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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Goose

first_imgFacebook27Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Goose! He is a super cute and friendly Boxer-Pit Bull mix with a stunning brindle and creamy white coat. He has a pink shaped heart on the top of his nose! Goose is sweet, loving, smart, and happy. Because he is young, strong, and enthusiastic, children in his home should be 13 years of age or older, dog savvy, kind, and sturdy. If you can provide a cat-free home, grain-free diet, love, exercise, and a fenced yard, then you may be his perfect fit family! Goose would love to meet you to discuss the future! Goose is a great companion and family dog who aims to please.If you have further questions, emails are the only method of communication at this time.   We all care about the health of our 2-legged caregivers and the community at large, so as a precaution we are temporarily suspending our public open hours. We are still taking email inquiries and applications, and will be in touch with you as soon as we are able. We appreciate everyone’s understanding during this difficult time! Stay Well!Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

Fortuna boys soccer opens league play with dominant 6-0 win over Eureka

first_imgEUREKA >> The Fortuna High boys soccer team didn’t wait long to score its first league goal of the 2016 season.Or its second. Or its third.It was about as good of a start as head coach Daniel Holmes could have asked from his team on Wednesday night, as the Huskies built a 3-0 lead after just 11 minutes and rode the high-tempo start to a 6-0 victory over Eureka in the Humboldt-Del Norte League opener for both schools..“A good start. The first five minutes, 10 minutes of the game, the ball was …last_img read more

Giants outright five players, including three infielders

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–A new president of baseball operations is expected to make significant changes to the Giants’ 40-man roster this offseason.But the new executive the Giants plan to hire won’t have to make big decisions regarding five players the franchise outrighted to Triple-A Monday.San Francisco announced that infielders Kelby Tomlinson, Chase d’Arnaud and Miguel Gomez as well as pitchers Casey Kelly and Tyler Herb were outrighted to Triple-A and moved off of the 40-man roster. The Giants had …last_img read more

Airlines fight “lavish” European consumer regs.

first_imgAirlines are fighting back against Europe’s lavish airline consumer regulations, which have unwittingly created an industry of ambulance-chasing legal firms promising big compensation payouts in return for lucrative commission fees.The European Union has created a system where travellers can be compensated multiples of the fares they have paid if their flight is delayed, creating an incentive for passengers to seek out disruptions to score free travel.New Euro start-up companies such as AirHelp, Flightright, EUclaim and Gate28 specialise in extractting compensation from airlines, offering to take care of the administrative hassle in return for fees of up to 50 per cent of the eventual payout.With average fares paid in Europe of less than $US80 on low-cost carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair, passengers can claim up to €600 ($US640) per head under European Union Regulation 261 (EU261) if they face a substantial delay.British newspapers have quoted the case of one family who claimed double the original $US500 cost of a ticket for a trip from the UK to  Spain for a family of four following a three-hour flight delay, while another family of four claimed the maximum of €2400 ($US2520), which was virtually the full price of return tickets for four from London to Hawaii.It can be a lottery as the compensation claims can be made only for flights departing from EU airports, but not flights flying to EU airports.For the airline claims industry, business is booming.EUclaim told The Wall Street Journal it had collected $US64 million since 2007, including more than $21 million this year alone. AirHelp said it had recovered $61 million on behalf of 800,000 passengers in the first six months of 2016, compared with $30 million for 400,000 passengers between its creation in 2013 and 2015.WSJ says airlines are “bristling at the way some of the passenger-rights rules have been interpreted”.EU261 regulation waves the requirement on a carrier to pay if a delay or cancellation is caused by extraordinary circumstances, without spelling out what those may be.“In some recent court rulings judges have decided a delay caused by lightning strike or bird ingestion into an engine weren’t extraordinary circumstances when the airline delayed a flight to check the plane isn’t damaged,” the WSJ reported.A spokesman for the Association of European Airlines (A4E), Geert  Sciot, said that the rules as they stood were not realistic.“We have become insurance companies for everything that can go wrong on a passenger’s journey, even if we have nothing to do with the problem,” he said.Sciot raised the possibility that ticket prices may have to rise if the financial drain from compensation claims keeps rising.A4E headquarters in Brussels told “An unintended consequence of Regulation 261 has been the emergence and recent exponential growth of the ‘EU261 claims harvester’ industry, in which third parties seek to involve themselves in the EU 261 claims process.“These third parties are often unregulated, or minimally regulated, and employ aggressive marketing techniques, including cold-calling of passengers with a view to getting passengers to claim through them.“They damage the relationship between passengers and airlines by representing to passengers that airlines’ claims procedures are onerous and stressful, and they can reduce the amount of compensation the passenger receives by deducting up to 50 per cent of the EU261 compensation that would otherwise have been payable to the passenger.”The EU airline consumer regulations are unique in the world and haven’t been followed by other Western jurisdictions such as the USA, Canada or Australia and certainly no country in the rest of the world.Formed in January 2016 representing the five biggest European carriers that transport two-thirds of the continent’s aire passengers, A4E says it has begun negotiations with the EU on updating its consumer regulations.last_img read more

Kenny Solomon: South Africa’s first chess grandmaster

first_imgKenny Solomon chose a very different path from the boys he grew up with in Cape Town’s Mitchells Plain. He changed his fate when he began playing chess at the age of 13; now, 22 years later, he has become a chess grandmaster and an inspiration to youngsters everywhere. South African chess grandmaster Kenny Solomon at the launch of the Chess Garden at Tafelsig High School, in Cape Town. (Image: Mitchells Plain Chess Club) • Girl Ignite helps girls prepare for bright future • Cycle for human rights with the Jozi Freedom Ride • Long walk to university reaps the reward • Cyclists tour and train in South Africa’s green oasis • Cricket World Cup 2015: End of the Proteas’ “choke” hoodoo? Priya Pitamber It seems impossible until it is done, Kenny Solomon says, quoting Nelson Mandela. He is speaking at a press conference organised by the national Department of Sport and Recreation and the Western Cape provincial department of cultural affairs and sport, and he is referring to his status as a chess grandmaster.“I know this achievement sets a precedent for many aspiring youngsters in all sporting codes,” he said at the press conference, held in Cape Town earlier this month.No to gangstersGrowing up in Mitchells Plain, a predominantly coloured area in Cape Town, Solomon chose a different path from his peers. In the impoverished township, gangsters, drugs and crime are rife. But at the age of 13 – when many teens in his neighbourhood took to gangs – he took up chess. That decision has led Solomon becoming the country’s first chess grandmaster.It all started when his older brother travelled to the Philippines to participate in a Chess Olympiad; the experience inspired him to get into the sport. His website explains that he taught himself how to play, adding “he would play blitz games with his older brother and a friend in the Solomon’s backyard, amidst lines of dripping washing”.He was exposed to gang culture from an early age, it reads. He realised that if he didn’t create his own future, “he would merely become a pawn in this scene, trapped in the violent, oppressive cycle of gangsterism”. Strong family values and an interest in chess kept him away from these influences, prompting him to make different choices for his future.Solomon received his grandmaster title in December 2014, after he won the Africa individual chess championship in Namibia. He is the second grandmaster in sub-Saharan Africa, after Zambia’s Amon Simutowe.Hard work and inspirationFormer Chess SA former president Emelia Ellappen said she had known Solomon for a number of years, and in that time he had always strived hard. “He is very modest, always willing to teach others, and has earned the respect of all,” she told news website Daily Maverick. Solomon’s grandmaster status is an inspiration. “As many of you know, this journey for Kenny has been a journey of 22 years to become a grand chess master and it is no easy feat,” said the president of Chess South Africa, Eldo Smart at the press conference, “and for us as Chess SA, it is a huge moment because Kenny’s achievement gives us hope as a federation and gives the community hope that you can achieve.”Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Gert Oosthuizen echoed his sentiments: “You’ve provided hope and inspiration to millions of young boys and girls around our country so to you I want to tell you, you’ve become a role model.”Watch:Becoming a chess grandmasterThe Fédération Internationale des Échecs (Fide), the world chess body, grants players grandmaster status. Four steps need to be achieved to get there: • The player should score three grandmaster results or “norms” in Fide-sanctioned tournaments; • The player needs to reach a minimum rating of 2 500 in the Fide rating system; • All the required paperwork needs to be completed and the processing fees paid; and, • The last step is to receive the conferral from Fide.Solomon’s diligence and 22 years of hard work has paid off. “There are many ingredients to make one a good chess player – talent, hard work, etc,” he told the Daily Maverick: “In my case, it’s dedication, determination and perseverance.”Chess foundationChess is more than just a board game: it promotes strategy, lateral thinking and problem solving. It also boosts mathematical skill, making it useful in life as well.American founding father Benjamin Franklin wrote an article titled The Morals of Chess in 1750, in which he said: “The game of chess is not merely an idle amusements. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with.”Indeed, some schools are integrating strategic games like chess into their curricula to build 21st century thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills.Playing chess has found to improve students’ social skills, memory, spatial skills, numerical abilities, verbal aptitude, creative thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills. Many teachers have also found that the brain-building benefits of playing chess stick, leading to overall improvements in school achievement.It’s an idea that has currency for Solomon, who now lives in Italy. “I have also thought about the establishment of a chess foundation in South Africa,” he said at the press conference. “This is what has been on my mind for some time now.”He told Business Day: “Chess is a beautiful game that impacts positively on the lives of those who play it… I’d like to be part of whatever is necessary to help more South Africans appreciate that.”Why could South Africa not also produce a world chess champion, he asked at the press conference. “It is not impossible. In the words of Bobby Fischer, who was a chess genius, a world chess champion can be born in any place… Since achieving the grandmaster title in December, winning the African championship, the question has come my way, ‘What is the next move? Shouldn’t the next step be to become a world chess champion?’ I know exactly what it will take and I am still thinking about whether I can do it. It is something that requires commitment,” he said.“[But] I would like to throw the question to South Africa: why shouldn’t we produce a world chess champion? Why shouldn’t the youngsters dream of becoming a world chess champion? It’s not impossible.”last_img read more

Vote for the September Geocacher of the Month

first_imgfatkidsOTWuniteGeocacher fatkidsOTWuniteThis comment comes from LionsLair, who says, “Janet deserves the honor to be named geocacher of the month because of her dedication and hard work to make everyone’s caching adventure a positive experience that they will always remember.She has been caching for 7 years and has 2650+ finds,Most importantly though, she has met countless friends along her journey.She has hosted many events, both locally and side events for MEGAs in other states,( i.e. GWXI, HMGT, Going Caching) She has helped both behind the scenes and on the front lines to make many fond memories for everyone she crosses paths with.She is the driving force behind the very successful “Georgia GeoCampers” group, which geo-camps in a different state park for an entire weekend every month. She dedicates tireless volunteer hours working hand in hand with Georgia State Parks and each individual park manager to provide all attendees an experience that is not often offered to the general public.” It’s that time of the month again—time to recognize those who go above and beyond to make Geocaching a game for anyone and everyone. This month the spotlight is on three geocachers who are stellar not only for their play of the game, but their devotion to helping their local geocaching community grow. Their impact has had both breadth and depth…but don’t let us do all the talking!Each of the nominees below is an essential part of the global geocaching community and will receive a prize package from Geocaching HQ in Seattle, but only one will be the next Geocacher of the Month. A panel from Geocaching HQ will use your comments, community input and other data to decide the winner.Cast your vote! Tell us who you think deserves the title of Geocacher of the Month, and why.cincolGeocacher cincolCarbon Hunter comments “Cachers from geocaching backwoods very seldom get recognised for their contribution – but they make a HUGE impact in countries all across the world. Cincol is just one of many such unsung heroes. He arrived in Qatar in the Middle East over 8 years ago as a brand new geocacher – and much to his dismay found that there were only around 5 caches in the entire country – and no active caching community. Looking in neighboring countries like Bahrain, the United Arab emirates and Oman – he found a very similar pattern. He then started a personal journey and grew hobby in the region. He has given a huge amount of time encouraging caching in the region through the forums, placing caches, taking newbies and visitors on 4×4 excursions to the desert, arranging events, linking with the natural history community, maintaining “abandoned” caches and in general promoting the game.” If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. 1000sjöar Geocacher 1000sjöarLok5 sings 1000sjöar’s praise: “My boyfriend and I first met this man when we found our first FTF. It was one of CO’s innumerable and, as always, well-created hides that we spotted after a sweaty climb. Close to the hide Mr 1000sjöar stood, ready to treat the FTF’s with coffee and homemade buns! This man has inspired a whole region in Sweden to start geocaching! He is always there if you need help in any way. With his creative logs, well-built hides, his sense of humor and his gentlemanly manners, he is with no doubt on of the uncrowned Geocacher Kings in Sweden!” Leave a comment to vote for the geocacher who you think should be Geocacher of the Month. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the April 2013 Geocacher of the MonthMay 20, 2013In “Community”Announcing the Geocacher of the Month: November 2014December 31, 2014In “Community”September Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentOctober 2, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Amazon patents a floating delivery-drone mother zeppelin

first_imgAmazon’s drone delivery program might be part of an even bigger idea, one that involves huge fulfillment centers floating above cities.An Amazon patent, found by CB Insights analyst Zoe Leavitt, shows an “airborne fulfillment center utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles for delivery,” one of the wackiest ideas to come out of the e-commerce giant.See Also: Taking a look back at the year in drones in 2016In the patent, Amazon shows a massive zeppelin above a city, deploying delivery drones. The zeppelin is stocked full of packages and re-supplied by smaller airships, which also transport recharged drones, workers, and packages.The main airship would be 45,000 feet in the air, higher than most commercial flights. Drones would descend from the airship, saving a lot of energy, and return to smaller airships located outside of the city for refueling.Amazon’s plan certainly removes the need for purchasing large warehouses in major cities, where a lease can cost thousands of dollars a month. On the downside, Amazon would need to seek approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, which is already unhappy with its drone delivery program.A zeppelin filled with books…what could go wrong?The economics of a floating zeppelin fulfillment center have not been disclosed in the patent. The most expensive part, we assume, would be the back-and-forth trips from smaller airships to the main zeppelin, as the drones are most likely battery powered.That sounds cheap compared to the myriad of solutions Amazon currently uses to make all of its deliveries arrive on time. The e-commerce giant recently invested in 15 airplanes, showing it is willing to try anything to lower the delivery time.Like all patents, we have to assume that Amazon isn’t going to work on this, and is only patenting it to secure the idea. While it would be nice to see Amazon’s sending drones from a floating zeppelin, it doesn’t seem like the most likely new program to come from the Seattle-based company. David Curry How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#airship#Amazon#Delivery#drone#patent Related Posts last_img read more

Nadal, Dimitrov advance to Australian Open quarterfinal

first_imgDimitrov has never won a major, coming closest here last year before losing a semifinal to Rafael Nadal in five sets, but is enhancing his credentials as a next generation champion.Nadal secured his spot in a 10th Australian Open quarterfinal earlier Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 in 3 hours and 51 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 16-time major winner draped an arm around his Argentine friend and patted him on top of the head. If he needed a fitness test in the first week in his comeback from an injured right knee, he got it.“A great battle … he’s a good friend of mine,” Nadal said. “This is the first big match that I played in 2018. That’s confidence for myself … confidence I can resist for four hours on court at a good intensity.” Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl 52 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — After snuffing out local hopes for yet another Australian Open, Grigor Dimitrov huddled with Nick Kyrgios at the net and the pair exchanged encouraging words.It was Kyrgios, having just lost 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round in a typically tempestuous performance, who left No. 3-ranked Dimitrov with this message: “Believe.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadal lifted to win the third, but Schwartzman didn’t relent.The second game of the fourth set lasted almost 13 minutes, with Nadal finally holding after saving five break points.He broke again in the next game to regain control.“It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure,” Nadal said.Britain’s Kyle Edmund reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 afternoon win over Andreas Seppi and could relax and watch the night-time entertainment featuring Dimitrov and Kyrgios. They all played two weeks ago in Brisbane, where Edmund lost to Dimitrov, who lost to eventual champion Kyrgios.Both Dimitrov and Kyrgios got tense at key times in the night match. Dimitrov was broken while serving for the match. Kyrgios was called for a foot fault, double-faulted on a set point and smashed an easy overhead into the net on a break point after dominating the rally. He had 36 aces, and some second serves recorded at faster than 202 kph (125 mph).“Only a couple points in it, you know. It wasn’t like I got demolished out there,” said Kyrgios, who missed the chance to end the drought for local men that dates back to the 1976 Australian Open. “I had a lot of chances to win the match and I just came up short.”He tipped his mate Dimitrov to go far.“He hasn’t even found his best form yet and he’s still getting through all those matches, which is pretty frightening,” Kyrgios said. “Once he finds his feet and he has more confidence, he’s got a real chance at winning it.”Dimitrov thanked him for the support, and said he’s growing more confident in his game. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Nadal will next play 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who collected his 100th Grand Slam match win with a 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) victory over No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.“I had the 300th win of my career at the U.S. Open in 2014, so this is also beautiful one,” Cilic said of his latest major milestone. “I hope I’m going to continue and gather three more here.”Nadal lost last year’s Australian Open final to Roger Federer, but went on to regain the No. 1 ranking and win the French and U.S. Open titles before bringing his season to a premature end because of an injured right knee.Despite not playing any competitive matches in his Aussie Open preparation, Nadal advanced through three rounds without dropping a set.That streak finished when Schwartzman took the second set, rebounding three times after dropping serve to break back and win the tiebreaker.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Caroline Wozniacki continued to cash in on her second chance, reaching the quarterfinals here for the first time since 2012 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Magdalena Rybarikova.After saving match points and coming back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round win, No. 2-ranked Wozniacki said she was “playing with the house money” and had nothing to lose.Wozniacki next plays Carla Suarez Navarro, who rallied from a set and 4-1 down to beat No. 32 Anett Kontaveit 4-6, 6-4, 8-6.The other quarterfinal will feature the winners of two tune-up events. Brisbane International champion Elina Svitolina beat Denisa Allertova 6-3, 6-0 in a match that started just before midnight.Fourth-seeded Svitolina next plays Hobart International winner Elise Mertens, who beat Petra Martic to reach the quarterfinals in her Australian Open debut. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more