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Local Anesthesiologist Announces Publication of Children’s Book

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first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published.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. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment More Cool Stuff Keith Polk, MDDr. Keith Polk, a Pasadena-based anesthesiologist turned children’s author, has published his first book, a 24-page picture storybook titled “The Mardi Grasfish,” in time for New Orleans’ biggest party, Mardi Gras, which kicks off in January and concludes on February 9, 2016.A Louisiana native who now lives in Pasadena, Polk started attending Mardi Gras as a little boy and still thinks it’s one of the best parties on earth.“Who wouldn’t love a parade where they throw sparkly beads and candy at you?” he says.“The Mardi Grasfish” features the colorful, stylized art of Eric Miranda and tells the story of a kindhearted crawfish named Crawfrere, who writes to the mayor of New Orleans to convince him that his physically and emotionally-challenged friends from the bayou should win a local contest to ride the main float in the Mardi Gras parade. Mayor Billy the Big Mouth Bass is so moved by Crawfrere’s letter that he selects him and his friends to join the Krewe of Compassion that builds and rides the main float in the parade.Crawfrere’s bayou pals – nearsighted Oculo the Oyster, slow-talking Creole the Catfish, puny Sauté the Shrimp, and Pecan the Pelican, who can’t fly straight – are lifted out of obscurity to become the toast of Mardi Gras and New Orleans. For the first time, they feel proud of who they are.Mayor Billy is so impressed by Crawfrere’s selflessness that he dubs him King of the Mardi Gras and says Crawfrere is no longer a mere crawfish, but will forever be known as The Mardi Grasfish.“The Mardi Grasfish” was inspired by Polk’s love of Louisiana’s rustic landscapes and colorful characters and, more importantly, by the children he has treated as a physician for 35 years.“I’m a lot like Crawfrere, who teaches his friends that the sky’s the limit, and that they can overcome their disadvantages to accomplish their dreams,” Polk says, adding he feels tremendous compassion for the young people he has comforted before and after surgery as they have faced some of the most frightening moments of their lives without a parent by their side.“The Mardi Grasfish” is the first in a trilogy of Crawfrere stories that explore the ways Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday,” is celebrated around the globe. The next two books are set inBrazil and France.The picture storybook was produced by Judy O Productions and retails for $18.35 at www.themardigrasfish.com and at Vroman’s Bookstores in Pasadena and in The Huntington Hospital gift shop.A Kindle edition is also available on www.amazon.com for $2.99. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Business Newscenter_img Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Literary Arts Local Anesthesiologist Announces Publication of Children’s Book From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, January 11, 2016 | 5:34 pm Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Mike Gordon Joins Worship My Organ Supergroup In New Orleans [Video]

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first_imgWith Jazz Fest well underway, New Orleans is the place to be right now for late-night jams, unexpected collaborations, and non-stop musical marathons. On Sunday, New Orleans’ Little Gem Saloon hosted Worship My Organ, a late-night tradition that brings together world-renowned organ players.Jazz Fest After Dark: L4LM Top PicksSunday’s Worship My Organ late-night featured Hammond B3 organ masters Robert Walter and Marco Benevento complimented by drummer Adam Deitch, saxophonist Skerik, and DJ Logic. During the all-star cast’s performance, Phish bassist and Walter’s bandmate, Mike Gordon, joined in for some improvisational exploration. Playing around with a Moog and organ, Gordon traded off tasty licks with Walter and Benevento, backed by Deitch holding down a hard-hitting groove behind the kit.Luckily, there’s some fan-shot footage of Mike Gordon’s sit-in with Worship My Organ, which you can watch below:Worship My Organ w/ Mike Gordon – 4/28/2019[Video: Josh Valentine]On Friday, May 3rd, Gordon and Walter will regroup at New Orleans’ Joy Theater for a one-off performance with Gordon’s solo outfit. Tickets for Gordon’s upcoming New Orleans performance are still available here.last_img read more

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The right place, the Wright time

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first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Keith Wright calls his decision to come to Harvard “the best in my life.” Crimson basketball fans would agree. The 6-foot-8-inch forward and his teammates have made history since he arrived in 2008, transforming a losing program into one of the Ivy League’s most successful. In March, the team won the league championship outright — a first for Harvard — and made its first trip to the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship Tournament since 1946.With Wright leading the team in rebounding and blocked shots, the Crimson also broke the program record for wins in each of the past three seasons.Wright says he cherishes the memory of every game he played in a Crimson uniform.“My experience playing for Harvard will stay with me for the rest of my life,” he said. “I was part of the team that took Harvard to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 60 years. I was the captain of the best team in Harvard history, the one that won its first Ivy League title. It was a great honor that I won’t forget.”Along the way, Wright racked up an impressive string of awards and accolades. During the 2010-11 season, he was named Ivy League Player of the Year, was selected to the Lou Henson All-America Team and the All-Ivy first team, and received an honorable mention as an Associated Press All-American.  Last year, Wright landed on the Preseason Top 50 Watch List for the Wooden Award, which is given to the top player in college basketball. He was also named one of college basketball’s top 100 players by CBS Sports.Despite his success on the court, Wright says that he came to Harvard because he’s more than “just a basketball player.”“I’m a student first,” Wright said. “A lot of kids put all their chips into this sport to help them be successful. At Harvard, all our chips are put into academics. People know that. They don’t say ‘Oh, wow, he plays basketball.’ They say “Wow, he’s at Harvard, and he’s playing basketball. He’s a smart kid.”Wright’s interest in human relationships inspired him to concentrate in psychology as an undergraduate. He said that Holly Parker’s course “The Psychology of Close Relationships” had a profound impact on him and may even have determined his future career path.“Seeing Dr. Parker talk about the field — and her passion for it — definitely influenced me,” he said. “Being a couples counselor is something I’d like to pursue after I’m done playing basketball.”For now, graduate school will have to wait as Wright pursues his immediate goal of playing professional basketball. In April, the Harvard star was one of only 64 college seniors invited to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in front of dozens of pro agents and scouts. Wright said that advice from former teammate and Harvard-to-NBA trailblazer Jeremy Lin helped him to hold his own against some of the best young players in the country.“Jeremy told me to have fun and play my game,” he said. “He told me not to think too much about it, just know that I’m a good player. At the end of the day, the chance to show my skills and play for money is a blessing.”Wright said that his next move is to sign with an agent and participate in workouts for pro teams in advance of June’s NBA draft. If he’s not picked by one of the league’s franchises, Wright said he’ll participate in the Las Vegas and Orlando free agent summer leagues in hopes of catching on with a team. He’d even consider a stint for a team overseas, although he calls that option a “worst-case scenario.”Whatever happens, Wright said that his Harvard experience will enable him to keep athletics in perspective, and will give him options after he walks off the court for the last time.“I don’t let basketball use me,” he said. “I use basketball to help me. The success of Harvard’s team has really been icing on the cake because I know that, after the ball stops bouncing, I’m going to have this great education, the connections that I made here, and the limitless resources that I have at my fingertips. After college, I’ll pursue my dream knowing that I have nothing to lose.”last_img read more

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Cricket News Asghar Afghan axed as Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib to lead side for ICC Cricket World Cup

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first_imgThe move to replace Asghar Afghan is indeed surprising considering the amount of success he has had as captain. His major contribution was in Afghanistan winning the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier tournament in 2018 which was held in Zimbabwe. Afghanistan defeated West Indies in the final as they sealed their spots for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Asghar Afghan, who was earlier known as Asghar Stanikzai, captained in 56 matches and secured wins in 33 games.For Naib, who has played 52 ODIs, this will be the first time that he will captain Afghanistan any format. The departure of Asghar Afghan marks the end of a wonderful period when he helped Afghanistan to many memorable victories. In the one-off Test against Ireland at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Dehradun, Rahmat Shah’s 98 and 76 along with Asghar Afghan’s 67, which included six fours and four sixes, helped Afghanistan create history by winning their first-ever Test by seven wickets.Afghanistan has still not announced their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad. The side, who won a game in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup by beating Scotland by one wicket at the University Oval in Dunedin, will open their World Cup campaign against five-time champions Australia at Bristol on June 1. Afghanistan will open the World Cup campaign against Australia on June 1 in Bristol.Rahmat Shah, who hit 98 and 76 vs Ireland, will be the Test captain.Rashid Khan will be the Twenty20 skipper for Afghanistan. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Afghanistan Cricket Board has announced a surprising decision with just over one and a half months to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with Asghar Afghan, who led the side for four years after taking over the captaincy from Mohammad Nabi in 2015, being replaced by Gulbadin Naib. This, in effect, means Naib will lead the Afghanistan cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England starting from May 30. Taking to the official Twitter handle of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, the organisation in a press conference announced these details on their timeline.The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced split captaincy for all three formats, with Naib being the ODI captain and Rashid Khan being the vice-captain. In the Twenty20 format, Rashid will be the captain while Shafiqullah Shinwari will be the vice-captain. In Tests, Rahmat Shah, who played a starring role in the game against Ireland in Dehradun, has been appointed as the new skipper with Hashmat Shahidi the new vice-captain. highlightslast_img read more

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Find out all the winners in every category at the Ballon d’Or 2019 awards!

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first_imgImage Courtesy: LaPresse/Getty/AP/VTBLAdvertisement The 2019 Ballon d’Or results are out, and Lionel Messi has become the best player in the world for a record six times in 10 years, beating out Liverpool’s Vilgil van Dijk, who came second. In addition to that, Megan Rapinoe is honoured with the Women’s Ballon d’Or, Alisson Becker has been named the best goalkeeper, and Matthijs de Ligt has won the the Kopa Award for young players.Advertisement Image Courtesy: LaPresse/Getty/AP/VTBLBallon d’Or: A record sixth time within a decade, FC Barcelona talisman and Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has won the award, overcoming his Copa America blunders with consistently marvellous performance in La Liga. Virgil van Dijk came in second, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo in third and Sadio Mané in fourth.#BallonDorVoici le classement officiel et complet du Ballon d’Or France Football 2019 👉 https://t.co/PAM2nVcgyi pic.twitter.com/mR0DTJ8oKpAdvertisement — #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019Advertisement Ballon d’Or Féminin: United States international and Reign FC superstar Megan Rapinoe has been honoured as the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or winner. The 2019 Women’s World Cup winner beat out England’s Lucy Bronze, who came second. Megan’s compatriot Alex Morgan secured third place.Here is the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or Top 3 ⤵️1. @mPinoe 2. @LucyBronze 3. @alexmorgan13 #ballondor” pic.twitter.com/LO32VYH3qj— #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019Best goalkeeper: the Yachine trophy: The best shot stopper in the world is Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, who has been absolutely stunning for Klopp’s triumphant side. The Brazilian beat out Barça’s Marc-André ter Stegen in second place and Manchester City star and fellow Brazilian Ederson in third. The 2018 UEFA Champions League winner and 2019 Copa America winner was also ranked 7th in the Ballon d’Or list.Here is the 2019 Yachine Trophy Top 3 ⤵️1. @Alissonbecker 2. @mterstegen1 3. @edersonmoraes93 #ballondor #yachinetrophy pic.twitter.com/IctvXvH4Zc— #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019Best young player: the Kopa trophy: Young Dutch sensation Matthijs de Ligt has been awarded the Kopa trophy as the best young player of 2019. The Juventus starlet beat out Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Atlético Madrid’s João Félix in the second and third places respectively.Here is the 2019 Kopa Trophy Top 3 ⤵️1. Matthijs de Ligt2. @Sanchooo103. @joaofelix70 #ballondor #kopatrophy pic.twitter.com/Dqg5CizQ5C— #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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