Neighborhood News Sierra Madre Public Library Receives $7,500 Grant to Buy Books Published on Monday, May 20, 2013 | 5:08 pm 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Good news for Sierra Madre. The Sierra Madre Public Library has just received $7,500 from the State of California to buy new books. In a program called Books4U, all public libraries in California received these one-time funds through monies from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). Funds are available this spring to buy print materials in six areas: Early Literacy/Parenting, Workforce Development, Non-English Language/ESL, Reference, Childrenâ€™s/Teen, and Popular Fiction.Library Director Carolyn Thomas said, â€œThis is such good news. It will give us a boost in these tough economic times.â€Check the library website , New Book Alerts, for all new titles arriving in the library. http://cityofsierramadre.com/departments/library Subscribe 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. 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 More Cool Stuff Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Make a comment Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published.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 * Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
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According to de Kock, the IIAG has become a respected and much-referenced index focusing on the development of governance across the continent. (Image: Melissa Jane Cook) MEDIA CONTACTS • Petrus de Kock Research Manager Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Africa rising • Infrastructure to lift South Africa’s growth speed limit • Mandela’s South Africa: Two decades of freedom • Take action for competitiveness • South Africa is ‘Country of the Future’Melissa Jane Cook and Petrus de KockSouth Africa is one of eight countries to have remained consistently in the top 10 on the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) since 2000.South Africa maintained its score of 71 in the 2013 IIAG, keeping it at fifth out of 52 countries and third in southern Africa. But it dropped one point overall since 2000, with a four-point drop in its education score. The average African score remained at 51, while Mauritius was again the highest-ranking country with a score of 82.9, and Zimbabwe the lowest-ranking country in southern Africa, at 47th out of 52 overall and scoring 35.4. The index was released on 14 October.Brand South Africa hosted a special research seminar reflecting on the results on 29 November, with a specific focus on South African governance. Participants included Momar Diop, the Senegalese ambassador; Paul Malok, the South Sudanese ambassador; Abdelmadjid Amalou, the Algerian minister counsellor; and Baba Togmian, the Chadian first counsellor; as well as academics and representatives of the Africa Institute of South Africa.Brand South Africa’s Dr Petrus de Kock gave a presentation, focusing on the key findings and lessons for South Africa. Since its inception, according to De Kock, the IIAG had become a respected and much-referenced index focused on the development of governance across the continent.Key findings from the 2013 IIAG indicate that:• South Africa retains its fifth position in the overall rankings, while ranking top of the 52 states in public management. The index looks at 94 indicators.• South Africa’s most notable improvement is in sustainable economic opportunity, with its overall ranking in the category rising from eighth in 2012 to fifth in the following year.• Improvements in the sub-indicators of this category include: business environment (six to five in 2013), infrastructure (12 to seven), and the rural sector (22 to 21).• South Africa ranks its highest in the participation and human rights category, at third out of 52. This category measures the protection and promotion of human rights, civil and political participation, and gender issues.• South Africa ranks its lowest in the safety and rule of law category, at seventh out of 52.• South Africa ranks its lowest in the personal safety sub-category at 41st out of 52.Other countries in the top 10 include Botswana, Cape Verde, Ghana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles and Tunisia. In his introduction to the 2013 IIAG, Dr Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim, a Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire, observes: “So what does the 2013 IIAG show? The answer is a mixture of overall progress but increased complexity.“The findings highlight widespread improvements across the continent since the turn of the century. They show that 94% of people living in Africa now live in a country that has demonstrated overall governance improvement since 2000. Eighteen out of the 52 countries analysed saw their best ever performance in this year’s IIAG. But these figures, of course, also reveal the challenges of sustaining progress and underline that an equitable allocation of resources must be a priority for policy and decision makers.”The importance of governance in the 21st century could not be underestimated, said De Kock. “In the past decade, African economies have grown at rates of more than 5%. This brings about social change which, in turn, calls on governments to implement more effective governance systems to serve the needs of changing economies and societies.”Looking at its demographic profile, South Africa was unique on the continent in that approximately 60% of its population was urbanised, he pointed out. “This implies that governance systems at a local level should be geared to serve the needs of the increasing numbers of people living in the urban areas. However, this also means that the country will have to be responsive to the governance needs of the 40% rural citizens and this is precisely [why] South Africa’s ranking in the rural sector still has a lot of room for improvement.”The IIAG and the country performance table are frameworks for citizens, governments, institutions and business to assess the delivery of public goods and services, and policy outcomes, in every African country. They are tools with which to govern, highlighting continental, regional, national and thematic governance results.“Brand South Africa has welcomed the IIAG findings and believes that over and above the peer review mechanisms already in place in Africa, independent studies such as these will boost the positive trajectory of the continent as a destination for inward flows of investment and tourism,” De Kock concluded.Established in 2007, the IIAG is the most comprehensive collection of quantitative data on governance in Africa, according to its website. It is compiled in partnership with experts from a number of the continent’s institutions and provides an annual assessment of governance in every African country. IIAG data are classified in four categories:• Safety and rule of law;• Participation and human rights;• Sustainable economic opportunity; and,• Human development.
The Stingrays claimed the overall regional championship by just five points from the Vipers, who they met in both the Premier and B Division grand finals. The Vipers got one back on their rivals however, causing a major upset in the B Division grand final, 5-4.In the Premier Division, both the Stingrays and the Vipers were evenly matched throughout the season, finishing the round games on even points. The two teams met once during the season prior to the grand final, with the Vipers beating the Stingrays 4-2 in round three. The Stingrays got out to an impressive start in the final, taking a 4-1 lead before heavy rain set in. The Vipers made the most of the conditions, scoring twice to get themselves back into the game before two more touchdowns to the Stingrays put the game beyond doubt, winning by three touchdowns.In the B Division, the Stingrays were favourites going into the final, having not lost a game throughout the season. This didn’t bother the Vipers however, who went to the half time break leading 3-2. Both teams scored twice in the second half, with the Stingrays unable to capitalise on good field position in the dying seconds to give the Vipers a one touchdown win. The South West Wolves’ Gino Geracitano and the Central Scorpions’ Caroline Pillman were rewarded for their strong seasons in the Premier Division, taking out the Most Valuable Player award. The Vipers’ Stuart Gregory and the Wolves’ Tara Naige were named the best players in the B Division, while Chris Denison-Smith was awarded the MVP for the best referee.VT LeagueThe Port Melbourne Soccer Club will host the finals series of the VT League on Saturday, 28 November 2009.The final rounds of the VT League were hosted by Bendigo Touch Association, with teams determined to finish the regular season in the best ladder position heading into finals. In round 14 of the Men’s Division, the Bayside Vipers were five touchdown winners over the Uni Blues, while the Northern Falcons and the Western Dodgers were both 9-6 winners over the Casey Cougars and the Melbourne City Lions respectively. In round 15 of the Men’s Division, the Blues were four touchdown winners over the Cougars, as were the Vipers over the Lions. The Dodgers were also winners in the final round, with their 10-7 win over the Falcons. After 15 rounds, the Vipers finished the season on top of the ladder, with 13 wins and two losses. The Dodgers finished in second position, with 10 wins and 5 losses from the 15 games, followed by the Blues in third position – just missing out on a top two finish by two points. The Lions finished in fourth place, closely followed by the Cougars in fifth, while the Northern Falcons finished in sixth position. In round 14 of the Women’s division, the Lions continued their dominance, recording their 14th consecutive win of the season over the Dodgers, 13-3. The Vipers also continued their good form, with their 5-1 win over the third placed Blues. The Falcons were also winners in round 14, with their seven touchdown win over the Cougars. In the final round of the Women’s division, the Vipers ensured that the Lions wouldn’t head into finals undefeated, winning by two touchdowns. The Blues cemented third spot on the ladder, with their three touchdown win over the fourth placed Falcons. The Dodgers were also winners in the final round, with their 5-3 win over the Cougars. Despite their round 15 loss, the Lions finished the season on the top of the ladder with 14 wins and one loss, closely followed by the Vipers with 12 wins and three losses. The Blues sit four points behind the Vipers on 35 points, with the Falcons finishing the season with four wins and 11 losses. The Dodgers finished with three win and 12 losses, while the Cougars finished in sixth position. In addition to rounds 14 and 15 of the VT League, Bendigo’s first ‘take away’ 20/20 Mixed Touch competition was also held last weekend.The 20/20 concept has been popular in Victoria, with tournaments being played in Traralgon and Bendigo in conjunction with the VT League throughout the season. With a maximum of seven players per team, the tournament is run as per the TFA drop off rules. The draw is random and drawn from a hat. Each team has three lives and once they have been beaten three times they are eliminated. A big day of finals will take place on Saturday, 28 November with elimination, semi and grand finals to be played in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. The finals will commence at 2.00pm, with the Women’s elimination finals. In the first elimination final, the Falcons will take on the Dodgers, while the Blues will play the Cougars in the second elimination final. The Women’s semi finals will follow at 4.00pm, with the Lions to meet the winner of the Falcons versus Dodgers game, while the Vipers will play the winner of the Blues versus Cougars match. The grand final will be played at 6.00pm.The Men’s finals will begin at 3.00pm, with the Lions taking on the Cougars, and the Blues to play the Falcons in the elimination finals. The Men’s semi finals will be played after the Women’s semis, with the Vipers to play the winner of the Lions versus Cougars game, while the Dodgers will meet the winner of the Falcons versus Blues match. The Men’s grand final will be played at 7.00pm, with presentations to follow at the conclusion of the final. For more information, please visit the following websites:www.vtleague.com.auwww.victouch.com.auACT Super LeagueIt is also finals time in the ACT Super League, with the Canberra City Bears and the UC Otters qualifying for the grand final in the Women’s and Men’s grand finals respectively in two weeks time. In the Women’s division, round four saw the Canberra City Bears beat the previously undefeated Tuggeranong Valley Vikings by two touchdowns. In the other match, the Woden Eagles were 6-4 winners over the UC Otters.In round five, the Bears continued their impressive form, beating the Eagles by five touchdowns, while the Vikings were two touchdown winners over the Otters. In the final round of the regular season, the Bears were three touchdown winners over the Otters, while the Eagles and the Vikings played out a four-all draw. After six rounds, the Bears finished the season on top of the Super League ladder, with five wins and one loss. After winning their first three games of the season, the Vikings followed closely on 18 points, with four wins, one loss and one draw from their six games. The Eagles sit in third position, with the Otters in fourth place on the ladder. The Vikings will face the Eagles in the qualifying final on Thursday, 26 November 2009, with the winner to meet the Bears in the grand final on Thursday, 10 December at Deakin Touch fields. In the Men’s division, the Vikings were big winners in round four, with their seven touchdown win over the Bears. In the other match, the Otters defeated the Eagles 7-3.In round five, the Bears received their second big loss in a row, losing to the Eagles by 12 touchdowns. The Vikings and the Otters played out a seven-all draw in the other match of round five. In the final round of the season, the Otters continued their undefeated streak, beating the Bears by three touchdowns, while the Eagles defeated the Vikings 8-5. The Otters finished the six rounds with four wins and two draws, closely followed by the Eagles. The Vikings finished in third position, while the Bears finished in fourth place on the ladder. Like in the Women’s division, the Vikings will play the Eagles in the qualifying final, with the winner to take on the Otters in the grand final. For more information, please visit the following website:www.acttouch.com.auCMI TOYOTA STATE LEAGUERESULTSPREMIER DIVISION GRAND FINALEastern Stingrays 6 def Northern Vipers 3B DIVISION GRAND FINALNorthern Vipers 5 def Eastern Stingrays 4VT LEAGUERESULTSWOMEN’S – ROUND 14Northern Falcons 10 def Casey Cougars 3Bayside Vipers 5 def Uni Blues 1Western Dodgers 3 def by Melbourne City Lions 13WOMEN’S – ROUND 15Melbourne City Lions 3 def by Bayside Vipers 5Casey Cougars 3 def by Western Dodgers 5Uni Blues 10 def Northern Falcons 7 MEN’S – ROUND 14Uni Blues 3 def by Bayside Vipers 8Northern Falcons 9 def Casey Cougars 6Melbourne City Lions 6 def by Western Dodgers 9MEN’S – ROUND 15Western Dodgers 10 def Northern Falcons 7Bayside Vipers 10 def Melbourne City Lions 6Casey Cougars 3 def by Uni Blues 7ACT SUPER LEAGUEWOMEN’S – ROUND FOURCanberra City Bears 5 def Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 3UC Otters 4 def by Woden Eagles 6WOMEN’S – ROUND FIVECanberra City Bears 8 def Woden Eagles 3Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 6 def UC Otters 4WOMEN’S – ROUND SIXCanberra City 8 def UC Otters 5Woden Eagles 4 drew with Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 4MEN’S – ROUND FOURCanberra City Bears 4 def by Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 11UC Otters 7 def Woden Eagles 3MEN’S – ROUND FIVECanberra City Bears 2 def by Woden Eagles 14Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 7 drew with UC Otters 7MEN’S – ROUND SIXCanberra City Bears 4 def by UC Otters 7Woden Eagles 8 def Tuggeranong Valley Vikings 5