AbilityFirst Teamed Up with LA Rotary Club for Their Annual Bowling Party for Children and Adults with Disabilities

first_imgcenter column 1 AbilityFirst Teamed Up with LA Rotary Club for Their Annual Bowling Party for Children and Adults with Disabilities From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 5:23 pm AbilityFirst teamed up again with the Los Angeles Rotary Club (LA5 Rotary) for their 15th annual bowling party for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and epilepsy. The AbilityFirst LA Rotary Club Bowling Party was held on Saturday, March 21, at the AMF Bowling Lanes in Montebello.AF and Rotary5 Bowling Party“This was really a fun event for the children and adults with disabilities,” said AbilityFirst President and CEO Lori Gangemi. “We have had a long history with the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. We have valued their support of our organization for the last 89 years. It has been a remarkable relationship derived from business leaders who care and want to continually encourage people with disabilities to excel.”The LA Rotary Club has supported AbilityFirst since it was founded in 1926 under its previous name, the Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California. With the club’s support, AbilityFirst has pioneered essential community services and launched advocacy campaigns in support of disability rights. Over their long history together accomplishments include: setting a model standard in accessibility with the design and construction of one of the very first fully accessible camps in the nation; opening one of the first vocational training programs in the country for adults with disabilities; being a forerunner in supported employment helping adults with developmental disabilities succeed in competitive community jobs; and recently averting a programming crisis by sponsoring and helping to secure passage of state Senate Bill 309, which now ensures that young adults with developmental disabilities can receive after school care throughout high school.The Rotary Club sponsored event started with an active morning of bowling followed by a pizza lunch and awards. Rotary Club volunteers helped bowlers choose a ball and put on bowling shoes; provided support and encouragement with bowling pointers and scoring; assisted with serving lunch; and presented medals to all the participants.The AbilityFirst LA5 Rotary Club Bowling Party included 76 children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities from six of AbilityFirst’s’ program sites including community centers in Costa Mesa, East Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Pasadena, as well as two group homes in Pasadena. LA5 Rotarians were the hands-on hosts and volunteers working directly with AbilityFirst bowlers.About AbilityFirstEstablished in 1926 AbilityFirst, formerly Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California, provides programs and services to help children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential. Through 25 locations across Southern California, they offer a broad range of employment, recreational and socialization programs as well as accessible residential housing complexes and an accessible camp, Camp Paivika, for both children and adults. Business News Subscribe More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment 11 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. HerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Top of the News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Brazil’s Democracy Is an Example for the Arab World: Obama

first_imgBy Dialogo March 22, 2011 Brazil’s consolidation as a powerful democracy is an example that other nations can follow, U.S. President Barack Obama said on 20 March, while young people in the Middle East and North Africa are rebelling in search of greater freedoms. “For our two nations, for the United States and Brazil, two nations who have struggled over many generations to perfect our own democracies, the United States and Brazil know that the future of the Arab world will be determined by its people,” said Obama, who received a standing ovation from around two thousand people in a historic theater in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Obama has ordered U.S. forces to carry out the largest military intervention in the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, authorizing attacks on Libya on Saturday, while he was meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia. “We’ve seen the people of Libya take a courageous stand against a regime determined to brutalize its own citizens. Across the region, we’ve seen young people rise up,” the U.S. president said in a speech that was broadcast live on television in Brazil. “When men and women peacefully claim their human rights, our own common humanity is enhanced (…) That is the example of Brazil,” he said, to strong applause. Obama also used the speech to emphasize that the United States is seeking a relationship of equals with Brazil, touching on an issue that officials from the South American giant had been looking to him to address.last_img read more

A month earlier, Split Airport welcomed two million passengers

first_imgYesterday, this year’s two millionth passenger was welcomed at Split Airport, and he arrived on flight OU654 of Croatia Airlines from Zagreb. By the way, the two millionth passenger landed in Split more than a month earlier than the previous year.In the first 7 months, Split Airport recorded a 24% increase in passenger traffic compared to the same period last year. In July alone, 657.000 passengers passed through Split Airport, which is also a record number of passengers in one month in the history of not only Split Airport but also Croatia. This is the result of a positive growth trend in the number of passengers and air traffic, especially in the summer, they point out from ZL Split and add that according to previous announcements of airlines, the growth trend of passenger and aircraft traffic will continue in the off-season, which is great news for all tourism workers. in the Split-Dalmatia County.HGK ŽK SPLIT: IT IS NECESSARY TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF OFF-SEASON FLIGHTS IN SPLIT-DALMATIA COUNTYWith the aim of better transport connections and a positive shift in tourism and the overall economy, the Professional Group of Hoteliers at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Split County Chamber has proposed an increase in the number of airlines for the Split-Dalmatia County. It is part of a series of measures that can contribute to reducing the seasonality of the tourist season, along with measures to expand and diversify the tourist offer of the county. “Extending the flight season would bring a positive shift in the overall economy, and if flights to the ten capitals of European countries increase to three times a week during November, December and March, the season in Croatia would be extended by 12 weeks.. “, Said the councilor of the Professional Group of Hoteliers of ŽK Split Josip Čulić.The seasonality of Croatian tourism is present in all counties on the Adriatic, but it is especially emphasized in the Split-Dalmatia County. Although the county is well connected by road, as a tourist destination it is too far from its emitting markets for shorter car visits. Therefore, the Professional Group of Hoteliers at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is the Split County Chamber proposed an increase in the number of flights outside the main season in order to contribute to the extension of the tourist season. It is this measure that would be key to enabling the implementation of the rest of the measures to reduce seasonality, such as the development of the tourist offer of that county. Thus, tourists from emitting markets could visit the tourist destinations of the Split-Dalmatia County throughout the year.By extending the season by increasing the number of flights during March alone, expenditure savings would amount to HRK 2,98 million.In addition to the expected increase in the number of guests and income, the extension of the tourist season would also lead to a reduction in the number of unemployed seasonal workers and savings in the payment of unemployment benefits. Namely, according to the data of the Croatian Employment Service of the Split-Dalmatia County for the past year, there is a visible decrease in the payment of unemployment benefits compared to the beginning of the season. Thus, fee payments for March 2016 amounted to HRK 12,59 million, for April HRK 9,60 million, and for May HRK 7,91 million. By extending the season by increasing the number of flights during March alone, expenditure savings would amount to HRK 2,98 million.last_img read more

AMBER ALERT: Have you Seen this 9-year-old Florida Boy?

first_imgHOLIDAY, Fla. – An Amber Alert was issued Monday morning for a 9-year-old boy from Pasco County.According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Michael Morris was last seen in the 4000 block of Sail Drive in Holiday, Florida.Authorities believe he may be in the company of Haralampos Savopoulos, 50, who is also from Holiday.Michael was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and white shorts. He has a cut on his chin.Authorities said Michael and Savopoulos may be traveling in a white, 2011 Nissan Versa with Florida tag PCWH01. It’s unclear whether they are related or why authorities believe Savopoulos would take Michael.Police warn the public not to approach Savopoulos or the vehicle if spotted, but to call 911 immediately.last_img

Practical Advice From Olympia’s Van Dorm Realty – Should I Sell…

first_imgDiane and Jeff PustVan Dorm Realty, located in West Olympia, has been selling homes for over 30 years.  Now in its second generation of family-ownership, Jeff and Diane Pust are providing practical advice to Thurston County residents.Should I sell now is a question that Jeff Pust is frequently asked.“You can’t wait for the ‘right time’; it’s all relative,” answers Pust.  “Yes, property values have gone down, but so have everyone else’s so there is the potential to buy a new home at a reduced price.”Pust adds that many Van Dorm clients are choosing to sell now because they see opportunities in the market.“For example, a client may choose to sell their current home because they notice a beautiful home in a price range that they could not have afforded a few years ago,” comments Pust.Alternatively, some folks are at a stage in life where their large home is too large.  They are using this time as an opportunity to sell their large home, purchase a smaller more manageable home and using the difference to take advantage of another reduced price real estate purchase like a second home or investment property.  “This would not have made financial sense a few years ago” notes Pust.Regardless, home owners are seeing the potential in the market that didn’t exist five years ago.Add in very low interest rates and suddenly it becomes a lucrative decision to sell your home.  “Take advantage of phenomenal interest rates and good prices,” says Pust.Pust notes that there are signs that the housing market is turning.“It may be bold to say, but I believe that housing prices are on their way up.  I anticipate that, at the end of the year, we will look back and say that housing prices turned this year,” remarks Pust.“If you are of the mindset that you are going to hold out until prices come back, then you need to remember that everyone else’s prices will also start to increase,” comments Pust.  “When the market starts to turn, housing will go up, in general.”Pust compares the housing industry to all investment options.  “If you look at your home as one part of your investment portfolio, then you should constantly be evaluating whether you can earn a better return on your investment.  Perhaps now is the time to shift your money from one (home) investment to another,” summarizes Pust.Van Dorm Realty1530 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite FOlympia, WA 98502360.943.3800 Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Five youngsters pushing for a Man United first team place

first_img Will Keane – Click the arrow, right, to see the other under-21s pushing for a first team place – The striker was recalled from his loan spell with Preston North End on December 31, only to go straight back into the under-21 side. Keane has scored ten goals in six games since his return to Old Trafford, including five against Norwich on Monday (see his fourth below). Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are in form but Keane should be looked to as a natural goalscoring alternative off the bench. Expect him to feature soon. Axel Tuanzebe – Tuanzebe was promoted to Manchester United’s senior team this season and certainly expect him to be putting the pressure on the first-teamers very soon. He is only 18 but is the ball-playing central defender all managers desire and has followed the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Phil Neville in winning the Jimmy Murphy Award for the best young player for the 2014/15 season. United are thin on the ground defensively with injuries so expect to see Tuanzebe more regularly around Old Trafford. 5 5 Andreas Pereira – Pereira has been a constant fixture on the Manchester United bench this season since scoring on his debut, but has rarely been given an opportunity to shine. He was convinced to sign a new deal in the summer on the promise of more first-team football and has also been denied the chance to go out on loan. He has been the under-21s’ chief playmaker this season when allowed to play and has combined expertly with Keane and Januzaj when the trio have been deployed in attack. Adnan Januzaj – Like Keane, Januzaj is another who was recalled from his loan spell, having had a difficult time at Borussia Dortmund. However, he has only featured once since his return – and that was at left-back. Van Gaal looks uncertain whether he can trust the Belgian, despite him dazzling for the under-21 side. With Memphis Depay struggling, Januzaj’s name on the teamsheet would be celebrated by the United fans. U21s: Five goals tonight for Will Keane. None better than this beauty… #mufc https://t.co/nJRsADysAW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 8, 2016center_img Manchester United have a long, proud history of youth players graduating to the first team and that is something fans are keen to maintain.Whether it be the ‘Busby Babes’ or the ‘Class of ‘92’, the academy has been responsible for producing some of the finest players England has seen.However, one of the criticisms aimed at manager Louis van Gaal is his refusal to embrace the youth team, something that led to ‘disillusioned’ academy chief Derek Langley poised to quit after 16 years at the helm.The Red Devils’ under-21 side is second in the league under Warren Joyce and recently demolished Norwich 7-0 (see the pick of the goals below).Players such as Paddy McNair, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Guillermo Varela and Tyler Blackett have all had first-team spells under the Dutchman but who are the others pushing for a place?talkSPORT looks at the main contenders to stake a claim for a permanent place in United’s starting XI. 5 5 5 James Weir – Like Tuanzebe, Weir was thrust into the first-team picture by Van Gaal when he was named on the bench for the game against Newcastle earlier in the season. He operates as an attacking midfielder but is fairly versatile, having played on the wing, as a box-to-box midfielder and at full-back. With the likes of Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger unable to play every game, and Marouane Fellaini far from convincing, the 20-year-old will be pushing for his debut sooner rather than later.last_img read more

Chaminda Vaas roped in as Sri Lanka’s specialist bowling coach for India series

first_imgThe Sri Lanka Cricket ( SLC) has announced that former paceman Chaminda Vaas has been roped in as the specialist fast bowling coach for the upcoming series against India.The India’s tour of Sri Lanka will feature three-match Test series, five-match ODI series and a lone T20 match, beginning July 26 at the Galle.Vaas has been at the helm of the national programme working with the feeder squads since August last year and that he would guide Lanka’s pace attack for the India.The 43-year-old appeared in a total of 111 Tests taking 355 wickets and 322 one-day internationals amassing 400 wickets.Considered to be as one of Sri Lanka’s most successful fast bowlers, Vaas also had a stint with the senior side from May 2013 to April 2015 before taking up short coaching roles with Ireland and New Zealand.last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Was Back At It With The Photobombing At The NBA Finals Last Night

first_imgUrban Meyer shows excitement during the cavaliers game.Urban Meyer CavsOutside of coaching college football, photobombing is probably Urban Meyer’s best skill. He’s great at it. And the 50-year-old coach – perhaps unintentionally – was at it again last night at the Cleveland-Golden State NBA Finals game. Urban is #ALLinCLE. @OSUCoachMeyer @cavs (photo via @GavinRBlair) pic.twitter.com/A6I5kSNjev— Niraj Antani (@NirajAntani) June 10, 2015Urban Meyer, photo-bomber extraordinaire, strikes again. http://t.co/pWDCl6SI2A pic.twitter.com/4HVe0yEiXD— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) June 10, 2015When you thought your conversation was private but you get put on blast… pic.twitter.com/EF9sWIsCxA— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 10, 2015Photobombing is getting a little dated, but when you’re a national championship-winning head coach, you can do whatever you want.last_img read more

Photos: Syracuse Will Wear Awesome “Pearl” Warm-Up Shirts Tonight

first_imgPearl Washington shirts for Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)This week, Syracuse fans began raising money for former Orange star Pearl Washington, who is battling a brain tumor and needs significant, round-the-clock medical care. There’s also a website “Prayers for Pearl” where people can purchase shirts and donate to the cause. Tonight, Syracuse basketball is getting in on the act, and the team will be wearing special “Pearl” warm-up shirts before taking on Notre Dame. The shirts are very cool, featuring Pearl’s No. 31 and his name written in the same vintage script that appeared on the ‘Cuse jerseys in the 1980s. These are awesome. Kudos to Syracuse and our continued best wishes to Pearl.last_img read more

Jackhammers fumes turn BC familys Panama Canal cruise into construction zone

first_imgVICTORIA – The noise of pounding jackhammers and the smell of fumes are the unwanted memories of a spring-break cruise through the Panama Canal for a woman and her family from the Victoria area.Cecilia Jenkins said a major construction project began moments after the Norwegian Cruise Line vessel left a dock in Miami, and noise, fumes and dust from the work lasted the entire voyage on the Norwegian Sun.“Grinding, jackhammering,” she said Tuesday. “Lots of noise. Lots of dust.”The voyage ended on Saturday in Los Angeles.A Facebook group called Panama Canal Sun was launched four days before the ship docked. By Tuesday, it had 330 members and some of them had posted pictures and video of renovations taking place on the ship. Several others say the cruise line didn’t disclose the renovations beforehand.Jenkins said the cruise line company provided a letter date March 27 apologizing to the passengers.“We understand that some of these enhancements have affected your experience with us, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” says the letter.In a statement on Tuesday, Norwegian Cruise Line said it is making a “significant investment” in its ships, including the Norwegian Sun.“At Norwegian Cruise Line, we continuously aim to offer the best vacation experience for all our guests,” it says.“While we do our utmost to minimize any impact on the guest experience when these enhancements are taking place, we recognize that in this situation our guests have experienced some inconvenience.”Jenkins said repairs on several of the vessel’s decks and running track started almost immediately.“I don’t think you should be doing any of this on a vacation, especially without telling us,” she said, adding she felt most comfortable when she left the vessel to explore stops in Central America and Mexico.Jenkins said her teenage daughter and husband were with her on the cruise, which cost an estimated $10,000. Her father-in-law and his friend also took the voyage.last_img read more