Newspaper’s deputy editor gunned down outside home in Kigali

first_img November 27, 2020 Find out more June 25, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper’s deputy editor gunned down outside home in Kigali News RwandaAfrica Reporters Without Borders is shocked and outraged to learn that Jean-Léonard Rugambage, the deputy editor of the fortnightly Umuvugizi, was gunned down outside his home in Kigali at about 11 p.m. on 24 June. He was the first journalist to be murdered in Rwanda since Emmanuel Munyemanzi in 1998.“We have for months being condemning the climate of terror in Rwanda, the escalating repression of independent journalists and totalitarian tendencies,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It seems that newspaper closures, trials of journalists and blocking of websites have not been enough to elicit a reaction from the international community. Will this tragic development finally open the eyes of those who support this government?”The press freedom organisation added: “As the August presidential election approaches, the government is organising a tightly controlled and monolithic electoral campaign in which all sources of criticism are being suppressed. This undertaking seems to have culminated in the ambushing and murder of this renowned journalist.”In a resumption of diplomatic relations, French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited Kigali in February and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, attended the Africa-France summit in Nice on 31 May and 1 June. Reporters Without Borders believes that dialogue cannot be resumed unless particular attention is paid to press freedom and it therefore calls on the French authorities and the European Union delegation in Kigali to ensure that an independent investigation is carried out into this murder. Monitoring this case should be a priority for France’s ambassador to Kigali, Laurent Contini.Rugambage was slain by four shots fired at close range by gunmen who have yet to be identified. The police took his body away to carry out an autopsy. Also known as “Sheriff,” he left a wife and two-year-old child. His murder has caused shock and dismay in both Rwanda and abroad.“Jean-Léonard was without doubt killed as a result of his coverage of last week’s attempted murder of Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa in exile in South Africa,” Reporters Without Borders was told by Jean-Bosco Gasasira, his newspaper’s editor, who is himself in exile.Rugambage reported that telephone calls were made between Rwandan intelligence chief Emmanuel Ndahiro and the Rwandan citizens who were arrested in South Africa after the shooting attack on Gen. Nyamwasa. In a story about the shooting in Le Monde on 22 June, headlined “Rwandan stray bullets,” French journalist Jean-Philippe Rémy wrote: “It is not easy to say what distinguishes Rwanda from a full-blown dictatorship.”Rugambage had experienced several run-ins with the authorities. Accused of murder during the genocide and then sentenced to a year in prison for contempt of court, he was detained for 11 months in 2005 and 2006 before finally being acquitted. He edited Umuco for a long time before joining Umuvugizi.He was also the Rwanda correspondent of the regional press freedom organisation Journalist in Danger (JED). “He told things as he felt them,” said a journalist who participated with him in a workshop in Brazzaville in 2007 for JED’s regional correspondents. “He was a very committed guy who paid with his life for his courage as a reporter. He did not beat about the bush, unlike some of his Rwandan colleagues.”Rwanda was ranked 157th out of 179 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. This was the fourth lowest ranking in Africa, above only Eritrea, Somali and Equatorial Guinea. President Kagame has for years been on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom. Picture : Jean-Léonard Rugambage (copyright : Umuvugizi) Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Reports Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist center_img News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa April 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Rwanda News RwandaAfrica to go further February 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Director of Baluchi-language TV station goes missing in Karachi

first_img News News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Organisation Munir Mengal, the head of Baloch Voice, the world’s first Baluchi-language TV station, went missing in Karachi on 7 April. His family thinks military intelligence officers arrested him at the airport. Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to do everything necessary to obtain his release. PakistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further Follow the news on Pakistan Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about Munir Mengal, the head of Baloch Voice, a Baluchi-language TV station based in the United Arab Emirates, who has been missing since he arrived in the southern city of Karachi on a flight from Bahrain on 7 April. His family thinks Pakistani military intelligence officers arrested him at the airport.The press freedom organisation called on the federal and Sindh province authorities to use all necessary means to obtain Mengal’s release and said it would be regrettable if it turned out to be true that the intelligence agencies were again involved in the kidnapping of journalists.“It cannot in itself be considered a crime to launch a TV station for the 10 million Baluchis in Pakistan and other parts of the world,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for Mengal’s release and an end to the harassment of those in charge of Baloch Voice.”The world’s first Baluchi-language TV station, Baloch Voice is due to begin broadcasting by satellite in July. As well as news, it plans to carry films, sport and entertainment programmes in Baluchi, Brahui, English and Arabic.Mengal’s sister, who lives in Pakistan, said that he was arrested by intelligence agents inside Karachi international airport and that he was being subjected to considerable pressure. “He has no links with any political parties,” she stressed. Karachi is the largest city in Sindh province and the business capital of Pakistan.Karachi-based journalists said they thought the military intelligence agencies were trying to discover the origin of Baloch Voice’s funding. “In view of the extreme tension prevailing in Baluchistan, the army is wary about the launch of this new station and must suspect foreign financing,” a journalist with a national daily said on condition of anonymity.Hayatullah Khan, a journalist with the Urdu-language daily Ausaf and photographer for the European Press Photo Agency (EPA), has been missing since 5 December 2005. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News News April 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Director of Baluchi-language TV station goes missing in Karachilast_img read more

Truong Duy Nhat

first_img After starting out as a reporter for regional police publications, Truong Duy Nhat worked for the daily Dai Doan Ket (Great Solidarity). But he resigned as a state media journalist in 2010 to become a prolific and outspoken blogger, calling his blog – originally truongduynhat.vn and then, a year later, truongduynhat.org – “Another point of view.” He posted more than 1,000 articles, most of them his own, in the space of three years. After four orders to close his blogs, he was finally arrested in May 2013 and sentenced to two years in prison in connection with 12 of his most vitriolic articles. Seven months before his arrest, he wrote: ““I am neither a criminal nor a reactionary. The handcuff and gun should not be used against bloggers who sacrifice their interests to keep outspoken blogs that are helping to change the party and the people.” VietnamAsia – Pacific Oudom Tat Cambodia Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam Receive email alerts See more Danish Karokhel Afghanistan Find out more to go furthercenter_img Information hero Truong Duy Nhat Julian Assange Australia Find out more Li Jianjun China Find out more Chiranuch Premchaiporn Thailand Find out more Help by sharing this information VietnamAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Huntington Memorial Hospital Honored With Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Huntington Memorial Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.“We are pleased to recognize Huntington Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care”Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Huntington Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.“The Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Huntington Hospital’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Arbi Ohanian, M.D., medical director of Huntington Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center. “We are committed to ensuring that our patients receive care based on internationally respected clinical guidelines.”“We are pleased to recognize Huntington Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality-improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”Get With The Guidelines-Stroke also helps Huntington Hospital’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.Huntington Hospital’s stroke center is distinguished as a certified primary stroke center by The Joint Commission, the foremost accrediting body in healthcare in the United States. This designation is awarded to select centers that pass a rigorous on-site review and a thorough examination of the program and patient care. The certification recognizes the hospital’s commitment to following national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. Huntington Hospital’s stroke center is also an approved stroke center for Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services.About Get With The GuidelinesGet With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.About Huntington HospitalHuntington Memorial Hospital, www.HuntingtonHospital.com, is a 625-bed not-for-profit hospital located in Pasadena, California. Huntington Hospital has been ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report in two specialties and was named among the top hospitals in California. The hospital is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HuntingtonMemorialHospital and on Twitter at @HuntingtonNews.For more information about Huntington Hospital contact Derek Clark at (626) 397-3241 or email [email protected] top box 4 Huntington Memorial Hospital Honored With Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, May 2, 2014 | 11:48 am More Cool Stuff Business News Herbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. 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First United Methodist Church Movie Night Presents “Mary and Martha”

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First United Methodist Church continues its Movie Nights series with “Mary and Martha,” on January 25. FUMC will begin with an evening of fellowship with a light supper of pizza, salad, and cold beverages at 5:30 p.m.For those of you who cannot make supper, the church usually begins the movie at 6:15ish. Hope to see you there, and bring a friend!First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, 500 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 796-0157 or visit fumcpasadena.org. 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 SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeauty Faith & Religion Events First United Methodist Church Movie Night Presents “Mary and Martha” Article and Photo courtesy of FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Published on Friday, January 16, 2015 | 4:50 pmcenter_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Make a comment Subscribe Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Caltech Collaboration Leads to Incredible Breakthrough: Intuitive Control of Robotic Arm Using Thought

first_imgcenter column 1 Caltech Collaboration Leads to Incredible Breakthrough: Intuitive Control of Robotic Arm Using Thought The next generation of brain-controlled robotics and machines: More natural, effortless, intuitive movements achieved By DEBORAH WILLIAMS-HEDGES and ALISON TRINIDAD Published on Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 12:39 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik G. Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it and using his imagination.Through a clinical collaboration between Caltech, Keck Medicine of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the now 34-year-old Sorto is the first person in the world to have a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made, giving him the ability to perform a fluid hand-shaking gesture, drink a beverage, and even play “rock, paper, scissors,” using a robotic arm. The findings are being published in the May 22 issue of Science.Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain’s movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb. However, current neuroprosthetics produce motion that is delayed and jerky—not the smooth and seemingly automatic gestures associated with natural movement. Now, by implanting neuroprosthetics in a part of the brain that controls not the movement directly but rather our intent to move, Caltech researchers have developed a way to produce more natural and fluid motions.Designed to test the safety and effectiveness of this new approach, the clinical trial was led by principal investigator Richard Andersen, the James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience at Caltech, neurosurgeon Charles Y. Liu, professor of neurological surgery, neurology, and biomedical engineering at USC, and neurologist Mindy Aisen, chief medical officer at Rancho Los Amigos.Andersen and his colleagues wanted to improve the versatility of movement that a neuroprosthetic can offer to patients by recording signals from a different brain region other than the motor cortex, i.e., the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), a high-level cognitive area. In earlier animal studies, the Andersen lab found that it is here, in the PPC, that the initial intent to make a movement is formed. These intentions are then transmitted to the motor cortex, through the spinal cord, and on to the arms and legs where the movement is executed.“The PPC is earlier in the pathway, so signals there are more related to movement planning—what you actually intend to do—rather than the details of the movement execution,” Andersen says. “When you move your arm, you really don’t think about which muscles to activate and the details of the movement—such as lift the arm, extend the arm, grasp the cup, close the hand around the cup, and so on. Instead, you think about the goal of the movement, for example, ‘I want to pick up that cup of water.’ So in this trial, we were successfully able to decode these actual intents, by asking the subject to simply imagine the movement as a whole, rather than breaking it down into a myriad of components. We expected that the signals from the PPC would be easier for patients to use, ultimately making the movement process more fluid.”The device was surgically implanted in Sorto’s brain at Keck Hospital of USC in April 2013, and he since has been training with Caltech researchers and staff at Rancho Los Amigos to control a computer cursor and a robotic arm with his mind. The researchers saw just what they were hoping for:intuitive movement of the robotic arm.Sorto, a single father of two who has been paralyzed for over 10 years, was thrilled with the quick results: “I was surprised at how easy it was [to control the robotic arm],” he says. “I remember just having this out-of-body experience, and I wanted to just run around and high-five everybody.”The SurgeryThe surgical team at Keck Medicine of USC performed the unprecedented neuroprosthetic implant in a five-hour surgery on April 17, 2013. Liu and his team implanted a pair of small electrode arrays in two parts of the posterior parietal cortex, one that controls reach and another that controls grasp. Each 4-by-4 millimeter array contains 96 active electrodes that, in turn, each record the activity of single neurons in the PPC. The arrays are connected by a cable to a system of computers that process the signals, to decode the brain’s intent and control output devices, such as a computer cursor and a robotic arm.“These arrays are very small so their placement has to be exceptionally precise, and it took a tremendous amount of planning, working with the Caltech team to make sure we got it right,” says Liu, who also is director of the USC Neurorestoration Center and associate chief medical officer at Rancho Los Amigos. “Because it was the first time anyone had implanted this part of the human brain, everything about the surgery was different: the location, the positioning and how you manage the hardware. Keep in mind that what we’re able to do—the ability to record the brain’s signals and decode them to eventually move the robotic arm—is critically dependent on the functionality of these arrays, which is determined largely at the time of surgery.”The USC Neurorestoration Center’s primary mission is to leverage partnerships to create unique opportunities to translate scientific discoveries into effective therapies.“We are at a point in human research where we are making huge strides in overcoming a lot of neurologic disease,” says neurologist Christianne Heck, associate professor of neurology at USC and co-director of the USC Neurorestoration Center. “These very important early clinical trials could provide hope for patients with all sorts of neurologic problems that involve paralysis such as stroke, brain injury, ALS and even multiple sclerosis.”The RehabilitationSixteen days after his implant surgery, Sorto began his training sessions at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, where a computer was attached directly to the ports extending from his skull, to communicate with his brain. The rehabilitation team of occupational therapists who specialize in helping patients adapt to loss of function in their upper limbs and “redesign” the way patients do tasks with the function they have left, worked with Sorto and the Caltech team daily to help Sorto visualize what it would be like to move his arm again.“It was a big surprise that the patient was able to control the limb on day one­­­—the very first day he tried,” Andersen says. “This attests to how intuitive the control is when using PPC activity.”Although he was able to immediately move the robot arm with his thoughts, after weeks of imagining, Sorto refined his control of the arm. Now, Sorto is able to execute advanced tasks with his mind, such as controlling a computer cursor; drinking a beverage; making a hand-shaking gesture; and performing various tasks with the robotic arm.Aisen, the chief medical officer at Rancho Los Amigos who led the study’s rehabilitation team, says that advancements in prosthetics like these hold promise for the future of patient rehabilitation.“We at Rancho are dedicated to advancing rehabilitation and to restoration of neurologic function through new technologies, which can be assistive or can promote recovery by capitalizing on the innate plasticity of the human nervous system,” says Aisen, also a clinical professor of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “This research is relevant to the role of robotics and brain-machine interfaces as assistive devices, but also speaks to the ability of the brain to learn to function in new ways. We have created a unique environment that can seamlessly bring together rehabilitation, medicine, and science as exemplified in this study.”Sorto has signed on to continue working on the project for a third year. He says the study has inspired him to continue his education and pursue a master’s degree in social work.“This study has been very meaningful to me,” says Sorto. “As much as the project needed me, I needed the project. It gives me great pleasure to be part of the solution for improving paralyzed patients’ lives. I joke around with the guys that I want to be able to drink my own beer—to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to take a sip out of my beer and to not have to ask somebody to give it to me. I really miss that independence. I think that if it were safe enough, I would really enjoy grooming myself—shaving, brushing my own teeth. That would be fantastic.”“The better understanding of the PPC will help the researchers improve the neuroprosthetic devices of the future,” Andersen says. “What we have here is a unique window into the workings of a complex high-level brain area, as we work collaboratively with our subjects to perfect their skill in controlling external devices.”The results of the trial were published in a paper titled “Decoding Motor Imagery from the Posterior Parietal Cortex of a Tetraplegic Human.” The implanted device and signal processors used in the Caltech-led clinical trial were the NeuroPort Array and NeuroPort Bio-potential Signal Processors developed by Blackrock Microsystems in Salt Lake City, Utah. The robotic arm used in the trial was the Modular Prosthetic Limb, developed at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins. Sorto was recruited to the trial by collaborators at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and at Keck Medicine of USC. This trial was funded by the National Institutes of Health (grants EY013337, EY015545, P50MH942581A), the Boswell Foundation, the Department of Defense (contract N66001-10-4056), and the USC Neurorestoration Center.Caltech Andersen lab members include Tyson Aflalo, Spencer Kellis, Christian Klaes, Brian Lee, Ying Shi, and Kelsie Pejsa.Keck Medicine of USC team members include Brian Lee, Christianne Heck, Sandra Oviedo, Paul Kim, and Meng Law.Rancho Los Amigos rehabilitation team members include Kathleen Shanfield, Stephanie Hayes-Jackson, and Barbara Phillips.Excellent Videos, Animations, Images Available at https://mediaassets.caltech.edu/brainFor more information, contact Deborah Williams-Hedges,  [email protected], (626) 395-3227 or (626) 840-1565 or Alison Trinidad, [email protected], (323) 442-3941 or (213) 700-0322. 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Leisa Collins Completes Pasadena House Portrait Series

first_imgLocal artist Leisa Collins is proud to announce she has completed the first phase of a series of original pen and watercolor architectural house portraits featuring homes she loves in Pasadena. She is delighted to reveal 125 Pasadena portraits to the community and is currently working to publish a book that will include her favorite Pasadena house portraits along with an array of paintings featuring homes and diverse architectural styles across 43 states in the USA.The Pasadena portrait series began three years ago after Leisa and her husband, Bruce, moved to South Pasadena and fell in love with the aesthetic of the local neighborhoods. “Pasadena has one of the richest and interesting collections of original homes in the country, especially classic Craftsman homes.”About Leisa Collins ArtA native of New Zealand, Leisa first began drawing and painting local historic homes in her hometown of Auckland three decades ago. She then became involved in a variety of non-profit activities that took her to the four corners of the world. As she traveled she documented architecture with photos and sketches. In 2009 she relaunched her artistic career and began depicting the historic homes and buildings of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Since then she has criss-crossed the USA four times documenting homes while completing home portrait commission requests. Word soon spread and today Leisa receives multiple requests from around the country every week, which she never turns down.“Homes are like people,” states Leisa. They are all uniquely different and have their own character and style. That’s what makes my job so creative and so much fun. An added bonus is that the pleasure in creating the house portrait can then be experienced every day by the homeowner who made their home art inspiring!”In early 2013, Leisa decided she wanted to give back to people in the community who create beautiful homes and buildings and she instituted the Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award. The award recognizes “deserving individuals around the country who have set a stellar example of historic preservation through their efforts, skills or craftsmanship with regard to their historic home or building in their area.”Every Leisa Collins Art painting is created with the finest, long-lasting, archival materials. They are drawn and painted by hand using pen and watercolor paint.See The Pasadena SeriesThe Pasadena Portrait Series: Phase One is viewable in an online gallery here. Leisa is currently accepting commissions for home portraits, and is happy to expand the Pasadena series, and also capture the beauty of homes in surrounding areas. Click here to visit the Leisa Collins Art website. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Visual Arts Leisa Collins Completes Pasadena House Portrait Series From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 8, 2015 | 11:21 am EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Subscribe 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. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Pets of the Week

first_img Community News Midnight (A379903) is a 10-week-old, neutered male kitten. This adorable guy is all black and will likely have a medium legth hair coat. Midnight is an active young kitten who loves to play with toys.  He is a graduate of the PHS Foster Program for very young kittens. He is already neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. His adoption fee is $70. This week, we introduce you to four pets up for adoption now at the Pasadena Humane Society. See a friendly face you want to bring home? Call (626) 792-7151 with the ID number.Darcy (A380612) is a 7-year-old, spayed Labrador retriever mix. This friendly girl enjoys the company of adults and children. She walks well on leash alongside small and large dogs. She knows her “sit” command. Darcy has been a regular on our Mobile Unit and is quickly becoming a volunteer favorite. Her adoption fee is $125, including the spay surgery, microchip and a set of vaccines. She also qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors Program where we waive the adoption fee for adopters 60 and older when adopting a pet 5 or older. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. top box 6 Pets of the Week Published on Thursday, July 16, 2015 | 7:15 pm Community News Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week For the “Extra Love Category”Dot (A378567) is an 8-year-old, spayed female. This calico beauty is very sweet, but also very shy. She is currently housed in our communal cat area, where she spends a lot of her time hiding. Dot enjoys being petted by people and loves the company of other cats. According to her former owners, she loves to cuddle. Dot needs to be on a managed diet for weight control. As a longterm resident, Dot’s adoption fee is $35, which includes the spay surgery, microchip and set of vaccines. She also qualifies for our Seniors for Seniors Program where we waive the adoption fee for adopters 60 and older when adopting a pet 5 or older. Make a comment Huck (A380016) is an adult, neutered male rabbit. This all white cutie-pie is very friendly and enjoys being petted. When you approach him, he lowers his head to be petted and will nudge your hand and start to groom you.  Overall, a very sweet bun-bun! His adoption fee is $15, including the neuter surgery and a microchip. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Our friends in Pasadena Humane Society have some tips in animal adoption:Adopting an animal may be more involved than you realize, they warn. Keep in mind that everything they do is aimed at getting the best permanent home possible for the animals and that everyone who comes to the Pasadena Humane Society to adopt an animal goes through the same process.You must apply in person, be at least 18 years old and have a current photo ID.The process takes a minimum of 30-45 minutes. Here is what will happen:You can take a walk through the animal areas and write down the ID number or “A” number on the kennel card of any animal that interests you. Bring this list to the adoption office.Then complete the application for adoption. (You do this before visiting with any of the animals in order to minimize stress for the animals.)Next, a member of the adoptions staff will meet with you and ask questions about your experience, and discuss the information we have about your potential pet. You can ask questions, too, about spay/neuter, training classes, or anything else you can think of.You may be asked to obtain your landlord’s approval for the adoption. This policy helps us reduce the number of animals that are returned to us.After you have spoken with an adoptions staff member, you will visit with your potential pet. Eventually, we ask that all members of your family meet the animal, too. If you are adopting a dog and have another dog, we want them to get along well, so we arrange a time for you to bring in your pet for a visit.When your new pet is ready to go home with you, you will be asked to sign an adoption contract and pay an adoption fee. The fee helps to cover the cost of surgery, vaccines and daily care that your pet received.For more information and inquiries, call: (626) 792-7151 or email: [email protected] Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Pasadena Cub Scouts Donate Library and Renovate Youth Care Room

first_img Make a comment HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeauty Don Benito Cub Scout Pack 37. Photo credit: Bill CoburnOn Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., Don Benito Cub Scout Pack 37 and the Pasadena Police Department will unveil the newly renovated youth care room in the Pasadena Police Department. The room is used by children victims who have come into the protective custody of law enforcement. The situations that result in children being placed in protective custody are emotional and scary.Pack 37 wanting to make a difference in these young lives and took it upon themselves to renovate the youth care room, build a custom book shelf and fill the shelves with books and DVDs to engage the children with a positive activity. Their result is a beautiful, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children.The event will be held Saturday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. at the Pasadena Police Department, Records Lobby (207 N. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena). Lobby doors will open at 9:45 a.m.For more information, contact Lt. Tracey Ibarra at (661) 373-7753. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Pasadena Cub Scouts Donate Library and Renovate Youth Care Room Published on Friday, June 10, 2016 | 11:12 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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.center_img Community News Top of the News More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Season Outlook: Caltech Cross Country Enters 2016 with Depth and Youth

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Sports Season Outlook: Caltech Cross Country Enters 2016 with Depth and Youth From GoCaltech.com Published on Friday, September 2, 2016 | 4:32 pm Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Whereas last season could have been considered one of transition, the 2016 Caltech cross country team is focused on solidifying the foundation built by last year’s freshman class, in part due to the addition of a whopping 15 rookies.Schedule ReleaseRecruit Release – Men | Women“To call this team young is an understatement,” Head Coach Ben Raphelson said. “The newcomers are light on experience, but come in with impressive high school careers and track seasons to build on. The future is bright, but as we’ve been asking ourselves all preseason, is that future in two-to-three years, or two-to-three months?”Men’s TeamBehind two-time NCAA qualifier Aditya Bhagavathi, the 2015 team recorded its best season in over a decade, placing fifth at the SCIAC Championships and earning its first regional ranking in program history. Despite the graduation of five seniors, including three of the squad’s top four regular scorers, the 2016 team is still ticketed to finish in the same position of sixth in the SCIAC standings as last year.The sophomore duo of captain Rohan Choudhury (Cupertino, Calif. / Monta Vista) and Rohan Doshi (West Windsor, N.J. / West Windsor-Plainsboro North) heads the squad having spent their rookie year as fixtures in last year’s scoring lineup. Both stepped up their performance significantly during the spring track & field season, with Choudhury cracking the program Top 10 list in both the 3000- and 5000-meter runs as Doshi ended up just three seconds shy of qualifying for finals in the 1500m at the SCIAC Championships.“Both Rohans learned the importance of balance between academics and athletics as they transitioned to college life and competition last fall,” Raphelson said. “We got a much more accurate glimpse of their potential on the track.”While the graduation of Bhagavathi was always going to be a significant loss, Raphelson could have done no better in assembling a deep and talented group to weather that departure. Along with Choudhury and Doshi, freshmen Tommy Alford (Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Coffman), Greg Gephart (Reno, Nev. / Robert McQueen), Tanner Moore (Roseville, Calif. / Oakmont), Nikhil Poole (Arcadia, Calif. / Flintridge Prep), Simon Ricci (Chicago, Ill. / Latin School of Chicago) and Gianmarco Terrones (McLean, Va. / The Potomac School) have all been part of an increasingly large lead group in workouts, forming the core of a team which has the potential to be a significant presence in the SCIAC before long. Sophomore Joey Hong (Campbell, Calif. / King’s Acad.) – another regular in the 2015 scoring lineup – and freshman Sam Blazes (Seattle, Wash. / Sidwell Francis) are also knocking on the door of that lead group.“I’m already seeing further improvement from Choudhury, Doshi and Joey from last fall and spring, while Nikhil has arrived in exceptional shape – this entire squad is focused and determined to find out how good they can be as soon as this year,” Raphelson said. “I’m not setting any limits on what any of them or we as a team can accomplish.”Another quartet of runners – junior captain Gene Vaughan (Mission, Texas / Sharyland), freshman David Fager (Miami, Fla. / Belen Jesuit Prep), sophomore Michael Hashe (Plano, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math & Science) and junior Mason MacDougall (La Mirada, Calif. / La Mirada) – have also demonstrated that they are well ahead of where they were last year.“You would be hard-pressed to script a better team with this kind of youth – whether by ability, work ethic or enthusiasm,” Raphelson said. “Last year’s team found success with a front-runner competing with other teams’ top guys and a mix of seniors and freshmen rounding out the scoring group. This year’s squad is, again, very young, but very talented, deep and close in ability. It’s a different dynamic, but one that can be similarly successful.”Women’s TeamAll-time top-15 performers Melissa Gutierrez (Pico Rivera, Calif. / El Rancho) and Michelle Marasigan (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / James B. Conant) return to build off their instant-impact rookie seasons and are joined by a trio of seniors who bring tremendous leadership to the group. Emily Mazo (Bala Cynwyd, Pa. / Harriton) and Gauri Shastri (West Lafayette, Ind. / West Lafayette Jr.-Sr.) return from abroad looking to pick up where they left off as sophomores, with Mazo pairing Lilly Luo (Belle Mead, N.J. / Montgomery) as captains.“The seniors have already demonstrated their value to the group through their dedication and mentorship,” Raphelson said. “We’re fortunate to have them – they will make a huge difference through their performances as well as guiding the newcomers.”Leading that freshman class are Jena Srikanth (Fresno, Calif. / Clovis North), Sophie Walton (Emerald Hills, Calif. / Sequoia) and Skye Reese (Concord, N.H. / Concord), with sophomore Cherie Jia (Auckland, New Zealand / Auckland International Coll.) and rookie Michelle Zhao (San Diego, Calif. / Canyon Crest Acad.) also in the early mix for scoring spots in the lineup.“Jena, Sophie and Skye have all shown strong performances in cross country over their high school careers,” Raphelson said. “Cherie and Michelle clearly trained hard over the summer and are also poised to make a big impact that could surprise some people.”Junior Robin Brown (Potomac, Md. / Richard Montgomery) and freshman Nicole Feng (Bethany, Conn. / Amity Regional) have shown tremendous improvement over the past year as well and could break into that top seven before long.“This is a larger, deeper group than we had last year, and the overall talent level reflects that,” Raphelson said. “I see this group of newcomers teaming with Michelle Marasigan, who improved considerably during track, and Melissa to form the deepest group we’ve had in years. They’re all eager to race in a Caltech uniform, and it’s exciting to think what this can all add up to.”The season begins on Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Redlands Invitational, where both men and women will run shortened distances of 6k and 4.5k, respectively. Both teams will be eyeing the first leg of championship season in the SCIAC Multi-Duals, which take place a race earlier this year, on Oct. 1, followed by the SCIAC Championships on Oct. 29 and the NCAA West Regional on Nov. 12.“On paper, this is one of the most talented teams in program history,” Raphelson said. “That creates some really exciting opportunities, and it will come down to our ability to navigate the ups and downs of a collegiate cross country season. Everything we’re doing is geared to produce our best performances during the championship season. The bulk of this freshman class has come here expecting to be competitive on the conference and regional level, and the team’s actions to this point certainly make me think that is possible. I’m excited to see where this group takes us.” 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Business News 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 Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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