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London Foursomes win for Wentworth teenagers

first_img Teenagers Annabel Dimmock and Inci Mehmet have underlined their formidable partnership with victory in the London Foursomes at The Berkshire. The pair, from Wentworth, added the title to the Surrey scratch foursomes, which they won last year. On both occasions they beat Worplesdon’s Lisa McGowan and Katie Fewster in the final. The teenagers didn’t play the 18th hole at all during the competition, and were only once taken to the 17th.  Their opponents included British senior champion Felicity Christine and her Woking partner, Maggie Lowe. During the event they beat Castle Royal 5&3, Henley 9&7, Ellesborough 2&1, Woking 5&3, Guildford 6&5 and Worplesdon 4&3. Annabel and Inci are both 15 and both are members of England’s Select South Squad. Image: Inci Mehmet and Annabel Dimmock (centre) with Wentworth ladies’ captain Fiona (left) and fellow member Irene Brien 2 Apr 2012 London Foursomes win for Wentworth teenagers last_img read more

Bolt dazzles at Penn Relays

first_img“It was so loud, I thought, ‘Is the president here?’” said Miki Barber, of USA Blue, who was warming up for her race at the time.By the time Bolt and his team took the track, the celebration had gone full- blown, with USA and Jamaican fans chanting for the respective countries, so much so that an announcement was made asking for quiet to start the race.When it began, Jamaica Gold and USA Blue remained close through the first three legs. Shawn Crawford later said his team struggled with bad handoffs, the Jamaicans played flawlessly, leading to Bolt’s impressive sprint.“If I’m in front of Usain Bolt, I don’t think he’s going to catch me, to be honest,” said Ivory Williams, who ran the final leg for USA Blue. “I ran a real good fourth leg, but I couldn’t pass him up (Bolt). I don’t care if it’s Usain Bolt or not, I’m trying to win. When they’re cheering for Usain Bolt, I feel like they’re cheering for me. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to pass him up, but I was trying. I think we really can beat these guys.”Bolt’s victory lap was met with a deafening roar, and he stopped twice to make a “lightning bolt” motion in front of screaming Jamaican fans. He also mingled before leaving the grounds, signing autographs and posing for pictures.“Over the past two years I’ve been surprised by the amount of people that know me and the welcome I get when I go to track meets or functions,” Bolt said. “I’m still trying to get used to it and I’m enjoying it.”Bolt’s popularity has also helped raise the profile of track and field for all competitors.“It excites and it motivates,” Crawford said. “The more excitement (Bolt) brings to track and field, we all get the attention because we’re on the same field. It motivates me because I want to be that guy winning. I want to get up there and showboat a little bit and be in the spotlight so I can talk a little mess.”Two Penn Relays records were set this year. Texas A&M’s quartet of Jeneba Tarmoh, Dominique Duncan, Jessica Beard and Porscha Lucas recorded a time of one minute, 29.42 seconds in the 800. That was also a NCAA record. Queen Quedith Harrison of Virginia Tech set a record in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 12.61. THE PENN HILLS GIRLS 4 X 100 RELAY TEAM— From left: Paige Fields, Christina Roberson, Deshaun Squires and Iman Wilkerson, ran a 48.36 second race to make a good showing at the Penn Relays. PHILADELPHIA (AP)—They began filling up the streets around the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field hours before, a sea of black, green and yellow.Thousands of Jamaican track and field fans had come to see their star, three-time gold medalist Usain Bolt, live up to his fitting last name, and dazzle in his return to Philadelphia. BILL COSBY gives some sprinting tips to middle school girls at the Penn Relays. Cosby was the starter for the grade school and middle school relay races. “I told the guys to make sure I didn’t have to work, because I really didn’t want to do much,” Bolt said with a laugh. “I got the baton pretty much in front, so I wasn’t really worried about anything else.”Bolt, 23, holds the world record in the 100- and 200-meter runs, and his appearance at the Penn Relays—his first competition of 2010—was responsible for the highest single-day attendance (54,310) in the event’s 116-year history. A total of 117,346 fans watched the three days, also a record.Despite losing to Jamaica Gold, USA Blue rebounded to win three of the event’s six events. Lisa Barber, Allyson Felix, Mikele Barber and Carmelita Jeter took the women’s 400 with a time of 42.74, and the men and women won their respective 1,600 relays.Bolt, an international, track & field sensation, was the biggest draw from the moment his participation was announced. The excitement began to swell from the moment he appeared on the field, about an hour before his race. IMPRESSIVE SPRINT—Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt smiles after crossing the finish line to win the 4×100 relay at the Penn Relays athletics meet, April 24, in Philadelphia. Bolt dazzled them all with a lightning fast final leg of the 400-meter relay, taking the baton in a near dead heat, then overtaking USA Blue’s Ivory Williams to win the event at the Penn Relays.A quartet of Mario Forsythe, Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson and Bolt finished in 37.90 seconds for Jamaica Gold, setting a competition record. Bolt took a perfect handoff from Anderson and blazed for the final 100 meters to a raucous ovation.Bolt’s dash lasted an unofficial, but exhilarating 8.79 seconds.last_img read more

O Bee Credit Union Links Donors To Food Banks And United…

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Three years ago, donors that wanted to give to the Thurston County Food Bank, Tenino Food Bank, and the United Way of Thurston County via credit cards were faced with a road block.  These local non-profit organizations were not equipped to accept credit card donations.  O Bee Credit Union, in conjunction with FrontStream Payments, saw a need to help and created a website to authorize credit card donations for these three organizations.  Now, a visit to the O Bee Credit Union home page shows a quick link to a donation page.“O Bee Credit Union wants to lower the barrier for giving by providing easy resources and connections.  Our members trust our secure website and are comfortable conducting credit card transactions with us,” stated Lee Wojnar, Vice President of Marketing at O Bee Credit Union.   “This is a unique relationship and a ‘first of its kind’ for a financial institution to provide this service,” continued Wojnar.O Bee Credit Union provides a secure portal for processing the credit card transactions.  When a donation is made, it appears on the donor’s credit card statement with the non-profit organization’s name.  O Bee Credit Union does not charge any fees and even covers the processing fee charged by an intermediary.  100% of the donation is tax-deductible.  “Every $1 goes to the charity,” commented Wojnar.  The credit union has seen a doubling in volume of giving, according to Wojnar.“O Bee Credit Union and Lee Wojnar wanted to support the community in a different way than what typically happens.  Most businesses sponsor events and make corporate donations.  O Bee is driving the spirit of giving from their website to our organizations,” said Paul Knox, Executive Director of the United Way of Thurston County.“The partnership is wonderful because it increases awareness.  People are online, doing their banking, and the opportunity to give is right there,” said Robert Coit, Director of the Thurston County Food Bank.  “The last months of the year are our ‘make or break’.  Traditionally, this is the time that people are thinking about charitable giving and making sure that others are not going hungry.  It’s a real boost to have this added awareness through O Bee Credit Union.”Visit O Bee Credit Union’s donation page by clicking here.last_img read more

One Woman’s Mission To Declutter, Organize and Donate

first_imgStory and Photos by Art PetrosemoloToday, modern houses with big families can have lots of stuff. It may get out of hand as the reality TV documentary series “Hoarders” so graphically illustrates.Everyone wants to declutter and organize but unfortunately there just isn’t an “app” for that. It takes willpower and, at times, professional help.Home organizer and entrepreneur Jessica Carroll makes her living helping people actually declutter and organize, not just talk about it. But she doesn’t stop there. She works with local charities to see that all that goes out the door finds new life and a new home with families that need it.Carroll, 36, a single mother of four children ages 9 to 17 got started in the business by accident. “I was working in an after-school church program in Asbury Park and many of the children didn’t have clothes or toys. We even had kids in pajamas,” said the West Long Branch resident. Carroll began bringing in clothing her children had outgrown. “But I wanted to do more,” she said.About the same time, the school principal asked Carroll if she would organize the office. “I was organized even when I was in elementary school and thought I could help. I just took to it,” Carroll said. “The principal was happy with the results and I even surprised myself.” It opened her eyes that she might be able to be paid as a professional organizer.The final push into a business came when while watching a TV episode of “Hoarders” on A&E, in which professionals help compulsive hoarders with real life struggles achieve a major cleanup. She remembers thinking, “I can do that – and maybe I can take it a step further and help those organizing and decluttering donate what’s going out to those people who need it most.”Carroll, who started and runs a Red Bank networking group called WINGS (Women, Inspiring, Networking, Giving, Supporting) brought up the subject with her colleagues a few years ago. Everyone was enthusiastic and several in the group hired her to help them organize.She had no idea how broad the business would become. “When you think of organizing, the first thing that comes to mind is a closet,” she said. “Closets are just the tip of the iceberg.” In the past five years, she has organized and decluttered closets, kitchens, bathrooms, garages, basements, attics, sheds and everything in-between.The first step is called “purging” and it means walking away from things that you don’t use, don’t love or don’t cherish. It all goes into large, black contractors’ bags, Carroll explains.She can suggest shelving as part of the plan (strong, plastic and easy to assemble from a big box store) or to work with a small local contractor to have shelves, counters or boxes built as needed. “But I encourage people not to rush out and buy new stuff when they are trying to declutter,” she said. “First, it’s best to use those plastic storage boxes or other containers already sitting in your garage that you bought years ago.”Carroll asks customers to look at organizing in a new way and to focus on one room at a time even though they may eventually need the same thing done in multiple rooms. “Ultimately the client has to make the decision on what stays and what goes,” she said. “My goal is to be sure clients are happy with their decisions.” All the old treasures that a client agrees to part with get hauled to Carroll’s SUV and dropped off (sometimes 30 bags in a week) at her mother’s house in Ocean County. Mary Varian folds all the clothing and separates other items for donation.Organize By Design helps keep the shelves filled at many charities. Carroll knows who uses what, so for example, Birthright in Red Bank gets maternity and baby clothes, Lunch Break will get new toys, and the Goodwill in Ocean gets lots of clothing. “For some clients, knowing what they downsize and declutter is donated to a charity is very important,” said Carroll.Carroll laments the closing of the Clothes Closet in Asbury Park, which was a free community thrift shop and one she kept supplied on a regular basis. “I always am thinking of the kids I taught in pre-school and how they needed so much,” Carroll said. All of her clients receive donation receipts for tax purposes.Carroll’s jobs may be as small as one room or a garage or as big as the 5,000-square-foot penthouse in New Brunswick she helped organize and pack for moving. She works in three-hour blocks (at approximately $100/hour) which gives her the flexibility to see her children off to school and be home as needed.There seems to be no shortage of clients for Organize By Design and new ones find Carroll by referrals or from her Facebook page. Although the primary business is to declutter, downsize and donate, her clients have asked her to do even more – like decorate for the holidays and wrap presents.Carroll’s clients are loyal and use her again and again for her organizing skills. Her first client still retains her 10 hours a month for a variety of organizing tasks. “She is a busy woman,” Carroll said, “and feels better when her non-work life is organized.”As can be imagined, Carroll gets surprised, at times, when she finds valuable antiques, paintings, gift certificates and even cash as she helps a client dive into a mountain of good intentions. She works with local antique shops and appraisers to help clients find out if something is indeed valuable before they part with it. “And sometimes customers are as surprised as I am when they come across an envelope of money or gift cards they had forgotten about years ago,” she said.For a business she backed into, there seems to be a bright future ahead for Carroll as she helps old and new clients part with what they don’t need or use and find it a new home. “Everyone wins then,” she said, smiling.last_img read more

Swiston’s OT winner lifts Saints to second consecutive BCIHL title

first_imgIt also sets up a first round playoff series against Thompson Rivers University that will begin on home ice Friday.”Finishing in first place was an objective of ours from the beginning of the season, so we’re glad to have met that goal,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”It didn’t come easy; we basically had to go the last six weeks without any margin for error. But we have a group that takes a lot of pride in their ability to come through in big moments, and we saw that again tonight.”Colin Minardi opened the scoring for Selkirk midway through the first period when we took a pass off the rush from linemate Darnell Dyck and fired a shot over the glove of Spartans’ goaltender Silas Matthys. The score remained 1-0 for the hosts well into the second period when TWU captain Brad Bakken blasted a point shot through traffic and past Saints starter Chris Hurry just after the expiration of a Spartans power-play. But it took little time for Selkirk to reply, as Mason Spear tucked a shot just under the crossbar from in tight to give his team a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes. The Saints had a number of chances to score an insurance goal in the third but were foiled repeatedly by Matthys. And that lack of finish came back to bite Selkirk later in the frame, as Spartans blueliner Blair Murphy broke in down the left wing and beat Hurry with a wrist shot high to the glove to tie the game. The remaining 13 minutes of regulation solved nothing, but the single point was enough to ensure a first place finish for Selkirk. “At the same time you have to tip your cap to Matthys, who was tremendous, and to their whole group,” Dubois said of the TWU netminder.”TWU competes hard and plays the game the right way. Barret Kropf and his staff have really turned that program around this season and it’s been impressive to see.” TWU’s goaltender made 48 saves in the loss while Hurry stopped 18 shots and picked up his team-record 14th win for Selkirk. The Saints will open the 2014 BCIHL playoffs on Friday night when TRU visits Castlegar for the first time since October.All games in the best-of-three series will be played in Castlegar.The full schedule can be found at www.GoSaints.ca. For the second year in a row, the road to the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League title goes through the Selkirk Saints.The Saints clinched the BCIHL title for the second consecutive Saturday night in Castlegar, by stopping the Trinity Western University Spartans 3-2 in overtime.Scott Swiston scored 10 seconds in to overtime to end the game and give the Saints their 20th win of the year and 12th win in the past 13 games.The victory pushed the Saints (20-3-1) one point ahead of Simon Fraser University (19-3-2) and into sole possession of first place in the league standings.last_img read more

Unity needed to move South Africa forward: Zuma

first_img24 May 2014Humbled but determined to lead the country for another five years, President Jacob Zuma says he will need the backing of a united and cohesive nation to move South Africa forward.Delivering his first address to the nation after being sworn in as President at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday, Zuma said the new administration would promote nation building programmes to help “rebuild the soul of our nation”.This, he said, was because many South Africans still bore the emotional scars caused by decades of apartheid divisions and hatred.“Therefore, the national healing and reconciliation process has to continue. We will work together to promote unity, understanding and tolerance across race and colour lines, as we build a South Africa that truly belongs to all,” he said after taking the oath of the highest office in the land.He said South Africa was a nation that had produced generations of selfless freedom fighters, who had made untold sacrifices so that everyone could live in a country that was free of racial discrimination and oppression.“Today we wish to acknowledge the contribution of every South African to the process of renewal, reconstruction and development of this country in the past 20 years of freedom. It is through your hard work, that we are able to count so many achievements in only 20 years of freedom.”The President opened his inauguration speech by expressing his gratitude.“I am greatly honoured to stand before you today, to accept the mandate bestowed upon us by millions of our people … I accept this responsibility and privilege with great humility, given the history of our country and where we come from as a nation.”He reminded the nation that this year marked 20 years of freedom and 20 years since Nelson Mandela had taken the same oath in the same amphitheatre – since renamed after Mandela, who died in December last year.Zuma said a lot of progress had been made in the country since democracy, although challenges remained. “We will strive to build a caring society and to be an administration that will serve our people with courtesy, ubuntu and efficiency.”After the formal ceremony at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, Zuma proceeded to the Southern Lawns to greet those who had gathered to witness the occasion.He thanked the more than 20 000-strong crowd for casting their votes during the general elections two weeks ago, and assured them that the government would work hard to deliver on its promises over the next five years.“As government we are determined to do what we have promised to do. This is your government, and we urge everybody to work with us. If we are together, we are stronger to deliver on what we have promised,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery blasts Xhaka critics: We need him there!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery blasts Xhaka critics: We need him there!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery insists Granit Xhaka deserves praise for filling in at centre-half.Ahead of their clash with Burnley, Emery was asked whether he was overplaying fit-again Laurent Koscielny.He replied, “But I trust him and we have solutions for who can play in this position. For example, I read a little criticism for our midfielders like Xhaka playing centre back, but I am very happy with him because his mentality is a very big mentality. He helped us, and he played left back too sometimes and I think he played well. This reason, for me, is that I trust in another player and tomorrow we are going to play with the first 11 and other players in the bench with our performance.”I think we’re in a good position to play against Burnley. With respect, but with believing in our work, in our possibilities in other players to play, like a centre back or a midfielder. Above all, I think the mentality is a very big mentality to help us. We have the players and they are playing out of position, like Xhaka and Lichtsteiner last week at Southampton.” last_img read more

House Begins Debate on Committal Proceedings Act

first_img The Bill, therefore, seeks to get rid of preliminary examinations or enquiries. Story Highlights Currently there are inordinate delays in the conduct of preliminary enquiries. Debate on the Committal Proceedings Act 2013, which seeks to eliminate preliminary enquiries in Resident Magistrates’ courts,commenced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, September 23.Attorney General, Hon. Patrick Atkinson, who opened the debate, outlined that the aim of the legislation is to alleviate or reduce problems caused by and related to inordinate delay, high legal costs and the unavailability of witnesses to give evidence.The Bill was passed in the Upper House in late April of this year.A preliminary examination is a criminal proceeding conducted by a Resident Magistrate to determine whether a serious indictable offence for which an accused is charged is within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court.The principal objectives of that preliminary examination are to inform the accused of the nature and content of the case against him/her and to determine whether there is a prima facie case against the accused and to this end, witnesses are called to cross examination.If a prima facie case has been established, it also defines the issues to be presented to the circuit court, and if not, the Magistrate would discharge the accused.Mr. Atkinson said that currently there are inordinate delays in the conduct of preliminary enquiries for various reasons. He noted that there is a monumental backlog of these cases, “which contribute to the ultimate delay in the disposal of the matters, because if they are stalled in the Resident Magistrates Court, they obviously cannot be tried in the Supreme Court”.He noted that in addition to being conducive to delays, the requirement for the attendance of witnesses to give live evidence exposes them to the additional opportunity for inappropriate interference, for intimidation, and even physical harm, especially in cases involving vicious criminals and criminal networks.Mr. Atkinson informed that the Bill, therefore, seeks to get rid of preliminary examinations or enquiries and to establish a new proceeding to be called committal proceedings.The committal proceedings will satisfy all the aforementioned objectives of the preliminary enquiries, by allowing a Magistrate to examine witness’ written statements collected by the police and decide whether an accused person is to stand trial in the circuit court.This, he said, will also help to speed up cases through the courts. The Bill was passed in the Upper House in late April of this year.last_img read more

THE ACTRA AWARDS IN MONTREAL – 2017 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Videogame:Julian Casey                           Stories: The Hidden PathsChimwemwe Miller                 Deus Ex: Mankind DividedVictoria Sanchez                    Deus Ex: Mankind DividedClaudia Besso                        Deus Ex: Mankind DividedShawn Baichoo                     Watch Dogs 2Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:Claudia Ferri                          A Date With Miss FortuneCharlotte Rogers                   LARPs: the SeriesSabrina Campilii                    Real Detective Helena Marie                        Stagecoach: The Texas Jack StoryElizabeth Neale                     LARPs: the SeriesNominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: Andreas Apergis                    Gurov & AnnaJesse Camacho                     We’re Still TogetherJonathan Silver                    LARPs: the SeriesDavid Francis                       Cold CallVladimir Alexis                     Stonewall“Be it in film, television or videogames, there are so many fantastic performances coming out of Montreal,” says Cary Lawrence, President of ACTRA Montreal. “The ACTRA Awards recognize and celebrate the creative work we do in this city.”The event will be hosted by comedians Eman El-Husseini and Jess Solomon.ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. Advertisement Twitter Montreal, May 4, 2017 – ACTRA Montreal is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 ACTRA Awards in Montreal, to be held Sunday, June 11th at le Gesù.Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Voice:Shawn Baichoo                      Two Nuts and a RichardJoe Cobden                           KnuckleheadsHolly Gauthier-Frankel           Maggie & Bianca Fashion FriendsJennifer Seguin                     Two Nuts and a RichardCarlo Mestroni                      Two Nuts and a RichardNominees for Outstanding Performance – Stunt:Mich Todorovic                       X-men: ApocalypseNaomi Frenette                     X-men: ApocalypseEric Paul-Hus                        X-men: Apocalypse Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Coldest Night of the Year 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN. B.C. – Fort St. John Community Bridge is hosting the Annual Coldest Night of the Year walk. A family fun event that raises money for the less fortunate in our community.With the holiday season fast approaching, Community Bridge would like to send out a reminder to mark February 23rd, 2019 in your calendars to participate and walk in the Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser. Registration for the walk is $25 which includes an entry for the walk, a commemorative toque, delicious chilli dinner donated by the NLC and more great prizes donated by local companies. Walkers can choose to fundraise for the entry to the event in exchange for the $25 entry.The walk starts and finishes at the Northern Lights College, which can be either a 2km or 5km walk from the College to the Credit Union and then back to the college.  This year goal is to raise $25,000. Over the past two years, Community Bridge has raised $40,000. These monies continue to help provide high quality, accessible, inclusive, and flexible services for the needy in the Peace Region. To Visit the Official Page CLICK HERE This Fundraiser helps to continue providing education, support and professional counselling programs, to individuals and families. Counselling and support services, including violence and homelessness prevention, family-strengthening, women’s outreach, and youth justice help build better lives.Community Bridge is committed to creating a safe, caring environment for people to nurture their emotional and social well-being.Walkers can choose to be solo or join a team! Dressing up is welcomed and encouraged, just remember, Its Cold Out There!last_img read more