​Alecta invests €100m in African social government bond

first_img“In this case, through local and international reinsurance through credit guarantees,” he added.Alecta said the bond will finance areas such as schooling, healthcare, food safety and infrastructure — contributing to most of the United Nation’s UN Sustainable Development Goals, including ‘no poverty’, ‘good health and well-being’ and ‘quality education’.It explained that ATI reinsured the entire nominal amount of the loan through a number of international reinsurance companies, adding that the bond’s financing was earmarked for social schemes and basic services in rural areas.According to the pension fund, ESG research firm Vigeo Eiris has checked that the framework developed by the country follows the International Capital Market Association’s Social Bond Principles. One of these, it said, is that the bond issuer must report back to show the effects that the investment contributed to. Sweden’s biggest pension fund, Alecta, has invested just over SEK1bn (€100m) in the first African social government bond, financing welfare and development in an unnamed West African country.The SEK877bn fund said the bond securitises a loan taken by the country and is being managed by Japanese bank MUFG, with insurance for the loan being provided by the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI).A spokesman for Alecta told IPE the identity of the issuing country was not being disclosed. He said the investment would form part of Alecta’s overall portfolio, sitting within the euro portfolio.Peter Lööw, sustainability manager at Alecta Asset Management, the pension fund’s investment arm, said: “We see an increased range of new types of investment opportunities where several actors come together and through various risk-reducing measures make it possible for institutional capital to go in and finance development in new regions, without compromising on our assignment.last_img read more

Badgers rebound in home victory over Northwestern

first_imgSenior Brittany Dolgner led the team with 17 kills in a win over Northwestern.[/media-credit]In a season that has featured only two winning streaks, none longer than two games, Wisconsin continued its up-and-down trend on the weekend with a four-set win Saturday over Northwestern.A night after falling to No. 8 Illinois, the Badgers rebounded nicely on their home court, winning a tough match against the Wildcats that featured 25 ties and 12 lead changes. Wisconsin had a season-high 14 blocks, five of which came from freshman Kirby Toon, who also had 13 kills in the match.Senior outside hitter Brittney Dolgner led the team with a match-high 17 kills, six of which came during the first set, which the Badgers also won 25-19.Wisconsin dominated Northwestern at the start, getting the first point and not relinquishing the lead or even allowing a tie score during the first set. The Badgers’ biggest lead was seven points, and while the Wildcats cut the lead 23-19, they were never really in position to take a lead.“That was a good win tonight — we responded well after coming off the loss last night,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “We saw a much better offensive performance and the blocking was very strong.”From a team standpoint, the defense was perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Badgers’ game. Along with the season-high 14 blocks, Wisconsin had three players with double digit digs, including a match-high 19 from libero Kim Kuzma.On the offensive side, in addition from big nights from Dolgner and Toon, the Badgers also got a boost from Elle Ohlander, who returned from a knee injury with 10 kills and only two errors against the Wildcats.But according to Dolgner, while the hitters were doing their part, the reason the Badgers were able to be so effective offensively was the strong play from setter Janelle Gabrielsen. The sophomore had 46 assists and eight digs, and Dolgner believes her stellar passing allowed for better opportunities at the net.“I think that really has to do with how we dig the ball and how efficient Nellie is,” Dolgner said. “When the ball is dug right to her she can dish it anywhere. She’s really good at seeing where her blockers are … so I think that’s why I was getting a lot of kills.”The second set didn’t go as smoothly for the Badgers. After leading the entire way through the first set, the Wildcats finally took the lead for the first time at 6-5 in the second. After eight tie scores and three lead changes, Northwestern pulled away and finished the set with a commanding 25-18 win.Even though the Badgers quickly grabbed the momentum with their strong first set, Waite wasn’t surprised to see Northwestern snatch it back, especially with the talent the Wildcats possess.“We knew this team comes a lot; they won in five against Indiana and Purdue, and those are two pretty strong teams, so we knew they were a resilient group,” Waite said. “And anytime you have a player like Sabel Moffett in the middle who can just fly and score, you’ve got an opportunity to come back, and that’s really what they did.”For the rest of the match, neither team was able to fully ride the momentum.After seven ties and six lead changes in the third set, the Badgers finally were able to come away with a huge 25-23 comeback win. Northwestern led the Badgers by as many as five points, but Wisconsin took eight of the last nine points to complete the huge comeback, which Waite noted as an integral part of the match.“The turning point was in the third set when we were down late in the game,” Waite said. “That’s a pretty strong turn of events. It shows the composure of the team to hold them off and come back and get that. It really gave our team a lot of confidence going into the fourth [set].”After losing to Illinois, the Badgers needed a win to stay put in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten.While they may have expected a tough match against Northwestern, the contest’s back-and-forth nature made for a physically exhausting test. For Toon, however, the game’s difficulty made the win that much more enjoyable.“I think physically it was a very demanding game,” Toon said. “But that’s when a match is most rewarding, when you have to fight for the win and you get it. I think mentally though we were really focused and really alert, so that was good.”last_img read more

Remembering Kobe: In lieu of a Lakers game, fans, Hall of Famers grieve at Staples Center

first_imgDwyane Wade talked about how Bryant called him during the 2009 playoffs, asking for advice on how to attack the Celtics’ defense. Reggie Miller talked about the grudging respect he felt for Bryant after he helped dismantle the Pacers in the 2000 Finals. O’Neal spoke to the loss he felt that he wouldn’t be able to speak to Bryant at Kobe’s Hall of Fame enshrinement, which is expected to be next fall. He said he hadn’t spoken to Bryant since his retirement game in 2016, when Bryant scored 60 points.“That’s the only thing I wish,” O’Neal said, “that I could speak to him again.”Jerry West, who famously maneuvered for Bryant after being floored by a workout, said he felt like “his father” when he was running the front office for the Lakers. Although West is now a Clippers consultant, he related a time when Bryant threatened to sign with the Clippers – and West (working for Memphis at the time) talked him out of it, telling him not to play for then-owner Donald Sterling. Even after West left the Lakers in August of 2000, he remained close to Bryant and continued to advise him.“I don’t know if I can get over this,” West said, cracking. “I really don’t.” PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans leave condolence message on boards to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, at a memorial set up outside of Staples Center on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe his daughter Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPeople mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Monica rojas, Los Angeles, cries as she mourns Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Lucy Lomuro, Los Angeles, is comforted as she cries for Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Jesse and Denise Cariaga comfort each other over the passing of Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans continue to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, at a memorial set up outside of Staples Center on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe his daughter Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: A young fan leaves a message to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, at a memorial set up outside of Staples Center on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe his daughter Gianna, 13, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans walk among memorial walls near Staples Center in honor of former NBA great Kobe Bryant who, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died January 26 in a helicopter crash, on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe and “Gigi” were among nine people killed in the crash in Calabasas, California as they were flying to his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where he was going to coach her in a tournament game. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans continue to pay their respect to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, at a memorial set up outside of Staples Center on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe his daughter Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Items left by fans to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant at LA Live on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans shoot baskets at a memorial wall near Staples Center in honor of former NBA great Kobe Bryant who, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died January 26 in a helicopter crash, on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe and “Gigi” were among nine people killed in the crash in Calabasas, California as they were flying to his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where he was going to coach her in a tournament game. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans shoot baskets at a memorial wall near Staples Center in honor of former NBA great Kobe Bryant who, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, died January 26 in a helicopter crash, on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe and “Gigi” were among nine people killed in the crash in Calabasas, California as they were flying to his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where he was going to coach her in a tournament game. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: A fan leaves behind an item to pay respect to Kobe Bryant at LA Live on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Fans gather to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant at LA Live on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Items left by fans to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant at LA Live on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Fans gather to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant at LA Live on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 28: Items left by fans to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant at LA Live on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 28: Fans leave condolence message on boards to pay their respects to Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, 13, at a memorial set up outside of Staples Center on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kobe his daughter Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on January 26 in Calabasas, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 41People mourn Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Where there was to be a basketball game, there were dim lights and Hall of Famers sitting in chairs, shedding tears.Where there was to be cheering, there were silent, empty rows of seats.Outside Staples Center was where Lakers fans gathered – not in joy, but in grief.There was only one Kobe Bryant, and mourning his death was a similarly singular affair on Tuesday evening, when the Lakers and Clippers had been previously scheduled to play. The game was postponed out of respect for the Lakers and the Bryant family. In the L.A. Live plaza, thousands of fans, some from as far away as China, roved through memorials of all kinds to the Black Mamba and his daughter, 13-year-old Gianna Bryant, who were among nine to die in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday morning. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThere were eight wall-sized paper murals, erected by the Staples Center staff, tattooed on both sides with personal inscriptions. Hundreds of candles glimmered along metal barriers as the sun set on downtown Los Angeles. There were layers of flowers, purple and golden blossoms, laid down among inscribed jerseys, hats and basketballs. Fans left stuffed animals, balloons, action figures, Kobe Bryant shoes both new and well-worn. People had drawn portraits of Kobe and Gianna, lovingly embracing, or simply printed out pictures and framed.The grief ran all the way onto the very ground the masses walked on, where messages to Kobe and GiGi were scrawled both in chalk and in ink: “R.I.P. KOBE” or “LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER” or “THANK YOU MAMBA” or “MISS YOU GIGI”. Arena officials opened adjacent Chick Hearn Court to pedestrian traffic to allow the placement of still more memorials.There were those who adopted a game-like atmosphere, chanting “KO-BE” or “M-V-P,” and cheering on fans who shot on an office hoop set up on one of the murals. Others sat on the ground or kneeled, uttering prayers or silently weeping.Most were caught somewhere in between, wandering the makeshift memorials with the readily identifiable haze of grief around them.Inside Staples Center, that grief was being put into words by people who knew Bryant well. For a TNT special broadcast from center court, former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal had tears trailing down his cheeks as he spoke about his often fraught relationship with Bryant, who he first met when Kobe was 17 and told him in no uncertain terms that he was going to be the best basketball player ever and “bigger than Will Smith” off the court. Their three-peat dynasty fueled by the duo was eventually torn apart by their feud. But O’Neal said their names will be forever linked, and he believes that they constituted the “most dominant, big-little, one-two punch ever.“Got two strong-minded people that are gonna get it done that way,” he said. “You’re gonna say certain things. The respect will never be lost. But when it comes to being inside the lines and win, that’s what we did.”center_img That there was no game Tuesday spoke volumes about how the Lakers, and the NBA at large, felt about Bryant’s loss.There’s precedent for the NBA canceling games, but they are rarely associated with the death of one person. The league canceled games in 1992 during the Rodney King riots; in 1999 after the Columbine shooting; in 2013 after the Boston Marathon bombing. The last time the NBA is believed to have postponed a game for the death of an individual is in 2000, when Charlotte Hornets player Bobby Phills died in a car collision the day the Hornets were supposed to take on the Chicago Bulls.Both the Lakers and the Clippers had reservations about staging a game at Staples Center just two days after Bryant’s death, two people with knowledge of the situation said. Beyond the readiness of the players, there were also questions about the ability of the hundreds of team employees and arena staff members to be able to work through grief on a short timeline. Bryant was personable and well-known, even after his retirement, and his death left many in the organization devastated.That was felt at the highest levels: General Manager Rob Pelinka was Bryant’s agent for more than a decade before accepting a Lakers role in 2017 and remained close with him – Bryant himself said the two were frequent tennis partners. Team owner Jeanie Buss considered him a close friend and advisor, and The Athletic reported that Bryant was one of the figures who urged her to consolidate her power in the franchise when she fired her brother Jim and longtime GM Mitch Kupchak. ESPN was first to report Pelinka and Buss had gone to Orange County to be with Vanessa Bryant and her surviving children.Discussions about postponing the game continued through Monday as those in the Lakers organization gauged their emotions, with the team calling in grief counselors on Monday to address employees. In the end, the league and the teams agreed that postponing the game to a later date (which has yet to be decided) would be the best strategy for all parties.Instead of their typical game prep, which would have been a morning shootaround, the Lakers came to their El Segundo practice facility in Tuesday for a light workout and a team luncheon – more for the team to be together than for any functional practice work. The gathering lasted several hours.Outside of the practice facility were more shrines: A paper mural stretched nearly court-length, with Bryant’s face in the middle of each panel. Open bottles of wine and an open can of Modelo were left as offerings among more flowers and candles.The iron gates of the facility had left a door open for fans to venture in, and here they were more mournful and silent. Purple and gold balloons danced in the wind, and staffers gently picked up vases that had tumbled after particularly strong gusts.One of the few visitors who spoke was on a video call with a friend, showing the party on the other end of the line the shrine to Bryant and Gianna. She prefaced the display: “Just don’t cry, OK?”Whether you cried or not, you were in good company.Mirjam Swanson contributed to this story. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Marte, Pirates finalize $31 million, 6-year deal

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is seen during during a news conference where his contract extension was discussed before a spring exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Starling Marte wants to be part of what he hopes will be a long run of success for the Pittsburgh Pirates.Less than two years after his major league debut, the 25-year-old outfielder finalized a $31 million, six-year contract with the Pirates on Thursday.“There are a lot of reasons,” Marte said through interpreter Peter Greenberg, his agent. “I didn’t feel I needed to wait because I like where I am. I have confidence in the organization and I feel comfortable.”Marte receives a $2 million signing bonus from the Pirates, who are coming off their first postseason appearance since 1991. He gets salaries of $500,000 this season, $1 million next year, $3 million in 2016, $5 million in 2017, $7.5 million in 2018 and $10 million in 2019.Pittsburgh has an $11.5 million option for 2020 with a $2 million buyout. If that option is exercised, the Pirates have a $12.5 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.If Marte finishes among the top five in MVP in any of the next six seasons, the option prices would increase by $500,000 each. If he finishes among the top five in 2020, the option for the next year would go up by $500,000. The option prices can increase by a maximum of $1 million each.The deal replaces a one-year contract agreed to earlier this month that would have paid him $516,000 while in the major leagues and $300,000 while in the minors. He would have been eligible for arbitration after the 2015 season and for free agency after the 2018 World Series.Marte hit .280 with 12 homers, 35 RBIs and a team-high 41 steals last year, his first full season in the majors. When he made his big league debut at Houston on July 26, 2012, he led off the game with a first-pitch home run against Dallas Keuchel.Marte has a .275 career batting average with 53 stolen bases and a .773 on-base plus slugging percentage.“This is something that’s part of our plan to sign young men who are going to be great players,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “We feel very fortunate Starling was willing to commit to us as we were willing to commit to him.”Marte becomes Pittsburgh’s fourth player with a deal beyond 2014: right-hander Charlie Morton and outfielder Jose Tabata have contracts through 2016 and outfielder Andrew McCutchen through 2017.“It’s an exciting time,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We’re not trying to build a house. We’re trying to create a home. This is tangible evidence that we’re creating a place where players want to be, a place where they want to thrive, a place where players want to settle.”Notes: Pittsburgh acquired OF Keon Broxton from Arizona for a player to be named and assigned him to Altoona of the Double-A Eastern League. … The Pirates optioned RHP Brandon Cumpton to Indianapolis of the Triple-A International League.last_img read more

Olympia Residents: Saturday Drop-off Site Opens for the 2015 Season

first_imgSubmitted by The City of OlympiaThe City of Olympia’s Saturday Drop-Off Site opens for the season on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The site is located at the City’s Maintenance Center, 1401 Eastside Street, SE. The site is open every Saturday through November 21, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. We accept scrap metal, yard debris and traditional recyclables at the site. The site is open all holiday weekends.Recycle Non-Appliance and Clean Scrap MetalAre you cleaning out your barn or garden shed? Have any metal waste, such as tools, fencing, fenders, wheels, posts, tanks, wire, car parts or outdoor furniture? Bring them to Olympia’s Saturday Drop-off Site, where we accept clean, non-appliance scrap metal. There is no fee for scrap metal disposal. Please note the following:All plastic must be removed.No fluids or gasses of any kind. For safety reasons, an attendant will check that all units containing oil, hydraulics or transmission fluids, gasoline, other fuels or gasses, etc., have been properly   drained or otherwise cleaned. See the web site listed below for more information.Sorry, no paint cans or batteries.No refrigerators, microwaves, television sets, washing machines or other appliances.Yard Debris and WasteOlympia residents may bring grass, garden clippings, prunings, brambles, brush, and branches. Wood is also acceptable as long as it is untreated and unpainted (nails are okay). Rates are assessed on load size and type of material, cash and check accepted. Customers are required to unload their own vehicles, so bring only what you can physically handle.Traditional RecyclablesDo you have extra recycling from a special clean out, a recent move, or simply more than your cart can hold? Olympia garbage customers can now bring their extra recyclables at no charge to the Saturday Drop-off Site:PaperCardboardAluminum and tin cansPlastic bottles, jugs, dairy tubsPlastic rigid flower potsPlastic bucketsGlass bottles and jarsVisit olympiawa.gov/satdropoff for additional information and resources. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

On A Wintry Day in RB, Soup is Super

first_imgGary Sable of That Hot Dog Place in Red Bank serves up some soup on a chilly afternoon in Red Bank recently. While soup is popular year-round, demand definitely rises when Old Man Winter comes to town. RED BANK — Bread may be the staff of life as the old proverb goes. But, boy, that cup of soup — especially on a cold day — can brighten a meal and a day.It was damp and rainy last Thursday afternoon as Andy Anderson ran into Readie’s 39 Broad Street, for a quick lunch. On his agenda that day, as it turns out most days, was a container of soup. “I don’t have a lot of time for lunch and it’s fast,” he said, and he likes the health benefits of eating soup for lunch. “I try to watch what I eat,” Anderson said.Red Bank has any number of locations that offer a variety of soups on any given day.“We sell a lot of soup year ’round, but this time of year, look around,” said Readie’s owner Tom Fishkin, as he scanned the small dining area, where indeed most of the customers on hand for a late lunch seemed to have soup containers in front of them and plastic spoons in their fists.Fishkin confided, “Our hope is they’ll eat it year ’round.”Readie’s, which recently moved on to Broad Streert after many years on Monmouth Street, prepares about four different soups daily. Among the four, he said, are two “regular” types, meaning “all purpose” usually chicken based, a vegetarian-style and a seafood-based. Selection. He offers one cream soup every day, “Because it’s popular,” Fishkin said.Though, not for Anderson. “I like anything that is not creamy,” he said. “I have to watch my diet.”Readie’s makes its own soups daily, with some of the most popular being turkey with wild rice and the traditional chicken noodle.The key to a good soup, Fishkin explained, is using “good, fresh ingredients,” and equally important, “Don’t rush it.”“Our soups are not complicated,” he said. “Most of the soups we make,  a conscientious homemaker can make it.”The key to success is familiarity. “When people go out for dinner they might be adventurous,” Fishkin said; but for lunch, when they have limited time, people stick to what they know.And the weather plays a role, too. “If I know it’s going to be a rainy day, I’ll have a chili,” he said. “It’s a natural.”“The weather definitely factors into it,” says Gary Sable, owner and operator of That Hot Dog Place/Soupmeister, located at Victorian Courtyard, 30 Monmouth Street.“If it’s a cold, rainy, nasty day you bring out your heavy hitters,” he said, which can be Italian wedding, chicken tortilla or spicy sausage. “People will always eat chicken noodle soup,” he stated matter-of-factly.And he would know, Sable has been operating his small take-out shop for 17 years, arriving before 5 a.m. to prepare his three-five soups daily. “Anyone who has the slightest bit of a sniffle, they want chicken soup.”His selections range from the traditional standard-bearers like chicken noodle to a vegetarian offering and “sometimes a weird one,” like a recent choice of chicken stroganoff  or oxtail soup to round out his menu of hot dogs and deli sandwiches.“You go light in the summer, and not just amount,” he adds. Though he does sell less soup in the warm weather, those he does sell tend to be the brothier types. “Cream soups, you can’t give them away in the summer.”But in the winter, “go heavy,” he says, meaning heartier soups and more of them.His favorite? “My favorite was the first soup I ever made: beef barley. It’s still my favorite. I make it all the time.”“Ingredients are the key,” he stressed. “It’s only as good as the ingredients. And it’s important not to be stingy.“It’s just as easy to make a pot of soup with three chickens in it as one.”He also offered a little secret, given him by his mother, for beef stock soups — shinbones. “It makes the best soups, it adds a lot of flavor.”Mike Tierney, who owns No Joe’s Café, 51 Broad Street, agreed that preparation is the key.“That goes for anything,” he said.“If you prepare properly, with all the right ingredients, that’s when you’re going to be a success,” he predicted.No Joe’s use to make its own soups on site for years but has since started having it delivered from Hale and Hearty, a New York City-based company, which does it better than he could, Tierney said.Some of the most successful selections at No Joe’s are chicken pot pie, and a new one, Senegalese chicken peanut, a tomato-based type. “It is phenomenal,” he insisted.He sells soup all year, although he sells more in the colder months. But even when it’s warm, “It always goes. I never throw it out.”And what’s great about soups, is you can experiment, add different ingredients to create a new variation. “It’s a great way to get through your inventory,” Tierney said. “You’re just throwing stuff in. But that’s how soups are made.”The appeal of soup is “comfort, biggest thing,” Sable summed up. Besides, “It’s healthy and inexpensive, and that’s important now.”“It’s certainly comfort food,” said Rob Atkinson, who has been coming to Sable’s for the 15 years he’s worked in Red Bank. “It gets you through the afternoon.”Sable swears by its healthfulness and rejuvenating powers “Did you ever see anyone who eats a lot of soup that’s fat?” asked the railthin Sable. “I eat soup every day and I’m not fat.”last_img read more

Smokies find talent in Kootenays, kick off season Saturday

first_imgThe 2012-13 roster also features Kootenay products Adam Wheeldon (Nelson), Joren Johnson (Shoreacres) and Brenden Heinrich (Kimberley); Wheeldon and Johnson are two of the eight returnees from 2011-12 headlined by new captain Garrett McMullen and starting goaltender Lyndon Stanwood.Trail will begin the season with only five of the requisite six overage spots filled with forwards McMullen, Brent Baltus, Tyler Berkholtz, Merrimack commit Alex Holland and defenseman Djordje Leposavic.Berkholtz and Holland both spent last season in the BCHL on Vancouver Island while Leposavic returns to his home province after playing Junior “A” in North Bay, Ontario last year.All 56 regular-season games will be broadcast live on FastHockey pay-per-view as well as through the Smoke Eaters’ Ustream channel.To find out more information on broadcast options, visit www.trailsmokeeaters.com. The Trail Smoke Eaters kick off the 2012-13 B.C. Hockey League season with a host of local talent Saturday at the Save-On Foods BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.The Smokies will have three Greater Trail products to start the season: 16 year-old forward Mitchell Foyle (Fruitvale) and 17 year-old forward Jake Lucchini (Trail) both join the Smokies from the major midget Kootenay Ice, while fellow 17 year-old Trail product Scott Davidson moves up from the Junior “B” Beaver Valley Nitehawks.last_img read more

XPRESSBET $10K BET SWEEPSTAKES IS BACK FOR SECOND YEAR

first_imgAbout XpressbetXpressbet provides legal and secure online wagering services to horseplayers in the United States.  It is the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly wagering site, allowing customers to wager on more than 300 of the world’s best racetracks from their computer, phone or mobile device.  Xpressbet operates XB SELECT, the industry’s premier destination for high-volume wagering, and XB Net, which connects bet shops and wagering sites from around the world to North American racing.  Xpressbet is a Stronach Group company, which also owns and operates Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, the award-winning Adena Springs operation, AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and Monarch Content Management. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network. Additionally, 25 Second Prize winners will receive a $100 Xpressbet wagering voucher and 50 Third Prize winners will receive autographed memorabilia signed by Hall of Fame jockeys, including John Velazquez, Mike Smith and Edgar Prado. Visit Xpressbet.com to sign up. In addition to participating in the $10K Bet Sweepstakes, new customers can earn a $125 Bonus by entering promo code XMAN125. “We’re excited to once again provide our customers the opportunity to experience a marquee event at an iconic horse racing venue,” said Xpressbet Senior Vice President of Marketing, Kerry Carlson. “Both of last year’s Grand Prize winners not only hit big, which was incredibly exciting, but also raved about the experience. We love to reward our loyal customers, and this year we’ve introduced even more prizes so everyone that registers and plays has a greater chance of winning.” 2014 Grand Prize Winners Cashed for $60,000 on Florida Derby & Santa Anita Derbycenter_img February 2, 2015 (Washington, PA) – For the second consecutive year, leading online wagering provider, Xpressbet, is giving two customers the opportunity to win a VIP trip to the Florida Derby and Santa Anita Derby, as well as $10,000 to place a Win bet on their race. Each Grand Prize winner will get to cheer their horse down the stretch in person from the track. The Grand Prize package also includes roundtrip airfare for two and three-nights hotel accommodations. In last year’s inaugural $10K Bet Sweepstakes, both Grand Prize winners parlayed their luck into an unforgettable experience at the track, complete with a winning wager. Tom Guadagno turned his $10,000 Win bet on the Florida Derby into a $43,000 payday when Constitution hit the wire first, while Scott Shore’s choice of California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby returned $17,000. Since 2000, the average Win payout is $19.71 in the Florida Derby and $14.63 in the Santa Anita Derby, based on a $2 wager. The Sweepstakes begins Sunday, February 1 and continues through Sunday, March 15. Registration is free for Xpressbet customers and registrants earn entries for every wager they make with Xpressbet. Bonus entries will be awarded for wagers made on Stronach Group Tracks and Hawthorne Race Course.last_img read more

NEC Certificates CSOs in Nimba

first_imgOn January 4th, 2014, the National Elections Commission (NEC) certificated at least ___ civil society organizations  (CSOs) in Nimba County for playing major roles in voter education awareness.According to the Upper Nimba Magistrate, Mr. Princeton Monbiah, the certificate of accreditation was awarded to these organizations because of their past performance in NEC’s civic education awareness exercise.“They are qualified to carry voter education prescribed by the National Elections Commission,” he said.The certification ceremony took place at the official launch of the civic and voter’s education campaign on the 2014 voter role update exercise which was held across Liberia on the 4th January.The voters’ roll update was launched in Ganta, Nimba County, and brought together Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties including several chiefs and elders from across Nimba.Some of the CSOs included; the Inter-Visionary Artists, Daughters of Nimba, Rural Women Promoter, Nimba County Development Association, Give Them Help, Agricultural Relief Services, Small Enterprise Development Organization among others.NEC Deputy Commissioner Samuel Z. Joe, Nimba Superintendent Christiana Dagadu,  Ganta City Mayor Dorr Cooper and chiefs and elders attended the launch in Ganta.Supt. Dagadu encouraged the citizens to do their best by going through the voter roll process. She also urged the CSOs to reach everywhere in the county with sharing their awareness so the citizens could be informed.“Reach all parts of Nimba, don’t focus on urban areas alone, reach the rural parts so everybody can be aware of the coming exercise,” City Mayor Dorr Cooper said reinforcing the Superintendent’s earlier statement. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DONEGAL GO DOWN TO CAVAN IN McKENNA CUP

first_imgCavan 1-14 Donegal 2-08: Cavan squeezed past Donegal in Kingspan Breffni Park, winning by a single point against the side that knocked them out of the Ulster Championship last year.Donegal led by 1-07 to 0-09 at half-time with Stephen Griffin finding the net for Jim McGuinness’s men.Niall McDermott converted the rebound from his missed penalty to given the Breffni the momentum and although Paddy McBrearty found the net in the closing stages, Cavan hung on for the win. Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has confirmed that he will have to plan without the services of Michael Murphy for the start of the league with the forward set for groin surgery.McKenna Cup resultsSaturday 14 JanuarySection C Derry 1-16 0-14 UUJ (Celtic Park)Sunday 15 JanuarySection AAntrim 0-10 1-12 Tyrone (Casement Park)Fermanagh 2-14 0-10 Queen’s (Brewster Park) Section BMonaghan 0-11 4-12 Down (Clones)Armagh 1-18 0-10 St Mary’s College (Athletic Grounds)Section C Cavan 1-14 2-8 Donegal (Breffni Park)© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL GO DOWN TO CAVAN IN McKENNA CUP was last modified: January 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more