United Way RSVP says ‘Thanks You’ to Janet Sykes

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by United Way of Thurston CountyIn observation of Senior Corps Week, United Way Retired Senior & Volunteer Program (RSVP), serving Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties recognizes outstanding citizens who help make our community the best it can be.Janet Sykes has been a devoted volunteer at the Thurston County Food Bank for over 20 years. Photo courtesy: United WayThe Washington State Governor Service Awards offers an annual opportunity for nonprofit organizations to recognize exemplary volunteers for their service to the community. We congratulate the 2018 Thurston County Governor Service Award (GSA) nominee, Janet Sykes, who serves at the Thurston County Food Bank.Janet has been a devoted volunteer at the Thurston County Food Bank for over 20 years. Logging over 5,000 hours in her dedicated years of service, Janet recently celebrated her 84th birthday. She spends every Wednesday distributing bread and pastries at the food bank, which has earned her the fitting title of ‘The Bread Queen.’ Friendly, cooperative, and an inspiration to everyone she meets, Janet’s experience and determination is especially inspiring for new food bank volunteers who are just learning the ropes. Janet is also known for her spry vitality and generosity. If there is a heavy box she can lift, she will lift it, and if there is a favorite cake, she will bake it for your birthday.  Just ask food bank employees and volunteers, who are among some of her biggest fans.Volunteerism is an important component of a healthy community. This last year, in Thurston County, RSVP volunteers logged 20,345 volunteer hours serving our community.  Based on the hourly volunteer wage posted by the Corporation for National and Community Service, that amounts to $619,717 of service hours, making our community a better place for all.  However, the real world value of the knowledge, expertise and sweat equity donated by our citizens to our local service network is priceless!While not all RSVP nominees are selected by the GSA, simply being nominated as part of this noteworthy group of Honorable Mentions deserves heartfelt congratulations.Featured photo credit: Chris Hamiltonlast_img read more


Indian tennis legend Leander Paes announces that he will retire at the end of…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/SifyAdvertisement d7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsq0suWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8f5nWould you ever consider trying this?😱6h5yy6Can your students do this? 🌚484a0Roller skating! Powered by Firework When you’re talking about endurance in the world o Tennis, the one veteran that we Indians always recognize is none other than the veteran Leander Paes. Still going strong at the age of 46, the Kolkata boy has been the pinnacle of consistency, not having the word ‘retire’ in his dictionary. However, that just may be the case till the net year, as the legendary doubles star has stated that he will retire from the sport in 2020.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/SifyEight times doubles and ten times mixed doubles Grand Slam title winner, Paes has made the country proud at the highest stage. Partnering with the likes of Martina Navratilova, Martina Hingis, Lukáš Dlouhý and of course his compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi, with whom he won his first French Open and Wimbledon in 1999. With achieving the career Grand Slam at the 2012 Australia Open, Paes has bagged a monumental 55 doubles titles in his career.However, age had takes its toll on the former world no. 1, as Paes had started to decline to the 70s back in 2018, to a slip to to no. 105 at present.Advertisement On Christmas Eve this year, the 1996 Summer Olympics bronze medalist posted on Twitter about his plans to retire in 2020.“I want to announce 2020 as my farewell year as a pro tennis player,” Paes wrote: “I am looking forward to the 2020 tennis calendar where I will be playing a few select tournaments, travelling with my team and celebrating with all my friends and fans around the world.”Advertisement Born to Indian hockey legend Vece Paes and former basketball team captain Jennifer Paes, Leander thanked his parents: “Firstly, I want to thank my parents for their genetics, guidance, discipline, environment they created and unconditional love they have always shown me throughout my life. I would not be who I am without your unstinting support and belief in me.”The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Arjuna Award winner, Paes was honoured with the Padma Shri award 2001, and the Padma Bhushan 2014.Paes also thanked Jacquie and Maria, his elder sisters, and his daughter Aiyana.Along with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Paes set a record at the 2019 Davis Cup last month at Kazakhstan with his record breaking 44th victory against  Pakistani youngsters Mohammed Shoaib and Hufaiza Abdul Rehman.Finally, he stated his wish for the Indian tennis fandom to use the hashtag ‘#OneLastRoar’ and post their favourite ‘Leander memories’. Also read-Leander Paes in the record books as India rout Pakistan in Davis Cup tie“If Leander Paes can win Grand Slams at 42, I can at least play some cricket at 36”: S Sreesanth optimistic about his return to cricket Advertisementlast_img read more


Nika Kate Gembicki and Ryan Thomas Feeney

first_imgNika Gembicki and Ryan FeeneyStanley and Visnja Gembicki of Clarendon Hills, Illinois are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nika Kate Gembicki to Ryan Thomas Feeney, son of John and Judi Feeney of Shrewsbury.Nika graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in political science and is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. She is an attorney at Patzik, Frank & Samotny in Chicago, Illinois.Ryan is a graduate of University of Richmond with a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance. He is a vice-president at Goldman Sachs.A June 2012 wedding is planned for Chicago, followed by a honeymoon in Africa.last_img


Eric Reid takes a knee; here’s how his new Panthers teammates responded

first_imgReid, who knelt alongside Colin Kaepernick during the 2016 season to protest social injustice, knelt near midfield Sunday, the Associated Press reported. None of … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.Former 49ers’ safety Eric Reid knelt during the national anthem Sunday before his first game with the Carolina Panthers.Eric Reid kneels during national anthem … @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/abGCD5DIiP— Josh Sims (@JoshFox46) October 7, 2018last_img


South African cricket Test captain steps down

first_img7 January 2016“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank Cricket South Africa for the honour of captaining my country,” said Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla when he announced his decision yesterday to step down from the role.“It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”Amla succeeded Graeme Smith in June 2014, and has since then captained the Proteas in 14 Tests. Of these, the team won four, drew six and lost four.Watch the press conference in which he announced his resignation, here:Amla said stepping down was not an easy decision to take. “The more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team,” he explained.We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me – CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 6, 2016New captain namedVice-captain AB de Villiers agreed to take over the captaincy for the remainder of the Sunfoil Test against England series at PPC Newlands.“I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format,” said De Villiers. “The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream.”His current priority was to lead the team to a memorable series win against England. “ThisTest squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain. Hashim is a good friend and close colleague and I am grateful for his support.”Amla also acknowledged the team and his fans. “Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I’ve always had the full support of my team mates, coaching staff and management,” he said. “I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly.”Hey everyone . Thanks for all your messages and support. It means a lot.— hashim amla (@amlahash) January 6, 2016Amla fast factsNickname: HashDate of birth: 31 March 1983Place of birth: Durban, South AfricaRole: Opening batsmanBatting: Right-hand batterBowling: Leg breaksTest matches: 89Test runs: 6907Test match centuries: 22One day internationals: 126ODI runs: 6008T20 matches: 30T20 runs: 700Support from fansCricket fans around the world have supported Amla on social media:@amlahash All best wishes from an England fan Hashim. Excellent batting this test.— UBF riccardo (@UBFriccardo) January 6, [email protected] Captain, my captain, a legend living in our own time! Good decision from a class act. #ProteaFire— Jax Hough (@JaxHough77) January 6, [email protected] Thank you my captain.you served the nation with pride and hope you will continue to do so.— moeketsi moleko (@olamekx) January 6, 2016Source: Cricket South Africalast_img read more


Tourism Minister Expects Strong Winter Season

first_img The upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever. Story Highlights There were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October 2013. The figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October. Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the tourism industry is showing good results, with the upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever.“I am pleased to tell you that the tourism industry is doing well. We have enjoyed a good summer after a relatively weak winter (2012) and even with 2,000 (10 per cent) of room inventory off the market, Jamaica’s visitor arrivals since August have bucked the regional trend for flat arrivals in 2013,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill, who was addressing the official launch of the Agro-Tourism Farmers’ Market Initiative in Negril on October 30, informed that there were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October, which is a 0.2 per cent increase over the same period last year.“In fact, we are experiencing the best October ever,” he said, noting that arrivals are expected to reach the two million mark by year-end.He said the figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October, with Kingston’s performance being particularly impressive, given the absence of 303 rooms due to the closure of Wyndham Kingston Hotel.He credited the improvements to the continued drive to diversify the source markets, moving beyond the traditional markets of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, and tapping into Latin American and Eastern Europe.“We have good airlifts arrangements in place,” the Tourism Minister indicated.“Starting November 1, Russia will be moving from 320 seats to 500 seats. Then on November 7, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its inaugural flight to the Caribbean, landing in Montego Bay.  The extended flying range and fuel efficiency of this Dreamliner mean bigger and better things for Jamaica as it will open up new market opportunities for Jamaica, enabling us to reach deeper into Europe and Asia than had been possible before,” he pointed out.The Minister also revealed that the waiving of visa requirements has assisted in gaining ground in Russia and opened the door to Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Hungary and Sweden) the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.“While these numbers are great for Jamaica and great for the economy, I am on a mission to ensure that every Jamaican benefits from the tourism earnings. Tourism can be sustainable if the man on the ground is involved and enjoys the tourism returns,” Dr. McNeill said.last_img read more


CIBC says US auto tariffs could cut GDP by a per cent

first_imgTORONTO – CIBC Capital Markets says U.S. tariffs on auto imports could shave a per cent of Canada’s economy and send Ontario into a mild recession.A research report by the bank says that a 25 per cent U.S. tariff on all foreign imports could cut Canadian auto production by more than 400,000 units a year, while tariffs on only Canadian imports would lead U.S. buyers to find other imports and cut production in Canada by almost 900,000 vehicles.Adding in a potential 10 per cent U.S. tariff on parts, and the fewer foreign inputs that would be required, CIBC estimates the widespread tariffs would result in a 0.5 per cent drag on Canada’s GDP, while tariffs that single out Canada would cut the GDP by a full per cent.CIBC, however, says the most likely scenario is widespread tariffs with a temporary exemption for Canadian producers because of pressure from major U.S. auto producers with cross-border operations.But CIBC Capital Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld says even a temporary exemption would be a “sword of Damocles” that would pressure auto makers to shift more production to the U.S., pressure allies into a more U.S.-tilted trade deal, and demonstrate a toughness on trade to his voting base.He says the impact of tariffs and reduced auto production on the Canadian economy would be tempered by a resulting much lower loonie, and a lower path for interest rates.last_img read more


BP deep water well off Nova Scotia lacks commercial quantities of oilpartner

first_imgHALIFAX — A third well exploration effort off Nova Scotia has failed to find commercially viable levels of oil in the deep waters of the Scotian Shelf.Hess Corp., the drilling partners on the BP-operated Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Project, issued a news release Tuesday saying it will write off its share of the well cost, and BP will abandon the Aspy well.It is BP’s only well currently being drilled in the deep waters of the Scotian Shelf, an area about 330 kilometres from Halifax where the company holds multiple licences in waters over two kilometres deep.Environmental, fishing and Aboriginal groups have repeatedly criticized the various drilling programs as lacking sufficient response systems for potential blowouts, and their criticisms of the BP project heightened in June after a spill of 136 cubic metres of synthetic drilling mud from BP Canada’s West Aquarius drilling unit.Last year, Shell announced it would seal the second of two exploration wells off Nova Scotia after they also didn’t find commercial quantities of oil.Promoters had hoped deep water plays like the efforts by BP and Shell would help rekindle the industry off Nova Scotia, as the Sable Offshore Energy Project winds down in the shallower basins.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more


UN chief continually monitoring situation between India and Pak

first_imgUnited Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres is “continually” monitoring the situation between India and Pakistan and his office is available to both parties, his spokesperson has said. Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric was asked if the UN chief had spoken with the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions between the two nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. “The Secretary General and members of his staff are in touch have been in touch with the parties at various levels. We continually monitor the situation and [are] available to the parties,” Dujarric told reporters here Thursday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingEarlier this week, Dujarric had said that the Secretary General had not spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan over the situation between the two nations but had expressed his concern to officials on both sides on the need to de-escalate tensions. “We’re fully aware of the situation. The Secretary General has had no calls with those two Heads of Government as far as I’m aware, but he’s had contacts with both sides to express, I think, his concern and the need to do as much as anyone can to de-escalate the tensions,” Dujarric had said at the daily press briefing Tuesday. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangWhen asked if the Secretary General is planning to get involved to try and mediate a de-escalation, Dujarric had said last week that “as always”, the Secretary General’s good offices are always “available should both parties or all parties, depending on the situation, agree to do that”. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district in February 14.last_img read more