Pasadena State Assemblymember Chris Holden Praises Resolution Commemorating Legacy of Jackie Robinson

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Today, the California State Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the 70th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in a major professional sport. Robinson, a Pasadena native, made baseball history when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in April, 1947.Jackie Robinson is a true hero who continues to influence our lives 70 years later by his actions and words both on and off the field,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “With this resolution the legislature recognizes the bravery he exhibited, and the sacrificial hardship he and his family endured, during a time in our country’s history of racial turmoil and inhuman discrimination.”Robinson was born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia and was raised in Pasadena, California. A stellar athlete, young Robinson excelled not only in baseball but was a lettered athlete in football, track and field. He also played on the varsity squad of each of these sports while attending UCLA.While as a commissioned second lieutenant in the United States Army during World War II, he refused to sit in the back of an unsegregated military that resulted in his denial of combat duty. Consequently, he was acquitted and received an honorable discharge and later assigned to Camp Breckinridge, Morganfield Kentucky where he worked as an Army athletics coach and was subsequently encouraged to try out for the Kansas City Monarchs, a Negro National League team.Upon joining the Dodgers in 1947, Robinson led the Dodgers to win 6 pennants and the World Series in 1955. Robinson, after his historic career, became a vocal champion for civil rights and other social and political causes by joining the NAACP and helping establish the African-American Freedom National Bank.“Jackie Robinson will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come,” said Holden. Top of the News Business News More Cool Stuff Make a comment Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Government Pasadena State Assemblymember Chris Holden Praises Resolution Commemorating Legacy of Jackie Robinson Published on Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 3:38 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 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. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

New York City police officer dies from apparent suicide, 7th this year

first_img”I want to say as loudly and clearly as I can: it is okay to ask for help”In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter suicides and 140 police officer suicides nationwide, researchers said. In contrast, 93 firefighters and 129 police officers died in the line of duty.“Police officers experience trauma on a regular basis — not just what is on the front line of nightly news,” Miriam Heyman, a researcher with the Ruderman Family Foundation, told ABC News in April.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. duha127/iStock(NEW YORK) — An off-duty New York City police officer died over the weekend from an apparent suicide, the fifth NYPD officer to take his own life in the past two months and the seventh this year, officials said.The officer, whose name was not immediately released, was found dead on Saturday at his home in the New York City borough of Staten Island, sources told ABC New York station WABC.“The tragic news today that another member of the NYPD has been lost to suicide breaks our hearts, and is a deep sorrow felt by all of New York City,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement.This officer’s death came a month after O’Neill said the NYPD was in the throes of a “mental health crisis” and took steps to address the issue, including providing counseling services in every police precinct. The department has also put out videos calling for more discussion of mental health and drawing attention to the services available.Both O’Neill and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio implored the more than 30,000 police officers on the force to seek help if they are experiencing depression.“To every member of the NYPD, please know this: it is okay to feel vulnerable. It is okay if you are facing struggles. And it is okay to seek help from others,” O’Neill said. “You may not know this, and it may be hard to imagine, but you are not out there all by yourself. More people than you know, who wear the same uniform as you do, share the same doubts and fears and struggles that you do. Seeking help is strength. Talking about your problems is strength. Acknowledging you need a place to turn is strength. There is no shame here — only a promise to provide you with the help and support you need and deserve.”De Blasio echoed O’Neill’s statement.“I want to say as loudly and clearly as I can: it is okay to ask for help,” de Blasio said. “If you or a loved one is in need, ask. Your whole city stands in support of you ready to answer the call.”The officer who took his life is a transit police officer, who was recently promoted to sergeant, the New York Daily News reported.Four NYPD officers died from suicide in the month of June alone, and two others took their own lives earlier this year.A recent white paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization, found that police officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.last_img read more

Court amends Rules of Juvenile Procedure

first_imgCourt amends Rules of Juvenile Procedure With only a minor modification, the Supreme Court has approved amendments to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure and related forms proposed earlier this year by the Juvenile Court Rules Committee.The committee submitted amendments on 15 rules and four existing forms, as well as proposing one new form. The changes were advertised in the Bar News and the court received comments on the amendment to Rule 8.255 and the proposed new Form 8.929.The committee proposed amending Rule 8.255 to specify that general and special masters could not conduct certain dependency hearings, specifically those involving shelter, contested dependency adjudications, dispositions, and contested termination of parental rights adjudications. The rule would also specify that those hearings must be conducted by a judge, and that any other types of cases referred to a special or general master must have the consent of all parties.The court received several comments opposing limiting the types of cases masters could hear, saying that would be too restrictive and was unwise in light of pending budget changes as the state takes over a larger share of trial court funding. The court agreed that no firm prohibition should be made until the funding issues are worked out, but noted that state law requires that some types of hearings be conducted by a judge without a jury.The court, accordingly, adopted the amendment to Rule 8.255 to read that “general and special masters may be appointed to hear issues involved in proceedings under this part, except as otherwise prohibited by law.”The court also approved the recommendation that all parties must consent to have a case referred to a general or special master, and asked the committee to draft a rule containing a formal procedure for obtaining that consent.The court approved new Form 8.929, which covered payments required by state law from a parent or guardian when a juvenile is incarcerated by the state. The court changed the restitution amount to conform with a recent change in state law and, to match another recent law change, allowed the payments to be made to the Department of Juvenile Justice or the clerk of the court.All other amendments proposed by the committee were approved without alteration. Those included changes to Rules 8.030. 8.031, 8.085, 8.110, 8.185, 8.201, 8.210, 8.225, 8.245, 8.265, 8.275, 8.345, 8.525, and 8.635 and Forms 8.959, 8.960, 8.967, and 8.979. The decision and an appendix with all the changes can be found on the court’s Web site at court acted September 5 in Amendments to Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, case no. SC 02-117. Court amends Rules of Juvenile Procedurecenter_img October 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Glaxo to give 50 million doses of H5N1 vaccine to WHO

first_imgJun 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) promised today to give 50 million doses of its H5N1 “prepandemic” influenza vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO) for distribution to poor countries.The vaccine will be delivered over 3 years and be enough to vaccinate 25 million people at two doses each, the United Kingdom–based drug company said in a news release.The announcement marks the first tangible step toward the creation of a world stockpile of H5N1 vaccines, a goal endorsed by WHO member countries at the World Health Assembly in May.Following GSK’s announcement today, US-based Baxter International and the French vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur both announced their intention to donate H5N1 vaccines to the WHO stockpile, but neither company specified how many doses it would contribute.The idea of a global stockpile emerged after complaints by Indonesia and other developing countries about lack of access to commercial H5N1 vaccines. Indonesia, the country hit hardest by H5N1, withheld samples of the virus from the WHO from last December until May on grounds that drug companies use the samples to make vaccines priced out of Indonesia’s reach.The WHO welcomed GSK’s announcement today. “This is another significant step towards creating a global resource to help the world and especially to help develping countries in case of a major outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said in a news release.The WHO said it needs to do “detailed operational planning for the stockpile, including how and under which conditions it will be deployed, as well as regulatory aspects of the vaccine.”After an international meeting of vaccine producers and government officials in late April, the WHO said it appeared that a global H5N1 vaccine stockpile might be feasible. Later, at the WHO’s annual meeting in May, members passed a resolution calling for the creation of a stockpile of vaccines for H5N1 and other viruses of pandemic potential. The resolution also called on the agency to set up mechanisms for the “fair and equitable distribution” of pandemic flu vaccines at “affordable prices.”Dr. John Oxford, a virologist at London’s Queen Mary School of Medicine, called GSK’s announcement “excellent news,” according to the Associated Press. “It’s just what we need to reassure countries like Indonesia that they will get something in return from the viruses they provide, which will form the basis of these vaccines,” he said.GSK’s vaccine includes a proprietary adjuvant (immune-stimulating chemical) and in clinical trials has induced a strong immune response at low doses, according to previous company announcements. Last July the company said 80% of volunteers showed a good immune response after receiving two 3.8-microgram doses. A typical dose of seasonal flu vaccine contains 15 micrograms of antigen for each of three flu strains.In March GSK said its vaccine might protect people against more than one strain of H5N1. The vaccine is based on a 2004 strain from Vietnam, but in a clinical trial it elicited an immune response (neutralizing antibodies) to an H5N1 strain from Indonesia. However, the company has not yet published a detailed report of its clinical trial results.The WHO noted that three other vaccine producers—Baxter, Sanofi Pasteur, and Omnivest of Hungary—also have expressed a willingness to provide some doses of H5N1 vaccine to the global stockpile.Baxter’s announcement today said the company intends to provide a “multiyear donation” of its candidate pandemic flu vaccine to the WHO. Sanofi Pasteur, meanwhile, said it was ready to give a “significant number of doses” of H5N1 vaccine, some of which could be supplied immediately in bulk form.GSK promised that, in addition to its donation, it would provide some of its H5N1 vaccine to the WHO at “preferential” prices for use by countries eligible for assistance from GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), a public-private program that provides vaccines for children in poor countries.The company noted that a precisely matched vaccine won’t become available until 4 to 6 months after a pandemic strain emerges. Experts hope that if the next pandemic strain is an H5N1 variant, existing H5N1 vaccines will provide some protection, though supplies are likely to be very short.See also:Jun 13 WHO statementMay 23 CIDRAP News story “WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing”Apr 26 CIDRAP News story “WHO: Global H5N1 vaccine stockpile may be feasible”Mar 6 CIDRAP News story “Glaxo H5N1 vaccine may work against multiple strains”last_img read more

Quirky castle with hydro plant firing on all cylinders

first_imgThe castle and its gravity-fed fountain are heritage listed. Source: Paronella Park. “We are still receiving quite a few guests, and as the monsoon moves away we expect a few more; so we’re hoping for a fairly immediate response after the weather. The Park is still open, and looks as beautiful and green as ever, with the waterfall a spectacular sight.”.Mr Evans and his family began a major operation to restore Paronella Park over a decade ago, with the Queensland Government giving $45,000 toward the cost of restoring North Queensland’s first hydro-electric generator, with donations from the public coming in over $20,000 and the estate borrowing $300,000 from the bank. Queenslander borrowed, still true blue MORE: Rare $250,000 houses hit market How the picnic area normally is with the hydro operation in the background. Source: Paronella Park. Tourists Wen Zhong and her daughter Laurena Ding from China at Paronella Park in Mena Creek during a wet season several years ago. Picture: Anna Rogers. The castle is a stunning sight surrounded by greenery and was the centre of Jose Paronella’s dream on the five hectare site. He built the castle, picnic area by the falls which holds the overflow during flood periods, tennis courts, bridges, a tunnel, and planted over 7,000 trees. He opened it to the public in 1935 with the site abandoned for some time before the Evans began restoring it in 1993. They continue to operate the heritage site as not just a park but an accommodation venue that’s popular for weddings.Paronella Park — open every day but Christmas — is 120km south of Cairns, about halfway between Innisfail and Silkwood on the Old Bruce Highway.center_img Costly fallout of V8 star’s split from wife Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenParonella Park with falls in full flood January 201900:51 A file picture of Mena Creek Falls at Paronella Park in full flow with the hydro-electric plant to the side.Australia’s quirkiest private estate, which has its own castle and hydro-electric plant, is one of the few places making the most of Queensland’s wet season. The lush Paronella Park — whose creator Jose Paronella commissioned the Far North’s first-ever hydro-electric plant on the estate in 1933 — had been facing the waterfall running dry just six weeks ago.Mark Evans, the current owner whose passion for the site reignited Paronella’s dream — to award-winning effect — told The Courier-Mail that the deluge was “a sight to behold”.“In the Mena Creek region, where Paronella Park is located, we did not receive the heaviest of the deluge, so for us it has actually been a wonderful bonus,” he told The Courier-Mail.“Wind the clock back six weeks, and we were praying for rain as the waterfall had almost stopped altogether. Now, it is a sight to behold.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“The rain is critical for Paronella Park as the property is made up of lush green gardens and grounds, and we receive the majority of our power from the hydro-electric system, which is running beautifully at the moment.”Mr Evans said there was a short period when the rain got too heavy and the hydro plant had to be shut down.But he said, “at the moment it is running like a dream”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more