Mayor, council pass resolution encouraging Mason City residents to participate in 2020 Census (AUDIO)

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved a resolution affirming the city’s support and partnership with the 2020 Census. The Census is mandated by the United States Constitution to have the population counted every ten years, with the upcoming Census taking place in April 2020.Mayor Bill Schickel says it’s a civic duty for all residents to participate in the Census. “It will impact our public safety, our police department, it will affect our fire protection, the quality of our roads, the safety of our roads, because more than $700 billion in federal funds, this will determine how those are distributed. So if we all step up here in Mason City and make sure everybody is counted, we’ll get our fair share, so it’s really key.”Schickel asks all residents to fill out their Census form once they receive it. “I know some people are hesitant to participate, but all of it is confidential. I plan to fill out my Census form right away as soon as I get it, and I encourage everybody else to do that because it could make a huge difference for Mason City.”People can respond to the 2020 Census by mail, by phone or online. For more information on the upcoming Census, you can head to 2020census.gov.Schickel made his comments on the “Ask the Mayor” program earlier today on AM-1300 KGLO. Listen back to the program via the audio player belowlast_img read more

Uganda Cranes miss penalty in South Sudan CHAN draw

first_imgThe Cranes team that was held goalless by South Sudan. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAJuba, South Sudan | AFP |  Uganda had a goal disallowed and a penalty saved when drawing 0-0 with South Sudan Friday in an African Nations Championship (CHAN) second round, first-leg qualifier in Juba.Derrick Nsibambi had the ball in the net during the first half only to be ruled offside by the Eritrean referee.A foul on Milton Karisa soon after half-time gave Uganda a chance to take the lead at the national stadium in the South Sudanese capital.But regular scorer Geoffrey Sserunkuma had his spot-kick superbly saved by Daniel Khamis, which triggered sustained applause from the large crowd.Robert Wurube had a late opportunity to put South Sudan ahead foiled by a block from substitute defender Brian Majwega.South Sudan, who eliminated Somalia in the first round after home and away victories, visit Kampala for the return match next Saturday. The African Nations Championship — popularly known as the CHAN — is restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth.With many African national squads dominated by Europe-based stars, the CHAN offers international exposure to local footballers.Another eight qualifiers are scheduled for Saturday with a further six on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Van Dijk says too early for Liverpool title talk

first_imgVictory at Bramall Lane also extended the club record for successive away league wins to eight and they have not lost away from Anfield in the league since that defeat at the Etihad nine months ago.“It’s the media who love statistics,” said Van Dijk. “The reality is we have nothing at the moment. We want to continue to do well and there’s still plenty of room for improvement.”Saturday’s match-winner Georginio Wijnaldum said Liverpool’s scratchy win at Sheffield United was an example of the progress being made under Klopp.Last season, when they missed out on a first top-flight title since 1990 by a single point, Liverpool drew seven matches, which included games against West Ham, Leicester and Everton.“You see we make progression with what we did,” said Wijnaldum. “Back in previous years we had to play good to win the games. Now we play bad and still win games.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: LiverpoolLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has dismissed the five-point lead they hold over title rivals Manchester City as irrelevant so early in the season.Jurgen Klopp’s side briefly extended their advantage to eight points after beating Sheffield United 1-0 in the early kick-off on Saturday but City beat Everton to reduce the gap.Even though Liverpool have a 100 percent record from their opening seven matches, Van Dijk stressed nobody inside the dressing room was giving it a second thought.The Reds know from recent experience that the situation can change quickly. They had a seven-point lead over City before the two met at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, only to lose as Pep Guardiola’s side began their fightback.“It’s far too early. We’re almost in October and the busy period will come,” said the Netherlands captain after Liverpool registered their 16th successive Premier League victory.“There are still so many games left and the only thing we focus on is the game ahead of us. We don’t want to look at the others because there’s no point doing that.“Everyone realises that as well because last season we saw how it turned quickly.”last_img read more

UPL: KCCA fluff chance again as they are held by Express

first_imgStalemate: The game Saturday ended 1-1 between the ‘yellows’ and visitors ‘reds’. PHOTO KCCA FC MEDIAKCCA 1-1 ExpressOnduparaka 1-1 Mbarara CityTooro United 2-0 PoliceWakiso Giants 1-1 KyetumeBright Stars 1-0 ProlineKampala, Uganda | THE UPL | Ten-man KCCA again fluffed the chance to capitalise on Vipers defeat to URA a day earlier as they laboured to a 1-1 draw with Express at the StarTimes Stadium on Saturday.The game was settled by a pair of penalties as both Mustafa Kizza and Frank Kalanda converted on 26 and 45 minutes for KCCA and Express respectively.For KCCA it was more than the two dropped points, they also lost their men Ramathan Musa, who was red carded on 44 minutes, and goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, who broke his arm.Victory for manager Mike Mutebi’s KCCA would have seen them cut the gap between them and leaders Vipers to two points.Now they are four behind at 46 with seven matches to go.Express, who had their man Disan Galiwango declared Man of the match, are 11th on 28 points.In the other games, Wakiso Giants and Kyetume also played out a 1-1 draw, same as Onduparaka and Mbarara City. Ali Feni and Gadafi Wahab scored for either side in the first mentioned match while Julius Malingumu and Brian Ahebwa got Onduparaka and Mbarara’s goals respectively.In Fort Portal, Tooro United were in fine form as they beat Police 2-0, Charles Musiige and John Byamukama scoring the goals.Elsewhere, Joseph Janjali scored the only goal as Bright Stars beat Proline.*****SOURCE: Uganda Premier League (UPL)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Indoor track impresses, but loses to Bishop Feehan

first_imgThe Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School indoor track teams faced their toughest challenge of the season when they took on Eastern Athletic Conference powerhouse Bishop Feehan at Wheaton College in Norton last Wednesday. Aivaras Gedvilas set the MVRHS school record in the indoor mile run, clocking in at 4:37. Nevin Wallis placed first in both the 600 meters and the high jump. Garrett Hagan won the 300 meters with a time of 39.77.The Vineyard boys gave the Shamrocks a run for their money, but lost 52-38.Pearl Vercruysse qualified for the state meet in the 600 meters with a winning time of 1:44. Addie Hayman excelled in three events, placing first in the long jump with an EAC best leap of 15 feet, 10 inches, taking second in the 300 meters, and third in the 55-meter hurdles. Livy Smith returned to action, and finished second in the long jump. Feehan eventually topped the Vineyard girls 62-28.The Vineyarders were back at Wheaton on Jan. 18 to compete against EAC rival Bishop Stang. The boys record stands at 4-2. The girls are 3-3.last_img read more

Man fatally shoots friend with rifle he thought was unloaded

first_imgA Florida man is now facing a manslaughter charge after he pointed what he thought was an unloaded rifle at his friend and shot him in the chest, police said.Officials say, Shea Michael Harkins was in a bedroom of his house on Thursday night when he picked up a Colt M4 rifle that he had been customizing and pointed it at his friend, Sean Cook, 26, who was playing video games.Pinellas County Sheriff’s investigators said Harkins, 26, told deputies he pointed the gun at his friend as a joke. He told investigators that Cook said, “What are you going to do, shoot me?”He pulled the trigger, thinking the rifle was unloaded. However there was a round in the chamber, deputies said.The bullet struck Cook in the chest, investigators said.Cook was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.Harkins was arrested, and remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday morning.last_img read more

Woods remains an enigma in return to Pebble

first_imgDOMINATING PERFORMANCE —This June 18, 2000, file photo shows Tiger Woods with the winner’s trophy after capturing the 100th U.S. Open Golf Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. He was 24 then, a talent so prodigious that his fellow pros had to fight the urge not to bow before him whenever graced by his presence. He won the U.S. Open by an astonishing 15 shots, and the talk in the locker room wasn’t who would challenge him on the course, but who would be lucky enough to finish second the next time he teed it up.Woods would go on to win the British Open, the PGA Championship, and then the Masters the next year. He held all four major championships at once, a feat so difficult that even the great Jack Nicklaus couldn’t do it.Tigermania was raging.No one could imagine what the next 10 years would bring. But Woods continued to thrill us even as he changed his swing, got married, lost his father and had two children of his own.He seemed able to handle life’s events as easily as he handled Pebble Beach. Few knew his darker secrets, and, if they did, they weren’t talking.Then it all imploded, in the most spectacular of ways.The same fans who once revered Woods now ridiculed him. The same players who once feared Woods now pitied him.He returns to Pebble Beach not with hopes of winning but with hopes of finishing. A summer that once seemed to hold such promise seems to be slipping away.Everyone seems to have an idea what’s wrong with Tiger. No one really knows what’s wrong with Tiger. All we really know is that he’s somehow different. Not different in ways he promised in his latest comeback, just different.The player who didn’t say a word to his playing partners while beating them into submission 10 years ago now chats and jokes with them as he walks down the fairway. The man who didn’t pay a bit of attention to fans a decade ago as he hit drives down the fairway now hands out autographed gloves when he hits them with his drives.Almost incredibly, though, he remains an enigma. Even with all that’s been said and written about him, we still know very little.Journalists gingerly probe him for answers, but he’s done doing public confessions. And even in the best of times he’s never been forthcoming about the state of his game.We have no idea what’s going on in his marriage. He doesn’t seem to have an idea what’s going on with his swing.His neck hurts. His neck doesn’t hurt.“You don’t need to know,” he told a questioner who asked about his health at the Memorial.What we do know is that he’s a shell of the player he was 10 years ago, or even 10 months ago. His short game is still magical enough to get him through the day, but he hits it so sideways off the tee that it’s hard to see how he can compete in a tournament where the rough figures to be both deep and nasty.He no longer has a swing coach to help him through the day, though that might not matter. Hank Haney may have done some things for Woods, but he never figured out how to get him to hit fairways with his driver.Woods may one day work it out himself. He knows his game better than anyone, and talent never goes away.It won’t, however, happen at Pebble. Winning on one leg at Torrey Pines was easy compared to winning an Open without a clue on the tee.And it might not happen soon enough for Woods to have a realistic chance of breaking the major championship record of 18 wins held by Nicklaus. He’s been stuck on 14 for two years now, and it won’t get any easier if he can’t win this year at Pebble Beach or St. Andrews, another course he has dominated.Indeed, there’s the real possibility that we’ve already seen both the best and worst of Woods. What we may end up with in the future could be something almost as unimaginable as the scandal that brought him down once was.We could see a glimpse of it Friday afternoon at Pebble Beach if Woods is struggling to make the cut. We may see it Sunday morning, when Woods has to get up for an early tee time along with other players who have no chance of winning the Open.He’s still the No. 1 player in the world, has been for the last 261 weeks. But, as the mutual fund salesmen warn, past performance doesn’t guarantee future results.Worst-case scenario?How about a Tiger Woods who becomes so mediocre we simply stop caring? The swing is different, and so, too, is the man. Tiger Woods couldn’t help but change in the 10 years since he blew everyone away at Pebble Beach, sex scandal or not.last_img read more

Disc Golf Opens at Westport Winery Garden Resort

first_imgFacebook44Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryJoin us at Westport Winery Garden Resort on Saturday, November 10 at 12:00 p.m. to launch the Bubba Mullikin Memorial Disc Golf Course. We planned this event for what would have been Bubba’s 24th birthday. Westport Winery will give FREE discs for those attending the unveiling.One of our favorite team members, Toni Ann Dawson, was engaged to Bubba when he was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident two years ago. Bubba and his father, Bill, were avid disc golfers having played in seventeen states. Bill and Toni Ann helped winery co-owner Kim Roberts design the course in the Beauty From Ashes Garden. As a putting course Bill said it will be great for players wanting to improve their short game saying, “You drive for show and putt for dough.”Photo courtesy: Westport WineryWe asked local artists and welders to create unique sculptures for each of the tone poles. Bill (a teacher at Aberdeen High School) selected the seventh for his contribution focusing on yellow, Bubba’s favorite color, and pineapple imagery (Toni, Bubba’s mother, and his sisters, all added pineapple tattoos after his passing). All the other sculptures will be rusty allowing the 7th to shine.Artists Yoseph Adams, Abe Singer (who fittingly created the Phoenix Rising sculpture for the ninth hole), Tyler Hansen, Buck Hugelen, Bryerlee Perry and Jason Armstrong, all contributed metal art made from used propane tanks (donated by Propane Etc) to this project.This course is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is FREE to play. Affordable discs are available for purchase at the winery. Golfers are welcome to bring their own discs (putters recommended) as well. All ages are welcome on the course, however, guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.Bubba’s family and friends hosted an inaugural disc golf tournament this summer to raise funds in his name for the Trade Technician Scholarship at Aberdeen High School.Guests are welcome to leave donations for the scholarship or for Food Ball. Westport Winery Garden Resort and the Sea Glass Grill are open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.In 2017 the Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach is open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

PBA releases partial PH Cup schedule; Christmas Day game set at PH Arena

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Pacquiao launches bid to unearth Chinese boxing stars Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA releases partial schedule for the start of the 43rd season. pic.twitter.com/5FfjK5vErd— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) December 7, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite all the hitches, the 43rd season of the PBA will push through.The league has released a partial game schedule for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup that covers the remaining gamedays for the year of 2017. It was signed by embattled commissioner Chito Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img The season will kick off as scheduled on December 17 at Smart Araneta Coliseum with the match between reigning three-time all-Filipino champion San Miguel and retooled Phoenix at 6:45pm following the opening ceremonies at 4pm. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The full 2018 PBA Philippine Cup schedule is set to be released soon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Christmas Day game on Dcember 25, meanwhile, feature the marquee match ups between NLEX and Globalport and crowd drawer Ginebra and Magnolia at Philippine Arena in Bocaue.Other game days include NLEX taking on Kia on December 20 at PhilSport Arena, where second overall pick Kiefer Ravena makes  his much awaited debut, and Magnolia’s first game against Alaska in the night cap.Blackwater clash with Meralco in the first game on December 22 at Cuneta Astrodome before Rain or Shine goes at it with TNT.The ball returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum on December 27 for the battle between Phoenix and Kia in the opener and Meralco and San Miguel in the second game.PBA closes the year on December 29 back at Cuneta Astrodome where Blackwater faces off against Rain or Shine and TNT battles Alaska.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more