South Pasadena, Blackboard to Launch Emergency Notification System

first_img 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Government South Pasadena, Blackboard to Launch Emergency Notification System City residents can register their contact information and preferences to receive urgent notifications and important updates Published on Monday, June 16, 2014 | 11:26 am Community News Subscribe Business News The City of South Pasadena has partnered with Blackboard Connectâ„¢, a leading mass notification platform, to launch Connect South Pasadena, the City’s emergency notification system. The first community-wide test call will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014.The City of South Pasadena implemented Connect South Pasadena so city officials can stay connected to residents and efficiently provide them with direction in the event of an earthquake, fire or other public emergency. Using Connect South Pasadena, City officials can record and send personalized voice messages to home phones, businesses, local agencies and mobile phones in just minutes. The service also sends email, text messages (SMS) to mobile phones and posts on Facebook and Twitter channels. Messages can also be sent to TTY/TDD devices for people who are hearing impaired.“Keeping our community safe and informed is our top priority, which is why we need to be able to communicate with residents quickly in an urgent situation,” said Sergio Gonzalez, City Manager of South Pasadena. “Connect South Pasadena enables us to communicate efficiently with residents in just a matter of minutes, helping save valuable time, use resources efficiently and protect our community.”City officials can target each message to an unlimited number of groups. Authorized users can also use the system’s geo-mapping and group subscription features to contact residents based on specific geographical locations and interests, helping ensure recipients receive relevant, targeted information.Publicly available primary residential and business phones in the City of South Pasadena will automatically be included in the system. However, to ensure the city has the most up-to-date contact information, including cell phone numbers and email addresses, residents should visit the city website ( and click on the link that says “Sign Up Now for Connect South Pasadena,” and provide their complete contact information.Users can also manage their message preferences by indicating their preferred mode of contact, language and message topics. Those without Internet access are encouraged to call the City Manager’s Office at (626) 403-7210 to provide their current information. Residents with call blocking services should add (626) 403-7200 to their approved number list to ensure they receive important notifications from the city. First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Boost your health with a big dose of gratitude

first_img February 1, 2005 Regular News Boost your health with a big dose of gratitude Elizabeth Heubeck WebMD Health What would happen if we extended the tradition of giving thanks, typically celebrated just once a year during the holiday season, throughout the entire year? Such gratitude would be rewarded with better health, say researchers.No pill? No strict diet or exercise regimen? Can just a positive emotion such as gratitude guarantee better health? It may be a dramatic departure from what we’ve been taught about how to get healthier, but the connection between gratitude and health actually goes back a long way.“Thousands of years of literature talk about the benefits of cultivating gratefulness as a virtue,” says University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons. Throughout history, philosophers and religious leaders have extolled gratitude as a virtue integral to health and well-being. Now, through a recent movement called positive psychology, mental health professionals are taking a close look at how virtues such as gratitude can benefit our health. And they’re reaping some promising results. Benefits of Gratitude Grateful people — those who perceive gratitude as a permanent trait rather than a temporary state of mind — have an edge on the not-so-grateful when it comes to health, according to Emmons’ research on gratitude. “Grateful people take better care of themselves and engage in more protective health behaviors like regular exercise, a healthy diet, regular physical examinations,” Emmons tells WebMD. Stress Buster It’s no secret that stress can make us sick, particularly when we can’t cope with it. It’s linked to several leading causes of death, including heart disease and cancer, and claims responsibility for up to 90 percent of all doctor visits. Gratitude, it turns out, can help us better manage stress. “Gratitude research is beginning to suggest that feelings of thankfulness have tremendous positive value in helping people cope with daily problems, especially stress,” Emmons says. Immune Booster Grateful people tend to be more optimistic, a characteristic that researchers say boosts the immune system. “There are some very interesting studies linking optimism to better immune function,” says Lisa Aspinwall, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Utah. In one, researchers comparing the immune systems of healthy, first-year law students under stress found that, by midterm, students characterized as optimistic (based on survey responses) maintained higher numbers of blood cells that protect the immune system, compared with their more pessimistic classmates.Optimism also has a positive health impact on people with compromised health. In separate studies, patients confronting AIDS, as well as those preparing to undergo surgery, had better health outcomes when they maintained attitudes of optimism. Gratitude in the Face of Loss Even in the face of tremendous loss or tragedy, it’s possible to feel gratitude. In fact, adversity can boost gratitude, recent findings show. In a Web-based survey tracking the personal strengths of more than 3,000 American respondents, researchers noted an immediate surge in feelings of gratitude after Sept. 11, 2001.Why would such a tragic event provoke gratitude, and what is its impact? Christopher Peterson, Ph.D., the University of Michigan psychologist who posted the survey, attributes this surge in gratitude among Americans post 9/11 to a sense of increased belonging. These feelings offered more than community building. Gratitude in the aftermath of 9/11 helped buffer people against the negative effects of stress, making them less likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, explains Emmons. Who Feels Gratitude? How is it that some people manage to feel grateful in the face of challenging life circumstances, while others sink into despair? “So much of gratitude is about one’s perspective and framework for looking at the world and at self. People who tend to be more mindful of the benefits they’ve received tend to focus their attention outward,” Emmons explains.You don’t need to have a lot to be mindful of what you’ve got, according to Edward Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, who has studied extensively life satisfaction of people from various cultures. Not surprising, he found that people in India living in poverty report low levels of life satisfaction. However, a high percentage of people in affluent Japan do, too. Diener suggests that, for the Japanese, their culture’s emphasis on materialism is to blame.Who, then, has a high level of life satisfaction, if not the very poor or the very rich? The middle class do, according to Diener’s findings — particularly those who have risen from poverty. Moreover, he reports that the people of Ireland, a country boasting a “count your blessings” culture, report high levels of life satisfaction. As for a group of multimillionaires from the Forbes 400 list? They weren’t much happier than the average suburbanite. Cultivating Gratitude Income level is by no means the only measure of satisfaction with one’s lot in life. “There tends to be higher levels of optimism among people who have faced losses early in life, suggesting that adversity can promote personal growth over time,” Aspinwall tells WebMD. But you don’t have to wait for a tragedy to grow your feelings of gratitude. You can start today. Here’s how:• Maintain a gratitude journal. Emmons’ research showed that people who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercise more regularly, report fewer physical symptoms, feel better about their lives as a whole, and maintain greater optimism about the future.• Create a list of benefits in your life and ask yourself, “To what extent do I take these for granted?” Some people need such concrete visual reminders to maintain mindfulness of their gratitude, explains Emmons.• Talk to yourself in a creative, optimistic, and appreciative manner, suggests Sam Quick, PhD, of the University of Kentucky. This could entail simply reflecting on things for which you’re grateful or, if you’re facing a challenging situation, seeing how it can ultimately be beneficial. For instance, having to cope with particularly difficult people in your job or neighborhood can improve your patience and understanding.• Reframe a situation by looking at it with a different, more positive attitude, offers Quick. He provides this example: Rather than seeing his 6-year-old daughter as cranky, irritable, and troublesome, a father might reach the conclusion that the youngster is tired and needs rest.Not convinced these simple gratitude-enhancing strategies can improve your overall health and well-being? “Try it out for yourself. What’s the alternative? I think gratitude is the best approach to life,” Emmons says. SOURCES: Robert Emmons, Ph.D., psychology professor and researcher, University of California, Davis. Christopher Peterson, Ph.D., University of Michigan psychologist. Lisa Aspinwall, Ph.D., psychology professor, University of Utah. Edward Diener, Ph.D., psychology professor, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Sam Quick, Ph.D., human development & family relations specialist, University of Kentucky. This column first appeared on the WebMD Health Web site at and is published here with permission by the Bar’s Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at Boost your health with a big dose of gratitudelast_img read more

Serena dumped out of Aussie Open

first_imgRelatedPosts Serena pulls out of Italian Open Serena heads to French Open with time running out for number 24 China waste treatment plant fined $16m for dumping untreated waste Serena Williams suffered her earliest exit from the Australian Open in 14 years, falling to a shock defeat to China’s Wang Qiang in a stunning third-round upset. The American’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title ended with a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 defeat to Wang. When they met at the US Open last summer, Wang won just one game and 15 points, but it was a completely different story this time as the 27th seed claimed the win of her life as well as leaving Williams’ dreams in tatters. Williams was highly critical of her own performance after making 56 unforced errors, saying: “I was optimistic I would be able to win. I thought, ‘OK now finish this off’. I honestly didn’t think I was going to lose that match. “I just made far too many errors to be a professional athlete today. “If we were just honest with ourselves, it’s all on my shoulders. I lost that match. It’s not about the tournament, it’s just like I can’t play like that. I literally can’t do that again. That’s unprofessional. It’s not cool.” Williams won her first tournament in three years in Auckland earlier this month and arrived in Melbourne with a determined intensity that seemed to indicate she was ready to put four recent grand slam final losses behind her. It would have been fitting, meanwhile, had the 38-year-old finally moved level with Margaret Court in Melbourne as the tournament marks the 50th anniversary of her calendar Grand Slam. Wang is a much better player than she showed in New York but few would have given the 28-year-old much of a chance of reversing the result. But, the more Williams was unable to pull away from Wang, the more the tension in her body grew. The Chinese player broke serve in the ninth game of the opening set and served it out, but Williams showed just how much she wanted to win the match early in the second. A shot striking the top of the net and dropping over resulted in the American roaring and clenching her fist, the customary apology nowhere to be seen. Wang gave her opponent a glance but kept her focus on directing balls into the corners and drawing errors. There were plenty and, when Wang broke to lead 3-2 in the second set, it became clear this was more than just a wobble for the seven-time Melbourne champion. Wang missed a chance to move 5-2 ahead but still had the opportunity to serve for the match at 5-4. But the American’s champion mentality kicked in and she played her best game of the match to break back, clinching it with a forehand winner at the end of a 24-shot rally and holding her arms aloft in celebration. When the eighth seed won the tie-break comfortably, it seemed the danger had been averted, but Wang had other ideas and she kept her nose in front during the third set. She had a chance to break for 5-3 but that was saved by Williams, who held serve comfortably to stay in the match at 4-5. It was a different story two games later, however, the errors returning and offering up two match points. For the first time tension turned Wang’s arm into lead but a third chance arrived and this time Williams netted a backhand. Asked if Wang could believe what she had done, she replied simply: “Yes.” “I think my team always believed I can do,” she added. “After last time I did really hard work on court and off the court. “During the second set I was a little bit confused. I had to be calm. My mind always told me I had to focus on every point and trust myself.”Tags: Australian OpenChinaSerena WilliamsWang Qianglast_img read more

Syracuse’s offense quiet again in 4-2 loss to Colgate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2019 at 7:05 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] After Duke swept Syracuse in a doubleheader on Saturday to take the weekend series, SU head coach Shannon Doepking said the Orange lacked fight at the plate and didn’t make the necessary adjustments to the Blue Devils’ pitching staff.On Wednesday, Syracuse’s offense went quiet again. Colgate (18-21, 3-6 Patriot) jumped out to an early lead on Peyton Schnackenberg, and SU (18-23, 7-8 Atlantic Coast) dropped its third-straight game, 4-2, to the Raiders. The medley of injuries of late have forced multiple players to shift around the field and the lineup.Lailoni Mayfield, who has played the majority of the season at third base, shifted to center field in place of the injured Toni Martin. Jessica Skladal had started in center on Saturday, but she went back to her normal position in left field. Alex Acevedo played third base in place of the injured Hannah Dossett, sliding Anya Gonzalez to first. Despite all of the changes, the Orange mustered just two runs, leaving nine runners on base.With Sophie Dandola’s absence from the team, Syracuse’s pitching depth is also thin. The Orange turned to Schnackenberg, who lasted just 2.1 innings, allowing four earned runs and eight hits. Miranda Hearn shined in relief, completing the game without allowing another run, but the lead was too big for the lackluster SU offense to overcome.As Hearn continued to record outs, the Orange did the same at the plate and on the basepaths. With runners on second and third, Syracuse appeared to score its first run on a sacrifice fly, but Acevedo was ruled out after leaving third base early. AJ Kaiser struck out, and SU ended the second scoreless.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the fourth, SU had runners on first and second with two outs, but catcher Gianna Carideo grounded out to second. The Orange finally posted a run in the fifth after an Alicia Hansen double, bringing the tying run to the plate with two runners on and two outs. Syracuse stranded both Bryce Holmgren and Hansen as Acevedo popped out in the infield.Even as the Orange added another in the seventh on a second Hansen double, they failed to convert again. As Acevedo came to the plate as the tying run, she grounded out, and a Kaiser line-out ended the game.SU returns to Skytop Softball Stadium for a three-game set with Pittsburgh this weekend. Commentslast_img read more

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train coming to Mason City, Charles City

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City’s mayor hopes a lot of people will turn out tonight for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop. Bill Schickel says the railway’s 21st annual tour through the United States and Canada to raise money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues will stop at the Canadian Pacific Depot at 904 South Pennsylvania tonight at 7:45.  “Railroads are big deal in Mason City. It’s a free event with a lot of good Canadian entertainment. I’m looking forward to it. You can make a donation to the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank. Railroads provide a lot of good paying jobs in Mason City and throughout the state of Iowa, and they provide very efficient and energy-efficient transportation, so this will be a great event.” The Holiday Train will also be performing at the intersection of Main Street and Grand Avenue in Charles City tomorrow morning at 8:30.last_img read more

Franklin County reports another COVID-19 death

first_imgMitchell76 DeathsNew Winnebago34244.15 Butler96284.21 Worth61 Franklin51 Cerro Gordo2421541.94 Area Total811108257.16 Butler476758.77 Kossuth41552.56 Butler2 Total % Recovered Cerro Gordo17 Wright4443 Floyd2 Worth Winnebago772 Hancock477059.83 Hancock2 Wright3707416.67 Mitchell6686.84 Cerro Gordo577(-7) Mitchell Floyd666348.84 Area Total189313 Worth154675.4center_img DES MOINES — Franklin County has had another death attributed to COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Public Health’s website now lists five total deaths in Franklin County as of 11 o’clock this morning. That brings the area’s coronavirus death toll to 29 — 17 in Cerro Gordo; five in Franklin; two each in Butler, Floyd and Hancock; and one in Wright.13 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in our listening area in the 24-hour period leading up to 11 o’clock this morning — three each in Floyd and Wright; two each in Franklin and Winnebago; and single cases in Butler, Hancock and Kossuth. The Iowa Department of Public Health has reidentified seven cases from Cerro Gordo County’s total and moved those to other counties.The total number of COVID-19 cases in the KGLO listening area stands at 1893, with 1082 of those since July 1st, or 57%.43 more people locally have recovered to bring the area total to 1221, or 64.5%.Looking at the state numbers as of 11 o’clock this morning — seven more deaths were reported for a total of 885; 181 more cases have been identified for a total of 45,982; 821 more people have recovered for a total of 33,923, or  just under 74%. Worth22136.06 Hancock1171 Franklin7714365 Cerro Gordo10247582.32 Kossuth Area Total12214364.5 Kossuth324658.97 Kossuth781 Winnebago Cases before July 1New since July 1% since July 1 Mitchell294761.84 Wright1 Area Total29 Franklin1471366.82 Winnebago265166.23 RecoveredNew Recovered Hancock92478.63 Franklin2202 Wright391188.06 Floyd9069.77 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Floyd1293 Butler1141last_img read more

FoodBank Collects More than 10 Tons of Food

first_imgThe FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties has reported its 2013 Monmouth County Food Drive, which included the Monmouth County Library’s Food For Fines program, collected 20,448 pounds of food during the month of April.Eastern Branch Library Manager Janet Kranis, left, and Freeholder Lillian G. Burry donate food at the Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury during the April Food For Fines drive.Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the library, and Monmouth County Library Commission Chair Renee B. Swartz offered their thanks to all the generous library patrons who donated to the Food For Fines drive.All food donated will go to support the more than 200 charities that the FoodBank serves.The library’s highly successful Food for Fines program first ran in 2006 as a way to commemorate National Library Week.“The library’s Food For Fines program began seven years ago as a most useful and active way to commemorate National Library Week,” said Burry, liaison to the library.In return for a donation of food, the library forgives overdue fines. Two years ago, during just one week, the library collected more than six tons of food items for local food pantries. Last year in conjunction with other Monmouth County departments and as part of National County Government Month, the library expanded its Food for Fines program for the entire month of April. This year the program ran through April again.last_img read more

Wade, Chirico pace Bombers to 5-1 win over Rockers

first_imgThe Bombers looked strong on the home pitch at Lakeside, scoring early and often.Naomi Perkins scored the other goal for the Bombers.”There was amazing mid field work by Allie Zondervan and Abbie Bourchier-Willans while keeper Tara Yowek  was outstanding in the net,” said coach Val Gibson.The winner of Tuesday’s semi final advances to meet the Rossland Royals in the West Kootenay Final Thursday (October 25) at Pass Creek.The zone winner qualifies for the B.C. High School AA Fieldhockey Championships in Burnaby.The loser plays a backdoor game into the provincials against Fraser Valley No. 2 in Kelowna October 30. Sarah Wade and Chiara Chirico each scored twice sparking the  L.V. Rogers Bombers to a convincing 5-1 decision over the Stanley Humphries Rockers in West Kootenay Fieldhockey League action Wednesday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.The game was a preview to the West Kootenay semi final set for Tuesday at Pass Creek in Castlegar.last_img read more

Talks between writers, studios stall

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe sticking points include a proposal to delay paying residuals on movies and TV shows until producers have recouped their costs, guild negotiators said. The guild also is proposing doubling payments on profits made from DVD sales and providing union pay and benefits to writers working in reality television and on basic cable shows. The two sides also remain far apart when it comes to setting pay for reality TV shows, and for work distributed online and to portable devices such as cell phones. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Talks between Hollywood writers and studios abruptly broke off for the weekend, dimming hopes of averting a strike that could cripple the television industry. The Writers Guild of America has been in talks since July with studios represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Negotiations lasted only about an hour on Friday and were not scheduled to resume until Tuesday. In statements Friday, each side accused the other of intransigence and expressed frustration at the sluggish pace of negotiations. The writers’ contract expires Oct. 31. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks, and losses to the industry were put at $500 million. last_img read more

Everman named to senior position at Ohio Farm Bureau

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Rebecca EvermanRebecca Everman of Westerville has been named Senior Executive Assistant and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.Everman’s senior officer position includes being the communications liaison between the Board of Trustees, management, and high level external partners. She also assists Executive Vice President Adam Sharp with administrative duties.Sharp said the search to fill the important position was extensive. “For 18 years, Rebecca has been a key contributor to the OFBF communications team. Her record of excellent work positioned her well for this new role.”Since 2010, Everman served as executive assistant to OFBF’s vice president of communications and previously served 10 years as an administrative assistant. She was raised on an Illinois farm and received a diploma from Indiana Business College. Her civic engagement includes the Blendon Township Parks Advisory Committee and the Blendon Township Community Outreach, Prevention and Education program. She and her husband, James, are the parents of two children. They are members of Westerville Christian Church.last_img read more