25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I vividly remember the first and only time I met a hoarder. I’m not talking about the garden-variety hoarder like me who saves all the sauces I get from fast food restaurants because I never know when I’ll need some Chic-fil-A Sauce. Nor am I talking about a hoarder like my wife who has a hard time letting go of a shirt she hasn’t worn for two years because she might want to wear it “someday.” No, I’m talking about a real hoarder—the kind worthy of the TV series on A&E.When I was 19, I went on a church trip to New Zealand. In an area called Mt. Roskill, a friend and I were introduced to a woman who needed help around her house. When we arrived at her house to help clean up, we were astonished by the scene.The front lawn of her house was one giant pile of junk. I could hardly see the grass. The inside of her two-story house was no different than the front yard. In every room of the house were piles of stuff stacked as high as my shoulders. The junk piles consisted of articles of of every kind. I have a hard time recollecting the great variety of clutter I saw, though I remember lots of clothing, newspapers, phone books, and countless black garbage bags stuffed full of junk. continue reading »
West chairman John O’Shea says it’s a difficult one to call. Next weekend’s West Tipp Senior Hurling final looks set to be a close affair.Eire Og Annacarty and Clonoulty Rossmore have been very much to the fore in the division in recent years.The sides lock horns in Golden at 3 on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Stephen Gleeson
20 Jun 2017 Felicity sets the pace as the temperature rises Surrey’s Felicity Christine dislikes the heat – but shot two-over par 74 in scorching temperatures to lead the first round of the English senior women’s stroke play championship at Harpenden, Hertfordshire. She’s a shot clear of a group of four other internationals who all scored 75: defending champion Jackie Foster of Hertfordshire, who celebrated her birthday yesterday (image copyright Leaderboard Photography); Karen Jobling of Yorkshire, Helen Lowe of Leicestershire and Julie Brown of Staffordshire. Christine, a past British senior champion from Woking, spent most of the round with a wet towel round her neck, shaded by an umbrella – de rigeur apparel for the conditions. “It got a bit oppressive but I just played solid. I struck the ball well and tried to play conservatively because it’s the first day of a three-day tournament,” she commented. Sticking to that philosophy involved sparing use of the driver and avoiding the temptations of risk and reward holes, such as the 7th and 17th. “Maybe on day three but not today!” said Christine, who had four birdies in her round. “I played the sensible way, committed to shots and had a decent course strategy.” Foster (Bishops Stortford), is another player who hates the heat but she held it together, despite first tee nerves at the start of her defence. “I didn’t start very well, I had two bogeys in the first three holes, but I got it back together and played steadily,” she remarked. She was three-over on the outward half but came home in level par, helped by two birdies. The challenge of the weather included the importance of maintaining focus. Karen Jobling (Richmond) commented: “When it got very, very hot it was tough to keep concentrating, but there were opportunities to be had if you were brave enough take them.” She took her chances to score four birdies during her round, including one on the last. “That was a great way to finish,” she added. Although the weather precluded very low scoring it did nothing to dampen the competitiveness of the field. Behind the group in second place there’s a packed leaderboard and there are 14 players within five shots of the lead. Harpenden Golf Club is hosting a national championship for the first time and is represented by four players in the field. Cathy Gosling leads the way for the club, followed by Rhona Finch, Naoko Wada and Jill Banks. After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to the leading 45 players and ties who will play the final round on Thursday. Click here for full scores Captions: Defending champion Jackie Foster (top). Spectators take advantage of shady spot by the 18th green (below). (Images copyright Leaderboard Photography).
North Carolina’s Luke Maye (32) loses the ball while Mount Olive’s Cameron Robinson defends during the first half of a college basketball exhibition game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike (35) dunks as Clemson’s Gabe DeVoe, left, and Aamir Simms watch during the second half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, in Omaha, Neb. Kansas is ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll, released Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)Kansas. Bill Self has another strong recruiting class, a preseason All-American in Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson and a No. 1 ranking.Kentucky. Coach Cal has another roster full of future pros. He’s also got Reid Travis, a grad transfer from Stanford who happens to be one of the nation’s top players.Gonzaga. The Zags broke through to the Final Four two years ago. They could be even better this year.Duke. Coach K outdid himself with this year’s recruiting class with what could be three of the top five picks in the NBA draft.Virginia. OK, so that first-round NCAA Tournament loss to UMBC was ugly and history-making. But the Cavaliers have nearly everyone back and plenty of motivation.Tennessee. The Vols have never been to the Final Four. That could change this season — they’re that good.TOP PLAYERSCarsen Edwards, Purdue. He was super productive as a sophomore last season. Expect even more from him now that the Boilermakers need him even more.Luke Maye, North Carolina. The player who hit the shot to send the Tar Heels to the Final Four in 2017 averaged a double-double last season and will be counted on even more this year.R.J. Barrett, Duke. The athletic freshman has yet to play a game but has already created a buzz and could be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NBA draft.Dedric Lawson, Kansas. The former Memphis forward gives the Jayhawks plenty of talent and experience on an otherwise young roster.Ethan Happ, Wisconsin. The Badgers sure are glad this multitalented big man decided to withdraw from the NBA draft. Opponents will not be.Caleb Martin, Nevada. The do-everything forward’s decision to return with twin brother Cody is a big reason the Wolf Pack are being mentioned as a Final Four team.MID-MAJOR MONSTERSNevada. The Muss bus is loaded with talent and is driving toward what could be the best season in program history.Loyola-Chicago. No way the Ramblers and Sister Jean will be overlooked again.Western Kentucky. Top recruit Charles Bassey will push the Hilltoppers up the big hill.Buffalo. Bulls have five of their top six scorers back from a team that knocked off Arizona in the opening round of the NCAAs.Marshall. The Thundering Herd and coach Dan D’Antoni are looking for an even deeper March run after knocking off Wichita State in the opening round of the NCAAs.FRESHMEN PHENOMSZion Williamson, Duke. Basket supports beware: One of the nation’s top freshmen is a known rim wrecker.Cam Reddish, Duke. Doesn’t get the pub Barrett and Williamson get, but he’s a legit top-five NBA prospect.Romeo Langford, Indiana. Locking up the state of Indiana’s best player was a huge get for coach Archie Miller as he tries to get the Hoosiers back to national prominence.Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky. He eschewed the Power Five programs to stay in-state and could dominate Conference USA — and beyond.Nassir Little, North Carolina. Long and athletic, he was a big get for coach Roy.Bol Bol, Oregon. Manute’s son can shoot inside, outside and swat shots, just like Pops.TOP NONCONFERENCE GAMESNo. 4 Duke vs. No. 2 Kentucky, Tuesday in Indianapolis. It will be a blue-blooded kickoff to the season.No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 10 Michigan State, Tuesday in Indianapolis. The opening act in Indy isn’t bad, either.No. 19 Michigan at No. 9 Villanova, Nov. 14. Early season, title-game rematch? Yes, please.Ohio State at Cincinnati, Wednesday. It finally happened, and hoops fans are the beneficiaries.Marquette at Indiana, Nov. 14. Marquette’s Markus Howard vs. Indiana freshman Romeo Langford is worth it right there.Arizona vs. No. 3 Gonzaga, Maui Invitational. OK, both teams have to win their opening games, but we can dream of the West’s two marquee programs meeting in Maui, can’t we?___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 The 2017-18 college basketball season had everything a fan could want. Standout performances, a No. 1 seed finally falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and Villanova cutting down the nets for the second time in three seasons.Oh, and Sister Jean and Chicago-Loyola giving hope to underdogs everywhere by reaching the Final Four.A new season starts Tuesday, and it’s been a long seven months to wait for a sport that seems to top itself every year.To get you ready, we’ve got a guide on the top teams, players and other tidbits to look for in 2018-19:TOP TEAMS
The Ravens (4-5) scored only one touchdown in their third straight defeat, managing two field goals in the first half while falling behind 14-6. Baltimore had converted 72.4 percent of its red zone opportunities into TDs — the fourth-best percentage in the NFL — but on this day it was a struggle.“To hold those guys to field goals in the first half when they were down there was significant,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.Pittsburgh opened the second half with a drive that lasted nearly seven minutes and ended with a 1-yard plunge by Roethlisberger. The conversion sailed wide to the right, keeping the score at 20-6.Down by two touchdowns and facing a potential two-game deficit in the AFC North, the Ravens reacted. Flacco completed six passes in a 75-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Alex Collins.The defense followed by forcing the game’s first three-and-out, but the Baltimore offense failed to sustain the momentum.After the Ravens punted. Roethlisberger was collared from behind by Za’Darius Smith and remained on the ground for several minutes. Joshua Dobbs came in, completed a 22-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, then gave way to Roethlisberger.“That was a huge play,” Roethlisberger said of Dobbs’ first-down toss.The drive led to a field goal for a 10-point cushion with 8:26 remaining.Baltimore got another field goal to get within a touchdown with 5:23 to go, but never threatened thereafter. It was not at all the way the Ravens wanted to enter their long-awaited bye week.“We’ll go into our bye week trying to get rested up, trying to get healthy,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ll try to come out swinging the last seven games and find a way to make the playoffs.”In the first half, Roethlisberger threw 29 passes and showed his kicking prowess as Pittsburgh took control.With the Steelers facing a fourth down from the Baltimore 38, Roethlisberger lined up in shotgun formation and popped up a 27-yard punt — his seventh career kick.The Ravens then settled for a field goal one play after Flacco failed to see wide-open Lamar Jackson on the right side near the end zone. Jackson, a rookie quarterback who’s been used in a variety of ways, went in motion on the play and was left uncovered.Roethlisberger put Pittsburgh ahead with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Conner, and the Steelers made it 14-3 when Roethlisberger capped a 75-yard drive with a 6-yard TD pass to Antonio Brown.INJURIESSteelers: None reported.Ravens: Starting offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and James Hurst (back) were on the inactive list. … CB Tavon Young hurt his right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return. … Also inactive, though not injured, was Ty Montgomery, obtained Tuesday in a trade with Packers.TRIBUTE TO SYNAGOGUE VICTIMSRoethlisberger wore cleats emblazoned with a Star of David in response to the late-October shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The Star of David was in yellow and served as the upper part of the Steelers logo. There were also the words, “Stronger Than Hate” on each shoe.Roethlisberger and his wife are friends of Michele Rosenthal, a former team employee. Two of Rosenthal’s brothers were among the 11 killed in the attack that stunned the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, left, scores a touchdown in front of Baltimore Ravens free safety Eric Weddle in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)MR. TOUCHDOWNSConner has 10 touchdowns, most by a Steelers player through eight games since 1950. Brown has nine TD catches, a team record through eight games.UP NEXTSteelers: Host Carolina on Thursday night.Ravens: Bye, followed by home game vs Cincinnati on Nov. 18.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL By 19 minutes ago BALTIMORE (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, ran for a score and put up an unexpected left-footed punt to help the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-16 Sunday.James Conner rushed for 107 yards and caught a TD pass for the Steelers (5-2-1), who have won four straight since falling to the Ravens at home on Sept. 30.Roethlisberger went 28 for 47 for 270 yards. His 1-yard run put Pittsburgh up 20-6 in the third quarter, and the 36-year-old showed his grit by missing only one play after being flattened during a sprint from the pocket with just over 13 minutes left.
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) _ West Virginia State University is honoringIn this April 1955 file photo, Fort Wayne\’s Mel Hutchins (9) and Syracuse\’s Earl Lloyd (11) reach for the ball during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was 86. Lloyd\’s alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games. (AP Photo/File), the first African-American to play in an NBA game.The university will name a street on campus after Lloyd, who played professionally in the 1950s. The Nov. 9 ceremony will take place in the lobby of the D. Stephen and Diane H. Walker Convocation Center, where a statue honoring Lloyd stands. The new Earl Lloyd Way is located between the Convocation Center and the University’s tennis courts. The event is open to the public.Lloyd died in 2015. In 1950, with the Washington Capitols, he was the first African-American to play in an NBA game. Later, with the Syracuse Nationals, he became the first African-American player to win an NBA championship.Lloyd played at what was then called West Virginia State College in in the late 1940s.
Facebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rebekah Finn for Harlequin ProductionsHarlequin Productions has been an Olympia institution since 1991, witness to the ups and downs of the local economy. Now, in 2017, as they prepare to reveal the lineup for their 27th season, Harlequin founders Scot and Linda Whitney, along with their staff of passionate artists and professionals, are looking to the future. For 26 years, Harlequin Productions has provided a crucial cornerstone of art and entertainment in the Olympia community, and now the question is whether the community will help it continue.Why is it important to keep a live theater company open in our community?Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe and Christian Doyle perform in this year’s Stardust show. Photo courtesy: Harlequin Productions.Live theater has played a crucial role in society, stretching back thousands of years to a time when the general public was largely illiterate. Before books and newspapers, actors and live performances were essential for sharing spiritual and philosophical knowledge with the general public. As more and more people have learned to read and as technology has advanced, live theater has remained a vital way for humans to connect to stories and to each other.In a time when science is beginning to show concerns about how mobile devices may be affecting children’s brains, and adults have trouble looking each other in the eye because phones are easier to interact with, a place to tell stories face-to-face is increasingly necessary.How can we help?As the following graph shows, Harlequin Productions has been able to keep its nose above the water of encroaching expenses (red line), but has worked harder and harder to stay afloat (green line) as a nonprofit organization.With its productions being completely locally produced, and not having some of the same public, corporate and national support opportunities as more metropolitan areas, Harlequin relies on the support of the local community. Besides buying tickets and attending shows, Olympia arts patrons support Harlequin’s work through business sponsorships and individual donations.An easy and fun way to help make Harlequin sustainable is by joining the RLT Club. (Real. Live. Theater.) The concept is that many people giving a little adds up to a lot. Currently, there are 107 members, who make an automated donation of an average of $25 per month. That may not sound like much, but it adds up quickly to over $27,000 per year.Harlequin Productions produces modern, cutting-edge shows alongside classics like the 1955 show, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” proving the timeless nature of theater.In order to help stabilize finances, Harlequin has set a goal of signing up 200 new sustaining members. It’s easy to join and effortless from then on. (You may also stop your recurring donation at any time.) When you sign up, you’ll receive an RLT Club button. And every time you wear it to a show, you get a free cookie! If you join at $25/month or more, you’ll get an official RLT Club tote bag, too.The best news is that contributing to this important organization will make you feel good. You will surely be entertained when you attend a Harlequin show. You’ll feel even better knowing that you are supporting this local jewel, especially as you munch a delicious cookie. Buy tickets today by visiting harlequinproductions.org. And join the RLT Club to become a VIP Sustaining Member
Facebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaWith the return of spring, the Port of Olympia will be resuming its popular marine terminal tour program in downtown Olympia. Tours, which are free to all, offer the opportunity to see and learn about the workings of Thurston County’s international shipping terminal.In addition to observing cargo operations, including the mobile harbor crane, log loaders and other equipment, visitors will learn about the various ways Thurston County is connected with the global trade network, and the role the Port plays in moving a wide range of goods to their final destination. Over 10,000 individuals have toured the Port of Olympia’s working waterfront over the past decade.Tour participants can expect to leave with a better understanding of the economic impact the Port has in our community as well as working knowledge of the Swantown Marina & Boatworks, Olympia Regional Airport and the Port’s Real Estate Development program.Tour DetailsReservations Required. Space is limited. Reserve at http://www.portolympia.com/98/Port-Tours.Photo ID Required for 17+. Due to Federal regulations, the secured Marine Terminal requires photo identification for everyone over 17 years of age.Location and Duration. The outdoor walking tours begin at Port offices, 626 Columbia Street NW STE 1-B (Olympics Room) in Olympia. Tours last approximately two hours.Attire. Because tours are outdoors, participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.Children of all ages are welcome. Tours are stroller and wheelchair accessible.A vessel in port is not guaranteed.2018 Tour ScheduleThursday, April 24, 1:00 p.m.Wednesday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.Thursday, June 21, 10:00 a.m.Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 p.m.Wednesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m.Thursday, September 13, 6:00 p.m.Tuesday, October 9, 1:00 p.m.School and Group ToursIn addition to the monthly scheduled tours, the Port also welcomes tour groups from schools or other organizations. School and group tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Transportation grants are available for Thurston County schools upon request.To schedule your group tour, or if you have questions, please contact Brianna Baker at [email protected] or by calling 360-528-8013.
MISS SUGARS ADDS BLINKERS AND GETS UP TO WIN $75,000 BLUE NORTHER STAKES BY A HEAD UNDER BAZE; TRAINED BY MULLINS, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:36.24
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2016)–A close fourth with a troubled early trip in her most recent start, English-bred Miss Sugars added blinkers and was up to win Thursday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita by a head under Tyler Baze as she stopped the clock for one mile on turf in 1:36.24.Trained by Jeff Mullins, Miss Sugars was closer to the early pace with the equipment change and was three-wide turning for home while third behind pacesetter Princess Roi, who dug in tenaciously to finish second in a three-way photo for the win.“In England, they don’t have anybody with them in the gate and since this is only her third start here, they load me and then we’re on our own,” said Baze. “She broke great today and the trip we got worked out just the way we wanted it to. We were up closer and able to save ground early and around the far turn I took a look back and just decided to let her kick before the others did.“She tries really hard and Jeff’s been a big part of my career. It’s great to end up the year winning a race like this for him.”Off at 6-1 in a field of 10 juvenile fillies, Miss Sugars paid $14.60, $7.00 and $5.00.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, LLC, she improved her record to 8-2-3-1. With the winner’s share of $46,800, she increased her earnings to $71,985.“Well today, we didn’t have to go through the steeplechase deal,” Mullins said, as he laughingly referred to a weather related obstruction that caused Miss Sugars to lose some ground into the first turn of the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 26. “The blinkers helped her lay closer to the pace today and it made Tyler’s job a little easier. We’ll keep her on the grass.”Ridden by a comebacking Corey Nakatani, Princess Roi was pressured throughout by eventual third place finisher Tap It All, but dug in resolutely at the rail to nab the place by a nose. Off at 15-1, Princess Roi paid $15.00 and $12.00.“I love this filly,” said Nakatani. “We got pressure and for her to fight back like she did, shows her class. I really want to thank Richard (trainer, Baltas) for putting me on her. I’ve been working horses for him and this was a good opportunity.”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Tap It All broke from post position eight and vied for the lead with Princess Roi throughout and just missed winning. Off at 28-1, Tap It All paid $12.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.49, 47.67, 1:12.35 and 1:24.29.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Cuan an Ri in CarrigartA planning application for the retention of a basement at the beachfront development at the Cuan na Ri holiday complex at Carrigart is to be strenuously opposed by the local residents.The Tirconail Tribune reports that Michael and Patrick Preston of T&G Developments have made the application in the past week to seek the council’s approval to allow the basement to remain on site along with its completion.The Council’s Planning Dept. has sought to have the basement and store area at the Cuan na Ri development demolished to comply with the original schedules. On November 25th the Council issued a number of enforcement notices to the Prestons on foot of the development not being complaint with the original grant of planning.A major level of objection is now underway and the issue has been a matter of much controversy ever since the local community found their right of access to the beach blocked off by locked gates last September.The news comes as Marian Harkin MEP prepares to visit Aghadachor on Saturday week to hear the concerns of the community and to explore EU perspectives from an environmental perspective.Meanwhile, a Divisional Ecologist, at the National Parks & Wildlife Service in the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, has told the Aghadachor Action Group that encroachment and infilling of the Special Area of Conservation did occur during the construction of the beach activity centre. The spokesman said they had brought the matter to the attention of Donegal County Council and the developer, and this issue was subsequently rectified.“Issues still remain on the beach at Aghadachor. We are of the opinion that some works have resulted in damage to the Special Area of Conservation and have been considered as unauthorised development by Donegal County Council.“It is our position that any environmental damage is fully rectified. We are working with Donegal County Council, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the developer to achieve this,’ added the Divisional Ecologist.In a new development last November the Council issued an enforcement order against the developers on a number of grounds.The Council said that a basement area added to the main building without planning permission and must be demolished. The enforcement notice required: “the said developments to cease.” and the measures listed to be addressed within four weeks from the date of issue on November 25th.The enforcement order was sent to Michael A and Patrick G Preston. The Council had identified six areas of ‘unauthorised construction and installation’ and subsequently moved to have the development made compliant with the planning permission, which was originally granted.This additional element of the basement has been added extending for 393 square metres (4230 sq. feet) and the Council says it now incorporates effectively a 3 storey appearance, whereas a 2 storey structure was permitted in the grant of planning.The enforcement order was based on grounds that the terms of planning permission granted in 2012 not having been fulfilled. T&G Developments was told the Beach activity centre had not been constructed in accordance with the plans, and particulars submitted under the planning application.Insofar as the impact of the demolition might impact on the area, the Council has already requested that all rubble and associated materials are removed in consultation with Donegal County Council.The other main component in the enforcement order is the construction of a mechanical pipe on the shoreline to address issues of erosion.And they have asked that the construction of the Geo-Tube, an anti erosion mechanism within the foreshore area be removed since it does not have planning permission.This particular mechanism has caused much controversy locally with community leaders claiming that nobody has a right to claim territory below the high water mark.The Tube extends for a length of 280 metres and the Council is also seeking its removal and all its element parts.LOCALS TO RESIST PLANNING RETENTION FOR CARRIGART HOLIDAY VILLAGE was last modified: January 23rd, 2014 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:CarrigartCUAN AN RI