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

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

St. Joseph County launches COVID-19 vaccination clinic

first_img Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews St. Joseph County launches COVID-19 vaccination clinic By Jon Zimney – January 9, 2021 0 773 Twitter Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Indiana State Department of Healtth) Registration is now open for eligible recipients to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic operated by the St. Joseph County Department of Health.The vaccine is currently available to individuals age 80 and older, as well as to licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers and first responders who have face-to-face interactions with patients or infectious material or work in a public-facing position that requires in-person contact.A photo ID, proof of age, or verification of current employment as a healthcare worker or first responder in Indiana will be required.Due to limited vaccine supply, vaccine is available by appointment ONLY to those currently eligible as determined by the Indiana Department of Health. The full list of eligibility is posted at https://ourshot.in.gov, and appointments can be scheduled at that website beginning Friday, Jan. 8.Once at the site, click on “find vaccination site” to begin to schedule an appointment. Vaccination is free to the individual, but insurance may be charged an administration fee.Individuals should bring a photo ID and an insurance card if they have one. If someone does not have access to the internet, they can reach out to 2-1-1 for assistance. Be advised due to high call volume, the wait for 2-1-1- may be long.Two vaccines, developed by Pfizer and Moderna, are currently available. Each requires two doses administered at least 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after the second vaccination.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the vaccines under an Emergency Use Authorization, meaning the vaccines must be proven safe and effective in the same way that all medications and devices must be. The vaccines have been found in trials to be 94 percent to 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 infections in those who are vaccinated. Side effects are temporary and are generally mild, including fatigue, headache and sometimes fever.People who have been vaccinated may still be able to infect others, so even those who are vaccinated must continue wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, and quarantining if they are a close contact of a known positive case.For more information on COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Indiana State Department of Health at www.coronavirus.in.gov and the St. Joseph County Department of Health at www.sjcindiana.com/health. Twitter Google+ Previous articleBerrien County health leaders ask for patience regarding COVID-19 vaccine distributionNext articleDowagiac police make arrests in suspected homicide at Hillcrest Apartments Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebooklast_img read more

Big Sam refuses to listen

first_img The Hammers boss is out of contract at the end of the season but has already said he is happy to wait until then to open talks over extending his four-year tenure at Upton Park. Allardyce has never enjoyed a cosy relationship with much of the club’s fan-base but has won over a number of doubters with a change in style which saw West Ham start the season well. “They are not used to the level of football we play on a regular basis, this level of demand both physically and mentally “They haven’t experienced a Christmas period like we have, normally they are having a mid-season break and they don’t play the games we play over Christmas. “It takes effect on everybody, players used to Premier League, but these lads are finding it tougher and harder to get to the same level as at start of season.” Allardyce, whose side face London rivals Tottenham on Sunday, has added the signing of free agent Nene in an attempt to cushion the blow of losing Carroll. The former Paris St Germain forward was available outside of the transfer window after leaving Qatari side Al-Gharafa in January but the 33-year-old will not feature at White Hart Lane this weekend. “He won’t be available to play because he isn’t match fit yet,” said Allardyce. “He’s a naturally fit player and he’s not far away, I think 10 days to two weeks before he’s ready. We’ll monitor his progress, he could be ready for the Crystal Palace game, we’ll have to wait and see. It’s nice to have him here with the CV he’s got and we’re looking forward to working to with him and hopefully he can rekindle some of the qualities we have seen in the past. “We’ve lost our goalscoring touch at the moment and we’ve struggled to put our chances in the back of the net. We had been fluent in that area at the start of the season. “Obviously that is key to any team doing well and I think that is why we have drawn some games we should have won. Hopefully we find that touch on Sunday, against Tottenham our big rivals in a big London derby.” A slight drop off in results since Christmas, coupled with a 4-0 thrashing at West Brom in the FA Cup fifth round last weekend, has seen another groundswell of suggestions that he could be replaced – but the 60-year-old is unmoved having seen it all before. “The same way I deal with most things in the game, I don’t listen to it,” Allardyce replied when asked how he deals with speculation surrounding his job. “It is not my desire to listen to praise or criticism. I like to be professional and work with the people within the football club to try and get the best out of them. I hear things but I don’t take any notice of it. “There was speculation last season same as this season, I think there always will be. It seems to me it occurs if and when you get a bad result.” After an impressive goalscoring record earlier in the season, Allardyce has become increasingly alarmed by his side’s inability to find the back of the net more recently. Cheikhou Kouyate’s volley in the draw with Manchester United is the only goal West Ham have scored in their last four games in all competitions and, with club-record signing Andy Carroll ruled out until next season due to knee surgery, Allardyce has lost a key component to his attacking line-up. Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho were paired in attack at West Brom but Allardyce believes their lack of experience in English football is the main factor in their goals drying up. “It is their first season, he explained. Sam Allardyce insists he is turning a blind eye to any speculation over his future at West Ham and is remaining calm about his contract situation. Press Associationlast_img read more