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APNU/AFC’s outreach circus, the elites’ continued neglect of people’s problems

first_imgEven as rice farmers in Region Six continue to battle drought and irrigation problems, their fortunes and their chances for the “good life” are being eroded by a debilitating paddy bug blight, which is resulting in a greater than 30 per cent loss. Rice farmers in Regions Two, Three, Four and Five similarly are battling against paddy bugs and drought. While the farmers themselves, with help from the Rice Producers Association (RPA) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), have valiantly begged for the Government’s attention, the Minister of Agriculture and A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) are missing in action (MIA), cruelly ignoring the rice farmers. Last week, APNU/AFC had a Region Six “outreach”, but none of them reached any rice farmer or any rice field. For APNU/AFC, the paddy bug problem is fiction, fake news.APNU/AFC wasted an enormous amount of taxpayers’ money in the fake Region Six “outreach” to “bring Government to the people”. After a morning of wining and dining in New Amsterdam, disguised as a Cabinet meeting, they eventually made a condescending late-afternoon appearance in Port Mourant. They were brutally greeted by hundreds of protesting Region Six residents and by empty chairs under tents in the University of Guyana Tain Campus compound. The residents of Region Six rejected and boycotted them. It was crystal clear APNU/AFC did not learn any lesson from the Square of the Revolution circus. The newest edition of the “bringing the Government to the people” circus was another elitist show for people to again bow down to the Ministers.It was humiliating to watch the Ministers amid empty chairs scrambling to get their staff and their few remaining supporters in Region Six pretending to be residents bringing their problems to their Ministers. It is not that the people of Region Six do not have problems; they have overwhelming problems they struggle with every day. But they did not want to be a part of the circus. They do not believe that APNU/AFC care about their struggles and they have no confidence that APNU/AFC is willing to find remedies for the problems the people of Region Six and Guyana face daily. Even as the Ministers shuffled into their chairs under the coolness of the tents, their body language told a story. They were watching the clock so that they could end the circus of that day and get back to their plush offices and homes in Georgetown, away from the agony of the people.Not one of them ventured to meet the struggling rice farmers in the middle of their plight fighting paddy bugs and drought. The Minister of Agriculture was totally invisible in a region which almost entirely depends on agriculture. Not one of them visited the sugar workers and their families in Rose Hall, Canje and in Skeldon. Not one of them went to visit the striking sugar workers at Albion. Not one of them visited the health centres that everyday must tell people there are no medicines to give them. Not one of them visited the New Amsterdam Hospital with its non-functioning mortuary or the non-functioning Port Mourant Ophthalmology Hospital or the Skeldon Hospital, which after two years still cannot get proper GPL electricity. None of them bothered to find out why potable water has become a major problem. Not one of them visited the families and the organisations trying to combat the growing problem of domestic violence. It is true the week before, Minister Lawrence did re-commission the eye hospital, but the hospital still cannot perform eye surgery. It is true, too, that Minister Ramjattan’s remedy for domestic violence is a good cuss-out for Region Six men – they drink too much and then beat their wives.Humiliated by the stinging public rebuke it got for its “bringing Government to the people” circus at the Square of the Revolution, APNU/AFC has now embarked on “outreaches” into the different regions of Guyana. The parties are desperate to put behind them people’s total loss of confidence in their Government, the national consensus that APNU/AFC has brazenly neglected people, even the people who voted for them, and the national conviction they have become aloof, out of touch with the ordinary people’s daily struggles for a decent livelihood, corrupt and uncaring. Last week, they were in Region Six and this week, APNU/AFC will be in Regions Five and Three, thinking they are reconnecting with people. But for the people, they know the circus continues.last_img read more

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Recognise teachers for what they’re worth – union tells Govt

first_imgAs the Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU) continues to await word on salary increases for teachers after nearly two years of stalled negotiations, the Union’s General Secretary, Coretta McDonald, is calling on President David Granger to urge his Ministers to ensure that a deal is reached before the end of the year. The last multi-year agreement between the Education Ministry and the GTU ended inGTU General Secretary, Coretta McDonald2015 and since then, teachers have been waiting for a finalised new deal. McDonald told Guyana Times that the Union is hopeful that an agreement could be made before the start of 2018.“We are pleading with the President so that he can plead with his Ministers to have us complete our salary negotiations before the end of 2017, we would have completed 2016, nothing has happened in terms of the proposals we submitted. We don’t want to complete another year and not having that proposal being signed off and being implemented,” she observed.GTU had suggested a 40 per cent increase in salaries across the board for public school teachers in its December 2015 proposal. The Union had hoped that negotiations and a new agreement could have been completed before mid-2016 but as the situation remains unchanged, McDonald stressed that teachers must be recognised for the service they have been offering the nation.“We are asking you to please recognise our teachers for what they are worth and please have your Ministers honour the agreement,” the GTU General Secretary explained.Once signed, the deal will have to be retroactive since it is a multiyear agreement that would span the period 2016-2020.Earlier this year, the GTU General Secretary contended that teachers across the country were anxious to know when they would receive benefits of the proposed five-year agreement.In the previous agreement, the GTU managed to get a five per cent increase over the course of five years for teachers countrywide, but McDonald had explained that the GTU would like to now see implementation of 45 per cent in 2017 and 50 per cent for the following three years (2018-2020) for all categories of teachers.In May, McDonald suggested that the reshuffling of Permanent Secretaries at the Education Ministry could be partly responsible for Government not being able to meet at the bargaining table. Talks had begun with the GTU and former Permanent Secretary Delma Nedd, where the nonfinancial matters of the proposal were only discussed.Nedd was removed from that position and replaced with Vibert Welch earlier this year. He was formerly attached to the Indigenous People’s Affairs Ministry. Additionally, former Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine is now heading the Public Service Ministry within the Ministry of the Presidency, while the former junior Education Minister Nicollete Henry was recently promoted to the post of Education Minister.It is unclear when the substantive discussions on teacher’s salaries will begin.last_img read more

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Olunga nets double as Gor dismiss KMKM

first_imgOlunga then stole the headlines in the second half when he doubled the lead in the 69th before completing his double 10 minutes to full time for his third goal of the tournament.The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions who grew in stature as the match progressed, forcing their opponents deeper in the second half now need a draw against former Ghana head coach, Kwesi Appiah’s Al Khartoum of Sudan to book ticket in the last eight.Earlier, the Sudanese all but ended Djibouti’s Telcom hopes when they drubbed them 5-0 to inflict their second defeat here.“It was like a final game because both had three points. The first-half was tough because we scored early according to the coach’s instruction but they equalised immediately so we had to change to change tactics and approach second half with another option,” Olunga, who was deservedly named man-of -the match said after the contest was over.With both sides entering the clash with wins picked in their openers, Gor head coach, Frank Nuttal, made two changes from the squad that beat hosts Young Africans 2-1; resting defender, Dikir Glay and Innocent Wafula for Ali Abondo and Ronald Omino.Kagere’s early strike came from a Olunga cut in from the left after  good build-up play in midfield by Ugandan Khalid Aucho.KMKM nearly restored parity three minutes later when Saimoni hit the side netting from Nassour Omar cross but he made amends moments later when he beat Gor’s poorly organised rearguard to head past Boniface Oluoch from a Juma Mbwana corner.The Isalanders took charge of the game, dominating possession for the better part of the first-half.Mbwana missed a glorious chance on the stroke of half-time to give them a half-time advantage when he failed to beat Oluoch in a one-on-one as the keeper rushed out of his line to nick the ball as he tried to round him and place in an unguarded net.Gor returned the more determined of the two, forcing shot-stopper, Nassour Abdoulla pull a breathtaking triple save.He first clawed out Abuoba Sibomana set-piece before saving Kagere’s shot on the rebound and denied Harun Shakava by getting his hand to the ball as he prepared to head it in from close range.After coming close in the 60th, Olunga finally got his goal when he placed a glancing header that bobbled to the net after connecting from a Karim Niizigiyimana cross for 2-1 K’Ogalo.The 21-year-old who was growing in prominence then rattled the woodwork two minutes later but he did not have to wait for much longer to enhance his glowing reputation in Tanzania when he scored a truly poacher’s goal for the third.Substitute Enock Agwanda sent in a long throw in that caught the KMKM defence flat-footed and the lanky striker killed the ball with a deft touch before sending the ball across the keeper for a smooth finish.In the early-kick off, former Gor midfielder, Anthony Akumu’s Al Khartoum thrashed Telcom of Djibouti 5-0 to sit second in Group A on three points, having a game less.K’Ogalo next face Al Khartoum on Wednesday. 0Shares0000Gor forward Meddie Kagere, the scorer of the opening goal in 3-1 win over KMKM, celebrates netting at a past KPL match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, June 20 – No wonder his is fast becoming a sensation in Tanzania! Youngster Michael Olunga notched a braceas Gor Mahia put one foot in the Cecafa Kagame Cup quarter-finals after trouncing Zanzibar’s KMKM 3-1 at Dar-es -Salaam National Stadium on Monday.Strike partner, Meddie Kagere gave K’Ogalo a dream start after only two minutes with the opener but the lead lasted for only nine minutes when Mateo Saimon pulled the sides level in a tactically absorbing Group A clash. 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Unions generate heat of their own

first_imgPetitions were passed and voters were registered. Political candidates also were present. At least two Democratic presidential hopefuls, Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards, had volunteers manning tables with bumper stickers and brochures and pins. Passing out Edwards material, Becky Bayless of Harbor City said the campaign was buoyed by the announcement earlier in the day of two major labor union endorsements. With contracts for more than 200,000 Los Angeles area workers set to be renegotiated soon, there was no shortage of fervor at this year’s party. “It’s a big year with all the contracts coming up,” said ILWU International Vice President Joe Radisich, who also serves on the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. The ILWU’s contract will be renegotiated in 2008, a process that will be closely watched after the 2002 negotiations resulted in an employer lockout that virtually shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach for 10 days. Billions of dollars in imports sat stranded on ships in the harbor and the economic ramifications were felt for months. While some ILWU workers predict a smoother process this time, Radisich said the union is taking nothing for granted. “We need to hope for the best but prepare for the worst,” he said. The ILWU will hold its first caucus in late January, formally kicking off the union’s negotiation season. On a broader scope, national health care and anti-war messages went over well from the stage. “There’s something wrong with this country,” said Joshua Pechthalt, vice present of United Teachers of Los Angeles, who criticized national spending on the Iraq war rather than on providing health care. “It’s time we get better organized and get our people into the streets. We need to make our children and our seniors the priority they should be in this society.” But mostly, families just came to enjoy an extra day off from work and some camaraderie, despite the almost unbearable heat. John and Kim Ollie of San Pedro found a spot in the shade beneath a large tree near the stage. “It’s good to see everyone without work on their mind,” said ILWU worker John Ollie. “It’s all about the brothers and sisters.” donna.littlejohn@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They weren’t working on Labor Day. Even so, labor union members on Monday had one good reason to wipe their brows. Thanks to the sticky, miserable heat wave hovering over the Southland, thousands of workers enjoying the day off had to cope with abnormally high temperatures Monday at the traditional labor union picnic in Wilmington. “It’s a good thing this is a park with a lot of trees,” remarked Vanessa Valles of San Pedro after staking out her family’s spot with a blanket under a huge tree in Banning Park. Longtime longshore union official David Arian, meanwhile, headed straight for a tower of dripping bags of ice to lean against as he made a telephone call. But despite the heat, the crowds appeared as big as ever for the parade into the park and the rally and picnic afterward. Several Los Angeles area unions come together for the event each year to celebrate the labor union movement while having a bit of fun on a day off. There were dockworkers, teachers, building trade workers, nurses, Hollywood screenwriters and truck drivers in a diverse showing of labor solidarity. Booths offered information on issues such as universal health care and bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq. T-shirts and signs emblazoned with popular slogans were everywhere: “A War Budget Leaves Every Child Behind”; “Labor: We Have the Power”; “United Teachers: Teach Peace and Justice”; “Radical Women”; “A Woman’s Place is in Her Union”; “West Coast Longies on the Waterfront.” last_img read more

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Palmdale plans colorful Fall Festival

first_imgA children’s area will have live entertainment, rides, a free pumpkin-decorating contest, a pizza-eating contest and an interactive science attraction. The Patch’s Pumpkin Stage will have a festival of books, where children can get a free book while supplies last, storytelling with Clifford the Big Red Dog, and a live stage show, “Old West Jamboree.” Also returning is an aerospace exposition with displays from Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Antelope Valley’s aerospace history will be emphasized in a display on aviation, “100 years of Flight.” The Enchanted Fairy Garden with costumed fairies, Celtic music and children’s activities will be back, along with battles with the evil wizard Darth Wind Blow, an animatronic dragon and tree, and a magic well. The event also will have a health, beauty and fitness exposition; farmers market; and arts and crafts fair with 145 artisans. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Acrobatics, towering stilt figures and entertainment on eight stages are on tap next month during the city’s 22nd annual Fall Festival. New to this year’s event will be The Living Garden performers – human “sculptures,” garbed in white flowing robes, and a human water fountain. “The fountain comes to life and performs,” said Annie Pagliaro, a parks and recreation supervisor. “She is a fixture, the music starts, and water comes out of her fingertips.” The festival, one of the city’s signature events, is expected to draw between 40,000 and 50,000 visitors. Attractions will include strolling and “pop-up” entertainment such as the Dragon Knight stilt walkers, Walking Tree man, Kenya Safari Acrobats and, new this year, Chiffon Aerial Artists, who will perform stunts with long scarves 18 feet up in the air. Also new this year will be Knight High School’s marching band and a Neil Diamond tribute act. “We think we have an incredible event coming up. There are lots of new and interesting things,” the city’s special-events manager, Steve Buffalo, said. Returning acts will include Illumination, which showcases local talent; Nuns for Fun; world music act Alturas; Kids of Rock Theater; L.A. Salsa Kids; Lost Knights, featuring original cast members from the Broadway musical “Grease”; Mariachi Eivas, and Hollywood Hi-Tones, an oldies group. last_img read more

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A ‘great’ legacy at Canoga Park High

first_img“Thirty-three percent of our students are English-language learners, but everyone in the Class of 2006 passed the CAHSEE,” Thompson said, referring to the state high school exit exam. Thompson said he can relate to many of his students because he came from a blue-collar background himself and was the first in his family to graduate from college. He graduated from Sylmar High School, then Los Angeles Valley College and California State University, Northridge – then known as San Fernando Valley State College – and returned to his old high school to teach and coach baseball. “I had teachers who cared about me, who showed me I could do something, be somebody,” Thompson said, explaining why he chose teaching. “I wanted to give something back.” Sam Mayo, 74, who taught Thompson at Valley College and now works for Pierce College’s Academic Outreach Department, said he saw Thompson as a young man with the potential to do better and encouraged him, never putting limits on how far his former student would go. “He is just a wonderful guy. I’m very proud of him,” Mayo said. “A lot of what students do when they do well is just a matter of belief in themselves. If you start believing in yourself, you’re going to succeed.” Although Thompson is retiring from the school, he said he still plans to continue teaching at the University of Southern California and National University and do some consulting work for the LAUSD. But he’s also looking forward to having time to spend with his family, including his two grandsons. Thompson recalled that on the night before his first semester as a teacher, his father, a truck driver, called to share a favorite Bobby Kennedy quote – “Anyone can make a difference and everyone should try” – and added, “Those damn kids are going to need you.” Every year after that, until he died in 1993, Thompson’s father would call and remind him. During his last week at Canoga Park High, Thompson said he told his staff the same thing: The kids will need them. “I expect them to carry on,” Thompson said. “That’s the reason we’re here.” (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANOGA PARK – Although Principal Dennis “Denny” Thompson won’t be there to say it next fall, every day still will be “a great day at Canoga Park High School.” After eight years as the principal of the 1,900-student, one-track school, and five years as the assistant principal before that, Thompson, 59, of Saugus, retired Friday. “This school has been home to me for 13 years, but it’s time to go,” Thompson said. “I feel the school is ready to go to a new level.” An ebullient optimist, Thompson is so well known for his signature saying that one of the art classes surprised him with a small mural near the entrance last week that features his portrait and the words, “Every day is a great day at Canoga Park High School.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“That’s the atmosphere you want to create,” Thompson said. “Some days are better than others, but we’re like a family here. Every day I got to work with great people and wonderful kids.” Bob Collins, chief instructional officer of secondary instruction at the Los Angeles Unified School District, praised Thompson’s work with the community, teachers and students. “There’s no question in my mind that Denny Thompson was one of those guys who truly had a passion for every kid in that school, and every parent,” Collins said. “He developed those relationships and nurtured them. There isn’t a kid there who wouldn’t say, `Dr. Thompson was on our side and was a cheerleader for us.”‘ In an office dominated by a bright green “Hunters Rule” sign and a smaller one urging visitors to “Think College,” Thompson said he was proud of the newly created Parent Center, which provides information to parents about the school and colleges; a ninth-grade center that reduced the failure rate by 30 percent and improved attendance by 9 percent; and the student conflict resolution group United Colors. He’d like to see the district increase its efforts to reduce class sizes and increase the number of counselors and faculty to help students, convinced that smaller learning centers work better. last_img
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Ander Herrera will ‘give his all’ for Man United despite uncertainty

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Ander Herrera to give his all for Manchester United despite uncertainty over his future.The midfielder is out of contract with the Red Devils at the end of the season and there has been speculation that he will leave. Ander Herrera is out of contract this summer 2 talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… “Well, you have to ask him,” he said. “I don’t know how they’ve been the last few talks, but we’ve let him focus on his fitness as well.“He loves to play and he’s not very happy when he can’t help his teammates and he’s always giving his all – it doesn’t matter if he’s got five years left of his contract or five weeks.“He’s been working really hard to get fit from his injury that he sustained against Liverpool.“He came back and he got a different one here in training because he’s been really putting a lot of work in. no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “And unfortunately that’s come at a time where, as you say, there are contract talks but that’s ongoing, so I can’t really comment too much on how far they have come down the line and what he’s deciding.”Solskjaer did, though, rather bizarrely suggest that questions over the future could have had an impact on his fitness.“Maybe the future might have been worrying him and maybe that’s part of the reason that he’s injured,” the United boss said. “Who knows? shining LIVE ON talkSPORT BEST OF Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY REVEALED Herrera is reportedly wanted by PSG REVEALED 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to be the front runners to sign him, with the 29-year-old already free to negotiate with overseas clubs.There have also been reports that Arsenal were considering a move for Herrera – should he become available.Solskjaer was asked whether there was hope that Herrera could still stay in his press conference ahead of their crunch match with West Ham on Saturday. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “He doesn’t know because he got a different injury in training.“Hopefully he can be available for around about Chelsea, City but I’m not sure because he got another muscle injury.”Manchester United’s game against the Hammers is live on talkSPORT.With six games left, Solskjaer’s side are three points off the Champions League places.last_img read more

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Washington County Inmate Roster – 2-21-18

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First Annual TouringPlans Blog Secret Santa Party – Part Two

first_imgAlex and Taylor are ready for dinner at Club 33!To Alex from Daisy:I was a little worried when I pulled Alex‘s name out of the hat. A smart, worldly soon to be 15 year old? Add in her karate skills and I’m pretty sure she might be an undercover super hero. So I started small and decided on one thing that had to be included: Taylor Swift!Since you can’t give a person as a gift (free will and all) we’ll have to settle on a Taylor Swift concert, but where? Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise, or somewhere else in the Disney Universe? I tried to think of all the special places I’ve heard about or been lucky enough to visit. Only the best is good enough for Alex’s virtual Christmas! I finally decided on Club 33 at Disneyland for a private dinner with Taylor and a little after dinner music.But then I thought, why stop there? If you’re at Disneyland and had a great meal then why not do some shopping? In New Orleans Square there’s a Pandora shop, so how about matching “best friends” bracelets for Alex and TayTay? With new jewelry acquired, the last stop would be VIP viewing for Fantasmic. Because when it comes to virtual Christmas there are no refurbishments! (Certainly not ones that last 18 months!)Merry Christmas, Alex!Pack your bags, James!To James from Laurel:So, you know that guy at the office you haven’t really met yet? That’s James to me. Now, I could have just jiggered the selections to someone I know better (because I was the one doing the random selection) but that’s the coward’s way out. So I went back and read some articles. Oh – so it’s *that guy* – you know the one who went to DL Paris, WDW, and Disney over 2 weeks. The one who *really likes* Southwest Airlines.You know what James needs? A transatlantic trip on Disney Cruise Line. Why – because this guy is always working! He is hacking his vacations, and taking a deep look at the math behind getting an annual pass, and planning ahead for the ZOMBIES. He’s even telling us how to get work done on our trips. Sounds like someone who would appreciate the forced relaxation of 15 nights on a ship to me.So James, pack your bags – you’re sailing to Barcelona! Because it’s Christmas, and Santa moonlights as a pirate, the Disney Fantasy will be commandeered for your journey. You’ll have plenty of room to roam the decks pondering what to do with your new found free time. On your cruise, you’ll be forced to relinquish your laptop to the Cruise Director upon boarding, and your mobile phone will only run the DCL onboard app. The spa staff will reserve the Rainforest room for you and you alone, where you’ll be one with your thoughts (of whether there are zombies at sea). On Castaway Cay, the staff will attend to your every need except the request for a power outlet.So enjoy! Don’t worry, you’ll be back to work blogging for TouringPlans soon enough. Happy Christmas! We’re looking forward to your article on how you turned a carved fruit display from the buffet into a satellite capable of sending the internet to the TV in your cabin.Get ready for the mildest ride in the wilderness!To Dani from Sarah:We all know that Disney World has plenty of thrilling rides, but every once in a while it’s nice to slow down and take a break from the twists, turns, heights, and drops. And so, my Secret Santa gift to Dani is a magical, pixie-dust powered button that turns any ride from thrill to chill. With this magical button, Dani can experience the sights and sounds of a relaxing visit to the World and thus find the serenity needed to write new blog articles. Here are some reimagined rides to be featured in a personalized Touring Plan for Dani.We start in the Magic Kingdom with Big Thunder Mountain—The Mildest Ride in the Wilderness: view real-life animals of the plains during a slow-paced jaunt through the open range.Over in Hollywood Studios, we have the Tower of Tenor: enjoy soothing opera music and elevated views of Hollywood Studios and beyond.Animal Kingdom has Easy Everest: discover a secret track to Picnic Plateau for lunch and the all-important afternoon touring break. And in Epcot, take a turn on Tested Track: testing is over so no more breaking and shaking—time to meander along on a Sunday drive with views of Florida’s own scenic A1A.Dani, just let me know if you want someone to ride along. And Merry Christmas!To Kristi from Liz:The second I read that I was picking a gift for Kristi, I knew exactly what to do. Kristi and her family are huge fans of both Disney and the Amazing Race. Every summer they compete against each other in their own vacation version, which they dubbed Amazing Race Around Disney World. So as my gift to Kristi, I would have her family participate in a worldwide Disney version of the Amazing Race. Just like the TV show, it would have 12 different segments, called legs, with overnight pit stops and prizes for the first-place finisher for each leg. However, unlike the show, every round would be a non-elimination round. Therefore, rather than face elimination, the last place team must suffer through a penalty challenge.Good luck, Kristi!The Amazing Disney Race – click to view full size.That’s it for Part Two! Are you ready for your own Amazing Race around the Disney resorts? Stay tuned for tomorrow and the final wrap!And from all of us to all of you, thank you for a great year and have a wonderful holiday season. Share This!Welcome back to the TouringPlans Blog Office Holiday party! 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Columbus Catholic comes back to tie McDonell/Regis in Mid-State Soccer Conference showdown

first_imgDons maintain one-point lead in conference standingsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Charles Payant netted a goal with just more than seven minutes remaining to salvage a 2-2 draw for the Columbus Catholic soccer team against Chippewa Falls McDonell/Eau Claire Regis in a critical Mid-State Soccer Conference game Monday at Griese Park.With the tie, the Dons (6-0-2, 3-0-2 MSSC) maintain their one-point lead over McDonell/Regis (6-3-1, 3-0-1 MSSC) in the conference standings. The two teams will meet again at Casper Park in Eau Claire on Oct. 8.“That was a very hard-fought game,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “Both sides played very well. We figured this game was going to be for the conference, so I’m glad we could get the tie at the end and stay in the conference hunt.”Nick Malovhr scored on a header off a crossing pass from Noah Hansen in the 30th minute to give the Dons a 1-0 lead, which they held through halftime.Mike Hoffman used some nifty dribbling to beat two Columbus defenders and rip a shot to the upper right corner of the net past Dons’ goalkeeper Bailey Keffer to tie the game 19:10 into the second half.Four minutes later Adam Erickson beat the Dons’ defense again to give McDonell/Regis a 2-1 lead.Staring at its first defeat the season, Columbus was able to mount a comeback.Payant wiggled past a number of McDonell/Regis defenders and pounded a shot past goalkeeper Scotty Wild to tie the game 2-2 with 7:04 remaining.Keffer made a leaping save with 3:25 to go to thrwart off McDonell/Regis’ last solid scoring try, and the Dons could not get one in after a couple of chances in the final minute as the game ended in a tie. Keffer finished with 14 saves.“We got the lead early, and we kind of got a little complacent,” Edwards said. “In the second half we came out a little flat, and they got the quick goal from (Hoffman). He’s a really good player, and he made a great play, especially with his left foot. The second goal was a little more disappointing in that we gave him a little too much space, but we recovered, and we got Charles’ awesome shot to tie it up for us.”Columbus Catholic has a week off before traveling to Plainfield to take on Tri-County in a conference game Sept. 21.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of Catholic 2, McDonell/Regis 2McDonell/Regis 0 2 – 2Columbus Catholic 1 1 – 2First half: 1. CC, Nick Malovrh (Noah Hansen), 29:09.Second half: 2. MR, Mike Hoffman, 64:10; 3. MR, Adam Erickson (Zach Yengo), 68:11; 4. CC, Charles Payant, 82:56.Records: McDonell/Regis 6-3-1, 3-0-1 Mid-State Soccer Conference; Columbus Catholic 6-0-2, 3-0-2 Mid-State Soccer Conference.last_img read more

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