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

Speaking up, reaching out

first_imgSix years ago, Zelalem Kibret’s activism prompted him to visit prison; less than two years later, it landed him inside.A lawyer and then-professor of law at Ambo University in Ethiopia, Zelalem first visited a jailed politician in the infamous Kaliti Prison in 2012, hoping to raise awareness about people arrested for challenging the status quo. In 2014, Zelalem himself was behind bars for speaking up.That year, as part of a blogging collective called Zone 9, Zelalem and his colleagues, seven men and two women in all, had organized online campaigns urging the government to honor the rights promised in the country’s constitution. The group — two attorneys, a mathematician, an economist, an engineer, a journalist, and three information technology experts — met with jailed journalists and politicians, called for freedom of expression and an end to the torture of political detainees, and asked Ethiopians to share with them their hopes and dreams for their country. The effort angered government officials, Zelalem said. Kimmel steps up for Scholars at Risk When words spell danger 6 writers at risk explain how their work trumps threats Scholar at Risk, a Cuban journalist and poet who was once jailed, savors everyday life at Harvard Related “We are not asking for this law to be repealed, this law to be passed. Just respect the constitution. Fortunately, we have a very wonderful constitution, but no one cares about it,” said Zelalem on a recent afternoon at Harvard, where he has been a Scholar At Risk, supported by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.Zelalem knows firsthand Ethiopia’s record of human rights abuses. In 2012, he said, he was grabbed off an Ambo street by members of the National Intelligence Security Service, who locked him in a small room and interrogated and tortured him for hours. “Why was he criticizing the government?” and “Who was sponsoring his subversive activities?” he recalled his captors demanding. They repeatedly threw him to the floor, whipped him with a power cable, and beat his knees with the butt of a pistol, said Zelalem. When he was released, bruised and bloodied, he couldn’t walk for days.“It was so terrible.”But it wasn’t uncommon. Growing up in Ethiopia, Zelalem had long been cautioned about speaking out. “You have to be careful,” warned his parents, who had friends killed or exiled during the nation’s brutal communist dictatorship that lasted until 1991. As such, they were hesitant to express their political views.But certain influences planted an early seed of curiosity in their son. Ethiopia’s longstanding ties to the Soviet Union meant Zelalem’s boyhood home was populated with Russian literature translated into Amharic. Works by the likes of Nikolai Gogol and Leo Tolstoy filled the family bookshelves, along with a Marxist dictionary — “a world book from the communist point of view” — with descriptions of political, economic, and philosophical ideologies. His older brother, also a lawyer, fueled his interest in learning. But it was a contested election in 2005, the year he turned 18 and was first eligible to vote, that made Zelalem’s interest in politics really take hold.,While government officials had pledged their commitment to democratic reforms, members of the opposition party, as well as various human-rights organizations, complained of voter fraud during the election and contested the results. Security forces clashed with student protestors. Close to 200 demonstrators were killed, and hundreds more arrested.It was “eye-opening,” recalled Zelalem, a “milestone for me and many of my peers.”Watching friends and fellow students arrested for simply speaking up inspired him to get involved with the Ethiopian Human Rights Council, a nongovernmental organization that documents rights abuses. Later, while working as a legal consultant and analyst, he read stories in Addis Neger, the Ethiopian newspaper that he said was known for its balanced reporting and well-sourced articles. The articles sparked a desire to put his own thoughts on the page, and so he began. When the government shut the paper down, Zelalem turned to the web, launching his personal blog in 2011.He realized then that “we all can talk now; we can all be journalists.”Together with friends he met online, he visited a journalist jailed in Kaliti Prison for speaking out. She explained that the prison had eight zones, and that prisoners referred to life beyond the bars as zone nine because of the shrinking civil rights and liberties throughout the country. The bitter inside joke gave the bloggers their name.After two years of having their web site repeatedly shut down and being harassed and followed by government officials, six of the nine were arrested and sent to jail. They were charged with “outrage against the constitution” and terrorism under the country’s expansive anti-terrorism law, he said. Zelalem was released just weeks ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to the country, more than a year after his arrest. In 2015, when Zone 9 won a citizen journalism award, government officials seized Zelalem’s passport and refused to let him travel to Paris to accept the honor.He got it in time to participate in the Obama-sponsored African Leadership Initiative fellowship in 2016, studying at the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary. Last year he took part in a fellowship at New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. He arrived at Harvard this past fall.In Cambridge with his wife and young son, Zelalem has been studying the impact of “liberation technology” on new social movements in sub-Saharan Africa.“I am looking at how these new technologies are enabling [social movements] to push forward.”He is also exploring writing a book on how torture affects the lives of political prisoners. Next up is a fellowship at McGill University in Canada, where he will continue his research and writing and use his voice against injustice.“I am always hopeful,” he said. “I hope that things will be better eventually.” Comedian sets meeting with Bill Simmons to give program a boost Out of ‘the wolf’s mouth’last_img read more

Long Island Craft Beer Week Runs May 10-19

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco de Mayo have passed, but the brews will still be flowing freely now that the third annual Long Island Craft Beer Week is just getting started.The 10-day island-wide celebration of suds kicks off with a series of happy-hour events Friday at participating bars, restaurants and beer distributers across Nassau and Suffolk counties. It runs through Sunday, May 19.“As Long Island’s first and largest craft brewery, we’re proud to celebrate the growth of the industry and the rise in craft beer aficionados,” said Curt Potter, spokesman for Patchogue-based Blue Point Brewing Co. “We enjoy Long Island Craft Beer Week as it’s a real celebration of community and the growing craft beer movement.”The number of craft breweries has tripled from five in 2008 to 15 now with four more in the works to open by the end of this year, according to figures Newsday reported last week. Mustache Brewing Co. in Riverhead, Barrage Brewing Co. in Farmingdale and Oyster Bay Brewing Co. are among the latest local upstarts getting ready to open their doors.Beer Here: Tapping Into Long Island’s Craft Beer ExplosionAmong the events celebrating local microbreweries are as beer pong contests, “meet the brewer” nights, home brewing classes, a beer festival dubbed “Bay Fest” at Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore, craft beer trivia nights and the Golden Tap Awards Gala—the Oscars of local beer.Participating local bars include T.J. Finley’s, The Tap Room, The Lark Pub & Grub, Croxley’s and The Good Life. Many events include special beer pairing dinners that feature Q&A sessions with the brewers. Prizes and giveaways will also be offered for some of the events, which includes some tastings celebrating off-island brewers.For more information on Long Island Craft Beer Week, a full list of events, visit www.longislandcraftbeerweek.comlast_img read more

How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In the days after Superstorm Sandy, relief organizations were overwhelmed by the chaos and enormous need. One group quickly emerged as a bright spot. While victims in New York’s hardest hit neighborhoods were stuck in the cold and dark, volunteers from the spontaneously formed Occupy Sandy became a widely praised lifeline.Occupy Sandy was “one of the leading humanitarian groups providing relief to survivors across New York City and New Jersey,” as a government-commissioned study put it.Yet the Red Cross, which was bungling its own aid efforts after the storm, made a decision that further hampered relief: Senior officials told staffers not to work with Occupy Sandy.Red Cross officials had no concerns about Occupy Sandy’s effectiveness. Rather, they were worried about the group’s connections to the Occupy Wall Street protest movement.Three Red Cross responders told ProPublica there was a ban. “We were told not to interact with Occupy,” says one. While the Red Cross often didn’t know where to send food, Occupy Sandy “had what we didn’t: minute-by-minute information,” another volunteer says.The three spoke to ProPublica on the condition of anonymity because they continue to work with the Red Cross. One says the direction came from an official based in Red Cross headquarters in Washington. Another understood the direction came from Washington. A third was not sure who gave the instructions.The government-sponsored study that praised Occupy Sandy—written in 2013 for the Department of Homeland Security—also cites a prohibition: A Red Cross chief of volunteer coordination recalled that “he was told not to work with Occupy Sandy because of the affiliation with [Occupy Wall Street],” the study says.Fred Leahy, a veteran Red Cross responder who was a Community Partnerships Manager in Sandy’s aftermath, recalled a meeting a week after the storm in which he and two other officials, one from Washington, discussed “the political and donor ramifications of associating with Occupy Sandy due to its outgrowth from Occupy Wall Street.” He says the meeting was called after an inquiry from Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern.“Occupy Wall Street was not very favorably received by the political people in the city,” Leahy says. Major Red Cross donors were from the same elite political circles “and they didn’t understand Occupy Wall Street.”Red Cross responders says that many staffers and volunteers objected to the charity’s stance on Occupy Sandy because among the Red Cross’ fundamental principles is that aid must be delivered without regard to politics or ideology. “We are a neutral, humanitarian organization,” one staffer says. “We don’t take sides.”Leahy says Red Cross officials decided at the meeting to wait for Occupy Sandy representatives to come to them, rather than to approach the group. When a subordinate inquired about working with Occupy, Leahy says he told the person: “We really don’t need to worry about them at this time. Because we’ve got more important concerns at the moment.”Nevertheless, Leahy denied there was a explicit injunction not to work with Occupy Sandy.The Red Cross said in a statement that “there was never at any time a policy prohibiting Red Cross staff or volunteers from working with Occupy Sandy.”“We linked them with partners,” the charity wrote. “We provided them with meals and other supplies 2013 to the point of providing them with an entire warehouse full of material in March 2013.”But Occupy Sandy organizers interviewed by ProPublica say the Red Cross did not take their calls in the early days and weeks after the storm hit in October 2012. Nathan Kleinman, an Occupy Sandy organizer, recalls a Red Cross employee telling him that “they couldn’t be seen working with us.” He says some Red Cross responders attempted to help Occupy behind the scenes with advice and occasionally supplies.“I have no doubt we could have had a much more productive relationship with the Red Cross if they’d been willing to associate themselves with us out in the open,” Kleinman says. “I have no doubt their failure to look past politics hurt the overall recovery.”Workers inside the Red Cross’ Manhattan headquarters say they were furious with the delay, which hampered the ability to provide aid.Indeed, some Red Cross responders were so troubled, they tried to work with people from Occupy covertly. They say they maintained a spreadsheet of Occupy contacts separate from the other contact lists to hide from senior Red Cross officials that they were working with the group.Contemporaneous Occupy Sandy meeting minutes show some examples of fruitful cooperation. An Occupy Sandy volunteer described the Red Cross as being “our lifeline in terms of hot meals.”The minutes also record an incident in which two Red Cross employees showed up at an Occupy site in Brooklyn “asking if we could send them volunteers—and their stipulations for that: they couldn’t wear any Occupy stuff.” Those conditions were rejected.The Red Cross responders who say there was a clear ban on working with Occupy differ on how long it was in place. One person says the policy was rescinded in a matter of days, but that it took weeks to communicate to all the corners of the Red Cross relief effort.A third Red Cross worker says that the policy was still in place in December, more than a month into the relief effort.Read about how the Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac in PR Over People: The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster. And about how the Red Cross’ CEO has been serially misleading about where donors’ dollars are going.Can you help us with our Red Cross reporting? Learn how to share a tip or email [email protected] is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more

American Red Cross honors essential workers with blood drive

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The American Red Cross held a blood drive on Thursday. A “thank you” card table was set up with a registry of essential workers currently working throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood to prevent shortages in hospitals as they resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were put on pause early in the spring due to COVID-19. “We are wiping down all the hard surfaces that we are using, our phlebotomist are wearing gloves and changing them between donors, that’s something they’ve always done and will continue to do,” she says “We wipe down the donation beds people are using. Wiping down all the health histories and equipment we are using.” While the blood drive was happening during a pandemic, the Red Cross wants you to know that they are taking all the proper steps to make sure donors are safe. Donors who gave blood walked away with a SaveAround Broome County coupon book, an American Red Cross reusable bag and a $5 Amazon Gift Card that will be sent via to donors via email. Esperanza Gutierrez, the Broome County Account Manager for The American Red Cross, says people’s temperatures were taken at the door.last_img read more

Asset manager involvement in lending market raises ‘new risks’ – BIS

first_imgAsset managers’ increasing activity in the lending market raises new risks and should be counteracted by a renewed emphasis on bank lending, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).The organisation, whose membership consists of central banks from across the world, said institutional investors’ search for yield was partly to blame for the growth of lending by asset managers.A chapter from the organisation’s annual report warned: “Even when asset managers operate with low leverage, their investment mandates can give rise to leverage-like behaviour that amplifies and propagates financial stress.”The report questioned whether asset managers would be able to take over the role played by banks in light of their reduced role in the lending market. “Financial institutions’ success in performing such functions depends on their capacity to take temporary losses in their stride,” it said.“But this capacity has recently declined in the asset management sector, where retail investors have been replacing institutional investors as the ultimate risk bearers.”The restoration of banks as the “successful intermediaries” they were in the past should be the ultimate goal.The report also touched on the Financial Stability Board’s recent consultation on globally important financial institutions, which a number of asset managers criticised for excluding pension funds from its remit.It also argued that asset managers should tackle existing incentive-driven fees to ensure their investments are for the long term, which in turn could offset “temporary adverse shocks”.“Furthermore,” the BIS added, “redemption risk can be addressed by liquidity buffers and – in the spirit of recent amendments to US money market fund rules – by restrictions on rapid redemptions from managed funds.“This could insulate asset managers from hasty swings in retail investor sentiment, thus boosting the sector’s loss-absorbing capacity.”last_img read more

Late Equaliser Sends Falconets into Q’final

first_imgA stoppage time own goal by Jiaxing Dou earned Nigeria a highly-dramatic 1-1 draw against China PR in Dinan-Lehon, France yesterday as Falconets claimed a spot in the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.Needing an outright victory to leapfrog Falconets to the runners-up spot of Group D, China was the more adventurous side in the first half at the Stade du Clos Gastel.Zhang Linyan gave China the breakthrough they needed with a 41st minute goal, and they were on their way to the last eight before the own goal that ensured the Falconets finished Group D in second place on goals balance from the Asians, though on same number of points (four).Mengyu Shen had the first chance of the match on 25 minutes when she hit the Nigeria crossbar. A few minutes later, captain Linlin Wang headed over the target from close range.China’s breakthrough came four minutes before half-time, as the diminutive Zhang turned her Nigerian marker in the box and stroked the ball past a diving Chiamaka Nnadozie to give the Asians the lead at the break.The Super Falconets pushed hard in search of an equaliser in the second half, but found the China backline and goalkeeper Huan Xu in resilient form until the end of the contest.With seconds left to play, substitute Aishat Bello’s byline cross from the right saw captain Rashdeedat Ajibade challenge for the ball with China right-back Jiaxing Dou. Bello’s cross struck the Chinese defender before nestling in the back of the net and sparking emotional celebrations from the Falconets at the full-time whistle.The Falconets will now have to battle impressive Spain on Thursday for place in the last-four. Kick-off time on Thursday is 2pm. Spain topped Group C with seven points in a group that also had the USA and Paraguay.They have so far scored seven goals and let in three goals.General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, praised the ladies for their effort: “The Falconets deserve commendation for the way they fought all the way to the end and got the important goal.“The NFF is proud of their dedication, discipline and commitment, and we believe they have what it takes to overcome Spain in the quarter finals,” observed the NFF scribe.In the other match of the group, Germany finished the group stage with a maximum nine points after a 3-2 victory against Haiti at Vannes’s Stade de la Rabine.Laura Freigang opened the scoring from close range, before Kristin Kogel doubled the lead shortly after the break.Klara Buhl made it three for Germany on the hour-mark, while Haiti captain Nerilia Mondesir netted a second-half brace to put pressure on the Germans. After making it three wins from three, Maren Meinert’s team will now face Japan – who finished second in Group C – in France 2018’s quarter-finals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UNDER-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP*Nigeria to play Spain for a place in the Last FourDuro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportlast_img read more