Ask the Mayor — February 20, 2019 — Mason City mayor Bill Schickel

first_imgMason City’s mayor Bill Schickel was the guest on “Ask the Mayor” on February 20, 2019. Listen back to the program belowlast_img

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Titleholders BB&O and Lancashire score first points

first_img4 Oct 2016 Titleholders BB&O and Lancashire score first points Lancashire marked their return to the English Senior Men’s County Finals with a hefty 8.5-0.5 win over Worcestershire, while titleholders BB&O (Berks, Bucks & Oxon) endured a nervy spell before clinching their 6-3 win over Devon.The four teams, each representing one of the England Golf men’s regions, are playing for the title in a round robin tournament in perfect autumn weather at Chipping Sodbury in Gloucestershire.The nerve of the defending champions was thoroughly tested in today’s opening match. BB&O were down in all three foursomes this morning before managing to turn two around with 2up wins from the pairings of David Niven and Andrew Stracey and Malcolm Reid and George Best Wilson.Niven, an England senior international, and Best Wilson both swept away to big wins in the singles, scoring 6/5 and 7/6 respectively. But then the tension kicked in: “We’re fighting for our lives,” said Niven after a look at the scoreboard, which showed BB&O trailing in three games and all square in one.Former international Andrew Stracey (image © Leaderboard Photography) ended the agony when he grabbed a one-hole lead on the 16th and held on to it over the remaining two holes, despite plenty of excitement along the way.“I got lucky after a dreadful tee shot on 17 which looked as though it was going out of bounds,” said Stracey. He just managed to get his second up by the green before chipping and putting for his par – while his opponent played the hole in textbook style. On the 18th his opponent had a putt to halve the match but once it slipped by BB&O secured their point. David Cromie completed their scoreline when he managed to turn his game around and win 2/1.Team captain Ashley Brewer commented: “This was another Titanic battle between Devon and BB&O, but played in a very friendly spirit. We got out of jail again and were very lucky!”Lancashire won this title in 2014 but missed out on a place in last year’s County Finals. They came back in style with today’s unbeaten performance which began with three very comfortable foursomes wins, courtesy of Ian Crowther and Gary Byrne; Bill Bromilow and Robert Fox; and Tony Holt and Trevor Foster.They went on to power through the singles, led by Crowther, also an England senior international, who scored their first point with his 2/1 win. “We were all square through nine and it could have gone either way, but I just managed to scramble through at the end,” he said.He was quickly followed by Foster who has just joined senior ranks after playing 108 times for the Lancashire men. “I’m loving it,” he said after recording his 3/1 win. Byrne, Ian Westwell and Holt added their points to the tally before Worcestershire’s Bryan Swain stopped the whitewash.He finished birdie, par to win the last two holes against Alan Gillespie and grab a half point for his team. “I was determined to get that,” he said afterwards.Lancashire’s manager Mike Gray said afterwards: “We’re very pleased, the team has performed to all our expectations and we’ve achieved our first aim. But we will take each of the sessions as they come.”Tomorrow Lancashire play Devon while BB&O play Worcestershire.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Rocco

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Rocco! He is a handsome and strong Husky-Lab mix with a shiny chestnut-brown coat. He will wrinkle his forehead when listening, he aims to please, and is looking for leadership to build his confidence. Because he is strong, (active, seventy-three pounder), children should be older 13+ and dog-savvy. Rocco will shake your hand and sit when you meet him, and he is willing to meet other dogs.Rocco is smart Husky-Lab mix looking for a partner. Photo courtesy: Adopt-a-Pet SheltonA cat free home is required for this good boy. If you are looking for a great dog and can provide Rocco with a grain-free diet, fenced yard, and your love and quality time, he might be the companion for you have been looking for.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

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Devoting all energies to restoration of democracy in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,David Granger and his fallen Administration want us to talk about nonsense issues; it was 34 and half men and now that the CCJ has ruled that as unconstitutional, Granger would like us to move the conversation to the need for house-to-house registration and the jurisdiction of the CCJ. I was never drawn into arguments as silly and baseless as the former and will not deign to engage in the latter. Much like the ‘three-card man’ Granger would have us waste our energies making unnecessary arguments, for if we were to stop and think, it would become clear that Granger has no intention of honouring the law and upholding the Constitution by way of respecting the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) and he (Granger) has no intention of holding constitutionally (now) overdue elections required by the passage of the NCM.Granger and his cabal must have full knowledge of how unpopular they are, hence they have made it clear that they will not hold elections until forced to do so. In the meanwhile, Granger stands by his statement of “I am the President until the next President is sworn in”. Granger will not do the ‘decent’ thing; he is unaware of what that would be. Granger will attempt to rule, condone corruption, pass laws, levy taxes and spend lavishly as has been the case for over four years. The difference will be the loss of legal standing. It is also clear that should elections be held and whatever the magnitude of defeat, Granger and his cabal will refuse to demit office and will move to the same courts they are now openly contemptuous of, to provide a cloak of respectability for the naked greed for power and perks of office.However, no action of such magnitude can or will pass without attendant consequences. Since no one in his circle seems willing to advise Granger on what these would be, it is up to the people who oppose him to give him the best possible advice. The world has changed much since the days of Forbes Burnham, dictatorships are no longer a norm, there will be personal consequences in a probable sequence as I now outline: the gears of the international community will grind slowly into action, but they will grind exceedingly small; the entire executive arm of Guyana’s Government will become pariahs; they will become personae non gratae in democratic nations; personal sanctions will be levied on every asset, of every illegal Minister and one day, those will be seized by our state or foreign powers to pay for excesses; given their advanced ages, many will end their days in jail cells; none will emerge with reputation or credibility intact; history is never kind to those who engage in undemocratic rule, the weight of labels will hang on family members for generations (unfairly).I will make no appeal to David Granger for patriotic action, I fully understand the futility of such pleas; what I can promise is to devote all possible energies to the restoration of democracy in Guyana and the return of respect for the Constitution as the supreme law of the land. We have come too far as a nation to be returned to the dark days of dictatorship.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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B’ball: Is Anderson Afraid of Samukai?

first_imgIt is evidently clear that Mr. T. Rufus Anderson, president of the Liberia Basketball Association is not sure if he will have a clear majority in the forthcoming elections to lead for the next four years.The simple reason is the owner of K-Delta, Abraham Samukai, who engineered his election success four years ago, and was his vice president for administration, has decided to run for the job this time, in the wake of Anderson’s bid for re-election.And with the kingmaker becoming the king, insiders report a sense of disappointment in Anderson’s run for the job and therefore Samukai must be stopped.What is obtaining now is Anderson’s administration has come up with election guidelines that say, “Only current Executive Committee members and active club presidents in good financial standing with the LBF/LBA shall have the right to vote and stand election,” quoting article Xlll Section 3,” of its constitution.And many club presidents are against it, and have expressed disappointment, calling for the inclusion of all club presidents, owners and former officials who are in good financial standing with the association to contest for positions in the forthcoming elections. As a former official, and whose club is active in the LBF/LBA, Samukai is eligible to run for any position he so desires, Anderson’s opponents contend.“We don’t need anyone to convince LBF/LBA officials about this simple matter,” Anderson’s opponents say.“Samukai is the owner of K-Delta who made one of the team’s officials president when he won the vice president for administration’s position in the last election,” admitted an administrative official, “and therefore I don’t see why anyone should object to what he wants to contest for in the forthcoming elections.”If Anderson and the LBF/LBA’s Executive Committee insist their former vice president for administration is not eligible to contest the elections, then of course, it goes without saying that the members are working to please someone and not for the development of basketball.“That’s like working against anyone who has much to contribute to the development of basketball,” a club president told the Daily Observer.Anderson told the Daily Observer in an interview last week that he would be a formidable candidate in the elections, but many are wondering if being a formidable candidate means denying his former vice president for administration the chance to contest the elections that he has announced he would seek re-election.Club presidents unhappy with Anderson’s last four years administration insist that since Samukai won the last election with him, though he resigned “Makes him eligible to run for any position.”Though he claims to be formidable, many of his opponents think, “Anderson is simply afraid of Samukai,” an insider told the Daily Observer yesterday. “Otherwise while trying to deny a man who is the owner of a club and has run successfully in the past elections?”An impartial Elections Commission and effective Congress deliberations, may say, will resolve this issue if Anderson feels threatened by the presence of Samukai in the forthcoming elections.“We’re one family,” stated one of Anderson’s opponents, “our motto includes fair-play, equality, discipline and excellence and we cannot succeed by being vindictive.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Local Triathlete Janelle Morrison interview

first_imgJanelle Morrison’s career is reaching new heights this year.The Fort St. John native has recently turned from an Amateur to a professional athlete, and is turning heads in the triathlon world.Building on her time of 9:59 at the 2008 Ironman Canada race (first place among Female Amateurs) Morrison was recently featured as the cover story in IMPACT Magazine.- Advertisement -Click below to listen to an interview with Morrison and Moose FM’s Jon Zacks. (runs 9:00) [asset|aid=1433|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=efbfc5094b7a0a6c31f6f414cb8815e0-Janelle-raw_1_Pub.mp3]last_img read more

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Junior Olympian lifts Oaks Christian hopes

first_img “She’s doing exceptionally,” Oaks Christian coach Laura Reardon said. “She’s turned the team’s morale around and got the team motivated.” Last year, in the program’s fifth season, Oaks Christian went 5-16, setting a school record for victories. Just eight games into the current campaign, the Lions already have matched that mark as Farrar has scored 29 goals and assisted on 27 more. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Senior Kelly Motley has added 27 goals and 15 assists for Oaks Christian, which is showing the rest of the Frontier League that it finally has a competitive team. Reardon initially didn’t believe a player of Farrar’s caliber wanted to play for the Lions. She received a call from Thousand Oaks coach Mike Giles, who also is a top club coach, informing her a Junior Olympian was joining her program. “I thought, ‘Yeah right,’ ” Reardon said. “We were 5-16 – there’s no way a national-zone player is going to play with us.” Farrar’s interest wasn’t necessarily in Oaks Christian’s water polo program. She previously had been home-schooled and wanted to be challenged academically. The reward for Oaks Christian is an opportunity to challenge Malibu, Carpinteria and Cate of Carpinteria in the Frontier League and perhaps claim its first Southern Section playoff berth. “We’re excited about winning,” Reardon said. Gatekeepers: As if the area’s No. 1 team needed help, Agoura eases out of the winter break with Marmonte League games against Moorpark and Calabasas, hardly the Chargers’ stiffest challengers. Both teams are competitive, but they are not the caliber of Royal of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. “It’s nice that we don’t have to come out of the gate and play (T.O. and Royal) right away,” Agoura coach Jason Rosenthal said. “This will help us get our focus back.” Record no indication: Like a lawyer in a leisure suit, Newbury Park’s 4-3 record doesn’t represent the Panthers well. Sometimes overshadowed by Marmonte powers Agoura, Thousand Oaks and Royal, Newbury Park could provide a stiff challenge in the area’s best league – and in the playoffs. Newbury Park is led by top scorer Bridget McKee and Jessie bon den Stemmen. “(Bon den Stemmen has) really been a surprise,” coach Casey Graham said. “She’s been really focused and has done things in the offseason. She’s right there.” Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 nate.brown@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It is rare that one player can make a big difference for a girls’ water polo program, but freshman Kelsey Farrar is having that kind of impact for Oaks Christian of Westlake Village. Farrar, a Junior Olympian, has brought tremendous knowledge and work ethic to the Lions (5-3), and it’s paying off nicely. last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS ELECT NEW OFFICER BOARD FOR 2015 AFTER CLUB AGM

first_imgRed Hughs GAA NewsSenior Board A.G.M.The club held it’s A.G.M. on Wednesday last. It was a very constructive meeting and every position was filled on the night. The club would like to thank everyone who took on a post and wish the incoming board all the best in 2015. The following officer board was elected for the coming year.Red Hughs Officer Board for 2015.Chairperson, Andy Doherty, Vice Chairperson, Denis McGill, Secretary, Kathy Kelly, Assistant Secretary, Tommy McGlinchey, Treasurer, Liam Doherty, Assistant Treasurer, Alice Doherty, P.R.O. Stephen Gallagher, Registar, Eamon Kelly, Development Officer,Tommy Kelly, Scor/Culture Officers, Glenoir Kelly, Nicola Kee, Childrens Officer, Orla Noonan Sweeney, Health & Wellbeing Officer, Glenoir Kelly, Player Wefare Officers, (Female) Maura McCrudden, (Male) P.J.Gallagher, County Board Delegates, Tommy McGlinchey ,Denis McGill ,Tommy Kelly, Ladies Board, Chairperson, Marie McColgan, Secretary, Kathy Kelly, Minor Board Chairperson, Marie McColganMinor Board A.G.M. The minor board also had their A.G.M. recently and most positions were filled but we still need a few people to help out with the under 6 and under 10 age groups.We would also appeal to parents who are players or past players of the club to get involved in some way at underage level.The future of the club depends on the work to be done coaching our kids the skills of the game.Please help us in our goal this coming year. If you can help out in any way please contact Marie on 0863242100 Best wishes to our new chairperson and first lady minor board chairperson Marie Mc Colgan for the 2015 season.National GAA Club Draw National Club GAA draw tickets are now available from club members. There are some fantastic prizes on offer and tickets are €10 each. All proceeds from draw go to Red Hughs CLG.Lotto Results 11/12/14Numbers Drawn were 2,7,6,4,1,3,8,5There was no winning sequence. Lucky dip winner of €30 was Kieran Mc Evoy The Lantern Inn Next weeks jackpot is €4,725Thanks to everyone for your continued support.The Annual Bazaar​Thanks to everyone who supported our annual bazaar. It was once again a fantastic success. There were super prizes up for grabs as usual. Thanks also to everyone who helped out on the day selling tickets, doing the shop, stage etc. Thanks also to Father Patsy for the use of the hall. Thanks to all our sponsors a full list will be publishes in next weeks notes.SympathyThe club extends it’s sympathy to the Sweeney family Liscooley, The O Laughlin Family Ballinacor and The Browne Family Crossroads on their recent family bereavements.GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS ELECT NEW OFFICER BOARD FOR 2015 AFTER CLUB AGM was last modified: December 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

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‘If he gets the chance, he’ll be off’ – West Ham Arnautovic warning

first_img“I wouldn’t be necessarily be looking at the fact he puts the irons arms to the fans and pumps his chest, I don’t think that means anything to be honest.“I think if he gets the chance he’ll be off to, what he will class as, a bigger club.“But not in January, I think West Ham have got to keep him this season because he’s so important to them.“Keep him until the summer and then look at getting a good price for him.”Listen back to Dean Ashton on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Arnautovic was linked with a switch to Manchester United in the summer transfer window, and Ashton believes the forward will look to leave the Hammers if another ‘big club’ shows an interest.But the former striker has urged the club to keep hold of the forward in January, and instead wait to sell him for big money in the next summer window.Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Ashton said: “When Arnautovic came to West Ham he was awful to start with, but David Moyes really got the best out of him and got him working extremely hard as that lone striker.“I’ve been majorly impressed with him. He’s got way more power and pace than I thought and he’s a much better finisher than I thought he was at Stoke.“He has got the ability to go to the next level and it wouldn’t surprise me if he wanted to do that.“As a player you’ve got one chance and you’ve got to be selfish at times. Marko Arnautovic will leave West Ham if a bigger club come calling for his signature, believes former Hammers striker Dean Ashton.Austria international Arnautovic has proven a huge hit at the London Stadium since his £20million arrival from Stoke City last summer. Arnautovic came off the bench to set up Austria’s winning goal against Northern Ireland 3 The 29-year-old endured a slow start with the Hammers but is now adored by supporters for his match-winning displays – but his brilliant performances have made him a target for rival clubs.Recent reports claim West Ham could face a battle to keep their star man and the forward kept quiet on his future at the club when quizzed following Austria’s 2-1 win over Northern Ireland on Sunday.center_img 3 3 Marko Arnautovic was a club record signing for West Ham in 2017 when he joined from Stoke for £20m Marko Arnautovic has scored 16 goals in 46 games for West Ham last_img read more

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REID LOOKS FORWARD TO CHARITY NIGHT AS HE DREAMS OF ALL-IRELAND GLORY AGAIN

first_imgWith GAA fever hitting the county, what better way to celebrate Donegal’s All Ireland efforts than to honour the last team to win the title.A limited number or tickets are still available for a charity night which will mark the 20th anniversary since Donegal won the All-Ireland senior football title in 1992.The event, which takes place in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday week, August 18th, has been organised by a number of the players who were part of the Donegal team which won the Sam Maguire. The three charities which will benefit from the night are The Donegal Hospice, Alzheimers Association Donegal branch and Living Links.One of the organisers, Donal Reid, who was right-half back on the history-making team, says the fact Donegal have made it through to the All-Ireland semi-final against Cork later this month has helped the profile of the event.“Donegal went 19 years without and Ulster title, and we have now won two in successive seasons which has given the entire county a huge lift in what are difficult times,” he comments.“There’s a great feel-good factor around the county and that has certainly increased the the interest on the night which a few of us came together and organised a few months back. All the players are really looking forward to it and it will be nice for us all to meet up again to mark our All-Ireland win,” he says. “But the night is all about the charities and how much money we can raise for these groups who are always in need of financial support.”“There has been a bit of confusion about the dress code, but it’s important to point out that it’s only the players who will have to adhere to the black tie dress code – those coming along to the event can choose their own style!,” he says.On the afternoon of the 18th, supporters will have an opportunity to meet the players, while the Sam Maguire will also be on display.“We are hoping that Sam will be back for a longer stay in September,” Donal states.All members of the squad will be presented with a framed page of their profile which have appeared in the Donegal Democrat as part of a special series courtesy of Donegal Democrat and RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta. Tickets for the ball, priced €25, are still available from the following outlets – Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town; Supervalu, Killybegs; Divers Newsagents, Ardara; Books and Charts, Dungloe; Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny and SuperValu, Buncrana.Retired RTE commentator, Michael O Muircheartaigh and Highland Radio’s Charlie Collins will act as MCsREID LOOKS FORWARD TO CHARITY NIGHT AS HE DREAMS OF ALL-IRELAND GLORY AGAIN was last modified: August 9th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:all-irelandcharity nightDONAL REIDdonegallast_img read more

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