Experience the World in Your Backyard at Lacey’s Ethnic Celebration

first_imgFacebook41Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jeannette Sieler, Recreation Supervisor for the City of LaceyWhere can you experience the sights, sounds, tastes, colors, cultures, and customs from around the world without purchasing a plane ticket or even spending much on gas?  At the Ethnic Celebration right here in Lacey on Saturday, March 10. This year will see the largest participation ever, offering a wide variety of groups who are excited to share their culture and heritage with each other and with the next generation. In addition to 2 stages of ongoing dancers, drummers, and bands there are 64 different vendors and resource booths as well as hands-on activities for children.  This year, we are bringing back the passport activity for children, they can pick up their passport and collect stamps from the various ‘countries’ at the event to win a prize!At this free event happening March 10 at Saint Martin’s University, see performances from all over the world. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey.“We are very excited about some of the new groups we have participating this year!” Shares Jordy Beasley, Lacey Parks & Recreation Event Coordinator. “Among the 18 performers one new group, Bong Lang Ruam Jai, will share Thailand sound and dancing with some unique instruments, and we have some fun new vendors including Roxana Hart who is traveling from Mexico to share her handmade textiles and wood/clay/leather/tin products.  We will also have Fancy Accent Tea Company representing the home of tea time, Great Britain. Bring your appetite because we have 9 food vendors offering food from Creole, Greek, South Korea, Holland, Mexico, Spain, Vietnam, Germany and more!” our favorite new food is the South Korean Ice Cream Cane!” says Beasley, “It’s a cane/cone made with corn puffed at a very high temperature so the cone is light and crunchy but will rarely get soggy!One of the best things about the event is that it is free!  Free admission, free parking, entertainment, and activities are all free.  There is a cost for food and to purchase items from any of the vendors.  The variety of cultures represented in our own community is amazing and the Ethnic Celebration allows various groups a chance to dress in their traditional costumes and share dances, songs, and music as they teach them to their children who perform alongside them on the stage or share with others at their group’s booth.  To see children proudly wearing elaborate clothing of their ancestors and repeating the dances and songs they have learned from their parents is so exciting and for those that just come to soak in the culture it is a feast of colors, sounds and flavor from all over the world.The Ethnic Celebration has been held in Lacey since 2011, prior to that it was held in downtown Olympia for over 20 years.For some of the groups that perform at the event it is an educational piece that brings them together, not their own ethnicity, like the River Ridge High School Taiko Ensemble led by instructor John Theine.  The group is made up of students that rehearse once a week and have also spent a lot of time actually building the drums they use.  They boast a full complement of 15 drums including a Hira Daiko measuring over 5 feet in diameter and have added bamboo instruments as well as Japanese Shakuhachi flutes.Many other groups are made up of families that embrace their own ethnicity and culture and strive to pass that down to their own children through social activities and gatherings that give them the opportunity to learn dances and songs that they can practice and perform as well as dressing in traditional costumes and showing their pride in their own heritage.  Some of these performers include the India South Sound Association and the Vietnamese Buddhist Youth Association from Lien Hoa Buddhist Temple.  This last group always thrills the crowd with the amazing Lion Dance, will be performing at 12:10 p.m.With all kinds of activities, including the popular Passport activity for kids, the Lacey Ethnic Celebration is fun for the whole family.The Ethnic Celebration strengthens our community, economy, and individual health.  No man is an island.  We belong to families, work groups, neighborhoods, a community…This event provides opportunities for us to know one another and have positive contacts with each other.  The dancing, crafting, and skills shared at the event are all a part of recreation and enhanced community as well as individual wellbeing.A variety of groups and businesses help to make the Ethnic Celebration possible including Saint Martin’s University, North Thurston Public Schools, the Nisqually Tribe, Lacey Collision Center, Olympia Federal Savings, Molina Healthcare, Showcase Magazine, Oly Arts Magazine, NPR Radio, and 94.5 ROXY.Lacey’s Ethnic CelebrationSaturday, March 10, 201810:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.FREESaint Martin’s University (5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey)last_img read more

Vertonghen urges Poch and Spurs to value aging stars… and try to win something

first_imgJAN VERTONGHEN admits he feels very aware of his age — and Spurs players tend to be more conscious of their birth certificates than most.Age is not just a number at Tottenham, where chairman Daniel Levy hasn’t tended to dish out lengthy deals to those in the second half of their careers.4 Spurs star Jan Vertonghen (second left) says Poch and Levy must trust their aging starsCredit: AFP or licensorsAnd that was one of the issues leading to such an unsettled summer at White Hart Lane, with even Mauricio Pochettino admitting to “different agendas” in the dressing room.But as Bayern Munich rock up for a Champions League clash tonight, the question is whether Spurs can ever hope to rule Europe if they don’t value their more experienced players.Vertonghen is 32 and in the final year of his contract. Likewise, Toby Alderweireld, who is 30. And Danny Rose has two years to run at 29.Christian Eriksen, 27, has turned down a long-term deal at Spurs in the vain hope of something more attractive elsewhere.Lose those four long-servers and Spurs would be seriously lacking in top-level experience.And you do not tend to win the Champions League without battle-hardened pros — the average age of winning teams being just shy of 28.Ears did prick up around the dressing-room when Moussa Sissoko, aged 30, signed a new three-year deal with an option for a fourth.Perhaps Levy, always so aware of re-sale value when negotiating contracts, is ready to satisfy some of the demands of his senior players.4 Poch’s Spurs face Bayern Munich at home on Tuesday nightCredit: ReutersAsked whether doubts over his contract have proved a distraction, Vertonghen replied: “Not a distraction. I’m very aware of my age. But I feel fairly young.“I want to play as many games as I can at the highest possible level. I feel like I still have a couple of good years left in me.“That’s definitely how I’m feeling now. I hope I can help the team for as long as I can.”And on whether talks were ongoing, the Belgian added: “I prefer not to go too deep into that. But there is always some movement everywhere.”Sitting alongside Pochettino at the eve-of-match press conference, Vertonghen was quizzed about being axed by his boss for the first three games of this season.He said: “I want to play every game. I was disappointed. But that shows I’m still ambitious. I’m going to play as many games as I can this season. That depends on my performances.”Pochettino insisted he wants Vertonghen to stay beyond this season.But the manager was once more at pains to point out that he has little to do with contract negotiations.4 Philippe Coutinho and his Bayern team-mates in trainingCredit: Getty Images – GettyLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict West Ham vs Palace, Saints vs Chelsea and Newcastle vs Man Utd scores this weekend and win £100Asked whether he hoped Vertonghen would stay, he said: “I am open to everything. But that is like I said before about Moussa Sissoko. That is a deal between the club and him and his agent.“We’ll see what happens because always there are two different parties in all the deals.“Jan is in the sixth season with me and he was always an important part of my project and my decisions in football. That feeling is not going to change.”Vertonghen, in his eighth year at Spurs, denied the squad has gone stale with Pochettino in his sixth campaign and a relative lack of transfer activity over the past few seasons.He said: “We’ve improved every year. Last year we went to the Champions League final.“Some new players came in and that keeps it fresh, I don’t share that feeling (of staleness) at all.“I see a lot of joy in the dressing room and when we go out on the pitch for every single training session. Everyone enjoys playing here.”The big centre-back claimed Saturday’s 2-1 win over Southampton, when Spurs played an hour with ten men after Serge Aurier’s red card, was proof they still possess unity and team spirit.Vertonghen added: “The mood at this point is good. To go down to ten and go 1-1, we showed who we really are. We fought. We stuck together.“We were buzzing at half-time and after the game. We wanted to show who we are. That we can fight.“And we did. We can dominate games but we can fight as well. That was a good feeling to see that.”Now the Belgian centre-back gets to face Bayern’s prolific hitman Robert Lewandowski tonight — the perfect challenge for a man wishing to underline his value to the Spurs hierarchy.Vertonghen is relishing the challenge of facing the German giants now Spurs have pushed themselves towards the European elite by reaching last season’s final and opening their new world-class stadium.4 Dele Alli in action at the Spurs training groundCredit: Getty Images – GettyTottenham vs Bayern Munich – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League matchMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himHe said: “We want more of that. There are bigger favourites than us in the competition and were last year, too. But we’ve got a lot of confidence in ourselves.“We’ve come a long way. We get questions now about reaching the Champions League final compared to the Europa League groups we were in when I arrived.“I think that’s the perfect example of how well we’ve done. It shows what we’ve achieved.”last_img read more

Message to Barça: “Do you love Lautaro? Give us Griezmann”

first_imgInter Milan think of asking Frenchman Antoine Griezmann for Barcelona if the Catalan team will sign Argentine Lautaro Martínez, number 10 of the Milanese, according to assures this Tuesday the Italian press.“Do you want Lautaro? Give us Griezmann”, is the cover of this Tuesday of the Italian newspaper ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’, who considers this possible barter as a “crazy idea” and a “provocation to Barcelona”. It is not a secret that the great European clubs are following the situation of Lautaro with attention and many Argentine players praised the quality of the forward striker in recent days. The last one to do it was Mario Kempes, world champion in 1978, who considered Barcelona to be “a train that passes only onceLautaro has been showing for a couple of years that he is a great number 9. He has shown it at Inter and with the Argentine team. I think there are trains that only pass once and, despite the fact that Inter is a great team, known worldwide, Barcelona is totally different, “Kempes said in an interview with the Italian portal” TMW “.” Playing with (the Argentine Lionel) Messi would be fantastic for him. If he stays at Inter, it could be a good opportunity to continue gaining experience, but if he wants to go to Barcelona and Inter agrees to sell it for a good amount … “, concluded the former playerArgentinian. Given the information circulated in the international media about the possibility that Lautaro, the author of 16 goals this season, will play alongside his compatriot Lionel Messi next year, Inter’s sports management is studying the suggestion of finding a substitute for ” Toro “precisely in Barcelona. The two players have a similar market value and the main obstacle for Inter would be Griezmann’s salary, which would weigh much more than Lautaro’s, who earns 1.5 million euros per year, in their boxes.last_img read more

Jeron Teng glad to see familiar face at sidelines in Altamirano

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jazul, Fuel Masters confident of smooth transition under Alas “I’m so happy because coach Eric has been a mentor to me. I’ve learned a lot from him since high school and I’m glad that we could continue our partnership here in Alaska,” the 23-year-old said.Teng has had a fruitful past with Altamirano dating back to their days in the Philippine under-18 national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneIt is also under the veteran mentor’s guidance that the former La Salle stalwart showcased his full potential, averaging 22.15 points, 6.85 rebounds, and 5.77 assists for Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup, while also setting the league record for most triple-doubles at three.But Teng is aware that the PBA is a whole different ballgame, and he just feels lucky to have someone like Altamirano to guide him through the nuances of the pro game. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “Coach Eric has been giving me tips on how to play here in the PBA. But I know that it’s not gonna be easy and I have to earn my playing minutes. I really have to work hard for it,” he said.Still, Teng couldn’t help but feel positive with what the future holds for the Aces this upcoming 2018 PBA season.“I’m very optimistic for our team. The coaching staff is very experienced in the PBA and Alaska is one of those top-notch organizations in this league. I expect I can really learn a lot of things here,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jeron Teng. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng wasn’t the lone Flying V Thunder who found his way in Alaska, as coach Eric Altamirano followed suit as an assistant coach for coach Alex Compton.And the fifth overall pick in the 2017 PBA couldn’t be more thankful to have a familiar face by his side as he begins this new journey in the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Durham, Amer rally Meralco past NLEX

first_imgMOST READ “We’ve struggled throughout the game. We’ve been struggling a lot lately especially when we came back from Thailand,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“Our defense is really not on point right now but the players did not give up in this game. They kept fighting until the end and the result is we got a win tonight to keep our flickering hopes alive for the playoffs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe reigning two-time Best Import came alive in the second half where he erupted for 30 points after just scoring six in the first two quarters while Amer fired 17 of his 22 in the final frame, including the game-tying three-point play and game-winning triple with 13.6 seconds remaining.“AD (Durham) did not play well in the first half but he really came through in the second half and showed determination to will us to victory and Baser Amer really hit some big shots down the stretch,” Black praised after his team won only its second game in eight tries. Durham also collected 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks with his last rejection making sure extra time won’t be necessary after he spiked NLEX guard Juami Tiongson’s potential game-tying 3-pointer as time ran out.The Road Warriors were still ahead by eight, 101-93, after a layup by Aaron Fuller with 3:30 remaining.Fuller kept the Bolts at bay with timely baskets but he was rendered helpless when the Road Warriors needed him most after he fouled out with the game tied at 105 with still 46.2 ticks to go.Without Fuller and star guards Kiefer Ravena (suspended) and Kevin Alas (ACL), NLEX struggled to get anything going offensively with crucial turnovers and empty trips.NLEX slid to seventh at 4-5 after blowing a golden opportunity to seize solo sixth place.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESAllen Durham and Baser Amer teamed up in the fourth quarter to rally Meralco past NLEX, 108-105, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham and Amer accounted for 12 of Meralco’s final 15 points inside the last four minutes as the Bolts came back from 16 down in the final frame to resuscitate their flatlining quarterfinals bid.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ateneo recovers, dumps UP to open 2nd round Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Democracy for the Wealthy and Ruling Elites

first_imgAn amendment to the National Elections Law, sponsored by Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and a few colleagues, would require candidates contesting elections to pay the following amounts in United States dollars:  presidential – $25,000; vice-presidential  $15000; senatorial – $5000; and representative – $3000.  Also, candidates for the positions of paramount, clan, and town chiefs would be required to pay $150, $100 and $50 respectively.  The current law requires the following payments from candidates: presidential – $2,500; vice-presidential- $1,500; senatorial – $750; and representative – $300.   The proposed amendment represents an astronomical increase of 1000% in the required presidential, vice-presidential and representative fees as well as 667% in the senatorial fee. One wonders why the fees for senatorial candidates received a lower percentage increase compared to other categories. Is it because the proposal emanated from the senate? Interestingly, the Liberian Constitution requires in Article 52 (b) that individuals seeking to be president or vice president should be “the owners of unencumbered real property valued at not less than twenty-five thousand dollars” (Liberia or US?).   This constitutional requirement is meant to ensure that candidates are property owners, taxpayers, and key stakeholders in their communities. To propose that candidates pay an additional twenty-five/fifteen thousand dollars in cash for the presidency/vice presidency respectively imposes unconscionable taxation on Liberians wishing to offer their leadership skills and expertise to develop the country.  Participation must not be tagged to unbearable registration fees. The joy of democracy is participation and inclusion.  Prohibitive registration fees will stifle participation and exclude competent citizens from pursuit of democratic leadership.  High registration fees restrict leadership to the wealthy.  Allowing the wealthy class to monopolize politics is a recipe for conflict and could lead to official corruption in a bid to gain wealth for electoral advantage.   The proposal to charge astronomical fees is tantamount to transforming our democratic system into a plutocracy.   We have to guard against plutocratic tendencies taking over our fledgling democracy.  Many Liberians are poor, and many of those that have the literate capacity and right leadership attributes may not boast bulging bank accounts to muster the proposed astronomical fees.   Moreover, this amendment has the propensity of undermining the individuality of political participation.  Some independent candidates and individuals in political parties will be deterred from contesting simply because they cannot afford the required fees.Some politicians and legislators believe the proposed amendment will reduce the number of candidates, political parties and functional illiterates that participate in elections.  We find these assertions interesting and wonder how leaders that are expected to drive our democracy would have such perverted thinking.  Intriguingly, many of those advocating for the increment were once poor, but amassed wealth upon assuming high-level positions in government.  What if the law had existed during their impoverished conditions?  Would they have had the opportunity to be elected?  In a country where wealth is usually accumulated through public sector pilferage, instead of business acumen and ingenuity, we are attempting to set the stage for the corrupt and unexplained-wealth-accumulators to tighten their control over the national purse and power.     Already, there are allegations of neglect of some constituencies by their lawmakers. Payment of such stratospheric fees may result to underperformance, as some legislators prioritize paying back borrowed registration fees compared to addressing problems in their constituencies. They could also manipulate competitive processes (procurement, contract award and ratification, recruitment of political appointees etc.) in favor of debtors as payback for financial support.                                                                                                                                                              Liberia requires comprehensive reforms and actions to consolidate peace and successfully rebuild state structures that are resilient to the unsettling effects of wars and unwarranted socio-economic downturns.  These reforms and actions have to be measured consistent with existing economic realities and must be informed by socio-economic and political norms and values of the Liberian society.  After years of conflict, Liberia still remains fragile and cannot afford to relegate substantive citizens’ participation by passage of anti-democratic laws that undermine national cohesion with the propensity to divide the country between rich and poor – literate and illiterate. Historically, bad laws promoted a structure of state that marginalized many citizens and allowed the ruling class to accumulate wealth and cling unto power. Resistance to bad laws and marginalization of the majority segment of the society led to overthrow of the ruling elites in the 1980 coup and uprisings against the Doe and Taylor regimes.Democracy in Liberia is thriving and citizens are enjoying unhindered power to field candidates of their choice albeit affordable candidacy fees.  It would be unfortunate to change the game now to serve the interest of a few greedy and power hungry Liberians. Our current candidates’ registration fees are reasonable and affordable, and must be maintained.   The onus is on the National Elections Commission to rigorously enforce acceptable laws and regulations that govern the political space.  Higher standard is also required of the legislature to make laws that are satisfactory, balanced, and supportive of efforts to enhance the democratic space. When bad laws are made/proposed, like the one under review, few persons will be short-term beneficiaries, but many will suffer as time progresses. We must guard against proposing/enacting laws that seek to reduce competition, create wealth for a select few, and perpetuate their stay in power.Thomas Doe Nah is Executive Director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in CENTAL, the Liberian Chapter of Transparency International, the global anti-corruption coalition. Follow me on twitter @loveofliberty or email: tnah@cental.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 3 residents fume over mud-covered roadways

first_img…no discretion by farmers – road users By Lakhram BhagiratResidents in most of the farming communities in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) are complaining bitterly about the mud-covered roadways caused by farmers. They are contending that mud along the roadways, most times the main access roads, contribute to several accidents.Two days after the workers cleared the roadThe issue of farmers unintentionally dumping large quantities of mud along the roadways have been ongoing for a number of years, with very little being done to address it. According to several residents, rather than using a low-bed to transfer their farming equipment such as tractors, combines and ploughs, the farmers would drive those vehicles onto the roadway from the farmlands, leaving behind large amounts of accumulated mud which contributes to the rapid deterioration of the road surface.This combine being driven along the Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara road caused a traffic pile up, while destroying the asphalt surfaceAs of recent, a number of persons took to social media to highlight the ever-growing problem. On the island of Leguan, where farming is the number one source of income, residents complained that the farmers are not willing to compromise when it comes to moving their vehicles from their homes to the farmlands and back.On the island, rice is one of the dominant crops and that means large pieces of equipment would be required to plough and prepare the land for planting. When it comes to harvesting, they would drive their combines on the main road which aids significantly in the breaking up of the road.Vidya Persaud, a resident, told Guyana Times that when the road is covered with mud, it is difficult to get through and would often result in minor accidents.Leguan NDC workers clearing the mud and stones from the roadway“When them children got to ride and go to school and the place muddy all them school clothes does mud up. Sometimes them does even skate down and fall off them bicycle, especially when the rain fall,” the woman said.Another resident, Dhanwantie (only name given), called for the farmers to be more compromising since the road is not only for their benefit but rather the entire island. She explained that the farmers can utilise other vehicles to transpA trail of mud along the West Coast Demerara Highwayort their farming equipment or even wash off the mud from the equipment before they drive it onto the road.“Them can wash off them tractor and suh before them drive come home. When it got mud all over the road, them can cause accident and so because some people does drive wild and when them skate on that mud is gone them gone,” she lamented.Recently, this publication visited the island and residents had complained about the condition of some sections of the road. The sections of bad road start after Endeavour Village and run to the back of the island, which the villagers are stressing is further deteriorating as a result of the farmers.In the latter part of 2016, the Public Infrastructure Ministry repaired sections of the road within the island but skipped certain parts. It is those parts that the residents are calling for to be repaired. The call is prevalent among taxi drivers and minibus operators, since their vehicles are being damaged, costing thousands of dollars in repairs.Meanwhile, the same situation persists on the West Coast and West Bank of Demerara. However, it is more prevalent in certain parts on the West Coast due to large-scale rice farming. One of the main villages where this occurs is Hague. The residents there complain about the large amounts of mud that lines the roadways within the village as well as on the main road.The farmers would usually drive their mud laden tractors out of the rice fields at the back of Hague and onto the Vreed-en-Hoop/Parika Highway to their respective homes, leaving behind a muddy trail. Vehicles are known to speed along the highway and would often have to swerve from the mud deposits or skid on them. This often costs the drivers thousands of dollars in repairs or sometimes results in major accidents.According to several road users who spoke with this publication, the farmers are not exercising any discretion when they deposit mud on the roadways, much to the danger of commuters.Collectively, residents are calling for the Police to better monitor the usage of the roads and for the farmers to be more cognisant of how they use the roadways.last_img read more

Northeast BC Midget and Bantam Predators in Penticton for Fire and Ice Tournament

first_imgFast forward to the final game, the Bantam Predators would face the Vernon Vipers. The Bantam Predators would wrap up their weekend with a loss of 7-3 to Vernon.Advertisement In the Bantam Division, the Predators took on Sherwood Park for game one of the Tournament. This was a close game but in the end, the Predators would fall short 3-2 to Sherwood Park. For game two of the Tournament, the Midgets faced the Penticton Female Midget team. The Predators were able to shut out Penticton with a score of 3-0. The Midget Predators took on Williams Lake in game one of the Tournament. The Predators battled hard but were unable to win this game, ending with a final score of 5-1 under Williams Lake.center_img – Advertisement -Then in game three, the Midget Predators would take on the Washington Midget Female. The Predators won this game with a 5-2 win over Washington. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Midget and Bantam Predators were on the road to Penticton over the weekend, November 22 to the 24, for the Fire and Ice Tournament.last_img read more

#KOT5Aside Quarter-Finals set for October

first_img0Shares0000Action between Ndege ya Ulaya and Chuom during the #KOT5Aside football tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 11 – The boys have been separated from the men, the wheat from the chaff. There were 32, and now there are eight.The Quarter Finals of the second edition of the #KOT5Aside football tournament have been scheduled for October on a date to be announced later, after the completion of the first two knockout rounds last Saturday. Tournament organizer Alex Muange described the first two rounds as a huge success, saying he expects the competition to get even stiffer at the quarter final stage.Tournament organizer Alex Muange during the #KOT5Aside football tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was good watching tweeps play some decent football and make new friends. We enjoyed ourselves and we look forward to another tournament,” he said.Adding; “I just want to say a big thank to all the 32 teams that showed up. I was very impressed. To the fans, your support is amazing. I would also like to say a big thank you to a special group of people who volunteered to be water girls and boys, nurse, doctors… they did well”Muange also paid tribute to the various corporates who lent a hand in organizing the event and sponsoring some teams, including Ogilvy PR whose side Ka Quarter only sniffed the quarter finals from a distance after losing 2-0 to Yum deliveries in the round of 16.Fans enjoy the action during the #KOT5Aside football tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Courtesy“I would also like to thank Capital FM for the coverage since day one. You have played a role in the growth of the tournament,” he further said.Star studded Gumzo Mtaani will take on Handas in what will be the highlight of the last eight as teams vie to inherit the throne left vacant by defending champions Theeka whose wheels came off in the round of 16, crashing out of the tournament.Gumzo, sponsored by ‘Mimi ni Change’ NGO features a host of league players including Nakumatt goalkeeper Franklin Mwenda, Nairobi Stima and former Gor Mahia midfielder Ivan Anguyo, Mathare United midfielder Roy Okal and his former teammate Ronald Okoth.The Gumzo Mtaani team pose for a photo during the #KOT5Aside football tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyThe heavyweights easily maneuvered their first two preliminary round games, making light work of Dug Out FC to win 2-0 in the first round before edging out Handshake by a similar margin in the round of 16.Handas have also had a brilliant run in the tourney. In the round of 16, Game ni 90 should have asked more time to live to their name after losing 3-0 after 12 minutes of action. Handas went on to register victory in the round of 16, coming out top of Albiontop with a similar score-line.In the other quarter final tie, Bedsitter will meet their peers from the other side of the divide when they face Cool Kids. The latter will hope for the same tempo they had facing other ‘sitters’ when they hit Baby Sitters 1-0 in the first round.Defending champions Theeka, pose for a photo during the #KOT5Aside football tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on September 8, 2018. Despite boosting their charge with more fans, they were unlucky not to go through PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBedsitter refused to board a flight back home in the round of 16 where they kept their momentum winning by a similar margin against Ndege ya Ulaya.Turf Gong will take on Unfit FC in the other quarter final match while Yum Deliveries will park their bikes ready to take on Generali in the last tie of the round.Yum skipped off Shimo Mbaya with a 2-0 win in the first round before hitting Ka Quarter by the same score in the round of 16.Winners of the tournament will walk away with Sh10,000 worth of airtime from Safaricom while the second and third placed teams get Sh5,000.Ndege ya Ulaya goalkeeper takes a flight to save a penalty during the #KOT5Aside football tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe tournament’s Most Valuable player (MVP) will walk away with a lunch voucher from Tamarind as well as Jordan sneakers from Mwacheezy Collection.Also on offer will be merchandise from Kapa Oil and Jambojet as well as lunch vouchers from Yum Deliveries and movie tickets from iMax.Quarter Final pairingsBedsitter vs. Cool KidsUnfit FC vs. Turf GongHandas vs. Gumzo MtaaniYum Deliveries vs.  GeneraliOgilvy PR’s Ka Quarter FC during the #KOT5Aside football tournament at the Ngong Road Arena on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Courtesy0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Spy chief stumbles on Capitol Hill

first_imgMcConnell, who briefs Bush each morning, said he did not anticipate the six- and seven-day workweeks, with hours stretching from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. “My biggest challenge early is just stamina,” McConnell, 64, told an audience of government officials in May. Days later, McConnell issued a 100-day plan that included efforts to simplify the security clearance process and other bureaucratic problems. The marching orders drew quiet grumbles from some midlevel intelligence officers who thought he was pressing for changes that were already happening. His office thought everyone needed to get on the same page. McConnell again irked some when he boasted to an audience of intelligence officials and two reporters that he cut a classified, multibillion-dollar program. It did not take long for the media to find out he had cut a much-maligned satellite program known as “Misty.” Then, this summer, McConnell dove headfirst into the FISA debate, championing a bill that he said would modernize the law to ensure spy agencies adequately could eavesdrop on adversaries. Civil liberties advocates say his ideas trample the Constitution. McConnell caught the attention of Democrats in May when he wrote an opinion column for The Washington Post that left the impression that FISA had not been updated since 1978. Among other factual differences, House Intelligence Chairman Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas, responded that the law had been updated in 50 ways since its passage. Still, Reyes and other Democrats were willing to work with him, and McConnell spent hours personally hammering out legislation before Congress’ annual August recess. It got bumpy when Democrats accused McConnell of negotiating in bad faith. John Brennan, an intelligence veteran and chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance professional association, said he does not believe McConnell was trying to mislead anyone on a complicated subject. “In all of my dealings with Mike,” he said, “I have found him to be of the highest integrity and as honest as the day is long. I think he is trying to do the right thing.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush’s spy chief is in the midst of a crash course on how to navigate some of Washington’s most dangerous terrain: Capitol Hill. By many accounts, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell has a lot to learn as the administration’s point man on its controversial effort to overhaul the law that governs how national security agencies snoop on U.S. soil. When Congress created Mc- Connell’s job in late 2004, lawmakers intentionally kept the spy chief off the president’s Cabinet, adhering to the tradition that intelligence officials should eschew politics. But in recent months, Mc- Connell has opened himself up to criticism he has become too political to oversee the 16 spy agencies. Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, a co-author of the legislation that helped create his job, put it bluntly to a Washington audience last week: “Jane to Mike: Please stop. You’re undermining the authorities of your office.” To some, McConnell is a well-regarded retired Navy vice admiral who left a lucrative career as a government consultant to respond to Bush’s search for a spy chief; he’s a much-needed veteran to help the often clumsy intelligence agencies adapt to a post-Sept. 11 world. To others, McConnell is out of the shadows and in over his head. Worse, he either does not always think before he speaks or he intentionally misstates key facts. Just last week, he waited two days before retracting Senate testimony in which he wrongly credited changes in August to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act with this month’s success in breaking up a plot against U.S. targets in Germany. “Those arrests were made with the assistance of intelligence gathered under U.S. laws in effect earlier this year,” said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., chairman of a House Appropriations panel that oversees intelligence spending. “The DNI knew that.” McConnell has declined repeated requests for interviews this year, including one last week to discuss surveillance law and his first 200 days in office. The soft-spoken southerner took over the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in February. Early on, he got some snickers when he complained about his workload. last_img read more