A Family Affair at A Steve’s Carpet Cleaning

first_imgFor over 30 years the success of A Steve’s Professional Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning has been a family affair.  Started by Steve Short in 1982, the business now includes the cleaning skills of his son-in-law, Stephen, and office management of his daughter, Rachel.  Steve himself focuses on being the public face of the company but is glad to pick up the overflow—no pun intended—and step in.  As he says, there’s never a need to “turn down a job because within 2-3 days it can be done.”Steve’s granddaughter Alyssa, now almost 7, is a childhood cancer survivor.  Now in remission, the family celebrates her recovery by participating in fundraisers around the region that focus on cures.  Over the past few years they have participated in the CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer in Tacoma, and other events, as well as hosting a Facebook referral promotion where every new ‘like’ equals a cash donation to the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation.Also available on the business website is the autobiography of Steve’s father, Jim.  A celebrated military pilot, the book highlights a storied career in the skies.  As Jim Short writes in the introduction, “Everyone has heard and seen movies about airline pilots as well as fighter and bomber pilots, but I can’t recall that anyone has described the life of a military transport flyer, which is what I have attempted to do.  Mine is not primarily a war story, but a glimpse into my life as a pilot.  My adventures are sometimes routine and sometimes not so routine…they may not be as hair-raising as bomber and fighter missions, but we did have our thrilling moments during war and peace, and I feel lucky to have been a part of it.”Even the business’s trademark lion-in-a-blue-truck logo sprang from a family Valentine’s Day present.  As Steve delivered it home, so many fellow motorists pointed, smiled, and waved it became something of a mascot and now finds its home on business cards and Facebook profiles alike.A Steve’s Professional Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning can be reached at 360-701-9544. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Cavaliers lose series lead, invincible aura

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP):Upon their return from Canada, the Cavaliers had nothing to declare at US Customs.Their lead in the Eastern Conference finals had already been confiscated.Cleveland were stripped of their dominance and a 2-0 advantage during a long weekend in Toronto, where the growing-confident-by-the-shot Raptors – propelled by a crowd and city that believes they can make the NBA Finals – won two straight games.”They flipped the script on us,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.After being throttled by a combined 50 points in Games One and Two, the Raptors turned a series that began with blowouts into a best-of-three, winner-take-all slugfest. There wasn’t supposed to be a Game Five and now there will be a Game Six as well.PREDICAMENTUnable to contain Toronto All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan from scoring or keep Raptors super sub Bismack Biyombo off the boards, the Cavs have put themselves in a predicament.For tonight’s Game Five, the pressure has swung back on superstar LeBron James and the Cavs, after Monday night’s 105-99 loss.No offence to rapper Drake and Toronto’s rowdy fans, but Lue was happy to escape ”We the North’.The Raptors have been daring the Cavs to launch from behind the arc. Without centre Jonas Valanciunas, who could return in Game Five from a sprained right ankle, Toronto gave up 106 inside points in the first two games before adjusting in Games Three and Four by packing the paint and forcing Cleveland to rely on their outside attack.It was a risky move by coach Dwane Casey and his staff, but the strategy paid off and helped the Raptors reverse the series.”It’s a feel,” Casey said. “It’s a rhythm. It’s confidence, but I will say this: It’s going to be a different animal back in Cleveland.”last_img read more

Euro 2016 Day 2: Roy Hodgson tells our man Adrian Durham a funny story

first_img 5 It meant a lot of sweaty, angry strangers getting way too close to each other. I asked one woman if it was like that every morning, and she replied. “Oui pendant le greve,” which means “Yes during the strike.”And sure enough at Gare du Nord, it was a nightmare trying to catch a train to Saint Denis to get to the Stade de France, for exactly the same reasons.Eventually we got there, and wandered into areas of the stadium we weren’t allowed to be in. It was looking magnificent as usual and we even managed to catch a sneak preview of part of the rehearsal for the opening ceremony. 5 talkSPORT’s Drivetime presenter Adrian Durham takes you behind the scenes as he heads to Paris to report on the European Championship, and bumps into the England manager at dinner…I woke up in Chantilly, England’s training base, to another sunny day and joined the commuter madness into Paris at around 7:30am.Trains were packed, more so than ours back home, with people standing on stairs on the double-decker carriages, and no handrails meaning people swayed back and forth uncontrollably with the movement of the train. 5 There was no train back to Chantilly for hours because of the “mouvements sociales” (strike), so we stayed in Paris and met for lunch with another talkSPORT veteran, Mike Bovill. Another Gooner.We had a good laugh at the fact that Jamie Vardy is keeping Arsenal waiting, and at the moment we saw a local fella wearing an Arsenal shirt.center_img Back to Chantilly to find out Goughie had got lost on his bike miles from anywhere and only just made it back. So we started our talkSPORT Drivetime show with Bonnie Tyler’s forgotten classic ‘Lost In France’. He saw the funny side.Our new Euro 2016 feature, The Daily Cheese, meant today Goughie had to taste a beautiful creamy Roquefort. I hate red wine so I left all that to Darren, and we enjoyed a really good focus on Wales and Chris Coleman, and marvelled at the recovery powers of Joe Ledley.After the show it was out for a meal in the evening with Goughie, our producer IMO and talkSPORT’s England correspondent Nigel Adderley, when who should turn up at the same restaurant but Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville and a few others from the England management team. Gary came over for a brief chat, as did Roy, telling us a very funny story about one of his former players, from his time in Sweden, not knowing the Italian word for spaghetti, and it was nice to say hello to FA Technical Director Dan Ashworth, who I haven’t seen for a while. Good to see some of the England group out in Chantilly… 5 5last_img read more


first_imgThe Senior Intermediate Final, scheduled for Páirc Thír Chonaill at 2.30pm today, has been POSTPONED due to a brereavement in the Termon club.Termon had been due to play Aodh Ruadh.  GAA: INTERMEDIATE FINAL POSTPONED was last modified: November 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: INTERMEDIATE FINAL POSTPONEDlast_img read more


first_imgA CATHOLIC priest has welcomed moves by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to review government policy on small schools.Father John Joe Duffy has been campaigning on behalf of small schools – including those from Protestant faiths – as the Government threatened to close some of them.Minister Ruairi Quinn has been criticised over several policies hitting smaller schools. “I welcome the conversion on the road to Damascus by Minister Quinn. For far too long this Minister has left rural schools, small schools and faith minority schools under a shadow of doubt about their very existence,” said the Twin Towns priest.“The policies pursued by this Government have been destructive and detrimental to the primary school sector and the education of our young. Minister Quinn now realises today, that the policy was flawed.“I am now demanding an immediate halt to any prospective closures, a reversal of the plethora of cuts that adversely affected small schools and for him to immediately guarantee their future.”Father Duffy added: It is only then that the true seriousness and sincerity of the Minister’s announcement today can be taken for granted. I am fearful an announcement of this nature six days from polling day could be seen as an election gimmick, and the Minister needs to elaborate on what he has said in that context.”  DONEGAL PRIEST DEMANDS THREAT TO SMALL SCHOOLS BE LIFTED was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalfather john joe duffyruairi quinnsmall schoolslast_img read more

49ers sweep past UCI

first_img The 49ers, with reserves playing significant roles while replacing injured starters, cruised to a 3-0 Big West Conference victory over the host Anteaters in front of 583. Sophomore setter Dyanne Lawlor, playing in a match for the first time since Sept. 10 because of the injured left wrist of starter Nicole Vargas, had 38 assists and three kills to help Long Beach improve its conference and overall records to 2-1 and 12-4, respectively. Long Beach State volleyball coach Brian Gimmillaro went into this season anticipating that quality depth would be one of his team’s trademarks. That point couldn’t be illustrated more adeptly than it was Thursday night in UC Irvine’s muggy Crawford Hall. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Freshman Quincy Verdin, starting for Rosie Lewis (sore knee), had four kills. Junior Robin Miramontes didn’t enter the match until Game 3 but also collected four kills. The 49ers travel to face Cal State Northridge at 7 in another Big West match. Erika Chidester (12), Alexis Crimes (12) and Ali Daley (nine) combined for 33 kills to help their team collect 30-25, 30-21 and 30-21 victories for its seventh sweep of the season. Senior defensive specialist Taylor Peyton, in more playing time than she’s gotten of late, had a team-high nine digs for Long Beach. “The things we do well, we do very well,” Gimmillaro said. center_img “If we eliminate the giveaways and minimize our errors, then we could be a good team. “There were times in the match tonight when we were only up three points and they were doing nothing. We were scoring for ourselves and for them.” Long Beach hit .302 for the match although the percentages fell from .381 to .267 to .235. But UCI was held to .153 and was especially ineffectual in the final two games (.133 and .061). Lawlor hadn’t played over the previous nine matches before starting for Vargas (who injured the wrist on the next to last point in the team’s victory at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Saturday) Thursday night. “Dyanne is a hard worker and good teammate,” Gimmillaro said. “This was a great opportunity for Dyanne and she was successful.” Hanging her head about getting beaten out for a starting spot apparently was never an option for Lawlor, who spent all of last season as an outside hitter. “You just keep working hard and hope you get another chance,” she said. “That’s the thing about this team. We have so much talent that players keep pushing each other in practice for starting jobs.” Chidester (six) and Daley (five) combined for 11 kills in Game 1, when the 49ers took the lead for good at 17-16. They scored the final three points, the last of those on a Chidester put away of a UCI over pass. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Vipers SC move second as Express register vital win

first_imgViper Milton Karisa (right) tries to beat Onduparaka defender Simba Sibiri at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende on Tuesday. Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–The Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) returned last evening with seven matches played across different stadiums.At Kitende, Vipers SC defeated Onduparaka FC 2-0 to close the gap on leaders, Sports Club Villa who now lead by just a point.Two early first half goals from Milton Karisa and Erisa Ssekisambu were all that the Venoms required to ensure maximum points at the St. Marys Stadium in Kitende.Karisa shot the Venoms ahead after just seven minutes moments after Daniel ‘Muzei’ Sserunkuma had been denied brilliantly by the visitors’ goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato.Ssekisambu, who has now scored three goals against the Catarpillars in all competitions doubled the lead two minutes later.This was Vipers’ second successive victory of the second round after the 1-0 win on the road to Soana last SaturdayUganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre watched the game at Kitende.At Wankulukuku, Express FC registered their first three points of the campaign under head coach Shafik Bisaso as they defeated Bul FC in a hotly contested match.After an evenly match first half where both teams created so little in front of goal, the Red Eagles took the initiative and brought the game to Bul.Ten minutes after the re-start, striker Isaac “Kasujju” Onyango rattled the cross bar with a ferocious shot inside the box after he was set up expertly by Micheal Birungi.With 18 minutes to play, Onyango would not be denied a second time when he tapped home a Alfred Leku cut back.Leku who had been a handful for the Bul defence all day ran through on goal late on but was denied by the Bul goalkeeper whose save fell in the path of Micheal Birungi to score the Red Eagles’ second of the day.The result means that Express who remained second form bottom now move to with in two points of Proline who occupy 13th spot.This was a vital three points for Express who bid to avoid relegation in a season they will live to forget.“It was crucial a get all three points today,” said Express FC coach Shafik Bisaso.“We will take each game as it comes and see how many points we can accumulate at the end of it all,” he added.Other results from Tuesday’s fixtures.Kirinya JSS 2-0 PoliceUPDF 1-0 ProlineURA 1-0 Bright StarsMbarara City 0-0 SoanaMaroons 0-0 Masavu.Commentslast_img read more

Two Oakland A’s named to inaugural All-MLB team

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The Oakland A’s have all their attention focused on the 2020 season at this year’s Winter Meetings, but two of their best players are still being celebrated for their accomplishments in 2019.Shortstop Marcus Semien and closer Liam Hendriks were named to the inaugural All-MLB second team on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.Semien finished third in the American League MVP voting this year behind Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, but …last_img read more

Local NGO success in the UK

first_imgKhulisa’s ground-breaking programmes aim to break the cycle of violence, prevent youngsters from ending up in prison, and rehabilitate those who have done time. Khulisa staff harvesting vegetables from their KwaZulu-Natal office garden to donate to a children’s shelter.(Image: Khulisa Social Solutions) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lesley Ann van Selm  MD, Khulisa Social Solutions  +27 11 788 8237 or +27 82 601 2299 RELATED ARTICLES • Khulisa reinvents lives • Mandela prison anniversary marked • Values, heritage can be learned here • Concourt art tells SA’s story • SA’s gallows now instrument of healingLucille DavieLocal NGO Khulisa’s out-of-the-box programme on restorative justice has been exported to the UK, and is now part of a package of programmes being successfully implemented by an independent registered charity.Khulisa UK’s mission is to “break the cycle of crime and violence by helping people to change their lives”. It does this in three ways: guiding by restoring empathy, self-belief and self-worth; healing individuals – both perpetrators and victims – and communities; and nurturing by believing all people can grow.“We think that we are quite unique in bringing to the UK programmes that have been tried and tested in the extremely fragile and challenging social environment of South Africa,” reads the staff induction pack. “In particular we look at projects that provide innovative and effective ways to address crime, violence, anti-social behaviour, justice and community regeneration.”Khulisa means “to nurture” in Zulu. The programme targets offenders and ex-offenders, young people at risk of exclusion, offending or becoming involved in gangs, victims or witnesses of violence and crime, as well as people facing significant personal barriers in their lives.“Through our work we aim to empower disadvantaged individuals with the skills and personal understanding they need to develop their own alternatives to violence, desist from crime, improve their futures and build stronger and safer communities.” Homegrown innovation in the UKKhulisa UK is an offshoot of South Africa’s Khulisa Social Solutions, an NGO that’s been running for 16 years. Its founder and MD Lesley Ann van Selm was originally looking to raise funding from international donors – while Khulisa has for the past 11 years been funded by the Finnish and Danish embassies, more funding was needed to expand.But the EU will only fund EU-based organisations so Van Selm set up a company in the UK called Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative.She is an Ashoka fellow, an international body that recognises and supports leading social entrepreneurs through an entrepreneur network. “It’s quite a prestigious thing to be an Ashoka fellow,” she explains.With the support of Ashoka in the UK, she managed to get a pro bono attorney to help register the company there. A feasibility study showed that “there was as much potential for us to get money in South Africa as there was for us also to have our programmes exported to the UK”.Van Selm elaborates: “Khulisa’s programmes are so out of the box, and have been so organically developed, and we realised that the programmes in the UK were very, very conventional and all compliant against international theories of psychology, etc.”It took two years to develop a pilot programme, then Khulisa’s Silence the Violence (STV) programme was tried out in Hackney in London. A psychologist, an academic from Manchester University, a human rights activist and an ex-offender were invited to participate.“The outcomes were mind blowing,” says Van Selm. Getting the programme off the groundWith success around the corner, funding was needed to follow up on the trial programme. Khulisa managed to get several contracts with the Home Office Police, a private prison company, and several other trusts, in particular the Sainsbury’s Family Trust and the Monument Trust, which gave US$157 000 (R1.4-million). This enabled Khulisa in the UK to appoint a CEO, rent offices, employ staff and get the programme off the ground.The attitude in the UK was that if Khulisa can get the programmes to work in South Africa, with its many challenges, it can work in that country too.Now, three years down the line, the British company is a separate entity, paying royalties to Khulisa South Africa, and looking to expand their programmes there.Van Selm says that she is looking at ways to expand the restorative justice programme in the UK, through the STV programme, which is based on restoring relationships between criminal and victim.She adds that she’s proud of the fact that the UK franchise is using the Khulisa brand name. She says the name is catchy, and “makes people feel curious”.“It is a proudly South African brand.” UK operationKhulisa UK has taken the STV programme and combined it with three others – Milestones Mentoring Programme, Face It, and My Square Mile, developed in-house. These programmes supplement STV, which is described as “an intervention that additionally reduces violence and changes anti-social behaviour contributing to a reduction in violence/assaults whilst offering longer term positive effects on reducing re-offending with other supports.”It is best suited for young people in at-risk situations or those involved in gangs with exposure to crime and violence, including witnesses and victims.The programme consists of 10 modules of two- to three-hour facilitated sessions, usually run over five days. It is followed up with one-on-one support sessions. It uses group and cognitive behavioural therapy, a strengths-based approach, and includes coaching, role play, problem solving, emotional management and conflict resolution.Some of the learning outcomes include recognition of high-risk situations and techniques to avoid or cope with them; an ability to recognise levels of violence and awareness of its damaging effects; improved listening skills and greater empathy for others; the development of emotional intelligence; enhanced self-expression and self-awareness; and improved relationships. Measuring successKhulisa UK’s CEO Simon Fulford says some 1 500 people have benefited from the programmes since the organisation started operations in 2009. He adds that this excludes any indirect impact on family and community members connected to the participants.Success is not always easy to measure. “Rating success with offender rehabilitation and behaviour change programmes is always a difficult one as the impact is subtle, long-term and hard to measure or claim direct responsibility for,” he explains.Two responses give a sense of the programme’s success. An ex-offender from 2011 reports: “I’ve not cried for 18 years, and this is the first time I’ve felt safe enough to do so, in this group dynamic.”A 16-year-old school pupil said: “I was able to look into myself, pin-point what is wrong and start a path in to correct and move on, as I am able to look at others and feel empathy.”Fulford says that Khulisa UK has an annual operating budget of around $630 000 (R5.6-million), employing seven permanent staff and about a dozen freelance programme facilitators assisted by some 40 or 50 volunteers each year.The organisation operates in the London, Greater Manchester and the south coast areas of Dorset and Hampshire, but also runs programmes on an ad-hoc basis in other parts of the country, depending on contracts or commissions.“Overall, about 300 adults and children participate in our full programmes per year, with several hundred more engaged via short workshops, taster sessions, and more.”Now, Khulisa UK is looking to adapt and pilot South Africa’s Justice and Restoration Programme for use in the UK.“Khulisa UK and Khulisa South Africa bring a new dynamism to north-south relations, with a unique model of exporting social development solutions from south to north and then adapted in-country,” says Fulford.“Similarly, as we develop and enhance programmes here, we will share this knowledge and expertise with our colleagues while looking to further export the Khulisa approach.”last_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board chief apologises to Waqar Younis over leaked report

Pakistan’s outgoing coach Waqar Younis has received an apology from the PCB for the leakage of his confidential report on the team’s poor performance in therecently-concluded ICC World Twenty20 in India.PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has confirmed that he had met Waqar on Monday and apologised to him. (Also Read: Waqar Younis steps down as Pakistan coach after disastrous World T20 campaign)”Waqar might not have been able to produce desired results with the national team but he remains one of our top players and has big status in cricket. It was unfortunate that his confidential report was leaked to the media from the board,” Shaharyar said.”I apologised to Waqar and wished him the best after he informed me and had decided to resign as head coach. But the meeting was held in a good environment and I have promised him the board will hold an inquiry to find out how a confidential report was leaked,” he said.Waqar’s two-year coaching stint was due to expire in May and sources aware of the developments said that he was keen to continue until the tour to England this summer. (Also Read: Shahid Afridi quits T20I captaincy, but says he’s not retiring)”But apparently it was conveyed to Waqar that the board has decided to act on the recommendations of the fact-finding committee and hunt for a new coach,” one source said.He said Waqar then decided to resign himself although he lost out on a compensation payment of around 4.8 million rupees which the board would have paid him if they had sacked him before the completion of his contract period.advertisement”Money is not everything. I am just satisfied that the board chairman called me and listened to me patiently to what I had to say. He also apologised for the leakage of my report and said an inquiry would be held to find out who is responsible for this,” Waqar said.Waqar said he would have resigned later but after the leakage of his report he wanted to make a point and get the board officials to listen to him. (Also Read: Sarfraz Ahmed replaces Shahid Afridi as Pakistan’s T20 captain)”I have said it if they want they can also use the dues payable to me (around six million rupees) now for improving the domestic cricket structure. At the end of the day it is all about improving things in Pakistan cricket and not about individuals,” Waqar added.The former Test captain had blasted the PCB chairman and his close aide Najam Sethi for refusing to meet him last week at the board offices soon after the report was leaked in the media.”You can’t be successful every time. I know I couldn’t deliver what the nation expected of me. But to me what hurt is that Najam Sethi, who initially appointed and backed me, didn’t bother to take my calls after the World Cup when I wanted some reforms to be made in the team and selection policy,” he said. read more