We must all work together to feed poor

first_imgLuckily, the Schenectady County Health and Equitable Food Action Plan provides an incredible blueprint for how we can work together to alleviate food insecurity.We have already had initial conversations with Trinity Reformed and Bellevue Reformed’s Little Food Pantry, but much more coordination of services can be done, both locally and with larger Schenectady County entities like Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) and Concerned for the Hungry’s Food Providers Network.As we journey into a new year together, I pray everyone in our community will consider new ways to partner and strengthen our efforts to feed our hungry neighbors.Rev. Dustin G. WrightSchenectadyThe writer is pastor of the Messiah Lutheran Church.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% All too often we think of food insecurity as only something affecting rural and urban areas. Yet the face of hunger in America is quickly changing.In Rotterdam’s Mohonasen school district, for instance, about a third of students now receive free or reduced-cost lunches from the National School Lunch Program.In response to this need, we at Messiah Lutheran Church in Rotterdam opened the Bread of Life Food Pantry a bit over two years ago on Oct. 4, 2015.This ministry quickly grew to operate twice a month, serving roughly 130 meals in that time. Plans to expand our hours and facilities, as well as to provide skills building services like cooking classes or public speaking classes, are also in the works.Over the last two years, however, we realized that no individual congregation or organization can tackle the issue of food security in Rotterdam and other nearby communities alone. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Inishowen community gets its own life-saving defibrillator

first_imgGreencastle and the surrounding areas is a safer place to be after the launch of the local community centre’s 24/7 accessible defibrillator.Indeed, the whole Community now has the security of knowing that the equipment is on hand in the case of sudden cardiac arrest.Greencastle Community Centre proudly launched their 24/7 accessible defibrillator this week after a hugely successful fundraising campaign. “The local Community really got behind this campaign and we are very proud to be able to offer this life saving piece of equipment, with 24/7 accessibility here at the Centre” said Centre Chairperson Pat Gill.The HeartStart Automated External Defibrillator is located in a heated outdoor case in a prominent location at the front of the Community Centre and is accessed by entering a code on the digital keypad which is obtained by dialing 999 or 112.The Defibrillator is designed to be safe, reliable and extremely easy to use, featuring automatic features like voice prompts and CPR coaching to help guide anyone step-by-step through the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.“It’s fantastic to have this lifesaving equipment here in the Community and we owe a huge thanks to our staff, volunteers, local businesses and of course the local community for their continued support. “A special word of thanks is owed to Lesley Drennan who got the ball rolling with this fundraising effort, also Cardiac Services for providing the AED and case at a reduced price and especially to electricians Stephen and Hugh Harkin for installing the heated outdoor defibrillator case completely free of charge! It really was a fantastic Community effort” said Centre Manager Susan McAleer.Inishowen community gets its own life-saving defibrillator was last modified: November 29th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:defibrillatordonegalGreen castle Community CentreInishowenlast_img read more

Judo Diplomacy How martial arts became a diplomat

first_img Judo Diplomacy: How martial arts became a diplomatic tool for Russia and Japan Turn To The Nerds To Compare The Best Credit Card For You NerdWallet In this Storystream Lockdown duffle bag Apparel Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Kadyrov’s MMA Soldier: How a UFC debutant became one of the most feared men in Chechnya View all 89 stories Gordon Ryan Competition Kit White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Accessories Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Latest From MMA Warehouse Recommended by Latest From Our Partners NHL Mount Rushmores by Team Stadium Talk Top Contenders for Fight of the Year [Photos] Things That You Can Only See In Dubai Coolimba Standard BJJ Gi Sponsored Content ProMax 440 BJJ GI U.S. sanctions Kadyrov henchman w/ ties to UFC Good Night Teecenter_img Stories from Russia Standard Ranked Rashguard More: Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Sale DuringDuring the 2017 Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Russia’s Far East, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe jokingly proposed that both Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Mongolian counterpart Khaltmaa Battulga take part in a judo exhibition against Japanese Olympic gold medalist Yasuhiro Yamashita. Speaking directly to Yamashita, who was also present at the international forum, Abe asked whether the grappling demonstration would be possible. “Yamashita-san, can you not invite the two presidents with black belts to Japan, via the Japanese judo federation? That way Mr. Yamashita and the two presidents could demonstrate kumite [training against adversary in martial arts]. What do you think? It could be interesting.” (h/t Tass.ru)The statement, a rare martial arts related comment at a forum primarily dedicated to procuring investment in Russia’s Far East, could be seen as out of the ordinary for those unaware of the three aforementioned world leaders’ enthusiasm for the violent sport. Both Putin and Battulga are blackbelts in judo, and Abe is an avid fan of the sport. Battulga also ran Mongolia’s judo federation years before becoming president. Naturally, the three politicians took a break from the forum on Friday to attend the International Vladivostok Jigoro Kano Junior Judo Tournament. The tournament marked the 100th anniversary of the first contest between Japanese and Russian judokas – a significant date that highlights the complicated century-long relationship between Russia and Japan on the judo mat, as well as the political arena. Russia & Japan’s Shared Judo History Twelve years following the Russian Empire’s defeat at the hands of Empire of Japan in 1905, the two nations came together to compete in a historic judo tournament that took place in 1917. The tournament, which was held in Vladivostok, was organized by Vasili Oshchepkov, who had attended the Kodokan Judo Institute in Tokyo, founded by Jigoro Kano, six years earlier. Oshchepkov, who was promoted to a first degree black belt in 1913, went on to become the founder of Sambo (acronym of “samozashchita bez oruzhia” – self-defense without weapons), a new martial art developed and popularized within the Soviet Union. Oshchepkov began organizing judo tournaments in 1915, when he had already returned to Russia and took on work as an interpreter for counterintelligence. By 1918, he had hosted two tournaments in Vladivostok and had even begun teaching local police the martial art. By 1929, Oshchepkov had become the primary judo coach of the main sports club belonging to the Red Army, as well as a teacher at the Russian Moscow Institute for Physical Education. With newfound resources to analyze various martial arts now at his disposal, Oshchepkov developed Sambo, a sport that remains a fundamental base for the vast majority of mixed martial arts fighters in modern Russia, including arguably the MMA greatest heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.Despite Oshchepkov’s important achievements and ongoing legacy, his life came to a tragic end in 1938. Accused of being a Japanese spy, he was arrested in 1937 as part of Stalin’s political purges and eventually disappeared, along with thousands of other victims. Oshchepkov was 45 at the time of his death, which was officially reported as October 10, 1938. According to official records, he died of a heart attack in a prison in the Tverskoy District, an ill-fated end to a legendary figure in Russian martial arts. ** While Oshchepkov’s death was untimely, his life’s work helped establish a shared and lasting martial arts culture between Russia and Japan. The 100-year anniversary tournament attended by Putin, Abe, and Battulga was a joint effort between organizing committees in Russia and Japan. The driving forces behind the International Vladivostok Jigoro Kano Junior Judo Tournament were the head of the Russian Judo Federation Vasily Anisimov and member of the Executive Committee of the International Judo Federation Yasuhiro Yamashita. When asked why he showed such interest in organizing the event, the Olympian explained that judo represented the shared “cultural values” of both nations. “Russia and Japan are two great powers that are shared only by the Sea of ​​Japan,” Yamashita told Russian state news agency Tass.ru. “It is important to understand that our countries have a rich history, cultural values. And friendly relations are impossible without mutual respect of cultures. Russia was one of the first to develop judo and preach its values. And I am very pleased today with the fact that Russia and Japan can share their experience in such a beautiful sport as judo.” Judo as a tool for diplomacy In January 2016, Putin was filmed at a training session in Sochi alongside the Russian Olympic Judo team. Following a short grappling demonstration, the Russian president honored the team’s Italian head coach Ezio Gamba by granting him Russian citizenship. Under Gamba’s guidance, the Russian male judo team won gold medals at the Olympics for the first time in the nation’s history. The achievement, which helped raise the team’s status in competition, as well as enhance the state’s image on the global stage, did not go unnoticed. In 2013, Gamba was awarded the Order of Friendship for his contributions to the development of Russian sport. Putin even suggested that Gamba’s success in Russia has helped strengthen ties between Russian and Italy. “Today, I spoke over the telephone with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, for quite a while, on working matters, but I also told him: ‘you know, your citizen, Ezio Gamba, works here in Russia, he brought our team to a wonderful result in 2012, to excellent success at the Olympic games, to the best result in the history of Olympic games,” Putin said. Putin has long used sports as a tool to enhance his image as a healthy and masculine leader. A blackbelt in judo, Putin has regularly been quoted speaking fondly of the sport he considers his “first love.” He has repeatedly been shown landing hip tosses on state TV while dressed in an immaculate judogi. Local judokas present at the International Vladivostok Jigoro Kano Junior Judo Tournament even suggested that the president’s interest in the sport is pivotal to the sport’s popularity. “I think the fact that Putin loves judo does help it to be a more popular sport,” judo master Vladimir Sinistin told CNN. “And if your leader does judo and has an athletic title, and Putin is a master of this sport, of course this sport gets more attention.” Apart from winning the right to host events such as the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi and the upcoming 2018 World Cup, Putin continues to heavily invest in sports because he is aware of the domestic benefits and international prestige reaped from successful global competitions. For the Kremlin, sports are a means to advancing political interests – a tool for diplomacy between nation states. When asked whether Abe’s proposal for a grappling exhibition between Putin, Battulga, and Yamashita was a serious one, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov revealed that while it was likely meant in a joking nature, it aimed to show a “positive development” in the relationship between the three nations. As a result, judo has become a source for diplomacy between nations with complicated geopolitics. “Taking into account the explicit and even friendly character of the contact, one can assume that the proposal was aimed to show a positive development of Russian-Mongolian and Russian-Japanese relations, positive dynamics in the relations among the countries in the region that are interested in developing the Far East … I would not treat that literally, that is rather a proposal full of metaphorical meaning,” Peskov said. Putin’s strategic use of sports as a political tool has been mimicked domestically, including by Yunus Bek-Yevkurov, the head of Ingushetia, and Ramzan Kadyrov, the much-publicized warlord at the helm of the Chechen Republic. While Kadyrov took this initiative a step further by establishing an MMA promotion to serve as an arm of his government and a farming system for his private army, he also plans to erect a judo arena and name it after Putin. As a result, it is evidently clear that in order to achieve relative success in Putin’s Russia, one must apply sports as a means to an end. Abe & Putin – A complicated relationship Over the past 10 months, Prime Minister Abe and President Putin have met twice at bilateral summits to make progress in the decades-long territorial dispute between their respective countries. In December 2016, the two leaders met in Japan, while the second summit took place in Moscow last April. The aim of their repeated meetings is to come to a resolution regarding the disputed Northern Territories (the Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan and the Habomai islet), which Russia has had control of since World War II. Japan views the territorial dispute as an unresolved issue from World War II and as a matter of national security. A resolution would do much to deepen the relationship between Russia and Japan. While a transition of ownership back to Japan is unlikely ahead of Putin’s upcoming election campaign in 2018, the two countries are discussing potential economic cooperation on the islets. Yet while it is certainly a start towards establishing good will with Japan, it also highlights the complicated history between the two nations. Given the already intricate relationship between Russia and Japan, it isn’t much of a surprise to witness their respective politicians use unorthodox methods outside of economic and diplomatic relations whenever possible. Famous examples include the “ping-pong” diplomacy between the United States and China in the early 1970s, as well as the “pin-down” diplomacy between the US and Iran in the 90s. In this particular case with Russia and Japan, sports have been able to transcend the historical and political boundaries placed between the two countries, at least to a certain extent. Through martial arts such as judo, Russia and Japan have been able to realize their shared interests and cultural elements through sports. “An important factor of our relationships is also the concern for the healthy way of life of young people, the transfer of the invaluable experience of our athletes to the young generation of judokas,” Yamashita explained when asked why he was interested in hosting the judo tournament in Russia. “This became one of the main incentives that influenced the decision to organize a tournament in Vladivostok. After all, it will be organized specifically for juniors.” “There is also an idea to invite the Russian youth team to Japan to exchange experience, we discussed this with the general manager of the Russian national team Ezio Gamba.” While we may never witness the presidents of Mongolia and Russia compete in a grappling exhibition against an Olympic gold medalist, the mere suggestion may have helped ignite their geopolitical relationship. Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? 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