Vermont Chamber to accept breastfeeding friendly award

first_imgThe 5th Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards, sponsored by the Washington County Maternal Child Health Coalition, will take place Thursday August 19 at 4 PM in the lobby of the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. The awards will be presented by Kathryn Saunders, of Central Vermont Midwifery.The awards are given to area businesses that support new mothers returning to work who wish to continue to breastfeed their babies. Vice President of Communications Vicky Tebbetts will accept the award on behalf of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Vermont Chamber President Duane Marsh stated: A happy baby is a happy Mom and a happy Mom is a better employee. Everybody wins when the employer can be flexible and allow its employees the privilege to continue breastfeeding as they return to work after the birth of a child.One way an employer can help a woman continue breastfeeding is by providing break time and a private space to express breastmilk. Praising the flexibility of the Vermont Chamber as an employer, Tebbetts noted, Pumping at work is a privilege that allowed me the best of both worlds. I could continue my career and feel satisfied with my choices. It was an honor to work with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to allow me to accomplish this goal.Recent studies demonstrate the many benefits when businesses take steps to provide time and space for new mothers who wish to continue to breastfeed: the infants are healthier; the mothers are happier and as a result are more productive employees; staff turnover is reduced, staff loyalty is enhanced, and skilled workers are retained; the business experiences decreased absenteeism and lower health insurance costs and can offer added recruitment incentives for women.Governor Douglas recently recognized the importance of breastfeeding when he proclaimed July as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Vermont. He was joined by Dr. Paul Jarris, MD, MBA, Commissioner of Health, at a health fair on the State House lawn. Breastfeeding is one of the most basic and cost effective acts a mother can do to improve her childs health, said Dr. Jarris.The Vermont Chamber is a member of the Breastfeeding Study Commission, established by the Vermont Legislature.last_img read more

Rising ATM fraud: Strategies for protecting you and your members

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Terry Pierce Terry Pierce is a Senior Product Manager with CO-OP Financial Services, a Rancho Cucamonga, California-based financial technology provider to credit unions ( Pierce can be reached at terry…. Web: Details Consumers (and credit unions!), be on alert. ATM fraud – particularly “skimming” – is increasing today. In fact, recently reported that more than $2 billion in ATM losses are suffered globally each year, a number that is quickly rising. And 98 percent of these losses are due to skimming fraud.According to, there are approximately 425,000 ATMs today in the U.S., and the majority of them have yet to upgrade to EMV security technology. Without EMV, an ATM is particularly vulnerable to skimming fraud, in which counterfeit magnetic stripe cards are used to withdraw the machine’s cash from an unsuspecting cardholder’s account.The U.S. Lags Behind in its Migration to EMVOne of the reasons the U.S. remains such a hotbed of ATM fraud is that many other countries around the world have already implemented EMV. As a result, fraudsters are moving away from EMV-compliant locales such as Europe, South Africa and Canada, and instead concentrating their efforts on what they see as a treasure trove of highly vulnerable machines here in the U.S. And this promises to be the case until EMV market saturation reaches a critical mass.Plus, while the ATM platform itself sits squarely at the scene of the crime, it is not the root cause of today’s ATM skimming crisis. The bigger issue lies in cyberspace, where volumes of stolen card data resides, including tens of millions of records collected by fraudsters during recent mass-merchant security breaches. This account information, available for purchase on the dark web, is loaded by fraudsters onto counterfeit magnetic stripe cards which can function like the real thing, especially when inserted into a non-EMV-enabled ATM.All of which makes a compelling case for credit unions and other financial institutions to upgrade their ATM fleets with EMV card readers.So where do U.S. ATMs stand on their journey toward EMV compliance? CO-OP Financial Services estimates that at least 20 to 30 percent of the firm’s client credit unions are on track to implement EMV by October 2016, and that the vast majority of U.S. financial institutions overall will roll out EMV across their ATM fleets by the end of 2017.Recognizing ATM RisksThere are security measures that members themselves should take, and as a trusted resource for them, you should inform them on best practices. Make sure they know that the most secure ATMs reside within a vestibule at the financial institution itself, and also that utilizing the same machine or location consistently will help them become more familiar with their surroundings.This is important because they should always examine the ATM and look for anything out of the ordinary before inserting a card. Unusual splash screens or new external fixtures could indicate the presence of skimming equipment, cameras or malware. And if a device looks at all suspicious, they should report it immediately to the credit union, owner of the ATM or directly to law enforcement.The Importance of Visual InspectionsCredit unions should also have procedures in place to ensure the integrity of their ATMs. Branch personnel and servicers should regularly conduct visual inspections in compliance with the guidelines established by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards Council.And, if not already underway, it is important to take those first steps toward migrating your ATM fleet to EMV. Financial technology companies, such as CO-OP Financial Services, can assist you through the process.However, even with all the security that EMV provides, the age of card fraud is far from nearing its end. Historically, when perpetrators of fraud see a door close, they move to another channel. And as EMV adoption continues to make strides across the U.S., we are also experiencing a rise in card-not-present fraud.So remind your members to be vigilant about all transactions – both card present and card-not-present – and to utilize advanced security tools such as mobile apps for card controls and alerts. With this technology, members can put exacting restrictions on how their cards are used, blocking fraudulent transactions before they are carried out.In the fight against card fraud, there is no substitute for an informed, aware member. Investing in the right solutions – and then engaging your member base with them – will ensure that you minimize card fraud and the disastrous impact it has on everyone involved.last_img read more

No rate hike expected as FOMC begins two-day policy meeting

first_img continue reading » The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy-setting arm, begins a two-day meeting today, which is not expected to end with a rate hike.The committee last raised the federal funds target rate to the current range of 2.25 to 2.5 percent at the end of its December meeting, the fourth rate hike of 2018.Following its March meeting, the committee indicated that the current range is expected to remain the same in 2019 and that only one rate hike will be in made in the next two years. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long, has previously predicted that the likelihood of an interest rate hike in 2019 is minimal. In addition, most economists agree that the Fed will hold at the current rate through 2020, according to a new Bloomberg survey. The Federal Reservecenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Researchers say 36,000 lives in US could have been saved with earlier social distancing

first_imgMore than 35,000 lives would have been saved in the US if social distancing measures had begun just a week earlier than they actually did in mid-March, according to a new estimate by researchers at Columbia University.They said simulations based on several models showed that 61 percent of the US cases of infection as of May 3 — more than 700,000 — and 55 percent of the more than 65,000 recorded deaths could have been averted if social distancing and other safety measures had been in place a week earlier.These researchers said the simulations illustrate the danger of easing lockdown measures too early, as many experts have noted. All 50 US states have begun to reopen, to one extent or another and with encouragement from President Donald Trump, to try to resurrect economies devastated by business closures and layoffs in the pandemic. The United States is the country hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than 1.5 million cases of infection and more than 93,000 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. “Efforts to further raise public awareness of the ongoing high transmissibility and explosive growth potential of COVID-19 are still needed at this critical time,” the researchers wrote.”Our results also indicate that without sufficient broader testing and contact tracing capacity, the long lag between infection acquisition and case confirmation masks the rebound and exponential growth of COVID-19 until it is well underway,” they said.Ten days ago, a New York documentary filmmaker named Eugene Jarecki set up a billboard in Times Square with what he calls the “Trump Death Clock.” It gives the number of deaths that Jarecki says could have been avoided if Trump had encouraged social distancing practices on March 9, rather than on March 16.His figures are higher than those of the Columbia researchers because Jarecki argues that 60 percent of US deaths could have been averted by acting a week earlier.center_img Topics :last_img read more

The Latest: Bettman urges NHL players to self-isolate

first_imgEngland also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed. Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday. Associated Press Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.___11:50 a.m.NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m. It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center. Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA.Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe.___ ___10:45 a.m.India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___ IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. 11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players. 10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___ ___11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events. The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29. The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.” March 13, 2020 Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m. ___1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.” The Latest: Bettman urges NHL players to self-isolatecenter_img ___9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.” It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):12:50 p.m.National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length. 4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.” 1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___ The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI. ___2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium. The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday. ___11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting. The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___ 12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.” The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off. 1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.last_img read more

Neymar, PSG begin vital month in style

first_imgThat meant Angel Di Maria once again started alongside Neymar and Edinson Cavani in attack, but the Uruguayan was unable to add to his club record tally of 157 goals.Spaniard Berchiche was handed a start ahead of Layvin Kurzawa at left-back and he broke the deadlock right on half-time, drilling home after a poor attempted clearance by Junior Alonso fell to him.Lille are a club with serious off-field worries, concerns about their finances leading to them being handed a transfer embargo that prevented them from adding to their squad in January.Sports daily L’Equipe even reported on Saturday that the club had been told they face being relegated at the end of the season if their financial situation does not hugely improve, regardless of their final league position.Christophe Galtier’s side had looked set to go into the break on level terms before Berchiche struck, and they were upset that Cavani was not flagged offside in the build-up to that goal.Just 13 minutes remained when Neymar effectively ended the game as a contest, finding the top-left corner with a free-kick from right on the edge of the area in a central position.It was the Brazilian’s 18th goal in 17 Ligue 1 appearances, with seven of those coming in his last three outings.Lo Celso arguably topped Neymar’s effort with his chip over Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan, as the young Argentine again stood in well for the veteran Motta.Marseille claimed an extraordinary 6-3 win over bottom club Metz on Friday, with Florian Thauvin scoring a hat-trick.Fourth-placed Monaco host Lyon, who are third, in a key game in the battle for Champions League places on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApp The teenage France forward was absent here due to suspension after being sent off in the 3-2 League Cup semi-final win at Rennes in midweek. Paris, France | AFP | A superb Neymar free-kick helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-0 win at troubled Lille on Saturday as the Ligue 1 leaders began a decisive month as they mean to go on.The world’s most expensive player netted the second goal at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy after Yuri Berchiche had opened the scoring just prior to half-time.Giovani Lo Celso’s delightful chip secured the victory late on, with PSG now 11 points clear of Marseille at the top of the table.PSG have won 12 of their last 13 games in all competitions, including four in a row since their 2-1 defeat at Lyon last month.Their season-defining Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid is fast approaching, with the first leg to come in the Spanish capital on February 14.PSG coach Unai Emery will hope to have the likes of Adrien Rabiot, Julian Draxler and Thiago Motta back fit for that game, while Kylian Mbappe will almost certainly start at the Santiago Bernabeu.last_img read more

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Returns to the Washington Center

first_imgSubmitted by Ballet NorthwestThis spring, Ballet Northwest is proud to present Tchaikovsky’s timeless Swan Lake at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, to be enjoyed by South Sound audiences for the second time since its Olympia premiere in 2010. Performances are scheduled from May 9 to May 11, when seventy-five local dancers will grace the stage and audiences will experience the classic masterpiece highlighted by striking costumes, splendid staging, and exquisite sets designed in 2010 by Jill Carter, who has designed sets in the past for Olympia Family Theater and Harlequin Productions.Choreographed by Ballet Northwest’s Artistic Directors and husband-and-wife duo Ken and Josie Johnson, the production is sponsored by the Nisqually Indian Tribe, Olympia Federal Savings, Andrew Kapust DDS, KRXY 94.5 FM and The Olympian.Josie Johnson states, “We are deeply grateful to our four event sponsors who have once again made this community event possible!”Ken Johnson, Josie’s husband and co-artistic director adds, “These classic performances bring so much to our community. We can enjoy ageless works like Swan Lake without ever having to leave Olympia!”The ballet, which was composed by Tchaikovsky in 1876 and first performed in 1877 by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, tells the story of Odette, the young princess who refuses the advances of the evil sorcerer von Rothbart. He delivers a curse that transforms her into a swan whenever the sun rises. When the handsome Prince Siegfried is out hunting, he sees Odette, first as a lovely swan and later as a beautiful woman. He discovers her secret and they fall in love, but von Rothbart has other plans. Will love conquer all?Interestingly, since its original Moscow premiere, Swan Lake has been performed many thousands of times to eager audiences around the world, yet with varying and often unpredictable endings, ranging from romantic to tragic.Dancing the role of the young prince in this performance is guest artist Andrew Pontius, a Bremerton, Washington native who started studying ballet at age eleven with Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet. At fifteen he left for Washington, D.C., where he studied and graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet. He began his professional career with the Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany, then moved to Madrid and danced for the Victor Ullate Ballet Comunidad de Madrid. Mr. Pontius is reportedly delighted to be home and dancing in the Pacific Northwest.Founded in 1970, Ballet Northwest is a community-based dance company dedicated to promoting, teaching, and preserving the art of dance in Southwestern Washington. The company offers educational opportunities for local dancers as well as outreach throughout the community.WHO: Ballet NorthwestWHAT: Swan Lake , a ballet in three acts featuring a cast of 75 local dancersWHERE: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts512 Washington St SE Olympia, WA 98501WHEN: Friday, May 9, 7:30 pmSaturday, May 10, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pmSunday, May 11, 2:00 pmTICKETS: 360-753-8586 or order online at www.olytix.orgPRICES: Tickets are $14 to$30, plus $3.00 service fee. Student, senior, and youth discounts available. Student Rush tickets go on sale one hour before curtain. Facebook44Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Coletti singing with the birdies at Missouri Valley College

first_imgL.V. Rogers high school graduate Josh Coletti is making the most of his senior year on the Missouri Valley College golf team in Marshall, Missouri.The 22-year-old golfer, who earned is playing stripes at the Granite Pointe at Nelson course, carded an even round of 72 to finish second at a NAIA collegiate golf tournament on September 13. A few days earlier (September 11), Coletti placed fourth overall at a NAIA tour stop in in Springfield Missouri finishing the two rounds with scores of 72 and 76.Next up for the Missouri Valley College Vikings team is a two-day event in Mayetta, Kansas.During the summer Coletti kept his game sharp by playing in several tournaments, including the B.C. Men’s Amateur at Swan-e-set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows.The scratch handicap golfer started the amateur event strong, finishing round one with a 1-over-par 73.However, Coletti struggled during the final three rounds to finish tied for 66th after making the cut.last_img read more

City Soccer crowns champs this weekend at Lakeside PItch

first_imgThe final ion the Leo’s Men’s Open is Saturday at 3:45 p.m.Meanwhile in the Jackson’s Hole Masters League, Club Inter lost in shootout to Bia Boro.Club Inter held a 4-2 lead before Bia Boro rallied back to tie up the match and win it in shootout.Bia Boro meet Real Nelson in the final after the latter edged Jackson’s Hole 1-0. Vic Commandeur scored the lone goal in the game.The two teams meet Sunday at 3:45 p.m. to determine bragging rights in the Jackson’s Men’s Masters League.Lily Whites tackle Selkirk Eyecare for all the marbles in the Finley’s Ladies Rec League Sunday at 2:15 p.m.Lily Whites defeated Red Dog 3-1 while Selkirk Eyecare outlasted Fire Balls 4-1.All games are played at the Lakeside Pitch. There will be no repeats in the men’s side of the Nelson City Soccer Leagues.Both Old Dogs FC and Club Inter were eliminated during semi final action as the City Soccer League winds down.Old Dogs FC looked really old as Kootenay Co-op blasted the defending Leo’s Open Men’s Champs 6-0.The result was a bit of revenge for Co-op, which lost 1-0 to Old Dogs FC in the 2012 final.Co-op meets regular season champ Innkeeper, which advanced to the final by scoring a 3-0 shutout of Nelson U17 Selects.last_img read more


first_imgGARY STEVENS, BEHOLDER, SECOND (BEATEN FAVORITE): “Nothing really went wrong, except I was on the lead and a sitting duck once again. No pace except for me, and realistic fractions. I flat got out-run. I have no excuses. Carrying equal weight. Hat’s off to the winner, and hat’s off to my mare. She shows up every day. Unfortunately three losses in a row, and it’s tough for a champion. She’s pretty special for me, and hopefully we can bounce back and get some pace in the Breeders’ Cup, or the stars will change. Hat’s off to the winner.” JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “It’s a great day. I worked harder in her last race, the Clement Hirsch, than I did today. It’s always good to be next to Beholder, next to the queen, it’s always a plus. To be able to pull away the last eighth, it’s not easy! It’s hard but Stellar Wind is an incredible mare and she will continue to be good.“(Winning three Grade I’s) is why I’m here, to win. That’s’ why I worked so hard and dedicated myself to be successful in my career early on. Now, I have the chance and opportunity and I can’t waste it. I have to keep going until the day that I retire.” TRAINER QUOTES RICHARD MANDELLA, BEHOLDER, SECOND: “We’ll go to the Distaff from here. My mare didn’t look like she ever gave up and those two finished well clear of the rest of them. We didn’t really intend to go to the lead, but with a five-horse field, what are you gonna do? Not to make excuses, but yes, I think a full field will help us next time.” PART OWNER KOSTA HRONIS, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “I’m just thrilled. She’s brilliant. I think she’s the best so we’re looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup. She’s got five weeks off, she’ll just keep her normal schedule and she’ll be ready to go.” JOHN SADLER, STELLAR WIND, WINNER: “We thought she’d be a better four-year-old. These mares peak at four and she’s a bigger, stronger horse this year. She’s relatively fresh and we get to go into the Breeders’ Cup off of three starts. We’re looking forward to it.“She ran so well last time, I thought this race would be very similar to what it was–another battle, and we were lucky enough to prevail a second time. The rubber match (coming up). We’re looking forward to it.” NOTES: Winning owners Kosta and Peter Hronis reside in Delano, CA.last_img read more