Journalism weakened by democracy’s erosion

first_imgNews RSF_en Organisation In sickening statements, draconian laws, conflicts of interest, and even the use of physical violence, democratic governments are trampling on a freedom that should, in principle, be one of their leading performance indicators. The decline is not new. It was already noticeable in previous Indexes. But what is striking in this year’s Index is the scale and the nature of the violations seen.Read more April 26, 2017 Journalism weakened by democracy’s erosion Help by sharing this information The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms last_img read more

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New arrest of a journalist contributing to reformist websites

first_img News Reporters Without Borders condemned a renewed crackdown on the online press after the 10 October arrest of Omid Memarian on the orders of the 9th chamber of the Tehran prosecutor’s office, for posting articles on several reformist sites. Three more journalists are already in custody for the same reasons. Reporters Without Borders condemned a renewed crackdown on the online press after the 10 October arrest of Omid Memarian on the orders of the 9th chamber of the Tehran prosecutor’s office, for posting articles on several reformist sites. Three more journalists are already in custody for the same reasons.”In a country where the independent press has to fight for its survival on a daily basis, online publications and weblogs are the last media to fall into the authorities’ clutches. With eight months to go before the presidential elections, the Iranian authorities are now trying to spread terror among online journalists,” the organisation said.Omid Memarian, Shahram Rafihzadeh, Hanif Mazroi and Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi are accused of “propaganda against the regime, threatening national security and incitement to rebellion and insulting leading figures in the regime.”Spokesman for the Iranian Justice Ministry, Jamal Karamirad, has said the journalists will shortly go on trial in Tehran. Their families have not been allowed to see them since their arrests and they have been denied legal representation.All four were referred to in an article in the conservative daily Kayhan, attacking support from certain foreign governments for a “network of webloggers seeking to overthrow the regime”.Former reformist deputy, Mohssen Armin, said that around 20 people, not just journalists, had been arrested in a “crackdown against Internet use”.Shahram Rafihzadeh, head of the cultural section of the reformist daily newspaper Etemad (Confidence), was arrested on 7 September 2004, apparently by the morals police, a Tehran police department that is linked to the intelligence services.Hanif Mazroi, former journalist on several reformist publications, was arrested after responding to a summons from the 9th chamber of the Tehran prosecutor’s office on 8 September.Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi, former political editor of Etemad was arrested at his home in Tehran on 27 September 2004.Babak Ghafori Azar, arrested on 7 September 2004 suspected of contributing to reformist news sites, was released on 21 September. Organisation News IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more October 14, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New arrest of a journalist contributing to reformist websites March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Kurdish journalist detained for allegedly having footage of PKK militants

first_img Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of a journalist of Kurdish origin for allegedly possessing video footage of members of group linked to the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party).Birol Duru, a correspondent with the pro-Kurdish news agency DIHA (Tiger), and Daimi Açig, a member of the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD), were arrested by local police in Dibarbey, a village in the eastern province of Bingöl, on 10 August and were subsequently placed in custody in Bingöl prison.”We are very concerned about this new attack on press freedom in Turkey, which is the second case of journalists being arbitrarily arrested in less than two weeks,” the organisation said, calling for the immediate release of both Duru and Açig. When detained, Duru was investigating cannabis trafficking in Bingöl, including allegations that Yedisu police chief Ahmet Yanaral is involved in the trafficking. Duru and Açig were accused of “collaborating with the PKK” when they appeared before a prosecutor and a judge in Karliova on 12 August. Duru believes he is the victim of a conspiracy, in part because he brought a complaint against Yanaral some time ago, accusing him of making threats against him.Serhat Atli, the lawyer acting for the two detainees, filed a request for the lifting of their detention order with the Bingöl provincial court on 15 August. The court is due to give its decision on 19 August.Atli and Duru’s agency, DIHA, also maintain that he is the victim of a conspiracy by the regional authorities. They also said the arrests were illegal because “the report on what was found in Duru’s bag was not drawn up in the presence of a witness and because they do not have the evidence to justify holding them in custody.” Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News Receive email alerts Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News News Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation August 17, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kurdish journalist detained for allegedly having footage of PKK militants April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the arbitrary arrest on 10 August of a journalist of Kurdish origin, Birol Duru of the pro-Kurdish news agency DIHA. He is being held in Bingöl prison in the east of the country, where the provincial court is due to decide on 19 August whether he must remain in custody. News April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Turkey RSF_en last_img read more

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European Court to examine case of two bloggers who were unjustly jailed

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more September 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European Court to examine case of two bloggers who were unjustly jailed Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Receive email alerts RSF_en News June 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation This month, the European Court of Human Rights will examine the complaint that Azerbaijani bloggers Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade filed in January claiming that their detention from July 2009 to November 2010 and their conviction on trumped-up charges violated articles 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.The two bloggers are seeking official recognition that the Azerbaijani authorities violated their rights. Although they are now free, their release is only conditional and their convictions have not been overturned.Milli, one of the founders of “The Alumni Network” movement, and Hajizade, a video-blogger and member of the apolitical “OL! Youth Movement,” were detained for alleged hooliganism but the real reason for their arrest was their criticism of the authorities and the fact that they had disseminated a video making fun of corrupt politicians.Arrested in Baku on 8 July 2009 when they went to the police to report that they have been physically attacked, Milli and Hajizade were charged two days later with hooliganism under article 222.1-0 of the criminal code. Although Milli had a badly injured leg and Hajizade’s nose was broken, they were not given the medical treatment they need. This violated article 3 of the convention, which bans torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.Article 5 of the convention protects the right to freedom and security. It says a person may only be detained when suspected of a crime or when sentenced to imprisonment. They must be informed of the reasons for their arrest and they have a right to be tried within a reasonable time or to be released pending trial.Milli and Hajizade were held for the two months before the start of their trial and were still being held when the last hearing took place more than four months after their arrest. In a report to the UN Human Rights Council on 31 July 2009, the Human Rights Committee of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the Azerbaijani government’s repeated use of the charge of hooliganism to gag free expression.The complaint filed by Milli and Hajizade says that article 6, on the right to a fair trial, was violated because they were allowed only belated access to their lawyers and because they court took no account of what their lawyers said.Article 8 on respect for private and family life was violated, according to the complaint, because the two bloggers were denied family visits while held and certain family members were not allowed to testify at the trial.Article 10 protects the right to freedom of expression, including the “freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.” It was violated because Hajizade and Milli were clearly jailed for criticizing the authorities and disseminating a satirical video about corrupt politicians.Hajizade and Milli filed a complaint before a Baku court on 8 July 2009 about the violation of their rights. It was rejected on 23 July 2009. A separate complaint accusing the interior ministry, Baku police and prosecutor’s office of failing to respect the right to be presumed innocent was rejected on 10 August 2009.WikiLeaks recently released a US embassy cable about the two bloggers’ arrest: see the Reporters Without Borders article.center_img AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Azerbaijan Newslast_img read more

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Two-year jail terms for talk show hosts who said deputy governor took bribes

first_img Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News to go further Organisation June 12, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Receive email alerts Follow the news on Thailand Reporters Without Borders today condemned the two-year prison sentences which a Bangkok court imposed on two TV talk show hosts on 12 April after finding them guilty of defaming deputy Bangkok governor Samart Ratchapolasit by saying on two different occasions that he had taken bribes.“We are not claiming that the allegations made by the two TV presenters were in any way based on established facts, but the Thai courts must find an alternative punishment to prison sentences, even suspended ones,” the press freedom organisation said.Samak Sundaravej and Dusit Siriwan, the hosts of This Morning in Thailand on public television’s Channel 5, were sued by Samart for claiming on two different programmes in January 2006 that he accepted bribes from a construction company. Finding them guilty of slander, the judge said they did not verify their information. Samak, a former Bangkok governor, and Dusit, a former senator, are both supporters of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.They have paid bail of 200,000 bahts (4,530 euros) to avoid going to jail while they appeal. The court also ordered them to pay for the publication of an apology in the country’s leading national daily for three days in a row. Samart is also demanding 100 million bahts (about 2 million euros) in damages.center_img April 17, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two-year jail terms for talk show hosts who said deputy governor took bribes August 21, 2020 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific News News ThailandAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Three magazines banned

first_img Follow the news on Myanmar News May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further RSF_en News May 12, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts May 26, 2021 Find out morecenter_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News News Help by sharing this information June 12, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three magazines banned “Once again, the military junta’s censorship bureau has temporarily banned private publications for ridiculous reasons. The government is making no efforts to reduce the control of information. Burma remains one of the most hostile countries to the private press,” said Robert Ménard, general secretary of Reporters Without Borders in a letter sent to colonel Tin Hlaing, Minister of the Interior of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association (BMA, an organization of exiled Burmese journalists) deplore the sanctions taken against the publications Living Color, Mhyar Nat Maung Mingalar and Kyi pwar yee. The two organizations called on the minister to immediately repeal these decisions and stop censoring information.According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders and the BMA, the Literary Scrutiny Board banned the publication of the magazines Living Color, Mhyar Nat Maung Mingalar and Kyi pwar yee during the month of June 2002. According to the independent monthly Irrawaddy, the business magazine Living Color was sanctioned for having published an advertisement by the MK Billiard Company. This company is said to be in conflict with the military junta’s Minister of Sport for refusing to give equipment to the official billiard association. Founded in 1995, Living Color, whose managing director is the son of lieutenant general Khin Nyunt, had never been sanctioned before. In addition, the Literary Scrutiny Board banned Kyi pwar yee for using the word Yodaya (the former name for Thailand) in its latest issue. The Literary Scrutiny Board told publishers of private publications in Rangoon on 22 May 2002 that it was forbidden to publish articles or advertisements concerning Thailand. This decision followed recent military and diplomatic tension between the two countries. Finally, the magazine Mhyar Nat Maung Mingalar was banned for publishing an advertisement on the page that was reserved for SPDC propaganda. This magazine, published since 1991, publishes essentially women’s news and short stories. last_img read more

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Abdul Bary Taher

first_img Jila Bani Yaghoob Iran Find out more YemenMiddle East – North Africa Information hero Abdul Bary Taher Sardar Muhammad Iran Find out more Ali Lmrabet Morocco / Western Sahara Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Hanan Al-Mqawab Libya Find out more Follow the news on Yemen YemenMiddle East – North Africa Amira Hass Israel Find out more Abdul Bary Taher is leading figure in the fight for press freedom in Yemen. He began his career as a journalist in 1973, writing for the daily Al-Thawra (Revolution). He served as its editor in chief between 1990 and 1992 but has paid a high price for the independence and outspokenness of his editorials. He has been subjected to harassment by the authorities, having been taken in for questioning five times and ending up in prison. Taher is a founding member of the Yemeni Journalists Union and was its president from 1976 to 1998. A staunch defender of freedom of the press, he received the first press freedom prize awarded by the Yemeni NGO the Freedom Foundation in 2013. See morelast_img read more

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New Board & Officers for 2014-15 Term Announced for Pasadena Community Access Corp.

first_img Community News 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it New Officers and Board Members for the Pasadena Community Access Corp. (Pasadena Media), www.pasadenamedia.org, began serving terms for the 2014-15 year effective immediately with the start of the new fiscal year in July 2014. Mr. George E. Falardeau, Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Operations, for Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, assumed the leadership role as Board Chair and President.Mr. Falardeau replaces Ms. Lizelle S. Brandt. Ms. Brandt, who served on the Board as Mayor Bill Bogaard’s appointee since July 2011, recently relocated outside Pasadena. She was replaced by Gail Schaper-Gordon, effective July 2014.“Lizelle served with distinction, helping to lead Pasadena Media from a policy perspective while Executive Director Keri Stokstad relocated daily operations and built a new, all-digital studio to better serve Pasadena,” Mr. Falardeau said. “We are grateful to Lizelle for her leadership to Pasadena.”The 2014-15 Board of Directors and Officers are:• George Falardeau, District 1, Board Chair & President• Thomas Majich, District 2• Robert Oltman, District 3• Harald Zechner, District 4, Vice Chair & Vice President• Yuny Parada, District 5• Timothy F. Winter, District 6, Treasurer• Hoyt Hilsman, District 7• Gail Schaper-Gordon, Mayor’s Representative• Beth Leyden, PUSD Representative, Secretary• Robert B. Miller, PCC Representative; Senior Vice President/Asst. Superintendent Pasadena City College• William Boyer, City Manager’s Representative; City PIO & KPAS Executive Producer• Keri Stokstad, Pasadena Media Executive Director & Arroyo Channel RepresentativePasadena Media’s new TV and media facilities at 150 S. Los Robles Ave., Suite 101, opened April 2, 2014. The modern, 6,000-square-foot facility provides local independent TV producers with a multi-set studio and the latest in virtual meeting room studio equipment, editing facilities, conference space, and training areas, including new digital video upgrades, cameras and equipment. In addition to TV production, the new facilities can be rented out for special events.Pasadena Media is one of three operating companies of the City of Pasadena. Pasadena Media serves as the umbrella organization helping to oversee local operations of the City’s Public, Education and Government cable TV access channels, including KPAS (City of Pasadena); Arroyo Channel (public access); KLRN, (PUSD) and KPCC-TV (PCC). Board members are appointed by City Council members, or as a representative of the agency that uses one of the four PEG stations. Meeting schedules and agendas are posted online at www.pasadenamedia.org.“I am honored to have such a dynamic, talented board and I look forward to working with them to achieve great things for the organization and for our community,” Executive Director Stokstad said.About Pasadena MediaPasadena Community Access Corporation (PCAC) dba Pasadena Media is a component unit, nonprofit 501(c)3 public benefit corporation recognized under Nonprofit Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. PCAC’s purpose is to promote, coordinate, facilitate, produce and assist public service community programming on behalf of all residents of the City of Pasadena, Calif. for all public and community access channels of Pasadena’s cable telecommunications system and to inform residents of the potential services and benefits of the cable systems.Stay connected to Pasadena Media! For more information, visit & follow us online at www.pasadenamedia.org; www.facebook.com/pasadenamedia and www.twitter.com/pasadenamedia. Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Government New Board & Officers for 2014-15 Term Announced for Pasadena Community Access Corp. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 3:10 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Pasadena-based Spokeo Reports Growth Surge with 159 Percent Increase in Revenue Over Three Years

first_img More Cool Stuff Spokeo, a leading people search engine, today announced that it is closing out 2014 with its most successful year-to-date. The company experienced a 159 percent increase in revenue growth between 2012 and 2014.Spokeo has also reached a count of 150 employees in its Pasadena headquarters, almost double the amount in 2012. Additionally, the company was recently named number 22 on Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of the Fastest Growing Private Companies of 2014.“When we launched Spokeo there was no simple, yet comprehensive tool empowering individuals with easy access to people data,” said Harrison Tang, chief executive officer and co-founder, Spokeo. “Our growth shows the strong demand for direct access to information about people. The existing large search engines have failed to make this information accessible to consumers, which is why millions of users need our service to fill this critical void.”Since launching in 2006, Spokeo has become a leading method for consumers to reconnect with friends and family members nationwide simply by searching for their name, phone number, email address or username for an online profile. Spokeo has identified the following user trends:Spokeo estimates that 15 – 20 percent of Americans move every year; easy access to updated contact information is integral in reconnecting with friends and family who have lost touch. 71 percent of adults are willing to conduct some kind of informational search on a date in order to feel safer. Spokeo’s search functions make people search an easy and important part of the dating, especially online dating, process today.Since launch, adopted adults have turned to the website to track down their birth parents. Spokeo responded to this demand by creating The Spokeo Search Angels Program which supports volunteers who dedicate their time to tracking down birth parents for these adopteesFor more information about Spokeo, visit www.spokeo.com or follow @spokeo on Twitter.About SpokeoSpokeo is a leading people search service using proprietary technology to organize public information into comprehensive yet easy-to-understand online profiles. Based in Pasadena, Spokeo makes it easier than ever to help reunite friends and family, browse celebrities, and discover information about your online footprint, by simply searching a name, address, email, phone or username. 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 Top of the News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Make a comment 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 * 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News center column 3 Pasadena-based Spokeo Reports Growth Surge with 159 Percent Increase in Revenue Over Three Years From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 11:03 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community 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.last_img read more

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Union Bank, American Heart Association Reveal Name and Design of Their 2016 Rose Parade Float

first_imgCommunity News Union Bank, American Heart Association Reveal Name and Design of Their 2016 Rose Parade Float From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 | 10:57 am 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 Community News 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Subscribecenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 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. Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Union of Hearts RenderingUnion Bank and the American Heart Association (AHA) Western States Affiliate announced today their premier float will be called “Union of Hearts.” The float will be a part of the world famous 2016 Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The name pays tribute to the 30-year collaboration between the bank and the AHA. For three decades, both have united in the fight against heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers of both men and women. Survivors of heart disease and stroke, heart health champions and AHA advocates each with unique, inspiring stories will ride on the float as it travels through Pasadena on New Year’s Day. It will be decorated with more than 15,000 flowers and will include a daytime fireworks display. Phoenix Decorating Company will design and build the float that will stand 25 feet high, 18 feet wide and 55 feet long and is estimated to weigh 25,000 pounds.To add to the celebration, the familiar song by the Bee Gees,“Stayin’ Alive,” will be playing in the background. As the lyrics appropriately point out, “whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, you’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.” The tune aligns with Union Bank and the AHA’s mission to save lives by reducing the number of deaths attributed to heart disease and stroke. Furthermore, the AHA often uses the tempo of the song to teach people the correct rate of chest compressions when performing CPR. Studies show that when CPR training uses this song to teach the technique, people are more likely to remember the correct rhythm and feel more confident performing the life-saving skill.For 30 years, Union Bank has been completely engaged in multiple aspects of the AHA’s work, including fundraising, education, volunteer leadership, employee involvement and health messaging. In the last eight years alone, the bank’s employees and clients have donated nearly $7 million in support of the AHA’s critical research, education, and prevention programs.Union Bank’s support for the AHA is one facet of its broader commitment to community reinvestment throughout the areas where it operates. Last year, Union Bank contributed more than $13.7 million in charitable contributions to a wide range of non-profit organizations, and its employees donated nearly 75,000 hours of volunteer time to make a difference in their communities.“We are truly excited to participate in the parade and all the tradition and pageantry that it has come to represent. This latest manifestation of our long-standing relationship with the AHA speaks directly to the heart of our mission to empower men and women to live longer, healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke,” said Pierre Habis, head of the Consumer and Business Bank for Union Bank.“We are honored to join Union Bank at the Tournament of Roses in celebration of three decades of collaboration to save lives and create a culture of health in our communities. Our alliance has made a huge impact through critical research funding and community outreach. We look forward to beginning our 30th year by bringing a healthy message to the millions of people who watch the Rose Parade,” said Kathy Rogers, Executive Vice President for the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate.The 127th annual Rose Parade will take place on New Year’s Day 2016 in Pasadena, California. Originally started on January 1, 1890, the event is produced by the non-profit Tournament of Roses Association. The Rose Parade is an integral part of America’s New Year Celebration® and includes decorative floats, marching bands, and equestrian units. This year’s theme grew out of the unique partnership between the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the National Park Service.About the Tournament of Roses®The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that annually hosts the Rose Parade®, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of associated events. Nine hundred thirty-five volunteer members act as ambassadors of the organization and contribute upwards of 80,000 hours of manpower each year. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Learn more at www.tournamentofroses.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.About the American Heart AssociationThe American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.About MUFG Union Bank, N.A.MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States. We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial and retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers. We also offer an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal and corporate trust, global custody, transaction banking, capital markets, and other services. With assets of $114.3 billion, as of September 30, 2015, MUFG Union Bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks. MUFG Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately ¥284.9 trillion (JPY) or $2.3 trillion (USD)¹, as of June 30, 2015. The corporate headquarters (principal executive office) for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, which is the financial holding company and MUFG Union Bank, is in New York City. The main banking office of MUFG Union Bank is in San Francisco, California. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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