April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month and Tuscaloosa’s Child Abuse Prevention Services placed blue pinwheels in front of Tuscaloosa City Hall on April 3.The idea behind the pinwheels is for people to understand the organization, why it exists and ways to use the resources CAPS provides.CAPS’ overall goal is to prevent child abuse, but they provide more such as internet safety, parenting classes and sleep safety for kids and babies to prevent crib deaths.April 1, Lainer Automotive hosted the 1st Blue Ribbon ceremony to kick off the awareness month in Tuscaloosa.“This is an ongoing problem that needs to be addressed,” says Cassius Lainer, owner of Lainer Automotive.According to a statistic on the CAPS Twitter feed, it is reported that 3.6 million cases of child abuse occurred in the United States.“When we first started doing this people would even come and get a pinwheel because then they can place that pinwheel in their yard,” says Phyllis Simon, CAPS Service Delivery Director. “They can place the pinwheel … and give it to their child and look on it because it is a message on the stick that the wheel is actually attached to and it has something to do with child abuse prevention.”CAPS will be hosting events to create awareness all month.For more information check out the CAPS website
ATHENS — Tassos Avlonitis scored with his first touch in the 59th minute Oct. 26th to give defending champion Olympiakos a 1-0 win over archrival Panathinaikos in the Greek soccer league.The central defender had come on as a substitute two minutes earlier and headed in Alejandro Dominguez’s free kick for the winning goal.The win allowed Olympiakos to leap into second place, three points behind PAOK, which beat Veria 4-1. Panathinaikos is seventh, a further six points behind.OFI’s 3-2 home loss to Asteras prompted coach Gennaro Gattuso to resign, with the former Italy great alluding to the club’s financial difficulties.Also, Panetolikos beat Panthrakikos 3-1 and Platanias won 2-1 at Kerkyra.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Almost 10 years ago, journalist Hillary Frank was pregnant and planning to give birth without medication or surgery — but things didn’t go according to her plan.Instead, Frank experienced a prolonged and difficult labor that left her with a traumatic injury — chronic pain from an episiotomy that didn’t heal as expected, and had to be redone. For months she was unable to walk, sit or easily hold or nurse her newborn daughter, and didn’t fully recover for three years. To make matters worse, beyond the physical injury, she felt she couldn’t talk openly about what had happened to her.”There is a general sense in our society that it’s not proper to talk about these kinds of injuries,” Frank says. “If I had gotten injured that severely on any other part of my body, of course I would have been talking about it with my friends. … But because it was in a private part of my body I couldn’t.”Gradually, Frank realized that other women had similar experiences. She decided to start the podcast The Longest Shortest Time to talk about childbirth, sex and the dilemmas of parenting young children. Frank says the best part about starting the podcast was connecting with other parents.”I wanted to know that I wasn’t alone in struggling after having had a child,” she says. “What was remarkable to me was how much variety there is in that struggle, just how much diversity there is in that struggle. And that made me feel less alone.”Frank’s new book is called Weird Parenting Wins.Interview highlightsOn her experience in giving birthI started pushing and nothing was happening, and so I pushed and pushed and — time is weird when you’re pushing the baby out and the baby’s not coming — but I pushed for three hours. … I had a midwife who was my favorite midwife. I felt so lucky that she was there with me, and she said she was going let me push for another half hour. And I thought, “Wow, that’s really nice.” But then I pushed for another half hour and the baby didn’t come out. So she said, “I think it’s time to give you an episiotomy [a surgical incision to the vaginal opening meant to help enable childbirth].”On how an episiotomy that didn’t heal and had to be redone led to lingering problems and anger[When the pain was at its worst] it felt like this was my new forever. It was hard to imagine ever being able to take care of this little new human that I had in my care. … I was angry at everybody. … At first, I was really mostly aiming it at myself. I felt really strongly that I had failed at childbirth and it was all my fault. That, like, if I had just done the breathing right, if I had just, you know, accepted one last massage from my midwife, if I had just done a hands and knees [position before delivery to facilitate labor] one more time, like maybe I could have gotten her to turn. [The baby, Sasha, was turned the wrong way in utero.] Maybe I could have relaxed enough to make my labor progress. It turned to my baby too, because I was like, “Well why didn’t she turn? Why didn’t she do what she was supposed to do?” Which also feels kind of irrational.And then [the anger] turned to [the medical staff] at the hospital. There was just so much anger to go around.On how an episiotomy that didn’t heal properly, even after repairs, affected every aspect of her life for three years after the baby’s birthOn a purely physical level, I had to sit in a certain way in order to avoid being in pain when I was seated, and it gave me chronic pain in my hip and it made it difficult for me to even sit cross-legged. So just on that kind of level it affected me on a daily basis. It also psychologically just made me walk around feeling like there was something wrong with me. It made me feel pretty dead inside, and I feel like it affected how I talk to people. I feel like I was more withdrawn. And then, on a personal level, it really affected my private life with my husband. Sex was difficult, painful.On struggling with her identity as the mother of a newbornI felt like I had one identity — and it was mom, and that was it. And I had never been a mom before, and I just felt really empty. I felt like a shell of myself. I just I felt like my only reason for existing was keeping this other little person alive. And I loved her — I wanted her I wanted her to thrive — but I just felt like everything else had disappeared.On starting her podcast, The Longest Shortest TimeWhen this came out, at the end of 2010, I didn’t think, “There’s going be a big audience for this.” I was really doing this for myself. I was doing it to feel personally less alone, and I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out that it made other people feel less alone. But we’re in a different podcasting landscape now where, like, podcasts have trailers, and people really think about what they’re doing when they launch one. For me, it was just I was sitting literally in my bedroom with a microphone talking to other moms while trying to line-up our conversations while both of our kids were napping for 20 minutes. … I also think it took me outside of my own head to think about other people’s stories.On a helpful parenting tip she learned through writing her bookThere’s a game that a mom made up called, “What’s on my butt?” And the way you play is, when you feel like you just need a break, and your kid feels like they want to play, you lie face down on the couch and you tell your kid … to go find some random object around the house [and] put it on your butt, and you have to guess what it is. And I play this with my daughter – and it allows me to refuel.Therese Madden and Thea Chaloner produced and edited the audio of this interview. Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2019 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.
BMO Harris Bradley Center Credit Shelly TaborLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:11 pmBMO Harris Bradley CenterThe BMO Harris Bradley Center may be nearing the end of its 30-year life, but not everything in the building will be demolished, because the Milwaukee Bucks plan to donate a collection of the center’s equipment and materials to Milwaukee Public Schools, Habitat for Humanity and a local electrical workers union.When the venue officially closes later this summer, the Bucks will be responsible for its demolition. That includes any item that is nailed down to the structure, said Ted Loehrke, executive vice president of strategy and development for the Bucks.According to the BMO Harris Bradley Center, most of the building’s equipment and furniture has been sold in bulk to direct buyers, but instead of destroying or disposing of the remaining fixtures, like doors and countertops, the Bucks wanted to find a new home for them, Loehrke said. MPS will receive a supply of doors, door hardware and bathroom fixtures for its schools; the Milwaukee Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee will use various electrical equipment and devices to help train electricians in its apprenticeship program; and Habitat for Humanity will sell fixtures from the center’s luxury suites, locker rooms and concourse areas to fund its construction initiatives, Loehrke said.The nonprofit plans to sell items such as countertops, cabinets and seating on Craigslist and eBay, but mainly in its three Habitat ReStore locations in Walker’s Point, Greenfield and Wauwatosa.“The profits we get from those sales will be funneled into our mission to build affordable housing,” said Brian Sonderman, executive director of Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. “As the Bucks move into a new home, and through their generosity that allows us to sell these items, we’ll be able to provide Milwaukee families with a place to call home for years to come, as well.”Loehrke estimates the total value of the donated items to be “well into the seven figures.”“This is consistent with the impact we’ve said the project will have — an economic ripple effect,” Loehrke said. “We are happy to supply community partners that are helping to build the future of Milwaukee.”Each group is scheduled to remove its respective items from the Bradley Center in early to mid-September, which is around the time the building will be razed, Loehrke said.Sonderman said a team of more than 100 Habitat for Humanity volunteers will work a total of nine days over three weeks to remove its donated materials from the center. It will be the largest deconstruction project the organization has ever completed, he said.The Bradley Center in July will host its last ever event, which will be part of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.’s annual convention. The building will be demolished just in time for the new Bucks arena to open in September.The Bradley Center recently held an online auction that featured more than 350 event memorabilia items, including a pink paisley Fender guitar autographed by Prince that sold for $25,000 and a black Gibson Explorer guitar signed by members of Metallica that sold for $17,600. Some memorabilia, as well as original building plans and other historically important artifacts and documents, will be given to the Wisconsin Historical Society and Milwaukee Public Library. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Roy Norman of Wauseon, Ohio, is one of 22 farmers and agribusiness professionals selected by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) to participate in the 2009-2010 AgriPOWER program.Roy serves as an organization director for OFBF, covering Fulton, Henry, Williams and Defiance counties, and has a farming operation that includes wheat, soybean and hay production along with a small cow/calf herd.AgriPOWER was launched last year by OFBF as an elite training program designed to help participants become leaders, advocates and activists for Ohio agriculture. The yearlong program consists of seven weekend institutes that focus on public policy issues confronting agriculture and the food industry.Topics covered during various institute programs consist of public policy issues facing local communities, the state of Ohio, the nation and the world. Additionally, specific sessions will help class members develop important skills necessary to becoming an effective leader, activist and advocate, including public speaking, parliamentary procedure, social networking and communications and more. One of the institute programs will be held in Washington, D. C. to help class members gain a valuable understanding of national and global issues.“Ohio Farm Bureau is committed to developing grassroots leaders,” said Keith Stimpert, OFBF senior vice president of public policy. “The intensive training provided by AgriPOWER will equip these individuals to make significant contributions to the viability of Ohio agriculture.”In addition to OFBF, AgriPOWER partners include Bob Evans, Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, Nationwide, Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, American Dairy Association MidEast, American Farmland Trust, Town & Country Co-op, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Corn Growers Association, Fulton County Farm Bureau, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Soybean Council and Dairy Farmers of America.For additional information about AgriPOWER, please contact OFBF at 614-246-8261 or AgriPower@ofbf.org. -30-CONTACT: David WhitePHONE: (614) 246-8261 or(614) 361-9113E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org For Immediate ReleaseAugust 25, 2009 Attachments09AgriPower_Norman.jpg