NEC ‘s Japan Day makes a difference at GOSH

first_imgNEC ‘s Japan Day makes a difference at GOSH  12 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. NEC UK, a division of the Japanese electronics giant, held a Japan Day for children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital School, as part of its ‘Make a Difference Day’ initiative.Together with restaurant chain YO! Sushi, NEC UK staff put on a Japanese themed hi-tech and cultural ‘away-day’ for the children, aged between five and 19.Derek Ormond, Managing Director of NEC UK said, “Japan Day was born from NEC’s ‘Make a Difference’ programme, a global initiative introduced by NEC to encourage employees to give something back to the local communities in which they work. Because many of the employees at NEC UK are parents we decided to contribute some of our time and experience to children that can’t always enjoy the opportunities our families can.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 2 July 2003 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis NEC’s ‘Make a Difference Day’ initiative is part of its global Corporate Social Responsibility programme which it has operated since its 100th anniversary year in 1999. The day aims to provide local communities with opportunities to further understand their local and international environments.NEC also undertakes regular sporting sponsorships, working with the National Wheelchair Tennis Association of Great Britain, to promote the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Player Support Fund, and supporting Faldo Junior Series which fosters talent in Young golfers.last_img read more

Assemblymember Holden Announces Signing of Massage Therapy Reform Act

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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 Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribecenter_img Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment 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. Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Government Assemblymember Holden Announces Signing of Massage Therapy Reform Act Published on Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 3:07 pm Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the Massage Therapy Reform Act authored by Assemblymembers Chris Holden, Jimmy Gomez and Susan Bonilla. AB 1147 restores community control making it harder for massage parlors to operate as fronts for prostitution while raising standards for legitimate operators.“Today marks a historic step in our fight against prostitution and human trafficking in massage businesses,” stated Assemblymember Holden. “These bad actors hijacked the massage industry and overwhelmed smaller cities who felt their hands were tied when dealing with the proliferation of these businesses. This bill will change the landscape of the massage business by helping legitimate therapists operate while eliminating the shady characters.”AB 1147 restores much-needed regulation over this rapidly growing business sector by removing restrictions on cities and counties by providing local governments with options for revoking licenses for establishments that violate the law, raising the professional standards for massage therapists and adding more anti-human trafficking members to the Massage Board.“Some folks think that massage parlor prostitution is a victimless crime, but it has increasingly become gang-controlled, human trafficking of the worst kind. Young girls are brought across borders and literally kept in slavery,” stated Assemblymember Holden. “This legislation will make it easier for municipalities to crack down on illegal activity and help law enforcement shut down the bad players.” Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Viewing the solar eclipse? There’s an app for that

first_imgThousands of years ago, human beings reacted to solar eclipses with dismay, flooding the streets with pots and pans to scare away whatever had blotted out the sun with a cacophony of banging and shouting.When a total solar eclipse crosses the United States on Aug. 21 people will once again take to the streets with a great deal of anxiety, but most will be concerned primarily with getting a good view.With solar safety glasses available at every counter and an expected 2–7 million Americans traveling to the path of totality — the nearly 3,000-mile-long arc from the coast near Salem, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., in which a view of the total eclipse is possible — it is clear that eclipse fever has swept the country. Seeing an opportunity to educate and inspire a new wave of astronomers, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has released a smartphone app, Eclipse 2017, available on iOS and Android.“We haven’t had an eclipse cross the United States like this in nearly 100 years,” says CfA spokesperson Tyler Jump. “Because it’s such a rare and exciting event, we wanted to create an interactive guide that everyone could enjoy. Even if you’re not in the path of totality, our app allows you to calculate exactly how much of an eclipse you’ll be able to see and get a preview with our eclipse simulation. It’s also a great opportunity to highlight some of Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s (SAO) solar research. SAO was founded in large part to study the sun, and we’ve been doing so now for more than a century.”The free app comes with a host of resources for the amateur astronomer. A comprehensive viewing guide offers a crash course in the science behind eclipses and instructions on how to safely observe the celestial phenomenon. Videos from the Solar Dynamics Observatory show the sun in different wavelengths, revealing the many layers of solar activity. Users can also access an interactive eclipse map, which gives lunar transit times and simulated views for any location in the United States.The sun’s corona is visible to the naked eye during a total solar eclipse. Credit: Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.beIn Cambridge, a partial eclipse covering most of the sun will be visible in the afternoon from about 1:30 to 4. But along the path of totality, for up to 2 minutes, viewers will enjoy one of astronomy’s most extraordinary sights: the sun’s ethereal corona. Normally invisible due to the amount of light emanating from the sun’s surface, the “crown” of magnetized plasma reaches temperatures over a million degrees Kelvin — nearly 2 million Fahrenheit — and is best known as the site of the sun’s awesome and violent flares.Monday’s will be the first total eclipse to be visible from the United States since 1991, and the first to be visible from every state since 1918. Though this is the first total eclipse to cross the United States in nearly 40 years, there is a total eclipse visible from Earth about every 18 months.For those who will not have a chance to view the eclipse with their own eyes, the app will provide a live stream of the eclipse as it travels across the country. But if it has to be the real thing, in April 2024 the United States is due for a total eclipse that will travel from Texas to Maine. A lucky stretch of land along the Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky borders will see two total eclipses in just seven years.The Smithsonian Eclipse app was made possible by a grant through the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, with content from the SAO, and is powered by SkySafari 5.John Michael Baglione is a writer and author residing in Boston. His work can be found at johnmichaeltxt.com.last_img read more

Property with development potential on massive block of land

first_img1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley.JOHN and Megan Mitchell have owned their Aspley home since 1997 and, due to personal reasons, have decided to sell.The four-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 1193 Gympie Rd was the first property Mrs Mitchell purchased.The home is on a massive 1196sq m block.Mrs Mitchell said they had done some renovations to the home, adding an extension out the back.“The kitchen bench is where the house use to end,” Mrs Mitchell said.“We put in a swimming pool and the deck.” 1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley.The property has been marketed by RE/MAX – Signature selling agent Richard Siganto as having development potential.“This stunning residence occupies a mammoth block, oozing possibility at every turn,” Mr Siganto said.“Face-to-face with this grand old girl and you will feel what a presence she has.“With a pool out back for the summer and ducted heating for in the winter, there’s an option for all occasions.” 1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley.The property, which has been soundproofed, is ready to be raised or renovated.There is an office which has been built downstairs.The home is being sold with offers over $619,000. 1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley. 1193 Gympie Rd, Aspley.Mrs Mitchell said she had many memories of the home, including having her first two children there.She said many Christmas gatherings and family parties were held at the home too.Hoping another young family will buy the home, Mrs Mitchell said there was plenty of space in the backyard for children to run around.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“The yard is amazing,” she said. “It’s perfect for children and animals.“We even had two dogs here, they were german shepherds.”last_img read more

Yu Darvish’s Dodger Stadium debut takes one pitch to go slightly sideways

first_img“There’s going to be a lot of energy,” Roberts predicted before the game. “He’s excited about it. The radar gun readings will be lighting up.”Sure enough, Darvish’s first pitch produced a shocking number: 105. But that was the exit velocity of the ball Leury Garcia clanged off the right-field foul pole.One fastball. One swing. 1-0, Chicago.Yu-hoo, Dodgers fans? Yu, who? Answered the visiting team.“It’s one game, and it’s a regular-season game,” Roberts said before that opening pitch became a departing shot. “But I think that to make his first start at home … it’s something as a kid in Japan, dreaming about playing for the Dodgers. … This is something that he envisioned.”Well, maybe not exactly this, Darvish falling behind so quickly that Dodger Stadium seemed to briefly freeze, as if genuinely stunned, allowing the sound of the ball smacking the pole to be easily audible all the way in the press box.Before Wednesday, Darvish had become only the fourth player since 1900 to strike out 10-plus hitters in his first two starts with a team.Suddenly, his limited Dodgers tenure was all about the one bat his pitches didn’t miss.Soon enough, there would be the two other bats that notably dampened the occasion of the pitcher’s 31st birthday.Acquired from Texas in a buzzer-beating deal at the trade deadline, Darvish’s opening two Dodgers starts came on the road.He was utterly brilliant in New York against the Mets and largely adequate in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.Of course, the 2017 Dodgers being the 2017 Dodgers, they won both, giving Darvish the lead in each game before he even threw his first pitch.It’s one thing for your teammates to have your back. But these Dodgers, they appear to have each other’s back and front and every other angle of the body that’s anatomically possible.Two weeks ago, their starting pitcher gave up three first-inning homers and they still won. On Tuesday – just like with Darvish a day later – their starting pitcher gave up a homer on the first pitch and they still won, too.The success of this team has escalated to the point where every Dodgers game is now a happening, even when they aren’t unveiling a pitcher so coveted that the Rangers paid Darvish’s former team in Japan $51 million just for the right to sign him for $56 million more.“We expect him to go out there and compete and make pitches,” Roberts said before the game. “He’s been on the big stage. But I think that for him, for his teammates, the coaches, we’re excited for him.”The Dodgers sure acted that way.Minutes before the first pitch, the team’s cleanup hitter for the night was hanging upside-down in the dugout, his legs wrapped around a railing before flipping backward and – sort of – landing on his feet.Kike’ Hernandez then bounced around in the manner of a puppy, one highly caffeinated on Starbucks.A short time later, he conveyed that energy into a fourth-inning solo homer that tied the score, 2-2, Darvish having surrendered a second home run, this one to Nicky Delmonico.In the sixth, the White Sox hit a third homer, Jose Abreu’s drive making it 1,152 total feet of angst for Darvish on this night.But Darvish’s presence around here isn’t about August or the White Sox or three home runs surrendered to hitters playing for nothing but pride.It is, no question, about October, when the Dodgers and their fans will find out just how much this gift gives back. Yu Darvish made his home debut, a very real step toward October, a few hours after Clayton Kershaw made a simulated stride forward.Kershaw, rebounding from a back issue, threw 38 pitches under game-like conditions in an empty stadium – an exercise the Dodgers deemed a success – before Darvish climbed the same mound in front of what eventually would be a sellout.As for Darvish’s effort, it wasn’t a failure, not all, the right-hander allowing three runs in six innings in a game the Dodgers won, 5-4, over the White Sox.The lasting feeling and overall mood, however, were slightly more tempered, especially after Darvish was pulled before throwing a pitch in the seventh because of tightness in his back.Roberts said the move was “more precaution” than anything and assured that Darvish would make his next start. Still, any potential injury to any potential contributor at this time of year is worth watching. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> They’ve already provided so many moments, memories and nights that the Dodgers owe their fans nothing.Nothing, at least, until October, when they owe their fans the same thing they owe themselves – a World Series run that cements their place in baseball forever.Still, on Wednesday, this team that simply refuses to disappoint provided more anyway, the Dodgers gifting their fans a potential second ace, one whose greater contribution remains down the road.And then, naturally, they topped the package with another absurd come-from-behind, final-at-bat victory, one that left Manager Dave Roberts muttering, “This is ridiculous.”last_img read more