Journalists’ work hampered by abusive prosecutions and arrests

first_img Reporters Without Borders is relieved that Zied El Heni, the president of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), was freed on September 16 after three days in detention, but regrets that bail was demanded for his release and calls for the withdrawal of all the charges against him.After being summoned before a judge in the Tunis district of Bab Bnet on 13 September, Heni was arrested for accusing the public prosecutor of fabricating evidence to justify Astrolab TV cameraman Mourad Meherzi’s arrest for filming an egg being thrown at culture minister Mehdi Mabrouk.Amid angry protests from his lawyers and a major police presence outside the court, Heni was transferred to Monarguia prison, where he remained in pre-trial detention until bail of 2,000 dinars (about 1,000 euros) was paid after being raised by contributions from members of the public outside the Ban Bnet court. His trial is due to start on 24 September.The charges against Heni stem from a live interview he gave to Nessma TV on 28 August, in which he displayed a copy of official report showing that, contrary to the public prosecutor’s claims, Meherzi refused to sign a document confessing to complicity with Nasreddine Shili, the filmmaker who threw the egg at the culture minister.The judge ordered Heni held on 13 September under article 128 of the criminal code. According to this article, a sentence of two years in prison and a fine of 120 dinars (60 euros) can be passed on “anyone who, in a public address, in the media or by other means of publicity, makes accusations against a public official or accuses him of illegal activities in connection with his work, without establishing the truth of these allegations.”“Placing Zied El Heni in pre-trial detention was completely unjustified and was done with the aim of silencing criticism of the proceedings against Mourad Meherzi,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There has been disturbing increase in prosecutions of journalists and public figures, and this just took the already considerable tension up another notch.”“As if by chance, the prosecutor responsible for the charges against Shili and Meherzi and the complaint against Heni has just been awarded a major promotion within the Court of Cassation, Tunisia’s highest court. His zeal has clearly been rewarded. Those who defend media freedom will inevitably see this as a provocation.”In a separate development, a complaint brought on behalf of the president against Express FM journalist Zouhair El Jiss in connection with a March interview with Lebanese political commentator Salam Zahran was finally withdrawn on the morning of 13 September. The president’s defamation suit against Zahran nonetheless still stands.Jiss was released after appearing before a judge on 13 September but a new judicial summons is still pending. Reporters Without Borders urges the judge to respond appropriately to the complaint’s withdrawal by dismissing all the proceedings against Jiss.The case constitutes yet another example of the way judicial procedure is abused when politicians and public figures want to intimidate journalists. Jiss is still facing charges under:- Article 128 of the criminal code (the one being used against Heni).- Article 86 of the telecommunications law, under which “knowingly causing prejudice to another person or disturbing their peace via the public telecommunications networks is punishable by imprisonment for one to two years and a fine of 100 to 1,000 dinars.”- Article 57 of Decree-Law No. 115 on media freedom, under which “any form of attack on the dignity of another person, term of contempt or insult not involving a specific allegation” is punishable by a fine of 500 to 1,000 dinars.“This prosecution of both Jiss and his guest, who made serious allegations against the president during the interview, is very similar to the prosecution of Meherzi, who is due to appear before a judge on 23 September,” Reporters Without Borders said. Reporters Without Borders reminds Tunisians that:- Freedom of information constitutes one of the foundations of a democracy.- The exclusive character of Tunisia’s press law must be accepted. Reference must be made its articles and its articles alone when trying media cases.- Articles in the criminal code or other laws that conflict with the articles of the new press law are no longer valid. This is established in article 79 of the press law, which repeals “all previous legal provisions that conflict with this law, from the date that it takes effect.”- The criminal code must be revised and amended in order to bring it into compliance with international standards.- As public figures, government officials must accept media coverage of the public events in which they take part, and must accept criticism.- Judges must act as guarantors of the judicial system’s independence and must heed international standards, especially as regards defamation, so that a balance can be found between the individual’s right to dignity and privacy on the one hand, and freedom of expression on the other, above all in connection with public figures and matters of public interest.Reporters Without Borders declares its support for the National Union of Tunisian Journalists, which has called for a strike by all the media on September 17 in protest against judicial harassment of journalists. TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation RSF_en News Help by sharing this information News November 12, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disordercenter_img News to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” September 17, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists’ work hampered by abusive prosecutions and arrests Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Follow the news on Tunisia News December 26, 2019 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Hamas journalists seize union headquarters in Gaza

first_img RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes October 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamas journalists seize union headquarters in Gaza Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists June 3, 2021 Find out more News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on Palestinecenter_img PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en May 16, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the forcible seizure of the Gaza headquarters of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) on 11 October by several dozen journalists affiliated to Hamas and the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine. As police looked on without intervening, the journalists took over the premises, evicted employees and confiscated their mobile phones.Proclaiming themselves as the union’s new leadership, they said they wanted to hold internal elections within six months.Reporters Without Borders regards the move as a threat to the independence of journalists in the Gaza Strip.In a statement, the PJS described this “attack on journalists” as an attempt by Hamas to gain control over the union and stressed the fact that many members of the security forces had been present when it took place. The PJS also pointed out the Hamas government has been trying to restrict the activities of journalists in the Gaza Strip.The “Journalists’ Block”, a group affiliated to Hamas, applauded the occupation but denied having anything to do with it. It also criticised the PJS leadership for failing to keep its promise to hold internal elections.The Palestinian Women Journalists’ Club said the takeover had not respected the “the most elementary principles of journalists’ work” and stressed its readiness to support all efforts to create a journalists’ union through dialogue. News News News Organisation last_img read more

Another journalist disappears in Yahya Jammeh’s country

first_img News January 27, 2020 Find out more August 6, 2020 Find out more to go further RSF_en News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia July 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist disappears in Yahya Jammeh’s country A member of his family said he was bundled into a car on 17 July and was driven away to an unknown location.After his second abduction, the family knew nothing of his whereabouts until 22 July, when persons identified by relatives as members of the National IntelligenceAgency (NIA) arrived with him at his home, searched the house, and then left with him again. Follow the news on Gambia GambiaAfrica News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about Radio Teranga FM manager Alagie Sisay’s disappearance since the evening of 2 July, when two suspected members of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) abducted him outside the radio station.His abduction came a day after the NIA questioned all of the staff of the independent newspaper The Voice for two hours at the agency’s Banjul headquarters.Sisay had just finished the meal ending the daily Ramadan fast when a friend told him that two men outside the radio station were asking to see him. Sisay went outside to speak to them and neither his family nor his colleagues have seen him since then.An eye-witness said the two men bundled him into their 4WD vehicle and drove away. His brother said Sisay managed to call him on his mobile phone and had time to say he had been taken by NIA officers before the call was disconnected. His family and colleagues reported his disappearance to police and intelligence officials, who claimed to know nothing of his whereabouts.“We are extremely worried about Alagie Sisay’s disappearance,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “Journalists disappearing after being kidnapped is nothing new in Gambia. The disappearance nine years ago of Chief Ebrima Manneh is still unsolved.“Every day that passes increases our concern about Sisay’s fate. We join the Gambia Press Union in urging the authorities to do everything possible to locate this journalist as quickly as possible.”Radio Teranga FM has long been in the government’s sights. Several members of its staff have been questioned by the NIA in the past. Launched in 2009, it has been shut down three times in recent years by the government. When it last reopened in 2014 (after being closed for 16 months) it was banned from broadcasting press reviews.The Voice staff members who were interrogated by the NIA on 1 July were editor Musa S. Sheriff and reporters Sulayman Ceesay, Bakary Ceesay, Mafugi Ceesay and Amadou Bah.Sheriff was questioned about the way the newspaper operates, its funding and its contacts abroad. They were all also questioned about their families, friends and place of residence, and their photos were taken. The NIA said it was gathering this information in order to be able to guarantee their safety, because “so much is being talked about the paper and its reporters.” Ceesay was detained for an hour by the NIA a month ago for covering a political rally by President Yahya Jammeh. In 2014, Sheriff was the target of an 11-month-long prosecution on a charge of publishing false news that was eventually dismissed.Ranked 151st out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Gambia has been ruled since 1994 by President Jammeh, who is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.”The government deals ruthlessly with troublesome journalists such as Agence France-Presse correspondent Deyda Hydara, who was shot dead in his car in 2004, or Chief Ebrima Manneh, who has been missing since the NIA arrested him in 2006. The few privately-owned media outlets censor themselves and live in fear of arbitrary prosecutions.center_img “This second abduction is very worrying, not only as regards Alagie Ceesay’s safety but also for all Gambian journalists, who could be the victims of similar arbitrary abuses carried out with complete impunity,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We call on the government to launch a serious and thorough investigation with the aim of locating Ceesay, obtaining his release, and punishing the perpetrators and instigators of his abduction.” Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder News Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom ******************************************* Reporters Without Borders calls on the Gambian government to locate Radio Teranga FM manager Alagie Ceesay, who was released on 13 July, 11 days after his abduction on 2 July, but was kidnapped again four days later. Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information GambiaAfrica July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Media Oligopolies Controlled by “Colonel” Dynasties – 
RSF and Intervozes present Media Ownership Monitor Brazil

first_img São Paulo, 31 October 2017 – The Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) draws a detailed picture of the Brazilian media landscape and the strings attached to it. It illustrates the level of concentration of ownership, but also shows a significant geographical cluster of media power in the south of the country and a number of regulatory shortcomings. “In principle everybody here knows what is the problem”, said André Pasti, Intervozes’ lead researcher. “What’s new is that we are very specific about names and stakes and about the collusion of power at all levels.” News Receive email alerts BrazilAmericas Reports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents Conflicts of interestEconomic pressureFreedom of expression RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Follow the news on Brazil The investigation, which took the team four months to complete, comprises the 50 most important media outlets in Brazil and the 26 corporate groups owning them. Three out of four of them are based in the country’s largest city, São Paulo.In the television sector, more than 70% of the national audience is concentrated in four major networks, of which one station alone, TV Globo, has a share of more than half. As there are no restrictions on cross-media ownership – with the exception of the pay TV segment – the market leaders dominate multiple segments. For example, large national free-to-air TV networks are owned by groups that also control radio stations, Internet portals, magazines and printed newspapers.Transparency about ownership of media companies remains low as there is no legal obligation for companies to disclose their shareholder structure. None of them answered the MOM team’s requests in this regard. “The media is not just like any other industry. It does matter who controls it”, said Olaf Steenfadt, project director at Reporters Without Borders Germany. “Citizens have a right to know which interests are behind the media outlets they consume, and the Media Ownership Monitor now provides them with the means to know.”Based on a generic methodology, the Media Ownership Monitor also provides a set of indicators that measure the risks to media pluralism per country. Among the eleven countries surveyed by MOM so far, Brazil ranks last with all indicators except one marked red for high risk (http://brazil.mom-rsf.org/en/findings/).Politicians’ families invested in the media businessAlthough prohibited by the Brazilian Constitution, as of today 32 federal deputies and eight senators are involved in media companies, even if they are not always formal owners of any of major media holdings. One such case is that of Vittorio Medioli, a long-time former federal deputy and now mayor Betim in the State of Minas Gerais. The group’s media businesses are managed by his wife his daughter; their Grupo Editorial Sempre Editora publishes two of Brazil’s largest circulation newspapers (Super Notícias and O Tempo), three other newspapers, an internet portal, a webTV channel and an FM radio station.Other families engaged in the media business, such as the Câmara, Faria and Mesquita families, have also had members elected to important positions. The Macedo family, which controls the Record group and Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus evangelical church, also dominates an important political party, the Partido Republicano Brasileiro (PRB), which currently has one minister in the federal government, one senator, 24 federal deputies, 37 state deputies, 106 mayors and 1,619 councillors (local deputies).In most cases, however, political ties with mass media are forged through network structures and commercial agreements, according to which most big national broadcasters sublicense their brand and content to local companies at the state level. These affiliates then serve as re-broadcasters, but more importantly offer a vehicle for co-ownership by local strongmen (very rarely strongwomen). In several states, the big networks’ affiliates are controlled by regional stakeholders representing either politicians directly or families with a political tradition, which are usually invested in more than one media sector. This phenomenon has come to be known as “electronic Coronelism”, alluding to the traditional Brazilian pattern of landownership.One such example is the Rede Bahia group, which owns TV Bahia (affiliated with Globo Network) and the Correio da Bahia newspaper. It is controlled by the Magalhães family, which includes the current Mayor of Salvador, Antônio Carlos Magalhães Neto, and the former governor of Bahia, Senator and Minister Antônio Carlos Magalhães (deceased). Another case is that of Arnon de Mello group, which owns Gazeta Alagoas TV (affiliated with Globo Network), Gazeta de Alagoas newspaper and Gazeta 94 FM radio station. It is headed by former President and now Senator Fernando Collor de Mello. Or take the Massa Network (SBT affiliate in Paraná), owned by the presenter Carlos Massa, whose son, Ratinho Filho, was a State and Federal Deputy; or Grupo RBA de Comunicação, which owns Diário do Pará newspaper and TV Tapajós (a Globo affiliate in Pará) and is owned by Senator Jader Barbalho and his family.São Paulo-based media groups dominate the nationThe 50 major mass media outlets in Brazil are owned by 26 corporate groups, most of which also run other kinds of businesses. Nine are owned by the Globo group, five by the Bandeirantes group, five by Edir Macedo (counting his Record group and the media outlets of Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, the evangelical church of which he is bishop), four by the regional RBS group, three by the Folha group, and two each by the Estado group, the Abril group and the Editorial Sempre Editore/SADA group. The remaining companies each own only one of the media outlets surveyed.The headquarters of the vast majority of these groups (73%) are based in the metropolitan region of São Paulo. In total, 80% are located in the south and south-east of the country, which thus dominate the entire national media public. As the larger radio and television stations are organised in networks – each largely retransmitting the signal of one source. This hierarchy in ownership is also mirrored in the re-broadcast of content. At the state level, these networks often incorporate affiliates tied to local politicians, thus strengthening ties between the central power of those networks around São Paulo and the local oligarchies.Four TV networks share 70% of the national audienceTelevision is still the most-consumed type of media in Brazil, and audience concentration is high in this sector. More than 70% of the national audience is shared among four major networks (TV Globo, SBT, Record and Band), of which TV Globo alone accounts for more than half (36,9% of the total). The second-placed, SBT, attracts 14,9% of the total TV audience, and the third, Record, 14,7%.Audience concentration is also significant in the print and online media markets, with the combined audience share of the top four media groups exceeding 50% in both segments. In the radio market, audiences are less concentrated; local dynamics matter and audiences seem to be more distributed in this segment. However, radio stations are also organised in national networks transmitting large parts of syndicated content. Of the twelve major radio networks, three belong to the Bandeirantes group and two to the Globo group.Cross-ownership reinforces media concentrationNo mechanism is in place in Brazil to prevent the same company from controlling radio, TV, newspaper and online outlets. On the contrary, the country’s media system appears to be built on cross-ownership, which reinforces ownership concentration in the hands of a small number of groups. This applies at the national as well as at the state and local levels.The only law that limits cross-ownership is the one regulating the pay-TV market (Law 12.485 / 2011). It prohibits companies producing audiovisual content on the one hand and radio and pay-TV companies on the other from controlling each other.Grupo Globo, for example, plays a central role in the free-to-air TV, cable TV, internet media and radio markets and also operates in recording and publishing. Its Globo Network is the free-to-air TV market leader; content generated by its GloboSat subsidiary, (including GloboNews and dozens of other channels) leaves its mark in cable TV; its Globo.com is the largest Brazilian online news portal; and two of its radio networks, Globo AM/FM and CBN, are among the ten largest in terms of audience.The same is true for other groups such as Record and RBS, respectively: Record group operates RecordTV and RecordNews in free-to-air TV, and its Correio do Povo newspaper and the R7 portal are among the largest in the country. RBS, for its part, runs a branch office in Rio Grande do Sul on free TV, its Zero Hora and Gaúcho Diary newspapers are among the most widely circulated and it also runs two radio networks (Gaúcha Sat national and Atlântida regional), ClicRBS online portal and many other investments in digital media as well as further printed publications.Media owners also engage in finance and industry – and in churchesIn addition to controlling media companies, media owners in Brazil maintain private foundations providing educational services as well as commercial, private education companies. They are active in the financial sector, agribusiness, real estate, energy and health/pharma businesses. One example is the SADA/Editora Sempre group, owned by the Medioli family, who are invested in a transport company for vehicles and cargo, in logistics, the steel industry, energy, sports and education. Another, albeit minor example is Rádio Mix, controlled by proprietors of the Objetivo group, an operator of private schools and booster classes (preparatory courses for college admittance), and of the Universidade Paulista.National radio and television networks also have business relations to churches. A major example in this regard is Record group, which is linked to the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus and to the Rede Aleluia radio. Record’s majority owner Edir Macedo at the same time controls 49% of the capital of Banco Renner.Lack of transparencyThe media companies surveyed for MOM Brazil do not actively publicise data about their shareholder structures, and not a single one of them has responded to the MOM team’s information requests. Some claimed “strategic” or competition-related reasons for not answering.Alternative ways of gaining access to these data are tedious and their scope is limited. There is no legal mechanism or constitutional means to enforce the disclosure of such information and even though companies are obliged by law to update information about their shareholder structure at the commercial board and notaries, there is no transparency policy and efficient access to such information that could be used to validate it. The system in place to provide data about ownership of radio and TV licences does not guaranty that data is updated nor that it is detailed enough to get down to the individual owners. As the companies, in general, do not show any initiative towards more transparency, complex corporate structures with multiple legal entities do not make things easier.Media Ownership Monitor:Initiated by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and funded by the German Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, the ‘Media Ownership Monitor’ (MOM) is a global research and advocacy project to promote transparency and media pluralism worldwide. In Brazil, it was conducted together with Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social. Country studies have been published so far in Colombia, Cambodia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Peru, the Philippines, Mongolia, Serbia and Ghana. This year, in addition to Brazil, MOM investigates media markets in Albania and Morocco. For more information visit the MOM website: http://www.mom-rsf.orgMedia contacts:Intervozes, c/o fervo Nara [email protected] +55 11 99643.3432 October 30, 2017 – Updated on October 31, 2017 Media Oligopolies Controlled by “Colonel” Dynasties – 
RSF and Intervozes present Media Ownership Monitor Brazil Organisation News to go further RSF_en Power in Brazil means family business, both traditionally and to this very day. Dynasties of landowners known as “Colonels” extend their territorial claims to the airwaves, combining economic and political interests with tight control of public opinion. Neither digital technology and the rise of the internet nor occasional regulatory efforts seem to pose a serious challenge to these oligopolies.A joint investigation by the Brazilian NGO Intervozes and Reporters Without Borders now shows who are the key players and what are their respective other interests. The “Media Ownership Monitor” makes this data available to the general public by means of an online resource, available in Portuguese and English at http://brazil.mom-rsf.org, which was launched and presented in São Paulo today. News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders Germany Christoph Dreyer, media relations officer [email protected] +49-30-6098 9533-55Reporters Without Borders Latin AmericaEmmanuel Colombié[email protected]+55 21- 97 36 88 558 April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information BrazilAmericas Reports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents Conflicts of interestEconomic pressureFreedom of expression Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Only at Descanso/The Rise Gala Raises $275,000 for Garden

first_imgGatherings Only at Descanso/The Rise Gala Raises $275,000 for Garden Annual benefit includes sneak preview of new Halloween event Article by Descanso Gardens | Photography by MARTHA BENEDICT Published on Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 1:21 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Illuminated by the bewitching glow of thousands of carved jack o’ lanterns, more than 250 supporters of Descanso Gardens gathered Saturday night to raise about $275,000 for the botanic garden’s programs.Guests at “The Rise,” this year’s edition of the “Only at Descanso” benefit, got a sneak peek of the Halloween extravaganza “RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns,” which opens to the public on Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 2. They also got a look at the new Oak Woodland, Descanso’s first major garden addition in 30 years, which opens to the public Nov. 15.“This year’s benefit raised the most we have ever made,” said Juliann Rooke, Descanso chief operating officer. “This year our event sold out, and we had many friends old and new attending. Guests were so excited to see ‘The RISE’ – it’s an amazing event! And it was wonderful to see many new supporters at the benefit.”The evening began with cocktails in the Oak Woodland. Guests watched waterfowl cavort in the lake – and admired the spooky Halloween display in the window of the Boddy Lodge. Hope Tschopik Schneider, chair of the Descanso board of trustees, presided over the donation paddle raise. She announced that longtime Descanso benefactors Heather Sturt Haaga and Paul Haaga – who were out of town for the evening – were matching all $5,000 donations dollar for dollar. “Just like ‘Orange is the New Black,’ five is the new ten,” she joked, referencing the hit Netflix series.Once darkness fell, the crowd took a short stroll to the adjacent Rose Garden, where a red drape was pulled back to reveal the illuminated “RISE.” The exhibit includes more than 5,000 artist-carved jack o’ lanterns in a dizzying array of themes and styles: celebrity faces, dinosaur skeletons, a tribute to LA sports teams, TV and movie characters, nursery rhymes.Dinner followed on The Promenade, where the candle-lit tables made a glowing serpentine trail under the oaks. The round tables were draped in pewter-colored crinkled taffeta tablecloths and set with coppery orange chargers and violet-tinged wine glasses. Keeping with the bewitching theme, the tables were illuminated by ivory pillar candles set in russet-colored iron candelabras.The dinner, prepared by Patina Catering, kept the Halloween vibe going beginning with a salad of wild greens, crisp roots, pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. The entrée was beef short ribs and beef medallions, served with heirloom pumpkin risotto and pancetta-wrapped asparagus.The dinner was capped off by handmade sweets to tempt any trick or treater’s palate: pumpkin pie with maple Chantilly, tiny candy bars and mini caramel apples.The evening ended with dancing in the Rose Pavilion and the invitation to take another stroll through “The RISE.” A cigar lounge drew guests who enjoyed a smoke and glass of port.The evening was coordinated by the 2014 benefit committee, including Elizabeth Gleason of San Marino, Gina Guerra and Hope Tschopik Schneider of La Cañada Flintridge; and Amy Lamb, Leah McCrary and Ann Murphy of Pasadena. The event was generously underwritten by Patina Restaurant Group, Typecraft Wood & Jones, Jacob Maarse Florists, Town & Country Event Rentals, and Z Valet & Shuttle Service.Funds raised at “Only at Descanso” will support programs and projects, from family friendly festivals and educational opportunities for school children to enriched horticultural displays and demonstration gardens to benefit the community.“The mission of the Gardens is to educate and inspire,” Rooke said. “The generosity of our benefactors who supported the gala help us to provide our community with experiences in the natural world.”About Descanso GardensEstablished as a public garden in 1953, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, near the interchange of the 2 and 210 freeways. The Gardens are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily except Christmas Day. Parking is free. Admission fees are $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDoes Giving Ultimatums In A Relationship Ever Work Out?HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Subscribelast_img read more

Women At Work Announces the Leadership League

first_imgHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Women at Work, the only non-government bilingual (English/Spanish) career and job resource charity serving Los Angeles County, announces the creation of the Women at Work Leadership League comprised of exciting community and business leaders in the Foothills area.The Women At Work Leadership League provides an opportunity to develop relationships with exceptional women in the local community by supporting and promoting Women At Work. Through fun “friend raising” events, this group introduces the public to the mission and accomplishments of Women at Work and attracts new financial supporters, program partners and volunteers. Members will provide up to date insight and data to the organization to keep it relevant and meeting the needs of the community.“Unlike traditional auxiliary groups, the focus of this group is not fundraising but friend-raising and brainstorming to better inform the public about our tremendous work and success stories and to make sure we are providing the programs needed by women in today’s labor market,” according to WAW President Uma Shrivastava.The League will be a “brain bank” for Women at Work. The members represent diverse industries and types of businesses to provide guidance to the organization on employment needs and trends in large corporations or governmental organizations to entrepreneurial ventures.The League will hold a special Kickoff Reception at a private historical home in Pasadena on Thursday, January 29. Attendees will be entertained by an original comedic theatrical performance created by Theater Americana about the modern working woman! Theatre Americana produces a variety of performing arts projects in collaboration with organizations that provide social, educational, and health programs for children and adults and is donating its time and talent to Women at WorkWomen At Work, a career and job resource center, helps clients reach their full earning and employment potential in a supportive environment. The agency provides employment readiness services including career guidance, job search support groups, job counseling, resume critiques, interview preparation and computer skills enhancement.To learn more about Women At Work visit www.womenatwork.org More Cool Stuff Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News 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. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News 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 * Business News Giving Back Women At Work Announces the Leadership League From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, January 16, 2015 | 1:30 pm Make a comment Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Pasadena Playhouse Announces Latino Outreach Program Called Mi Historia, Mi Manera

first_imgEVENTS & 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. 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * OzomatliMi Historia, Mi Manera is The Pasadena Playhouse’s commitment to be better neighbors.Through a series of local partnerships, Mi Historia, Mi Manera aims to increase participation of Latina/o adults in the arts in the San Gabriel Valley, expand the Playhouse’s reach into non-traditional venues in the region, and to expand the impact of the arts by building community-focused performing arts programming that creates long-term relationships with diverse populations.Working deeply with partner organizations across the San Gabriel Valley, Mi Historia, Mi Manera invites members of diverse communities to participate in free theatre workshops, attend staged readings, and to join in the creation of fun and meaningful works of participatory theatre.This year, our partners include ImaginAction, Pasadena City College, La Puente Art Walk, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network (LURN) and the multi-genre, multi-cultural Grammy award winning band Ozomatli. Click on the images below to learn more.Mi Historia, Mi Manera exemplifies The Pasadena Playhouse’s commitment to artistic and theatrical diversity, and it allows us to expand our community engagement across the San Gabriel Valley. This is our commitment to be a better neighbor.Questions? Please contact Victor Vazquez at [email protected] or (323) 577-2188. Para información en Español, llame a Victor Vazquez: (323) 577-2188Special thanks toThe Wells Fargo Theatrical Diversity Project and The Pasadena Playhouse Diversity Committee. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Community News Top of the News center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News More Cool Stuff Giving Back Pasadena Playhouse Announces Latino Outreach Program Called Mi Historia, Mi Manera From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 11:12 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Hollywood Piano Named One of World’s Top 100 Music Stores

first_imgBusiness Districts News Hollywood Piano Named One of World’s Top 100 Music Stores From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 2:15 pm Herbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Top of the News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Business News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Hollywood Piano in Burbank has been named one of the world’s Top 100 musical instrument and product retailers for the 2nd time. The global association for the music products industry, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), will formally present Hollywood Piano with the Top 100 honor during the industry’s upcoming trade event, Summer NAMM in Nashville.“Wow, what an honor. We’re passionate about providing our community with a quality resource for music making, music education and performances in our recital hall. It’s an honor to be recognized for our efforts by our industry” said Glenn Treibitz president & CEO of Hollywood Piano.The Top 100 designation recognizes:• A demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer service• Proven community advocacy and support for music education• An exemplary retail experience worth returning for and recommending to others• Merchandising and marketing tactics that encourage repeat sales• Sound planning for future success, employing marketing and training initiatives• Engaging and effective use of web and social mediaHollywood Piano is also under consideration to receive the Dealer of the Year award, NAMM’s highest honor for retailers, and seven other “Best of” awards including: Best Store Design, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Engagement, Music Makes a Difference Award, Best Emerging Dealer, Best Store Turnaround and Best Customer Service. Winners of these categories, as well as Dealer of the Year, will be announced at the July 10 award ceremony in Nashville.Businesses vying for Top 100 status are evaluated for a sound business model, resourceful approaches, and effective implementation of best practices. A panel of independent judges scores each entry to determine the Top 100. Dubbed the ‘retail Oscars’ by Music Inc. magazine, NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer Awards spotlights the industry’s very best music product retailers.“The music retailers honored with NAMM’s Top 100 Dealer status are those working hard to create positive musical experiences for everyone from those just learning to experienced musicians,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “Hollywood Piano is an important ambassador for making music in Southern California and exemplifies the passion for making music that unites us all.”About NAMMThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 9,900 member companies located in 100 countries. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation’s efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan.For more information about NAMM, please visit www.namm.org, call 800-767-NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.For more information on this press release visit www.releasewire.com/press-releases/release-604820.htm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe 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.last_img read more

Rare Book at Sierra Madre Public Library

first_img Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Exquisite wood blocks, the work of Sierra Madre resident and artist Marvin (Elmer) Weese, are a special part of the rare book collection and the Sierra Madre Historical Archives, housed at the Sierra Madre Public Library.Weese’s stunning work is featured in Early California with block prints in color, 1952, hand printed in Sierra Madre and signed by the author “For the Sierra Madre Library, Sincerely, Marvin Weese”. He made watercolor sketches, cut out the blocks, and printed the block print illustrations in his book which took him 15 years to complete. According to an LA Times March 6, 1955 article Weese’s book, “Presents the story of California from Cortez to “The Iron Horse” in capsule form… represents a dramatic episode or period of the State’s colorful history.”Weese was a master of wood print art, and beginning in the late 1930’s, he worked on a project that combined his passions: early California history; Southwestern Indian culture; wood block printing; and photography. The detail, beauty, and expertise are seen in each of the 38 wood block prints that completed his handmade masterpiece chronicling the early years of California. For the block prints that illustrate early Sierra Madre and California history, Weese cut out 160 blocks in linoleum on wood and used 200 colors, mixing them fresh for every block. Each illustration required the creation of five wood blocks.An exhibit of 40 etchings, lithography and block prints was on display at “Sierra Madre’s new Public Library” in 1955. Weese lived in Sierra Madre for 38 years, was active in the community, ran the Sierra Madre City Hall art gallery, and had artistic ties to noted local artist Alfred Dewey.Local History and Rare Book CollectionsWeese’s book is a part of Sierra Madre Library’s rare book collection that includes rare editions and signed copies of books with special Sierra Madre, San Gabriel Valley, and California interest. The Sierra Madre Historical Archives include a portfolio of prints from Weese’s book.The Library is a partner with the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society, and the archive collection is jointly owned by both institutions. The archive includes Sierra Madre and the nearby San Gabriel Valley area historic documents, photographs (prints and negatives), slides, maps, sound recordings, oral histories, moving images, scrapbooks, ledgers, news clippings, books, works of art, and ephemera.The public is welcome to make appointments to view Weese’s work as well as other rare books and to use the local history archives. Please contact Michelle An at the Library, 355-7186 [email protected]’s beautiful work will be displayed in the Library in August.Read, Discover, Connect @ Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, (626) 355-7186, http://cityofsierramadre.com/services/library Business News Community News Visual Arts Rare Book at Sierra Madre Public Library From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 7, 2016 | 7:06 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img More Cool Stuff 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. Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Top of the News 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 Community Newslast_img read more

Svonkin Receives Associate’s Degree at PCC’s 91st Commencement

first_img 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Education Svonkin Receives Associate’s Degree at PCC’s 91st Commencement From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 10:56 pm Scott Svonkin, president of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, receives his associate’s degree at Pasadena City College (PCC) this week, almost 30 years after earning his bachelor’s degree.This degree means the world to me because Pasadena City College helped me get to where I am today,” said Svonkin, who dropped out of high school before enrolling in community college and transferring to California State University at Northridge. “It’s never too late to complete your college education.”Svonkin’s roots in public service and, in particular, education, took root at PCC where he served two terms as the student member of the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees before going on to CSUN. Before his election to the LACCD board, he served on the San Gabriel Unified School District Board.In addition, Svonkin was appointed to a three-year term on the College Promise Advisory Board by President Obama. America’s College Promise Act is the president’s plan to provide college tuition and fees for qualified community college students. The board was convened to lend its expertise and work with communities to understand the value of an educated workforce and citizenry and is led by Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, Ed.D.“I think this degree is even more special because I can personally relate to the value of a community college education,” said Svonkin. “We know a high school diploma is not enough to allow Americans to find a good job and earn a salary that will provide a decent quality of life,” said Svonkin. “The LACCD board is focused on helping our high school graduates receive a high quality education tuition free at a community college. The associates degree or certificate they earn will allow them to transfer to a four year university or step into the job market with valued skills.”The Los Angeles Community College District, the nation’s largest community college district, serves one-quarter million students a year in more than 36 cities in Los Angeles County at its nine colleges. The District covers nearly 900 square miles and has educated and trained the region’s diverse workforce since 1969. Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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. Herbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeauty 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 & KIDScenter_img Community News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business Newslast_img read more