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Tobacco Free County Facilities Begin January 1

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first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyThe new rules banning smoking, e-cigarettes and the use of other tobacco products at county buildings go into effect on January 1, 2014. County staffers have been hard at work since the county Board of Health approved the new policies back in May, and many county employees and visitors to county buildings have been reminded of the change in recent weeks as blue and white signs with the new policy information are appearing near doors and walkways on county properties.The new sign featuring the words “cleaner air” on a blue sky background is also featured on the county’s website. The goal of the new tobacco-free policy is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke for employees and for guests visiting county properties. Commissioners also hope the new policy will encourage employees who do use tobacco to quit the habit.“We know there’s no such thing as a safe amount of secondhand smoke, and this new policy is a tried and tested way of reducing secondhand smoke exposure and making our facilities and campuses safer and healthier for our employees and for the public,” said Thurston County Commissioner and Board of Health Chair Karen Valenzuela.Thurston County is one of several South Sound organizations to go tobacco free. Other government agencies and large employers have adopted similar policies in recent years:Mason County – 2006Capital Medical Center – 2010Providence St. Peter Hospital – 2010Washington State Department of Health – 2010South Puget Sound Community College – 2011All county properties and worksites, including wholly-leased properties, will be subject to the new tobacco-free policy. Thurston County parks will not be subject to the new tobacco-free rules.For more information on the county’s new tobacco-free policy, click here.   Click on the blue and white graphic with the words “Coming January 1st—cleaner air.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Rainbows, Bull Trout catch of the day

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first_imgReel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson B.C It’s time for another boat load of fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Now that summer has arrived what better time is there to get out in the boat for some fishing.Kootenay Lake: Although the fishing tourism is way down, the main lake has still been producing lots of the usual 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, with a few Bull Trout also from 2 – 6 pounds. Some of our best days see up to 20 fish being caught.  But, an average day would produce between 8 – 12 fish.  Lots of action to keep our guests busy. We have been mixing it up a bit lately as far as fishing location on the lake as well.  We have fished the extreme north, the extreme south, and the central portions of the lake and have found the better fishing to be from the central portion and south. Lighter gear is the ticket for fun now.  Still lots of excitement catching these 2 – 4 pounders on a fly rod or lighter spinning rod.  But, be prepared to break a few fish off if you manage to hook into some of the bigger fish still around. Either way, there’s still lots of action and lots of fun to be had on the lake. The West Arm has been producing some nice fish as of late.  It seems that some of our bigger fish have been cruising the West arm in search of food.  There have been a few surprises coming in lately. Fly fishing has been a blast in the past few weeks.  Lots of 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, but were also hooking into some Rainbows and Bull Trout up to eight pounds in the Arm.  This is a pleasant surprise when targeting the smaller fish. Lots of opportunity for fish this summer.  Looking forward to the tourist season and hoping to get lots more people hooked on this great sport.Columbia River: The river was on fire for the early months of April, May, and June.  Lots of fantastic days floating the river with both floating and sinking lines.  As the water remained low, the seams were plentiful and the fish remained very active. Lots of Rainbows between 2 – 5 pounds were being caught.  Also started to see more Walleye showing up in the fishery. Now, with the rising water, the fishing holes have changed a bit and the fish are moving around.  The back eddies are producing well, especially after the crazy caddis hatches that we had early in the season. Usually these hatches don’t start until this time of year.  A sign of the times I guess, as our seasons seam to be getting earlier every year. June and July should see some of the largest caddis hatches of the year and should put these fish back into a frenzy. Also, the Walleye should get to be more plentiful as the summer continues. Looking forward to the next couple months on the river!More Fishing Opportunities: It’s that time of year again when we spread the boats out to maximize our fishing presence.  For the next few months we will have our boats stationed at the following locations:   one boat on the Columbia River,  two boats on Kootenay Lake, and one boat on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet. So, no matter what your fishing preference is, we can accommodate. Looking forward to a busy summer.What are they biting on??? Not a lot of secrets out there at this time of year.  The main lake has been producing most Rainbows on the usual bucktail flies.  Common colours have been grey/white,  black/wht, green/wht.  The common numbers of these flies are:  210, 215, 221, 222, 234. Also catching some Rainbow and Bull trout on apex lures and my favourite Lyman plugs.  Check out some of the new Lyman patterns as they have been producing well for us. On the River we have been catching most of our Rainbows on the fly.  Dry lines with elk hair caddis have been working well on the hot days.  And on the cooler days, or when we can’t seem to catch on the dry, we have been drifting nymphs through our favourite holes. On the days when we are not flyfishing, we have been spin casting with spinners and spoons,  as well as bottom bouncing with bait. The bottom bouncers or jigs have been producing best for the Walleye. Lots of different techniques to use on the river and lots of different fish to be caught. Lets Go Fishing!Tight lines………………. Kerry Reedlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN & MIKE WILLMAN – THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019

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first_img(Current Through Sunday, Jan. 13) 12 4 PALOS VERDES A FEEL-GOOD STORY WIN OR LOSEIf Touched by Autism wins Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, there will be more than one feel-good storyline.First, even though only seven horses were entered, it would be the upset of upsets, since Touched by Autism will be the longest shot in the field going six furlongs in the Grade II sprint for older horses.Second, it will draw deserved attention to autism, a pervasive neurodevelopmental condition affecting a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.People with autism may have a difficult time understanding “typical” social cues and social behaviors, and they may face challenges engaging with those around them–either by using words or non-verbal behaviors.Affecting one in every 68 people in the United States, autism is one of the fastest-growing neurological disorders in the world. There is no known cause and no known cure. It infinitely tests the patience and endurance of every family in which it surfaces with an impact that is all-consuming.It is a life sentence with no possibility of parole.Picture Dustin Hoffman in Rainman. He can tell you how many toothpicks fell on the floor but he doesn’t know how much a hot dog costs.Johnny Taboada owns Touched by Autism, a six-year-old California-bred son of Beau’s Gem, who has won eight of 29 career starts, including the restricted Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last Nov. 24. His odds were 13-1.“Johnny’s son, Renzo, has autism,” explained Marcia Stolz, trainer of Touched byAutism, who has earned $270,395. “Even before we had horses for him, he named them for something to do with autism. Renzo is 19 and attends Las Positas Junior College in Livermore.”As for Touched by Autism, Stolz, 41, a former jockey, says the horse is “feeling good, but we’ve been trying to stay at Golden Gate and run because it is so tough down south.“However, with a short field and possible scratches because of the rain, who knows? Of course, it’s tough with Peter Miller (Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Roy H, Conquest Tsunami and Distinctiv B), but it could be worse.”An off track wouldn’t necessarily hinder Touched by Autism, since he broke his maiden on a good track at Santa Anita going a mile on Jan. 7, 2016.“It had been pouring rain sometime before that race,” recalled Storz, who was born in North Carolina, raised in Maryland but left when she was 10 when her father came to California to work for NASA circa 1985.She got her trainer’s license in 2015 and has 25 head currently at Los Alamitos.Taboada, a native of Peru who has been in the United States for more than 25 years, resides in Pleasanton and is a senior loan officer and a mortgage consultant in addition to currently owning “about 22” horses.“When I buy them as babies, I have the opportunity to name them, and I use the word autism in order to help raise the awareness of the condition,” he said. “If a source recently reports one in 68 are affected by autism, chances are today it’s now greater, because the numbers are constantly increasing.”But the 40-something owner has learned to challenge the odds.“We know we’re over our heads in the Palos Verdes,” he said. “Ideally, we didn’t want to enter, but we wanted to take this opportunity based on how well he ran in his last two sprints.“If we can be in the mix, it would give us something to look forward to in the future. It’s the old story, ‘You can’t win if you’re not in.’ We know we’re going against the best of the best–the best in the world, really.“I wasn’t going to run unless the horse was doing well and Marcia says he’s at his best right now, so we’ll see.”The Palos Verdes is not about winning or losing a race however; not about material success. It’s about love and concern for family.It will not alter Taboada’s priorities. He will always be “touched by autism,” devoted to the well-being of his own flesh and blood and a malady that in a negative sense afflicts and in a positive sense attracts, as if by a magnet.Although autism has no template, Renzo is the tie that binds.“He is,” Taboada says, “the glue of our family.”HOLLENDORFER HAS BUSY STAKES WEEKENDWith seven wins through 12 racings days, Jerry Hollendorfer is right in the thick of the trainers’ race as usual, and hopes to make gains in this weekend’s stakes.The Hall of Fame member has Awesome Anywhere and Kanthaka entered in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes and Vasilika set for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile on turf.“Awesome Anywhere and Kanthaka complement each other with different running styles,” Hollendorfer said.“Awesome Anywhere has speed and Kanthaka comes from off the pace.”Vasilika, who won eight straight races, including the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes after being claimed for $40,000 almost a year ago, on Feb. 11, 2018, had her streak snapped in the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar Dec. 2, finishing fourth but beaten only two lengths.“She’s been training well, so we’re looking forward to running her,” Hollendorfer said of the five-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Skipshot, who has 13 wins from 28 starts and earnings of $758,595. SANTA ANITA’S INDEFATIGABLE JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES 98TH BIRTHDAYArguably the youngest “old” man on earth, Santa Anita’s beloved Paddock Captain John Shear was set to celebrate his 98th birthday Thursday in predictable fashion, by punching his time clock and settling in for yet another day of managing human and equine traffic in Santa Anita’s picturesque Paddock Gardens.Employed at The Great Race Place for nearly six decades, Shear, who was born in London and originally aspired to be a jockey, immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. following World War II and then came to Southern California in 1954.“I was exercising horses for a guy in Vancouver and he asked me if I’d like to go with him to Santa Anita that fall,” said Shear. “I said ‘sure,’ and as soon as I stepped off that van in the Stable Area here, I said ‘Lord, this is where I want to be.’ The place was so incredibly beautiful and I’ve never gotten tired of it.”A diminutive four feet, 11 inches, Shear weighs 104 pounds and attributes lifestyle, attitude and exercise as the primary reasons for his incredibly vigorous life.“I still do 30 pushups every morning. I do deep breathing exercises and I’ve got a stationary bike for my legs.  I do a lot of walking here at work and at home . . . I walk my dog every day and I love what I do.”When asked what he thinks of a world in which seemingly everyone is continuously glued to an electronic device of one kind or another, he responded: “The world changes. My wife is on the computer all day, and I can’t say anything about it!”Shear, who sustained life threatening injuries resulting from an act of heroism eight years ago in which he threw himself between a five-year-old girl and an on-rushing loose horse, has no thoughts of retiring from the job he loves.“I can’t imagine retirement,” he said. “Every day is a blessing and I love everything about this job . . .The people, horses, jockeys, trainers, everyone I work with. I hope it never ends.”And wouldn’t that be something.LIVE RACING CANCELED AT SANTA ANITA DUE TO HEAVY RAINDue to heavy overnight rains and a 100 percent likelihood of continued wet weather, Santa Anita Park cancelled Thursday’s eight-race card, which was scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.According to Santa Anita Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco, Santa Anita has taken on 3 ½ inches of rain since Monday, and the National Weather Service is predicting an additional two inches of precipitation into this afternoon.Additionally, flash flood warnings have been issued in the local mountains and widespread flooding has been reported this morning throughout Southern California.Horsemen are advised that Santa Anita will make every effort to bring back those races that were cancelled today in the immediate future.Santa Anita was open Thursday for simulcast wagering in the Grandstand Paddock Room with free parking and admission.As the most recent storm is predicted to move out of the area later this afternoon, live racing will resume as originally scheduled on Friday, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.THREE ON TURF FOR FRIDAY’S STRONACH 5Friday’s Stronach 5 will have a $50,000 guaranteed pool and will feature turf races from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.The national pick 5 sequence, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, begins with a one mile turf event from Gulfstream Park before heading north to Laurel Park for a claiming event. The sequence wraps up with turf races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita.First race post time for the Stronach 5 is 4:10 p.m.Past Performances: http://www.laurelpark.com/handicapping/stronach-pick-5.Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence:• Leg One – Gulfstream Park 8th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 4:10 ET, 1:10 PT• Leg Two -Laurel Park 9th race -(12 entries, seven furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35PT• Leg Three -Gulfstream Park 9th race – (9 horses, 1 1/16 miles) 4:41 ET, 1:41 PT• Leg Four – Gulfstream Park 10th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PT• Leg Five – Santa Anita Park 4th race – (8 entries, one mile turf) 5:30 ET, 2:30 PTThe minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.MARIKIAN, TRAINER OF SWING TILL DAWN, PASSES AT 79Former trainer Chuck Marikian, best known as the conditioner of Swing Till Dawn, winner of Santa Anita’s Grade I Strub Stakes in 1983, passed away on Sunday due to complications from a fall this past August.Marikian, 79, was born in East Los Angeles and played football at Cal State LA in the early 1960s. Gregarious by nature and an imposing physical presence, he was the life of any party and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Isabella, three daughters, Stacy (married to Bob Baffert assistant, Mike Marlow), Holly and Kelly. The Marikians also have three grandchildren, Dustin, Max and Isabella.Services for Chuck Marikian will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. Therese Church in Alhambra, located at 1100 Alhambra Road, 91801.FINISH LINES: Trainer Peter Eurton has multiple graded stakes winner Giant Expectations ticketed for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 2 with Joel Rosarioto ride . . . There’s a new chef (not sheriff) in town and he’s Isaac Coleman, cooking up fabulous fare at Clockers’ Corner. A 35-year-old native of Boyle Heights, Coleman formerly managed the menu at the DC 3 Gourmet in Compton. THREE ON TURF FOR FRIDAY’S STRONACH 5 13 0 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $379,700 5 1st $844,869 3rd 16% ITM% 52% 1st Win% 14 Geovanni Franco51 8 50% $1,143,616 17% $450,713 55% $409,325 Money Won $129,559 $599,609 8 56% 6 9 William E. Morey21 7 4 11 $240,829 $547,250 4 9 71% 2 FORMER TRAINER MARIKIAN PASSES AT 79 7 59% 4 Flavien Prat74 57% 8 4 Peter Miller41 7 11 TOUCHED BY AUTISM IS ALREADY A WINNER 24% 4 49% 49% 9 3rd 16% ITM% Win% 41% 4 4 4 24% 6 $382,251 21% 23% Heriberto Figueroa61 Mike Smith24 20% 11 3 5 HEAVY RAINS CANCEL THURSDAY’S RACES 14% 44% 11 2nd 22% 14% 6 Money Won 5 Drayden Van Dyke56 7 $354,938 46% TrainerMts Richard Baltas41 Jerry Hollendorfer32 38% 2nd $416,464 John Sadler29 J. Keith Desormeaux25 19% 5 HOLLENDORFER HAS TWO STAKES COOKING JockeyMts $366,457 JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY NO. 98 40% 35% 5 3 Joel Rosario69 Doug O’Neill45 11 17 9 24% Steve Knapp17 4 $80,803last_img read more

Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open

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first_img“I’m always ready. It’s going to be a challenge for me that whatever team picks me, I have to find a way how I can make an impact right away as a rookie.”So far, only Fil-foreigners Christian Standhardinger, Jason Perkins, and Davon Potts are the big names who have declared for the draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’ll see. I still have other things I need to focus on so I’m not thinking about it that much,” he said.Same is the case for bluechip amateurs like Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose, who will also see action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’m not thinking of the PBA just yet. Right now, I’m just focused 100 percent on the task and that is to really play well for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas. I want to focus on that so I can play my game,” said Teng.For now, Ravena said he’s keeping the door open for opportunities and prefers to represent the country and play in different international competitions. How to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody Alab Pilipinas taps Ivan Johnson as import LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the deadline of submission for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft fast approaching, top prospects are still yet to decide on whether to make the jump to the pros.Kiefer Ravena shared he’s still mulling his options as he keeps his eyes on the October 12 deadline set by the league for local-born aspirants.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “When you decide to play in the PBA, technically that’s it and your life will revolve around it. It’s gonna be hard for other options and opportunities like these to come in,” said Ravena, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last month.Ravena has been everywhere since playing his last UAAP game for Ateneo in 2015.He suited up for Mighty Sports in the Merlion Cup and Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, tried his luck with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, represented the Philippines in the Fiba 3×3 events and SEA Games.Ravena also said he doesn’t have any preference as to which PBA team he wants to play for.“I don’t want the people to think that I’m just waiting for a group to pick me, that I’m not willing to play for any other team,” the 23-year-old guard said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

‘What Are Religious Leaders Doing?’

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first_imgIf the late Catholic Archbishop, Michael Kpakala Francis were alive today he would have been very vocal against the ills in society, because he was fearless in speaking the truth to the powers that be, and he was a veteran women rights advocate, Mother Mary Brownell has said.Serving as one of the two panelists at a memorial ceremony of eight distinguished Liberian religious advocates in Monrovia, Mother Brownell noted that the unwavering commitment and advocacy of Archbishop Francis and others were in no small way responsible for the peace and stability now being enjoyed in the country. “During that period, no one thought of making Liberia a Christian nation. Christian and Muslims worked collaboratively praying, fasting and humbling begging our creator to heal our land,” she said.“Bishop Francis was very vocal in expressing his opposition to the ills in the society. He didn’t care who would be offended. He spoke his mind regardless of the consequences,” she said.“Working closely with some of the past religious leaders who are remembered today, bring back sad memories,” Mother Brownell recalled, “personalities like the late Bishop Michael Kpakala Francis, Bishop William Nah Dixon and Shiekh Kafumba Konneh and others.”She noted that the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, of which she was an influential part along with these leaders, met regularly at the Catholic Secretariat to work out plans and strategies on how to bring peace to our troubled country by meeting with the various stakeholders in the crisis.These groups of advocates, she indicated, were indeed their brothers’ keepers, unlike the current dispensation when everyone seems to be on their own without backing from their colleagues.She said that the occasion provided the right forum for her to express what keeps pricking her conscience, indicating that over the years she has observed that religious leaders are partly responsible for some of the wrongs in the Liberian state because they are silent on unbecoming happenings.“Some may argue that the Church and Mosque are different from the state and so the Pastors’ and Imams’ work is to preach and interpret the words of God,” Mother Brownell said, adding that it is the duty of religious institutions to guide, correct, instruct, advise and monitor “our movements and behaviors. We hear of rape, sodomy, bribery, fornication, adultery corruption etc., in all aspects of our society; committed from our homes to the Churches and Mosques. Who are committing these unwholesome behaviors? Are they not our members? What are religious leaders doing about these disgraceful behaviors?”She noted that she may not be asking the preachers in the churches and the mosques to condemn and disgrace such people, but to counsel them and point out their disgrace to the country.In a tribute, the Secretary General of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, Sheikh Musa Bamba, said the honorees were people who stood for the right causes and were yearning for good governance in the country.“Things that these men spoke against are still happening in our society and it is a shame that these are still happening. Corruption is still rampant in the country. Violence against women, especially raping of children, is on the increase. We must stop these things as a people to progress as a nation,” the Sheikh said.Also speaking of Archbishop Francis, Panelist Kenneth Best said the eminent Catholic often spoke against the widespread mismanagement and wickedness of the Samuel Doe regime and warned that God would not permit this to continue.“Doe was so angry with the Archbishop that the Head of State launched an arson attack on the Catholic Radio Station near the Catholic Mission on Ashmun Street, Snapper Hill. That paralyzed the station for over a year,” he said. And when two of Doe’s closest associates, Postal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly and Liberian Broadcasting System Managing Director Alhaji Kromah, who had both been educated at the Roman Catholic’s St. Patrick’s High School failed to intervene, saying their parents had “paid their school fees at St.Patrick’s,” Archbishop Francis closed the school and turned its Capitol Hill premises over to the Roman Catholic-run Stella Maris.What these two young fellows did not realize, Mr. Best said, the quality education “we all received from Catholic schools, has always been and continues to be heavily subsidized.”Vice President Joseph Boakai, in a brief statement, said the ceremony was resourceful in that the participants had learned a lot from the panelists. He said Liberia needs more of the memorialized advocates if it is to become a better nation. “Liberia cherishes all of these people. And there are more of these here among you our current religious leaders,” the VP said. The Second Lady of the Republic, Katumu Boakai, also graced the ceremony. The Muslim Community graced the occasion in their numbers. Present also was Chief Imam, Alieu Krayee.Meanwhile, those memorialized included Bishop Stephen Trowen Nagbe, Rev. Mother Wilhelmina Dukuly, Rev. George Daniel Browne, Rev. Dr. Roland Jigi Payne, Archbishop Francis, Rev. Walter D. Richards, Rev. Dr. William Nah Dixon, and Sheikh Kafumba Konneh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MARCH WITH A TWIST

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anti-war activists used humor to deliver their serious message during their “Make Fun Not War, April Fools For Christ” march Sunday in Pasadena. Organizers have held an annual Palm Sunday parade for peace for the past four years. This year, since Palm Sunday fell on April 1, they decided to go for a lighter touch, along with their signs and palm branches. The group marched from the Messiah Lutheran Church to Paseo Colorado, where they gathered to sing songs and recite prayers for peace. Participants from several other area churches, including First Baptist and All Saints Episcopal, also took part in the march. One of the parade organizers, the Rev. Bert Newton, pastor at the Pasadena Mennonite Church, said the inspiration for the annual event comes from the Palm Sunday story of Jesus entering Jerusalem in the days leading to his crucifixion. – From staff reports last_img read more

Scheer says it would take Conservatives five years to balance budget

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first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the economy has become such a mess under the Liberals that it would take a Conservative government five years to clean it up.He accused the Liberal government of embarking on a “deficit spree” and spending $79.5 billion of previously unbudgeted funds since 2017, adding balancing the budget in the short-term is “impossible.”Scheer says even the most optimistic projections don’t have the Liberals doing so for 20 more years _ but the Conservatives would do so in a quarter of that time.- Advertisement -He made the remarks in a speech to members of the Canadian Club at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where he also said he was pleased with a court ruling today that blocked British Columbia from restricting oil shipments into the province.The B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that the province doesn’t have the authority to create a permitting regime for companies that wish to increase their flow of diluted bitumen, in a ruling widely considered a win for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Alberta’s efforts to get its resources to overseas markets.But while he called it a “helpful” ruling, Scheer added that a climate of uncertainty remains for investors in the resource sector and called on the Liberal government to put the brakes on a bill to enact new environmental assessment legislation and fast-track any judicial reviews to the Supreme Court of Canada.Advertisement “Obviously the Conservative party is pleased with this decision. However there still is a great deal of uncertainty as it relates to future court processes,” he said.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation accused Scheer of breaking his word on his previous budget promise, saying in a statement that he signed a pledge in April 2017 with the federation’s youth organization promising to balance the budget within two years if he were elected.“Canadians are already suffering the consequences of breaking a balanced budget promise: Justin Trudeau’s fiscal recklessness will mean at least $100 billion in additional debt piled on the backs of our children and grandchildren,” the statement says.“The longer a return to balance is delayed, the more debt will accumulate and the longer Canadians will see billions wasted on interest payments.”Advertisementlast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY

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first_imgMALIN GOES MADE FOR JIMMYGETTING READY IN GAOTH DOBHAIRYET MORE PAINT! THE SWEENEYS WITH NODDY THE DONKEYTHIS CAR THING IS CATCHING – AND YOU CAN’T BEAT THE VIEWNOT SURE IF ANYONE CAN SEE OUT THAT WINDSCREEN – BUT THESE CHILDREN DON’T CARECOUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

SHOOTING RANGE GETS THE BULLET

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first_imgPlans for a state-of-the-art shooting range have been shot down in the High Court.The court ruled yesterday that the range did not have planning permission.Permission for a range, used by a target shooting club near Lifford, had been validly refused by Donegal County Council in 2011, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns found. The action arose after Donall McGroary, secretary of the Donegal Target Club, applied to the local Garda Superintendent Vincent O’Brien for authorisation for a range at Cavan, Upper Killygordan, near Lifford.SHOOTING RANGE GETS THE BULLET was last modified: June 30th, 2013 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:Donegal Target ClubLiffordshooting rangelast_img read more