August 5, 2020

Despite Courthouse Closure, Thurston County Elections Is Open February 12, Election…

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County AuditorThe Thurston County Elections Office will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. today, February 12. Voters in Tanglewilde Parks and Recreation District No. 1 and Yelm Community Schools are conducting special elections. Voters will be able to access all election services including replacement ballots at the county courthouse. Election results will be posted shortly after 8:00 p.m.There are 10 drop boxes located across the county which will close promptly at 8:00 p.m.  Voters are encouraged to exercise caution while returning their ballots. Voters may also download a ballot at ThurstonVotes.org. All ballots including online ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, or in a drop box no later than 8:00 p.m.There are no provisions in state law to delay an election due to inclement weather.Questions? Call Thurston County Elections at 360.786.5408.last_img read more

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January 19, 2020

Cruz owns up to starting physical plays, says sorry

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Game officials caught Standhardinger, who was promptly slapped with a deliberate foul resulting in his banishment with 4:55 left and the Philippines comfortably ahead, 73-58.Reyes did not consent both acts and benched Cruz after his caper before shouting at Standhardinger and sending him back to the locker room.“That’s not the way we play Gilas basketball,” Reyes said. “It’s a shame, because Carl was having a great game. But I will not tolerate such acts.”While Cruz said he was going to say sorry to Reyes, he also said that he deliberately timed that hit after the Iraqi had given him a wayward elbow during a rebound play several minutes before.“I will not take that kind of play sitting down,” Cruz explained. “Though I know it was a bad thing to do, I will never allow such plays to be done on me and my teammates. Yes, I waited for the right time to strike back.”ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View comments MOST READ TAIPEI – Carl Bryan Cruz was having his best game in the Jones Cup on Thursday night.He finished the game watching his teammates polish off an 84-75 victory over Iraq. And he knows exactly why he ended up there.ADVERTISEMENT Batangas nears playoffs, ousts Racal from playoff race Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Cruz admitted to starting a series of technical fouls called on the Filipinos in the fourth quarter and said he was sorry for that one play that decked an Iraqi player and ignited a dirty finish to the game at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.“I know that it’s my fault and I am sorry,” Cruz said in a very apologetic tone in Filipino. “I know that it all started with me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Cruz planted a forearm to the back of the head of Iraqi Navid Khajehzadeh after biting into the 7-foot center’s fake under the basket. The hit left Khajehzadeh on the floor for a while as referees tried to separate members of both teams.After several plays, Christian Standhardinger was the one who gave out a cheap shot on Dhulfiqar Al-hchaimi while both teams were going back to their respective benches for a TV timeout. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube While the rest of the team was whooping it up inside the dugout waiting for Reyes to return after giving out an interview to the international media, Cruz and Standhardinger occupied different corners of the room sulking.The message was clear and Cruz, at least, has learned his lesson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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January 17, 2020

Why PPP candidates are confident in 2018 in these LGEs?

first_imgDear Editor,The PPP candidates appear confident they’ll they will do even better in 2018 than they did in the 2016 Local Government Elections (LGE) and one A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) big wigs conceded this to me privately. The Alliance For Change (AFC), on the other hand, is expecting a total wipe out.For example, Georgetown, a People’s National Congress (PNC) stronghold, was won by that party with 83 per cent of the seats in 2016. Today that is expected to fall to about 65 per cent because of their poor performance in City Hall and the press releases from this Kennard Commission of Inquiry into the management of the City.A few nights ago, no more less than a person than the Prime Minister (an AFC elder) spoke at New Amsterdam and according to a AFC leader who communicated with me, “there were more stray dogs on the streets than human being listening to his message”. This is just but another indication that things really bad for the AFC.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had very successful public meetings in Linden and Bartica; two PNC strongholds. These preliminary indications all point to a stronger PPP showing in all areas across the country. The PPP is running particularly well in the rural districts, where the rural youths and women are eager to send a strong message of dissatisfaction to President Granger for his poor leadership after three years. When the people’s belly “ah bun”, they will react and these LGEs is the perfect chance for them to react. This is having an out-sized impact because in the PNC strongholds, there is “voter stall” with only the die-hards expected to come out, while the PPP is being embraced by the rural independents, women and youths overwhelmingly and are having major inroad in urban centres which are the PNC strongholds.This situation points to great results for the PPP in these 2018 LGE, average for the APNU (PNC) and a total wipe-out of the AFC.The PPP candidates are younger, more ethnically diverse, they have proven themselves well trained to hammer the performance of the APNU/AFC Government over the last three years and to dominate the messaging. Plus as a bonus, they are ably supported and led by their party leader Bharrat Jagdeo who has done a fantastic job of reinventing the PPP after May 2015 when that party was on its knees after the Ramotar presidency. Today the PPP is showing signs that it is moving back to basics similar to the electoral machine of 1992. But to date, no one on the political front lines can match the energy level, the message of Jagdeo.Further complicating the PNC-APNU efforts is that their campaign comes across as disorganised compared to their 2015 campaigns as if there is some sort of infighting at the top. This has left more of their marginal supporters confused and disenchanted. The real urban independents have now totally abandoned the PNC-APNU and clearly is not interested in the AFC. Many are going to support the PPP in these 2018 LGE. To add to that, the headwinds are already massive against APNU-PNC and AFC in many of the rural districts, so much so that they had to use tricks to launch some candidates and in others just abandon the effort to put forward candidates. You cannot call yourself a national party and not present candidates in all the districts. This is the difference between the PPP and the PNC-APNU. The PPP has put up candidates in all districts while the PNC-APNU did not.Notwithstanding all this tail wind, the PPP success will depend on the discipline in the ground operations and the eventual turnouts. Their weakness in 2015 was their ground operations. Has this been corrected? Elections Day will provide the evidence.On a final note, with all its sham, weaknesses, I am convinced that the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield will produce an election that is free enough and fair enough for the Guyanese people in 2018 because all eyes are on him, especially the American eyes.Sincerely,Sasenarine Singh,MSc – Finance, ACCAMaryland, USAlast_img read more

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January 12, 2020

Huskies look to finish off Wolves

first_imgAs well, each player on the top line has 2 points, with Dan Pappin barred from scoring the winner in OT in game two only by a sensational glove save from Travis Chartier. A game two loss aside, the Huskies have been playing their best hockey of the season at just the right time. After a resounding 7-1 win over Peace River to clinch second place overall, the Huskies rounded out the final weekend of regular season play with a couple of close-fought games against Whitecourt.The Huskies have also been much stronger defensively, they have found success on the powerplay, and they have finally gotten some consistent goal tending, with Zack Blain suddenly emerging as one of the top goaltenders in the league. Particularly impressive has been the play of Cody Hildebrand, who scored 2 goals in game two. Coach Kalb has been thrilled with the play of Hildebrand, who only joined the Huskies mid-season, after deciding to forgo the rest of his midget eligibility and move up to junior hockey. [asset|aid=1017|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7337ad63a567e2215789689d24373291-bob-codyH_1_Pub.mp3]But, with Kole Norris expected to return to the Huskies lineup after dealing with post-concussion side-effects after a hit from Gerry Young on Feb. 13th, Hildebrand will likely find himself back on the third line, along with Jason Arnouse and Luke McInerney. That will only make the Huskies stronger offensively, with 3 lines capable of putting the puck in the net, and a newly-minted energy line of Kyle Porter, Dustin Heitman, and Jordan Hartnell providing a crash-and-bang style well-suited to playoff hockey.Don’t miss this weekend’s playoff action, with game three Friday night at 8pm, game four Saturday night at 8pm, and game five (if necessary) Sunday afternoon at 2pm.Advertisement The Fort St. John Huskies resume their first round best-of-five series against the Slave Lake Wolves this weekend.After losing home-ice advantage due to some scheduling problems in Fort St. John, the pups are now in the strong position of playing games 3, 4, and 5 in the friendly confines of the North Peace Arena. Home ice has been good to the Huskies this season. They dropped only three games on home ice all season long, two of them to the top-ranked Whitecourt Wolverines in the final games of the season, by scores of 5-1 and 4-3 (in OT).The only other loss came on Sept. 27th, a 3-2 loss to Grande Prairie. But, the series is still wide open, after a gutsy double overtime win by the Wolves in game two. Fourth liner Tyler Couch scored the winner in the game, while Travis Chartier sparkled in the Slave Lake goal. The Wolves played a gritty and physical game in possibly their last home game of the season, but it’s not something the Huskies expect to see repeated.- Advertisement -Coach Bob Kalb says his team isn’t taking Slave Lake lightly, but is confident it can pull out the win. [asset|aid=1015|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7337ad63a567e2215789689d24373291-bob-confident_1_Pub.mp3]Likewise, goaltender Zack Blain knows his team is tough to play at the North Peace Arena. [asset|aid=1016|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7337ad63a567e2215789689d24373291-zack-backhome_1_Pub.mp3]The only chink in the armour so far, has been a lack of scoring from the top line, which has contributed only one goal in two playoff games (Dylan Apssassin). But, they’ve gotten contributions from unexpected sources, like Cam MacKinnon and Cody Hildebrand, as well as 4 of their 8 goals so far from defencemen.Advertisementlast_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Govt Commissioner’s walk-out breaks up GECOM meeting

first_imgAs preparations continue for the upcoming General and Regional Elections, another meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) ended abruptly on Tuesday after one of the Commissioners walked out.This was the first meeting of the seven-member Commission for 2020. The last meeting was held in December 2019.Government Commissioners Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinGuyana Times understands that at the beginning of the meeting, Government-nominated Commissioner Charles Corbin asked to leave the meeting early and this was granted. However, less than an hour after he left, his fellow Government-nominated Commissioner, Desmond Trotman, had a disagreement with another Commissioner and left the meeting.This forced Tuesday’s meeting to come to an abrupt end.Following the meeting, Opposition-nominated Commissioner Sase Gunraj would only say that the meeting did not go to conclusion because “we lost a quorum”.Nevertheless, he related that they were able to discuss the interactions and assistance GECOM will be getting from overseas partners as well as preparations and procedures for the upcoming Nominations Day on Friday.GECOM has reported that at least 19 political parties, 14 of which are new parties, have submitted their symbols to contest the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections.On December 27, 2019, the seven-member Elections Commission met with President David Granger and briefed him on GECOM’s state of preparedness.Following that high-level meeting, Opposition-nominated Commissioner Bibi Shadick explained that GECOM is on track with activities for the upcoming polls and that the Elections Secretariat has sufficient funding for the entire process.Government would have approved over $8 billion for the hosting of the 2020 elections, a large fraction of which still remains unused.“Just to ensure whether we’re on track with elections, and we are. We have money but we just wanted to make sure that the Finance Minister will give the money when we ask for it in a timely manner,” Shadick had explained.However, Government-nominated Commissioner Vincent Alexander had acknowledged that the availability of these resources will not be an issue.“We’re advised by the executives that, that should not be a problem,” he had indicated after the engagement with the Head of State.Over the past months, the Elections Commission has been meeting and despite several meetings, it is yet to find consensus on finalising the voters’ list, particularly the use of the unverified data that was captured during the scrapped House-to-House Registration exercise.Last month, it was announced that over 6500 persons of the 16,863 ‘new’ registrants were not confirmed during the five-day field verification exercise.Figures released to the media showed that Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) had the highest number of unconfirmed persons, which tallied to 3657.According to GECOM, there were 16,863 ‘new’ registrants but only 10,329 were confirmed.In fact, one Opposition-nominated Commissioner had told this publication that field officers who conducted the verification exercise of “new registrants” had found empty lots at the addresses on record for those persons.last_img read more

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January 3, 2020

Liverpool have made the signing of the summer, says Stuart Pearce

first_img1 Premier League clubs have spent more than £500million so far this summer.Raheem Sterling, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Christian Benteke are just some of the names to have made big-money moves.But, according to Stuart Pearce, the best signing of the transfer window hasn’t cost a penny in fees.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, the former England star said: “For me, James Milner is the best signing of the summer. He cost nothing for Liverpool.“He will be their best trainer, he will be on the training pitch for longer than anyone. He’s a fantastic signing.“He’s low maintenance, never in newspapers, fantastically professional, and plays to a standard of six-and-a-half, seven every week. That is all you want as a manager.” James Milner last_img

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December 29, 2019

Job Vacancies: Health Service Executive seeks chefs

first_imgThe Older People Services & Disability Services of the HSE in County Donegal are now inviting applications for General Support Staff:– Chef 1 Ref: SC.005.2019– Chef 2 Ref: SC.006.2019 Informal enquires to: Brendan McGowan, Tel: 087 913 5250, Finola McColgan, Tel: 074 937 4164 and Una Devlin, Tel: 074 937 4206.Submit detailed C.V with a copy of qualifications and Job Reference number to HR Dept, St. Joseph’s Campus, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal or email: http://recruitdonegal@hse.ieClosing date: 21st June 2019 at 12 noon.For further information on this post please visit: http://www.hse.ie/eng/jobs Job Vacancies: Health Service Executive seeks chefs was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by StephenShare 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) Tags:chefdonegalHSEjobsVacancieslast_img read more

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December 28, 2019

Metrolink board OKs deal to buy safer rail cars

first_imgA divided Metrolink board voted Friday to award a $305 million contract for rail cars – including cab cars being built with state-of-the-art crash-management technology – to a Korean company breaking into the U.S. market. The procurement will eventually replace Metrolink’s fleet of cab cars with those using technology designed to dissipate the force of a crash throughout the train. The development is being watched by transit officials nationwide, especially after the horrific 2005 Metrolink crash in Glendale that killed 11 people. Some Metrolink board members sought to postpone the purchase until federal authorities conducted a final test of the technology next month, but the board voted 6-5 to go forward with the contract. “We don’t want to wait another year. We need train cars,” said Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell. “It’s very exciting technology … We want to do everything we can to assure the safety of our passengers and crew. This to us is a step forward.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant In contracting with Rotem Co., a subsidiary of Hyundai Automotive Group, Metrolink bypassed its longtime relationship with Bombardier Transit Corp., which has built every rail car purchased by Metrolink since the system was created in 1992. Rotem was the low bidder, coming in nearly $100 million under Metrolink’s estimate. Bombardier wanted $388 million, and Kawaski Rail Car, Inc. bid $556 million. The initial order is for 33 cab cars, due February 2009, and 54 passenger cars due December 2008. An additional 44 cars will be split between Metrolink and a Florida train line. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 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

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December 28, 2019

Woman makes history as Whittier fire captain

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Cindy Barbee is now the fire captain in charge of Whittier fire Station 17. She also holds the distinction of being the first female firefighter in the Los Angeles County Fire Department, having been sworn in 23 years ago. “Often when guys first meet me, they are not sure how to act,” said Barbee. “When I first started, it was a little different because I didn’t have any women to talk to,” Barbee said. “But I looked to the men for advice and they became my mentors.” The change over the past 23 years has been very gradual. Since 1983 the county Fire Deparment has hired only about 30 female firefighters, compared to about 2,000 men. “What I find most interesting is that most likely as a man, you may never work with a woman,” Barbee said. “That is pretty typical.” Barbee has worked her way from firefighter to paramedic to engineer to captain. She has worked her way around Los Angeles County, at fire stations in Norwalk, Altadena, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Palos Verdes Estates, South Central Los Angeles and, now, Whittier. Barbee has found that the fire service requires a certain type of person. It is not for everyone; people who are not fit for the position encompass both genders. She recalls promoting into Station 2 in Palos Verdes Estates as captain. She said the men had discussed their concern about a woman taking command in a station that, because of the many cliffs in the area, required a high knowledge and skill to perform “over-the-side” rescues. After discussing their concerns, one man pointed out that they would probably have the same concerns if a man were coming into the position. “I made a big effort to learn the skills,” Barbee said. “And they made a big effort to teach me the skills for cliff rescues.” She said her effort paid off during one rescue in the presence of a battalion chief. Typically, battalion chiefs take over command when they are on the scene, but because the chief did not have much experience with cliff rescues, he let Barbee stay in control. When the rescue was complete, the chief told Barbee how impressed he was with the way she handled it. “This is a battalion chief I really respect, so for him to give me a compliment like that, it really meant something,” Barbee said. She believes that at 5 feet 8 and 150 pounds, with athletic experience, she is physically capable of performing the necessary tasks. She also feels that she is stable enough to handle the emotional experiences of the job. Because women are still highly outnumbered, some people persist with the mindset that women do not belong in the field, said Barbee. Many men don’t encourage women to join the fire service and many women don’t know anything about the opportunities available to them in the field, she said. However, Barbee believes male firefighters have become more accepting of women as they see women in fire service succeeding. “The better equipped you are and the better you perform, the more you will be accepted,” Barbee said, but she added, “You can’t make people accept you.” As she progressed up the promotional ladder, Barbee said, at times she couldn’t help but sense when some male firefighters regarded her differently than they did their male colleagues. Sometimes “I can do and say the same things as a man,” but some people cling to their own perceptions, she said. But, Barbee said, the job is worth whatever struggles have come with it. She explained one of the main reasons she loves her job. “To me, it’s just interacting with the people you help. It’s your job to help people and they are usually really grateful.” Barbee has been involved in recruiting women into the service. She said it is her experience that most women are not interested initially. She said there is a sense of having to convince women to consider the career. She said firefighting is difficult to enter for both men and women. If a person does not pass the exam the first time, it could be as long as seven years before the department administers another exam. Each year, there may be 100 positions available, but these positions are filled by candidates who passed the most recent exam, she said. Despite low numbers of women and slow progress in changes, there are continual efforts to make the department more accessible and more attractive to women, she said. Barbee has worked with a task force for the last 15 years trying to convert fire station facilities to be more compatible to the needs of women. Such changes include separating locker rooms, shower rooms and sleeping areas. It has been a slow process due to the high costs involved, she said. A task force has been putting pressure on the department to increase funds for these conversions, with the hope they can be completed in five to 10 years, said Barbee. Firefighting shifts are 24 hours long, so the firehouses are like home to many of the firefighters. They become like family. Barbee speaks warmly of the big meals made to celebrate promotions, the ice cream shared when recruits respond to their first fires and the playful teasing when someone makes a mistake. “It’s a nice environment of people,” she said. news.wdn@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3011last_img read more

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December 28, 2019

Donegal County Archives finds rare 19th century Valentine’s love poem

first_imgA passionate 19th century St Valentine’s poem has been discovered in the Donegal County Archives.Archivist Niamh Brennan revealed “We are not sure who A Sinclaire was or to whom the letter was addressed.“This affecting love poem was found during routine cataloguing work in Donegal County Archives last week. “We thought that this week would be the perfect time to share this poem,” she said.The poem was found in the collection of the Steele Nicholson family of Falmore House, Gleneely, Inishowen, which was donated to the Archives some years ago by Down Museum.The Steele Nicholsons were a wealthy family who owned property and land in Donegal and Down in the 19th century.Valentines love poem My Dear Valentine Thy image, lovely as the morn, Appears in all I see For nature in her fairest forms but beauty speaks of thee Oh welcome love, it this be love, aught else it cannot be To think that all my joy or woe finds sympathy with thee. I love thee dear with all my heart, none else can I love but thee My heart you have and yours I want from thee. I am your affectionate admirerA SinclaireAnybody with any information on the poem is asked to contact Niamh Brennan, Archivist, Archives Service, Donegal County Council, Three Rivers Centre, Lifford, County Donegal.Donegal County Archives finds rare 19th century Valentine’s love poem was last modified: February 9th, 2017 by StephenShare 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) Tags:County MuseumdonegalValentine’s poemlast_img read more

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