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October Top Stories

2022 has proven to be nothing short of a significant and eventful year. Overcoming the summer months, 360 reviews, and highlights the main news of the month of October. Below are the top news stories for the beginning of the autumn month!

Putin has again threatened a third world war if Ukraine joins NATO

Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Alexander Venediktov, has announced that Ukraine’s admission to NATO could lead to a third world war. “Kyiv is well aware that such a step would mean a guaranteed escalation into a third world war,” Venediktov said, according to TASS.

Ukrainian President Zelensky declared an offer for fast-track entry into the NATO military alliance in late September after Putin held a ceremony in Moscow to proclaim the four illegally annexed regions.

Five killed in shooting in North Carolina

Five people have died in a shooting in Raleigh, a residential area of North Carolina, in the United States. Two others have been injured. The author of the shots, a young man dressed in camouflage who was carrying a rifle, has been arrested. The suspect hid in a house but has finally been arrested. Witnesses portray the shooter as a teenager dressed in camouflage clothing. At the moment the cause for which he fired is unknown.

Chaos in France due to lack of fuel

The shortage of gasoline at service stations is causing numerous problems in France. The workers of the French refineries remain firm and warn that they will continue with the strike despite the fact that the Government has activated this Wednesday, October 12, the intervention of some plants so that they supply fuel to the gas stations. France’s objective is to alleviate the shortage of gasoline at service stations, something that is causing several problems.

The main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, accused of several sexual crimes

Christian Brückner, 45, the main suspect in Madeleine McCann‘s disappearance, has been charged by German prosecutors with numerous sexual offenses he allegedly committed in Portugal between December 28, 2000, and June 11, 2017. Two years ago, the German police already announced that they were investigating Brückner in connection with the disappearance of the British minor in her vacation apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

The Braunschweig prosecutors have issued a statement this Tuesday, October 11: “The accused (of various sexual crimes) is the same person against whom charges were brought in connection with the disappearance of the British girl, then three years old, Madeleine Beth McCann Specifically, he is charged with three crimes of aggravated rape and two crimes of child sexual abuse.”

The ‘killer nurse’ killed babies by injecting them with insulin

Lucy Letby, 32, better known as the ‘killer nurse’, is on trial for the murders of seven babies and the attempted murder of ten more babies. The nurse worked at the hospital in Chester (England) where a significant number of deaths of healthy newborns was experienced, something that raised suspicion among those responsible for the hospital. Investigators found out that she injected newborns with insulin. At this time, the ‘angel of death’ tearfully guarantees not to have touched a syringe.

Lizzo responds to Kanye West’s fatphobic comments during his concert in Toronto

Lizzo has been the latest focus of Kanye West‘s criticism. The American rapper, who has been involved in various controversies for several weeks, took advantage of his interview with Tucker Carlson to talk about his brand of sneakers and express his opinion about Lizzo’s body.

The artist is recognized for her great lunch for the inclusion and acceptance of the diversity of bodies, she has not remained silent and has wanted to defend against fatphobia. You can see Lizzo’s response to Kayne West HERE.

Selena Gomez announces a new song with the premiere of her documentary ‘My Mind and Me’

On the occasion of Mental Health Day (October 10), Selena shared the official trailer for this very special film. In it, we see the images that introduce us to the vital episodes that this documentary will investigate: her childhood, her illness, and her musical career, among others.

The single can be heard in the official trailer that the singer has shared HERE. The documentary My Mind & Me premieres on November 4 on AppleTV+.

Russia launches an air strike against Kyiv in response to the “attack” on the Kerch bridge

Several explosions have shaken the morning of October 10 in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, as confirmed by the authorities. It is the first air attack in Kyiv in two months and a significant number of victims is expected.

Similarly, Ukraine has denounced a new bombing of Zaporizhia, where there is at least one death in residential buildings. These attacks are Russian President Putin‘s response to the attack on the Kerch Bridge, one of the main connecting routes between Russia and Crimea.

UPDATE

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asks the population of Kyiv not to leave the bunkers and resist. Zelensky on Telegram: “The anti-aircraft alarm does not stop throughout Ukraine. There are missile strikes. Unfortunately, there are deaths and injuries. I ask you: do not leave the shelters.”
  • Putin’s revenge for the explosion in Crimea: the moment they bomb a bridge in Kyiv. Putin consummated his revenge in the last few hours after the explosion of the Crimean bridge. Russian forces have launched a barrage of missiles on eleven cities, including Lviv, Zaporizhia, and Nicolaiev.

The author of the massacre in the kindergarten in Thailand, a former police officer, kills his family and commits suicide

Panya Khamrap, the former Thai police officer who has killed more than 30 people, including children, in his son’s nursery, has committed suicide after murdering his family. The former police officer was fired by the Thai government after being involved in a drug case. Panya Khamrap broke into his son’s nursery in Thailand early in the morning armed with bladed weapons and pistols and killed at least 35 people, 22 of them children and an eight-month pregnant woman.

New South Wales is flooded by heavy torrential rains

Torrential rains have inflicted heavy flooding in New South Wales, Australia. The Australian authorities continue with their message of prudence and caution to the citizenry as a result of the serious flooding that the storm has caused in the previous days. The Australian emergency services have had to respond to nearly 350 warnings and incidents, with a total of 21 rescues of isolated people in areas flooded by water.

Actor Chris Fountain suffers a stroke

Former English Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain has revealed he was left “talking like a little boy” after suffering a mini-stroke. After waking up in his house and talking ‘like a baby’. The actor spent five days in a London hospital. “I woke up one morning and knew something was wrong,” the actor confesses. “My mom called me and I couldn’t get my words out,” he explains. Chris now has to see a speech therapist to retrain his brain.

Supermodel Carmen Dell’Orefice’s posing causes a sensation

At 91 years old, Carmen Dell’Orefice is a clear example that age is just a number. The New York supermodel has worked on a photo shoot for New You magazine in which she has decided to pose topless. Carmen Dell’Orefice is shown lying on a bed wearing flesh-colored underwear and covering her chest with a wide white bedspread.

Police use Alexa device to solve the murder of two scientists

Camila Behrensen, 24, and Pablo Guzman, 25, were found dead in their apartment. The two were shot and their house burned down, near the biomedical research center where they worked. The Kansas City (Missouri) police have used the Amazon Alexa device in search of clues that will lead them to determine the murder of the two young people.

Investigations have found that they were killed with a firearm and later burned. The detectives in charge of the case believe that the Alexa device could have captured the audio prior to the time of the crime, something that would make it easier to find the murderer of the scientists. In order to study the device located in the apartment, they needed a special permit that would allow them to reproduce the recordings.

Another girl dies detained in Iran after protesting the death of Mahsa Amini

The daughter of a former Iranian president was arrested for “provoking and inciting rioters” during demonstrations over the death of Mahsa Amini. The immense violence with which the protests in Iran are being contained leaves us with another victim.

They have killed again a 17-year-old girl, who went on stage to criticize the death of Mahsa Amini. Ten days later, the police authorities handed over her body to her parents. They also denounce that her body was stolen by those same authorities shortly before celebrating her funeral.

UPDATE

  • Nika Shakarami, a 17-year-old girl killed in Iran: they stole her body and buried it secretly

Nika Shakarami was a 17-year-old minor who died in protests over what happened to Mahsa Amini in Iran and has become an icon of the feminist struggle. The young woman’s family denounces that the young woman’s body was stolen and buried elsewhere, which caused protests in Khorramabad.

South Korea and the US respond to Kim Jong-un by launching several missiles into the sea and one crashes into a military base

Fear of a great war is growing in the world. While the threats from Vladimir Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine continue to increase war tension on an international scale, also raising fears of an offensive with nuclear weapons, now it is North Korea that has sounded the alarm after launching a missile that flew over Japan. North Korea met with a response from the US and South Korea, which have also launched deterrent missiles in a drill. One of them has crashed in a South Korean base.

A 28-year-old man was convicted of raping and impregnating his 15-year-old sister in Yacuiba, Bolivia

The aggressor identified as Juan C.L.R has been sentenced for the crime of serious rape through a trial placed in the First Sentencing Court of Yacuiba (Bolivia) after he himself was accredited as guilty of raping and impregnating his 15-year-old sister. After determining the seriousness of the crime, the judges issued the maximum codeine (30 years) to the man.

Elon Musk sparks controversy with his proposal on how to end the war in Ukraine

Businessman and investor Elon Musk has sparked controversy with a proposal to end the war in Ukraine. In the tycoon’s peace proposal, Ukraine should cede Crimea (the European peninsula and territory between Russia and Ukraine) to the Russian country. Several European politicians, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, have responded to the owner of Tesla. Zelensky reacted to the Tesla CEO’s proposals by posting his own poll on Twitter in which he asks, “Which Elon Musk do you prefer? – The one who supports Ukraine – The one who supports Russia»

The dangerous arrest of a man accused of kidnapping in Florida: he used his son as a shield

Brandon Leohner (27) has been arrested for trying to kidnap his own son, just one year old, in Florida, United States. The body cameras of the local police show the danger that was experienced during the arrest: Brandon used the baby to protect himself.

The officers had to yell at him multiple times: “’Put the kid down, put the baby down,’ but Brandon Leohner continued to use his son as a human shield after forcing him out of his girlfriend’s house. One of the officers attacked him even though he was carrying the child. Finally, the young man is arrested and accused of kidnapping and using a minor as a shield in addition to resisting authority and reckless driving.

Youth gangs shake Madrid, Spain

Shots, machetes, and knives. Youth gangs have gone from controlling neighborhoods to getting fully involved in violent robberies, drug trafficking, prostitution, and credit card cloning. The first weekend of October, criminal groups were in the news with two young people killed in the south of Madrid. The members of these gangs, many of them imported from Latin America, sign up many minors who fall into this kind of family.

Revolt of prisoners in a prison in Ecuador ends with 15 dead, among them the well-known narco ‘El Patron’

Violence shakes the Latacunga prison in Ecuador. The revolt resulted in twenty wounded and 15 dead. It is the provisional balance of the confrontation between two rival bands. In the last two years, Ecuadorian prisons have become the main scene of these bloody clashes.

During the brawl between prisoners, some of them tried to escape from the prison. Once outside, they did not get very far and were arrested. Finally, the police managed to enter and take control. They pacified the war unleashed in the prison that also ended with the life of the main narco in Ecuador, Leandro Moreno, known as El Patron.

Panic in Japan: North Korea launches a ballistic missile and Japanese authorities ask their citizens to take refuge

The Japanese Ministry of Defense has warned that North Korea has launched a ballistic missile that would have fallen into the Pacific Ocean, flying over Japan, a fact that has not happened since 2017. The Japanese authorities have asked citizens to protect themselves and hide underground or, failing that, not leave their homes. North Korea maintains that it is a military test. It is the fifth such launch in the last ten days.

In search and capture Marina Ovsyannikova, the journalist who protested live against the Russian invasion

The Russian authorities have communicated a search and arrest warrant against the journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, based on the alleged violation of the Penal Code. In March she interrupted a live program to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine and was under house arrest for her stance against her in the Kremlin, the residence of the Moscow government.

Hurricane ‘Orlene’ approaches Mexico with a strong storm of rains, wind, and storm surges

Orlene strengthened to Category 4 the first weekend of October as it neared the west coast of Mexico, where it is about to make landfall with very high winds, torrential rains, and storm surges. The approach of the hurricane is causing torrential rains in the western regions of Nayarit and Jalisco, and intense not only on the western coast of Mexico but also in Colima and southern Sinaloa.

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) has issued alerts to protect the population in the tourist cities of San Blas and Mazatlan, where school classes and other activities have been suspended. It is expected that there will be gusts of air that reach 220 km/h.

A young Russian rapper commits suicide to avoid going to war

“I will not kill mine,” says Ivan Petunin. The story of the young Russian rapper shocked the entire country. The singer has decided to take his own life to avoid having to go to war. Ivan Petunin, 27, was recorded explaining the drastic decision he had made: “If you are watching this video, then I am no longer alive. I cannot take the sin of murder on my soul, I do not want to do it, I will not kill mine for any ideal”, he begins explaining.

“My final decision is exactly how I am going to die. I choose to stay forever in history, as someone who has not supported what is happening and make one last protest”, he points out. Finally, Ivan Petunin’s body was found dead near a building in Krasnodar, Russia.

Tragedy on a football field in Indonesia: 125 dead, including 17 children, due to riots

125 people have died on the Indonesian island of Java following riots at the Kanjuruhan stadium following a football match.
The security forces responded quickly with the use of tear gas that caused a huge human stampede in the stadium. At first, the figure increased to 174 deaths, but later 129 victims were found.

The chief inspector general of the East Java Police, Nico Afinta, has reported that the protests broke out after the defeat of Arema FC against their opponent. The fans of the losing team jumped onto the playing field with the purpose of complaining about the result.

Ukraine invasion: Would Vladimir Putin press the nuclear button?

Russian President Putin goes one step further in his defiance. The notices have jumped in NATO after the mobilization by Russia of the Belgorod submarine. It is believed that it is to test the Poseidon nuclear missile, one of the deadliest for humanity. Putin is increasingly cornered and the threat of nuclear attack is once again in the spotlight. Some allies of Vladimir Putin bet on the nuclear attack and put pressure on the Russian president in order to activate the nuclear button.

Lula da Silva wins the elections in Brazil although he will face Jair Bolsonaro in the second round

da Silva and Bolsonaro will face each other in a second round of the presidential elections, because neither candidate has exceeded 50 percent of the votes in this first round that took place this Sunday, September 2 in Brazil. With 97.07 percent of the votes counted, da Silva, leader of the Workers’ Party, has become the winner of the first round, obtaining 7.88 percent of the votes. Meanwhile, the current president and leader of the Liberal Party, Bolsonaro, has achieved 43.68 percent, according to data released by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. The official date to know the name of the new president of Brazil will be October 30.

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IVF Contracts

Natalia Wilson, managing partner of Ain & Bank, is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Washington D.C. and is one of the nation’s leading matrimonial lawyers. Ain & Bank is a boutique law firm offering bespoke legal solutions and protections to some of the country’s most high-profile individuals from captains of industry to leading figures in the entertainment and sports world.

Wilson consults with clients who require advice and firm guidance to resolve matters of relationship breakdown, management of custody disputes, and preparation of prenuptial agreements. In addition, Wilson is at the cutting edge of what the legal world refers to as “modern family creation” advising clients on the legal implications of assisted routes to parenthood including in vitro fertilization (IVF), surrogacy, and more.

The miracle of pregnancy and childbirth is revered by cultures across the globe. The creation of life on earth forms the basis of mythology, old wives’ tales, and spiritual teachings that have endured since ancient times. This combined with cultural and social expectations, makes many couples feel pressure to conceive. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, approximately 10 percent, or 6.1 million couples face infertility issues annually.

Expectant couples flaunt photographs of pregnancy gender reveals, birth announcements, baby showers, and beautiful, happy families celebrating on social media—adding to the pressure and disappointment for couples unable to conceive. For many, assisted routes to parenthood are the only options for possible conception.  

Every year, thousands of intended parents decide to pursue modern family creation. Thanks to modern technology and the normalization of gestational carriers, IVF and surrogacy are popular options for many. But what are the potential pitfalls of such an arrangement?

“Although I’m a divorce lawyer by trade, nothing gives me more pleasure than to see couples embark on the journey of parenthood,” said Wilson.  “Modern family creation is a dynamic area of family law and, unlike marriage, one in which many couples do not think about what might happen should their relationship end”.

Wilson points to the recently reported Virginia case of Jessee v. Jessee as a cautionary tale in which a trial court’s award of a frozen embryo to the wife in a divorce matter was reversed by the Court of Appeals. Wilson uses this judgment to illustrate the hurdles that some intended parents with stored embryos may face down the road and provides some helpful advice about what to consider when embarking on IVF.

Here are tips that couples should consider:

Is there a contract in place regarding what should happen to the frozen embryos in the event of relationship breakdown or divorce?

It is common for fertility clinics to provide proforma contracts stating that the ownership and/or rights to embryos are to be directed by court decree or settlement agreement. If the court has not yet issued a decree and if the parties have not reached a settlement agreement, there is no contract in place directing who should be awarded the embryos.

Don’t wait until things turn sour to determine the fate of the embryos. Spend time talking to each other about parenthood and what it means to each of you. Engage with experienced professionals who can represent your individual interests to draft an agreement much like a prenuptial agreement resulting in a contract recording what will happen to the embryos should the relationship end.

What does the court consider if it all goes wrong?

When parties do not have a contract in place dictating who should be awarded frozen embryos, the court will work to understand the interests of each party. The court will want to know why the parties engaged in IVF, whether each party is physically able to have biological children through other means and the impact that that carrying an embryo to term would have on the intended parent who may no longer wish to have children. The court will also try to understand whether one party is seeking the embryos simply to punish their former partner by preventing them from being awarded the embryos.  The court has broad discretion.  

Will the court compensate you financially if your ex-partner is awarded the embryos?

No. The issue of financial compensation is something clients struggle with. Many clients believe that to quantify the value of an embryo is tantamount to placing a monetary value on life. Others feel that it is their right to be awarded compensation in exchange for their genetic material.

Consider the full force impact of parenthood

When couples decide, whether by necessity or design, to embark on a journey to freeze embryos they must fully consider the implications of their choice. Although events leading to a decision to engage in IVF may have been painful, couples are afforded the time and space to think about the commitment they are making. Parenthood requires that couples recommit to each other as a parenting team and to the life for which they may ultimately be responsible.  Think about why you want to be a parent and what it is about your partner that you think will make them a great co-parent.

Talk to each other

How does your partner articulate their desire to parent? Are you entering parenthood to please each other? Does one of you want to parent a child more than the other? If your partner is more apprehensive than you are that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be a bad parent. Trust your instincts and communicate openly and honestly. 

Don’t get swept up in the wave

Even when pursuing IVF treatments, it is all too easy to get swept up in the idea of parenthood because it is something that society expects. The path to parenthood is not created equal and the strain couples experience when undergoing assisted fertility treatments can place a real burden on an otherwise carefree relationship. Work to futureproof from the very first steps you take, preparation and planning may just help to prevent great heartache down the road.

“Creating a family is not something anyone should rush into,” said Wilson. “Make sure that you work together as a couple to thoughtfully and fully think through all of the potential future scenarios and address them.” She added, “Although we all hope that we’ll live happily ever after, it’s always better to be prepared, and having these in-depth discussions upfront will help you to better understand each other and become a stronger team.”

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A Little Spark

By: Merilee Kern

Whether gifting for the holidays, a birthday, Valentine’s Day or “just because,” children’s literature is a timeless gift that can impact the recipient, families and society at-large in meaningful ways. This truth is exemplified with “A Little Spark ” children’s book authored by Chris Parsons—a truly unique title that was recently awarded the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award Gold Medal for best in family-friendly media. Fittingly so, as this distinctive  interactive, read-along chapter book is centered around the noble theme of finding, and doing, good in the world. 

A Little Spark is redefining children’s literature by driving its overarching message home by combining a compelling narrative and cast of identifiable characters with full color  illustrations; a custom-scored musical soundtrack of original songs like this accessible through QR Codes while reading the book; an audiobook featuring delightful performances; fun on-and-offline activities; and invaluable life lessons that are highlighted throughout each chapter. It’s a heartening activity to enjoy with young children, grandchildren and students.

To complement the beautifully illustrated 160-page chapter book, Parsons collaborated with renowned music producer Bruce Faulconer  to develop the full album with an original soundtrack and accompanying audiobook. “Lyrics range from playful to heartwarming and, in one instance, even a bit ominous,” noted Faulconer. “The music keeps the reader poised and, at times, thrillingly on the edge of their seat. We worked with an amazing group of performers and have created something truly special that’s resonating with kids and adults, alike.”

Enhancing the read-along story and the various audio components, A Little Spark also comes complete with a free companion online Resource Library available at BeThatSpark.com, which boasts over 50 book-related family activities like coloring pages, character puppets, word searches, mazes, dance videos, character drawing video tutorials and more. A “Parent’s Guide” is also available to help plan and optimize the overall experience.

“Parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators are indelibly seeking great content to engage with kids, and A Little Spark is written with purpose and intention toward that end,” said Parsons. “The storyline, and the various lessons embedded throughout, underscore that even the smallest creature can make the biggest difference. This takeaway message is especially important for young, impressionable children to hear because they so badly want to be seen and heard…in today’s culture more than ever.”

“Children’s literature is a powerful force that can shape and nurture the minds of kids,” continued Parsons. “In the case of A Little Spark, the combination of a great story, captivating illustrations and rich characters—in combination with mood-inducing music—can truly engage young minds in an impactful and immediate way. It’s one that not only entertains and inspires young audiences, but also helps them develop critical thinking skills and encourages a sense of adventure and the confidence to take that first step.”

As per the Mom’s Choice Award, “A Little Spark is an innovative, inspiring, and entertaining tale about unlikely comrades who join forces on a quest to defeat a threatening enemy. A little Spark reminds us that, to awaken our passion and spirit, we all need something in life to make the world be a warmer place, and to always look for ways to ‘Be That Spark.’”

Working in partnership with a teacher advisory group, the “Be That Spark” elementary education pilot program launched this October in multiple first grade classrooms. This one-of-a-kind scholastic program combines the book, music and all of the related material into a formal academic lesson plan designed to provide a fun, inspiring experience for educators and their students. The Be That Spark program includes a focus on helping students develop positive character traits based on the characters and lessons from the book. It aligns with U.S. standards by creating meaningful and challenging lessons for students intended to increase their reading, listening and comprehension skills.

“Our panel of judges really felt this book merited a place on our list of the best in family-friendly media products that parents and educators can feel confident in using,” said Dawn Matheson, CEO, Mom’s Choice Awards. Other accolades include A Little Spark earning its place as an Amazon new release best-seller in a number of categories, including #1 in Children’s Music Books.

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Jurassic Quest Celebrates National Fossil Day

Jurassic Quest®, the nation’s largest and most realistic dinosaur experience, invites fans of the prehistoric era to join Jurassic Quest’s dinosaur trainers and loveable baby dinosaurs for a day of virtual family fun on National Fossil Day, October 13, 2021.  

Families can save 25% off tickets to Jurassic Quest’s upcoming showings (full schedule below) on October 13th with promo code FOSSIL DAY. Use promo code FOSSIL DAY to purchase tickets at their website. This is a one day promotional offer and restrictions may apply. And, special merchandise discounts will be offered on October 13th during our zoom playdates- stay tuned for additional details!

National Fossil Day Fun with Jurassic Quest!

Join Jurassic Quest baby dinosaurs and trainers for live virtual play sessions throughout the dino holiday, on October 13. To join, fans will need to register for each session they’d like to attend HERE.

Each daytime session will include about 30 minutes of live family-friendly fun, such as dino storytime, show and tell, adorable dino baby appearances and more, led by the Jurassic Quest dinosaur trainer team: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick and Park Ranger Marty. In the evening, kids can snuggle in for virtual baby dino bedtime stories at 8 p.m. ET. 

Other Activities

Jurassic Quest has free activities for families to celebrate at home including coloring and activity sheet, participants will get opportunities for discounts and exclusive merchandise commemorating the occasion in the Jurassic Quest Shop. And watch out for more fun via promotional partner Macaroni Kids.

Fossil fans can “rock” out to the Jurassic Quest song all year long and see highlights from the national event tour HERE. And that’s not all… catch the Jurassic Quest herd of 100+ dinosaurs in person!

Fall and Winter Tour

Loved by millions, Jurassic Quest is kicking off its fall tour by launching a THIRD touring show for the first time ever–meaning more families than ever before can visit the age of the dinosaurs! Watch for upcoming cities and show dates HERE.

Jurassic Quest is touring with its most beloved and unique experiences for the whole family including more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur themed rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a “Triceratops” soft play area for our littlest explorers, bounce houses and inflatable attractions, photo opportunities, and more. 

Visitors walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods to see the dinos that ruled on land, and “deep dive” into the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit to come face to face with the largest apex predator that ever existed–a moving, life-size, 50-foot-long megalodon! Meet the babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest: Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops–and, you may even catch one of our star dino trainers: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick or Park Ranger Marty! 

The Jurassic Quest herd of animatronic dinos–from the largest predators to playful baby dinos–are displayed in realistic scenes with movement and sound, allowing guests to experience them as they were when they roamed the earth billions of years ago. Jurassic Quest works in collaboration with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur is painstakingly replicated in every detail, from coloration to teeth size, to textured skin, fur or feathers, drawing on the latest research about how we understand dinosaurs and ancient giants of the sea looked and moved. 

About Jurassic Quest

Since 2013, Jurassic Quest has been touring epic dinosaur experiences treating millions of people across North America to an as-close-as-you-can-get look at the giants that ruled the Earth and sea millions of years ago. Jurassic Quest is the largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibition in North America. Developed with leading paleontologists, each dinosaur has been painstakingly replicated in every detail including the most realistic likenesses, movement and sound. Whether their prehistoric counterpart had skin that was scaly, feathers or fur, Jurassic Quest has spared no expense in bringing the dinosaurs to life. Jurassic Quest produced 96 multi-day events in 34 states and Canada and sold over one million tickets in 2019, and has hosted over 2.5 million fans at its Jurassic Quest Drive Thru® touring throughout the country since June 2020. For more information and tickets, click HERE.

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Jursassic Quest Returns to LACC

The largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibit in North America is BACK, BIGGER and BETTER than EVER! More than 100 photorealistic dinosaurs are ready to delight families and ring in the New Year when Jurassic Quest® heads indoors at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the holiday weekend December 29 – January 2.

Jurassic Quest is one of the first indoor family edutainment shows to re-launch since March 2020 due to the pandemic, its drive thru iteration sold out two Rose Bowl runs earlier this year, and will return to the SoCal with its most beloved and unique indoor experiences for the whole family including more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur themed rides and attractions, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a “Triceratots” soft play area for our littlest explorers, photo opportunities, and more. 

Walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods to see the dinos that ruled on land, and “deep dive” into the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit to come face to face with the largest apex predator that ever existed–a moving, life-size, 50-foot-long megalodon! Meet the babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest: Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops–and, you may even catch one of our star dino trainers: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick or Park Ranger Marty!  

Loved by millions, only Jurassic Quest can bring families memories this BIG! The Jurassic Quest herd of animatronic dinos–from the largest predators to playful baby dinos–are displayed in realistic scenes with some that move and roar, allowing guests to experience them as they were when they roamed the earth billions of years ago. Jurassic Quest works in collaboration with leading paleontologists to ensure each dinosaur is painstakingly replicated in every detail, from coloration to teeth size, to textured skin, fur or feathers, drawing on the latest research about how we understand dinosaurs and ancient giants of the sea looked and moved. 

Tickets & Logistics 

Tickets start at $19 HERE, and include a 100% ticket guarantee that in the event of a show cancellation or postponement for any reason, ticket purchases will be automatically refunded for the full purchase amount. Tickets are for a timed arrival window, and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Guests can walk through the dinosaur experience at their own pace, and strollers are permitted. Some venues may have wheelchairs for use, but please contact the venue in advance to make arrangements.

General admission tickets include access to the dinosaur and marine exhibits, arts and crafts activities, and dinosaur shows. There are rides and activities that require activity tickets available on site for $5 each, or guests can upgrade to the Kids Unlimited Rides ticket (the best value for children ages 2-12). Green screen photography and animal art tattoos are available at a separate cost. Entry is free for children under age 2.

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Education Tips For Children

7 Ways to Ensure Your Child Gets a Good Education

The Oxford Method, a tutoring community, offers tips to help your child be successful in school

Over the last year, during the pandemic, there have been many kids who have struggled academically. This is in part due to the millions who have had to do online learning and find the setup difficult. Whether children are learning online, in person, via classroom, or through a combination of the three, there are things that parents can do to help them be more successful. Knowing what to do can help make a world a difference and reduce the struggling.

“Many parents are aware of the way their kids are struggling with school over this school year,” explains David Florence, professor and founder of The Oxford Method, a community that offers tutoring services around the country. “Rather than let them fall behind, it’s a good idea to take action and do what you can to help them keep up and even pull ahead.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 93% of households with school-age children report that their kids have engaged in some sort of distance learning during the pandemic. They also report that the vast shift in the way kids are learning has also caused digital inequality because some kids don’t have access to computers and/or the Internet. Whether students are learning online or in class, there are things parents can do to help them get a good education.

Here 7 ways to help ensure your child gets a good education:

  1. Sleep. It’s crucial for a child to get enough sleep each night, which will help them to be more focused, as well as improve their behavior, quality of life, and mental and physical health. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that children ages 6-12 should get 9-12 hours of sleep per night, and teens ages 13-18 should get 8-10 hours of sleep per night.
  2. Teach value. It usually starts at home whether or not a child values an education. Parents who want their kids to get a good education should instill a love of learning in their children and teach them to value the education they are getting.
  3. Get them help. If your child is struggling, you may be able to help them, but there also comes a time when kids need a tutor to step in. A good tutor can make a world of difference in ensuring that a child gets a good education. They can help ensure that students will not fall behind and that they will get the foundation they need to move on in a subject.
  4. Show them how. Oftentimes, kids don’t know how to effectively study for a test or to take notes when they are in class. Take the time to show them how to do it effectively, as well as how to stay organized with their schooling. When students are organized, they are more likely to succeed.
  5. Ask them questions. Be sure to ask your kids how it is going, if they got their homework done, if they need any help, or if there’s anything they need to be more successful. They like to know that you are interested in how they are doing, so it’s good to show an active interest.
  6. Get involved. It’s always a good idea if you can get involved with the school and have good communication with the teacher. That way you will be aware of what is going on and know how to help your child more. Teachers love it when parents take an active interest in their child’s education.
  7. Praise your kids. Help kids to know what they are doing is right or what they are doing is wrong. Praising and encouraging the kids builds their confidence and helps them to succeed as they grow.

“Just about every parent has the ability to help kids succeed with their academics, even if it’s ensuring they have the tools they need to succeed,” added Florence. “We help parents be successful, even those who don’t have the funds to pay for a tutor. Our mission is to help as many students to achieve as we can.”

The Oxford Method has over 100 tutors around the country, covering all subject areas. They offer online tutoring, as well as in-person and in-classroom options. Their tutoring services are available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Instructors have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with many of them having a master’s degree, Ph.D., and at least four years of teaching experience. The Oxford Method works with their nonprofit, Social Actualization, Inc., by giving them 10% of all profits. The funds are used to provide free computers, high-speed internet, and instruction to underprivileged families in urban and rural America. Plus, 40% of their instructors are PhDs, 40% have a master’s degree, and 20% have only a bachelor’s degree.

The Oxford Method believes that education is the great equalizer and the best gift you can give the next generation. Subject areas include science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as business, social studies, psychology, English, history, public speaking, study methods, test-taking, and more. To get more information about The Oxford Method, visit the website.

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LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester

BUILDING MEMORIES AGAIN – LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER REOPENS TO GUESTS ON MARCH 26

Attraction Welcomes Nominations for Deserving Family to be VIP Guests on Reopening Day and Invites Guests to Honor Local Healthcare Workers with Ticket Donations for Visits Shared on Social Media

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester is thrilled to announce they will officially reopen its doors to guests on Friday, March 26th, welcoming fans back after over a year being closed due to local regulations. Guests can enjoy a day of family fun with signature experiences including MINILAND, LEGO® Racers: Build and Test, and LEGO® 4D Cinema! The ultimate indoor LEGO playground is looking for nominations for a deserving family to be the first to experience the attraction when it reopens. Nominations can be submitted on the attractions Facebook page or emailed to Westchester@LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com

Taking extra precautions for health and safety, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester has implemented enhanced physical distancing measures, new limited capacity 2-hour playtimes, LEGO® bricks just for families to use during playtimes, and stringent cleaning protocols before each playtime following the guidance of local and national health officials.

“The health of our guests and employees is of utmost importance. We are taking proactive steps to provide visitors with a safe, comfortable environment when we welcome them back to LEGOLAND Discovery Center again,” said Laura Whitman, General Manager of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. “After over a year spent social distancing, we hope to provide our fans with a day of togetherness, learning, creating, and carefree play.”

As part of the reopening, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester will also honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by donating complimentary tickets to local organizations and their healthcare heroes. For every guest who tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.

Families are encouraged to visit https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester as soon as next week to purchase tickets and check out LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s visit safety tips.

ABOUT LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground and has 11 locations across North America including Arizona, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Toronto, and Westchester. Geared towards children ages 3 to 10 and their families, the attraction features millions of LEGO® bricks and multiple attractions including Master Builder Academy; Kingdom Quest Laser Ride; Merlin’s Apprentice Ride; LEGO® 4D Cinema; Build and Test; MINILAND™ featuring iconic landmarks; LEGO® Friends Heartlake City, and more.

Visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s site for attraction info and locations. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is a part of the Merlin Entertainments Group. 

About Merlin Entertainments plc 

Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe’s number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 130 attractions, 19 hotels, and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries across four continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its 67 million guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its 28,000 employees (peak season).

Visit Merlin Entertainments site for more information and follow on Twitter @MerlinEntsNews

 

Infant Loss Retreat

The Ramsey Keller Memorial, a non-profit organization that pays for infant funerals in Montana, is launching its first-ever national retreat for moms who are living without a child. “The Retreat” is designed to connect moms in person and is slated for the weekend of October 26, 27 and 28 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort near Butte, Montana. The registration fee is $325/person and moms, nationwide, who have experienced the loss of a child are invited to attend. Topics are primarily focused on infant loss (children 1 year of age or younger and stillborn babies). Nationally known keynote speaker and founder of Still Standing Magazine Franchesca Cox is donating her time in an effort to offer “The Retreat” at the lowest cost available. Registration includes all scheduled events, the resort room, all meals Saturday and Sunday and additional goodies for attendees.

“Franchesca Cox is known for helping moms grieve and fight for the privilege to love life again,” says Ramsey Keller Memorial Founder Kori Keller. “She has experienced the loss of her firstborn daughter and while she has spearheaded many local and worldwide projects in her daughter’s name, she found the most healing came from living life to the fullest. The Retreat is about celebrating our babies lives and finding joy in life, even through the grief. I’m grateful and humbled that Franchesca is coming to Montana to share her message with moms like myself who have lost a child.”

Franchesca Cox is the author of Facets of Grief: a creative workbook for grieving mothers, and Celebrating Pregnancy Again. She is scheduled to speak twice during the weekend retreat. Her topics are “The Space Between Love and Loss” and “Broken and Brave.” Cox is also opening up discussion on baby loss to attendees and inviting the audience to participate in a Q & A session.

“Surviving the aftermath of infant loss is something we, as mothers who have lost a child, think about often. Whether the loss was last month or last decade, this retreat has excellent programming with key takeaways for everyone, as well as a format designed to build lasting relationships,” says Founder of Still Standing Magazine Franchesca Cox.

“Women who attend The Retreat will walk away with a lifelong network of people who belong to the same club, one that no one wants to be part of, but who understand something that very few people do. We’re a network, an incredibly strong support system. We will bond together and grow together and we’re there for each other,” says Keller.

Check in for The Retreat opens Friday October 26 at 4:00 p.m. with opening remarks from Ramsey Keller Memorial Founder Kori Keller starting at 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s agenda kicks off at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast, followed by the keynote address from Franchesca Cox, break out topical discussions, a message from Kori Keller about unnecessary baggage, a creative outlet activity presented and donated by Held Your Whole Life, a second impactful message from Franchesca Cox followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m.. Sunday includes breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. followed by a panel discussion. The Retreat wraps up at 11:00 a.m. Sunday.

For more information or to register, visit The Retreat Website. Moms are encouraged to seek sponsors if they choose to do so, as payment for the retreat is considered a non-profit donation to the Ramsey Keller Memorial. While the topics are tailored for moms who have experienced baby loss, moms are welcome to invite the women who support them to attend so that they may be joined by sisters, mothers and close friends.

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