Community News 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment More Cool Stuff Subscribe COVER: Right Opinion: Inspired By Our Youth By CAMERON TURNER Published on Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 1:52 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website When I arrived at PCC on Saturday (September 21) for the 7th Annual Young African-American Maleâ€™s Conference (YAAMC), I was eager to help in the cause of inspiring and empowering black youth. What a wonderful surprise it was when I found myself inspired and empowered by those young men and boys.The tone of the day was set by Romal Tune, a young minister, youth advocate and author (Godâ€™s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens) who opened the conference with a riveting keynote speech recounting how he overcame poverty, street crime, and neglect by his drug-addicted single mother to graduate with honors from Howard University and the Duke University School of Divinity. Each of his gritty and tragic anecdotes culminated with Tune proclaiming the power that each of us has inside:â€œIt isnâ€™t about the statistics that say young black end up dead or in jail. It isnâ€™t about what somebody else says about you. Itâ€™s about what you say about yourself!â€â€œYou were not created to be a counterfeit version of somebody else. I am going to be unapologetically me!â€â€œUnderstand the rules of the game of life so you can play to win!â€â€œYou were born with a purpose and your destiny is in your hands!â€Tuneâ€™s courageous optimism was comforting and energizing â€“ not only for the estimated 200 middle school, high school and college-age young men who listened in rapt silence but also for grown-ups like me who were grateful for an unexpected word of encouragement as we grapple with a host of grown-up challenges from parenting to paying the bills in this glacially sluggish economic â€œrecovery.â€As Tune talked, I found myself mm-hmm-ing and amen-ing as if I was in church. It felt good.The feeling felt better and better as the youth conferees and adult facilitators exchanged thoughts, dreams and goals through a full day of workshops, discussions and fellowship. Watching the youth listen attentively, ask serious questions and offer thoughtful observations fired my faith that bright futures await our often-maligned young black males. Indeed, the enthusiasm and confidence expressed by the kids had a re-energizing effect on me, topping off my emotional and psychological gas tank which had apparently run a bit low without my even realizing it.Thanks for listening. Iâ€™m Cameron Turner and thatâ€™s my two cents.The Young African-American Maleâ€™s Conference is organized by the Metropolitan Community Action Services Corporation (MCASC), a non-profit (501c3) outreach of Metropolitan Baptist Church. For more information visit http://www.mcasc.us/ or phone (626) 389-00420. First Heatwave Expected Next Week
The award was accepted on behalf of Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag by Arlen Brozić, Director of the Executive Board of Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag, along with Vili Bassanese, Mayor of Umag and Milovan Popović, Director of the Tourist Board of Umag. These are awards given to an individual or group for outstanding contribution in the field of marketing activities in Istrian tourism, especially in the field of product improvement and tourism promotion for activities, products and projects in the Istrian County. “Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag is a tournament that represents one of Umag’s icons, promoting quality sports, top entertainment and a world-renowned gourmet offer – “ingredients” that define our beautiful Umag. This year is extremely important for Umag. The city, which was deservedly declared the European City of Sports last year, is this year also the proud host of the 30th edition of this renowned tennis spectacle. I am extremely honored, as the Mayor of Umag, that for 30 years the ATP Croatia Open has been promoting our city and homeland as a tourist and sports destination, and this commendable award, the Golden Goat, which was presented to us today, is proof that we are on the right track. which we will persevere with and be better and better every year” He said Vili Bassanese, Mayor of the City of Umag. Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag has earned the title of the most important international event in Croatia, which greatly enriches the tourist offer of Umag, Istria and Croatia. Vili Bassanese, Arlen Brozić and Milovan Popović / Photo: Plava Laguna “We are extremely honored to have been awarded this recognition. From the very beginning, ATP Umag has been contributing to the development of Croatian tennis and the promotion of Croatian tourism, and in 30 years it has confirmed its strong position as a promoter of sports, but also of Umag, Istria and Croatia. With 10 days of tennis, music and gourmet programs, Umag’s ATP is a successful tourist story that is watched on TV matches in 100 countries around the world. ” said Arlen Brozić, director of the Executive Board of Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag. “The ATP Croatia Open is an event that has made Croatia, Istria and Umag recognizable in the world. It is a strong brand that symbolizes the values promoted by the Tourist Board of the Istrian County, which are lifestyle, dynamism, innovation, gastronomy and quality. This award is more than deserved, because not everyone can survive in all circumstances and maintain such a level of organization for thirty years in a row, so sincere congratulations to all who contributed to it.” he said at the award ceremony Denis Ivošević, director of the Istria County Tourist Board. For 30 years, it has been turning Umag into a center of top tennis, brilliant exhibitions, great entertainment and exceptional gourmet offers, and it provides visitors with an unforgettable experience and memorable experiences. Continuous investment in the quality and diversity of the program results in attracting an increasing number of guests from around the world, but also an increasing number of world and domestic media. Milovan Popovic, director of the Tourist Board of the City of Umag, added on this occasion that Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag for 30 years it has been bringing top world tennis players to Umag who, with their arrival, contribute to the promotion of destinations all over the world, so they can be considered their ambassadors. “In addition, during the tournament for more than ten days in Umag, there are almost 500 journalists from Croatia, the region and the world who broadcast news from Umag every day. It is indisputable, therefore, that the impact of our tournament ranked Umag, and thus Istria, in the last 30 years as a recognizable destination ideal for sports, recreation and entertainment. Popovic concluded. Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag yesterday was awarded the Golden Goat – Capra d’oro, the annual award of the Tourist Board of the Istrian County in the category Events, as the most successful sporting event. Photo: Blue Lagoon
[email protected] @MWhicker03LANG on TwiterAndrew Friedman did not draw up those swollen contracts.He did not give Zack Greinke a trap door to fall through. He did not jam five outfielders into a 3-car garage. Neither did he darken the TVs of Dodgers fans. Nor persuade Vin Scully to retire, at least not intentionally.But now you’re going to ask what Andrew Friedman is actually doing. Without a crystal ball and a decoder ring, that’s a tough one.The Dodgers’ personnel boss is fast becoming the most polarizing sports executive in town. (Jim Buss isn’t polarizing, because ‘polarizing’ means that some people actually like you.) The problem is not that Friedman has made unwise deals. You can look at each one of them and find at least a droplet of logic.The problem is that the moves aren’t integrated, that nothing really indicates an obvious plan. Or, maybe, there are too many plans.• BONSIGNORE: What the Friedman are the Dodgers doing? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The trading bazaar is open until spring training and beyond. But fans sense they’re further away from their inevitable First World Series Of The 21st Century than they were before Friedman came from Tampa Bay, supposedly to upgrade a club that, after all, has nine winning seasons in its past 10.Take Greinke, as Arizona did for six years and $206 million. Friedman can’t be rationally criticized for failing to match. But he has known for a long time that Greinke had the opt-out hammer.Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. There had to be Plans B and C, even Z if necessary, to get a headline pitcher.Instead the trade deadline came and went. Texas, not the Dodgers, got Cole Hamels from the Phillies, with three years left on his deal. Now Johnny Cueto (San Francisco) and Greinke are in the Dodgers’ division, and the L.A. rotation is Give It To Clayton (Kershaw), Then Four Days Of Waitin’.Surely the Dodgers will fix this. There are reports Friedman is talking to Tampa Bay about right-hander Jake Odorizzi, which is not a bad idea. There were reports that the Dodgers were trying to get Jose Fernandez from the Marlins, which would be an all-is-forgiven move and would give the Dodgers a sensational frontline pitcher for many years, even though Fernandez is coming off Tommy John surgery.One can understand why Friedman will not release his death grip on shortstop Corey Seager and pitchers Julio Urias and Jose DeLeon, the assumed stars of tomorrow. The Dodgers absorbed outfielder Trayce Thompson, pitcher Frank Montas and second baseman Micah Johnson and are even better positioned for a sweeping deal. But why are they making it up as they go along?Now we go to second base. Friedman greeted 26-year-old Dee Gordon, who in 2014 led the National League in triples and steals but had a few hiccups in the field, some of them explained by too many games alongside Hanley Ramirez.Friedman said goodbye to them both. In essence he dealt Gordon for Howie Kendrick, with Andrew Heaney as the middleman.Kendrick had a typically solid year for the Dodgers. Gordon won the batting title in Florida and again led the league in steals, and slugged .407.There was considerable tongue-biting in the Dodgers’ front office when Gordon got away, and Friedman kept touting the virtue of youth. That tongue-biting almost drew blood when the Dodgers got Chase Utley and then re-signed him for $7 million, just before his 37th birthday.Without Gordon, the Dodgers suddenly became slower than a slide rule. Now Kendrick is a free agent. Friedman picked up and discarded second baseman Jose Peraza in the process, and now is contemplating Johnson, Utley and Enrique Hernandez at second base. At least today.Oh, well. At least Friedman knew he had Kenley Jansen, who has 80 saves in 87 opportunities the past two years.Which didn’t stop him from trading for Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman. The deal disappeared thanks to a domestic violence report.Sure, Jansen-Chapman would reduce a lot of games to seven innings. But Jansen’s save percentage last year was better than Chapman’s. How would he handle all that, plus the mental rearrangement that, like it or not, comes with trading the ninth inning for the eighth?And Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier are still wedged uncomfortably into the oufield. And Justin Turner is still the cleanup hitter. And the rotation is barren enough to burn up several bullpens before the All-Star break.Friedman envisions the Dodgers growing their own, with a harvest that will contend for years. That destination is fine. It’s the journey that’s losing us.
By Rick GeffkenSHREWSBURY – What’s inside the landmark Christ Church belfry at the Four Corners? Well, there could be bats; certainly spiders; the occasional squirrel; improbably ghosts; a 1-ton bell; and most assuredly, a whole lot of history. The last is because the belfry, or clock tower, of the venerable Shrewsbury landmark is now 144 years-old.The 64-foot tower was built onto the front of the then 100 year-old Episcopal Church in 1874. Both the melodious tolling of its bell, and the simple, yet elegant black clock faces have marked the time, the lives, and the passings of Shrewsbury residents for a century and a half.The weather vane and gilded “orb” sitting atop the church spire have their own special history. During the Revolutionary War militia stationed at the Allen House are said to have taken target practice at this symbol of the British monarch, George III. Christ Church occasionally displays the original damaged orb with what certainly look like musket-ball holes.For the last 70 years, repairs to the clock tower were funded primarily out of church funds. A Monmouth County Historical Commission grant helped with some repair costs about 10 years ago. Since the primary mission of the Christ Church has always been the spiritual care of its parishioners, expensive repairs to the venerable clock tower were incidental concerns.Now, Christ Church is asking the general public to help it complete overdue repairs to the clock tower. Buying a $5 raffle ticket could get you a guided tour of this historic clock tower. Three winners, each with up to two guests, will see four levels of the tower from the inside – the clock’s pendulum, the winding mechanism for the clock and the bell, the shafts that drive the tree clock faces, and the huge bell itself. The raffle is co-sponsored by the Shrewsbury Historical Society and Christ Church. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward the repair and maintenance of the clock.Winners will be drawn at the Monmouth County Historical Association’s annual reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Allen House, 400 Sycamore Ave., at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 4. The bells at Christ Church will be ringing just as they did in 1776 to honor the signing of the Declaration.The Christ Church Community was founded in 1702 by Lewis Morris and William Leeds. Morris went on to become the first Royal Colonial Governor of New Jersey. Leeds bequeathed his huge farm in Middletown to the church. Brookdale Community College was built on part of the Leeds estate.Christ Church itself was actually built with raffle money. The Rev. Samuel Cooke held several lotteries, starting in 1758, to finance a new building. Because New Jersey law banned lotteries, the drawing was held on a Delaware River island. Current Christ Church Historian, Robert Kelly Jr., assures that the 2016 raffle follows all New Jersey State and local legal requirements.The $5 raffle tickets are on sale now at the Christ Church Parish Office. Call 732-741-2220 for more information.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — As Madison Bumgarner walked off the mound on Saturday night at Oracle Park, the crowd behind the Giants dugout began to rise and cheer.A standing ovation is nothing new for Bumgarner. Unfortunately for the sturdy left-hander, the Giants and their fans, neither are injuries.The cheers Bumgarner received when he exited Saturday’s game came all too early for the veteran starter as a line drive that …
8 September 2008South African wine exports are soaring in defiance of the international economic slowdown, says Wines of South Africa CEO Su Birch, with over 363-million litres sold offshore in the 12 months to July 2008, an increase of 27% on the previous 12 months.“This is way ahead of the originally anticipated target of 300-million litres a year we were hoping to achieve by 2010,” Birch said in statement a few weeks ahead of Nedbank Cape Wine 2008, South Africa’s biggest wine exhibition, taking place in Cape Town from 23 to 25 September.“The momentum appears to be continuing, despite even tougher trading conditions since the start of this year,” Birch said. “Export volumes are up 31% for the first seven months of 2008, thanks not only to a weaker rand and the continued strength of big brands in markets such as the UK, Sweden and Canada, but also the emergence of buyers in developing markets such as Angola and south-east Asia.”Birch said exports had also been fuelled by rising rose sales, up 60% on the previous year, as local producers successfully catered to the thirst for pink wines on international markets.Wider geographical reachIt was significant, Birch added, that sales had occurred across a far wider geographic reach.“Whereas in 2003, the UK and the Netherlands accounted for 72% of all South Africa’s packaged wine exports, today the UK and the Netherlands, together with Sweden, Germany, Denmark and the US, make up 72% of these sales. At the same time, there is growing interest in our wines from countries in Africa and the East.”The UK was still South Africa’s largest wine export destination, however, with growth resuming in that market. “Our exports of packaged wines are up 35% in the UK, and we have recovered market share lost in 2006,” Birch said. “That most of the key UK retailers are coming to Nedbank Cape Wine 2008 is also a very affirming sign.”The shift in the composition of South Africa’s biggest customers had seen Germany overtaking the Netherlands to become South Africa’s second-largest wine market.“South Africa is also the biggest New World supplier to Germany, measured in value,” Birch said. “Although the Netherlands has moved down to third-biggest export destination, local wines have assumed the biggest value and volume share of the New World category in that country.“The fourth biggest destination is Africa, where resource-rich economies are flourishing and traders recognise the cost-efficiencies of sourcing within the sub-Saharan region, as opposed to in Europe, its traditional source of wines.”South Africa was also the biggest volume player in Sweden, and the fastest-growing New World producer in most Canadian markets.Concern over bulk exportsSounding a note of caution, Birch said there was some concern about the high growth in bulk wine exports, that had risen over 50% for the 12 months to July, with many importers electing to bottle in Europe.“Our bottling costs are not always globally competitive, and this is being exacerbated by escalating input costs faced by producers. Wineries are now facing increases of up to 17.5% in the cost of dry goods, which encourages them to sell in bulk where viable.“This is not a good way to build brands, or to protect the employment of the countless families who depend on the packaging industry for their income.”She also stressed that while exports were expected to continue rising, it would not be possible to maintain such high levels of growth. “We were able to take advantage of the shortfall in Australian and certain European markets as a result of their poor harvest, but their current supply is returning to more normal levels.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Racela on FEU loss to DLSU: ‘We’re far from Final Four contention’ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201703:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Fuel Masters, meanwhile, received Meralco’s 2017 first rounder together with TNT’s 2019 second round pick.The Office of the Commissioner approved the trade on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDe Ocampo, 35, has been with the KaTropa since 2008 and helped the franchise win six championships in his tenure there.His entry will be a huge shot in the arm for the Bolts as he reunites with former coach Norman Black. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT beat the trade deadline and sent shockwaves on Monday as it dealt forward Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco in a three-team trade.In a drive to get younger, the KaTropa received Norbert Torres, Justin Chua, and San Miguel’s 2017 first round pick from Phoenix.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City De Ocampo is averaging 9.1 points on 33 percent shooting from three, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists this conference.Torres and Chua, meanwhile, will fortify TNT’s young frontline which also has youngsters Mo Tautuaa and Troy Rosario and veterans Kelly Williams and Harvey Carey.Torres is averaging 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 12.6 minutes in his sophomore season with Phoenix, while Chua only netted 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds in 9.7 minutes with Meralco in his fourth season.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary
Indian cricket team’s vice-captain Gautam Gambhir is all set to tie the knot.The Delhi-based cricketer would wed Natasha Jain, who belongs to a prominent business family from the city, in a simple ceremony in late October or early November this year, sources close to his family told Headlines Today on Thursday.They confirmed that it was an arranged marriage for the prolific opener and the wedding was fixed about six months ago.Meanwhile, Gambhir has approached his favourite singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform at the wedding.Delhi designers Shantanu-Nikhil would be designing the couple’s wedding trousseau, sources said.
Real Madrid attacker Bale: I’m not angryby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid attacker Gareth Bale insists there’s nothing wrong with his motivation.Yesterday with the Wales squad, Bale responded to claims about his state of mind at Real Madrid.’Fury and confusion’ was how Guillem Balague described the Welshman’s feelings about the ‘unjust’ way he is being treated in the Spanish capital. But the captain gave his views directly.”I think you play with a lot of emotion,” he began. “Obviously anger comes into it, but I’m just trying to play football and enjoy it as much as I can and give my best, whether I am here or at Real Madrid.”Whenever I go on to the pitch I try and give 100%, as much as I can, to help the team. I’ll continue to do that. I haven’t got anything to clear my mind about.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
ROME – Migrants in distress at sea have told their rescuers that several ships passed them by without offering assistance, a European aid group said Sunday while seeking safe harbour for a rescue vessel with 141 migrants aboard.SOS Mediterranee in a statement said that due to the recent refusal of Italy and Malta to let rescue vessels carrying migrants dock, ships might be now unwilling to get involved fearing they will be stranded with migrants aboard and denied a port to disembark them.On Friday the group’s chartered ship Aquarius, which it operates in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, rescued 141 people in waters off Libya. Of these, 25 were found adrift on a small wooden boat that had no motor and was believed to have been at sea for about 35 hours, the group said. The other 116 people, including 67 unaccompanied minors, were rescued later that day, it said.Nearly three-quarters of those rescued originate from Somalia and Eritrea. Many migrants recounted how they were “held in inhumane conditions in Libya,” where human traffickers are based, the aid group aid.It added that Libya’s rescue co-ordination authorities wouldn’t provide the Aquarius with “a place of safety” and asked it to request safe harbour from another country’s authorities.The Aquarius was sailing north in the Mediterranean Sunday in hopes of receiving docking permission from another country.SOS Mediterranee said that “in a disturbing development, rescued people on board told out teams they encountered five different ships which did not offer them assistance before they were rescued by Aquarius.”Aboard Aquarius is Doctors Without Borders project co-ordinator, Aloys Vimard, who elaborated.“It seems the very principle of rendering assistance to persons in distress at sea is now at stake. Ships might be unwilling to respond to those in distress due to the high risk of being stranded and denied a place of safety,” the statement quoted Vimard as saying.SOS Mediterranee said many of those aboard were extremely week and malnourished. Those rescued in recent years have said they receive scanty rations while kept in Libya to await the opportunity to leave on human smugglers’ unseaworthy boats.“What is of utmost importance is that the survivors are brought to a place of safety without delay, where their basic needs can be met and where they can be protected from abuse,” the group quoted Nick Romaniuk, its search and rescue co-ordinator as saying.In June, Aquarius was forced to sail north for days with more than 600 migrants to Spain after Italy and Malta refused it docking permission. Since then, other private rescue vessels have had to wait for days until some country agreed to let migrants disembark.Italy’s new populist government has vowed that no more private aid ships will bring migrants to Italian shores.Although arrivals in Italy of rescued migrants smuggled from Libya have sharply dropped off this year compared to previous years, some 600,000 reached Italian ports in the last few years. Italy demands fellow European Union countries take the asylum-seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.The tiny EU island nation of Malta says it can’t handle large numbers of migrants.Cargo and other commercial vessels often have plucked migrants to safety from deflating rubber dinghies and rickety wooden boats. But with Italy’s crackdown, commercial ships risk being blocked for days at sea, unable to carry out their business. Recently a support ship for an offshore oil platform was left in limbo for days after rescuing migrants.SOS Mediterranee said the Libya rescue co-ordinationcentre didn’t inform it about migrant boats in distress despite knowing the Aquarius was nearby.“It was extremely fortunate that we spotted these boats in distress ourselves” on Friday, the group said.Frances D’Emilio is on twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemilio