Assemblymember Chris Holden Recognizes 41st Assembly District Veteran of the Year

first_img Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Government Assemblymember Chris Holden Recognizes 41st Assembly District Veteran of the Year Published on Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 1:40 pm Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeauty In the Capitol, Assemblymember Chris Holden (AD – 41) honored Maricela Guzman, a Navy veteran who served overseas from 1998 to 2002, as the 2016 41st Assembly District’s “Veteran of the Year.”I am pleased to be able to call Maricela Guzman the 41st Assembly District’s Veteran of the Year,” said Assemblymember Holden. “Not only has her service to our country been exemplary, but her work today continues to improve the quality of life for our military.”Guzman served in Diego Garcia and Italy before being honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. In the course of her service she was awarded three Navy and Marine Achievement Awards, and was honored as Junior Sailor of the Quarter in 2000 and Junior Sailor of the Year in 2001.Following her time in the Navy, Guzman went on to California State University, Los Angeles, where she earned a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services and an M.S. in Counseling. While she no longer serves in the military, Guzman continues to make a positive impact for her country in new ways. She is a cofounder of the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), a member-driven community network advocating for the individual and collective needs of service women past, present and future. The Network focuses on ending discrimination, harassment and assault within the military, in addition to achieving quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families.Maricela Guzman now works for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Program Analyst. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Community News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Avoid Winter Weight Woes

first_imgAs the weather cools down, the weight goes up for most people. And whatgoes up doesn’t alwayscome down, at least not to where it started. But that winter weight-gaincycle can be reversed oravoided, says a University of Georgiascientist.”It’s a matter of making little lifestyle changes,” said Connie Crawley,an Extension Service food,nutrition and health specialist with the UGA Collegeof Family and Consumer Sciences.”Once the weather gets cooler, sitting at home and eating hearty mealsbecomes more tempting,”Crawley said. “That’s especially true around the holidays. As a result,it’s not unusual for people togain 10-15 pounds over the winter.”The weight gain can be a normal fluctuation that goes right back downwhen you become moreactive and eat less next summer. But as people get older, they tendto hang on to at least some of that weight gain.”It’s when the weight goes up in the fall but doesn’t come all the wayback down that you wantto stop and look at the trend,” Crawley said.Winning the weight war, she said, is mostly a matter of becoming moreactive and making wiser food choices.”With most people, the activity is the most important,” she said. “Ifyou get more exercise, theimproved diet will usually follow.”More exercise doesn’t have to mean serious workouts. “It can be as simpleas getting rid of theTV remote control so you at least get up to change the channel,” Crawleysaid.”It may be taking your lunch to work so you can walk 15-20 minutes atnoon,” she said. “Evenwalking down the hall to talk to a co-worker rather than calling themon the phone or sending theme-mail can increase your activity level.”If your job keeps you in one place all day, she said, get up and walkaround a little every hour.”Walk to the water fountain but not to the vending machine,” she said.”Make it a rule not to eatat your desk. Many people become computer potatoes at work, not justcouch potatoes at home.”Crawley offers some tips for keeping the winter weight down.  When you watch TV, do something active. This can be housework,a craft or even exercise. Atleast keep your hands busy with a worthwhile project instead of a bagof chips.  Brush your teeth before you clean up after meals or parties.You’ll be less likely to snack onthe leftovers. This is a good strategy before you start cooking, too.  Take a walk after supper. In Georgia the weather is rarely badenough to prevent a walk atnight. Take along a child, a friend or your spouse. Walk in well-lightedareas, and vary your route,so you won’t become bored. If walking outside isn’t safe, look intomall walking or a treadmill.  Keep tempting foods out of the house. Eat high-calorie foodsin one-portion sizes so you willbe satisfied but won’t be tempted to overeat. Store all food out-of-sightas an extra precaution against  temptation.When you do overeat, Crawley said, don’t overcompensate by starvingyourself the next day. “Goback to your normal, healthy eating habits,” she said. “Eat three moderatemeals a day and allowtime for rebalancing your diet.”Maintaining a healthy body weight, she said, isn’t a feast-and-fastaffair.”To keep your weight down,” she said, “you have to make permanent lifestylechanges.”last_img read more

Industrial: Flight of the Osprey

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Yogyakarta woman creates ‘transparent mask’ to help the deaf communicate in time of coronavirus

first_imgCOVID-19 has changed the way people interact with one another, especially with the physical distancing measures in place. It has made basic everyday interactions difficult for most people, including for the deaf community who regularly rely on subtle facial cues to communicate with others.As more people make a habit out of wearing masks to protect themselves from the contagious virus, communication increasingly becomes a challenge for the deaf community. The problem is masks cover the mouth and the nose area, obscuring visual signs that are otherwise essential for deaf people communicating with others.Fully cognizant of the issue, Dwi Rahayu Februarti has taken it upon herself to come up with a transparent mask design that aims to make communication a little easier for deaf people during the current health crisis. Dwi, who is head of the local chapter of the Movement for Indonesian Deaf People’s Welfare (Gerkatin), said her design for a transparent facemask was inspired by a similar idea shared by National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) official Bahrul Fuad on Facebook.Her mask design, which replaces the middle section with transparent plastic, is expected to help deaf people to communicate more naturally as it allows them to lip-read.The current design has been constantly improved upon feedback from fellow deaf people in her community. The transparent part of the mask, for instance, has been slightly curved to leave ample breathing room for its user, she said.She went on to say that making a transparent mask was more challenging than producing its conventional counterpart, as one must ensure that the transparent section is precisely aligned to show the mouth of the wearer.Although Dwi has yet to establish any production targets, she said the demand for the transparent mask was high. She hoped that the design would gain mainstream adoption.“I plan to record a video on how to produce the transparent mask so that other members of Gerkatin may be able to make their own masks,” Dwi said, adding that her masks had been positively received by the local deaf community. Topics :center_img The 41-year-old resident of Sinduadi village, Mlati district in Sleman regency in Yogyakarta said the need for masks that allowed others to see lip movements had become increasingly urgent.“It’s especially worrying since [conventional masks] limit our ability to communicate,” Dwi told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “We often face difficulties speaking with doctors because they also wear conventional masks.”As of Monday afternoon, Yogyakarta had recorded at least 57 confirmed COVID-19 cases with seven deaths linked to the disease, out of the nationwide official tally of 4,557 infections and 399 fatalities.Read also: COVID-19 news is not all bad. Read this to stay positivelast_img read more

Brunel LGPS pool awards State Street $38bn custody mandate

first_imgDawn Turner, CEO at the BPP, said the partnership had already identified with State Street “areas where we can work strategically together to increase our value add to our clients including client reporting, risk management and transparency”.“The partnership we will have on integrating ESG reporting into State Street systems is very exciting,” she added. Turner was previously chief pensions officer at the Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF), one of the BPP’s founders and a vocal advocate of ESG investing.Andy Todd, head of UK pensions and banks, asset owner solutions at State Street, said: “We look forward to combining Brunel’s market-leading ESG expertise with our own suite of data innovation technologies to embed ESG in the investment decision-making process.” The BPP has also made nine appointments to its Bristol-based internal team as it prepares to take on assets.Matthew Trebilcock, currently head of pensions at the £1.7bn Cornwall Pension Fund, will transfer to the BPP next month to become a client relationship director. Faith Ward will join as chief responsible investment officer in November, transferring from the EAPF where she currently holds the same role. David Anthony will join in December as head of finance and corporate services. He is currently head of pensions at the £2bn Wiltshire Pension Fund.Another six staff from the Environment Agency, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Avon LGPS funds will also transfer to roles at the BPP in the next few months along with a number of external hires, the partnership said.In a statement, the BPP said its compliance and risk department was “fully populated” following the appointments, but it was still hiring for its investment, client relationships and operations teams, with the priority being a head of private markets. The Brunel Pension Partnership (BPP) has awarded a multi-service mandate to State Street worth $38bn (€32bn) as it presses ahead with its asset pooling project.The partnership, between 10 local government pension schemes (LGPS) in the south and west of England, has also appointed three senior staff from its founder funds.State Street is to provide a range of services to the BPP, including custody, accounting, performance measurement and foreign exchange, as well as analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.It will also become the custodian and administrator for each of Brunel’s 10 LGPS clients from November this year. The funds are due to begin transitioning assets to the BPP from April next year, with the partnership aiming to manage the majority of their £23bn of combined assets.last_img read more

Student group hosts free community concerts

first_imgFounder Rina Ritivoiu (back left), Irena Preda (front left), and over 20 of their peers are planning a concert on Skid Row, as part of their new volunteer music performance group. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan)Students from the Thornton School of Music filled the streets of Koreatown with song as they performed for community members in line at a food pantry Saturday morning. A few hours later, the group sang again for patients at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Each time, they performed a variety of songs from operas to classics like “Over the Rainbow” and were met with smiling audiences, who danced and sang along. “I saw the power of music and what it does,” said Rina Ritivoiu, a doctoral student studying musical arts in sacred music who founded the group. “[It] brings hope, vitality, people feel enlightened. Their heart is light. Their body feels light. They feel like they are transformed somewhere.”Ritivoiu was inspired to form  the volunteer group in one of her graduate courses this semester, when her professor, Dana Gioia, assigned students to either present about an existing organization or imagine their own. Ritivoiu hoped to bring her idea to life and  approached Gioia, who suggested that Ritivoiu’s group host concerts for the community. She recruited over 20 friends and peers to join the project, and planned their first concert. “All students ask for advice,” Gioia said. “What’s different about Rina is that about a month later, she was already doing things. To me, that’s a sign of somebody who is going to be successful.”Irena Preda, a graduate student studying music performance, was the first friend asked to join the group. Preda was interested in the project because it helps bring live performances to those who don’t typically experience them.“There’s a certain segment of the population that tends to be the target audience and tends to go to concerts, be it classical music concerts or rock or pop or jazz concerts,” Preda said. “A lot of the underserved communities cannot afford to provide instruments for their children, so there’s a whole segment of society that never gets exposed to live music.”Ritivoiu is  working to plan future concerts throughout the surrounding communities, including Skid Row. She also said the group plans to return to the hospital to perform in the chemotherapy unit for patients undergoing treatment.By performing for these communities, Ritivoiu hopes the group can help people relax and escape from their problems.“I want them to have this opportunity because they are already going through so much,” Ritivoiu said. “Music can [help] to bring them out of their circumstances for a few minutes or maybe 30 minutes, that they feel like they’re appreciated, they’re acknowledged.”Through the research she has done in some of her classes, Ritivoiu learned about the positive impacts of music, both mental and physical. Still, she said musicians don’t always take part in philanthropic events because they struggle financially.Ritivoiu said she hopes that the organization will create careers for philanthropic musicians, so they can help underserved communities without worrying about financial insecurity.“We are doing as much important work as medical professionals, [and] we know that they are known for being rich,” Ritivoiu said. “I feel like musicians also need that support, and they deserve good recognition, and they shouldn’t be constantly known to be struggling musicians. My project and organization is to give them careers where they can do what they love but have supporters as well.”last_img read more