More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily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. Sports Pasadena Senior Games Celebration of Athletes will be Virtual on July 18 STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 5:18 pm Subscribe Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News 280 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment For the first time in 28 years, the Pasadena Senior Center has had to cancel the Pasadena Senior Games that feature adults 50 to 99+ who display their athletic abilities during an annual series of about 20 competitive, Olympic-style individual and team events throughout Los Angeles County.According to Annie Laskey, the center’s events director, the cancelation does not prevent them from celebrating and honoring the athletes who would have participated this year if not for the COVID-19 pandemic. Older adults are among the most vulnerable for contracting the virus.The virtual celebration via Zoom is scheduled Saturday, July 18, from 3 to 5 p.m. Athletes, Laskey and others will share photos and videos from past years, fitness tips will be offered by Pasadena Senior Games sports commissioners and athletes, and friendships forged over the years will be rekindled.“Every year the Pasadena Senior Games promotes healthy lifestyles for older adults through education, fitness and the spirited competition of sports,” said Laskey. “These remarkable athletes are shining examples that good health, socialization and optimism all contribute to healthy lifestyles, so we all remain confident that next year they will be able to compete again.”Athletes are invited to display or wear their medals, T-shirts and/or other memorabilia from prior Pasadena Senior Games during the Zoom celebration.Friends and families of athletes, the Pasadena community and others are welcome to join in the celebration.To register or for more information, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Online Events, call (626) 795-4331 or email [email protected] Everyone who registers online will receive email instructions for accessing the Zoom celebration.For more information about Pasadena Senior Center programs and services, including more online options for classes, events and activities during the COVID-19 crisis, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331.The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that has been deemed an essential service provider for older adults by the city of Pasadena, so its doors remain open five days a week for social services and other assistance to older adults in need. Hours during this period are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pressure on cocoa supply looks set to ease after violence in key cocoa-producing country Ivory Coast has calmed, and exports are set to resume, according to global commodities analysis source The Public Ledger (TPL).The London futures price for cocoa fell from £1,994 per tonne on 14 April to £1,937 on 18 April, following an announcement that port activity will restart. This had been frozen since January, after former president Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down following an election in November; he was arrested on 11 April. Last week, Patrick Achi, spokesperson for president Alassane Ouattara, said: “We expect the first boats to arrive from next week, with exports proceeding normally.”However, TPL said some cocoa traders have warned the country could struggle to return to normal. In total, 500,000 tonnes of cocoa is believed to be sitting in storage at ports in Abidjan and San Pedro, but there are question marks over its quality.Martin Turton, manager of the Biscuit, Cake, Chocolate and Confectionery group, said while it welcomed the announcement, cocoa prices were affected by a complex set of factors: “Cocoa prices were already increasing due to growing global demand and declining yields, caused by a lack of investment in new cocoa trees.” This had been exacerbated by adverse weather hitting the older, weaker trees, he said.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A valuable concrete relief by Cyprus’ most avant-garde artist of the 1960s has been rediscovered after lying hidden in the underground recesses of a nightclub. The club is in the abandoned ghost town of Varosha, which has been under Turkish military control since a 1974 war ethnically cleaved the island nation. The nightclub’s 93-year-old Greek Cypriot former owner, who says he commissioned that artwork and others by artist Christoforos Savva, wants to remove them and transfer them to the country’s internationally recognized southern part. But the family that owns the hotel where the nightclub once operated says the artwork is its private property and objects to its removal, warning of legal action.
(BBC) – A Wada report on the anti-doping methods employed at Rio 2016 has highlighted “serious failings”.The World Anti-Doping Agency said many athletes who had been targeted for testing “simply could not be found”.It added that, on some days, “up to 50% of tests were aborted”.Its Independent Observers report said there was a “lack of coordination or unified approach among the management team in the Rio 2016 anti-doping department during the Olympic Games”.Wada’s report did praise improvements made to Rio’s anti-doping laboratory, however.The organisation had suspended the lab just six weeks before the Games opened, because it failed to comply with international standards.But Wada said it had been “superbly equipped”, and was “operated very securely and generally very efficiently”.It said it now represents an “outstanding legacy from the Games for the anti-doping movement in South America”.However, other “failings” highlighted in the report include inadequate support for the chaperones employed to notify athletes of testing.Wada said that on several occasions more than half of these failed to turn up, or turned up very late. It said they were “disincentivised” because of a lack of training, poor travel arrangements, and the fact many could not speak English.In one of its recommendations, it said: “Untrained and inexperienced chaperones should not be working at the Games.“It undermines respect and trust among athletes in the anti-doping program, and provides opportunities for experienced and unscrupulous athletes who would want to abuse the system to manipulate the doping control process.”The report also highlighted:an apparent breakdown in the transfer of knowledge from previous Games to Rio 2016, in terms of training materials and guidelines,little or no in-competition blood testing in many high-risk sports and disciplines, including weightlifting,no out-of-competition testing conducted in football, which Wada found “surprising”