Evergreen thrower Tiatia takes shot at title

first_img Follow The Columbian on Instagram “I was shocked,” Sosene said. … “She hit it out of the park the first time.”Tiatia couldn’t contain her excitement.“That number,” she said, “as soon as I heard it everything was a little bit brighter, a little bit better.”That meant a goal revision Tiatia wasn’t expecting. Now, it’s all about staying consistent in preparation for the final meet of the season, and Tiatia’s biggest meet to date.And perhaps with another big throw, but not before getting the most out of the competition through laughter. Meg Wochnick Columbian staff writer 2 Photos (360) 735-4521 Tags @MegWochnick Her goal? Bring out of the best in other throwers to make for a better competition for all.“I want to go against the best they can be,” she said. “I want them to be as relaxed as they can be so they can throw the best they can.”That tends to bring out of the best in the 17-year-old Tiatia, too. Her throw of 42 feet, 11 inches to win the 3A district meet at McKenzie Stadium two weeks ago broke Evergreen’s school record, and vaulted her to the top spot among Class 3A rankings. She’ll compete at this weekend’s 4A/3A/2A state track and field championships, which starts Thursday at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School, in hopes of making history, too.It’s been a while since Evergreen stood atop the podium at state track. Its last state champion came in 2008 when Brad Wall won the 4A 400 meters. By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer Published: May 21, 2019, 10:00pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Meri Dunford, Prairie: Junior ran a personal-best time 3,200-meter time on her way to doubling up as a two-event 3A district and regional champion (1,600 and 3,200).Nolan Mickenham, Prairie: Anchors Prairie’s school-record and state-bound 400 relay and also has top-5 times in the 100 and 200 meters.Class 2ATrey Knight, Ridgefield: The junior hasn’t lost a shot put or discus competition since state freshman year. He’ll have stiffer competition in the discus as the state’s second-best throw from Cheney’s Jacob McGourin (188-11) sits 5 inches behind Knight’s (189-4).Nick Jenkins, Ridgefield: Will it be back-to-back Spudder triple jump state champions? Jenkins, 2A’s leader in the long jump and high jump, could follow in the footsteps of teammate Bryan Tavera, who won the triple jump title in 2018. Jasmine Tiatia’s focus and drive is one of the main reasons the Evergreen High School junior is one of the state’s elite shot putters.But one of her goals every track and field meet comes with a side of lightheartedness.“I’m constantly making jokes inside and outside the ring,” Tiatia said, “and practice my stand-up once or twice.”As good of an amateur comedian Tiatia, uses laughter for the benefit of others: to boost competitors’ spirits or break up any tense moments a competition may bring. Share: “From there,” she said, “everything happens on its own.”STATE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPSClass 4A/3A/2A state meetThursday-Saturday, Mount Tahoma Stadium, TacomaClass 1A/2B/1B state meetThursday-Saturday, Roos Field, Eastern Washington UniversityArea athletes to watchClass 4ADaniel Maton, Camas: The UW signee aims to end his prep career with six individual titles on the track. He’s is the two-time defending 4A 800- and 1,600-meter champion.Trent Thompson, Battle Ground: Owns 4A’s best mark in the javelin (191 feet, 4 inches) and could be the second Tiger in three years to win the 4A state javelin title (Curtis Stradley, 2017).Class 3AKate Kadrmas, Mountain View: The Nebraska commit will compete at state in both hurdle events, and her 14.89-second 100 hurdle time is tied for tops in 3A.center_img Evergreen thrower Tiatia takes shot at title Laughter brings out best in junior, and wants others to do well too By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. GO Share: Alex Bishop and Nicole Guthrie, Woodland: The Beavers could be home to both 2A boys and girls high jump state champions. Bishop (6-8) and Guthrie (5-6) own 2A’s top marks this spring.Tyler Flanagan, Woodland: Could join older sister McKenna Flanagan (girls javelin, 2016) as a state champion. Owns 2A’s top 300 hurdles time and has a top-5 110 hurdles time.Levi Williams, Columbia River: Just a sophomore, he owns 2A’s top pole vault mark set at last week’s district meet.Amelia Pullen, Washougal: The 2A state cross country champion has the second-best 3,200 time (10:59.94) this spring. Evergreen Plainsmen Evergreen junior Jasmine Tiatia sets up to throw during practice at McKenzie Stadium. The 3A district champion in the shot put has the top mark in 3A going into the WIAA state track and field championships this weekend. Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian Photo Gallery Class 1ALincoln Krog, Stevenson: Defending 1A high jump champion will compete in four events at the small-schools state meet in Cheney, and owns 1A’s top marks in long jump and triple jump.Rosslynn Martin, La Center: One of only two 800-meter runners to run a sub-2:20 time entering the 1A state meet. Follow But Evergreen has never had a female individual state champion. In 2007, its girls 400 relay team won the 4A title anchored by 100-meter state runner-up Candace Missouri.Assistant coach White Sosene, who works with Evergreen’s throwers, believes Tiatia has what it takes to do so with so much left to improve on. He said he hasn’t coached a thrower between his time at Evergreen and Heritage whose committed and motivation to be a better thrower than Tiatia.“With her,” Sosene said, “she’s on a different level than everyone else.”The level she’s on is a continual climb to be among the state’s best. She surpassed her season-goal of throwing 40 feet on May 1.And at districts the following week, Tiatia said, “everything was like fireworks.”From the coaches’ area, Sosene saw it all come together perfectly on Tiatia’s first attempt for a personal-best mark by nearly 3 feet. She won the competition by more than 5 feet. Buy this Photo Evergreen junior Jasmine Tiatia sets up to throw during practice with her coach and teammates at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Alisha Jucevic/The Columbian) Photo meg.wochnick@columbian.comlast_img read more

‘Go Green’ with The Rubens at the Palace, London

first_imgDELRAY BEACH, Fla., July 24, 2018 — The newly refurbished Rubens at the Palace has launched a hotel experience that can make guests’ stay healthier and more environmentally friendly. The new ‘Go Green’ package includes a vegan afternoon tea, the chance to learn about The Rubens’ innovative Living Wall, an outdoor exercise session, and even a discount on the use of a Santander bicycle. The package, which is part of The Rubens’ wider sustainability efforts, is available to book now and offers a great way to protect the environment while experiencing a luxurious hotel stay. Upon arrival, a staff member tells guests about the Rubens’ striking Living Wall, which measures 3,750 square feet and contains 10,000 herbaceous plants. The wall, which is the visual centerpiece of the hotel’s sustainability efforts, provides a habitat for local wildlife, improves the air quality of the surrounding neighborhood of Victoria, and acts as natural insulation for the building. Guests are also treated to a delicious vegan afternoon tea, a new addition to the hotel’s menu offerings. A superb selection of loose leaf teas and refreshing infusions are served alongside vegan sandwiches (including wild mushroom, avocado and arugula), plain or chocolate chip scones with strawberry jam and vegan butter, and mouth-watering sweets such as The Rubens’ royal chocolate cake, zesty lemon and ginger bars, and English rose macarons. ‘Go Green’ includes the opportunity to join a member of the Rubens’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team for an outdoor walking or jogging session, and guests are encouraged to explore London using a Santander bicycle during their stay. Those who do end up using this pollution-minimizing bike will have $6.50 removed from their bill. At checkout, guest invoices are emailed rather than printed, as the hotel strives to cut down on paper waste. “Our new ‘Go Green’ experience is the perfect way for guests to play an active part in some of our CSR initiatives, while enjoying a luxurious stay at The Rubens,” said Malcolm Hendry, general manager of The Rubens at the Palace. “We strive every day to minimize our impact on the environment without compromising on quality or service, and we’re excited that ‘Go Green’ puts this commitment front and center of the guest experience.” The Rubens at the Palace is part of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, a family-run company with a proven commitment to sustainability. Considered one of the most ‘green’ hotels across the collection, The Rubens’ CSR team implements measures that minimize the hotel’s impact on the environment. This includes everything from sourcing energy-efficient light bulbs, to recycling candles, soaps and shampoos, to the elimination of single use plastics (part of the hotel collection’s Multi-Year Plastics Elimination Strategy). One of The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) portfolio of brands, Red Carnation works in collaboration with its not-for-profit TreadRight Foundation to research and successfully implement green initiatives throughout its hotels and the company as a whole. The ‘Go Green’ package at The Rubens at The Palace is available from $490 per night, based on two adults sharing a Classic Double room and including full breakfast (the hotel also has a vegan breakfast option).* The package also includes a specially designed Starlight cocktail on arrival, with $1.30 from every cocktail purchased at the hotel donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. For more information about The Rubens at the Palace, or to make a booking please visit www.rubenshotel.com or call 011 44 20 7834 6600  ABOUT THE RUBENS AT THE PALACEExceeding expectations at every turn, this historic and fully renovated hotel has a team who take genuine pride in delivering impeccable service. Overlooking Buckingham Palace and The Queens Gallery, within walking distance of Green Park and Victoria Station, the hotel is also on the doorstep of Victoria’s vibrant new Nova development. Enjoy live lounge music in the Cavalry Bar, a Royal Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge and delicious cuisine in the English Grill and the newly opened Curry Room. www.rubenshotel.com ABOUT THE RED CARNATION HOTEL COLLECTIONRed Carnation Hotels are a collection of family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition. From the recently restored Ashford Castle in Ireland, to the Milestone, a historic mansion hotel in the heart of London, to the truly iconic Oyster Box in South Africa – our hotels are unique and characterful with a personal approach to hospitality. With a peerless reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings, we pride ourselves on delivering warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service. For more information about these award-winning hotels and the rest of The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, please go to WWW.REDCARNATION.COMlast_img read more

Toronto stock index down on tumbling oil prices as the loonie remains

TORONTO — Tumbling oil prices saw the commodity-heavy Toronto stock index give up some of the week’s gains on Friday ahead of the holiday weekend.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 47.98 points to 15,728.32, as the November crude contract fell $1.50 to US$49.29 per barrel.It was a wobbly week of fluctuating optimism and pessimism about OPEC oversupply fears.Panic resurfaced on Monday following a report from oilfield services company Baker Hughes that more oil drilling rigs went into operation last week after two weeks of declines, and Reuters reported that output of OPEC nations grew in September.Then earlier on Wednesday, data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration temporarily swayed concerns when it reported that U.S. commercial crude oil inventories decreased by 6.0 million barrels for the week ending Sept. 29. But then later that same day the EIA reported that U.S. crude exports jumped to 1.98 million barrels per day, marking the fourth weekly increase.“People have started to have some second thoughts or doubts about the ability of OPEC to effectively curtail production enough to push crude higher,” said Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser at Scotia Wealth Management. “That will weigh on the markets.”It was last November that OPEC and 10 other oil-producing countries, including Russia, agreed to cut their production until March 2018 in a bid to combat a supply glut and shore up crude prices.Still, Pyle added, “I don’t think the story has really changed for crude oil going into the fourth quarter. We’ve been hovering around the US$50 mark, global growth remains strong.“Yeah, we are seeing U.S. production come back — that’s eating through the export numbers — but the demand side of it really hasn’t changed at all.”Slumping energy stocks also took a toll on U.S. stocks’ record high week on Friday, as Wall Street’s S&P 500 index gave back 2.74 points to 2,545.49 and the Dow Jones industrial average nudged down 1.72 points to 22,773.67.Only the Nasdaq composite index was able to squeak out its sixth consecutive record high, as it added 4.82 points to 6,590.18.In economic news, it was a washout for U.S. jobs growth as employers cut more jobs last month than they added, the first time that’s happened in seven years. Economists, who had been warning of a particularly weak figure in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, downplayed the report.In Canada, jobs data was far rosier. Statistics Canada said Friday that the labour market posted a 10th-straight month of net job gains in September to match the economy’s longest monthly streak since the financial crisis almost a decade ago. The national unemployment rate stayed at a nine-year low of 6.2 per cent.Experts underlined a lot of positives in the jobs report that arrived amid recent signs suggesting the economy is already starting to cool down, as widely expected, following red-hot start to the year.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was unchanged, trading at an average price of 79.69 US.Elsewhere in commodities, the November natural gas contract was down six cents at US$2.86 per mmBTU, the December gold contract was up $1.70 to US$1,274.90 an ounce, and the December copper contract dropped two cents to US$3.03 a pound.The TSX will be closed Mon., Oct. 9 for the Thanksgiving holiday. U.S. markets will remain open.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter read more