Shirlee Smith | Not Too Young to be Political

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your kids, the young ones, get to vote – well, sort of. If they’re the size to reach the practice voting machine and if they’ve got the strength to punch the ballot card with the little gadget, AND if you take ’em with you to polls, they’re well on their way to becoming responsible citizens.All of those irritating mailers flooding our mailboxes can be turned into teaching tools. Not that the message on any of them tells a story to be relied on; but they can be used to start a simple age-appropriate conversation and can be used to build a new kind of vocabulary.Most likely, words exposed to the household youngsters via the mailers won’t be used for communication with their age-similar friends.But then, friend vocabulary is most likely a set of words parents haven’t got a definition for. Turnabout here is fair game.Let’s not wait until the high school years when a civics class is where our kids learn about the process.How many of the following are elusive terms in our household: Democrat, Republican, Independent, Progressive, Libertarian, Conservative?Is there mystery surrounding State Senator, U.S. Senator, County Supervisor, State Assembly, U.S. Congress,?Then there are ballot initiatives, voter registration, primary and general election, party conventions and election day.Ah, election day, when the little ones get to vote on the practice machine which is not recommended for kids old enough not to be impressed with this exercise.Oh, is there an app/a game teaching young household members about the political process?Darn, my age is showing. I thought conversation, creative game-playing with words, mailers and a trip to the polling place with Mom or Dad could work wonders for the kids. 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a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Shirlee Smith is a former Pasadena Star-News Opinion Columnist. She is a Los Angeles Press Club first place awardee and author of They’re Your Kids, Not Your Friends and the Spanish edition, “Son Tus Hijos, No Tus Amigos.” Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty SHIRLEE SMITH,Columnist Shirlee Smith | Not Too Young to be Political By SHIRLEE SMITH Published on Sunday, May 29, 2016 | 2:28 pm Subscribe More Cool Stuff 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,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Pasadena-Based Ethnic Business Receives Inc. Magazine Honor

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News center_img 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty 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. A Pasadena communications group hailed as “one of the fastest growing companies in America” has earned its place on a list of elite businesses recognized for exponential growth.For the second year in a row, Imprenta Communications has been honored by Inc. Magazine, the premier publication for business owners and entrepreneurs for more than three decades, according to a statement released by the company to the media. Imprenta is an ethnic marketing, public affairs and campaign firm.In 2015, Imprenta garnered $19.4 million in revenue, while in 2014, it reported $19.1 million, making it a company that saw a 1,000 percent growth over the past three years.“Imprenta is extremely proud to receive this recognition,” said Ronald W. Wong, President and CEO of the Imprenta Communications Group. “We are happy to be able to contribute to the success of our clients. Furthermore, this recognition is a testament to our unique business model – which celebrates diversity, and communicates and engages people in ways which truly understands and respects their culture and language.”Found in 2001, Imprenta is a certified Minority Business Enterprise, and is 100 percent owned and operated by minorities, according to the statement. The company is unique in that it aims to bring together two of the fast-growing minority groups in the United States: Latinos and Asian Pacific American communities. According to the Imprenta’s website, their mission is to empower communities of color by giving them a voice and communicating to them in ways that respect their diversity and cultures.“Imprenta fully embraces the rich diversity that makes United States the greatest country in the world,” Wong Said. “The Inc. Magazine recognition validates our commitment to diversity and engaging communities of color. We’ve shown again that we can achieve results and build a successful business which serves people of color, by people of color.” Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Business News Pasadena-Based Ethnic Business Receives Inc. Magazine Honor From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 5:55 pm More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Storm threat winds down ahead of pleasant Easter Sunday

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Three days of severe storms in the South and Southeast are about to give way to a nice holiday weekend for much of the country.There were 31 reported tornadoes in the South — from Texas to Virginia — since Wednesday, including 13 on Friday. The highest reported wind gust was 90 mph in Avon Pier, North Carolina, Saturday morning.Dangerous wind gusts brought down a tree in Woodville, Florida, on Friday that landed on a home and killed an 8-year-old girl.There’s better weather on the horizon as we head into the holiday weekend.The last of the heavy rain is pushing through the Northeast on Saturday. Flash flood watches are in effect Saturday morning in the Northeast from Washington to Maine.The storm threat has decreased and the primary concern is the heavy rain coming down across the region. These conditions could potentially trigger inland flash flooding as well as some minor coastal flooding.Aside from scattered showers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, some areas could even see peeks of sunshine by Saturday evening.Conditions should remain fairly calm across much of the country from Sunday to Monday.Showers will pass along the Interstate 80 corridor out west with snow showers in the higher elevations of Wyoming from Sunday into Monday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Federal Prosecutor Declines To Say Whether Attorney Under Investigation

first_imgFederal Prosecutor Declines To Say Whether Attorney Under InvestigationIL for www.theindianalawyer.comOn the same day federal prosecutors reached a deferred prosecution agreement with Park Tudor School over its handling of an improper relationship between a coach and student, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis declined to say whether the school’s outside counsel is under investigation.Kyle Cox, former boys’ basketball coach, pleaded guilty to coercion and enticement in May and was sentenced to 14 years after sending sexually explicit messages and photos to the 15-year-old female student and trying to arrange for her to visit his home for sex.In the deferred prosecution agreement, signed by U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler and Park Tudor board chairman Thomas Grein, authorities determined that Matthew Miller, the school’s head at the time, omitted key facts related to the sexually explicit communications between Cox and the girl and caused a materially false report on the relationship to be submitted to the Department of Child Services in December.Miller committed suicide a few weeks after the report was made.The criminal report against Cox said the Indianapolis school and school attorney, Ice Miller LLP partner Michael Blickman, impeded authorities after they launched their investigation of Cox’s relationship with the student in 2015.In an interview with IBJ Tuesday, Minkler would not say whether Blickman was under investigation. But he said Miller and the outside counsel did not follow the law after the father of the girl on Dec. 14 showed them sexually explicit images contained on a laptop, then allowed them to keep it overnight to review the materials.During that time, Blickman took the laptop to his law office and copied the materials onto a thumb drive. The laptop was returned to the father the next day.“Clearly, when you take over possession of that, the only proper thing to do is turn that over to law enforcement,” Minkler said, noting that investigators ultimately had to get a search warrant to obtain the laptop.“That is not the way it should happen,” Minkler said.Blickman was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.In its statement, Park Tudor said: “Park Tudor’s response, through the actions of Matthew Miller and the school’s then-legal counsel, was inappropriate and not what we expect from our school. Nor is it what we will tolerate going forward.”As part of the deferred prosecution agreement, which defers for two years the possibility of prosecution of the school for a misprision of a felony, the school retained retired 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Tinder to serve as an independent compliance monitor. The school has also trained staff in child-abuse prevention programs and revised policies and procedures.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

D-Day for coronavirus emergency rent law

first_imgShe said while renters might have had security of tenure because of the moratorium on evictions, in the end if landlords suffered severely, they would have been forced to sell off properties, perhaps at a loss.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“We all know that most investors are mum and dads who are building their wealth for retirement, and renters will have resentment as although they have security now (the eviction freeze) they may lose their place of living down the track and need to find a new one – and it could be a downgrade or something less suitable or involves uprooting their family.”The changes were also welcomed by owners in Queensland strata communities, but await the finer details.Archers the Strata Professionals chief executive Nicky Lonergan said the company supported REIQ lobbying the government over the initial package which had favoured tenants heavily over landlords.“We are pleased the Government has reconsidered its initial position and agreed to change the proposed legislation on the COVID-19 rental relief package which is scheduled to go before state parliament this week,” Mrs Lonergan said. Renters and landlords all across the state will be impacted by the amendments.“We were overwhelmed by the response we received from property owners about how unfair they thought the proposed measures were on landlords. Some believed it could have opened the floodgates for mortgage default and unchecked tenant hardship claims.”“But the Housing Minister Mick de Brenni has listened to the thousands of complaints the Government received via the REIQ public campaign and we believe the changes will achieve a fairer outcome and a way forward.”Among measures welcomed were moved to have tenants “prove financial hardship if seeking rent relief and the Government to provide clear guidance to ensure access for essential repairs and maintenance, the sale of a property and virtual inspections”.”We await the finer detail and the outcomes from parliament, but the lesson from this is we all need to work together in these challenging times. No one wants to see tenants thrown out on the streets, but we also don’t want landlords being under massive financial stress.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK QLD backs down on emergency laws with renters to pay own way The amendments to the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act were not on the notice paper for today’s sitting, causing concern in some quarters, but it’s understood it will be tabled in the morning. Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk among ministers addressing the media at the Speaker’s Green in Queensland’s Parliament House. Picture: Liam Kidston.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland, which orchestrated a major campaign to change the original pro-tenant measures proposed by the government last week, is understood to be content with amendments made since then.An REIQ spokesman has confirmed that the peak body has seen the draft amendments, and was content with the changes that were achieved in negotiation with the government.While the amendment does not appear on the current Queensland parliament notice paper, it’s understood that it will be introduced to parliament in the morning with the intention of having it passed the same day. RTA figures show close to a third of rental bonds were held in Brisbane.Data from the Residential Tenancies Authority showed that the number of rental bonds in Queensland on March 31 this year sat at 604,431.PRD Nationwide chief economist Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo said that was potentially the number of landlords that might have been negatively impacted by the proposed rental laws if they had been left unchecked.She said “without investment properties – where will the 600,000 (or roughly 500,000 if just houses and units) renters go after the eviction freeze period is served or finished?”“Even if only 10 per cent of landlords can no longer keep their properties – that means roughly 50,000 renters looking for a new place.”Dr Mardiasmo welcomed the backdown by the Queensland government on the original amendments. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government liaised with stakeholders to create fresh amendments that were expected to be tabled in parliament today.The fate of over 600,000 landlords and significantly more renters will go before QLD’s parliament today, with the tabling of the Palaszczuk government’s emergency amendments to ensure tenants are not ‘thrown out on the streets’ during COVID19. MORE: Original QLD proposal: Tenants set to gain all the powerlast_img read more

U.S. Census 2020 – Stand Up And Be Counted

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The next decennial U.S. national survey or census begins on April 1, 2020. This important survey not only counts how many people live in America but determines allocation of federal benefits.However, there are indications that if a coordinated and effective promotional campaign isn’t maintained until Census Day, April 1, several communities, including the black community, could be undercounted in the census.Earlier this month, results of a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found black Americans are roughly twice as likely as their white counterparts to be doubtful about participating in the 2020 census. In the survey, a combined 26 percent of black respondents said they might not, probably would not, or definitely would not, participate in the census, compared to 21 percent of Hispanics who said the same, and 12 percent of white Americans.Should the results of this survey hold true during next year’s census, it could result in communities with significant black populations, including Caribbean-Americans, being undercounted.When communities are undercounted in the U.S. Census, it is usually to the detriment of residents, since the census data is used to determine how an annual federal allocation of $800 billion will be apportioned across the U.S. for the next 10 years.Florida is budgeted to receive $45 billion annually in federal funding, but the amount allocated to respective political districts depends on the population size of the district counted during the 2020 census.It would be rather unfortunate—after the coordinated community effort to have the Trump administration reverse its plan to place a citizenship question on the census questionnaire—for America’s black population to be undercounted. A primary argument for pushing for the removal of the citizenship question was that it could result in several minority and immigrant communities being undercounted.According to the Center on Poverty and Inequality of the Leadership Conference Educational Fund, the black population has been historically undercounted in past censuses, disadvantaging families, communities, and neighborhoods. The 2010 Census undercounted the African-American population by more than 800,000. Approximately 7 percent of African-American children were overlooked by that census, roughly twice the rate for non-Hispanic White children; and African-American men have been historically undercounted in greater numbers than men of other racial or ethnic groups.The reasons given why some aspects of the black population are regarded as “hard to count” tracks in the U.S. Census include poverty, lack of homeownership, and immigration insecurity.It’s also ironic that although through proper counting of the black population more benefits can be accrued to help the poor, former censuses saw very low participation by low-income individuals. The overburdened poor have little interest in a survey in which they do not understand nor trust the outcome.Also, in past censuses people who rent homes were harder to count than homeowners. Renters tend to relocate more frequently and are more difficult for census takers to find.Immigrants who are not citizens tend to be particularly suspicious of the census, fearing the information taken by the government could in some way affect their future residential status.Besides a serious mistrust for the census, a primary reason for the undercounting of black and other minority communities is ignorance of the benefits derived from the census.Many programs that impact African- and Caribbean-Americans are dependent on the data derived from the census. It’s this data that allocate federal funding for:Education and childcare – Helping low-income students to meet state academic standards, assist students with disabilities, assist preschoolers from low-income families to participate in the Head Start program, and help low-income parents obtain childcare so they can work or further their education.Food and Nutrition – Food stamps and other benefits under the Supplemental National Assistance Program (SNAP), and meals for students under the National School Lunch Program.Healthcare and Housing – Health coverage for low-income families under Medicaid, and housing assistance under the Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Program.In addition to these benefits, it’s the proper counting of communities through the census that determine the number of political representatives from the community that sit in the U.S. Congress.It’s vital that South Florida community organizations collaborate with municipalities, like some have already done in joining the Miami-Dade Counts 2020 initiative, to encourage residents to participate in the 2020 Census.The black community, traditionally one of America’s more economically challenged, often complain about the lack of access to, or inadequacy of federal benefits. It’s important the community be aware if they stand up and are counted in the 2020 Census there’s a better chance more of these benefits will become accessible.last_img read more

11 days agoChelsea whizkid ​Mount content with different England role

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea whizkid ​Mount content with different England roleby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea star Mason Mount was content with his position in the team for his first full England international start.Mount played in the 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic on Friday in Prague, admitting that he found it a little difficult playing in a central role, as he is used to playing off the left flank for Chelsea.But the 20-year-old knows that he must adapt to different positions to be successful.He told reporters: “Obviously, I am more used to playing off the left and coming in. It was not too much different – but obviously I was a bit more central.”A couple of days before the game we were working on shape and how we wanted to play – me being central but Jadon coming in as well off the line and trying to combine. But the Czechs made it difficult for us.”It is something you learn from. We will look back on the game and take a lot of negatives which we can improve on, but we will also take some positives. We can improve on that.” last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Blasts Nick Saban In Twitter Response To Satellite Camp Rant

first_imgJim Harbaugh argues with a referee.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talks with the referee first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It happened, everyone. Jim Harbaugh is taking direct shots at Nick Saban on Twitter. This afternoon, Saban went on a lengthy rant against satellite camps, which Harbaugh has been the loudest proponent of over the last two seasons. Saban mentioned Harbaugh directly during his screed, though he was fairly diplomatic when bringing up the Michigan head coach. From AL.com:“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I’m not saying anything about him,” Saban said. “I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big 10 or what’s best for the SEC, or what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That’s bigger than all of this.Apparently, that doesn’t matter to Harbaugh, who put an unnamed Saban on blast moments ago.“Amazing” to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly “amazing.”— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016Jim Harbaugh won’t stop until he’s taken shots at every single rival coach in the college football world.last_img read more

Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion boost heavy oil prices

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A production shutdown at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mine and upgrader complex in northern Alberta is expected to free up pipeline space out of Western Canada and strengthen prices for Canadian heavy oil.The company has said production of upgraded bitumen could remain offline at its works north of Fort McMurray through July. The stoppage was caused by a power outage last week.The interruption should help alleviate pipeline congestion in Western Canada that has increased the difference in price for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude oil, said Canadian analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in a research report. The differential spiked at about US$30 per barrel in February, fell to the high teens in April and May as oilsands projects went through maintenance shutdowns, but rose again in the past few weeks as output again filled pipelines. It closed at US$25.50 last Friday.The differential will likely revert back to US$13 to $15 per barrel in July, Barclays analysts predicted in a report.Syncrude has the capacity to produce 350,000 barrels per day but Barclays estimated it has averaged only 245,000 bpd so far this year because of planned and unplanned downtime. It lowered its estimate of third-quarter production from 305,000 bpd to between 200,000 and 215,000 bpd, adding it expects Syncrude to post significantly higher costs per barrel.The analysts say the news is negative for Suncor Energy Inc., which owns about 59 percent of Syncrude, and Imperial Oil Ltd., with a 25 percent stake.On June 7, Suncor said in a news release it was ready for “strong production” this year after completing maintenance at facilities including Syncrude.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more