Submitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationDr. Deborah Hall, Sexual Assault Clinic Medical Director, with colleague John Skinder, Thurston County Special Victims Prosecutor (photo courtesy Steven Herppich)OLYMPIA, WA– The 25th annual Christmas Forest raised over $550,000 which benefits the mission of Providence to provide health care to all, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable. During the five-day event, over 4,500 visitors came during public viewing to see the trees and wreaths which were decorated by dedicated volunteers, many who have been involved for over 20 years. During public viewing, 25 different artistic groups from the community delighted attendees including the Chinook Middle School Band, and the Capital Concert Band. It is estimated that over 300 volunteers participated, contributing more than 10,000 hours to make the Forest a reality.The Forest included 27 trees, 13 wreaths, and other specialty items which were auctioned off at the Gala Auction and Dinner, held Friday, November 30. The gala raised $375,000 alone, including $180,000 for the Providence Sexual Assault Clinic and Child Maltreatment Center. At the Gala, Dr. Jim Reus, Emeritus Foundation Board Member and surgeon at Surgical Associates, spoke from the heart, reminding those attending, “These are our children, this is our community, and they are all our responsibility.” The Sexual Assault Clinic provides care to over 300 children and their families each year who have been affected by sexual abuse, playing an important role in the community’s overall response to sexual abuse, and helps victims and their families begin the long journey toward healing.The Dr. Seuss Tree, “There’s Fun to be Done!” is now displayed at Hands On Children’s Museum.One-third of the trees and wreaths were donated back to the community. Larry Brooke, Providence St. Peter Foundation Board Treasurer, and volunteer coordinator for tree delivery, says, “Not everyone realizes that so many of these trees end up back in the community for people that are being served during difficult times in their lives.” This year, trees can be seen in places such as the Hands On Children’s Museum, Group Health Olympia Medical Center, SafePlace, and multiple locations at St. Peter Hospital including the lobby, Oncology Center in Lacey, Chemical Dependency, new Critical Care Unit, and other Providence locations. According to Brooke, “There were several children at SafePlace when we delivered the tree, and they may not otherwise have had a Christmas tree this year. It was really special to see their joy; they followed us down the hall like Santa was coming through with his sleigh!”The Raffle Tree, Polar Bear Express, was won by Olympia resident Thelma Geuin. Geuin says, “Winning the tree is absolutely the most amazing thing that has happened to me in a long time! I sit and look at it in the evenings and just marvel at how magical it is.” The tree, designed by Victoria Schmidt, was delivered to Thelma’s home on December 6.Dr. Dan Davidson, Providence St. Peter Foundation Board President, thanked the co-chairs of Christmas Forest, Dr. Jay and Carla Rudd, saying, “Jay and Carla have chaired the event for three years and we are so grateful for the innovation they have brought to this event, as well as their dedication to Providence, its mission, and the community.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Sept. 19 we got an inch or an inch and a half. It evened up the beans a little. We let it dry on Sunday and got started on that Monday with corn harvest in one of our worst fields right across from the shop. I am coming up with an 85-bushel average. We can’t even keep the yield monitor calibrated right with this corn because you don’t have a constant flow. There is 20-bushel corn and 200-bushel corn in the same field. Anytime there is a hill or slope where the water could get away you have good corn. Where you have low ground or no tile there is nothing there. We took off 150 acres of corn and it has not been pretty. It is 18% to 21% moisture and the test weight is around 56 and I am afraid it is going to get worse.We are cutting beans in Van Wert now. I think we’ll see some 100- to 150-bushel corn and in Hancock County it will be up there hopefully around 180 or 200. There is good corn out there but those holes are still there too. Everything we tried — foliar feeding, fungicide, extra nitrogen — it didn’t help the corn. We wasted quite a bit of money but we had to try something.I feel better about the beans. We have run beans from 60 bushels on down to 35-bushel beans where the water did more damage. We have been pleasantly surprised with the beans, but I had a friend call me and tell me that he was running 12% moisture beans and the yield was lower than the moisture.Beans are really too dry. They were down to 10%. We aren’t making a mark on the ground with the equipment. We are doing some tillage where some tile lines settled out.Saturday we planted 56 aces of wheat and we are planting another 75 acres of wheat where we want to tile. Right now we are calling it a cover crop. We’ll see how it makes it through winter and what the markets do. We’ll finish wheat and start planting cereal rye with the air seeder for a cover crop.
Bret Bielema Mother’s Day CardsRecruiting college football players doesn’t just mean recruiting the actual athletes – coaches often have to convince a player’s family that their school is the right place for their loved one. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gave us a reminder of that Friday morning.Bielema, who took a flight to the NFL Draft to support his players, posted photos of Mother’s Day cards he’s sending to recruits’ mothers. He also mentioned that he’s willing to write to girlfriends of recruits – if need be.Productive flight to draft. Mother’s Day cards for prospects #WoooPig … Can write girlfriends if needed! pic.twitter.com/c5HCWkjFGo— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) May 1, 2015This isn’t anything new – but usually, we see the finished product from recruits, not coaches. The Razorbacks have done a nice job on the recruiting trail the past few years – we’ll see if it continues.
Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck has lauded the government and people of Mexico for its achievements since gaining Independence on September 16, 1810. He noted that Mexican cuisine was listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural heritage in recognition of that country’s traditional dishes that retain the names, ingredients and cooking practices dating back to the pre-Hispanic era and contributions from other cultures. Story Highlights Minister of Justice Hon. Delroy Chuck has lauded the government and people of Mexico for its achievements since gaining Independence on September 16, 1810.“Mexico has made significant strides in providing for the welfare of its people, ranking now in the top echelons of the world’s leading free market economies and surely a model worthy of emulation by developing countries, like Jamaica,” he said.Minister Chuck was speaking at a reception held at the official residence of Mexico, 9 Cherry Garden Avenue, in Kingston on September 14 to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.He said that Mexico can also be proud of its cultural prowess which it has shared with the rest of the world.“This rich, vibrant and cultural heritage which has been preserved and sustained by generations of Mexicans bare similarities with Jamaica’s own culture through our shared love of vibrant music, football and flavourful food,” he said.He noted that Mexican cuisine was listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an intangible cultural heritage in recognition of that country’s traditional dishes that retain the names, ingredients and cooking practices dating back to the pre-Hispanic era and contributions from other cultures.The Minister said there is a need for further cultural cooperation between both countries, particularly within the framework of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed last year between the cities of Kingston and Chetumal.Last year the Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport Hon. Olivia Grange signed a MOU between Jamaica and Mexico to symbolize a commitment between the cities of Kingston and Chetumal to work towards the enhancement and development of the cultural and creative industries.In her remarks, Mexico’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Cecilia Jaber spoke of the many partnership agreements between Jamaica and Mexico in the areas of science and technology, education and culture.She said that the collaboration would not only be in those areas but also in the area of sports.“With regard to sports, Mexico has much to learn from the illustrious achievements of Jamaican athletes throughout the years. As such we expect to sign an agreement that will allow greater exchange with Jamaica and its world renowned sports community,” she informed.Ambassador Jaber said that Mexico recognizes Jamaica as an important partner and a driving force for the development of the Caribbean.Jamaica and Mexico established diplomatic relations in March 1965. Minister Chuck was speaking at a reception held at the official residence of Mexico, 9 Cherry Garden Avenue, in Kingston on September 14 to commemorate the 207th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.
zoomImage Courtesy: USCG An injured Chinese crewmember was medevaced from the bulk carrier Bunum Hero on April 10 off Puerto Rico, according to the US Coast Guard.The 20-year-old seafarer sustained multiple broken bones and a head injury after falling from a crane onboard the vessel.Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received the medevac request from the Panamanian-flagged ship at 5 p.m., local time, on Monday. Bunun Hero was sailing to Europe and approximately 525 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico, outside the range of responding rescue helicopters, when it reported the incident.Sector San Juan watchstanders requested the Bunun Hero head towards Puerto Rico to shorten the distance for the medevac.A helicopter crew rendezvous with the 587-foot bulk carrier on Tuesday night some 175 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico to medevac the Chinese seafarer.The patient was hoisted onboard and transported to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Emergency Medical Service personnel transported him to a hospital for treatment.
Companies in this story: (TSX:H)The Canadian Press TORONTO — Washington State regulators say they have denied Hydro One Ltd.’s proposed takeover of Avista Corp. citing political interference in the Ontario utility by the Doug Ford government.The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission says it found the deal, which valued Avista at $6.7-billion, to not be in the public interest after it became clear that the Ontario government was willing to interfere in the utility.The U.S. regulator cited how Ford forced the retirement of the Hydro One CEO, which was followed by the resignation of the entire board, as evidence that the province was willing to put political interests above those of shareholders.Hydro One, which is 47 per cent owned by the Ontario government, had assured in testimony on the Avista deal that the province was a passive investor that would not exert political pressure on the company.The U.S. regulator says the promised benefits of the deal, including rate credits, are inadequate to compensate for risks Avista customers would face.The Ford government hailed the leadership changes at Hydro One at the time as a “great day” for the province after heavily criticizing the company’s management on the campaign trail.
NEW YORK — Forget about “What have you done for me lately?” The big question investors will be asking companies this upcoming earnings season is: What will you do next?Companies are lining up to tell investors how much they made during the last three months of 2018, and the reports get going in earnest this upcoming week with Citigroup and a slew of other banks on deck. Expectations are high, and Wall Street is forecasting a fifth straight quarter where profit growth topped 10 per cent for S&P 500 companies.Markets could use some encouragement following the worst December for stocks since the Great Depression. But investors are likely less interested in companies’ performance over the last three months as what they have to say about the trends for 2019.Economic growth around the world is expected to slow this year, and rising payroll costs could be eating into company profits. Trying to judge the impact on profits, investors will pay more attention to the conference calls that CEOs hold with analysts and shareholders after reporting their quarterly results.“The market is going to be very focused on the calls,” said Ernie Cecilia, chief investment officer at Bryn Mawr Trust. “It’s going to be about revenue expectations and margins more than anything.”Analysts have been expecting profit growth to slow for companies in 2019 following their blowout 2018, when the first year of lower tax rates provided a big, one-time boost. Wall Street has been slashing its forecasts for 2019 profit growth in recent weeksWithout the tax benefit, companies need to either drum up more revenue or extract more profit from each $1 in sales to push their profits higher. And some big name companies have cited pain caused by other challenges, such as the global trade war.Apple, for example, shocked Wall Street when it said this month that China’s economy was slowing more sharply than it expected and slashed its revenue forecast for the final quarter of 2018. Rival Samsung cited weak global demand for chips when it said it expects a roughly 29 per cent drop in operating profit for the fourth quarter.Companies, meanwhile, are finally giving bigger pay raises to their employees. After years of sluggish gains, workers’ hourly earnings rose 3.2 per cent last month for the strongest growth since 2009. While that’s good for workers, it can mean lower profit margins for companies unless they can pass along their cost increases to their customers. Given the slowing economy, that may not be easy.That’s why Wall Street is now forecasting earnings growth for S&P 500 companies to drop by more than half to 7 per cent this year from 20 per cent in 2018. Three months ago, analysts were forecasting a healthier 10 per cent jump in 2019 earnings.Stan Choe, The Associated Press
RCMP continue to investigate the incident. There are no concerns for the safety of the public and no expected travel delays as the incident occurred in a remote location. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Three people have been injured after an industrial explosion near Musreau Lake.On January 18, 2019, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Grande Prairie RCMP along with emergency personnel responded to an explosion of a compressor building at an oil and gas industrial site west of Musreau Lake, Alberta. Three individuals who were working near the building were injured as a result of the explosion. All three of the workers were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi has rated Romelu Lukaku has on of his two most difficult opponents he has ever had to faceThe Argentina international has been a prominent member of Pep Guardiola’s side this season with City currently looking set to seal the Premier League title next month and have already won silverware this season due to their victory in the Carabao Cup final over Arsenal last month.But Otamendi has suffered a number of high-profile mistakes in his first two seasons at the Etihad Stadium, but appears to have sorted out his issues under Guardiola this season.The defender rates Manchester United’s Lukaku as one of the most difficult players he has ever had to face with Barcelona forward Luis Suarez being the other.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“There are many,” Otamendi told Marca when asked his most difficult opponent.“Luis Suarez is a striker who is constantly moving, making diagonal runs, creating space, then you always have to be prepared to run.“Then Lukaku is another very strong player, technically good, quick… It’s between those two.”