August 6, 2020

Family Support Center Awarded Housing Trust Funds

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Family Support CenterOlympia, WA  November 15, 2012– The Family Support Center of South Sound’s Smith Building Project will receive $750,000 from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund.  The Washington State Department of Commerce announced the awards today, which are conditional on projects meeting specific requirements.  Competing against 67 applicants from throughout Washington for 65.29 million dollars, The Smith Building Project was one of 49 projects selected in the State and the only project awarded funds in Thurston County.“We are very grateful to the Department of Commerce for investing Housing Trust Fund dollars in Thurston County.   Securing the funds was a team effort with many individuals and partner agencies and we celebrate our success.  We are eager to get started and plan to move quickly to transform the Smith Building into emergency shelter and affordable permanent housing for families with children,” says Rachael Langen Lundmark, Family Support Center Board Chair.The Family Support Center was awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds of $551,000 and the Smith Building property by the City of Olympia in July to develop the vacant former City office building into emergency shelter and affordable housing units for homeless families with children.  “We are so proud to have won the support and confidence of both the Housing Trust Fund and the City of Olympia,” says Schelli Slaughter, Executive Director of the Family Support Center.   “This project means so much to the families and kids we serve every day.  We are seeing record numbers of families seeking shelter and affordable housing in our community.  With this great news, we have some hope to give them,” says Slaughter.“The Family Support Center’s mission is ‘Working Together to Strengthen all Families’ and we look forward to engaging the entire community in this effort as we move forward with the Smith Building Project.  We thank the faith community, local government leaders, the Olympia School District, the Housing Authority of Thurston County, our fellow nonprofit partners, and the many individual citizens who have pledged their support of this project and continue to demonstrate their commitment to ending family and child homelessness in our community,”  says Slaughter.Although the Family Support Center has secured the majority of the project financing, additional grant funds, financial contributions, volunteers, and donations of goods and services are needed to make the Smith Building Project a success.  To help local homeless families and children, please contact Schelli Slaughter, Executive Director at 360-754-9297 ext. 211 or visit the Family Support Center’s website at www.fscss.org.last_img read more

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January 20, 2020

Man City drub West Ham 5-0 in FA Cup

first_imgLONDON (AP):Manchester City swept aside West Ham 5-0 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup yesterday, bringing an upbeat end to a testing week for coach Pep Guardiola.Midfielder Yaya Toure’s penalty, Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit’s own goal and a strike from midfielder David Silva made it 3-0 by halftime. Top scorer Sergio Aguero and defender John Stones added goals after the break to give Guardiola the easiest of introductions to world football’s oldest knockout competition.As well as a handsome win, it was welcome relief for Guardiola the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who is still adapting to his first season in England.He has been facing criticism following some erratic recent performances in the Premier League. City scraped past a gritty Burnley side 2-1 at home on Monday, following on from a 1-0 defeat away to title rival Liverpool – City’s fourth league defeat of the campaign.This rout vindicated Guardiola’s decision to field a strong line-up, and he clearly showed he is taking the competition seriously by recalling two of his best players in Silva and Aguero.West Ham, by contrast, left star player Dimitri Payet on the bench and immediately found themselves under pressure against a City side, which is fourth in the Premier League, seven points behind leader Chelsea after 20 games.Silva’s early cut-back found Pablo Zabaleta, whose goalbound shot was blocked by Winston Reid, before Gael Clichy set up Silva only for his effort to be kept out by goalkeeper Adrian at the near post.MINIMAL CONTACTThe pressure was always going to tell, though, and in the 32nd minute Zabaleta tumbled to the floor under Angelo Ogbonna’s challenge.There was only minimal contact, but referee Michael Oliver quickly pointed to the spot and Toure converted the penalty.West Ham then collapsed at the Olympic Stadium.City doubled their lead in the 41st minute, as Raheem Sterling arrived at the far post and forced an own goal from Nordtveit trying to clear Bacary Sagna’s cross.It was all too easy for City as two minutes later Sterling took his turn to race down West Ham’s weak left flank. The winger laid the ball across goal to Silva, who from six metres out had time to take a touch and steady himself before slotting in.Five minutes into the second half, Toure rifled a shot through a crowded area and Aguero diverted the ball into the net.last_img read more

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January 11, 2020

Inhumane and tragic

first_imgTHE recent dumping of a homeless patient on Skid Row that was caught on tape was roundly condemned by the city’s police and politicians as inhumane and tragic. Secretly, they were probably relieved. That incident allowed them to look like the good guys as the assault on the city’s homeless continues. Indeed, to hear the many activists who testified before the Police Commission tell it Tuesday, the worst perpetrators of indignities on the city’s homeless Skid Row population are the police. This testimony belies the myth that L.A. politicians are just trying to help the homeless. They want to help the homeless out of Skid Row, that’s all, and thereby help their rich developer patrons profit from the yuppification of downtown. The result, as many Angelenos have witnessed firsthand, is the dispersal of many homeless into other neighborhoods, where there are no services for them. And that is truly inhumane and tragic. 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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January 11, 2020

B.C. natural gas bills to increase July 1, except for Fort Nelson

first_imgThere’s no rate change in Fort Nelson and Vancouver Island, and Revelstoke residents will actually pay about $15 less a year because of a decrease in delivery rates.Pobran says the July 1st increase is the first in nearly three years.- Advertisement –last_img

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December 27, 2019

TIR CHONAILL’S GRIFFIN TAKES BRILLIANT BRONZE TO CAP SUPER GAMES FOR ATHLETES

first_imgBY EAMON HARVEY: On the last day of the EYOF’s in Trabzon, Karl Griffin of Tir Chonaill AC, secured the third bronze medal of the championships for the Irish in the 800m. Griffin, made a decisive move at the 200m mark having drifted from the leading pack.He used his speed to move into medal position, finishing third in 1:51.64, less than a tenth away from a silver medal which was won by Nemanja Kojic of the Netherlands in 1:51.55, the winner was Brecht Bertels of Belgium in a time of 1:50.90.This brings Ireland’s medal tally at these championships to six; two gold, one silver and there bronze. There were also four athletes who finished in top eight positions. And to top off the tremendous performances there were four new Irish Youth Records set and six personal bests making it Ireland’s most successful championships ever.Marcus Lawler was also in action today and he put in another terrific performance in the boy’s 200m final, finishing in fifth place in 21.61, just three hundredths away from making the medal podium.Although disappointed not to have medalled, he did have reason to be pleased that he improved his own Irish youth record, taking another hundredth of a second off the time he ran in the heat. Ciara Giles Doran (Ferrybank AC) finished a very credible seventh in the 200m girl’s final in 24.87, after setting a personal best of 24.46 in the semi-final.The Girls 4×100m team were unfortunately disqualified in the final for running out of their zone in one of the baton change-overs. The highlight of the championships was undoubtedly the two gold winning performances of Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) and Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC).Finnegan put in a tremendous performance on day three of the championships to wIn the 1500m, he lead the race throughout, with 120m to go he moved away from the rest of the leading pack, to win in convincing style in 3:53.78. Samuele Dini of Italy was second in 3.54.45.On day four, Kiely produced a sensational performance in the 400m hurdles winning in 52.69, breaking his own Irish Youth Record of 53.66. Kiely didn’t have the best of starts and was placed in 5th position with three hurdles to go; however he kept his composure and attacked the last hurdle to overtake Jacob Paul of Great Britain who placed second in 52.89.There was another medal for the Irish in the 1500m when Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (DSD AC) produced the goods and finished second in 4.26.42. Siofra was part of the leading break-away pack of five after the opening lap. In the closing stages it was a battle between Sophie Riches of Great Britain and the Dundrum athlete with Riches pulling away to won the race in 4.25.95.Megan Kiely, twin sister to Ben secured a bronze medal in 1:00.44, having narrowly missed the silver by two hundredths of a second. Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) produced a gutsy performance to improve on her Irish Youth Record that she set in the heat, running 13.62 to finish third in the 100m hurdles. On day two of the championships, Sean Tobin produced a noteworthy performance to finish fourth in the 3000m in a personal best of 8.29.91. Tobin, who battled extremely hot and humid conditions, was in the hunt throughout and was part of the leading pack of four throughout but with 300m the top three athletes pulled away. The race was won by B.Ivan Horodyskyy of Ukraine in 8:21.99. Greg O’Shea ran a personal best in the final of the 100m finishing sixth in 10.88. Grainne Moynihan ran a personal best of 55.31 in the 400m heat and was unlucky to make the final as her time was the seventh fastest overall but as she finished fourth in her heat she missed an automatic qualification spot .While the Boy’s relay team of Ben Kiely, Greg O’Shea, Karl Griffin and Marcus Lawler set a new Irish Youth record of 42.67 improving on the 42.99 set in 2009, to place sixth in their heat but they did not progress to the final. Matthew Martin (North Down AC) finished just one place outside qualification in the Boy’s Javelin throwing a personal best of 62.72. Aisling Croke jumped a credible 1.65 in High Jump but was outside the qualification places. While Amy O’Donoghue (Emerald AC), found the heat tough going and didn’t progress on this occasion.Jacqui Freyne, Athletics Ireland Youth and Junior High Performance Manager commented ‘This is an incredible bunch of talented young athletes, who have received terrific support from their parents, coaches and clubs. Athletics Ireland has also been supporting these athletes through our national and regional squad sessions and performance warm weather camps and our objective now as an organisation is to nurture this talent and to progress it through to junior, U23 and eventually the senior ranks’TIR CHONAILL’S GRIFFIN TAKES BRILLIANT BRONZE TO CAP SUPER GAMES FOR ATHLETES was last modified: July 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:BRONZE MEDALkarl griffinTIR CHONAILL AClast_img read more

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December 27, 2019

SWILLY ROVERS LOSE APPEAL OVER RACIST ALLEGATIONS

first_imgSwilly Rovers Football Club have lost their appeal to have sanctions and a €1,000 fine lifted by the FAI in the aftermath of racist allegations at Swilly Park.The club will now consider other avenues of appeal to have the sanctions overturned in the controversy involving an Under 15 SFAI Cup game against Castlebar Celtic played on March 1st.A player, Thierry Baba and his club alleged that he was racially abused at the game – a claim strenuously denied by the Donegal club. The Tirconail Tribune reports the appeal was heard on Tuesday on the decision of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland to hit Swilly with a €1,000 fine and ban from playing any more home matches this season in national underage cup competitions.On Wednesday morning Swilly Chairperson Edward Diver confirmed news of the FAI’s decision not to overturn the sanctions.  He added that it would now be a matter for the club to decide whether to explore other possible appeal avenues or legal options in relation to their case.Mr Diver declined to make any further comment on the matter until after a formal club meeting was held to discuss the FAI decision.Swilly officials including Chairperson Edward Diver, Secretary Mick Geever, Schoolboys Secretary P.J. Kavanagh and U-15 managers Tony McNamee and Brian Harte attended the appeal hearing at the FAI Headquarters in Abbottstown on Tuesday and were accompanied by solicitor Seamus Gunn. While Mr Diver said he was pleased with the way their case had been heard by the FAI Appeals Committee there is understandable disappointment within the club that at least some of the sanctions were not lifted.The only minor alteration to the initial punishment handed down is that €500 of the original €1,000 fine is to be paid to a national anti-racism programme.The appeal was heard on Tuesday after Swilly had sought a deferral of the hearing, which was originally scheduled for last Friday in order to deal with a large volume of documentation that was been received in relation to the alleged racist chanting towards Thierry Baba during an U-15 cup game against Castlebar Celtic at the beginning of March in Ramelton.The original sanctions were handed down by the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) following a disciplinary meeting in Dublin three weeks ago.Swilly has also been ordered to undertake an FAI Intercultural Racism programme. As a result of the appeal the Ramelton side’s U-15 SFAI Cup quarter-final game against Kerry’s Kingdom Boys scheduled for March 22nd at a neutral venue in Lucan, Dublin did not go ahead.The match had originally been a home game for Swilly until the disciplinary sanctions were handed down. The rescheduling of that game will depend on what course of action the Swilly Rovers Club now decide upon after their appeal was turned down.SWILLY ROVERS LOSE APPEAL OVER RACIST ALLEGATIONS was last modified: April 3rd, 2014 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:Castlebar CelticSFAIswilly roversThierry Babalast_img read more

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December 24, 2019

Gillespie Falls On Second Day of ITA All-American Championships

first_img Box Score TULSA, Okla. – Drake University’s Vinny Gillespie (Stirling, Scotland) bowed out of the ITA All-American Championships during the second day of the event.Gillespie fell to Arizona’s Filip Malbasic, 6-4, 7-5, to end his run at the ITA All-American Championships. Gillespie advanced to Tuesday’s competition by virtue of defeating Ohio State’s Martin Joyce, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in action Monday.Gillespie was one of two Bulldogs competing in the prestigious event. Also on Monday, Tom Hands (Fulbourn, England) fell to Mattias Siimar of Michigan, 6-0, 6-4. Updated Bracket Story Linkscenter_img Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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December 22, 2019

Heroic surfers who saved nine GAA teammates earn rescue awards

first_imgFour Donegal surf instructors will be presented with Irish Water Safety this Wednesday for their brave efforts to save nine swimmers at Tullan Strand, Bundoran.Owen Murphy, Fergal Muller, Friederike Rost and Sean Young were the heroes of the day on 15th of July 2017 when their quick-thinking acts saved many lives.The incident occurred when a group of nine teenagers from Fermanagh GAA minor team entered the water to cool down unaware of dangerous rip currents. Within minutes they all got into difficulty. The alarm was raised by members of the public who contacted the coast guard. In the meantime, four local surf instructors who happened to be giving lessons at Tullan Strand quickly intervened. All four paddled to the group in difficulty, and prompted each of the teenagers to grab onto surfboards one by one. They used their knowledge of the currents to assist them to paddle over to a safer area where they could walk ashore. Each instructor returned a number of times until all nine of the teenagers were brought to safety. Thanks to the quick thinking of Owen, Fergal, Friedericke and Sean, a major tragedy was averted. The brave actions these four rescuers will be recognized  at Irish Water Safety’s National Annual Awards Ceremony at the Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle this Wednesday. Thirty lives were saved from drowning through the brave actions of thirty rescuers who will be honoured at the event. Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development will present the “Seiko Just in Time Rescue Award” to rescuers in appreciation for saving so many lives.Minister Ring, whose Department has responsibility for water safety said ‘It is an honour to pay tribute to these courageous and deserving award recipients. “Tragically an average of 133 people drown in Ireland every year and although that’s 133 too many, the figure would be even higher but for the dramatic efforts of these individuals who saved others from drowning and the ongoing work of volunteers teaching swimming and water rescue skills.” Long-Service Volunteer Awards will also be presented to 43 volunteers, recognising a combined total of 895 years of personal service teaching swimming, water rescue and survival skills in communities nationwide.Heroic surfers who saved nine GAA teammates earn rescue awards was last modified: November 27th, 2017 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)Tags:IRISH WATER SAFETYlast_img read more

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December 21, 2019

Half-time: QPR 0 West Ham 2

first_imgBottom-of-the-table QPR are heading for another defeat and were booed off at half-time after having their defensive shortcomings exposed once again.Matt Jarvis’ first goal for West Ham put them ahead after only three minutes and Ricardo Vaz Te struck 10 minutes before the break to double their lead.Vaz Te played a key role in the opener. He crossed low from the right and after Kevin Nolan hooked the ball to the far post, the unchallenged Jarvis was able to head home.Esteban Granero had a chance to level but missed the target after being found by Shaun Wright-Phillips’ right-wing cross.Mark Hughes’ struggling team also came close to equalising after keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen failed to claim Granero’s free-kick.Jaaskelainen misjudged the Spaniard’s delivery and clattered into team-mate Winston Reid – who had to go off following lengthy treatment – and after the ball ricocheted off Hammers defender James Collins, Joey O’Brien cleared off the line.Reid’s replacement, James Tomkins, set up the second goal, retrieving the ball after a goalmouth scramble and crossing from the right for Vaz Te, whose first-time shot deceived keeper Julio Cesar at his near post after taking a slight deflection off Stephane Mbia.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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December 19, 2019

Moyo: the African experience

first_img21 July 2003There are not that many venues in Johannesburg that offer an all-African dining experience. One of the best is Moyo in Melrose Arch – but be prepared to wait up to a week for a table, as Jo’burg residents and visitors have discovered the restaurant in a big way.The brainchild of Jason Lurie, Moyo offers customers a touch of Africa from Ethiopia and Tunisia in the north right the way down to Zululand on the south-eastern coast of South Africa. In Lurie’s words: “Moyo is more than just a restaurant.”Lurie, a large, bustling man, has packed a lot into his 35 years, and combined it all skilfully in his restaurant. He has his finger in many pies, besides qualifying as a development economist: music, crafts, the record industry, and a healthy love of food.Moyo is a five-storey restaurant that offers customers an entirely indigenous experience, with unique, locally crafted decor on every floor set against pleasing shades of ochre walls, providing wonderful textures. Every level has its own atmosphere and ambience, but there’s lots of copper evident throughout the restaurant: on table tops, shapes in the walls and gorgeous lamps. There’s also lots of mosaic – on table tops, walls and steps.Says Lurie: “My original idea was to do something authentic as urban Africans, to reflect contemporary African art, food and culture.”Moyo certainly does that. Every level of Moyo is a feast for the eye – there’s a cosy wine cellar with daily wine tastings, set behind a curtain of threaded stones and wire; a huge rock that was revealed when the floors were being dug, with a fine trickle of water dribbling over it; and a magical Moroccan tent on the lowest level. And on every level there are interesting ornaments and furniture tucked into nooks and crannies to marvel at, right down to a long wall inlaid with stones.Every night there’s a feast for the ears with a varied schedule of local musicians entertaining customers, some moving from table to table and explaining the origins and mechanics of their instruments.But it’s probably the minute attention to detail that lingers after the Moyo experience – the wishee washee lady who comes around to your table and, while washing your hands with rose water, sings a washing song made up by the Moyo staff; the romantic nooks called “gigis”, behind a beaded curtain; or the charming waiters and waitresses in their African tunics, with delicately placed white dots on their faces, giving them a mystical quality.Cooks and chefsMoyo has 35 cooks and two head chefs, and its own bakery. Lurie originally selected recipes while travelling in Africa, but Moyo also relies on consultants who investigate new African recipes. The hotter dishes have been adapted to suit South African tastes.And the menu has been compiled to reflect the eclectic range of African cuisine: stuffed baked onions; seared calamari; pickled citrus prawn salad; Egyptian rose petal Semmit bread with sesame; Zulu cabbage, tuna mayonnaise jaffles; and toasted South African “sarmies” (sandwiches).And to complete the Moyo experience, you can buy an item at the shop adjoining the restaurant. Or you can book a party for a great evening in The Tent, and savour the experience as a group.Moyo in NewtownLurie has just completed converting space in the foyer of the Market Theatre in Newtown to a new Moyo, and is in the final stages of placing diners on a metal bridge over railway lines to a warehouse complex behind the Theatre.“Newtown is very exciting. I grew up with it as a musician. I would like to be part of bringing people back to the city,” says Lurie. He feels that the “city is going to happen”, with a range of new developments taking place, particularly in Newtown, like the Nelson Mandela Bridge.Lurie has looked at possible Moyo venues in Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria, but “the space must be right” before he will commit himself to opening a new Moyo in another city.For Lurie, who was born in Yeoville, Johannesburg is a city where “anything is possible. It has a mining village mentality, with lots of risk-taking, and the infrastructure and institutions to make it possible”.Regarding the risk of the novelty of Moyo wearing off for Johannesburgers, he has a confident answer: “Novelty doesn’t wear off quality, only off gimmicks.” Moyo has been open in Melrose Arch for one-and-a-half years. Prior to that, Lurie ran a small Moyo restaurant in Norwood for two years.So, catch your bit of Moyo magic. In the words of one of Moyo’s waitresses, Joyce Leeuw, 48: “It’s fabulous here. I love the vibe and atmosphere, it’s always buzzing.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

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