Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Hundreds of Pasadena Waldorf School (PWS) parents, students, teachers, and community members shopped and dined until closing at Whole Foods Market Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena in support of the 5% Community Giving Day on March 24. Whole Foods selected Pasadena Waldorf School as the recipient for its 5% Day to support the creation of a 5,000 square foot learning garden at the school’s new Mendocino Street campus in Altadena. Sarah Roberts, Marketing Team Leader for Whole Foods, recently presented Pasadena Waldorf School with a check for $6,153, representing proceeds from the store’s 5% Day.Twice a year Whole Foods Market Arroyo Parkway holds a 5% Day, also known as Whole Foods Community Giving Day, in which 5% of the total net store sales are donated to a local nonprofit community partner. “It is important to Whole Foods that we are more than just a place to shop for food, but rather are an active community partner that supports the local programs and organizations that align with our values and passions,” said Whole Foods’ Sarah Roberts.“From the day our school acquired the new campus property on Mendocino Street it has been our vision to create a garden that can be used in a myriad of ways including teaching multiple subjects for children of all ages, hosting community gardening workshops, and providing healthy produce for our students. Whole Foods Market Arroyo Parkway has helped make this dream a reality,” said Pasadena Waldorf School Development Officer Jon Brody. “We deeply appreciate this generous donation for our school’s new garden. PWS has enjoyed a mutually beneficial community partnership with Whole Foods Market Arroyo Parkway for several years, including their in-kind support for our annual Elves’ Faire, and our school promoting events and activities that appeal to families taking place at the store.”In addition to Whole Foods, community partners have supported the school’s garden efforts. Recology donated and delivered over 10 tons of compost for the garden, popular grocery delivery service Instacart created a special code for Waldorf families to use who were unable to make it to the store on 5% Day, and in the fall artisanal restaurant Pizza of Venice in Altadena will be adding the “PWS Pizza” to its menu, featuring seasonal produce from the garden with proceeds given back to the school.In the few weeks since 5% Day, the garden has undergone an amazing transformation. The first vegetables and fruit trees have been planted, irrigation systems installed, and a stone pathway constructed. Several of the lower and high school classes have begun working in and utilizing the garden, learning about creating a sustainable garden from the ground up.For more information about Whole Foods Market Arroyo Parkway, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/arroyo.For more information about Pasadena Waldorf School, visit http://www.pasadenawaldorf.org/. More Cool Stuff Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website 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 Giving Back Whole Foods Arroyo Parkway Donates Over $6,000 to Pasadena Waldorf School Learning Garden Article and Photos courtesy of PASADENA WALDORF SCHOOL Published on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 3:38 pm Subscribe Community News HerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Top of the News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. First Heatwave Expected Next Week
The Democratic National Convention came to a dramatic close last night, with thousands of balloons descending on the room in celebration of Hillary Clinton’s nomination for the presidency. With the Clintons on stage, former President Bill Clinton seemed to be enjoying himself quite a lot with the newfound balloon influx on stage.Cue the music! notmkdevo has been on point with his Phish/National Convention mash-ups over the last two weeks, and this new video is no exception. During the 90’s, Phish debuted a concept called the “Big Ball Jam,” where giant inflatable balls were passed out around the crowd. Each ball represented a band member, who would jam along with the motion of the big ball as it was passed around the crowd. With a little editing magic, one of these “Big Ball Jam” tracks makes the perfect audio companion to a montage of Bill Clinton having fun with balloons.Without further ado, here’s the “Big Bill Jam” for you to enjoy. Happy Friday!
Airbnb has become a thorn in the side of many cities looking to regulate the platform’s growth to date. Thus, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia and Vienna asked the European Union to prevent the “carte blanche” of Airbnb in the region, reports Skift. “The opinion of the Legal Adviser of the Court of Justice of the European Union provides a clear overview of which rules apply to collaborative economy platforms such as Airbnb and how those rules help create better opportunities for consumers. We also want to be a good partner to cities, and we have already worked with over 500 governments around the world on measures to help hosts share their accommodation, abide by the rules, and pay their share of taxes. As we move forward, we want to continue working with everyone to put the local population at the heart of 21st century sustainable tourism”, They stated from Airbnb for Skift. RELATED NEWS: Airbnb is known for refusing to share detailed information about its ads with employees. Airbnb and HomeAway sued New York in 2018, arguing that the statute, which requires the disclosure of detailed information about their ads, is unconstitutional. In January this year, the court agreed with that claim. Municipal officials have expressed concern about the implications of the decision. “We are afraid that the homes, which the residents need to live and work in our cities, will be increasingly used as apartments for rent.”, The letter states. “The legal adviser to the Court of Justice of the European Union seems to be implying that Airbnb will stifle urban planning and housing measures.” In a letter posted on the Amsterdam City Council website, the cities referred to a non-binding ruling in April in which the European Court of Justice’s legal adviser said Airbnb should be considered a digital service provider and not an accommodation provider. That ruling was seen as a promising sign for the future of Airbnb’s European operations amid negative reactions around mass tourism. Cities are seeking co-operation with the European Parliament and the European Commission to establish legal obligations that would force Airbnb to comply with local regulations. Currently, the letter states that “platforms claim to be willing to cooperate with the authorities, but in practice they generally do not.” The letter from European cities states that such a lack of transparency prevents local officials from enforcing the law, such as the one for limiting the number of days of renting accommodation. Source: Shift AIRBNB EXPANDS ITS OFFER TO MULTI-DAY ADVENTURE TRIPS
ABP has increased its investments in North America by three percentage points to 38% after changing its benchmark for government bonds.The change involved a move from 100% euro-denominated bonds to a 50-50 split of euro-denominated and worldwide government paper.In its annual report for 2016, the €387bn civil service scheme said the allocation adjustment – at the expense of investments in Europe – was meant to improve both liquidity and diversification.The pension fund reduced its overall holdings in Europe by five percentage points to 22%, while raising its allocation to Asia Pacific assets by one percentage point to 12%. Last year, it brought its investment mix in line with its investment plan for 2016-2018, comprising 60% securities and 40% fixed income, combined with a 25% hedge of the interest rate risk on its liabilities.Other asset allocation changes saw the pension fund raise its allocation to developed market equities by 1 percentage point to 25%, at the expense of its stake in government bonds.ABP increased its portfolio of emerging market debt by 1 percentage point to 3%, citing “attractive long-term perspectives” as well as the fund’s minimum allocation of 3% to each asset class.Also to increase portfolio diversification, ABP said it had started investing in worldwide inflation-linked bonds, combined with a full currency hedge.The civil service scheme further indicated that it was keen to increase its local investments – currently 15% – in particular in projects for energy transition and those aimed at improving the sustainability of residential property and schools.Last year, it raised its commitment for financing startups from €200m to €500m, and committed €180m to the acquisition of 1,700 units of rental property in the mid-market segment.The pension fund also said risk management needed to be improved and that fiduciary services would be provided by an independent branch of its asset manager APG. Both adjustments must lead to increased oversight of investment decisions, the pension fund said.ABP, which generated a 9.5% result over the course of 2016, said it had reduced its asset management costs to 61 basis points last year.Despite private equity and hedge funds – which made up 10% of the portfolio – incurring 36bps of costs, the scheme’s board reiterated that the expenses were justified, citing the asset classes’ contribution to diversification and their returns of 14.8% and 7.9% respectively.It pointed out that its active investment policy had delivered €2.1bn of additional returns in 2016.To further drive down costs, APG has extended its private equity team and made more direct investments.ABP added that its asset manager had made almost 80% of last year’s commitments to private equity without a third-party manager, which would deliver “drastic costs reductions for the long term”.Administration costs dropped to €79 per participant, thanks to a rise in the number of participants as well as a reorganisation at APG.The civil service scheme also said it would work with employers and unions to simplify its pension offering. ABP said that its pension arrangements were becoming too complicated and almost impossible to explain to participants following many adjustments, largely as a result of new legislation.
The Nigerian Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) over the weekend announced the appointment of Abubakar Yakubu fondly referred to as Yaro as it’s Acting Technical Director following the removal of Ntiense Williams at the last board meeting.According to the President Kelechukwu Mbagwu, the decision was taken unanimously by the board to ensure that the long-term objectives of the NRFF were held paramount.On the choice of Yakubu, the President reiterated that as an ex-international and the current coordinator of the Northern Nigerian Rugby Union, Abubakar was suitably qualified for the role. “He has the experience, he has the knowledge and the ability to represent the country internationally” said the President. Yakubu was the founder of the Sabon Gari Rugby Club currently playing in the Northern league.In a statement signed by Debo Oshundun, the spokesman of the NRFF, the choice of Yakubu is a very popular one because apart from his previous exploits on the rugby field.”He is highly respected for his efficiency and effectiveness with which he coordinated the Northern league (known as the oldest league in the country) during last year’s highly successful rugby campaign.”Mbagwu, however, advised the rugby loving public as well as all sports authorities in the country to take note of the change of personnel and only deal with the official appointees of the board of the NRFF for any matters pertaining to the sport of rugby going forward.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
A good beginning by the Clippers could neutralize what must be one of the loudest arenas in the league.“Obviously, if you can get out to a quick start on the road, it’s huge because you get the crowd silenced right away and it gives your team confidence,” Rivers said.The same subject was broached with Portland coach Terry Stotts. He intimated that a nice start on the defensive end could drive his team’s fans into a bigger frenzy. “I think I just want to be playing good basketball, whether the shots go in or not,” Stotts said. “If we can get off to a good defensive start, there’s going to be a lot of energy in the building and I think the building will feed off of that.”Stotts said his team can’t get too caught up in all that, though. With their backs against the wall after a 108-98 Game 5 loss Wednesday at Staples Center, the Clippers on Friday will enter the lion’s den that is Moda Center in Portland, Ore. for Game 6 of their first-round playoff series with the Trail Blazers, who lead 3-2.Portland players will be salivating at the thought of eliminating the Clippers and Trail Blazers fans figure to be as loud as ever, and as hard as ever, on the Clippers.The Clippers must guard against the home team getting off to a quick start because without injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, catching up would be harder than usual. Coach Doc Rivers knows it, too.“It’s important,” Rivers said on Thursday. “But it’s hard getting off to a quick start on the road. Usually the home team gets off to the quick start. You weather the storm and then you fight back. What we can’t do is get down 20, you know what I mean? Or 18. We have to keep the game in our reach.” “As much as it’s comforting to get off to a good lead, it’s such a long game that you can’t get too high just because you do get off to a good start because there’s a lot of game left to be played,” he said.Mbah a Moute should playIt was strange to see a “DNP” next to the name Luc Mbah a Moute in the Game 5 box score. Mbah a Moute has been the Clippers’ starting small forward for some time now. But he scores very little and with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin out, Rivers admitted he was looking for all the offense he could find.“Yeah. We just needed more spacing on the floor,” Rivers said. “Honestly, I went into the game thinking I was going to play Luc, but the way the game was going, it just didn’t lend its hand. So I still think there is a place to put Luc on the floor and we’ll probably do it (Friday).”Rivers said if he had to do it over, he would have played Mbah a Moute, even if just to give others who played monster minutes a “blow defensively.”Lillard hot in nick of timePortland’s Damian Lillard stunk up the joint offensively through three quarters Wednesday. He had made 1 of 10 shots from the field for six points and the game was tied at 71 after three quarters at Staples Center.Lillard went off in the fourth quarter, shooting 6 of 10, 4 of 6 from 3-point range, to score 16 of his 22 points in the quarter. Not coincidentally, the Trail Blazers built as much as a 17-point lead (105-88) with 3:38 to play.“I mean, that’s my entire career in the league,” Lillard said post-game. “I’ve always been able to put the first three quarters behind me and come up big when my team has needed it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
DES MOINES — The candidates who had Caucus Night celebrations in Des Moines put their own spin on the unknown results. Pete Buttigieg addressed about 2000 supporters in a Drake University gym.“So we don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa — you have shocked the nation,” Buttigieg said, to cheers.Buttigieg wasn’t referring to the delayed Caucus results — but was instead making a suggestion about his finish in the caucuses.“By all indications, we are going onto New Hampshire victorious,” Buttigieg said.Joe Biden’s legal counsel sent Iowa Democratic Party officials a letter, citing “considerable flaws” in the caucus reporting system. Biden told supporters the results — once revealed — “would be close.”“The Iowa Democratic Party is working to get these results, get ’em straight and I want to make sure they’re very careful in their deliberations,” Biden said.Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed cheering supporters before 11 o’clock last night.“I imagine, have a strong feeling that at some point the results will be announced,” Sanders said, to cheers, “and when those results are announced, I have a good feeling we’re going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa.”The Sanders campaign released information shortly after midnight, tallies the campaign itself collected from 40 percent of precincts because of “the failure of hte Iowa Democratic Party to release results.”Elizabeth Warren offered this explanation to her supporters: “It is to close to call — so I am just going to tell you what I do know.”:ne of her supporters yelled, “You won!” and the crowd cheered.Warren began her speech by thanking Iowa and her supporters here.“You came together, you organized, you showed that we are united in our conviction that hope defeats fear,” Warren said.Amy Klobuchar was first to speak once it became clear results would not be released.“You’ve probably heard we don’t know the results, but I did not want to let another minute go by without thanking all of you,” Klobuchar said. “…We know there’s delays, but we know one thing: we are punching above our weight.”Klobuchar suggested the results — whenever they may be announced — will show she is “on the board.”