Thurston County Roadwork: Night Work on Lacey Area Bridges Reduces I-5…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationThurston County Roadwork: As crews march toward completion of a project to replace Interstate 5 expansion joints at Martin Way in Lacey, they will also determine future bridge preservation needs for the span that carries southbound I-5 traffic over Pacific Avenue in Olympia.Work on both bridges will reduce southbound I-5 to a single lane for about two miles from Martin Way through Pacific Avenue. Drivers are advised to plan for extra travel time.Friday, July 209:00 p.m. – single-lane closure begins10:00 p.m. – double-lane closure begins, reducing southbound I-5 to one laneSaturday, July 21All lanes will reopen at 5:00 a.m.Real time traveler information is available from the WSDOT app and by following the WSDOT regional Twitter feed.Featured photo credit: Kim Merrimanlast_img read more


first_imgALBANY, CALIF.  (Mon. May 30, 2016) – Three tickets hit the Golden Pick 6 for $33,726.66 on Monday at Golden Gate Fields.Johnny Reb posted a 20-1 upset in the finale to help produce the substantial return. A victory by No. 6 Peppered Pro (sixth in the field of seven) would have triggered a jackpot payout of $1,230,919. The jackpot is paid only when there is a single ticket with all six winners.The jackpot will begin at $1,137,828.68 when racing resumes Friday. The Golden Pick 6 sequence will begin with race 3.There will be a mandatory payout on the Golden Pick 6 on June 12, closing day for the Winter/Spring Meet.last_img


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2017)–Heavily favored Conquest Farenheit dominated eight fellow sophomores in taking Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths under Norberto Arroyo, Jr.  Trained by Peter Miller, the Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy set fast front-running fractions while getting a mile on turf in 1:33.58.“What a horse!” exclaimed Miller.  “This is a serious horse.  For him to run that way with fast splits (22.94, 45.59, 1:09.46 and 1:21.46) and come away like he did is pretty impressive.  It showed he could get two turns and it looked like he had another gear.  I think we’ll try him next in the American Turf Derby at Churchill Downs (Grade II, 1 1/16 miles on May 6).”An impressive winner of the Baffle Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Feb. 20, Conquest Farenheit was the even money favorite and paid $4.20, $3.40 and $2.60.“I love the way he ran today,” said Arroyo, who was also aboard for the Baffle win.  “He’s still learning.  He was waiting for horses in the stretch, pricking his ears back and forth.  He settled nice with me today and I expect him to get better as he goes on.  He was full of run with me galloping out.”Owned by Rockingham Ranch and Chad Littlefield, Conquest Farenheit provided Miller with his second win on the day, which gives him a Winter Meet best of 30 victories through 46 racing days.  Conquest Farenheit is now 5-3-1-1 overall and with the winner’s share of $47,700, he has earnings of $157,745.Ridden by Jesus Rios, previously undefeated Taco tasted defeat in his fifth start, finishing second by a half length over Cistron as both pressed the pace throughout.  Off at 7-1, Taco paid $6.20 and $4.40.Cistron, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, was off at 9-1 and paid $4.20 to show.Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m.  Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more

In pictures: South B savor Koth Biro title

first_img0Shares0000South B United players celebrate after clinching the Koth Biro title at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8- After persevering constant chants of ‘spaghetti boys’ from the partisan crowd at the Umeme Ground in Ziwani on Sunday evening, South B United managed to beat ‘God Above All’ (GAA) Huruma 1-0 and lift their first ever Koth Biro crown.It was billed as an Eastlands versus ‘the rest’ tie with most supporting Huruma saying there was no way ‘kikombe inaenda ubabini’(The cup is going to the well off). South B’s ‘mistake’ was not only because they were geographically not from Eastlands, but enroute to getting to the final, they had beaten home side Beirut FC and hence, the entire Ziwani was understandably rooting for Huruma.Harambee Stars and Zesco United midfielder Anthony Akumu turning out for South B United vies for the ball against GAA Huruma’s Tyson Otieno who plays for Mathare United at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIt was an end to end affair, entertaining and as always, the gist of it was on the sidelines as well. Here are some photos from that epic final.The passionate fans who turned up at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. For the Koth Biro final. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe proximity of the pitch to the fans always makes the tournament more interesting and every touch of the ball every piece of fancy footwork is celebrated like a goal.South B United’s Nixon Omondi vies for the ball with Huruma’s Eugene Chege as fans watch at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018 during the Koth Biro final. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaGor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr was a bit excited when he saw his two centre backs Musa Mohammed and Harun Shakava turn out for South B United at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018 during the Koth Biro final. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSouth B United fans celebrate after clinching the Koth Biro title at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja, Makadara MP George Aladwa with Nairobi County’s County Executive for Education and Sports Janet Ouko during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluCapital FM’s Production Assistant Lassie Atrash and Marketing Executive Frankline Oduor during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and a Ziwani darling Flighter whom he bought a new wheelchair for after his photos being pushed by an old wheelchair went viral on social media. They were together again during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri and Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa enjoy a light moment during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNairobi County Executive for Education and Sports Janet Okello poses for a photo with South C Ward MCA Osman Mohammed and Upper Savannah’s Stazo Omung’ala during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja with FKF boss Nick Mwendwa during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSouth B United fans celebrate after clinching the Koth Biro title at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKoth Biro Golden Boot winner Abraham Dawo receives his trophy from former Kenyan international Mike Okoth, father to Liverpool FC forward Divock Origi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFans follow proceedings during the Koth Biro final at the Umeme Grounds in Ziwani on January 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Played six, won six. If Carlsberg did west London football…

first_imgIf Carlsberg did west London football weeks, they couldn’t have scripted the last seven days any better.The record of the area’s four top teams in that period reads played six, won six, scored 14.Chelsea might have qualified for a Champions League semi-final showdown with Barcelona in the process, but it’s Brentford who are the real Bees’ knees, having won four on the bounce – including impressive away victories at Preston and MK Dons.Uwe Rosler’s side are still five points adrift of the play-offs but if the Easter bunny is kind to them over the next few days, anything is possible.“There was typically not an Arsenal shirt in sight when we got home on Saturday.”‘Brickie chap’ on the Griffin Park Grapevine forum was forced to miss the latest triumph over Oldham to attend his mate’s 60th in a pub, but was cannily keeping up to date with proceedings via his phone.He wrote: “I nearly gave the fella a heart attack as I jumped up and shouted out ‘Get in there!’ when we went one up. The rest of the boozer sat there looking confused as they watched the Barca game!”Meanwhile ‘Bee4ever’ was laughing at “a number of middle-aged men sitting in the paddock, intermittently bursting into solo songs with no one else joining in”.I started to smile too, until I got the horrible feeling that when he said ‘middle-aged’ they were probably younger than me.Fulham moved into 10th place in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Norwich, but their fans are more concerned with the Easter Monday showdown against Chelsea at Craven Cottage.Fulham are unbeaten in Premier League West London derbies this season after getting a draw at the Bridge, together with a 7-0 aggregate win over QPR (I wrote that through gritted teeth).A poster on the Cottage Corner messageboard confidently predicted “We can beat Chelsea on Monday.”Rosler’s Bees are flying.When another user asked how, he replied: “Score more goals than them.”How Aston Villa and Benfica must wish they’d adopted that brilliant tactical plan over these past few days.Villa were humbled 4-2 at home by the Blues while Benfica lost 2-1 in a crazy game in SW6 which could have finished 7-7.Not for the first time in this season’s Champions League, Chelsea didn’t make it easy for themselves, repelling wave after wave of attacks before Frank Lampard steadied the nerves with a trademark penalty.But when Benfica pulled one back after Ramires had somehow managed to step over the ball a yard out at the other end, Stamford Bridge turned into a quivering mass, before Raul Meireles’ late strike finally put things to bed.To qualify for the Champions League next season, Chelsea would need to overturn a five-point gap in the league, which is pretty big at this stage of the season.Or they can beat Barcelona over two legs before seeing off Real Madrid or Bayern Munich to lift the trophy and qualify automatically.Suddenly that five-point gap doesn’t look quite as big after all.Lampard’s penalty proved vital.The last time Barca were in west London they did a spot of training at QPR’s ground ahead of a trip to Arsenal – which brings us nicely to events at Loftus Road on Saturday.Adel Taarabt made it 69th time lucky by finally breaking his duck for the season with a brilliant goal, before grabbing a crafty smoke with Marouane Chamakh in a shisha café.Mark Hughes gave him a mild rebuke but when all’s said and done it’s only fruit tobacco and Adel would argue he was simply having one of his five a day.I’ve got nothing against the Gunners – my Nan and Grandad were Highbury season-ticket holders, and my mum veers between Arsenal and Spurs (despite being born in Hammersmith), while loads of my mates are Gooners, together with most of the north London street where I live in exile.Which made that little 2-1 victory last weekend all the sweeter.Year after year I’ve headed to Finsbury Park Station en route to Loftus Road and walked past the pub where the Arsenal fans are gathered to be met with polite/patronising enquiries: “Who have you got today?” ”What league are you in these days?” “How come you don’t support a proper team?”There was typically not an Arsenal shirt in sight when we got home on Saturday.I was particularly pleased my little girl was there to witness the victory, particularly after briefing her beforehand to expect the worst.Most of her class are Arsenal ‘fans’ (even though they’ve never been to see them play) and were laughing beforehand about how many they were going to stick past little old QPR…well they’re not laughing now.The only thing she does not quite get is the embarrassing dad routine that accompanies the goals, as adults revert to childhood, while their offspring tell them to calm down.Taking this on board, the first thing I did when we got to our seats was to apologise to the fella next to me for planting a smacker on his cheek during the victory over Liverpool, assuring him it wouldn’t happen again.And then Samba Diakite went and ruined everything by scoring the winner.We’re now on first-name terms and he’s insisted that if it means we’re winning games I can carry on kissing for the rest of the season.Thank the Lord there’s only three games left.Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

Half-time: Stoke 0 Chelsea 0

first_imgJohn Terry had a goal disallowed in the Capital One Cup fourth-round clash at the Britannia Stadium, where Diego Costa hobbled off just after the half-hour mark.Chelsea skipper Terry skilfully back-heeled Willian’s right-wing cross into the net but was denied by an offside flag.Earlier, Baba Rahman found Ramires with a clever pass and the Brazilian whizzed around Jack Butland but was unable to apply the finish from an acute angle, shooting into the side netting.And before that, Stoke keeper Butland produced fine saves to deny Costa and Oscar as Chelsea made an impressive start.At the other end, Marc Muniesa went close with a spectacular bicycle kick that landed on the roof of the net.Costa was involved in a tough physical battle with the Stoke defence before being replaced by Loic Remy, who returned to the squad having recovered from an injury of his own.Baba, Oscar and John Mikel Obi started in place of Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas and the suspended Nemanja Matic, while Blues keeper Asmir Begovic is playing against his former club.Begovic was called into action in first-half stoppage time, when he saved from Jonathan Walters after the Potters forward had been found by Mame Diouf.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Baba; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa (Remy 31).Subs: Amelia, Djilobodji, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Kenedy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Discovery in Chinese acquisition

first_img2 December 2009South African healthcare insurer Discovery has announced its intention to expand into China with the acquisition of a 24.99% stake in Ping An Health Insurance.While China’s private health insurance market is still nascent, there is strong growth potential – in 2007, gross written premiums were approximately 19-billion Yuan (R21-billion), while McKinsey & Company estimates that in 2008, private healthcare premiums reached approximately 55-billion Yuan (R59-billion).The Chinese company is owned by Ping An Insurance, the second largest insurer in China with a market capitalisation of 292-billion Yuan (about R319-billion).“Ping An is an excellent partner,” Discovery CEO Adrian Gore said in a statement this week. “The group is a leader in the Chinese insurance market, providing immediate scale, brand and distribution capability in this rapidly growing market.”Social health insurance limitationsWhile large portions of the Chinese population are covered by the Social Health Insurance (SHI) system, this has strict coverage caps and co-payments, and there is inadequate access to top-tier hospitals and healthcare facilities.According to Discovery, this inadequate cover, coupled with increasing consumer awareness about the need for preventive healthcare, has created demand for private medical insurance.The growing disposable income amongst the 25-40 million middle-class households means many consumers can afford top-up cover, while there is also increasing demand for cover for private healthcare facilities, diagnostics and branded drugs that fall outside the limited SHI schedule of benefits.According to Discovery, the Chinese government recognises the limitations of the SHI, and through their reform process, is encouraging private healthcare insurance providers to play an active role in developing a multi-level health insurance system.Ping An Health currently holds one of a limited number of health insurance licences issued by the Chinese Insurance Regulatory Commission.Middle and upper class customers“Ping An Group currently has a 30% share of the ‘riders’ or ‘supplementary’ private health insurance market,” said Gore. “In 2005, Ping An grasped the enormous growth opportunity and potential of the comprehensive health insurance market, and Ping An Health was established in Shanghai.”Ping An Health’s products and services are primarily aimed at middle and upper income customers, and it has branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. It has recorded significant growth over the last three years with sales increasing more than 400% over the period.“Ping An Health is a fast-growing, well capitalised business,” said Gore. “We are confident that it will be able to maintain its growth trajectory as the Chinese health insurance market develops and it is able to leverage off Ping An group’s comprehensive distribution network and scale in the Chinese market.”The conclusion of the transaction is subject to definitive agreement between the parties, following which it would be subject to the requisite regulatory approvals and other conditions precedent.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa’s youngest author tells her story

first_imgA young South African, seven-year-old Michelle Nkamankeng, has become the youngest published author in the country and in Africa. The first book in her four-part series is about overcoming fears.At the age of seven, Michelle Nkamankeng has become the youngest published author in South Africa. (Image: Unicef, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterBetween playing netball, doing ballet, gymnastics, and swimming, a seven-year-old South African has become the youngest published author on the continent.Michelle Nkamankeng wrote her book, Waiting for the Waves without her parents’ knowledge.“My brother and sisters knew because they always came in my room. They were like, ‘What are you doing?” Michelle told Times Live.“I told them not to tell mummy and daddy. I wanted it to be a surprise.”Watch Michelle talk about her book:From manuscript to bookMichelle wrote her book on sheets of A4 paper, using green and purple pens. She folded the paper in half and used staples and scotch tape to bind them into a book.She put her name on the cover and at the end, she wrote a message to her readers: “I hope you had a nice time reading this book.”Today, it looks a little different. Gone are the staples and tape. Her story is illustrated by Megan Venter, described by online shopping portal Amazon as “one of the best illustrators”.The fact that @michelle_n23 could write a book at the age of 7 shows you that talent has no age! #Sistahood#YoungMaestros— Insta: (@Craze_TV) October 31, 2016The storyMichelle’s tale centres on Titi, who has a fear of waves. But with love and support from her family, Titi manages to overcome her terror.“This story highlights the contradictions of emotions: ultimately, by freeing yourself from fear, you give yourself permission to truly experience the beauty of nature,” reads Amazon.Her father, Paul Nkamankeng, told Destiny magazine that Michelle used her own experience of the beach and how she conquered her fear of the waves.“The next book from the series, The Little Girl Who Believes in Herself, is about her progression from her fear of the waves to her gaining confidence in herself as a little girl growing up,” Nkamankeng said.The series comprises four books, but Nkamankeng said the final two had yet to be published.“The third one is called The Little Mouse. It is about finding herself in a world where there are many challenges that she can’t understand. It’s more of a progress of how she sees life from her eyes,” he said.Michelle has encouraged children to follow their dreams. “Don’t let anybody get in your way, and if you can’t read you can’t write,” she told AFP.Source: Times Live Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Nelson Mandela Bridge goes pink

first_imgAlong with other global landmarks, Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg will be illuminated in pink for the month of October to raise awareness of breast cancer.For the fourth year running, the City of Johannesburg has partnered with international cosmetics company Estée Lauder to highlight breast health and early detection of the disease.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Nelson Mandela Bridge PINK ILLUMINATION in support of breast cancer awareness drive. #breastcancerawareness ^LM— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) September 21, 2016“The lighting of the Nelson Mandela Bridge will serve as a reminder that the earlier breast cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better are one’s chances of beating it,” said Dr Mpho Phalatse, the member of the mayoral committee for health and social development.South Africa was ranked 50th on the World Cancer Research Fund list of countries with the highest cancer prevalence rates, the city said.“Breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women and is the most prominent cancer in women worldwide, increasing particularly in developing countries, where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages,” said Estée Lauder SA general manager Loren Dreyer.She said calling attention to breast cancer “serves to create a dialogue around taking a conscious interest in one’s health”.Watch:Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using materiallast_img read more