Rob Rice Homes, New Home Builder in South Sound Launches Campaign…

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Rob Rice HomesRob Rice Homes, http://www.robricehomes.com a leading new home builder in Lacey, Olympia, Puyallup, Chehalis and Napavine is using Facebook to get involved with the community and donate to area food banks to support those in need.Epic Realty, Inc., and Rob Rice Homes is hosting a promotion to connect on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/epicrealty and “like” their page. Beginning November 1, 2012 through by November 22, 2012 they are donating $5 for every new connection on Facebook to local South Puget Sound food banks. This is the third year that Epic Realty and Rob Rice Homes have utilized their Facebook page to connect with South Sound residents and give back to their community by supporting area food banks.Here are some statistics about how donations can help area food banks:$5.00 provides weekend food for a homeless child for one month$10.00 provides a box of winter produce for a family of four for one month$20.00  provides food for a week for a family of two$50.00 provides food for a week for a family of eightAbout Rob Rice: New home builder Rob Rice has lived in the South Puget Sound area since 1985 and resides in Olympia, WA., with his wife Helena, their sons Alex Michael and Carson, and their two dogs.  Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with a degree in architecture and construction management.  In his spare time he enjoys coaching his son’s baseball and basketball teams through the YMCA.About Epic Realty, Inc. – Epic Realty prides itself that the foundation of this successful Washington real estate group was founded with two main building blocks–customer care and customer satisfaction. The Epic real estate team is made up of Realtors in Washington who take pride in the fact that they work to adhere to high ethical standards and integrity and work hard to exceed the new home buyer’s expectations.Each of the Washington Realtors are all extensively trained in marketing new home construction and all of them are experienced in financing and credit options. Epic Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors and adhere to the organizations strict code of professionalism.Sales Information:Epic Realty, Inc.Kim Showalter, Brokerkimshowalter@homesfromepic.comwww.homesfromepic.com(360) 754-7010Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/epicrealtylast_img read more

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SANTA YNEZ STAKES QUOTES – SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES             NOTES: The winning owner, Don Alberto of Don Alberto Stable, resides in Lexington, KY. MIKE SMITH, UNIQUE BELLA, WINNER: “She was a little aggressive in the gate and she was off a tad slow. I probably could have moved her, set her up a bit differently in order for her to break better, but I was scared to do that and make her react and do something I wouldn’t want her to do.“When I saw everyone else send, I thought it was a good time to take a hold of her and see what happens. It didn’t seem to bother her. When we hit the far turn, it was like she was breathing different air.“The decisions I make are quick, but you have to make it all seem casual. Otherwise, it gets to be too quick, too fast and you can react too quickly yourself and make matters worse. You have to always be prepared for Plan B and Plan C if need be.“Now, it’s more reasonable to compare her (to champion, 4-year-old filly Songbird). Again, she’s very, very talented but with room to grow. Hopefully with each step, she’ll get smarter about certain things. I’m just blessed, that’s all I can say.” JERRY HOLLENDORFER, UNIQUE BELLA, WINNER: “Well, I’ve always liked her. Today, she showed that she’s brilliant. We thought she’d jump out of there a little better. I thought she would be close to the lead. Mike used his judgement, got behind and then got to the outside so it worked out well and our other filly also got Grade II placed, so we’re very pleased right now.“We’ll relax a little bit and see where we go next. We purposely waited this long with her and pointed towards this race. I don’t know if we’ve seen all there is to Unique Bella but I’ll ask Mike.”center_img FLAVIEN PRAT, FAVORED SHANE’S GIRLFRIEND, THIRD:  “She broke well, we broke on top, but we got pressure right away from the inside and the outside.  I thought we could be second, but we weren’t going to beat the winner today.” JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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Women boxers to set Pacific Games first

first_imgThe watershed moment for women in the boxing came when it was added to the London 2012 Olympic Games program.Since 2012, women have featured at other large events like the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the recent 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.In Port Moresby, women will compete across three weight categories, while the men will fight at 10 weight limits.At the most recent Pacific Games in New Caledonia in 2011, Tahiti dominated the medal count with four gold, two silver and one bronze.New Caledonia and Nauru were the second and third most successful Pacific Games Associations (PGAs) at that edition of the Games.Host Papua New Guinea has been traditionally the strongest nation in the lightest two weight categories.Since 1999, PNG has won every gold medal, apart from lightweight in 2011, where its athlete was disqualified for being late to the final.The other nation to look out for in the heavier weight categories is Samoa. Since 1999, Samoa has won 12 of the 44 gold medals on offer, more than any other PGA in that time frame.The semifinalists take to the ring on Friday, July 17, and the 13 gold medals will be awarded on Saturday, July 18.last_img read more

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Unmasking the serial killer

first_imgAbout the Author:Lekpele Nyamalon lives in Monrovia, Liberia and can be reached at nyamalon@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Monrovia- The epidemic Ebola is the most venomous of viruses often disguising itself as malaria, typhoid, flu, diarrhea, headache or a combination of the above or even more.Ebola has defied conventional medical protocols and brought to knees the healthcare systems of some of the countries where the epidemic is rife. It has exposed the lapses in the healthcare protocols of even some of the most advanced countries- case of the Texas nurses that treated Thomas Eric Duncan.However, Ebola comes with a strong but sobering message-that countries should focus energies on preventive healthcare.  Public healthcare systems should put their lenses on population health. Ebola has proven that the general well being of a population supersedes individual healthcare. Those at the lower end of the economic ladder who cannot afford basic healthcare coverage are often left unnoticed.Ebola is a serial killer that is indiscriminate in selecting victims. No one is shielded from the killer virus. Perhaps, if more efforts are concerted towards population health and preventive healthcare, there might be a decrease in the rise of Ebola and other infectious diseases. Similarly, diseases that tend to affect poorer countries would not be subjected to neglect but rather seen as a potential global health epidemic and would require solid attention.Global health bodies like the World Health Organization; the US Centers for Disease Control should align their efforts with frontline organizations like the Doctors Without Borders and Samaritan’s Purse. Ebola is a serial killer that tears down everything in its path from the economy, socialization, cultural practices, education, and also poses a security threat.  In Liberia, one of the countries at the epicenter of the epidemic, mid-term elections for the senate are forced to be postponed because of fear of assembly of a huge number of people.Another vital lesson that Ebola has taught African governments is the need to prioritize the general healthcare of its citizens. Most public officials in Africa prefer medical services abroad, leaving their healthcare systems at home in shambles. The weak and poor are left with no choice but to attend those horrible facilities. This trend has to stop. There is no safe haven for Ebola. Healthcare systems of African governments should be upgraded and public monies directed at research to discover treatments/vaccines for such epidemics.In Liberia, where there are scores of persons reported to have survived the virus, such survivors should be sampled and their blood plasma tested for possible antidotes to the virus. In a recent report, Dr. Kent Brantly of the Samaritan’s purse relief who had survived the virus is reported to have offered his blood plasma to nurses in Texas. Laudable move! Perhaps Liberia has a chunk load for such experiments.It is also reported in Liberia of a medical doctor who had been treating his patients with antiretroviral drugs and recorded success stories. There is no yet known cure for the virus, thus experiments should not be dismissed but subjected to further research. Donors should direct funding to research to ensure donations are not just directed at paying experts but to find a remedy. Ebola has presented an opportunity to research and find treatments for other potentially dangerous infectious diseases and STD’s.Governments in Africa, especially in the region where the epidemic is raging, need to implement robust surveillance, information sharing, effective contact tracing, simple information dissemination and sending clear messages. Finger pointing and the blame game is naïve. As the virus has shown, it has the ability to travel, undetected, evading radars and screenings until it gets set to strike. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of October 24, there are total cases of 10141, Laboratory confirmed cases of 5692 and total deaths of 4922. This is scary.Healthcare systems should encourage community Health Workers (CHWs) through training and providing better incentives and insurance.  Trainings will unravel new techniques on unmasking the killer earlier and applying universal precautionary procedures.Governments should improve weak infrastructures like roads to enable ambulances to reach even the remotest parts of the countries to transport the sick. The fear of health workers potentially getting Ebola should not subject other patients to die of curable causes because healthcare workers are either poorly trained; incompetent, or lack insurance.The alarm is up and the serial killer is out there, staring at a panicked population, planning a next strike. Identifying the killer is a step in winning the war.While the war on Malaria and AIDS is yet to be won by Africa, she is confronted with an even deadlier Serial Killer that attacks on all fronts. She cannot fight them alone. The sooner the rest of the world realizes this, we’re all safe.last_img read more

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Armed bandits storms Sisters Village shop

first_imgA quiet evening in the West Bank Demerara village of Sisters became unsettled after two armed gunmen stormed a roadside business place, which operates as a shop and bar. Late Wednesday evening, Guyana Times was told that the two bandits forced several persons to lie face down while they relived them of their belongings.Reports are that around 09:10 hrs, the bandits approached the shop, seemingly as though they wanted to purchase items but quickly revealed their true intentions soon after. A victim of the attack, who was still shaken up and preferred to remain anonymous, told this publication, that he was at the shop buying phone cards, when the bandits came up and whipped out a hand gun and forced him to the ground. He related that his mobile phone and money was stolen.Guyana Times was further told that as one of the gunmen held up persons in the shop, the other reportedly ransacked the home of the shop’s owner. Up to press time, Police ranks were patrolling and conducting active investigations to get to bottom of the brazen crime. Guyana Times was told that after the ordeal, villagers gathered and comforted the victims who suffered from the reported attack. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

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LP Chides Gov’t for ‘Lawlessness, Bad Economy, High Unemployment’

first_imgSenator Stephen Zargo flanked by LP Secretary General Jacob Smith (left) and UP chairman Wilmot Paye (right) at yesterday’s press conference. — Supports June 7 planned protestOpposition Liberty Party (LP) is on the back of President George Weah for “his government’s disregard for the rule of Law, the economic growth that has declined to below 0 per cent and the worsening unemployment rate.LP meanwhile says it supports the June 7 ‘peaceful protest’ to remind the CDC-led government of the growing wave of economic hardship, uncontrollable corruption, flagrant constitutional violations, mob violence and clamp down on non-adherents.On Tuesday, April 24, LP Chairman Stephen Zargo, said with just a little over one year of the CDC-led government, “the country continues to experience rapid decline in nearly all sectors of our governance framework, including sharp decline in the performance of the economy, as well as widespread acts of lawlessness and mysterious deaths of prominent citizens with elusive promises of police investigation or none at all.LP said the party supports the June 7 planned peaceful protest to remind the government of the growing wave of economic hardship, uncontrollable corruption, flagrant constitutional violations, mob violence, clamp down on non-adherents across the country. According to Sen. Zargo, the planned protest is a fundamental tenet of democracy for the people to freely assemble and petition their government when it is so required.“Our decision is further informed by the demonstrated indifference the President and officials continue to show in the face of the bruising economic hardship.“As a party that is acclaimed for adherence to the rule of law, and given the sad history of recent violent protests organized by the CDC, while in opposition, and during the recent Montserrado County by-elections in district #13, we urge the organizers of the protest to remain peaceful and act in keeping with laws. On the Strength of the 1986 Constitution, it is the rights of the people to, at any and all times, assemble and express themselves on issues affecting their wellbeing,” Zargo said.“During the course of the planning and implementation of the planned protest, the CDC-led Government must also take cognizance of its constitutional mandate to provide security for the protesters and constructively advert any plan by surrogates of the government to provoke violence as was done by Mayor Jefferson Koijee and his supporters in District 13.”Chairman Zargo, who is also a Senator of Lofa County, said there are several incompetent people appointed by President Weah to strategic positions in the public sector, and it is conspicuous that the health care delivery system portrays a life-threatening decline as a result of the lack of basic medical supplies to major health centers.“The civil service is overcrowded by political surrogates of the CDC, without a corresponding and practical alignment with the size of the national envelop, accountability, a cardinal part of good governance, is grossly lacking, as is also a clear demonstration of political will to punish people culpable of corruption,” the LP Chairman stated.Sen. Zargo: “It is therefore no surprise that there is a rapid and astounding erosion of public confidence in the CDC-led Government.”Flanked by the Unity Party (UP) chairman Wilmot Paye and LP’s Secretary General Jacob Smith, Zargo said when the CDC-led Government assumed state authority in 2018, the strength of the economy stood at over 2% growth rate, but as it is, economic growth has declined 0% to the extent that inflation has increased to more than 25%.He pointed out that unemployment is worsening due to a growing wave of layoff exercises at major investments, and to complicate this economic nightmare, the US$25 million, which was intended to stabilize the exchange rate (currently at US$1 to L$175) was mismanaged, while some of the prime culprits, including Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor Nathaniel Patray walk around scout-free.The LP has meanwhile pleaded with the UN, EU, AU, ECOWAS and all foreign partners, who invested so much in the country’s peace process to keep eyes on the trend of events unfolding in our country; particularly the regrouping of former rebel commanders with government assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Teen arraigned with gun, ammo possession

first_imgA Charlestown, Georgetown teenager was on Thursday arraigned with two gun related charges by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Seventeen-year-old Colin Denny of Lot 41 Charles and Howes Streets, Charlestown, denied both of the charges after it was read to him.The court heard that on June 13, 2018, while in the vicinity of Howes Street, he had in his possession .32 pistol and one matching round without being the holder of a firearm licence.Denny’s defence Attorney Keshia Chase in her bail application told the court that on the day in question; her client was in the company of six other males when Police visited the area.She noted that upon seeing the officers, the other males fled the scene leaving Denny behind. Chase further told the court that the weapon was not found in her client’s possession but rather on the roadway.However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the weapon was indeed concealed in Denny’s crotch. Bail was denied and he was remanded to prison until July 4.last_img read more

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Life sentence for cop killer

first_imgSouth Ruimveldt, Georgetown resident Delon Abrams, who shot and killed Guyana Police Force (GPF) rank Silburn Elias was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole by Judge Sandil Kissoon at the High Court after he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.Convicted: Delon AbramsAbrams killed Elias on January 6, 2014 when the rank was attempting to re-arrest him after he had escaped from the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was under Police guard.It was reported that Abrams was caught and beaten by residents of Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown after he broke into someone’s home in the area.As such, he had to be rushed to the Hospital for medical attention. The previously convicted felon escaped from the Hospital stealing a Police Officer’s .38 calibre service pistol in the process.When pursued and confronted in Fourth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown by other ranks including an unarmed Elias, Abrams shot him twice, once to his chest and once to his left side.In handing down the sentence, Judge Kissoon told the accused that the penalty for killing a law enforcement officer is death; however, owing to his early plea, he was sentencing him to life imprisonment.Presenting the case for the State were Prosecutors Mandel Moore and Abigail Gibbs. Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay represented Abrams.last_img read more

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UCLA falls against Florida

first_imgATLANTA (AP) – Billyball lives on for at least one more game at Florida. After what felt like a Final Four instant replay, UCLA has certainly had its fill. The Gators and their in-demand coach, Billy Donovan, moved one win away from a second straight national championship Saturday night, defeating the Bruins 76-66 behind 19 points from Corey Brewer, 16 from Chris Richard and 14 more from Lee Humphrey. Donovan got the best of Ben Howland and Florida got the best of UCLA for the second straight year at the Final Four, adding this semifinal win to a 73-57 rout in last year’s title game. “This is what it’s all about,” Gators forward Joakim Noah said. “We know it’s not over yet. We’re happy, but we’re not satisfied.” This victory for the Gators (34-5) set up another sort of rematch. They’ll play Ohio State on Monday in the final, hoping for the same kind of result as their 27-point victory in the championship football game earlier this year. The Buckeyes beat Georgetown 67-60 in the first semifinal Saturday. The football coaches, OSU’s Jim Tressel and Florida’s Urban Meyer, were on the sidelines for this one, too, but only as spectators. The real stars were Brewer, Humphrey (three 3-pointers in the second half), Noah and, of course, Donovan, who the Gator faithful hope will rebuff a possible offer from Kentucky come season’s end to keep building on the small dynasty he’s created in Gainesville. That drama will have to wait at least a couple more days, thanks to a wear-’em-down kind of effort that looked pretty much like what the Gators did to the Bruins last year. The entire starting lineup came back for a repeat and with one more win, Florida will become the first team to go back-to-back since Duke in 1992 and the first ever to do it with the same starting five. UCLA (30-6), still stuck on 11 titles, thought it brought a more experienced, better team to Atlanta, and that might have been true. But Bruins guard Arron Afflalo sat on the bench for almost the entire first half with foul trouble and center Lorenzo Mata joined him. That took a bite out of UCLA’s early tenacious defensive effort, and when Brewer started going off – swishing two 3-pointers in consecutive trips down the floor – the Gators were running to a 26-16 lead and UCLA never much threatened after that. As impressive as Brewer looked on offense, it was a pair of defensive sequences during that stretch that told the bigger story. Once, UCLA had a fast break and some decent numbers, but 6-foot-10 forward Al Horford simply stood under the basket and swatted away Alfred Aboya’s shot for one stop. A moment later, Noah got in the way of Luc Richard Mbah a Boute in his attempt to go up strong in the paint. Mbah a Boute’s head fake shook Noah, but Brewer simply came from behind to swat the shot. There was plenty more of that. Led by Horford’s 17 rebounds, Florida outboarded UCLA 43-26, blocked six shots and altered countless more. Noah, supposedly Florida’s best player, finished with only eight points but had 11 rebounds and four blocks – typical of the star player on a team that hasn’t seemed to care who gets the credit this season. In fact, all five Florida starters average in double figures this season yet not one of them averages more than 10 shots a game. On this day, it was Brewer and Humphrey’s turn to score. Brewer did the damage in the first half, making all eight shots he took – three from 3, four free throws and one layup. Humphrey put the dagger in late, making three 3-pointers in an early second-half run similar to the one he fashioned to put George Mason away in last year’s semis. As for UCLA – well, what really is there to say after a loss in which the final, 10-point margin belied the actual game? The Bruins rolled through the Pac-10 again this season and looked like championship material in dispatching Kansas and Howland’s old team, Pittsburgh, on their way to the Final Four. But they were overmatched again, and getting their best players in foul trouble early certainly didn’t help. Afflalo finished with 17 points, but they all came after the game was out of reach. Mata, not a big scorer, was no factor anywhere on the court, finishing with six points and two rebounds before he fouled out. Mbah a Boute was at least willing to take the ball up in the paint despite constant rejections. His night ended when he picked up his fifth foul with 9:02 left after scoring four points. Josh Shipp, absent last year and thought to be a possible difference-maker in this matchup, led the Bruins with 18 points, but he couldn’t do it on his own. In the leadup to this game, many of the Bruins said they thought Florida celebrated a little too hard at their expense last year in Indianapolis. The Gators didn’t hold back this time, either. Noah tugged on his jersey and thumped his chest a couple of times. Brewer pointed at the crowd, shouted and mugged for the camera. Of course, who wouldn’t be pumped watching the kind of tomahawk jams Horford and Richard put back when noboby boxed them out after their teammates missed shots? The meeting against the Buckeyes will be a rematch of a regular-season game in Gainesville that Florida won 86-60. Ohio State was a much different team then, mainly because freshman center Greg Oden was just coming back from a torn ligament in his right wrist and hadn’t rounded into form.last_img read more

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Pico Rivera city attorney quits

first_imgBeilke acknowledged he met with Casso and discussed “going in a different direction.” “It’s not meant as a reflection in any way on Jamie’s job,” Beilke said. “We had some issues about how our costs for his services have been escalating. “Last month we had to transfer $381,000 from the general fund to the city attorney budget to make it through the year,” Beilke added. “Plus, with our two new council members, we’re looking for a fresh start.” Casso refused to confirm or deny that he was pressured out. He said only that it was his own decision to leave. “I am grateful to the City Council in 2001 who wanted me to provide their legal services, and I truly hope they succeed in their endeavors,” said Casso. Casso also serves as city attorney and redevelopment attorney in La Puente and is the redevelopment counsel for South El Monte. He said his law firm is trying to land another contract for city attorney services in another city, but he declined to disclose which city. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Pico Rivera City Attorney James M. Casso has resigned the position he held since 2001, saying Wednesday that he wants to pursue “new opportunities.” In a surprise to some City Council members, Casso submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday, prior to the council’s regular meeting. But was it a forced resignation? On Wednesday, Councilman Gregory Salcido said the council’s agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting included a closed-door meeting in which Casso’s contract was to be discussed. The agenda lists a closed session in which council members were to discuss an “employee discipline dismissal, or release.” Salcido said he learned that Casso’s job was in jeopardy after he received his copy of the staff report – just days prior to Tuesday’s meeting – stating that Casso’s termination would be discussed in closed session. “The way I see it is Mr. Casso saw the writing on the wall,” Salcido said. “He would rather cut ties to the city on his own terms” than be fired, he said. Salcido said the firing was “based on the politics of certain members of City Council,” including Mayor Ron Beilke, who met with Casso in private last week. “I am concerned the mayor can unilaterally call a meeting with the city attorney to inform him of his termination, when the City Council as a whole has never taken the matter under consideration,” said Salcido. last_img read more

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