Month: September 2019

HMBS Durward Knowles Provides Hurricane Relief To Long Island Residents In Clarence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:clarence town, HMBS Durward Knowles, Hurricane Relief, Long Island, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – Coral Harbour Base 11 Oct. (RBDF) – The Royal Bahamas Defense Force patrol craft, HMBS Durward Knowles, arrived at Clarence Town on Monday 5th October 2015. Acting Lieutenant Commander Carlon Bethel, Commanding Officer HMBS Durward Knowles, immediately contacted Mrs. Bootle-Bethel, the Island Administrator. During discussions with Mrs. Bethel, it was revealed that parts of Long Island had been cut off due to flooding, which made streets impassable for impact teams to reach disaster stricken areas. Marines, from the ship’s company were quickly deployed to assist with relief efforts underway with locals within the community. Teams included an engineering team that assisted in the repairing of the Community Centre’s generator. Teams were also dispatched to investigate the environmental impact of a beached vessel near the community. After a complete assessment was done, the grounded vessel posed no threat of potential or immediate environmental damage.With the arrival of additional Defence Force Impact Teams, areas once isolated became accessible. This allowed for proper assessment so that basic needs of the communities could be met. Fresh water and food being priority, cleanup efforts were also conducted to allow ease of access and transportation of incoming relief supplies. With the establishment of communication and transportation networks, relief centers are now able to provide more effective relief to the communities. Defence Force personnel continue to carry out assessments, assist in distribution and regulation of supplies and equipment while providing security.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force along with the island administrator, NEMA and Pathfinder representatives remain committed to relief efforts here in Long Island. Long Island fire extinguished Tropical Storm Kate now formed, almost all Bahamas on alert Haitian Migrants Apprehendedlast_img read more

Surge in voter registration

first_img Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, February 21, 2017 – At the rate eligible Bahamas are registering now, the country should have around 172,000 voters by May.   Bahamians are heading out to the voter registration centers now and the Parliamentary registration department happily reports that they are processing 700 to 800 people per day. The constituency of Killarney has the most people registered at this time at about 4,500 people and South Beach is recorded with the lowest, just under 3,000 people registered.   It was revealed that as of Saturday, 112,622 people are now registered.   The last general election had 172,000 people on the voter’s list.  Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcelast_img read more

Mourinho hopes Martial will extend with Man Utd

first_imgAlthough some recent reports suggested Anthony Martial won’t prolong his adventure with Manchester United, Jose Mourinho seems to be keen on keeping his hands on the FrenchmanThe 22-year-old forward has had numerous problems under the Portuguese manager last season having often struggled for the regular game time.Due to his alleged problems with Mourinho, it was expected the ex-Monaco star won’t be considering a new deal with the Red Devils.However, this year, the prosperous youngster has established himself as one of the most reliable attacking options, as he recorded a total of 11 encounters across all competitions, scoring five goals in the process.Widely recognized as one of the most talented wingers in top five Europe leagues, Martial has attracted interest from several notable clubs, including Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.But, as things stand, the relationship between the former Real Madrid boss and the player is improving, with Mourinho ‘hoping to help’ Martial become a top player.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…According to the ESPN, the famous tactician has expressed his desire to work with Martial and influence his development.“I hope they will agree,” Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. “Obviously I hope. One thing is that he’s a talented player that everybody knows he is. Everybody knows since he was in Monaco that he is a talented player.“Another thing is a talented player with consistency and understanding what a football match is in the globality.“When you reach that level, or when you are almost reaching that level, that is when you become a top player.“One thing is a top talent, another is a top player. He is now much closer to being a top player. Obviously, I would like him to stay. I know the club wants him very much to stay. Hopefully, he is going to stay.”last_img read more

Rafa Benitezs replies to questions about instadium planned protests

first_imgNewcastle United coach Rafa Benitez says he”respects and understands” why fans of Newcastle United may want to protest, he, however, adds that he can only do his job and not interfere with the jobs of others.Supporters of Newcastle, the Magpie Group – plans a protest on Saturday during the Newcastle and West Ham United match to persuaded club owner Mike Ashley to sell some players or support club’s manager Benitez in the transfer market.“My job is to be sure the players are fine and concentrating on West Ham. I cannot control other things,” Benitez as quoted in Chronicle Live.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“I have a lot of respect for our fans because they are supporting our team, and supporting me. I understand what they think.”“But, at the same time, if they are in the stadium then they have to support the team, and the players will appreciate that. If they are there, I am sure they will support the team. But it is not my decision.”“I have been here for a while now so I know what they think. I have to concentrate on what I can manage.”last_img read more

Johnstone insists Old Firm derby is a must win

first_imgFormer Rangers striker Derek Johnstone insists the upcoming Old Firm derby against Celtic is a must win for his old club.Rangers host arch-rivals Celtic in the second Old Firm derby of the season at the Ibrox Stadium this Saturday, following their game against Hibernian on Wednesday.Steven Gerrard’s men are currently one point behind league leaders Celtic, although the defending champions have a game in hand.
Ibrox is expected to witness a full house on Saturday and Johnstone, who has featured in so many of these games claims that the Old Firm derby is the biggest game in Europe.The former Rangers man also said the magnitude of the Celtic clash should serve as extra motivation for the players.“I think, first and foremost, these games stand out above anything in Europe, it’s an Old Firm game”, Johnstone told the official Rangers podcast.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“That’s the game that everybody wants to see.”“Even down south, they will turn it over from a Liverpool game to watch an Old Firm game.”“That’s how important you have to take it because you know the fans.”
”If you are beaten on the Saturday, you don’t work on the Monday because you get slaughtered by the opposition.”“And we realised that as players, that was the game I had to win.”last_img read more

Pellegrini West Ham exit for Carroll unlikely

first_imgWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini doubts Andy Carroll will be going anywhere in this month’s transfer windowThe former Liverpool striker’s current contract with West Ham will expire at the end of the season after six years in London.But Carroll’s time with the Hammers has been clouded with a set of lingering injury issues that have restricted him to just 136 appearances in total.Further injury problems this season have seen Carroll make just the one start in seven league games with no goals scored at all.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…However, Pellegrini doesn’t expect the injury-hit striker to leave West Ham this month.“I don’t think so. I think Andy will stay here with us, he is an important player for our team,” said Pellegrini, according to TeamTalk.“He is just coming back from a long, long injury, and the way he is taking advantage of his minutes he will return to the player that we all know.”Carroll, along with new signing Samir Nasri, may be handed a rare start for Saturday’s FA Cup third-round game against Birmingham.last_img read more

Werder Bremen star Josh Sargent cites Wayne Rooney as one of

first_img18-year-old striker Josh Sargent has named Wayne Rooney as an idol of his and reflected on the pressure of being one of the USA’s beacons of hope for the future.After trails with PSV Eindhoven and Schalke 04, Sargent was snapped up by Werder Breman in January 2018 and debuted for the first-team last month as a 76th-minute substitute against Fortuna Dusseldorf.In that Bundesliga game, Sargent broke a club record by scoring the fastest goal for a debutant with his first touch of the ball just two minutes after coming on.The teenage star has since gone on to make another four appearances for Bremen and scored again at RB Leipzig on December 22.Sargent’s rapid progress and playing style have drawn comparisons with England and Manchester United legend Rooney, who himself starred as a fresh-faced teenager for Everton in the Premier League.“I liked Wayne Rooney a lot. I liked his style of play and how powerful he was on the ball,” Sargent told the club website. “I looked up to him.”Hopes are high in the US over their prospects for the 2022 and 2026 World Cups with Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Haji Wright and Tyler Adams all starring in the Bundesliga right now.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Despite the growing weight of expectation on him though back at home, Sargent isn’t feeling the pressure to deliver.“I wouldn’t say that I feel the pressure,” said Sargent.“People can have their opinions, whether they see me as the next big talent or just an average player. I don’t really enjoy hearing other people’s views. I’m focusing purely on my own expectations, and how good I should be performing.“Besides, the support recently has been phenomenal. Of course, I’ve been getting a lot from my family, but also a lot of people back home are pleased for me, and are tweeting words of encouragement, for example, and congratulating me. I can feel their love.”The USA international does, however, aim to continue improving and gave some insight into the demands he places on himself.“I’m very critical, as well as very competitive and performance-orientated, so I don’t enjoy it when I can’t do something,” said Sargent.“If I notice that I’ve done something wrong or I can’t do something, I try to make amends as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Chelsea assistant compares Sarris era to Guardiolas

first_imgAccording to Gianfranco Zola, the difficult time the Italian manager is having currently with the Blues is just like Guardiola suffered in his first season with Manchester City.When Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City, his first season proved to be a difficult one.Guardiola and the Citizens ended up in third place of the table with 23 out of 38 games played.But the next year he became a champion with his new team for the first time.And now his side sit first in the Premier League table and have a big chance to become back-to-back champions.For Chelsea’s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, what Guardiola endured in his first season at City is what’s happening to Maurizio Sarri in Chelsea.MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 10: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)“How do you know that we are not making changes?” Zola said to Sky Sports.“We are adjusting a few things but without changing where we want to go. The direction is always the same.”“Two years ago you were probably asking the same questions to Pep Guardiola. I do remember you asking him, ‘is that the case that you keep playing from the back?’,” he continued.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“And I remember the answers of Pep, saying, ‘this is not in discussion, this is part of my game, I know I am going through this difficult moment, and I don’t change it’.”“I think we are pretty much in a similar moment, where there are a lot of questions and doubts about what we do, but again we are trying to adapt to the league and make some changes,” Zola said.“But we don’t change the way we see football and what is good for this club, because otherwise, we are nothing.”Chelsea is currently in sixth place of the EPL table with 50 points, thanks to 15 matches won, five draws and six defeats.#OnTheGrill: Could Maurizio Sarri face the #CFC sack if he comes up short to #MUFC in their #FACup clash? 👀The Stamford Bridge boss is under immense pressure 🔵 pic.twitter.com/UT72qBpxBg— Managerial Mindset (@ManagerialMinds) February 17, 2019last_img read more

Antique Center closing in Ocean Beach to make way for Target Express

first_img Posted: April 15, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez Antique Center closing in Ocean Beach to make way for Target Express store 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEAN BEACH (KUSI) — The Newport Avenue Antique enter in Ocean Beach is closing Sunday.In it’s place will be a Target Express store, which residents have been fighting against coming to the small beach community.Ocean Beach residents who are opposed to the corporate chain coming to their town will have to take a new approach, boycotting the store.KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez was live in Ocean Beach with the story. April 15, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Elizabeth Alvarez, last_img read more

Unspecified threat prompting Southwestern College evacuation unfounded

first_imgSouthwestern College will evacuate the Chula Vista campus & all its centers Thursday, Sept. 6, while Campus Police investigate a credible threat. All classes are cancelled for the remainder of the day and all campuses will close. We will send updates as they become available.— Southwestern College (@swc_news) September 6, 2018CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A report of a perceived threat that turned out to be unfounded prompted evacuations and closures of all Southwestern College campuses and related facilities Thursday.The potential security hazard led school officials to begin clearing all students and staff members from Southwestern’s main campus in Chula Vista and its four satellite locations about 9:15 a.m., college spokeswoman Lillian Leopold said.The emergency security measures were prompted by a report by one student who overheard another make a seemingly menacing statement Wednesday night, according to Leopold, who declined to describe the nature of the perceived threat.Among the facilities evacuated and closed for the day were Southwestern College Higher Education Centers in National City, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro, as well as Crown Cove Aquatic Center in Coronado.Campus employees worked with the Metropolitan Transit Service to increase bus lines that service Southwestern College, and campus police directed traffic in the parking lot of the main campus to speed up the evacuation process.In the mid-afternoon, college officials announced that law enforcement personnel had contacted and interviewed the student who reportedly made the suspicious statements and determined that he had not, in fact, issued any threat of violence, Leopold said. His name was not released.The spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the circumstances that resulted in the apparent misunderstanding.All Southwestern College facilities were scheduled to remain closed for the remainder of the day, then reopen for normal operations on Friday.Students who left vehicles at the main campus while evacuating were being allowed to retrieve them Thursday afternoon and evening. They were directed to enter the school through its H Street entrance, Leopold said.Statement from Southwestern College Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo“We are working with our College Police to investigate a credible threat that we received from a student. In an abundance of caution while we investigate, the college is cancelling all classes and evacuating all campuses. We will post updates on our social media and on our website: www.swccd.edu.” September 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Unspecified threat prompting Southwestern College evacuation unfounded Categories: Local San Diego News Posted: September 6, 2018 Updated: 5:47 PM KUSI Newsroom FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Future of indoor sky diving center upintheair

first_imgFuture of indoor sky diving center up-in-the-air Supposed to be a one-stop-shop for homeless September 18, 2018 Dan Plante Updated: 6:22 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwittercenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIt was supposed to be the next big thing in the East Village. An indoor sky diving center with fancy wind tunnels. Before long, the concept took a dive. The place never really caught and went out of business.That’s when the City of San Diego stepped-in, and laid down $7-million dollars to take it over. The concept was well intended and clearly needed. They wanted a one stop shop for homeless services. The execution leaves a lot to be desired. “I thought this was supposed to be helping us out here. They keep promising a place to get help, I haven’t seen it”, says Roderick Bradely, formerly homeless.After a nice summer break under their belts, city leaders are back at city hall and still dealing with the issues of the homeless. They approved a deal to spend $8.5-million to keep three homeless tents open. But they delayed a vote on the *indoor sky diving* center.Insiders at city hall say there is more work to be done before taking the plunge. “If it’s not working, we could look at expanding to other parts of town. But we own the building and we’re going to try, If not, we could always sell it”, says Council Member Scott Sherman. While $7-million sounds like a lot of money, and it is, at this stage the building is worth more than that. Some say it’s worth at least $10-million. At the very least, San Diego taxpayers should not lose money on it. Posted: September 18, 2018 Dan Plante, last_img read more

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Victim identified in Carlsbad home invasion murder

first_img Posted: March 12, 2019 March 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two transients were behind bars today on suspicion of fatally stabbing 63-year-old Marjorie Gawitt during a predawn residential burglary in a neighborhood near Agua Hedionda Lagoon.Ian Forrester Bushee, 37, and 26-year-old Malissa Deanna James were arrested late Monday morning a few blocks from the site of the slaying of Carlsbad resident Marjorie Gawitt, according to police.Gawitt made a 911 call about 12:30 a.m. Monday to report that she had been badly wounded in an assault at her home in the 1800 block of Outrigger Lane, Lt. Greg Koran said. Medics took the mother of three to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead about an hour later.Investigators believe that Bushee and James — both of them on probation in connection with a burglary in San Bernardino County — broke into Gawitt’s home, where at least one of them stabbed her before the pair stole her car and fled.Deputies found the vehicle abandoned on Grand Avenue in San Marcos about five hours after the fatal assault occurred, sheriff’s Lt. David Buether said. Shortly before noon Monday, the suspects were captured in an open, brushy area off the 4800 block of Park Drive, about one-tenth of a mile from the victim’s home.Last April, the suspects were arrested after a homeowner in Upland walked in on them as they were allegedly ransacking the victim’s home, according to The Press-Enterprise in Riverside. The pair allegedly fled with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics, including $70,000 in collectable coins stuffed in a sock.Late Monday evening, Bushee and James were booked into county jail on suspicion of murder, burglary, conspiracy and auto theft. They were being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. KUSI Newsroom Victim identified in Carlsbad home invasion, murder Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

US recognizes contested Golan Heights region as part of Israel

first_imgU.S. recognizes contested Golan Heights region as part of Israel Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP, KUSI Newsroom AP, KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election.The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic highlands, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967, for some time and Netanyahu had pressed the matter with visiting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just a day earlier.U.S. and Israeli officials said Wednesday they had not expected a decision until next week, when Netanyahu is to visit the U.S.But in a tweet that appeared to catch many by surprise, Trump said the time had come for the United States to take the step, which Netanyahu warmly welcomed as a “miracle” on the Jewish holiday of Purim.“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump tweeted.The U.S. will be the first country to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan, which the rest of the international community regards as disputed territory occupied by Israel whose status should be determined by negotiations between Israel and Syria. Attempts to bring Israel and Syria to the table have failed. It was not immediately clear how a U.N. peacekeeping force in the Golan might be affected by the U.S. move. That force’s mandate expires at the end of June.There had been signals a decision was coming. Last week, in its annual human rights report, the State Department dropped the phrase “Israeli-occupied” from the Golan Heights section, instead calling it “Israeli-controlled.”Pompeo had brushed questions about the change aside, insisting even earlier Thursday that there was no change in policy. However, in comments to reporters ahead of a Purim dinner with Netanyahu and his wife at their Jerusalem home, Pompeo hailed the shift.“Tonight, President Trump made the decision to recognize that that hard-fought real estate, that important place, is proper to be a sovereign part of the state of Israel,” he said.Netanyahu, who is embroiled in a fierce re-election campaign ahead of April 9 voting, smiled broadly while delivering his own remarks.“We have the miracle of Purim,” he said. “Thank you President Trump.”Netanyahu has for weeks been stepping up longstanding Israeli requests for the U.S. and others to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan. He has bolstered Israel’s traditional argument that the area has for all practical purposes been fully integrated into Israel by accusing Iran of trying to infiltrate terrorists from Syria into the plateau.“At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognizes Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Netanyahu tweeted.Trump’s announcement came as Pompeo was wrapping up a two-day visit to Jerusalem during which he lauded warm ties with Israel, met with Netanyahu on at least three separate occasions and promised to step up pressure on Iran.Pompeo’s events with Netanyahu included a visit to the Western Wall that made him the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the Jewish holy site with any Israeli leader and appeared to further signal the Trump administration’s support for Israel’s control of the contested city. Trump has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv, prompting the Palestinians to sever ties with the administration.Pompeo’s presence also appeared to signal Trump’s support for Netanyahu the political candidate. Netanyahu, facing a tough challenge from a popular former military chief and reeling from a series of corruption allegations, has repeatedly sought to focus attention on his foreign policy record and strong ties with Trump.“The Trump administration is absolutely endorsing Netanyahu,” said Alon Pinkas, former consul general of Israel in New York. “It’s very rare for a secretary of state to come visit an Israeli prime minister without any apparent diplomatic reason justifying it, without a peace process, without any regional agenda.”Pompeo said his trip had nothing to do with politics or U.S. policy on Jerusalem, although for decades American officials refrained from visiting the Western Wall with Israeli leaders to avoid the appearance of recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the city’s most sensitive holy sites. Israel captured east Jerusalem and the Old City in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.“I’m going to stay far away from the decisions that the Israeli people will make here in a few weeks,” Pompeo told reporters. “It wouldn’t be appropriate for the U.S. secretary of state to comment on Israeli domestic politics.”The Old City is home to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where tradition says Jesus was entombed and resurrected. Pompeo, a Christian, also stopped at the church.Next to the Western Wall is a hilltop compound revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. The spot, which once housed the biblical Jewish Temples, is the holiest site in Judaism and today is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam.The competing claims to the site are a frequent source of tension and lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.When Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he said it did not determine the city’s final borders. But the gesture was perceived as unfairly siding with Israel and prompted the Palestinians to cut contacts with U.S. officials. The Palestinians have already rejected a planned Mideast peace initiative by the administration.Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Pompeo’s visit added additional obstacles to peace hopes. “While they are claiming to be trying to solve the conflict, such acts only make it more difficult to resolve,” he said.While previous secretaries of state have traditionally met with the Palestinians when visiting the region, Pompeo has no such talks planned. March 21, 2019last_img read more

first_imgIn the best interest of U.S. soybean farmers, the Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) yesterday voted unanimously to ask the Secretary of Agriculture to order an Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation and financial audit of the National Soybean Checkoff Program. The ASA petition, filed today with Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer and the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), calls for an investigation of the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) to ensure that soybean checkoff dollars are being managed and invested as prescribed by law.”Serious ethical, legal, and financial allegations have been raised about how farmer checkoff funds and program activities are being conducted,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “These significant allegations have caused ASA to ask the Inspector General to conduct an investigation and audit so that the basis of the allegations can be impartially investigated to find the truth.”Allegations include the improper and wasteful expenditure of both checkoff and federal funds; potential evasion of mandated salary and administrative spending caps by USB; conflicts of interests at USB; use of checkoff funds for prohibited purposes by USB; and wasteful and excessive spending by USB. There are additional allegations concerning improper USB oversight and tolerance of actions that have taken place at the USSEC, an entity created by USB and ASA in October 2005. These allegations include improper conduct by a USSEC employee at USSEC functions; the firing of whistleblowers; improper employee relationships; contracting violations; management malfeasance and the inability of ASA Directors serving on USSEC Board to obtain an independent and objective investigation of the allegations.”With USB and USSEC, we are dealing with entities that are spending tens of millions per year in soybean farmer checkoff dollars and U.S. taxpayer funds,” Hoffman said. “As the policy organization that represents U.S. soybean farmers, it is ASA’s responsibility to ensure that the soybean checkoff, and other entities the checkoff has created, are operating in an accountable and transparent manner in the best interest of soybean farmers.”ASA is the only national, non-governmental, non-profit trade organization that represents soybean farmers in the United States. It was ASA and its state affiliates that developed the concept for national soybean checkoff in the late 1980s and then worked with Congress and USDA to establish the national soybean checkoff in 1990.”ASA and its members believe that since federal taxpayer funds or the federally mandated checkoff funds comprise all of the operations of USB and USSEC, we are compelled to petition for an OIG investigation to ensure these allegations are examined in an unbiased and fair way, something that ASA has tried to do within the framework of USB and USSEC, but has been thwarted in so doing by USB Directors and their attorneys,” Hoffman said.”ASA firmly believes it is doing the right thing for the soybean farmers by asking the Inspector General to conduct a full investigation of the serious allegations of wrongdoing that have surfaced,” Hoffman said. “ASA believes the national soybean checkoff, as currently structured and operated, is no longer responsive and accountable to soybean farmers. The failure of USB leaders to take decisive action on these particular matters is indicative of how USB is no longer accountable and responsive to the very soybean farmers who are paying funds into the checkoff program.”Soybean checkoff funds are invested in program areas such as Domestic and International Marketing, New Uses Development, Production Research and Producer Communications. For more information about the soybean checkoff, see www.soybeancheckoff.com.During the national checkoff’s nearly two decades of operation, soybean farmers have paid $1.3 billion into the checkoff. At the higher price and acreage levels experienced recently, checkoff collections from soybean farmers in fiscal year 2008 are estimated to exceed $140 million — three and half times the amount collected in 1992 when the national checkoff first began. Soybean farmers today are paying two to four times more to the checkoff fund than they have historically, and significant allegations of wasteful spending and abuse have emerged.The ASA Board of Directors approved calling for an Inspector General investigation at the Board’s regularly scheduled winter meetings, which commenced yesterday in Saint Louis. During the meeting, Board members had the opportunity to review the allegations of improper activities that have surfaced and voted unanimously to take action in the best interest of U.S. soybean farmers. ASA has shared a summary of its concerns and allegations with state and national soybean leaders and key industry stakeholders. The summary document is also available here.”ASA does not take this action lightly but with great reluctance,” Hoffman said. “ASA must do what is in the best interest of soybean farmers ethically, legally, and financially. ASA believes strongly in the need for a national soybean checkoff program – but one that is accountable, transparent and responsive to soybean farmers, and spends their dollars wisely. Over the coming months, ASA will begin announcing specific steps that it will take to ensure that the national soybean checkoff is accountable to soybean producers and spends their money prudently.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Notice of Data Availability (NODA) was published in the Federal Register requesting comment on potential reductions in Advanced Biofuels and Biomass-based Diesel on Wednesday, Oct. 5.  The American Soybean Association (ASA) is calling on all members and supporters to ramp up our response to make sure EPA and the White House are fully aware of the impact that these potential roll-backs will have on soybean farmers and their rural communities.There are a number of efforts underway to get our message across and we ask for your help to amplify these efforts, including the following actions:Please contact your Senate offices and urge them to sign onto the letter to EPA regarding the RFS volumes and the NODA. The letter is being led by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) as well as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).  A copy of the letter can be viewed here and the deadline for Senators to sign-on is Oct. 13. To sign onto the letter, Senate offices should contact Trey McKenzie in Sen. Blunt’s office at Trey_McKenzie@blunt.senate.gov or Jared Henderson in Sen. Heitkamp’s office at: Jared_Henderson@heitkamp.senate.govAsk your Senators to request to attend the meeting that Sens. Grassley, Ernst and Fisher are holding with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Oct. 17.  Senate offices should contact Grassley’s office if they would like to attend the meeting with Pruitt. Grassley announced that he spoke to President Donald Trump about the proposal, and as a result the meeting is scheduled with Pruitt and other Senators to discuss the issue.If you tweet or use social media, please spread these messages provided by the National Biodiesel Board: Don’t let @EPA break @realDonaldTrump’s promise to rural America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htHxfg7fcqc&feature=youtu.be#RFS #biodiesel @POTUSWATCH: @realDonaldTrump promised to protect the #RFS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htHxfg7fcqc&feature=youtu.beDon’t let @EPA break that promise. Support a strong #RFS.@realDonaldTrump repeatedly promised to protect the #RFS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htHxfg7fcqc&feature=youtu.be Tell @EPA to respect that:http://cqrcengage.com/biodiesel/home?0Some of our biodiesel champions in Congress are expressing their views on the EPA proposal.  Grassley took to the Senate floor to deliver strong remarks. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has put some of those remarks together with various statements that Trump made regarding his support for biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) during the campaign. That video can be viewed here:Please use this in any way you can to demonstrate how the EPA’s proposal violates the pledges Trump made when campaigning in rural states.ASA will prepare formal comments to submit to EPA in response to the NODA and providing those draft comments to states and individuals to also submit. The comments are due on or before Oct. 19, 2017.Under a RFS Proposed Rule issued in July and the subject of a public comment period that closed in August, EPA proposed to waive portions of the cellulosic ethanol volumes called for under the RFS statute, since those fuels are not being produced at the volumes expected and necessary to meet the statutory levels. Upon waiving the cellulosic volumes, they then propose to waive a commensurate amount of the overall Advanced Biofuels pool (biodiesel qualifies as an Advanced Biofuel). In addition, they have now issued a NODA, specifically seeking comment on reductions in the previously approved and currently proposed volumes for Biomass-based diesel. In the NODA, EPA cites potential impacts on supply and price resulting from the lapse in the biodiesel tax credit and the potential reduction in imports stemming from the anti-dumping and counter-vailing duties being imposed by the Commerce Department/International Trade Commission in response to a trade case filed by the U.S. biodiesel industry against subsidized imports from Argentina and Indonesia. EPA is soliciting comment on all of the factors impacting biodiesel volumes.Total U.S. production of biodiesel was approximately 1.9 billion gallons in 2016 with ample feedstock and production capacity to produce more. Another 1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel was imported in 2016.  The EPA proposed volumes of 2.1 billion gallons (including imports) of biomass-based diesel for 2019 – well below the actual capacity of the biodiesel industry to produce fuels here in the United States. In comments submitted to EPA on the proposed volumes, ASA and the biodiesel industry advocated for a level of at least 2.5 billion gallons for 2019.  The subsequent NODA contemplates rolling back biomass-based diesel levels below the already insufficient 2.1 billion gallon level.Additional information and talking points to use when contacting Senators and other policymakers can be found in the Action Alerts and on the Soy Action Center.last_img read more

first_imgA silent auction at a local bank branch to raise money for Bethany Storro has transformed into a “Community Appreciation Open House.”On Oct. 1, Umpqua Bank, 720 Esther St., plans to serve food from downtown businesses as a show of appreciation to the community that showed a “willingness to help out when there was a need in our community.”The open house is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.The bank is preparing a flier that will say: “We would love for you and your employees to drop in. This is a reminder to our community that we all came together and our hearts were in the right place.”Anytime Fitness, located next door to Umpqua Bank, held self-defense seminar Sept. 10 and deposited $20 a person contributions to the Bethany Storro Fund at Umpqua Bank. In total, the account contained more than $4,500.last_img read more

first_imgA recent run of daytime burglaries has the Vancouver Police Department urging residents to keep doors and windows locked and participate in neighborhood watch programs.In advance of Christmas, police warn that presents stacked near windows beckon would-be burglars. It is important to secure sliding doors, in particular, because a burglar who has snuck around the back of a house can use it as cover to enter and exit the dwelling.“Thieves will strike any time of the day or night if they believe the opportunity presents itself,” said a press release issued by the police department.Neighborhood or block-watch entities can be formal or informal, police say, emphasizing that it’s important to have neighbors watching out for each other. Suspicious activity should be reported to 911, according to the bulletin.For more information on crime prevention techniques, visit http://www.vanpolice.org.last_img read more

first_imgThe Port of Camas-Washougal posted net income of $1.56 million for 2010, the port announced Thursday as part of the release of a detailed financial report. According to the port’s 2011 Community Report, operating revenues have exceeded operating expenses for the last five years and a bond refunding will save the port $288,931 over the next 11 years. “We’re proud to say that the port is in great financial shape,” David Ripp, the port’s executive director, said in a news release.last_img read more