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polly's guardiangel


the klaas kids foundation is proud to announce the nation's first ever parent initiated missing child alert system. polly's guardiangel (guardiangel) smartphone app lets parents use a phone's geo location to push an alert to other app users within a 15-mile radius of the child's last known location. push alerts include the child's p o and descriptive information. once the alert is sent from the phone, the parent will begin receiving step-by-step guidance from the klaaskids foundation to ensure that no time is lost an no steps are overlooked. marc kl , the founder of the klaas kids foundation, recognizes that nothing can replace a parent's intuition. polly's guardiangel provides parents with the ability to activate and distribute a robust missing child alert. polly's guardiangel does not






former uw-osh h exec says regents knew about transfers


madison, wis. — a former university of wisconsin-osh h business officer accused of illegally transferring millions from the university to its foundation claims the board of regents never objected to the moves.the regents have sued uw-osh h former chancellor richard wells and former chief business officer thomas sonnleitner alleging they illegally transferred $11.3 million to cover construction projects between 2010 and 2014.osh h northwestern media reported (http://oshko.sh/2kqc4mq ) sonnleitner filed briefs monday claiming that he briefed the regents on three projects in 2010 and 2013. the foundation's president offered to more details during the 2013 meeting but the regents declined due to time constraints.a report the news outlet obtained shows debbie durcan, the uw system's vice presid






soul-searching at clinton foundation in trump era


nearly three months after hillary clinton’s defeat, the clinton foundation is still dealing with its place in the era of president trump.last summer, former president clinton pledged that if hillary clinton won the presidential election, he would avoid conflicts by stepping aside from many of his duties at the clinton foundation, restricting foreign donations to the charity and spinning off certain programs.nearly three months after hillary clinton’s defeat, the foundation is still dealing with its place in the era of president trump. it faces daunting challenges: a drop in fundraising during the paign; uncertainty about the scale of the former president’s ambitions; and questions about leadership, including how long its president, donna shalala, will stay, and whether hillary clinton migh






san mateo community colleges create largest-ever scholarship program


sixty community college students in san mateo county each will receive a $6,000 scholarship for up to two years, thanks to the largest single scholarship donation in california community college history.hillsborough philanthropist ted kruttschnitt created the program with a $372,000 annual gift to benefit students at skyline college, cañada college and college of san mateo.to run the program, kruttschnitt, a retired businessman, also has promised $12,000 annually to fund the kruttschnitt aspire scholarship program at the san mateo county community colleges foundation.the scholarships will benefit students working toward transferring to a four-year college and facing extreme financial need. in san mateo county, 80 percent of community college students work and often must reduce their cl loa






trump's supreme court pick could fall somewhere between conservative and centris


his tenures as senator and vice president behind him, joe biden is taking a first step to translate the work of more than four decades in public service into private life. longtime allies on wednesday launched the biden foundation, a nonprofit corporation that they say will build on his commitment to “protecting and a ncing rights and opportunities for all people.” the foundation will continue his search for a cure for cancer that biden began in the white house, promote the violence against women act that was among his chief legislative achievements, and increase access to education including community colleges, a major initiative of his wife, dr. jill biden. ted kaufman, a longtime biden advisor who was also appointed to his delaware senate seat in 2009 when biden be e vice president,






aware - mindfulness meditation


with scientifically proven mindfulness meditation techniques, aware guides you through a journey to discover a new method to life, one filled with awareness of the present moment. how it worksour foundation course provides guided meditation sessions every day that delves into the fundamentals of the techniques of mindfulness meditation. once you have traveled through the 1st week of the foundation course, you could subscribe to the world of aware that opens up to various themed courses on- stress, anxiety, depression, focus, relationship, performance and many others. you could pick up any course according to your mood and lifestyle and learn to apply mindfulness in daily aspects of your life. we also have short guided exercises called 'energizers', which you could choose to do anytime o






indoor practice center coming to u golf course; will serve public and gophers te


a $3.5 million indoor training center is closer to becoming a reality at the university of minnesota’s les bolstad golf course, as the school announced monday a $1 million gift from the john w. mooty foundation.the school is hoping construction on the facility, which will feature heated indoor hitting bays for all-weather practice and two indoor practice greens, can begin soon.the training center on the st. paul pus will be the first indoor facility for the gophers teams, and it will include locker rooms for the men’s and women’s teams, offices for the coaching staffs, a lounge for students and a u golf hall of fame. the facility will be named the john w. mooty golf training center, honoring the patriarch of the mooty family and creator of the foundation, who p ed away in 2015.“our father,






indoor practice center coming to u golf course; will serve public and gophers te


a $3.5 million indoor training center is closer to becoming a reality at the university of minnesota’s les bolstad golf course, as the school announced monday a $1 million gift from the john w. mooty foundation.the school is hoping construction on the facility, which will feature heated indoor hitting bays for all-weather practice and two indoor practice greens, can begin soon.the training center on the st. paul pus will be the first indoor facility for the gophers teams, and it will include locker rooms for the men’s and women’s teams, offices for the coaching staffs, a lounge for students and a u golf hall of fame. the facility will be named the john w. mooty golf training center, honoring the patriarch of the mooty family and creator of the foundation, who p ed away in 2015.“our father,






minneapolis writer miriam karmel wins holy cow short story prize


minneapolis writer miriam karmel is the winner of the inaugural first fiction award sponsored by holy cow press of duluth and the lindquist & vennum foundation of the twin cities.karmel is the author of the novel, "being esther," published in 2013 by milkweed editions. she's also a past winner of minnesota monthly's tamarack award for her story, "the queen of love." her winning manuscript, "subtle variations and other stories," was selected from 65 entries. it will be published in october by holy cow.the first fiction award carries a $5,000 prize and a publishing contract with holy cow.  the lindquist & vennum foundation is also the sponsor of milkweed edition's annual poetry prize.pen america speaks out about donald trump's actions on refugees.






bringing in the year of the rooster at the nathan yip foundation fundraiser – th


what better way to remind everyone that 2017 is the lunar year of the rooster than to position stilt-walkers in colorful feathered costumes at the entry to the mcnichols civic center building?the 500-plus who walked through the doors that night sure seemed to get a kick out of this “fowl” welcome to the nathan yip foundation’s signature fundraiser, a celebration of the chinese new year.seattle fish co. president james iacino and his wife, meghan, chaired the asian night market-themed party that raised $250,000 and drew guests from as far away as london and hong g.the money will be used to continue the foundation’s efforts to improve educational opportunities for children in rural, low-income areas of the world, including china, africa, mexico and southern colorado.the party, believed to be






naperville vet walks 22 miles to raise awareness for veteran suicides


walking for veteranssuzanne baker / naperville sunjaime ward lifts a 20-pound backpack onto bernard coffey tuesday morning, as they prepare to walk 22 miles to raise awareness for the need to prevent veteran suicides. ward works with coffey through the bernard coffey veterans foundation.jaime ward lifts a 20-pound backpack onto bernard coffey tuesday morning, as they prepare to walk 22 miles to raise awareness for the need to prevent veteran suicides. ward works with coffey through the bernard coffey veterans foundation. (suzanne baker / naperville sun)






mini-boom in living standards is over, says think tank


image copyrightpaa "mini-boom" in living standards has ended according to a report by the resolution foundation.the think tank says living standards improved significantly between 2014 and the beginning of 2016, as subdued inflation coincided with rising wages and employment.but a rise in inflation late in 2016, coupled with slower income growth, has ended that boom, it argues.the conclusions are part of its annual report, published later this week.the resolution foundation estimates that incomes in working-age households have grown just 0.5% in the current financial year, the slowest pace since 2012-13. "after a tight squeeze during the [financial] crisis, working-age households have enjoyed a living standards mini-boom in recent years," said stephen clarke, economic analyst at the resolu






mini-boom in living standards is over, says think tank


image copyrightpaa "mini-boom" in living standards has ended according to a report by the resolution foundation.the think tank says living standards improved significantly between 2014 and the beginning of 2016, as subdued inflation coincided with rising wages and employment.but a rise in inflation late in 2016, coupled with slower income growth, has ended that boom, it argues.the conclusions are part of its annual report, published later this week.the resolution foundation estimates that incomes in working-age households have grown just 0.5% in the current financial year, the slowest pace since 2012-13. "after a tight squeeze during the [financial] crisis, working-age households have enjoyed a living standards mini-boom in recent years," said stephen clarke, economic analyst at the resolu






landscape designers named for obama presidential center


in the final fundraising report before president barack obama leaves office and begins to personally raise money for his library on the south side, his foundation showed an uptick in donors.the report, which was released friday and lists donors and a range of their donations for the fourth quarter... (kathy bergen)






landscape designers named for the obama presidential center


in the final fundraising report before president barack obama leaves office and begins to personally raise money for his library on the south side, his foundation showed an uptick in donors.the report, which was released friday and lists donors and a range of their donations for the fourth quarter... (kathy bergen)






what’s better in the cl room—teacher or machine?


mountain view, calif.—last fall, the public school district here in silicon valley’s epicenter ditched its conventional sixth-grade math curriculum for a course that relied on software.behind the new program, which students accessed from chromebooks provided by the school, was new cl rooms, a nonprofit education technology startup backed by the foundation of microsoft corp. co-founder bill gates, who called it “the future not only...






11 amazing technologies that have totally changed our world for the better


g hene will completely revolutionise technology. created at the university of manchester, uk, g hene is a layer of g hite one atom thick. it is very strong, an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and is predicted to transform mobile devices. imagine a flexible cellphone or tablet –or ultra thin strong condom. the gates foundation has given $100,000 to research the development of a super thin and durable condom made of latex and g hene.






official itil exam app


the only official itil app from axelos - the people who set the foundation exam. designed to support accredited itil foundation training, the app contains 300 exclusive questions which you won't find anywhere else. written by sharon taylor, itil's chief examiner, and candace dunwoodie, itil senior examiner, each question replicates the style, topics and content of the official exams. the mobile application " official itil exam app" (the app) is subject to licence terms. by using or purchasing the app you acknowledge and agree that you have read and understand these terms and conditions and agree to be bound by them as in effect at the time of . please read the full terms and conditions here: www.tsoshop.co.uk/itil-app-terms-conditions. by using the app you also agree to be bound by axel






former 49ers lineman randy cross pledges brain to cte research


randy cross, a lineman on three 49ers’ super bowl-winning teams, is among 30 former nfl players who have pledged to donate their brains for research, the concussion legacy foundation announced thursday.cross, 62, is one of the biggest names of the latest group to help medical researchers better understand the causes of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (cte), a degenerative brain disease that can only be diagnosed after death. physicians believe the disease is caused by repetitive blows to the head that occur in sports such as football, hockey and soccer.“i can’t imagine why anybody that played the game and that cares about the guys and the kids that are starting to play the game now, wouldn’t donate,” cross said in a statement. “i would urge everybody that’s ever played the game to do it.”






mxnet accepted to the apache incubator


mxnet, amazon web services’ preferred deep learning framework, was accepted to the apache incubator today. admission to the incubator is the first step necessary for the open-source initiative to officially become part of the apache software foundation.the apache software foundation supports the efforts of thousands of developers maintaining open-source projects around the world. the asf will help mxnet to adopt its tried and true open-source processes. mxnet will also benefit from access to the apache community.mxnet is one of many frameworks to help developers build deep learning models without having to reinvent the wheel for every use case. above other machine learning methodologies, deep learning has become particularly attractive for mining patterns from large data sets.one different






mxnet accepted to the apache incubator


mxnet, amazon web services’ preferred deep learning framework, was accepted to the apache incubator today. admission to the incubator is the first step necessary for the open-source initiative to officially become part of the apache software foundation.the apache software foundation supports the efforts of thousands of developers maintaining open-source projects around the world. the asf will help mxnet to adopt its tried and true open-source processes. mxnet will also benefit from access to the apache community.mxnet is one of many frameworks to help developers build deep learning models without having to reinvent the wheel for every use case. above other machine learning methodologies, deep learning has become particularly attractive for mining patterns from large data sets.one different






sudden death warning over faulty heart gene


image copyrightsplan estimated 620,000 people in the uk have a faulty gene that puts them at risk of developing coronary heart disease or sudden death, and most are unaware, a charity has warned.the british heart foundation said the figure was 100,000 more than had been thought and could be even higher. it said there was now a better grasp of the prevalence of inherited conditions. a child of someone with an inherited heart condition can have a 50% chance of inheriting it themselves. the foundation warned that the overall figure for those with the faulty gene could be much higher because of as yet undiscovered faulty genes and under-diagnoses.each week in the uk, around 12 seemingly healthy people aged 35 or under are victims of sudden cardiac death with no explanation, largely due to undi






sudden death warning over faulty heart gene


image copyrightsplan estimated 620,000 people in the uk have a faulty gene that puts them at risk of developing coronary heart disease or sudden death, and most are unaware, a charity has warned.the british heart foundation said the figure was 100,000 more than had been thought and could be even higher. it said there was now a better grasp of the prevalence of inherited conditions. a child of someone with an inherited heart condition can have a 50% chance of inheriting it themselves. the foundation warned that the overall figure for those with the faulty gene could be much higher because of as yet undiscovered faulty genes and under-diagnoses.each week in the uk, around 12 seemingly healthy people aged 35 or under are victims of sudden cardiac death with no explanation, largely due to undi






bidens launch foundation to promote human rights


former vice president joe biden, with his sister valerie biden owens, at his welcome home celebration in wilmington, del., on jan. 20, 2017. biden owens will be on the board of directors for the biden foundation, it was announced wednesday, feb. 1, 2017.(p o: jennifer corbett, the (wilmington, del.) news journal) 116 connectlinkedinemailmorewilmington, del. — supporters and advisers of former vice president joe biden and his wife, jill, have formed the biden foundation to protect and a nce human rights, the organization announced wednesday.the educational foundation, inspired by the bidens' history of service, will be dedicated to "exploring the ways that everyone — no matter their income level, race, gender, age, or uality — can expect to be treated with dignity and to receive a fair s at






bidens launch foundation to promote human rights


former vice president joe biden, with his sister valerie biden owens, at his welcome home celebration in wilmington, del., on jan. 20, 2017. biden owens will be on the board of directors for the biden foundation, it was announced wednesday, feb. 1, 2017.(p o: jennifer corbett, the (wilmington, del.) news journal) 130 connectlinkedinemailmorewilmington, del. — supporters and advisers of former vice president joe biden and his wife, jill, have formed the biden foundation to protect and a nce human rights, the organization announced wednesday.the educational foundation, inspired by the bidens' history of service, will be dedicated to "exploring the ways that everyone — no matter their income level, race, gender, age, or uality — can expect to be treated with dignity and to receive a fair s at






tampa: pat frank honored for her role in improvements to the organ and tissue do


share thistagsfloridahillsborough countylifelink foundationorgan donationorgan transplantationpat franktampahillsborough clerk of the circuit court pat collier frank was honored wednesday, january 25th, by lifelink foundation, for her instrumental role in groundbreaking improvements to the organ and tissue donation system in florida.image/lifelinkfrank’s efforts paved the way for the partnership between florida organ and tissue recovery programs and the department of highway safety & motor vehicles, where a majority of people choose to register as donors today.  a plaque bearing mrs. frank’s image now adorns the “wall of inspiration” at lifelink foundation headquarters in tampa, beside other pioneers in organ transplantation.“pat frank served on our board of governors for many years, a






tampa: pat frank honored for her role in improvements to the organ and tissue do


share thistagsfloridahillsborough countylifelink foundationorgan donationorgan transplantationpat franktampahillsborough clerk of the circuit court pat collier frank was honored wednesday, january 25th, by lifelink foundation, for her instrumental role in groundbreaking improvements to the organ and tissue donation system in florida.image/lifelinkfrank’s efforts paved the way for the partnership between florida organ and tissue recovery programs and the department of highway safety & motor vehicles, where a majority of people choose to register as donors today.  a plaque bearing mrs. frank’s image now adorns the “wall of inspiration” at lifelink foundation headquarters in tampa, beside other pioneers in organ transplantation.“pat frank served on our board of governors for many years, a






tampa: pat frank honored for her role in improvements to the organ and tissue do


share thistagsfloridahillsborough countylifelink foundationorgan donationorgan transplantationpat franktampahillsborough clerk of the circuit court pat collier frank was honored wednesday, january 25th, by lifelink foundation, for her instrumental role in groundbreaking improvements to the organ and tissue donation system in florida.image/lifelinkfrank’s efforts paved the way for the partnership between florida organ and tissue recovery programs and the department of highway safety & motor vehicles, where a majority of people choose to register as donors today.  a plaque bearing mrs. frank’s image now adorns the “wall of inspiration” at lifelink foundation headquarters in tampa, beside other pioneers in organ transplantation.“pat frank served on our board of governors for many years, a






lack of snow forces loppet to move ski events to theodore wirth park


slushy snow and warm weather are forcing the city of lakes loppet to confine its ski races to theodore wirth park for the second time in three years.the festival, which begins friday and runs through sunday in minneapolis, will still offer speed skating at lake calhoun and a walking luminary loppet and luminary party on lake of the isles. but ski events will be held on loops in wirth park instead of winding from the park into uptown.event organizers say they don’t expect the change to affect attendance, but acknowledge that they’ve received calls from participants questioning whether the festival will go on. john munger, executive director of the loppet foundation, said the group will adjust this year, but has no plans to change the festival in the future.“our weather has become a little b






22-mile walk raising awareness of veteran suicide rates


bernard coffey frequently drives the 22 miles from naperville to the edward hines veterans administration hospital in maywood, shuttling fellow veterans for much-needed services.he's never walked the route, until tuesday.coffey and three others left naperville at 6:30 a.m. bound for hines va hospital to raise the awareness what they say are an "alarming" number of veterans and military personnel who take their own lives."daily 22 or more veterans per day commit suicide," coffey said. "we want to bring that number down, and let veterans know that we're here to support (them)."a u.s. navy veteran, coffey heads up the naperville-based bernard coffey veterans foundation organized to provide an array of support services, residential services to homeless veterans and military, as well as offer s






bidens launch foundation to promote human rights


closeskip in skipxembedxshare former vp biden and his wife dr. jill biden are launching a new organization. veuer's nick cardona has the story. buzz60former vice president joe biden, with his sister valerie biden owens, at his welcome home celebration in wilmington, del., on jan. 20, 2017. biden owens will be on the board of directors for the biden foundation, it was announced wednesday, feb. 1, 2017.(p o: jennifer corbett, the (wilmington, del.) news journal) 146 connectlinkedinemailmorewilmington, del. — supporters and advisers of former vice president joe biden and his wife, jill, have formed the biden foundation to protect and a nce human rights, the organization announced wednesday.the educational foundation, inspired by the bidens' history of service, will be dedicated to "exploring






walker proposes raises tax credit for working poor


madison, wis. — gov. scott walker is proposing to increase a tax credit for wisconsin's working poor as part of his initiative to wean people off of state welfare programs.walker announced wednesday that he was proposing increasing the maximum earned income tax credit from $135 to $371 for low income workers with one child. he says that would benefit about 130,000 small families and bring about 850 families over the poverty line.the move to increase the tax credit comes after walker cut it in 2011. walker says in a statement that families are the "foundation of our society" and his proposal is vital to his plans to ensure working families are rewarded, not penalized.the plan will be part of the state budget walker releases next week.






hammering hank aaron to be honored at college fundraiser


cooperstown, n.y. — former atlanta braves slugger henry aaron is being honored friday at the delta flight museum in atlanta, two days before his 83rd birthday.the fundraiser for the hank aaron chasing the dream foundation will feature many artifacts from his career, most from the baseball hall of fame in cooperstown, new york.among the artifacts to be displayed: the bat and ball from aaron's 715th home run, one more than babe ruth and a record at the time; his 1957 world series ring with the milwaukee braves; the bat and ball from his 500th home run in 1968; and the bat used for his 3,000th career hit in 1970.the event is being held to raise funds for college scholarships for students in need and will be hosted by bob costas.






public art discussion centers on peck benches


about half of the $70,000 needed to sculpt likenesses of willys and betty peck in bronze has been raised.local artist jerry smith was chosen to sculpt the pecks sitting on a bench together as they would at the end of the day to count their blessings.“the sculptures are pretty exciting and will be a nice piece of artwork,” saratoga historical foundation president annette stransky told those who gathered at montalvo arts center recently to discuss the project. “we will not start the project until we are closer to the total required.”stransky said the project is expected to be completed this year, and a fundraiser is planned for the early summer months.smith, a former saratoga mayor, state senator and appellate judge, has done other public art pieces located at the saratoga foothill club, bel






dare to drive california's first freeway from l.a. to pasadena


why : to see where freeway in the western u.s. was born, and how far it's come. what : covering a little more than eight miles between downtown los angeles and pasadena, the arroyo seco parkway -- a.k.a. the pasadena freeway, a.k.a. interstate 110 -- was the first freeway in the western u.s.  it was completed in 1940, then extended here and there to join up with other, newer freeways. if you have never driven it, brace yourself for short on-ramps, stop signs on off-ramps; narrow lanes; ever-so-slightly-banked turns; and scant shoulders. ten minutes on this freeway is guaranteed to deepen your appreciation for every one that's been built since. where: between glenarm street in pasadena and u.s. 101 in downtown los angeles. how much: the cost of gas. and body work, if the lanes prov






dare to drive california's first freeway from l.a. to pasadena


why : to see where the western freeway was born. and how far it's come. what : covering a little more than eight miles between downtown los angeles and pasadena, the arroyo seco parkway -- a.k.a. the pasadena freeway, a.k.a. interstate 110 -- was the first freeway in the western u.s.  it was completed in 1940, then extended here and there to join up with other, newer freeways. if you have never driven it, brace yourself for short on ramps, stop signs on off-ramps; narrow lanes; ever-so-slightly-banked turns; and scant shoulders. ten minutes on this freeway is guaranteed to deepen your appreciation for every one that's been built since. where: between glenarm street in pasadena and u.s. 101 in downtown los angeles. how much: the cost of gas. and body work, if the lanes prove too na






facebook looks to improve account security with delegated recovery


why it matters to you facebook attempts to improve account security across the web, starting with the release of delegated recovery.the only thing more frustrating than forgetting your p word? resetting it.between searching your spam folder for a reset link or trying to find a p word you haven’t used before, current methods of resecuring your accounts are neither convenient nor particularly secure. but facebook is looking to change that. at monday’s usenix enigma conference, facebook security engineer brad hill announced that the social media giant launched an account recovery feature dubbed delegated recovery.debuting with a github partnership, facebook essentially hopes to take the place of your email account as your identity-mana ent hub. this, the social media giant says, is safer tha






russian opposition activist in hospital after sudden illness


moscow — a private foundation says one of its employees, a prominent russian opposition activist, has been hospitalized after a sudden illness reminiscent of a poisoning he suffered two years earlier.open russia, run by exiled kremlin critic mikhail khodorkovsky, said in a statement on thursday that vladimir kara-murza was hospitalized earlier in the day after becoming ill. kara-murza, a journalist and a close ociate of the murdered opposition leader boris nemtsov, nearly died when he suffered sudden kidney failure in may 2015.no cause for that illness has been determined but kara-murza underwent tests showing he had ingested a poisonous substance. in light of the fatal poisoning of defector alexander litvinenko and the mysterious deaths of other russian opposition figures, some worried th






eduguru maths kids 3-5 free


developed and built to fully support the uk national curriculum. designed to help children learn outside of the cl room. helps stimulate children's imagination and make learning an open-ended fun activity. no third party links or advertising. allows children to learn and explore in a safe and secure environment. produced in collaboration with uk teachers and schools eduguru maths is aimed perfectly at 3-5 year olds and gives them a balance of teaching and instruction, with cute animations, to help develop their basic maths skills including: + addition- subtractionx multiplication. division eduguru maths gives children a fun-learning jumpstart on the formal maths teaching that starts in school and compliments the simple math skills that parents can introduce through their daily routines.






a quick trick for alleviating anxiety anywhere


no need to roll out the yoga mat. close your eyes, and meditate for twenty minutes when anxiety hits when you’ve got this quick trick for beating panic anywhere, any time.rodale wellness explains it’s only a matter of getting out of your head and into your body to halt the whirring buzz of thought.if you are in bed, feel the bed holding you firmly and completely. you are safe and held. if you are sitting, notice your sit bones as they rest against the chair or your seat on the train, bus, or car. feel your foundation strong and stable. if you are standing, sense your feet in your socks and your socks in your shoes and feel those shoes upon the ground. imagine the depth of the earth that is supporting you.sure, it might feel strange at first, but it beats hyperventilating and feeling like t






what it means to get a good night's rest, according to sleep scientists


you might think a good night’s just rest means getting through the night without any issues, but there are actually four quantifiable factors sleep scientists use to measure sleep quality. this is exactly what “a good night’s sleep” entails.advertisementin the most recent issue of the journal sleep health, the national sleep foundation explained exactly what getting a good night’s sleep means when it comes to scientific studies. the four factors, as explained by cari romm at science of us, are:you take half an hour or less to fall asleep.you wake up no more than once per night.if you do wake up in the middle of the night, you fall back asleep within 20 minutes.you’re asleep for at least 85 percent of the time you spend in bed.of course, these factors are only for overnight sleeping session






for hardline west bank settlers, jared kushner’s their man


for many in the israeli settlement of bet el, deep in the occupied west bank, donald trump’s choice of jared kushner as his senior adviser on the middle east is a sign of politics shifting in their favor.they regard kushner, whose family’s charitable foundation has donated tens of thousands of dollars to their settlement, as part of a diplomatic rebalancing after what they view as eight years of anti-israel bias under the u.s. administration of barack obama.“he will stand up for our interests. i suppose he will lean in our favor,” said avi lavi, 46, who has lived in bet el for more than 40 years. “he’ll be fair, as opposed to obama, whose policy leaned always towards the arabs.”new u.s. president trump says his son-in-law kushner, 36, is capable of brokering the “ultimate deal” to deliver






life in iran: contemporary p og hy exhibit tries to build a cultural bridge


the images of iran are as varied as the artists who created them.in one, a woman’s bare calf rests in a bed of crushed cherries. in another, a cloaked sufi mystic stands at a fork in the desert road. yet another, a digitally manipulated p o, depicts three versions of a woman seemingly slicing her curly mane of hair with a sword, a revolver and a dagger."false roots" by sanaz khosravi, digital p og h, 2016. (sanaz khosravi)the works are part of “focus iran 2: contemporary p og hy and video,” a juried biennial organized by the nonprofit farhang foundation before the recent presidential executive order on travel. it is on view through may 7 at the craft & folk art museum in los angeles. the 33 landscape, portrait and documentary p og hs and nine video works are from emerging and mid-caree






free speech: milo is all of us


i am totally disgusted with the behavior of those at the uw and berkeley who think they should silence opinions that they don’t agree with. free speech is the foundation of our freedom in this country, and it is what makes us unique.berkeley in the 1960s was the epicenter of free thought and actions to protect our rights to free speech. those of you who try to disrupt free speech through threats, intimidation or outright aults are ignorant of the history of free speech, what it means and the possible future ramifications of your actions.president trump has already recommended prosecution for flag burners, despite the supreme court’s decision declaring that  form of “speech” to be protected by our constitution.free-speech protesters are setting a bad precedent. educate yourselves, take a co






russian opposition activist in hospital after sudden illness


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