PHOTOS: The Motet Members Join Both Disco Biscuits & TAUK On Dominican Holidaze Day 2

first_imgLoad remaining images Dominican Holidaze | Day 2 | 12/2/17 | Photos: Josh Timmermans Load remaining images Dominican Holidaze | Day 2 | 12/2/17 | Photos: Dave Vann Yesterday, Cloud 9‘s annual tropical destination event Dominican Holidaze continued with another jam-packed day of music and general sun-soaked shenanigans. First, Wolf + Lamb got the day started with a  poolside set, before the Main Stage schedule opened up with a daytime set from Umphrey’s McGee. Lotus was up next, followed by GRiZ and The Disco Biscuits, who were joined by The Motet‘s horn section (Gabe Mervine and Drew Sayers) for a cover of David Bowie‘s party classic “Let’s Dance”.The Disco Biscuits – Dominican Holidaze – Breathless & Now Onyx Resorts – 12/2/17 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Photo © Dave Vann 2017Finally, TAUK closed out the night with a late-night set at the Onyx Theater, which also got a spike of funk when they were joined by Motet’s horns, guitarist (Ryan Jalbert) and vocalist (Lyle Divinsky) for a high-energy sit-in.[Photo: Josh Timmermans]PHOTOS: Dominican Holidaze Kicks Off With Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, The Motet, GRiZIn between the sets, fans are encouraged to explore the Breathless Resort & Spa and neighboring Now Onyx all-inclusive experiences (like musical bingo with GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr), with endless pools, fine dining, and beachfront activities. With the main stage in the sand, and DJ sets in the pools, it doesn’t get much better than celebrating the holidays with Dominican Holidaze..Brendan Bayliss of UM will kick off Sunday’s lineup with a poolside set, and STS9 will follow with an afternoon set at the Main Stage. Next, the Disco Biscuits and Umphrey’s McGee will both play full three-hour performances, after which Spafford will keep the jams going late into the night. Finally, on Monday, December 4th, DJ Naysayers (a.k.a. The Motet saxophonist Drew Sayers) will kick off day four with a poolside set, followed by and afternoon Disco Biscuits performance, full three-hour shows from STS9 and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and a late-night by Wolf + Lamb.Below, you can view breathtaking photos from day two of Dominican Holidaze 2018, courtesy of Dave Vann of Dave Vann Live Music Photography and Josh Timmermans of Noble Visions.last_img read more

Peanut Achievement Club

first_imgEach of Georgia’s top 10 peanut farmers relied on University of Georgia Cooperative Extension research to produce the highest yielding crops this year. These farmers were honored by the peanut industry this month for growing the year’s record-breaking crops.“We lean on the Extension service heavily because they are there to answer questions and they have the experience,” said Wesley Webb, who has farmed peanut, cotton and corn in Calhoun County, Georgia, for 22 years. Webb was one of 10 Georgia peanut farmers recognized on Saturday, Aug. 8, by the Georgia Peanut Achievement Club. The peanut achievement club, coordinated by UGA, has recognized the top-yielding growers in Georgia since the 1960s. Webb averaged 7,337 pounds of peanuts per acre on 136 acres. “I can run to talk with Jay (Hathorn), my local county agent, and Jay can pick up the telephone and reach anybody, anywhere in the state of Georgia if we’ve got a problem,” Webb said. “It’s kind of like the Internet. All I do is talk to Jay, and Jay can find my answer through the Extension service.”Webb said, through his county agent, he gets research-based information straight from UGA scientists like plant pathologist Bob Kemerait, weed scientist Eric Prostko and peanut agronomist Scott Monfort.“He gets them on the phone in minutes and they answer any question I have,” Webb said.The process of relaying the latest information to farmers through UGA Extension is based on trust. Georgia farmers and UGA Extension agents have to forge a trusting relationship for the process to be successful, said Hathorn. “I like to say people don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Farmers have a trust in Extension, and a trust in the scientists, and a trust in the county agents to give them good, research-based information that they can use with their crops,” said Rome Ethredge, the agricultural and natural resources (ANR) agent in Seminole County, Georgia.Ethredge accompanied Seminole County farmers Eddie Miller and Greg Mims to the peanut achievement club’s recognition banquet, held at the Jekyll Island Club at Jekyll Island, Georgia. Miller was recognized for posting the highest overall yield in the state for farmers with 300 or more acres. He averaged 7,135 pounds per acre on more than 620 acres. Mims was the District II winner, a title that recognizes the farmer with the highest yield (6,628 pounds per acre) on more than 700 acres.Monfort said the weekend was a testament to the work of Extension, including UGA research faculty and county agents, and Georgia producers across the state. “This movement of information – from the researcher down to the agents to the farmer – is reciprocated back to us because we need that feedback. We need to know what works,” Monfort said. “We know what works in research, but when we put it to real world practice, does it work for these growers? Most of the growers in this particular program are going by university recommendations.”Farmer Ken Hall uses UGA recommendations to improve his farming practices in Worth County, Georgia. On 1,082 acres last year, Hall produced 4,905 pounds of peanuts per acre, the most in District III on more than 700 acres. Hall leans on Worth County ANR agent Larry Varnadoe for answers to questions that arise during the year. “Rather than us go out and try something that may cost extra money or lead to damage to our crops, it’s best to call them (UGA Extension agents) ahead of time. Nine times out of 10, they’ve already tried it and they can say, ‘Yes, you can,’ or ‘No, you can’t,’” Hall said.Along with the UGA peanut team, supporters of the peanut achievement club include Bayer, BASF, the American Peanut Shellers Association and the National Peanut Buying Points Association.The 2014-2015 Georgia Peanut Achievement Club winners are as follows:• Highest overall yield in the state, 100-299 acresWesley Webb, Calhoun County7,337 pounds per acre on 136 acres• Highest overall yield in the state, 300 or more acresEddie Miller, Seminole County7,135 pounds on 620 acres• District I, 300-699 acresAl Sudderth, Calhoun County/p>6,610 pounds per acre on 488 acres• District I, 700 or more acresJimmy Webb, Calhoun County6,728 pounds on 897 acres• District II, 300-699 acresRick LaGuardia, Miller County6,646 pounds per acre on 377 acres• District II, 700 or more acresGreg Mims, Seminole County6,628 pounds per acre on 890 acres• District III, 300-699 acresHulin Reeves Jr., Ben Hill County6,328 pounds per acre on 487 acres• District III, 700 or more acresKen Hall Farms, Inc., Worth County4,905 pounds per acre on 1,082 acres• District IV, 300-699 acresChip Dorminy, Irwin County5,874 pounds per acre on 436 acres• District IV, 700 or more acresWayne Sayer, Irwin County4,926 pounds per acre on 1,129 acresFor more information on peanut research from UGA Extension, go to extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgRavens lose DT Brockers, who returns to Rams for 3-year dealUNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens won’t have Michael Brockers on their retooled defensive line after all, and now he’s headed back to Los Angeles. Baltimore reached agreement on a three-year contract with the Rams free agent last week but the deal was never sealed in part because Brockers could not take a physical at the team’s training facility due to restrictions by the NFL regarding the coronavirus.The Ravens had concerns over a lingering ankle sprain after Brockers had a physical administered by two independent doctors. Baltimore and Brockers ultimately failed to reach an agreement on an amended contract.In other NFL news:— The Detroit Lions have agreed to a contract with linebacker Reggie Ragland, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Ragland started 32 games over the past three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He played 14 games last season for the Super Bowl champions, making seven starts. He had two sacks. — People familiar with the agreement tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball players have agreed to a deal that would preserve service time if the season is canceled because of the coronavirus. The agreement between MLB and the union gives management the right to cut the amateur draft in both 2020 and 2021. The person said management will advance $170 million to players in two stages. Opening day originally was to have been yesterday but has been pushed back to mid-May at the earliest because of the virus pandemic.— The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club. Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit. The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.— The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus. The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week. Tests stopped today and will resume on April 6.— Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich), his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros, about $1.1 million, to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia. Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.NFL-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAthletes who qualified for Tokyo Games are in for 2021UNDATED (AP) — There’s good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021. Associated Press — Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week. Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Other Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.— ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke has tested positive for the coronavirus. Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast. Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert had tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date and fought through her symptoms to work that night. She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday.  — Santa Anita has stopped live racing because of the coronavirus after receiving instructions from the Los Angeles County Health Department. The track in Arcadia, California, was preparing to run eight races when the cancellation was announced. It’s not immediately known when racing will be allowed to resume. The Santa Anita Derby won’t be run on April 4 as scheduled. It’s the major West Coast prep for the Kentucky Derby, which itself has been pushed back from May 2 to Sept. 5.— Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has joined the field for IndyCar’s inaugural online race as he contemplates driving in that series following his retirement from full-time stock car racing. IndyCar has followed NASCAR, IMSA and Formula One in setting up a virtual racing series to give fans content during the coronavirus pandemic that brought sports to a halt. IndyCar’s first race is Saturday and Johnson is the 26th driver to enter.— Commissioner Roger Goodell has told NFL teams that the draft will go on as originally scheduled next month. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell said the draft will still take place April 23-25, but will be scaled down and “televised in a way that reflects current conditions.” It was originally planned as a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams were told to plan “to conduct draft operations in a location outside of your facility, with a limited number of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to allow you to communicate internally, with other clubs, and with draft headquarters.” The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Hammonds averaged 12.9 points while leading the Bulldogs with 7.4 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in scoring, behind freshman Anthony Edwards, who also has entered the draft.While Edwards could be the top pick in the draft, Hammonds’ draft outlook is far less certain. When announcing his plans on his Twitter account on Friday, Hammonds said he is protecting his option to return for his senior season.DAVIS LOVE-HOUSE FIREHouse of Davis Love III destroyed by early morning fireST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia home of Hall of Fame golfer Davis Love III has been destroyed by fire. Love, a former PGA champion and two-time Ryder Cup captain, is one of the most prominent figures at Sea Island. It’s part of the “Golden Isles” about 40 miles north of the Florida state line. Love runs a PGA Tour event at Sea Island Golf Club, and the area is home to several PGA Tour players.Glynn County Fire Chief R.K. Jordan says the emergency call was placed from the horse barn at Love’s house at 5:18 a.m. Friday and fire units were on the scene in five minutes. He said the Fire Department deployed 16 firefighters for the two-story home that was fully engulfed. Jordan said the caller reported the fire started in the garage, though that’s under investigation.No one from Love’s family was injured.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 27, 2020 — The Minnesota Vikings re-signed two more of their own free agents, with new contracts for running back Ameer Abdullah and center Brett Jones. Abdullah has been the primary kickoff returner since being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Lions in 2018. He also carved out a niche on coverage units last season. Abdullah had 203 yards from scrimmage with one receiving touchdown in a reserve role. Jones joined the Vikings in a trade with the New York Giants in 2018. He’s the second backup offensive lineman to re-up with the team this spring, joining tackle Rashod Hill.— Terry Tausch, an All-American offensive lineman at Texas and eight-year NFL veteran who played for the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers, has died. He was 61. The Longhorns announced that Tausch died Wednesday night at his home in Plano, Texas. His older brother, Gary Tausch, told San Antonio TV station KENS that the death was “sudden.” Tausch was a second-round draft pick by the Vikings in 1982, playing seven seasons for them. He was their starting right guard for five years, until joining the 49ers in 1989 in what was his final NFL season. It ended with a Super Bowl ring.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGIA-HAMMONDS-NBAGeorgia’s Hammonds entering NBA draft, protects eligibilityATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia junior forward Rayshaun Hammonds says he is entering the NBA draft while protecting his college eligibility. Update on the latest sports Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled games next year. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe.Still to be determined is how the rest of the spots at the rescheduled games will be allocated. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures.The date of the next world track championships is in limbo until the International Olympic Committee decides on a new schedule for the postponed Tokyo Games. Sebastian Coe, the Olympic great who is now president of World Athletics, said Friday there are plenty of options for rescheduling next year’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon, but at the moment they all depend on the IOC.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to vote on Monday whether to provide another year of eligibility to spring sport athletes. That includes sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse. Those players had their seasons wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Providing similar relief to winter sport athletes, such as basketball and hockey players and wrestlers, will also be considered. There does not appear to be support for that.last_img read more

Sumner Court Docket: Nov. 12, 2014 report (part 1)

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.—————Lars Bergman, born in 1985, of South Haven was charged with five counts of criminal use of a financial card, a Class A misdemeanor.Bergman is accused on August 4, 2014 of ordering and paying for $41.99 worth of pizza from Pizza Hut while at another man’s apartment with a stolen debit card. He then allegedly used the same debit card to purchase pizza again from Pizza Hut on August 5 at another apartment for $58.99.On August 11, he used the same debit card to order $84.70 worth of pizza from Pizza Hut at another apartment. On August 13, he ordered $47.08 worth of pizza from the second person’s residence.Bergman is also accused of taking a Toshiba laptop computer.Bergman’s case has been continued to Nov. 13.—————Sherry Lynn Howard of Wellington was charged with driving under the influence, the third offense in a lifetime. She had been convicted in Oxford Municipal Court in January, 2008 and Sedgwick County District Court in May, 2009.On Oct. 4, she was also charged with transporting an open container, an unclassified misdemeanor; refusal of PBT, a traffic infraction; and failing to maintain one lane, a traffic infraction on Oct. 4.Howard’s case has been continued to Nov. 13.—————Curtis Callaway, born in 1984, of Wellington was charged with burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony; and theft, a level 9 felony.Callaway is accused on July 25 at around 2:30 to 3 a.m. of entering a residence at 306 W. 12th in Wellington on July 25 and stealing several items including guns and checks.He allegedly took a leather wallet containing $140 in cash, a drivers’ license, a social security card, a Remington .22 pump hexagon barrel rifle, Marlin 30/30 level action rifle, Remington 12 gauge pump shotgun, Winchester 12 gauge pump shotgun, Remington 12 gauge automatic shot gun, ammunition, two rifle scopes, Security State checkbook, Impact Bank checkbook, sheets, bed spread, Trac phones and bowling pins (see related story here). http://www.sumnernewscow.com/pearson-charged-with-2-felonies-of-burglary-of-elderly-man-callaway-at-large/—————Nicholas Ralph, born in 1993, of Derby was charged with burglary of vehicle, a level 9 felony; theft, a level 9 felony; burglary of a non dwelling, a level 7 felony; attempted theft, a level 10 felony; and theft, a Class A misdemeanor.Ralph and Corey Grove, born in 1974, of Rose Hill are accused on July 7, 2014 between 4 and 8 a.m. of breaking into a white GMC truck at 590 N. Rock Road and stealing various tools while the owner was doing fieldwork in a nearby field and placing the tools in a trailer pulled behind a camouflage colored 4-wheeler. He also allegedly siphoned gasoline from the gas tank.Then later at a barn located at 770 N. Greenwich Road in Belle Plaine, Grove and Ralph are accused of stealing a 4-wheeler. The owner allegedly discovered Grove inside the barn, who had started his yellow Honda ATV without his permission. Allegedly, Grove and Ralph were going to steal the ATV so their friend would have one to drive since the one he had been driving had a flat tire.Ralph and Grove were charged with attempted theft because they allegedly was intending to steal the yellow ATV but because the owner had arrived before getting away, they left it behind.On the same night, Ralph an Grove are accused of stealing electrical wiring, sockets, and brass plumbing fitting from a residence at 480 N. Rock. He allegedly placed items in a trailer which they hid in some brush as daylight approached.——————Derek Hurley, born in 1995, of Newkirk, Okla. pled guilty to theft,  a level 9 felony.Hurley was accused on Nov. 1, 2013 of stealing a car off the street near 202 S. Jefferson in Wellington between 9 and 10:40 a.m. He broke out a window of a 1990 Dodge Shadow to gain entry into the car.Then on Nov. 6, 2013 in the early morning hours he stole a 2005 White Chevy Silverado pickup at 1107 N. Jefferson.On Nov. 9, 2013, he allegedly stole a 2003 Dodge Dakota Quadcab pickup from 310 W. 4th. He then allegedly attempted to elude officers after allegedly stealing a Silverado pickup. Hurley was sentenced to 16 months in prison for the offense.—————Edwood Osborne was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Osborne’s case has been continued to Nov. 20.—————Nathan Rowe, born in 1992, of Wellington was charged with domestic battery, a felony – third offense; and violation of protective order, a Class A misdemeanor.Rowe was convicted in Wellington Municipal Court of domestic battery on Feb. 19 and Aug. 6, 2014, and was given credit for 12 days in jail and placed on probation for one year with special conditions including counseling and no contact with a specific woman. He is accused on August 19 of approaching the woman, who was staying with her brother. Upon arrival, the woman was outside and Rowe allegedly came by and started talking to her even though his probation officer said he was not authorized to do so.Allegedly, they started arguing and he threatened to “choke her out.” This scared her and she punched him and tried to run away but she fell and Rowe allegedly caught her and started choking her. The woman’s brother allegedly her the commotion and yelled at Rowe who then allegedly ran away.—————John Quincy Ramsey, born in 1986, of Caldwell was charged with violation of protective order, a Class A misdemeanor; and criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor.Ramsey is accused on Oct. 10 of violating a protection from stalking order which prohibited Ramsey from having contact with a specific woman. He allegedly violated the order by going to the residence in Caldwell and speaking directly to her. He is also accused of not immediately leaving when the woman told him to do so and instead persisted in trying to convince her to drop the restraining order previously issued against him.Ramsey’s court case has been continued to Nov. 20 at 9 a.m.—————Kevin Weaver of Wellington was charged with driving under the influence – his third offense in a lifetime, a felony. He had previously been convicted of a DUI Diversion in Hays Municipal Court in July 2002 and Wellington Municipal Court in November, 2011.He was also charged with refusing to submit to a preliminary screening test of breath for alcohol concentration on Oct. 12, 2014.Weaver’s court case has been continued to Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m.—————James Gressel, born in 1993, of Wellington was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Gressel is accused on Oct. 16, 2014, of taking a 2015 vehicle registration decal sticker from his neighbor’s car at 115 E. 19th in Wellington and putting it on his girlfriend’s car because he knew her sticker had expired. He is also accused of having a clear plastic bag containing a white residue and a flashlight containing more white residue in the battery compartment which tested positive for methamphetamine.Gressel’s case has been continued to Nov. 20—————Season Amos, born in 1979, of Wichita was charged with criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor; interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor; and obstructing apprehension or prosecution of a felon, a level 8 felonyAmos is accused on Oct. 18, 2014 of unlawfully entering a residence knowingly she was not authorized or privileged to do so after the person who was living there was preparing to move out. According to the complaint she was with Curtis Callaway at the time.After an officer responded to a report that two people had entered the residence without permission, Amos allegedly told the officer that she was the only one in the residence although she knew Calloway was hiding in another room.Amos’ case has been continued to Dec. 4.—————Claude Hale, born in 1972, of Mayfield was charged with giving a worthless check, a Class A misdemeanor.According to a sworn affidavit, Eric Johnson, owner of Bathtub Man, LLC in Maize, on July 23, said Hale of Prestige Homes, Inc. presented a check to Johnson for services including bathtub repair and other refinishings at his residence at 732 S. Chikaskia Road in Mayfield. When he deposited the check it was returned unpaid due to insufficient funds.On Aug. 4, at about 9:34 a.m., Johnson sent a text message to Hale and asked to contact him. Hale told him he could send a cashier’s check, but allegedly never did. After several inquiries, the case was handed over to the county attorney’s office.—————Travis Deakins, born in 1982, of Wellington was charged with driving while revoked as habitual violator, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a level 5 drug felony- second offense; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Deakins is accused on Oct. 12 of driving a green Ford Explorer on 15th Street and U.S. 81 in Wellington when his driving privileges were revoked as a habitual violator for three years starting on Feb. 3, 2012. He also allegedly had a baggy of marijuana and a glass smoking pipe in his coat pocket.Deakins case has been continued to Nov. 13.—————Timothy Schreffler, born in 1995, of Mulvane and Evan Tillison, born in 1995, of Wichita were charged with burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony; and conspiracy to commit burglary of a dwelling, a level 9 felony.Schreffler and Tillison are accused of committing a theft at a residence at 408 S. Central in Mulvane. Tillison is accused of entering the house through an open window and Schreffler handed him a baseball bat through the open window to use as a tool for protection to facilitate stealing from the house.Schreffler’s case has been continued to Nov. 13.  Tillison’s case has been continued to Nov. 20.—————Corey Troutman, born in 1991, of Wellington was charged with furnishing alcohol to minor, a Class B misdemeanor on Nov. 27, 2013.—————Jacob Grewing, born in 1986, of Wichita was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, a Class B misdemeanor on March 8, 2014.—————William Baker, born in 1980, of Wichita was charged with making false information, a level 8 felony.Baker is accused of filling out a signed W-9 form using a the false name of another person and a false social security number to avoid reporting a $7,000 win on his income taxes.—————Michael Lee, born in 1969, of Wichita was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; criminal trespass, a Class B misdemeanor; assault of law enforcement officer, a Class A misdemeanor; and interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.Lee is accused on Oct. 26 at the Kansas Star Casino of using loud, angry profanity and threats at the dice table when he was asked not to do so. He then allegedly would not leave when asked to do so. He then was accused of showing disrespect for the security officer’s badge and threatening him with bodily harm as Lee stepped toward him.He then allegedly resisted physical arrest before getting handcuffed.Lee pled guilty on Nov. 6 to interference with a law enforcement officer.—————Julie McKamie, born in 1982, of Orchard Lee Summit, Mo. was charged with expired tag, a misdemeanor; driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; no insurance, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.On October 29 on U.S. 81 near Mulvane, McKamie is accused of driving with no tag, insurance or driver’s license. When also allegedly had a glass methamphetamine pipe inside a multicolored bag in the backseat of the vehicle she was driving.McKamie’s case has been continued to Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

Zambia calls off soccer friendly with South Africa after xenophobic attacks

first_imgZambia’s national team has called off a friendly in South AfricaSouth Africa vows crackdown on xenophobic attacks after five dieJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Zambia has cancelled an international friendly football match which was slated for Lusaka next weekend against South Africa after recent xenophobic attacks.“This is because of the security concerns, you never know what can happen,” Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) secretary general Adrian Kashala, told AFP. “We want to be sure of the security of (the) visiting team”.Five people have been killed in a surge of xenophobic violence in South Africa, police said on Tuesday, as President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to clamp down and the African Union, Nigeria and Zambia condemned the attacks.Hordes of people — some armed with axes and machetes — gathered in Johannesburg’s central business district for a third day of unrest directed against foreigners, hours after mobs burned and looted shops in the township of Alexandra, prompting police to fire rubber bullets to disperse them.Five deaths — most of them South Africans — have been reported, police said, adding that 189 people had been arrested.In a video address broadcast on Twitter, Ramaphosa said attacks on businesses run by “foreign nationals is something totally unacceptable, something that we cannot allow to happen in South Africa.”“I want it to stop immediately,” said Ramaphosa, adding that the violence had “no justification.”Sporadic violence against foreign-owned stores and enterprises has a long history in South Africa, where many locals blame immigrants for high unemployment.The country is a major destination for economic migrants from neighbouring Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Others come from much farther away, including South Asia and Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.Gavin Booldchand, who lives in Coronationville, a low income suburb west of Johannesburg, said he witnessed one of the killings on Tuesday, which was blamed on a Pakistani store owner.“The owner of the shop shot him straight into the face,” Booldchand told AFP. “He didn’t have to shoot the guy like that you know.“People are taking our jobs and stuff (and) it is our country after all.”This week’s assaults appear on a greater scale than in the past, although the full details remain unclear.“They burned everything,” Bangladeshi shop owner Kamrul Hasan, 27, told AFP in Alexandra, adding that his shop gets attacked every three to six months.“All my money is gone. If the (South African) government pays for my plane ticket, I will go back to Bangladesh,” he said.The violence and looting of shops occurred in Johannesburg and surrounding areas.Similar incidents occurred in the capital Pretoria on Monday, when local media reported shacks and shops burning in the Marabastad — a central business area largely populated by economic migrants.– Nigerian anger – The attacks on foreign stores began a day after South African truckers started a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest against the employment of foreign drivers. They blocked roads and torched foreign-driven vehicles mainly in the southwestern KwaZulu-Natal province.Deputy President David Mabuza condemned all attacks on foreign nationals.“We are a nation founded on the values of ubuntu (humanity) as espoused by our founding father, President Nelson Mandela… we should always resist the temptation of being overwhelmed by hatred,” he said in Cape Town on Tuesday.– Sickly economy –The violence erupted ahead of a meeting of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, where hundreds of political and business leaders will gather for three days from Wednesday.David Makhura, the premier of Johannesburg’s Gauteng province, said rioting was not a solution.“This issue can be dealt with without resorting to xenophobia,” Makhura told reporters. “There is no country that does not have foreign nationals.”Opposition parties pinned the blame on the ruling African National Congress.“South Africans are scared and lack real hope for the future,” said Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s official opposition. “We are seeing economic and social collapse in action.”Ramaphosa took office after elections in May that he won on a platform of reviving the country’s economy and boost employment.But in July, the national statistics office said joblessness had reached 29 percent — the highest since the country’s quarterly labour force survey was introduced 11 years earlier.Share on: WhatsApp Nigeria summoned its South African ambassador to express “displeasure over the treatment of her citizens” and said it would dispatch a special envoy.Several Nigerians used social media to call for a boycott of South African companies, including telecoms provider MTN, satellite television service DSTV and retailer Shoprite.Separately, African Union chairperson Moussa Faki condemned the violence “in the strongest terms” but said he was encouraged “by arrests already made by the South African authorities”.last_img read more

2013 Thurston County Fair Volunteers Needed

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Volunteers are needed to help Fair visitors recycle and compost food scraps.Adults and youth looking for volunteer hours can be part of the Thurston County Fair this July 31 to Sunday, August 4. Thurston County Solid Waste needs volunteers to help visitors at recycling and waste stations by the food court. This is a great project for scouts, church groups, and service organizations.Sign up for a three-hour shift and you plus one guest receive FREE Fair admission and a parking pass for the day of your shift.Volunteers don’t need any experience or special training. People volunteer because they interested in helping people, our environment, and want to be part of the Fair. Solid Waste staff will give you all the instructions you need for your shift. To help out at the Fair, visit Thurston County Solid Waste  and click on “Volunteers” or contact Brian Stafki at (360) 867-2284.For more information about the Thurston County Fair and other events, visit their website.Sincerely, Brian Brian Stafki, M.Ed.EducatorThurston County Public Works, Solid Waste Div.867-2284Olympia, WAlast_img read more

Balfour, Granite host tournament week

first_imgIt’s tournament week at the Granite Pointe at Nelson and Balfour Golf Courses.Balfour tees off on the week by hosting the annual Senior Men’s Open Wednesday at the Les Furber designed course.The 18-hole tournament attracts players from throughout the Kootenays.The scene remains in Balfour for Ladies Open Thursday.Once again players from around the regions will be in Balfour for the 18-hole tourney.The scene shifts to Granite Pointe for the 2011 Selkirk Paving Labour Day Open.This event is broken into three separate tournaments — men’s, seniors and ladies — all played at the same time.The men’s tournament, beginning Saturday, is a 36-hole event while the seniors and ladies play 18 [email protected]last_img

HEAVILY FAVORED COLLECTED GETS MONEY IN GRADE III, $100,000 SHAM STAKES; BAFFERT TRAINEE, RIDDEN BY GARCIA, WINS BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AND GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:38.00

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2016)–Breaking from the far outside going a flat mile in a field of eight 3-year-olds, heavily favored Collected pressed the early pace and took command leaving the furlong pole en route to a length and a quarter win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, the Kentucky-bred colt by City Zip got the distance in 1:38 and picked up 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points in the process.A first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Oct. 12, Collected came off a close second in the Grade III, one mile turf Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29 and was thus trying the main track for the first time in the Sham, an important prep to the Grade I,      $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.“I was surprised everyone was gunning early,” said Baffert. “I knew the post was going to be tough on him. He really had to work a little extra hard on the outside like that…but he responded the way you want him to respond. He kept on digging away at it.“I think this race will do him some good…He’s a very fast horse and there’s something about him in the mornings that really encouraged me that he’s going to be a runner.Off at 3-2, Collected paid $5.00, $3.60 and $3.00.             .“I was full of horse on the backstretch,” said Garcia. “I knew I never wanted to be in behind horses, I just wanted him to flow. Everybody decided to send (from the gate), so I took advantage of that. He was a little wide, but I took him back a little after the first turn and he let me do whatever I wanted. When I asked him, he took off.”Owned by Peter Fluor’s Speedway Stable, LLC, Collected picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $111,200.Baffert also saddled the runner-up, Let’s Meet in Rio, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux and rallied from far back to for the place while surviving a stewards inquiry into a minor bumping incident at the top of the lane. Off at 5-1, he paid $5.00 and $4.00.“He was just getting his motor running there at the sixteenth pole,” said Desormeaux. “I think he’ll relish more ground, and that’s encouraging.”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Laoban rallied four-wide around the far turn and finished third, one length in front of Found Money. Off at 10-1, Laoban paid $6.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.29, 47.18, 1:11.92 and 1:24.56.The second, third and fourth place finishers received four, two and one Kentucky Derby qualifying point(s).Dressed in Hermes, who was the second choice on the original morning line at 7-2, was scratched earlier today due to a fever.The Sham, run as Santa Anita’s sixth race, was the first of two graded stakes on a nine-race card. The Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes is slated as the eighth race.last_img read more

SA, Cuba sign agreement to boost trade

first_imgSouth Africa’s minister of trade and industry, Rob Davies, and Cuba’s ambassador to South Africa, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, have signed amendments to the Agreement on Economic Assistance in Pretoria. The agreement aims to stimulate bilateral trade.This follows President Jacob Zuma’s 2010 state visit to Cuba, where he announced a R350-million economic assistance package to the country.The multi-million rand economic assistance package is to assist with agricultural development and infrastructure reconstruction following devastating hurricanes in the country in 2008.Davies said R40-million from the package would be granted to buy seeds; “R5- million is for purchase of seeds in South Africa, and the remaining R35-million for purchase of seeds either in South Africa or elsewhere in the world.’He added that R100-million was allocated for purchasing goods on the South African market and R210-million was toward the credit line.The credit line entails a first tranche of R70-million to be made available immediately upon the agreement being implemented. The second tranche, R140- million, is available after the repayment of the initial R70-million.In 2012 Davies signed the Agreement on Economic Assistance on behalf of South Africa with the former Cuban ambassador to South Africa, Angel Villa. Parliament ratified and finalised the agreement later that year.He said the implementation of the agreement had been delayed by the withdrawal of the Industrial Development Corporation as a facility agent, among other reasons.“This meant that a new facility agent had to be found, and the DTI is pleased that Dirco [Department of International Relations and Cooperation] – through the African Renaissance Fund – agreed to act as the new facility agent.“The DTI and other government departments such as the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the National Treasury as part of a steering committee will continue to provide support to Dirco,’ said Davies.Davies added that the agreement required some amendments to make it more exporter-friendly.The amendments take into account concerns raised by potential exporters over payment procedures, to ensure that small- and medium-term enterprises also benefit by reducing the minimum amount for transactions to R100 000, from R2.5-million.“The exporters wanted to have some guarantee of payment prior to goods being shipped to Cuba,’ Davies said.Davies added that the agreement would be mutually beneficial to the two countries. He said, “We hope this will be a catalyst for strengthening commercial relations generally.’Trade has increased from R27.7-million in 2009 to R63-million in 2013 between the two countries.De Cossio said Cuba was pleased that relations with South Africa had reached this point.“We are doing so in the context of the year in which we celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries.’South Africa would rank third in terms of Cuba’s trade partners in Africa, after Algeria and Angola.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Drug rehab centre opens in Soweto

first_imgA sign hangs over the front door of the new government drug rehabilitation centre in Soweto: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.”The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital is the 3rd largest hospital in the world, occupying around 173 acres, with approximately 3 200 beds and about 6 760 staff members. (Image: Flickr)A sign hangs over the front door of the new government drug rehabilitation centre in Soweto: “To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.”The interior is crowded with bare doors leading to different rooms filled with necessities – play area, kitchen and neatly made beds – while posters detailing the effects of drugs on the body hang on the freshly painted cream walls.Situated at the back of the busy Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, in what was known as the old Cerebral Palsy Clinic, it is hard to imagine that 20 or so youth live in this small centre. But they do so without complaint because it is the only place left where they can find hope.Sitting quietly, the patients – who are mostly in their twenties – play board games with their counsellors. The mood is light and there is laughter. The Substance Abuse Treatment Centre is run by the government and offers free help to alcoholics and drug addicts who want to end their addictions.The facility caters for over 18-year-old adults and is the first of its kind in Soweto. It administers in-patient treatment services, after-care services and referrals to outpatient clinics, as well as community-based services for youth, mostly from the south of Johannesburg.Place of safety“This is a place of safety and we really hope that they will feel at home and that they will look forward to being detoxified. We hope they become skilled so that when they look back they say this is where we came from and this is where we are today,” Gauteng MEC for social development Faith Mazibuko said after touring the newly opened facility on Friday, 15 May.The patients took the opportunity to thank Mazibuko for the state’s efforts to help them get their lives back on track. “Thank you for this facility; we needed this facility. We needed this for a second chance in life,” said one patient.Most of them said that after their time in the centre they wanted to return to their communities and teach other youth about the dangers of using drugs. Others, who had dropped out of school and college, wanted to go back and finish their studies.“I have always wanted to be an engineer since it is a scarce skill in the country right now – I want to get cleaned up and go back,” said another patient.Mazibuko said all members of society were affected by the monster of drug addiction, directly or indirectly. “You either know someone who has been affected within your circles or you are the victim of this terrible activity. Families have been dismantled, jobs and lives have been lost, and careers have been shoved down the drain all in the name of succumbing to the next fix.”Counselling and treatmentThe centre is staffed by doctors and social workers, and patients are counselled daily. “We offer hope to them,” explained one of the social workers.Mazibuko hoped the centre would help to address a number of challenges, such as the high crime rate, which had been linked to drug abuse. It was especially welcome as private centres were expensive.“As [the] government, we felt that we needed to play an important role in ensuring that all those who have been ravaged by these terrible things happening in our society – they can at least get into a place where they will receive stimulation, detoxification and proper treatment.”She acknowledged that despite rehabilitation, most youth relapsed started using drugs again, but hoped the new centre would be beneficial. “Drugs will totally come out of their system and they won’t be on edge for looking for a fix. They will be better people and better citizens in Gauteng,” she said, adding that this would be achieved through the creation of halfway centres across the province.They would offer skills development, which would help to empower the addicts.Sanca referralsBecause the Substance Abuse Treatment Centre is small, local drug committees, which run drug awareness campaigns, help to identify people who urgently need rehabilitation. They can also be referred by non-profit groups such as Sanca, the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.Speaking about the time it took to open such rehab facility in Soweto, Mazibuko said: “After the development of the drug master plan, which was developed after the pleas from Eldorado Park residents, it then became obvious that we as government had to find a way for it to be implementable.”Gauteng has two other rehab centres – one in Cullinan and another in Magaliesburg. Mazibuko hoped to open more centres in Sebokeng, Ekurhuleni and Bronkhorstpruit.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materialSource: SAnews.govlast_img read more