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FIFA WORLD CUP

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Only sixteen teams remain in World Cup Games... Can you name them in alphabetical order?

Every goal, each block and everything matters now even more. Dive into all the action.

Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Uruguay
Netherlands
Mexico
Costa Rica
Greece
France
Nigeria
Germany
Algeria
Argentina
Switzerland
Belgium
USA

Join The Women’s Media Center Team

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Are you interested in joining an inspiring group of dynamic, engaged women and girls seeking to change the conversation in the media?

Women's Media Center is looking for talented, informed, progressive women and girls (ages 14+) to speak out about the issues that matter and apply to our Progressive Women's Voices and Progressive Girls' Voices media and leadership training programs.

Whether your expertise is peace, war, leadership, health care, or technology, chances are you follow the news and realize that progressive women's voices, like yours, are missing.

Keeping the faith, hope and charity

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With the growing possibility of the local Catholic church closing its doors and dwindling numbers of all religious worshipers in a New York City nautical community, City Images offers the following food for thought.

Reaching out to local worshipers is basically similar, whether in Europe, Asia, or America. Citizens prefer to personally connect with their ministers as well as with members of their congregation and to worship close to their homes, where they are deeply rooted.

The Greatest Waste of Time

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Last night I spent close to 3 hours doing something I love, but what most parents (at least parents of my generation) classify as an epic waste of time and just don't understand it. Even some of my close friends don't even get it or think of it again as a waste of time. But then again there are a bunch of us that fight, nag, rage, tease, troll, and generally enjoy the "sport that isn't a sport" of fantasy sports.

NATIONAL BROADCAST CON

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All the news that's fit to download. Read all about it: Dose Of News * www.doseofnews.com

How can an @NBCNews colleague investigate Brian Williams? http://www.cjr.org/behind_the_news/brian_williams_nbc_investigate.php via @cjr

NBC’s outsized Tom Brokaw factor http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/tom-brokaw-brian-williams-lies-115... via @POLITICO

Brian Williams cancels Letterman appearance: NBC source http://reut.rs/1utgS4A via @reuters

BIG MEDIA MONEY

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According to Equilar and the Associated Press, six of the highest paid CEOs in the country are earning their inflated salaries from the media.

The toppers include David Zaslav, Discovery Communications; Les Moonves, CBS; Philippe Dauman, Viacom; Robert Iger, Walt Disney; Brian Roberts, Comcast; and Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner.

Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives: http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/Article/Article_2015-05-26/id-1fe09cbbee...

WORLD WATER DAY

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Today is World Water Day.Water is as essential to life as air.

There are over 880 million people in the world who lack clean drinking water.

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights.

HONORARY CITY ISLANDER CUBAN ACTOR ANDY GARCIA

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Andy Garcia earned an Academy Award nomination for playing an Italian mobster. Andy Garcia was born in Havana. After the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, the 5-year-old Garcia left Cuba for Miami, where his family set up a successful perfume business.

Garcia speaks out regularly on behalf of Cuban political prisoners and in favor of democratic change on the communist island.

CICA

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The August Meeting of the City Island Civic Association will take place on August 30th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at 190 Fordham Street. We welcome your input and attendance and we need your help.There is no guest speaker invited or expected to attend.

There will updates given from our Crime, Quality of Life, Development and Traffic Committees.

Yirong and Roberto Soto Wedding Pledge

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To never stop courting. Never stop dating. NEVER EVER take each other for granted. When we decided to get married, we promised each other that we would OWN EACH OTHERS HEART and would fiercely protect it. This is the most important and sacred treasure we will ever be entrusted with. WE CHOSE EACH OTHER and we’ll never forget it, or get lazy with love.

WE’LL PROTECT OUR OWN HEARTS. Just as we’re committed to being the protector of each others heart, we must also guard our own with the same vigilance. We will love ourselves fully, love the world openly, but there is a special place in our heart where no one must enter except us. We will keep that space for each other and refuse to let anyone or anything else enter there.

TO STAY IN LOVE. We will evolve and adjust. We’re not going to be the same people years from now that we are today. Change will come, and in that we have to re-choose each other everyday. WE MUST WORK TO STAY TOGETHER, and if we don’t take care of each other, who else will. We will always try to stay in passionate love just as we did when we were dating.

TO SEE THE BEST in each other. Focus only on what we love about each other. What we focus on will expand. If we focus on what bothers us, all we will see is reasons to be upset. If we focus on what we love, we can’t help but be consumed by love. Focus to the point where we can no longer see anything but love, and we know without a doubt that we’ll be the luckiest spouses on earth because we have the most amazing life partner.

IT’S NOT OUR JOB TO CHANGE OR FIX one another… our job is to love each other with no expectation of changing one another. And when we change, love what we become, whether it’s what you wanted or not.

TO TAKE FULL ACCOUNTABILITY for our own emotions: We are responsible for finding our own happiness, and through that our joy will spill over into our relationship and our love.

TO NEVER BLAME… If WE get frustrated or angry, it is only because it is triggering something inside. These are OUR emotions, and our responsibility. When we feel those feelings take time to look within and understand what it is inside that is asking to be healed.

TO SHARE our feelings. When there is sadness or one of us is upset, we will HOLD each other and say it’s going to be OK.

TO LISTEN to each other and show that we’re the most important person to one other and we are the pillars on which the other can always lean. Spirits may change and emotions will roll in and out, but we'll remain strong and non-judging.

WE WON’T RUN-AWAY WHEN one is upset. We will stand present and strong and let the other know we aren’t going anywhere. Listen to what the other is really saying behind the words and emotion.

LET US BOTH ACT SILLY… and never take ourselves so damn seriously. Laugh. And make each other laugh. Laughter makes everything else easier.

WE’LL FILL OUR SOULS EVERYDAY… Learn the language of love and the specific ways each other feels is very important, should be validated and CHERISHED.

We’ll create a list of THINGS that make each other feel loved and memorize those things and make it a priority everyday to make one another feel extremely special.

TO BE THERE FOR THE OTHER. Give each other our time, our focus, our attention and our souls. Do what it takes to BE together as ONE.

TO SHARE OUR SEXUALITY; to consume and devour each other with all of our strength, and to penetrate the deepest levels of our beings into softness trusting each other fully.

TO GIVE EACH OTHER SPACE… The good SPOUSE is good at giving and taking, and sometimes will need to be reminded to take time to nurture one another. SOMETIMES there will be a need to fly from our own branches to go and find what feeds the soul, and if we allow that space they will return with new songs to sing…

TO BE VULNERABLE… we don’t have to have it all together. Be willing to share our fears and feelings, and quick to acknowledge our mistakes. Especially those things we don’t want to share. It takes courage to fully love, to fully open our hearts and let the other in when we don't know the other will find... Part of that courage is allowing our partner to love completely, our darkness as well as our light. DROP THE MASK… or we will never experience the full dimension of what love can be.

TO KEEP GROWING TOGETHER… The stagnant pond breeds’ disease, the flowing stream is fresh and cool. Atrophy is the natural process when a muscle stops working, just as it is if we stop working on our relationship.

TO NOT WORRY ABOUT MONEY. Money is a means to find ways to work together as a team and to spend it. It never helps when teammates fight. Lets find ways to leverage both persons strength to earn.

TO FORGIVE IMMEDIATELY and focus on the future rather than carrying weight from the past. Don’t let our history hold us hostage. Holding onto past mistakes that either one of us makes, is like a heavy anchor to our marriage and will hold us back. FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM. Cut the anchor loose and always choose love.

ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE. This is the only rule we need. If this is the guiding principle through which all our choices are governed, there is nothing that will threaten the happiness of our marriage. Love endures.

A MARRIAGE isn’t about Happily ever after. It’s about work and a strong commitment to grow together and as well as a willingness to continually invest in creating something that can endure for eternity. Through that work, the happiness will follow.

Marriage is real life that brings ups and downs. Embracing all of the cycles and choosing to learn from and embrace each experience will give us strength and perspective to keep on building each day.

Photo: Breen Brothers

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.