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Swantown Marine Fueling Station Open for Business

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe long anticipated Swantown Marine Fueling Station is now open for business. The state-of-the-art Fueling Station will be open seven days a week and will accept cash and major credit cards (checks not accepted).“The Port is committed to creating infrastructure to support and significantly expand recreational opportunities and regional visitation. This same infrastructure will also broaden the Port’s support of commercial maritime activities in the area. Swantown is now a full-service marina, which will not only make access easier for local boaters, but help promote tourism in Thurston County. The fact that we also will operate the most environmentally friendly facility in Puget Sound is a particular source of pride,” Ed Galligan, Executive Director.All safety compliance features meet, or exceed, those required by regulatory agencies as well as those identified by the Petroleum Equipment Institute for marina fueling systems.  Signature features include emergency shut-off buttons, emergency shutoff valves along the delivery system, a leak detection system that provides automatic notifications of abnormalities, dedicated monitor and security cameras, and staff training that exceeds mandated requirements.Since 1999, there has been no option for marine fueling services in the downtown Olympia area. In 2008, the Port received a petition signed by about 800 citizens requesting the Port to install a fueling facility at Swantown Marina.  As a result, in 2011, the Port Commission directed Port staff to develop a Marine Fueling Facility Feasibility Study.Over the past six years, the Port has undertaken a comprehensive evaluation and engagement process to determine the feasibility of constructing a financially viable marine fueling facility.  Key activities and milestones include:·        Twenty public open houses, meetings and briefings.·        Marine Fueling Station Feasibility Study.·        Local Boater Fuel Consumption Survey.·        Development of alternative financial evaluation scenarios.·        Secured permits from ten different federal, state, and local agencies.The Port evaluated and developed a comprehensive project that shows the facility will, over time:·        Generate new revenue for the Port.·        Meet or exceed the Port’s financial goals.·        Complete the evolution of Swantown into a full-service marina.·        Meet or exceed environmental and safety requirements.·        Meet the needs of local and visitor boaters.·        Help to stimulate tourism and local tax revenue.After six years of planning, permitting, design and public involvement, the Port Commission approved the construction of a Marine Fueling Station at Swantown Marina at its September 12, 2016 Commission meeting.For information about the fuel dock project including presentations, reports and studies, and information on project public outreach and participation, visit the Port’s website.last_img read more

Thurston Night Pub Quiz at O’Blarney’s Irish Pub in Olympia

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by O’Blarney’s Irish PubEveryone knows that one person that loves to impress others with the random knowledge and facts they have accumulated over time. O’Blarney’s Irish Pub in Olympia hosts a weekly opportunity for people over 21-years-old like this to showcase their trivia knowledge while enjoying good company, food, and beer.  This event is a great time to team up with some fellow trivia lovers and put your knowledge to the test against other members of the community.Appetizer sampler at O’Blarney’s. Photo courtesy: O’Blarney’s Irish PubThese Pub Quiz Nights occur just about every Thursday night from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. or so. The event is a great way to end the day, is free to participate in, and the top three teams win gift cards.  Usually, Pub Quiz Nights are sponsored by a local or regional brewery so there are fun giveaways throughout the night. In the past, these giveaways have included pint glasses, t-shirts, and other merchandise from the sponsoring brewery. Come early and enjoy a burger or sandwich along with $3 Micro Brews starting at 6:00 p.m.  If you are feeling extra hungry, there is a Steak Special on Thursdays as well. For $9.99 you can get an 8 oz. Sirloin steak with roasted vegetables, baked potato, or fries.This combination of trivia, local beer, food, and fun make O’Blarney’s Irish Pub of Olympia a premier destination to be on a Thursday night. O’Blarney’s hopes to see you at this Pub Quiz Night and others throughout the rest of the summer. These events are an excellent way to spend time with old friends while meeting a few new ones along the way. For more information about O’Blarney’s specials or other events go to their Facebook page or Website.last_img read more

Cyswog’n’ Fun Olympic Distance Results

first_img34th Annual Nelson Cyswog ‘N’ Fun                                          Olympic Distance Individual Results(1.5 Km Swim – 39 Km Bike – 10 Km Run)     Pos     Time    Team Name                               Place/Total Category               ——– ——- ————————————— ————————–          1     2:16:19 2 Old Geezers and a Young Gun                  2     2:37:37 Too Legit To Quit Pos     Time    Name                    City          Plc/Total Category             ——– ——- ———————– ————- ——————- —-          1     2:04:00 Dallas CAIN             Rossland         1/2   Men 35-39               2     2:07:23 Gary WADE               Kelowna        1/11  Men 40-49              3     2:13:16 Joel DELEENHEER     Lake Country   2/11  Men 40-49              4     2:14:23 Seth BITTING            Rossland       3/11  Men 40-49             5     2:18:01 Cam MCTAVISH      Vancouver   4/11  Men 40-49                 6     2:20:59 Greg WELWOOD    Burnaby   5/11  Men 40-49                    7     2:25:48 Nelson ROCHA          Nelson   6/11  Men 40-49                   8     2:33:30 Mike KONKIN             Trail          7/11  Men 40-49             9     2:36:30 Kim HEINZE          Calgary        1/5   Men 50-59               10     2:39:22 Janine BENSON    Kelowna     1/3   Women 45-49           11     2:39:54 Denise UHRYNUK   Nelson  1/4   Women 50-54           12     2:42:51 Scott SUTHERLAND    Edmonton  8/11  Men 40-49           13     2:44:14 Paul SAWATSKY      Cranbrook      9/11  Men 40-49              14     2:44:46 Mark FROMBERG           Kelowna        1/3   Men 60-64           15     2:44:46 Linsi COMFORT           Calgary        1/2   Women 25-29            16     2:45:49 Clover ARDERN       Castlegar      1/1   Women 30-34            17     2:47:06 David KONKIN          North Van  10/11  Men 40-49               18     2:48:52 Basil MCLAREN       Nelson       1/2   Men 30-34          19     2:49:51 Evan NEILSEN            Calgary        1/2   Men 25-29           20     2:50:21 Neil PRETTY             Nelson         2/2   Men 30-34           21     2:51:18 Andrew JONES            Nelson         2/5   Men 50-59               22     2:52:24 Peter WARD              Nelson         3/5   Men 50-59                 23     2:52:35 Robert TUTTLE           Calgary       11/11  Men 40-49              24     2:53:55 Kevin MCGUIRE           Nelson         4/5   Men 50-59              25     2:54:37 Chris LALONDE           Nelson    1/3   Women 55-59              26     2:57:08 Amanda HARDING      Warfield       2/2   Women 25-29             27     2:57:24 Stephen FORT            Kelowna        5/5   Men 50-59               28     2:59:47 Corina WAAGE            Kamloops       1/3   Women 40-44         29     3:03:33 Karrie PARENT           Bury           2/3   Women 40-44         30     3:04:50 Lynda DECHIEF           Nelson         3/3   Women 40-44            31     3:11:09 Amy FOURNIER        Patricia       1/2   Women 35-39              32     3:11:50 Con DIAMOND        Nelson         1/2   Men 65-69           33     3:13:28 Otis LIPPITT    Three Hills 2/2 Men   25-29                                        34     3:17:27 Donna DOYLE      Victoria       2/3   Women 55-59             35     3:22:46 Mary MCKAY      Calgary        3/3   Women 55-59                                                    36     3:23:38 Graham JARMIN           Nelson         2/3   Men 60-64                37     3:24:29 Daiva VILLA             Nelson         2/3   Women 45-49         38     3:25:03 Yvonne WERKMANN   Didsbury  2/4   Women 50-54                                                      39     3:31:14 Tara PRIMEAU            Crescent Val   2/2   Women 35-39                                                        40     3:35:22 Val YOWEK               Nelson         3/4   Women 50-54                       Olympic Distance Team Results     ——-FINAL—- ————————————— ————————–  last_img read more


first_imgMark Casse46105622%$707,758 SHARED BELIEF ‘DOING GREAT’ FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPJerry Hollendorfer has Shared Belief ready to run. The post position, the weight, theIntangibles are out of his control, not that he doesn’t give a whit about those things.You don’t approach 7,000 career victories without sweating the small stuff.Shared Belief is the 3-5 favorite on Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.The gelded son of Candy Ride will carry his highest impost ever, 125 pounds, and break from the No. 5 post position in the 78th running of the Grade I race for 4-year-olds and up at a mile and a quarter, which is the 11th and final event on what promises to be a sun-kissed day with temperatures in the low 80s. First post time is 12 noon.“Weight is always a big deal no matter what race you’re in,” Hollendorfer said as he put several of his charges through Thursday morning works at Santa Anita. “It’s a big deal in this race, too.“He’s got to spot them some weight, but some of the riders won’t be able to make the weight that they’re assigned. For example, some guys are in with 114, but they can’t do 14.“We’re walking over with no excuses. Our horse is doing great, he’s trained great. He has no excuses. We have to carry 125, that’s what our assignment is, and the five is a decent post; it’s not the best, but it’s a decent post.”Asked if he was surprised 12 others entered the race that offers $600,000 to the winner, $200,000 to the runner-up and $100,000 to the third-place finisher, Hollendorfer said, “I guess everybody thinks they have a shot or they wouldn’t be going in.”The Santa Anita Handicap: Cool Samurai, Aaron Gryder, 30-1; Diamond Bachelor, Martin Pedroza, 50-1; Sr. Quisqueyano, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Dynamic Sky, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 3-5; Moreno, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Patrioticandproud, Elvis Trujillo, 20-1; You Know I Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Crimson Giant, Brandon Boulanger, 50-1; Imperative, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1; Bronzo, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Catch a Flight, Gary Stevens, 12-1; and Hard Aces, Victor Espinoza, 12-1.In other Big ‘Cap news:Santa Anita offers two huge guaranteed pools on Big ‘Cap Day, $1 million on the Late Pick 4 and $250,000 on the Pick 6. There will be a Beerfest and live music in the Infield. Mike Smith7615171120%$1,377,341 Drayden Van Dyke14515162010%$839,436 (Current Through Sunday, March 1) Philip D’Amato50119722%$515,630 Fernando Perez13013161210%$576,152 OCHO OCHO OCHO READY FOR SAN FELIPEOcho Ocho Ocho, perfect so far and earner of $693,600 in just three starts, takes a giant step on the Triple Crown trail when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.“He’s been really good since September of last year,” trainer Jim Cassidy said of the son of Street Sense who was named for his hip number at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale (888 is ocho ocho ocho in Spanish).Ocho Ocho Ocho won the Juvenile Turf Sprint when it was moved to Santa Anita’s main track due to inclement weather last Nov. 1, and the Grade III Delta Jackpot on Nov. 22.“I have no issues with him,” Cassidy said. “He’s pretty straightforward and obviously he can run, so hopefully we’ve got him tight enough for this race.“I think he’ll run pretty good and he’ll go from there to the Santa Anita Derby (April 4). He doesn’t have to be on the lead. He can sit off of it. He’s got a decent style.”As for pre-race instructions to Mike Smith, forget it: “I’m not going to tell him anything,” Cassidy said. “We stay out of each other’s way.”The field for the San Felipe: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Mike Smith, 4-1; Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 8-5; The Gomper, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Kenjisstorm, Agapito Delgadillo, 50-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Bolo, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Pulmarack, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Pain and Misery, Flavien Prat, 15-1.The San Felipe offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, and 20, 10 and five to the second, third and fourth place finishers. Of those entered in the San Felipe, Dortmund (20) and Ocho Ocho Ocho (10) are the only one with points thus far. Bob Baffert7315141021%$1,311,588 Kent Desormeaux13425241819%$1,430,590 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Santiago Gonzalez68761110%$241,744 Mark Glatt5078814%$379,024 Jerry Hollendorfer12123171719%$2,203,268 NEWLY DISCOVERED SEABISCUIT FOOTAGE TO AIR BETWEEN RACES ON SATURDAY            Santa Anita Park has announced that some recently acquired color footage of Seabiscuit’s legendary win in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap will be shown between races six and seven this Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day.“The footage is for the most part, absolutely pristine,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby. “I think very few people alive today have seen the 1940 ‘Big Cap in color, and when they do, they are going to be amazed.“We’ve edited this down to four minutes and I think people are going to be blown away by what they see. This is a perfect time to show it, on the 75th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Santa Anita history.”FINISH LINES: Clubhouse Ride, who cost $22,000 and earned more than $1.3 million, has been retired and will enter stud at Harris Farms near Coalinga this spring. Campaigned by Six-S Racing Stable and Bonnie and Nikolas Petralia and trained throughout his career by Craig Lewis, the chestnut son of Candy Ride earned $1,341,132 from 43 starts including victories in the Grade II Californian in 2013 and 2014. “I loved the horse,” Lewis said. “He was a great horse to be around, a great horse to train. He made my job easy because he just loved what he was doing. He was all race horse.” A 7-year-old, Clubhouse Ride is Candy Ride’s leading money earner at stud . . . This ruling from the California Horse Racing Board today: “Pursuant to an Order by the California Horse Racing Board, trainer Antonio “A.C.” Avila, trainer of the horse Masochistic, the fifth-place finisher in the ninth race at Santa Anita Park on March 15, 2014 is fined ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and suspended for sixty (60) days (March 15, 2015 through May 13, 2015) for violation of California Horse Racing Board rules #1887(a) (Trainer to Insure Condition of Horse), #E1843(a) and (d) (Medication, Drugs and Other Substances), #1844(e)(1) and (g) (Authorized Medication-Acepromazine in excess of the permitted level of 25 nanograms per milliliter, 973 ng/ml (Class III), and #1890 (Possession of Contraband). During the term of suspension, all licenses and license privileges of Antonio “A.C.” Avila are suspended, Mr. Avila is prohibited from entering horses during the term of suspension, and pursuant to California Horse Racing Board rule #1528 (Jurisdiction of Stewards to Suspend or Fine), Mr. Avila is denied access to all premises in this jurisdiction.” . . . El Camino Real Derby winner Metaboss worked five furlongs Thursday on Santa Anita’s main track for Jeff Bonde in 1:00.80 for the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21 . . . Big Macher, working for the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai March 28, went six furlongs under Elvis Trujillo for Richard Baltas in 1:12.60 . . . When Jenna’s Faith won in her first start in Sunday’s fourth race at 9-1 under Corey Nakatani for trainer Herbert Bacorn, it marked the third debut winner for the dam, Jenna’s Joy . . . Agent Tony Matos has Nakatani booked on Falls City Handicap (run at Churchill Downs) winner Frivolous for trainer Victoria Oliver in the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes on March 14, and on Oliver-trained Del Mar Oaks winner Personal Diary in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ana Stakes the following day, March 15 . . . Joel Rosario returns to Santa Anita March 15 to ride Rosalind for trainer Chad Brown in the Santa Ana, agent Ron Anderson reports . . . Those wishing to visit Eugene “Snake” McDaniel where he is recuperating at 1832 Buena Vista in Duarte should call 626 359-5143 to make arrangements. McDaniel, the groom for 1971 Horse of the Year Ack Ack, is recovering at that locale from amputation of his right leg due to a blood clot . . . Thoroughbred owner and former jockey agent Nick Cosato and Steve Byk, host of At the Races radio show, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens. Saturday’s session will start at 10:50 a.m.; Sunday’s, 11:20 a.m. . . . Jockey Mario Gutierrez has been suspended three racing days (March 7, 8 and 12) for causing interference on Smoove It in Saturday’s fourth race . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Tyler Baze20028212414%$1,491,854 A. C. Avila2472329%$203,774 ‘NO EXCUSES’ GOING IN FOR SHARED BELIEFOCHO OCHO OCHO SET SET SET FOR SAN FELIPE‘MAGNIFICENT’ VINTAGE SEABISCUIT FOOTAGE AIRS SATURDAYCLUBHOUSE RIDE TO STAND AT HARRIS FARMS Tiago Pereira901091211%$356,864 Gary Stevens7111111215%$945,320 Mario Gutierrez8061078%$357,270 Carla Gaines3154216%$317,105 Michael Pender3464318%$163,050 Felipe Valdez4177817%$205,448 Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Victor Espinoza12825241620%$1,518,018 Brandon Boulanger956586%$197,436center_img -30- Richard Mandella4488718%$431,346 Martin Garcia10219141219%$1,342,980 James Cassidy4785917%$305,100 Elvis Trujillo15217181111%$1,062,280 Joseph Talamo16519162712%$1,259,292 John Sadler8511151313%$736,036 Peter Eurton59119819%$561,768 Peter Miller10419201018%$1,057,626 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won J. Eric Kruljac3654514%$247,150 Jeff Bonde2790333%$321,530 Doug O’Neill11612111810%$694,544 Rafael Bejarano17944272425%$1,955,854 Corey Nakatani9318101219%$873,738 J. Keith Desormeaux1954226%$162,610 Hector Palma2464125%$140,750 Brice Blanc3662317%$243,752 Martin Pedroza1311218189%$539,754 Richard Baltas48108321%$399,168 Flavien Prat881011811%$537,926 Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mike Puype6651188%$298,586 Edwin Maldonado891181112%$429,894last_img read more

14 J’cans in Pan Am Juniors action today

first_imgNATIONAL Junior 100 metres hurdle record holder Deashon Gordon will lead 14 Jamaicans into action on today’s opening day of competition at the XVIII Pan American Junior Championships, which will be held at the Foote Field on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, Canada.The country’s athletes will be trying to better the performance of two years ago when two silver medals were mined.The three-day competition will start at 11:30 a.m. (Jamaican time), and there will be some 14 finals on today’s opening day.Gordon, who just completed her first year at the Louisiana State University (LSU), is expected to be one of the country’s main medal hopes when she competes in the Women’s 100 metres hurdles, with the preliminary round set for a 12:50 p.m. start. The final of the event will take place later on at 6:05 p.m. Gordon, who finished fifth in the women’s 100 metres hurdles at the National Senior Championship in a National Junior record of 12.97 seconds, is the number two-ranked athlete in the event, just behind the United States’ Dior Hall, who has a top time of 12.74 seconds.The Jamaican will be joined in the event by 2013 World Youth champion Yanique Thompson, who has failed to fire all season and will be hoping for a big performance here.There will also be preliminary action in the women’s and men’s 100 metres, along with the women’s and men’s 400 metres in the opening session.100 metresJoniel Smith and Sashalee Forbes will compete in the women’s 100 metres, while Xandre Blake and Shivnarine Smalling will do so in the men’s 100 metres. Dawnalee Loney and Candice Mcleod will be in action in the women’s 400 metres, while in the men’s event, it will be Ivan Henry and Bernardo Wilson. The finals of these events will be contested later in the day.Four other Jamaicans will be in action in the second session of competition. Obrien Wasome and Odaine Lewis will do battle in the men’s long jump final at 7:20 p.m., while Thaleeto Green and Shemar Salmon will contest the Men’s 5000 metres final at 8:25 p.m.last_img read more

GPL contracts Canadian company to improve operations

first_imgGuyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) is looking to boost its efficiency and capacity with the help of a Canadian-based firm, Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) Ltd, which specialises in upgrading power companies around the world.The three-year contract will see the company providing training, capacity building, and knowledge transfer to GPL’s management. MHI will support GPL in its performance of key business areas to improve the utility company’s capabilities for providing an efficient, reliable, and sustainable service.This project falls under the Management Strengthening Programme (MSP), which is a component of the multimillion-dollar Inter-American Development Bank/European Union (IDB/EU) funded Power Utility Upgrade Programme (PUUP).The project is divided into three components – the management strengthening programme valued US.3 million; improving operational efficiency at the cost of US.3 million; and some US million to be spent on improving the company’s infrastructure in order to target loss reduction.Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Chairman of GPL Board Robert Badal explained that the project is to improve the operational efficiency of GPL’s management, the reliability of the grid and to also reduce the high losses.He disclosed that the company’s level of losses is pegged at around 29 per cent, hence, the money injected will be used on measures to reduce the losses incurred with the procurement of some 54,000 smart meters that can be read remotely, among other steps.Electricity theftMoreover, he outlined that electricity theft is one of the major contributions to the losses that company incurs. To this end, the GPL Chairman urges persons to report incidents of electricity theft.He said the main goal is to reduce losses from the existing 29 per cent now to around 27 per cent or 27.5 per cent.According to the Chairman, curbing electricity theft is an ongoing process and the company’s Loss Reduction Department has been working assiduously on the matter. He noted that officers from that section usually go out to inspect meters that are defective in order to prevent theft.He added too that there are systems in place to monitor individual customer’s consumption so if there is a drastic decrease then they will look into it. However, the Chairman recognised the need for the department to be strengthened, noting that this will be done under the Management Strengthening Programme.Furthermore, Badal added that as part of the more targeted approach, GPL’s Information Technology (IT) section will be expanded.“So it’s a continuous process… the losses (GPL incurs) are a combination of issues and we can’t improve on any of this until we improve GPL’s executive management,” he stated.Nevertheless, the Head of the GPL Board posited that there has been a progressive improvement in the delivery of power over the last three years, with the Infrastructural Development Programme having a big impact on the grid.Efficient generationMHI representatives along with GPL Chairman Robert Babal, acting CEO Renford Homer and PUUP Project Coordinator Donald Nurse“Currently we have no deficit in generation, it is very efficient. Our focus here is improving management competence and the grid further,” he noted.Badal pointed out that GPL’s full capacity is some 140 mega watts and only 114 mega watts are being consumed. He added that while 95 per cent of the blackouts are not generation issues, there is still need to improve the system.“Rest assured we are improving generation but no amount of generation could ensure complete reliability without an efficient grid… We are moving forward but progressive sometimes takes time especially in a capital intensive environment,” he stated.Meanwhile, Contract Manager of Manitoba, Scott Russell, said that during the company’s tenure here, it will be working to support GPL’s key management through a combination of classroom-based training and on the job training.He explained that MHI staffs its projects with seasoned energy sector professionals in key consulting roles around the world and with many years of operational utility experience in both developed and developing countries.The team that will be coming to Guyana will include seven full-time utility specialists and eight short-term training support specialists. These specialists will work in partnership with GPL staff to achieve the utility’s objectives by couching them in specific areas.Russell sought to clarify that the experts from MHI will have no authority whatsoever over the GPL managers whom they will be coaching during their three-year tenure here. “Our mandate is to provide guidance and coaching, not to make decisions. We aren’t in any formal place of authority, we are just here to provide coaching to persons in senior positions (within GPL).Currently, MHI is conducting a needs analyst, from which the Canadian-based team will determine where GPL is and what has to be done going forward to improve its services.As a subsidiary of a Canadian energy utility, Manitoba Hydro, MHI offers clients over a century’s worth of best practice experience by helping them to deliver electricity and natural gas efficiently, effectively, and in a sustainable manner.In operation for over 130 years, Manitoba Hydro is a vertically integrated, Government-owned Canadian Provincial Crown Corporation. The corporation holds in-service assets in excess of US$17 billion, generates over US$2 billion in annual revenue, and employs over 6500 utility staff. Manitoba Hydro is a major energy utility that is intimately involved in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of electricity and gas infrastructure.last_img read more

‘Pastors, Others, Will Not Beg for Bread’

first_imgThe newly inducted General Overseer (Bishop) of the United Methodist Church in Liberia, Samuel J. Quire, last weekend raised his audience to their feet in applause when he vowed that “dedicated servants of the Church will not beg for bread in their service to God and His people.”“Under my administration as head Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Liberia, I will work with all who are involved in the affairs of the church to increase productivity in agriculture, establish businesses in order to pay pastors, bishops and others well,” Bishop Quire said.He made the remark on Saturday December 31when he was inducted into office for a period of 5 years beginning 2017 to 2022.Bishop Quire who prostrated himself on the floor of the Tubman Memorial United Methodist Church in Paynesville, promised to serve the church with humility and use Jesus Christ as his torchbearer. The new bishop quoted Jesus from Matthew 16:17 and18 saying, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”He said the Church’s resources will be increased and its branches in rural parts of the country will be strengthened, noting further that tithes and offerings alone are not sufficient to deal with the pressing economic challenges of the church’s membership.“The Gospel needs to be contextualized in a more relevant way than the usual superficial way,” he pointed out, signifying that members of the Church should acquire basic education, skills and seek avenues to explore opportunities for their survival.Bishop Quire said his quest to have a paradigm shift in dealing with the church’s leadership and the rest of its congregation from an economic perspective is to curtail the rampant corrupt practices that have invaded the church and the public sector.The Bishop emphasized that unity will be the hallmark of his leadership. “We are not a divided Church but a United Methodist Church, whose mission is to bind hearts and hands together for the common good.”Bishop Quire, who was elected at the 26th West Africa Annual Conference (WAAC) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on December 17 is the 5th indigenous Liberian to be voted into office since 1964.He commended all past bishops for their dedicated services to the church and assured them of his preparedness to consult with them as he moves on with his job.Turning over the gavel of authority to Bishop Quire, Interim Bishop Arthur F. Kullah called on his successor to always be prepared to face the challenges at hand. Speaking on the theme, “Prepare to Serve,” Bishop Kullah said other nations that are progressing materially today are doing so because they value proper planning and preparation and renounce hate towards each.“Remember Sam, that promotion in the UMC is based on merit and not personality or contacts. Therefore, be fair in whatever you do as you run the office of Bishop for our church. Don’t be carried away by friendship or family connections,” Bishop Kullah admonished.A bishop has no enemy and as such Bishop Quire should not listen to gossip, advised Kullah. “Serve the church with credibility and leave a legacy worth commending,” he told Quire.On the other hand he called on all family members, friends and intimates of Bishop Quire not to overburden him with their personal problems. “When you take problems to an individual more than what he or she can possibly handle, you force him or her to steal just to satisfy you,” Bishop Kullah said.Senator Commany Wesseh, on behalf of the Government said the United Methodist Church in Liberia is noted for producing great leaders and it supports peace, unity and justice.Former House Speaker J. Alex Tyler and presidential aspirants Charles W. Brumskin and Dr. J. Mills Jones were among many personalities at the induction service.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blizzard Bike Club win Challenge Cup 2 against Grande Prairie

first_imgChris Haugan led the way for the Blizzard as they brought 14 riders to the event. He won the main event at the races, clocking in at 1:23:50. Dean Gravill of Grande Prairie finished second with a time of 1:24:22, and Tyler Stadnick also of Grande Prairie took third as he finished the race in 1:25:14.Gary Hilderman won the three lap event with his time of 1:11:22. He was followed by Roger St. Jean with a time of 1:21:00, and Dawit Feyissa at 1:21:23.The winner of the two lap event was Steve Magusin from Grande Prairie. He finished the race in 46:18. Tate Haugan finished in second place at 48:38, while third went to Pat Ferris at 49:55.- Advertisement -Meanwhile, Tate Haugan won the single lap event with a time of 38:48.The Blizzard Bike Club return to racing Wednesday night as they take part in the Cactus mountain bike race at 7 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgThe clean-up team with some of the rubbish they collected.They came, they saw, they cleaned up!More than 30 volunteers gave their time and energy to a massive clan-up on the Dunlewey-Termon Road yesterday.And a staggering three lorry-loads of material was removed from what is undoubtedly one of County Donegal’s most beautiful locations. One of the clean-up groups with a length of cabling they found.Among the items collected were televisions, motor parts, cable and all type of general rubbish.The organisers wish to thank all the volunteers who took part including the Dublin contingent.They would also like to thank the Council Council for their support and provision of transport for rubbish removal as well as local sponsors Nora’s Bar and The Lagoon Lounge.Well done to all concerned – another corner of Donegal looking well. All sorts of weird and wonderful rubbish was found.MASSIVE CLEAN-UP SEES THREE LORRY-LOADS OF RUBBISH CLEARED FROM SCENIC STRETCH was last modified: May 16th, 2015 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)last_img read more


first_imgA man who failed to stop at a Gardaí checkpoint has been fined for having no tax or insurance on his vehicle.Michael McCrudden, with an address at Tullyannon, Newtoncunningham appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday afternoon. Garda Mooney told the court that in March of this year they became aware of a Blue Rover Hatchback acting suspiciously.Garda Mooney said, “We signalled the car to stop, but when it failed to do so – we then activated our lights to pursue the vehicle.“The defendant increased the speed of their vehicle significantly – and we decided not continue with the pursuit as it was heading towards a built-up area and would’ve been dangerous.“However, a short time after that – we found the vehicle abandoned in an estate nearby.“The vehicle had no tax disc or insurance on the vehicle.”Gardaí traced the vehicle and found that the owner of the vehicle was Mr McCrudden.Judge Paul Kelly warned the defendant not to come before him again on a motoring offence – and fined him €150 for non-display of tax disc – and a further €150 for having no insurance.He gave the defendant two months to pay both fines.MAN WHO FAILED TO STOP AT GARDA CHECKPOINT ABANDONED CAR IN NEARBY ESTATE was last modified: December 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:courtsfinedGardaiinsurancenewstaxlast_img read more