“I think it is possible to be champion – before the season started we considered ourselves contenders but in modern football, especially in the Premier League, I don’t believe in an unbeaten run,” said the Portuguese. “It is a good start and I believe my team can keep this stability. “One day we will lose and the next game we will win again and one day we will play badly because it is the nature of the game but we will recover the quality of our game. “I know that the negative moment will arrive, the defeat will arrive, and we are prepared for that. “At this moment we are a happy camp. One day the defeat arrives and when it does we will be the same.” It is easy to be happy when you are top of the table but after a third defeat in a week, coming on the back of reverses at Newcastle and then Real Madrid in the Champions League, the spotlight is on Brendan Rodgers. After making seven changes in the Bernabeu with a view to fielding his strongest side in this fixture the Liverpool boss was unrepentant having seen his masterplan fail. “I would hopefully win the three games,” he said when asked what he would do differently. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accepts his side’s unbeaten run will not last forever but victory at Liverpool has only reinforced their position as title contenders. “We plan and prepare the team the best we can so I wouldn’t do anything different, we just didn’t get the results. “Hopefully this will be an experience for us this week and we can use that to be better going forward.” Rodgers felt his side deserved a draw from the match after Steven Gerrard’s late shot appeared to hit the arm of Cahill. Having seen Chelsea’s opener awarded via the goal decision system Rodgers felt slightly aggrieved the officials has not spotted the incident. “The technology coming into the game has been great: sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it works against you,” he said. “It is bitterly disappointing for us that there was a big decision in a big game that we didn’t get. “It was a clear handball – and you need to get that. If we weren’t going to get it (a goal) from open play we should have got it from the penalty spot. “The referee had a clear look at it but he maybe needed some help from his linesman.” In terms of technology Mourinho could at least say he has now benefited from a close call at Anfield having continually railed against Luis Garcia’s goal in a 2005 Champions League tie which he still argues did not cross the line. “I didn’t know it was a goal,” he said of Cahill’s effort. “Goalline technology is simple. It costs money but it is simple. You don’t have to stop the game, it is a decision in seconds. The truth is what everyone wants. “Everyone knows it was a true goal and I think this is fantastic for us as professionals, for the crowd and the referee because without goalline technology it is difficult for them to make a decision. “It (technology) is more complicated in the game itself. In Maribor (on Wednesday) they had one referee two metres from the goal and there is a clear penalty and no-one gives it so even with an additional referee is it difficult. “So anything which helped them to be better – they want to be perfect – I think is welcome.” Goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa, with his 10th of the season, saw the Stamford Bridge side recover from Emre Can’s first goal for the Reds to record a 2-1 win at Anfield. It made it 11 games unbeaten from the start of the campaign and consolidated their position at the top of the table, but Mourinho cannot see his side emulating Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ from 2003-04.
Facebook19Tweet0Pin0 It’s the personal relationships that mean the most to William Tuning. You may not think of your mortgage lender as a close friend, but according to Tuning that’s just because you have not met him yet.When Tuning stepped out of the corporate banking world, it was because he missed the face-to-face interactions he had with customers. He wanted to return to making people’s dreams come true through home ownership. Along the way, he has formed lasting relationships with his customers.Take Char for instance. Tuning explains that she was under a time crunch to facilitate a VA loan. “I threw out all the stops and during the process we became friends. Throughout her loan process, when she was getting her car serviced, she stopped by and we shared lunch,” explains Tuning and did so on more than one occasion. (His West Olympia office is located near the Olympia Auto Mall.) After her loan closed I was among her friends at her house warming party as if we had known each other 40 years.“That’s why you get into the business. It’s for the relationships,” says Tuning. It’s doesn’t matter to me if it’s a $1 million mortgage or a loan for $100,000, it’s all the same to me.”The joy that Tuning experiences when the transaction is complete and the family moves into their new home is just as great.“Recently I helped a young family buy a modest home in Shelton. They had grown frustrated working with a big bank due to a language barrier and the bank being too busy to help them. They didn’t speak English well and I was stretching to remember my high school Spanish. The couple worked hard and had saved all their dollars for the down payment for their dream home. I worked very hard to close by an extended holiday weekend so that they could move into the home when they already had a few extra days off,” recalls Tuning.In Tuesday’s mail was a handwritten thank you card. “The couple recognized my effort to get the home closed so that they could move in and not take extra time off,” he says.To many that home may not be much, but to them it was their castle.“For me, it’s those victories that make this career so worthwhile. These are the things that keep me coming back every day regardless of how many regulations and processes change in the mortgage industry,” he summarizes.To learn more about William Tuning and his approach to helping people achieve home ownership, click here.You can reach William Tuning directly at 360.539.4687 or via email at [email protected]
Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityFive students at Saint Martin’s University recently received several awards and two scholarships totaling $3,000 during the Annual Pacific Northwest Circle K District Convention, which was hosted in DuPont and attended by approximately 12 clubs from the Pacific Northwest area.The 24-member Saint Martin’s University Circle K Club also was recognized with the Outstanding Single Service Award for 2014-2015 for assisting the residents of the RooLan Retirement Home.Circle K International (CKI) is the collegiate service organization associated with Kiwanis International. CKI has more than 12,000 student members on more than 500 campuses worldwide. It is a student-led organization with an elected International Board of Representatives. CKI tenets are leadership, fellowship and service at the club, district and international levels. The concept of present-day Circle K began at the collegiate level in 1936 at Washington State University.The following individuals, as well as Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey, were honored during an awards ceremony hosted February 21.Bailey Cammann (junior-senior) received the Volunteer Scholar Award in recognition of her number of service hours while maintaining a high GPA (3.81), the Most Service Hours by a Single Member Award, in recognition of her 400 hours of individual service for the year, and the Gene O’Brien Scholarship for $1,500.Jeremiah “JJ” Olson (senior) received the Charles Hindes Humanitarian Award in recognition of his compassion in contributing to the greater good of society and community with no need or desire for recognition. He also received the President’s Walter Zeller Award in recognition of his tireless efforts to bring awareness to others and raise funds for the Kiwanis International/UNICEF Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus Project in developing countries. He also received the Roy Frisch Scholarship for $1,500.Emy Suazo (sophomore) was awarded the International Service and Awareness Award in recognition of her efforts to increase awareness and understanding of international issues affecting underdeveloped countries and for service to the global community. Emy is originally from Honduras and speaks six languages.Maddison (Lotz) Lee (senior) was given the Outstanding Club Member Award in recognition of her commitment to the Saint Martin’s Circle K group through involvement in club meetings, service projects, district and international events and service projects.Bianca Lupercio (junior) received the Outstanding Club Scrapbook Award for maintaining a written and visual history record of club service activities and events for each calendar year. The events and service projects required to be included in the club history are district events, campus service projects, community service projects, fundraising projects, social events, interaction with high school K Clubs and sponsoring Kiwanis clubs, international events and service projects.Toni Christy was recognized with the Outstanding Staff/Faculty Advisor Award for her participation in and leadership of the Saint Martin’s club. Christy is staff advisor and a member of the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey. She is also an active Kiwanis Club member.The Kiwanis Club of North Thurston/Lacey received the Outstanding Sponsoring Club Award for its support of the Saint Martin’s University Circle K Club.This year’s Club President, Jeremiah “JJ” Olson, is graduating in May. Bailey Cammann has been elected as the incoming Club President and will step into the role in May. Facebook58Tweet0Pin0