Joint Animal Services Closes To Public Due to COVID-19

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Animal ServicesIn light of new developments regarding COVID-19, Animal Services (AS) has made the decision to close to the public until March 31 to support community efforts to reduce the spread of infection. This announcement comes as the shelter monitors new information concerning the coronavirus outbreak, as well as in response to recommendations from government and healthcare officials to promote social distancing practices.“Animal Services is committed to doing its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community, while also fulfilling our mission of saving lives and completing families,” said Hock. “In the interim, our talented and dedicated staff and volunteers continue to provide exceptional care to all of our animals, whether they are here at our shelter or in one of our foster homes.”As the shelter’s primary goal is to house, care for, adopt, and reunite lost pets in its care, AS will continue to offer some services on a limited basis and by appointment only. These services include: adoption, reclaiming of lost pets, and dropping off stray animals.AS is asking people to avoid surrendering healthy pets, following the guidance provided by the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA). NACA is advising animal shelters to take extra measures to reduce shelter intake to mitigate the short and long-term effects of COVID-19.Following these guidelines, Field Service Officers will continue to answer high priority and emergency calls. Those calls include injured or sick stray animals, cruelty and neglect complaints, bite complaints, dangerous and aggressive dog complaints, and more.“Our main focus at this point is on reducing the overall number of animals housed at the Shelter,” Hock said. “We’ve had higher-than-usual intake and fewer outcomes for the past 10 days and we anticipate that trend worsening. It’s a predictable pattern that occurs any time people feel uncertain or worried. Because Animal Services operates at or near capacity, reducing intakes and not lowering adoptions/reclaims is essential to avoid overcrowding in the Shelter.”“The change will mostly impact the owner surrenders,” Hock said. “About 50% of the pets who enter AS are given up by their owners. We are asking owners who are not facing an immediate crisis to hold their pets for up to four weeks, and to surrender at a later date. For any pet owners who need to surrender immediately, we will still take their pets during a scheduled appointment.”Animal Services will continue to adopt out animals by appointment as long as it is safe to do so.  “We encourage anyone who has been thinking about adding a new addition to their home to come and adopt one of the wonderful cats, dogs, rabbits, and other animals we have available.  Many of these animals are posted on our website so people can see who is here.  We encourage people to call and set up an appointment before coming in to meet and adopt the pet,” Hock said.People who can’t adopt can make a donation to Animal Services. To learn more about ways to donate, please go to  Critical items can also be purchased directly from the shelter’s Amazon Wish List and shipped directly to Animal Services.Found a stray pet? Animal Services is also asking people who find friendly, stray pets to consider fostering them until the Shelter can resume normal operations. Pets typically stay pretty close to home when they go missing, so this helps get pets home much more quickly, without having to endure the stress of the Shelter. Stray finders can file a found report with Animal Services, take the pet to a vet clinic or the Shelter to check for a microchip, and hold the pet to give the owner time to locate it.For information about local impacts of coronavirus on humans and guidance for keeping yourself and others healthy, please follow the dedicated page on the Thurston County Health Department website: read more

With trick penalty, Barcelona rout Celta

first_imgMADRID (AP):Lionel Messi put on another show at the Camp Nou yesterday, scoring a remarkable goal from a free kick and then helping to set up a hat-trick for Luis Su·rez – including a daring assist from a penalty kick – as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 6-1.Ivan Rakitic and Neymar also scored as Barcelona opened up a three-point lead in the Spanish league over AtlÈtico Madrid, which edged Getafe 1-0. Real Madrid, which beat Athletic Bilbao 4-2 on Saturday with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, are four points behind Barcelona in third place. Barcelona have a game in hand.It was an impressive victory by the Catalan club, and the performances by Messi, Suarez and Neymar in the second half neared perfection.”We were spectacular and effective,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “I’m used to seeing these players. When they train, they are even better.”Messi started the show by curling a left-foot shot over the wall in the 28th minute and then mesmerised the Camp Nou crowd as he helped Su·rez to score in the 59th, 75th, and 81st minutes.EXTRA-SPECIAL GOALSu·rez ‘s third goal was extra special, with the Uruguay striker and Messi fooling everybody after Messi was tripped in the area following a nifty dribble past a defender. Messi was set to take the spot-kick himself, but he just rolled the ball to the side for the in-rushing Su·rez to drive it home.While Celta players looked on in awe, Su·rez and Messi glimpsed at each other and smiled broadly before embracing to celebrate. Luis Enrique tried to cover his mouth while smiling himself at the bench.”Barcelona players, in addition to winning titles, also want to have fun and entertain the members in a fair and spectacular way,” the coach said. “It didn’t surprise me.”The play became famous after Johan Cruyff – a Barcelona idol – executed it while playing for Ajax in 1982.”It’s a legal play. Some will like it, some won’t,” Luis Enrique said. “It will generate a lot of debate.”last_img read more

MARAD relaunches ‘Setter’ after two years

first_imgFollowing much-needed repairs and after being out of commission for over two years, the pilot launch ‘Setter’ was relaunched on Wednesday with a 30-minute test run, by the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD), on the Demerara River.The project to rehabilitate the vessel was awarded to the country’s long-serving contractor, Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited (CBCSL), last year at a cost of $37.4M.Minster Annette Ferguson at the helm, during the test run of the pilot launch ‘Setter’Present at the relaunching ceremony, at the Courtney Benn Wharf on Water Street, was Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Annette Fergusons, accompanied by representatives from MARAD and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure including representatives from CBCSL.In brief remarks at the relaunching ceremony, minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry Annette Fergusons noted that the rehabilitation works did not exceed the allocated sum provided, “I must report to you that there was no variation involved”.The ‘Setter’ will add to the fleet of two other vessels currently docked for servicing by CBCSL.  The rehabilitation of the ‘Aruka’ is expected to be completed in the two months while repairs to the M.V. Kimbia will entail collaboration with a team of Dutch engineers. The vessel has required extensive works done which range from its engines being returned from Holland where it underwent a massive overhaul, along with others components that are to be installed. It is expected to be back on the water within the first half of the year.The ML Thompson is also docked for servicing at the shipyard.Minister Ferguson said that the Government hopes to keep the vessels on the water for as long as possible and noted that this can be achieved with proper maintenance and upkeep of the vessels.“Once we (government) have periodic maintenance of these vessels, they can give us some amount of life… This government is committed to ensuring our waterways are made safe. That is why we invested huge sums of monies to ensure we bring these vessels back into operation,” the minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.last_img read more

Only 27 of 106 completed stalls occupied – M&CC

first_imgRelocation of vendorsThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is once again urging vendors at the Stabroek Market Wharf to vacate the dilapidated structure and occupy the new vending area at Russell Square, especially since some 106 stalls are already completed there.According to the M&CC, 121 vendors who plied their trade at the wharf had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to vacate the area. However, although 106 stalls are completed at the former bus park to facilitate the vendors, only 27 of the stalls are occupied.Mayor Ubraj NarineThe municipality explained that vendors complained to the Mayor, Ubraj Narine, about security and sanitary facilities. Already, the City Engineer, Kenson Boston, has completed the washroom facilities.Back in September 2018, the wharf was cordoned off with the intent of barring vendors from utilising the unsafe area.This move was highly criticised by vendors although they were given the notice to vacate the area. Back then, the former Town Clerk, Royston King, had called a press conference where he said the vendors will be accommodated at minibus parks for at least two years until the wharf is rehabilitated.Although the vendors were told to remove from the area since then, persons still opted to continue plying their trade at the collapsing structure.During a recent visit to the structure, several persons were seen vending at the dilapidated facility.In fact, several zinc sheets had already been blown off by heavy winds, leaving behind the mere frames. The lasting roof, according to vendors, is incapable of keeping the rainfall from affecting them.Along with the horrific roofing, several boards were missing from the structure’s floor. The remaining woodwork was rotted and covered in garbage at a number of different sections.ManholesMeanwhile, come next week, City Hall will be commencing the installation of 40 manhole covers in Georgetown under the City Engineer Department.The acting City Engineer, Kenson Boston, recently told a statutory meeting that the installation is expected to commence in the Albouystown and Charlestown areas. He, therefore, advised persons to take extra caution given the danger exposed manholes pose.In the past, several persons were injured as a result of manhole injuries.last_img read more

KPL suspends Zoo, Nakumatt matches pending hearing of FKF appeal

first_img“We called in a legal representative today to interpret the ruling at our Governing Council meeting and he informed us that we don’t have much of a choice than to respect the rule of law. The two teams will have their matches suspended until the Appeal Court makes a decision. Both Zoo and Nakumatt officials were present during the meeting today,” KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda said.“According to Part (d) of the ruling, it clearly states we have to have 16 teams in 2017. There are no two ways about it and it is a decision of the High Court,” he added.Nakumatt were scheduled to travel to Kisumu this weekend to face relegation threatened Western Stima while Zoo were at home to fellow league new comers Nzoia United.Nakumatt FC players ose for a group photo before a past kenyan Premier League match. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUFKF on Thursday evening said it would be appealing the decision and if their case is heard and ruled in their favor, then the status quo will be retained. If the appeal is thrown out, then it will open a new can of worms.Both Zoo and Nakumatt have already played 25 rounds of matches and are sitting safe from relegation. If the appeal is thrown out and the two teams remain in the cold from KPL action, then they might as well resolve to court action.“It is quite a complicated situation, but we will cross that bridge when we get there. For now, let us wait and hear what the Appeal Court will decide,” Oguda added.The case was filed by ex FKF boss Sam Nyamweya who accused FKF of arbitrarily increasing the number of teams in the top tier contrary to a Memorandum of Understanding signed between them and KPL in 2015.KPL had objected the decision to increase the size of the league by two teams, taking their complaint to the Sports Disputes Tribunal. Ultimately, the tribunal ruled that FKF had authority on football in the country and were thus right to increase the size of the top tier.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zoo Kericho players line up before their Kenyan Premier League match against Ulinzi Stars at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on April 30, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22- The Kenyan Premier League Governing Council on Friday afternoon made a decision to suspend Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt FC’s matches until an appeal made by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) is heard and determined.A High Court ruling on Thursday annulled FKF’s decision to increase the size of the Kenyan Premier League to 18 teams from 16, thereby making null and void the promotion of Zoo Kericho and Nakumatt who finished third and fourth in the National Super League last season.last_img read more

Alderweireld’s Spurs future unsure after Juventus axe

first_imgSharesToby Alderweireld’s future at Tottenham hangs in the balance after losing his place in the side © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 12 – Toby Alderweireld’s time at Tottenham Hotspur could be coming to an end following British media reports on Monday he had not travelled to Italy for the club’s Champions League tie away to Juventus.The Belgian defender’s current contract with the Premier League side expires at the end of the season and he has not featured in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s team since appearing for the full 90 minutes in the FA Cup replay win over Newport County. Alderweireld, who spent several months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, was left out of Spurs’ 1-0 win over Arsenal in the North London derby at Wembley on Saturday, after which Pochettino insisted he had selected his best side to beat the Gunners.A Tottenham spokesman was unavailable for comment when contacted by AFP in London.Spurs are currently fourth in the Premier League table but still a massive 20 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.Shares(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Balotelli celebration leaves ex-Nice teammates seething

first_img0Shares0000Marseille striker Mario Balotelli clashed with former Nice teammates before scoring the winning goal in a Ligue 1 match between the two sides on Sunday © AFP / Boris HORVATNICE, France, Mar 13 – Mario Balotelli made headlines once again with a quirky goal celebration after firing the winner in Marseille’s 1-0 victory over the fiery Italian’s former club Nice, but there was one person who wasn’t amused.A week after his Instagram selfie video celebration against Saint-Etienne, Balotelli played ‘rock, paper, scissors’ with Florian Thauvin after bagging the decisive goal in the 61st minute of his first match against Nice, who he left in January having not scored a goal all season. Nice defender Christophe Herelle’s verdict of Balotelli’s antics was to the point: “That goal celebration pissed me off.”“He did not score a single goal in six months and I saw him running like never before. At some point you have to respect the club, the people and the fans,” said Herelle ahead of Nice’s match with Toulouse on Friday.At half-time the 28-year-old was filmed by Canal Plus arguing with his old teammates, with whom he had a tense relationship in his final months at Nice.“He told us that he didn’t want (Nice coach) Patrick Vieira coming out at the same time as him. I told him to shut it,” Herelle said.Balotelli’s winner on Sunday took his tally to five in seven matches since arriving at Marseille, and Rudi Garcia’s side have seen a sudden upturn in form after a miserable winter that saw them dumped out of the French Cup by fourth-tier Andrezieux and finish bottom of their Europa League group.The win extended their unbeaten run to six — with five wins — ahead of Saturday’s visit to hated rivals Paris Saint-Germain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Freedom toy appeal “blown away” by generosity

first_imgFreedom Spinal Health’s first annual Christmas Toy Appeal was a resounding success with staff “blown away by the generosity” of donors.More than 50 toys were handed over by patients and members of the public for the ‘Toy per Click’ appeal, with all donations going directly to the local St Vincent de Paul’s Christmas campaign.The ‘toy appeal with a twist . . . and a crack’ called on new and existing clients to book appointments as normal but instead of paying for sessions to simply donate new toys with similar values to the treatments received. Members of the public were also invited to donate toys as part of the charity event hosted at the clinic in Glenview Retail Park last Friday.Chiropractor and Freedom Spinal Health Practice Owner, Anthony Lavin, said our first ‘Toy per Click’ appeal went brilliantly with 50 very generous donations. Some of the donations were from people who aren’t even clients but wanted to donate something to the worthy cause.“We were blown away by people’s generosity, as were St Vincent de Paul. When Sharon from St Vincent de Paul arrived in her car to collect all the items but had to phone for a van to come simply due to the large volume of toys.“We’d like to thank everyone who donated to this worthy cause as the toys collected will undoubtedly make a positive difference to families across Donegal who may be finding it difficult this Christmas.” Freedom toy appeal “blown away” by generosity was last modified: December 20th, 2016 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)last_img read more


first_imgThe Dungloe Hospital Beds Lobby Group  is seeking a meeting with the Minister for Health to get five more beds open at the facility.Beds back at Dungloe Hospital.The group had a meeting in Dungloe this week to update on recent developments as well as plan for stage of their plan.It follows on from a very well attended Public meeting held in Dungloe to discuss an action plan for the unit. The group met with the local HSE officials to discuss the plans of the HSE in relation to the re-opening of beds at Dungloe Community Hospital.The group were assured that once staffing issues were effected that the beds would re-open. This would require both Union and management input. This has now occurred and five beds were recently re-opened and are now occupied by additional patients. This is welcomed by the Group.The Group have agreed a follow up meeting with the local HSE management which will take place within the coming weeks at Dungloe Hospital.The group have met recently with Minister Dinny McGinley to outline the concerns voiced at the Public meeting as well as requesting a meeting with the Minister for Health, James Reilly. The group have requested this meeting in order to present an exceptional causes case regarding Dungloe Community Hospital and the unique nature of the West Donegal area and the demographics involved.The objective is to work towards a situation which would enable the Hospital management to overcome the embargo on recruitment and replacement so as to re-open a further five beds which remain close due to staffing shortages. Minister McGinley has committed to arranging this meeting and the group expect that it will happen in the coming weeks.The lobby group report that there is a positive working relationship between the Public representatives, Donegal HSE officials, Hospital Management, Union officials and Minister McGinley in the attempts to restore all beds to capacity at the Hospital.A spokesman for the group said “There have been genuine and understandable delays in the re-opening of the beds but also a strong determination by the lobby group to continue the fight to have Dungloe Community Hospital restored to capacity use. The public will be kept fully informed of the outcome of all meetings.”The recent Lobby group meeting was attended by Pat The Cope Gallagher, David Alcorn, Charlie the Yank Boyle, Marie Therese Gallagher, Frank Campbell, Kathleen McGonagle, Pat Glackin, Fr Matt McInerney. HOSPITAL GROUP TO MEET MINISTER ABOUT GETTING MORE BEDS was last modified: October 27th, 2013 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:Dungloe Community Hospitallast_img read more

2018 CHAN Qualifiers: South Sudan arrives tomorrow

first_imgComments Cranes and the Bright Stars of South Sudan before their first encounter in South Sudan. Courtesy photo.South Sudan National Team The Bright Stars are expected to arrive in Kampala tomorrow a head of their return leg CHAN Qualifier on Saturday at Star times Stadium Lugogo. A 25-man contingent consisting of 18 players and seven officials are set to depart from Juba International Airport on Thursday morning, and check in at Entebbe International Airport in the evening.The Bright Stars held Uganda Cranes to a goalless draw in the first leg at their own Juba Stadium last Saturday. The highlight of the drab affair in Juba, however, was Cranes Captain Geofrrey Sserunkuma shockingly missing a penalty to deny his side draw first blood in the two-legged contest.Yet, The South Sudanesse, ranked 143th by FIFA, could have taken encouragement in the manner they kept their counterparts at bay, and will be optimistic to frustrate highly fancied cranes to progress to the next round.The winner on aggregate will thereafter play the victor between Tanzania and Rwanda to secure a berth to the 2018 CHAN finals to be held in Kenya.Tanzanian referees appointed match officialsCentre referee Elly Ally Sassi assisted by compatriots Josephat Deu Bulali and John Longino Kanyenye as second assistants from Tanzania will officiate proceedings when Uganda Cranes play host to South Sudan on Saturday.Israel Omusingi Njuwa Mujuni , also from Tanzania will be the fourth official.Return leg : Uganda Vs South Sudan@ Star Times Stadium , Lugogo-July 22,2017First leg result- 0-0last_img read more