Division Commanding Officer Yvette Sanchez-Owens said the lab will help the agency reduce its backlog of more than 6,000 DNA samples from sexual-assault cases. “Right now, we are in spaces that were built, like our DNA lab, for eight people, but we have 38 people working in that space,” Sanchez-Owens said. “This will allow us to tackle those backlogs and catch criminals a lot faster.” (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I started in this business in 1969, and it’s truly astounding to look at the strides we have made,” Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab Director Barry Fisher said. “Part of this has happened because of the public’s fascination with forensic science. You can hardly talk about this stuff without recognizing shows like `CSI’ and programs on Court TV, which have galvanized the public.” Beset by outdated equipment, inadequate work space and a lack of personnel, thousands of DNA samples have piled up and many cold case files have laid unsolved for years at the existing Los Angeles Police Department and sheriff’s labs. But the new five-story, 209,080-square-foot facility combining the LAPD and sheriff’s labs will feature the latest technology and far more space for more personnel. “We’ll be able to take more than just the worst sexual assaults, homicides and aggravated assaults,” sheriff’s Scientific Services Bureau Capt. Earl M. Shields said. The facility will also house classrooms from the university’s School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics and the California Forensic Science Institute. Next month, many of the cutting-edge, crime-fighting technologies seen on the fictional TV drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will become a reality in the real Hollywood. After years in the making, Los Angeles city and county officials are planning a May11 grand opening for the largest municipal crime lab in the nation, widely touted as being the latest and best effort in gang- and crime-fighting efforts. “This will help us solve old and cold cases,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said Wednesday. “And as the ultimate tool in crime prevention, we’ll be able to catch serial killers and serial rapists during their crime sprees, and people will not be raped and murdered. We have this whole new world of advances in forensic science, and now we’ll have a state-of-the-art building.” The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center at California State University, Los Angeles, cost $102million. last_img

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Spiritual Unity Movement is a nonprofit organization founded in 1976 by the Rev. Patrick Harbula of Thousand Oaks, author of “Magic of the Soul: Applying Spiritual Power to Daily Living.” He has talked and written about personal growth for more than 20 years and is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows. World Healing Meditation, formerly called Full Moon Meditation, is held at the “Onion,” the unique sanctuary in-the-round that houses the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society. “I love the ambience of the ‘Onion.’ Its incredible shape creates the perfect environment for meditation,” Giles said. Spiritual Unity Movement members believe that meditation at the time of the full moon – a time of high energy flow according to folklore, and synchronized with Buddhists, American Indians and others meditating around the world – is the best time to bring about positive global changes. World Healing Meditation meetings include a candle-lighting ritual, a musical guest, a keynote speaker, guided meditation, 10-15 minutes of silent meditation and a closing ritual. NORTH HILLS – Members of the Spiritual Unity Movement look to the heart of all religions – love, compassion and peace – to create an evening of harmony each month during the full moon. This month’s event will be held Tuesday, when people of all faiths and beliefs are invited to participate in World Healing Meditation, with the goal of bringing peace in the world. “Part of why we meet is that world healing is on a lot of people’s minds. We want to create peace and the best way for that is to start within,” said Janet Giles, a banker and long-time meditator. “When you meditate in a group, there is a powerful feeling of uniting with people. There’s a healing energy. It makes you feel like you’re doing something to promote peace.” Previous guest speakers have included an American Indian shaman, representatives from the Buddhist tradition and Church of Religious Science, a Sufi dancer and authors of self-help books. “Everyone is welcome, whether they do or don’t belong to a faith tradition,” said Harbula, who was raised a Roman Catholic. “What makes it powerful is that you can walk in and not be offended.” Harbula acknowledged that people might dismiss meditation as a “mystical thing associated with sitting cross-legged and wearing white robes.” He believes, however, that meditation is an antidote to anger and stress-related health problems. “Meditating in a group helps people go deeper,” said Harbula, who has been practicing meditation for 30 years and teaching meditation techniques for more than 25 years. “It’s really a profound experience. People don’t want to leave.” The Spiritual Unity Movement will present World Healing Meditation, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the “Onion,” 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Musician Raymond Powers will play the shruti and speaker Judith Shinoda will discuss “Love Thyself and You Heal the World.” Donation: $10. Call (866) 204-2261 or see Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more