News Help by sharing this information AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia News January 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police prevent staff of Tirana-based daily from entering their offices April 8, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal to go further Organisation News RSF_en Repressive laws, prosecutions, attacks… Europe fails to shield its journalists against the abuse of the COVID-19 crisis August 7, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Albania Reporters Without Borders condemns the action of the police in blocking access to the offices of the privately-owned daily Tema in Tirana on 9 January, despite a court order authorising the newspaper to continue occupying the premises.“We urge interior minister Bujar Nishani to comply with judicial decisions and to allow Tema’s journalists into their offices,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also urge the government to stop using the state apparatus to harass the press. The right of reply and debate continue to be the simplest and most effective methods for maintaining the necessary dialogue between politicians and the media.”The police surrounded the entrance to Tema’s offices on 9 January, preventing journalists and other employees from entering. The interior ministry said it was implementing a December 2007 economy ministry decision unilaterally terminating Tema’s contract for the rent of the offices it has occupied in a state-owned building for the past 20 years.In a statement posted on 9 January on the Tema website, editor Memo Baze announced that the cancellation of the rental contract had been rescinded by a 6 January court order, which thereby allowed Tema to continue occupying the premises.Tema has in recent week published articles about corruption cases in which members of the government are allegedly implicated.Albania was ranked 79th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 29, 2020 Find out more News Albania: Seizure threatens independence of two Albanian TV channels AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia
Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses is the oldest self-built float in the parade. This year’s entry is called “Never Give Up” and was drawn from their archive of designs to fit the theme “Echoes of Success.” It features the Tortoise and the Hare from Aesop’s Fables and promotes the idea of perseverance.“It’s not so much about the success but the journey to success,” said Janet Benjamin, Decoration Chair.Volunteers carefully work to apply floral materials like eucalyptus bark, which was gathered from the War Memorial Park in South Pasadena, dried chickpeas and pinecones. Flowers started arriving on Wednesday and it will be a team effort to finish the float by parade day.“It really is a community building event,” said Benjamin. “We have so many people that come year after year – it really is like a family.”Volunteers included local high school students, out of town visitors and parade-fans looking to check float decorating off their holiday bucket list.South Pasadena’s float has a decorated Barbie hidden on the float every year. Benjamin explains that this tradition comes from a child who was reluctant to stop playing with a Barbie during float decorating and their parent decorated and sent the Barbie on the float as a joke. This year, Barbie will be dressed as a Ninja Turtle.Another special feature is the back of the float decorations. Many floats focus on the front and ignore the back of their floats but the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses always makes a point to add something fun. Look out for a turtle, the same one that rode on last year’s float.Be sure the catch the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses float on January 2. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 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 * Community News Here’s a Sneak Peek at South Pasadena’s 2017 Rose Parade Float Story and Photography by VERONICA AN Published on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | 1:42 pm Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment 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. Top of the News 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff 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 Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Subscribe
ABC News(NEW YORK) — A complex set of storm systems is moving from the Rockies into the Plains, which will see several heavy rounds of rain and, in some parts, snow. Storms in Texas and Kansas on Monday tore down power lines and produced hail larger than golf balls, while snow fell from Colorado to the Dakotas to Minnesota, which saw more than 15 inches in some parts. Stormy weather continues Tuesday from Texas up to Illinois, with snow continuing in the Rockies and western Plains. The most severe storms likely will stretch from Texas to Missouri. Tornadoes are possible.The storms should move slightly east on Wednesday and pack similar threats: damaging winds, hail, isolated tornadoes.Flood alerts have been issued Tuesday from Texas to Illinois, which could see up to 5 inches of rain in some parts.Heavy rain in Chicago could lead to flooding there as well.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/TNT_bomb_dot_com(BLOOMINGTON, Indiana) — BY: MEREDITH DELISO and CHERYL GENDRON, ABC NewsBloomington police arrested a 66-year-old Indiana woman in a hit-and-run crash that injured two protesters, officials said Thursday.Christi Bennett was arrested late Wednesday and charged with two counts of criminal recklessness, a felony. She was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, a felony, and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury, a misdemeanor.The arrest stems from an incident Monday evening at a demonstration in downtown Bloomington in support of Vauhxx Booker, a Black civil rights activist who said he was attacked on the Fourth of July by a group of white people who shouted racial slurs and called for someone to “get a noose.”Bloomington police said that at about 9:26 p.m., officers were called to the area after getting a report of a personal injury crash, and upon arriving learned a vehicle that injured protesters had fled the scene.According to police, a male passenger in a red Toyota exited the car to move an electric scooter out of a blocked intersection. A 29-year-old woman then stood in front of the car and put her hands on the hood. Bennett allegedly accelerated, police said, causing the woman to go up onto the hood. A 35-year-old man grabbed and clung to the side of the car as it “accelerated rapidly” down the street, police said. Both victims were flung from the car when it quickly turned about two blocks from where it had first stopped, police said.The 29-year-old victim was knocked unconscious and suffered a cut to her head, police said. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where she was treated and released. The 35-year-old victim had minor bruises, police said.Police said witnesses provided them with a license plate number for the car and several videos of the incident. On Wednesday, investigators were able to track down and detain Bennett, the registered owner of the car, and the passenger at a motel in Scottsburg, Indiana.The unnamed passenger was interviewed and released. Bennett and her lawyer declined to provide a statement, police said. Bennett was booked into the Monroe County Jail and later released on a $,2000 surety and $500 cash bail. The car was impounded to collect evidence.Bennett is scheduled to appear in court on July 17 for an initial hearing.ABC News was unable to reach Bennett’s lawyer.The Bloomington incident was one of several in recent days involving crashes at peaceful demonstrations.On Wednesday, a 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of driving into a Black Lives Matter protest on a closed Seattle freeway early Saturday, killing one demonstrator and seriously injuring another, was charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving, authorities said.Police also arrested a driver who allegedly ran over two people at a protest Monday evening in Huntington Station, on New York’s Long Island, officials said.ABC News’ Bill Hutchinson contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Fletchers Group of Bakeries has launched a Half & Half sliced loaf under its Kara brand, in response to demand from younger customers. The product combines wholegrain and white flours, and has been introduced to the out-of-home market for Kara Foodservice.The company says this is the first major branded 50:50 loaf for the foodservice industry.Fletchers Group head of foodservice Chris Haddy said: “This is an innovative product for the foodservice sector and taps into an established trend towards healthier breads, which still carry a white bread flavour.“Our Half & Half bread has been extensively researched prior to manufacture to deliver a product which matches consumer likes. This includes reduced bitterness, increased sweetness and the texture of a white bread, but it also contains no hydrogenated fats or preservatives.”Data from Tesco, compiled by research company Dunnhumby, found a 20% rise in retail market demand for 50:50-style bread by young adults, and 30% growth in demand by young families in the last year.Kara’s Half & Half bread is a thick-sliced 18 plus two sliced loaf configuration, manufactured from 50% wholegrain flour and 50% white flour.Half & Half is available in 110mm x 115mm slices and each loaf weighs 750 grams.
The Mahindra Humanities Center welcomes all Harvard graduate students to submit proposals to coordinate an Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference. Funding for the conference will be available up to the amount of $8,000. The Barker Center’s Thompson Room has been reserved on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2018. Proposals should consist of a one- to two-page description, outlining the proposed theme, structure, timeline, keynote speaker (if applicable), and well-thought-out budget. Conference topic should be interdisciplinary, and proposal should make the case for its innovative approaches and relevance to a range of fields. Please submit proposals via email to [email protected] by Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. For complete guidelines, visit the link below. Read Full Story
Hamilton and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time were the big winners at the 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards on May 31. Curious Incident won in every category it was nominated in, garnering six trophies, including Outstanding Play and Outstanding Actor in a Play for Alex Sharp. The much-buzzed about Broadway-bound Hamilton won Outstanding Musical, picking up seven awards in total. An American In Paris followed with four, including Outstanding Actor in a Musical for Robert Fairchild; Kristin Chenoweth, Helen Mirren and Christian Borle were among the other notable names to take home prizes. The ceremony, which honors Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions, took place at Town Hall and was hosted by Laura Benanti.The full list of winners is as follows:Outstanding PlayThe Curious of the Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding MusicalHamiltonOutstanding Revival of a PlayThe Elephant ManOutstanding Revival of a Musical or RevueThe King and IOutstanding Actor in a PlayAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Actress in a PlayHelen Mirren, The AudienceOutstanding Actor in a MusicalRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisOutstanding Actress in a MusicalKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyOutstanding Featured Actor in a PlayK. Todd Freeman, Airline HighwayOutstanding Featured Actress in a PlayAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It with YouOutstanding Featured Actor in a MusicalChristian Borle, Something Rotten!Outstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalRenee Elise Goldsberry, HamiltonOutstanding Director of a PlayMarianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Director of a MusicalThomas Kail, HamiltonOutstanding ChoreographyChristopher Wheeldon, An American in ParisOutstanding MusicLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonOutstanding LyricsLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonOutstanding Book of a MusicalLin-Manuel Miranda, HamiltonOutstanding OrchestrationsChristopher Austin, An American in ParisOutstanding Music in a PlayArthur Solari & Jane Shaw, Tamburlaine the GreatOutstanding Set DesignBob Crowley, An American in ParisOutstanding Costume DesignCatherine Zuber, GigiOutstanding Lighting DesignPaule Constable, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Projection Design Finn Ross, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Sound Design in a MusicalNevin Steinberg, HamiltonOutstanding Sound Design in a PlayIan Dickinson (for Autograph), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeOutstanding Solo PerformanceBenjamin Scheuer, The LionUnique Theatrical ExperienceQueen of the NightOutstanding RevueJust Jim DaleProductions with Multiple Wins:Hamilton – 7The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 6An American in Paris – 4 View Comments
View Comments Dean Jones, a Broadway alum who created the role of Bobby in Company, died on September 1, Variety reports. His death at his Los Angeles home, following copmlications from Parkinson’s disease, was confirmed by Richard Hoffmann. Jones was 84.Jones was born on January 25, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama to Andrew and Nolia Jones. Following his service in the navy during the Korean War, he joined the Bird Cage Theater at the California amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm. It was the same stage that launched the careers of Steve Martin and Lauren Tewes.After stepping in last-minute during an out-of-town tryout in Boston, Jones made his Broadway debut in 1960 opposite Jane Fonda in There Was a Little Girl. Later that year, he appeared in Under the Yum-Yum Tree. He would go on to reprise his performance as Dave Manning in the 1963 film adaptation.In 1962, Jones starred in the NBC series Ensign O’Toole, drawing from his military experience to play the titular officer aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Pacific Ocean. He went on to appear in numerous Disney films over the course of his career, including That Darn Cat!, The Ugly Dachshund, and what has become his signature screen performance: The Love Bug, in which he played Herbie’s driver Jim Douglas. He reprised his performance in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and the TV series Herbie, the Love Bug. He was named a Disney Legend in 1995.Following a string of on-screen appearances, including the romantic comedy Any Wednesday opposite his former Broadway co-star Fonda, Jones returned to the stage in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company. He created the leading role of Bobby, a bachelor who navigates the various marriages of his friends as he searches for —and perhaps flees from—a relationship of his own.Jones played the role in Boston before the Broadway bow and originated it on the Great White Way, though withdrew shortly after opening night. He cited his departure to stress, as the role was perhaps too close to home while he went through a divorce with his first wife, Mae Entwisle. Jones was replaced by Larry Kert, who received a Tony nomination for his performance: a rare occurrence for a replacement.After Company, Jones married actress Lory Patrick. It was around that time that he became a devout Christian. He took on many roles in projects with religious themes, including Into the Light on Broadway and the Visual Bible series. In 1998, he founded the Christian Rescue Fund, an organization aimed to provide relief for people persecuted for their religion.Jones is survived by his wife Lory, their son Michael Pastick, his two daughters from his marriage with Entwisle, Caroline Jones and Deanna Demaree, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The Task Force Trident’s most recent operation on April 8th included the capture of three Ecuadorians and the seizure of 497 kilograms of cocaine worth about $12.5 million during an interdiction off the coast of the department of Sonsonate. Two days later, the Navy confiscated 795 kilograms of cocaine it found tied to buoys floating in the sea. The drugs were valued at nearly $20 million. Joint Group Cuscatlán has collaborated with Operation MARTILLO, an effort led JIATF-S to neutralize transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit area. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom to improve security and peace throughout the region. By Dialogo May 04, 2016 “This special task force has improved its capabilities through expertise shared by SOUTHCOM, particularly to improve interdictions,” said Major General Félix Edgardo Núñez Escobar, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of El Salvador. “The result can be seen in the various seizures that have been made, preventing these drugs from reaching the black market in the United States.” Eleven days later, the task force stopped a boat transporting 600 kilograms of cocaine – worth about $15 million on the U.S. black market – off the Sonsonate coast. “The support of Task Force Trident through the Joint Group Cuscatlán has been invaluable because in a very short period of time it has allowed us to raise the level of efficiency in the fight against drug trafficking,” said Commissioner Juan Carlos Martínez, Deputy Director of Investigations with the National Civil Police during the presentation of the seizure. On March 16th, the Task Force Trident, which is part of the Joint Group Cuscatlán – an interagency task force that combats narco-trafficking nationwide – intercepted a boat sailing under an Ecuadorian flag off the coast of the department of La Paz. Its crew was transporting 280 kilograms of cocaine valued at approximately $7 million, based on the price of $25,000 per kilo on the United States’ black market. “There is coordination and interagency work, with our special forces constantly monitoring the territorial sea and responding to international alerts,” said one Task Force Trident member who could not be identified due to operational safety reasons. The operation has focused its efforts in northwestern Honduras and northern Guatemala over the past year because 80 percent of drug trafficking to the United States crosses both countries’ northern areas, according to the Salvadoran Armed Forces. Task Force Trident receives assistance from the United States based on the January 2009 Letter of Agreement of the Central American Regional Security Initiative that facilitates coordination between Joint Group Cuscatlán and the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S), which is based in Key West in the state of Florida. International cooperation “The mission of the Trident Force is to protect national maritime territory with operations to combat international drug trafficking, through direct interagency coordination and with friendly countries,” Salvadoran Navy Chief of Staff René Merino said. “In this way, we are able to raise the level of effectiveness,” The Salvadoran Navy’s Task Force Trident is dismantling narco-trafficking organizations operating in the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean, thanks to the intensive training of its members and the support of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). The force, which was formed in October 2015, has used special interdiction techniques in operations that have struck heavy blows against groups trying to bring cocaine from South America to the United States. “Thanks to the constant work being done by Task Force Trident, we are prosecuting people for the crime of drug trafficking who could face penalties of up to 20 years in prison under our current criminal code,” said Cecilia Rivera, the Chief of the Specialized Anti-Narcotics Unit of the Attorney General’s Office.