City of Olympia Offers Matching Grants For New Parklets

Posted On Aug 6 2020 by

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaCity of Olympia’s Parking & Business Improvement Area (PBIA) is offering matching grants of up to $3,500 each for the creation of new parklets in downtown Olympia. Businesses, non-profit associations, and community groups can submit parklet design concepts by 5:00 PM, May 31, 2013. All grant money provided by the PBIA is intended to help offset the initial cost associated with the supplies and materials needed for the construction of the parklets.What are Parklets?Parklets are parking spaces converted into “mini parks” providing space for people to sit, converse, and enjoy the city around them.PBIA chair, Darren Mills, says “Downtown Olympia is in need of public gathering spaces and parklets not only provide a space for people to gather but widen our somewhat narrow sidewalks.” In 2012, The PBIA awarded similar matching grants to Darby’s Café and Jakes on 4th which resulted in the creation of the first two parklets in downtown Olympia. “People of all ages are taking advantage of the parklets as a place to see friends, hang out, and relax,” says Rob Cameron, owner of Jakes on 4th. Sara Reilly, owner of Darby’s Café, says, “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response to the parklet from customers and people just walking by.”Mills said, “One of best outcomes of parklets is the partnerships that they create between the sponsoring business owner, the city, PBIA and the public. They also bring economic benefit to the city by encouraging people to come downtown and spend dollars in our locally owned businesses.”To learn more about parklets and future downtown projects, please visit the Downtown Project page on the City of Olympia website. For additional information on parklet development and how to apply for a parklet in front of your establishment, please feel free to contact the City of Olympia Downtown Liaison, Brian Wilson, at 360.709.2790 or via email at bwilson1@ci.olympia.wa.us.last_img read more


Paytm and Riot Games to host Teamfight Tactics Tournament: prize pool of Rs 75,000!

Posted On Aug 5 2020 by

first_imgImage Courtesy: PaytmFirstGames/Red BullAdvertisement 98mxnNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1fuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb9rewlb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4nlWould you ever consider trying this?😱5r11zCan your students do this? 🌚78Roller skating! Powered by Firework The past few months of COVID-19 lock down has seen a steady increment in the popularity of eSports, with a number of tournaments for casual and professional players to take part on. Now, Paytm First Games has teamed up with Riot Games, the publisher of the famous auto battler game Teamfight Tactics to announce ‘Teamfight Tactics Tournament’, with an astounding prize pool of Rs 75,000!Advertisement Image Courtesy: PaytmFirstGames/Red BullTeamfight Tactics, the renowned free-for-all game mobile game will be having its first ever eSports tournament of the famous mobile game in India. A total of 512 players from India will be able to take part in the tournament, which will be held from 17th to 21st June.Registrations have started from 9th June, and interested players will have to resgister through Paytm First Games app.Advertisement The tournament was announced today on Twitter by Paytm First Games.Released in June 2019, Teamfight Tactics quickly became one of the fastest growing mobile games, reaching an astounding player base of 33 million in September last year.The auto battler, game, which takes place in the League of Legends universe, pits eight players together in a round, who then have to battle it out using constructing and optimising team compositions, and the last player standing emerges victorious.The tournament, which will have a number of elimination formats, will have a prize money of ₹45,000 for 1st place, ₹20,000 for 2nd place and ₹10,000 for 3rd place.“Namaste India. We are extremely proud to partner with PFG (Paytm First Games) to bring TFTm (Teamfight Tactics Tournament mobile) to where it matters most to us at Riot, which is our players,” Sukamal Pegu, Riot Games South Asia’s Publishing Head said.“We have great plans for India considering that we have just started our journey on mobile this year. Our relationship with India is just starting and we will work hard to constantly delight our fans and players here,”Pegu added.“This Teamfight Tactics tournament will be the biggest one ever organized in India in terms of prize money and participation. We are going to live with it in the next xx days and hope to expand our partnership with Riot in the near future,” Sudhanshu Gupta, the COO of Paytm First Games spoke about the tournament.Interested players can register for the tournament through Paytm here.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Darren Sammy claims he was racially abused at Sunrisers Hyderabad: Irfan Pathan replies!Double trouble: Khel Ratna awardees’ Arjuna aspiration leaves officials puzzled Advertisementlast_img read more


Lampard, Terry and Drogba “cried lying on the ground” when Mourinho left

Posted On May 14 2020 by

first_imgThey are now rivals on the Premier League bench, but there was a moment, as Steve Sidwell has revealed for The Athletic, when Frank Lampard shed tears for José Mourinho. According to the words of the midfielder, both the current Chelsea coach and John Terry, mythical captain of the London entity, “cried on the floor of the locker room “when the Portuguese announced in 2007 his departure “By mutual consent” after becoming the best coach in blues history.The five great titles he has won with Chelsea since his arrival in 2004They then made him the most coveted coach in Europe, but his departure remains unexplained. “I never felt tension or that he was in trouble. There were a few games before where you could see some things in the press and in the end it grew, but you didn’t really feel any of that from the inside. The players were all united, none were against him, so it cannot be said that he had lost the locker roomSidwell explains during his interview. “The day he left I was taking my wife to the airport when we found out everything on the radio. I just thought, ‘Shit, what’s going to happen now?’ What happened was that they called us to a meeting in Cobham, ”he says. “It was very strange when José came to say goodbye, you could have heard even a pin drop. It seemed as if someone had died“It was at that time that some of the captains collapsed: “When you see people as strong as Drogba, Lampard or Terry crying on the ground or just slumped … you also get angry. It was all very strange, “adds Sidwell, who did not fit in with Avram Grant and ended up leaving the London entity that same summer.last_img read more


Area doctors to lobby WHO to admit Taiwan

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgA group of U.S. doctors with Taiwanese backgrounds is traveling to Switzerland this month to petition for the Asian island’s inclusion in the World Health Organization. “It’s not fair to 23 million people,” said Simon Lin, an anesthesiologist in Hacienda Heights. “We hope to get our voices heard. Don’t let this issue become too political.” About 20 doctors and their spouses plan to make their case by rallying in Geneva when the annual WHO summit starts May 14. The Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles could not be reached for comment. Autonomy is a sensitive subject on both sides of the strait, and for local Taiwanese transplants. Though the island is a de-facto independent country with a separate government, China insists that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are all part of China. Simple words are charged with politics, and even what restaurant people eat at can have connotations. Proponents say they are only asking for observer status within the WHO, and argue that viruses transcend national boundaries. But things aren’t so simple. “When you’re dealing with Taiwan and China, it’s all political,” Rosen said. “Even if you say it’s just about health, if Taiwan is given some special status, it suggests to the mainland that this is a step toward independence.” In the meantime, local doctors continue to try to raise Taiwan’s profile in the world of medicine. Since 2003, NATMA has organized volunteer doctors and dentists on trips to Central America to offer aid. The group has visited Panama, Granada, and Guatemala, said Arcadia’s Victor Lin, who chairs the international medical mission committee. “We see ourselves as Taiwanese Americans. We need to build these bridges, let people know that Taiwanese doctors have compassion,” said Lin, a dentist in San Gabriel who visited Geneva last year. “Even though we don’t know when we can reach this goal \, we still have to let our issues be known.” patricia.ho@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They argue Taiwan’s participation in the United Nations agency is critical in an age of global travel, and point to the SARS epidemic in 2003 and the pandemic threat of avian flu. “Taiwan needs a channel to access info from the WHO,” said Lin, who first went to Geneva with the North American Taiwanese Medical Association in 1997. “The mission of WHO is health for all. You should not discriminate.” However, China’s One China policy, and its worldwide clout, means that only a handful of countries recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation. The island is not a member of the United Nations. “Taiwan wants more international space,” said Stanley Rosen, director of the East Asian Studies Center at USC. “And the mainland is trying to restrict their space as much as possible. “This is one of the areas where Taiwan thinks it has the best chance of succeeding \ it’s not going to happen as long as China is against it.” last_img read more


Posta not ready to play ‘king-maker’ in Stima clash

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgTheir fate might however not be sealed until Wednesday when Zoo Kericho plays Thika United at the Kericho Stadium.The two sides were meant to play tomorrow at the same venue in an early kick off, but according to Zoo Kericho who are the home team, Stima have refused to share the home ground.Zoo’s home ground in Kericho had been temporarily suspended owing to safety concerns due to the political situation in the country, but head coach Sammy Okoth says they have been cleared to host Thika on Wednesday.Western Stima coach Richard Makumbi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAStima will now head into the Posta tie with all focus geared on earning maximum points, a result that will see them bridge the gap between them and safety. Depending on the score-line, they might as well skip over Thika.Posta get into the fixture with the target of cementing their hold on second spot and Omollo has asserted they will be going into the tie all out to secure a win.“We are not going to do anyone a favor. We have our targets and the match is also crucial for us. We know that we stand a very good chance of finishing second if we win tomorrow and that is exactly what we are going to hunt for there,” Omollo said.“It will not be an easy match. Stima want to survive and their future heavily relies on this match,” he added.Posta are on 50 points, same as third placed Tusker FC and one ahead of Sofapaka and Kakamega Homeboyz.-Head-to-head-Posta Rangers players.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIn terms of recent past, the odds does not favour Stima who have only managed to pick one win while Posta have won three of their last five games.But looking at their history, it seems like a balanced tie with their last nine meetings having ended with three wins each while the remaining games ended in draws. However, Stima’s last win over Posta was in 2011 when they won 2-1 in Kakamega.-Mathare United-Meanwhile, Mathare United will have what on paper looks like a simplified task when they face relegated Muhoroni Youth at the Ruaraka Complex.Mathare are also hanging with some relegation ghosts around their heads as they are three points away from the automatic drop zones. With a win of a good margin, they will have one foot into safety.Muhoroni have conceded a whooping 13 goals over their last two matches and with Francis Kimanzi’s men looking for a healthy score-line, they might be salivating at the prospect of meeting the struggling Muhoroni.-Head-to-head-Mathare United striker Elijah Mwanzia strips his jersey to celebrate his late winner against Western Stima at the Ruaraka Complex on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOver their last 11 meetings, each side has won three times, while five of those matches ended in draws. The last three games between them have ended in draws, with the last two being scoreless. But if the current happenings are anything to go by, then it is bound to be a goalfest at Ruaraka.“No game is easy. We had a target of getting three wins out of three matches; we got one last week against Nzoia now we have another tough tie against Muhoroni. They might be relegated but they are playing for honor and under no pressure. Such games are not easy,” Mathare head coach Kimanzi said.KPL weekend fixtures Saturday: Mathare United v Muhoroni Youth, Tusker FC v Sofapaka (Ruaraka Complex), Zoo Kericho v Thika United (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Bandari v Ulinzi Stars (Mbaraki Complex, Mombasa), Kakamega Homeboyz v Gor Mahia (Mumias Complex), Western Stima v Posta Rangers (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), SoNy Sugar v Nakumatt (Awendo Stadium).Sunday: AFC Leopards v Chemelil Sugar (Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo (centre) shares thoyghts with his assistant George Maina (left) and goalkeeper trainer Lawrence Webo during a Kenyan Premier League match against Western Stima at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on April 9, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10- Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo insists the team will not be travelling down to Kisumu to do anyone a favor when they face Western Stima on Saturday in a crucial relegation tie for the hosts.Western Stima’s fate in the Kenyan Premier League hangs in the balance as they sit second from bottom in the standings with two matches left and a three-point gap to safety.last_img read more


‘Let’s just get David Luiz back!’ Chelsea fans react to Deadline Day defender moves

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_img David Luiz 1 It’s been an intriguing Transfer Deadline Day over at Chelsea.It seemed like the Blues wouldn’t do any business on Tuesday with their move for John Stones dead in the water.But now, Jose Mourinho has landed Papy Djilobodji from Nantes, Michael Hector from Reading and has seen two big bids rejected by Paris Saint-Germain for Marquinhos.You can see how Chelsea fans reacted to the news on Twitter below…last_img


GOVERNMENT IS PUNISHING SCHOOLS WITH BOOK RENTAL SCHEME – McCONALOGUE

Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has called on the Government to reconsider its decision to ‘discriminate’ against schools that made sacrifices to start their own school book rental schemes.Charlie McConalogue TDThe Donegal Deputy has accused the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn of punishing schools in Donegal that fundraised heavily, cut money from elsewhere and got into debt to establish book rental schemes to help parents out.“I know many schools across Co Donegal that made huge sacrifices, cut other resources and made tough decisions to start a book rental scheme. They are being punished for their initiative and foresight. It’s deeply unfair,” said Deputy McConalogue. “The vast majority of book rental schemes that are already in operation in Donegal schools still need significant investment. Some schools are still in the early stages of establishing a book rental scheme, others are set to see a significant rise in pupil numbers in the coming years and others simply couldn’t raise the funds for fully operation book rental scheme. These schools still need State support to facilitate fully functional book rental schemes.He added we are now in a situation where the schools that are ahead of the curve and put in their own funding to establish a book rental scheme will be left behind, while other schools receive government investment.“It’s deeply unfair on the pupils and parents affected, particularly when so many parents were heavily involved in funding raising efforts to make rental schemes a reality and ease the financial burden in long-run.“The reality is that our local schools are under more financial pressure than ever before while the cost of sending a child to school has increased significantly under this government. The Government has slashed school funding for smaller schools in particular, abolished the Minor Works Grant and Summer Works Scheme for two years, cut the Back to School Allowance and reduced special needs supports. “If the Education Minister truly believes in easing the burden on all parents, he needs to rethink the discriminatory element of his school book rental initiative.” GOVERNMENT IS PUNISHING SCHOOLS WITH BOOK RENTAL SCHEME – McCONALOGUE was last modified: January 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BOOK RENTAL SCHEMECharlie McConaloguelast_img read more


MAN WITH 282 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS CLAIMS HE WAS NOT DRIVING CAR

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgA man with 282 previous convictions claims Gardai made a mistake when they thought they spotted him driving a car without insurance.Edward James Crerand appeared before Letterkenny District Court charged with having no insurance or driving license on 24th, February last.However Crerand, age 32, said it was not him driving the car and said it must have been a friend of his from Derry. Garda Declan Meenan insisted he saw Crerand of 16 Strath Aoibhinn, Stranorlar at Blueball, St Johnston.He claimed Crerand was third in a convoy of three cars which passed him and that h was wearing a black jacket and a black baseball cap.Crerand’s solicitor Michael Shiel put it to Garda Meenan that he must have been mistaken and that there was no way he could have properly identified his client in passing traffic.Garda Meenan said he knew Crerand and the reason he had noticed him was that he had been observing the car he was driving of a number of days.Crerand gave evidence and swore that he was not driving the car on the day in question and that he did not even own a car.However Judge Paul Kelly said he believed the evidence of Garda Meenan and found Crerand guilty.The court heard that Crerand has 282 previous convictions of which 264 of these were committed in Northern Ireland.He adjourned the case until September 28th next for a community service and probation report.MAN WITH 282 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS CLAIMS HE WAS NOT DRIVING CAR was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyconvictionsdonegalEdward CrerandGarda Declan MeenenSt Johnstonlast_img read more


Paying It Forward – Online And Mobile Style [Sponsored Post]

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgmichael singer Related Posts Even as the industry finds ways to address these issues, experts agree that the potential benefits are too great to ignore. So just about every company in the financial industry is doing what it can to explore the concept with early adopters and build products that will eventually appeal to everyone.Toward A New NormalA $5 bill in your pocket may not buy much these days, but it still comes in handy when you want to leave a tip or buy a bag of fruit at the farmer’s market. The need for cash will be around for a long time, but over time it’s likely to become the exception rather than the rule.The ascendancy of mobile and online payments will be clear when we stop talking about “online payments” and “mobile payments” as something different or exotic, noted Innopay’s de Lange in his report. It will just be another way to buy stuff:“The world is becoming more and more ‘e.’ So the merger of offline and online is basically the disappearing of the first and the latter taking over. In a few years’ time, we will not be writing about e-payments or online payments because it will no longer be a meaningful category. We do still recognize channels and contexts and online payments will diversify to cater for all these channels and contexts.”As buyers and sellers become more and more comfortable with the online and mobile payments, the more likely they will reach for their digital wallets over their real ones. Without even noticing that they’re doing anything noteworthy. Tags:#e-commerce#Mobile Payments#online payments#Payments#What’s In Your Mobile Wallet? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement While paying with cash or credit cards won’t go out of fashion anytime soon, but they’re getting some serious competition. Online payments and e-wallets are about to shape not only how, but where and when we buy things. Even more important, they will give consumers the power to choose the payment methods that work to their advantage.Catching Up To The FutureAdvanced payment systems are not a new concept. Science fiction writers like Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury predicted electronic commerce and futuristic payment systems long before they existed. Both men pointed to a time when people and machines come together, exposing the possibilities of individual identity within a larger ecosystem.In 1974, Clarke predicted personal computers, the Internet and online banking. Bradbury’s Guy Montag from “Fahrenheit 451” used an ATM years before they were invented.Today, futurists today like Ray Kurzweil opine about the “Eternal E-Customer” offering tantalizing glimpses of how devices and people combine in symbiotic relationships. Take the world’s current fascination with smartphones. The fact that we can check our bank balance, pay for groceries and give our kids their allowance all with one small device that we carry around with us all day, indicates the intense desire for a simple, portable and personal way to interact with our finances.What’s Possible NowA variety of companies and industries have been working hard to transform online and mobile systems. The larger credit card issuers have recreated their services online, while companies like PayPal transcend the traditional approaches to online payment. Mobile device makers, telecom carriers and others are now weighing in, with the likes of Google Wallet, Apple Passbook, ISIS Mobile Commerce (a collaboration between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile), and Visa’s E-Wallet making the most noise.As more providers enter the fray, the benefits to consumers become clearer, including electronic coupons, discounts and reduced fees. In the U.S. alone, the redemption value of “deal-a-day” offers – offers distributed via digital channels that typically expire within a few days – will reach $3.9 billion by 2015, according to a McKinsey research report. These coupons are partially a result of brand loyalty, according to Jip de Lange, a consultant at Innopay.“We see payment methods that were originally offered online are now being offered in offline contexts as well, as the PoS [point of sale] terminal functions basically as Internet-enabled device,” de Lange wrote in the Ecommerce Europe: Online Payments 2012 report. “This move not only secures growth potential for years to come, but also increases the relevance of these payment methods as they become part of consumers’ day-to-day routine.”Uneven ProgressMany governments are already moving toward supporting online payment systems. The U.S. Government’s Pay.gov service lets citizens pay and be paid by the government using online accounts. People in Latin America, China, India and Africa are even more likely to incorporate mobile devices in their online payment transactions. Europeans trend toward using online accounts for shopping the Internet, with 58% having done so in 2011, Ecommerce Europe notes.Not all online payment technologies will emerge at once, and not all will eventually succeeed. Researchers at Gartner estimate that Near Field Communications (NFC) is at least five years away from mass adoption. In the meantime, security concerns and the lack of immediate adoption is making many companies disillusioned with aspects of NFC as a payment method: Google is all in, while Apple and PayPal are not.Perceptions of security and privacy remain key issues for all online and mobile payment systems. A recent study by Edgar, Dunn & Company and sponsored by MasterCard noted that the lingering negative public opinion associated with online payments is hindering broader adoption. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more


Android Now ‘Outshines iOS In Almost Every Aspect’

Posted On Dec 15 2019 by

first_imgRalf Rottmann is CTO and co-founder of Grandcentrix, the largest mobile app developer in Germany. He’s also a hardcore Apple fanboy who has a house full of Apple products and more than 8,000 songs purchased on the iTunes store. He’s tried out every big Android phone and found each one wanting. But suddenly things have changed. He just got a Nexus 4, the flagship Android phone made by LG and running Jelly Bean, the latest version (4.1) of Android. And since switching it on two weeks ago, he hasn’t touched his iPhone 5.“When iOS 6 came out, for the first time I complained about the lack of innovation in this major new release. I asked myself whether we might see Apple beginning to lose its lead position in mobile platforms,” Rottmann writes in an essay on Gizmodo. Rottmann goes on at great length and great detail about all the ways, big and small, that Jelly Bean outguns Apple’s iOS 6. The only thing he misses, he says, is iMessage. Sure, he’s just one guy. But he’s a significant guy. And more and more people like him, from all around the world, are coming to the same conclusion. Meanwhile, Back In Northern CaliforniaNevertheless, in Silicon Valley the conventional wisdom still seems to be that the only people who use Android phones are people who are too cheap or too poor to buy an iPhone. There’s a myth in the Valley that Android phones are bargain basement devices, and that people who use them aren’t very tech savvy and don’t really do anything with them. It’s all pure FUD. There’s also this persistent myth the iPhone has some kind of lead. It doesn’t. Not in terms of market share, not in terms of engineering, not in terms of design, not in terms of software, not in terms of maps, not in terms of voice recognition, not in terms of performance. In almost every way, the iPhone has been smoked.(The one exception is profit. Apple is exceedingly profitable and rakes in obscene margins on the iPhone. But that’s because Apple has been milking the same platform for years, selling last-generation hardware and investing too little in software. Apple spends a mere 2% of its revenues on R&D, far less than its rivals. Now those chickens are coming home to roost.)Nevertheless, Valley folk continue to cling to their iPhones, even as their phones get eclipsed by Android. Consider this article by Liz Gannes of AllThingsD who says 2012 was “the year I stopped using Apple’s iOS apps.” She’s mostly embraced Google’s apps, which she admits are better than Apple’s.The question then becomes, If you like Google’s software, and why are you still using the iPhone? “I think iOS is a very nice operating system,” Gannes writes.The real answer, I think, is that old habits die hard. Out in Silicon Valley, Apple is the hometown team, and the iPhone, when it came out, was a very big deal. It was truly unique. But it’s not anymore.The rest of the world has figured that out. For once, Silicon Valley is playing catch-up.Image courtesy of Reuters. dan lyons Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#iOS#iPhone Related Posts last_img read more