Christmas Forest raises $672,000 to help Further the Providence Mission

first_imgFacebook128Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationProvidence St. Peter Foundation is pleased to announce that the 30th annual Christmas Forest raised $672,000 to benefit the Providence Mission of providing compassionate and excellent health care to all, with a special concern for the poor and vulnerable.One of the amazing trees at this year’s Christmas Forest was “Christmas at Tiffany’s” decked out in blue and white with goodies from the famous jewelry store. Photo courtesy: Providence St. Peter Foundation.This annual six-day event, sponsored by Titus-Will, is the foundation’s largest fundraiser and community event which brought in thousands of visitors to see the trees and wreaths decorated by volunteer designers. The trees and wreaths, as well as a number of donated specialty items, were then auctioned off at the dinner and gala to help support charity care, life-saving equipment and compassionate programs for Providence ministries in the southwest Washington region. Several trees and wreaths were pre-sold or were raffle items.“This was the 30th anniversary of Christmas Forest, and the history and tradition of this magical event was so special this year,” shares Jen Foley, a Providence St. Peter Foundation board member who co-chaired the event with her husband Eric. “Both Eric and I were so humbled by the outpouring of generosity from gala attendees, and others who made gifts but could not attend the gala. Our incredible designers truly poured their hearts into their creations which made a beautiful event to start this holiday season.”More than $307,000 of the total was raised to create the Providence St. Peter Hospital Dental Residency Program, making it the second highest total in Christmas Forest’s 30-year history. This program will provide critical dental care to the lowest income and medically compromised adults and improve outcomes of dental-related emergency center visits at St. Peter Hospital. The dental residency program will be located on the Providence St. Peter Hospital campus and will provide both primary and emergency dental care.“Many members of the dental community were in attendance supporting the dental residency program,” shared Peter Brennan, executive director of the foundation. “We received a $55,000 match from the Washington State Dental Association which was a tremendous incentive for attendees to give generously. The support for the dental residency program from both the dental and medical community was truly evident and deeply appreciated.”This adorable wreath from this year’s Christmas Forest was aptly titled “Merry Christmas.” Photo courtesy: Providence St. Peter Foundation.A number of the trees and wreaths purchased were donated back to the community and can be seen in the lobby of St. Peter Hospital, Providence St. Peter Hospital Neurology Unit (9th floor) and Medical Unit (4th floor), Providence St. Peter Sunshine House, Providence Mother Joseph Care Center, St. Peter Hospital Surgical Waiting Area, Panorama Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center, Olympia Senior Center, Boys and Girls Club and Kaiser Permanente.“Christmas Forest is about caring and providing compassionate health care to our most vulnerable citizens,” shares Rick Middleton, board president for the foundation. “It is our community’s responsibility to help care for those in need by giving of ourselves and doing all that we can to make a difference in the lives of so many. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our donors, volunteers and caregivers who made this event so very special.”Christmas Forest will return in 2018 with public viewings and the gala over the November 30 – December 2 weekend.last_img read more

Ill pensioner’s home ransacked by burglar

first_imgUpdated 2pm 29/10/2019Gardaí are investigating the burglary of a pensioner’s home in Lifford on Friday night.The incident occurred at Croaghan Heights on Gallows Lane near the town centre, where an elderly woman’s home was broken into and ransacked as the thief, or thieves, searched for cash. The woman was fortunately not home on the night, as she has been unwell and was staying with her sister.No money was taken in the incident and no other items were stolen.The burglary has left the family badly shaken and they are warning other Lifford residents to look out for their neighbours.“Keep an eye out for the old folk who could be vulnerable and make sure they’re safe. God knows what would have happened if Mum was at home,” said a family member. Gardaí have launched an investigation into the break-in.If anyone in the Croaghan Heights area or the Lifford area in general noticed any unusual behaviour or movements of people or vehicles on the 25th and 26th of October (Friday/Saturday) between 4pm and 9am, please contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Ill pensioner’s home ransacked by burglar was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

SA’s current account deficit narrows

first_img19 March 2012 South Africa’s current account deficit narrowed to 3.6% of GDP in the fourth quarter of 2011, while foreign direct investment inflows increased substantially, the Reserve Bank says in its latest quarterly bulletin. “Relative to the country’s gross domestic product, the deficit on the current account decreased from 4.1% in the third quarter of 2011 to 3.6% in the fourth quarter,” the Bank said on Monday. According to the bulletin, this was helped by lower dividend payments to non-residents. “Relative to the country’s gross domestic product, the deficit amounted to 3.6% – fairly moderate compared with recent history,” the Bank said. ‘Significantly lower gross dividend payments’ “The smaller deficit in the fourth quarter of 2011 can mainly be ascribed to significantly lower gross dividend payments following exceptionally large dividend declarations in the third quarter.” According to the Bank, the negative imbalance on the services, income and current transfer account narrowed noticeably, by about R45-billion to R93-billion in the fourth quarter. The current account deficit for the whole of 2011 widened to 3.3% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 2.8% in 2010. This was due to a sharp deterioration in the second half of last year.Foreign direct investment increases Meanwhile, foreign direct investment inflows into South Africa increased substantially, to R18.7-billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared with an inflow of R2.8-billion in the third quarter. According to the central bank, the capital inflows emanated mainly from the UK and China, and were largely directed towards the country’s mining, communications and financial intermediation sectors. “Cumulatively, direct investment inflows came to R42.1-billion in 2011, notably more than the inflow of R9-billion registered in 2010,” the Bank said. “As a ratio of gross domestic product, the direct investment inflows rose from 0.3% in 2010 to 1.4% in 2011.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Where in the world is Signal the Frog®? Canada!

first_imgIf you’re still not convinced, we’ll give you 10 reasons why we love Canada in hopes that you’ll be just as inspired to celebrate the land of the maple leaf. Canada has over 45 National Parks, many of which support geocaching! Psst in honor of Canada 150, admission to all National Parks are free in 2017, too! According to the 2017 World Happiness Report, Canada is the 7th happiest country in the world. Canada has the most doughnut shops in the world per capita. Maybe this is why they are so happy? There are over 230,000 active geocaches in Canada. That’s a lot of adventure! Canada is home to the only town in the world with not just one but two exclamation points in its name: Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! Over 200,000 pancakes are served during the Calgary Stampede. Perfect to go with all of the pure Canadian maple syrup, after all, Quebec is the top producer of maple syrup in the world. License plates in the Northwest Territories of Canada are in the shape of a polar bear, and here at HQ, we support all things animal! The oldest cache in Canada was placed less than a month after geocaching began. GCBBA is in beautiful Nova Scotia and has over 500 Favorite points!  The world’s first UFO landing pad was built in 1967 in St. Paul, Alberta.  Canada has a physics lab located 2 kilometers underground! It is the world’s second-deepest underground lab facility—just think of all of the lab caches that could be made!Science, nature, doughnuts, happiness, and geocaching? There’s a lot to celebrate about Canada and we are excited to join the fun!What do you love about Canada? Share in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More As Signal continues to celebrate geocaching around the world, our favorite frog will be visiting Canada to cache like a Canadian and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.As part of the celebration, you can earn the Canada Day 2017 souvenir by hosting or attending an event on Saturday, July 1 or Sunday, July 2, 2017. We’re excited to join Canadians in celebrating their birthday this July, and we hope you’ll join us! SharePrint RelatedCanada Day celebrations from around the globeJuly 11, 2017In “News”Cool caches in Canada, according to Signal the Frog®May 30, 2017With 14 commentsEverything you need to host a great Canada Day eventJune 13, 2017In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Pedaling Our Way Through The Day

first_imgLast May at the National Green Building Conference, while contemplating the fact that it costs at least $200 to get an extension cord to a booth, Peter, Rob, and I had a hare-brained scheme: why not make a bicycle-powered booth? Rob is a bike mechanic from way back, and we’re all fairly good at pedaling. The reasoning was that we could save a bundle, put our money where our mouth is, and even create a marketing gimmick. (Gimmick in a good way, that is).Oddly enough our bosses thought it was a good idea too, so Rob began researching the possibilities — he would build it in his barn, on weekends. As it turns out, it was a lot easier to buy a kit. Which we did. The kit comes with a frame for the bike, a generator and a Black and Decker battery pack/inverter/radio. I don’t know why the radio is included, but someone in some conference room somewhere thought it would be a good idea.The package arrived and Pete set it up at home and tested it. So far so good. We then boxed it up and sent it off to San Francisco for its debut at West Coast Green.On Wednesday we set up our booth, and yesterday, Thursday, the show opened. With a battery fully charged, we figured we’d have an hour or so before we had to jump on. When we got to the booth in the morning, the battery had lost a little bit of its charge, but we figured it was because we forgot to turn off the radio (we shut down the master switch, but didn’t turn the radio power switch off).So Pete jumped on the bike to top off the battery. The problem was that it seemed to take an awful lot of pedaling to top it off. And as the day wore on, we realized that we couldn’t keep ahead of the laptops. Each laptop draws about 30 watts, which we ought to be able to produce quite easily, so we were confused as to what was going on. We were pedaling continuously just to power a single laptop.It turns out that we got a bum battery pack. Worse, it turns out the Black and Decker is an East Coast company and distributors of their stuff are pretty few and far between out here in the West.Remember my walking tour through San Francisco the other day? That was a minor warm-up for the trade show booth. (BTW, here’s a tip: San Francisco has a lot of hills. If you’re going to walk from one side of the city to the other, take this into consideration)After about a hundred phone calls, we located a replacement battery pack at a Home Depot somewhere near Ann Edminster’s house, so all should be great today. I say SHOULD because I haven’t talked to Pete yet and the booth doesn’t open for an hour.I’ll let you know how things turn out.last_img read more

Freelance Video: Managing Client Expectations

first_imgFreelance video pros need to set clear client expectations around timelines, budgets, and production value… and then get it all in writing.Most of your clients will not have an intimate knowledge of video production or what it takes to create the images in their heads.Now that the tools for capturing video are more accessible than ever, non-professionals are making a lot of assumptions about your work based on their ability to pull out their iPhone. Whether you’re working with an aspiring artist wanting a music video or a large corporate client needing a video training series, to some degree, you’ll need to educate them on the process and the resources needed to get them to their desired goal — and that’s usually not a cell phone video.Creative PlanWorking out the creative plan. Image from Red Lemon Club.When you go in to talk to them about their project, be prepared to ask a lot of questions so you can understand their vision and advise accordingly. They need to tell you where will the video go, what the desired length is, and who the target audience is. You’ll also want to ask what the goals of the video are (to educate, entertain, excite?), the tone of the video, and what the core messaging needs to be.Kimbe MacMaster, with Vidyard, notes that all the stakeholders in any given project need to be on the same page if they want to be successful and even supplies a template for questions.Lay everything out ahead of time in a creative brief, send it to everyone who will be involved in the project and allow at least one meeting for walking through the brief and answering any related questions.Service Agreement: What is It?An example of a standard video production agreement. Image from NimiaThe point in the process in which most of the expectation management takes place is in the crafting of the service agreement. After the client agrees to move forward with you on the project, you’ll want to create a service agreement that, among other things, outlines the scope of the project, an engagement summary, and all the defined deliverables.  Video marketplace, Nimia, offers an example of a standard video production agreement (partially pictured above) that you can use as a resource for creating your own.Service Agreement: What’s Covered?1. Project Scope Project scope will include hiring talent, music selection or production, and a tentative production schedule. Examples of deadlines to include in this phase are script delivery, shoot date(s), and delivery of first and final drafts. To emphasize that the agreed-to deadlines are dependent on both you, the producer, and them, the client, you can use language like this: Any delays caused by the client including cancelled meetings, delays on creative feedback or direction, and especially delays from the final decision-makers, will cause delays to the final deliverable. Changes to the estimated project schedule may affect pricing.Here’s a quick tutorial/reminder about all the things to consider when managing the scope of your project: 2. Engagement SummaryThe engagement summary should state both what you’re going to do and what they’re going to do. This is where you protect yourself with limits on changes and revisions. For example:This proposal includes two rounds of revisions for the concept and script and two rounds of revisions for the final draft of the video.3. Defined DeliverablesDefined deliverables will be items like a storyboard, a script and, of course, the video. Include the formats expected for each deliverable and how it will be provided to them.4. The FeeOf course, note the fee for the project and when you’ll expect payment. For example: Client will be invoiced 50% of the project total at the start of the engagement. The remaining 50% will be invoiced when the final video is approved.Look at examples online and talk to your friends in the industry about what they put in their service agreements. Yours doesn’t need to look like it was written by an attorney, but it does need outline clear expectations on both sides. Don’t do any further work on the project until you get a signed copy back from them. No matter how well you know or trust the client, you don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you wish you had something in writing and you don’t.Post-ProductionThe part of the process clients seem to have the hardest time wrapping their head around is post-production. They know the footage has been shot, but they don’t understand the bandwidth needed to process that footage, cut it, color it, add effects, and render it. I tell clients that for every hour we shoot on set, we’ll need 10 hours to process it (give or take). This isn’t always the case, and you can use your best judgement on what that number will be for your project. Just know that providing that expectation can help you get the time you need to get the footage where it needs to be for client approval.Chris Potter, co-founder of ScreenLight, reinforces that open communication and setting expectations will save time during video review. He also notes in 9 Ways to Improve Client Communication During Video Review that using your agreed-upon deadlines is another tool to help keep client revision under control.Creative review is a form of negotiation, and one thing that helps keep a negotiation moving forward is a deadline. A deadline can help force prioritization decisions. Anything can be done with enough time. But chances are, neither you nor your client has that luxury.Assuming you’ve talked to them about their vision in the creative planning phrase, and received concept and script approval from them, there shouldn’t be too many surprises at this point. Doing more on the front-end will allow you to shoot for the edit and save time (and stress) in post.Above all else, try to be transparent about the process and stay in contact throughout. As you reach milestones in the production timeline, reach out and let them know what’s going on. Your client will enjoy seeing what happens “behind-the-scenes” and you can demonstrate your expertise. Communicating with them will help build trust that will make them appreciate you and your work and could lead to more projects in the future. Interested in some more “client relations” tips? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat:Corporate Video: Getting Your Clients to CommitClient Feedback is Key to Creative Success5 Easy Ways To Make Your Clients Love YouGot any tips on setting expectations with clients? Let us know your methods in the comments below!last_img read more

Pitch row: BCCI summons Shane Warne, RCA secretary

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has summoned Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit and Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne in Mumbai on Tuesday. The BCCI intervened after the battle between the two parties seemed to be getting out of hand.Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council chairman Chirayu Amin and former cricketer Ravi Shastri were expected to speak to Warne and Dixit over the ugly spat that erupted over pitch issues at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.An official complaint had been lodged by Dixit claiming that Warne publicly abused him. Warne apparently blamed the RCA official for providing them with a pitch that did not suit the home team for the last few matches. A battle erupted on micro-blogging site Twitter, with both saying less than complimentary things about each other. After Dixit lodged an official complaint against Warne, Amin stepped in to sort out the issue.Jones says sorryMeanwhile, former Australian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones has clarified that he had never used any defamatory word against the RCA. Jones found himself dragged into controversy when it was reported that he had stated that the “RCA should lick Shane Warne’s feet” while commenting on the feud between the legendary spinner and Dixit. The RCA had decided to file a complaint against Jones for his derogatory comments but the Aussie released a statement on Tuesday in which he defended himself. Jones said: “Please let it be known that I have at no point of time used the phrase ‘licking his feet’. Instead, I said ‘please kiss his feet’, which in simple words mean giving due respect. If I have offended anybody then I am extremely sorry.”advertisementlast_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball to face road test at Illinois

The Ohio State men’s basketball team played its first game in November, but to the players, the real season has just begun. “The Big Ten has started,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. “We’re shooting real bullets now.” The No. 8 Buckeyes (11-2) opened Big Ten play on Jan. 2 with a blowout win against Nebraska, but winning league games will likely become substantially tougher in the coming weeks. OSU is set to face three ranked opponents in its next four games, and three of those four games will be played away from home. Directly ahead is a matchup on Saturday against No. 11 Illinois (13-2) in Champaign, Ill. The Illini were upset by unranked Purdue in their Big Ten opener Wednesday, which might have displayed some of Illinois’ weaknesses, but also a served as a cautionary tale of what can happen when a team doesn’t play its best on the road against a conference opponent. “You see Illinois, who’s playing great, go in against Purdue and taking a loss,” said junior point guard Aaron Craft. “Every game in the Big Ten is going to be a tough game.” If the Buckeyes are to beat the Illini, and win a game against a ranked opponent for the first time this season, it’s likely imperative that they contain senior guard Brandon Paul, who torched OSU for 43 points last season as Illinois secured an upset win at home against the then-No. 5 Buckeyes. This year, Paul is averaging almost 19 points per game and has tallied double figures in all 15 of the Illini’s games this season. “We saw first hand, when he’s rolling, how good he can be,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “He’s one of the best guards, not only in the Big Ten, but probably in the country.” Smith Jr. said that OSU will play with a heightened awareness on defense to ensure Paul doesn’t produce a repeat performance. “Of course we know what he’s capable of from last year,” Smith Jr. said. “Hopefully we just come out and play a better defensive game and be able to guard him a little better.” If there was a particular facet of the game in which the Buckeyes struggled last year against Paul, it was finding him while in transition defense. Occasionally OSU lost track of Paul on the fast breaks, allowing the guard to spot up for wide-open jumpers. As a result, he buried eight 3-pointers. “They like to get out in transition and run a lot,” Smith Jr. said. “He spots up on the wing and if you get there a second late, the shots going up. Sometimes he’s fortunate enough to make a lot of those shots.” Saturday’s matchup will also be the first meeting between Matta and his long-time assistant John Groce. Groce served under Matta at OSU from 2004-2008, and was also on Matta’s staff while at Xavier and Butler. Matta. though, said he’s not focused on who he’s coaching against, just the task at hand. “That’s all irrelevant,” Matta said. “It’s a Big Ten basketball game and you’ve got to get yourself ready to go.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to tipoff with Illinois at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. read more

Kane pleased with fellow World Cup participants at Spurs

first_imgHarry Kane is pleased with how well his fellow World Cup participants have done, despite a reduced summer breakThe England captain was joined by Three Lions team-mate Kieran Trippier and Lucas Moura on the scoresheet as Tottenham maintained their winning start to the new season by beating Fulham 3-1.Kane and Trippier’s England teammate Dele Alli has also scored for Spurs, as has Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen.This comes despite the fact that Spurs’ World Cup players had only returned to full training a week before the campaign began.“It’s great to win two out of two, especially as we had a lot of players coming back late from the World Cup,” Kane told the club website.“It was always going to be a tough job to start well but credit to everyone – everyone has come back sharp, everyone has come back ready, (we’ve had) two good games, two good wins and now we have to try to continue that.“Personally, I’m fine and I feel good. I’m in the same boat as a lot of the other players. We all knew we’d have to come back ready to go pretty early and that’s what we’ve done.“It’s part of football. You have to be physically ready all year around and that’s what we’ve done.”2️⃣ wins from 2️⃣? @LeagooOfficial #COYS pic.twitter.com/EcRzuP9ZQzHarry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 19, 2018Kane was pleased to finally score a Premier League goal in August after 15 attempts.“It’s nice to get on the scoresheet, nice to know what it feels like to score in August!” he smiled.“It was a great game from the team, first and foremost. After Fulham got it back to 1-1, I thought we stepped up a gear and played well, creating chances. Thankfully we took a couple and deserved the result.”The 25-year-old was denied a penalty and later hit the crossbar before finally ending his August drought by scoring 13 minutes from time on Saturday.“I’ve said all along, as a striker you have to be ready for the next chance. That’s what happened,” he said.“As I’ve said before, whether or not I score, as long as I’m holding the ball up, bringing others into the play and switching the ball, that’s my job and that’s the most important thing.“Thankfully I got a goal and all that talk about August can be put to bed. Now, the focus is on (Manchester) United next Monday.”Kane scored 30 goals in 37 league appearances last season.last_img read more