Nauru to Get Its 1st International, Climate-Proofed Port

first_imgThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of Australia and Nauru participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on January 30 to officially mark the first step toward the construction of Nauru’s first international port.“We waited for more than a century to change our dream of having an international port into reality. We are delighted to partner with ADB, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the Government of Australia in this initiative, and this event is symbolic of our long-term development partnership,” Baron Divavesi Waqa, Nauru President, said.Financed by ADB, GCF, and the governments of Australia and Nauru, the Nauru Sustainable and Climate Resilient Connectivity Project will upgrade the largely unworkable boat harbor into an international port.“The beginning of the construction phase puts Nauru on a path towards economic recovery as the new port will increase export and trade opportunities,” Carmela Locsin, ADB Director General for the Pacific, commented.The new, climate-proofed Nauru Port will allow large vessels to berth with the construction of a wharf featuring a berth pocket and breakwater. Port security will be established to ensure compliance with international best practices, while a container storage area will be built.‘The redevelopment of the port will be transformative for Nauru. It will create jobs and spur economic growth through increased trade and investment, deepening Nauru’s connectivity to the region and more widely,” Anne Ruston, Australia’s Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, said.The project will introduce institutional reforms within the port authority and support the management of the port, ensuring financially sustainable port operations and maintenance.GCF’s Mitigation and Adaptation Division Director Jerry Velasquez said the construction of the new port provided a timely chance to introduce and develop climate resilience features to the infrastructure.“GCF’s contribution ensures the rehabilitated port will be resilient to climate-related disasters such as strong waves, storms, and cyclones, and continues serving low-carbon maritime transport connections to the region and the world,” according to Velasquez.“This is essential for a small island developing state like Nauru, which relies on secure coastal mooring for imported food and other essentials.”The project’s next milestone will be a port dedication ceremony in March 2019.Image Courtesy: ADBRelated: World’s Smallest Island Country Joins IMOlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola donates €1m to fight coronavirus in Spain

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Things You Didn’t Know About Channing Tatum’s Ex-Wife Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has donated one million euros ($1.08 million) to help buy medical supplies for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in his native Spain. Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola played for and coached Barcelona The former FC Barcelona boss gave the money to the Medical College of Barcelona to buy “medical equipment that is currently lacking in health centres in Catalonia,” the body said in a statement. His donation will also be used to produce ventilators to treat patients and protective gear for health care workers in Guardiola’s northeastern region of Spain. Meanwhile Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic said it had received a donation from FC Barcelona captain Lionel Messi to help it fight the virus. “Thank you Leo, for your support and commitment,” the hospital added in a tweet.Advertisement Loading… center_img Read Also: BREAKING: Olympics in Tokyo postponed until next year While the hospital did not say how much money the player donated, Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo said it was one million euros. With the pandemic spreading across the world, Spain has been one of the worst-hit countries, logging the third highest number of deaths with the latest toll standing at 2,696, and the total number of infections nearing 40,000. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

‘Decision Day 2018’ is here!

first_imgBatesville                                                                            Church on Fire Ministries                                                                                                1170 N. State Rd. 229                                                                                                Batesville, IN  47006 GREENSBURG 2Knights of St. John312 S. Wilder St. Bath                                                                                       Bath Conservation Club                                                                                                3102 Bath Road                                                                                                Bath, IN  47010 Greensburg, IN  47240-8992 Salt Creek Two                                                                  Metamora Church of God                                                                                                20146 US Highway 52                                                                                                Laurel, IN  47024 FUGITClarksburg Fire Station6645 N. County Road 700 E. SANDCREEK SOUTH/Westport Community Building205 W. Main St. Brookville Four                                                                 American Legion                                                                                                1290 Fairfield Avenue                                                                                                Brookville, IN  47012 Greensburg, IN  47240 CLINTONDecatur County Administration Bldg.2020 N. Montgomery Rd. GREENSBURG 6Community Church of Greensburg1427 W. Vandalia Rd. Posey                                                                                    Laurel Community Center                                                                                                218 North Clay Street                                                                                                Laurel, IN  47024 Brookville Three                                                              The Schilling Memorial Community Center                                                                                                900 Mill Street                                                                                                                      Brookville, IN 47012 Brookville Five                                                                  American Legion                                                                                                1290 Fairfield Avenue                                                                                                Brookville, IN  47012 Ray Two                                                                               Holy Family Church (Cafeteria)                                                                                                        22154 Main Street                                                                                                Oldenburg, IN  47036 Fairfield                                                                               Bath Conservation Club                                                                                                3102 Bath Road                                                                                                Bath, IN  47010 Blooming Grove                                                               Blooming Grove VFD                                                                                                15025 Stone Church Rd.                                                                                                Brookville, IN  47012 CLAYClay Township Fire Department8433 W. County Road 100 S. Ripley County, In. — Polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Indiana. Here is a list of regional polling places. To search for a polling place with an address click here.Franklin County Polling Places Polling Place                                                   ADDRESSES Salt Creek One                                                                  Holy Family Church (Cafeteria)                                                                                                        22154 Main Street                                                                                                Oldenburg, IN  47036 Oldenburg Corporation                                                 Oldenburg Eagle Fire Dept.                                                                                                3028 Pearl Street                                                                                                Oldenburg, IN  47036 WESTPORTWestport, IN  47283-9601 Whitewater One                                                              New Trenton VFD                                                                                                5138 Depot Road                                                                                                New Trenton, IN  47035 Greensburg, IN  47240 Laurel                                                                                   Laurel Community Center                                                                                                218 North Clay Street                                                                                                Laurel, IN  47024 POLL LOCATION Greensburg, IN  47240 GREENSBURG 1Decatur County Administration Bldg.2020 N. Montgomery Rd. Saint Paul, IN  47272-9407 Greensburg, IN  47240-9643 Metamora                                                                          Metamora Church of God                                                                                                20146 US Highway 52                                                                                                Laurel, IN  47024 GREENSBURG 3Decatur County Administration Bldg.2020 N. Montgomery Rd. Greensburg, IN  47240 GREENSBURG 4Knights of St. John312 S. Wilder St. JACKSONWaynesburg Christian Church10230 W. County Road 850 S. ADAMS/ST. PAULSaint Paul Civic Center102 E. Washington St # 235 White Water Two                                                            New Trenton VFD                                                                                                5138 Depot Road                                                                                                New Trenton, IN  47035Ripley County Polling Places                         Adams 1st Precinct at the Morris Fire StationAdams 2nd Precinct at the Sunman American LegionAdams 3rd Precinct at the Batesville Knights of ColumbusBrown 1st & 2nd Precinct at the Friendship Fire StationCenter 1st, 2nd & 3rd Precincts at the Osgood TownhallDelaware 1st Precinct at the new Delaware Fire StationFranklin 1st & 2nd Precinct at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Fellowship Hall, Stumpke’s CornerFranklin 3rd Precinct at the St. Charles Church in MilanJackson 1st Precinct at the Napoleon Senior CenterJohnson 1st, 2nd & 3rd Precincts at the Versailles Baptist ChurchLaughery 1st Precinct at Batesville Memorial Public LibraryLaughery, Ward 1, Precinct 1 at the Batesville Knights of ColumbusLaughery Ward 3, Precinct 1 Batesville Memorial Public LibraryOtter Creek 1st & 2nd Precincts at the Holton Town HallShelby Precinct 1 at the Shelby Christian Church in VersaillesWashington Precinct 1 at the Elrod Baptist ChurchWashington Precinct 2 at the St. Charles Church in MilanDecatur County Polling Places DECATUR COUNTY, INDIANA2018 GENERAL ELECTION (11/06/2018) Greensburg, IN  47240 Greensburg, IN  47240 Rushville, IN  46173 Highland One                                                                    Klemme’s Corner United Church of Christ                                                                                                11001 Bossert Road                                                                                                Brookville, IN  47012 GREENSBURG 8Community Church of Greensburg1427 W. Vandalia Rd. Greensburg, IN  47240 Butler                                                                                   St. Mary’s Hall                                                                                                                       17440 St. Mary’s Road                                                                                                Batesville, IN  47006 Brookville Two                                                                  American Legion                                                                                                1290 Fairfield Avenue                                                                                                Brookville, IN  47012 GREENSBURG 7Community Church of Greensburg1427 W. Vandalia Rd. Greensburg, IN  47240 Ray One                                                                               Oldenburg Eagle Fire Dept.                                                                                                3028 Pearl Street                                                                                                Oldenburg, IN  47036 Greensburg, IN  47240 Brookville One                                                                  The Schilling Memorial Community Center                                                                                                900 Mill Street                                                                                                                      Brookville, IN 47012 Greensburg, IN  47240 Greensburg, IN  47240 PRECINCT MARIONMillhousen Fire Station7935 S. County Road 250 E. Springfield                                                                          Drewersburg VFD                                                                                                (Mt. Carmel)                                                                                                8014 Springfield Road                                                                                                Brookville, IN  47012 SALTCREEKNew Point Community Building8041 E. County Road 195 S. Westport, IN  47283-9354 POLL ADDRESS WASHINGTONGreensburg Public Library1110 E. Main St. GREENSBURG 5Knights of St. John312 S. Wilder St. SANDCREEK NORTHLetts Fire Station4474 W. County Road 700 S. Highland Two                                                                    Cedar Grove VFD                                                                                                605 2nd Street                                                                                                Cedar Grove, IN  47016 Greensburg, IN  47240-2378last_img read more

Eden Hazard missing for Chelsea’s first game after Jose Mourinho

first_img The Belgian playmaker suffered a hip problem during the 2-1 defeat at Leicester which cost Mourinho his job, and although the then Blues manager questioned the severity of the injury, he was absent on Saturday afternoon. Guus Hiddink was named the Blues’ interim manager until the end of the season just over an hour before kick-off, with Mourinho’s number two Steve Holland in charge against the Black Cats. Holland brought in Pedro in place of Hazard while Cesc Fabregas came in for Ramires. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce recalled striker Jermain Defoe. Chelsea’s fans made their feelings on Mourinho’s exit known immediately, when booing the names of both Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa when the home line-up was read out by the stadium announcer ahead of kick-off at Stamford Bridge. Spain striker Costa’s paltry return of four goals in 23 Chelsea appearances proved one of the main shortcomings of Mourinho’s failings this term, while Chelsea slipped to nine defeats in 16 matches to sit just outside the Premier League relegation zone. Fabregas was accused of attempting to undermine Mourinho in several reports earlier this season, but the Spain playmaker quickly refuted the claims. The former Arsenal midfielder also tweeted his support and thanks for Mourinho after the 52-year-old Portuguese’s midweek exit. Home supporters were also seen holding banners in support of Mourinho, who left the club by “mutual consent” on Thursday afternoon. Resounding chants of ‘Jose Mourinho, Jose Mourinho’ rang around Stamford Bridge as the players took to the field ahead of the Sunderland encounter. The home faithful booed both Fabregas and Costa again before kick-off, as incoming interim boss Guus Hiddink took a seat in the stands – next to Didier Drogba and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Eden Hazard was missing from the Chelsea squad for their first match since Jose Mourinho’s departure against Sunderland. Just minutes into the clash the entire ground rose to its feet to chant ‘stand up for the Special One’, before offering warm applause for their outgoing manager. Branislav Ivanovic’s headed goal cut the Mourinho chants short, but only for a fleeting moment, before the Chelsea fans resumed their vocal support for the most successful manager in the club’s history. When Pedro added Chelsea’s second the home fans hardly even celebrated, instead launching into another rendition of ‘Jose Mourinho’. The Blues faithful quickly followed that up with ‘where were you when we were s***?’ once more pointedly accusing the club’s players of a dereliction of duty as Mourinho’s tenure spiralled out of control. Press Associationlast_img read more

Okon Defends Team Nigeria Coaches on 4x400m Relay Quartet

first_imgSome others also criticised the coaches for running Nigeria’s pre-championships fastest athlete in the pool, Patience Okon George in the first leg, arguing that she should have anchored the team.“I can understand the ordinary people on the streets but not former Nigeria internationals who should have strived to find out why Egwin did not run. The truth is Egwin was not fit to run on the day as she complained of stomach upset among other complaints.“The problem started in the semi-finals and she barely warmed up for the race. We decided to gamble on her because there was no alternative. This informed our decision to ask for Abike to come so that we could at least have an alternative if Egwin does not recover on time.“Unfortunately, she didn’t and we had to use the only option available and she didn’t disappoint. Our chances of getting a medal were reduced the day we lost Margaret Bamgbose, one of the three girls who competed in the open 400m to injury. We knew it would be a herculean task because some of the other teams rested athletes for the final but we couldn’t.“So people used the time ran in the semi-final to automatically assume we could have won if the time was repeated in the final. Britain ran faster in the semis (3:24.74) than in the final (3:25.00) and still won a silver medal despite of the fact that they brought in a fresh leg,400m hurdler, Elidih Doyle in place of Perri Shakes-Drayton while Poland who came third (3:25.41) introduced two fresh legs, Aleksandra Gaworska and Justyna Swiety in place of Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz and Martyna Dabrowska.“Two years ago we ran 3:23 in the semis but ran 3:25 in the final and we didn’t change any athlete. If we were able to rest George and Yinka Ajayi for example the result may have been different but we didn’t have that luxury. My colleagues who should understand better should not turn to armchair critics,” said Okon who also reacted to the criticism that the best athlete in the pool should have anchored the team.“From what happened in the open 400m, Bamgbose and Ajayi were clearly our fastest legs. Bamgbose ran 51.57 seconds in the first round heat while Ajayi ran 51.58 seconds against Okon George’s 51.83 seconds. In the semi-final Ajayi ran 52.10 seconds to emerge the fastest against Bamgbose (52.23 seconds) and Okon George (52.60 seconds). So we fielded our fastest athlete to anchor the team,” concludes the ex international who is also AFN board member.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram IAAF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FALLOUTHead Coach of Team Nigeria to the just ended 16th IAAF World Championships in London, Gabriel Okon, has insisted that most of the people commenting on the selection of the quartet that ran in the final of the women’s 4x400m final in London were ignorant of what happened in the lead up to the race.Many critics blamed the coaches for fielding Abike Egbeniyi who arrived London from Nigeria for the competition barely 32 hours to the race and insisted Emerald Egwin who ran in the semi-finals where the team ran 3:25.40 seconds should have been retained.last_img read more

Broward County Ramps up Enforcement to Keep Economy Open

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR Bertha Henry “Broward County had hoped to continue reopening our economy further,” said Henry, “but the increase in social gatherings, and non-compliance by many to social distancing and facial covering requirements has resulted in a surge in COVID-19cases and a reduction in hospital capacity. These public safety actions are necessary to slow community spread. Compliance is key. If everyone will do their part, we can get back to reopening our economy. ” All businesses that violate local emergency orders will be forced to close for 24 hours after their first citation, with each subsequent citation incurring an additional 72 hours of closure (e.g. 96 hour closure after a second citation, 168 hour closure after a third citation etc.). BROWARD COUNTY, FL – As the number of COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations continue to rise, Broward County has increased its regulatory efforts and increase penalties for those who violate emergency orders. Today, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-21, which is an all-inclusive order to clarify previous Emergency Orders. The Order is effective at 12:01 AM on Friday, July 10, 2020. Additionally, restaurants and other food establishments must discontinue the on-premise consumption of food and alcoholic beverages between 10PM until 5AM. Take out, delivery, drive-through or pick up service will still be permitted. Residents are urged to report business violations online at Mybroward.Broward.org or call 311. Both types of reports can be made anonymously. Code and law enforcement officers may shut down businesses that are in non-compliance. To track business violations in your community, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus.last_img read more

Heisler: More than half a century later, Lakers legend Elgin Baylor will get his statue

first_imgRelated Articles At long last, Elgin in bronze.That’s Elgin Baylor, of course. If being known by one name is a measure of superstardom – Ali, Babe, Wilt – then Elgin hasn’t needed a statue to certify his greatness from the day he arrived in 1958.Nevertheless, it’s overdue with the unveiling set for April … 60 years later … finally correcting the tilt that saw four Lakers, two Kings, Oscar De La Hoya and Chick Hearn honored before him.With Staples Center and the Kings owners, not the Lakers, in charge of statuary, the iconic Jerry West was fifth in line after Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, De La Hoya and Hearn, to be followed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Luc Robitaille and Shaquille O’Neal. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Being Jerry West, and having looked up to Baylor all his life, West made no secret of his discomfort at being singled out for the honor.“It was extremely awkward for me and even more so when Elgin was gracious enough to come and sit next to me on the dais and deliver his own touching remarks,” West wrote in his autobiography, “West by West.”“From the time I first got to Los Angeles, he got right on me, razzing me about everything imaginable, especially the part of the world I came from. It took me a little while but once I understood, for Elgin, teasing was the ultimate form of affection, I knew we would be friends for life, the bond between us unbreakable, and we have been.”Only a player as brilliant as Baylor could have a chronicler as great as West, a terrific athlete in his own right but one who had been taught the game, like everyone of that era, on the floor.Baylor, notes West, was the first to play in the air, often taking off without knowing what he would do, adjusting when he saw what the defender did – his specialty was challenging Celtics great Bill Russell – taking so long he was said to “hang in the air.”center_img If no one could really hang in the air, Elgin seemed to challenge the known universe as the first in a line of NBA showmen that led to Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.Before his second NBA season, Elgin, who was in the Army reserve, was sent to Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. The Lakers moved training camp there so he could join them after completing the day’s duties on the base.It was a tender time for race relations. The NBA was integrated but only to a point, summed up in a wry joke about playing one African-American at home, two on the road and three if you were losing.The Lakers had only two other African-Americans, reserves Boo Ellis and Ed Flaming, when Baylor arrived at age 24 and quickly became the team’s unquestioned leader.“It became clear right away,” said his late teammate Rudy LaRusso, who arrived in Baylor’s second season. “Elgin Baylor wasn’t black. He was Elgin Baylor. He had the respect and admiration of the veteran players who were on the team at the time. It was clear to me he was the guy.”Before the 1964 All-Star Game in Boston, the players refused to take the floor until the owners gave them a pension plan. Lakers owner Bob Short pounded angrily on the dressing room door, demanding that Baylor and West take no part.Baylor went to the door and explained what he and West would do. Short went back the way he had come.“Being naive the way I grew up in West Virginia, the owner coming in … I’m thinking I will never play again,” West told Sam Smith for his book, “Hard Labor.”“For Elgin, in particular the black athletes, they had to be crusaders in this league and in many cases were vilified for it. … I wish I did have the courage then to be more forceful but I may not have been the one to do it. …“That day has always resonated with me as one of the seminal points of this league. Like Elgin said, ‘We’re not playing.’ I remember him telling me, I think in Charleston, W. Va., and they wouldn’t let him in the restaurant or hotel and he wouldn’t play. … Here’s this dignified man but he stood up for what he believed forcefully no matter the consequences. I’ll admit I probably had greater respect for my black teammates than my white teammates.”‘From the time I first got to Los Angeles, he got right on me, razzing me about everything imaginable, especially the part of the world I came from,’ Lakers legend Jerry West wrote about Elgin Baylor in his autobiography. ‘It took me a little while but once I understood, for Elgin, teasing was the ultimate form of affection, I knew we would be friends for life, the bond between us unbreakable, and we have been.’ (Photo by Reed Saxon, The Associated Press)The Charleston incident came before an exhibition game the season before West arrived. Following Baylor’s lead, the Lakers refused to play until they found accommodations for all of them at another hotel.Baylor then got a call from the mayor of Charleston – demanding an apology for embarrassing the townspeople.With his habit of carrying his head erect, Baylor looked every inch like royalty, making it all the more ironic that so many things conspired to minimize the impact of his career.His best days came in the 1960s with West Coast starting times before there was much TV exposure.After averaging 25, 28, 30, 38 and 34 points during his first five seasons, he blew out a knee and, before the days of arthroscopy, underwent major surgery. He was never the same, but he still averaged 24 points – and 40 minutes – at 37.He retired two years later, nine games into the 1971-72 season – at which point the Lakers won their next 33 games en route to their first title in Los Angeles with young Jim McMillian in Elgin’s place.Baylor spent 22 years as Clippers general manager in a futile partnership with owner Donald Sterling who often opted to do nothing rather than follow his advice, obliging Elgin to call other teams to rescind trade offers.When Sterling made Coach Mike Dunleavy the GM in 2008, the team didn’t even announce Baylor’s departure. One day Elgin was there; the next he wasn’t.Not that Elgin’s greatness was ever in doubt. Now, finally, there will be a statue where his legend has been all along. Lakers legend Elgin Baylor to receive statue outside Staples Center in April last_img read more

Barcelona signs Antoine Griezmann from Atletico for $135M

first_img Related News USWNT’s World Cup triumph secures biggest ever FIFA rankings lead Antoine Griezmann has swapped Atletico Madrid for Barcelona after LaLiga’s champions triggered his €120 million ($135 million) release clause.France star and World Cup winner Griezmann will link up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou on a five-year deal that includes a $900 million buyout option, it was confirmed on Friday. Neymar can leave PSG if the price is right, says Leonardocenter_img You were waiting for this. pic.twitter.com/vVR0Prmy0b— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 12, 2019The 28-year-old turned down a move to Barca in June last year as he opted to extend his Atletico contract. However, Griezmann informed the Madrid side of his desire to leave the Spanish capital after five years.Griezmann has now made the switch to Barca, joining fellow recruits Frenkie de Jong and Neto through the door as Ernesto Valverde’s side eyes a third consecutive LaLiga title. The attacker, who was born in France and has spent his entire professional career in Spain, moved to Atletico from Real Sociedad in 2014.He won the Europa League, UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana during his time at Atletico.Griezmann scored 15 LaLiga goals as Diego Simeone’s side finished second behind Barca in 2018-19, while he netted 21 in all competitions.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Thursday, October 17, 2013:•8:01 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block S. Hoover Rd, Wellington.•9:26 a.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.•9:48 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency that occurred on October 14, 2013 in the 1100 block W. 8th, Wellington.•3:22 p.m. Officers investigated obstruction of law enforcement of known suspect(s) in the 1400 block Michigan, Wellington.•8:12 p.m. Thaddeus J. Myers, 40, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended.last_img

The Plant Place Nursery Prepares for Sixth Relay For Life

first_imgSubmitted by The Plant Place Nursery The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life has raised nearly $5 billion to date to improve cancer survival, decrease the incidence of cancer, and improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their caretakers. More than 5,000 Relay For Life events are held in 20 countries and are organized and implemented by local volunteers.A Relay For Life event is organized under a volunteer Relay Planning Committee, and implemented by volunteers. It is often organized as a multi-day public gathering, spanning all day and night in a large outdoor space, and many people bring tents and camp out around the walking tracks. Currently, almost 4 million people take part in Relay events in over 5,000 communities in the United States.The Thurston County Relay For Life is a two-day event held at Timberline High School in Lacey. Participating teams place at least one team member on the school track at all times during the 24 hour event. Most team members walk in the memory of a loved one lost to cancer. The event raised more than $311,000 in 2014.One local team, The Plant Place, is typical in its roots and continuing support to the American Cancer Society.In 2009, Angie Dorian was a direct sales representative for Sensaria, a skin care company based in Shelton. She had booked a sales event to be combined with a fund raising effort in memory of a child who died of leukemia. In addition, she attended an Aberdeen Relay For Life vendor event, supported it by donating her sales commission, and began to think about becoming more involved with Relay, as she had lost her mother, her birthmother and birth grandmother to cancer.She invited her friends and Sensaria sales team members to join her in organizing a Relay for Life team in Thurston County to honor those lost to cancer while at the same time make a real effort against the disease that took her loved ones. “Instead of going off and being sad, I could turn my attention to helping fight back with all my energies being put to a good cause,” she said.As a result, the Sensaria Sisters Relay For Life team was launched and in six weeks had raised $2,000. The Plant Place Nursery signed on as team sponsor in 2010 and has renewed its sponsorship every year since the beginning.At the team’s first Relay for Life event appearance in June, 2009, Dorian received a phone call from her lifelong best friend, Marie Lehman, who told her that she had just been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Despite an intense battle, Lehman passed away in January 2010.The loss of her best friend doubled Angie Dorian’s already strong commitment to Relay for Life.Now coming up on seven years, The Plant Place team has 25 members, ranging in age from 13 to more than 72.  As a team, they’ve raised more than $78,000 in six years. All team members have their personal stories about cancer and they all participate in Relay for those personal reasons.The Plant Place Relay For Life team welcomes anyone to join them and help raise funds in the fight against cancer. You can find them on Facebook, on their Relay website , or reach them by e-mail at angiedorian@gmail.com.Upcoming fundraising events for The Plant Place Relay For Life team:April 18 – Comedy NightMay 8 – Blooming Bunco at the VFW Hall in OlympiaJune 26-27 – Relay For Life at Timberline High School, Lacey Facebook28Tweet0Pin0last_img read more