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San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership to Discuss Economy Amid Pandemic

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Community News Top of the News Subscribe More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership to Discuss Economy Amid Pandemic STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | 2:01 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community Newscenter_img The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership and Cal Poly Pomona are teaming up to host an online presentation with a Washington Post columnist and a CPP economist to discuss the state of the local economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The SGVEP’s annual forecast and analysis took place March 4, just as the novel coronavirus was reaching the U.S., according to the organization.“The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership is taking the unprecedented step of hosting a second forecast six months later, given the economic upheaval of this year,” the SGVEP said in a written statement. The event has been titled: “COVID-19 Aftershocks: Where Do We Stand Now?”The virtual forum was scheduled to take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.Featured speakers include Washington Post political columnist Henry Olsen and CPP’s Robert Kleinhenz, who serves as an executive fellow at the university’s College of Business Administration and principal economist with the firm Kleinhenz Economics. Kleinhenz will provide an “up-to-the-minute economic forecast,” according to the SGVEP.Sponsors include the Citrus Valley Association of Realtors, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Charter Communications and Andelson, Atkinson, Loya, Ruud, and Romo, organizers said.The event is being held on a “pay what you like” basis. Those interested can register online at sgvpartnership.org/SGVEconUpdate. 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty 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 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Women of Troy look to keep pace at Northridge Invitational

first_imgFresh off its best team performance of the season at the Vanguard Invitational, the USC women’s cross country team will travel to the San Fernando Valley for Friday’s Cal State Northridge Invitational.In what coach Tom Walsh says will be the last race before he chooses which runners will race at the Pac-10 Championships in two weeks, the Women of Troy will feature most of their top runners and figure to be right near the top of the pack on Friday.“The competition will be better quality than it was at the Vanguard Invite,” Walsh said. “But I think our girls are in a much better position than they were a month ago.”Walsh attributed his confidence not only to the team’s strong performance at Vanguard, but also to the boost in morale that he has seen since the Women of Troy won that meet.“Our confidence is much higher,” Walsh said. “After we had our first hard workout since the Vanguard meet, the girls ran really well. There was definitely something extra there.”“We were a frustrated team because we knew we were doing really well in practices but it wasn’t showing up in races. Vanguard was the first meet where we said ‘OK, we’re going to be fine,’” Walsh said.Walsh said that although his team is confident, they are still keeping things realistic.“We’d like to be in the top two or three as a team,” Walsh said. “We’re holding out three good runners [senior Katherine Ellis, freshman Kelly Owen, sophomore Leah Gaeta]. With that in mind, my goal is to just try and keep the momentum that we have going.”The Women of Troy will face teams from San Diego State, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Fullerton and host Cal State Northridge, among others. USC will counter with a group that includes top juniors Zsofia Erdelyi and Christine Cortez, as well as senior captain Bridget Helgerson and freshman standout Kathleen Moloney. After the Northridge meet, Walsh will have the difficult task of choosing either eight or nine girls to make up his Pac-10 Championships squad.“It’s going to be hard for me,” Walsh said. “There are so many girls within a few seconds of each other that someone’s going to be left out. I attribute that to our depth this year.”When asked what he will base his choices on, however, Walsh made it clear that he would not go strictly by the numbers.“I’m going to base it on performance throughout the season, yes,” Walsh said. “But I’m also going to choose those who I feel can run best in a big meet. There are girls that can run when the pressure isn’t on. I want to try to select the eight that can run well when the pressure is on.”The Cal State Northridge Invitational will provide the Women of Troy one last chance to prove themselves, both as a team and as individuals, before the Pac-10 Championships on Oct. 30. The Northridge 6K race begins at 4:45 p.m.last_img read more

4 high-powered rifles found within 24 hours

first_imgHours after a AK-47 and a M-70 rifle were discovered at a house at First Street, Meter-Meer-Zorg, West Coast of Demerara, two other high-powered rifles were found in an empty lot at Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara on Friday.The weapons – an AK-47 and a .223 Ruger Rifle – accompanied with magazines, were found wrapped in plastic garbage bags in the corner of a trench.The guns and ammunition found in the trench in Cummings LodgePolice ranks of the Major Crime Unit of the Guyana Police Force conducted the operation after receiving information. Two persons were taken into Police custody and are assisting with the investigations into the Cumming Lodge operation.Meanwhile, one person remains in Police custody as investigations continue into the discovery of the two rifles that were found under a stove in the kitchen of the Metem-Meer-Zorg house.The 33-year-old owner of the house, who also operates a restaurant, allegedly has close relations with a convicted drug lord. It was reported that the Police acting on information went to the home of the former body guard and conducted a search.During the search, the two weapons which appeared not to have been used for some time, were unearthed. The owner of the house was immediately arrested.Investigations are continuing in both matters.last_img read more

China ban on some textbooks seen aimed at Uighur culture

first_imgBeijing: For 15 years, Yalqun Rozi skillfully navigated state bureaucracies to publish textbooks that taught classic poems and folk tales to millions of his fellow minority Uighurs in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. That all changed three years ago when the ruling Communist Party launched what it says is a campaign against ethnic separatism and religious extremism in Xinjiang. Suddenly even respected public figures like Rozi were being arrested, caught up in a crackdown that critics have said amounts to cultural genocide. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US An estimated 1 million Uighurs have since been detained in internment camps and prisons across the region, and advocacy groups say that includes more than 400 prominent academics, writers, performers and artists. Critics say the government is targeting intellectuals as a way to dilute, or even erase, the Uighur culture, language and identity. After being taken away by police in 2016, Rozi, 54, was sentenced to more than a decade in prison on charges of incitement to subvert state power. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls As one of the first prominent people to be detained, Rozi’s story illustrates how even Uighurs who toed the party line and were accepted by the government have been rebranded enemies of the state amid the widening campaign of surveillance and detention underway in Xinjiang. “He had many friends among government officials. He was able to use his connections to sell his books,” said Abduweli Ayup, a linguist who knew Rozi through a Uighur bookstore Ayup once ran. “Those books sold very well.” China’s 11 million Uighurs are culturally, linguistically and religiously distinct from the country’s overwhelmingly ethnic Han majority, who have increasingly migrated to the resource-rich region and occupy most of the well-paid jobs and powerful government positions. Uighurs speak a Turkic language and many are practicing Muslims. For decades, Uighur intellectuals maneuvered carefully, working to advance their culture while avoiding being tarred as separatists or extremists. They thrived even as the government periodically relaxed and tightened its grip on the region. Rozi’s friends, family, and former classmates describe him as sharp, disciplined and very careful, standing out for his political and business savvy. As a college student in the 1980s, he stayed away from the pro-democracy movements that were roiling China and avoided socializing with known activists. He shot to fame among Uighurs after tangling with famous writers, winning people over during heated debates on television. He cultivated ties with state officials that allowed him to write on sensitive topics like Islam and Uighur identity. Rozi urged his people to become educated to counter stereotypes of Uighurs as backward, exotic or extremist. “It seemed like on TV and in state propaganda, all we did was sing and dance,” Rozi’s son Kamalt rk Yalqun said from Philadelphia, where he and other family members live in exile. “My father didn’t like this label. He wanted us to become entrepreneurs, scientists, intellectuals.” When the government tapped Rozi in 2001 to head a committee in charge of compiling Uighur literature textbooks, he leapt at the chance. He and his family moved into a housing compound with Xinjiang Education Press editors and schooling officials, debating world events over dinner with others in the tight-knit community of Uighur scholars and writers. Rozi kept a large study overflowing with books, shutting himself in on weekends to focus on writing and editing. Rozi was accustomed to dealing with the government’s fears of an independent Uighur identity, and though he sometimes quarreled with censors, his works always made it to publication. The family’s fortunes and those of the Uighurs as a whole took a dramatic turn after a string of terror attacks in Xinjiang in 2014, shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power. In response, Beijing kicked off its suffocating security crackdown. Rozi was arrested soon after Chen Quanguo, a hard-line politician, became Xinjiang’s top official in 2016 and his books were pulled from shelves. Soon his former colleagues at Xinjiang Education Press began disappearing, as did the officials who used to supervise his work. Colleges held political meetings to denounce “problematic textbooks,” including Rozi’s, calling them “treasonous” and a “great scourge” that poisoned Uighurs with ideas of splitting China. “Those textbooks weren’t political at all,” Kamalt rk said from Philadelphia, where he and other family members live in exile. “There were things in there about taking pride in being ethnic Uighurs, and that’s what the Chinese government was upset with.” The intensity of Beijing’s crackdown caught many by surprise, shocking even hardened dissidents. “In retrospect, it was a signal,” said Abdurehim Dolet, Rozi’s close friend and former business partner who now lives in Turkey. “We all thought this was only temporary, that things would get better. He was made an example.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry referred questions about Rozi’s case to regional authorities, who did not respond to a fax for comment. Experts say the campaign against Rozi’s books is part of a systematic effort by Beijing to distance young Uighurs from their language and culture, including by putting thousands of Uighurs in Mandarin-only orphanages and boarding schools.last_img read more