Legislative Requests Stronger with Regional, Cooperative Approach

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted By: Thurston CountyChamberKey Thurston County organizations have joined forces to push for regional improvements in our area.Improved mobility along Thurston County’s I-5 corridor and the cleanup and recovery of Puget Sound are two areas of focus for the Shared Legislative Partnership.The group was formed in July 2005 under the leadership of the Thurston County Chamber, recognizing some issues require a comprehensive approach for a successful solution.Workgroup members include the Chamber; Thurston EDC; cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater; Thurston County; Port of Olympia; LOTT Wastewater Alliance and Thurston Regional Planning Council.The partners work together on a shared legislative agenda, promoting their causes at both the state and federal levels.last_img read more

Dawkins on his ‘most important goal’

first_imgReggae Boyz hero in Nicaragua Simon Dawkins said he has scored some important club goals over the years but ranked his goal in Managua last month as the most important of his career. The Derby County attacker believes no goal he has scored to date can eclipse the one he scored in Central America to put his country through to the next stage of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. “In my career, this is probably the most important (goal). I have scored quite a few important goals in terms of winning championships and winning leagues, but this is international football, and it is better than club football, it’s a lot harder, and I helped the country to make the next step,” Dawkins told The Gleaner. Ja-Panama match Jamaica will play Panama at 9 p.m. tonight in a semi-final stage FIFA World CUP qualifier at the National Stadium. “When you come on, you want to make an impact in whatever way, and I had a feeling that if I had one chance I would score and, thankfully, I put it away,” Dawkins said. “It was an important goal for the country and a step towards the World Cup. But it wasn’t just nice for me, but for the whole nation and my teammates. “So it’s definitely good to score and, hopefully, I can get a next one in this game as well. But I am taking it a step at a time as I just want to help the team however I can,” he continued. The goal was also a great source of renewed confidence for the England-born player, and he hopes it will lead to more playing time and eventually more international goals. “It was one of those things where I found myself not starting but if I can come on and make an impact like I did, I am happy to do that. Any goal or every time I play for Jamaica it’s an honour and it boost my confidence because it’s another cap I have, but if you score goals it is important and brilliant as well. “Hope I get some playing time (today) and I hope to score if I do get some playing time. I want to be a part of it (start) but hopefully the coach pick the best team and we are able get the result that we need, to make that next step, he stated.last_img read more

Isaiah Thomas fined for Wiggins chop

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense The Cavs playmaker’s chop connected with Wiggins’ throat, earning him a flagrant two foul and an ejection.Thomas later insisted he had not meant to strike Wiggins in the neck.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMeanwhile, the NBA said Miami Heat forward James Johnson and Toronto Raptors counterpart Serge Ibaka had been suspended for one game without pay for throwing punches at one another.The two players came to blows during the Heat’s 90-89 victory over the Raptors at Air Canada Center on Tuesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ 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 The suspension means Johnson will miss Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.Ibaka will serve his suspension on January 11, when the Raptors face Cleveland in Toronto.The NBA has also fined the Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan $25,000 and Miami’s Goran Dragic $10,000 for a separate scuffle at the end of the game. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Aces forge first win Isaiah Thomas #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers yells to a teammate during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena on January 2, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio.  AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Cleveland Cavaliers star Isaiah Thomas was fined $20,000 on Wednesday following his ejection for a stiff-arm challenge on Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins, the NBA announced.Thomas was tossed as the Cavs were mauled 127-99 by the Timberwolves on Monday when he flung an arm out at Wiggins in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Melecio on target as La Salle rips foe

first_imgKim Aurin tried to rescue the Altas, fueling a last stand that pushed his school to within five, 81-76, but La Salle stepped on the gas with their defense keying a 17-0 run that iced the outcome.“We lost our rhythm at the start,” coach Louie Gonzalez admitted. “The team is not even half of what we want to be by the UAAP season but the good thing is that the players have surrendered themselves to learning the system.”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 crownLa Salle fell behind after missing all its field goal attempts in the final five minutes before the fourth. But Melecio had 17 of his team-high 27 points in that period to spark the turnaround.Arellano University picked up its second win in three games after crushing Lyceum, 93-76, in the earlier game. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Michael Canete poured 11 of his 17 points in the first half to fuel the Chiefs’ breakaway and added 12 rebounds and three steals.“It is a big deal for us to win against Lyceum because it gives us an indication of where we are right now as the NCAA draws nearer,” Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Aljun Melecio waxed hot when it mattered the most, draining five triples in the fourth quarter to power La Salle to a 96-83 victory over Perpetual Help on Friday in the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup at FilOil Flying V Centre.Melecio’s scoring spree allowed the Green Archers to overturn a seven-point deficit entering the final period and coast to their third straight victory in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC With momentum on its side, can F2 Logistics repeat last season’s success against Petron? 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Major overhaul recommended for NMFU

first_imgFollowing a forensic audit conducted at the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU), it was recommended that a series of revamp measures be undertaken to enhance the functioning of the Unit.Among the recommendations put forward by independent auditing firm, Ram and McRae Consulting, were revamping of the organisational structure, enhance the technical capabilities, ensure that current organisational objectives are met and prepare for the passage and operationalising of the Telecommunications Act.The report, which was released on Friday by the Finance Ministry, said in addition to appointing a Board of Directors, the NFMU needs to establish a proper reporting line with the subject Minister; that is, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.“It is therefore recommended that pending the passing of the Telecommunications Act, the Prime Minister and the appointed Board should establish clear lines of authority, communications and reporting with and within the Unit,” the auditor stated.On the issue of the Telecommunications Act, Ram and McRae urged that the Unit prepare for the passage and operationalising of the new legislation since when enacted, the NFMU will be absorbed in the new Agency and subject to that authority.This will require new regulations and orders to ensure that the functions are performed and to maximise revenue collection, the report stated. In addition, it outlined that as the telecoms sector is on the verge of being liberalised and modernised, next generation mobile networks will need more spectrum, which would result in increased revenue. On this note, the Unit is advised to reduce and regularise the number of unlicensed spectrum users.This now brings the issue of outstanding debts and debt management. Ram and McRae said during the review, it was revealed that a number of issues were unearthed primarily in the areas of managing revenue and receivables, and illegally meeting expenditures of other agencies and projects.The accounting department should implement standard procedures for the invoicing of users and the following up and collection of receivables. These procedures should include the specific timeframes for letters, telephone calls and suspension of licences for hard-core defaulters.Furthermore, it was observed that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the NFMU’s Accounts Department saw invoices being prepared a minimum of six weeks prior to the anniversary data. However, a number of licences were not invoiced in accordance with the SOPs. Also, with regard to payment tracking, the SOPs highlights that accounting staff should execute phone calls to the licensee two weeks before the anniversary date, on the anniversary date and two week after the anniversary date to ensure payments are received but these responsibilities were not properly conducted, the auditors posited.According to the accounting firm, in the case of a corporation sole, which the NFMU falls under, responsibility for ensuring the existence and operation of an adequate system of controls rests with the Managing Director. This represents a significant weakness on the management and oversight of the NFMU since it can facilitate the overriding of controls by the Managing Director.Moreover, Ram and McRae went on to talk about the “close connection” between the NFMU, which is charged with the responsibility for allocating frequencies, and the Guyana Broadcasting Authority (GBA), the agency responsible for issuing radio, television and cable licences.The report went on to detail that during the years 2012 to 2015, the NFMU met payments on behalf of the GNBA amounting to $28,877,267. These payments included directors fees, employees salaries, and fees for the GNBA’s Monitoring Committee and other operating expenses. In December 2014, the GNBA reimbursed the NFMU for the entire sum advanced as such no further action was required.However, Ram and McRae outlined that while the head of the NFMU is a member of the GBA, given the corporate sole status of the NFMU the GBA has no formal role in that body. “Ram & McRae also strongly disagrees with the current status as a Corporation Sole,” the auditor remarked.Additionally, the auditing firm recommended that the NFMU establish relationships with institutions or authorities outside of Guyana in the area of radio frequency spectrum management and develop technical standards and engineering support facilities necessary or appropriate in relation to the functions.“Implementation of the recommendations contained in this report should enhance the functioning of the Unit,” the firm stated.Prime MinisterMoses NagamootooChristopher Ramlast_img read more

Moves afoot to find replacement for Chief Planning Officer

first_imgalmost two months after his death, steps are now being taken to find a suitable replacement for the Chief Planning Officer within the Finance Ministry.Finance Minister Winston Jordan made this disclosure during a news conference on Monday. ClydeClyde RoopchandRoopchand had served as Chief Planning Officer within the Ministry for a number of years before his passing on March 31, 2016, in New York.Roopchand was born on February 2, 1947, at Friendship, East Coast Demerara, and attended the St Anthony’s RC School in Friendship, before continuing his education at Central High School in Georgetown. He then furthered his studies at the University of Guyana.From 1967 to 1974, he taught at the St Anthony’s RC School.After graduating from the University of Guyana in 1975, he secured employment with the Economic Development Ministry as an economist.Later, as the Chief Planning Officer in the State Planning Secretariat, his job responsibilities included designing, developing and managing the Public Sector Investment Programme, appraisal and monitoring of Public Sector projects and participation in the preparation of the National Budget.He sat on several boards and was the Chairman of Guyana Revenue Authority.last_img read more

More camping available for CanolaFest in Taylor

first_imgAdam Reaburn, General Manager at Moose FM, says “response to this event has been overwhelming and camping at Peace Island Park sold out in just a few days after the event was announced”.Festival goers will be able to camp at Big Bam Ski Hill all weekend for only $40 per unit.  There will also be a shuttle all day, July 18, to help move people to and from the campground.  Plus, funds from this will go towards the Big Bam Ski Hill to help the non-profit group to make improvements to the hill.You can purchase your camping site online at www.canolafest.com/camping or by calling Moose FM at 250-787-7100.  There are only a limited number of spaces available.Less than 200 tickets left- Advertisement -Tickets have been selling fast with less than 200 tickets left.  Tickets will not be sold the day of the event.  Tickets are only $55 for adults, $25 for youth and children under seven are free.  Tickets can be purchased at Moose FM, online at www.canolafest.com or by calling 250-787-7100.The first year of CanolaFest will feature Canadian Country act the Road Hammers on the Badger Daylighting Main Stage.  Plus over 10 musicians from all over the Peace will perform.  Plus we have to say a special thank you to our equipment sponsor Peace Country Rentals for helping to provide equipment for the event.Founding Partners of Canola Fest, Sound in Town and Moose FM, hope to make this an annual event that brings in some of the biggest names in Canadian music and showcases the amazing talent in the B.C. Peace.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wolves sign ex-Man United goalkeeper in free deal

first_img Wolves have snapped up former Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak on a free transfer. 1 Wolves have snapped up former Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak on a free transfer.The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving Brighton at the end of last season and has been training with Wolves in a bid to earn a contract.And the Poland international has done enough to convince Wolves boss Kenny Jackett to hand him a short-term deal until January.Kuszczak becomes one of only a few players to have played for Wolves and their bitter Blackcountry rivals West Brom, who brought him to England from Hertha Berlin back in 2004.It was his performances at The Hawthorns that prompted Manchester United to sign him in 2007.But his career never really took off at Old Trafford and he left having made just 26 Premier League appearances during five years with the club.last_img read more

Exclusive – Sinclair: Man City’s Premier League fate rests on Chelsea clash

first_imgTrevor Sinclair believes Manchester City have to win Sunday’s crunch clash with Chelsea if they’re to lift the Premier League trophy.The pair meet at Stamford Bridge with the Blues currently five points ahead of their title rivals at the top of table.Manuel Pellegrini’s side have already clawed back an eight-point gap earlier this season but the ex-City star claims it would be very hard for his former club to repeat that feat.“It could be the season-defining game,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “If Chelsea were to win and go eight points clear [it could be over].“Manchester City did brilliantly to claw back the eight points previously, would they be able to do it again? I’m not so sure. It’s a huge game.”last_img read more

Solskjaer makes instant impact as Man Utd thrash Cardiff

first_img0Shares0000Happy days: Manchester United’s caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed a winning start at Cardiff © AFP / Geoff CADDICKCardiff, United Kingdom, Dec 22 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted having “good players” was the key to his instant impact as Manchester United caretaker manager in a 5-1 thumping of Cardiff on Saturday.Not since Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge in 2013 had United scored five goals in a single Premier League game and the Red Devils looked a side transformed from the turgid football of Jose Mourinho’s final days in charge. “They are very good players, talented players, they’ve approached the game properly and worked hard. A Man Utd team should never be outworked,” said Solskjaer.The Norwegian has been put in charge until the end of the season after Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday and could not have asked for a better start in the Welsh capital.As well as getting Solskjaer off to a flying start, victory also sees United crucially close the gap on the Premier League top four to eight points thanks to Chelsea’s 1-0 home defeat by Leicester earlier in the day.“We’re eight points behind, so our job is to take one game at a time,” added Solskjaer.“We always play well in the second half of the season.”Paul Pogba was forced to watch the full 90 minutes from the bench last weekend as Liverpool inflicted the final blow to Mourinho’s time in charge with a 3-1 win that left United 19 points off the top after just 17 games.The French World Cup-winner was restored from the start for the first time in four league games and looked far more like the player United splashed a then world-record £89 million ($113 million) on in 2016 than the one that clashed with his former boss off the field and disappointed on it for much of the past two seasons.– ‘Nothing like’ United this season –“The performance of the team was great and we are happy that the first game of the manager starts like this,” said Pogba. “It’s important now to carry on like that.“We can not play like this and win with five goals and then the next game lose.”The visiting fans enthusiastically chanted Solskjaer’s name throughout and were enjoying their side moving the ball around with a speed and accuracy more reminiscent of his days as a player at Old Trafford when United dominated English football.“It’s nothing like they have been playing,” said Cardiff boss Neil Warnock. “We expected that from the teamsheet.”Pogba was at the heart of United’s best work and having been fouled for the free-kick leading to Marcus Rashford’s opener, his intelligent pass picked out Ander Herrera, whose shot flicked off Greg Cunningham to loop over the helpless Neil Etheridge to make it 2-0 inside half an hour.If Solskjaer’s side were fortunate then, it was Cardiff who got a break nine minutes later when the assistant referee adjudged Rashford to have handled rather than control the ball with his shoulder inside the area.Victor Camarasa’s perfectly-taken penalty could have sparked a collapse for a team short on confidence in recent times.Instead, United responded resoundingly with a fantastic team goal as a quick interchange of passes between Pogba and Jesse Lingard freed Anthony Martial to score his ninth goal of the season.Lingard took responsibility from the spot just before the hour mark after another soft penalty was awarded for a foul by Sol Bamba on the England international.And Lingard was the beneficiary of another defence-splitting pass from Pogba a minute from time as he rounded Etheridge and slotted into an empty net.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more