Census cards set to go out this week

first_imgDES MOINES — Many Iowans will get cards from the U.S. Census Bureau in their mailboxes this week, urging them to take part in this year’s population count.The results will be used to redraw political boundaries and distribute federal funding for everything from roads to health care. Gary Krob, the coordinator of the State Data Center of Iowa, says this is the first time most people will be asked to report the information online.“The Census Bureau is really pushing the online response if at all possible because it saves the federal government a lot of money,” Krob says. “That’s gonna be the big push for the next month or two, really just getting people to participate.” Krob says the online form will not be the only way to respond. People can also provide information over the phone and paper forms will be sent out in April to anyone who hasn’t responded by then. Krob says census figures are used in redistricting and play a role in federal appropriations.Krob says, “In 2016 alone, Iowa received $8.7 billion based on federal funds based on that population number.” Most census invitations will be in English but will include messages in 12 other languages about how to participate. Areas with high numbers of Spanish-speaking residents will receive bilingual cards.last_img read more

Razor Clam Dig Starts Wednesday at 4 Beaches, including Long Beach

first_imgFacebook95Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeState shellfish managers have approved a five-day razor clam dig set to begin Wednesday (April 12) on morning tides at four ocean beaches, including Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening after marine toxin tests showed that clams at all four beaches are safe to eat.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that the upcoming dig marks the first time Long Beach will open for clam digging this season. Marine toxin levels at the beach had exceeded state health standards since last fall, but not anymore, Ayres said. “We know that people have been waiting to dig razor clams at Long Beach for a long time, and we’re pleased we can finally add that beach to the line-up,” Ayres said. “Toxin levels there and at the other three beaches are all well within state health standards.” Long Beach and Twin Harbors will both be open for five straight days of digging, while Copalis and Mocrocks will open on alternating days. All four beaches will be open on morning tides, with no digging allowed after noon. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and morning low tides: April 12, Wednesday, 8:08 a.m., 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 13, Thursday, 8:43 a.m., 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachApril 14, Friday, 9:18 a.m., 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 15, Saturday, 9:55 a.m., 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachApril 16, Sunday, 10:36 a.m., 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachAll diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Ayres noted that Long Beach has also been added to a dig tentatively scheduled later this month along with the other three beaches. Final approval of that dig will depend on the results of future marine toxin tests, which generally take place about a week before the dig is scheduled.Pending favorable test results, the proposed dig will be held on the following beaches, dates and morning low tides:April 24, Monday, 5:38 a.m., 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 25, Tuesday, 6:24 a.m., -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m., -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m., -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m., -1.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachApril 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m., -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m., -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachMay 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m., -0.8 feet; Long BeachFor more information about future razor clam digs see WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.htmlDuring all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand on the southern section of Twin Harbors beach and at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula. The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.More details on how to avoid disturbing nesting birds can be found on the WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/last_img read more

Hashim Amla talks up Yuvraj Singh influence in Abu Dhabi T10 league

first_imgAdvertisement a6y8siNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ecrh0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bkmWould you ever consider trying this?😱93uCan your students do this? 🌚6kmy7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Yuvraj Singh is set to return to cricket with Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 league and former South African batsman Hashim Amla reckons that his involvement will influence the youngsters by all means. There are inadequate number of Indian players in various T20 leagues round the globe, but with Yuvraj’s inclusion in the Abu Dhabi league, the Protea batter is confident that the young players will take notes from the former world cup winning all-rounder.Advertisement “I suppose you want cricketers from all over the world and Yuvraj now is involved and that is fantastic. It is difficult to comment because Indian cricket have their own set of regulations. But to have Yuvraj involved in T10 and to have youngsters being able to play with him, he has been a fantastic cricketer for 20-odd years and he has got so much to add value to. It is just great having him around and there is no doubt that youngsters will look to feed off him,” said Amla, who has been picked up by the Karnataka Tuskers as their icon player.Advertisement Amla himself is also excited about cricket’s newest format, saying, “I am very excited. T10 is a new format in the sense that it has been around for only three or four years. But it has been around for many years in our backyards and when we were growing up playing with our friends. But to have it on a professional level is fantastic. The first few editions have been spoken of very highly and I am excited to be a part of it and see how it progresses and different skills it allows you to bring to the table.”Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Nelson’s Dryden Hunt earns WHL Player-of-the-month honours

first_imgDuring the summer, Nelson’s Dryden Hunt wasn’t really sure where he’d be playing hockey this season.In September, the Moose Jaw Warriors decided to take a chance on the Nelson Minor Hockey grad.The deal, Hunt to Moose Jaw in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2016 and a 3rd round pick in 2018 back to Medicine Hat Tigers, has paid off in spades for the Warriors.Hunt currently leads the Warriors and the entire Western Hockey League in scoring as Eastern Division club clings to a playoff spot. Hunt has been on a tear through January, amassing 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists), earning WHL Player of the Month honours for January 2016.The 20-year-old Hunt has a plus-6 rating in 14 games during January, recording multiple-point outings on seven occasions, including three instances in which he collected at least four points to help the Warriors stay in the thick of the playoff race with a 6-6-3-0 record. Hunt’s performance in January saw him earn two first star honours, two second star mentions and one third star nod.Hunt, the son of Carla DeBiasio and Jeff Hunt of Nelson, is in his first season with Moose Jaw and his efforts have helped the Warriors remain in third place in the East Division standings to go along with an offence that has produced the fourth-most goals amongst Eastern Conference Clubs. The 6-foot, 201-pound forward is first in Warriors scoring with 76 points (32 goals, 44 assists) in 52 games played.Hunt is in his fifth WHL campaign and has amassed 207 points (91 goals, 118 assists) along with a plus-13 rating in 248 career regular season contests. During the summer, the undrafted Hunt attended the Prospects Camp of the Montreal Canadiens. In 2014, Hunt played for the Carolina Hurricanes at their Prospects Tournament.The Warriors travel to Lethbridge Friday to play the Central Division leading Hurricanes.—With files from WHLlast_img read more

LeBron shuts down Jordan comparisons for good

first_imgEver since James was dunking on fellow teenagers, pundits have been linking the superstar to Jordan, but it may not be an apt comparison after all.James, speaking ahead of Thursday’s game against the Boston Celtics, poured water on the hype linking him to the great Bulls legend who won six NBA championships.”No, [Jordan] was much more of a scorer, at that point did a lot of post work, but our games are just different,” James said via Cavs.com .”His body is different, my body is different than his. You recognise the dominance in someone at that age [32], but there’s no similarities in our game at all.”Both players used, or use, the fadeaway jump shot: James from the corner, and Jordan after crossing someone at the top of the key.”Our shots are different,” he said. “[Jordan] had much more lift in his fadeaway than mine. That was definitely a go-to move of his, but our games are completely different.”last_img read more

Palami looking to add more talent to Azkals roster

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhilippine Azkals aren’t resting on their laurels as they brace for bigger wars ahead.Team manager Dan Palami shared that this early, the management is already scouring the nation and the globe for prospects who could don the national team colors beginning the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup in November.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, Geritt Holtman is a 23-year-old midfielder playing for FSV Mainz and has seen action in top-tier Bundesliga. He has made five appearances for the German U-20 squad back in 2015.Completing the trio is Jesper Nyholm, who is a 24-year-old defender suiting up for AIK Fotboll in Allsvenskan, the top flight league in Sweden.Palami shared he has already talked to the parents of these players.“They are interested in representing the country.”But the Azkals aren’t limiting their choices to Fil-foreign booters as top players from the Philippines Football League (PFL) and in the collegiate leagues are also in consideration for a possible call-up.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES “Maybe, they can actually shine when they’re playing with players with the quality of those in the national team,” said Palami. “It’s a two-pronged process, we’re looking outside of the country and inside. We’ll be looking at players so that we could augment them to our national team.” View comments “We’re already talking to some prospects,” the amiable executive said Tuesday in the weekly PSA Forum at Tapa King in Cubao. “We’ve actually talked to the moms of the players who are playing in higher competitions.”Palami said there are three Fil-foreign booters who are in the process of joining the Azkals for the next window of competitions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRaphael Obermair is a 21-year-old midfielder currently playing for FC Bayern Munich II in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Bayern.“Sometimes he has been in the line-up of the first team in some of their games. Even though he didn’t play, he’s on the bench and it’s a testament to the quality that he has.” In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Palami on Dooley’s status with Azkals: ‘A lot of reasons for him to be extended’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sinoe Health Boss ‘Recalled’

first_imgIt would have been fatal outcomes if the over 35 county health workers who are playing supervisory roles including doctors, nurses and support staff of the F. J. Grante Hospital had carried out a “go-slow” action in protest against what they see as the underhanded dismissal of Dr. Wilmot G. Frank as the County Health Officer (CHO). Dr. Frank has been purportedly recalled for reassignment.If Dr. Frank had not seriously begged us to not protest, according to a senior health worker who begged anonymity, all the clinics, health centers and the F.J. Grante Hospital would be closed by now to demand his reinstatement as the CHO.Though it is being referred to as “a recall for reassignment” the health workers are not convinced and have labeled it a “dismissal”. They claim that the sacking of Dr. Frank was not routine but rather political.Some health workers said that the bad blood started prior to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) but intensified when Dr. Frank became the co-chairman to then Superintendent Milton Teahjay on the County Ebola Response Team.Although it cannot be proven, health workers believe that during the contentious confirmation process of nominee Bernice Dahn as Minister of Health, Sinoe Senator Teajay pushed for the removal of Dr. Frank in exchange for his vote to confirm Dahn.Dr. Frank, in a telephone interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend, said although his recall was a shock, he would not indicate whether it was political.“I was recalled and am awaiting reassignment, but as a professional man, I don’t want to consider my recall as political because most of the time our assignments are rotational,” Dr. Frank explained.“I really stopped the protest which could have upset the health system in the county because I don’t want politics to spoil our profession.”The former Sinoe CHO said his only regret is that the health workers’ living quarters is still incomplete.Dr. Frank said the Health Ministry has already appointed his successor, Dr. John Doedeh, who is already in the county.“I am officially introducing Dr. Doedeh to the County officials, including the Superintendent, Development Superintedent, County Attorney, Inspector and Police and the turn over ceremony will be this weekend or next week,” he said.Dr. Frank, 48, has been the CHO since 2009. Prior to becoming Sinoe’s CHO, he worked with the John F. Kennedy, Redemption and Phoebe Hospitals as Medical Doctor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toshao forges relationship with businessman

first_img– aggressively pursuing sports and youth developmentAfter building her successful campaign on the promise that if elected she would aggressively pursue sports and youth development in St Cuthbert’s Mission (Pakuri), Beverley Clenkian has begun working towards delivering on what she has dubbed her commitment.Toshao Beverley Clenkian with SKI Construction Managing Director Alex Mahaica after the presentationAs such, the Toshao has begun her work with a meeting involving SKI Construction Managing Director Alex Mahaica, where she made a request to have him partner with her and her community in enhancing sports development.“I recognised that during the recently-held REO Inter-Secondary School Male Hardball Cricket Competition, he was passionate and sincere about helping the youths and after not being able to participate in the cricket competition, I thought it best to approach him with a request to help the youths in our community,” she said.The Toshao further revealed that Mahaica presented a compete volleyball set to her and the community as an indication of his commitment and he would soon follow up with a table tennis table among other sporting gear to aid the community in its aggressive sports drive.The Toshao noted that owing to the remoteness of her community, it was very difficult and costly for her youths to participate in a number of competitions. “We have talent and skills and we are confident that our youths can do very well; unfortunately, owing to the high cost of travelling, we are forced to decline many invitations.”As such, Toshao Clenkian said that while the aim is to get the youths of the community involved in all sports, her primary focus at the moment was on cricket, volleyball, football, table tennis and athletics.She said that they remained confident that if given an opportunity, the youths would excel. “We are not being taken seriously, because not many persons know about our ability, but I can say that if we get a chance to showcase, many persons would be impressed. We have been receiving a few exchanges as other communities would visit us to play in friendly competitions with the view of doing fundraisers and you can say that in many cases, we are underestimated.”Toshao Clenkian reminded that she made a commitment when she was campaigning and she intended to fulfil that commitment, noting that the lack of positive activities and events were the main contributor to a number of social ills affecting the youths.“I believe that if our young people have activities to get involved in then they may recognise that the social ills are not worth it, but, unfortunately, they have all the time on their hands to do it and that is why I am seeking avenues to help them in trying to recognise that social ills shouldn’t have no place in society,” the Toshao said.In handing over the sport gear, Mahaica reminded the Toshao that maintaining the donated items at the highest level was critically important. “One of the sad things which we see regularly in Guyana is that you spend your hard-earned monies in securing gears and equipment for substantial amount of monies, but, unfortunately, those using it tend to forget that they are responsible for ensuring that it is taken care of properly so that many persons can benefit from them. “He also disclosed that he was willing to assist in other areas, stating, “As a businessman I am giving my commitment that whenever and whatever that I can do to help in enhancing the community that I would certainly do.”Toshao Clenkian admitted that she was overjoyed at the noble gesture of Mahaica. She thanked him and stressed that her community would certainly benefit significantly from the gear, promising to ensure that they were used properly and, more importantly, responsibly.last_img read more

Proposed Lancaster vets home gets $12,000

first_imgVietnam War veterans led the parade, followed by veterans from other wars and eras. Among the honored guests were Navajo veterans, including some who served as “code talkers,” using their language as a basis of codes to transmit secret tactical messages during World War II. Plans for the local parade were inspired by the national Welcome Home parade held Veterans Day 2005 in Las Vegas. Local Vietnam veterans and parade co-chairmen Gary Chapman and Ray Santana walked in the Las Vegas parade for U.S. soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who came home from Vietnam more than 30 years ago to hostility or indifference. Local parade organizers had promised to give any money left over from the event to the veterans home. A check for $11,889, money donated by parade sponsors, was presented to Craft by Cliff Barth, commander of Quartz Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000, which co-sponsored the parade. QUARTZ HILL – As promised, organizers of a parade to welcome home Vietnam veterans donated nearly $12,000 Monday to the planned veterans’ home in Lancaster at 30th Street West and Avenue I. Groundbreaking for the home, to be named after the late state Sen. William J. “Pete” Knight, will be in June, with completion expected by the end of the year. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Tom Craft, chairman of the Lancaster Veterans Home Citizens Committee and a retired Navy captain wearing his “dress whites” for the occasion. “I was taught as a youngster that anything worthwhile is worth working for. Eventually everything will turn out all right.” About 2,000 veterans marched and rode in November down Lancaster Boulevard in the Antelope Valley Operation Welcome Home Parade to belatedly honor those who served in Vietnam. There were about 5,000 spectators. The money will go into a fund to provide veterans-home residents with things like vehicles to go on trips, televisions, radios and entertainment. A painting of a soldier praying, done on the day of the parade by artist Myron Mielke, was donated to the home by the artist. Also donated was a Navajo Nations Warriors Code Talkers banner that was carried in the parade. Craft, who served during the Korean War, said riding in the parade was a privilege. “Riding in that parade in uniform with other vets, to ride down Lancaster Boulevard and see all the people, grownups and children, brings tears to my eyes. We know this community loves its veterans,” said Craft, 75. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – February 6

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein, Jason Cundy and chums as they round up the best bits from the Sports Bar week.last_img