Facebook90Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Providence Health & Services in Southwest WashingtonProvidence St. Peter Hospital Photo Courtesy of ProvidenceProvidence ministries in Southwest Washington will join The Evergreen State College, Olympia School District, Thurston County and Intercity Transit to recognize Earth Day, April 22, with a Dim Down from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.“We are excited to partner with others in the community on Earth Day,” said Providence Sustainability Coordinator Keith Edgerton. “We have a long tradition of sustainability within Providence here in Southwest Washington.”Along with the partner organizations, Providence will be asking caregivers who are not using their electronic devices during the lunchtime hours on April 22 to turn off:ComputersLightsPrintersOther electronic devices“We all can make the Earth healthier and help save money by being aware of how much of our resources we use daily,” said Edgerton. “Providence has won a number of awards in recent years for sustainability. We have seen the financial benefit from all of these sustainable projects but are most proud of the community benefits that come from creating less pollution and saving our resources for future generations.“Providence Health & Services in Southwest Washington touches more lives in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific counties than any other health care provider. It is made up of Providence St. Peter Hospital, Providence Centralia Hospital and the 31 clinics of the Providence Medical Group. More than 3,500 caregivers work for Providence in Southwest Washington.
Facebook80Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Joint Animal Services of OlympiaThe Puget Sound region, including Thurston County, is experiencing unusually hot temperatures and our animals are at risk. Animal Services is experiencing an increased number of calls for distressed dogs in hot cars. It’s important for all of us to remember that a parked car can be a dangerous place for your pet. Pets can die of heatstroke or suffer brain damage within minutes as temperatures rise well above the 120 – 150 degree mark.While your pets are at home, make sure they have access to shade and cool water. Learn the signs of heatstroke and talk to your vet if you have any questions or concerns.During hot, summer days, it’s best to keep your pet at home in their own environment either inside or outside with access to water and shade. Don’t take a chance with your pet’s life. We want all our family members, four-legged ones included, to be comfortable in the hot days ahead.This message is brought to you by Animal Services of Olympia. For more information, contact Animal Services at 360-515-5251 or visit www.JointAnimalServices.org.
Facebook2Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Kaiser PermanenteWelcome to the time of year when people cram things into boxes and give them to each other in the name of love. Chances are at some time in your life, your body has felt like you were the one crammed in one of those boxes.Chronic pain is a terrible reality for many people. Most people experience it at some time in their lives. There was a time when doctors thought these meds were the best thing to treat severe non-traumatic chronic pain. Headaches, toothaches, fibromyalgia, joint pain, spine pain…you name it, they all got hit with narcotics. These days, we’ve realized there’s a ton of problems with that way of thinking (caption: From the National Institute on Drug Abuse)Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermenanteBy narcotics, I mean: Percocet, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, Codeine, Darvocet, Hydrocodone, Tramadol, Morphine, Methadone, Oxycodone, mickeymouseodone, tyrannosarusocet, hydrojustinbeiberdin…the list is nearly endless. But in the end they’re all essentially the same thing.Let’s talk about some of the problems with these meds:First, most people develop a dependence on narcotics. Once that happens, the usual dose doesn’t help as much with the pain but ironically, stopping the drug causes more pain. So people end up trapped by a drug that doesn’t really work, but they have to keep taking it to avoid worsening the pain they do have. Kinda like the experience of being a Denver Broncos fan this year. You’re stuck in it, but it brings you no joy.Narcotics can lower a person’s pain threshold, getting you stuck in a painful cycle. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermanenteSecond, narcotics can lower a person’s pain threshold. This means that the painful sensation one person can tolerate easily (a pinprick), a chronic narcotic user interprets as excruciating. This also is a terrible conundrum since things you could once tough out now debilitate you.Third, over time, your body’s ability to utilize the narcotics decreases. Imagine 10 drug molecules and 10 receptors for that drug located in your central nervous system. All 10 molecules have a place to go, so at that point the drug can reach its maximum effect.Then imagine your infinitely-rational body thinking, “Heck, why do we need all these receptors? There’s drug molecules everywhere.” So, it “downregulates” those receptors to 5. This may sound strange, but it’s a natural reaction to an environment of “plenty.”To you, that downregulation feels like the drug just doesn’t work as well as it did. So the natural reaction is to take more to try to boost the effect. But what will 20 molecules do, when you still only have 5 receptors? Nothing, at best. At worst, those extra molecules will go sit on receptors that cause you to forget important things. Like breathing.Talk to your physician about alternative to narcotics. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermananteSome people think narcotics are the ONLY way to deal with severe chronic pain, but that’s just not true. The U.S. uses more than double the daily doses of morphine than the next country (Germany). Our use of narcotics is more than 2000 times greater than that of India. And all those people have spines, and heads, and joints that can hurt just like an average American.Turns out there are lots of ways to address chronic pain, completely free of the dangers of narcotics, like stretching, staying active, and mindful breathing. More on that in my next column. But for now, in this season of giving and joy, be reassured that although chronic pain is a reality for most people in life it doesn’t have to ruin that life. Around the world, people live with chronic pain every day. They manage it relatively well, without dependence on dangerous drugs, and still find happiness.
Facebook180Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Thurston CountyPlease go out in the fresh air, take a step back, close your eyes and take a deep breath!Hard to imagine that two months ago, we never knew that COVID-19 existed. Now when people say virus, they are referring to COVID-19 (also known as SARS-CoV-2)Please be careful to keep yourself and your loved ones from becoming infected. We do know how to do that – basic hygiene like washing our hands, covering your cough, not touching our face and staying away from others while you are sick. In addition, we have included a measure called “social distancing”- this means staying at least 6 feet away from someone else if you do not have any protective equipment on, closing large gatherings, encouraging telework from home and school closures.This change in our lives disrupts our routines, activities and our ability to freely move and do what we want to do. The responsibility is OURS, as a community, to help get rid of this virus. The virus needs us to pass it around because it cannot do that by itself. If every person that has the virus or has been exposed, stays away from others, there is no one to infect and the virus does not survive. So long as everyone follows the guidelines and we do not allow the virus to infect other people, this disruption is time-limited.The virus is spread by droplets created when someone coughs or sneezes and droplets land on another person. Those droplets can carry viruses that can land on surfaces and get on people’s hands as they touch. Exactly how long the virus stays alive on a surface has not been determined. Several disinfectants are known to clean and kill the virus. The CDC offers a list at: https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdfMost people with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms of fever over 100.4°F, and a dry cough. Persons with more severe disease may have shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.I know folks are worried and want testing to be done. Do you really need it? In order to do a test, you need to see a health care provider, they need to be adequately protected because they need to see other patients. The testing procedure uses up our supply of protective equipment like masks, gowns and gloves that we need to use to care for someone that actually has COVID 19. Those supplies are already limited today. Our medical system is already overwhelmed with taking care of sick people every day.A test is something that we recommend if there is going to be a change in course of action clinically (are we going to do or recommend anything different for you) or is there a significant public health action that needs to be done (putting a facility in lockdown or recommend mass quarantine or isolation. When folks are exhibiting symptoms, we ask you to self-isolate (stay away from others so you do not infect them) until symptoms resolve. A test does not protect you from getting infected and what if you are exposed again? – SO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM EXPOSURE. That is why we have imposed the social distancing measures.Mass gatherings or large events are a concern because of the movement of people, specially if it is in a tight space. The ability of individuals to protect themselves in a mass gathering is limited. From a public health standpoint, even smaller gatherings are a concern if it is open to the public and there is not way to identify who may be exposed. If there is a confirmed case, we want to be able to identify and notify all those who may have been exposed and provide guidance. In all situations, we ask everyone to monitor themselves for symptoms of fever or cough and exclude themselves from participation if they are ill. This way we can protect each other.We need you to help. We need you to stay home when you are sick, wash your hands and maintain social distancing. We need you to help conserve the resources that our health care providers need to take care of us properly if we need medical care. We need you to follow public health guidance and when there is none, we need you to use common sense. It is not possible to put out guidance for everything that you commonly do.We have been working on a pandemic preparedness plan for years. This pandemic is testing and challenging us. Our response community and medical community have all ramped up to respond the best they can. Thank you to our public servants who have been doing their best to handle this situation to have the best outcome. They have been at it for weeks and are doing their best.Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. It is a tough and scary time and disruption is difficult. With your help we can get through this together.Diana T. Yu, MD, MSPHActing Health Officer, Thurston County
Facebook16Tweet0Pin1Submitted by ComcastComcast announced that it has made nearly 2,000 hours of programming and thousands of free titles available to Xfinity video customers to give children and parents quick and easy access to educational programming by grade level as part of the company’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 crisis.The collection is a joint effort with Common Sense Media, the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families whose trusted age-based ratings and reviews are integrated into Xfinity on Demand. A subset of the education collection is also available on Xfinity Flex and across devices via the Xfinity Stream app and website.“Today Xfinity is making thousands of hours of educational programming and resources available to our customers through Xfinity on Demand as we know how challenging it is for families right now who are suddenly homeschooling young children – many with both parents working, as well,” said Rebecca Heap, SVP of Video & Entertainment at Comcast. “The programming selected in partnership with Common Sense Media is available in one comprehensive destination organized by grade level to make it as easy as possible for parents to find what is most relevant to their family.”Xfinity customers with X1 or Flex can say “Education” or, if their voice search language is set to Spanish, “Educación,” into the Xfinity Voice Remote to access content available to them by grades “K-2,” “3-5,” “6-8,” and “9-12” and also “for all ages” currently including:Free programs from subscription video on demand services (SVODS) Bluprint, CuriosityStream, The Great Courses Signature Collection, Grokker Yoga Fitness, HISTORY® Vault, Kids Room and The Reading Corner.Additional free adult continuing education programming from these SVODS focused on the “Mind,” “Body,” and “Soul” spanning biographies; podcasts on a range of topics including technology and business; yoga; dance; food and cooking; fitness; wellness; ballets and operas; and gardening.Educational series from networks and streaming services including Animal Planet, HBO, HISTORY®, Nick Jr., PBS KIDS, Prime Video, Smithsonian Channel and more.Spanish language programming available from networks including CBeebies, Discovery Familia and Kids Central.Firsthand interviews and historical narratives from Voices of the Civil Rights Movement, Comcast’s signature commemorative programming initiative honoring the impact and legacy of the movement.Additionally, Comcast has enlisted the guidance of Natascha Crandall, Ph.D., a psychologist and educator to program the content across English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies based on grade appropriate guidelines aligned with the current U.S. school curriculum.“When schools close and other community places people congregate are off limits, it can feel overwhelming for families with kids, so we’ve partnered with Xfinity to curate a list of educational recommendations to help kids learn and keep them engaged during their time indoors,” said Ellen Pack, President of Common Sense.Beyond free education content and resources, Comcast has undertaken a comprehensive COVID-19 response inclusive of making its low-income Internet Essentials program free for new families for the first 60 days of enrollment, opening Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country to anyone who needs them for free (including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers), pausing data plans, creating a COVID-19 news destination on X1 and Flex (in Spanish and English), and offering rolling free entertainment previews to Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers.
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit invites public comment on potential federally funded transit projects proposed in its draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The comment period will be from May 7 – June 3, 2020. Intercity Transit will follow the public meetings guidance of “Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery.” If allowable, the comment period will culminate with a public hearing on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Intercity Transit’s business office located at 526 Pattison Street SE in Olympia. If an in-person public meeting is not permitted, opportunities to give public comment by telephone or remote means will be made available. Further details concerning how to provide comment at the public hearing will be posted at the Intercity Transit website.The draft TIP details Intercity Transit’s complete program of potentially federally funded projects for 2021-2024. It includes projects also programmed through the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC).Once the Intercity Transit Authority approves the projects outlined in the TIP, TRPC and PSRC will review them. Regional planning organizations must integrate projects specific to their respective areas into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is subject to federal and state transportation agency review.The draft TIP projects could total more than $65 million in combined federal and local funds for projects planned in 2021-2024. The draft TIP and a complete list of programmed projects for potential funding are available online at the Intercity Transit website or by contacting Intercity Transit’s grants program administrator at 360-705-5808 or email@example.com.The public may comment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing comments to Intercity Transit, Attn: Grants Program Administrator, P.O. Box 659, Olympia, WA 98507-0659. Written comments must be received by 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020, to be considered. Email questions or comments to email@example.com or call 360-705-5808.
Advertisement lxmmsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4b78Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 11wfy4Would you ever consider trying this?😱akxk0kCan your students do this? 🌚qzeRoller skating! Powered by Firework The star Indian male double’s players Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chrirag Shetty are out of the China Open semifinal after a defeat against World number one duo. The Indian pair are currently ninth in the World ranking at this moment. However, the Indians have shown a great fighting spirit before going out of the tournament.Advertisement World number one duo Marcus Fernaldi Gedion and Kevin Sanjay won this match with their vast experience. The record of them against the Indian pair has been perfect so far. Both the duos have met each other 8 times and the Indonesian pair have been victorious in all of them.Advertisement The semifinal of China Open also witnessed a straight set defeat of the Indian pair. However they put a great fight before going down against the top ranked team. The match ended with a scoreline of 16-21; 20-22 in favour of the Indonesian pair. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chriag Shetty stormed into the semifinal of China Open with a win over World number 3 duo Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen in the quarter final of this tournament.The Indian pair showed a great form throughout the whole season and reached the final of French Open few days back. They would need a little bit more experience to win in International circuit.Advertisement Chinese Taipei Open: Sourabh Verma advances to the second round Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Twitter/TOIAdvertisement fzhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6si0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8nm6pf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8zskgWould you ever consider trying this?😱zcy8rnCan your students do this? 🌚x0c7dRoller skating! Powered by Firework After three months of suspension amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, world sports has finally seeing their return to action, albeit slowly. Regarding cricket, India has scheduled their tour of Australia coming December. However, global fans of the sport were eager on the outcome of the multiple cancellations that IPL 2020 had to face, and now, BCCI has confirmed that the cash rich cricket tournament is planning to have a behind closed doors return!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter/TOIThe 13th season of Indian Premier League was scheduled to begin on 29th March, but the COVID-19 crisis pushed back the date at first to 15th April, and after the lock down extension in the country, the tournament faced suspension again, without confirming a possible return date.However, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has shed some light on the future of the tournament, stating that a behind closed door tournament is likely a possible option later this year.Advertisement “The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums. The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year,” Ganguly’s letter to the state associations read, as quoted by Times of India.IPL, which observes a huge fan following all over the world, has a lofty number of foreign players and stakeholders, as Ganguly’s letter further stated: “Recently a lot of players, both from India and other countries, participating in IPL have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year IPL.”Advertisement “We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this,” Dada added.On the other hand, ICC has the Men’s T20 World Cup in the current year’s schedule, but is yet to confirm the dates of the tournament. While possibility of a clash with the upcoming IPL’s schedule can not be ruled out, Brijesh Patel, the tournament’s governing council chairman, has stated that hosting the tournament in the September-October window is the current target.“We are ready to go ahead with the IPL. But we can start planning the schedule formally only after the official announcement is made on the T20 World Cup, which I’m expecting will arrive anytime soon. On our part, we’ve already earmarked the September-October window for the tournament to be played.” Patel said in an interview with TOI.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-Shikhar Dhawan: “We will win the IPL and bring the trophy home.”A wild swerve: Misled fans accuse Darren Sammy wrongly of being racist towards himself Advertisement
New This Year: Exchange WageringBy John BurtonOCEANPORT – Operators of Monmouth Park have some plans for the coming season and big hopes that voters will endorse gaming outside of Atlantic City.This 2016 season, starting on Saturday, May 14, is the thoroughbred horseracing track’s 71st year. It will mark the introduction of a new, additional way to place bets. Also, track proponents are keeping their fingers crossed that voters on Nov. 8 will endorse a referendum that would allow for gaming and establishing two casinos outside of Atlantic City.Attorney Dennis Drazin, who represents New Jersey Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association, and is an advisor to Darby Development, LLC, the entities that operate Monmouth Park, told the audience at a press conference and luncheon on Tuesday that the referendum would mean an additional revenue stream for locations like this one in Oceanport. “So, it’s important for Monmouth Park that the referendum passes.”Monmouth Park has been waging what, up until now, has been an unsuccessful legal battle in federal court to win gambling, including sports betting, at tracks. Such groups as the NFL and the NBA have been blocking New Jersey’s efforts. Drazin and other Monmouth Park supporters have continued to stress that revenue stream was imperative to keeping the track vital. They added the money would help allow track operators to move forward with site improvements—such as restaurants, a concert amphitheater and boardwalk-style attractions—to have Monmouth Park grow as a family-friendly destination.“We’re trying to do everything we can to enhance the experience,” Drazin said.Dennis Drazin, advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemens Association and Darby Development, the operator of Monmouth Park, left, with State Senator Jennifer Beck and Kip Levin, CEO of Betfair US discuss the introduction of exchange wagering in New Jersey. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.Should voters approve it, the referendum would permit casinos that are at lease 72 miles away from Atlantic City. Monmouth Park would not be a location. However, Drazin said, at this point, the referendum and the accompanying legislation would designate 2 percent of revenue generated to be allocated to support the state’s horse breeding industry and racing.State Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), offered her support for the referendum, racing and horse breeding—long a vital staple of the state and Monmouth County economies but now a challenging one.Beck, who called horseracing “a personal passion,” noted 14 Monmouth County horse farms have closed. Another seven are likely to follow suit, resulting in the loss of those businesses and jobs, as well as the loss of 776 acres of open space.Beck and other legislators were concerned over the meager 2 percent that would be earmarked. But Beck said in her conversations with state Senate President Steve Sweeney that amount would be the “minimum” and additional funds would eventually make its way into this industry.“It’s incredibly important to Monmouth Park and incredibly important to the residents of New Jersey,” that the referendum passes, Beck said.Hall Of Fame jockey Jorge Velasquez and thoroughbred owner Richard Malouf, right, at the Monmouth Park Opening Day press conference and luncheon at Monmouth Park Racetrack. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.This year Monmouth Park is partnering with Betfair, a British company, to establish Internet-based exchange wagering. New Jersey is the first state in the country to move forward with this, Drazin said, with California getting ready to implement it.Internet exchange betting is popular around the world and is a fixed-odds, peer-to-peer form of wagering. It would also allow individuals to place bets even while the race is underway, Drazin explained. Up to this point, betting on individual races stopped once the horses began running.“We’re hoping this,” Drazin said of this new type of gaming, “will draw people who want to see it live,” referring to the racing.This type of gaming would likely attract younger, tech-savvy fans, Drazin said.Betfair this year will be the titled sponsor of the $1 million Haskell Invitational race in August. Last year’s Haskell drew Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and record-breaking crowds of an estimated 65,000 attendees to the racetrack.The track shortly will have the opening of a new dining option, consisting of three levels, from the most casual to the high end, Drazin added.“We continue to persevere,” he maintained.“The track did well,” last year, Drazin said. It arrived at a breakeven point, financially, with strong crowds and larger prizes offered to race winners. This year, however, the track decided to reduce the race purses, other than the named events. The reason, he explained, is that track operators, who have been running things for five years, now face paying the previously deferred loan obligations, as well as needing to make additional repairs and upgrades on the facility.Monmouth Park is Oceanport’s largest taxpayer and a significant area employer.
At the Feb. 5 meeting of the Borough Council, the governing body established a mandatory set-aside for future residential development projects in Sea Bright.Photo by Chris Rotolo The governing body mandated that all new multi-family residential developments of five or more units will be required to provide an affordable housing set-aside as follows: Establishing an affordable housing plan will also protect the borough from builder’s remedy lawsuits. Towns that do not have court-approved affordable housing plans are susceptible to lawsuits from developers who can propose affordable housing developments in any section of a municipality. Establishing an affordable housing plan can allow the borough to dictate affordable housing zoning overlays in the town. The proposed project on the Gaiters site was delayed by Super Storm Sandy, which made landfall in October 2012. Work has yet to begin on the proposed project. Councilman Charles H. Rooney said developers have obtained all necessary approvals. The development fees can be attached to non-residential development projects and used to complement federal, state and local monies to increase and maintain the borough’s supply of safe and sanitary affordable housing units. A second ordinance was also passed to establish affordable housing development fees in the borough. The ordinance allows municipalities under the jurisdiction of the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), with a court-approved affordable housing spending plan, to organize an affordable housing trust fund. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Sea Bright Borough Council passed an ordinance to amend and supplement Sea Bright’s land use code to establish regulations and a mandatory affordable housing set-aside in connection with future residential development projects in the borough. The totals put the borough’s unmet need at 60 affordable units. According to data published in 2015 by the Fair Share Housing Center, in the previous round (1987 to 1999) Sea Bright’s initial obligation was set at 37 affordable units. The borough’s capped present need is 11 units, and its capped prospective need is 12 units. • A minimum of 15 percent of the number of for-rent units proposed in a development application must be affordable units. • A minimum of 20 percent of the number of for-sale housing units proposed in a development application must be designated as affordable units. Mark A. Leckstein, borough council president, and Mayor Dina Long said establishing these ordinances will allow Sea Bright to start formulating a suitable affordable housing plan. A previous builder’s remedy lawsuit levied against the borough was settled in March 2011, when municipal officials reached an agreement with the owner of Gaiters, a former restaurant at the foot of the Route 36 Highlands Bridge. The borough council memorialized an ordinance to create a new affordable housing zone on the site. These proposed affordable units can be offered on-site or off-site as long as they are provided within the borough. These newly established guidelines will impact all future developments in Sea Bright, including a proposed multimillion dollar riverfront housing project that was introduced this past December at a special meeting. That project proposes 44 new housing units, including a 20 percent affordable housing set-aside, and could bring with it more than 40,000 square feet of public green space on the bank of the Shrewsbury River. “It’s mandated by the state. We have to do this,” Leckstein said. “We don’t have a plan at this time, but now we can move forward with planning to fulfill our obligation.” SEA BRIGHT – The governing body is planning to meet the state-mandated affordable housing obligation within the borough. New Jersey is currently in its third round of Fair Share Housing Obligation, a cycle that began in 1999 and is due to end in 2025, when fourth round guidelines and obligations will be established.