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DCMH Holding Holiday Blood Drive

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — The Decatur County Memorial Hospital will be holding a Holiday Blood Drive from 2 to 7 PM on Thursday December 8.The hospital asks anyone who is eligible to sign up to give back this holiday season.Blood donations typically slow down during the Holidays, but the need for blood doesn’t.A single pint of blood can save up to 3 lives.Anyone interested in donating blood can easily sign up for a donation appointment online at www.donorpoint.org.Walk-in donations are also welcome.last_img

Kojo Barnni wins 2017 Gold Fields PGA Championship

first_imgA teaching pro golfer at Tarkwa golf club Kojo Barnni beat West Africa’s best golfer Vincent Torgah on sudden death to win Gold Fields Ghana PGA tour held at Damang Golf Course from Wednesday, November 29 to Saturday, December 2, 2017.Both Golfers returned same score of 282 gross over four days after Vincent Torgah’s magnificent-5 performance on the final day to match the leader Kojo Barnni who played-4 with Senegalese Samba Niang scoring-3. After the sterling drive, swing, parting which brought the two to the same score, the rule required the two leaders go for sudden death to determine the winner. In the sudden death on hole 18, the defending champion Vincent Torgah shot +1 whilst Kojo Barnni played a level course of 4 to win the competition for the first time in the tournament’s history.Samba Niang from Senegal who placed third last year maintained his position this year playing 286, Achimota’s Emos Korblah came fourth followed by Nigerian Sunday Olapade who led the leaderboard in opening day.Mr Kojo Barnni was given GHS 25000.00 and also decorated with a jacket symbolizing the reigning Champion of the biggest professional golf tour in Ghana today.Addressing the gathering Mr Tony Mintah, President of Ghana Professional Golfers Association thanked all golfers who came from far and near to honour Ghana PGA’S invitation especially professional players from Togo, Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Ahmed Padori who came all the way from the United Kingdom. The affable president also said he and his executives are pushing hard to grow golf in the country through Senior High Schools and also get more competitions for Ghana pros to better their performance in other to get them participate in tours like Sunshine in South Africa, US open, British open, Europe, Asia and other world recognized golf open tours for pros.The colourful ceremony also saw CEO of Gold Fields global Mr Nick Holland flown down at Damang by helicopter to grace the occasion, in his speech Mr Holland thanked the people of Damang for taking part and also supporting the project which is aimed at projecting professional golf in Ghana. He also appreciated the planning committee led by hard-working Mr Hans De Beer, Roger Adamah, the president of the club Mr Richard Daween, Captain Derek Amuakwah-Mensah and other members who in diverse ways of making the championship a memorable one.last_img read more

Helping Your Child Become a Good Problem Solver

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Gyro Psychology The staff at Gyro Psychology specialize in children ages 2 to 21.Encouraging children to develop an effective process to solve problems is an important life skill that can be applied at home, in school, in social situations and in community environments. Apart from the confidence that comes along with having successfully calmed down, thought through a problem, generated creative solutions and worked toward implementing those solutions are critical skills that can be applied in multiple settings across the lifespan.Adults can encourage children and teens to solve problems on their own in the following ways:Encourage children & teens to describe the problemWhen you see your child or teen having a problem hold back to let them recognize and describe the problem. Taking this first step will allow your child to understand the problem and begin to generate solutions on their own. Children and teens may not perceive the problem they same way adults do but it is important for them to describe the problem and what is happening from their perspective in their own words.  In doing so, they begin to trust their observation and analytical skills. Not only is this process part of the foundation of emotional development but lies at the heart of rational thinking.Early in their development children may not be able to verbalize the problem they just know that things are not working out the way they intended. In such cases, simply state the problem for the child. If you use phrases such as, “So the problem is…” children will eventually understand that clearly identifying problems leads to generating solutions.Give children & teens time to come up with their own solutionsWhile a parent’s solution might be more effective or efficient, simply giving it to the child would deprive them of the opportunity to learn and develop confidence in his or her problem solving ability.Talk to children & teens about what is and what’s not workingTo help children and teen move from a trial and error approach to a more systematic approach to problem solving, encourage them to think about the results or consequences of their actions.  Parents can ask and make comments and ask open-ended questions to help them consider alternatives.Talking with your child or teen about what they did to solve or not solve a problem helps to establish a cause-and-effect connection in their mind. Once they have this mental association they are more apt to use this type of approach when faced with a problem in the future.Need Emotional Support?If you think your child would benefit from some additional support, consider calling us to set up an appointment with one of our psychologists at Gyro Psychology Services, Inc. (360.236.0206). We serve children and adolescents ages 2-21 with a variety of emotional, mental, and behavioral health needs.We are located at 5191 Corporate Center Ct SE, Lacey, Washington, 98503. Or, check out our website for more information on parenting issues, anxiety, ADHD, and other tough issues that kids/teens facelast_img read more

4-H Spring Clover Campaign Starts April 22

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyFrom left to right: Commissioner Blake, Fiona Cowell, Daisy, and Commissioners Romero and WolfeThe National 4-H Council will launch its fifth annual Spring Paper Clover Campaign on Wednesday, April 22. The 4-H Paper Clover campaigns raise thousands of dollars for local 4-H programs in Thurston County and across the country.Each year in the fall and spring, the National 4-H Council teams up with Tractor Supply Company and Del’s Feed and Farm Supply stores to raise money for local 4-H programs with the sale of paper clovers for a donation of $1 or more at checkout. In Thurston County, the Del’s Feed and Farm Supply stores in Olympia and Yelm will sell the paper clovers from April 22 through May 3, with 65 percent of the funds raised at the two stores going directly to fund 4-H programs in Thurston County. As in years past, 5 percent of Paper Clover proceeds raised in Thurston County will go to the statewide 4-H office in Pullman, and 30 percent will go to the National 4-H Council.“We are so grateful for the support our friends at the Olympia Del’s store and the Yelm Del’s store,” said Thurston County 4-H Program Coordinator Dianna Ullery. “We’ve partnered with them each year for our clover campaigns, and they are just so supportive of the kids and the 4-H programs. They have been instrumental in helping Thurston County 4-H offer great programs for our local youth year after year.”In 2014, The Yelm Del’s Feed and Farm Supply store raised a total of $2,365 in the fall and spring fundraisers, making it sixth in the state. The Olympia Del’s Feed and Farm Supply store raised a total of $1,961, coming in at tenth in the state. Together, the two stores raised more than $2,800 that went directly to the Thurston County 4-H program.This year, Thurston County Commissioners helped kick off the Spring Paper Clover Campaign by inviting local 4-Her Fiona Cowell and her dog Daisy to the April 14 Board of County Commissioners meeting. Fiona was recently named one of Washington’s top two youth volunteers of 2015 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. One of Fiona’s regular volunteer activities is to take her dog Daisy to visit local nursing homes where residents can get some “pet therapy.” Fiona and other members of her 4-H club have also raised money and donations for a local pet shelter, cleared vegetation that was clogging a salmon stream, cleaned animal enclosures at a wildlife rehabilitation center, stuffed stockings for children in need at Christmas, and collected food for a food bank, among other volunteer activities.“Fiona should be an inspiration to us all—she’s still four years away from having a driver’s license, and look at all of the things she’s accomplished! She is truly a local hero, and her national volunteerism award is proof of that,” said Thurston County Commissioner Bud Blake. “I know the whole community is really proud of her.”“I am just so grateful to Fiona and her 4-H club for all of the wonderful things they have done for our community,” said Commissioner Sandra Romero. “We know the 4-H program is good for our young people, but Fiona’s accomplishments are proof that the 4-H program benefits our entire community.”Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe said, “Fiona and our other 4-H youth are tomorrow’s civic and business leaders, and from what I can see, they are well on their way to making this a better community for all of us.”The Thurston County 4-H program is a partnership between the private, non-profit National 4-H Council, the Washington State University Extension program, and Thurston County government. What started as a handful of agricultural clubs for youth in the late 1800s and early 1900s has grown into a community of 442 members supporting 89 clubs in Thurston County, and 6 million young people across America learning about agricultural techniques, technology and research through practical “hands-on” learning.  The national 4-H organization is a unique partnership of the National 4-H Council, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), more than 100 land-grant universities across the country, and more than 3,000 county offices that form the land-grant university Cooperative Extension System.To learn more about the Thurston County 4-H Fall Paper Clover Campaign, or to find out more about the WSU Thurston County Extension 4-H programs and membership, visit http://thurston.wsu.edu or call (360) 867-2151. WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED SAN ONOFRE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 MIDNIGHT LUTE STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER SOLIS; HEADLEY HOMEBRED STALKS PACE AND GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:14.82

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2016)–California-bred San Onofre sat second early to speedy Distinctiv Passion and responded to aggressive handling from Alex Solis to win Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes by a half length while covering 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.82.Breaking from the inside in a field of six older sprinters, the 6-year-old gelding by Surf Cat, who was bred by trainer Bruce Headley, trained by his daughter, Karen, and owned by his wife Aase’s Matson Racing, was hustled from the gate and settled nicely in second going into the far turn. Sitting behind fractions of 21.72, 44.00 and 1:08.53, San Onofre, who was put into a vigorous drive leaving the three eighths pole, took charge a furlong out and held off favored Salutos Amigos late.Off at 4-1, San Onofre paid $10.00, $4.40 and $2.60.“He’s been training really, really good,” said Solis of San Onofre, who had been idle since running fourth in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at Santa Anita June 27. “He’s a different horse these last six months. He’s a different horse in the mornings, you can see it. He’s stronger and happier and he showed it today.”With the winner’s share of $60,000, San Onofre boosted his earnings to $333,040. The Midnight Lute victory marks his first stakes win as he improved his overall record to 10-5-4-0.“Really good way to start the New Year, my daughter did a helluva job,” said Headley, who held forth in the Winner’s Circle beneath his customary felt-tipped cowboy hat. “I’m more excited for Alex than I am myself. Alex has a lot left in him, which he showed today. Me, I’m on borrowed time (with a wry grin).”As for where the lightly raced San Onofre might re-surface, Karen Headley indicated he’d probably run next in the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint for Cal-breds at six furlongs on Jan. 30.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Salutos Amigos broke alertly from the far outside, sat third to the furlong pole and had no apparent excuses in running second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Pulling G’s. Off at 9-5, Salutos Amigos paid $3.40 and $2.40.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Pulling G’s rallied from last to be third, 4 ½ lengths in front of All Run. Off at 3-1, Pulling G’s paid $2.60 to show.Run as the sixth race on a nine-race card, the Midnight Lute was the second of three graded stakes presented by Santa Anita.last_img read more

A strong South African presence at Tiff

first_img10 September 2015Four South African features and one short have been selected to be screened at Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), starting today in Canada.The films are Oliver Hermanus’s Endless River, Charlie Vundla’s Cuckold, Zamo Mkhwanazi’s The Call, Jihan El-Tahri’s Nasser and Ben Russell’s YOLO.A 20-member South African delegation, led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is also at the 40th edition of Tiff, which ends on 20 September. The aim of the trip is to promote South Africa’s attractiveness as a film destination to filmmakers attending the festival, and to provide exposure to emerging South African filmmakers.“The participation of South African filmmakers in Tiff is part of the DTI’s strategy to create access to local film and video products and promote an increase in the volume of film production in South Africa,” said DTI Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina.The filmsMkhwanazi’s The Call is based in Joburg and explores the relationship between a taxi driver and a prostitute he impregnates. Tiff described it as an “arresting urban drama”.Watch the trailer here:Mkhwanazi was born in Durban, South Africa, and studied at the University of Cape Town.Vundla’s Cuckold, starring Terry Pheto, is about a disintegrating marriage in which problems are exacerbated following a menage a trois.Tiff described the movie as “surprising at every twist. Cuckold puts a new spin on the dramatic trope of the menage a trois, using it as a tool for dissecting a man’s emotional upheaval — and also as a means of debunking the false entitlements of chauvinism.”Watch the trailer here:Vundla was born in New York but is now based in Joburg. He studied journalism at George Washington University and film at the University of Southern California. Cuckold also marks the director’s debut as an actor.Hermanus’s Endless River centres on a young waitress in a small South African town who forms an unlikely bond with a widower following the brutal murder of his family.“Endless River is a character-driven drama of crime, sex, revenge, and redemption,” reads the Tiff website.Hermanus was born in Cape Town. He worked as a press photographer before completing his master’s degree at the London Film School. His previous features, Shirley Adams and Beauty were both screened at the festival.El-Tahri’s Nasser is a political documentary about army officer Gamal Abdel Nasser, who ruled Egypt for a decade, starting in 1954. During his reign, he defied the West throughout the 1956 Suez Crisis, co-found the international Non-Aligned Movement, and dramatically lost to Israel in the Six Day War.“Nasser is the first instalment of [the filmmaker’s] planned trilogy on ‘Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs’, which will also include films on Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak,” states the Tiff site.Born in Egypt, filmmaker El-Tahri is now based in South Africa.Russell’s YOLO was filmed in the remains of the historic Sans Souci Cinema in Soweto. It’s a “makeshift structuralist mash-up created in collaboration with the Eat My Dust youth collective from Soweto’s Kliptown district”.Reaping the rewardsMasina said the country had a growing reputation of being a global filming hotspot.“Through promoting South Africa as an international destination to attract further international productions and in encouraging the generation of local content production, the country will continue to enjoy the benefits of the vibrant and growing film industry.”He noted the industry generated approximately R3.5-billion into the South African economy and created more than 25 000 jobs last year.“South Africa has an existing co-production treaty with Canada, which was signed in 1997,” notes the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) site. “This official trip will also assist in strengthening relations between local and Canadian filmmakers, mapping the way forward to future co-productions that (will) benefit both the countries.”UpbeatSouth African filmmakers attending the festival feel positive about marketing their creations to the world.Pretoria filmmaker John Wani would like to negotiate with possible co-production partners, sales agents and international distributors for his movie, Sunnyside, about a drug lord who flees Mexico and settles in South Africa.“I am already in discussion with an international film director from Canada with the aim of turning Sunnyside into a film that can sell globally,” said Wani. “I’m optimistic that my trip to Toronto will be a success.”Nokulunga Jimana-Mntwapi will take a work-in-progress script and a trailer of her first movie Ndon’e bani’phi? (Who have I wronged where?). Her idea centres on a girl who is a product of incest. Jimana-Mntwapi would like to pitch her movie to potential international film buyers.Western Cape filmmaker Faghrie Salie would like to find an international film buyer for his company’s documentary, Inside, which shows the devastating impact of the gang culture and drugs in Western Cape.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Compulsory transition to Touch Football Online (TFO)

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) as part of our Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular strategic objective to “Substantially increase participation to 500,000 verifiable and contactable members by 2015”, as first communicated in the TFA Membership Registration Procedure Memorandum, released May 2012. As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website www.touchfootball.com.au. Importantly, relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. This information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis. This recognised format will only be accepted via Online Registration as of Season 1, 2015.The Constitution deems participants as a person who regularly participates, including but not limited to officials, coaches, players or referees in a Touch Football competition controlled, organised or sanctioned by the Association.In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme.As a result of new changes in technology and societal pressure, TFA is in the process of transitioning to a national online registration system.Through a strategic partnership with Fox Sports Pulse (formerly SportingPulse), TFA has developed and released the new Touch Football Online system (TFO) to be used by affiliates and the breadth of the Touch Football community. This is a major achievement and part of the continuous technological improvements and developments being developed for the current strategic cycle; designed to better engage with, track and manage our members and their information.The TFO program is available for all recognised affiliates to converge to. Importantly, TFA aims to have all affiliates transition from paper registration processes to the new online system (TFO), by no later than Season 1 2015 (1st January, 2015).For more information, please click on the attachment below. Related Filestfo_reminder_memo-pdfRelated LinksTouch Football Onlinelast_img read more

10 months agoLeicester winger Gray understands fans’ jeers

first_imgLeicester winger Gray understands fans’ jeersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City winger Demarai Gray admits he understands the fans’ jeers after defeat to Cardiff City.Before Christmas there had been reports manager Claude Puel had lost the support of many of his players, but Gray said they were united.“Yes, of course [we understand],” said Gray. “But sometimes things don’t always go our way.“We’ve put in two fantastic results so we’re going to get moans and groans. We expect that, but it happens – it’s football and everyone is at different fitness and fatigue levels.“On the day we didn’t get the result. We stick together in the dressing room and fight our best every week for the fans. We’re together and we have to keep moving forward.“It is disappointing after dominating a game like that. We were on the back of two good results and I think we deserved another one today but lost it on the last kick of the game.“It hurts but we’ve got another game around the corner so we’ll try and turn it around. Things like that happen. It was a quality goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

8 days agoCarlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFC

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Carlos Vela: I’m happy again with LAFCby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCarlos Vela has stated that he is happy with his present circumstances at Los Angeles FC.Vela was in a difficult place in his career when he came to Los Angeles, as he struggled for game time in his final season in Spain with Real Sociedad.But the past two MLS campaigns have seen him return to his best form, especially this season.It appears the 30-year-old is pleased with how the team is progressing as they look set to mount their playoff campaign.”I’m really happy, first of all, to be part of this team because it returned to me the happiness I was seeking. I maybe didn’t have as much excitement about playing like I have now, and after that I have to thank my teammates,” Vela told TUDN.”It’s an individual achievement, but it’s a full-team job. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to have all the goals I have or everything I was able to do.”I think it’s a success we’ve created because we started from nothing with this team, so I feel like I really participated in everything we’re getting. I’m thankful for everything that’s happening.” last_img read more

Photos/Video: Ohio State Kicked Off Spring Practice Tuesday

first_imgOhio State spring ball poster.It’s been less than two months since Ohio State shocked the college football world by upending Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. The Buckeyes are already back at it. Tuesday was the first day of spring practice for the squad, which will look to defend its title in 2015.Here are some notes, photos and clips from the event. It’s noted that quarterback Braxton Miller was able to do some light throwing, but that Cardale Jones was the only signal-caller able to participate fully. In the background of a few of the videos, you can see the National Champions 2014 banner hanging in the team’s practice facility.Braxton Miller off to the side at Ohio State spring practice throwing a little. Short stuff. Not throwing too hard.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) March 10, 2015Just got out of Ohio State’s first spring practice, where the QB saga continues. Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, and Braxton Miller all dressed— Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) March 10, 2015Interesting start of spring for Ohio State. Braxton Miller can run but not throw. JT Barrett can throw but not run. Cardale Jones full go.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) March 10, 2015pic.twitter.com/y7mJ06XXT4— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) March 10, 2015The CHAMPS are here! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/3S2IzDKHW2— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Safety Dance! Sophomore @TheVonnBell7 & the DBs run through drills on 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/AD5O8UGEMS— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Defensive line coach @Osurushmen1 leads the #Buckeyes DL on the 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/VUioZQZXAK— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015The Buckeyes begin their title defense on September 7 against Virginia Tech.last_img read more