first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Olympia World Affairs CouncilState Senator Karen Fraser is recognized for her work on the Hyogo Washington State 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, which she chaired last summer. From left to right: Japanese Consul General Masahiro Omura, Hyogo Governor Toshizo Ido, Senator Karen Fraser, Lt Governor Brad Owen.Honoring decades of commitment to international issues on behalf of Thurston County voters, the Olympia World Affairs Council will bestow its “Global Connect” award this year on Senator Karen Fraser (D-Thurston County). Fraser will be formally presented with the award at the Council’s annual reception, held this year at the Indian Summer Golf and Country Club on May 15.“Senator Fraser’s involvement in global women’s issues and environmental concerns, along with her leadership in establishing sister-city and sister-state relationships, made her a natural choice for the award this year,” said Donna Hamilton, outgoing OWAC president and a former American diplomat. “Her nomination was unanimously supported by our board. She has been extraordinarily effective as an international representative for our region.”One of Fraser’s signature pieces of legislation this year makes it a felony for one person to coerce another to provide unpaid or cheap labor, including sex services, by withholding the victim’s international travel documents. Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed her bill to combat this frequent aspect of the crime of international human trafficking. The law takes effect in June 2014.“I hope the new law serves as both a deterrent and penalty for those guilty of these life-destroying crimes,” said Fraser. This new law is the latest of several pieces of state legislation Fraser has championed over the years to prevent and punish human trafficking, which is a top U.S. foreign policy priority.The nature of the Pacific coast connection between Washington state and Japan has been important to Fraser over the years, and exquisitely lettered Japanese awards decorate a wall in her legislative office. A founding member of the Olympia-Yashiro/Kato sister city relationship in 1980, she has also been active in the Washington-Hyogo sister state relationship, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Exchanges of students, faculty, officials, and citizens between Olympia and Hyogo over the years have built bridges of friendship and business relationships that have benefited both communities.At a Port of Olympia commission meeting last summer, Fraser was pleasantly struck by how welcoming residents were toward a visit by a delegation from Hyogo seeking to initiate a sister marina relationship between the Shin-Nishinomia Yacht Harbor, in Hyogo Prefecture, and the Port’s Swantown Marina, in Olympia.“The other agenda items at the meeting involved serious and controversial issues, with quite a few members of the public present for them,” Fraser said. “Yet the public present for these other agenda items were gracious to our Japanese delegation, even breaking into spontaneous applause about the proposed marina relationship.”A Thurston County resident for 47 years, Fraser believes the region places great emphasis on international issues and engagement. As an adjunct faculty member at The Evergreen State College for many years, she sees students as a positive factor in that engagement.“Evergreen and St. Martins are both top contributors, per capita, to the Peace Corps,” said Fraser. “We have many international students at South Puget Sound Community College, as well as an active port. I think people here care about the bigger picture.”Fraser will give remarks at the Olympia World Affairs Council event May 15, where she will tell the story of her own journey as a citizen legislator learning that our mutual human obligation to each other does not stop at the border.“I like to visualize the earth from the moon, a small blue globe in space,” she said. “We’re all in this together. “last_img read more

first_imgAteneo is the lone undefeated team in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup and the Eagles look to keep it that way when they face skidding Mapua on Friday at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT The Eagles have been routing the FilOil field by an average of 25.5 points per game and with a relatively light schedule on their plate, no one can blame the Katipunan school if it looks forward to next Tuesday’s titanic matchup against rival La Salle.For organizers of the tournament, the showdown of the rivals has a special meaning as the game will serve as a fundraiser for longtime barker Rolly Manlapaz who is currently ill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe league will sell separate tickets to the first two matches of the June 12 offering. Prices for the Ateneo-La Salle showdown are: courtside P450, lower box 275, and upper box P100. The tickets will include the Gilas Pilipinas-Emilio Aguinaldo College clash in the 7 p.m. nightcap.Tickets will be sold at the venue gate. For now, Ateneo must get past Mapua using its league-leading offense (87.4 points per game) and defense (61.9 ppg).Ateneo is coming off a 108-44 destruction of Emilio Aguinaldo College. The 64-point winning margin is the largest margin of victory in the 12-year history of the competition.The Cardinals have lost three straight after winning their first four assignments. The last loss by Mapua came at the hands of the Gilas Cadets, who leaned on Ken Tuffin’s two consecutive triples to spark a run that forged a 97-78 win.“I think we kept the game close and even had a chance to win it against the national team, which is composed of probably the best in college now. Good learning for us,” Mapua coach Atoy Co said.Adamson, meanwhile, battles San Sebastian at 6:30 p.m. while Letran opens the day’s schedule when it faces Saint Benilde at 12:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES There is a subplot to that match as Letran will field big man Christian Fajarito, who used to play for the Blazers before transferring to Intramuros. The Knights have also added Larry Muyang (La Salle) and Bonbon Battiler and Fran Yu (University of the East) to their lineup.San Beda plays against Perpetual Altas in the second game as the Lions go up against their former coach, Frankie Lim, who now calls the shots for the Altas.The Red Lions are coming off a rousing 72-70 victory over La Salle, where they dealt the Archers their first loss in seven outings and may have a grudge to bear against Lim and the Altas.Lim was able to pry center Ben Adamos from San Beda.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Running on tight schedule, Ceres trips Davao to keep lead Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgA suspected vigilante who, back in August 2016, had shot and killed an alleged bandit, was on Monday slapped with a murder charge.Dead: Seon ClarkeMoses Singh, 59, of Lot 12 Sarah Johanna, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was slapped with the indictable charge which alleges that he, on August 20, 2016 at Pearl Village, EBD, killed 21-year-old Seon Clarke.Reports are that Clarke and two accomplices were allegedly planning to rob a grocery store in Sarah Johanna, East Bank Demerara. However, the owner of the store realised that he was about to get robbed and raised an alarm. Villagers, including a Policeman who was passing, captured Clarke and one of his accomplices. During the process, Clarke was reportedly shot and the captured accomplice was beaten, while the other escaped. The third accomplice was later caught, and allegedly took investigators to a location at Pearl, EBD, where he handed over a .380 Beretta pistol with six matching rounds.Charged on Monday for the shooting, Singh had been living in the United States (US) for the past two years, where he was receiving treatment for an illness.His attorney, Latchmie Rahamat, told the Chief Magistrate that her client was escorted by an alleged Immigration Officer to the airport, where he was handed over to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) ranks.The Police later revealed that they were unaware of the said immigration officer.Singh was flown back to Guyana, where he was arrested and charged with the murder of Clarke.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield revealed to the Court that his case file on the matter shows that the defendant flew back to Guyana on his own accord. Magistrate Ann McLennan has, however, called for an investigation into the reports.Singh was remanded to prison. The case will continue on May 17.Clarke, of John Street, Campbellville, was reportedly a victim of mistaken identity. He was reportedly shot and killed after it was reported that he and an accomplice had attempted to rob a grocery shop.The businessman had reportedly alerted Police ranks that were in the area, and they had pursued the men who allegedly were trying to rob the grocery shop, but the men had managed to escape.Clarke and a colleague were later apprehended by members of the community, who spotted them on the Pearl Public Road.It was reported that during the process of their apprehension, one of the vigilantes shot Clarke and inflicted a beating on his accomplice. The men were handled over to the Police, who rushed them to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where Clarke was pronounced dead on arrival while his alleged accomplice was treated and sent away.However, the family members of Clarke revealed that he was a victim of mistaken identity after it was reported in the press that he had previous brushes with the law.Godfrey Clarke, who spoke with the media following the incident, had revealed that he was the dead man’s father. Margaret Davis, the grandmother of Clarke, said her grandson had never gone by the alias “Cash Money”, and had never had brushes with the law, as was reported by the Police. She added that the name of Clarke’s father is Andre Clarke, and not Godfrey Clarke, as was reported in the press.The woman claimed that the information provided by the Police was inaccurate, leading to Clarke being misidentified.As a result, Godfrey Clarke, believing it was his son who had been fatally shot, told reporters that his son, Seon Clarke, had had brushes with the law, and had recently been released from jail in relation to a simple larceny charge.last_img read more

first_imgAmong the guests at the Streisand dinner were Eva Longoria, Melissa Etheridge, Tammy Lynn Michaels, David Foster, Kenny G, Josh Groban, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Amy Brenneman, J.J. Abrams, Dick Van Dyke, Nita Whitaker and Norman Lear. Also on hand were Democratic members of Congress including Reps. Hilda Solis, Chris Van Hollen, Xavier Becerra, Loretta Sanchez, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Brad Sherman and Henry Waxman. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Streisand throws Dems fundraiser Barbra Streisand welcomed Nancy Pelosi to her bluff-top Malibu estate for a fundraising dinner that took in $1.3million for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “She’s a very good friend of Nancy Pelosi, and she wanted to celebrate the first female speaker of the House,” Streisand publicist Dick Guttman said. The 120 invited guests paid up to $50,000 a couple to attend Thursday night’s dinner party inside a large white tent erected on the Point Dume property. It was the first fundraiser at Streisand’s home since a 1986 concert that raised $1.2million for Democrats, he said. Madonna, make way for Kylie Minogue. The Australian pop singer is the newest star to join up with Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz, inspiring a limited swimwear line to debut in mid-May, the company said in a statement this week. Minogue, 38, didn’t actually design the “H&M loves Kylie” beachwear line but contributed ideas and will appear in ads. The ’60s-inspired collection is “all about summer indulgence, effortless chic and lots of fun!” Minogue said on her Web site. The line includes blue-green bikinis, scarves and a slinky silver swimsuit priced at $24.90.Madonna recently co-designed an H&M line that went on sale in March. – Associated Press last_img read more

first_imgBut because of what track officials found in Staudinger’s car, M&R Engines is no longer on the preferred list of companies that can provide engines to teams in the Late Model or Super Trucks divisions at the track. Watkins Engine Development and LIZ-ZARD Racing Engines are the two companies that the track will allow to supply motors to teams in the Late Model and Super Trucks division. Track Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bob DeFazio said he recommends that every team using an M&R engine have it inspected by one of the two other companies to ensure it is within regulations. Getting disqualified and having to replace a motor might force other drivers to quit racing. It made Staudinger a determined driver. “I just went at it like I had nothing to lose,” Staudinger said. “We tried some different things, setup-wise.” His team used the advice of other drivers to change the shock package and made some other minor adjustments. It turned Staudinger’s car into the fastest one at the track. Staudinger won 12 races at the track in the West Coast Pro Truck Series, but never in a stock car. He said the way he won the stock car race was not how he envisioned it. “I thought there was going to be a huge difference,” Staudinger said. “We were working so hard to run where we were, third to seventh place. I drove harder to finish seventh than to win the race. I thought I’d have to work way harder than that.” Even with a new engine, Staudinger said, his team is still under a microscope at the track. Inspectors took close looks at his car before and after the last race. He doesn’t expect it to be much different tonight. “I’m expecting more of the same,” Staudinger said. “Everybody’s working just as hard as we are.” Doug McComb of Thousand Oaks leads the Late Model standings. He has a 14-point lead over Valencia’s Chris Carmody. Staudinger, despite being disqualified in a race, is tied for fifth in the standings, 40 points out of first. The NASCAR Super Late Models, Super Trucks, Legend Cars and Bandeleros are scheduled to race tonight. Andrew Phipps of Simi Valley leads the Super Late Model standings by two points over rookie Scott Dodd of Mira Loma. Travis Thirkettle of Newhall is third, 10 points behind Phipps. Pat Mintey Jr. of Quartz Hill leads the Super Trucks standings. Canyon Country’s John Watkinson is fourth, Valencia’s Logan Henson is sixth and rookie Connor Cantrell of Valencia is eighth. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Races start at 7. American Le Mans Series: Of the three Acura-powered teams competing in the American Le Mans Series, Andretti Green Racing is putting together an impressive season. Valencia’s Bryan Herta, driver for Andretti Green Racing, has been part of the team’s winning effort in the LMP2 division at the 12 Hours of Sebring. With teammate Dario Franchitti, he won the pole for the Grand Prix of Long Beach race. Herta was part of the team that finished second in the LMP2 division at the Grand Prix of Houston. Next up is today’s Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City. The Acuras, which are developed and designed at Honda Performance Development in Valencia, are in their first year of competition in the American Le Mans Series. “They’ve done such a great job coming into the series brand new with a new engine and car and giving us great tools to go out and compete,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. “Although we won Sebring, which was great, and we’ve been competitive and run up front every weekend, I don’t think we’ve gotten the best result possible on every weekend that we’ve been out there. That’s what we have to improve on if we want to get serious about the championship.” Herta will be teamed with Marino Franchitti for the Utah Grand Prix. Lowe’s Fernandez Racing and Highcroft Racing are the other two teams using Acura-powered entries in the American Le Mans Series. CBS will broadcast the race tape-delayed at 10 a.m. Sunday. (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Staudinger had to find a new motor for his car, and find it fast. He ended up getting one from Watkins Engine Development in Bakersfield and was able to get it ready for the next race. With a new motor, Staudinger set fast time, the first time he ever turned a qualifying lap in the 18-second range, and won the first NASCAR Late Model race of his career at Irwindale Speedway. Now he has every reason to return to the track for tonight’s Late Model race at Irwindale Speedway. It was an unexpected win. What was even more unexpected was the support Staudinger said he got from fans and fellow drivers at the track. “I was really pleased,” Staudinger said. “I was expecting to hear boos and hisses. It was just what the guys needed, a little spark.” Canyon Country’s Aaron Staudinger had every reason not to show up last Saturday night for the NASCAR Late Model race at Irwindale Speedway. In the previous race, after finishing seventh on April 28, track inspectors took a close look at his car’s motor. They found a number of what track officials called nonconforming parts and disqualified Staudinger from the race. He was the highest-finishing driver using a sealed crate motor from M&R Engines, one of three companies that supply engines to the Late Model teams at Irwindale Speedway. When inspectors were through with Staudinger’s car, they had torn the engine completely apart. last_img read more

first_img“Yes, we have had some great information shared and look forward to turning it over to the RCMP for them to ensure the people responsible are arrested and justice is served.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Totem Mall Property Administrator Rob Schlitt discussed his feelings towards the vandalism the property received on Thursday morning when 9 trees were cut down.The mall has the 2 individuals they believe allegedly did the damage, on camera. Schlitt says it upsets him that people would want to do such a thing. You can read the full message below.Trevor Bolin said this morning that they have information on who did the damage and look forward to handing that information over to the RCMP. After Bolin offered a $1000 reward leading to any information and arrests and charges, many other stepped up to the plate to also offer a reward. Local MP Bob Zimmer matched Bolin’s offer, as did the Totem Mall. With other reward amounts, the total is now at nearly $4000.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Athabasca Oil Corp. reported a profit of $206.8 million in its latest quarter, boosted by the sale of its Leismer pipelines and Cheecham storage terminal in northern Alberta.The company says the profit amounted to 39 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31 compared with a loss of $93.3 million or 18 cents per diluted share in first quarter of 2018.Revenue grew to $224.2 million compared with $206 million in the same quarter last year.- Advertisement -Athabasca has operations in the Montney and Duvernay regions as well as the oilsands.The company’s light oil division produced 11,712 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the quarter, up from 10,495 a year ago.Meanwhile, bitumen production from its thermal oil operations averaged 27,494 barrels per day, down from 30,077 a year ago, due to the Alberta government’s mandated production curtailments.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Part of the chaos during the GOr Mahia v AFC Leopards Mashemeji Derby on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) will convene on Friday for a hearing over the chaos that marred Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards’ Mashemeji Derby last Saturday.The game was stopped for nine minutes after a section of AFC Leopards supporters started pelting objects, unplucking stadium seats and throwing them into the pitch causing some considerable damage. “We have received the match report from the officials and will be in the process of looking at the contents and issuing out charges. The IDCC has already been notified of a seating on Friday and we expect them to expedite the process because it is a matter of national interest,” KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda told Capital Sport.While Gor Mahia was the home team and thus responsible for all security arrangements of the game, AFC fans were recorded doing the damage while photos have also emerged of some Gor fans throwing seats.This comes even as Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on Tuesday said they were dismayed with the action from the fans and said in any event the IDCC will fail to act, they will swing in themselves.“Here we are, crying that we don’t have facilities while some people are destroying the only stadium we have. It is so frustrating and we want to ask KPL and the IDCC to act, failure to which, we will act ourselves,” Mwendwa said.An AFC Leopards fan prepares to throw a seat into the pitch during the mashemeji Derby on August 25, 2018. PHOTO/Courtesy“We cannot continue watching as individuals continue to destroy what we have built at a time when we are asking fans to come out to the stadium and support us,” added the enraged federation chief.He has gone on to ask police to also reign in on the individuals who were caught on tape causing destruction, adding that it is a criminal offence and should be dealt with at that stage.Among the sanctions that might await AFC or Gor, whoever is found culpable include docking of points as it happened in 2016 when K’Ogalo were deducted three points due to the same in their match against Tusker FC with the latter going on to win the title.“Of course, that is one of the sanctions that is available, but we cannot pre-empt on what the IDCC will say. Ours is to wait and see the kind of action that will be taken. There might be fines, there might be arrests, we don’t know,” Mwendwa noted.He added; “It is difficult for us to go into the details of that because the Sports Tribunal was clear with us that we cannot get into matters of the KPL and we leave that to them. But on this, if they don’t act, we will.”Football Kenya Federation chief Nick Mwendwa addresses a press conference at the federation’s headquarters on August 28, 2018. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, the sore relations between KPL and FKF do not seem like they will end soon with Mwendwa admitting that it is ‘difficult’ working with KPL with the current Memorandum of Understanding.Other than the issue surrounding the derby, Mwendwa also said it was difficult to convince KPL to shelve fixtures for Gor over this month to allow them participate better in continental football.“The Tribunal was very clear in its ruling that FKF cannot interfere with the running of the league. So we cannot do anything. Gor came to us and told us to help them shelve some fixtures, but our hands are tied. With this contract as it is, we cannot do anything. We will have to live with it until 2020 when it ends then we constitute a new one,” added the Federation chief.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFinn Harps are back in action for the first time in 2012 on Tuesday evening next (24th January) when they play their first pre-season friendly against Limavady United in Limavady. The game kicks off at 7.30pm. FINN HARPS BACK IN ACTION was last modified: January 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn harpslast_img

SANTA CLARITA – Calling all parents and easygoing kids looking for some fun. Nickelodeon is searching for about 600 moms and dads ready to play good-natured practical jokes on their children for the TV show “Hi-Jinks.” The hidden-camera TV show is now taping in the Santa Clarita Valley. Previous episodes have included such story lines as someone trying to sell a ridiculously oversize cell phone to a teenager or a child getting a teddy bear that makes casual conversation. The show’s comedy producers brainstorm these ideas. But it’s after the antics get rolling and the situation’s absurdity sets in that the camera appears and the joke is revealed. And it’s the kids’ reactions that often steal the show. Reruns of these programs are now on the Nick at Nite cable channel. New episodes will be taped around Santa Clarita. Casting directors will be looking for fun and expressive personalities. For information about casting, call (323) 860-8070. Sue Doyle,(661) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Whether it’s shock, surprise or freaking out – personalities are everything,” said Tara-Anne Johnson, casting director. “The children are totally natural, which is why we like to get genuine kids.” That’s one reason why the show, now in its second season, has come to the Santa Clarita Valley, Johnson said. The 13 episodes will be jam-packed with multiple jokes for all families. Eligible ages range from 6 to 25. Sometimes celebrities step into the act. Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, for example, stood in for her wax figure at a wax museum and then stunned a bunch of students there on a tour when she started to move. Another show from last season also included actress Vivica A. Fox and a casting session for teens to appear in a commercial for her new perfume. However, the potion stank. Badly. read more