Japanese New Year Celebration Set For January 26

first_imgSubmitted by Oshogatsu in Olympia: Japanese New Year CelebrationThe Olympia-Kato Sister City Association invites the public to attend its Japanese New Year Celebration, Oshogatsu in Olympia. The event takes place Saturday, January 26 from 10am-4pm at The Olympia Center in Downtown Olympia.Oshogatsu in Olympia creates the atmosphere of a Japanese New Year celebration and brings the community together to share in a unique experience and learn about Japananese culture. Live entertainment on the mainstage will showcase Traditional Japanese dance and music, taiko drumming and cosplay vocal performances. The family-focused event includes a variety of cultural activities and make & take crafts, demonstrations and an Art Exhibition where visitors can view and purchase Japanese calligraphy, sumi paintings, paper cuttings and traditional crafts.Featured this year in our “Taste of Japan” Kitchen is a varied menu of Japanese foods prepared and served on-site by Hiroshi’s Restaurant & Catering of Seattle. Come hungry – because the aromas from the kitchen are sure to entice you!At the heart of this year’s Oshogatsu event is the Sakura Friendship Ceremony commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the “Gift of Trees” given by Japan to the U.S. as a symbol of friendship. Thousands of Japanese sakura (flowering cherry trees) still line the tidal basin of our nation’s capitol in Washington D.C. The Olympia-Kato Sister City Association, in cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, will commemorate this historic gift and the enduring relationship between our countries with this special ceremony. Japanese music, dance and a live calligraphy performance will enhance the significance of this event.Visitors to Oshogatsu 2013 are invited to sample a taste of fresh Japanese mochi and experience “Mochitsuki”– the ceremonial making of the chewy rice cakes that are traditional fare for Japanese New Year. A professional Mochitsuki troupe will elevate mochi-pounding to an art through their use of traditional implements, chanting, and choreographed movements.In an impressive display of dexterity and endurance, troupe members will swing large wooden mallets in a steady rhythm to pound steaming batches of cooked rice into a smooth, stretchy dough. As the pace increases, they’ll demonstrate quick reflexes and expert timing as they flip the dough by hand between each crash of the mallets.Event admission is free with a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family. Proceeds benefit the Olympia-Kato Sister City Association (OKSCA), a local non-profit group whose mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding between Japan and America through community events, educational outreach, and cultural exchanges. For information and performance schedules for Oshogatsu in Olympia, or to learn more about the Sister City Association, visit www.celebratejapan.org. Facebook20Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Lacey’s 9 Cent Color Copies Discusses The Importance Of Paper

first_imgSubmitted by 9 Cent Color CopiesMost folks think that paper is paper and that any paper can be printed on. This used to be true in the time of letterpress and etchings, but today, each type of printer needs to have specific paper or it will jam up the works. A laser press, which is what I use, must use paper specifically designed for a laser press. There cannot be too much dust or the drums or print belt will cloud up and the print quality diminishes.When you are shopping for a good local printer, there are things to consider that matter more than price.  If the printer uses plain old copy paper, your printed copies will not be displayed as well as you might like. Plain old copy paper is usually 20# paper that has a brightness factor of 88 to 92. The brightness scale peaks out at 100.92 brightness means that the paper is 92% white, or 8% black. 100 brightness means that the paper is 100% white, or no black. When printing black on paper, the brightness of the paper does not make much difference because black is opaque; however; since colors are translucent, the color of the paper will show through and alter the color of the ink or toner. For instance, if you print red on yellow paper, it looks orange. That’s because the yellow shows through the red. The same principle is true when printing color on 92 brightness paper. The grayness in the paper shows through the colors and diminishes them so they look somewhat drab and washed out. Printing the same thing on 100 brightness paper will allow the colors to remain true and brilliant, making the printing appear much more professional and giving a much better first impression of what you are trying to portray.Wouldn’t you want to make the best impression on that new customer by having the very best copies that you could possibly get? Well the first thing you must do is to choose the best quality paper that you can get. The paper is the foundation for your printing. If you have a poor foundation, nothing you can do will make the printing look any better; but if you start with a nice bright white color copy paper, your copies will look great.Here at 9 Cent Color Copies, we use only the highest quality bright white paper so that your copies, cards and brochures look the very best they can. Call Chris or Jen for more information about your printing needs, in Lacey, 360-367-0440 or email 9cent2@gmail.com Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

All Vessel Registrations Expire Annually on June 30

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Thurston County AuditorRenew online and avoid long wait times and lines.Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall reminds vessel owners that all vessel registrations expire each year on June 30, and the state Department of Licensing no longer mails registration renewal notices. Vessel owners are encouraged to renew online at dol.wa.gov to avoid the hassle of wait times and lines at licensing offices.“You don’t need to wait to renew your vessel license. I encourage people to renew as early as possible if they are doing it in-person,” says Hall.Vessel owners can also renew in person at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office located in Olympia at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Building 1, Room 106. Owners will need their vessel’s registration (WN) number. The Thurston County Auditor’s Office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information about vessel registration at the Auditor’s Office, call (360) 786-5406 or go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/auditor and click on the “Licensing” tab.Thurston County also has subagents who can process vessel registration renewals at eight convenient locations throughout the county. For information about subagent hours and locations go to the state Department of Licensing website at dol.wa.gov.last_img read more

Sergio Ramos’ goggle goal celebration earns him a ridiculous card after referee error!

first_imgImage Courtesy: DAZN Sports/PAAdvertisement uxjjm7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebjwi( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nvuWould you ever consider trying this?😱42kuqCan your students do this? 🌚229qsRoller skating! Powered by Firework Footballers have ahistory of getting carded after bizarre goal scoring celebrations, which the referees aren’t always too fond of. Such an incident happened with Sergio Ramos, who was booked in Spain’s European qualifier match against Romania.Advertisement Image Courtesy: DAZN Sports/PAYesterday’s game at the Arena Națională saw Robert Moreno’s La Rojas achieving a 2-1 victory over the Tricolorii, and the scoresheet was opened up by Ramos himself.The 33 year old skipper scored from the spot in the 29th minute, and celebrated the match opener with a goggles celebration, mimicking an eyewear with his hands.Advertisement Soon after, the referee Deniz Aytekin showed the Real Madrid superstar a yellow card, interpreting that the center back was performing a mockery at the match officials.However, in the post match interview, the Spaniard revealed that the German official got it wrong, and it was just a tribute to the player’s spectacles wearing nephew.Advertisement “It was for my nephew. We both wear glasses and it was for him. I did it to cheer him up, to dedicate the goal to him.”“The referee thought I was gesturing to the stands.” he added.Moments into the second half, Borussia Dortmund frontman Paco Alcácer converted the one goal lead into a 2-0. tapping in a smooth through from the Barcelona wing back Jordi Alba.The Romanians managed to return one from their forward Florin Andone, who netted the ball in by the 59th minute.Cosmin Contra’s boys almost managed to equalize a second goal, but were denied by the goalkeeper Kepa. The Chelsea star stopped a targeted header with his feet, securing the win.Spain currently top Group F with 15 points, and will face Faroe Island next Monday. Advertisementlast_img read more

India’s own Lionel Messi: Kerala kid nails wondershot into top corner and celebrates like…

first_imgAdvertisement ct5f3NBA Finals | Brooklyn VszbkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eon1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 255cbfWould you ever consider trying this?😱qxd33Can your students do this? 🌚ch3d4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the greatest names that has emerged from football, and the Argentine striker’s fan base reaches every corner of the globe. The supporters are often on board to mimic the FC Barcelona talisman’s every move, even those that take to the pitch with a football themselves. However, here’s a young Indian kid that has perfected Messi’s free kick, and on top of that, performs the maestro’s signature celebration!Advertisement Image Courtesy: InUth.comThe video, which has become viral after emerging on various online news outlets, shows a kid from Kerala, wearing the famed no. 10 jersey of the Argentina national football team, and performs a spectacular free kick with his left foot, exactly similar to the six times Ballon d’Or winner.The ball swerves into a ring at the top left corner of the goalpost, and the clip ends with the kid doing Messi’s famous celebration move- kneeling down and praying to the Almighty.Advertisement Check out the kid’s amazing performance in the clip below, courtesy of InUth’s official Instagram account-Since its upload on yesterday, the clip has gone viral on multiple social media platforms, and has even come under the radar of a number of international media accounts. Additionally, tthe Indian football fandom has been crazy on the Keralite child’s amazing execution.It later came to light that the kid’s name is Mishal Abulais, he is 12 years old and hails from the Malappuram district of Kerala. Many netizens also brought the video to the attention of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.Messi has been a fundamental factor behind Barcelona’s success in the past decade. The forward has 474 appearances for the Catalans, scoring 438 goals across all competitions. The 32 year old has also made 138 international appearances, and netted the ball 70 times.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-Sachin vs Dravid: who is the toughest Indian batsman Shoaib Akhtar has ever faced?Imperfect 10: Bundesliga confirms 10 players positive for Covid-19Sachin vs Dravid: who is the toughest Indian batsman Shoaib Akhtar has ever faced? Advertisementlast_img read more

Hotel Proposal Back Before Red Bank Planners

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK –– A development proposal to construct a six-story hotel at the borough’s entrance is back again before the Planning Board, with board members expressing some issues with the plan.Five years since its plan was first proposed RBank Capital, LLC, returned Monday night to seek approval to construct a six-story, 76-room Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel on the corner of state Highway 35 and Rector Place.The project is intended for a former Exxon gas station on the nearly 1-acre property overlooking the Swimming River at the northern entrance to the borough on the southbound side of Route 35, at Coopers Bridge. The site has been vacant for nearly two decades and has deteriorated.“It is an eyesore,” acknowledged Martin A. McGann Jr. the lawyer representing RBank Capital.However, the location has been mostly remediated, with the underground tanks removed, and is at the point that it is usable for this permitted use, according to Peter Ritchings, an environmental consultant testifying on behalf of the applicant. “Ground water contamination remains at the site,” Ritchings added, for about 5,000 square feet. Remediation is continuing.An architectural rendering of the proposed Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel for Route 35 and Rector Place in Red Bank.The plans call to construct the hotel to stand about 75 feet from the mean water line of the river’s shore. That would mean the actual structure would stand from foundation to rooftop at 82.2 feet. That is over what is permitted by ordinance and requires the board to grant a variance for height; but the excess is not so much as to trigger the need for a use “D” variance, which only the Zoning Board of Adjustment can issue and would require a higher burden of proof for the applicant to meet to get the variance. The site also requires a variance for parking, providing 75 spaces, while 78 are required; and a number of other variances and design waivers for signs, front- and rear-property setbacks, and for other shortcomings under borough requirements.The amount of relief required for this project caused board member Daniel Mancuso to ask, “Is there anything you’re proposing that is within our ordinances?”For some board members the real sticking point was plans to allow traffic traveling north on Route 35 to make a direct left-hand turn into the site, meaning vehicles would be crossing two lanes of southbound traffic to enter the property.Mayor Pasquale Menna challenged the traffic engineer Gary Dean and attorney McGann by asking if he could name another spot along the highway up to Garden State Parkway entrance 117 where traffic can make a left turn like this. “I can’t,” Dean responded.Board member Guy Maratta said that by making that turn, “Somebody is going to die. Mark my words.”A former gas station at the site.Maratta implored the developer to improve the situation and not create a future hazard as, “traffic is only going to get worse, not better,” along the roadway.The site has been vacant for as long as it has because, “This is one of the hardest sites you and I have seen in (land use) development,” given the constraints of the property, McGann told Maratta.“I’m asking the board to be reasonable,” to see this “eyesore” developed, McGann added.McGann went on to tell the board the state Department of Transportation has sole jurisdiction and has approved establishing a left turn lane at the property entrance.The proposed hotel will have 76 rooms ranging in size from 330 to 440 square feet, featuring an outdoor pool and a gym area. There will be no restaurant or banquet accommodations; the location is intended primarily for business and other transient guests. The developers have abandoned the previous plans to construct a boat dock, and instead are planning a boardwalk area that extends more than 200 feet along the riverfront, with benches and accessible to the public.The board plans to continue hearing this application at its Dec. 19 meeting.When RBank Capital had first brought its plan in 2011, it became mired in controversy and contention. There ware issues about whether the proposal should be heard by the planning board or zoning board given the scope and type of project. The borough council actually took to revising its zoning ordinance, hoping to clarify the debate. And the board heard from objectors including a borough resident who took issue with the size of the project given its proximity to a residential neighborhood and the environmental impact to the riverfront area. Another objector, who retained a lawyer to combat the proposal, was the owners of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Eatontown, who feared this location would siphon off its business travelers.The developer eventually withdrew the application and reapplied with a slightly modified plan this fall.last_img read more

Rebels closing in on Kootenay Title, winner meets Osoyoos

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Rebels are within a game of playing for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.First period goals by Ryan Aynsley and Diego Bartlett would be all the scoring the Rebels would need as Castlegar edged Fernie Ghostriders 3-1 in Kootenay Conference Final action Saturday night in the Sunflower City.After taking game one in Fernie, the Rebels took care of business on home ice, sweeping the two games in Castlegar to grab a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.Game five is Monday in Fernie.“We’re very happy to get the wins (but) now we have to figure out a way to get back to Fernie and get a win which is a tall order against a very good team,” Rebel head coach Steve Junker told The Nelson Daily.“Winning the fourth game is always the toughest but we have to figure out a way to get it done cause opportunities like these don’t come along every day and you don’t want to let a team like Fernie get any momentum.”Getting the two first period goals was huge for the Rebels. It got the home crowd into the game. The players could relax playing with the lead. However, Junker feels the ability of the Rebels to keep the high-octane Rider offence under control was the key to sweeping the two games at home.“To completely shutdown their offence is a tall order,” Junker, making a difference in his first season coaching the Rebels, explained. “Guys like (Scott) Morriseau, (Thomas) Abenante and (Cale) Wright are great players so limiting their chances is key.”Morriseau and Abenante are one, two in KIJHL playoff scoring combing for 60 points.Luke Richardson scored in the second period for Fernie to cut the lead to 2-1. Morriseau and Abenante assisted on the goals.But Alex Ross slammed the door on the Rider offence in the third, and when Spencer Brodt scored into the empty net the Rebels were on their way to the win.After getting out shot 17-9 in the first period, Fernie pushed the envelope in the next two periods as the teams tied 32-32 in shots.Tempers flared with 55 seconds remaining in the second frame as referee Shawn Peel handed out 38 minutes in penalties.Aynsley and Brodt each finished with two points for Castlegar.If a game six is necessary it will be played Tuesday in Castlegar. Game time 7:30 p.m.Coyotes wrap up Okanagan title SundaySteve Sasyniuk scored twice to lead the Osoyoos Coyotes to a 4-2 victory over the Grizzlies Sunday night in Okanagan Conference Final in Revelstoke.The win gives the Desert Dogs the series 4-2. Osoyoos jumped to a 2-0 lead, increased the margin to 3-1 after 40 minutes en route to the victory. Jason Bell and Thierry Martine also scored for the Coyotes. Bruce Silvera and Brad Friedrich replied for Revelstoke which was unable to defend its 2010 KIJHL title. Saturday, Ross Mancuso and Sam Nigg scored second period goals to spark the Osoyoos to a 4-2 win in the South Okanagan City.Taylor House and Steve Sasyniuk also scored for the Coyotes, which lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.Devon Hascarl and Lucas Hildebrand replied for the defending KIJHL champs.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Former LVR star Sean Denison answers call from Russia, inks trial deal with Spartak Primorje

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyIt’s taken more than five months but former L.V. Roger Bomber Sean Denison has found a home.The Bomber grad recently inked a trial contract with Spartak Primorje of the BEKO Professional Basketball League in Russia.“I’m excited to be playing again,” Denison told The Nelson Daily from Russia.“The team plays very unstructured offensively and has a run and gun style which is just perfect for me.”“It will be interesting to see how this season plays out,” adds the 26-year-old Denison.Denison has been on hold since leaving Eisbaeren Bremerhaven of the German Bundesliga in the spring.The 6’11”, 245-pound center/forward decided his former club was not the answer to his career.So taking the free agent route Denison waited until his agent found another team, most likely in Europe.However, when NBA Commissioner David Stern and his owner pals decided to lockout the players, there was gluten of NBA players on the market looking to keep busy.“The lockout played a part but it wasn’t just that, my last season wasn’t as good as it could have been,” Denison explained. “There’s no telling all of the factors involved but this year it took longer to find something good.”Spartak Primorje plays in Vladivostok, a city of 600,000. Vladivostok is the administrative center of Primorsky Krai, Russia, situated at the head of the Golden Horn Bay, which is not far from Russia’s borders with China and North Korea.Spartak Primorje, 4-4, has been on the road but returns home for a game against Spartak after suffering losses to Triumph 92-82 and Lokomotiv-Kuban 79-72.Denison, who played in Turkey after graduating and playing four seasons of NCAA Division One Men’s Basketball with the Santa Clara Broncos, has spent most of the fall training at LVR with Bombers.However, prior to Christmas an early present came in from his agent.“The contract came up kind of fast as my agent told me about the team being interested and the situation looked good so I responded immediately letting them know I was interested too,” Denison said.“From there it was just a matter of getting my visa organized (the Russian embassy was closed for holidays at the time) and getting over there.“From the time I signed the contract it still took a couple weeks to get here just because I had to get a new passport in order to process my visa.”The BEKO PBL, in its second year of play, is the top league in Russian. The league has 10 teams and sports former Utah Jazz star Andrei Kirilenko, who signed a deal with CSKA Moscow in the fall.So there is little time for Denison to make an impression with the coaching staff.“The wait was worth it but I’m definitely happy to be playing again.”last_img read more

Nelson hammers Castlegar 8-0 in KIJHL exhibition action

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continued to shine in the exhibition season by adding another victory Tuesday night in Castlegar.The Leafs pounded the hometown Rebels 8-0 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the Castlegar Complex.The game was the first of a home-and-home series. The win runs Nelson’s preseason record to an impressive 4-0 with the final exhibition contest coming Wednesday at the NDCC Arena against the same Rebels. Game time is 7 p.m.In four games during the exhibition campaign, Nelson has outscored its opponents 24-6.The two teams play for the third time in four nights Friday when Nelson travels to the Sunflower City to open the KIJHL regular season against the defending champs.The Leafs return to the NDCC Arena Saturday for the home opener against Creston Valley Thunder Cats.Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

DIVERSY HARBOR TAKES ADVANTAGE OF TORRID PACE AND TAGS FAVORED LA TIA LATE TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 BUENA VISTA STAKES; STEVENS, PROCTOR COMBINE FOR THREE QUARTER LENGTH WIN AT A MILE ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2015)–Diversy Harbor, with Gary Stevens up, took advantage of a blistering early pace scenario and flew late to defeat 3-5 favorite La Tia by three quarters of a length in Monday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes, as she covered one mile on turf in 1:34.33.Ridden by eastern-based Joel Rosario, La Tia broke running from the rail and cleared Blingismything by one length around the Club House turn, but “Bling,” who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux turned up the heat down the backside and around the far turn, resulting in fractions of 23.12, 46.49, 1:10.05 and 1:22.05.“Kent chirped to his filly leaving the gate and I said ‘Good, somebody’s gonna put some pressure on La Tia,’” said Stevens, who broke from post position three in a field of six older fillies and mares. “She’s matured a lot, she’s push button. She showed a nice kick. I can’t believe how much she’s matured. Like all good fillies, she’s got a mind of her own, but she’s gotten more cooperative and I’ve gotten to know her a lot better too from working her in the mornings…They really picked it up at the half and I was content to sit back there until I could get out.”Trained by Tom Proctor and owned by Leonard Lavin’s Glen Hill Farm, Diversy Harbor was off at 9-2 and paid $11.80, $3.40 and $3.00. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Curlin, she’s out of the Storm Cat mare Motokiks. Second, beaten a nose in her most recent start, the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 27, Diversy Harbor improved her record to 10-3-4-1 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, hiked her earnings to $377,190.“He (Kent Desormeaux on Blingismything) did help her on the pace,” said Proctor assistant Aimee Dollase. “That’s what she’s been lacking in a lot of her races, is a pace up front, but she still closes really strong, so that definitely helped us today.”A dedicated front runner, La Tia, ridden by Joel Rosario, had been idle since annexing the Grade I, one mile turf Matriarch on Nov. 30 at Del Mar and was in search of her third consecutive win for trainer Armando de la Cerda.“She was going easy, even when that horse (Blingismything) came to our outside, she was still comfortable,” said Rosario. “She did everything she could but we just got beat. We were second best today.”Off at 3-5, La Tia finished three quarters of a length in front of pace nemesis Blingismything and paid $2.40 and $2.20.Off at 10-1, Blingismything paid $3.60 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover into Friday at Santa Anita of $91,365 and Friday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $500,000. First post time on Friday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering from around the country on Thursday, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER INTO FRIDAY OF $91,365, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $500,000last_img read more