Community notebook: Ridgefield youth earns spot at Mariners competition

first_img Branden Chou, 15, was second out of 81 runners with a time of 19:00. Bill Dolan, 38, of Washougal, was third in 19:07.Roselynn Martin, 16, was the first female finisher. She was 11th overall in 20:13, which was 12 seconds better than her women’s top finishing time a week ago.Second among the women was Michaela Bruns, 22, of Vancouver in 23:23, and third was Silvia Reyes, 45, of Vancouver in 23:31.Next in the series is consecutive runs at Cottonwood Beach Park in Camas. The Washougal Dike 3- and 5-mile runs start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and June 19. Anna (Aoki) Verschueren, a 1998 Pac-10 champion for Washington in the 10,000 meters and Fort record holder, is scheduled to be a guest speaker.To register, send camper’s name, grade and school plus parent’s name, address and email address along with list of any allergies to Fort Vancouver High School Attn: Owen Frasier, 5700 E. 18th St., Vancouver, WA 98661. Make checks payable to Fort Vancouver High Schoool.For more information, contact Frasier at 360-798-0791 or email Running training beginsSummer training with Whisper Running for runners of all abilities going into grades 5-12 begins June 17 and lasts nine weeks to prepare for the 2019 cross country season.Sprint/speed training takes place from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Distance practices are Monday through Friday. Elizabeth Peery, 12, who competes for the Shockwave softball team, has earned a spot at the Seattle Mariners team competition of Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit and Run competition. A seventh grader at View Ridge Middle School, Peery will compete at T-Mobile Park on June 23, 2019. (Contributed photo) By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Subscribe Today Community notebook: Ridgefield youth earns spot at Mariners competition GO The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. All the scoring was in the second half. Austin Rios scored Vancouver’s first goal at the 60-minute mark, and Robert George had the second goal in the 89th minute.The next home game for the Victory at Harmony is 5 p.m. June 30 against Washington Premier.Admission is $6 adults and free for ages 12-under.For more information about the Victory, visit their Facebook page at or their website at By Columbian staffcenter_img Published: June 10, 2019, 7:04pm Peery got her start in Ridgefield Little League and now plays for Shockwave, a traveling tournament softball team.Trapper Running Camp set for JulyThe Trapper Distance Running Camp will take place July 22-26 at Fort Vancouver High School.The camp for runners in grades 5-8 will be from 8 to 10 a.m. each day.Cost is $10 a day or $30 for all five days.Instructors are Fort Vancouver cross country coaches Owen Frasier and Kalley Sears. Student coaches will include Emily Phelps, Anna Harrison and drew Weber, all of which were state qualifiers while at Fort. Cost for the Summer Training Package is $415 for all nine weeks or $185 for eight training sessions.For more information or to sign up visit fastest again at David DouglasVancouver’s Jesse McChesney ran away from the pack for the second week in a row in winning the Clark County Running Club’s Summer Series race.McChesney finished the second David Douglas 5K in 17 minutes, 19 seconds. He posted a 16:54 last week on the same course. Share: More information online at event at Vancouver Tennis CenterThe Vancouver Tennis Center will be hosting a free Summer Kick-Off event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, open to all tennis and non-tennis players.All indoor and outdoors courts will be available for open play, drills and games led by the VTC pros.There will also be music, hand-made popsicles from a local vendor, giveaways, and event promotions.Victory come up short against PacNWThe Vancouver Victory are still looking for their first Evergreen Premier League soccer victory of the season as they lost to Pacific Northwest 3-2 on Saturday at Harmony Sports Complex. A Ridgefield 12-year-old softball player will soon be standing on the green grass of Seattle’s T-Mobile Park.Elizabeth Peery, a seventh grader at View Ridge Middle School, has advanced to the Seattle Mariners team championship of Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run competition.She won the all-around title in a local event hosted by Ridgefield Little League, then won the sectional competition in Hillsboro, Ore., to punch her ticket to Seattle.The Seattle competition is June 23 with the top results advancing to the MLB All-Star Game in Cleveland. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share:last_img read more

International unity key to tackling swine flu threat Ban says

Global solidarity is critical if a pandemic of swine flu is indeed imminent, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he made an unscheduled press appearance to lay out the rapid United Nations response to the new threat.“The swine flu outbreak shows yet again that, in our interconnected world, no nation can deal with threats of such dimension on its own,” Mr. Ban said, stressing that it is the first test of the pandemic preparedness work the community of nations has been undertaking in the past three years. Mr. Ban emphasized that the UN system is responding quickly and effectively, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the head of which was in constant contact with him, as well as other senior UN officials.A WHO emergency committee has been set up as the front line against the deadly new swine influenza A (H1N1) which has broken out in Mexico, the United States, Spain and Canada and is currently meeting to determine the pandemic alert level that should be declared.Announcing that the World Bank and other UN development and humanitarian agencies will provide funding to countries needing additional resources to combat an epidemic, Mr. Ban declared that the poorer nations must not be hit disproportionately hard by a potential health crisis.“So far, our response has been an example of multilateral cooperation at its best. I am confident that it will continue to be so,” he said. 27 April 2009Global solidarity is critical if a pandemic of swine flu is indeed imminent, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he made an unscheduled press appearance to lay out the rapid United Nations response to the new threat. read more

Housing starts slow as condo market cools

[np_storybar title=”Everything you need to know about Canada’s housing ‘bubble’” link=””%5DCanada avoided many of the mistakes that the U.S. made in its housing market. But top economists are increasingly sounding alarms that the sector is the next bubble and it’s about to burst [/np_storybar]OTTAWA — Canada’s housing market continued to show signs of cooling last month, but still no evidence of a correction that would seriously impact the economy.The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported Tuesday housing starts for September totalled 19,750. That’s 220,200 units annualized, a slight decrease from the upwardly revised 225,300 units the previous month.The agency said the seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased by 3.0% in September to 203,731 units.But the September number was still above the consensus forecast of about 205,000 and well north of what economists consider would be required to meet the growth rate in household formations.“In our view, Canada still has overbuilding concerns,” said TD economist Francis Fong.“Demand for new homes is primarily being supported by accommodative interest rates.”[np-related]In a new global outlook released Monday, the International Monetary Fund singled out housing and household debt, which currently sits at a near-record 152 per cent of income, the key areas of concerns for Canada.“An important domestic vulnerability in Canada relates to the housing market,” the Washington-based financial institution said. “A sharp or sustained decline in house prices could seriously set back the leveraged household sector and domestic demand.”Those concerns have been voiced before, including by Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, who has moved four times in as many years to reduce mortgage lending.Scotiabank economist Derek Holt says he expects Canada’s economy will take a little bit of a hit from housing during the third quarter, noting that while still strong, new home construction during the summer was below the level achieved in the spring.Economists expect the slowing to continue across the board in starts, sales and prices in subsequent months.Over-saturation, high prices, high debt levels and recent tightening of mortgage rules are already impacting the resale market, they note, particularly in the previously torrid markets of Toronto and Vancouver.Bank of Montreal economist Robert Kavcic noted that condo re-sales in Toronto were down 27% during the month from September 2011. So building should follow, eventually, he said.“The gradual cooling will likely persist given the sales slowdown currently taking place in a number of major markets,” he predicted.In fact, Toronto saw the most acute retreat in starts during September in the CMHC report, down 38.2%, or about 24,600 units. Ontario as a whole was lower by 18.2 per cent, or 16,000 units.“As expected, the number of multiples starts in Ontario, particularly in Toronto, reverted back to a level more in line with the average pace of activity over the last six months,” said Mathieu Laberge, deputy chief economist at CMHC.“Following a period of elevated housing starts activity due to strong volumes of multi-family unit pre-sales in 2010 and 2011, the pace of housing starts is expected to moderate.”Elsewhere, seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts increased by 17.6% in the Prairies, 20.3% in Atlantic Canada, were up by 1.35% in Quebec and edged down 3.7% in British Columbia.Overall, single starts fell by 1.4% 67,643 units, while multiple urban starts decreased by 3.9% to 136,088 units. read more