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Peafowl have their uses around the farm – Fergus Falls Daily Journal

If you find a peacock strutting around on your porch you might be wise to let it stick around.

Legend has it that a peacock, the male bird of the peafowl family, is a symbol of immortality.

The residents of a home on 190th Avenue northwest of the Fergus Falls city limits recently had the unusual experience of finding a peahen, the female version of the magnificent bird, right outside the front door. It was reluctant to leave, either because it had shelter, food or room to strut.

Fergus Falls Department of Natural Resources wildlife manager Jim Oehler has encountered domesticated peacocks and peahens in farmyards from time to time - even in chilly Minnesota.

They are pretty hardy, Oehler said.

Yet Oehler and the DNR are only in favor of domesticated peafowl. Wild peafowl can be found in India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Java and Africa.

While the birds may stray from their home ground, as the visitor to 190th Street did, they are a welcome addition to many farms. The brilliant feathers in a peacocks train are often used during the Easter season as church decorations. Peafowl also has the reputation of being feathered watchdogs.

People like them for an alarm system, Oehler said. When people come around they get pretty vocal.

Peafowl are considered omnivores and eat mostly plants, flower petals, seed heads, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Domesticated peafowl also feed on bread, cracked grains, cooked rice and even cat food.

Some people look beyond aesthetics when it comes to peafowl. Peachicks can bring $10 to $30 apiece and hatching eggs commonly go for between $45 and $85.

Peafowl are not that easy to raise. Peahens can be quite temperamental and both cocks and hen are known to sing or scream at night during the mating season. Given these nocturnal outbursts it is not considered a good idea for people who raise peafowl to live too close to their neighbors.

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The alchemy of quarantine – Point Reyes Light

Ancient alchemy was a process by which medieval wizard-like explorers searched for a mystical substance called the philosophers stone. They believed this substance could turn lead into gold, heal sickness and even grant immortality. The theme of their endeavors was combining opposites, often depicted as the union of man and woman. The alchemists records are credited to be the origin of chemistry, as they mixed and cooked and refined all kinds of materials and recorded the results in detail.

Fast forward to the modern age and a resurrection of alchemical principles in the work of Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung. For Jung, the philosophers stone was creating meaning out of chaos. In his patients dreams he found that the tension of opposites defined the interplay of the unconscious and the conscious. When descending into the darkness of depression, the ego reunites with elemental forces and experiences purification. Redemption then appears as spiritual rebirth and a new level of consciousness.

Like it or not, we are all in the alchemy of quarantine. Not only are we experiencing a personal descent, we are joined in a web of conscious humanity in a collective descent. Where we go and where we end up is the great unknown. Like any inward-bound journey, we will encounter demons and angels and have to make friends with both of them.

If these explorers of earlier times have any advice for us, it is that we must persevere. We strap on the sword of discipline and we cut through. We dont abandon the quest when we are lost because then we stay lost. We identify the outer world as expressions of our inner world. When frustrated, we refine our process. We seek the philosophers stone because it is what has called us to be warriors of the spirit as well as the flesh. Deep in the meditation of the alchemical quarantine cauldron, we discover that the nature of reality is the meaning we derive from it.

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AgeX Therapeutics, Inc. Appoints Andrea Park as Chief Financial Officer – Yahoo Finance

AgeX Therapeutics , Inc. ("AgeX": NYSE American: AGE), a biotechnology company developing therapeutics for human aging and regeneration, announced today that Andrea Park has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Park replaces Russell Skibsted who served in that role since the Company was organized in 2017.

Andrea Park served as our Vice President of Finance and Controller since October 2019. Her career includes over 24 years of public accounting and finance experience. Before joining AgeX, she served as Vice President of Finance and Controller of Lineage Cell Therapeutics, Inc. While at Lineage from August 2009 to September 2019, Ms. Park was directly involved in the accounting and financial reporting of the public spin-off and eventually the deconsolidation of three of its then subsidiaries including Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., OncoCyte Corporation and AgeX. Earlier in her career she has worked in the audit and assurance practice at Deloitte. Ms. Park has a B.A. in Business Economics with Concentration in Accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Mr. Skibsted will continue to provide services to the company as a consultant.

About AgeX Therapeutics

AgeX Therapeutics, Inc. (NYSE American: AGE) is focused on developing and commercializing innovative therapeutics for human aging. Its PureStem and UniverCyte manufacturing and immunotolerance technologies are designed to work together to generate highly defined, universal, allogeneic, off-the-shelf pluripotent stem cell-derived young cells of any type for application in a variety of diseases with a high unmet medical need. AgeX has two preclinical cell therapy programs: AGEX-VASC1 (vascular progenitor cells) for tissue ischemia and AGEX-BAT1 (brown fat cells) for Type II diabetes. AgeXs revolutionary longevity platform induced Tissue Regeneration (iTR) aims to unlock cellular immortality and regenerative capacity to reverse age-related changes within tissues. AGEX-iTR1547 is an iTR-based formulation in preclinical development. HyStem is AgeXs delivery technology to stably engraft PureStem cell therapies in the body. AgeXs core product pipeline is intended to extend human healthspan. AgeX is seeking opportunities to establish licensing and collaboration arrangements around its broad IP estate and proprietary technology platforms and therapy product candidates.

For more information, please visit or connect with the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not historical fact including, but not limited to statements that contain words such as "will," "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates" should also be considered forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements and as such should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect the business of AgeX Therapeutics, Inc. and its subsidiaries, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements found in more detail in the "Risk Factors" section of AgeXs most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commissions (copies of which may be obtained at Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. AgeX specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

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‘Henry tried every day to be the best’ – Vela says Jordan’s Last Dance documentary conjured memories of Arsenal icon –

The LAFC star says he was inspired while watching the 10-part series on the Chicago Bulls

Like virtually every sports fan across America and the world, Carlos Vela developed a Sunday routine over the last five weeks.

For the first time since Game of Thrones went off the air in summer 2019, the U.S. was united by a true television phenomenon: The Last Dance. The documentary, a 10-part event broadcast over five weeks, followed Michael Jordan's rise to his place as the most revered basketball player of all time while focusing on his final season with the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98.

With American sports suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Last Dance became a phenomenon. The series of episodes offered deep dives into one of the greatest athletes and one of the greatest teams of all time, filling everyone's Sunday with larger-than-life stories about Jordan and his six NBA titles.

Vela, a massive basketball fan, was instantly hooked.

"Of course. Every Sunday I was there," Vela told Goal. "My wife wasn't happy. But I said, 'these two hours, these are for me'."

The Los Angeles FC star has long been a fan of the NBA. In the past, Vela has stated that he actually prefers basketball to soccer and, in his free time, he chooses to spend his moments away from his own sport by following the NBA.

Vela recently uploaded a video of him, in full Los Angeles Lakers gear, dunking on his own hoop while the Mexicointernational also expressed excitement at starring alongside James Harden in a new ad for sports drink BODYARMOR.

Over the last five weeks, Vela, like the rest of the country, was offered an insight into Jordan's mindset as a leader, for better or worse. The series detailed the famous grudges and perceived slights that fueled his career. It discussed Jordan's gambling, or as he calls it "competition", problems.

Most poignantly, the series revealed Jordan's leadership style, which often pushed teammates to their limit physically and mentally. At the end of the seventh episode, an emotional Jordan reflected on criticisms of how far he pushed those that played alongside him before tearfully calling for a break in the interview.

"When people see this they are going say, 'Well he wasn't really a nice guy. He may have been a tyrant'.Well, that's you. Because you never won anything," Jordan said.

"I wanted to win, but I wanted them to win to be a part of that as well. Look, I don't have to do this. I am only doing it because it is who I am. That's how I played the game. That was my mentality. If you don't want to play that way, don't play that way."

Throughout his career, Vela has played with a number of big players. And, having watched Jordan's leadership style and his ability to push teammates further than they thought they could be pushed, the Mexican star says he was reminded of former Arsenal star Thierry Henry.

Henry and Vela never took the field together at Arsenal, as Vela was loaned out throughout his early years with the club due to a work permit issue. But Velasays Henry's leadership still stood out, giving him a Jordan-like presence.

"Thierry Henry was a really hard guy," he said. "He tried every day to be the best and he pushed the young guys to work more, to be professional, to try to bring everything to every training.

"He would say, 'if you train hard, you can play hard'. Thierry Henry was an inspiration to me and you can see the career he had. I'm proud to have said I can play with him. He's a good leader."

Vela's personality, meanwhile, is a bit more laid back, but he's still found plenty of success since making the move to MLS ahead of LAFC's expansion season.

The winger smashed MLS records last season by scoring 34 goals in 31 matches, helping guide LAFC to a Supporters' Shield and an MLS record for points in a season.

But, as he looks to add an MLS Cup to his resume, Vela says he learned a lotfrom watching Jordan's rise to NBA immortality.

"I wasn't surprised. You are not there to see it day by day, but when you see what Michael Jordan did, you feel something special, something different than the rest," he said.

"I feel like I have a lot of things to learn from Michael Jordan to try and be the best. I take it as motivation. Maybe I have to be more hard, do more things to help my teammates to be better so we can win more championships."

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Elliott Mortuary to host events in Madisonville | Local News – The Messenger

With Gov. Andy Beshear requesting Kentuckians to light their houses and businesses green to honor those that have died from COVID-19, Elliott Mortuary is hosting a tree-lighting ceremony Saturday evening.

The ceremony is open to anyone to attend as long as you adhere to social distancing guidelines, said CEO Peter Bowles.

Were doing our part in the community to help healing to come, he said. Thats what were having on Saturday at around 8 p.m., at dusk, to show and give hope.

Michael Lowery, a staff member at the mortuary, said the reason they want to host this event was rooted in the color greens meaning. Green represents the Word of God and also symbolizes immortality, he said.

We are trying to show that these people, although they have passed and gone, that we are still looking at them in the light that there will be a resurrection, he said. We want to give light to the community and to let them know that this is something we can deal with and show that God is involved in this. Together we can pull through this. Thats one of the reasons we want to have this; we want to give hope to the hopeless.

Because of the restrictions that have come from COVID-19, Bowles said he understands if people dont want to physically come to the lighting ceremony, so they will attempt to have a live video streaming of the service. Bowles said it could be found on their Facebook page.

At noon on Memorial Day at Elliott Memorial Gardens, they are holding short service with a song and a prayer. Then they will decorate the graves of veterans, said Lowery.

One of the things we want to do is look at it from a historical perspective, he said. In days past, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day to decorate the graves right after the Civil War. They had decorated all of those who had fallen in battle. In the African American community, it was a day when people would meet and greet one another and talk about their loved ones, and it would be an all-day celebration.

The tree-lighting ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at 151 E. Noel Avenue. The Memorial Day ceremony will be at noon Monday at Elliott Memorial Gardens, which is located on Halson Avenue. Both events are in Madisonville.

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Michael Jordan is Becoming the Villain Just as He Predicted – msnNOW

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In the immortal words of Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight Rises, you either die a hero, or live long enough to become the villain. And so it has gone for Michael Jordan over the last five weeks, just as he predicted.

In case you forgot, before The Last Dance documentary was released by ESPN, Jordan prophesied that viewers were "going to think I'm a horrible guy" after watching the behind-the-scenes footage of him and the Bulls. Instead, the opposite happened( at least initially), with the majority of people focused on how impressive his singular focus on winning was and forgiving him for any misdeeds in the pursuit of immortality.

Now that the documentary is over, however, I've noticed a shift. All of a sudden the conversation isn't about how great of a player Jordan was, but rather focused on the negative, both on him as a teammate and how the documentary portrayed others. Remember, Jordan had control over how this documentary was produced.

Yesterday the top story on ESPN (and many other outlets) was Jordan's former teammate Horace Grant calling him a snitch. Today Jay Williams said he understands why Scottie Pippen would be upset by the doc and former Bulls player Stacey King said he was disappointed by how Jerry Krause was portrayed. Even Skip Bayless, he of Michael Jeffery Jordan reverence, discussed the negative side of Jordan today.

This shouldn't be a surprise. Once all the positive things were written about Jordan, which they were ad nauseam as the doc was running, the only thing left to do was focus on the negatives. Betting is popular now and Jordan's history there was written about enough already. So now the focus is on the other things that made/make him a distasteful person, like spitting on food so others don't eat it. Gotta get those clicks, right?

As a society, we often build up sports heroes and then revel as they fall. It's a time-honored tradition going all the way back to gladiators and continuing today with the Lance Armstrongs and Tiger Woods and Mike Tysons of the world. We build them up because it makes us feel good to cheer for someone doing something we wish we could. Then we knock them down because it makes us feel good to know they're just human.

Nearly 20 years after his playing career ended, we're still doing that with Michael Jordan. He knew that going into this doc. Now his prediction has become reality.

Related slideshow: Michael Jordan career retrospective (provided by Yardbarker)

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