Proceeds from Film About Pasadena Police Violence Will Go Toward New College Scholarship

first_img Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box.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. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published.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 * 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Proceeds from a new streaming documentary about the tension between Pasadena police and Pasadena’s African American community will go toward a new college scholarship.“Thorns on the Rose: Black Abuse, Corruption & the Pasadena Police,” directed by Dennis Haywood and produced by James Farr and Rochele Jones, was released on Vimeo on April 8. The 63-minute documentary examines the last 40 years of Pasadena’s police-community relationship with a particular focus on the officer-involved killings of Black men, including Michael Bryant, Kendrec McDade, Reginald Thomas, Jr., Anthony McClain and others. It is available to rent for $4.99 and to purchase for $9.99.Haywood, who serves as editor-in-chief and publisher of Pasadena Black Pages, announced Tuesday on the online publication that $1,000 from the film’s proceeds will go to a local student for college.“While I was editing the documentary, I came to the conclusion that the monetary gains from the film would go back to the community,” he wrote. “At first, I didn’t know how. After [the film] was released and I saw the reaction to the film, I wanted to do something that would have an immediate impact,” and thus the scholarship idea was born.He added that depending on how many people rent or buy the movie, the amount of the scholarship could increase.“It can only go up from here,” he wrote. “This is a way we can make a positive change in our community, by helping a student get through college so they can come back and do great things.”The scholarship contest requirements will be announced soon, with the scholarship itself to be awarded on June 8. Farr said the filmmakers are still defining the criteria for the scholarship and will likely announce more details in the next couple of weeks.“It was something that I thought was commendable and really showed leadership on Dennis’ part to want to measure our intention as well as our impact, taking a tragic event and seeing if we’re able to do something positive,” Farr said. “Young people who are graduating have been through a horrible year through the pandemic and a lot of other things, so [a scholarship] would certainly help some young person. We invite others to join us in the effort.”The film includes footage of the late Pasadena activist and former Black Panther Michael Zinzun in the 1970s and 80s. Zinzun lost vision in his left eye during an altercation with Pasadena police officers in 1986, for which the city eventually awarded him a settlement of an estimated $1.2 million. In 1989, he ran for a seat on the Pasadena City Council, then known as the Board of City Directors. Zinzun was an early proponent of citizen oversight of the Pasadena Police Department, which is finally being realized four decades later with the recent formation of the Citizen Police Oversight Commission. City Council members are expected to announce appointees to the commission by April 19.“Thorns on the Rose” also includes footage and analysis of fatal encounters between police and Black men in Pasadena. In 1993, Pasadena barber Michael Bryant was tasered by an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department while standing in a pool and then died from asphyxiation after police hogtied him in the back of a squad car.In 2004, officers put LaMont Robinson in a chokehold, causing him to lose consciousness and die 90 days later. Also in 2004, officers shot and killed Maurice Clark after Clark fired at officers.In 2012, Kendrec McDade was shot and killed by police after they received a 911 call from Oscar Carrillo Gonzales who falsely claimed McDade was armed. In 2016, an altercation between officers and Reginald Thomas, Jr., who was experiencing mental health issues, ended with his death after a brutal encounter with police.In 2017, Christopher Ballew was violently and nearly shot by Pasadena officers in Altadena. In 2020, Anthony McClain was shot by police officers during a traffic stop.Watch the trailer for “Thorns on the Rose” here, and watch the film here. HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. 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Saint Mary’s introduces Japan summer study abroad program

first_imgTags: Japanese culture, NAFSA, Ochanomizu University, Saint Mary’s College Saint Mary’s has teamed up with Ochanomizu University (OU) to provide students with new opportunities in Japan. The program was first proposed two years ago by Dr. Alice Yang, associate director for international education at the College. “[The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership] has been trying to offer more study abroad opportunities for our students,” Yang said in an email. “Some students expressed interest in Japan and the Japanese language in the past.”Yang said the process Saint Mary’s went through to set up its partnership with OU included a fair amount of communication with representatives from Japan. “I attended the Generation Study Abroad Summit of the Institute of International Education (IIE) in November 2016 and met Mr. Hideki Yonekawa, the [vice president] of JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) at the conference,” Yang said. “I consulted with him and asked him to recommend a Japanese partner to us. I received an email from Ms. Noriko Watanabe, the Exchange Program Coordinator of Ochanomizu University in January 2017 telling me that Mr. Yonekawa recommended Saint Mary’s College to them.” The process to bring the schools together continued over the next couple months. “Ms. Watanabe and Dr. Yasuko Sasaki, [vice president] for International Relations of Ochanomizu University visited Saint Mary’s College in March 2017,” Yang said. “They met with the president and were impressed by our beautiful campus. They sent us their sample [Memorandum of Understanding] right after their visit and would like to sign an exchange agreement with Saint Mary’s College. After a couple of years, the agreement has been officially signed by both parties.” OU has historical significance that makes it appealing to Saint Mary’s, Yang said.“OU is located in Tokyo [the] capital of Japan. It was Japan’s first institution of higher education [for] women and is one of the top 10 national universities in Japan,” she said. There was a period of time when representatives from both OU and Saint Mary’s met to iron out the details. “The CWIL director, Dr. Mana Derakhshani, and I attended the 2018 [National Association of Foreign Student Advisers] Conference in Philadelphia and met with OU’s [vice president] for International Affairs again and her two staff members,” Yang said. “I visited OU for the site visit in October 2018, and Mr. Derek Matsuda, OU’s exchange program coordinator also visited SMC in November 2018. The Global Education Advisory Committee discussed and approved it. President Nekvasil signed the agreement in January 2019.” Yang said the exact specifications of the agreement involves the number of students that can be sent by both schools and what they’re doing. “The agreement allows Saint Mary’s to send up to four students to attend OU’s summer program while OU can send one student to study for a year at Saint Mary’s or two students study abroad at Saint Mary’s for one semester per year,” Yang said. OU has already sent several students to Saint Mary’s. “We hosted five [of] OU’s STEM students in March this year,” Yang said. “They stayed at Saint Mary’s for nine days, audited some science and math classes and attended some academic and cultural events. This was our first time to offer the International Women in STEM Program per the request of OU. The students had a great experience at Saint Mary’s College and had made friends with some Saint Mary’s Peace Belles. OU plans to send more students to study at Saint Mary’s College next year and extend the short-term program to two-weeks long.”The Japan program is open to all majors and class years. There are no Japanese language requirements, but students are welcome to take classes in Japanese, Yang said. Students are allowed four course options over the summer.“Four courses are offered over the summer,” Yang said. “Students can earn three credits by taking the Intensive Japanese course or one of the three English courses: Gender Equality and Leadership, Life Style in Japan and Evolution in Natural Science: From Being to Becoming. The English courses can fulfill some Sophia requirements [like] historical perspectives, intercultural competence A or B.” Student reactions to the Japan program have been positive, like that of Emily Tobias, first year math and computer science major. “I think it’s probably very useful for people who are interested in Japanese culture,” Tobias said. Some students, like first year environmental studies major Hannah Toepp, are also excited for the learning opportunities in Asia. “I think that’s a great opportunity to learn about a culture so different from our own, experience traditions that would seem out of the ordinary here and to learn about the advancements in technology that Japan is constantly developing,” Toepp said. Yang placed her own emphasis on the importance of studying in Japan. “Asia is one of the non-traditional study abroad destinations. The Japan summer program helps diversify our study abroad offerings,” Yang said. “The study abroad alumnae will bring back the knowledge and skills they learned in Japan and share their study abroad experiences with their peers on campus, which enriches students’ international and intercultural learning on campus.”Yang also said her main hope for students studying abroad in Japan is they make friendships and help contribute to the sharing of experiences. “I hope students will take the opportunity to learn the Japanese culture and Asian values,” she said. “I encourage them to make friends with Japanese students and international students from other countries and serve as cultural ambassadors by sharing the U.S. cultures with local students.”last_img read more

Better Collective hits high notes posting strong 2019 opening

first_imgShare Share Submit Related Articles Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Jesper Søgaard – Better CollectiveStockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing publisher Better Collective AB has declared a strong start to 2019 trading, as the company benefits from strong customer activity combined with organic efficiencies.Publishing its Q1 2019 trading update (period ending 31 March), Better Collective records a 97% increase in corporate revenues to €14 million (Q12018: €7.5m).During the quarter, Better Collective details that new-depositing-customers (NDC) reached a peak 116,000 (+116%) – a figure that ‘exceeded corporate expectations’.Boosting its revenue performance, Better Collective details that it was able to ‘transfer NDCs’ on to revenue share contracts, which account for 72% of revenues (18% CPA – 10% other income).“Growth in Q1 was strong compared to the same quarter last year,” said Better Collective AB Chief Executive, Jesper Søgaard. “We now see the effect of the strong NDC intake throughout 2018, which even accelerated further to record levels in the first quarter of 2019. Revenue almost doubled including a strong organic growth of 41% and operational earnings tripled compared to the same period in 2018.”Furthermore, Better Collective has strengthened its affiliate network capacity with paid media and search campaigns, supporting the firm’s existing ‘organic acquisition channels’.A period of high player activity would see Better Collective post a Q1 2019 EBIT of €6.5 million up 212% on corresponding 2018’s €2.1 million.Closing a busy Q1 2019 opening, Better Collective declares operating profits of €3.6 million (Q12018: €1.2m), with corporate governance maintaining that it continues to monitor opportunities within new and developing markets.“We continued to allocate significant resources to the development of new markets including the US, and we also opened new subsidiaries in UK and Poland to support our increased activities in those countries,” said Søgaard. “Furthermore, we continued to allocate significant resources to developing products and technologies.“All this has increased our cost base and headcounts, however, managing the high growth is a priority, thus we continued to report strong earning-margins while growing and investing in the future at high pace.” StumbleUpon Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020last_img read more