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It Rained Alumni and Generosity at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education Gala

first_img Subscribe Faith & Religion News It Rained Alumni and Generosity at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education Gala From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 3, 2014 | 1:06 pm Amidst a down-pouring of rain, came a down-pouring of generosity and alumni at the LCPC Parent Education Gala: Love the Legacy on Friday, February 28th. Approximately 175 guests filled the beautiful Noor in downtown Pasadena to celebrate the program’s landmark 35th Anniversary.Emceed by Rev. Dr. Chuck Osburn & LA Times Columnist, Chris Erskine, the evening started with an informative speech from Parent Ed Director, Anne Bierling, reminding us that amidst our freedom here in the US, an estimated 30 million people today are enslaved worldwide. With an estimated fifteen of the thirty million people in slavery worldwide currently reside in India, Parent Education designated funds from a donated doll collection in support of International Princess Project (IPP) Since its inception in 2007, International Princess Project (which creates pathways for freedom for those escaping the ravages of human trafficking in India), has helped more than 515 women and children leave human slavery and live dignified lives. The organization was started by a group friends from Newport Beach and is currently headed by Executive Director, Julie Wood, of South Pasadena. Bierling used their accomplishments, in addition to those of the 2014 Shining Stars, to highlight a quote from Margaret Mead: “Never believe that a few caring people cannot change the world–indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”The generosity did not stop with IPP donations. After a rousing silent and live auction dedicated to supporting the Parent Education Program, Parent Education Founders Gail Hanson, Annie Latta Krach, and Claudia Zentmyer were presented with the 2014 Shining Star Award for their dedication to helping families thrive. While it is hard to estimate exactly how large of an impact LCPC Parent Education has made, Bierling estimated that the program these women started may have touched close to 18,000 parents & children over the past 35 years. Bierling lauded, “Over those years, you taught us that the goal of good parenting was not perfection—because perfect families don’t exist—but you taught us to live fully, recover well, and rely completely on a wise and mighty God.”Parent Ed Instructor Jan Roberts, who has been part of the program since its inception, stated about the 2014 Shining Stars: “These ladies had a vision, they had persistence, and they had God whispering in their ears–obviously a great combination for a winning idea that has stood the test of time.” Bierling also read quotes from previous directors. LCPC Ginny Kelly (who directed the program from 1999 to 2006) said “Annie, Gail & Claudia brought their knowledge of child development, their love of children, and their heart for parents, and mixed it all together with their faith in the Lord, always seeking guidance from Him. Annie dusted off her guitar, Gail met with the pastors, and Claudia brought her own babies to many of the first classes she taught.” Lois Harrison (who directed the program from 1991 to 1999) concluded:”These women were LEGENDS in the founding of LCPC Parent Ed–Spirit-led women who listened for God at every turn.”The evening ended with encouraging, motivational, and humble acceptance speeches from the award recipients. Annie Latta Krach wrapped up the speeches with these words: “Yahoo for the village! Yahoo for Parent Ed! Yahoo for God!” The three recipients concluded the evening by leading the entire room in a sing-a-long to the 35-year-old Parent Ed good-bye song, accompanied by Annie’s very own Jack-in-the-Box! The event was hosted by the twelve LCPC Parent Education Board Members Jenn Kliewer, McCall Avery, Carrie Kingston, Julie Engler and Lynley Gross–as well as the gala committee members: Lynne Graves (Chair), Felina Mahoney (Co-Chair), Sarah Walter, Brandi Murphy, Shannon Snaer, Katrina Harbers and Julie Hale. Scott and Deena Keys were Platinum Sponsors and Gordy and Dona Crawford were Silver Sponsors for the event.About LCPC Parent EducationIf you have a child 0-18, LCPC Parent Education has a class for you! To sign up for a class or experience a free LCPC class, go to or call (818) 790-6708 ext. 205. Classes meet weekly September through May and attract approximately 400 participants from 22 different cities. Second semester began January 28th. In addition to the classes already in session, check out the New Babies Class (for babies born August 2013- January 2014). La Canada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill in La Canada. 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Limerick councillor leads drive to lower voting age

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Cllr Seighin O CeallaighLIMERICK Sinn Féin councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh is spearheading his party’s proposal to lower the voting age for Dáil, European, and Local Elections, as well as constitutional referendums to 16 years of age.The Government has already committed to lowering the voting age to 17, and will publish a Bill in the New Year. However, Cllr Ó Ceallaigh argues that the age should be set at 16, and that a referendum be held as soon as possible to ensure that this happens before the next general election.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “As the Youth Officer for Limerick Sinn Féin, I would encourage all young people to become politically active and to use their votes, and to be sure to register to vote,” said the 22-year-old public representative for City East.“Young people are constant targets of the Fine Gael and Labour Government with cuts to their social welfare, their mistreatment through Jobsbridge, and through the ever rising third level education fees, they deserve the opportunity to voice their opposition to these measures,” he claims.Cmhlr Ó Ceallaigh also believes the young people of Limerick deserve a chance to vote for their own future.“People who are 16 will soon face the adult world and at the moment they have no say in this world they are going to enter. At 16, some people are in third level education and have part time jobs, yet they cannot vote on issues that affect them, be that in general elections, local elections or referendums,” he commented.He maintains that the fact that 16 year olds in Scotland were able to vote in the recent referendum caught the imagination of people here.“The Scottish referendum blew the myth that young people are apathetic out of the water. Young people drove the turnout in the Scottish referendum in a way that was extraordinary. By doing so, they’ve shown that they are capable of getting engaged with politics.“If we get this right, we will take the first steps to creating a voter generation and democracy will thank us for it. I would hope that all parties in the Oireachtas support this proposal,” he concluded. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Email NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillor leads drive to lower voting ageBy Alan Jacques – November 6, 2014 605 Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSCllr Séighin Ó CeallaighlimerickSinn Fein Linkedin Previous articleDoras Luimní urges Justice Minister to target sex buyers not prostitutesNext articleMaking theatrical waves on PULSE 11 Alan Jacques WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Leading investor group pushes major emitters to back net zero emissions goal

first_imgLeading investor group pushes major emitters to back net zero emissions goal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A group representing investors that collectively manage more than US$47 [trillion] in assets has demanded the world’s biggest corporate polluters back strategies to reach net-zero emissions and promised to hold them to public account.Climate Action 100+, an initiative supported by 518 institutional investor organisations across the globe, has written to 161 fossil fuel, mining, transport and other big-emitting companies to set 30 climate measures and targets against which they will be analysed in a report to be released early next year.It is the latest step in a campaign by climate-concerned shareholders to force business leaders to explain how their targets and strategies will help reach the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.The targeted companies are responsible for up to 80% of global industrial greenhouse gas emissions. They include mining giant BHP, which last week promised to reduce emissions from its operations by 30% over the next decade on a path to net zero by 2050 after sustained pressure from activist shareholder groups. Others on the list include Exxon Mobil, PetroChina, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Rio Tinto, BlueScope Steel and major Australian energy companies AGL, Santos, Woodside and Origin.In a statement on Monday, the Climate Action steering committee lists “indicators” on which the businesses will be measured, including whether they have strategies to reach net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner and reduce the “scope 3” emissions released by customers using the companies’ products. It says some companies have made significant progress, but stresses the need for stronger action on emissions to help limit global heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels and prevent “the devastating impacts of otherwise avoidable climate crisis”.Companies involved include QBE, Suncorp, Insurance Australia Group, National Australia Bank, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, HSBC Australia and Munich Re. The scientific guidelines were developed by scientists from the CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology and leading universities.[Adam Morton]More: Investors that manage US$47tn demand world’s biggest polluters back plan for net-zero emissionslast_img read more

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