On January 12th, Umphrey’s McGee—who are celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band in 2018—released their latest studio album it’s not us. On Thursday evening, the Chicago-based, genre-bending progressive rockers released a captivating, out-of-this-world music video for it’s not us track “Forks”. Although the song is on their most recent album, “Forks” is one of the tracks from the album with a longer-standing history.A demo of the song was released with the bonus content of 2009’s Mantis, and Umphrey’s live debuted the tune at Summer Camp Music Festival in 2011 and played it somewhat regularly in 2011 and 2012 before bringing it back in 2016. The song was performed live for the first time since it’s not us came out, marking the eighteenth time the song had been played in total, in Asheville, North Carolina, on February 17th, and fans seemed to really enjoy the revived and reinspired tune after a 137-show gap.Today, the history of “Forks” deepens with the release of a brand-new music directed by Umphrey’s McGee’s own lighting director, Jefferson Waful. The video was shot in 4K with 24/96 hi-resolution audio, making for a stunning watching experience. Chock full of images from around the world and beyond, the video explores a post-apocalyptic scenario in which mankind is left without the comforts of modern technology after a solar flare—prompting jokes about “a light show so divine, it literally broke the internet.” You can watch the brand-new official music video for Umphrey’s McGee’s “Forks” below, courtesy of the band.
The global obesity epidemic has been escalating for decades, yet long-term prevention efforts have barely begun and are inadequate, according to a new paper from international public health experts published in the Aug. 25 issue of the journal The Lancet. Noting that many countries lack basic population-wide data on children’s weight and height, the authors call on governments around the world to launch a coordinated effort to monitor, prevent, and control obesity, and the long-term health, social, and economic costs associated with it.The paper is part of a special Lancet series on obesity.“By imposing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and limiting marketing of unhealthy foods to children, governments can lead in making it easier for children to make healthy choices,” said lead author Steven Gortmaker, professor of the practice of health sociology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).Special taxes and marketing restrictions to discourage smoking have been effective in tobacco control and likely would be effective in reducing SSB consumption, the authors note. Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages increases risk of excess weight gain and obesity, which can lead to a host of health problems, including type 2 diabetes. In addition, SSBs have no additional nutritional value beyond calories, Gortmaker and his colleagues say.International organizations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and others must participate with the public and private sector to target children and adolescents, in particular, with these and other cost-effective strategies that encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity, the authors say.In the past 30 years, obesity, defined as a body-mass index (BMI) of more than 30 in adults, has increased globally in both rich and poor countries and in all segments of society. (BMI is weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters.) In a companion commentary, William Dietz, director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, writes that if U.S. trends based on historical data for 1988–2008 continue, obesity among U.S. adults will increase from its current level of approximately 32 percent to approximately 50 percent by 2030. The increased costs of treating obesity-associated diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, will reach $66 billion annually in the U.S. by 2030.Obesity trends and physical activity need closer monitoring in all countries, including high-income countries. Most countries still need basic data: Only a third of European Union nations have representative data on children’s weight and height. Few countries have set targets for obesity rates, changes in dietary intake, or physical activity. In addition, efforts taken by the food industry to reformulate products and undertake other measures to encourage healthier eating should be independently assessed for effectiveness, the authors say.Gortmaker and his colleagues call for action at multiple levels of society. They provide a list of interventions aimed at children, adolescents, and adults that have been estimated to be cost-effective. In addition to taxes on unhealthy food and drink and restrictions on junk food and beverage TV advertising to children, the authors recommend school-based education, nutrition and physical activity programs for children, and some weight-loss interventions.The Lancet obesity series precedes the first high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly focused on noncommunicable disease prevention and control, set for Sept. 19-20 in New York City. The authors said the meeting “is an important opportunity for the international community to provide the leadership, global standards, and cross-agency structures needed to create a global food system that offers a healthy and a secure food supply for all.”Support for the paper was provided by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research, which coordinates childhood obesity research across the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
AITEO-NFF AWARDSTwenty-five years after Super Eagles won the AFCON 1994 in Tunisia as well as qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time, that golden generation of players were celebrated on Monday night in Lagos. DURO IKHAZUAGBE who witnessed the 2nd Aiteo-NFF Awards reports…Rashidi Yekini was an enigma of Nigeria football. Almost seven years after the man affectionately called ‘Goals-King’died on May 4, 2012 in Ilorin, his name re-echoed again at the Aiteo-NFF Football Awards that held in Lagos on Monday night. The former Vitoria de Setubal player in the Portuguese topflight whose name was dreaded like plague by Nigeria’s opponents in the ‘Beautiful Game’ around the continent and beyond, ‘resurrected’in the minds of the football family that witnessed the second edition of the Aiteo-NFF Awards inside the Eko Convention Centre on the Lagos Island.For the first time since Stephen Okechukwu Keshi led the 1994 Super Eagles, now commonly referred to as the ‘Golden Generation,’to win the AFCON in Tunisia and also qualified Nigeria for her first appearance at the World Cup held in the USA, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) led by Amaju Pinnick, fished out these worthy ambassadors of the country’s football for special recognition.Sunday Oliseh, the effervescent member of that squad, while reeling out the names of five of their members who have died, recalled the influence Yekini had on the team. He revealed that goal scoring comes to the gangling forward as easy as drinking a glass of water. Speaking in Yoruba to drive home Yekini’s romance with goal scoring, Oliseh said: “ Really sad we are missing Yekini this night of honour for our 1994 squad. In my role in the midfield, Yekini would always tell me: ‘Sunday, a ni ko sha ti nan siwaju fun mi.’ Literarily speaking, he enjoys to get the ball laid on his pathway so that he can take on our opponents’defence. That was trademark Yekini for you,” observed Oliseh whose revelation was greeted with applause by the entire hall that included Yekini’s daughter, Omoyemi.The night was not all about Yekini but affectionate football followers who remembered the 34 goals the former IICC Shooting Stars forward scored for Super Eagles in 58 appearances were transported beyond the Eko Convention Centre into the era Nigeria’s senior national team was dreaded due to the quality of players in the team. Flashes of Yekini scoring Nigeria’s first World Cup goal in the 3-0 drubbing of Bulgaria in that debut outing at USA ’94 made the evening beautiful.Oliseh was not done yet in revealing some of the things that made the 1994 squad handled by Clemens Westerhof unique.Pointing in the direction of Okocha, Oliseh also revealed how on several occasions he almost engaged the former Bolton Wanderers star in fisticuff.“Okocha is an exceptionally gifted player, more talented than some of the biggest names the world is celebrating today. But there were times when we almost fought because he was always holding on to the ball too long,” stressed Oliseh on the dribbling habits of the former midfield maestro. Okocha flashed his trademark toothy smile to the audience.Of course, physically present and bathed in encomiums Monday night were goalkeepers Peter Rufai and Alloy Agu, defenders Austin Eguavoen, Uche Okechukwu, Benedict Iroha, Nduka Ugbade and Taribo West, midfielders Mutiu Adepoju, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Sunday Oliseh and Edema Fuludu. Also on the podium to share in the adulation were forwards like: Finidi George, Samson Siasia and Daniel Amokachi.Apart from Yekini, others who have died like Keshi, goalkeeper Wilfred Agbonavbare, defender Uche Okafor and midfielder Thompson Oliha were also remembered for their labour for their fatherland.Emmanuel Amuneke, Michael Emenalo, Emeka Ezeugo, Efan Ekoku, Isaac Semitoje and Chidi Nwanu could not make it down to Nigeria for the ceremony. While a couple of the players present on Monday night did not make the final cut for the World Cup in America, six members of the group went ahead to join the Dream Team and return to America to conquer – by winning Africa’s men’s football gold at the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta two years later.In other for the labour of these heroes past not to be in vain, Augustine Eguavoen begged the NFF to help some of their colleagues who are yet to get the houses promised them for winning the AFCON ’94.“Five of our colleagues have died. Yekini, Uche Okafor, Thompson Olihah, Wilfred Agbonnavbare, and Steven Keshi are no more with us. We don’t want their labour to be in vain. NFF should please help us talk to the right quarter in government to release those houses for our members who are yet to get theirs,” observed the ex international fondly called Cerezo.Eguavoen insisted that it will be unfair to promise and fail. “ If any one of our dead colleagues is yet to get the house before he died, they have children they left behind. Let them get the houses.”Before the special recognition awards to this ‘Golden Generation,’Super Eagles’ stand-in captain Ahmed Musa and Super Falcons’ opposite number Onome Ebi took the big gongs as best players of the year 2018 in the male and female categories.Musa beat both Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi to the award.His second goal in the 2-0 defeat of Iceland at the World Cup in Russia was also adjudged as the Goal of the Year. He was selected ahead of the goals scored by Ighalo and a player from the domestic league.Villarreal forward in the Spanish LaLiga, Samuel Chukwueze won the Young Player of the Year category while Nasarawa Amazons player, Anam Imo won the female version. Aiteo Federation Cup winning coach, Gbenga Ogunbote was selected as Coach of the Year while Coach Thomas Dennerby who led the Super Falcons to win the 2018 women AFCON in Ghana won the female version.Akwa United FC won the Fair Play Award while Kano Pillars Supporters Club won the best supporters of 2018.President of the Nigeria Football Federation and First Vice President of CAF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, once more eulogized the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the conducive environment for football to thrive and for total support for the NFF and the various National Teams, while calling on Nigeria’s other billionaires and well-heeled companies to emulate Aiteo Group and boost the development of football in Nigeria.Aiteo, Nigeria’s leading energy solutions company also stands erect as Official Optimum Partner of the NFF and sponsors of the Federation Cup. It also bankrolls the annual African Football Awards organized by CAF. Its team on Monday night was led by Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Francis Peters and included the Executive Director, Mr. Andrew Onyearu.Business mogul and politician, Chief M. K. O. Abiola was honoured with the NFF Presidential Award, while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his hefty support for football projects and programmes of the National Teams.Secretary-General of FIFA, Ms Fatma Samoura (the first African/first woman to occupy the position) was honoured with the NFF Order of Merit Award, as Presidents of 18 Member Associations of FIFA, the Abia State Governor (Chief Okezie Ikpeazu), the Acting Governor of Edo State (Comrade Philip Shaibu), two Governors-elect (Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and Abdulrazak Abdulrahman of Kwara State) and captains of industry, political juggernauts, A-class artistes and heavyweight stakeholders of the game watched at the event.There were several members of the CAF Executive Committee, namely Dr. Danny Jordaan of South Africa, Suleiman Waberi of Djibouti, Aisha Johansen of Sierra Leone, Moses Magogo of Uganda and Sita Sangare of Burkina Faso.2ND AITEO-NFF AWARDS WINNERSYoung Player of the Year (Female): Anam ImoYoung Player of the Year (Male): Samuel ChukwuezeFair Play Award: Akwa United FCFans of the Season: Kano Pillars FC FansCoach of the Year (Female): Thomas DennerbyCoach of the Year (Male): Olugbenga OgunboteGoal of the Year: Ahmed MusaTeam of the Season: Super FalconsNFF Development Award: Channels Television (Channels Kids’ Cup)Special Recognition: Super Eagles of 1994Lifetime Achievement Award: Governor Akinwunmi AmbodeNFF Presidential Award: Chief M.K.O Abiola (of blessed memory)NFF Order of Merit Award: Fatma SamouraPlayer of the Year (Female): Onome EbiPlayer of the Year (Male): Ahmed MusaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Rijad Dedeic, student of International Burch University, won the first place on the national judo competition in the category up to 90 kg, and thus won the title of champion of BiH in the above mentioned category.National championship for seniors was held in Trebinje on the 5th of March 2016, and Dedeic won the first place in the up to 90 kg category with 4 wins and maximum points.This is the 5th title of champion of BiH for Rijad.“I would like to thank Burch University for their support and understanding and to my coach Branislav Crnogorac without whose support I would not have achieved these results,” said Dedeic, adding that ahead of him are new challenges in the form of two European Cup that will be held in Russia (Kazan) in April.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public not the dial 911 to report people who are not practicing social distancing measures.According to the sheriff’s office, while they appreciate community member’s diligence in reporting those who are not abiding by the rules, they say they have been receiving so many related phone calls to the 911 number, that it’s hindering their ability to receive phone calls from those who have true emergencies.“People are upset. They see somebody playing volleyball. They see a group, you know, within less than 6 feet, and they call our 911 number. Please don’t do that,” Sheriff William Snyder told our news partners at WPTV.The sheriff’s office is asking the public to instead use their local non-emergency number if you are going to report someone who is not practicing social distancing.“Somebody violating the county commission rules, or the governor’s rules, is important. We should know about it. We will come out, and we will take care of it. But it is not an emergency, and it is not a 911 call,” said Snyder.To find your local non- emergency number, just visit the your local sheriffs department’s website.
Submitted by Westport WineryWinemaker Dana Roberts gives a Backstage Wimemaker’s Tour at Westport Winery. Photo by Mike CoverdaleFor the fifth time Westport Winery won the King 5 Evening Magazine Best of the Northwest Competition. This time they won the Best Wine Tour category. The fun and interesting Backstage Winemaker’s Tour is offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. with Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts. Additionally, guests are invited to do their own self-guided tour every day through the winery’s many display gardens that include over 40 sculptures by local artists. Extensive signage is provided to make this a truly memorable and fulfilling experience.When you visit be sure to explore the resort’s unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why Westport Winery was voted Best of the Northwest Wine Tour and Destination.Westport Winery Garden Resort’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
By John Burton |FREEHOLD — There is always much to give thanks for this time of year, but for 17 Monmouth County families and their newest members, it’s going to be a very special holiday season.“These kids deserve a home, they deserve love,” said Seegal Moses, who, in recognition of National Adoption Day, welcomed 5-year-old Steven into her already large family last Friday.“They just want to be loved,” Moses observed of her children and all the others who continue to wish for a permanent home.Jeff and Kate Johnson, a Middletown couple, are the proud parents of 4-month-old Ellianna, as they finalize her adoption last week at the Monmouth County Courthouse, Freehold.“It really does feel like Christmas!” added a beaming Kate Johnson, holding her adopted infant daughter.Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and the seven judges assigned to Family Court in state Superior Court at the Monmouth County Courthouse on Nov. 17, were on hand to celebrate finalizing 17 adoptions, joining together loving families with those who need that love.The courts and the Surrogate’s Office aren’t always happy places, acknowledged Peters and Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy, noting they’re usually the places for people facing difficult and stressful circumstances.But on this day, “For our office, this is wonderful,” Peters said. “This is happiness.”Sheedy said for her and her colleagues, “I can tell you this is the happiest day of the year.”Sheedy added, “Today we get to create new families.”The Moses family is already a pretty big one by contemporary standards. Red Bank residents Richard and Seegal Moses have six biological children and with the finalized adoption of Steven last week, have three adopted children.Seegal was adopted as a young child and is more than willing to bring as many children into the fold as they can, Richard said. “She’s the instigator in this,” he said affectionately. “It still touches me in deep ways,” the commitment her adopted family made to make her a part of their lives, Seegal added.And with Steven they couldn’t say no, Seegal acknowledged. The boy was found when he was only about 1, living on the streets in Ecuador, being cared for as much as was possible by his two only slightly older sisters. “The parents were M.I.A.,” Richard explained. “We don’t know what happened.” And no one really knows exactly how old Steven is, Richard said, although they have settled on 5.The boy has been with the Moseses for the past five months and is loved by all his siblings, Seegal said. “It’s just awesome,” Seegal said. “It really is.”According to Moses, Steven’s sisters have also been adopted and are living with families in the U.S.For Kate and Jeff Johnson, 4-month-old Ellianna was part of their lives within about an hour of being born. “We were able to meet her at the hospital,” Jeff said.The Johnsons, who live in Middletown, had entered into a private adoption agreement with the birth mother. “So, she’s been part of us,” Kate said.But with the formal adoption now done, “We can kind of relax now,” Jeff said, acknowledging there was always the concern the birth mother may change her mind. “This is the day,” Jeff said, joking he now has to start saving for Ellianna’s college and wedding.“We’re just so excited,” Kate offered. And while it is a lengthy process, having taken the Johnsons about four years total, Jeff recommended to anyone thinking about adopting: “Don’t hesitate, just do it,” because it brings so much joy and happiness.Victoria Smith and her life partner, Karen Mitcham, are old hands at this, yet it still feels so joyful, they said. “It’s wonderful,” Smith said, as the couple’s adoption was completed for two children.Karen Mitcham, left, Victoria Smith and Mya, 7, are all smiles with the adoption of Samantha and Jaylen last Friday, part of the Monmouth County’s celebration of National Adoption Day.Jaylen, 2, and Samantha, 5, are joining the Mitcham and Smith family, alongside Mya, a 7-year-old who the couple adopted in June 2012. Smith and Mitcham have been foster parents for these children and for a total of 32 kids over the years. Most of the children returned to their original families or were placed in other homes. “I’m retired now and I love kids,” said Smith, which made the decision to adopt Jaylen and Samantha an easy one.Mitcham said it’s a lot of work dealing with three youngsters but, “We have a lot of help…we have our church family” to lend support.Smith believed she and Mitcham are the ones receiving all the benefits. “They keep us young,” she said of the children.“We learn so much every day,” from the children, Seegal Moses said, believing she and her husband are the lucky ones. “I look at their faces and see so much love.”National Adoption Day is sponsored annually by a coalition of national organizations, such as the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and the Children’s Action Network, to raise awareness of the approximately 100,000 children nationally, and 300 in Monmouth County, currently in foster care hoping for permanent homes.Those adopted last Friday range in age from 4 months to 29 years old. There were 122 adoptions finalized in Monmouth County over the course of the year, according to Peters.This article was first published in the Nov. 23-30, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.