Children Enjoy an Early Hillsides Christmas at Pasadena Charity

first_imgGiving Back Children Enjoy an Early Hillsides Christmas at Pasadena Charity From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, December 22, 2014 | 3:49 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Business News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS A boy at Hillsides opening presents he received during Hillsides Christmas held on December 22. Children enjoyed breakfast, Christmas caroling, a visit from Santa, and opening presents.Christmas came early to Hillsides this year for the children who live in the Residential Treatment Services program as they celebrated the annual Hillsides Christmas celebration the morning of December 22.The 62 children who live on the Hillsides Pasadena campus were dressed in their holiday best, the boys in buttoned-down shirts and Christmas sweaters and the girls in festive dresses. They first enjoyed a special breakfast of their choosing — French toast, eggs and bacon, and cereal prepared by Hillsides Food Service Director Reggie Williams and his staff. They then sang Christmas carols, led by Stacey Roth, Hillsides chief program officer.As the children were finishing breakfast, Hillsides elves, a.k.a. Hillsides group rehab specialists, were busy delivering gifts to the cottages where the children live. The children then went back to their cottages, where they each opened a stocking and gifts personally selected for them.“Are these all for me?” one little girl asked as she dove into a pile of presents. Another boy yelled in delight as he opened a sports beanie he’d asked for. Another little girl was so overwhelmed with her gifts of a Barbie princess set and a dance leotard that she jumped up and down with excitement.“Many of the children at Hillsides have missed out on these holiday traditions. Receiving gifts have an incredible amount of meaning for the children,” said Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides chief executive officer. “They are more than gifts, they demonstrate to the children that people care for them and are taking the time to do something special for them. Hillsides Christmas celebration is a cherished tradition and we are so thankful for all the donors who fulfilled the holiday wishes of the children. With their support, the children are able to have a happy Christmas.”The Hillsides Christmas continues throughout the day. After opening gifts, children received a visit from Santa and his elves (Hillsides volunteers, including students from local Pasadena schools Mayfield Senior School and Westridge School), and had their photos taken with Santa.The children next enjoy an early holiday dinner, and in the evening perform in a special holiday show at the Church of Angels, which is next door to Hillsides. Family and friends are invited to the performance, and Hillsides recognizes Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza. A second holiday show is planned for December 23.On Christmas Eve, December 24, children will attend a party at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, sponsored by a volunteer group at Hillsides, the Hillsides Volunteer Network. The children will also dress up for that event, and receive stockings from Santa.The Christmas Eve party wraps up a holiday season where numerous organizations and companies provided holiday cheer for many of the 8,950 children and families Hillsides serves, including the children who live in the residential treatment program. Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the over all functioning and well-being of vulnerable children, youth, and their families. For more information on Hillsides, please visit www.hillsides.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. Subscribe 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Feminists Interrupt at Auckland Pride Parade – “Stop giving kids sex hormones”

first_imgScoop 19 February 2018Family First Comment: “The physician who leads the gender transition programme at Auckland’s District Health Board, Jeannie Oliphant, says that she herself does not know what gender is. “What makes people transgender?” she says. “I don’t think we know any more than we know why I was born left-handed and my sister was born right-handed.” Young people in New Zealand cannot be making informed decisions around gender transition when the appointed experts are in the dark themselves, and this means medical experimentation and breach of medical ethics.”Well said.Feminist activists Charlie Montague and Renée Gerlich dropped a banner at the front of the Auckland Pride Parade. The banner read:STOP GIVING KIDS SEX HORMONES – PROTECT LESBIAN YOUTH“Organisations like RainbowYouth and InsideOut, as well as the Pride Parade, must stop endorsing medical experimentation, child abuse, sexist stereotyping, and the destruction of female-only and lesbian spaces,” says Gerlich, who reached out to RainbowYouth and InsideOut with an open letter in 2016.Montague adds that, “Lesbians around the world are trying to draw attention to the harm of gender identity on lesbians, and we are being silenced.”Between 2009-16, the number of women and girls in Wellington being referred to endocrinologists for medical gender transition increased twelvefold: from three to forty-one referrals. Sex hormone prescriptions are forecast to continue rising, and are not leading to decreasing suicide statistics or increased wellbeing. Studies also show that globally, disproportionate numbers of young women being medicated are lesbian.Throughout the West, children as young as three are being encouraged to undergo gender transition. The prescription of puberty blockers to children as young as ten, followed by sex hormones in adolescence is sterilising children. Children as young as six are being given genital tuckers and prosthetic dildos, and RainbowYouth in New Zealand has been distributing free breast binders in schools. These apply pressure to women’s chests in order to damage tissue and inhibit breast growth, also causing lung damage.“The New Zealand Herald reported the impacts of a course of testosterone treatment on a Northland lesbian teen in 2017,” says Gerlich. “She now recognises that she is female. Testosterone, prescribed to put her on the path of gender transition, has left her potentially infertile with a permanently lowered voice, increased body hair and worsened depression that has lead to suicide attempts. The promotion of this kind of medicalised abuse is what we are protesting at Pride.”“By distributing breast binders in schools, RainbowYouth promotes dysphoria and the mutilation of women’s bodies. It’s doublespeak for them to do this in the name of ‘Pride’.”The physician who leads the gender transition programme at Auckland’s District Health Board, Jeannie Oliphant, says that she herself does not know what gender is. “What makes people transgender?” she says. “I don’t think we know any more than we know why I was born left-handed and my sister was born right-handed.” Young people in New Zealand cannot be making informed decisions around gender transition when the appointed experts are in the dark themselves, and this means medical experimentation and breach of medical ethics.Montague says that “Gender is a system of “pink and blue” sex-based stereotyping. Without these gender stereotypes there are no “trans” children. We want to break down stereotypes so that youth can be whoever they want to be – without being medicalised for it.”http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1802/S00201/feminists-interrupt-at-auckland-pride-parade.htmlast_img read more

Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia out for three months after foot surgery

first_imgAntonio Valencia will be out for at least three months with a foot injury, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed. Valencia suffered the injury to his left foot in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City last month. Valencia underwent surgery last week and Van Gaal confirmed the Ecuadorian would not be back until the end of February at the earliest. Press Associationcenter_img The United manager told MUTV: “Valencia is longer term and very long. “It is not within three months or something. It is a very heavy injury.” The 30-year-old utility man has only started two league games for United this season, but his absence will still be felt by Van Gaal. The United manager only has one specialist right-back in his squad – Matteo Darmian, who signed from Torino in the summer. Phil Jones and Ashley Young have also deputised in the position when Darmian and Valencia have been unavailable this season. As well as Valencia, Van Gaal has another five players out for Saturday’s trip to Watford. Wayne Rooney (illness), Anthony Martial (foot), Marouane Fellaini (calf), Luke Shaw (leg) and Michael Carrick (ankle) are unavailable while James Wilson is short of match fitness so cannot play for 90 minutes. last_img read more

RB Hears Plan For Replacement of Hubbard Bridge

first_imgHubbard Bridge, which connects REd Bank to the River Plaza section of Middletown, is next on the list of two river bridges to be replaced. RED BANK — With the Oceanic Bridge currently under construction, and the Sea Bright-Rumson bridge being considered for work in the near future, county engineers now are turning their attention to the West Front Street Bridge–much to the appreciation of Mayor Pasquale Menna.Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore and Jon Moren, the county’s principal bridge engineer and project manager, appeared before the governing body on Wednesday Feb. 22 l to explain what is going to be done on the bridge that  links Red Bank to the River Plaza section of Middletown, across the Swimming River.This project will be completely funded by federal transportation dollars, Ettore said, noting that the project is expected to cost between $12 and $12.5 million.The county-owned and maintained two-lane bridge, S-17, dates back to 1921 and is approximately 340 feet long, according to county information. It underwent some emergency repairs in 2004 when workers installed a deck replacement because it had become so deteriorated.Following that work, county engineers and state transportation officials conducted some additional scoping work to determine what should be done to the badly aging bridge.Red Bank officials had reservations about what was being proposed at that time. For one thing, said Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels, the bridge that was originally proposed was to have a sidewalk on only one side, which the borough opposed because of the amount of foot traffic on the west side.The new bridge proposal calls for six-foot sidewalks on each side and will comply with federal handicap access requirements. The new design also includes a four-foot shoulder on the approach to the bridge, allowing pedestrian and bicycle access, the engineers said.Those working on this project, Menna said, have remedied the the boroug’s original concerns. “Most of all,” Menna added, “I want to thank you for having someone pay for us.”And because the new bridge will be constructed alongside the existing bridge, the amount of time that traffic will have to be diverted will be minimal.Construction would be about 18 month to two years. “The actual closure of the bridge won’t happen until very late in the process,” Ettore said, estimating that won’t happen until  late in 2014.County engineers are hoping to, “minimize the disruption to the businesses,” Ettore said, noting that the bridge would be closed to traffic for three or four months.The architecture of the bridge will be consistent with the area. “We think of this as a landmark,” Ettore added.The project will likely mean the county will have to acquire a small amount of private property. Representatives have been negotiating with the property owners, as the county has an official policy of “willing seller, willing buyer negotiation,” according to Ettore.County engineers plan to advertise bids for the contract by fall 2012, with construction beginning in late winter 2012 or spring 2013.County officials are planning to conduct a public hearing on the proposal sometime in April, which will probably take place in the borough municipal complex on Monmouth Street.Menna commended the engineers for retooling the project to minimize borough concerns. “They actually spent time and listened to us,” he said afterwards.last_img read more

Ghostriders stick it to Leafs 7-2 in Fernie

first_imgKale Johnston scored three times while John Thompson, Spencer Bender, Ben Primeau and Kurtis Bond added singles as Fernie held period leads of 3-1 and 6-2.Former Nelson Leaf Blake Arcuri, who had a stint playing in California earlier this season before signing with the Ghostriders, had an assist.Troy Petrich, scoring his first goal of the season for Nelson, and Travis Wellman replied for Nelson.Fernie out shot Nelson 46-28 making a winner out of netminder Phoenix Logan-Hill.Brad Rebagliati started the game for Nelson before being replace between the pipes by Tyler Moffat.Nelson is off until Friday, December 13 when the Leafs travel to Beaver Valley for a tough divisional game against the Nitehawks.Nelson currently leads the Hawks by nine points in Murdoch Division standings. Beaver Valley, which dropped a 3-2 overtime decision Friday to Spokane, had two games in hand on Nelson.The Hawks make up one of those games Saturday in Kimberley against the Dynamiters. The Nelson Leafs got out worked, out shot and out scored Friday night in Fernie.The Ghostriders blasted the Green and White 7-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kootenay Conference action in the East Kootenay City.The loss is the second time in as many games an Eddie Mountain team has completely dominated the Leafs.Creston pounded Nelson 9-3 in November.The Riders scored three times during a seven minute span in the first period and never looked back.last_img read more

Wild ride for Bombers as Mt. Baker wins LVR tournament

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers wasted a complete-game pitching performance from Austin Tambellini against Mount Baker Wild in the final game of the Bomber Invitational High School Baseball Tournament Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Park.Tambellini tossed a five-hitter during a 4-0 loss to the Wild.The win allowed the Cranbook-based squad to capture the tournament title with a 3-0 record.LVR was second at 2-1 with Selkirk Storm of Kimberley third and Mt. Boucherie Bears of West Kelowna fourth.Tambellini finished the contest surrendering three earned runs while walking two and fanning 12 batters.Eric Hurley picked up two hits while Tambellini, Casey Harrison and Braeden Zarikoff each collected one hit.The Bombers advanced to the Wild contest undefeated after edging out Mt. Boucherie 4-3.Zarikoff threw a complete game for the win giving up four hits while striking out 13 with no walks or earned runs. Hurley, Mathew Brind’Amour, and Zarikoff had two hits each with Tambellini, and Geon Woo Park chipping in with one hit each.LVR opened the tournament Friday with a convincing 15-1 pasting of Kimberley’s Selkirk Storm.Hano Southam went the distance to register the win for the Bombers giving up two hits and three walks and fanning eight batters.Zarikoff went four for four at the plate while Reese Tambellini, Lincoln Rosenblood, Hano Southam and John Barabonoff were all 3 for 4.The Bombers season record improves to 10-5.Bombers sweep RangersLVR entered the tournament on a winning note after scoring a doubleheader sweep of the Selkirk Rangers from Metaline Washington.Braeden Zarikoff pitched very well for the Bombers in Game 1, 6 – 1 win. Zarikoff helped himself with two singles and a double, while Hano Southam had a solo homerun and a single. Zarikoff gave up two hits one earned run and struck out 10 for the win. In Game 2 Austin Tambellini took the win also only giving up one earned run, striking out 11 and giving up four hits. The Bomber gave up an early lead and needed a four run rally in the seventh for the win, Casey Harrison had a big two run single in the seventh. Reese Tambellini and Keaton Roch chipped in with singles in Game 2.last_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I’m open’ to re-signing with the Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND – The season had ended about 30 minutes earlier, and DeMarcus Cousins still seemed a bit dizzy.“A rollercoaster ride,” Cousins summed up.It sure was. Cousins signed with the Warriors on their taxpayer midlevel exception ($5.3 million) amid a depressed free-agent market after suffering a torn left Achilles tendon. Once he returned in mid January, Cousins faced mixed progress with his conditioning and adjusting his role. In Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round matchup against the Los …last_img read more

SA Airways increases Airbus order

first_imgThis order, combined with the airlines recent lease agreement for six new A330s, will deliver a modern, comfortable, reliable and cost-efficient fleet for South African Airways’ domestic, regional and long-haul services. “It will be a key enabler in South African Airways drive for greater efficiency.” “Because they offer a seamless fit with the other Airbus aircraft types which we operate, the A320s will assist in our efficiency drive and reduce maintenance costs.” 28 May 2010 Operational commonality South African Airways already operates a fleet of 11 A319s, six A340-200s, six A340-300s and nine A340-600s. “The A320 is the most modern and efficient single aisle aircraft available and with continuous improvements we are strengthening the aircraft’s leadership position,” said Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy. South African Airways has ordered five additional Airbus A320 aircraft, increasing an earlier commitment from 15 to 20 of the planes. The aircraft, to be delivered from 2013, will be powered by IAE engines. Airbus aircraft share a unique cockpit and operational commonality, allowing airlines to use the same pool of pilots, cabin crews and maintenance engineers, bringing operational flexibility and resulting in significant cost savings. “We are delighted that this transaction has the approval of our key stakeholders, the SAA shareholder and board,” SAA chief executive Siza Mzimela said in a statement this week. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, April 9 2011

first_imgWe’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Want to get your event included in the calendar? Let us know in the comments below or email us. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#events#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market ReadWrite Sponsorslast_img read more

High-Tech Toilets Will Be Game Changers

first_imgReady. Set. Go! The race to the high-tech toilet of the future is officially on. In early October, the International Organization for Standards, better known by its English acronym of ISO, published the first technical standard for the attributes and performance of a toilet that fully treats human waste on site, without connection to a sewer or drainage system, and by implication, without connection to a dedicated water supply. Less than two months later, Bill Gates, the philanthropist and former chief of Microsoft, was “toasting” the attendees at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing with a beaker of human feces. Gates’ malodorous prop made a telling point — every human on the planet has to “go,” and there is an enormous market awaiting new products that can safely address the universal human need for sanitation without requiring costly sewers and squandering fresh water simply to transport human waste. The alternative to the traditional toilet — defined by ISO as a “Non-Sewered Sanitation System”— is a manufactured product the will serve an individual household, a small apartment building, or a public restroom. It must accept and treat all manner of human biological waste, and may accept additional types of household and personal waste if so designed by the manufacturer.RELATED ARTICLES21st-Century ToiletsToilet Talk: Meeting One of the World’s Grand ChallengesDo Low-Flow Toilets Really Work?Does a Composting Toilet Stink Up Your House? ISO has established rigorous standards for the destruction of human pathogens and for limits on noise, air emissions, and odor. And manufacturers must subject their products to a challenging set of tests to demonstrate attainment of these standards. All surfaces of the device are to be cleanable, and there can be no visibility of the deposits of previous users. From the consumer perspective, using a reinvented toilet will not be noticeably different from using a conventional toilet.   New products are very close to reality So is a Reinvented Toilet a real thing? “Very close to being real” is the best answer. Various teams, some with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have products under development, and several devices are out of the lab and undergoing field trials. There are several technical pathways for meeting the ISO standards: electrochemical, biological, and combustion-based approaches are all in contention. It’s not clear yet whether one approach will prevail, or whether all these approaches can find their niche in a worldwide market.  Service requirements, warranties, supply and distribution chains, and — notably — purchase price, are all unknown as of yet. The Beijing Expo was intended to showcase those products that are closest to being market-ready, but it could be another couple of years before bona fide commercial shipments take place. Meanwhile, testing and evaluation will continue, and companies and public officials will begin to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the ISO standard. In the U.S., the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has signaled its intention to undertake the adoption of the ISO standard as a U.S. national standard, which should ease the way for recognition of the standard in health and building codes across the country. Canadian national adoption is under initial discussion as well. For the last two years, I had the opportunity to serve on the U.S.  technical advisory group that participated in the development of the ISO standard. At the final plenary meeting of the ISO committee in Nepal last May, I recorded a few thoughts about the threshold we’re soon to cross. It’s logical to ask whether composting toilets — commercially available for many years— might qualify. The answer is probably not. The new ISO standard — and the goal for the “reinvented toilets” as originally scoped by the Gates Foundation — calls for complete treatment on site. The treatment standards are demanding, not only for bacteria like E. coli, but for viruses, protozoans, and worm eggs. Today’s generation of composting toilets may be a good solution for some locations, but it does not achieve the level of treatment called for in the standard. It is possible for biologically based treatment systems to be tested for qualification under the standard, as no particular technical approach is ruled out. But traditional composting alone is unlikely to meet the standard. Perhaps an enhanced approach will emerge in the years ahead. Potential for public health benefits The public health benefits of reinvented toilets will be enormous for the developing world, leapfrogging over the lack of wastewater infrastructure and saving thousands of lives now lost each year to preventable diseases, among both settled populations and those displaced by conflicts and natural disasters. But perhaps unexpectedly, reinvented toilets are likely to play the role of disruptive technology in many parts of the developed world as well, including North America. To begin with, remote and arid locations that attract large numbers of people are obvious candidates — music festivals like California’s Burning man, or the Grand Canyon, for instance. But we also have many full-time residents here in rural communities marked by poor drainage, water scarcity, permafrost conditions, or inadequate infrastructure — any of which can make traditional sanitation technology prohibitively expensive. On an even larger scale, cities across the continent are facing the vagaries of climate change and its effects on the reliability of traditional sources of water. According to a recent survey of U.S. and Canadian cities, nearly 25% of all indoor water use in single-family homes is still devoted to flushing toilets, a luxury that may not be sustainable. And with our water and wastewater infrastructure suffering from decades of deferred maintenance, strategic placement of toilets that operate independent of these aging networks may well factor into the solutions we seek for resilient communities and just access to essential services. The need for a new technology is acutely evident in cities such as Cape Town, South Africa, today. But before long, reinvented toilets may be finding their way to places like Atlanta, Los Angeles, or any other community in North America that wants to start capturing the benefits of this new technology. Get ready. Reinvented toilets are on their way.   Ed Osann is director of national water use efficiency, Water Initiatives, Healthy People & Thriving Communities program, at the  the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post was originally published at the NRDC Expert Blog.last_img read more