Yulia Berezovskaia, journalist and #SpoilerForFreedom

first_img RSF_en Organisation The repression is now in full swing using both judicial and extra-judicial means. The aim of the authorities is to stigmatize and marginalize dissidents and to contaminate the arena of debate. It is a “hybrid” war, like all the wars waged by the men of the KGB. Roskomnadzor wanted us to remove the Pussy Riot icon, a report about a protest initiative in Siberia, or even the photo of a Charlie Hebdo cover, from our website. Authorities finally blocked the entire site and hundreds of our mirror sites. Help by sharing this information News My name is Yulia Berezovskaia and I am a Russian journalist. I am going to tell you how the end of media freedom came about in my country and why I was forced to exile in France.center_img In my case, the end of media freedom in Russia began with an army of trolls who invaded our website, Grani.ru. Then the abuses became less virtual. Our reporters were systematically arrested and harassed by the police during demonstrations. Then it was the turn of our worst enemies, the grotesque but powerful officials of Roskomnadzor, the media control agency. Its work, paid for by our taxes, is to prevent Russians from freely reading what they want. We see our colleagues submitting to censorship and self-censorship. For example, even the boldest no longer dare to post the title of a banned poem in support of Ukraine or mention the “Putin, Butcher of Beslan” slogan used by the mothers of children massacred in 2004. The word “annexation” in reference to Crimea is also banned. Some colleagues even remove our video of an anti-war demonstration from their page along with their links to our site. May 2, 2017 – Updated on May 3, 2017 Yulia Berezovskaia, journalist and #SpoilerForFreedom In Russia, freedoms have been suppressed in the name of combatting terrorism and “extremism”, which has become synonymous with any dissidence. The pillars of the western world are now proving too fragile in the face of this toxic and effective “Putinian” rhetoric. The worldwide offensive against democracy is turning us all into activists, whether we like it or not. Freedom of expression is at the heart of this battle.last_img read more

One-year suspended prison sentence for journalist in libel case

first_imgNews Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today condemned the one-year suspended prison sentence for libel imposed on former Podrinski Telegraf editor Milan Milinkovic in the western city of Sabac on 10 February, pointing out that both the United Nations and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) oppose the application of prison sentences for press offences.”Worse still, the Serbian government has just published a draft new criminal code that would make attacks on a person’s honour and reputation punishable by a year in prison, although justice minister Zoran Stojkovic gave OSCE representative undertakings in November 2004 to decriminalize press offences,” the press freedom organization said.The one-year suspended sentence was handed down by municipal court judge Ivica Lazarevic in response to a libel action brought by Nebojsa Jovanovic, the owner of Medikom (a company that distributes Kodak products in Serbia), over a March 2002 article about Medikom’s links with former President Slobodan Milosevic’s Socialist Party of Serbia and with the Yugoslav Left Party of Milosevic’s wife, Mirjana Markovic.The judge ruled that the word “relationship” was “inappropriate” in the context of the article and that Milinkovic should have used the term “cooperation.” Milinkovic was also fined 100 euros and ordered to pay 400 euros in court costs. His lawyer, Branislav Sekulovic, said he would appeal.The draft law envisaging prison sentences for journalists in violation of the justice minister’s pledge to the OSCE was published on 19 February. In cases in which journalists reveal information about a person’s private life that is liable to affect their honour and reputation, they can be given a one-year suspended sentence. The new draft criminal code also envisages suspended prison sentences of up to six months for libel. June 7, 2021 Find out more Europe – Central Asia February 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 One-year suspended prison sentence for journalist in libel case Organisation News News June 4, 2021 Find out more News Europe – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns the one-year suspended prison sentence and fine of 100 euros imposed onMilan Milinkovic, the former editor of the weekly Podrinski Telegraf, for libel. Although the Serbiangovernment plans to maintain prison sentences for press offences in a newly-unveiled criminal code, this iscontrary to international standards, the organization points out. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en last_img read more

Radio journalist gunned down, colleague wounded in Tawi-Tawi

first_img Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm about the plight of the media after Vincent Sumalpong, a presenter on state-owned Radyo ng Bayan, was gunned down this morning in Bongao, the capital of the southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi. A colleague, Ruelan Hope Borja, was wounded by the hail of bullets. Sumalpong was the fourth journalist to be killed this year in the Philippines.The police said witnesses identified a suspect, Nur Suang, from photos. Suang, who has not yet been arrested, is also a suspect in the murder of a public relations officer that Sumalpong had investigated. The identity of the possible mastermind is still unknown.”The identification of a suspect should encourage the police and judicial authorities to cooperate closely to ensure that this is an exemplary investigation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The murderer and any instigators must without fail be arrested and brought to trial.”Reporters Without Borders regards the Philippines as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the press after Iraq. At least 53 journalists have been killed there since Gloria Arroyo took over as president in 1991. News News to go further RSF_en Organisation PhilippinesAsia – Pacific PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressacenter_img February 16, 2021 Find out more Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Follow the news on Philippines June 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist gunned down, colleague wounded in Tawi-Tawi News Help by sharing this information June 1, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

ABC journalists’ accreditation will not be renewed

first_img Organisation “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News May 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News August 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 ABC journalists’ accreditation will not be renewed RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News BelarusEurope – Central Asia The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today that the correspondents of the ABC American TV network will be deprived of their media accreditation as soon as their current one expires. Moreover, “ABC is persona non grata as far as any contact with an official Russian organization is concerned,” the Ministry also proclaimed in a press release. This is the first retaliatory measure the Russian government has ever taken against a major Western media. This decision follows ABC News July 28th broadcast of an interview with Chechen warlord Chamil Bassayev, considered to be Public Enemy No. 1 in Russia. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – August 1, 2005 Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Moscows turns its guns on Andrei Babitski and ABC News after interview with ChechenRead in russianReporters Without Borders today condemned the reaction of the Russian authorities to an exclusive interview which journalist Andrei Babitski conducted with Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev on 23 June and which was broadcast by the US television network ABC News five on 28 July. Babitski faces possible prosecution. The government has condemned the interview as “offering a platform to a bloodthirsty terrorist.” And defence minister Serguei Ivanov yesterday declared ABC News “persona non grata” in Russia and said no member of the ministry would henceforth grant it an interview. “We are stunned to see the Russian authorities severely reprimanding the US government for not banning the broadcast of this interview in the United States although the decision as to whether or not to broadcast is the network’s sole responsibility, and the network simply complied with its duty to inform,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would furthermore be extremely serious if Babitski is prosecuted by the Russian authorities as he conducted the interview with the sole aim of informing international public opinion,” the organisation added. No Russian news media is allowed to carry any interview with Basayev, who claimed responsibility for last September’s hostage-taking at a school in Beslan which resulted in the death of 330 people including 186 children. US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the US government had “no authority to prevent ABC News from exercising its constitutional right to broadcast the interview.” Although he recognised that the US government had encouraged US networks to limit the broadcasting of pictures of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, he said it had made it very clear that it was up to them and them alone to decide. An ABC representative commented to Reporters Without Borders : “ABC News will continue to fully report on news from Russia and that very important region”. Held in a forest in the mountains of Chechnya, the interview contained no revelations but it was the first to be broadcast in several years with the man who has a 10 million dollar reward on his head. Dressed in black and holding prayer beads, Basayev said he was not responsible for the death of the Beslan school hostages because it was the assault by Russian troops that caused the “terrible tragedy.” Accusing the Russians of waging a “colonial war” in Chechnya under the pretext of combatting terrorism, Basayev said : “I admit I am a bad guy, a bandit, a terrorist. But what would you call them ?” Babitski, who works for the Russian-language service of the Prague-based US station Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, said he got the exclusive interview unexpectedly after going to Ingushetia. “A Chechen guerrilla took me to Stanica Nesterovska, where I changed cars,” Babitski said. “I was a completely shocked when I saw Shamil Basayev inside the car. I realised at once that the Russian authorities could prosecute me for ‘collaborating with a journalist’.” Reached by phone today, Babitski told Reporters Without Borders that as far as he knew, the Russian authorities have not yet initiated any criminal prosecution against him. In his reports in the past, Babitski has criticised the action of the Russian federal forces in Chechnya. In the course of the last five years, he has been detained in a camp in Chernokozovo, in northern Chechnya, arrested by the police, charged with possession of a false passport and prevented from covering the Beslan hostage-taking by a “hooliganism” charge. Receive email alerts Moscow has toughened its position against the ABC American TV network, whose July 28th broadcast featured an interview with Chechen warlord Chamil Bassayev, who has a 10 million-dollar price tag on his head in Russia. The ABC journalists are no longer permitted to have any contact with an official Russian organization. They must leave Russia as soon as their current accreditation expires. to go further Follow the news on Belaruslast_img read more

State TV signal no longer being carried by Intelsat

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has established that since 24 December, La Première, the leading TV channel of Côte d’Ivoire’s state-owned broadcaster Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI), has not been available in France or in neighbouring African countries, where it is normally carried by the Canal + Horizon satellite service.It would seem this is because its signal has been suspended or is being jammed. RTI is usually transmitted by Intelsat 903 (a satellite operated by the US company Intelsat) and is retransmitted in Côte d’Ivoire’s provinces, other African countries and Europe. Over-the-air transmission in Abidjan continues to operate normally.La Première director-general Félicien Koffi told Reporters Without Borders: “Our status with Intelsat is fine. That is not the problem. We don’t know who is behind this but if it is an attempt to isolate us, we can only deplore it.”Although concerned that RTI began several weeks ago to behave like one faction’s propaganda tool rather than a public service media, Reporters Without Borders believes that jamming or any action designed to prevent a news media’s dissemination is never an appropriate response and regards it as a violation of media freedom. RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Côte d’IvoireAfrica News December 25, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State TV signal no longer being carried by Intelsat Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information October 29, 2020 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Reports News News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica Organisation Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election October 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Rep. Judy Chu Asked to Take Leadership Role in Congress on Climate Change Legislation

first_imgGovernment Rep. Judy Chu Asked to Take Leadership Role in Congress on Climate Change Legislation From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, May 27, 2013 | 6:11 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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. More Cool Stuff Subscribe HerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena The San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Organizing for Action will be at Congresswoman Judy Chu’s South Lake Street office Wednesday morning to ask her to take a leadership role in Congress on climate change legislation and resources, in response to the upcoming wildfire season.The grassroots organization, in a news statement, said an increase is needed in resources that corresponds with the increasing number of fires that harm individual homeowners and businesses at a cost of billions to the state’s economy.“Automatic, across-the-board spending cuts caused by Congressional inability to deal with the sequester is forcing the Agriculture Department to shed 500 firefighters and 50 engines,” according to their statement.Beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chu’s Pasadena office, 527 S. Lake Ave., the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Organizing for Action will speak about the harm wildfires are doing to the economy of California and to request that Rep. Chu lead on climate change issues in Congress.The San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Organizing for Action (OFA) is comprised of volunteers throughout Glendale, Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.They said there have been 1,569 wildfires in California so far this year — 85 percent more than average. More than 40,000 acres have burned in California this month alone.Also, California spends $800 million on fighting wildfires each year and these events are projected to increase 50 percent across the United States under a changing climate, over 100 percent in areas of the West by 2050 as projected by some studies, according to their news statement.“When it comes to climate change, too many lawmakers refuse to accept the science—and the danger—we face,” according to their statement. “We can’t make real progress on this issue until Congress is forced to acknowledge the problem, and in the coming weeks OFA volunteers are planning for some serious on-the-ground action to do just that.”For more information about Wednesday’s meeting at Chu’s office and more information about the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of Organizing for Action, email [email protected] Business News Community News Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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 *last_img read more

Pasadena Unified Names New Principal at Don Benito Fundamental School

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education Pasadena Unified Names New Principal at Don Benito Fundamental School From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | 3:20 pm 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 Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Interim Superintendent Dr. Brian McDonald announced Monday the appointment of Linda Chang, Ed.D. as principal of Don Benito Fundamental School, pending board approval. Located in Pasadena’s Upper Hastings Ranch neighborhood, Don Benito is one of PUSD’s choice schools drawing over 600 students grades K-5 from across the district.“I am thrilled to continue the tradition of academic excellence at Don Benito,” said Chang. “I also embrace the challenge of guiding the school through the transition to Common Core State Standards.”Dr. Chang has been employed by PUSD for ten years. Her most recent position was as curriculum resource teacher at Willard Elementary School where she was at the forefront of an effort to deliver professional development to the staff at Willard as well as provide interventions and enrichment that can appropriately challenge all students. Previously she served as a classroom teacher at McKinley School and Burbank Elementary School. Dr. Chang was also the GATE site coordinator at Burbank and Willard and conducted data analysis at Willard to determine how to best serve students and meet their needs. Dr. Chang was a finalist for the Rotary Teacher of Excellence award in 2013 and was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award in 2009.“Dr. Chang is a PUSD home grown talent who has risen through the ranks to become a principal,” said Interim Superintendent McDonald. “I know Don Benito will continue to thrive under Linda Chang with the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm she brings to the table.”Julianne Reynoso stepped down as Don Benito principal earlier this summer to become the district’s Executive Director of Elementary Education. “Replacing a legend like former Don Benito principal Julie Reynoso is never easy, but I look forward to her mentorship to take Don Benito and PUSD from good to great,” said Chang.Retired PUSD Principal Jill Girod has served as interim principal for the start of the school year. Dr. Chang will begin at Don Benito on September 15.Don Benito Fundamental School, 3700 Denair Street, Pasadena, (626) 396-5870 or visit donbenito.pusd.us/pages/Don_Benito_FundamentalFor more information about PUSD, visit www.pusd.us/pages/PasadenaUSD. HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Hillsides to Break Ground on $12 Million Capital Campaign Project

first_img Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Giving Back Hillsides to Break Ground on $12 Million Capital Campaign Project From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 29, 2016 | 6:48 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News More Cool Stuff 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Here is a rendering of what the athletic fields and new building will look like after Hillsides capital campaign project is complete.Hillsides, a premier provider of child welfare services in Los Angeles County, will break ground on the first stage of its $12 million capital campaign, Creating Lasting Change, to improve the agency’s Pasadena campus on June 9, 2016.The first stage of the new construction of the Pasadena campus includes a new swimming pool and cabana and a recreational corridor that include gardens/grassy play areas, basketball courts, sandboxes, and swing sets. The road leading to campus will also be reconfigured and a welcoming entrance kiosk will be built during this first phase.“We have spent the last four years intensely planning these exciting improvements to our aging facilities, and we are thrilled to take the first steps toward a modernized, more comprehensive campus,” said Hillsides Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa. “During the planning phase, we tried to imagine all the elements our children would need to be happy, healthy, and safe, and this new recreational corridor has it all.”Hillsides is hosting a groundbreaking party on June 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hillsides Pasadena campus located at 940 Avenue 64, Pasadena, CA 91105. The community is invited to attend. If interested in attending, please contact Hillsides Special Events Coordinator Bernie Gore at (323) 543-2800, ext. 253 or [email protected] far Hillsides has raised over $9.1 million toward its $12 million goal. The agency expects funding to be completed by the end of 2016. The second stage of the renovations will begin in September, 2016, and include new art and music studios, a large indoor gym and recreation room, a modernized kitchen, and a spacious new dining commons built above a subterranean garage. All renovations should be complete by June, 2018.The Pasadena campus consists of residential treatment services for 125 children and 300 family members annually and a therapeutic residential/day school, Hillsides Education Center, that offers academic support with psychological and clinical services to 130 students and some 260 family members annually.Numerous individuals and foundations have made the improvement project possible. The foundations that have supported the capital campaign are The Ahmanson Foundation, The Ayrshire Foundation, The Burton G. Bettingen Corporation, California HealthCare Foundation , Capital Group, The Don and Sally Clark Foundation, Gardner Grout Foundation, GGE Foundation, Haaga Family Foundation, Havner Family Foundation, The H. Leslie and Elaine S. Hoffman Foundation, The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, The Sharon D. Lund Foundation, Mericos Foundation, The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation The Playa Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Reiling Family Foundation, The Schow Foundation, S. Mark Taper Foundation, I.N. and Susanna H. Van Nuys Foundation, and the WWW Foundation.Hillsides, founded in 1913, serves more than 6,200 children and families throughout Los Angeles County, including the San Gabriel Valley and Echo Park. For more information, please visit www.hillsides.org.center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Subscribe Community News HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty 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 Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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.last_img read more

What Makes A Great Gin? We Asked Pasadena’s Most-Awarded Gin Maker

first_img Make a comment Do you know what makes Gin the great tasting spirit that it is? If you enjoy this drink, and never knew what gives it the flavor that you love so much, we have some enlightenment for you.Gin has been a seriously underrated drink, until now. Millennials have made Gin one of the most popular spirits today, having discovered it is the life force behind many great cocktails. But do you have any idea how Gin is produced?Stark Spirits Micro-Distillery in Pasadena is an award-winning local micro-distillery acknowledged nationally and internationally for its great-tasting spirit beverages. Greg Stark is the Stark Spirits master distiller for most of their spirits, but Karen is the Gin Maker at Stark Spirits. She gave us an insider’s peek into the Gin-making process, and how creative it is. There is a lot of work to making a truly great and award-winning Gin like Stark’s Skyline Gin, but it’s worth the time and effort.As you may well know, Gin is a botanical drink distilled from a neutral grain spirit base, meaning it starts as odorless, tasteless, and colorless, no hint of its original ingredient. It can have as little as four on up to 26 different herbs, spices, berries—the botanicals! Gin always has to have juniper, but then the other botanicals can be things like orange peel, cinnamon, star anise to more exotic items like squash blossoms. Gin is a drink of wide and varying creativity.Stark’s Skyline Gin begins with traditional ingredients, but the result surprises as a Gin that goes its own way.“The nose is citrusy to me, the flavor profile well-balanced for tart and sweet, lemon-honey-spicy, gently warms the palate and finishes dry with lingering notes of tart and sweet,” says Karen, who developed the recipe for the great Gin coming out of Stark Spirits distillery.What she has found amazing is the wealth of impressions from the visitors that come for tastings at the distillery. Individual elements in her recipe stand out so uniquely for different palates.Karen also was amazed at how many people have told her “I really don’t like Gin, but this is delicious” or some other word of praise. She didn’t know how to take this sort of spontaneous critique: was it a good thing or a bad thing to make a Gin that appeals to people who don’t like Gin? However, she was relieved to find that serious Gin drinkers praise Skyline enthusiastically as well as novices.There are two common methods of making Gin. One is called maceration, and the other is called vapor infused distillation. Macerated Gins’ botanicals sit in the still right in the neutral spirit, and all the botanicals infuse the Gin at once. Stark Spirits Distillery uses a vapor infused distillation method, one favored by many well-known commercial brands. The botanicals are placed in a basket at the top of the still, and the boiled spirit vaporizes through the basket, condensing to the aromatic, flavorful liquid called Gin. Karen favors this method because she can distill very slowly, giving the more delicate botanicals sufficient time to express their aromas and flavors in the Gin.Of course, each different Gin has its own special recipe, usually a guarded secret, with specific botanical volume ratios. The challenge facing small distillers such as Stark Distillery is to ensure that the botanicals used will create the same flavor profile each and every time. It’s a hard task and one that requires expertise and concentration and luck! That’s because the botanicals obtained from a supplier can derive from different regions where the environment provides subtle or not so subtle differences in flavor profile. But Karen points out that anything handcrafted means slight variations are to be expected!So the next time you order a Skyline martini or a Gin and tonic, hold your glass up and remember all of the work that went into it at Stark Spirits Distillery.Stark Distillery is located at 1260 Lincoln Ave #1100, in Pasadena. For more information call (626) 798-1377 or visit http://starkspirits.com/ . 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We Asked Pasadena’s Most-Awarded Gin Maker By LAUREN SHARKEY Published on Friday, June 8, 2018 | 11:47 am 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 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.last_img read more

Pasadena Unified Names News Principals of Webster Elementary and McKinley School

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment 6 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News More Cool Stuff Education Pasadena Unified Names News Principals of Webster Elementary and McKinley School From PUSD Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 11:19 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald has named Kristin Forrest as principal of Webster Elementary School and Germaine Nesbitt as principal of McKinley School.It is my pleasure to welcome Germaine Nesbitt to PUSD and to promote Kristin Forrest as principal,” said McDonald. “I am confident that, with their leadership and vision, they will build upon the strengths of McKinley and Webster Elementary.”Kristin ForrestKristin Forrest brings more than 20 years of experience as an educator to her new position as principal of Webster Elementary School, which serves students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She has served as an Instructional Coach at Sierra Madre Middle School and Pasadena High School in 2018-2019 and at Jefferson Elementary School from 2013-2018, where she was also the school’s Language Development Resource Teacher.She has previously worked at Eliot Middle School and Jackson Elementary School and began her career as a third-grade teacher at Longfellow Elementary School.“I am honored to serve as principal of Webster Elementary School. I am proud to have taught in the Pasadena Unified School District for the past 22 years and to also be the parent of three PUSD alumni,” Forrest said. “I look forward to fostering strong relationships among staff, teachers, parents, and community members to benefit our students. I am confident that together we will guide our students to be the innovators and critical thinkers of the future.”Forrest has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Los Angeles; and an Administrative Credential in Educational Leadership from Cal Poly Pomona.Germaine NesbittGermaine Nesbitt is the new principal of McKinley School, which serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade. She joins PUSD from The School of Arts and Enterprise, a 6-12th grade school in Pomona where she served as Director since 2013.Nesbitt has 20 years of experience as an instructional leader in project-based learning, and was a math and business teacher for 10 years. She also helped develop a middle school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program.“I am excited to be a part of the McKinley School team and prepare our students for the 21st century creative economy,” Nesbitt said. “The McKinley staff has continually demonstrated a commitment to excellence and dedication to student growth and development. I believe that the arts positively impact student achievement. I’m committed to continue to promote arts access for all students and to provide a safe and supportive environment for students to excel academically and feel a sense of belonging. I believe every student counts!”Nesbitt began her career in education in 1992 as a special education support staff member in the Morgan Hill Unified School District. Prior to becoming an educator, Nesbitt worked in financial management and marketing for Fortune 100 and 500 companies, including GTE and First Texas Bank. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona; a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from California State University, San Bernardino; and an Administrative Services Credential from the University of California, Irvine, and California State University, San Bernardino, EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more