Assemblymember Holden Honors the Late Rev. George F. Regas on Assembly Floor

first_img Business News 43 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News 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. People Assemblymember Holden Honors the Late Rev. George F. Regas on Assembly Floor STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 | 5:31 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Subscribe Make a commentcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The Rev. George F. Regas. (Image courtesy of All Saints Church)Assemblymember Chris HoldenLed by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), the California Assembly on Tuesday adjourned in memory of All Saints Rector Emeritus Rev. George F. Regas,Regas, the former rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena from 1967 to 1995, died on Jan. 3. He was 90 years old.“Like many of who knew him, I was saddened by the loss of Rev. George F. Regas, but his legacy continues with the contributions he made to social change and the inspiration he provided to all of us,” said Holden, a former Pasadena mayor and city councilmember.“His bold leadership to advance civil rights, women’s ordination, LGBTQ marriage equality, and reversing the arms race laid a foundation for his successors to build upon,” Holden said.Regas was born on Oct. 1, 1930, in Knoxville, Tennessee to Greek immigrant parents. He planned to become a medical doctor, but a spiritual epiphany led him to a life in the ministry.  He completed his theological studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts before being ordained a deacon in 1956 and a priest in 1957.Regas received the call to succeed All Saints Rector John Burt when he was 36. At the time, All Saints was starting its growing impact as the largest Episcopal congregation in the western United States.“The impact of Rev. George Regas’ deep faith to advocate for practical social action continues to be felt today,” said Holden. “Every year, my office has received packets of letters originating from All Saints’ Peace and Justice Ministry, and signed by parishioners urging support for many bills relevant to social justice causes.”Regas encouraged and helped cultivate the formation of a number of fledgling organizations which over the years grew into influential local nonprofits.The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles praised Regas for his “bold leadership [that] advanced civil rights, women’s ordination, LGBTQ marriage equality, and reversing the arms race.”During his 28 years at All Saints, Regas focused on peace and justice, while also forging a strong community of faith from a diverse population.Regas worked with his friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu to establish a South Africa ministry at All Saints Church. The focus was on two areas: an exchange program with South African clergy coming to Pasadena for rest, renewal, and mutual enrichment; and organizing delegations from All Saints to travel to South Africa. The church was also an organizing place for boycotting and disinvestment from South African products.When his successor the Rev. Ed Bacon was told about Regas’ passing, Bacon called it not only an end of an era for All Saints Church but for American Christianity, according to the church’s website.During Regas’ tenure, the church started Union Station in 1970 as a total service center for homeless citizens of the San Gabriel Valley. With an annual budget of more than $2 million, the facility accommodates 80 people and remains committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness. Union Station works closely with clients with substance abuse problems to help steer them toward appropriate healing instruments.Following the Sept. 11. 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., Regas established the interfaith group Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP).The group played a significant role in advocating for peace and seeking to be an alternative voice to the war on terrorism.In 1986, Regis helped establish the All Saints AIDS Service Center. It eventually became a major AIDS program in the San Gabriel Valley. The Center has now expanded from its church roots by dropping the “All Saints” preface to be more inclusive and has an annual budget of over $4 million.He also supervised the creation of Young & Healthy in 1984, a pioneering program to serve uninsured and underinsured children in Pasadena. This effort has been extremely successful and has been copied in several other cities.last_img read more

DOE comments show little support for FirstEnergy bailout request

first_imgDOE comments show little support for FirstEnergy bailout request FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Most stakeholders weighing in on FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.’s plea in March for federal intervention to support its financially struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants in the PJM Interconnection were opposed to the request, according to documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Energy.Out of 152 responses on the request the DOE received through May 24, the vast majority urged the department not to grant FirstEnergy Solutions’, or FES’s, application, according to documents S&P Global Market Intelligence received through a Freedom of Information Act request. The DOE has yet to announce a decision on the company’s petition or other agency efforts to prop up vulnerable coal and nuclear units.The DOE did not open a formal comment period on the request but said in April that it would accept stakeholder input on the agency’s ability to declare an emergency under FPA 202(c), including in response to the FES application. The DOE has invoked its 202(c) authority sparingly in the past, mostly in response to temporary energy shortfalls following hurricanes and other emergency events.As a result, several gas and power industry groups said the statute should not be used to provide the market relief FES sought in its 202(c) application. More fundamentally, most stakeholders backed PJM’s assertion that no grid emergency existed in the region to justify subsidizing FES’s at-risk plants.“The proposed actions would tilt the table and not only undermine, but potentially destroy, new private competitive investment, and perhaps more importantly, substantially add to the cost of power to consumers in the region,” independent power producer Calpine Corp. said in comments to the DOE.More ($): DOE heard mostly criticism of FirstEnergy Solutions’ coal, nuclear relief planlast_img read more

House Moves Against Sports Ministry, Proposes Executive Secretary for NSC

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaMembers of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports have proposed the discarding of the Ministry of Sports structure and instead revive the National Sports Commission (NSC) which is to be headed by an Executive Secretary or Chairman.The Committee is also planning to hold a public hearing on the NSC Bill and ensure that it is passed by the end of the year and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari. A member of the House Committee on Sports, Hon Mohammed Nuhu Sheriff dropped the hint yesterday at the National Summit on Sports Development organised by the Committee in Abuja.Hon Sheriff, who is representing Kalabalge Constituency in Borno State, said the Ministry of Sports had become amorphous and was the cause of the motley of problems bedeviling Nigerian sports.Current Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, phased out the NSC last headed by a DG, Alhassan Yakmut.But speaking yesterday at the summit attended by many sports stakeholders, Sheriff said that for Nigeria sports to develop, a clear mandate of a professional with technical expertise to nurture sports was needed.He said the expert must be in the mould of an executive secretary or chairman, but certainly not a Sports Minister.“Whatever way we want it, we are just deceiving ourselves but we cannot continue to lie. I want to urge you at the sports summit to support the House Committee on Sports. We are working on it and I assure you by the end of the year this bill will be passed,” he promised.He insisted a Sports Minister cannot oversee sports activities in Nigeria, adding that the country can no longer afford to wait to see a minister of sports, who is a political appointee and without any prerequisite idea on how to run the ministry.“I will continue fighting until we get a bill that is backing the NSC, so that sports will be established with a clear mandate to go to the grassroots, harness and bring youths that have the talents to the next level in Nigeria,” Sheriff said.Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, who declared the summit open, said that contradictions in sports had made Nigeria to be in the doldrum, saying the country only record accidental successes in sports as a result of policy errors.Dogara, who also described the prevailing impasse at the NFF as uncalled for, said that the National Assembly will continue to pass legislature that will lead to effective sports development in the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Uganda names Olympic team – 21 traveling to Rio

first_imgAthletes Women 6: Winnie Nanyondo (800m), Halima Nakaayi (800m) Stella Chesang (5,000m), Peruth Chemutai (3000mSC), Juliet Chekwel (10000m & 5000m) and Adero Nyakesi (marathon)Men: Stephen Kiprotich, Solomon Munyo Mutai, Kiprop Jackson (marathon), Joshua Cheptgei (10000m and 5000m), Timothy Toroitich (10,000m), Phillip Kipyeko ( 5,000m), Ronald Musagala (1,500m), Jacob Araptany and Benjamin Kiplagat (3,000m SC), Jacob Kiplimo (5,000m), Moses Kurong (10000m).Other sports:Swimmers: Jamila Lunkuse, Joshua EkirikubinzaBoxing: Flyweight Ronald Serugo, Light heavyweight Kennedy KatendeFLASHBACKVideos after the last games: ****[email protected] on: WhatsApp Kiprotich celebrates his gold in 2012Uganda’s Olympic team has finally been confirmed. It will comprise six women and 15 men.The athletics event will provide the bulk of the team, 17, which is the biggest track and field team since the previous record 13 at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.Unlike four years ago when Stephen Kiprotich traveled to London as a mere participant, he this time heads to Rio as Uganda’s main medal hope.Defending Olympics marathon champion Kiprotich leads a strong team of runners in the 42k.1m event, the 800m, 1500m, the 3000m steeplechase, 5000m and 10000m.The track and field team was confirmed after a Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) technical meeting at the weekend, and according to the sport’s president Domenic Otuchet, focus now is on turning the talent they have seen into medals.“I believe our athletes are maturing and we are no longer going to Olympics just to participate. I see three or four medals from this team, “ Otuchet said.“Other than Kiprotich and Nyakesi who are in Iten Kenya, the rest of the team is now in high-altitude training in Bukwo. The first 14 athletes leave on August 7 and the marathoners on August 14, all a few days to their events,” he added.Halima Nakaayi (800m) was the last athlete to qualify at last week’s national championships.At the last games, Uganda returned with one medal, a historic gold for Kiprotich on the last day of the London Olympics. That was only the second gold Uganda has bagged at the Olympics and first since John Akii Bua’s 400m hurdles gold in the Munich games in 1972.Only seven Ugandans have won medals at this level, boxers Leo Rwabogo (1968 and 1972), Eridad Mukwanga 1968 and John Mugabi 1980. Athletes Akii Bua 1972,  Davis Kamoga 400m 1996 and Kiprotich 2012.last_img read more

Rio Olympic marathon champion fails drugs test – reports

first_imgParis, France | AFP |  Jemima Sumgong, the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold when she triumphed at Rio in 2016, has failed an out-of-competition dope test, reports claimed Friday.The 32-year-old, who is also the reigning London Marathon champion, tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in a test by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya, the BBC reported.“We can confirm that an anti-doping rule violation case concerning Jemima Sumgong has commenced this week,” www.bbc.com quoted the IAAF as saying in a statement.“The athlete tested positive for EPO following a no-notice test in Kenya.”The IAAF did not respond when asked by AFP for confirmation of the report early Friday.Sumgong starred at the London Marathon last year, defying the odds to win despite suffering a bruising fall.Steeled by her success in London, she then became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold in Rio.Sumgong defeated Ethiopia’s world champion Mare Dibaba to confirm her status as the world’s number one marathon runner of the year.Before claims of a positive drugs test emerged, Sumgong said she was looking forward to returning to London to defend her title on April 23.“London is the marathon every runner wants to win,” she said. “I can’t wait to return to defend my title.”Tim Hadzima, general manager at Abbott World Marathon Majors, organiser of the world’s largest marathons including London, said the organisation was “distressed” by the reports, but said that “if true, they indicate that we are gaining ground in our long-standing fight against doping”.At the Rio Olympics, Sumgong defied temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius (82F) to claim an historic gold medal in a race which finished at the city’s famed Sambodromo.“It was very hot but everybody had to get through the heat. I had to control my body and listen to my body very carefully,” said Sumgong, who added that victory made up for her disappointing showing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I was in Beijing but I was pretty disappointed that I wasn’t able to win a medal or make it on the podium, but I knew one time, one day, I’d be somewhere,” she said.“I was never worried that I’d lose this. At the 40km I knew the gold was mine.”– Tarnished image –Earlier this year, Sumgong was one of a number of top Kenyan athletes who welcomed a new initiative to stop doping, which has tarnished their image, in which they agreed to be monitored by doctors appointed by the IAAF and Athletics Kenya.“It will be easy for us now to communicate with these doctors before we take any medicine when the need arises,” said Sumgong.In July last year, an investigation by German television channel ARD and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper alleged that doping is rife at the elite training centre in Iten.Sumgong’s former training partner, the 2014 Chicago and Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo, is serving a four-year ban after also testing positive for EPO.Athletics Kenya chief Jackson Tuwei warned that any athlete who failed to comply would not be selected to represent Kenya in international competitions.“Forty-nine athletes have been found to have violated the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) code in the past five years but were cautioned according to the laws of the land and WADA code,” said Tuwei.News of Sumgong’s test was welcomed by other athletes. US distance runner Emma Coburn, a bronze medallist in the 3,000m steeplechase at last year’s Olympics, applauded the IAAF’s out-of-competition testing.“Out of competition testing is so important!! Well done, IAAF. I hope to see more productive results from no-notice out of competition tests,” Coburn wrote on Twitter. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Froome to start season in Spain under doping cloud

first_imgFILE PHOTOLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chris Froome said Monday he is “confident” of progress in a probe into his adverse doping test as the British rider prepares for his first race of the season at this month’s Ruta del Sol.Froome will be part of Team Sky’s line-up for the five-day stage race in Andalusia, southern Spain, which runs from February 14 to 18.Froome and his Team Sky revealed in December that the 32-year-old had tested for elevated levels of the asthma medication salbutamol during the Vuelta a Espana, which he won for the first time in September.Although salbutamol is permitted in certain doses, the four-time Tour de France winner gave a urine reading of twice the allowed limit.However, as the medication can be taken legally, Froome was not suspended by cycling’s governing body the UCI but merely asked to explain the elevated reading.Team Sky said in December they were providing information to the UCI over the matter and confirmed in a statement on Monday that the process was ongoing.“I’m confident that we will be able to get to the bottom of what has happened and I’m working hard with the team to do that,” Froome said in the statement on the team’s website.“Obviously I understand that this situation has created a lot of uncertainty. I completely get why there has been so much interest and speculation.“I hope that people will appreciate there are limits to what I can say whilst the process is still ongoing but no one is keener than me to move things forward as quickly as possible.”Team principal Dave Brailsford said: “We all recognise that these are difficult circumstances but it’s important for all sides that this process is conducted fairly before a final conclusion is reached. “It is a complex situation but we’re working as hard as we can with Chris to resolve things as soon as possible.”– Ruta win –Froome, who will line up in Spain after spending the early part of the year training in South Africa, last raced the Ruta del Sol in 2015, when he took overall victory and picked up a stage win along the way.“I have put in a hard training block in January,” said Froome. “It’s been good to be out on my bike and to get the miles under my belt.“It’s been a couple of years now since I was last at Ruta del Sol. It’s a race I’ve enjoyed in the past and so I’m looking forward to going back there.”Last week the British rider strongly denied a newspaper report that he is seeking to negotiate a short ban rather than fight to prove his innocence over the adverse test.UCI chief David Lappartient said earlier this month that Froome should be suspended over the adverse test and some of the rider’s main rivals have hit out at cycling authorities for failing to ban him.In 2016 the Russian hacking group Fancy Bears revealed that British rider and former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins had received three therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) during his career at crucial moments — before the Tour in 2011 and 2012 and the Giro d’Italia in 2013.Wiggins said he needed to take the corticosteroid triamcinolone to treat allergies but some ex-cyclists have spoken out against that, saying it would have given him a significant performance boost.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Farokh Engineer lashes out at CoA, says they were a complete waste of time

first_imgAdvertisement cNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsudkndWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Epx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6jcfWould you ever consider trying this?😱5kygCan your students do this? 🌚45qfmusRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former Indian WicketKeeper Batsman Farokh Engineer can be termed an immensely straight-forward person and recently spoke out on something very bold.Advertisement Speaking about the Committee of Administrators , Engineer said “I read the other day that each one of them (the COA) has pocketed Rs 3.5 crore. It’s criminal. Plus I believe they got paid thousands and thousands for attending meetings and all, I feel they were on a honeymoon. The honeymoon is over,” said the wicket-keeper, who played 46 Tests for India from 1961 to 1975.Advertisement Engineer felt Ganguly as BCCI president will change things for good. “He was a dashing player, a captain who took bold decisions and I hope he does the same thing as board president.”Engineer, 82, isn’t pleased with the current selection committee either adding, “We have got a Mickey Mouse selection committee.” He said team selection has not been a problem for India since Virat Kohli has a strong say in it. “Virat Kohli has a major impact (in the process) which is very good. But how are the selectors qualified? Between them, have they played about 10-12 Test matches. I didn’t even know one of the selectors during the World Cup and I asked him ‘who the hell he was’, because he was wearing the India blazer and he said he was one of the selectors. All they were doing was getting Anushka Sharma (Kohli’s wife) cups of tea. I feel people with the stature of Dilip Vengsarkar should be in the selection committee.” Engineer, who played Ranji Trophy for Mumbai from 1958-59 to 1975-76, felt the selectors didn’t handle keeper Rishabh Pant well. “They shouldn’t have dropped him (from the ODI team). They should have picked him ahead of Dinesh Karthik (for the World Cup) for him to get as much experience with MS Dhoni.”Advertisement One can say that Engineer has added fuel to the fire that has been ever-present since Kohli got together with Anushka Sharma that the actress has been a distraction to the captain and his mentality. Advertisementlast_img read more