Celebrating Local Artists at The Gift Gallery

first_imgFacebook62Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Kaylene Fischer for The Gift GalleryLocal craftsman Tom Johnson creates hand made knives.With the large corporate stores and online sales booming in today’s technological world, the person behind the creation tends to be forgotten or overlooked. That is why The Gift Gallery takes great pride in showcasing local artists in their store.With having over 30 local artists at The Gift Gallery, we not only provide an opportunity for people to sell their handcrafted work, we offer those quality, special, and often one-of-a-kind gifts to our customers. The community comes together in not only helping small businesses remain, but allows artists to continue their creative workHere at The Gift Gallery, we appreciate both our vendors and our customers. That is why each month we celebrate four of our vendors. We want everyone to get to know more about the talented people who supply our store with their wonderful creations. This month we welcome a new vendor. We would like to welcome Lorraine Ripley with her custom jewelry and African décor.For our customers, we also offer free drawings during holidays throughout the year as a way to say thank you for your continued loyalty and business. We also provide free jewelry appraisals each month. During our free jewelry appraisals we have a food tasting featuring items from our specialty food section. We like to give people the opportunity to try what delicious foods we carry here at the store.This month, we would like to introduce you to our February vendors of the month.Stew Waldrop of Creative Iron Works is a master of metal art.Stew Waldrop you may have already heard of. Creative Iron Works is a small family business in Tenino, Wshington. Stew has a passion for creating beautiful works of art.He’s worked in metal fabrication and welding for 20 years, but only recently discovered his desire and talent for creating metal art. Although Stew has many standard articles for sale, he really enjoys using his imagination to create custom pieces such as welcome signs, decorative gates, fire pits, 3D, and other unique items as special ordered by individuals.  As a business, their primary goal is a continual commitment to excellence, integrity and complete customer satisfaction.25 years ago Tom Johnson saw that there was a knife making class at The Evergreen State College. He decided it would be a fun thing to try, so he took the class and made several knives with different disciplines. Over the years Tom made knives for himself, friends and family. Tom and his wife discussed the idea of doing what he enjoys as a hobby and side business. So they talked about a business name, type, style and materials of knives to produce. He also makes custom made leather sheaths for each knife. That is what brings Tom to us today.Country Girl Glam by Lanette Dyer says, “I’m a simple country girl who loves pearls and still enjoys playing dress up to go out to the big city! I share and sell it all. I want you to feel the glam inside and out. We have the purse, jewelry and scarf that you need to accessorize that outfit or a great gift for your best gal pal. We also have fun unique Seahawk inspired gifts.  Come in and shop and glam up your inner country girl.” Lanette’s country chic style is loved by all ages.The Sewster Sisters sew handmade goods of all kinds.April Thompson and Nancy Johnson are two grandmas who like to sew so they decided to become the Sewster Sisters. April had raised her children in Olympia. Nancy had just moved to the area from Pennsylvania. For the first time, they lived close enough to pursue their sewing hobby together. They enjoy using quality fabrics, unique patterns and & expert workmanship to make a variety of items; quilts, bags, purses, cosmetic bags, placemats, table runners and more! The Sewster Sisters, like most of our vendors, take custom orders. Look for them at your local craft fairs as well!Are YOU a local artist that has hand-crafted items that you would like to share? We have a few Open Spaces here in our Store. Come in and see where you can sell all of your creations! We have great prices for great spaces, see store for details.You can find us on our website www.thegiftgalleryllc.com (please excuse us as our website is under construction) and be sure to like us on Facebook.last_img read more

Ecobank to Introduce ‘Special Product’ for Chinese

first_imgEcobank Liberia Limited (ELL) has hosted the Ecobank-Chinese Business Forum (ECBF) in Monrovia with Management announcing that the Bank is working on a product exclusively for Chinese businesses operating in the country. The forum, the first of its kind ever in the banking industry, took place at the Chinese-own Golden Gate Hotel on July 11, with several Chinese business executives, special guests and Ecobank-Liberia staffs in attendance. It comes amid growing Chinese presence in the country.The aim of the forum, the Management says, is to attract Chinese customers to save their monies with Ecobank. Ecobank-Liberia Managing Director Mr. Kola Adeleke, who introduced the forum, said the decision by Ecobank to pioneer the new relationship with the Chinese is intended to bolster the Bank’s relationship with Chinese businesses in the country.Although Mr. Adeleke didn’t name the new product for his Chinese customers, he noted that if introduced, it will be exclusively for Chinese businesses to use as an instrument to transact with key business centers in the country.He also disclosed that Ecobank Management is setting up a corporate desk exclusively for Chinese with a Chinese-Liberia local account officer in charge in Monrovia.“I want to assure all our Chinese customers of our commitment to helping their businesses in Liberia and to ensure further strengthening of our business relationship,” said the Ecobank Managing Director.He said the local Chinese-Liberia account officer will be a Liberian who is voiced enough in speaking Chinese.“We are sure that this account officer will be able to deal with issues facing our Chinese customers in a special way,” he said.  Mr. Adeleke’s remarks were relayed in Chinese to the Chinese audience by Mr. David Quame Appiah of Ecobank Ghana.Mr. Appiah, according to Ecobank officials, studied how to read and write Chinese in China. “It is a great joy for us as managers of the Pan African Bank to establish we really care for the Chinese people in Liberia,” the Ecobank Managing Director stated.He observed that Ecobank Bank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), parent company of Ecobank Group, sees China as a crucial partner for the development of Africa. According to the Ecobank Liberia Managing Director, ETI has been following China’s   investment in Africa, which led the company to recognize it as a crucial partner for the development of the continent.In 2013, China’s total investment in Africa is over US$210 billion dollars. Chinese at the Ecobank Chinese Business Forum made several inquiries from Management including the issue of visa and other debit cards.They also requested Management to build an Ecobank Branch near the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town.The Chinese also requested for multi-language automated teller machines mainly ones that have Chinese writings. In response, Mr. Adeleke assured the Chinese that he will take the issue of the Chinese language ATMs to ETI for discussion.The Ecobank boss thanked the Chinese for bringing about the idea and declared that the current Ecobank ATMs are assigned for both English and French. On the issue of Chinese businesses who don’t have collateral accessing loan from Ecobank, Mr. Adeleke explained that since some of the Chinese don’t have assets for collateral, they can use the assets of their parent companies to acquire loan from the Bank.On the issue of interest rate pricing as raised by the Chinese, Mr. Adeleke noted that the Bank will consider lowering pricing according to the case.He told the Chinese that Ecobank Management is willing to sit and discuss the pricing. Meanwhile, the Chinese businesses have pledged to do business with Ecobank as they consider the Bank a partner.One of the Chinese participating in the forum spoke of how Ecobank is making impact in the country. In her closing remarks, Ecobank Liberia Board Chair Mrs. Clavenda Bright-Parker said the Bank has seen the contribution of Chinese to the Liberian economy.Mrs. Parker noted that as the Pan African Bank focusing on the development of Africa and Africans, Ecobank Liberia has decided to work with the Chinese who are also involved in developing Africa to support their businesses in Liberia.“The Chinese have come a long way in becoming our strong partners and so we at Ecobank see them as our good friends,” she said.“This is why we have decided to make available a special product exclusively for them (Chinese) which will be introduced soon. And this product will be accompanied by the setting up of a corporate at Ecobnak exclusively for them also,” said Mrs. Parker.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lutheran Church Intensifies Malaria Prevention Campaign

first_imgMadam Korgba poses with Community Health Volunteers in Kpai, Bong County.Under its preventive health services program, the leadership of the Lutheran Church in Liberia Malaria Program (LCLMP) continues to employ various measures in expanding its malaria prevention awareness campaign in rural communities, mainly in central Liberia.The prevalence rate of malaria parasitemia in children across the region is put at 62 percent, according to the Ministry of Health 2016 Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS).Through funding support from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Lutheran Church in Liberia Malaria Program currently implements its malaria prevention project in ten catchment communities in Bong County using different communication channels and a chain of Community Health Volunteers (CHV) to convey malaria preclusion messages among the local population.According to the LCL Malaria Program Coordinator, Sue Larmouth Gaye-Korgba, component of the project focuses on advocacy training where community members are provided skills to initiate local advocacy on malaria prevention in their localities to continue beyond the project lifespan as part of the sustainability strategy and building ownership among community residents to develop the resilience in managing their own healthcare.“We are also involved with the establishment of school health clubs in all ten project communities where students lead malaria prevention awareness and sensitization campaigns on various campuses and communities. The focus of these campaigns has been mainly to increase responsiveness among the locals on the right usage and maintenance of the mosquito nets we normally distribute to prevent malaria,” Madam Korgba said.According to her, under the malaria prevention project, community malaria prevention committees have been established in all ten communities targeted by the project involving various community stakeholders, including women and youth representation.“These committees lead periodic community clean-up and awareness activities to keep their environment safe from malaria prevalence. As a result of  these community-driven sanitary activities, we are now realizing considerable decline of malaria related illnesses being reported at health facilities within the location of our project, mainly in Kpai District, Bong County,” Madam Korgba said.According to her, since the inception of the project second phase in 2017, more than 4,000 persons have directly benefited from the malaria prevention campaigns through peer education, school health club activities, community health committee, big belleh club, distribution of treated mosquito nets, provision of malaria prevention fliers, and support to health facilities within the project area.As a means of keeping community residents engaged with regular conversation around malaria prevention and other diseases to keep the network of community health committees active beyond the project implementation period, Madam Korgba said the program also piloted the establishment of five Village Savings Loan Associations (VSLA) in Gbonota and Hindii, Lower Bong County, as well as Millsburg, Mount Barclay and #7 Kingsville, located in rural Montserrado County.According to Madam Korgba, each VSLA group has 30 persons membership, and 150 persons are direct beneficiaries of the revolving financial scheme.Meanwhile, catchment communities that are directly being impacted by the LCL integrated malaria prevention program continue to laud the church for the public health intervention that is “helping to curb the prevalence rate of malaria.”The 2016 Health Facility Survey (HFS), the most recent such study, found that malaria remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, accounting for about 42 percent of all clinical consultations and 44 percent of all inpatient deaths among children under five years of age.The Ministry of Health’s Joint Annual Health Sector Review Report of 2016 indicated that malaria services were mostly available and provided by 97 percent of the health facilities across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Updated High School Rodeo results

first_imgJr. Chute Dogging     Saturday Chance Bolin 1st                                  Sunday Chance Bolin 1st- Advertisement – Ribbon Roping   Saturday Zack Milliken 1st, Chance Bolin 3rd                            Sunday Zack Milliken 1st Team Roping Saturday Ricky Warren 1st                        Sunday Ricky Warren 1st  Senior Results Pole Bending    Saturday  Sarah Terpstra 4th, Jordan Wolsey 9th                           Sunday  Jorday Wolsey 1st, Sarah Terpstra 6th Barrel Racing    Saturday Sarah Terpstra 5th, Jordan Wolsey 9th                           Sunday Jordan Wolsey 3rd, Sarah Terpstra 7th Next up for the Rodeo Club is a pair of provincial qualifying tournaments, which will be taking place in Dawson Creek the weekend of May 11 and another being held in Hudson’s Hope during the weekend of May 25.Both those tournaments, along with the one which just took place in Fort St. John are all important in determining whether the club competes in the upcoming provincial tournament, taking place the weekend of June 9 in Williams Lake.Advertisement Girls Goat Tying   Saturday  Sarah Terpstra 4th, Jordan Wolsey 6th                           Sunday  Jordan Wolsey 3rd, Sarah Terpstra 4th Girls Breakaway  Roping   Sunday Sarah Terpstra 1st Girls Cutting   Saturday Gaylene Babcock 3rd                        Sunday Gaylene Babcock 3rd Team Roping    Saturday Derek Hadland and Chance Bolin(Draw) 1st Barrel Racing    Saturday Gaylene Babcock 2nd,  Destinee Paulovich 9th                          Sunday    Gaylene Babcock 3rd, Kyla Fettes 6th, Kelli McLeod 7th, Destine Paulovich 9th,         Brook Soychuk 10th Girls Goat Tying      Saturday Gaylene Babcock 2nd, Kelli McLeod 5th, Kyla Fettes 7th, Brook Soychuk 8th, KylieOlmstead 10th                               Sunday Gaylene Babcock 1st, Brook Soychuk 5th, Kylie Olmstead 9th, Yvonne Clark 10th Boys Goat Tying   Sunday Derek Hadland 1st Bareback Riding   Satuday CJ Graham 1st Over the weekend, the local rodeo club held its second event of the season, and the only event taking place in Fort St. John.On Saturday, April 28, riders from all across the Peace Region gathered at the Babcock Private Arena, competing in a variety of events as part of this year’s High School Rodeo season.Below are the official local results from the weekend rodeo:Junior Results  Boys Cutting   Saturday Ricky Warren 2nd                         Sunday Ricky Warren 2nd Pole Bending    Saturday  Gaylene Babcock 1st, Kayla Gonwick 3rd, Destinee Paulovich 6th, Lisa Graham 7th                          Sunday     Gaylene Babcock 1st, Kelli McLeod 3rd, Kylie Olmstead 4th, Kayla Gonwick 8th However, the ride doesn’t stop there as the top four provincial teams earn berths into the national competition. This year’s national event will be taking place in Rock Springs, Wyoming and will feature competitors from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia.Peck is confident the Peace Region can make it back to the National competition, as last year, Fort St. John’s Gaylene Babcock and Hudson’s Hope’s Ricky Warren each competed at the national level.last_img read more

Chris Haugan a winner again for the Blizzard Bike Club

first_imgHaugan finished his race in 24:50 seconds. He was followed by Pat Ferris who took second spot as he clocked in with a time of 25:49. Richard Wood was third. He completed his ride in 26:11.Fourth and fifth went to Davide Loro and Gord Harris. They finished with times of 28:34 and 28:39 respectivelyHeather McCracken was right on the heels of Harris. She finished her race in 28:40. Barb Polehoykie was seventh with a time of 28:44, and Celeste Pakstas took eighth in 28:54. Ninth and tenth went to Pat Egan and Sam Keats. Egan finished with a time of 29:00, while Keats clocked in at 29:14.- Advertisement -The Blizzard Bike Club will be off for the long weekend but will return to racing on Tuesday.last_img

$20 million donated for stem-cell research

first_imgThree years after California voters backed a massive initiative to funnel $3 billion into stem-cell research, momentum and funding has grown and the state is poised to become the national leader in the controversial field. The latest influx of cash came Monday as billionaire philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad donated $20 million to the stem-cell research center at UCLA. The donation came just a year after they gave USC $25 million for stem-cell research. The donation is expected to strengthen UCLA’s program to develop new and more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s, metabolic disorders and other medical conditions, according to the university. “We believe our investment will yield great results ? to improve the human condition,” Eli Broad said in making the announcement. “California is at the vanguard of stem-cell research and we need to leverage the voter-approved funds of Proposition 71.” UCLA will name its stem-cell research unit the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. The donation will go toward purchasing high-tech laboratory equipment and support faculty recruitment. At USC, the Broad Foundation’s $25 million is being used to build a stem-cell research center that economists have said could bring 25,000 jobs to the region. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – who attended Monday’s announcement and whose father-in-law, Sargent Shriver, has Alzheimer’s disease – said the Broads’ donation to two rival universities will help accelerate research. “They create competition, but at the same time working together,” Schwarzenegger said before entering a laboratory to examine stem cells through a microscope. “And, of course, competition creates performance – the ultimate performance – so I think it’s a very wise move.” California voters approved Proposition 71 in November 2004, authorizing the sale of $3 billion in bonds to fund stem-cell research over the next 10 years. The measure was seen nationally as an unusually strong commitment of state government dollars to promote medical research, and it came after the federal government put new restrictions on federal money for embryonic stem-cell research. The measure created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which has since allocated $208 million in grants for stem-cell research in California and expects to approve another $300 million next month. Several other states are considering funding research, but not at the same level as California. “California is now the single largest source of funding of human embryonic stem-cell research in the world,” said California Institute of Regenerative Medicine spokesman Dale Carlson. “We’re an international leader.” The institute awarded grants to 23 nonprofit and academic research institutions across California, including $15.7 million to UCLA and $9 million to USC. The medical and ethical standards the state adopts, Carlson added, are likely to serve as models for other states and countries. “Because of the level of funding and because of the length of time that we are committed to, the rest of the world is looking to California to provide global strategic leadership on how stem-cell research is going to move forward,” Carlson said. Some 50 prominent stem-cell researchers have moved to California since Proposition 71 passed, he said. Two years ago, Los Angeles lost out to San Francisco in its bid to house the state’s stem-cell institute. Broad had worked with then-Mayor James Hahn on Los Angeles’ last-minute bid, which was rejected as incomplete. But with the donations from the Broad Foundation, L.A.’s stem-cell research labs are flourishing and luring top-notch scientists to the region, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “Today’s announcement puts Los Angeles at the forefront of stem-cell research,” he said. “(These universities) are well on their way to becoming the best equipped in Los Angeles, and in California and now the world.” Medical researchers say stem cells can repair specific tissues or grow organs. They also anticipate being able to use technologies derived from stem-cell research to treat cancer, spinal-cord injuries and muscle damage, as well as diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. But research using embryonic stem cells particularly has generated controversy because it would require the destruction of a human embryo, a concept President Bush has rejected. “Embryonic stem cells hold tremendous potential for treating many life-threatening diseases because they have the ability to develop into every type of human tissue,” said Dr. Owen Witte, director of the UCLA center. susan.abram@dailynews.com harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UCLA: The gift from Eli and Edythe Broad comes a year after a major donation to USC. By Susan Abram and Harrison Sheppard STAFF WRITERS last_img read more

Crystal Palace captain charged with violent conduct for Sakho elbow

first_imgCrystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been charged with violent conduct for elbowing West Ham’s Diafra Sakho, the Football Association has announced.Jedinak struck Sakho in the face as the pair jumped for a header towards the end of Palace’s 3-1 win at Upton Park on Saturday, but referee Mike Dean took no action.The incident was not seen by the match officials but it was caught on video, allowing the FA to take retrospective action.Jedinak has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge.An FA statement read: “Mile Jedinak has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.“The Crystal Palace midfielder was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Diafra Sakho in the 87th minute of the game on Saturday [28 February 2015].“Off the ball incidents in Premier League matches which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.“Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.“For retrospective action to be taken, the decision by the panel must be unanimous.“Jedinak has until 6pm tomorrow [Tuesday, March 3] to reply to the charge.”Jedinak’s red card against Sunderland in November means the standard three-match suspension would be lengthened to four, and would miss league fixtures against Southampton, QPR, Stoke and Manchester City.Speaking before the FA ruling, Palace boss Alan Pardew said he would be “surprised” if any further action was taken against Jedinak.“I saw the incident immediately after the game because it was highlighted to me by the press,” Pardew said.“I have seen worse incidents where nothing has happened so I will be surprised if something happens with this.“But the media have highlighted it and we will have to see where it goes.” Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak 1last_img read more

If you’re an Everton fan feeling angry today you need to listen to this brilliant fan sum up what’s wrong at Goodison

first_imgEverton fans have long lamented the Goodison Park club’s lack of spending – and that unhappiness has now been accentuated by Chelsea’s continued pursuit of John Stones.And with reports the Merseysiders will move to replace Stones with Manchester United’s Jonny Evans, it’s all got a bit too much for Warren, who vented his frustration on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast…last_img

Pacey Palace to pull off FA Cup final shock against Manchester United? Coral

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Manchester United and Crystal Palace clash in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.United are 1/3 to lift the trophy, while Palace are 9/4 to pull off a shock and leave Louis van Gaal’s side trophyless again.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE RESERVES IN SEVENTH HEAVEN FOLLOWING WIN OVER BUNDORAN

first_imgCLG An Clóchan Liath Club notesB’iad 2, 15, 16 & 21a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto.  Beidh €1900 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas  €20 an ceann:Hannah Gallagher, N McGroary – SheskinaroneMary Carson, Tony Kelly agus Mary Boyle – Annagry. The seniors & reserves were away to Realt na Mara in Bundoran on Saturday evening. The reserves winning on a tremendous scoreline of 7-08 to 1-08.The seniors however were unlucky and were defeated on a scoreline of Realt na Mara 1-13 Dungloe 1-8. – the seniors fought hard in the second half to get back into the game, when they only registered 0-03 scores in the first half. A goal coming from Conor Greene brought them back to within two points with only 10 minutes left, but Realt na Mara pulled away once again.Club 200 Winners for April:1st prize Cathal McCole, Fairhill, Dungloe 10002nd prize Connie O Donnell St Peters Terrace, Dungloe €5003rd prize Kay Wehrely Quay Rd, Dungloe €3004th prize Emma McGowan Falmore, Dungloe €1005th prize Kevin Bonner Main St, Dungloe €100Well done to all our winners and thanks for your continued support.GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE RESERVES IN SEVENTH HEAVEN FOLLOWING WIN OVER BUNDORAN was last modified: April 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:dungloeGAASportlast_img read more