first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News More Cool Stuff Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Herbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Two Local Foster Youth Services Announce Intent to Merge From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | 3:32 pmcenter_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * On August 1, the board of directors of Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services and Pacific Lodge Youth Services signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating their intent to merge.Given the changing landscape of the residential care/foster youth system statewide, both agencies saw the opportunity to leverage strengths, increase impact, and ensure long-term sustainability.Optimist and Pacific Lodge are both leaders in Los Angeles County serving at-risk children, youth and their families. Established in 1906 and 1923 respectively, they have over 200 years of collective experience providing quality services to high-need populations.Optimist provides 24-hour residential care with comprehensive support services for 85 boys ages 12 – 19, operates four groups homes for 24 boys and girls, is a licensed foster family and adoption agency with 60 children currently placed in foster homes, operates an accredited charter school on their main campus with 160 high school students, and provides a wide variety of community-based mental health programs. Optimist’s main campus is located in Highland Park.Pacific Lodge, similarly, is licensed to provide 24-hour residential care with comprehensive support services for 68 boys and operates as a community-based mental health provider, offering outpatient, wraparound and other much-needed services to youth and families. Pacific Lodge’s campus is located in Woodland Hills.Together, Optimist and Pacific Lodge will be one of the largest residential care providers in the state of California.Pacific Lodge Board Chair Leslie King characterized the merger as being, “an important step forward for both organizations that will greatly benefit at-risk youth and their families in Southern California.” Executive Director of Optimist, Sil Orlando, has similarly commented that, through this affiliation, “both organizations will emerge stronger and better positioned to serve those youth who need us most.”Recognizing the historical significance and strong community ties of both agencies, Optimist and Pacific Lodge will retain their individual names with Pacific Lodge becoming a division of Optimist. Members of the Pacific Lodge Board of Directors will join the Optimist Board and Advisory Board, with Leslie King becoming a Vice President of the Board of Directors.Dee Gadbury, President of the Optimist Board stated, “This merger is not only what’s best for both agencies, but also for the individuals, families and communities that we serve.”It is anticipated that the merger will be completed by December 31, 2016. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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. Make a comment 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Bats 13U won a great contest on Saturday over the Buckeye Elite 6-5 to claim second place in the Cincinnati West Fall League against teams from the Tri-State area. Chris Lewis led the squad in hitting with a .667 batting average and an .889 slugging percentage. Conner Drake hit .368 and Joey Everroad .364. Everroad led the team in fielding percentage with a perfect 1.000, while Drake was solid on the mound going (4-0) with a 5.81 ERA. Lewis was impressive in relief with a 7.02 ERA and 4 saves. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more

first_imgAUSTRALIA captain Steven Smith will miss the remainder of the tour of Sri Lanka – three ODIs and two T20Is – as he returns home to rest ahead of the tour of South Africa. David Warner will lead the side in the rest of the fixtures in Sri Lanka.Smith revealed the development at the end of the second ODI in Colombo, which Sri Lanka won by 82 runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.“I hate missing cricket, but in the long run it will do me a world of good,” Smith was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia on Twitter. “The schedule is very busy. I still want to take on the role in all three formats and do it to the best of my ability.”Cricket Australia’s national selector Rod Marsh said in a statement: “Steve has a large amount of cricket coming up in the next 12 months and we wanted to find a time for him to freshen up and these last five matches provide a good opportunity to do so.Regardless of the results of the first two matches our plan was always for Steve to take a break and refresh ahead of the ODI Series against South Africa next month.“This is a great leadership opportunity for David, he has really embraced his role as vice-captain and we are confident he will do a great job in Steve’s place.”Australia’s last match in Sri Lanka is a T20 international on September 9. Their tour of South Africa begins on September 27 with an ODI against Ireland in Benoni, after which they play five ODIs against South Africa. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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first_img The Government’s revenue target for this fiscal year will not be altered. Tax authorities and the Customs Department are examining the effects of the ban Minister Phillips pointed out that while the objective of the regulations is to reduce smoking overtime Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Planning, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, says the Government’s revenue target for this fiscal year will not be altered.He was responding to a question submitted by Opposition Spokesman, Audley Shaw, in the House of Representatives on July 30, as to whether the ban on smoking in specified spaces would impact sales, and by extension the revenues expected from the tobacco industry.Minister Phillips pointed out that while the objective of the regulations is to reduce smoking overtime, the pace at which this will happen is not yet known.“What has been the general pattern is a sharp dip, which then levels off over time…and it is also the case that there is considerable leakage (of revenues) because of the extent of the contraband trade, which we are seeking to close,” he explained.Dr. Phillips noted that the tax authorities and the Customs Department are examining the effects of the ban, but the two weeks since it was implemented, would not give sufficient information as to a trend.“Therefore, we continue to monitor the situation…but I want to make it absolutely clear that the revenue number of the Government as a whole remains, and that there will be no slippage in relation to our overall targets for revenue,” he asserted.last_img read more

first_imgThe United Nations campaign highlighting the work of the world’s humanitarian workers has reached 100 million people through social media so far, the world body announced today, describing it as its “first milestone” that gets it closer to the one billion mark, which it aims to reach by World Humanitarian Day on 19 August.The campaign, ‘I Was Here,’ allows transmission of messages of support from people who have registered online across the world pledging humanitarian action, however big or small. Members of the public can then share their individual acts of good through the interactive website www.whd-iwashere.org.Organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the campaign has gained momentum in the past few days following the video recording – in front of more than 1,200 fans, celebrities, humanitarian workers and dignitaries – on Friday night, at the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, of US performing artist Beyoncé singing the song “I Was Here.’The video of the song, which Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren donated to the campaign, will premiere globally on 19 August, with displays on big screens in the cities of Dubai, Geneva, Addis Ababa, as well as in New York City’s Times Square, among other locales.“Everyone can be a humanitarian. All it takes is one act to help someone else,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, said during the Friday night event, which was hosted by television journalist Anderson Cooper. “That’s the spirit of people helping people.”During the event, Mr. Cooper interviewing former child soldier Ishmael Beah, who fought in Sierra Leone’s civil war; Pernille Ironside, a UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) child protection officer; New York photographer Erin Dinan, whose non-profit organization One Sandwich at a Time feeds people living on the streets; and Laurent Vieira de Mello, whose father – a senior UN official, Sergio Vieira de Mello – died along with 21 other humanitarians in an attack in Iraq.The General Assembly proclaimed 19 August as World Humanitarian Day in 2008 to commemorate that attack, which took place at the UN’s offices in Baghdad’s Canal Hotel in 2003. In addition to killing 22 people, another150 people were injured.The Day aims to honor those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions, in addition to drawing attention to humanitarian needs worldwide and the importance of international cooperation in meeting those needs.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsNiagara Falls may be the honeymoon capital of Canada, but for this week, the Assembly of First Nations is turning it into an arena to discuss natural resources.More than 800 Indigenous leaders and business people sat down to talk business.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith was there.last_img

first_imgGas Emergency 24-Hour Service:  1-800-663-1173 If you are contacting Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (PNG) about a concern with your natural gas services, such as gas odor or an emergency involving natural gas, please do not e-mail us, please use the phone number listed above.If you smell that rotten egg, sulphur smell of natural gas, or hear the flow of escaping gas, here is what you should do:Leave the building immediately; leaving the door open and any windows that may already be open.Don’t smoke, light matches or operate electrical switches including your cell or telephone, or create any source of ignition.Turn your gas off at the meter, if you know how.Use a nearby phone to call the PNG 24-hour emergency line at 1-800-663-1173, or 911, or the fire department emergency number.Other Contacts Residents of the Old Fort have expressed anger over gas just being turned off.  Many are asking why gas was only turned off today and not when the evacuation happened.A spokesperson with Pacific Northern Gas says the gas was turned off on Wednesday due to safety concerns of the Regional District.  The spokesperson said the Regional District had expressed concerns that some residents were entering the evacuation area and trying to re-light their gas equipment.The gas should only be off for the day and PNG will help residents get their homes back online.Here is the full statement from the PRRD website:PNG has isolated the gas service in the Old Fort evacuation order area as a result of the gas-related safety concerns for the residents and public in the affected zone.In the event that the evacuation order is lifted PNG will immediately provide technical resources to assist the community to relight appliances and inspect for any natural gas service related issues. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Pacific Northern Gas has turned off natural gas service in the Old Fort.The Peace River Regional District posted a message Wednesday morning on their website saying Pacific Northern Gas has isolated gas service in the area of the evacuation order.The notice goes onto say that if the evacuation order is lifted PNG will help residents relight any appliances and inspect natural gas service.center_img Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. Customer Care Center:8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, excluding Statutory Holidays  – 1-800-667-2297General Customer Service InquiriesEmail: [email protected] before you dig – BC ONE CALL: 1-800-474-6886You can also contact the following departments:Ebill Customer Service InquiriesEmail: [email protected]last_img read more