Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Would you like to help the local food banks gear up for summer, while having some fun at work? Start a food drive challenge!A large number of children in Thurston County receive subsidized breakfast and lunch at school. During the summer, they are more likely to go hungry. Area food banks encourage donations of peanut butter to help families while school is out—it doesn’t need refrigeration, it’s easy for kids to make sandwiches with, and it provides a good source of protein. And, of course, jam and jelly go with peanut butter.To help out, the Thurston County Public Works Department will be holding an internal Peanut Butter Challenge from April 6 to May 15. The good-natured competition will determine which division within the department can collect the most peanut butter and jam. The winning team will receive bragging rights, a root beer float party and a fun trophy.A similar effort in 2010 netted over 1,000 jars, which the Thurston County Food Bank (TCFB) distributed countywide. Public Works Director Ramiro Chavez, who joined the department in last August, is hoping to make the Peanut Butter Challenge an annual springtime food drive event for the department, and encourages other businesses and local governments to hold similar food drives. And it certainly doesn’t have to be just peanut butter—TCFB needs a variety of foods for summer and weekend programs, which include:FORKids school backpack meal program which helps hungry, homeless children. Two days’ worth of kid friendly foods are provided on Fridays at area elementary schools. Summer School Lunch Program, under the umbrella of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, provides sack lunches to children in collaboration with local service providers. Summer Mobile Meal Pilot Program, funded by local donations, provides sack lunches to children living in low-income neighborhoods.TCFB serves 15,000 families annually through a variety of programs. These families include 47,000 individuals, half of which are children. Last year the number of visits increased 20 percent to 284,000. The food bank distributed 6 million pounds of food, which included locally-sourced food and federal food products.So start your own challenge this spring, and share your organization’s efforts on the Facebook pages of the Thurston County Food Bank or Waste Less Food—Thurston Solid Waste. TCFB can provide sample emails and flyers for you to use, as well as collection bins in a variety of sizes. Please contact Fran Potasnik with TCFB at (360) 754-5703 or email@example.com.
Facebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersJune 12, 2020Like many people around the world, we are shocked and horrified by the senseless death of George Floyd while in police custody. We join in mourning and send our deep and heartfelt condolences to those who are left to mourn his loss for a lifetime. This tragedy has brought to the surface systemic inequalities existing in our society, specifically among people of color, from which we cannot walk away. To be comfortably numb to these issues is completely unacceptable. Now is the time for us to unite and work together to create a more equitable and just community. We all bear this responsibility.We know we are not immune to inequality, racial or otherwise, in Thurston County. If any good will come out of this moment, it is an opportunity for us to reflect on our ideals as a people, listen to one another, and forge a new path forward for ourselves and future generations.As your Board of County Commissioners, we commit to working with our employees and other elected leaders to develop local policies building up support systems to foster understanding and inclusion. Over the coming months, we will explore how we, as a legislative body, can institutionalize equality across our county government. Some concepts we are exploring include:Conducting a comprehensive re-assessment of our organizational mindset, policies, and procedures.Re-establishing a council on equality and human rights comprised of a cross section of individuals from diverse backgrounds in our community.Supporting increased training opportunities for our law enforcement personnel.We expect so much from our law enforcement. We ask them to be mental health experts, substance abuse experts, and a myriad of other professions – all while continuing to protect and serve our community. They also need our support.Together, we can rise to this moment. The improvements we make will be felt throughout our community. There are policy changes we will advocate for at the state and federal level. We are committed to the vision of a Thurston County ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone.Sincerely,John Hutchings, ChairTye Menser, Vice-ChairGary Edwards, Commissioner
Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alanna Arvie, McNeese – So. – Oberlin, La.Arvie set a new personal record in the weight throw for the third straight week while improving her Southland-best mark to 58-6.75, finishing second overall at the Samford Invitational. Her finish was the top of all collegiate competitors. She also placed second in the shot put with a mark of 43-11.75 to boost her to No. 3 in the league rankings. Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Allyson Girard, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – Gilbert, Ariz.Girard clocked an altitude-adjusted sub-five minute in the mile run at the Texas Tech Invitational – the fastest time in the conference this year by over 10 seconds. Her pace was good for her second event win and her second program record-setting performance of the current season. Both teams are back in action this weekend, with McNeese hosting the McNeese Indoor II on Friday and the Islanders heading to the Houston Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Southland Indoor Track & Field Weekly RecapFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Allyson Girard and McNeese sophomore Alanna Arvie are the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Sarea Alexander, UIW; Sashane Hanson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Honorable Mention: Grace McKenzie, McNeese; Dominique Allen, UIW.
FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Cayla Jones and Samantha Guile are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.The duo swept the weekly awards after Northwestern State turned in a perfect 4-0 week following a 7-3 win over Grambling State Tuesday and a three-game conference sweep over Southeastern Louisiana over the weekend.The Lady Demons (18-16, 9-3 SLC) currently sit at the top of the Southland standings and are riding a five-game win streak. Northwestern State’s offense has knocked a league-best 24 homeruns, while the pitching staff has collaborated for five shutout victories thus far.Northwestern State’s sweep marks the first time this season that two players from the same institution have won the weekly honors.Softball Hitter of the Week – Cayla Jones, Northwestern State – 2B – So. – Missouri City, TexasJones notched 10 RBIs over four games for Northwestern State last week. The sophomore began her week by knotting the score at 3-3 against Grambling with an RBI. She then followed suit with a grand slam in game one against Southeastern Louisiana and a pair of RBI in game two of the series. Her final appearance of the week was capped with a solo home run shot that sparked a comeback performance for the Lady Demons over SLU in game three Saturday afternoon.Honorable Mention: Bryana Novegil, Stephen F. Austin; Shelby Neatherlin, Incarnate Word; Jade Lewis, Lamar.Softball Pitchers of the Week – Samantha Guile, Northwestern State – Jr. – Bossier City, La.Guile won two games in relief and pitched a complete game to finish the week 3-0 for Northwestern State. Against Grambling, Guile entered the contest with NSU down 3-2, bases loaded and no outs, but was able to escape the inning unscathed. She then picked up the complete-game win against Southeastern Louisiana in game two of the series, allowing just three hits. In game three against SLU, with the Lady Demons trailing by one run, the junior registered four scoreless innings of relief, as Northwestern State completed the comeback bid.Honorable Mention: Julia Voluntad, Lamar; Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State; Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
In the second half, the torture of Valencia, although it seemed difficult, was even more because in 51 ’Parejo saw the second yellow (somewhat rigorous) and was expelled. With ten players, the Celades were looking forward to the end of a duel that hurts. The 4-0, by Dani Rodríguez, although it was a great goal, it came by inertia. And the Ferran’s final 4-1 did not make the image of Valencia better. Incontestable local triumph. Mallorca danced much better in the rain and it only took seven minutes to get ahead on the scoreboard. Valencia showed no safety behind, was soft and careless in the markings, and Rail it (He was alone in the area and Wass took all the looks of his teammates) headed a foul masterfully served by Salva Sevilla. With the 1-0, the vermilion team smelled blood and wanted to put another gear into the game. Valencia was not comfortable, in just 12 minutes its double pivot (Coquelin and Parejo) already had a yellow one, and the game was precipitous and lacking success in the pass. The Celades were being run over by a team distressed by the descent, but lucid and, in 23 ’, he came 2-0. Budimir He showed more ambition than Diakhaby and, after Coquelin failed to clear the ball, the vermilion tip deflected a shot from Dani and beat Jaume. Valencia was on the canvas and showed no signs of improvement because the difference between the two teams was abysmal. While all Mallorcanist attacks were in danger, the Ches stayed in nothing. And on the edge of rest, a new punch on the table of Vicente Moreno’s with 3-0. It was a video library, by how it was manufactured and the definition. Salva Sevilla, magnificent, moved the entire team and Budimir he surpassed Jaume perfectly with a cross shot. Valencia was a comparsa and Celades sent a clear message: it replaced Cheryshev and gave Ferran entrance. Goals1-0, 6 ‘: Rail it, 2-0, 21 ‘: Before Budimir, 3-0, 40 ‘: Before Budimir, 4-0, 78 ‘: Dani, 4-1, 81 ‘: Ferrán Torres Mallorca is very much alive. After six games without winning, those of Vicente Moreno were the perfect storm and ran over a Valencia descosido And without football. The Goals of Raillo and Dani and the double of Budimir (He forgave the hat-trick in the addition) catapult the vermilion set towards a permanence that gets harder and harder. Ferran already scored 4-0 and it was one of the few ché that showed some passion and success. ChangesFerrán Torres (43 ‘, Cheryshev), Lee Kang-In (60 ‘, Gameiro), Alejandro Pozo (63 ‘, Cucho Hernández), Aleix Febas (68 ‘, Save Seville), Takefusa Kubo (79 ‘, Junior Lake) CardsReferee: Mario Melero LópezVAR Referee: Ricardo de Burgos BengoetxeaEqual (5 ‘, Yellow) Coquelin (11 ‘, Yellow) Rail it (37 ‘, Yellow) Equal (50 ‘, Red) Save Seville (54 ‘, Yellow) Manolo Reina (59 ‘, Yellow) Takefusa Kubo (80 ‘, Yellow) Ferrán Torres (86 ‘, Yellow
DHAKA (AP):OPENER Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 60 as India won the Asia Cup for the sixth time after beating Bangladesh by eight wickets yesterday.The home side was put into bat and posted 120-5 in a rain-hit game that was reduced from 20 to 15 overs after a two-hour delay.World T20 host India won with seven balls to spare, reaching 122-2 as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a towering midwicket six.Dhawan and Virat Kohli combined for a 94-run partnership for the second wicket after India was reduced to 5-1.Kohli was unbeaten on 41, while Dhoni was on 20.”The top order played sensibly and made it easy for us,” Dhoni said.”It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20. It’s the beauty of the side that everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”Bangladesh’s fast-bowlers Taskin Ahmed (1-14) and Al-Amin Hossain (1-30) shared the wickets.To the delight of the home crowd, Al-Amin broke through in just the second over when he swung one nicely to get the edge of Rohit Sharma (1) who was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.Dhawan and Kohli spent some uncomfortable moments at the crease against the pace of Al-Amin and Taskin. They took their frustration out on Abu Haider, who was playing his first match. Haider conceded 14 runs in his first over and the quick didn’t bowl further in the match.Both Dhawan and Kohli also found Shakib Al Hasan’s left-arm spin to their liking as they kept India in the hunt.Dhoni hurried the victory for India with 20 off six balls including one four and two sixes.”We are disappointed, no doubt. They played really well and we couldn’t keep the pressure,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said.”We have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here.”
Monrovia- The epidemic Ebola is the most venomous of viruses often disguising itself as malaria, typhoid, flu, diarrhea, headache or a combination of the above or even more.Ebola has defied conventional medical protocols and brought to knees the healthcare systems of some of the countries where the epidemic is rife. It has exposed the lapses in the healthcare protocols of even some of the most advanced countries- case of the Texas nurses that treated Thomas Eric Duncan.However, Ebola comes with a strong but sobering message-that countries should focus energies on preventive healthcare. Public healthcare systems should put their lenses on population health. Ebola has proven that the general well being of a population supersedes individual healthcare. Those at the lower end of the economic ladder who cannot afford basic healthcare coverage are often left unnoticed.Ebola is a serial killer that is indiscriminate in selecting victims. No one is shielded from the killer virus. Perhaps, if more efforts are concerted towards population health and preventive healthcare, there might be a decrease in the rise of Ebola and other infectious diseases. Similarly, diseases that tend to affect poorer countries would not be subjected to neglect but rather seen as a potential global health epidemic and would require solid attention.Global health bodies like the World Health Organization; the US Centers for Disease Control should align their efforts with frontline organizations like the Doctors Without Borders and Samaritan’s Purse. Ebola is a serial killer that tears down everything in its path from the economy, socialization, cultural practices, education, and also poses a security threat. In Liberia, one of the countries at the epicenter of the epidemic, mid-term elections for the senate are forced to be postponed because of fear of assembly of a huge number of people.Another vital lesson that Ebola has taught African governments is the need to prioritize the general healthcare of its citizens. Most public officials in Africa prefer medical services abroad, leaving their healthcare systems at home in shambles. The weak and poor are left with no choice but to attend those horrible facilities. This trend has to stop. There is no safe haven for Ebola. Healthcare systems of African governments should be upgraded and public monies directed at research to discover treatments/vaccines for such epidemics.In Liberia, where there are scores of persons reported to have survived the virus, such survivors should be sampled and their blood plasma tested for possible antidotes to the virus. In a recent report, Dr. Kent Brantly of the Samaritan’s purse relief who had survived the virus is reported to have offered his blood plasma to nurses in Texas. Laudable move! Perhaps Liberia has a chunk load for such experiments.It is also reported in Liberia of a medical doctor who had been treating his patients with antiretroviral drugs and recorded success stories. There is no yet known cure for the virus, thus experiments should not be dismissed but subjected to further research. Donors should direct funding to research to ensure donations are not just directed at paying experts but to find a remedy. Ebola has presented an opportunity to research and find treatments for other potentially dangerous infectious diseases and STD’s.Governments in Africa, especially in the region where the epidemic is raging, need to implement robust surveillance, information sharing, effective contact tracing, simple information dissemination and sending clear messages. Finger pointing and the blame game is naïve. As the virus has shown, it has the ability to travel, undetected, evading radars and screenings until it gets set to strike. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of October 24, there are total cases of 10141, Laboratory confirmed cases of 5692 and total deaths of 4922. This is scary.Healthcare systems should encourage community Health Workers (CHWs) through training and providing better incentives and insurance. Trainings will unravel new techniques on unmasking the killer earlier and applying universal precautionary procedures.Governments should improve weak infrastructures like roads to enable ambulances to reach even the remotest parts of the countries to transport the sick. The fear of health workers potentially getting Ebola should not subject other patients to die of curable causes because healthcare workers are either poorly trained; incompetent, or lack insurance.The alarm is up and the serial killer is out there, staring at a panicked population, planning a next strike. Identifying the killer is a step in winning the war.While the war on Malaria and AIDS is yet to be won by Africa, she is confronted with an even deadlier Serial Killer that attacks on all fronts. She cannot fight them alone. The sooner the rest of the world realizes this, we’re all safe. About the Author:Lekpele Nyamalon lives in Monrovia, Liberia and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Mario Balotelli will return ‘home’ to Brescia as he attempts to regain his place in the Italy team © AFP/File / Boris HORVATMILAN, Italy, Aug 18 – Mario Balotelli will return to Italy with home town team Brescia after it was confirmed on Sunday he has signed for the newly-promoted club.The Italian forward has penned a “multi-year contract” and will be officially presented on Monday, the northern team confirmed on their website. “Mario returns home,” Brescia said in a statement.“The return to Italy, after three years, was made possible by Mario’s determination and enthusiasm to return to Brescia, the city where he grew up and where, since he was a child, he stood out for his physical and technical skills,” the club continued.Balotelli, who was born in Sicily but adopted and raised just outside Brescia, has reportedly agreed a three-year deal with the Serie B champions after being released by Marseille in June.“Finally back in MY CITY,” Balotelli posted on social media along with a video collage of photos and clips of different moments of his career.Balotelli made his debut in local team Lumezzane in Serie C as a 16-year-old, before moving to Serie A giants Inter Milan in 2007.However, Balotelli’s debut in the Brescia shirt is not imminent as the striker has to serve a four-match ban and his return could be on September 25 against Juventus.Sky Sports Italia reported Balotelli has signed a three-year deal worth three million euros ($3.3 million) for the first year, plus a further three million if the club remains in Serie A.In the following two years he will receive six million euros per season if Brescia remain in Serie A, Sky reported.The 29-year-old rejected a move to Brazilian club Flamengo as he pushes for a place in the Italian national team as Euro 2020 approaches.Balotelli, who has 36 caps for Italy, has not featured on the international stage since last September as coach Roberto Mancini said he was not playing at a high enough standard.Brescia have been promoted back to the top flight for the first time since being relegated in 2011.Balotelli last played in Serie A with AC Milan on loan from Liverpool in the 2015-2016 season.It was his second spell at AC Milan after 2013-2014. He was part of the Inter Milan side coached by Jose Mourinho that won the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in 2010.He won three Serie A titles with Inter before switching to Manchester City and helping them claim the Premier League crown in 2012.Brescia, meanwhile, crashed out of the Coppa Italia in the third round on Sunday losing 2-1 to Serie B outfit Perugia, who went through thanks to two goals deep into injury time.0Shares0000(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After banking money for the past few fiscal years and watching the local library foundation host countless fundraisers, the City Council on Tuesday night finally agreed to make up the difference. Bridging the gap could amount to more than $3.5 million, even with the $1.9 million already earmarked for the building and roughly $600,000 put up by the Redondo Beach Library Foundation. But no one wanted to sit on the plan, considering how the library’s $6.3 million price tag has grown significantly over the past couple of years. After weighing a list of capital improvement projects and hearing pleas from residents toting signs, the councilmen ranked a new Artesia Boulevard library their top priority and asked staff members to find money for it. They’ll revisit the issue at a meeting Nov. 20, when the staff is expected to return with funding options. At 10,800 square feet, the library would be the city’s first new public building in more than a decade, the most recent being the Alta Vista Community Center in south Redondo, completed in 1996. The main library on Pacific Coast Highway was built shortly before that. Mayor Mike Gin said he believes the foundation’s ongoing support helped influence the council’s decision to make it a priority. “This project I think really speaks volumes of our community’s dedication and commitment in partnership with the city,” Gin said. “Were it not for the dedication of (citizens groups), we would not be here.” Foundation President Becky Sargent summed up her reaction Wednesday morning in one word: “Relieved.” As the years passed and the project lingered in the planning stages, Sargent said some donors were beginning to rethink their pledges. “We have been looking at the possibility of a withdrawal of funds by supporters of the project. With much regret, they felt that they needed to tell us if this was not going to get under way, they couldn’t support it,” said Sargent, a former school trustee. “I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the decision.” Still, she said, the foundation doesn’t plan to stop working and will continue rounding up donations for more books, computers and other amenities. It remains to be seen how the council will fill the budget gap, but a likely source is the workers’ compensation and general liability reserve funds. The council considered transferring or borrowing money from the $16.4 million pot Tuesday but decided to wait for new information. Following the advice of city consultants, staff members had recommended keeping a sizable cushion in reserves to pay for unexpected or ongoing workers’ comp claims. And while some councilmen indicated they’d favor putting at least some of that money toward a library, they want staff members to collect data from other cities and analyze the effects of having a smaller reserve fund. Councilman Steve Aspel said he didn’t want to make a drastic reduction to the workers’ comp budget. But, he added, “we have to reduce this somehow, so we can use the money for citizens’ needs.” A new north branch has been a long time coming. The existing building at 2000 Artesia is overstocked and cramped with only 3,663 square feet of space. It was built in 1949, and Redondo’s population has more than tripled since the library was last renovated in 1960. The foundation kicked off a campaign in August 2004 to help make the project a reality. Redondo Beach, which had been planning for a replacement well before that, had also applied for a chunk of state bond money. But hopes sank in December 2004 when the Public Library Construction and Renovation Board doled out the remaining $80 million from a 2000 library bond measure and passed up Redondo. Later, officials gave the library fund most of a $1.1 million reimbursement from the state, which borrowed motor vehicle license fee money during the budget crisis. The total, though, was still short. “I think we’ve finally reached the point where the council and I are going to take some real, concrete steps toward funding the gap,” Gin said. The library wasn’t the only project to get a lift this week. City leaders also agreed to find money for a traffic-calming device at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and South Francisca Avenue and for repairs to the Redondo Beach Historical Museum at Dominguez Park. email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUILDING: Leaders will look for ways to bridge funding gap of as much as $3.5 million. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER The long, frustrating campaign to replace the tired and tiny Redondo Beach north branch library may be nearing its final chapter.
The standard four-cylinder, 158-horsepower model is expected to get 24 miles per gallon in city driving and 34 on the highway, while mileage for a 268-horsepower V-6 is estimated at 22 in the city and 31 on the highway. The 192-horsepower Camry hybrid is expected to get 43 miles per gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Seeking to put an end to the idea that the No. 1 selling car in the United States is too vanilla for many who drive it, Toyota on Monday unveiled the fully redesigned 2007 Camry. The new Camry has a sleeker, more refined look, with a lower roofline and longer wheelbase than its predecessor. It will come in five models, four of which are scheduled to hit dealer showrooms in early March. The fifth is the first hybrid version of the Camry, which is expected to go on sale a few months later. “Camry’s new style is athletic and elegant,” said Don Esmond, Toyota Motor Sales USA’s senior vice president of automotive operations. “It is infused with new energy and is better proportioned.” Pricing is expected to be announced later, but Esmond said the new Camry will maintain the Toyota tradition that each new Camry should offer better value and more car for the money than the previous one. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Camry has been a perennial top seller, with 2005 figures showing it was the best-selling car in the United States for the fourth year in a row, and eight of the last nine years. It again topped sales of the Honda Accord and other mid-size competitors, such as the Chevrolet Impala. Since the model was introduced in the fall of 1982, Toyota said it has sold more than 6.5 million Camrys in the United States. Like many of its counterparts, the Camry has evolved from its boxy and utilitarian beginnings to a more stylish exterior and refined interior. But reliability, affordability, good gas mileage and improved safety have been among the key factors in its continued popularity. “We went from basing our decisions on what is the definition of a Camry to focusing our energies on what a Camry can be,” Esmond said. “For the first time in a long time, designers pushed the styling envelope.” The new Camry is designed to give the feel of a bigger interior. And it has optional touches in the XLE model that include fabric coated with a substance extracted from silkworm cocoons that’s billed as a moisturizer with natural healing properties, meant to be gentle on the skin that touches it.