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Posted by: | Posted on: June 12, 2021

Shirlee Smith | Parents Need to Set Rules for Tech Gadgets

first_img 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 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. Herbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Tips For Dating As A Single DadHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Shirlee Smith is a former Pasadena Star-News Opinion Columnist. She is a Los Angeles Press Club first place awardee and author of They’re Your Kids, Not Your Friends and the Spanish edition, “Son Tus Hijos, No Tus Amigos.” Smith can be reached by email at [email protected] Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News My way of parenting in the age of electronic gadgetry has spawned an entirely new way of living life at our house. One category is “The Car Ride”.“NO gadgets when riding with me in my car,” I said to the youngun’ some years ago..Response: Eyes roll. Chest heaves with exaggerated sighs. Attitude displayed even in the kink of her hair.“Call out the streets we cross. Make sure you can spell them out loud for me to hear and do that before we get to the next cross street.”“Tell me what businesses we’re passing that provide a service we can use— shoe shop, cleaners, laundromat, pharmacy, office supplies, furniture, plumber and whatever else you spot.”“Share with me what bus number travels this route? Which streets does it stop for passengers?”“ “Ah, this piece of communication produces an opportunity to use a gadget,” I would announce and then happily add, “when you get back home” .The gadget assignment? Get on the computer and learn the bus route of 3 of the buses we encountered while driving in the car.Now, who would call this call this communication?Me, and I’ll let you know why.Even with the eye roll, the sighs and the ultimate attitude being exhibited there’s a carload of connecting.Non-verbal communication works. She wants me to know she’s had enough. I get it and don’t really care. And she knows I don’t care because, in part, she needs the ride .No real talk necessary here, other than the assignment. Consistency when communicating with children is essential for positive results.She knows the full routine, after enough times of her non-verbal, “I’ve had enough of you.” not working.Granted a ride in the car could be a lot simpler if just the gadget were allowed and the young lady only looked up, came to attention, once the car was stopped and the destination reached.We’ve managed to have great conversations regarding the people on the street – Who’s too fat for the outfit they’re draped in. Pointing out the homeless man who walks all over the city, and recognizing a street name also seen in another city.Then there comes the time of helpful directions, “Are you turning here? I thought we were headed to the freeway!”“Oops, your’re right. Thanks much. What was I thinking?”.Conversation can really take place when the adult makes sure life isn’t left to gadgets.But this electronic device rule has to start early and the adults in charge have to lead by example.The big guys from Silicon Valley don’t let their kids run amok with the gadgets their companies created.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/relationships/fatherhood/11088973/Apples-Steve-Jobs-was-concerned-about-his-childrens-gadget-use.htmlMore and more people in the professional arena, who watch over what’s happening with our children, warn us against the over-use of electronic “temptations” and the setting up of our kids to become “addicted.” SHIRLEE SMITH,Columnist Shirlee Smith | Parents Need to Set Rules for Tech Gadgets By SHIRLEE SMITH Published on Sunday, October 9, 2016 | 6:47 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: May 18, 2021

Trump says he’ll ‘put pressure’ on governors to reopen schools in fall

first_imgOfficial White House Photo by Tia DufourBy JORDYN PHELPS and SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has been clear about where he stands in the debate over whether schools should resume in-person learning amid the global pandemic, tweeting Monday in all-caps that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”The president’s push to reopen schools in the fall is tied to his broader push for the country to resume normal economic functions as he eyes his own reelection bid in the fall and his promise for a great American comeback despite the ongoing pandemic.The administration is set to further spotlight the issue on Tuesday, when health and educational leaders, as well as students and parents, converge at the White House for an event with President Trump, billed as a “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools.” Cice President Mike Pence was also expected to discuss the issue on a call with the nation’s governors.At the roundtable discussion, he bluntly said he would be “putting a lot of pressure” on governors to open schools, applauding Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for saying his state would do so.“He just announced that the schools will be open in the fall, and we hope that most schools are going to be open,” Trump said of DeSantis.He then went on to claim that governors who didn’t were trying to help themselves politically.“And we don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons. They think it’s going to be good for them politically so they keep the schools closed. No way,” he continued.“So, we’re very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools to get them open and it’s very important. It’s very important for our country. It’s very important for the well-being of the student and parents. So, we’re going to be putting a lot of pressure on opening your schools in the fall,” he said.Later, Trump sharply criticized Harvard University for announcing plans to only partially reopen in the fall, conducting many classes online, calling that “an easy way out.”Even as the president has been outspoken about his belief that students should return to the classroom, senior administration officials acknowledged in a call with reporters that local jurisdictions, not the federal government, hold authority over reopening decisions.“School decisions are local decisions. And so we’re going to provide folks with resources both the dollars that we’ve referenced, but also help identify best practices which the CDC has done, but also other organizations have done as well, to make sure that this can be done safely moving forward,” a senior official said.The White House focus on education amid the ongoing pandemic comes the day after Florida’s education commissioner signed an emergency order saying, “all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students,” subject to change based on future executive orders and advice of local health departments.The move, which comes as Florida is experiencing a surge in cases, received quick backlash from Florida Education Association President Fredrick Ingram, who said, “It’s clear in communications with our members that educators are scared.”“They don’t trust politicians to make sure things are safe — rightly so, with the record-breaking number of cases being reported. The governor is trying to brush that off. Safety for students and school employees needs to be at the center of our conversations about reopening schools,” Ingram said.Teachers and advocates across the country have voiced concerns about how the reopening of schools is being handled, from concerns about underlying health conditions or the possibility of infecting family members to uncertainty surrounding child care for their own kids.Meanwhile, school systems have been looking at ways to creatively reopen, such as offering hybrid schedules and monitoring students’ health.Even as the administration is now pushing localities to reopen schools for the fall semester, a senior administration official said Tuesday that “the most important thing” in doing so is that “we double down in our commitment to protect the vulnerable.”When questioned about concerns that reopening puts vulnerable populations at risk, a senior official maintained that it is not an either-or situation.“We do believe there are a variety of different strategies that schools can adopt that really minimize the risk and open these schools quite safely. And I think that’s really the intent here,” a senior official said.Though the decision of whether to reopen for in-person instruction is ultimately beyond federal control, a reporter asked senior officials on a call whether the federal government might seek to leverage federal funds as a carrot-and-stick approach to encourage schools to comply. A senior official did not directly answer the question, except to note that schools have already received funds as part of the government’s stimulus efforts.However, advocates say state budget shortfalls from the pandemic could impact schools’ ability to reopen.“Without federal assistance, we will see educator layoffs that will be particularly harsh for those who struggle most to make ends meet even during normal times, such as our wonderful, amazingly devoted education support professionals,” National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said in a prepared statement to Congress on Tuesday.“Many of these workers have stayed on the job, putting themselves in harm’s way to deliver meals to students and families, drop off work packets to students, and keep our schools sanitized and safe,” she said.Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have signaled they are in lockstep with the president in calling for schools to resume normal teaching in the fall, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled there is a way to exert federal influence through the latest coronavirus relief package under negotiation. McConnell has specifically stressed the importance of securing liability protections for schools.“To step back toward normalcy, our country will need K-12 and college students to resume their schooling,” McConnell said during a floor speech last week.GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said that while COVID-19 poses some health risks to children and young adults in school, “in my view the greater risk is not going back to school at all.”Beyond funding, it’s unclear exactly how the next relief package will seek to pave a path for schools to reopen given that decision around opening and closures are ultimately in the hands of state and local governments.In the House, Democrats have proposed a $100 billion fund for the Department of Education to support schools at every level, as part of the $3 trillion HEROES Act the Senate has not taken up.The majority of that pot, $90 billion, would be for grants to states to support local funding schools and public universities, colleges and trade schools — to be used for personnel costs, counseling and mental health services, and to offset new cleaning and technological expenses.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Posted by: | Posted on: March 2, 2021

Members Of Lotus, Particle, DTM & More To Play Tribute To Prince, MJ And James Brown

first_imgWhat started as a musical tribute concert has become so much more, as members of Lotus, RAQ, Particle, Digital Tape Machine and more will join forces for an all-star performance dedicated to the late great Prince. Going as “Supernatural Beings,” the group had previously announced a performance featuring the music of Michael Jackson, James Brown & Prince. Now, that tribute will take on a new role in the wake of Prince’s passing.The group features Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Clay Parnell (Particle), Emily Nichols (Woo Park), Marty Gierczyk (Chicago Funk Mafia), and Christian Rogala (Fluid Minds). With support from SPREAD, this should be one great night of music.It all goes down Thursday, April 28th, at the Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago, IL. For more information, head here.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 18, 2021

Glee Star Jane Lynch to Play 54 Below

first_img Related Shows No news yet as to what Lynch might perform at her summer concerts, but we wouldn’t mind hearing her reprise her terrifyingly hilarious rendition of “Little Girls,” as well as her Glee-ful covers of Madonna’s “Vogue” and Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.” She’s out of the orphanage, leaving McKinley High, and taking the stage at 54 Below. Glee and Annie star Jane Lynch will make her solo concert debut at the Times Square hotspot this June. The Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner will play four performances June 18 through 21. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 21, 2014 Jane Lynch Jane Lynch Lynch won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her role as Glee’s tough, smart-mouthed cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester. She made her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in the recent revival of Annie, and appeared off-Broadway in Love, Loss, and What I Wore and The Real Live Brady Bunch and the Real Live Game Show. Her many screen credits include The 40 Year Old Virgin, Wreck-It Ralph, Julie & Julia, For Your Consideration, Role Models, A Mighty Wind and Best in Show. In addition to acting, Lynch also authored the bestselling autobiography Happy Accidents and hosts the NBC series Celebrity Game Night. View Commentslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 16, 2020

Jump, spin, win: How USC Figure Skating became a successful and supportive team in just a few years

first_imgWong and fellow alumna Erika Chang-Sing realized they had many friends at USC who were also passionate about skating, so the duo started the club to encourage their peers to keep up with skating in a fun, low-stakes environment. “To me, [the message] was ‘USC is here, and we’re strong, and we’re not going to go anywhere anytime soon,’” said Nicole Wong, a USC alumna who co-founded the club in 2016 and served as club president for the 2018-19 school year. “You’re teaching them how to be a part of a community, you’re teaching each other how to be friends and just everything about the culture of the sport is what you’re learning in addition to the technique,” she said. “For me, stopping competing was really hard, and I didn’t want to quit skating cold turkey,” Perez said. “This just seemed like a really low-pressure way to keep the sport in my life.” Cai admitted to falling time and time again as she learned to skate, leading her to pick up a new injury seemingly every day. It’s been important for the club to keep the energy light despite any mistakes on the ice, as it takes a lot of resiliency to become a skilled skater. It was a pivotal moment for the club — it had finally established itself as the legitimate figure skating presence that it has been ever since. Wong said the club’s first L.A. Live show in 2018 was the moment she realized she had achieved her goal of bringing together a diverse and supportive group with a passion for skating. Wong, who has been skating since she was 4 years old, agreed that skating isn’t always pretty. With skating’s status as a niche sport comes numerous other stereotypes as to what it means to be a skater. While the long hours, early mornings and tough falls that skaters endure tend to be viewed as overly intense by outsiders, USCFSC works to counterbalance the individual pressures of the sport by creating a collaborative, enjoyable environment. The club aims to make members feel as though they are on the same team even though they often compete against each other in competitions. “I just remember the whole team coming together and having this massive hug in the middle of the ice when it was over,” Wong said. “Seeing people who were there to support the skaters was so heartwarming because it was the moment when I felt like we had support within our own team and we had support from others.” Unlike some student organizations at USC, USCFSC welcomes undergraduate and graduate students, allowing for members to get to know people they might not otherwise meet. The club has a booth each semester at the Involvement Fair, where interested students can sign up to skate. Cai tuned into the 2018 Winter Olympics and was fascinated by the figure skating events, so when she decided to pick up a sport in her free time, she knew she wanted that sport to be skating. The aspiring skater spent five hours a day at her local rink, learning basic techniques before attempting spins and jumps. “My first competition in San Diego, I was doing two elements in a team event and I kind of screwed up one of them, but my teammates were super supportive,” Cai said. “They were still cheering when I messed up and made me feel super safe and loved … It felt like I [was] with family which is really comforting for me.” “I joined the club because I thought I might be able to learn from the other people in the club who have been skating for a much longer time,” she said. “[I like] having people to skate with … and just being able to wear my skating apparel everywhere and be like, ‘My fun fact is I figure skate.’” At first, Wong, Chang-Sing and their friends were the only four skaters at the Pasadena Ice Skating Center each week. Since its inaugural semester, USCFSC has grown to 27 members and has attracted experienced and beginner skaters alike to join its ranks. “I wanted to keep it up and have a way to stay active during grad school doing things that I enjoy,” Dennler said. “It’s also really nice being on a team of people, too, to keep me motivated.” “I feel like figure skating is especially one of those things that people look at and they see the dresses and the makeup and the glamor that people associate with figure skating,” Wong said. “It takes a lot more than looking pretty to accomplish things in this sport and train and practice and build the character that you do as a figure skater.” Although many members have skated previously, some are relatively new to the ice. Hannah Nowak, a senior studying arts, technology and the business of innovation, joined the club this semester to try something new on campus. An Ohio native, Nowak skated as a child but lost the majority of her skills during her long hiatus from the ice. However, she said she still felt at home in the club despite lacking the decade-long experience of some of her peers. Members of the USC Figure Skating Club huddled together on the ice to chant the “SoCal Spell Out” in front of skaters from across the country. It was February 2019 and the club was celebrating a new feat: It had sent a team to compete at every level in the 2019 Ride the Tide event in San Diego. Nathan Dennler, a graduate student studying computer science, brings competitive experience from his high school and undergraduate years to the team. “I have not met a more welcoming group of people to just be like ‘We don’t care that you suck because you’re great and we want to be your friend,’” Nowak said. “I’m a perfectionist, so not being at their level was a really hard concept for me to get over, but the minute I was there, [I realized] these are nice people who are talented.” Even for those who skated every morning in high school, balancing skating with the demands of college can prove difficult. USCFSC president Zoe Perez, a senior studying history, joined the club in her freshman year to continue the sport she had devoted so much time to in a less competitive environment. Even though many members choose to take part in these competitions, the club’s environment is not always so serious. Seasoned skaters carve out time on the ice to help beginners, and the less experienced skaters aren’t afraid to laugh at their mistakes. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) Cai decided to continue learning by joining USCFSC during her first semester as a Trojan in 2018. The low-pressure atmosphere of the club also attracts those who followed an unconventional path to competitive skating. Willow Cai, a sophomore majoring in cinema and media studies, had a semester off from high school and taught herself to skate using YouTube videos. “There was this time on the ice where I was trying to record what I was doing and I fell so hard, like I just tripped over myself, and it caused this ripple chain reaction of everyone else behind me,” Nowak said. “They started falling in the middle of their jumps and I caught it all on video and it was hilarious.” Along with their annual showcase, the skaters take part in several competitions each year. In February, the club sent skaters to the Golden Bears Skate in Oakland, Calif., and the Pioneer Open in Denver. Three Trojans medaled at the Golden Bears Skate, while Lillian Zeng, a sophomore majoring in arts, technology and the business of innovation, took silver at the Pioneer Open. “Because it’s college, everyone’s super supportive and it’s not as cutthroat as maybe skating is perceived in the media,” Perez said. “We all hang out together, anyone can come to our competitions and shows, so I think it’s fostered a really good environment.” Wong said some of the club’s most important lessons apply to life off the ice. Members drag themselves out of bed every Wednesday around 4 a.m. to make the 5-6 a.m. time slot at the rink. During this practice, members learn or refine their skills and rehearse programs for upcoming shows and competitions. The community, united by a love for skating, has provided its members a home away from home at USC. Cai, an international student from China, said her skating family has been instrumental in helping her feel at home at USC. The club hosts an annual December showcase at L.A. Live that includes solo and group performances by members across myriad backgrounds and skill sets. Soloists have the opportunity to craft their own routines and select their music. Even if a skater chooses not to perform a solo, they come out on the ice to take a bow as an announcer reads their biography aloud. last_img read more