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Mark Your Calendar for Olympia Third Thursday, February 21, 2019

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceDowntown Olympia’s Third Thursdays are a community celebration of local culture, art, food, music, and unique shopping experiences.Participating businesses give special Third Thursday discounts, extend happy hours and hold artist receptions. The streets are all set to live music from buskers and the mood is vibrant. Whether you make it a date night, a fun outing with friends or a family adventure, there is so much to discover downtown.A fun element of each Third Thursday is the Challenge Game! Stop by our info the corner of 4th & Washington and pick up a Challenge Game or pick up the Challenge Game at a Third Thursday business. Participants can visit each business to get another letter to solve the phrase of the month. Complete the phrase first and win! We love to see so many groups of friends and families return month after month to participate in the Challenge Game.Here are a few businesses that are participating this month:Three Magnets — Mention you’re in for Third Thursday and receive three 5 oz beer tasters!Budd Bay Bargains Too! Grand Opening at the Estate Store – The Estate Store is expanding its clothing section with a large selection of vintage and gently worn stylish clothing!Captain Little – Join Captain Little for sips & treats, and enjoy a night in community with downtown Olympia!Dillinger’s Cocktail Kitchen – Come imbibe on Third Thursday with Happy Hour extended until 8 p.m.!Batdorf & Bronson Coffee RoastersGallery BoomBittersweet ChocolatesHoly Lamb OrganicsRadiance Herbs & MassageCompass RoseBelleza RopaVoyeur Cafe & LoungeWHAT: Olympia’s Third ThursdayWHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2019. The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth, located in the US Bank parking lot from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.WHERE: Olympia’s Downtown.WHO: Presented by Providence Health Services and brought to the community by the Olympia Downtown Alliance and Mixx96FM. For more information about Third Thursday events, contact Brit Kramer, (360) 481-5010 or For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or tcutts@downtownolympia.orgThank you to our Challenge Game sponsor, HomeStreet Bank!Thank you to our Third Thursday presenting sponsor, Providence!About the Olympia Downtown AllianceThe Olympia Downtown Alliance does not discriminate in employment or the delivery of services and resources on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or national origin, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability.last_img read more

Young England stifle Neymar’s Brazil

first_imgBrazil’s Neymar takes the ball forward watched by England’s Joe Gomez, left, and England’s Eric Dier during the international friendly soccer match between England and Brazil at Wembley stadium in London, Britain, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)Neymar and his Brazil colleagues were held to a frustrating goalless draw after a spirited display by a callow England team in Tuesday’s friendly match at Wembley Stadium.Brazil coach Tite was able to name a first-choice starting XI, but despite the presence of Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho in the visitors’ line-up, they tested England goalkeeper Joe Hart only three times.ADVERTISEMENT For Gareth Southgate’s England, who were once again without stars such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling through injury, it was a second successive encouraging 0-0 draw following Friday’s stalemate with Germany.Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke’s appearance as a late substitute made him the sixth England player to have made his debut over the two games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“In terms of heart, resilience and spirit, it was up there with anything I’ve been involved in,” Southgate told ITV.“We’ve played the best two teams in the world and kept two clean sheets, which gives us something to build on.” 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 MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img There was a samba band in the away fans’ section and the visitors’ forward forays drew shrill cheers from their yellow-shirted compatriots in the stands, but Brazil’s football was all style and little substance.Jesus worked Hart with a near-post header from a Dani Alves cross 12 minutes in.Yet for all their back-heels and bravado, Brazil made few inroads, with Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar twice ballooning shots high into the seating behind Hart’s goal.England worked Brazil goalkeeper Alisson only once before half-time and he had little trouble fielding a rasping drive from Marcus Rashford.Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who had starred on his debut against Germany, would last only 34 minutes on his return to Wembley as injury obliged him to cede his place to Jesse Lingard.Brazil created their first clear chance early in the second period when Neymar’s pass freed Coutinho, only for the recalled Hart to block with his legs.Substitute Fernandinho went even closer with 14 minutes remaining, but after a surging run from halfway, his low 25-yard effort grazed the left-hand post.A spate of substitutions had the effect of opening up space in the England half, but still the hosts resisted.Ashley Young marked his return after four years in the international wilderness by sliding in to block from Willian seconds after coming on, while Hart stood up well to thwart Roberto Firmino from Neymar’s pass.Solanke, 20, might have claimed a famous winner at the death when Young’s deep cross from the left found him unmarked at the back post, but Alisson slid out bravely to block. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Federer beats Zverev to reach last four at ATP Finals While Southgate reflected with pride on his young team’s maturity, it was a case of back to the drawing board for Tite.Brazil have won 13 of their 17 games since he took charge in June 2016, but their failure to unsettle such green opponents raised questions about their prospects of a sixth World Cup triumph in Russia next year.“One team was proposing the game, trying to exert pressure in a high line and play with the ball,” Tite said.“The other team was defending more, playing more compact and waiting for a mistake to counter-attack.“In a match like this, we’ll have fewer opportunities. But although we had fewer opportunities than in other matches, we had the best ones. I can’t remember one or two chances for them that scared us.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

UNC’s Roy Williams falls near bench, helped off court

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title UFC fighter Johnny Walker hurts shoulder while celebrating KO victory Williams turned quickly after watching a 3-pointer by Coby White when he fell. He did not return for the start of the second half.The Tar Heels held a 35-33 lead on Clemson when Williams left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ North Carolina coach Roy Williams leaves the court before the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Clemson on Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Clemson, S.C. Williams collapsed with seconds left in the first half and was helped off of the court. Williams fell near the bench during the first half of a game Saturday and was led to the locker room. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)CLEMSON, S.C. — North Carolina coach Roy Williams fell near the bench during the first half of a game Saturday and was led to the locker room.Williams has been affected by episodes of light-headedness and vertigo in the past, including when he fell during a game in 2016. He was helped up after going down at Clemson on Saturday and taken off the court, escorted by team personnel. Williams was cheered on his way out and lifted his hand to acknowledge the applause.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Is Ebola a Curse From God or A Natural Disaster? (Part Five): Lessons to…

first_imgIn this fifth and concluding article of the series centered on the question of whether Ebola is a curse or a natural or man-made virus a particular attention is paid to the possible lessons we all as individuals, families, communities, religious institutions and nations can learn from the Ebola epidemic. What lessons can we learn from the Ebola disaster to make us better persons and a better nation? In what ways is the Ebola outbreak and the serious challenge it is posing to our existence an opportunity to change our attitudes and whole way of life for the better? Let us explore a bit below. The fourth article on human responsibility in dealing with the Ebola menace observed the following main points:Some believers wrongly think that human responsibility and divine support are incompatible. No, they are mistaken. The premise of this fourth article is that divine help and human efforts go hand in hand. We should not choose between the two. We make judicious use of both. We can always pray hard and equally work hard.The biggest challenge and gap in this fight against Ebola is to break the chain of transmission. We seem to be losing the fight as the rate of infection is increasing rapidly. To break the chain in transmission requires the involvement of everyone—especially individuals and communities. The outsiders can help with the building of more Ebola treatment centers, movement of equipment and medicines, lots of experts and preventive materials but the behavior change that is required has to be taught and effected by communities.Martin Luther King, Jr. once noted that to depend on our works and our works alone without any reference to God is atheism. Conversely, to sit and do nothing and expect God to do everything for us is not faith but presumption. Christianity is both trust in God and hard work. St. Augustine of Hippo put it like this: “Without God we cannot. Without us God will not”. In other words apart from God we can nothing. But though God can do without us, yet he has chosen to work with and through us mortals. What lessons then can we learn from the Ebola crisis to make us better?Joshua David Stone and Gloria Excelsias aver that every crisis is an opportunity: “Any crisis is an opportunity to change direction in your life”. They reveal that the word crisis is of Greek origin and it means “a turning point in a disease.” Their conclusion is: “So a crisis is truly an opportunity for a turning point in our lives”. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks of turning our liabilities into assets. He uses the perennial example of Helen Keller who lived in the late 1880’s and early 1900’s. Made blind and deaf by a debilitating disease at the age of nine, she rose above the challenges in those days of being blind and deaf to acquiring a university degree and becoming an author, a lecturer, and an activist for the disabled. She could have mourned and blamed other people for her condition. No, rather she worked extra hard and excelled above many normal persons! Some experts in how to turn problems into opportunities speak about “turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones” in going higher rather than lower.The question for those who are now experiencing the havoc of this deadly disease is “Will Ebola leave us the same unpatriotic, self-centered, polarized, and envious people or will it leave us a better united people”?I suggest a few cardinal lessons. Ebola is forcing us as nations to revisit our health systems and pay more attention to them by putting more money in them and managing them better for our own survival and means of growth and development. Ebola is teaching us about how to better care for our bodies and environments. Many of us were taught early on in life to wash our hands as often as possible and to keep our surroundings clean as a means of preventing a lot of diseases but we have been careless about putting these basic lessons into practice. Ebola is calling us back to those basics.Above all, Ebola is challenging us to dare to do things differently to what we are used to. If we who are naturally a touching (countless handshakes) and hugging people can learn to restrain from a natural habit then we can certainly change our old bad attitudes and try more challenging ways of thinking and doing things differently with the potential of making us better. Let Ebola help us change our attitudes and ways for the better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberian while Traveling, I really wanted to shout, ‘I am a Liberian, not a…

first_imgI hadn’t thought about the racial underbelly of Ebola airport surveillance until I experienced it for myself this week.It all started at Heathrow Airport, where a “trainee” airline official asked me three times what I was doing in the UK even though I mentioned five times that I was a student, pointing emphatically to my very valid visa in a passport emblazoned with “Republic of Liberia” on the cover in gold letters.His boss, a no-nonsense looking woman with dark hair and soft brown eyes, wanted proof of residence in the UK, something I had never been asked to show before. When I looked at her, visibly annoyed, she tried a different line of questioning.“Do you have other proof that you are studying here?”When I whipped out my school ID, she seemed momentarily appeased but not quite satisfied.“Why are you travelling to the US?” she continued.“I’m attending a conference,” I said pre-emptively handing her my US residency card.“Are you coming back to the UK?” she wondered.“Yes, I have to finish my programme,” I said. Her soft eyes hardened as she wordlessly waved me through to the baggage drop off line.“I saw them giving you a hard time back there,” said a black British man I ran into moments later.“I have a Liberian passport,” I said. He nodded in empathy, with the knowing look of someone who had experienced similar provocation.The spectre of Ebola followed me to the east coast of the United States. Disembarking from the jumbo jet in a mad dash to catch a connecting flight, I walked purposefully to the line marked “permanent residents”. A burly officer holding what appeared to be a list of passengers approached me. Here we go again, I thought.“May I see your passport?” he said in a tone that was more command that request. Taking the document, he flipped through the filled up pages for what appeared like hours, then asked, “When was the last time you were in Liberia?”“July,” I said. He paused. I could sense he was counting in his head the months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds, to ensure that I was not infectious or diseased.“You were born in 198X?” I responded in the affirmative, hyper aware that he knew the answer before asking. “I may have to ask you more questions later,” he said gruffly.“No problem,” I said in bemusement. As he motioned for me to move to the immigration officer on duty, I wondered if he and others like him had undergone mandatory technical and sensitivity training for Ebola surveillance. It seemed obvious to me that they needed it.“When was the last time you were in Africa?” began the next line of questioning.I responded with a cheeky retort, “Well, I was in LIBERIA in July.” The immigration official seemed completely unphased that I was mocking his description of Africa as a monolith swallowed whole by Ebola.“How are you feeling?” he said in an attempt to gauge my state of health. “I feel great, like a million bucks!” I said. I really wanted to shout, “I am a Liberian, not a virus!” the slogan coined by a Liberian woman, Dr. Katurah Cooper, which recently went viral on social media. The man verified my fingerprints, stamped my passport heartily, and handed me the document, a fake smile plastered on his chiselled face.My gait picked up as I tried to make it to the customs line unmolested. Too late. Another officer stood in the way, motioning for my passport. We went through what became a familiar tango and then it was over. I looked back briefly to see if he had stopped anyone else. He hadn’t.From London to Philadelphia, I went through five lines of questioning in which my passport was perused, poked, and prodded. Like my travel document, I felt exposed and laid bare, wondering where Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the NAACP were when you needed them.I was not travelling directly from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone – the three countries in Ebola’s tight grip. Nor was there anything suspicious or out of the ordinary about my travel documents. If I was not immune to this brand of inspection, I could only imagine the negative reception others of my ilk might face.There’s a phrase that was popular in the 1990s, “driving while black”, which African-Americans coined in the US to expose the insidiousness of racial profiling. The 21st century version of that phrase should be “traveling while Liberian…or Guinean, or Sierra Leonean” in the age of Ebola.I come from a stock of dignified and resilient people, but there’s only so much we can take. Attempts to quell international hysteria about Ebola with increased airport surveillance should not obscure the threat this poses to the rights and dignity of the “surveyed”.Ebola airport screenings must not be a smokescreen for harassment, intimidation, and racial profiling.Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author based at SOAS, University of London.The article was originally published on this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI wells to alleviate water woes in Region 1

first_imgFollowing the discovery of high levels of mercury in the Kaituma River, Region One (Barima-Waini), the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has opted to drill a well and activate two others, to supply previously affected residents in the Region One communities with safe water.GWI’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles said the new well will be completed before the end of October. “We are presently drilling another well and in another three weeks that area will have about three wells and we will be pumping into the town so nearly all of the residents will have access to potable water,” Dr Van West-Charles explained.The new well will work concurrently with two others which GWI also intends to activate in the community.Also, in Port Kaituma, works are underway for the completion of a new well at Arakaka and the installation of a C2 Lifesaver filter tank at the Port Kaituma Hospital.Meanwhile, the plan for Mabaruma is to increase the hours of water supply for the residents, Dr Van West-Charles said.“They are moving from pumping from two hours a day to six hours and it should extend, and we are preparing to drill a well in Mabaruma so they should move very quickly to about 24/7.”The design works are ongoing for the construction of a catchment area and trestle at the Arawak Pond in Mabaruma. This will be equipped with storage tanks and a pump. Works will also include the installation of an electro-mechanical system and distribution network along with the implementation of a chlorination system.The sum of $3.2 billion has been allocated to GWI in the 2018 Budget, for the provision of safe and potable drinking water to all citizens. Last week, the report on the findings of an investigation into the mercury level in the waterways in Region One was released.In the final report submitted by Environmental Officer Tamara Gilhuys, it was recommended that complaint officers ensure sample points at and near pump station are included in their routine water quality monitoring. The report further outlined that the environmental division should “lead investigations to ascertain the status of rivers or creeks within mining districts” where Guyana Water Inc pump stations are located and where contamination from mining operations poses an imminent threat to the community.Eleven river water samples were submitted but only 10 were analysed due to leakage of Sample ID ‘10’ during shipment by Kaizen Environmental Services Inc. In the analysis, it was found that at all sample points, the concentrations were within the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.Despite the generally low readings, it was however found that in Sample 4 at 125m upstream Pump Creek, there was 0.000219 mg/L of mercury. Meanwhile, the lowest concentration of 0.000016 mg/L was found in Sample 2 which was located on the Kaituma Canal downstream section of Pump Creek. The WHO guideline is 0.006 mg/L. It was explained that mercury is easily transported to bed sediments from the water column due to its high affinity for organic ligands.The investigation revealed a variety of organisms live in or come into contact with bed sediments and therefore the sediments act as an important route of exposure to aquatic organisms which in turn has implications for human health. “Sediment mercury, therefore, is an indicator of the recreational safety and ecological health of a water source as it relates to wildlife and human health,” the reported observed.last_img read more

Walk-In Clinic To Close April 30

first_imgThe Fort St. John Medical Clinic posted a message on its website Tuesday that it’s closing its Walk in Clinic as of April 30th.It says, with the decreasing number of doctors in the community, and an increase in patients without a family doctor, it’s becoming extremely difficult to manage the large number of unattached patients.Starting May 1st, the clinic will be offering ‘Same Day Access’ for those patients who have a family doctor working in the clinic.  – Advertisement -The centre is also changing the hours it operates, beginning on the 1st, from 9am ’til Noon and 1 ’til 5pm for appointments and 9am ’til 11:30 and 1:30 ’til 4pm for the Same Day Access Clinic.Same day access will also be available Saturdays between 9am and 11:30pm.last_img read more

Neotel extends broadband to SADC

first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The network is being built by Neotel Business Support Services, the Neotel Group subsidiary responsible for rolling out the R2-billion long-distance South African national network being built by Neotel and mobile operator MTN. South African fixed-line operator Neotel is partnering with state broadband provider Infraco to offer international connectivity to clients in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. “Interconnect is part of building any telecommunications network,” Neotel Business Support Services’ Imran Abbas said in a statement this week. “We have therefore embarked on a proactive strategy to provide interconnect into these countries, to offer an alternative to the incumbent.” 19 August 2009 Once these countries are connected to Neotel’s network, they will have the alternative option of connecting internationally via undersea data cables. International connectivitycenter_img “We are not going to be selling services to these countries,” Abbas explained. “Our priority remains South Africa, and we have already made tremendous strides in connecting the five metros, and will next focus on growing the network across the rest of South Africa.” According to Neotel, it is already servicing customers in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania that the company inherited from its acquisition of Transtel, but it has yet to decide on further expansion into the continent. “What is likely to happen is that South African companies we are servicing inside the country will pull us with them as they expand their businesses into the African continent,” Abbas said. Transtel legacy Fibre rollout into South Africa’s neighbouring countries started in 2008, with Lesotho being the first network completed. The Namibian network is also complete, while networks in Botswana and Mozambique will be complete “within a couple of weeks,” Abbas said.last_img read more

Partnerships ‘key to better education’

first_img29 November 2010 Partnerships between the government and the private sector were crucial to improving education in the country, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told a business breakfast hosted in Johannesburg on Monday by the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Motlanthe, accompanied by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, her deputy, Enver Surty, and Basic Education director-general Bobby Soobrayan, told the gathering of top businessmen and women that the government was well aware of the flaws in South Africa’s education system, and was implementing a plan to address these. “[W]e continue to have backlogs in infrastructure and facilities such as classrooms, laboratories, libraries and sporting amenities,” Motlanthe said. There was also still the need to improve the quality of teaching in the country’s schools. While a new curriculum had been introduced and was constantly being improved on, “many of our learners are still exiting the schooling system under-prepared for the world of work and life challenges”.‘A milestone occasion’ Strong partnerships were crucial to tackling these challenges, Motlanthe said, and he was therefore encouraged by the private sector’s “overwhelming response” to the call for building partnerships in the education arena. “Accordingly we see this occasion as a milestone towards cementing this partnership with the private sector that is already investing in our education system, and therefore, our future.” Motlanthe identified a number of areas that required investment from the government and business, including teacher development; school facilities; school management and governance; adult education; and bursaries and scholarships for promising but needy students. The Deputy President said that education was one of the government’s top five priorities, along with health, job creation, rural development and fighting corruption.Education the ‘single critical equaliser’ “As proven elsewhere in the world, education plays a pivotal role in the economic growth and development of a country.” For a country like South Africa, in particular, overcoming social ills such as poverty and inequality called for a strong education system “that empowers ordinary South Africans to respond with confidence to the imperatives of modern society”. Motlanthe said he was optimistic that “when we meet again in the near future we will receive some encouraging reports on how we are collectively taking this partnership to the next level. “One of the lessons we have learned from hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup is that if we set our eyes on a particular target and mobilise society behind it, we can indeed deliver excellent results.” SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more