California Library Association Honors Pasadena’s Ann Longyear

first_imgCommunity News California Library Association Honors Pasadena’s Ann Longyear STAFF REPORT Published on Friday, January 31, 2020 | 10:55 am 10 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe HerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * The Central Library is one of Pasadena’s architectural and cultural treasures. Designed by renowned architect Myron Hunt and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the building is also a busy, working library. It houses a collection of nearly 800,000 items, and more than 55,000 people visit the Central Library each month.Since 1984, the Pasadena Public Library Foundation (PPLF) has raised nearly $4 million for the preservation of the building and the upgrades necessary to operate a modern library. One of the library’s most dedicated supporters and champions – Mrs. Ann Longyear – was honored recently with the California Library Association’s President’s Award, selected by Michelle Pererra, the 2019 CLA president and Pasadena’s library director. The CLA President’s Award “recognizes outstanding contributions, leadership and achievement in support of California libraries by a Trustee, Friend, Elected Official, or other layperson who has given his or her time and talents to further the advancement of California libraries.”One of Mrs. Longyear’s most enduring legacies is stable funding for the Central Library. In the 1980s, Ann led efforts to pass a local tax dedicated to library operations, which passed overwhelmingly and in the years since has been reauthorized twice. After the initial library renovation, the PPLF established an endowment with the funds they raised and dedicated it to funding the historic library’s preservation and restoration in perpetuity.In 2011, the PPLF became a fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation. PCF manages the library’s endowment and supports PPLF’s fundraising efforts, which have committed $300,000 over the past ten years in support of restoration projects. From the building façade to the library elevators, and the seats in the famed Donald R. Wright auditorium, PCF has worked in partnership with Ann and her fellow PPLF board members to ensure that this civic treasure endures and thrives.PCF congratulates Ann for her well-deserved award, and her 35 years of leadership at PPLF. Her commitment to the Library is a commitment to preserving a piece of Pasadena’s history, as well as the education, career development, and other services that the library provides for every member of the Pasadena community. Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Chumba, Kiplagat eye Chicago Marathon repeats

first_imgAnother intriguing challenger is Kenyan Stephen Sambu, making his marathon debut.Sambu, who has been outstanding in shorter distance road races since graduating from the University of Arizona in 2012, warmed up for the event with a victory in the seven-mile Falmouth Road Race in August.In the women’s race, Kiplagat will try to become the first woman to win back-to-back titles since Berhane Adere of Ethiopia in 2006 and 2007.Kiplagat made her decisive surge in the 25th mile last year to pull away from Ethiopians Yebrqual Melese and Birhane Dibaba.Fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, who is the only other woman in the field to have run faster than 2:20, will make be running in Chicago for the first time, as will Ethiopian Gulume Chala.The other former champion in the field is Atsede Baysa, who won in Chicago in 2010 and 2012, while Melese returns vying to improve on her runner-up finish of last year.Paris Marathon winner Visiline Jepkesho, who represented Kenya at the Rio Olympics, is also in the field. Chicago, United States | AFP | Kenyans Dickson Chumba and Florence Kiplagat aim to defend their titles at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, with 2012 winner Tsegaye Kebede out to spoil Chumba’s repeat bid in the Windy City.Chumba pulled away in the final three miles to lead a Kenyan sweep of the podium last year in 2hr 09min 25sec, with Sammy Kitwara second and Sammy Ndungu third.It was the slowest time in Chicago since 2007 after organizers opted not to use pace-setters.The 29-year-old Chumba, who finished third in Tokyo in 2:07:34 in his only prior marathon this year, is expected to face a strong challenge from Ethiopia’s Kebede, whose 2012 time of 2:04:38 was a personal best and then-course record.Kebede is also remembered for a thrilling 2010 duel in Chicago with Sammy Wanjiru, who emerged with the victory.World record-holder Dennis Kimetto was initially scheduled to race but was forced to withdraw due to a leg injury.Three other men in the field have run 2:07 or better, including Ethiopian Abayney Ayele — who clocked 2:06:45 in Dubai this year — and Chumba’s fellow Kenyans Abel Kirui and Micah Kogo.Kogo is still seeking a first marathon victory. He set his personal best of 2:06:56 in finishing fourth in Chicago in 2013. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

BLINGISMYTHING JUST UP TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 WILSHIRE STAKES BY A NOSE IN THRILLING FOUR-HORSE PHOTO; BAZE, KRULJAC TEAM FOR WIN AT MILE ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 26, 2015)–Patience is a virtue. You’d get no argument from Tyler Baze on that account, as he bided his time and orchestrated a thrilling nose victory in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes aboard the Eric Kruljac-conditioned Blingismything who prevailed in a four-horse photo while covering a flat mile on turf in 1:37.16.Next to last with a quarter mile to run in a compact field of six fillies and mares 3-and-up, Baze split horses two off the rail a sixteenth out and eked out the win over a fast closing Smoove It, who was caught wide with Mario Gutierrez up.“I won pretty easy, I thought,” said Baze. “She’s just a nice filly. I broke her maiden first time out a couple of years ago at Hollywood. This is my first opportunity to ride her back so I made the most of it. She’s a nice filly to ride with a big heart.”Owned by Class Racing Stable, Blingismything was the second choice in the field at 5-2 and paid $7.40, $3.80 and $2.40. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Arch, she was a close third in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes April 11, and the Wilshire triumph provided her with her first-ever stakes win. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $246,330 and ran her overall record to 10-4-2-3.Trained by Doug O’Neill, Smoove It, who saved ground at the rail into and around the far turn, angled five-wide off the fence approaching the quarter pole and just missed at 6-1, finishing a head in front of her favored stablemate, Birdlover. Smoove paid $5.60 and $3.20.“I thought I had it,” said Gutierrez. “She’s improving a lot and I was hoping to get that kind of race out of her.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Birdlover, who broke from the outside, was off at 9-5, made an easy lead and tired late to finish third, a nose in front of Indecise. Birdlover paid $2.40 to show.“My filly broke beautifully,” said Bejarano. “We had an easy pace, 23 and change, 48 and change…it was perfect. The other horses were just flying late and we got beat a head. She ran great, no excuse.”Fractions on the race, set by Birdlover, were 23.64, 48.79, 1:13.48 and 1:25.23.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

Evolution Is Slow, Except When It Is Super-Fast

first_imgEvolutionary biologists seem comfortable with rates of evolution that vary by eight orders of magnitude or more.  While some animals found at the alleged dawn of multicellular life at the beginning of the Cambrian have changed little in 500 million years, other organisms seem to evolve right before our eyes.  Sara Goudarzi on LiveScience described one recent instance as evolution in a “heartbeat” or a “nanosecond” compared to usual rates of change.  It involves a species of mussels exposed to an invasive crab in New England waters.  The mussels apparently responded to the new predator by growing thicker shells.  The mussels had not seen this crab in North American waters before, but according to James Byers [U of New Hampshire], co-author of a paper in Science,1 “the mussels’ wheels were well-greased to respond” and evolved to fit the new situation.  “That’s our best guess,” he said.1Freeman and Byers, “Divergent Induced Responses to an Invasive Predator in Marine Mussel Populations,” Science, 11 August 2006: Vol. 313. no. 5788, pp. 831-833, DOI: 10.1126/science.1125485.This is not really evolution – only variation – because it involves one species of mussel.  It makes sense that only variations able to resist the attack of the crabs will remain, because all the others will be victimized.  This process is not controversial even among the most ardent creationists.  Evolutionists, though with their personifying language, make it seem like the mussels organized their defensive strategy with intelligent planning.  The real value of this story is in pointing out the flexibility of Charlie Gumby.    Evolution produces fast predators and prey, except when it produces slow ones.  It leads to bigger individuals, except when it prefers smaller ones.  It generates colorful birds and dull ones, birds that can fly faster and farther, and birds that lose flight altogether.  It makes tasty fruit to attract animals and poisonous fruit to repel them.  Males are explained to be both smart or dumb by evolutionary theory; females are choosy but really driven by their hormones.  Altruism is really disguised selfishness, but selfishness leads to the overall good.  Through evolution emerge showy patterns and camouflage, opacity and transparency, attraction and repulsion, loudness and quietness, high body mass and low density, change and stasis, group behavior and solitude, and opposite strategies for survival.  Since evolutionary theory is jack of all trades, it is master of none.  Some would not even honor such a slippery concept with the rank of jack.  Joker, maybe.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Techmeme’s Evolution: From Automated Headlines to Tweets

first_imgmike melanson Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web Tech news aggregator site Techmeme got its start in 2005 as an automated, algorithmic collection of blog posts organized according to inbound links and blogosphere conversations. When we first reviewed the site, we noted that “the beauty of it is, only posts with a decent amount of writing in them make the memeorandum page. A simple link and a sentence won’t do.” Today, that’s all changed.Techmeme editor and founder Gabe Rivera announced this morning, appropriately by Tweet, that the site would now be including Tweets among the up-to-the-moment headlines.The first Tweet to hit Techmeme, of course, is Gabe Rivera’s announcement, which reads “We’re now including tweets on Techmeme and this will be the first one. @-reply with something clever to join the Discussion!” Beneath that is a list of tweets discussing the idea of Twitter landing on the front page of the site where only blog posts and articles used to reside. A number of Tweets exalt the move, others ominously predict the end of both blogs and journalism alike, while others still offer some interesting insight on what this means for the state of tech news today.“@Techmeme now helps #tech #PR subvert the media,” tweets Jonathon Gardner. “@gaberivera techmeme has a cleverness algorithm now? Or is that @megan [RWW alum]@madlid and @ScepticGeek?” asks Kevin Marks.“I suppose only insiders will get credit for tips, still? Techmeme is acting just like digg before the fall,” notes Ed Shahzade.Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it, because this entire Twitter conversation is laid out for all to view on the top of Techmeme. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Rivera explained a bit more behind the new feature in a blog post, saying that by not including Tweets, Techmeme had been missing out:For as long as newsmakers have used Twitter, tweets have broken news stories. And yet for Techmeme, linking directly to tweets was never imperative – after all most newsworthy tweets are blogged within minutes, moreover with helpful context. But still it seemed as if something was missing in passing over tweets: we’d miss the first few minutes of certain developing stories as well as opportunities for including good commentary. We also missed the chance to let certain sources simply speak under their own byline. And so, at last, we’ve begun incorporating tweets on Techmeme.Rivera explained that Tweets included on Techmeme would come in two forms: breaking news and commentary. In some ways, the addition of Tweets completes the transformation of Techmeme from everything it once wasn’t to what it is today. It started off as a completely automated, algorithmic aggregator of tech news. Over time, a number of editors were hired on and it became a bit of a cyborg in nature. Most recently, the site began posting links directly to vendor blogs and announcements, not to contextual stories by other news outlets. Now, it does the one thing it wouldn’t do when it first started out. Now, a simple link and a sentence will do.There’s just one question – at what point does Techmeme become not a link to news, but a breaking source on its own? And when does it change from a source of traffic for blogs to a source of competition? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

10 months agoPremier League trio up for African Player of the Year

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Premier League trio up for African Player of the Yearby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Premier League is again dominating the African Player of the Year awards.The Daily Mail reports Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, along with Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have again made the shortlist for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) player of the year award.It is the second year running the trio have battled it out for the prestigious prize, to be named Africa’s finest player.Egypt striker Salah claimed the honour last year and will be favourite again, hoping to become the fourth player to win back-to-back titles after Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure.The award is voted for by the national team coaches and captains of CAF’s 56 member associations and the winner for 2018 will be announced in Dakar on January 8. last_img read more

a month agoJuventus coach Sarri defends scratchy victory over Hellas Verona

first_imgJuventus coach Sarri defends scratchy victory over Hellas Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri admits they weren’t at their best for victory over Hellas Verona.Miguel Veloso had put Verona in front, even after Samuele Di Carmine missed a penalty, but Aaron Ramsey’s deflected effort and a Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick secured the 2-1 victory.“Perhaps there was some mental fatigue, because you need to immediately recharge the batteries a couple of days later. With a lot of changes, you lose some balance, and that’s what we saw today, as we played in fits and starts,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.“Dybala had a very good game. Ramsey still needs to adapt, but that’s pretty natural in the circumstances. Our central midfielder was man-marked, but I think we could’ve done more with the other two midfielders. Changing two out of three in the middle meant it was clear we could’ve lost some balance.“This is a team under construction and you can tell. We far too easily forget to defend moving forward and tend to run backwards under pressure, so it’ll take a while to get that out of them.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Feds seeking TPP changes on intellectual property supply management and culture

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian negotiators are pushing for three key changes to the original Trans-Pacific Partnership as leaders of the remaining countries interested in reviving the controversial treaty prepare to meet this week.A senior government official says Ottawa’s negotiating team is seeking modifications to the original TPP deal in many areas — but primarily in the intellectual-property provisions, its approach on cultural exemptions and Canada’s supply management system for dairy, poultry and eggs.The 11 remaining TPP economies have moved ahead with talks in recent months in an effort to resurrect the Pacific Rim deal after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew earlier this year.The pact is expected to be a central topic this week in Da Nang, Vietnam, at a meeting of leaders from the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation bloc, which will include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other 10 TPP leaders.During his week-long visit to Asia, Trudeau will also hold an official visit with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and travel to the Philippines to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila.On TPP, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne told The Canadian Press he wants a better deal before he signs a revamped version of the deal.Negotiators, he said, will be seeking the suspension of some provisions that were part of the original agreement.Champagne also said Canada has been pursuing improvements to the TPP, which was negotiated by the previous Conservative government, through side letters and possible work programs with Japan.He did not get into specifics on which parts of the deal he would like to see changed.Champagne, who will also participate in APEC meetings this week in Vietnam, did say Canada is pushing for the revised pact to contain “progressive” chapters on the environment, labour and gender equality. He added that New Zealand’s new government is also looking at a similar approach.“We’ve been trying to stay at the table making sure that we push the progressive elements, try to get a better deal for Canadians and then bring it back home,” he said.“It’s really about making sure we understand the non-tariff trade barriers and that we address them.”The original TPP included contentious provisions that angered some sectors in Canada, including the dairy and high-tech industries.For example, Ottawa was forced to table a multibillion-dollar compensation package for farmers because the deal would have raised the amount of foreign dairy entering Canada by 3.25 per cent.Canada’s tech sector has also warned TPP’s original intellectual property rules would have favoured the more dominant U.S. and its firms, which have already amassed a far bigger portfolio of patents, copyrights and trademarks.Intellectual property is viewed by many as a crucial component of the expanding — and increasingly important — knowledge-based economy.On cultural exemptions, the government official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the meetings, said Ottawa is seeking stronger commitments.For example, the official said the original TPP’s cultural exemptions are chapter by chapter as opposed to the more-global approach in the current North American Free Trade Agreement, which is preferred by the sector.Overall, the official said Ottawa’s priority is preserving market access, but that it’s working to find ways to make it a better deal.Negotiators from the 11 TPP economies, which are all members of APEC, have already begun talks in Vietnam.There are expectations the leaders could have something to announce related to the deal later in the week.Follow @AndyBlatchfordlast_img read more

Canadas bank CEOs get 7 pay raise to earn 536 million in

first_imgTORONTO – The chief executives of Canada’s five biggest banks collectively earned roughly $53.6 million in the latest fiscal year, up more than seven per cent from a year earlier.But it was a particularly good year for Toronto-Dominion Bank’s chief executive Bharat Masrani, who got a more than 20 per cent increase in total direct compensation to pull in $10.85 million in the twelve months ended Oct. 31, 2017.Still, Royal Bank of Canada’s chief executive Dave McKay was paid the most among his peers with $12.43 million in total direct compensation, up 7.9 per cent from a year earlier, according to the banks’ latest proxy circulars.The rise in total direct compensation — which includes base salary and performance-based incentives — in part reflects the increasing demands for chief executives in the banking industry, said Bill Vlaad, president of financial services recruitment firm Vlaad and Co., which also monitors compensation trends.Financial institutions are now in the midst of a rapid technological shift, he said, as consumers increasingly do transactions online and via mobile phone.“The speed and velocity of change at these firms has been increasing, and to stay on the leading edge has required a lot more stealth by these CEOs,” said Vlaad. “I think it’s been a good time to be a CEO, but it is not for a lack of effort.”The Bank of Nova Scotia’s Brian Porter was second-highest paid at $10.86 million in total direct compensation, marking a 7.4 per cent increase from fiscal 2016.Bank of Montreal’s Bill Downe, who retired from the top role on Oct. 31, was paid $10.5 million in total direct compensation, down roughly one per cent from a year earlier.Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s chief executive Victor Dodig received $8.94 million in total direct compensation in 2017, up 1.71 per cent.These pay increases came during a fiscal year where each of the five biggest Canadian lenders reported record annual profits. During that time, these banks collectively earned $40.3 billion in net income for fiscal 2017, up nearly 13 per cent from a year earlier.The banks had benefited from the surprising strength of the Canadian economy, even amid worries about overheated housing markets and the fallout from government steps to cool them down.While these chief executives received a 7.17 increase in collective direct compensation for the fiscal year, they received even more when taking into account other elements such as pension value.Collectively, these five executives earned total compensation for fiscal 2017 of $58.6 million, marking an 8.2 per cent bump from fiscal 2016.McKay received the highest total pay at $13.36 million, followed by Porter at $12.84 million. Masrani’s compensation package was third-highest at $12.44 million, while Downe and Dodig received total pay of $10.53 million and $9.44 million, respectively.last_img read more

Feds remove regulatory barriers to trade hope provinces will follow suit

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is taking immediate steps to remove some regulatory barriers to trade across the country, hoping to persuade provinces to follow its example.For starters, it is making the national building code free, making it easier for the construction industry to access a single set of rules and hoping the provinces pick them up. Even downloading the code has cost $350.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing to hold a first ministers’ meeting next week, at which eliminating interprovincial trade barriers is high on the agenda.Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the federal government is focusing on areas where it can act quickly to remove regulatory hurdles that impede trade between provinces and territories and add unnecessary costs to businesses.Besides making the building code free, the government is amending federal energy-efficiency regulations for household appliances, clarifying food labelling rules and modernizing meat inspection regulations.And it is expanding the federal definition of what constitutes vodka to include vodka made from something other than potatoes or grain. The Canadian Presslast_img read more