Argentina national team snub should motivate Dybala – Allegri

first_imgJuventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri was chosen Seria A’s best coach for the 2016/17 season over Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini and Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri. He shared his gratitude towards his players and had some choice words on Paulo Dybala.The fact that he was not called upon for the next Argentina friendlies has been a huge upset for everybody in Juve and mostly for Dybala himself, as he has been in an extraordinary shape lately and there is no obvious reason for the national coach to snub him.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Not being called up by Argentina [for friendlies] should motivate him even more because he’s still got every opportunity of earning a place at the World Cup,” Allegri shared, according to ESPN.“He’s got to be focused on this end of the season and we have all got to be ambitious when we face the best, like Real, as we search for a seventh straight title, which would be an achievement that would be hard for any other club to match.”last_img read more

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2019-09-18

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Tierney Celtics win over Leipzig a big boost for Europa League

first_imgCeltic defender Kieran Tierney believes they now have a realistic chance of reaching the Europa League knock-out phraseThe Scottish champions secured a vital 2-1 win over RB Leipzig at Celtic Park on Thursday following goals from Tierney and Odsonne Edouard.The result leaves Celtic tied with second-place Leipzig on six points with two games left, albeit behind on goal difference.“We have given ourselves a fighting chance going into the last couple of games,” Tierney told Sky Sports.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“They are still favourites going into the last couple of games. It’s a fighting chance and that is all we can do now – just take it game by game.”Celtic will travel to Norway to face Rosenberg BK on November 29 in their next Europa League fixture.However, Brendon Rodgers’ side will now turn their focus to Sunday’s SPL game against Livingston.last_img read more

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2019-09-18

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Men Kings of Valentines Day

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews Toast to the men… who also deserve to have a Happy Valentine’s Day!#MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 14, 2017 – It is Valentine’s Day – the day of love expressed with the purchase of candies including chocolates, marked with elaborate dinners and spa treatments and adorned in bouquets of fragrant fantastical roses.  Here is an interesting tidbit from the society of American Florists; In 2010  an estimated 198 million roses were produced for the Valentine’s Day holiday and men purchase about 75 percent of the 110 million roses sold in the U.S. at this time every year. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Thunderstorm Continues To Show Signs of Development

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 17, 2017 – Nassau – An area of low pressure located about 750 miles east of the Windward Islands is moving westward at about 15 mph. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity continues to show some signs of organization, but the system appears to lack a well-defined center at this time. Environmental conditions are conducive for some additional development before the system reaches the Lesser Antilles late Tuesday or early Wednesday. After that time, less favorable upper-level winds are expected to hinder additional development. Regardless of development, this system is expected to bring locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds to portions of the Lesser Antilles beginning late Tuesday. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance this afternoon.* Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent.* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent.2. An area of disturbed weather is located about 800 miles west- southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. Some gradual development of this system is possible over the next few days while it moves slowly toward the west-northwest or northwest over the open Atlantic Ocean.* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent.* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent.#magneticmedianews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Premier Robinson Gives Updates on Current Policy Initiatives

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – Premier Robinson during her Ministerial today updated the House on important policy initiatives being undertaken by her Office and Ministry. The Public Consultation Policy was flagged as critical to ensuring standards and consistency. This will aid all stakeholders in consultation processes.The Refurbishment Policy in the draft is aimed at standardizing any concessions and increasing transparency in the grants. The Investment Policy Statement will capture the Government’s vision on investment in TCI citing areas of priority, incentives, and improvements to creating an enabling environment.The beginning of Talks and a possible signing of a MOU with Air BnB is a major initiative taken by this government to capture lost revenue from vacation rental properties.The Government also is engaged with CDB to receive technical assistance to create a solid waste policy to address management of landfills, littering and indiscriminate dumping: Emphasis on management which will include fines and public education. Technical assistance is also being sought to address sea defenses and coastal protection in light of the impacting impact as a result of climate change. The Government is also engaging CDB on a Transport Study to aid with planning for road networks, ports, and airports in TCI.The Premier also told all that her government has developed a Policy Agenda and will continue to keep the public informed through Town Halls, Press Releases, Press Conferences and social media. She announced that over the next two weeks her Government would be making scheduled radio and tv appearances to keep the people informed. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for youlast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Bahamas Minister of Public Works Addresses Street Signs Light Poles and Potholes

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 12, 2017 – Nassau – An “intense” initiative by the Ministry of Public Works to replace stolen street signs and straighten damaged and bent poles will soon commence.   The Hon. Desmond Bannister, the Minister of Public Works, addressed the issue of street signs and potholes in his contribution to the House of Assembly Wednesday, October 11, 2017.    His comments came during a debate on a motion to thank Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling for her speech from the Throne.“In Carmichael and in many of our other communities, street signs have virtually disappeared,” said the Minister.   “As the Minister with responsibility for street signs, Mr. Speaker, this is deeply troubling. Our society cannot drop to a degree of incivility where street signs are routinely stolen for their metal content and there are no consequences.”Minister Bannister called on “responsible” members of the public to be on the lookout for these thieves who can cause accidents and also negatively impact response times for the police or emergency services by their callous and dishonest acts.   He said too many street signposts and light poles are being knocked down by careless drivers and asked Bahamians to be careful in traversing the streets.“I urge Bahamians when they see these incidents to take photos of them and to email those photos to the responsible authorities so that we can collect the cost of those poles from the careless drivers.   Otherwise, our taxes will be used to pay for these signs and poles over and over again.”Minister Bannister expressed disdain for potholes and expressed his commitment to use every weapon to effectively control potholes.“They have burst my tires, messed up my rims, and set my hubcaps flying.   Yes Sir, I am not ashamed to admit that I hate potholes.”He appealed to every Bahamian use the hotline, 302-9700, at the Ministry of Public Works to make complaints.“I have heard the constant complaints, Sir, about the fact that the hotline has not been manned as effectively as it should be.   That has to and will change.   I expect that Bahamians will get courteous, quick responses from the hotline, and I will not offer any excuses.   If anyone does not receive a quick and courteous response when they call the hotline, I ask them to send a text or a Whatsapp 814-2190 specifying the date and the time of their call to the hotline, and the issue that has not been addressed.”By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Bahamas PM Minnis Officially Welcomes SLS Brand to The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis officially welcomed the SLS Brand to The Bahamas during the Official Opening of the SLS Baha Mar, Friday night.   SLS adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar, including the Grand Hyatt and Rosewood brands, in addition to the presence of 30 luxury retail outlets.  Approximately 300 Bahamians are employed at the hotel, “with many more to come on stream at Baha Mar.”Prime Minister Minnis said he looked forward to more Bahamians advancing at the resort in various areas — including management — through mentoring, ongoing training and other opportunities for advancement.   The Prime Minister also took the time to applaud officials at Baha Mar for the launch of its global marketing campaign “Life Spectacular” in early November (2017).“Baha Mar is getting set to welcome the world to a new Cable Beach,” Prime Minister Minnis said.The Opening of SLS Baha Mar is another major milestone for the Baha Mar brand in The Bahamas.   The resort is expected to celebrate its Grand Opening next spring with the opening of the Rosewood Baha Mar which, when combined with the rooms available at Melia resort, will give Bah Mar a room capacity of 3,100.“Today, we celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, a signature world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas to enjoy our natural and cultural heritage as part of their visitor experience,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“We welcome their presence in The Bahamas as they blend their hospitality and visitor experience vision with the Bahamian experience at Baha Mar.   On behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I congratulate all those involved in today’s opening.“I wish to recognize Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and all others instrumental in making today possible, including Baha Mar President, Graeme Davis, his management team and the staff at the resort.   I also recognize Sam Nazarian, the CEO and Founder of the global brand and leading lifestyle hospitality company, SBE Entertainment Group, which is committed to the principles of extraordinary service, world-class cuisine and design,” Prime Minister Minnis added.(SBE manages and operates hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs around the world. SLS Baha Mar was realized through Dakota Development, a real estate development of SBE.)The SLS Brand has been a leader and pioneer in luxury lifestyle hospitality for more than a decade. The brand seeks to create spaces and experiences that offer “enchantment, delight and elegance.”Prime Minister Minnis said the government is committed to doing its part to improve the visitor experience to The Bahamas.“This includes improvements and signage for our Heritage sites, many of which need to be made more visitor friendly in terms of amenities.   Many of you will already notice various efforts, including better maintenance of public spaces like parks, roadways and verges.   New signs have been placed at popular beaches.”Prime Minister Minnis said the Government hopes to build a Native Food Market “in time” to further advance the Bahamian experience.“A Native Food Market will welcome scores of Bahamians and tourists and provide business opportunities for many Bahamians to sell their goods and products.   The Native Food Market will have a variety of foods and products for sale from ice cream to potato and cassava breads, tamarind sauce and other Bahamian treats,” Prime Minister Minnis added.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and Mrs. Minnis (centre) celebrate the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar with the cutting of the ribbon, November 17, 2017.  From left: Mrs. Nazarian and SBE/SLS Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian; Prime Minister and Mrs. Minnis; Baha Mar President Graeme Davis; and Minister of Tourism and Aviation the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar and Mrs. D’Aguilar.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items:last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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TCI Ongoing Roadwork – Paradise Road West

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaiocos, January 29, 2018 – Providenciales – Please be advised that Paradise Road West is scheduled to be paved beginning by 8:00am on Monday, January 29th.  Paving activities will last a full day.During this time, Paradise Road West will serve as a one-way road.  It will be closed to incoming from Winward Road and Paradise East, however, it will remain open to incoming traffic from Cooper Jack Bay Road as displayed above.If you are a resident of this street, your property access may be temporarily blocked with equipment as paving progresses.  We ask that you please make appropriate arrangements to depart and/or return to your residence prior to paving commencing.  Similarly, please do not plan to depart or return while paving operations are taking place immediately in front of your property.Traffic controllers will be present to give necessary directions to motorists thereby ensuring safe and efficient operations.  We apologize in advance for any disruptions caused by this work.  Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the roads in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos.Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Emery is backed by Arsenals managing director

first_imgThe current Gunners coach is doing his best at the club, which is currently sitting in the fifth position of the standingsSpanish coach Unai Emery has been with Arsenal since the summer after Arsene Wenger finished his 22-years reign at the club.And after 12 matches, the team is currently in fifth place in the English Premier League, eight points behind leader Manchester City.But the Arsenal boss is backed up by managing director Vinai Venkatesham.“It is not going to be easy, but I absolutely, 100 percent believe that Arsenal can get back to where it needs to be,” Venkatesham told The Independent.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…“The first step we need to do is get back into the Champions League and then we need to start competing and then we need to start winning the biggest trophies in the game.”“I believe we can do that. Equally, I also am not naive enough to know that is going to be challenging and that this isn’t a difficult and competitive environment,” he added.“His energy is just absolutely extraordinary. I remember that he said in his first press conference that the one thing he would promise to the fans is that he would work hard.”“Obviously, everybody just thought it was a throwaway comment but he is always on it – his work ethic is extraordinary,” he concluded.last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Tuchel disappointed after PSGs draw with Strasbourg

first_imgParis Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has blasted his team following their 1-1 draw with Strasbourg in the French league on Wednesday night.Edinson Cavani earned a point for the champions with a second-half penalty after Kenny Lala’s penalty kick before the end of first half gave Strasbourg a surprise lead.Thomas Tuchel’s men extended their unbeaten league start to 16 games this season, but have failed to win back-to-back Ligue 1 games since their important victory over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League last Wednesday.“I cannot expect from my players the same state of mind as against Liverpool,” Tuchel said, according to Sports Mole.“We showed a good spirit in Bordeaux (on Sunday) and today we attacked and defended together.”Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…PSG’s failure to convert any of their many chances in the first half came back to haunt them as Strasbourg took the lead through Lala’s 40th-minute penalty.German defender Thilo Kehrer was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area and after the incident was referred to the use of VAR, Lala converted the spot-kickLe Parisiens went in search of the equaliser as soon as the second half kicked off, but met with stubborn resistance by Strasbourg before Cavani’s goal ensured they took a share of the spoils.last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Romero Solskjaer has brought happiness back to Man United

first_imgGoalkeeper Sergio Romero believes interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has boosted Manchester United’s confidence and brought back a “certain happiness”Since his appointment last month at Old Trafford, Solskjaer has gone on to match the legendary Sir Matt Busby’s record of winning all five of his opening games.Aside from that, United have also returned to their usual style of attacking football after deploying a rather conservative and unattractive style of football under former manager Jose Mourinho.And Romero believes that the results achieved under Solskjaer have given United a new-found level of confidence as they look to end the season with a top-four finish in the Premier League.“We’ve had a great run,” Romero told the club website .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…“Not just the results, but the way in which we have won the games as well. Scoring five goals in one match was a big boost to confidence and was really something.“What we’re showing now, after a great Christmas, is only right for a club of this stature, [it] proves what we can do. The run we’ve had over Christmas and the new year is a testament to that.”Romero added: “[The manager] knows what he wants to achieve – both for the club and us as individuals. On the pitch and within the club, he has made it very clear from the outset so we know the expectation of us inside the club and externally.“You can see he has brought to the club a certain happiness and it is going well.”The Red Devils will take on Tottenham on Sunday at Wembley in the Premier League.last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Man arrested by Escondido police after crashing stolen car into car wash

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2019-09-17

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900 million affordable housing measure one step closer to ballot

first_img February 9, 2018 $900 million affordable housing measure one step closer to ballot Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman Posted: February 9, 2018center_img Updated: 5:50 PM 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 SettingsA proposed $900 million bond measure to build low-income housing got one step closer to the November ballot this week when a San Diego City Council committee voted 4-1 to have city staff further evaluate it.The proposal would raise taxes on city of San Diego property owners an average of $72 per year to pay for roughly 7,500 subsidized apartments for the chronically homeless, veterans, senior citizens, the disabled and low-income families.Supporters say the measure, which needs support from two-thirds of voters to pass, would simultaneously help solve the city’s homelessness problem and affordable housing crisis.In addition to the local money it would raise, the measure would help San Diego secure a greater share of state money devoted to homelessness and affordable housing by providing local matching funds typically necessary for such assistance.Without such local funds, San Diego will be eligible for less state assistance than other California cities and counties that have approved similar tax hike measures addressing homelessness in recent years.“I think you’ve presented very compelling arguments — both compassionate ones and financial ones,” Councilwoman Barbara Bry of La Jolla said during Wednesday’s meeting of the council’s Rules Committee. “The state is likely to pass a bond measure and we won’t get our fair share of the money unless we have local matching funds.”Councilman Chris Cate of Mira Mesa said he was concerned about the impact on middle-income and low-income property owners.“I appreciate that this is definitely for those who are most in need, and I can respect that, but there are also people who own homes that are struggling every day too, and this is an additional tax on them,” Cate said.Cate voted in favor of having the proposal analyzed further, but said he plans to scrutinize the final version thoroughly before the full council decides this summer whether to place it on the November ballot.Councilman Mark Kersey of Black Mountain Ranch, who cast the lone “no” vote on Wednesday, said one of his key concerns was that affordable housing is a countywide problem, but only city property owners would face property tax increases under the proposal.“Our city voters are basically being asked to shoulder a fairly large burden,” Kersey said.Stephen Russell, head of the San Diego Housing Federation and the man spearheading the bond measure, said polling showed a bond measure covering the whole county would be unlikely to pass.But he said a November poll of 600 likely voters living within the city showed 71 support for the measure, even after people were told how much property taxes would increase.The bond measure would increase property taxes $19 a year per $100,000 of a property’s assessed valuation, which is often much lower than a property’s market value because of the protections of tax-limiting Proposition 13.While the average sale price of a home in San Diego has surpassed $500,000, supporters say their calculations indicate the average homeowner would pay $72 per year if the bond measure passes.Kersey also questioned whether the measure might conflict with a separate November measure that would raise hotel taxes to expand the waterfront convention center, repair roads and address homelessness.Russell said the $30 million to $50 million per year that measure would devote to homelessness could fund counseling and other support services at the 7,500 apartments that the bond measure would fund.“We see these as complementary and potentially synergistic measures that are up to the scale of the problem,” he said.Councilman Chris Ward of University Heights said he was pleased the measure would divide the money equally among three priorities.Based on the 7,500 estimate of housing units it would fund, the measure would build 2,500 units for the chronically homeless, 2,500 units for low-income families and 2,500 units for veterans, seniors and the disabled.No members of the public spoke against the measure, while a large coalition of housing developers, social service groups and community organizations praised it.Lori Holt Pfeiler, chief executive of Habitat for Humanity’s San Diego chapter, said the bond money is crucial. “The market can’t produce housing for low-income families — there has to be a subsidy,” she said.Homeless advocate Michael McConnell and several others said the bond measure would do more to end San Diego homelessness than any other proposals being considered. “Here’s the measure that will actually really do something about real solutions,” he said.Councilwoman Myrtle Cole of southeastern San Diego said she was upbeat about the proposal but needs more information before July about how quickly the units could be built and other concerns. “There are a few details that I would like clarified before really, fully committing to the proposal,” she said.City Attorney Mara Elliott’s staff is scheduled to bring back to the Rules Committee this spring potential ballot language and other information.The council is expected to vote in late July and early August on which proposed measures to place on the November ballot. 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2019-09-17

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Pathologist testifies that Rebecca Zahaus death was a homicide

first_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 SettingsA nationally renowned forensic pathologist testified Monday in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Rebecca Zahau.Zahau is the woman who was found bound, gagged and hanging naked from a balcony of the Spreckels mansion in Coronado in 2011.Dr. Cyril Wecht performed a second autopsy on Zahau’s body, about three months after an initial autopsy by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.Wecht said that in his opinion, the young woman’s death was not a suicide.KUSI’s Sasha Foo reports on some of the testimony heard in San Diego County Superior Court. March 12, 2018 Sasha Foo, Pathologist testifies that Rebecca Zahau’s death was a homicide Sasha Foo center_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Coronado, Dr. Cyril Wecht, Rebecca Zahau FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:27 PM Posted: March 12, 2018last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Chief David Nisleit on New Years Eve safety in San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom December 31, 2018 Posted: December 31, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve in San Diego, you can be assured the San Diego Police will be working hard to keep everybody safe.But of course, it’s up to each of us to make the right choices to ensure our safety too. San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit joined us on Good Morning San Diego to explain what they have been doing to prepare for the celebratory night. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 12:13 PM Chief David Nisleit on New Year’s Eve safety in San Diego Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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2019-09-17

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ASA Testifies on the Effectiveness of Ag Export Promotion Programs

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Censky testified today before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, which is reviewing export promotion programs and their effectiveness in expanding exports of U.S. agricultural products.Soybeans and soybean products are our country’s number one export commodity. Last year, the United States exported a record-setting $23 billion in soybeans, soybean oil and soybean meal. This impressive export growth could not have been achieved without the unique government-industry partnership that characterizes the Foreign Market Development (FMD) “Cooperator” Program and the Market Access Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).”These programs have been tremendously successful and extremely cost-effective in helping expand U.S. exports of soybeans and other agricultural commodities, including corn, wheat, rice, cotton, livestock and meat products, dairy, forest products, peanuts, seafood, and a host of horticultural products,” Censky testified.Censky was asked by the Subcommittee to focus on the role of the FMD Program in expanding U.S. agricultural exports. The FMD program is a public-private partnership program dedicated to the long-term development of foreign markets for U.S. agricultural exports. ASA’s FMD funding is leveraged on a 2 to 1 basis with funding for international marketing provided soybean farmers themselves under the soybean checkoff and by contributions from exporters.”FMD is cost-effective,” Censky said. “According to a recent comprehensive study conducted by Global Insight for FAS, the multi-year impact of the increase in market development expenditures by both industry and government is equal to $35 in agricultural export gains for each dollar spent.”ASA became a Cooperator under the FMD program in 1956, when it opened a foreign market development program in Tokyo, Japan. At that time, Japan was importing only small quantities U.S. soybeans. Today, Japan is a top market for U.S. soybean products, surpassed only by China and Mexico. U.S. exports of soybeans to Japan are valued at $1.3 billion.While Japan represents ASA’s first success story, China is perhaps its most impressive. ASA opened an office in Beijing in 1982. Through a long term and comprehensive program of demonstrating the value of soy-based feeds, ASA helped build demand for soybeans. The value of U.S. soybean exports to China has grown 26 fold since 1996, from $414 million to over $11 billion in 2010.”The FMD program helps U.S. agriculture overcome the effects of foreign trade practices,” Censky reported. “As just one example of the competition we face, the European Union recently announced that it will spend the equivalent of $1.0 billion this year on promoting agricultural exports, and that it plans to increase this amount on an annual basis. By comparison, the U.S. will spend $234.5 million on FMD and MAP this year.”The international marketing activities for the U.S. soybean industry are implemented by the U.S. Soybean Export Council. These activities to expand international markets for U.S. soybeans and products are made possible through ASA’s investment of cost-share funding provided by FAS, support from cooperating industry, and by producer checkoff dollars invested by the United Soybean Board and various State Soybean Councils.last_img read more

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2019-09-16

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Boy 3 found safe after being taken from home

first_imgPolice on Monday located a missing 3-year-old boy who was taken by a woman earlier in the morning.The boy was reported taken from an apartment in the Harney Heights area sometime around 6:40 a.m., according to dispatch logs.Vancouver Police Cmdr. Scott Bieber said the three women involved in the incident were transients and had been squatting in the apartment for a week or two.When a burglary was reported at the apartment, one of the women decided to protect the child from police and took him away, Bieber said.Commuters might have noticed increased police presence in the area as officers searched roadways, trails and local businesses in a swath of central Vancouver for the boy. After about an hour of searching, an officer radioed that he found the woman and child near the intersection of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Rossiter Lane.The child appeared to be fine, according to radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The woman was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment, Bieber said. Her name was not available.last_img read more

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2019-09-16

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Vancouver woman charged with murder attempt

first_imgA Vancouver woman accused of trying to fatally shoot her husband after he asked for a divorce was charged Tuesday with first-degree attempted murder.Prosecutors also filed felony harassment charges against Gayle Bethke, 60. Both charges carry firearm enhancements.Bethke is being held in the Clark County Jail on $750,000 bail. She made her first appearance on Monday in Clark County Superior Court and will be arraigned on Friday.Prosecutors said Bethke’s husband of nine years told her he wanted a divorce on Friday night, leading her to retrieve a .380 semiautomatic pistol. Bethke jumped on the bed where her husband, Roger, was lying and allegedly pointed the gun at his head, according to court documents.As she squeezed the trigger, Roger Bethke, 41, managed to wrestle the gun away. As a struggle ensued, Gayle Bethke allegedly kept threatening to kill him, said Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Nugent. Her husband pushed her to the floor and she left the house in the 14600 block of Northeast 49th Circle.Later, Gayle Bethke left two voice mail messages for her grown daughter, apologizing “for trying to kill Roger,” Nugent said.Police didn’t apprehend Gayle Bethke until Saturday. She was arrested following a pursuit into Skamania County.Court documents indicate she is a recovering alcoholic with a history of mental illness. Bethke has a pint-of-vodka-a-day habit and is currently detoxing, those documents state.Judge John Wulle set the $750,000 bail and appointed defense attorney Tom Phelan to represent her.last_img read more

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2019-09-16

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Tsunami warning for Aleutians after 80 quake

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — Residents of the city of Adak on Alaska’s Aleutian Islands evacuated the town site and gathered on a nearby hill Monday after a magnitude-8.0 earthquake prompted a tsunami warning for part of the island chain.“We’re seeing water leave our bay, so we do have everybody up on the Bering Hill area, where our primary evacuation center is at,” City Manager Layton Lockett told The Associated Press by telephone as he gathered some last paperwork before heading out himself to join about 300 residents at the center.About 200 miles west, a tsunami wave of about 7 inches was reported at Amchitka Island, said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.There were no immediate reports of damage, he said, as authorities with the state emergency system began notifying the coastal communities affected by the tsunami warning or the tsunami advisory that was issued for coastlines further from the earthquake’s epicenter.Natasha Ruppert, a seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Center, said that because the communities that would have suffered damage are under a tsunami warning, people may not have been able to get out and check for damage yet.last_img read more

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Macaus Paradise Entertainment issues positive profit alert

first_img RelatedPosts The positive results are due to “an increase of approximately 10% in the group’s revenue from provision of casino management services as a result of an increase of approximately 10% in total gross gaming revenue from the casinos under the group’s management” as well as “an increase of approximately 160% in the group’s revenue from sale of electronic gaming equipment and systems.”Inside Asian Gaming reported in April that Paradise had already deployed 364 new Live Multi Game (LMG) terminals to the city’s casinos in the first few months of 2018 – almost five times the number of terminals it deployed through all of 2017. Hong Kong airport shut down as analysts warn protests having negative impact on Macau GGR Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Macau’s Paradise Entertainment Ltd has issued a positive profit alert for the six months ended 30 June 2018.In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Wednesday, Paradise said it expects to record a profit for the period, compared with a HK$35 million loss in the first six months of 2017. Load Morelast_img read more

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