Crowell Public Library launches its Reading Is So Delicious! Summer Reading Club on June 10, 2013. Over the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults that encourage and support a love of reading. Participants also can win prizes for reaching their reading goals! Summer reading isnâ€™t just fun, itâ€™s great. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.*Some of the programs include hilarious â€œAnimal Crackerâ€ tales from Ina Buckner Barnette, the Sunshine Storyteller, fantastic feature films for the whole family every week, â€œFeed Your Ears a Plateful of Music,â€ with Bob Harrison, and a visit from the animals of the Wildlife Learning Center. Many more surprises are in store!The Summer Reading Club is open to ages three through adult. Registration begins on Monday, June 10, 2013 and runs through Saturday, July 20, 2013. The Summer Reading Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Crowell Public Library.All programs are free to the public.Crowell Public Library, 1890 Huntington Drive, San Marino, (626) 300-0777 or visit www.CrowellPublicLibrary.org Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News More Cool Stuff Neighborhood News Calling All Foodies! Crowell Public Library Launches Summer Reading Club June 10 â€“ July 20, 2013 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 10:07 am Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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 Make a comment HerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDoes Giving Ultimatums In A Relationship Ever Work Out?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeauty 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. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Top of the News
By John BurtonA wooden bridge and trestle carrying water main pipes over the Swimming River collapsed on Friday.MIDDLETOWN – It was a worrisome and tense weekend for local officials, residents and business owners, for New Jersey American Water, and, well, everyone in Monmouth County. Especially for those 22 towns most directly impacted as the county addressed the emergency following last Friday’s water main breaks.Peter Eschbach, director of communications for New Jersey American Water, said a wooden bridge and trestle carrying three large water main pipes over the Swimming River, in the Lincroft section of Middletown, collapsed into the river, severing the pipes. It stopped the flow of about 50 percent of the company’s water supply and impacted water pressure to the company’s customers in much of the county.One of the large pipes, as Eschbach explained it to The Two River Times™ on Monday, carried water from the Swimming River Reservoir pumping station into the plant. The other two pipes carried water out of the plant to the company’s distribution systems and on to customers.The bridge dates to the 1970s, but engineers regularly survey and maintain it, and engineers checked it out just a couple of weeks ago and found it in decent condition, Eschbach said.The severed pipes stopped the flow of about 50 percent of New Jersey American Water Company’s water supply.As of Monday afternoon, the reason for the collapse remains unknown, Eschbach acknowledged. “We don’t know why (it occurred)” but “we’ll get to the bottom of what happened here,” he said. In the interim, he stressed, our priority is getting operations up and running and providing safe water.New Jersey American Water has 95,000 customers in Monmouth County, which translates to roughly 150,000-200,000 people within 22 communities in the county.The county’s Office of Emergency Management, after consulting with the Board of Chosen Freeholders, enacted a countywide state of emergency following the break. What that move did was to put in place restrictions and advisories, prohibiting the outdoor use of water for lawns, gardens and any other non-essential uses. The advisory told people to boil water or use bottled water for drinking. The water could continue to be used for bathing (as long as you kept your mouth closed) and for washing clothes, said the county’s released statement.Given the loss of water pressure, as Eschbach explained it, there was the possibility that contaminants and bacteria could infiltrate the system and put people at risk.“When the media says you got this and that going on, people react to it and they come out and they buy and they do what they’ve got to do,” said Louis Scaduto Jr., president of Food Circus supermarkets.Four of his company’s Food Town supermarkets saw a rush on bottled water on Friday. “Friday night was very rough. We sold pretty much everything that we had” in the way of bottled water in the company’s Red Bank, Ocean Township, Port Monmouth and Atlantic Highlands locations, he said.From Friday to Monday afternoon those four stores sold about seven tractor-trailers full of bottle water. A trailer can carry, on average, 22 pallets of water, with each pallet carrying about 40 24-packs, or 50 cases of one-gallon jugs, Scaduto said.“We’ve been busy,” said Jay Sleifer, manager of the Port Monmouth store. “We’re doing the best we can,” he added on Sunday, noting he was waiting for another truckload to arrive at about 3 p.m.Along with the rush on store water, the water company and county OEM established three water distribution sites – at Middletown High Schools North and South and at Wolf Hill Park, Oceanport.Water distribution sites were set up at Middletown High Schools North and South and at Wolf Hill Park in Oceanport.Over the course of the weekend staff and volunteers working with the municipalities’ OEM and New Jersey American Water were giving out about 400 gallons of water per hour. “And at the height of the heat we were handling 800 gallons an hour,” Eschbach said.At the sites, volunteers limited distribution to two gallons per car per trip, Eschbach said.On Sunday morning at High School North the line of traffic waiting to enter was long and the weather was hot. But the volunteers seemed generally in good spirits and kept the traffic moving, as they loaded cases of ShopRite bottled water. (There were large tank trucks on the site and people were able to take as much as they wanted as long as they had their own containers.)“This is a pretty large-scale production,” said Chris Hodes, with Howell OEM, who was helping out on Sunday. “When there’s a need we’re around and try to do what we can.”Chris Hill, a Howell police sergeant, was there with some of the kids from the local Police Athletic League, which he oversees. He and the boys had helped during Hurricane Katrina a few years ago. “And now here in our backyard,” Hill said.“Many hands make for light work,” said Bob, a 72-year-old volunteer for Hazlet’s OEM, who wouldn’t give his last name. “There’s work to get done, let’s get it done,” he said, adding, “It’s the only exercise I get.”Michael Oppegaard, the county’s OEM coordinator, said on Monday his office worked with local officials and water company representatives to coordinate county resources and provide additional law enforcement presence as well as Public Works employees and equipment at the distribution sites. To his knowledge, “We had zero complaints from residents regarding distribution sites,” and no reports of any disruptive incidents.By Monday morning only four towns – Highlands, Holmdel, Aberdeen and Middletown – remained on the boil water advisory. That was lifted Monday night in those towns. But the entire county continues to remain under the outdoor water restrictions.The restrictions continue because of fear of falling water pressure and the infiltration of bacteria should it happen again. “If we lose pressure because of water sprinklers it means people will be back to boiling their water,” Eschbach warned.By the Fourth of July holiday Eschbach hopes to have temporary pipes in place and have water output up to its winter distribution levels, which is considerably less than the traditional summer high usage. The company also plans to purchase additional water from other companies as needed.Winter treatment production is 25-35 million gallons a day; for summer it is between 50-60 million.“It’ll take months to get a permanent solution in place to get us up to a point where we can meet what is the typical summer peak demand,” he acknowledged.The state’s Department of Environmental Protection and the water company tested the water with the DEPdetermining there were “zero signs of bacteria,” DEP Spokesman Bob Considine said on Tuesday.Given what could have become a quite serious situation, Middletown Mayor Anthony Fiore said on Tuesday he was very pleased with how residents and New Jersey American Water responded. “Based upon what I saw on Friday, I think they [the water company] did a remarkable job of keeping water and pressure in the system, based on the amount of damage that occurred,” Fiore said.But there is a but to his assessment. “I’m going to give them a failing grade for why it happened at this point. Because I think it was preventable.”Given the age of the structure, its apparent easy accessibility to the public, and its clear importance to the operations, something has to be done to prevent something like this from happening again, and he plans on telling company representatives that at the first available opportunity, Fiore said. “To me that’s the most critical lesson learned here right now,” he said.
The Christmas Classic Hockey game and the Broomball Dance will be joining forces this year at the Complex in Castlegar on (Saturday) December 27.The cause behind the Christmas Classic Hockey game is to raise funds for our Selkirk Saints Championship Hockey Program. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Selkirk Saints. The game is from 7-9:00 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex. There are beer gardens, various giveaways and Broomball Dance tickets at the game. After the game, the Broomball Dance will be held in the Complex main banquet hall.All the proceeds from the Dance will go to the Castlegar Broomball Association. The Broomball Dance tickets are $20 each.For more information email [email protected]
PETER MILLER, CALCULATOR, WINNER; ROCK SHANDY, SECOND; AND ST. JOE BAY, FOURTH: “I was trying to watch all of them, and I thought I could run one, two, three for a minute, but they ran one, two, four, so it wasn’t bad at all.“I was very concerned (with where Calculator was on the first turn), because it looked like five or six of them were sending, and I said, ‘Oh, no. We’re going to be 10-wide,’ but he (Elvis Trujillo) saw the same thing and he adjusted and brought him back into maybe the three or four path. We had a wide trip, but there’s less trouble out wide.“I didn’t expect him to be this good (today). I was hoping he was good enough to win at 90 percent (fitness). The water gets deeper from here on out, so we’re going to have to step up our game and move forward off of this one.“We’ll see how the horse comes out, but I wouldn’t rule out coming back in a month in the Lewis (Grade II, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 7). The timing of it is good and when my horses are good, I like to run them. He’s good right now so I’m going to run him.”Asked if the Santa Anita Derby (April 4) would be a long-range goal if all goes well: “That makes a lot of sense right now, but I’ll get with Mr. Pell (owner, see note below) and we’ll kind of map things out.”On Rock Shandy: “Super. Really pleased with how Rock Shandy ran. I think he’s just getting better and better. He had an inside trip and took a lot of dirt. For his first race on the dirt I was really pleased.” JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROCK SHANDY, SECOND: “He went very nice. I think he’s going to be a nice colt; he’s still trying to figure it out, he’s still green. I think he’ll be better on the dirt rather than the turf. The way he works in the morning, I’ve always been very impressed. As a colt, he may be a late learner. It was a big step for him today.”TRAINER QUOTES -30- ELVIS TRUJILLO, CALCULATOR, WINNER: “It was a perfect trip. I went wide because I’d rather go wide than be in between horses, or caught inside. I wanted a clean trip. He did it very easy today. Stretching out will be no problem for him; he’s very good.” NOTES: The winning owner is Richard Pell of Rye, N.Y. The winning horse receives 10 qualifying points towards determining the field for the May 2 Kentucky Derby if more than 20 enter. Second is worth four points, third, two, and fourth, one point.
Give a young golfer a gimme, and you make him happy for a day. Teach young golfers to drain a sidehill putt and you’ll keep them coming back for the rest of their lives.Not sure if anyone has ever compared Stephen Curry with Confucius. Maybe it’s time to start.Curry, the basketball wunderkind and amateur golfer, has given the gift of golf to Howard University. According to the Washington Post, Curry’s largesse came in the form of a seven-figure donation to fund men’s and women’s Division I …
By the time Colin Kaepernick came to the 49ers, Terrell Owens had been gone for eight years. So they were never teammates indeed. But it appears that T.O. senses a kindred spirit in Kaepernick.They are joined by their 49ers heritage and their Bay Area experience, their race, their inclination to trust their judgment above others, their disinclination to engage in small talk. Both could rightly claim to have been misunderstood.Against that backdrop, it is no big surprise that T.O. rode to …
4 October 2007Selected government officials are set to swap jobs with senior executives from some of the country’s top companies for up to six months as part of the South African Experiment, which aims to build skills through “action learning” ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Business Report reports this week that the project, which could involve between 40 and 50 private sector executives, echoes the two-year secondment of SAB chairman Meyer Kahn to the SA Police Service as chief executive in 1997, but on a much larger scale.According to the Presidency, the first phase of the programme, sponsored by the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management, will embrace service quality, which involves a unique partnership between South Africa’s private and public sectors.The Presidency said in a statement that the programme was an intervention “designed primarily to boost economic growth, diminish the gap between the public and private sectors, create capacity at historically disadvantaged tertiary education institutions, and stimulate a ‘can do’ mindset among South Africans”.Da Vinci chairman Roy Marcus told Business Report that he hoped the first batch of executives would be placed within South African Airways, the SA Police, the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism by February 2008.While initially focussing on tourism, Marcus said the programme would eventually target the manufacturing sector to tackle challenges relevant to exporting South African products.For the government’s part, Business Report stated that about 10 government officials would initially be placed in the private sector.According to the Presidency, the programme is based on the success of the “Belgian Experiment”, whereby British Professor Reginald Revans helped stimulate the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of that country by as much as 3% through an educational process known as “action learning”.“Action learning involves working on real problems, focusing on learning and actually implementing solutions,” says the International Foundation for Action Learning. “It is a form of learning by doing.”According to the foundation, action learning can be used to tackle strategic problems at board level, help the unemployed start their own business, develop skilled managers for new responsibilities, improve productivity in retailing and manufacturing companies, bring about major change in large organisations, and even improve services in health and education.Marcus told Business Report that tangible benefits of the South African Experiment would be visible by July 2008, and that with the right support, the programme could add between 2% and 3% to South Africa’s GDP growth.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
South Africans can currently expect a mean of 8.12 years of schooling. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com) South Africa has marginally improved its position on the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Index, released in New York on 4 November.South Africa is considered a medium development country and was ranked 110 out of 169 UN member states in the latest report, a marginal improvement from last year’s position of 129 out of 189.The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic used to rank countries by level of human development. It separates developed, developing and underdeveloped countries in three broad areas covering life expectancy, education or access to knowledge, and income as an indicator of standard of living.These indicators are complemented by separate indices for gender, inequality and multidimensional povertyFirst published in 1990, the HDI celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2010. The previous 19 reports are all accessible from the UNDP website.Analysts use complex equations to calculate values for each of the three categories, and the final HDI score is taken as the geometric mean of the three.South Africa’s score places it amongst the top 10 countries on the continent. Other medium development countries include China, Botswana, India, Egypt and Thailand. The top nation is again Norway, while Zimbabwe remains at the bottom of the table.However, said the UNDP, progress need not depend on massive spending. It named Ethiopia, Cambodia and Benin, which all made gains in education and public health rather than income, among the most improved countries of the past 20 years.Slow progressSouth Africa’s life expectancy has been calculated at 51.97 years, while people receive a mean of 8.12 years of schooling, and the gross national income per capita is R68 747.72 (US$9 812.12).The report found that although South Africans’ life expectancy decreased by nine years between 1990 and 2010, over the same period the mean years of schooling increased by almost two years and the expected years of schooling increased by about the same value. Gross national income increased by 20% over the last two decades.South Africa’s 2010 HDI score of 0.597 is above the sub-Saharan average of 0.389, and is also above the average of 0.592 for medium human development countries.The complete report may be downloaded (PDF, 11MB) from the website of the UNDP.Lifting South Africa’s profile“While Brand South Africa works to lift the profile of South Africa’s global competitiveness around the world, it is always mindful of the broader reputation drivers and the context these bring to a purely investment driven conversation by our stakeholders,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.Reports like the HDI are important in this light, said Matola, because they influence reputation as well as perceptions of future investment potential for South Africa in terms of a healthy and educated work force capable of high levels of productivity.South Africa’s overall HDI score experienced gradual improvements between 1990 and 2005. Since 2005, its overall score has remained stable and continues to trend in line with the global average.“South Africa ranks eighth out of the broader sub-Saharan region, behind countries like Botswana, Namibia and Gabon. However, South Africa performs well in the region when assessing the levels of multidimensional poverty, where it is scored the best,” said Matola.Multidimensional poverty is a measure of serious deprivations in terms of health, education and living standard. It combines the number of deprived with the intensity of their deprivation. South Africa has 3% of its population living in some form of deprivational poverty relative to a country like Niger, which has 93%.Among the four emerging markets that make up the Bric structure, South Africa performed ahead of India (ranked 119) and behind Brazil (73), Russia (65) and China (89).“It is important to contextualise South Africa’s development alongside other emerging markets to ensure that not only our economic growth but our people dimensions are enhanced at a similar rate to other comparable nations,” said Matola.
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I think we have close to three inches of rain for the month of August and my brother got a little more than that to the north of us. We got over three tenths last night and he got a half inch. That should help the beans but we have a few spots starting to turn while other spots are still lush and green. We have not seen aphids, or caterpillars feeding in the fields. I have seen a few Japanese beetles. We have been lucky on the insect damage side of things so far.I have been surprised how decent these earlier beans look. It is still hard to estimate seed size and that is a big unknown for beans. It is not uncommon for us to go to Farm Science Review in the morning and start with harvest that afternoon and it looks like we may be on pace for that again this year on some of our earlier beans.We have not spent much time looking at the corn crop. There is one field, in fact, where my brother and I have a mutual agreement not to look at until it gets closer to harvest.With all of the contract bean acres we grow for non-GMO and seed beans, it is hard for us to push corn harvest much earlier. It is difficult for us to switch between corn and beans. Because of that, we concentrate on beans first, but stalk quality in these corn fields is a concern, so we will have to prioritize some of these fields for harvest.I am still very thankful for what we’ve got even though it may not be want we want.