News Receive email alerts to go further PHOTO: ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP Jimmy Lai, 73, founder of Next Digital press group and its flagship newspaper Apple Daily and 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards laureate, was sentenced on 16th April to a total of one year and two months in prison for “organising” and “taking part” in two “unauthorised” pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong on 18th and 31st of August 2019.“One year and two months in prison for taking part in two peaceful protests is an utterly disproportionate punishment that reveals how desperate the government is to silence Jimmy Lai, a symbol of press freedom in Hong Kong”, says Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau, who calls for Lai’s “immediate release alongside the dropping of all his charges, including the ones for which he faces a life sentence.” This court verdict is part of a long-lasting judicial harassment campaign against Lai, who has been detained since December 2020. Lai faces six other procedures ranging from “fraud”, and “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice” to “conspiracy to collude with foreign forces”, for which he risks up to a life sentence under the infamous National Security Law adopted last year by the Chinese regime.On 12th April, Jimmy Lai, in a letter penned in his jail cell, called on the Apple Daily staff to “stand tall”: “It is our responsibility as journalists to seek justice. As long as we are not blinded by unjust temptations, as long as we do not let evil get its way through us, we are fulfilling our responsibility.”Hong Kong, once a bastion of press freedom, has fallen from 18th place in 2002 to 80th place in the 2020 RSF World Press Freedom Index. The People’s Republic of China, for its part, has stagnated at 177th out of 180. News News Organisation RSF_en April 16, 2021 Hong Kong: Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai sentenced to one year and two months in jail for “unauthorised assembly” Follow the news on Hong Kong Help by sharing this information May 26, 2021 Find out more Hong KongAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai News Jimmy Lai, Apple Daily founder and 2020 RSF Press Freedom Awards laureate, was sentenced on 16th April by a Hong Kong court to one year and two months in prison for two cases of “unauthorised assembly”. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for Lai’s immediate release and the end of judicial harassment against him. May 28, 2021 Find out more Hong KongAsia – Pacific Media independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television April 29, 2021 Find out more
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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. 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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 Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Giving Back Panda Express Co-founders Give $30 Million to Caltech for Medical Engineering Andrew and Peggy Cherng saw opportunity to invest in their community and in the future of health care From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 11:40 am Community News For the Cherngs, making a $30 million gift to name and endow the Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering at Caltech was a matter of heart and mind. During more than four decades working as business owners and entrepreneurs in Pasadena, they have developed a strong appreciation for the institutions and people who call this city home.As co-chairs and co-CEOs of the privately held Panda Restaurant Group, Inc., the Cherngs operate some 2,000 Panda Express restaurants across the country and around the world. But their first family restaurant, Panda Inn, opened its doors in Pasadena. “We were warmly welcomed,” says Andrew Cherng, who established the restaurant with his father, master chef Ming-Tsai Cherng, on Foothill Boulevard in 1973.Building on the success of Panda Inn, the Cherngs grew a business enterprise that has afforded them the opportunity to give back. And they elected to direct their first major philanthropic investment to another prominent Pasadena institution. “We wanted our first major commitment to make a meaningful connection, so we gave to a school that is located in the same city where we started,” says Andrew Cherng, adding that many Caltech faculty became regular Panda Inn guests over the years. “I got to know Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, and Fredrik Zachariasen—we seem to be most popular with physicists,” he laughs.“We always thought of Caltech as a shining star of Pasadena,” Peggy Cherng adds. So, when one of the couple’s friends, David Lee (PhD ’74)—chair of Caltech’s Board of Trustees—invited her to get involved, her interest was piqued.With an MS in computer science and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, Peggy Cherng has a mind for science and engineering. She worked in software development at McDonnell Douglas’s aerospace division and Comtal/3M before joining the family business in 1982. Then, she says, “I took a different career path.” Nevertheless, she leveraged her engineering background to streamline operations at Panda by developing systems to track inventory, purchasing, and customer feedback.Peggy Cherng was elected a member of Caltech’s Board of Trustees in 2012, and has seen herself as an ambassador for the Institute ever since. As they learned more about Caltech, the couple also wanted to support Break Through: The Caltech Campaign, a fundraising effort that aims to raise $2 billion to secure Caltech’s future as a source of transformative discovery for the world.“Andrew and Peggy Cherng’s story is a quintessential example of success rooted in Pasadena and impact felt across the world,” says Caltech president Thomas Rosenbaum, the Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and professor of physics. “In the same way, their extraordinary gift to support the country’s first medical engineering department here at Caltech will enable new discoveries and cures, rippling out to improve human lives everywhere.”The Cherngs have a keen interest in the pioneering work of Caltech’s scientists and engineers, from planetary explorations conducted in partnership with JPL to climate dynamics research using robotic ocean gliders. But the couple elected to focus their personal philanthropy on medical engineering because, as Peggy Cherng explains, “In between the sky and the sea, Caltech is also uniquely positioned to make a difference for humans on earth.”The Cherngs’ gift is congruent with their commitment to “paying it forward” to improve the quality of life for people in their community and around the globe. Caltech’s medical engineers apply multidisciplinary engineering principles in the health sphere to design and fabricate devices and systems for translational medicine—including diagnostics, therapeutics, implants, and non-invasive imaging—that will lead to cheaper, more effective, and more accessible health care.“We are here to build the American dream, but not just for us,” Peggy Cherng elaborates. “We want to give to the right cause, and medical engineering will help others. I see Caltech helping to create a bright future ahead.”The Cherng Department of Medical Engineering, one of seven departments in Caltech’s Division of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) and 21 overall at Caltech, is the first of the university’s departments to be named and endowed. Augmenting the potential impact of their contribution, a portion of the Cherngs’ gift will create a leadership chair fund that the department head can allocate flexibly and quickly to advance the most promising research and educational initiatives.“From the beginning, one of the strengths of this department has been that it draws upon the expertise of faculty members across engineering and science disciplines,” says Ravi Ravichandran, holder of Caltech’s Otis Booth Leadership Chair in EAS and the John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. “I am very grateful to the Cherngs for this gift, which will allow us to sustain and build upon the transformational research and educational approaches of this department, and seed future breakthroughs.”From a practical standpoint, Peggy Cherng considers it an advantage that Caltech doesn’t have its own medical school. “This way, research is not restricted to the expertise of one place, no matter how great it may be,” she explains. “Caltech forms dynamic collaborations with many hospitals.”Currently, Caltech researchers are partnering with colleagues at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Huntington Memorial Hospital, and City of Hope on projects ranging from ocular microimplants to mechanical heart valves. The Cherngs have a personal connection and appreciation for the work done at City of Hope, since Andrew Cherng’s father received care there in 1981.“In 2014, Peggy and I worked with the then-division chair of EAS, Ares Rosakis, to host a full-day seminar that brought together investigators from Caltech and physicians from City of Hope to report on promising areas of research and development,” recalls David Lee, who serves as co-chair of the Break Through campaign in addition to chairing the board. “She heard specific examples of how scientists and engineers are collaborating with physicians to break open complex medical problems in order to develop new diagnostic and treatment options. I believe that was when she saw the potential impact and began thinking about how to support these endeavors.”The Cherngs’ decision to endow the medical engineering program at Caltech aligns with their overall approach to philanthropy and corporate responsibility. Through Panda Cares, for example, the philanthropic arm of Panda Restaurant Group, they have supported health care, education, and disaster relief efforts since 1999. Additionally, they have cultivated a giving spirit in their restaurants by prominently displaying donation boxes and asking associates to conclude every guest transaction with an inquiry about making a donation. Five years ago, the Panda Express giving program raised just over $1 million; by 2016, guest donations reached $21 million.The Cherngs have been inducted into the National Restaurant Association Hall of Fame and were named Los Angeles Business Journal’s Business Persons of the Year. In 2015, Panda Restaurant Group was included in Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers.Andrew Cherng, who was recognized by Forbes magazine in its list of 25 notable Chinese Americans in 2008, is a member of the Committee of 100—an organization of Chinese Americans dedicated to the spirit of excellence and achievement in United States. He holds a BS from Baker University and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Missouri. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in recognition of his innovation, entrepreneurship and community outreach.In addition to serving on the Caltech Board of Trustees and its Technology Transfer Committee, Peggy Cherng is a member of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Los Angeles Branch. Your email address will not be published. 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Charleen McCall and her fiancé, Bob Forman, had the beach to themselves last Saturday afternoon near 21st Street.The air temperature was only 18 degrees, but the sun was out, the tide was low, and McCall said she was thrilled for the chance to get out of the house to look for shells and beach glass.The couple had walked from their home at 23rd Street and West Avenue, and had made it down the beach almost to 20th Street. McCall was walking toward the ocean below the high-tide line but was still about 15 feet away.That’s when the 64-year-old McCall took a step into sand she knew was too soft. She tried to lift her foot but that only made it sink deeper. The soft sand soon swallowed both her boots. Then she sank until her knees, thighs and hips were buried.“It was seconds,” McCall said. “It was literally a sucking. I was just going down.”Crying and screaming, McCall looked to Forman and was horrified to see that Forman, too, was sinking. Suddenly the glory of being alone on the beach seemed a lot more terrifying.But as Forman’s own boots were buried, he was able to fall forward onto harder sand, McCall said. He was then able to pull McCall out of the “sucking hole.”Shocked and wet, the couple made the long and frozen walk back home, and they suffered no injury.With a day or two of warmth behind her and a little more time to think about it, McCall decided to let other people know about her experience.“I want to get it out there,” she said. “If I were a jogger by myself, I don’t know what would have happened.McCall also started a search for answers about what exactly she had experienced and what caused it. She wrote to the city and posted a note on Ocean City Patch.Frank Donato, Ocean City’s Emergency Management coordinator, said he’s never heard of anybody experiencing anything similar in Ocean City.Scott Morgan, an Ocean City police detective and Emergency Management deputy coordinator, said one plausible explanation could have to do with a recent beach replenishment project in Ocean City (though the project ended eight months ago and six blocks away from where McCall sank). Morgan referred to a YouTube video of “Lake Michigan Quicksand.”Jim Eberwine, a retired National Weather Service meteorologist and expert on local conditions, pointed to a scientific explanation that indicates quicksand can occur wherever sand and underground water mix.It’s unclear if January’s exceptionally cold weather had anything to do with the phenomenon.McCall, who used to live in Ocean City, Md., and has lived part-time in Ocean City, N.J., for 10 years, said she’s never experienced anything similar. She hasn’t been back to the beach this week.“I don’t know when I’ll go down again,” she said.__________Anybody ever experience anything similar? Post a comment here.
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today’s marketer at a bank or credit union has a tough job. Competing priorities and objectives are typically the norm, with limited budget, resources, and time making growth a challenge. At the end of the day, the tasks garnering the bulk of attention are intended to improve the position of the organization to assist retention and ultimately drive growth. Acquiring customers remains an expensive and time-consuming process.For an average consumer, selecting a financial institution can be a difficult task. The evaluation process involves comparing products and services, examining rates offered, assessing branch reach and locations, as well as reviewing convenience tools like ATM locations and the availability of online and mobile banking solutions.And yet marketing messages from banks and credit unions are awash in a sea of similarity, giving an appearance that each organization offers essentially the same thing. How is a consumer to choose?This lack of differentiation is exactly where a modern referral marketing program can help.Almost every marketer at a bank or credit union has had some experience with a referral program. These executives would agree that a significant percentage of new customers originate from word of mouth referrals, making this lead generation channel the best for new customer acquisition. continue reading »