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-The first weekly Miami Shores Farmers Market was deemed a success by the organizer.
-Over 1,000 people attended the four-hour event.
-Over 20 booths were filled with local vendors and businesses.
-The event organizer hopes to extend the hours of the market by three hours starting next week, although no official announcement has been made.
The Miami Shores Farmers Market opened Sunday to strong community support, a sign that the village may be able to maintain a successful weekly open-air market for the long haul.
According to Claire Tomlin, the organizer of the market, the event drew more than 1,000 people to Optimist Park (NE 94th Street & NE 2nd Avenue) in Miami Shores.
Tomlin runs The Market Company, a South Florida based organization that runs 15 markets across South Florida.
Tomlin has had her eye on Miami Shores for over a decade.
She said at one point in the mid 2000s, she approached the Miami Shores Village Council for approval to start a market on NE 2nd Ave, but was turned down.
But she said that the new Village Council has been much more welcoming towards her ambitions.
“The town manager and the council are aware that the Village has changed and that young families want a place to come together,” Tomlin said. “The reception has been phenomenal. It’s been such a successful day.”
Over 20 different vendors had booths set up around Optimist Park, including those selling fresh fruits, vegetables, hot foods, soaps, jams, plants and flowers.
The Miami Shores Farmers Market will run each Sunday at the Miami Shores Optimist Park (at the corner of NE 94th St and NE 2nd Ave).
While the market is officially set to be open between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM, Tomlin told RISE NEWS that she hopes to extend the hours to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM for next week.
She also said that there would be live music next week.
Photos: Scenes from the first weekly Miami Shores Farmers Market. (Credit: The Market Company)
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By Jessie Pang
The Millennial Intel In This Story:
-Sex education in Hong Kong is woefully inadequate.
-Traditional Hong Kong culture looks down on casual sex, even in committed relationships.
-A 24 year old millennial named Julia Sun Wai-han is using tech to help young Hong Kongers learn about sex and it is working really well.
“Talking about sex should be as comfortable as talking about food but the experience can be quite scary to young people even though it’s good for them,” Julia Sun Wai-han the 24 year old founder of Sticky Rice Love said.
Sticky Rice Love is the food name of a Chinese rice ball dessert that literally means “sugar will not come off” from dumplings made of boiled sticky rice.
But in this context, it is also an online sex education platform for young people in Hong Kong.
“It is [our] hope to remind people that food and sex are both basic human needs and avoiding the awkwardness people usually face when they refer to a sex health educational website”, Sun said in an interview with RISE NEWS.
Sticky Rice Ball’s platform publishes articles about sex and hosts an online forum for young people to discuss sex anonymously.
It has filled a gap in sex education for young people across the island.
Everyone can post a question which they don’t feel comfortable to ask about on the forum and will receive a prompt reply or advice from volunteers who have received proper sex health training.
Sun’s idea was inspired by her experience as a teaching assistant in a local high school to start the platform.
“Sex education in Hong Kong is really inadequate and lagging behind. Apart from a lack of school hours, resources and the right people to teach students about sex, most people usually hold a traditional and negative view towards sex,” Sun said. “For instance, the best way to avoid pregnancy is to avoid having sex, which is impossible for people in a relationship. Such education has tremendous consequences on the young people. Some still find it uncomfortable to have sex after marriage. Hence, I decided to do something to change it,” Sun said.
Seeing there’s no need for people to meet face to face and the set-up cost is low, Sun found that the Internet is a perfect place to realize her dream.
At first, she was frightened that she might faced viral opposition as people were not familiar with her mission: empowering the youth to make their own choice on sex and relationships.
“Our role is neutral. We are not telling them what’s right or wrong but simply offering them comprehensive information they need and want to know about. It can be quite vague and controversial to some people,” says Sun.
To her surprise, there was overwhelming support from the public and the mainstream media interviewed her about the venture.
The platform also holds some offline activities, such as visits to some local sex toys shops and co-organized screenings of an X-rated movie to several hundreds people at the Clear Water Bay Film Studio, which is rarely open to the public with Goooood Secrets.
“Both online and offline sex education have advantages,” Sun said. “It’s not about online or offline but more about how you do it.”
Despite the success of the platform, Sun still wants to do more but long-term financial resources remain as a problem.
“I really hope to design interactive online courses on sex education for young people to dig into the topics they are interested in, but it’s hard to do fund-raising as people are not confident in a youth- led organization,” Sun said. “They prefer to back adults or experts more.”
Yet, Sun remains optimistic as the society becomes more and more receptive to the idea of promoting sex education.
For instance, sex secret groups are very popular among high schools and universities and everyone changed their Facebook profile picture to rainbow color watermark to show their support to the legalization of same sex marriage in USA.
“It’s hopeful that young people won’t need our platform and can talk about sex as freely as it should be in the coming future,” Sun said.
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By Courtney Anderson
When South Carolina native Bakari Sellers was elected to the state’s General Assembly in 2006, he made history.
He was the one of the youngest people and the youngest black person to ever be elected to the position.
Sellers was 22, only a year or so out of Morehouse College.
Sellers was in elected office from 2006-2014.
And during those years, Sellers worked with the Obama campaign in 2008 and earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina.
It is a career path many politicians would hope to reach by the time they hit their 40s and 50s, and it is one that got Sellers a spot in TIME’s “40 under 40” a few years back.
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Now Sellers is no longer in the South Carolina General Assembly. In 2014, he ran for the Lieutenant Governor office, a race he alluded to in that same TIME article.
“I do love our lieutenant governor’s office. That would be a good window to look out of,” Sellers said in 2010. “And the governor has a nice house. But we’ll see.”
Sellers lost the race for lieutenant governor, a rare setback for one of the leading progressive voices in South Carolina.
Sellers again demonstrates how he’s different than many politicians: a loss like this would throw a wrench in most political plans.
But not for Sellers.
“I lost up, actually,” Sellers said in an interview with RISE NEWS.
Sellers still doesn’t have a particularly strict five-year or 10-year career path. He is all about using his career and positions to stand up for people he feels aren’t being heard.
“I think I have options,” Sellers said. “Right now, I’ve been able to give a voice to the voiceless.”
Standing up for the voiceless is in Sellers’s blood. His father, Cleveland Sellers, was a civil rights activist who is still dedicated to social justice. He is the younger Sellers’s inspiration.
“My father would say ‘History isn’t changed unless you push it,’” Sellers said. “And I rely on those life lessons every day.”
Family, Sellers said, is the one thing that has managed to stay consistent throughout his changing career.
His wife, Ellen Rucker Sellers, and their 11-year-old daughter, Kai Michelle, are always by his side.
Sellers and Rucker got married in the summer of 2015.
“They’ve always given me the courage to keep going,” Sellers said.
And Sellers has to keep going. He doesn’t have any time to waste.
He is an attorney at Strom Law Firm, and a member of the Democratic National Convention rules committee.
He recently argued for equal protection for unmarried same-sex couples under South Carolina’s criminal domestic violence laws. Sellers is also urging people to pay attention to criminal justice reform and issues of wealth distribution of black families in America.
When he is not dealing with all of the responsibilities of being an attorney, he is trying to keep up with the rapid twists and turns of the 2016 election.
“I have to keep up with the 24/7 news cycle because I’m a part of it now,” Sellers said.
Sellers is a commentator on CNN, which he is said is one of his most fun jobs. It has also put him in the national spotlight, next to luminaries like David Axelrod and Donna Brazile.
“That’s my family,” Sellers said. “That’s my daily.”
CNN isn’t the only place Sellers has visited. He has also appeared on the Steve Harvey Show and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
He has even given an interview on The Breakfast Club national radio program, paying his good friend Charlamagne Tha God a visit. Not exactly the most common place to find a CNN contributor.
“We’re both trying to change the world in different veins,” Sellers said of Charlamagne. “We’re hoping to inspire someone to dream big, with their eyes open.”
So far so good for the 31 year old Sellers on that front.
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The 8 leading Republican candidates for President have gathered in Milwaukee, WI for the fourth primary debate in the 2016 election campaign. The debate is hosted by Fox Business Channel and The Wall Street Journal.
Here at Rise News, we are following the action and giving it a millennial spin. So follow along with us as we factcheck, crack jokes and make observations.
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CB- Chris Beacham
BP- Ben Preez
RR- Rich RobinsonLoading ...
CB 11:21 PM:
How I think they did:
RR 11:17 PM:
How I think they did:
CB 11:12PM: Fiorina “Imagine a Clinton presidency.” Guy in audience yells “No!”
CB 11:08PM: Natural gas has been useful, and the transition will take time. But there are many jobs in solar and wind too.
RR 11:06 PM: JEB! logic: Only protect the environment if you have the money. Otherwise, just screw it.CB 11:06PM: Rand Paul is wrong on climate. Goal is to go to clean energy entirely.
RR 11:03 PM: Hell nah.
CB 11:02 PM: Yo Rich you wanna see Michael Bay’s Benghazi?
RR 11:01 PM: Is this debate over yet?CB 11:00 PM: Rubio mentioned student debt. Barely. One of the biggest issues of this election.
RR 10:55 PM: That Kasich answer didn’t make any sense. It would only make sense if he supported bail outs in worst case scenarios. Obviously, he would by the way. All established GOPers would not like the economy run down a cliff because of a weird Ayn Rand fascination (unlike the others).
CB 10:53PM: Kasich wasn’t too clear. Wants to help people who invested in banks while also allowing big banks to fail? Can you separate the two?
RR 10:47 PM: Really like the way Kasich talked about a moral capitalism. Never really heard it talked like that before but it is a good message.
CB 10:45PM: Kasich talking about greed, the dark side of free enterprise, and needed regulation. Scores even more points with me tonight.CB 10:44PM: Rubio, the government made them big because of NO regulation. Mostly under republican administrationsCB 10:42PM: And his brother’s policies are largely responsible for the dire economic conditions.CB 10:41 PM: Bush will not stand up to big banks.
RR 10:40 PM: JEB! says the economy will never fail on bad times ever again. Hooray!
CB 10:31 PM: Rand Paul: “I will not arm our enemies.” I love this guy. Unfortunately, it really is that simple.
CB 10:30PM: Rand Paul: “You can be strong and not be involved in every civil war int he world.” Couldn’t agree more.
CB 10:25 PM: Jeb Bush on foreign policy makes my toes curl.
RR 10:24 PM: JEB! got to step up his board game references. Letting Putin go into Syria not like Monopoly, more like Risk. #NothingButTheFacts
CB 10:21PM: Jeb Bush and Clinton agree with no fly zone in Syria.
RR: 10:15 PM: That Rand Paul slam was brutal. Trump really didn’t know what the trade deal is really about and Paul called him out. Ouch.
CB 10:13 PM: RAND PAUL REVENGE
BP: 10:13 PM: Rand : “Hey Gerard, We might want to point out, China’s not part of this deal”
CB 10:12 PM: Trump speaking against TPP. Unique situation where GOP majority agrees with Obama. Sounds more like Bernie Sanders.
BP: 10:11 PM: Trump: “TPP is a horrible deal”
RR 10:09 PM: @CB: Military is always asking for more money. That is nature of the beast.
CB 10:07 PM: Without question, Rand Paul is the smartest GOP on foreign policy. Wish we could get more inot that in this debate.
BP: 10:06 PM: Rand Paul “I want a strong national defense, but I don’t want us to be bankrupt.”
CB 10:06 PM: Is military asking for more money?
CB 10:04 PM: Good for Rand!
CB 10:04 PM: Jeb “I’m going to fight as hard as I can to make sure Supergirl gives me a chance. And everyone a chance. This is about giving people opportunity.”
CB 10:02 PM: Jeb “I’m going to fight as hard as I can to make sure Supergirl gives me a chance. And everyone a chance. This is about giving people opportunity.”
RR 10:00 PM: Bush supporter’s real name is Reagan Love? GIVE ME A BREAK.
CB 9:59 PM: Interesting notes on Carson and economy Rich.
CB 9:59 PM: Would be funny if CNBC walks into the theater and just breaks the civility of this debate. As far as communicating ideas, this is a much better debate though
RR 9:59 PM: Ted Cruz just had an oops moment. Two mentions of Department of Commerce in his list of five departments he would cut. Politicians really have to stop listing off agencies they would cut. They never remember them all.
RR 9:57 PM: Can someone explain to me who collects taxes if we were to abolish the IRS? Who gives out business ID numbers? Who investigates tax related crimes?
BP 9:57 PM: Ted Cruz: “There are more words in the tax code than there are in The Bible!”
BP 9:56 PM: Rand: “I want a government really, really small. So small you could barely see it.”BP 9:52 PM: More coffee please!
CB 9:52PM: Seems like Dr. Carson took a lighter dose of morphine tonight
RR 9:52 PM Ben Carson doesn’t seem to realize how much the American economy changed after 1913. Went from very stratified society to a more broad base middle class. Government policies and wealth redistribution had a tremendous amount to do with it.
BP 9:50 PM Btw a 30 second ad during this debate sold for $750,000. Not that bad. affordable.RR 9:50 PM: Oh great, Michael Bay has turned Benghazi into modern day Alamo film.
CB 8:48 PM: Michael Bay’s Benghazi movie advertisement during the break. Coincidence?? NahCB 8:46 PM: Fox “What’s the alternative?” Good for them!CB 8:45PM: Fiorina talking about her business career. Don’t-don’t go there.
BP 9:45 PM Fiorina: “Obamacare has to be repealed because it is failing.”RR 9:45 PM: No, Obamacare has helped drive down costs and many people have become insured as a result. Hard to judge it fully though since there has been little help from the state level in the majority of the country.
CB 9:44PM: Is Obamacare a failure? Just playing devil’s advocate.
CB 9:43PM: Cruz: “It’s offensive!” Says it again in a Homer Simpson impression.
Democrats, laughing. pic.twitter.com/HbzZUXUTDt
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) November 11, 2015
BP 9:38 PM: Jeb: “Thank you Donald for allowing me to speak at the debate, I appreciate it. What a generous man you are.”
RR 9:37 PM: JEB! doing a lot more of that patented Bush lean tonight. He’s the decider. He he he.
BP 9:36 PM: Trump to Kasich: “You should let Jeb speak.”
CB 9:35PM: Kasich bringing common sense to the immigration conversation.
CB 9:34PM: Kasich is on the money tonight. Very strong so far.
RR 9:34 PM: John “Amnesty” Kasich’s immigration plan: “Would somebody think of the children?!”
BP 9:33 PM: Trump: “If you don’t think a wall works, ask Israel.”
RR 9:31 PM: Chris, you need to get out of the liberal elite bubble you live in. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
CB 9:30 PM: Dr. Carson: “I have no problem being vetted”, after complaining a week about being vetted. Clinton and Obama are totally scrutinized by the media. Obama had to leave his church in 2008 because of media scrutiny.
BP 9:29 PM Carson: “Thank you for not asking me what I said in the 10th grade. I appreciate that.”
RR 9:29 PM: That’s a gotcha question Neil Cavuto!
BP 9:24 PM: Rand Paul “If you want less income inequality move to a city with a Republican mayor or a state with a Republican governor.”BP 9:24 PM: Agree.CB 9:24PM: The lighting on this stage is pretty rough tonight. Everyone looks tired.
RR 9:23 PM: Carly hangs out with some depressing people yo.CB 9:22PM: Fiorina: “Big government creating big business called politics.”
RR 9:20 PM: JEB! alive.
BP 9:19 PM: Bush says he wants to repeal every rule Obama has made so far.
CB 9:19 PM: Jeb Bush is having an aggressive opening.
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