Education Jeff Wang and Bill Opel Appointed to PCC Bond Oversight Committee From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 | 7:27 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & 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. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Dr. William Opel (Jeff Want not pictured)The Pasadena City College Board of Trustees has appointed La Canada resident Jeff Wang and Pasadena resident Dr. Bill Opel to the Measure P Bond Oversight Committee. Wang was nominated by trustee Dr. Ross Selvidge who represents La Canada, west Altadena and west Pasadena on the Board of Trustees. Opel was nominated by trustee Jim Osterling who represents Northeast Pasadena, East Altadena and Sierra Madre on the Board.Selvidge said that “the Board is delighted that Wang and Opel have agreed to serve the community and college in this important position.” Osterling said that “I would like to thank Dr. Opel for agreeing to step in and complete the work to assure that the remaining funds are spent in accordance with the Bond Issue passed by the voters in 2002. Because of the Oversight Committee’s dedicated service, PCC has demonstrated that it is a good steward of the taxpayers’ funds.” Wang and Opel will serve as two of twelve members of the Committee. The Board of Trustees expressed its gratitude to Anthony Portantino and Felicia Williams whose seats on the Committee Wang and Opel will fill.Since 2006, Wang has served as Treasurer of the City of La Canada Flintridge. He holds degrees in mathematics and business from MIT and UCLA. For the past fifteen years, Wang has been a principal with Kelmar Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisory firm based in Pasadena.Opel served for 32 years at the Huntington Medical Research Institute retiring in 2014, when he was the President & CEO. A PCC alumnus, Opel is a long-time supporter of PCC and is a board member and Past President of the Pasadena City College Foundation. Dr. Opel has served on numerous charitable and corporate boards over many years.The Oversight Committee was established upon the passage of PCC’s Measure P Bond in 2002. The $150 million facilities bond passed with an overwhelming 70% approval vote. Most of the projects have been completed including PCC’s award-wining Center for the Arts building which now houses PCC’s visual and performing arts programs as well as two performance venues.The Committee is responsible for exercising oversight to ensure that bond proceeds are expended only for allowed purposes. Annual reports to the public are issued documenting the status of the uses of the bond funds. The Committee will continue in existence until the last funds have been spent and the final accounting and audits are completed. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Subscribe Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeauty
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It managed to survive two World Wars and several recessions, but 112-year-old Welsh bakery chain Ecclestons Confectioners closed its doors for the last time earlier this month, following the retirement of the company’s owner David Eccleston.The 73-year-old decided to close down the business, which comprises 10 retail shops across Wrexham, Llangollen, Bala, Corwen, Chirk and Oswestry and a bakery in Coedpoeth, after failing to find a buyer and with no one in the family willing to take it on.“My son worked as general manager in the bakery, but he has his own business interests,” Eccleston told the local newspaper. “I also have five daughters, but if I had five sons it is possible one of them might have wanted to take it over. “There is also the fact that, in the present economic climate, people are finding it difficult to borrow money from the banks and it is hard to buy any business, so we are just closing down.”A dozen full-time staff and 30 part-timers have been made redundant.The business was set up in 1898 by David Eccleston’s father Arthur Eccleston and has since been run by four generations of the family.
The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre contains lots of men behaving badly—or, at least clumsily—but the Olivier-nominated hit comedy owes much of its success to the two women in its cast, starting with Nancy Wallinger as Annie Twilloil, the stage manager who is attempting to keep calm even as everything is quite literally collapsing around her. Broadway.com caught up with the delightful star in the run-up to Sunday’s Olivier ceremony, about which this awards season neophyte was quite rightly very excited.What is it like to be one of two women in a company with so many men?It does seem like we are kind of bloke-heavy, but that’s not an intentional choice. It’s more that the silly slapstick thing was just probably more suited to a lot of guys we know. The two women’s parts are so strong that it never feels like there’s a lack of male characters within the show as we’re performing it; we never feel secondary.You’re one of the few in the play-within-the-play who isn’t playing an actor.That’s right. Annie [Twilloil, her character] isn’t an actress and has never wanted to be an actress. She doesn’t wish to be onstage; she wants to be behind the scenes, which is why she’s chosen to be a stage manager. But what happens, of course, is that she ends up totally in the limelight and then realizes that she absolutely wants to be there and when that gets threatened, she completely flips out. It’s a massive journey to act, which is just so much fun.What is it like getting to interact with the audience before each performance?I have half an hour before anything starts where I get to know the audience as they trickle into the theater, and what’s been interesting. Sometimes you think you know the audience is going to be a certain way and they are or they’re not. It’s taught me that you’re never going to know how a certain group of people are going to react.You’ve done the show more than 600 times—how do you keep up your energy?I think I’m actually one of the people in the cast who gets bored of it the least. It’s such a fantastic show to react with the audience and because we’re a group of improvisers who started off in that world, we’re always looking to play with things that happen in the moment. If someone has a particularly funny laugh, for instance, that will be picked up on, and because it’s a different set of people seeing the show every night, that in itself keeps it fresh.You’re playing a stage manager—were you ever one yourself?Not at all. I did a brief stint producing music videos and was a make-up artist for a while so I’ve been in the crew section of productions but I have never stage managed. But I have heard from a couple of people that they have recognized the character I play so I don’t think she’s too heightened or too drastic; it’s just that she’s completely useless—but very charming hopefully [laughs].What’s especially great about your production is that all the cast seem so genuinely fond of the people they’re playing.I think you have to be if you’re going to play something that much. And when the boys [Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis, and Henry Shields] were writing the show, all of the parts were written for the people playing them, so if I wasn’t fond of the part these guys had written for me and that I had developed, I would be a complete idiot.What is it that you most love about Annie?That she’s so naïve at the start and then I love her rage and the fact that I get to smash things up every night. This journey I get to go keeps me very sane—no need for therapy here [laughs]!How do you keep a piece called The Play That Goes Wrong from actually going wrong, given the potential for physical mishaps?We rehearse each scene thoroughly so that if anything hurts even once, you change the choreography; everything is incredibly safe. I did miss the first three months of the tour because I broke my foot doing some off-balance dancing, so when we do get hurt it is dangerous. But mostly, it’s just a lot of bruises, really. You’ve got to be pretty tough to do a show like this because we really do throw our bodies around, the idea being that if it looks safe, then the audience won’t buy it; they won’t laugh.And now you guys are up for an Olivier for Best Comedy: how does that feel?We’d heard a lot of talk about it but nobody expected to get the nomination—it’s absolutely insane, I didn’t believe it at all. I remember us joking about going to the Oliviers but we were really joking and when we found out we had actually been nominated, I cried pretty much for a day and then got completely drunk and cried some more.The nomination is another notch up the ladder for this little show that could!I know, right? We started in a 60-seat pub theater and then the 100-seat Trafalgar Studios and then Edinburgh and then the tour. It just gives you a real faith in theater at the moment and a lot of the people we’ve spoken to graduating from drama school can now see that it is possible to bring a small show to a big place and that if you dream big it will happen, with a lot of luck and the right people.Is the cast busily sorting out their outfits for the big night?We’re not at all flashy people so we don’t know about that kind of world and for all of us to be at an awards ceremony at all is kind of hilarious. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the boys all dolled up and the girls in dresses.The cast is going to start changing later this year. What are your plans?This is our baby and we’ve worked so hard to get here, and we’re shocked by the fact that we are here every day, so I for one don’t intend to leave anytime soon. At the same time, I’m 26 now and you don’t want to be 35 and find that you’re still playing the stage manager you started doing when you were 24. So we’ll see [laughs]. View Comments
POCKETS OF WATER According to the 34-year-old, who was appointed to lead the team at the start of the season, since preseason, preparation started in August, there had been pockets of water on the surface of the field whenever it rained and this was due to improper drainage. This, he said, was subsequently discussed and it was widely believed that if there were to be heavy rain before or during matches, it could seriously affect the outcome. “There were signs during preseason during preparations that if it rained heavily, there could be problems,” Miller outlined. “It, therefore, comes as little surprise to us that since the Windwards game, there has been lengthy delays whenever there is a downpour. “I don’t know where it has gone wrong, as last year, we had rain and we did not have these sort of long delays.” He continued: “I don’t know if it is the football that has been playing at the ground. I cannot say as I am not a professional in that area.” Meanwhile, the Jamaica Cricket Association, who, along with Kingston Cricket Club, through Sabina Park Holdings, owns the venue, said it was aware that there could be a drainage problem. However, according to O’Neil Cruickshank, the operations manager of the JCA, there has been no official assessment of the problem. “There is an acknowledgement that there could be a problem with the drainage system, but we cannot say what it is as that is a technical matter,” stated Cruickshank. “All we can say is that we have been having delays during games and we have had situations like this before where we have had heavy, heavy showers and in 20 to 30 minutes we are playing.” It was also outlined by Cruickshank that in light of the developments, an assessment report is to be done with plans to address the situation from a technical point of view during upcoming breaks in the season. Play is now scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. over the next three days of the match to make up for some of the time lost. Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller believes play could have taken place on yesterday’s first day of their rain-affected third-round Digicel Regional Four-day Championship fixture against leaders Barbados Pride at Sabina Park if the venue had a better drainage system. Play was called off at approximately 2:30 p.m. when the umpires ruled that the ground was unfit for play due to overnight and early morning rain. However, as was the case in the second-round clash between the Jamaica and Windwards Volcanoes last weekend at the venue, where rain prevented play for most of the first day, many felt that had the venue’s waterdrainage system been working properly, there could have been play. “I think the maintenance of the ground needs some urgent work,” said Miller when asked to assess the premature end to day one. “You cannot do anything about the rain, but what you can do is to get your ground ready, and I don’t think our ground is that ready.”
The Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice Claudette Singh has indicted to President David Granger that the entity will be ready for elections by the end of February 2020.This is according to GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj.President Granger will now have to announce a date for elections and dissolve parliament.Elections were constitutionally due since March 21, 2019 – following the passage of the no-confidence motion against the government on December 21, 2018.GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh
The ribbon is cut on the new Play Zone.Last Friday was a huge day of celebration for what has become Donegal’s fastest growing and most successful school. The staff, Principal, parents and children celebrated the official opening of their new state of the art Play Zone at Gaelscoil Adhamhnain in Letterkenny.” More chocolate on this one please”Máire Nic Charra Uí Dhomhnaill bravely tests the ice-cream on behalf of the Parents’ CommitteeThe occasion was also used to say a fond farewell to much loved ex-Principal Máire Nic Gairbheith Uí Bhaoill whilst extending a warm welcome to new Principal Colm Breathnach. Chair of the Parents’ Committee Ms Amanda Mc Grath used the occasion to pay tribute to Máire Ni Garbheith Uí BhaoilL.She said “Máire has been a shining light and an example to all in the area of education in the County and nationally”.Later Chair of the Board of Management Barbara Uí Chathail extended a warm welcome to Colm Breathnach. Colm who hails from Co Waterford is already well know in the area not just for his contribution to education but also in traditional music circles.If that wasn’t enough he is an accomplished hurler to boot! Colm stated that he is proud and privileged to be the new Principal and very much intends to carry on the good work of his predecessor. When asked what his priorities would be he did confirm his commitment to the Irish language but also revealed that sport, music and a healthy lifestyle for kids were also important. Colm took the opportunity to thank the Parents’ Committee for their support of the school and particularly for their contribution to the new Play Zone.After a thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Fr. Mc Laughlin and to loud applause – and a tear or two – Máire cut a ribbon to officially open the new Play Zone.Not to be outdone it was the children who had the final say as they first enjoyed the new Play Zone and then queued up patiently to have a delicious whipped ice-cream courtesy of the Parents’ Committee.They all seemed to enjoy it but one 6 year old did note… “Could do with more chocolate sprinkles next time”!Former principal Maire is surrounded by pupils as she cuts the ribbon.FREE 99s AS GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN, LETTERKENNY GETS IN THE ZONE! was last modified: October 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgaelscoil adhamhnainletterkenny
MSNBC News reports that a team of archaeologists working in an Arab portion of Jerusalem believe they have located the pool of Siloam, where according to the Gospel of John, ch. 9, Jesus healed a blind man. In other archaeology news, MSNBC also reported that the Israeli Antiquities Authority is calling an alabaster pomegranate alleged to be a relic of Solomon’s temple a forgery, as well as the acclaimed James ossuary that mentions the name of Jesus. Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, however, is standing by its claim for the authenticity of the ossuary, accusing the IAA of unscientific analysis and bias.Debates will continue about the ossuary, the Jehoash inscription and some other artifacts, but many objects and sites mentioned in the Bible are corroborated by the archaeologist’s spade. Unlike holy books of man-made religions, the Bible speaks of real places, events, and people. As such, it is open to historical investigation: in fact, it encourages the honest seeking for the truth.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Story by Bhekumuzi MdakaneSouth African’s from all walks of life will also be joining in.The song is one that is really easy to learn:“Happy birthday to you “Happy birthday to you “Happy birthday dear Madiba“Happy birthday to you“We love you Tata“We love you Tata“We love you dear Madiba“Happy birthday to you”Musicians Danny K and Kabelo will lead the singing.The event, an initiative of the Department of Basic Education, LEAD SA and the Shout Foundation, is supported by Brand South Africa as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and Proudly SA.Other artists and celebrities taking part include the Bala Brothers, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Drakensberg Boys Choir, Baby Jake Matlala, comedian Joey Rasdien, TV presenter Leanne Manas, and Miss South Africa 2011, Melinda Bam.International Mandela Day is celebrated each year on Mandela’s birthday, 18 July.On the day, individuals and organisations are called on to do something that is “of service to one’s fellow human”.According to the Mandela Day website, the aim of the day is “to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and, in doing so, build a global movement for good”.This year, the Department of Education and Lead SA hope to bag a place in the Guinness Book of Records with more than two million South Africans singing the birthday song on Mandela’s special day.At almost 94 Madiba may be frail, but his legacy of selfless service to humanity is strong and his spirited fight for a world of freedom and racial equality continues.And in return South Africa will sing him a birthday song which, it is hoped, will not only break a world record but will inspire the people of South Africa to unite and work as one for the greater good.Source: City of Johannesburg
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Two years ago, when we last checked in on Blu Homes, a prefab specialist based in Waltham, Massachusetts, the company had purchased the assets of architect Michelle Kaufmann’s mkDesigns, which included modular-home designs marketed as Glidehouse, mkLotus, and Sunset Breezehouse.Glidehouse and Breezehouse are now among the seven Blu Homes models that can be customized via computer program to meet the client’s needs, built in the company’s factory in Springfield, folded up to fit on a semitrailer, and shipped to the site. Setup and finish work take about a week.A story about the company’s design and manufacturing processes – and the ambitions of Blu Homes’ co-founders, Bill Haney and Maura McCarthy – recently posted to the Forbes magazine website. The story’s author, Todd Woody, also posted a follow-up item, in his Forbes Tech column, elaborating on the vision of the owners and the challenges they face in trying to make their way in the tiny prefab sector.Invoking an innovatorHaney and McCarthy say they aim to take an “Apple approach” to the business by offering compelling designs that clients can customize with the help of CATIA (computer aided three-dimensional interactive application) modeling software. CATIA presents 3D images of suggested modifications, as well as their cost, giving both the client and Blu relatively tight control over the process and confidence in the eventual outcome.The company seems to have enough backing, including about $25 million raised from investors, to keep operating in this difficult market, and is even forging ahead with plans to open a factory north of San Francisco.Haney and McCarthy told Forbes that the company has sold 28 homes so far, has orders for 42, and would be in the black if the annual pace of orders and production reaches 50 – a goal the company should hit in 2013, according to McCarthy. At least one observer told Forbes prefab in general is a long way from economic stability, the sector is thinly populated with companies such as Clayton Homes’ i-House and Zeta Communities, both of which are still plugging along.Blu Homes prices start at $95,000 for a shell of the 18×24-ft. version of company’s Blu | Origin model and go to about $500,000, excluding land, permitting, and siting costs.The homes’ general specifications include R-38 structural-insulated-panel (SIP) roofs, exterior walls insulated to R-28, and floors insulated to R-32. Roofs are topped with standing-seam metal roofing. (Click here for a pdf of the specification guide.) The company offers a variety of HVAC options, depending on the model, including hydronic heating and minisplit heat pumps, although all models feature a Venmar heat-recovery ventilator (HRV).Airtightness ranges from 6.0 to 4.0 air changes per hour at 50 pascals pressure difference, says Colleen Barry, Blu Homes’ director of marketing, who adds that the overall energy efficiency of the company’s homes is twice that of a comparable structure built to code. Blu Homes does not currently offer an air-sealing upgrade, Barry says, but it is an option the company is considering as its product line evolves.