Submitted by the Office Bar and GrillLocated on Mottman Road, The Office Bar and Grill is a popular gathering spot.What’s halfway between Seattle and the sandy beaches of Washington, with no swimming but a free Sunday pool? It’s Tumwater’s Office Bar and Grill. If you are looking forward to some summer fun, you can drive 65 miles (from Seattle), take a break at The Office for a delicious Burger and a quick game of pool, then travel another 65 miles to the vacation beach of your choice. In Olympia, take the Mottman Blvd exit off 101, cross the freeway and turn south on Mottman Blvd. The Office is located in the first block, across from South Puget Sound Community College.Westport is one of the closest Pacific Ocean beaches to Seattle and a favorite of local surfers, with lots of great hotel rooms and vacation rentals available. The beach is a wide, long stretch of sand that’s perfect for strolling. On a cold day you can build a beach fire with the abundant drift wood and settle in with a bottle of local vintage and some fresh fish. This area is known for tasty crab, tuna, salmon, prawns, and oysters. Have fun and see you at the beach! Facebook4Tweet0Pin0
MANCHESTER, England (AP):Amid the buzz about surprise leader Leicester and the stuttering challenges of Arsenal and Manchester City, another title contender in the English Premier League (EPL) has been working pretty much in the shadows.Not anymore.For the first time in a generation, Tottenham are real factors in the title race, and are showing the kind of form that could see the club rid itself of the underachievers tag that has followed it around for years.The team from north London has climbed into second place, ahead of neighbours Arsenal on goal difference, and five points behind Leicester, with 13 matches left. Not since 1985 have Spurs been this high in the standings this late in the season, as they look to capture a first League title since 1961.This weekend could be pivotal, with the top four facing off. Leicester are away to Arsenal, and Spurs are at fourth-place to City.City have won the last five home meetings with Tottenham, racking up 10 goals in the past two fixtures. There’s a feeling it could be different this time.There are positives all over the field for Mauricio Pochettino. His defence has conceded fewer goals than any other team this season; Eric Dier has been converted from a defender into a powerful holding midfielder; previously inconsistent attacking midfielders Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, and Mousa Dembele are delivering consistently effective performances; Dele Alli, in the No. 10 role, is arguably the hottest young prospect in English football; and striker Harry Kane is the third best scorer in the league.With just three losses, Tottenham could have too much energy for an aging, injury-hit City side that was blown away last weekend by Leicester – another team filled with hard-running players. City lost to Spurs 4-1 at White Hart Lane in September.A problem for Spurs could be fixture congestion, with the team set to resume its Europa League campaign next week – over two legs against Fiorentina in the last 32 – and was still in the FA Cup. Progress deep in those competitions, and Pochettino’s players could be burnt out before the end of the season.Leicester, meanwhile, just has the Premier League to focus on.MAN CITY’S INJURIESCity’s star-studded midfield is beset with injuries at just the wrong time.Star playmaker David Silva hurt his ankle against Leicester and joins an injury list that already includes attacking midfielders Kevin De Bruyne, Jes?s Navas, and Samir Nasri.Silva have had ongoing problems with his ankle, which must be a worry for City given the congested fixture schedule that includes a League Cup final against Liverpool and the Champion League last 16.PRESSURE ON LEICESTERNow the world has finally recognised Leicester as legitimate title contenders, the team has to deal with the pressure of expectation.Star striker Jamie Vardy doesn’t see it as a problem.”We’re just enjoying the ride,” Vardy said. “If you start thinking about it too much it’s going to affect you, it’s as simple as that. We’ll just continue to do exactly the same thing we’ve done all season.”One of the few things Leicester would change was its result against Arsenal in its first meeting this season. Arsenal won 5-2 at King Power Stadium, one of just two defeats for Leicester in this campaign.
Natalie Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility for sport, lauded the American International School of Kingston’s contribution to Brand Jamaica through sports tourism ahead of their sixth annual SportsFeva tournament. The competition will see four international schools and an international party of 90 – 64 students and more than 20 coaches – travel to the island for the February 26 – March 6 showpiece. SportsFeva 2016 will feature local and international students from Jamaica, Aruba, The Bahamas, Cayman, and Curacao. They will compete in the under-10 to under-17 age groups. Overall, 20 schools and 300 students will compete this year. Tennis, clay shooting, football, and a new game component feature – GameFeva – will feature the FIFA 2016 tournament and other games. “Your involvement in tennis, in clay (shooting), and football will make this year’s staging even more exciting. We look forward to this going on for many years to come. On behalf of the prime minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller, the Government, and the people of Jamaica, we welcome you, and we wish you every success in this year’s staging,” Neita-Headley said via video recording at yesterday’s launch at the school’s College Green Avenue- based campus. Shirley Davis, AISK’s head of school, said: “It’s one thing to have an annual event of this kind, but it’s another thing when it consistently grows. When AISK started SportsFeva, we had no idea that it would grow this fast or this quickly.” The tournament will see SoccerFeva feature 125 athletes on Friday and Saturday (February 26-27), while TennisFeva will host the biggest contingent of 168 students in the under-10, under-12 and under-17 age groups. ClayFeva will then climax the tournament on Sunday, March 6, with 73 athletes from junior A, B, and C; subjunior A and B; and girls A and B categories at the Skeet Shooting Club in Portmore, St Catherine. Bradley Ransom, AISK’s director of athletics, said SportsFeva “is pretty impressive for a small, non-commercial sporting event”. Flow, with a $1.5 million contribution, is the title sponsor, while patron sponsors are Stewarts Automotive Group, Ocean Splash, Gatorade, and Sagicor Bank. Product sponsors include Pizza Hut, Reggae Jammin, Watts New, Cafe Blue, National Outdoor Advertising, Manpower and Maintenance Limited, and Ranger Security.
…similar expo hosted in Region 2The Leonora Track and Field Centre was set abuzz on Saturday as patrons from near and far came out to support the Regional Agricultural and Commercial Exhibition (RACE) fair, an initiative that was organised by the Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) administration in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Customised cookies and other delights by Delight Treats at the Region 3 fairThe Exhibition featured approximately 60 booths showcasing a wide variety of both public and Private Sector entities from the region, which showcased their products and services. This ranged from locally manufactured Guyanese foodstuff, handcrafted items and agricultural and commercial equipment.However, great emphasis was also placed on the local food enterprises which featured new businesses such as the famous ‘doubles’ stand, bottled coconut water, herb sauces, plantain chips and decorative takes on cakes for all occasions; and the craft sector that shone with creative outputs of copper jewellery, floral arrangements, hand-painted fabrications and woodworking.Various sectors attached to the Agriculture Ministry also established their respective booths which comprised mainly of plants and animals that were the central attraction for children of all ages. Persons were also briefed on the work done in animal rearing.Many of these small-scale manufacturers related that this is a great way of promoting their business so as to expand their distribution scope while competing with the more prominent businesses that Guyanese are more au fait with.One such business is Delight Treats, an innovative catering service which specialises in customised party treats such as cupcakes, cakes and cookies.Owner of the trade, Otimaly Black, highlighted that this initiative will benefit her in a tremendous way since new customers are established.“One of the problems that I’ve had is that a lot of people over here (Region Three) don’t know that I do cookies so when I heard about it, I just jumped in right away so that I can get more exposure. People can also be able to see the things that I do,” Black explained.Jets, a popular enterprise which specialises in juices, honey and concentrates, related that their sales will also be boosted since many patrons of the fair were interested in the products that they feature.“We have a lot of products, a popular one being the mauby concentrate but we’ve moved towards honey and fruit juices which have become popular,” the exhibitor stated.One of the organisers who shared his remarks noted that despite the heavy downpours throughout the day, persons came out in their large numbers to partake in the events and gained an opportunity to increase their knowledge on the products which their region produces.“We’ve been wanting to do this for quite some time now and the response has been great, not only from the exhibitors but from the public. Hopefully, this will not be the last and there will be more to come where people can get to showcase their products,” he stated. The event concluded in the evening with a cultural programme, which was attended by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, as well as the exhibitors and spectators.Meanwhile, a similar fair was hosted in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) over the weekend.The two-day expo is being hosted by the Essequibo Chamber of Commerce (ECC) under the theme “Essequibo means business” and saw over 80 booths also occupied by predominantly local businesses, exhibiting products and services.This is the region’s way of promoting what it have to offer in the agricultural and commercial sectors, while providing a stage for producers to exhibit their unique creations and skills.
By Brandon CorletteGuyana is known as a cricketing nation, but basketball is on the rise. The life of Kevon Adrian Wiggins is a story to all basketball lovers. He is carrying Guyana’s basketball to great places. At the tender age of 17 representing your country in your given sport suggests that you are a young legend.Kevon Wiggins in action during a game for GuyanaThis young legend was born on October 19, 2000 in New Amsterdam, Guyana, but grew up in Rose Hall Town. Wiggins fell in love with basketball at age 13. During that time, his father played for the Rose Hall Town Jammers at the Area H Ground, Rose Hall Town.Speaking to Guyana Times Sport exclusively, Wiggins related he achieved a rare feat: playing for Guyana’s junior and senior basketball teams in the year 2018. Though Wiggins has migrated to the United States of America, he continues to be patriotic, travelling home to represent Guyana in various basketball tournaments. “The most successful game of my career was against Alfred E Smith High School in the Bronx, I scored a breathtaking 34 points, I shot 6-8 from the three-point line,” Wiggins told this reporter.In the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16 Championships, which was played in Guyana, Wiggins had an outstanding average of 15.2 points per game. His unforgettable youth tournament consisted of 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.Wiggins attended the Rose Hall Town Primary School, where he wrote the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and attained exceptional grades to attend one of Berbice’s best schools – New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary School (NAMS).Presently, Wiggins attends Evander Child’s Campus in the Bronx, New York. If you asked about Wiggins during his high school years, stories will be told about basketball. During his time at the NAMS, he dominated school basketball tournaments, scoring three pointers and dunking with ease.However, there is life after basketball; Wiggins is enjoying his basketball, but is simultaneously majoring in computer science. Wiggins told Guyana Times Sport that he is working toward his dreams of playing basketball in the National Basketball Association (NBA) or in Europe.Before it was all basketball for Wiggins, he played cricket, attending Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club Cricket Academy, but he certainly took little time to find his love – basketball. Standing at six feet, the talented shooting guard is certainly making a name for himself in the world of basketball.Wiggins is known to his classmates and teammates as an entertainer: a jovial and funny guy. Among his motivators are his parents and brother, Jaydon Wiggins, who also has a passion for the game of basketball. His favourite basketball player is Kawhi Leonard, who plays for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA.Wiggins believes that nothing is impossible, and hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.
Reviews were positive for both players, whose return undoubtedly will help stabilize a team that has lost 12 of its past 15 games. Whether Odom will be an attacker or a player who protecting his left shoulder, however, remains to be seen. “I’m going to go out there and play at full throttle,” Odom said. EL SEGUNDO – As if the questions about their second six-game losing streak of the season and their 36-point drubbing by Dallas weren’t enough, the Lakers also have to wonder just what player they will be getting back this week in LamarOdom. Odom returned to the practice court Monday along with forward Luke Walton and is hopeful of playing Thursday at Denver, less than two weeks after suffering a torn labrum that likely will require surgery after the season. The Lakers won just six of 17 games after he returned from a knee injury in December; Odom averaged 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists but shot 41.7 percent. How Odom plays when he returns will likely determine whether or not the Lakers can make something out of this injury-ravaged season. Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, who ran Monday’s practice while head coach Phil Jackson went to the dentist, acknowledged Odom would be putting himself in a position to aggravate his shoulder just by trying to secure a rebound. “You put that shoulder in a situation where you’re reaching back and somebody grabs it, you know it’s going to hurt,” Rambis said. “So it’s something that he’s going to have to continue to fight through and play. “We hope, like he showed today, that he can play through that and he can block it out and be aggressive, and that’s what we need from him.” Odom has been vague about the state of his shoulder, although he reported no pain after practice. Rambis said the Lakers forced Odom, who uses his left hand almost exclusively on the floor, to test his shoulder in practice by playing him at a wing spot instead of in the backcourt. “He was in rebounding, he was attacking the basket and he was getting inside,” Rambis said. “That let us know that at least at some point in time mentally, that he’s ready to go with that and ready to challenge his shoulder.” Walton, meanwhile, remained on track to return against Denver. He said he started feeling weakness in his injured right ankle only at the end of practice, after he had become fatigued from playing in three full-court games. The Lakers are 6-15 without Walton, not that he expected his return to provide any guaranteed relief from the Lakers’ collective misery; their past three losses have come by an average of 24points. “It’s not that simple,” Walton said. “We’re not playing like a team right now. Just throwing guys back in there is not going to make it happen. It’ll help, because I think Lamar and I are both very unselfish players, but we’ve got to do it as a team. NOTABLE The NBA assessed Kobe Bryant a flagrant foul type1 for an elbow he delivered to the head of Philadelphia’s Kyle Korver late in the first half of Friday’s loss. No foul was called on the play; Bryant was trying to dribble free for a shot. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
– LLOYD HOOTEN, Gardena 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Today we publish our readers’ responses to our Question of the Week. This week’s question: “Los Angeles city voters may soon get to decide whether to place a tax on property owners to fund gang-prevention programs. Would such a tax be a wise investment in public safety?” I was always under the impression that when the city budgets “X” amount of dollars for the Los Angeles Police Department to do its work, the amount of money was for fighting crime, not just salaries. Now it appears they want to tax property owners for funds to fight gang crimes. What’s next? Special assessments to fight burglaries? Arson? Kidnapping? ? Then what happens when an unfunded crime is committed? The criminals go free because that crime hasn’t been funded? I think the city needs to rethink this. – GEORGE SCHWENK, San Pedro No, they shouldn’t tax us more, but even if we turn it down or vote it down, we have a mayor in there who’s going to come in the back door on us again and throw another tax on us on our sewer or something like that – another 800 percent tax on us – because that’s all they can think of doing to help these gangbangers. – DARRELL ELLIOTT, Culver City L.A. would have the money for gang prevention if they hadn’t already given it away on a frivolous lawsuit to Tennie Pierce and lawyers. – LINDA OREFICE, Harbor City Why the homeowners? Why should only the homeowners be taxed for special programs? A homeowner, I am on a fixed income, as I am sure many others are. Times are hard. Making ends meet is rough. Please find another way to fund these programs. Leave the homeowners alone.
The Donegal Youth Orchestra with their conductor Mr Vincent Kennedy performing at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, on Saturday past as part of the 19th Festival of Youth Orchestras.Membership of the orchestra comes from throughout the County of Donegal.The orchestra played pieces by Beethoven and Bizet, as well as five movements from Mr Kennedy’s The Happy Prince Suite. A large crowd packed into the concert hall to hear the 60 members of the Donegal Youth Orchestra as well as performers from Galway, Wicklow and Tipperary.Photo: Donal GlackinDONEGAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA’S STUNNING NATIONAL CONCERT HALL PERFORMANCE was last modified: February 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal ETBdonegal youth orchestraNational Concert HallVincent Kennedy
BY MICHAEL BLACK. Following on from our first very successful URBAN GYM class, Optimal Fitness will be running another 8 weeks of URBAN GYM starting on the 9th July.URBAN GYM is a new fitness class that takes the boredom out of your regular workout. Each class includes circuit based excercies including, ab work, interval training,boxercise,cardio and most important FUN! Classes are open to everyone regardless of your fitness level or ability. You work as hard as you want to work. Shape up and get some fresh air at the same time.The training works on all key components of fitness, cardio (how much you can jog or run), strengthening (how strong your muscle strength is), flexibility (how bendy are those limbs?), endurance (how long you can maintain a particular exercise).We combine Interval and circuit training, running, abdominal work,bootcamp classes, boxercise, games and more. No two classes are the same to keep people motivated all the time.We pick the most experienced trainers so that your classes are varied, effective and fun.Urban Gym is the answer to increased energy levels, improving body strength, improved cardio fitness, losing weight, sleeping better and overall looking and feeling better and fitter. All classes are structured and delivered by a fully qualified instructor who will help you acheive whatever goal you have. Classes numbers are kept small to ensure everyone gets the attention they deserve. So what are you waiting for, call or email now as places will book up fast. For booking and more information call me, Michael Black, on 087-6603090 or firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the attached booking form and return with booking fee.Feel free to pass on this email to anyone who you think may be interested. Hopefully See you soon!!!Michael Black, Personal Trainer & Sports Coach. email email@example.com, log on to www.optimalfitness.ie or Telephone: 087-6603090.MICHAEL BLACK’S URBAN GYM KICKS OFF AGAIN was last modified: June 23rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:michael black’s urban gym letterkenny
A MOTORSPORTS photographer killed in yesterday’s rally accident in Co Cavan was a regular at the Donegal International Rally.Joe Lane, a part-time photographer from Galway who regularly contributed to motorsport publications, was well-known here.Gardai and Motorsport Ireland, which governs the sport, have launched separate investigations into the accident, which happened at around 11.10am at Monaghanoose, about a mile outside Bailieboro. Local Superintendent Gerry O’Brien said a rally car went over a hump in the road and lost control as it landed.Caroline Cleary, a navigator in the sport from Wexford who was not taking part in the Cavan Stages Rally, also died in the incident.The deaths of Ms Cleary, 30, from Tagoat, Co Wexford, and Mr Lane, 50, from Kilgoggin, Co Galway, have shocked the country’s close-knit rallying community.Many rallying fans in Donegal knew photographer Joe who was known for his “good craic and yarns” according to one who knew him. RALLY DEATH PHOTOGRAPHER WAS REGULAR AT DONEGAL EVENT was last modified: May 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:RALLY DEATH PHOTOGRAPHER WAS REGULAR AT DONEGAL EVENT