Blood Drive Scheduled For Thursday At First Christian Church

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Olympia, WA – The FDA regulates all blood donation in the United States. Men who have sex with men (MSM) are permanently deferred from giving blood. Despite this discriminatory policy, a group of gay men and their allies have decided to adopt a blood drive, encouraging friends, family, and community members to donate blood on their behalf.All blood centers in the nation are bound to follow the guidelines established by the federal government. However, this is the official position of the local (Puget Sound Blood Center) on this issue:“There has been an FDA regulation in place since early 1983 which defers MSM (men having sex with men) from blood donation. At that time, much less was known about HIV and how it is transmitted, and there were no tests available for detection. Much has been learned since 1983. Today, we have highly sensitive and accurate tests for HIV. In the medical and scientific community, and among major blood centers there is broad agreement that the current FDA deferral criteria is outmoded, and can be updated to better reflect current science and testing sensitivity. For several years, some members of Congress and major blood centers and associations .across the U.S. have been urging the FDA to review the policy, recommending that the MSM deferral period can be shortened with no risk to the safety of blood supply.”Despite the FDA’s outdated policy, the MAC (Mpowerment Advisory Committee), a group that advises on LGBTQ issues in Olympia, has decided to take a positive approach to this issue, supporting and facilitating the vitally important community act of blood donation. This unique blood drive will take place at First Christian Church at 701 Franklin Street in downtown Olympia on Thursday, September 6th from 11am – 5pm. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled by visiting the following this link.  Walk-ins are also welcome. Visit Facebook for additional information.Two years ago, Matthew Shrader, a student at South Puget Sound Community College was not allowed to donate because of the MSM criteria. He researched the issue, circulated a petition –gathering 546 signatures — and presented his case to the FDA, which refused to change their established position. He decided to take action. “As a leader in the Olympia LGBTQ community, it is my responsibility to educate people, fight discrimination, and build a greater sense of community. I have great pride to serve on a committee with fellow community leaders that share this sense of responsibility. Gay men and their allies could boycott blood drives in protest, but that will only cause harm. The love, compassion, and leadership being displayed by the MAC is the only way to lead people and overcome discrimination.”Tori Fairhurst, who schedules local blood drives for PSBC, has been working closely with MAC to coordinate this event. “The fact that this group of men is choosing to respond with love instead of protest is incredible. They understand that there are people in our community who are sick and in need of help. The fact that these men are recruiting donors to give on their behalf is remarkable. This is unprecedented.”For more information please contact Matthew A. Shrader, MAC Secretary: 360-490-7004.last_img read more

WDFW Approves Six Days of Razor Clam Digging Starting Friday, March…

first_imgFacebook63Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeRazor clam diggers can round up their shovels, clam guns and tubes for a six-day dig beginning March 6. State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a dig on evening low tides after recent marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 9, Monday, 7:25 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisNo digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.“With abundant clams and smaller crowds, this time of year is great for digging enthusiasts,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “The sun is setting later as spring approaches and diggers who head out early often fill their bags before dark.”For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through April, please see our razor clam webpage.WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. To see videos of WDFW’s sustainable management work for razor clam seasons, visit our razor clam page.WDFW is also asking razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question: Which is better, clam gun or shovel? To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the spring season.Although weather conditions are beginning to improve, diggers should still be prepared for Pacific Northwest weather. “It always pays to be prepared for a variety of conditions when visiting our ocean beaches,” said Ayres. “Warm layers, waterproof or moisture-wicking clothing and a good light source are supplies that are useful year-round.”All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ( For more information, see read more

Cristiano Ronaldo chooses between his best goal and being with his girlfriend!

first_imgAdvertisement a52lNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewai( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6u8mWould you ever consider trying this?😱z6uvCan your students do this? 🌚30Roller skating! Powered by Firework Cristiano Ronaldo has scored many astonishing, world-beating goals but his favourite as he recalls is his sensational overhead goal against Juventus. However, the Portuguese superstar wouldn’t trade his time with girlfriend Georgina Rodrigues for that goal.Advertisement Speaking to Piers Morgan in an interview on ITV , the 34-year-old has admitted the goal against the Old Lady was his favourite, but said he didn’t rate it above his experiences with Rodriguez between the sheets.Advertisement “No, not [when compared] with my Geo, no!” Ronaldo said as he laughed at the question from Morgan.“I tried to score this goal for many, many years,” Ronaldo said. “I had scored 700-odd goals but I hadn’t done this. I thought, ‘Finally I had scored a bicycle, the beautiful jumping’.Advertisement “The way I had done against [Gianluigi] Buffon, against Juventus, in the Champions League. It was a beautiful goal.”Ronaldo vividly remembers the goal because it brought him applause from even the opposition fans.“When the people start to applaud me in the stadium I was like, ‘Wow’,” Ronaldo told DAZN last year.“[It] surprised me a lot because this has never happened in my life, so [it] was [an] unbelievable moment.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar backs Sourav Ganguly to deliver as BCCI boss

first_imgAdvertisement qeydNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7y2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eq3q( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8jdWould you ever consider trying this?😱69pCan your students do this? 🌚t6w2Roller skating! Powered by Firework Sachin Tendulkar thinks that Sourav Ganguly will deliver his best as the President of BCCI. Sachin is going to play in the Road Safety World Series and he will captain Indian team in this competition. The Road Safety World Series is going to take place in the next year.Advertisement According to the sources, Sourav Ganguly was also invited to play in the Road Safety World Series. He accepted the opportunity to take part in this Series. However, now his decision might change as he I’d going to be the next President of BCCI. In the press conference, Sachin Tendulkar was asked out this snd he told,Advertisement “The way he has played his cricket and the way he has gone put and served the nation, I am sure he will continue to serve the nation in the same capacity and with the same passion…,”There was also another question from the  one journalist. He asked whether it will inspire other cricketers to come into the administration. In the reply Sachin told that it would depend on the individuals.Advertisement Sachin is very much excited to take part in the upcoming Road Safety World Series. The legendary cricketer of India is taking this Series as an opportunity to re-live the old battles on the field though they are great friends off the field.Jadeja and Shami in Tendulkar’s team for the Semi-finals against New Zealand Advertisementlast_img read more

Bruh moment of 25th November 2019: AS Roma’s official Twitter account trolls Manchester United…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/TwitterAdvertisement 58rv0oNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vshv0aWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ejybpa( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5cq5Would you ever consider trying this?😱b5jxzCan your students do this? 🌚dxkmuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Yesterday had been amazing for both AS Roma and Chris Smalling. The ex Manchester United defender scored the opener, and also provided two assists as Roma thrashed Brescia at home. The enjoyment didn’t stop as the club pulled a light jab at Smalling’s former side on Twitter.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/TwitterThe Red Devils ended the match day in all disappointment, as they newly promoted Sheffield United managed to make a 3-3 draw at Bramall Lane. Meanwhile, as the Twitter hand of Bleacher Report Football was cherishing Roma’s victory and their center back’s marvellous performance, one United supporter came and called Serie A ‘farmers league. But, Roma’s social media executives promptly jumped on work.Check out the tweet made by the club below-Advertisement One twitter user named Raven replied to the tweet by saying: “I repeat Manchester United was the problem” suggesting it was the best decision for Smalling to swap sides. However, one user named Fini replied: “Italy is farmer league” implying the Serie A is easier and the reason why the 30 year old English center back is doing better.Below here is the whole conversation-Roma’s Twitter admin posted screenshots of the convo, and added in a tweet from Sheffield United’s official Twitter handle, poking at Solskjær’s side and its fans for not being able to secure a victory against them.Here is the tweet by Sheffield-This tweet was posted as Sheffield striker Oli McBurnie netted in the equalizer in the 90th minute as they were trailing behind 2-3. Advertisementlast_img read more

Parkway, Turnpike Tolls Hike Proposed

first_imgIn addition to the verbal comments made at the March 18 meeting, the public is invited to send written comments by email to or by mail or courier to Executive Director, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, 1 Turnpike Plaza, P.O. Box 5042, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. The NJTA’s full plans are available at The New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) is now accepting public comments on proposed toll increases on the Garden State Parkway and Turnpike. Comments will be accepted through April 3 at 5 p.m. Neptune resident Zoey Baldwin spoke as the director of government affairs and communications for the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association. She said she strongly supports the adjustments, as the last adjustments were made to the Turnpike and Parkway nine years ago. Additionally, all cash collection lanes on the parkway and turnpike have been suspended in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Drivers are being asked to use E-ZPass lanes. Anyone without an E-ZPass tag in the vehicle will be billed by mail at the cash toll rate. “They get on and off at Cheesequake. They get on and off at Belmar. Close the holes. Everybody pays to get on, everybody pays to get off, you’re going to see a substantial increase,” he said. At public hearings March 18 hosted by the state Department of Transportation (DOT), one in Woodbridge and one in Camden County, authority members presented a proposed 2020 capital improvement program and toll adjustment schedule to the public. About 40 people attended, keeping with Gov. Phil Murphy’s mandate banning gatherings of 50 or more. These proposed toll rates will remain in line with rates drivers pay on other U.S. toll roads, Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. The NJTA does not receive tax money from any source and 92 percent of its revenue comes from tolls paid by people who use the turnpike and parkway. The remainder is generated from service areas, the PNC Bank Arts Center and other miscellaneous small sources, she added. Tinton Falls resident Cindy Williams spoke on behalf of herself and members of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters. She said the state is in “desperate” need of investment in replacing and repairing its infrastructure. “The proposed NJTA Capital Plan is amongst the strongest economic stimulators of the State of New Jersey,” said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, commissioner of the DOT and chairman of the NJTA. It will sustain “tens of thousands” of jobs, and maintain and strengthen the transportation network, she added. center_img During the public comment portion of the meeting in Woodbridge, several people spoke out as either individuals or representatives of larger groups. All of them had positive reactions to the plans. According to the NJTA, the additional revenue from the last toll increase allowed it to take on a $7 billion capital program, which included the widening of the Turnpike between interchanges 6 and 9. “At a final cost of $2.13 billion, the widening added 170 lane miles and represented the largest capital improvement in the history of the Authority,” according to the NJTA. “The modest raise in tolls that are being proposed by the NJDOT will help to make sure that we have projects moving forward. It will help put hardworking men and women, like myself, to work,” she said. As proposed in the plan, the average toll on the Parkway will increase by 27 percent, from $1.11 to $1.41. On the Turnpike, fees will increase by 36 percent, from $3.50 to $4.75. If approved, tolls will be indexed starting in 2022, allowing for annual increases to keep up with rising costs. It will be capped at 3 percent. Buses would receive a 40 percent discount. Matawan resident Denis Brady also said he approves of the plan, but asked that officials “close the gaps” on the Parkway so that no matter what exit people get on or off of, they pay the same toll fees that others do. Tolls could be increased on the Garden State Parkway and Turnpike under a proposal by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. “While no one likes to pay more, everyone wants a better, faster commute. Increasing tolls will afford the Turnpike Authority the resources it needs to continue providing us with the same premium service that we’ve come to expect,” said Baldwin. By Allison Perrine | aperrine@tworivertimes.comlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Wildcats

first_imgThe future’s so bright the Mount Sentinel Senior Boy’s Volleball team may want to wear shades.The young squad finished 11th overall at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Volleyball Championships in Kelowna. The Cats, coached by Glen Campbell and assistant coach Harry Sapriken, pushed the opposition to the wall in all matches and played to the best of their ability according to the coaching staff. Zach Grigg was recognized as an Honourable Mention All Star.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the Wildcats with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, L-R, assistant coach Harry Sapriken Devon Kabatoff, Josh Roberts, Kyle Dodds, Brent Malakoff and head coach Glen Campbell. Front, Darcy Sapriken, Steve Hernandez, Dale Strong, Zach Grigg and Clayton Thompson.last_img read more

Peewee Reps play host to six-team tourney

first_imgHost Nelson meets Penticton at 5 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile at the Civic Arena, starting at 3:45 p.m., Creston plays Castlegar before Kamloops battles Salmon Arm at 6 p.m.Saturday, Nelson meets Creston at 9:45 the NDCC Arena before playing Salmon Arm at 2 p.m. in the Civic Arena.The top four teams advance to the playoff round Sunday morning before the two winners meet in the final at 11:45 a.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Nelson Peewee Reps roll out the red carpet for the annual Rep Minor Hockey Tournament beginning Friday at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Selkirk Saints

first_imgThis selection was easy for the Mallard’s Source for Sports Staff and Management after the Selkirk Saints completed its rags to riches season Saturday at the NDCC Arena by capturing the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship, in overtime no less.For those people just crawling out from under a rock the Saints went from a 5-19 last place finish in 2012 to 21-3 in 2013, topping it all off with an impressive 4-0 record in playoffs — the final series a 2-0 best-of-three win against Simon Fraser University.Toss in a few league records to with the league title and this Team of the Week pic was a no brainer. Pictured above is the jubilant 2012-13 BCIHL Champion Selkirk Saints in the traditional team photo minutes after knocking off SFU 3-2 in overtime.last_img read more

Leafs deal Bolding, Selby to Sicamous for futures

first_imgThere’s no way a hockey team can keep four goalies happy during practice let alone during the regular season of a junior hockey league season.So the Nelson Leafs coaching staff did its best to solve the problem by sending netminder Josh Bolding and forward Spencer Selby to the Sicamous Eagles in a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League deal Tuesday.The Leafs, in return, receive future considerations.The deal leaves Nelson with three goalies in camp — Devin Allen and Ben Kelsch on the playing roster and Jason Sandhu on the injury list.Bolding, 18, came to Nelson as a late Junior A cut.The 6’5”, 190-pound native of Calgary played two games for Nelson, finishing with a 1-1 record after backstopping the Leafs to a 5-3 win last Friday over Grand Forks.Selby, also 18, played nine games for Nelson at forward, finishing with two assists.“I think we’ve got three goaltenders that could be starters and what combination we’re going to go with is something that as a coaching staff we’re going to decide,” said Leafs coach Mario DiBella following Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Spokane. “The requirement of getting someone else into camp was based on (Jason) Sandhu going down with injury, and not knowing how serious that injury was. Certainly we felt both Bolding and Allen we brought in to tryout have responded well.”Leafs continue to tinker with the roster, adding defenceman Noah Looman this week.Looman comes to Nelson from Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.DiBella is also hoping for another cut from the BC Hockey League.Nelson, currently riding a three-game winning streak, is back in action Friday when the Leafs travel to Fruitvale to face the Nitehawks.Friday’s encounter makes the fourth time this season the teams have played in Beaver Valley.Saturday, Nelson sees its first action against Eddie Mountain opposition when Columbia Valley visits the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m.The game is a salute to Breast Cancer Month. Special guest is Galena Rose Pal and her daughter Snow.The Heritage City has been rallying behind the Nelson woman after the mother of one was diagnosed with a serious form of breast cancer.Pal and her daughter will be on hand to perform the puck drop during the opening faceoff.last_img read more