City Council Approves Using Grant Funds for Five Food Pantry Programs

first_img Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The City Council on Monday approved using $485,000 in federal community development block grant (CDBG-CV) funds to assist five food pantry program operators in helping households experiencing food insecurity caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The City Council previously approved an amendment to its 2020-21 Annual Action Plan allocating $1.1 million dollars in CDBG-CV Round 3 funds for food pantry services. The funding was made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are restricted to activities that prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.After reviewing applications, the city chose five local organizations to receive funds.The Foothill Unity Center will receive $175,000.The National Day Laborer Organizing Network — Mano a Mano, and First AME Church will each receive $125,000.The First United Methodist Church will receive $25,000 and the Pasadena Senior Center will receive $35,000.Councilmember John Kennedy inquired about additional resources for the Pasadena Senior Center.The city is still analyzing the rules and there may be additional dollars available, City Manager Steve Mermell told Kennedy.These agencies will operate for a term of one year under the Pasadena Food Pantry Program administered by the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.The City Council also approved the Fiscal Year 2022 schedule of taxes, fees, and charges, and amended the Fiscal Year 2021 Public Health Department operating budget by appropriating $1,222,000 in Los Angeles County grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and increase the departmental personnel allocation by 12 new full-time equivalent limited term grant-funded positions;Finally City Manager Steve Mermell will enter into a $479,720 contract, without competitive bidding pursuant to City Charter Section 1002(C), contracts for labor, material, supplies, or services available from only one vendor, with Integrated Turbo Machinery, Inc. (“Integrated”) for the repair of Glenarm Turbine steam turbine. The contract includes the base contract amount of $417,148 and a 15% contingency of $62,572 to provide for any necessary change orders. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 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. More Cool Stuff Business News Community News City Council Approves Using Grant Funds for Five Food Pantry Programs STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, May 10, 2021 | 5:15 pmcenter_img Community News Community News HerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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 CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

THE STATE OF THE NATION

first_imgOften, I feel the country is going mad, continually trying to buy on price, rather than on quality.With the public’s obsession in buying everything as cheaply as they can, we are shopping ourselves out of jobs. More and more factories are closing down in the UK. And the supermarkets hold much of the responsibility for this insane rush to lower prices. In reality, many of our remaining factories are importers – and often only assembly plants at best – as they source their products from overseas. If we cannot create jobs for everyone, where is the money coming from to buy the goods?I have always said I do very little wholesale and never intend to try to supply supermarkets. I feel that those chasing that business have a tendency towards volume addiction. But why should I borrow or use my money to put in extra plant – and even buildings – to provide products for someone else? That would mean I take the risk and they take the profits. Once you get hooked, I suppose it’s like riding a bicycle – once you stop pedalling, you fall off.Recently, I read in The Times that scientists claim that, within 20 years, there will be smart drugs that will make us think faster, improve memory and reduce tiredness. It reminds me of that old song, Why was I Born So Soon? Gosh, how I would love to have that pill.There is no doubt about it, the public sector is the place to be if you want short working hours, high pay, little stress and high pensions. Public sector workers across the board take 30% more days off sick than private sector workers, according to statistics.Then, their trade unions claim it is the extra stress they work under. I call it skiving off.Our MD, Neville, runs the firm without much help from me. When he tells me his staff problems, I confess I could not deal with the utter stupidity of the employment rules, which the idiots in government keep introducing. They will inevitably lead to unemployment. More time is spent on trying to remove a poorly performing member of staff with a bad attitude than on trying to improve the business.The total unfairness of it is that, if a member of staff does not like my face, they are at liberty to say, “I think you are ugly and I am not going to work for you.” This, I feel, is probably justified, as I don’t look like Cary Grant.But just think what would happen if I said to a member of staff, “I don’t like your attitude. You never smile and you depress everyone around you, so you must leave and find employment where you can be happy.” I would be in an industrial tribunal before you could say “goodbye”. And they call that fair? Unemployment is a bit like old age; it just keeps getting closer. nlast_img read more

OW Innovation in Scotland Sees Further Boost from ORE Catapult

first_imgOn the same day Scottish government informed on awarding GBP 2 million of funding to support innovation in offshore wind, the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, one of the three awardees, announced a GBP 1.3 million programme of technology innovation projects designed to advance Scotland’s offshore wind sector.The programme is financed with GBP 445,000 from the government, a further GBP 150,000 from industry partners Fergusons Marine Engineering, CWind and WOOD, and match funding from ORE Catapult.The funds will support four projects focused on next generation crew transfer and service vessels, a technology accelerator programme, investigating alternative communication and remote supervisory systems, and establishing a ‘Fit for Offshore’ business excellence programme to enable the Scottish supply chain to access offshore wind commercial opportunities.The four projects are designed to link the Scottish supply chain and academia directly with technology and innovation opportunities in offshore wind, according to ORE Catapult.Chris Hill, ORE Catapult’s Operational Performance Director, said: “Through these four projects, our team of innovation experts and engineers will work across industry and academia to accelerate commercial technology deployment, de-risk and encourage innovation, develop joint industry projects to address common sector challenges, and work to encourage the cross transfer of technologies from other sectors.”“We’ll leverage our existing collaborations with leading industry players such as Vattenfall, Equinor, SSE, EDF Energy and ScottishPower Renewables to provide technical input, commercialisation support and access to Scottish offshore wind demonstration sites,” Hill said.last_img read more

Ohio man accused of trading drugs for sex with children

first_imgPolice arrested an  Ohio man who exchanged drugs for sexual access to children of drug-addicted parents and took sexually explicit photos of the girls to create child pornography, according to an indictment made public this week.69-year-old Larry Dean Porter repeatedly traded drugs for sex with three girls. He had several other adults help him transport the victims to his home. Police say one of the victims was only 7 years old. Porter both raped the girls and filmed himself raping them, U.S. Attorney Dave DeVillers said Wednesday.Occasionally allegations come along that call into question “our confidence in humanity,” DeVillers said. “This is one of those cases.”Numerous sources in Scioto County in southern Ohio told the FBI that Porter “was involved in sexually abusing minors, and that such abuse was occurring with the consent of the minors’ parents who were receiving illegal controlled substances from Porter,” the complaint said.Two of Porter’s adult daughters, are accused of trying to hide evidence by taking key material to a storage unit so investigators wouldn’t find it.The abuse began in 2013 and continued until this year, DeViller said. The investigation is continuing and there are believed to be more victims.Nine people were charged in total.last_img read more

With improved strength, WR Chew shines

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 29, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Van Chew steps on the scale every time he enters the weight room. He has to.It’s apparent to teammate Antwon Bailey. To the Syracuse running back, it seems as if Chew’s pipe-cleaner calves are on the scale every time the two work out together. That is only because Chew knows if he is to play next year, he must work the scale every day. With the departure of the would-be starter Mike Jones at the Z wide receiver position before spring practice started, Chew was promoted. And thus far, he hasn’t disappointed. The rising junior wide receiver has provided more highlight-reel plays than any other member of the Syracuse roster through the first five practices. ‘I’ll tell you what, he did a great job this offseason,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said after practice last Wednesday. ‘I don’t know the exact number, but he put on 12 pounds, 15 pounds and that was one of the things that happened last year, he wasn’t physical enough to get off the line of scrimmage.’In the fall, the times Chew graced that scale in the football weight room, it would read somewhere around 161 pounds. Now, it teeters and changes much more frequently. Heading into spring practice, Chew claims to weigh 15 pounds more than his playing weight last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s hoping those extra pounds of muscle will enable him to improve upon his measly six receptions in 2009 — good enough for 11th on the team. It put Chew well behind Bailey and fellow running backs Delone Carter and Chew’s former roommate, Averin Collier.The added weight is in large part because of his extra homework assignment for Winter Break. His coaches told him to do one thing to complement his workout routine: eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. A lot of them.After reeling in at least three catches of 25 yards or more in 11-on-11 play each day through the first week of practice, it appears as if Chew met that Skippy and Welch’s quota his coaches set out for him. He has not only been able to get off the line, but he has also become the team’s primary deep threat.‘I knew I had to gain about 10 to 15 pounds,’ Chew said. ‘So all I did was stick in the weight room and lifted and ran and tried to eat as much as I could. ‘Anything that was in front of me.’Over the break, Chew downed at least three sandwiches a day. And with that, he claims to have lived in the weight room, perfecting his already above-average technique. His former roommate, Collier, claims that despite his rail-thin figure, Chew is pound-for-pound one of the strongest players on the team. Most especially, Chew took more and more to the ‘Clean’ –– a lift where players lift a barbell vertically from the ground up to the shoulders and catch it at shoulder height. With each session in the weight room and each sandwich consumed, Chew put on the mass he and others envisioned. Two, then 5, then 7 and finally 15 pounds were added to his frame. And Chew likes to think some confidence was added as well.‘In the weight room, he shocked me when he came back from (Winter) Break,’ said wide receiver Alec Lemon, the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart. ‘He shocked me with all of the weight he put up. Bench, cleans, squats. ‘I told him when he came back, he put something extra in that peanut butter and jelly. I don’t know what it was.’Several weeks later, it’s a similar formula. Yet now it pertains to catches. Months ago, he would disappear in fall practices thanks to cornerbacks like Da’Mon Merkerson and Phillip Thomas easily shedding him. They would shadow him toward the sidelines, completely aloof of his routes. Chew now is able to hit back. With the added weight, he claims he can pick up speed enough to get by his teammates. Enough momentum thus far to gain two, then five, then seven and, by the end of Monday’s practice, more than a dozen deep hauls thus far in spring ball.It was highlighted by a touchdown grab Monday where Chew caught the ball over two defenders. Despite bobbling the ball as he was hit, he secured the ball as he met the ground. Later in practice, he found a seam past Merkerson and corralled another Ryan Nassib bullet in a tight window by the goal line. Those are just two of many this spring, as Chew is entering the discussion as a formidable option downfield.‘I think with the weight that I gained, it also gave momentum when I get off the ball,’ Chew said. ‘So I have better acceleration and won’t get bumped off my route.’Monday night fightsDoug Marrone knew Monday’s practice session was a successful one when he realized he left the field with a bloody pinky.‘They were a little spirited,’ Marrone said following practice. ‘When the head coach comes back and he is bleeding, his fingers bleeding, that is a pretty spirited practice. But again, we want to be competitive, not combative.’Monday’s practice session was highlighted by three scuffles involving players that Marrone attributed to heightened competition. After the first one, Marrone paused practice to get a message across to his players about the consequences of such actions in a game.‘There is a fine line between being competitive and combative,’ Marrone said. ‘And there were a couple of times today where we crossed that line.’The second incident was a fight between tight end Nick Provo and cornerback Phillip Thomas, in which the two threw punches at each other for roughly a minute. Then, defensive coordinator Scott Shafer stepped in as he attempted to pin the two down on the ground.A play later, everything seemed back to normal as Provo and Thomas matched up to the outside, yet again.And for senior linebacker Derrell Smith, the incident was not a big deal. He just relishes in the fact that his coaches aren’t afraid to get into the middle of things as well.Said Smith: ‘I loved it. Everybody loved it. That shows our competitive nature.’[email protected]last_img read more

The Big Preview: Comoros v Ghana

first_imgComoros have a monstrous mountain to climb if they are to progress in their bid to reach the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.Les Coelecantes, as Comoros are nicknamed, are the lowest-ranked team remaining in the African World Cup qualifiers and their task gets no easier as they host Ghana for a first leg qualifier on Friday.The match is scheduled to get underway at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh in Mitsamiouli with kick-off at 3pm (CAT).Comoros will be hoping home ground gives them a slight advantage in the first leg before heading to Ghana for the return leg on Tuesday, November 17.Les Coelecantes really have their backs up against the wall with 159 places separating the two teams on the Fifa world rankings. Ghana are ranked 27th while Comoros are in 186th place.Moreover, Comoros have never won a World Cup qualifying match, losing all four matches they played previous to this year. They only managed to reach this stage of qualifying on the away goals rule after drawing both games against Lesotho in the first round. The 1-1 draw they earned away from home in Lesotho was enough to see them through and up against Avram Grant’s Black Stars.The two teams have never met in official matches, but the firepower at Ghana’s disposal with the likes of the Ayew brothers, Jordan and Andre, as well as seasoned campaigners like Asamoah Gyan and Jonathan Mensah, will surely be too much for the Comoros.The only solace Comoros can take is that Ghana suffered a 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast in their most recent match, a friendly in Abidjan on October 30 – and even then, that was the CHAN team.Still, Ghana are expected to dominate proceedings.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more