Get Your Short Poem Displayed on Sidewalks for Spring Arts Walk

first_imgFacebook79Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaPoet Laureate Amy Solomon-Minarchi and the City of Olympia are seeking submissions of short poems (3-6 lines) to be displayed on city sidewalks during Spring Arts Walk 2017.The featured poems will be “painted” using a water resistant coating so that the poems will become visible when it rains. The poems selected will portray positive messages of art, life and nature.Please submit poems via email to with “Writing in the Rain Submission-(your name)” in the title of the e-mail. Deadline for receipt of submissions is Monday, April 10, 2017.For more information about the City of Olympia Poet Laureate Program, please visit

Ice shock league-leading Cariboo Cougars

first_imgCranbrook’s Korbyn Chabot, with a pair, Kadrian Klimchuk of Castlegar, Evan Gorman of Trail and Brendan Mckay of Trail also scored for Kootenay.Justin Almedia scored twice to lead the Cougars.Cariboo opened the two-game set Saturday with a 7-1 trashing of Kootenay.The Cougars led 3-0 after one period and 5-0 following two frames.Klimchuk scored the lone goal for the Ice.Solomon Burk of Castlegar and Jason Mailhiot of Trail played goal for Kootenay.The Ice return to action Saturday when the club host the South Island Royals at 12:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Game two of the series goes Sunday at 8 a.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Kootenay Ice snapped a five-game losing streak in 2015 after surprising Cariboo Cougars 7-5 in BC Hockey Major Midget League action Sunday in Prince George.Shawn Campbell of Castlegar scored the winner with five minutes left in the game to secure the shocking victory over one of the elite teams in the BCMMHL.The Cougars lead the BCMMHL with a 12 point advantage over Vancouver Northwest Giants.Leading 5-2 after 40 minutes, Kootenay watched as the Cougars stormed back with three goals in a seven minute span to tie the game.However, Campbell scored an unassisted marker, and Aiden Browell added an empty net goal to lift the Ice to the hard-fought victory.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2015)–Irish-bred Ernest Shackleton sat a close third early and ran gamely late to win Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature by a half length, providing America’s Eclipse Award winning apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke with his first-ever win as a journeyman, covering one mile on turf in 1:36.16.Trained by Doug O’Neill, Ernest Shackleton wheeled three-wide turning for home to notch his first stateside win, which followed a non-threatening seventh place performance in his U.S. debut, the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes, on Dec. 27.“I thought Drayden rode a perfect race, he rode like a journeyman,” said the ever-complimentary O’Neill. “I just told him this horse has ‘Euro-tactical’ speed, which means you want to get him covered up, but keep after him. When he saw daylight, he came running.“As far as Drayden is concerned, I really think he’s a lot like Shoemaker. He’s small, light and he’s very quiet, on the horses he rides and with the people (he deals with). I sure wish him the best.”Off at 2-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds, Ernest Shackleton paid $6.60, $3.80 and $3.00,          following a claim of foul for interference in deep stretch from Elvis Trujillo, who rode the second place finisher, Verraco.“We did come out a little bit, we might have come out a path, but that’s about it,” said Van Dyke, who turned 20 in September. When asked how it felt to get his first win on his first day riding as a journeyman, Van Dyke responded simply, “It feels great.”Owned by R3 Racing, Cahill, Keh and partners, Ernest Shackleton got his second win from six starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased his earnings to $53,018.Off at 6-1, Verraco mounted a stretch rally on the far outside, but ended up second best, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of Dynamite Ride. Verraco paid $5.00 and $4.20.Off at 9-1 with Tyler Baze up, Dynamite Ride sat second to pacesetter Bluegrass Sight and tired late to finish third by a head over Bluegrass Sight and paid $5.40 to show.Even money favorite Willing to Travel stumbled at the break with Rafael Bejarano and was next to last after the first half mile. He made a menacing move around the far turn, but flattened out through the drive, finishing a non-theatening fifth.Fractions on the race were 23.64, 48.16, 1:12.18 and 1:24.11.Saturday is Sunshine Millions/California Cup Day at Santa Anita and there will be special early first post time at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. IRISH-BRED GETS FIRST STATESIDE WIN FOR O’NEILL AS HE COVERS MILE ON GRASS IN 1:36.16 –30–last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgWindies almost bottom of Test table DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Lowly ranked West Indies have experienced an 11-point slide and are in danger of replacing Bangladesh at the bottom of the table in the ICC Test team rankings. Bangladesh are breathing down the necks of the West Indies Test side, trailing them by just eight points, according to the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, which included the annual update, released yesterday. West Indies have retained eighth position, but have dropped from 79 points to 65. The gap between the Caribbean side and ninth-ranked Bangladesh has been slashed from 29 points to just eight points. The ICC says with the annual update the results from 2012-13 are no longer included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 series are weighted at 50 per cent. Meanwhile, Australia have opened up a six-point gap over India at the top of the rankings, while India now lead third-placed Pakistan by just one point. Wade ‘honoured’ to be Prince’s favourite player MIAMI (AP): Dwyane Wade says he’s feeling “all kinds of emotions” after hearing that he was Prince’s favourite basketball player. The Miami Heat star took to Twitter after hearing Prince’s comments in a 2012 Australian radio interview the late pop icon conducted with model Damaris Lewis. Wade tweeted that he knows he has fans and supporters around the world, but “hearing Prince say those words was an ultimate compliment”. Prince died last month at his Minnesota home at the age of 57. Bahamas FA backs Haven against FIFA ban NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC): The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) has thrown its support behind Lionel Haven, a former executive member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), who has been slapped with a five-year ban by FIFA, football’s governing body. “Lionel has worked with the BFA for a number of years,” Sealey said. “He was a dedicated and committed general secretary, who helped us achieve much of what we are being credited for today.” Haven, also a former Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) secretary general who has denied any wrong doing, was slapped with a fine of US$3000 in addition to the five-year ban. FIFA’s ethics committee says Haven has failed to disclose information on cash payments at a CFU event in 2011. “We are confident and satisfied that his involvement in this, is as he stated,” said Sealey. “I spoke to him immediately after having reported it and I’m satisfied that he had no involvement in this and we stand behind him.” The ban stems from the so-called cash for votes controversy, in which Caribbean football executives were handed US$40,000 stuffed in envelopes at an upscale hotel in Trinidad ahead of the 2011 FIFA presidential election.last_img read more

Beckham to receive UEFA President’s award

first_imgFormer England captain David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President’s Award in honor of his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who is now 43, will receive the award in Monaco later this year.ADVERTISEMENT “I have chosen David Beckham as the recipient of this year’s award because he has been a global ambassador for football, promoting the game and all its values in every corner of the planet,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.“His tireless humanitarian efforts, which have helped the lives of many children around the world, should also be celebrated. Beckham is a true football icon of his generation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Beckham won the Champions League with United in 1999 and later played for Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Madrid.He hung up his boots in 2013 and earlier this year was awarded an MLS franchise in Miami. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “During my career I always gave 100 percent and tried to uphold the values of teamwork and fair play and I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award,” said Beckham, who is now involved in charity work with UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund.“Many of the unforgettable moments I had on the pitch came in the UEFA Champions League such as that magic night in Barcelona in 1999 when we beat Bayern Munich in such dramatic fashion.”Last year’s UEFA President’s Award was given to former Italy star Francesco Totti. Other recent winners include Franz Beckenbauer and the late Johan Cruyff.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘I’ve waited for hours’: Fans left furious amid Asian Games ticket chaos ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Commerce Min. Eyes ‘Water Taxis’ for Commuters

first_imgCommerce and Industry Minister Axel Addy has proposed water taxis system that will help ease the transportation constraints that Liberians face in getting to their various destinations in the capital and its environs daily.Speaking during a press stakeout at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Monday, July 6, Min. Addy said that his wish for easing transportation woes of the population was that, by December this year, there would be water taxis on the Montserrado River Bay.“From the Caldwell Bridge to Montserrado Bay and from behind Matadi Estate area to the Montserrado Bay,” his dream is to see water taxis plying those routes. Both of these routes will converge on the waterfront alongside Slipway Community in Monrovia, according to Min. Addy.He told the Dutch delegation leader, Minister Lilianne Ploumen, who stood alongside him in the stakeout, that they had come to Liberia at a time when others were leaving Liberia because of the Ebola crisis. According to him, the health crisis has devastated the economy and has impacted negatively the lives of Liberians.Before speaking to reporters, Minister Addy did a power-point presentation in the C. Cecil Dennis Hall of the Ministry. The presentation, according to him, was a joint effort of a team comprising members from Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Commerce. The other entity part of the formulation was the National Investment Commission (NIC).He told the Dutch delegation that prior to 2014, the nation projected a GDP of over 8 percent. He listed some of Liberia’s major products to include rubber, cassava and iron ore. He, however, stated that the nation looks forward to explore other avenues.For her part, the Netherlands Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Lilianne Ploumen, who is leading the 30-plus Dutch entrepreneurs, stated that her investors have not come to Liberia for “quick wins. They are here for a long term commitment to the people and to invest in the economy of Liberia.” She further stated that they want to invest and become a part of the economic growth of Liberia.“As you mentioned, Mr. Minister, Liberia is opened for business; business that will foster inclusive economic growth,” she stated.She disclosed that the companies whose representatives came along are engaged in roads and infrastructure, health, agriculture, information technology sector, etc. Madam Ploumen also stated that the companies will invest in Liberia and will provide on-the-job training for young Liberians.She concluded by listing four key areas for cooperation between Liberia and the Netherlands: “One is the recently announced public-private partnership for infrastructure development support drive.” She disclosed that this was not initially opened to Liberia but she has now opened it to the country.In the second area, she said they have created a Dutch Cooperative Fund for small and medium enterprises, which will provide capital for these businesses.“We have opened up a scholarship to Liberia for its young people; and the fourth area that I have to mention is that, during my conversation that I had with my colleagues and with Madam President [Ellen Johnson Sirleaf], is that for Liberia to join in our ‘Addis Tax Initiative.’”According to her, this initiative, which will be presented at a conference in Addis, Ababa next week, will help to invest more in capacity building for developing countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Accused child rapist walks free

first_imgAfter almost nine years awaiting trial at the Demerara Assizes, Bishnauth Mohamed walked out of the Sexual Offences Court a free man on Monday following a unanimous not guilty verdict to an indictment of rape of a child under 16.Freed: Bishnauth MohamedHe was represented by attorney Maxwell McKay, while State attorney Lisa Cave prosecuted the case, and Justice Jo-Ann Barlow presided over the matter.Mohamed had stood accused of a raping a five-year-old girl at a community in East Demerara between September 1-30, 2010. The jury deliberated for over three hours, and when the panel returned the verdict, all 12 members were in agreement that the defendant was not guilty of his alleged crime.The former accused had always maintained that he was not guilty of the indictable offence for which he had been placed on bail. Court documents showed that while he was committed to stand trial in the High Court by Magistrate Sueanna Lovell in 2014, the deposition was filed nearly three years later, in 2017.Guyana Times reported on Monday that some 61 per cent of the cases at the Demerara Assizes relate to matters of sexual offences.last_img read more

Moruca Maternal Waiting Home to be constructed this year

first_img… Mabaruma Hospital to be Regional Teaching facility – RHOThe construction of the eagerly anticipated Maternal Waiting Home, which was approved for Moruca, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), is expected to commence later in the year.Regional Engineer for Regional Democratic Council Region One, Murwin AllisonThis was according to the Regional Health Officer (RHO), Dr Latchmie Lall, who said that despite the long wait, she is confident that the project will start this year.Dr Lall said that while the project had not yet been awarded, the engineer’s estimate is $40 million and hopefully, once the National Procurement and Tender Board moves swiftly on it, it will be awarded, thus ensuring that work can commence.“The engineer estimate has been completed and the last thing that I am aware of is that it was at the National Tender Board so we in Health Services is anxiously awaiting the awarding of this contract so that work can commence as the residents are eager to have this home constructed,” she said.The Maternal Waiting Home is expected to accommodate the high number of women who are turning up pregnant in Region One with the primary objective of serving as a transition point between the hinterland residents as they await delivery.As such, it will contain 14 beds along with other rooms to address several maternal-related issues. The Waiting Home is also geared at reducing several challenges that women face at home while waiting to deliver, thus enhancing the region’s delivery record.The RHO said the construction of the home will further enhance health care, noting that a number of women who are living in far-flung communities usually encounter severe challenges when they are approaching their delivery dates and it would ensure that they can access a safe delivery as they would be surrounded by professional medical help.“This Maternal and Waiting Home is critically important to Region One as we have had some deaths and other challenges over the years and it is our view that with the completion of the waiting home it would certainly enhance deliveries of babies,” Dr Lall said.Meanwhile, Regional Executive Officer, Randy Storm said that the Maternal Waiting Home is an eagerly anticipated project for Region One. He said that the National Procurement and Tender Board is expected to award this project soon and anticipates that with the completion of the project it will certainly boost health care in the region.“This is a critically important project for Region One and we are confident that it will boost health care within the region. This is an eagerly anticipated project for Region One and we are confident that a significant number of women will certainly benefit from this project,” the REO said.REO Storm stressed that the Waiting Home continues to be one of the region’s top 2020 priority projects. He further disclosed that another major project that is expected to be completed early this year is a Conference Hall.The hall is being constructed to the tune of $10.958 million and is being constructed by Yahweh Conglomerate. Engineer Murwin Allison said that the project is moving ahead nicely and he is satisfied with the quality of work thus far.This project, the REO said, will help in enhancing and improving health care. Dr Lall in commenting on this project said that these projects are all geared at significantly boosting health care in Region One. She disclosed that the Mabaruma Hospital is looking to become a regional teaching hospital in 2020.“Once we can put the necessary accommodations in place, we can have consultants and student residents coming at intervals to be a part of Mabaruma Regional Hospital. We also want to have our theatre up and functioning, which will offer surgical services to the region,” Dr Lall stressed.The RHO said that plans are afoot to have an ICU unit established. This, she said, will increase the hospital’s capabilities in addressing increased medical challenges facing patients, thus the establishment of the Intensive Care Unit. She said that with the ICU, the hospital will better handle increased medical difficulties.“We are also hoping that with approval from the budget committee in having the ICU unit up and functional as well next year at Mabaruma Regional Hospital. We have recently completed a lab at Mathews Ridge there is a district hospital, so we are looking to have an X-ray machine coming there and a number of other small services being provided in the Matarkai subdistrict,” the RHO opined.Dr Lall reiterated that the Port Kaituma Regional Hospital should be completed shortly, disclosing that the staff would be able to move over and occupy the new facility. “We were given a deadline of November this year, but I think that we might be having some setbacks and hopefully we should have this hospital ready by the end of December 2019,” she declared.last_img read more

Choosing a way to choose the mayor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Weste said residents need to know the system in place is functioning very well, and they would also need to know the potential impacts of what would change if their leader is elected. The discussion about what to do if Smyth exits for Sacramento would be timely when “we know if Cameron is or isn’t moving ahead with a higher position,” she said. Weste said the council could possibly operate with four members, but she recommends exploring what other municipalities have done under similar circumstances to weigh the options. Weste and council members Marsha McLean and Frank Ferry are running for re-election. Council members will vote Tuesday on whether voters should decide in April 2008 whether they prefer a directly elected mayor, and if so, whether the job should span a two-year or four-year term. McLean questions changing a system that has worked since the city was established in 1987. SANTA CLARITA – Beyond next month’s Santa Clarita City Council election – in which three of five members are battling for re-election – two other issues that could shape the panel already are on the table. On Tuesday, council members will consider whether voters should elect the mayor, rather than continue having the council choose its chief. And in November, should Councilman Cameron Smyth win his bid for state Assembly, the council has the choice of appointing his successor or calling a special election. The former would give the new council member the edge when the term expires in April 2008; the latter would cost taxpayers. “Something that entirely changes the political structure – the community’s representation – should be looked at by the community before the council makes any decisions,” Mayor Laurene Weste said. “For almost 20 years the city has thrived on a general law form of city (government),” she said. “I would hate to see another layer of politics thrown into the mix.” Her involvement in the League of California Cities, a statewide advocacy group, makes her appreciate the status quo in Santa Clarita. “I speak to council members and mayors where there are elected mayors, and the council members are always vying for position, there is always dissension. I don’t want to bring that here to Santa Clarita,” she said. McLean said filling Smyth’s seat would warrant much discussion, probably after the June primary when his status could be more clear. “There are so many questions, it’s never happened here before in this way that I can recall, she said. “If we do not have special election (because it is so) expensive, if we did decide we would choose someone I would want to make it a 5-0 vote.” She believes the council members would be able to reach consensus on a replacement because of the large pool of qualified candidates. McLean said appointing the person who comes in fourth in the City Council election in April would not be the automatic choice. Councilman Bob Kellar favors electing the mayor, with a few caveats. “My interpretation of an elected mayor is a person that would be available to citizens for the most part for (at least) a 40-hour workweek at City Hall and would carry out responsibilities of an elected mayor – not for the purpose of name only.” Some say Councilman Frank Ferry, who champions the elected mayor position, would be in the best position to nab the job because he has the biggest war chest. Ferry has said residents have the right to choose who represents them. The council has vetoed three efforts in the past decade – one floated by Ferry – to put the issue before voters. Bruce McFarland, president of Democratic Alliance for Action – a Santa Clarita Democrat club – has heard rumblings Ferry would like to see Ed Colley appointed to Smyth’s seat if it opens up. Colley, who has worked on Ferry’s campaigns and is a personal friend, serves on the Castaic Lake Water Agency board. Ferry said he favors electing the replacement to avoid any hint of a conflict. “I’d rather have a special election, place names on the ballot of who wants to run, and elect a mayor,” he said. “No matter who we put on there we’re going to get accusations about who’s there and who’s not there.” Since Santa Clarita was incorporated in 1987, the mayor’s job has generally rotated among the council members each year, except when politics stalled former Councilwoman Jill Klajic and current Councilwoman Marsha McLean’s turns. Votes of three council members are needed to select a mayor. Though Kellar is leaning toward an appointment if Smyth moves up to avoid the approximately $175,000 price tag of a special election, he says, he acknowledges it would come at its own price. “I also recognize it can be a politically volatile circumstance to make an appointment so I will be looking at this with a great deal of caution and concern,” he said. Some question whether Kellar would angle for the appointment of Mark Hershey, a challenger he endorses in the upcoming council race. Kellar says he would go along if the majority of council members wanted to appoint Hershey, but says he is not maneuvering for it. The ideal situation would be if a former council member would serve out Smyth’s term and walk away, Kellar said. “That would be the most neutral course of action we could take,” he said. “Absent that, I am fearful whoever we appoint it will be looked upon as a good ol’ boy appointment by the existing council.” He might end up favoring a special election as “possibly the most fair and appropriate course of action.” Smyth looks forward to discussing the elected mayor issue Tuesday and would not tip his hand in advance. “I’ve seen both sides and there are benefits to both sides. I want to make sure the structure of the city government does not change whether we have an elected mayor or not,” he said. On the matter of replacing him should that be necessary, Smyth was mute. “That’s a decision that’s up to the council to decide what’s best for the city,” he said. The primary for the state Assembly race will be held June 6. Eleven candidates are vying for three open City Council seats. The election will be held April 11. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LUH dealing with six flu cases a day as visitor ban continues

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital is dealing with an average of six new cases of flu every day as the crisis continues this week.The public is being urged not to visit the building, as visiting restrictions remain in place again this weekend.Seán Murphy General Manager Letterkenny University Hospital is calling for full cooperation with the safety measures, “We are appealing to people to co-operate with the visiting restrictions so that we can protect the many very sick patients in the hospital. “We are seeing on average 6 new cases of flu in the hospital every day. Patients with flu must be accommodated in isolation to prevent the spread of infection and this is putting severe pressure on the availability of beds for other seriously ill patients who need to be admitted for treatment.“We need the co-operation of the public to protect our patients and prevent the spread of infection from the flu and to minimise the chances of it being brought into the hospital.“Our staff are working very hard to care for the many seriously ill patients in the hospital and we need to do everything we can to support them and protect our patients from additional risks of the flu virus.“Anyone carrying the flu virus can spread it for 1-2 days before developing symptoms and up to 5 days after symptoms develop. You may be spreading the flu and not even know it.” Family will only be allowed to visit in exceptional cases.In exceptional cases only, family members may arrange with the ward manager to visit critically ill patients. To arrange a visit, please call the hospital on 074 9125888 and ask to be put through to the manager on the ward who will decide if a visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward or the welfare of the visitors.Mr Murphy added: “We are appealing to people to co-operate with hospital staff. Visitors who arrive without prior agreement from the ward manager will be asked to leave. This is a necessary to protect the many very sick patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. It is critical that their care and treatment is not further complicated by the flu.”LUH dealing with six flu cases a day as visitor ban continues was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more