Facebook10Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City Of LaceyThe upcoming Twelfth Annual Summer’s End Car Show at Huntamer Park in Lacey is open to all makes, models and years of cars. Do you love your vintage truck? Or maybe you have customized a brand new one. Is the custom paint job on your car a work of art? Or are your proud of the restoration you’ve completed on a Model-T?Whatever your taste in cars, whether it’s more “fast and furious” or classic street rod, the Summer’s End Car Show has a spot to for you.Cars can be pre-registered, but also may show up the day of and claim a spot at the show. Each car show entry includes a 5×7 photo of their car, a chance to participate in a poker walk and trivia game for prizes, and compete for 1 of 50 awards in various categories. Entry fees run $25 per car and can be paid at the gate or you can pre-register by calling Lacey Parks & Recreation at 360-491-0857 during business hoursThe event, held at Huntamer Park runs from 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday, September 21 and the gate for car entries opens at 7am. Please enter on Seventh Ave SE. All entrants will enjoy the party atmosphere of the show with live music, great food and commercial vendors showcasing their auto specific wares. And, if your car is voted Best in Show it will be featured in all promotions for next year’s Summer’s End Car Show!For the past 5 years, the Summer’s End Car Show has broken out of the mold of giving trophies or plaques. Instead, organizers give award items with the event logo on them such as camp chairs, etched car blankets, car coolers, and more. This year, the awards include both a commemorative full color plaque and a vehicle emergency kit.So shine up that paint job and wipe down those tires. All are welcome at the Summer’s End Car show where the saying “the more the merrier” is more true than ever.Click here for all the details, including a registration form.
AS LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES introduce their budgets for 2012, they all seem to be facing the same headache: the ever-increasing cost of health insurance premiums for government employees.LIke individuals and businesses, local towns must find a way of meeting those obligations, and that ultimately becomes the responsibility of property taxpayers.When the Red Bank Borough Council introduced its budget (a work still in progress, officials stressed) last month, it contained a whopping 21 percent increase for insurance premiums.Borough Councilman and Finance Committee Chairman Michael DuPont explained that the borough obtains its coverage from the Municipal Reinsurance Health Insurance Fund, referred to as HIF. The HIF is a coalition of municipalities that have banded together to jointly purchase insurance coverage as a means of saving money.Why have premiums increased so dramatically?“They gave me no explanation,” Dupont said. “They gave me nothing.”“They’re saying it’s due to an increase in claims,” said Colleen Lapp, Red Bank’s chief financial officer. “We’re asking for the actual hard data to back that up,” she added. But so far, “They don’t have all of it yet.”As he talks to colleagues serving in other municipalities, DuPont found, “They’re all juggling this.”“Yes, everybody is facing an increase,” Lapp observed.“We’re all in the same boat,” said Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo. Along with his responsibilities in Eatontown, Tarantolo is the chairman of the Two River Council of Mayors, a group of about 13 communities in the Two River area. From his conversations with the council’s mayors, Tarantolo said, the increases appear to be happening across the board.Eatontown’s insurance premiums are rising about eight percent, “It’s a significant jump,” Tarantolo said.That amounts to roughly a $243,000 increase in medical insurance premiums. And that equals an increase of 1.5 cents on the municipal tax rate.“It’s a serious problem,” which has Eatontown officials, “looking, shopping, trying to reduce those costs.”Lou Neely is East Brunswick’s CFO and chairman of the NJ League of Municipalities’ pensions and health benefit committees. He said that, yes, costs are rising throughout the state. “Of course, it’s seen across the board,” Neely said. “Not only here but across the United States.”Towns, in general, have four ways to purchase their coverage: through the HIF, via participation in the state plan, through the purchase of a private sector policy, or by self-insuring.The state plan, Neely said, is seeing about a 20 percent rise in premiums.“We’re going out and giving all our information to the private sector to determine if the HIF is giving us the best service possible,” DuPont said of Red Bank.“All I can say is this is a reccurring theme that we’ve had over the last couple of years,” observed William Dressel Jr. executive director of the League of Municipalities, an advocacy, education and lobbying organization for towns. “It’s definitely a major cost driver.”The state Legislature, supported by Gov. Chris Christie, had placed caps on municipal and public school budget increases, capping the increases at either two or 2.5 percent, depending on the type of spending. The intent of the law was to rein in escalating property taxes. However, health insurance premiums, as well as pension costs, are excluded from the cap. And of course, it is the taxpayers who foot the bill.“Those reforms,” endorsed by Trenton, “really did not address these costs,” Dressel charged.“And it’s not the folks under the gold dome on State Street taking political heat,” he said. “It’s the folks on Main Street, the mayors and governing bodies, who are taking the political heat.”“It’s a very hard sell,” to explain this to the public, Dressel said.Dressel also criticized the Christie Administration for pushing the reforms before getting the so called “toolkit” (a series of bills that would give towns the tools to cut costs), creating additional mandates, and burdens for towns.“If they made that an exception to the cap,” Neely added, “wouldn’t you think they knew this thing was increasing dramatically?”Neely also pointed to the health care costs for younger government retirees, who remain covered by work plans and are too young for federal Medicare—what Neely called “legacy costs.”The number of early retirees has risen, with employees trying to stay ahead of legislation that might curtail their ability to get pensions. Those people “are the most expensive people,” to insure as some of them have children young enough to continue on the plans, he said.Neely blamed the rising costs squarely on the federal Affordable Health Care Act, or what is often called “Obamacare.” “It’s anything but affordable,” which he alleges forced plans to increase premiums four to eight percent, “As a result of federal action.”“It’s driven the rate up,” he charged.DuPont disagrees.“I’m not buying that. I don’t see it,” being the causation of cost increases, DuPont countered. The reasons, he’s hearing, is increased claims, “your plans are too generous. You have to increase your deductible, that type of stuff,” he said.Whatever the reasons, “It’s not going to be resolved locally. It’s not going to be resolved on the state level,” Tarantolo said. “It has to be resolved on the national level.”The Affordable Healthcare Act may not be the fix-all, Tarantolo said, “But let’s get something in place and fix the things that are broken,” he suggested.Legislation passed in the last couple of years will require government employees to make a larger contribution to their healthcare plans to offset costs.Red Bank has gone even further, asking for concessions from local unions to pay for increases, DuPont said. And unions might have to realize that more may be required from their membership in the future .
Suspects, John Mulbah, Abdu Duke, Sunday Echa and Magnus KollieThe Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) in Kakata, Margibi County, has arrested four persons in connection with illegal drug trafficking, prescription abuse and trading of other harmful substances into the country.The four persons arrested are John Mulbah, 48; Sunday Echa, 34; Abdu Duke, 60; and Magnus Kollie, 34. The suspects were arrested in Harbel and Kakata City between April 25 and 28, 2017.The Liberia News Agency quoting a copy of the LDEA charge sheet, said the above named suspects were arrested in the various communities, while reportedly selling the drugs.Suspect Magnus Kollie was arrested in Kakata when officers of the LDEA received a tipoff.Suspect Kollie was caught in possession of assorted medical items, which he had attempted administering to an ailing female patient in Kakata.The three other suspects were arrested with over 200,000 kilograms of marijuana and ‘Italian White’, having the street value of over a half million Liberian dollars.Meanwhile, LDEA Margibi Commander Ralph O. Gooding is warning residents to refrain from harboring any suspected drug traffickers in the county.Gooding said a lot of times when they receive tip offs about drug traffickers, they are often obstructed by residents which caused the suspects to escape arrest.He further warned that anyone caught harboring suspected drug peddlers will be arrested and equally charged as the suspect and forwarded to court for prosecution, in keeping with the laws of Liberia.In line with that, LDEA has charged all four suspects and forwarded them to the kakata Magisterial Court for prosecution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
31 October 2011The government and civil society have partnered to launch a unique Climate Train” to criss-cross South Africa raising awareness on changing weather patterns ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference starting in Durban on 28 November.The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre from 28 November to 9 December.The train project has been touted by some as one the biggest campaigns in the history of the conference.The train, set to pass through 17 communities including small towns, rural areas, villages and townships, started its epic journey in Cape Town on Friday night. It is scheduled to reach Durban on 27 November, the day before the start of COP 17.Some of the areas to be visited by the train include Worcester, Beaufort West, Kimberly, Klerksdorp, Krugersdorp, Polokwane, Louis Trichardt and Ladysmith.‘Mobilisation, Dialogue and Climate Justice’Led by South African environmental agency Indalo Yethu, the project is supported by the Department of Environmental Affairs, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa and the Embassy of the Republic of Germany.Traveling under the banner, “Mobilisation, Dialogue and Climate Justice”, the Climate Train aims to engage ordinary and vulnerable South Africans on their climate change “hopes, aspirations, experiences and solutions”.According to the organisers, lively meetings with locals will be held on the train and in community town halls. Schools, activists and ordinary people along the way will come to share films, industrial theatre and discussions on climate change.Other activities planned on the journey include tree planting to offset the carbon footprint of the train, with gardening, music and poetry are also on programme.Showcasing low-carbon technologiesThe train will also be used as a resource hub to showcase low-carbon technologies and present information and learning experiences on climate change mitigation, adaptation and innovation.Indalo Yethu chief executive June Josephs-Langa said the campaign would keep going even after COP 17.She said the voices that would be heard along the away would help towards crafting an African People’s Climate Charter.Josephs-Langa said that because people in small towns were sidelined by mainstream media on climate change awareness, they were not necessarily aware why weather patterns were changing and were trying to adapt.She added that the technical language used in climate change discussions tended to cut off ordinary people from the conversation.Source: BuaNews
MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “The training environment is better, there’s less distractions and you can really focus on your preparation,” said Huelgas.The national sports program has long been hampered by a lack of solid funding and sports officials have always pointed to that as the reason for every debacle Team Philippines sufferes in the SEA Games, Asian Games or the Olympics.And Guiao hopes a favorable Supreme Court ruling can remedy that situation.“There’s no other way to interpret the [PSC] law,” said Guiao. “The wording is very specific when it comes to the PSC’s share of Pagcor’s revenues.”“I’m hoping we can get a ruling this year,” Guiao added. “At the latest, we’re looking at early next year. Our lawyers are constantly working on it.” LATEST STORIES Archers, Tams brawl again in preseason, this time in Davao City LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. (File photo by TRISTAN TAMAYO / INQUIRER.net)NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said he is optimistic that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of a petition he filed that seeks to compel the Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. (Pagcor) to remit to the Philippine Sports Commission its full share of the gaming agency’s earnings.Guiao said a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court could be a “game changer” for Philippine sports.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Last year, for example, Pagcor grossed P55.06 billion in revenues—a record for the agency.But the PSC’s share from that pie amounted to P1.26 billion. While that was an increase of P235 million remitted to the PSC in 2015, it was still way off the approximately P2.8 billion that the sports-funding agency should have gotten.Guiao said the money deficit his resolution would cover will provide the PSC with additional funding, not only for the training of elite athletes from targeted sports and the building of a wide grassroots base but also give sports officials the chance to put up a sports training facility outside Metro Manila.“We can, for example, seriously study building a training center in Clark,” said Guiao.Triathlon star Nikko Huelgas, the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist who was with Guiao on the show, admitted that training outside of Metro Manila was a huge factor in his successful bid to rule the biennial meet in back-to-back editions.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It is a big boost to the perennial problem of having too little funds for our sports programs,” said Guiao Thursday, behind the scenes of his guesting on Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s multi-platform live sports talk show.“If the Supreme Court rules in our favor, and I’m optimistic it will, that will be a game changer,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSection 26 of Republic Act 6847, the law that created the PSC, clearly states that “5 percent of Pagcor’s gross income shall be automatically remitted directly to the PSC.”“All the PSC is getting right now is less than 2.5 percent of Pagcor’s earnings,” Guiao later explained during the show. “That means the PSC is getting below half of what it is lawfully theirs.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESLUCENA — “We’re just kinda lazy.”That was Allen Durham’s simple explanation on the heels of Meralco’s disappointing 87-102 defeat to Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals here.ADVERTISEMENT He did give credit to the Gin Kings’s stupendous effort on both ends of the floor in the series opener, saying, “They just came out the better team tonight. They beat us by a lot.”The Bolts made a run in the third quarter and sliced what was once a 17-point lead to as low as four, 71-75 late in the frame, but still sputtered in the end game.“We were off for a little bit, so in the second half, I played a little bit better and we actually fought back in the game. But we had some crucial turnovers and that just killed us. If you turn the ball over against a team like this, they’ll run out and it’s not gonna end well for you,” he said.Durham now shifts his focus to Game 2, where Meralco aims to tie the series a game apiece on Sunday.“We just got to get back to work, try to make the necessary corrections, and get ready for Sunday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo stops Adamson on its tracks, bags 8th straight win Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients View comments The Bolts struggles were seen all over, from their unusually low 23-percent shooting from three and 39-percent field goal clip, to their 59-40 disadvantage in rebounds.“We didn’t play our game well tonight. We didn’t shoot the ball well at all. You can’t beat a team like Ginebra and not shoot the ball well,” he said. “The whole conference we’ve been rebounding really well, and for whatever reason, we let them grab 22 offensive rebounds. We just didn’t play our game tonight and it showed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor all the fanfare of Meralco’s improvements from last season’s runner-up finish in the season-ending conference, it didn’t look like it was a tad bit better in the Game 1 loss on Friday.Durham’s troubles also coincided with the Bolts’ slump as he shot 10-of-22 from the field to wound up with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists against four turnovers. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight
The Lady Spikers lost to the Lady Maroons, 25-16, 26-24, 25-19, on Sunday in what was one of the defending champions’ sloppiest games so far when they had more errors, 37, than attack points, 28.With such an ugly loss, the Lady Spikers made a promise to themselves that they would bounce back and show that they’re still the reigning queens of the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLa Salle easily dismantled National University, 25-20, 25-18, 25-10, on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center in a game that showed the pedigree of the 11-time champion.“We’re in La Salle and there are no cowards in La Salle,” said rookie star Jolina Dela Cruz in Filipino. “Coach [Ramil De Jesus] always reminds us of that and we just brought that spirit.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle wasn’t going to let a three-set loss to University of the Philippines stop its momentum in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Dela Cruz is La Salle’s leading scorer with a total of 96 points after the game against the Lady Bulldogs but she wasn’t immune to De Jesus’ constant, and sometimes intense, lecturing.There were several times during timeouts that De Jesus would focus directly on Dela Cruz when he was conveying a message but the rookie was unfazed with the iconic coach’s intensity.“I just listened to him,” said Dela Cruz who had seven points against NU. “He always tells me to follow the game plan and follow his instructions so I won’t get lost on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES View comments Goran Dragic, Luka Doncic put on a show for Slovenia Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
Napoli goalscorer Llorente: I really wanted to face Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli striker Fernando Llorente was delighted to score in victory over Champions League opponents Liverpool.Llorente was part of the Tottenham team beaten by the Reds in last season’s final.The veteran said: “I wanted to play against the Reds, I’m happy because we showed we could live with the big names. These three points are very important, but it’s just the first game: we still need a lot. “We have to think about game after game, it will be hard. “Scoring at the San Paolo is something incredible, I didn’t imagine starting this adventure like this.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Celta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez: Man City contract set up my familyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCelta Vigo midfielder Denis Suarez insists he enjoyed his time at Manchester City.Denis has been discussing his time in England.“At first it was fine. I got there and I went on pre-season with the first team to the United States, I debuted with the first team in the first round of cup when I was 17 years old and sportingly, I was doing well,” Suárez said.“Life was a little different, it cost my parents more because they didn’t speak English and they had trouble learning it.“The second year was a little long, also because I had been injured, and finally I decided to go to Barcelona.”The now 25-year-old also explained why he joined City in the first place.“My first decision was to stay here in the first team, but Celta did not contemplate that option.“Then I went to Manchester City because it was an important step for me, it was an important investment for the club, who at that time needed money. The contract [offered to me] at that time had my family’s life was fixed.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say