by: Preston PackerDo you remember the Domino’s Pizza commercial series from the late 1980’s – “Avoid The Noid”. Clad in a red, skin-tight, rabbit-eared body suit with a black N inscribed in a white circle, The Noid was a physical manifestation of all the challenges (becoming annoyed – “a – noid”) inherent in getting a pizza delivered in under 30 minutes.If you are a fan of those commercials or of Domino’s, you might be surprised to learn that today the fastest growing domestic pizza company is not Domino’s but Papa John’s. Why? Simple, mobile. Thirteen years ago Papa John’s built digital infrastructure that has led to their being the market leader in mobile pizza orders. Today, mobile orders at Papa John’s represent 50% of total sales and 60% of all delivery sales. Second place in digital ordering goes to…. Domino’s, do you think they are a little “a – noid”? continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Facebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by National Wildlife FederationAre you interested in creating areas for wildlife? Do you want to do your part to keep Thurston County wild? Now is your chance to become a Habitat Steward™. National Wildlife Federation and Veteran Conservation Corps are offering a specialized 24-hour training program to teach you how to help others create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other community areas. The training will take place every Tuesday in April from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Lacey Veterans Services Hub (4232 6th Ave. SE, Ste. 202, Lacey). The workshop includes two Saturday field trips on April 8 and 29. Plan on full days.A previous corps of Thurston Habitat Stewards celebrate completion of the course.This training is engaging, fun and highly informative and you get to meet and interact with local conservation professionals and other similarly interested folks. Expert speakers from Center for Natural Lands Management, Washington Native Plant Society, WSU Thurston County Extension, Stream Team, and other local organizations will speak about a variety of topics including, but not limited to, rain gardens, gardening for wildlife, native plants, noxious weeds, habitat restoration, bird identification and conservation, pollinators, current science in the Puget Sound, site mapping and much more.The cost of the training is $30 to cover classroom materials. Note: scholarships are available! No one will be turned down due to lack of funds. We will provide coffee, tea, and snacks at each training session – you are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner. To register for the training, please visit http://nwfolympia.brownpapertickets.com/ or contact Sarah Bruemmer at [email protected] or (206) 577-7809.
Three-Day Trek To Raise PTSD AwarenessBy John BurtonHOLMDEL – It was a long, tough weekend for Mike Dowens but worth every step of the journey.“I figure if I can help one person or maybe two, it would be a successful mission,” said Dowens this week, as he talked about three-day foot trek to Washington, D.C.Dowens, who has been a Holmdel police patrolman for six years, is a 37-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who decided to walk continuously from the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in the township, to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the nation’s capital over a period of three days.Dowens undertook what became a pretty arduous endeavor for a dual purpose: to raise public awareness of the impact post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is having on scores of returned and returning military veterans and to raise money for The Refuge, an Ocklawaha, Florida, treatment facility specializing in caring for those dealing with PTSD and trauma.Dowens was able to raise $26,000 for the facility through a GoFundMe campaignEarlier this week Dowens was recovering from the effects of the 237-mile walk that began last Thursday morning and concluded at about 8:45 p.m. on Saturday. Upon returning to New Jersey, Dowens was admitted to Bayshore Community Hospital, in the township, to be treated for dehydration, exhaustion and what the walk did to his feet, hip, knee and the backpack straps to his back, he explained on Monday.It was grueling,” he said, explaining he did not stop not even to sleep or for a severe rainstorm, stopping only to eat. “But I could barely eat anything,” he said, and opted to continue. “I was able to push through it.”Dowens had begun the trip with two other veterans, but they wound up having to drop out after injuring themselves before making it out of New Jersey.As tough as it was, “If I had to put myself through a small amount of discomfort and agony to realize what they go through,” with “they” referring to veterans who continue to suffer the lasting effects of PTSD—“You can’t compare the two.”Post-traumatic stress syndrome- “It’s something that American public needs to know more about,” he said. Dowens said it qualifies as a disease and should be treated as such.Dowens speaks from personal experience. From 2002 to 2006 he was a U.S. Navy search and rescue swimmer, having served in Liberia, Somalia and Haiti, where his service led to his PTSD which he was treated for at The Refuge.He was honorably discharged as a disabled veteran, stemming from his diagnosis of asthma. He said he had tried to re-enlist on nine separate occasions, hoping to continue to serve, but was rejected because of his asthma. He acknowledged that led to a sense of guilt and loss of camaraderie and wanted to figure out some way to continue to serve.“I thought what better way to serve again and help other veterans get the same help I did.”He hopes his efforts will make people aware of what some returning veterans go through – the anxiety, depression, inability to adjust to civilian life; in some cases, alcohol and drug abuse – all of which can be as disabling as any physical combat wound.“I just wish government-subsidized programs did more for veterans coming home,” he said. “Since they don’t, I figured I would take it on and help someone else who’s suffering from it.”And this will be an ongoing effort. “I plan on doing it every year,” he vowed. “If it helps someone, I’ll do it as long as I can.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKEWOOD – Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz was remembered Saturday as a brave and caring peace officer during a ceremony at the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station monument for deputies killed in the line of duty.Family members, including Ortiz’s widow and sons, quietly paid respects to the fallen deputy at the monument at the station off Clark Avenue.Ortiz is the fifth name on the wall honoring Lakewood station deputies.His family later paid respects at a private ceremony inside the station as Ortiz’s locker was sealed. More than 100 uniformed deputies stood quietly on the lawn to the west of the station’s visitor parking lot.“(Ortiz’s) dedication, passion and courage caused him to act alone, and he even went alone when it was not safe,” said Undersheriff Larry Waldie, who attended in place of Sheriff Lee Baca, who is at a conference in Moscow.Ortiz was a 15-year deputy assigned to the anti-gang unit Operation Safe Streets. He was working alone June 24 in the 12200 block of East 223rd Street in Hawaiian Gardens investigating an earlier shooting when he was shot in the face.Jose Luis Orozco, a gang member whom Ortiz was investigating, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.The mourners included Lakewood deputies and their families, and dignitaries from Lakewood and surrounding cities. They were joined by several deputies Ortiz knew while working at the Century Sheriff’s Station between 1996 and 2000. David Rogers
The Warriors will play the second game of a back-to-back set against the Charlotte Hornets Saturday, and Green’s status is … The injuries keep piling up for the Warriors.Draymond Green had a bandage on his left hand following the Warriors’ 127-110 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Friday for what he said was ligament damage.This, on the heels of playing their first game without guard Stephen Curry, who will miss at least three months as he recovers from surgery on his left hand.
“The construction of additional cement capacity will ensure that PPC continues to be a key player in the development of infrastructure in Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries,” Gordhan said. “It is totally in line with our stated strategy of growing our non-South African revenue from the current 21% to at least 40% by 2016. “Not only will this investment address the expected future increase in cement demand in Zimbabwe, but create employment opportunities, beneficiation of the country’s mineral reserves and a significant growth opportunity for our indigenisation partners,” said PHL’s managing director, Zak Limbada. PPC is the leading supplier of cement in southern Africa, with eight cement manufacturing facilities and three milling depots in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe with total capacity of eight-million tons cement annually. PPC also produces aggregates, metallurgical-grade lime, burnt dolomite and limestone, and exports cement and lime to various African countries. SAinfo reporter 11 February 2013 South African cement manufacturer Pretoria Portland Cement’s (PPC’s) Zimbabwean subsidiary, Portland Holdings Limited (PHL), is to build a new cement plant in the country to service its markets in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The announcement was made during PHL’s centenary celebrations in Harare on 6 February. “The preliminary study for a new plant in the Mashonaland province is at an advanced stage and a significant investment has already been made in exploration drilling at various locations,” PPC said in a statement. A feasibility study will be carried out, as well as the selection of a supplier. “In recent years our investment in Zimbabwe has show strong growth on the back of a more buoyant and stable economy,” said PPC’s chief executive officer, Ketso Gordhan. “This, together with the fact that PPC has received an indigenisation certificate makes us optimistic about the future of the economy and the country as a whole.” The new plant will produce about one-million tonnes of cement annually, and will work with the separate grinding facility being constructed in Tete in Mozambique.
Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore. He has never taken it off.“He was everything,” James said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJordan has also admired James’ game for years.“I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday through his spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PBA D-League: Go for Gold-CSB notches first win vs. Family-Mart Enderun PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy When James surpassed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side. That tribute doesn’t begin to encompass what Jordan’s radiance meant to a youngster who dreamed of finding a better life through basketball.“M.J. was an inspiration,” James said. “M.J. was the lightning in a bottle for me, because I wanted to be like him.”James has grown into a 34-year-old man with three championship rings and a redoubtable 16-year NBA career. Yet he is still in awe of Jordan, who has represented the apex of achievement for his entire life.James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He bettered Jordan’s 32,292 career points with another variation of the brute physical brilliance that defines his playing style — a style that was influenced by Jordan’s combination of grace and aggressiveness.James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. His struggling Lakers rallied late, but dropped their fourth straight game in a season that appears to be lost.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end But James still seems relatively content with his move to Hollywood, where he is closer to his burgeoning career as an entertainment mogul. He has spoken repeatedly of patience with the young Lakers while the club attempts to land a second superstar to turn James’ next team into a title contender.Even if this season is a failure, James will never forget the night when he made a historic connection with his childhood hero.“It’s crazy,” James said. “My high school best friends, they text me and they can’t believe it. I can’t believe it either. We remember walking up and down those Akron streets with a basketball, just singing, ‘I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be like Mike.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, second from right, defends and center Nikola Jokic, center, watches along with Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With that basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, California—From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike.James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Every loss eats at James, yet he fidgeted in front of his locker afterward with the anxiousness of a rookie, still buzzing over the enormity of the moment in his life.“When you’re an inner-city kid from Akron, Ohio, like myself and my guys growing up, you look for anything that can inspire you,” James said. “You’re always just up against the numbers of failing. The percentages of guys like myself — single-parent household, only child, underprivileged — (the chance of) making it out is not high at all. M.J. had a lot to do with me making it out, along with my mother, along with the city itself, along with the Little League coaches I had. But Mike had no idea what he was doing for a kid that was growing up a 45-minute flight away from Chicago, where he was putting in that work.”James acknowledged he missed most of the tribute video aired at Staples Center during the timeout after his milestone points. That’s because he was crying into a towel on the Lakers’ bench.James is among the last active players who were old enough to witness Jordan in his prime with the Chicago Bulls. Little LeBron would buy packs of basketball cards hoping for a Jordan, and he would study every aspect of Jordan’s game, down to the way he wore his calf sleeve turned slightly inside-out so that the red lining showed.James couldn’t afford Air Jordans, but he remembers walking through the mall and marveling at the pristine red-and-black shoes. They inspired him to dream of having his own shoes, a natural result of being the star he hoped to become.“You guys have no idea what M.J. did for me and my friends growing up,” James said. “Just in a sense of, some days where you just don’t feel like you’re going to make it to the next day where I grew up, because of everything that’s going on. Like I wrote on my shoes today, I thank M.J. more than he would ever know. I’ve got to carry it on to the next kid. Hopefully I can inspire the next kid.”James is an inspiration to a generation now, many of whom have already reached the NBA. Several of the Nuggets spoke of idolizing James while they grew up, and his own Lakers locker room includes teammates playing alongside one of their boyhood heroes.“I never saw Michael live,” said Moritz Wagner, the Lakers’ 21-year-old German rookie center. “(James) is the G.O.A.T. of our generation.”James trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) on the scoring chart. He seems likely to become the top scorer in NBA history if major injuries don’t cloud his next three seasons with the Lakers — but those moments just might not resonate as profoundly for James.This achievement also might be the biggest highlight of a disappointing season with the Lakers (30-35), who have fallen to the fringe of playoff contention. The struggles bother James, who has played in the last eight NBA Finals and hasn’t missed the postseason since 2005. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, who has been rested for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, will make his county cricket debut for Worcestershire this season.Earlier, it was reported that Worcestershire had expressed their desire to avail Ashwin’s services towards the end of their season.However, the India off-spinner is expected to be available as early as his county side’s clash against Gloucestershire starting August 28.Besides Ashwin, India fast bowler Ishant Sharma and premier Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara will also feature on the English circuit this season, ESPNcricinfo reported.While Ishant will play for Warwickshire, Pujara will continue to represent Nottinghamshire for whom he has been playing since the start of the season.Ashwin and his team-mate Pujara can also face each other when Worcestershire lock horns with table-toppers Nottinghamshire beginning September 5.Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has also been in talks to play county cricket, but the team he will play for is yet to be decided.It should be noted that none of these four players are part of Indian squad for the five-match ODI series and lone T20I match against Sri Lanka, beginning August 20 in Dambulla.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan president Scaroni: Paqueta deal proof of Elliott commitmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan president Paolo Scaroni says their deal for Lucas Paqueta is proof of owner Elliott Management’s commitment.The Rossoneri paid €35m plus up to €10m in bonuses to Flamengo for the attacker.“This signing confirms the intentions of Elliott to bring Milan back to the top,” said Scaroni in the presentation Press conference.“This move does not mean Milan don’t have a clear strategy of following Financial Fair Play rules, as it fits well within it and we consider it a transfer that takes us towards where we want to go.”Director Leonardo was trusted with identifying the talent from Brazil and bringing him to San Siro.“Although these are early days, he played a very important part in the Flamengo side that finished second in their division. We have a project that we want to put in place and he has everything required, both as a player and a man, to help us achieve this. He can above all really improve a great deal.“I think he can bring more joy, creativity and a Brazilian approach to Milan. We’re not comparing him to Kaka, but clearly in the past Milan were in a different situation and had been winning for some years. We’ve just had a change of ownership, are a team under construction and Paquetá is part of a project going forward that must be given time to grow.“Above all, his arrival proves we want an attack-minded and creative Milan side that is truly positive when on the ball. He has the characteristics we want to see in this Milan team.”