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Manny Pacquiao’s Hometown Fans Dejected But Still Plan Hero’s Welcome

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Manny Pacquiao’s Hometown Fans Dejected But Still Plan Hero’s Welcome

Like millions of their countrymen, thousands of fans in Pacquiao’s hometown in the southern Philippines were left disheartened and dejected Sunday afternoon, after their hero and champion lost to Floyd Mayweather in the “Fight of the Century” by unanimous decision.

“It’s not fair,” said 36-year-old Judith Lozano of General Santos City as she reached under her glasses with a handkerchief to wipe tears away. “You could see Manny was hitting him more.”

As Michael Jordan, Beyonce, Clint Eastwood, and other A-listers filed into the MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas for the richest fight ever (expected to generate revenues in excess of $300 million), Lozano and over 5,000 other residents of Gen San, as the locals call it, made their way to a public sports facility for a free screening organized by the local government. Tickets for the fight were distributed in all the local barangays (administrative wards) in mid-April on a first come, first serve basis.

As with the rest of the Philippines, General Santos comes to a complete standstill whenever Pacquiao fights, and the biggest fight of his career was no exception. People were pouring off the streets and into the three-tier public gymnasium well before the encounter began.

“We are very proud of Manny Pacquiao because he brings honor not only to our country but also to Gen San,” said Karen Cunanan. The 34-year-old got tickets through a friend and was attending with her son and nephew.

Samuel Malinao was not so lucky, having been at work when the tickets were given out in his locality. But the 40-year-old trailer driver joined hundreds of others outside the arena, watching the fight on televisions set up on rickety wooden tables. “I’m excited,” Malinao said. “I feel very proud of him.”

Both of them anticipated a Pacquiao win, naturally, but the universe had other plans.

The massive crowd inside the gymnasium appeared somewhat subdued in the lead-up to the fight, with only a smattering of applause and disjointed cheers whenever the cameras swiveled onto Pacquiao’s face.

As soon as the fight began, however, it became clear the fans had merely been conserving their energy. Every swing at Mayweather elicited tumultuous roars of approval, and punches that landed had them jumping out of their seats. As the 12-round fight wore on and Pacquiao’s American opponent appeared to be gaining the upper hand, there was a palpable dip in the crowd’s boisterousness — but not its confidence.

“I think Pacquiao is dominating the fight,” said 29-year-old Hermie Cadorna during the tenth round, balancing precariously on a ledge to see above the crowd outside the stadium. “He is throwing more punches.”

It was a view Pacquiao himself would go on to express after the loss, saying, “I thought I won the fight, he didn’t do anything.”

But regardless of the outcome, the Filipino icon will receive the same adoring reception he always does when he returns home on May 8.

“Manny’s still our champion,” said General Santos City mayor Ronnel Rivera, who was traveling this week but came back specially for the fight. “He deserves a hero’s welcome.”

This Is What It’s Like to Grow Up as a British Royal

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This Is What It’s Like to Grow Up as a British Royal

William and Kate’s new baby will grow up with a life that most people can only dream about: the life of a princess. But what is that really like today?

Growing up in the British royal family used to be a stiff, formal affair. As Prince Philip once complained, “I never see any home cooking—all I get is fancy stuff.”

But recent generations have tried to make the princes and princesses have more normal childhoods. Charles and Diana especially subscribed to this new way of raising royals with William and Harry, The Atlantic reports. The young boys went to McDonald’s and waited in line to see Santa at a department store.

Still, Prince Harry recalls the tedium of being a young prince: “To be honest, dinner conversations were the worst bit about being a child and listening to the boring people around me.”

So far, it looks like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will try to be normal parents to George and his new sister. Kate does her own grocery shopping, takes George on group playdates and brings him to local pubs in her hometown, according to PEOPLE.

George has clearly had some top-notch media training, though: the little prince gave an expert wave to the crowd as he arrived to meet his new sister.

According to Queen Elizabeth, however, the royals aren’t so different from the rest of us: “Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.”

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5 Ways You Can Advance Your Career This Weekend

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5 Ways You Can Advance Your Career This Weekend

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Your favorite company just posted an opening for the position you’ve always wanted. You’re bursting with excitement as you read the job description—the position was basically created just for you! Except for the fact that there’s one requirement you don’t meet.

If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re certainly not alone. Missing certain “must-haves” in a position description is something every job seeker encounters. And, while there are plenty of strategies for applying to roles when you don’t meet the requirements, sometimes it might be more effective—and much more rewarding—to just make that “must-have” a part of your resume.

I know what you’re thinking: Learning a new skill takes forever. And, between all the meetings, assignments, and Netflix binge-watching, who has time to schedule in more commitments? But what I’m suggesting isn’t spending 20 hours a week attending one-on-one lessons.

No, I’m thinking of career-advancing classes and tutorials you can take this very weekend. While you’re unlikely to master something new over two days, it is possible to become familiar with a new skill and turn yourself into a (more) valuable job candidate.

1. Learn Graphic Design

Expertise in graphic design—whether it’s using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, or another platform—is becoming a highly sought-after skill for many types of positions, from editorial roles to social media management gigs.

Thankfully, it’s not difficult to learn the basics of design on your own. Adobe Suite, the platform with the most-used design and photo-editing tools, offers a 30-day free trial for Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. To get started, you can use any of Adobe’s detailed tutorials that highlight the essentials and explain the key techniques. And, if you’re willing to spend the money, Photoshop courses from online education platform Lynda are a favorite among the designer community.

2. Learn Public Speaking Skills

Just because public speaking doesn’t require technical expertise doesn’t mean it’s not as important as the more concrete skills on this list. Career expert Jo Miller quotes Deloitte partner Jennifer Knickerbocker, who says that “done well, public speaking is a way to quickly establish your credibility and communicate with a wide audience.” And she’s right. Whether you’re applying to jobs or working toward a promotion, how you speak greatly affects how people perceive you.

Concrete ways to improve your public speaking skills over a weekend? Knickerbocker recommends recording yourself speaking on random topics and watching the videotapes over and over. There’s no doubt that listening to your recorded voice is uncomfortable. But you’ll thank yourself the next time you step inside an interview room or give a presentation in front of your boss. You can get started with Coursera’s free “Introduction to Public Speaking” online class; it will help you with everything from crafting impromptu speeches to delivering persuasive talks.

3. Learn Basic Coding

This list would, of course, not be complete without including programming skills. Don’t let the discouraging myths about learning to code stop you from taking that first step. Although you most likely won’t be qualified to apply to entry-level software engineering positions after a weekend, you will be able to build a small business website, a Mad Libs game, and other real-life projects with tools like General Assembly’s Dash.

Besides Dash, Codecademy also offers free lessons to anyone hoping to learn programming languages ranging from HTML to CSS to Javascript to Python to PHP. Not only are the projects in these lessons short, but you’ll also feel pretty darn accomplished each time you successfully complete one. When the weekend ends, it’s possible that you’ll feel comfortable adding one—or more—programming languages into the “Skills” section of your resume.

4. Learn How to Become a Niche Publisher

Publishing in your area of expertise is a great skill to have, and it makes getting noticed by both recruiters and influential figures in your industry much easier. You can either publish on your personal website or blog, on LinkedIn Pulse, or on sites like Medium. For anyone whose personal website following is small, LinkedIn is probably the best choice because you already have an existing audience that will receive a notification for every post you make.

To decide what exactly to publish, career writer Adrian Hopkins suggests keeping an eye on business book lists on The New York Times and on The Wall Street Journal. When a book that’s relevant to your industry appears, read it and write a review. This is an effective way to engage with different authors’ arguments and will show people on your personal website or in your LinkedIn network that you’re serious about becoming a thought leader in this industry. The best part? You can definitely choose your area of expertise and write your initial post over a single weekend.

5. Learn How to Build a Website

Even if building websites isn’t part of the job you’re applying to, you’ve probably noticed that more and more companies are asking for a link to your personal website with your application materials. And that’s a good thing! Regardless of what industry you’re in, building a personal website is an effective way to showcase your existing skills. Use it to compile published work into a cohesive portfolio if you’re a writer, to create albums of your best pieces if you’re a designer or photographer, and to show off your programming expertise if you’re a engineer (assuming, of course, that you built the website from scratch).

For anyone without the knowledge of building websites from scratch, platforms like Squarespace provide gorgeous, minimalistic templates for you to customize. Sign up for The Muse’s free email-based class to learn the secrets of creating a dynamic website—you’ll have yours up and running by the end of the weekend.

Learning new skills take time. But, with so many resources available both online and offline, it’s very possible that, over a weekend, you can learn something that will make you a more well-rounded job seeker or employee. Besides, you’ll head into Sunday night feeling like you just had the most productive weekend ever.

This post is in partnership with The Muse. The article above was originally published on The Muse.

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The Destruction in Nepal Is Sickening

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The Destruction in Nepal Is Sickening

I was at my house not far from the center of Patan, a city right next to Kathmandu, when the shaking started. It was about noon on Saturday and my driver, Runjin, and I were talking about hanging some Tibetan flags in my bedroom.

As we both fell to the floor, sliding around, he grabbed my arm and kept trying to reassure me, “It’s OK, Olga Didi” (older sister). A heater on wheels with a propane tank came rolling toward us, and I kicked it back, slithering to get under my desk—my “go to” place in the event of an earthquake. The shaking stopped, and we went outside with Ram, my cook.

The earthquake happened four hours before a big early birthday party for me—I’ll turn 90 in June. We were expecting 600 guests, including many people who made long bus trips from other parts of Nepal.

My first thought was for the children who live in the J and K houses, the two children’s homes in Patan run by the Nepal Youth Foundation, which I founded in 1990. These 60 boys and girls range in age from 2 to 16; some of them are orphans or were abandoned by their parents, some were child beggars, and some are disabled. Thankfully, all the children survived the earthquake, along with the foundation staff and their families.

For 25 years, I’ve divided my time between Nepal and Sausalito, Calif. I first visited Nepal in 1984 when I was 60 and about to retire as a research attorney at the California Supreme Court. I was overwhelmed by the stunning scenery and friendliness of the people—and especially by the children I encountered. They had so few material possessions, yet they were the most joyful, funny, amiable little kids anywhere on earth. Their most fervent wish was to go to school someday.

Totally unexpectedly, I discovered a country and a cause to which I would devote the rest of my life. I formed the Nepal Youth Foundation in 1990; since then, the organization has provided education, health care, shelter, and freedom from servitude to more than 45,000 children.

In the immediate aftermath of the quake, about 50 people took refuge at my house, including 19 girls who came to my home from West Nepal to perform their incredible local dances at the birthday party. These girls were once trapped in the Kamlari system—sold into domestic slavery by their desperately poor families. Since 2000, NYF has liberated over 12,000 of these girls and paid to educate them, giving their families piglets to compensate for lost earnings. Recently, the government agreed to cover these costs—but we continue to provide former Kamlari girls with training and mentoring. I was worried about the girls, but we thankfully managed to find them. They were quite traumatized, and some were crying. But within a few hours, they calmed down. They napped in the sun and felt safe—together and in an open space.

That night, the girls helped Ram to prepare the Nepali staple dinner of dal bhat and tarkari (rice, lentils and vegetables) for the big crowd. For that meal, Ram used cabbage from my garden. I’m worried that food and water may become a serious problem; our water filter operates on electricity. There has been no electricity since the quake, and the Internet connection is spotty.

There have been more than 80 aftershocks, some of them quite severe. Everyone who wasn’t injured in Kathmandu spent the afternoon outside—and hundreds of thousands of people slept outside all night.

My house has a large garden with a high wall around it. There was a crowd of people camped in the empty space on the other side of my wall, and every time the earth shook, a great shout went up.

Almost everyone at my house slept outdoors, including two families with newborn babies. The former Kamlari girls also slept outdoors on mats until it started to rain and they ran inside and spread out on the floor of my living and dining rooms. I told them that, as a California girl, I wake up two or three times a year in a shaking bed at my home in Sausalito. I just put the cover over my head and go back to sleep. They told me later that when the aftershocks began on Saturday, they thought about what I had said and went back to sleep.

The girls left on Sunday for the 14-hour bus ride back to Dang in West Nepal. That day, I wanted more than anything to see the kids, but CNN called for interviews, and by the time I finished with them, it was dark. The children have been camping out at the empty lot next to the J and K houses. I understand the little boys view this as an adventure, but I am sure many of them are shaken by the experience.

Some of the alumni, who are now college graduates, have returned to the J and K houses—not only because they view them as their homes, but also to help the “uncle” and “auntie” who supervise the kids.

I returned home to California on Wednesday night. The international airport is open, but (tragically) the airport for domestic flights is not operational. The devastation in rural areas, where 80 percent of Nepalis live, is overwhelming and there is no way to get relief to most of them.

I am so sad to be leaving at a time like this, when so many people I care for are suffering. But I think I will be more useful working from California to raise money for the relief effort.

Because NYF is on the ground, we know where the greatest needs are in Nepal right now. The hospitals are jam-packed with the injured and lacking in beds, medical equipment, food, and medicine. On Monday, NYF bought 200 mattresses, and bedding and delivered them to one of Nepal’s main government hospitals. We also bought $30,000 worth of surgical supplies for the most advanced and efficient public hospital in Nepal.

NYF has also established a shelter for patients who are ready to be discharged from the hospital but have no place to go because their homes are destroyed, there is no transport, and their relatives can’t come for them. Doctors are desperate to discharge these patients because seriously injured people are lying in the corridors or outside, waiting for a hospital bed.

We have a beautiful facility we constructed right outside Kathmandu a few years ago to rehabilitate malnourished children. We began moving discharged patients into it on Tuesday afternoon. Some of these patients will need ongoing care, so 40 former bonded girls we are training as health assistants are coming down from Northern Nepal to work in the facility.

Looking ahead, we already know there be a massive demand for skilled construction workers. NYF has experience in job training and construction projects, and we plan to train 1,000 people in construction skills that incorporate seismic safety, mostly in villages where the majority of the destruction occurred. In addition to allowing them to earn a livelihood, this will enable people to rebuild their own homes. NYF will provide them with supplementary funds to purchase steel rods and concrete so that they can replace their mud homes with solid structures.

Hundreds of schools have been flattened. Using our experience in building more than 100 schools or schoolrooms, NYF also plans to rebuild 50 of these devastated structures so that children can resume their education.

We’re certainly not the only group that has sprung into action to help in the aftermath of this catastrophic earthquake, but we are trying to address the most pressing needs. The scenes of destruction all around Nepal are sickening. My heart goes out to so many people here who have lost so much. Now we have to do what we can to help them recover from this devastation.

Olga Murray is the founder of the Nepal Youth Foundation, which has provided education, health care, shelter, and freedom from servitude to more than 45,000 children. To donate to NYF’s relief efforts, visit http://www.nepalyouthfoundation.org/nepal-earthquake-disaster-relief-fund/. She wrote this for Zocalo Public Square.

E.U. Needs to Invest 400 Billion Euros By 2020 to Keep Renewables on Track

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E.U. Needs to Invest 400 Billion Euros By 2020 to Keep Renewables on Track

Smart grids are back in vogue. Or at least getting some mainstream media attention thanks to European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, who recently declared, “smart grids should become Europe’s shale gas.” Whether Europe’s electric market is on a path comparable to the U.S. shale revolution remains to be seen but there is no doubt that improvements in both smart grid and storage technology are set to revolutionize electric markets across the globe. More importantly, they have the potential to transform renewable energy’s role within them.

Smart grid technology is not particularly new. But policies promoting growth in renewable energy and electric vehicles, coupled with a greater consumer engagement with daily energy use is making them all the more important.

National and state level targets for renewable deployment and emissions reductions have added to the sense of urgency. Technological improvements across the power sector’s value chain will be critical to achieving those goals.

The potential gains are enormous. Smart grids promise many things, including increased reliability, efficiency and security, each of which is critical for integrating renewable energy. Not to mention that better management of peak load, reduced outages, and increased automation should lower energy costs for consumers.

The power sector is becoming increasingly complex in markets like the E.U. and U.S., with traditional generation, transmission and distribution value chains now sharing the system with two-way power flows from distributed generation, such as rooftop solar.

This is part of a long term trend. In BP’s latest Energy Outlook 2035, the company projects North American production of renewable production to increase by 200% by 2035. In the E.U., BP estimates renewable energy production will grow by close to 140%.

But as the Department of Energy notes in its Quadrennial Energy Review, released last week:

Innovative technologies and services are being introduced to the system at an unprecedented rate—often increasing efficiency, improving reliability, and empowering customers, but also injecting uncertainty into grid operations, traditional regulatory structures, and utility business models. Modernizing the grid will require that these challenges be addressed.

The other side of the equation is energy storage, which until now has been a major barrier to renewable deployment. There are a variety of storage systems out there, including batteries, pumped hydro storage, thermal storage, hydrogen storage, and flywheels, among others. The largest share of storage in the United States is pumped hydro storage with 42 plants totally 22 GW of installed capacity. An additional 37 GW are currently under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

This works well for hydropower but the issue is a little more complicated for intermittent resources such as solar and wind, which struggle to respond to the volatility of consumer demand and the variability of the weather. Both the U.S. and E.U. have several pilot projects in place. Germany launched Europe’s largest battery plant – 5 MW – last year.

It would be foolish to conclude that the only barriers to an electric matrix powered by 100% renewable energy are improved storage and smart grids. There are several other factors at play, including transmission upgrades, resource potential, and development of the renewable projects. All of this is expensive. The European Commission stated that it would need 400 billion euros in public and private funding to upgrade the transmission and distribution infrastructure by 2020. This would not be offset by the potential 100 billion in estimated savings as a result.

And then there is politics. In the U.S., energy policy has become part of the partisan game. The Wall Street Journal recently published two op-eds (one by Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell; the other by Kenneth Hill, director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority) calling for states to oppose the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Unsurprisingly, this set off a fierce debate. The details are less pertinent than the fact that it underscores the highly charged atmosphere and seemingly insurmountable political hurdle when it comes to renewable energy in the U.S.

Still, there is promise at the state level. California has set a goal of 1.3GW in energy storage capacity by 2020.

Moreover, politics aside, the United States is still regarded as the leader in research and development in smart grid and storage technology, counting multiple test sites across the country.

Overall, there is much to be optimistic about.

Innovation is driving new solutions to the energy storage problem, and increased efficiency and scale is slowly driving down costs. Politically, at least in the broad sense, there is a positive trend towards cleaner energy targets and the next few years could be truly transformative.

The combination of favorable policy and advances in technology will eventually overcome the greatest hurdles to renewable deployment. It may happen sooner than we think.

This article originally appeared on Oilprice.com.

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Partridge Family Actress Suzanne Crough Condray Dies

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Partridge Family Actress Suzanne Crough Condray Dies

The youngest daughter on hit 1970s television show, “The Partridge Family,” has died.

Suzanne Crough Condray, who played Tracy Partridge, died Monday in Laughlin, Nevada near Las Vegas. She was 52.

Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Tuesday that the woman was the Partridge Family child actress.

He said an autopsy was scheduled Wednesday, but that a finding of the cause and manner of her death would remain pending the results of forensic laboratory testing.

U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

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U.S. Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels in Drinking Water

For the first time in over 50 years, the U.S. has lowered its recommendation on fluoride levels in drinking water to prevent tooth decay.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its recommendation for an optimal concentration of fluoride at 0.7 milligrams per liter of water. The previous recommendations, released in 1962, allowed for between 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter.

U.S. states and cities began adding fluoride to water supplies in the 1940s to aid dental care and today, three in four Americans with access to public water systems get fluoridated water. But an excess of fluoride can cause white spots on teeth.

The HHS says that Americans today have many other sources of fluoride, including toothpaste and mouth wash. The agency says the new recommended level will maintain the positive effects fluoride has on tooth decay, but reduce the risk of Americans getting too much exposure.

Also on Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administraion (FDA) sent an industry letter recommending bottled water manufacturers, distributors and importers limit the amount of fluoride they add to bottled water to no greater than 0.7 milligrams per liter (mg/L).

“Community water fluoridation is effective, inexpensive and does not depend on access or availability of professional services. It has been the basis for the primary prevention of tooth decay for nearly 70 years,” said U.S. Deputy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Dr. Boris D. Lushniak in a statement.

 

Life and Death in One Picture After Quake Hits Nepal

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Life and Death in One Picture After Quake Hits Nepal

The house built atop a hill in Swyambhu, a neighborhood west of Kathmandu’s city center, stood at three levels before Saturday. But it couldn’t resist the wrath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck outside of Nepal’s capital, killing more than 2,500 people and becoming the country’s worst quake in more than 80 years.

The earthquake flattened parts of the house, trapping two men side-by-side—one dead, the other alive—for more than 18 hours. Prakash Mathema, an Agence France-Presse photographer based in Kathmandu, was documenting the recovery efforts across the ravaged city when he heard that a rescue team had found the men.

“The top floor of the house had collapsed,” he told TIME on Sunday. “And the men were trapped by this beam.”

The house had been cordoned off, but Mathema requested access, aware of the risks. He entered by a window and shadowed rescuers as they worked to free the man who survived, identified as Saroj Shrestha. “It lasted seven to eight minutes,” he said.

Shrestha is now in a hospital with a broken leg, Mathema said. “I want to visit him,” he added, “but right now I have to document the rescue operations. I think it’s important [to show] what’s happening, what’s going on. There are a lot of places [in Kathmandu] where this has happened—people trapped in their houses. No one knows how many people are out there, [still alive] after 18 hours. The manpower is limited.”

Read next: The Story Behind the Photos of Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake

New Airline Provides Only Nonstop Service

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New Airline Provides Only Nonstop Service

A new airline featuring nonstop flights—and free Evian water—has taken to the skies.

OneJet’s nonstop flight service began April 6, flying from Indianapolis to Milwaukee, and the airline will add service to Pittsburgh to its list in early May. Its flights are all direct, and plus, there’s complimentary Evian and newspapers.

The company uses three seven-seat Hawker 400 aircraft to service the three airports, USA Today reports, and only schedules a flight if passengers book tickets.

The highest fare prices will be “two to three times the lowest coach fares” for connecting flights on other airlines, said OneJet CEO Matthew Maguire.

[USA Today]

 

Read Bruce Jenner’s Inspiring Father’s Day Message to Kendall and Kylie

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Read Bruce Jenner’s Inspiring Father’s Day Message to Kendall and Kylie

One of the biggest questions surrounding Bruce Jenner’s rumored gender transition is how it might affect his relationship with his family. “Those are the only ones I’m concerned with,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star says in a promo for his sit-down interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, which is expected to address months of speculation about Jenner’s personal life when it airs Friday night. “I can’t let myself hurt them.”

In a 2013 Father’s Day letter published on TIME, Jenner advised his children—namely daughters Kendall and Kylie—to embrace change, no matter what form it takes. “That’s the thing I’ve learned to value most: be true to yourself, be your own person,” Jenner wrote. “Trying things outside of your comfort zone is essential, because your ability to grow as a person is directly related to the amount of insecurity you can handle. So be strong and fearless on this journey we call life.”

Read Jenner’s complete letter, below:

To my two precious little girls, Kendall and Kylie:

I have learned so much about raising kids over the last 34 years. You guys are my ninth and tenth children, and my fifth and sixth girls to raise. Every girl has been totally different, both in personality and lifestyle. And that’s the thing I’ve learned to value most: be true to yourself, be your own person—and be caring to others, as well.

You should also develop a passion. I don’t care what that passion is. You just have to find something that makes you excited to wake up in the morning and start your day. That is true success. Brandon with his music, Kimberly with her business and Kourtney with her dedication to her family—these are all great examples to follow.

Another key to life is picking the right partner to share it with. I certainly have learned that is really difficult to find, because people change. Your mom and I have been together for 23 years, and our relationship has constantly changed and evolved. But we have been able to make it through those adjustments because of a deep love and caring for each other. We are still as committed as ever. Go out and find that person who makes you a better person, and vice versa.

I’m so proud of the two of you. I see you both have a caring and enthusiasm for life. But in the future, you will face obstacles. Don’t let them scare you. Fear is part of the game. Trying things outside of your comfort zone is essential, because your ability to grow as a person is directly related to the amount of insecurity you can handle. So be strong and fearless on this journey we call life.

Dad