6 Aug

SCJ Alliance Partners With Rebuilding Together – Benefiting Both Recipients And…

first_imgSubmitted by SCJ AllianceVolunteers Jean and Amy spruce up the trim paint on the home chosen by Rebuilding Together’s partnership with SCJ Alliance.Few endeavors are as satisfying as encouraging hearts, providing hope and delivering assistance to grateful recipients. Our experience with Rebuilding Together has been one of the highlights of the year and a real opportunity to support the community and the valuable people in it.Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person. To that end they rally volunteers and resources for home rehabilitation projects. They provide free maintenance and repairs to less-advantaged homeowners in Thurston County.The project assigned to the SCJ Alliance team involved upgrades to a local widow’s home in need of cosmetic and structural maintenance. And we couldn’t have had a more grateful recipient.At 8am more than a dozen SCJ volunteers arrived wearing their best Saturday morning yard-work clothes. Our team quickly downed the complimentary coffee and muffins, signed forms, donned our soon-to-be dirtied Rebuilding Together t-shirts and assembled for a quick outline of the day’s activities.It takes a special person to develop young volunteers into a fluid, efficient work force. Those of us who had included our children wondered how they would take to the experience.  Rebuilding Together Project Coordinator Diane Springer did an outstanding job of not only organizing us, but making the three teenage boys feel welcomed and valued.Even the youngest volunteers were able to pitch in and help with the projectDiane introduced us to the owner, identified our skills, created work groups and assigned tasks. Soon power tools were humming, weed-eaters buzzing, bodies straining and team members laughing. From time-to-time, the delightful owner would insist we take a minute to eat a home-made sandwich or offer a vacuum, screwdriver or hammer.Flower beds soon appeared where they had been overgrown with grass and weeds. New fascia boards replaced decayed, barely hanging weathered trim. Bright red paint replaced flaking and absent color. Roof-lines were straightened and windows again slid open with ease.  In the water damaged hallway, new lights and ceiling tiles were replaced.One by one, each of the tasks were completed. Around noon a final pressure washing gave the home a fresh, Spring-clean look. Mission accomplished! Rebuilding Together’s mission, that is, of bringing together volunteers and communities to help low income homeowners live in warmth, safety and independence.As we rolled up the gear, we could hear the boys talking fondly of the tasks they had been given and the people they worked with. They grinned as they surveyed the now transformed yard and house. “That was fun!,” they said. We all had to agree.What made it special?  The volunteers, the people and especially the owner. Her gratitude was manifested in her constant smile and was emphasized in her parting comment as we drove away…. “Love you!”For information on how your team can have this experience, check out Rebuilding Together’s website, call 360-539-7830 or email rebuildingtogethertc@comcast.net. Facebook11Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

19 Jan

PBA: Meralco ties Ginebra atop standings, trips Globalport

first_imgCarpio 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESMeralco strengthened its bid for a top two finish in the PBA Governors’ Cup, bombarding Globalport to submission, 100-93, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Bolts tied Ginebra at the top of the ladder with 8-2 records while the Batang Pier, who are already out of the playoffs, saw their conference end at 3-8.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LOOK: LeBron practices with new-look Cavs OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

19 Jan

ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPSINGAPORE—It may not have been the title match she had initially prepared for, but Mei Yamaguchi’s upcoming bout against Filipino fighter Gina Iniong was something she had hoped to happen again a long time.The last time these two fighters met in 2014, Yagamuchi went home with the seventh loss—a split decision—of her career.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Now the Japanese martial artist  gets a shot at revenge when they clash in ONE: Immortal Pursuit on Friday at Singapore Indoor stadium here.“I was glad that Gina answered ‘yes’ to the match on the Singapore card with me,” said Yamaguchi. “I have always looked for a chance for revenge. It is the perfect moment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneYamaguchi was supposed to challenge ONE Atomweight Champion Angela Lee for the belt, but the Singaporean star met a car accident two weeks before their scheduled title fight.Iniong, a native of Baguio City, was tapped a replacement just 14 days after her last bout in Manila, but she is ready as ever to try to repeat over one of the top Atomweight fighters in the continent. “My image of the last match was Gina getting some points with her boxing, and me with my ground game,” she stated “It was back and forth, but all of my team thought I won.”Both fighters have vastly improved since their last match and Yamaguchi is well aware of Iniong’s power.“Gina has a really good right hand she throws, and she is strong and physical. I am better with the ground game and improved more in my boxing skills compared to our previous match,” she said.Yamaguchi is confident enough to guarantee that this time, she will get her hands raised in victory.“It is going to end early. It will be a clear finish by me. It is going to be a knockout,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

12 Jan

MacLean Flyers edged by Peace River 5-4

first_imgThe Fort St. John Ross H. MacLean Flyers were on the ice last night for a rare Thursday night game in Peace River against the Colts. It was a close game on the scoreboard as the Flyers dropped the game by a score of 5-4.The peewee squad fell behind in the opening 20 minutes as they trailed 2-0 but they closed the gap to 2-1. Peace River restored their two goal lead at 3-1 before the frame came to a close.Despite the deficit the Flyers kept playing hard and wound up tying the game before the second period was five minutes old. Peace River took the lead again with 2:17 left, however Fort St. John again tied the game with just 23 seconds remaining.- Advertisement -In the third period Peace River netted the game winning goal late with 4:28 left in regulation.Scoring for the Flyers were Tyler Musgrove (2), Brandon Modde, and Zachary Peters.last_img read more

30 Dec

‘It’s important to get behind Rodgers now and stop being moronic!’ – Liverpool fans react to victory over Aston Villa

first_img1 Liverpool, and Daniel Sturridge in particular, may have just bought Brendan Rodgers some more time in the Liverpool hotseat after an invaluable win at home to Aston Villa.The England striker, playing in only his second game in six months, scored twice following James Milner’s opener after only one minute.Rudy Gestede twice pulled goals back but the Reds managed to hang on for a vital three points.So did the players show ‘great character’? See the best reaction from Liverpool fans on social media below …  Brendan Rodgers center_img //storify.com/talksport/it-s-important-to-get-behind-rodgers-now-and-stop-.js?border=false[View the story “‘It’s important to get behind Rodgers now and stop being moronic!’ – Liverpool fans react to victory over Aston Villa” on Storify]last_img read more

29 Dec

DDTV: APOLLO 6 SONG SCOOPS BEO NATIONAL TITLE

first_imgHalloweve saw the final of the first Comórtas BEO do Amhran Nua Chumatha.Ten acts gathered in the Malton Hotel where they were hosted at the annual Scléip na Hoige. Each act had to perform their origal song as Gaeilge and make a 2 min presentation to judges Cian Mac Cathraigh radio na Life, Traic O Breannain Radio Rí Rá agus Colaiste na bFhiann and Ronan Mac Aodha Bhuí Radio na Gaeltachta.Competition on the night was tight with Fear na Tí commenting “Buíochas le Dia I don’t have to choose” Winners Apollo 6 were announced at 10 10 and preformed their winning song for the second time, Eurovision style.Many of those attending from Scléip na nóg were delighted with the judges choice.Apollo 6’s original song will now feature on the Radio Rí Rá Cd which will be distributed nationally for Seachtain na Gaeilge.BEO were delighted with the success of their first National Competition inviting Teens to write an original song in Irish. BEO would like to thnk Scléip na nOige for hosting the event and Foras na Gaeilge, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Donegal ETB and Donegal for their continued support and making such events possible.DDTV: APOLLO 6 SONG SCOOPS BEO NATIONAL TITLE was last modified: November 7th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Apollo 6BeocompetitionDDTVMUSICwinnerslast_img read more

28 Dec

GAA STAR HELPS DMG MOTORS LAUNCH THEIR CAR FOR DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY

first_imgDonegal GAA star Ryan McHugh helped DMG launch their SEAT LEON FR that will be used during the forthcoming Donegal International Rally 2015.The excitement is building towards next weekend’s Joule Donegal International Rally and a MASSIVE crowd is expected to descend on Donegal over the course of the weekend. Earlier today, DMG Motors unveiled their SEAT Leon FR Rally Car which will feature as a 00 Safety Car in the rally which will also be driven by Brand Manager Stephen McCaul.DMG’s SEAT Brand Ambassador and Donegal star Ryan McHugh also called in to have a go and to launch the SEAT 152 0% Finance Campaign which started earlier this month. GAA STAR HELPS DMG MOTORS LAUNCH THEIR CAR FOR DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY was last modified: June 10th, 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:BusinessDMG MOTORSdonegalFeaturesnewsRyan McHughlast_img read more

28 Dec

LAST SHOUT GOES OUT FOR DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE RECRUITS

first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Rescue Team is recruiting again in an ongoing drive to replenish and grow the Team.Last February the Team recruited nine new trainee Responders who will go through a personal assessment later this year.Team PRO Joseph Brennan explains; “That programme is going very well. Of the nine selected eight are still on board and they are proving to be excellent candidates for mountain rescue missions.“The Team has not really had any significant intake over the last five or six years and a lot of people for work, personal and even health reasons have dropped away. Mountain Rescue is voluntary and as is the nature of voluntary organizations everywhere in society there are ebbs and flows of personnel. “Thus we felt that with all the systems in place at the moment for training the current batch of new Responders it would be prudent to continue those efforts going forward into 2016.”The public image of Donegal Mountain Rescue Team has increased dramatically in recent years with their involvement in many high profile search and rescue missions throughout the county and indeed further afield when required.Last weekend a three man unit and a jeep were tasked to an escalated search in the Twelve Bens area of Connemara where an injured man had spent a night on the mountain and fears were great for his survival. Weather conditions were atrocious. Luckily he was found and stretchered off safely the following afternoon in a mission involving over thirty personnel from Teams as far afield as Donegal, Kerry and Wicklow together with the West coast teams.DMRT are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as a voluntary emergency response team, each as he / she is available within all the other constraints of work and home-life, providing search and rescue in extreme terrain and mountain conditions throughout the entire county, and indeed along our many coastal walks. The goal is to locate, stabilize and extract individuals in distress. That can mean a hiker on the side of a mountain, a missing child or person in an urban area, an emergency situation that demands medical attention, or just someone stranded in the snow. Mountain rescue is a rich cauldron of activities encompassing specialised training, rescue missions, fundraising, mundane committee duties and even the odd TV appearance for rescue programmes or walking documentaries.Joseph explains; “More than anything else, it is deeply rewarding when the mission is over and the casualty is safely recovered and reunited with his or her friends and family. On those occasions the ensuing smiles and tears are what make it all so very worthwhile to be an Active Responder with Donegal Mountain Rescue Team”.Looking forward to 2016 he said the Team “find themselves in a good place” having had all of their kit replaced and calibrated over the past twelve months and a new batch of recruits well through their training programme.The Donegal Mountain Rescue training programme covers four core areas namely, mountain operations, search and rescue operations, casualty care, and operations co-ordination.There still is a need for more members to cope with the ongoing increase in the number of callouts and current gaps in team member dispersal. They are seeking enthusiastic individuals interested in working as part of the team to achieve high standards of casualty care in Donegal’s mountains. At the moment there is a particular dearth of female members. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in mountaineering activities; a high level of commitment; be reasonably fit; possess some hill walking/climbing experience; have some navigation and hill skills; as well as a commitment to participating in regular team training and callouts.Recruitment to the voluntary emergency response team is open to people over 18 years of age, male and female, living within one hour of the county’s mountainous areas. For an application pack please send an e-mail to secretary@donegalmrt.ie .NB: Jump NOW and send that email! The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday, September 30.See us on facebook www.facebook.com/DonegalMRT . LAST SHOUT GOES OUT FOR DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE RECRUITS was last modified: September 28th, 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)Tags:donegal mountain rescue teamnew recruitslast_img read more

25 Dec

GLENTIES WINDFARM GROUP LAUNCH WEBSITE TO TELL THEIR STORY

first_imgIn response to increased interest and a large number of requests from persons concerned at the targeting of Glenties for industrial windfarm development, the Glenties Windfarm Information Group have launched a website www.gwig.net.The site initially contains information and details regarding the proposed windfarm at Straboy which proposes siting 25 turbines, each in excess of 325 feet tall, just 1.5km from the town.A spokesperson for the group advised that the website was established arising from “the urgent and increasing concern of local people who would have views of the turbines and who would be immediately affected by them in the Glenties, Fintown, Doochary, Maas and Lettermacaward areas.” The group say they were asked, on numerous occasions, where can we get details and how can we prevent this area from becoming an industrial zone littered with turbines.”Contrary to local and national guidelines, the Dublin and Louth, owned and directed, Straboy Wind Energy Ltd have not engaged in any public consultation with the affected people of Glenties and surrounding areas.The new website provides access to photomontages which demonstrate how Glenties and the surrounding areas would be drastically transformed if the development goes ahead.The planning decision now rests with An Bord Pleanála who will deliberate on the appeals against the planning permission granted by Donegal County Council. This process will include an Oral Hearing which is expected to be held in the Glenties region in the coming weeks; no date has yet been announced.The montages on the new website are those which form part of the planning application to Donegal Co Council (planning ref 11/30127) and are also available to view at the area Planning Office.A total of 20 viewpoints have been submitted showing how the environment of Glenties – Maas – Leitir – Doochary and Fintown would be changed in a way that is unprecedented and unimaginable.A number of these montages can be viewed currently on www.gwig.net and others will be uploaded shortly. Some of these montages are also on display in various business premises in Glenties.The positive response from the Glenties business community to our information campaign reflects the growing awareness of the threat that this proposal poses to tourism and other interests of the town. Further concerns relate to the negative impact the development will have on the attractiveness of the area for local families to live and rear their children and the knock on effect this may have on property and business values in the town. The proximity of the proposed development site to local amenities, including the Comprehensive School, is also a growing concern among local parents.The Glenties group continue to appeal for funding to assist with the cost of legal advice and expertise for the forthcoming oral hearing. The date of the hearing is not as yet publicised by An Bord Pleanála but is expected to be within the next few weeks. Donations can be made directly to group members or to:Account Name: Glenties Windfarm Information GroupBank Address Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Glenties Account No: 97730412 Sort Code 90-48-94GLENTIES WINDFARM GROUP LAUNCH WEBSITE TO TELL THEIR STORY was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GLENTIES WINDFARM INFORMATION GROUPWEBSITElast_img read more

25 Dec

Cities seek fast fix for bridge

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Standing on the edge of the fire-destroyed Beverly Boulevard bridge Monday, the mayors of Montebello and Pico Rivera came together to talk about cheaper and quicker ways of reopening traffic through the area.In addition, Pico Rivera Mayor David Armenta announced authorities have arrested a homeless man believed to have touched off the fire Nov. 1 that decimated the bridge and triggered traffic nightmares for commuters traveling east and west through Pico Rivera and Montebello.Felony charges were filed Monday with the District Attorney’s Office against 28-year-old Nelson Gastellum. Gastellum was arrested Friday on suspicion of starting the fire, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Michael Rothans of the Pico Rivera Station.Gastellum told deputies he started the fire while trying to keep warm and the blaze sparked out of control, Rothans said.Armenta said the two cities, which share ownership of the bridge, face three options: building a temporary bridge, constructing just one lane on the span, or building a brand new bridge.“This (bridge closing) is a crisis for Pico Rivera and Montebello because Beverly Boulevard serves as a lifeline for residents, students and businesses and affects areas for miles around,” Armenta said.“The question is what to do about it. Either way, it’s going to be many months before it’s in use.”Building a temporary bridge would cost $800,000 to $1 million. Building just one lane of the bridge would cost $500,000 to $600,000.Rebuilding the entire bridge would cost $10.7 million, officials have said.All three choices would take months to complete and demand money neither city can afford, Armenta said.Montebello Mayor Bill Molinari said he is seeking the help of the U.S. military.“I’ve instructed staff to ask the military – the Army – if they have any equipment available that can help us erect something quickly,” he said.“They have those pre-made bridges that just need to be assembled. If they can fix the Santa Monica Freeway in three weeks, like they did after the (Northrdige) earthquake, we should be able to get something up quickly.”City councils from the two cities will hold a joint meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Pico Rivera City Hall. Officials from the county are expected to brief local officials on the costs and logistics of the available alternatives, Armenta said.Since the fire destroyed the Pico Rivera end of the bridge over the Rio Hondo flood-control channel last week, county and city officials have been scrambling to lessen the headaches for commuters, as well as the economic fallout from losing one of three main thoroughfares through Pico Rivera and Montebello.Nearby road construction on Whittier Boulevard in Montebello and on the Rosemead Boulevard bridge in Pico Rivera has added to the traffic congestion. pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more