Church of Scientology Pasadena Hosts Forum to Tackle Teen Drug Abuse

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News 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the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty More than 80 civic, community and religious leaders representing over a dozen groups and associations attended a Truth About Drugs Prevention Forum on April 20 at the Church of Scientology of Pasadena. The purpose: to tackle rising teen drug abuse in the Pasadena area.Speakers included Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca; Sergeant Mark Cripe and Jesse Mendoza of the Sheriff’s VIDA program for at-risk youth; Gary Moody, President of Pasadena NAACP; Tarik Ross of the Amer-I-Can program; Jessica Ruiz and Porfirio Frausto of the Flintridge Foundation; Dr. Nicholas Benson, Vice President of the Ecumenical Council Pasadena Area Congregations; and Bob Adams of the Church of Scientology International.Teen drug abuse in Pasadena—Cause for alarmAccording to the most recent California Healthy Kids Survey for the Pasadena Unified School District, 19 percent of 7th graders and 33 percent of 11th graders surveyed are “current AOD (alcohol and other drugs) users”—they have used alcohol or illicit drugs in the past 30 days.Concerted effort needed“Our community’s greatest wealth is our ability and willingness to truly help one another,” said Eden Stein, President of the Church of Scientology of Pasadena. “Working together, we can save the lives and futures of our youth.”Results from Truth About DrugsThe Truth About Drugs is a drug education and prevention program supported by the Church of Scientology. Because of the effectiveness of its educational materials, many Los Angeles County groups and organizations have adopted the program, several of whom shared their experience with forum attendees.Sergeant Mark Cripe, county-wide director of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department VIDA program (Vital Intervention and Directional Alternatives), spoke of the results he and his deputies have achieved using the Truth About Drugs curriculum with at-risk youth and youth who have turned to drugs and crime. He said he uses the Truth About Drugs program because it is â€œthe best.”Jesse Mendoza, Director of Victory Outreach Youth Activities for South Los Angeles, told attendees why he uses the Truth About Drugs in his work. He particularly values the public service announcements and feature-length documentary, The Truth About Drugs: Real People, Real Stories.Over the past 10 years, Dr. Nicholas Benson has graduated 5,000 inmates from the halfway house he runs. He learned of the Truth About Drugs program and put it to use in weekly drug education classes. Drug and alcohol problems were significant factors in what went wrong in the lives of most of his residents and the curriculum helps them examine their own circumstances and make important decisions for the future.The Church of Scientology has published a brochure, Scientology: How We Help —The Truth About Drugs, Creating a Drug-Free World, to meet requests for more information about the drug education and prevention initiative it supports. To learn more or read a copy of the brochure, visit the Scientology website.Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “The planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress—drugs and other biochemical substances. These can put people into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.”The Church of Scientology supports the Truth About Drugs, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention campaigns. It has been conclusively proven that when young people are provided with the truth about drugs—factual information on what drugs are and what they do—usage rates drop commensurately. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News More Cool Stuffcenter_img 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Faith & Religion News Church of Scientology Pasadena read more

Day care worker on the run after allegedly beating 8-month-old boy

first_imgRawpixel/iStock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — Police are searching for a Florida day care worker who allegedly assaulted a baby boy in her care last week.Erica Hall, a 27-year-old employee at the Cuddly Kids Academy day care in Gainesville, Florida, is accused of physically assaulting an 8-month-old baby and fleeing the scene before police could catch up with her, charging documents show.“It’s like a nightmare,” Laquiesha Davis, the child’s mother, told ABC News Tuesday. “We haven’t been able to sleep. This girl is still out on the run and we won’t be able to sleep until she is arrested.”“This is the type of stuff you see on the news all the time, but you pray and hope that it never hits home. Unfortunately, it hit home,” she added.Davis said the day care called her on Thursday afternoon, asking her if she was aware of a scar on the child’s face. She arrived moments later and made the harrowing discovery: her baby, Jake, was bleeding.She said his face was swollen, his eyes were bloodshot and he had bruises on his neck and head.“When I got there, the director was trying to leave and I told her she wasn’t going anywhere until they told me what was going on with my child,” Davis said. “When I saw my son, I immediately knew that it was child abuse.”“There’s absolutely no reason these people should have neglected my child in the way they did,” she added.Day care workers initially told her that they weren’t sure of what happened to the child, according to Davis, but she demanded to see the surveillance footage.What she saw made her stomach churn. The footage showed Hall, who was gone by that point, reaching into Jake’s crib and mashing his face multiple times, according to Davis. She said she saw the woman’s hand rise and fall on her baby’s head at least three times with force so strong that it caused his head to rock.Davis said her baby hasn’t been the same since the incident. She’s waiting for tests to come back to confirm that there are no internal injuries.Now, the mother of three said she’s considering taking legal action against the day care. She said officials there waited two hours before calling her and accused them of trying to “sweep the case under the rug.”Officials at Cuddly Kids Academy said they were working with law enforcement to investigate the incident, but did not respond to ABC News’ request for additional information.“We are deeply saddened by the recent incident that occurred at Cuddly Kids Academy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the impacted family,” the day care said in a statement Tuesday. “We will continue, as we have from the beginning, to work with the appropriate authorities and regulatory agencies in every way.”Hall, who is wanted on child abuse charges, according to court records, had not been apprehended as of Tuesday night.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img

Pansy care

first_imgPansies are a great winter flower. We plant and enjoy them in the fall, which gives them a good opportunity to get established, or as I like to say, “make themselves at home.” During the winter, they get frozen, thaw and grow again. It’s nice to see them poking their happy faces out from under a dusting of snow or encased in a clear coat of ice (as long as it’s short-term ice). It takes very cold weather to kill pansies once they’re established; however, they may start to look run down and have fewer blooms. Tiny blooms?The other day, I noticed the blooms on my pansies are about half the size now of what they were around a month ago. How can we perk them up?Once flowers die, remove them. Flowers that remain can produce seedpods. To produce seeds, the plant uses a lot of energy that could instead be used for making more flowers. Pinch or cut off all seedpods and dead flowers every week or two.Winter rains leach fertilizers. And this winter we’ve had our share of rain and then some. Fertilize beds with liquid fertilizers every two weeks. Pull weeds that may be using fertilizer, and mulch beds with pine straw.Too much water will cause root rotCloudy, wet weather can also spoil the flower show. Pansies need moisture, but too much of it will rot the roots. Plant pansies on raised beds, if possible. Build them up by adding soil and compost until beds are 6 to 8 inches taller than the surrounding soil. Raised beds drain better, are less waterlogged and warm more quickly in the spring. Pansies planted on raised beds are also easier to see.Remember, pansies do best if planted between Oct. 15 and Nov. 1. They can be planted before and after these dates, but may not do as well. If planted too early, they grow for too long and are more susceptible to cold later. Late planted pansies do not get established enough before cold weather and may never do well.To grow pansies in containers, just be sure your pots or boxes have adequate drainage holes. As the days get warmer, pansies will get leggy and the colors less vibrant. You can chose to remove them at that point, or wait until they completely succumb to the summer heat. Try replacing them with some Wave petunias for a burst of color that can take on the heat.For more information on pansies or other garden plants, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication website at

Government Policy Thwarts Uptake of Renewables in Indonesia

first_imgGovernment Policy Thwarts Uptake of Renewables in Indonesia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mongobay:Demand for energy in China and Indonesia continues to drive the resurgence of the latter’s coal industry, setting back efforts in both countries to shift to a greater share of renewable energy.Mining, freight and trade executives were largely upbeat at what was billed as the coal industry’s biggest event of the year, the 24th Coaltrans Asia, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali earlier this month. Analysts who attended the three-day conference said the outlook in China was still very strong, especially for coal from Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest exporters of the fossil fuel.A major factor behind this trend is the growing domestic demand. At present, Indonesia’s coal-fired power plants require about 80 to 90 MMT of coal per year, or roughly 80 percent of the locally mined coal that is allocated for the domestic market.“Slowly but sure, we’re starting to prioritize domestic needs,” said Bambang, the energy ministry’s coal chief. “Based on the national development plan, the domestic market [for coal] has increased 27 percent each year, and in 2019, we hope it’ll increase by 60 percent.”Elrika Hamdi, an energy finance analyst from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), a Cleveland, Ohio-based think tank, noted that the 10-year business plan from state-owned power utility PLN indicated it was on a building spree: “there are going to be many new coal-fired plants operating in 2020 and 2021,” she said.Coal producers, she added, are “trying to dig as much coal as they can while it’s still possible. They’re capitalizing on the moment [when] the coal price is high, with the [Coaltrans Asia] conference saying the price will be stable or even have an upward trend.”The bullish outlook for coal, driven in large part by government policy, could spell trouble for the renewable energy market in Indonesia, which is already struggling to compete with the ubiquitous fossil fuel, analysts say.Indonesia will miss its target of generating 23 percent of its energy from new and renewable sources by 2025 unless it makes significant policy and regulatory changes, according to a report from the Geneva-based Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).“Many stakeholders we spoke to hold this view and have expressed concerns that the current policies do not provide enough incentive to grow renewables,” Richard Bridle, a senior policy adviser at GSI, said at the launch of the report in March. “More friendly regulations will be a critical first step to boosting renewable energy development in Indonesia and building a business case for investment.”But right now, the momentum and policy framework are not in favor of renewables — so much so that the coal industry players at the recent Bali conference said they didn’t see renewables as a competitive threat in the Indonesian market.“While speakers at the conference see renewables as a threat because prices for renewables have declined in the past 10 years, it’s not [considered] a threat for Indonesia,” Elrika said. “Even the government of Indonesia says it will still use coal as the base load power source.”More: In export- and domestic-driven coal boon, Indonesia neglects renewableslast_img

5 strong reasons to explore the backwoods of Virginia this fall

first_imgPicturesque and inviting with more than 300 miles of trails, welcome to a true Blue Ridge Mountain escape. Whether you’re an advanced hiker or just want to get out for a country stroll, Peaks of Otter Lodge has some amazing scenic hiking trails to explore. #4 Authentic, bluegrass dining Did you know that Thomas Jefferson is regarded as the father of Virginia wine? The proof is in the countless vineyards that call the state home. Be there on Saturday, November 16, from 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the lively Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival, which honors this founding father while raising funds for the preservation of Jefferson’s Bedford County retreat. #5 Comfortable accommodations in a country escape #3 The night skies here? Out of this world. Plan your autumn getaway today at Find yourself here. Photo taken by Greg Redfern When you’re this far out in the country, every night presents magical stargazing opportunities. Here, you’re far from the artificial light of cities that obscures the natural night sky. Make plans to attend on Saturday, November 9, when NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern shares insights on the space agency’s evolution on the Hubble Space Telescope. Fall for Peaks’ inspiring beauty and quiet serenity from your private balcony or patio overlooking charming Abbott Lake. Most rooms feature two double beds, but rooms with one king bed are available. Traveling with a pet? We have pet-friendly accommodations as well. #2 Your connection to the AppalachianTrail Peaks doesn’t have cell reception, but that’s okay. We’re proud to give you so many more delicious ways to truly connect with your friends and family. Unplug from the outside world for a while and rediscover the peaceful tranquility of Peaks. You’ll enjoy the scenic views from our full-service dining room or lounge. Besides, Candy Crush isn’t going anywhere.  #1 Cheers to the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival  At Peaks of Otter Lodge, the unmatched beauty of the season is all around you. Enjoy the solitude of the Blue Ridge Mountains with your loved ones and make this fall your best one yet. last_img