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Juventus sign Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny

first_imgJuventus have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on a four-year contract for 12.2 million euros ($14.07 million), the Italian champions said in a statement on Wednesday.The Poland international, capped 29 times, spent the last two years on loan at Serie A rivals AS Roma, making 38 league appearances last season.The 27-year-old finished the campaign with the most clean sheets in the league, 14, one ahead of Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus’ first choice goalkeeper for the last 16 years.”Every player that comes at Juventus becomes better, every player that comes wins trophies,” Szczesny said in a news conference.Juventus said on their website (www.juventusfc.com) that the fee for the Pole may increase by 3.1 million euros if certain conditions are achieved over the course of the four-year deal.Buffon, capped a record 169 times by Italy, renewed a contract with Juventus until 2018 last year and said that he is planning to retire after the 2018 World Cup.last_img read more

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Caroline Wozniacki, Julia Goerges set up Auckland Classic final after rain troubles scheduling

first_imgCaroline Wozniacki played her quarter-final and semi-final on the same day and won them both to set up the final meet with second seed Julia Goerges at the Auckland Classic on Saturday.Heavy rain throughout the week in the New Zealand hampered the entire scheduling of the tournament and the organisers were forced to play the quarter-finals and both semi-finals on Saturday. The final will be played on Sunday.With the rain playing havoc over the scheduling, Wozniacki had to play both the quarte-final and her semi-final within a space of just over four hours.Wozniacki struggled in her quarter-final against American wildcard Sofia Kenin but eventually triumphed 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 just before 4pm local time.At about 5.50pm local time, Wozniacki had to be back on the court for her semi-final against another American Sachia Vickery.ALSO WATCHVickery had earlier upset third seed Agnieskza Radwanksa but failed to carry on the momentum and Wozniacki easily beat her 6-4, 6-4.”I’m exhausted, if I’m being honest,” Wozniacki told the WTA website after her semi-final.”It’s a tough start to the season – you kind of feel it after the first match… in the back, and the legs, and then we didn’t play for a couple of days, and I said, ‘Oh, it’s nice.'”Then coming out here and playing three sets this morning, and then two sets when we ran a lot — I’m not 17 anymore, I can feel it for sure!”Goerges, who lost to American Sloane Stephens in the 2016 Auckland final, was far more comfortable in both of her matches.advertisementShe beat Polona Hercog 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals before moving into the final with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei.Wozniacki, who lost the Auckland final to Venus Williams in 2015 and has been a tournament regular in recent years, can move up to number two in the world rankings if she wins the title on Sunday.”I definitely need a good massage tonight and some great food to just try and be as fresh as possible for tomorrow,” she said.”It would be amazing …obviously, being here in another final means a lot to me, and I would love to make it a step further and win this tournament.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

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TRAVEL BAN REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ROCK VALLEY

first_imgHeavy rain Sunday night added to flooding problems already facing the town of Rock Valley, Iowa.A mandatory evacuation of everything north of 17th Street was issued by the city around 9pm Sunday.Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo has issued a travel ban for the town to allow emergency vehicles the ability to move around without being hindered.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ROCKVAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….will be arrested. 18Van Otterloo says the towns water pumps are overwhelmed:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ROCKVAL2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….keep up. :22Anyone displaced from their homes was to go to Faith Reformed Church in Rock Valley for shelter.last_img read more

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Government Increases Support for Family Caregivers

first_imgFamily caregivers facing the physical, mental and emotional challenges of caring for a loved one may now get more well-deserved time away from their responsibilities through increased respite care or short-term care. Effective today, June 24, the amount of respite care available in a long-term care facility has been increased from 28 days to 60 days per year. “Family caregiving is rewarding, but it is also very challenging and can put a lot of physical, mental and emotional strain on the individual and on the family,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “By increasing the amount of respite care, we are fulfilling our promise to better support caregivers, while recognizing the crucial role they play in caring for some of the most vulnerable people in Nova Scotia.” The increase in the number of respite days will allow family caregivers to take more time away, go on vacation, attend to personal and business matters, while their loved ones are given quality care in a safe environment. Respite care beds are available in many nursing homes and some residential care facilities across the province. The standard daily charge is $29.75, although a reduced rate may be available for people with low incomes. The maximum continuous stay in a respite care bed at one time cannot be more than 30 days. Also, no more than 30 days can be taken between July 1 and Oct. 1, the peak demand period. An individual or caregiver can request access to a respite care bed by calling toll-free 1-800-225-7225 for an assessment. Once a person is determined eligible, a bed is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The respite care increase is part of government’s 10-year, $260-million Continuing Care Strategy that helps Nova Scotians who want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible by providing support to them and those who care for them. More information on the policy is available online at www.gov.ns.ca/health/ccs or by calling toll free 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

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Delhi HC asks why revised pay scales to prosecutors not considered

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Saturday asked the Centre and the Delhi government why revised pay scales for Public Prosecutors in the national capital had been not considered and granted. A Division Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi also asked the Centre and the Delhi government to file an affidavit in this regard by July 25, the next date of hearing. The bench was hearing an intervention application filed by around 40 Assistant Public Prosecutors, including Jamshed Ansari, who sought compliance of a September 3, 2009 order for revision of salaries of Assistant Public Prosecutors (APP). Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar On the High Court’s direction in September 2015, the Delhi Cabinet had approved revision of pay scale of officers working under the Directorate of Prosecution on September 1, 2015. However, the court observed that revision of pay scales of the Prosecutors has not been implemented. “As far as compliance of the directions issued by this Court vide order dated September 3, 2015 and subsequent order dated February 1, 2019, in the matter of granting revision of pay scales to the prosecutors as recommended by the government of Delhi is concerned, the same has not been implemented,” it said. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance The court was informed that a committee constituted by the Centre to look into the Delhi government’s recommendations had accepted those for certain posts leaving out some others such as APP. The court clarified that as per the Supreme Court order, services of the prosecutors in Delhi come under the purview of the Delhi government and the Centre was therefore bound to implement the Delhi Cabinet’s decision in its totality. “Accordingly, we direct the Union of India (UOI) to do so and issue an appropriate notification within one month from today. Needless to mention that the UOI shall extend all the benefits to the prosecutors as recommended by the government of the NCT of Delhi,” the bench said. Prosecutor Ansari informed the bench that in 2009, Delhi High Court initiated suo motu petition on the poor condition of Public Prosecutors in Delhi. The court was also informed that one of the causes for delay in disposal of the cases with regard to undertrials was the shortage of Public Prosecutors as well as infrastructure facilities and supporting staff for them, which were woefully inadequate.last_img read more

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Algeria says Morocco decision to recall envoy unjustified

first_imgALGIERS – Algeria said Thursday it considers as ”unjustified” a decision by Morocco to recall its ambassador in response to comments by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika about disputed Western Sahara.The diplomatic spat follows the latest barbed exchange between the North African neighbours whose decades-old rivalry centres on the disputed territory.“This is an unjustified decision, amounting to an unfortunate escalation based on spurious motives, and detrimental to the sovereignty of Algeria,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement sent to AFP. But despite its protest, Algiers said it would keep its diplomats in Morocco.Rabat said on Wednesday that its decision to recall the ambassador followed ”a growing number of provocative and hostile acts by Algeria towards the kingdom,” notably regarding “regional differences over the Moroccan Sahara.”It highlighted a speech by Bouteflika at a meeting in Abuja on Monday in which the Algerian president said an international mechanism to monitor human rights in Western Sahara was needed “more than ever”.In his speech, Bouteflika referred to “massive and systematic human rights violations that take place inside the occupied territories to suppress the peaceful struggle” of the Sahrawi people for freedom of expression and association.The spat comes as a report is due to be presented to the UN Security Council by special envoy Christopher Ross, who visited the region this month in a new bid to push for a peaceful resolution to the frozen conflict.Excerpted from AFPlast_img read more

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UN chief closely following developments in Lebanon urges calm and dialogue

12 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is closely monitoring developments in Lebanon and has emphasized the importance of preserving calm there, his spokesperson said today. “The Secretary-General further calls for continuing dialogue among all parties and respect for the constitution and the laws of Lebanon,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the UN chief also reiterates his full support for the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).According to press reports, Lebanon’s government of national unity collapsed on Wednesday following the resignation from cabinet of 11 ministers from Hizbollah and allied groups. Reports claim that the 11 resigned after months of negotiations brokered by Saudi Arabia and Syria failed to produce a compromise over the Special Tribunal, which is examining the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.The situation in Lebanon has been marked by rising tensions in recent months, a situation described by the Secretary-General in a report issued in October as a “domestic climate of uncertainty and fragility.”The Special Tribunal is an independent body that was set up following a probe by the International Independent Investigation Commission after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing that killed Rafik Hariri and 22 other people was seriously flawed.Last Sunday, Mr. Ban reiterated his support for the Tribunal’s work in a meeting in New York with the slain leader’s son and current Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri. During the meeting, Mr. Ban stressed the independence of the Special Tribunal and he said he hoped its work would help end impunity in the country.Lebanon was also one of the topics the Secretary-General discussed with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in New York on Tuesday. At that meeting, Mr. Ban expressed his appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s efforts to support stability in Lebanon.Meanwhile, the Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas, today met with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces at the UN position at the border crossing at Ras Al Naqoura.They discussed the implementation of resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbollah, the issue of the village of Ghajar, which straddles the so-called Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, and other matters related to the situation along the Blue Line. read more

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Nine Iranians arrested with heroin remanded

The trawler was found to be transporting 107.22 kg of heroin said to be worth over Rs. 1 Billion. The nine Iranians arrested in the southern seas with heroin this week have been ordered to be remanded till April 5th.The nine Iranians were arrested after a trawler they were travelling in was detained by the Navy and Police in a joint operation. The vessel was escorted to the Colombo harbour after being detained in the Southern Seas. The vessel is believed to have arrived from Pakistan when it was detected and detained in the southern seas.Investigators also said that they suspect the vessel is linked to notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush. (Colombo Gazette)

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UN to meet beverage companies on healthrelated alcohol issues

The World Health Organization (WHO) will host the meeting on February 12 in Geneva, with the companies representing more than half of total global alcohol sales. Participants will be briefed on current activities in the alcohol policy area and relevant corporate social responsibility initiatives. They will also exchange views on how to curb drinking and driving, and the marketing and promotion of alcohol to young people.”Worldwide, 5 per cent of all deaths of young people between the ages of 15 and 29 were attributable to alcohol use, and that globally, 140 million people were suffering from alcohol dependence,” said Dr Gro. Harlem Brundtland, WHO Director-General. Speaking at the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Young People and Alcohol in February 2001, she also called for a concerted review by international experts of the issue of marketing and promotion of alcohol to young people. The Geneva meeting follows informal discussions over the past six months with alcohol companies and reflects WHO’s determination to engage with all interested stakeholders in formulating a policy to address the public health consequences of alcohol use worldwide. Alcohol is the leading health risk in some developing countries, and ranks third in industrialized nations, causing 1.8 million deaths worldwide, according to the recently released World Health Report 2002. read more

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UN must reform win our trust by proving it can deliver UK

. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly’s annual general debate, Theresa May noted that climate change is degrading and depleting the planet, and millions were fleeing their homes in search of a better life. Moreover, there are massive inequalities around the world and weaknesses in the global trading system, both of which are pushing some countries towards protectionism. “As the global system struggles to adapt, some countries are deliberately flouting international rules,” she said, citing the “unforgivable use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime,” and the threat of nuclear weapons use by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Calling on countries to defend the international order and the values of fairness, justice and human rights underpinning the multilateral system – including through agreements such as the Paris Accord and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – she said the international system, with the United Nations at its heart, is the “amplifying force” for those values. Indeed, “we have to strive harder” to defend and reform the UN, she stressed, and those who flouted the rules and spirit of the Organization must be held to account. Noting that the United Kingdom had long supported the UN, she nevertheless said the Organization suffers from a gap between its purposes and their delivery. “Member States must embark on the Secretary General’s reform agenda,” she said, calling for better cooperation, improved gender equality and reduced competition on the ground. As an outward-looking, “global Britain” – and the world’s second largest donor – the United Kingdom would continue to support the Organization. However, she stated: “The UN and its agencies must win our trust” by proving they can deliver. In that regard, the UK would now set aside 30 per cent of its funding, to be paid only to those parts of the UN that achieve sufficient results. read more

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Jon Walters gets the nod ahead of Shane Long for Germany showdown

first_imgJON WALTERS WILL lead the line for Ireland against Germany tomorrow night, Giovanni Trapattoni has confirmed.The Stoke City striker has been named in the starting XI to face Jogi Loew’s side at the Aviva Stadium, in place of the injured Robbie Keane.John O’Shea will skipper the side. Seamus Coleman is named at right back while Keith Fahey partners Keith Andrews and James McCarthy in the centre of midfield.The full team is: Westwood; Coleman, O’Shea, O’Dea, Ward; McCarthy, Andrews,  Fahey, Cox, McGeady; Walters.Ireland won’t be a pushover, insists Germany assistantlast_img

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Man arrested after stabbing two gardaí in council offices

first_imgA 45-YEAR-OLD MAN was arrested last week after an altercation with gardaí from the Special Detective Unit.The incident occurred on 15 May in the offices of Dublin City Council, a Garda spokesperson confirmed.It is not known why gardaí were called to the offices on Wood Quay, but when gardaí arrived, the man produced a knife.In the ensuing scuffle, the two gardaí were injured and the man arrested.The two guards suffered minor injuries and were brought to hospital.The man was brought to Kevin Street Garda Station, where he was questioned and subsequently released. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.Read: Gardaí arrest 60-year-old man after stabbing in Wexfordlast_img

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Real IRA figure Aidan ODriscoll executed in wellplanned hit Special Criminal Court

first_imgReal IRA figure Aidan O’Driscoll ‘executed in well-planned hit’, Special Criminal Court told Three men have pleaded guilty to offences. AIDAN O’DRISCOLL was “executed” on a busy street in a “well-planned” hit that was part of an internal dispute between the Real IRA and the New IRA, the Special Criminal Court has heard.Colin Casey (32) and Daniel Hegarty (24), with unknown addresses, pleaded guilty to four counts of impeding the apprehension or prosecution of the killers of Aidan  O’Driscoll in Cork city more than two years ago. A third man, Eoin Morrissey (19), with an unknown address, also pleaded guilty to two counts of impeding the apprehension or prosecution of O’Driscoll’s killers.O’Driscoll, a senior figure in the Real IRA in Munster, died after he was shot four times on the Old Commons Road, in Blackpool, Cork City on 7 December 2016. The Special Criminal Court heard that Casey collected the alleged gunmen from the Redemption Road area of Blackpool after they had arrived in a silver Nissan Almera. He drove them from that location in a white Vauxhall Astra van which he subsequently burned out, along with the Nissan Almera.Hegarty collected a bag used by the alleged killers in the vicinity of Farranferris, Blackpool in Cork city, which he buried at an isolated location. He also set fire to a Honda CBR motorbike used to transport the bag, and was involved in the burning of a red Opel Astra car.FirelightersMorrissey provided Hegarty, his first cousin, with a firelighter which was used to burn the red Opel Astra car. He was also charged with following Hegarty to Inchamay, Naad, Banteer, where the red Opel Astra car was burnt out, so as to provide transport for Hegarty after the burning.The State was unable to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the three men knew a murder was to be committed, prosecuting counsel, Ronan Kennedy BL, told the court.At their sentence hearing today, Detective Sergeant Niall O’Connell, of Watercourse Garda Station in Cork, told the court that the execution was well-planned and preparations had been in place for a considerable amount of time.Detective Sergeant O’Connell said gardaí believed the shooting was part of an internal dispute between the Real IRA and the New IRA and investigations remain ongoing. He said the garda investigation established that two males were involved in the fatal shooting, neither of whom were Casey, Hegarty or Morrissey.The detective agreed with Mr Kennedy, prosecuting, that the Old Commons Road was the “heart of Blackpool”. It was a busy area with lots of vehicles and pedestrians passing through it. Children were attending a nearby drama school at the time of the shooting.He said O’Driscoll had travelled from his employers’ yard to the Old Commons Road at approximately 4.50pm on the day in question where he was to carry out some renovation work at an address that was familiar to him. After crossing the road, O’Driscoll was confronted by a gunman who fired a shot into him. O’Driscoll tried to run from his assailant and the first attacker’s gun appeared to jam, the detective said. A second gunman exited the driver’s side of a silver Nissan Almera and followed O’Driscoll across the road.Detective Sergeant O’Connell said Mr O’Driscoll was shot four times in total. He said three bullets were recovered from his body with the fourth recovered from a hedge down the road. “A (fifth, unspent) bullet was found on the roadway which had been ejected from one of the guns,” O’Connell said. He said the culprits fled in a silver Nissan Almera before driving to Cemetery Road where a white van driven by Casey was waiting. Casey got out of the van, opened the rear doors, and the people from the Almera got into it, the detective said.Casey, described as somebody who worked in the motor trade, told gardaí that he drove the white can from his house to Cemetery Road where a number of people “jumped in”. He said he didn’t know who they were. ‘Under pressure’He said he was told earlier that day to look for cars associated with O’Driscoll. He said he did what he was told to do and he was under pressure to do it.Hegarty, a mechanic with no previous convictions, outlined to gardaí how he travelled together with his friend to a location where he was told to wait by the side of the road. A short time later, he was handed a bag which he was to bury. He told gardaí that he had an idea what was in the bag but would not say. He said he knew something bad was going to happen on the day in question, but that was the extent of it. Morrissey, a mechanic’s apprentice, admitted to his role in the disposal of the red Opel Astra. He said he only realised afterwards that the car had been used in the shooting.His barrister, Tim O’Leary SC, said his client had no affiliations with or tendencies towards illegal organisations, and had only become involved in events two weeks after the shooting. Justice Tony Hunt fixed 12 April at the date for sentence. Hegarty and Casey were remanded in custody while Morrissey was remanded on continuing bail.Detective Sergeant O’Connell said the garda investigation involved 100 gardaí and the allocation of 1,300 jobs. He said 10,000 hours of CCTV footage was viewed, 63 phones were analysed and over 700 statements were taken. He said it was clear from mobile phone analysis that, from earlier on in the day, “all the elements” were in place and vehicles were in position for the shooting.Comments are off as legal proceedings are ongoing. Monday 11 Mar 2019, 10:10 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 11th 2019, 10:10 PM By Ruaidhrí Giblin Image: PA Archive/PA Images No Comments 25,194 Views Image: PA Archive/PA Images Share1 Tweet Email1 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4536012 last_img read more

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Publics help sought in hitandrun that left 1 injured

first_imgThe Vancouver Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a driver in a Monday evening hit-and-run crash that left one person injured.Officers with were called to the 11500 block of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard at 6:12 p.m. Monday for a report of a crash.They found one of the two vehicles involved had fled the scene without the occupants identifying themselves, police said.The driver of the other vehicle, 32-year-old Vancouver resident Julie Marcotte, was injured when her Fiat was T-boned by the suspect vehicle, which turned left out of a parking lot and crashed into her vehicle, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.Marcotte was taken to an area hospital with neck pain and a headache, Kapp said. Marcotte had been treated and released by Tuesday afternoon, according to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Thanks to tips, investigators found an image of what they think is the SUV that drove away: The police described the suspect vehicle as a mid-2000s model gray or green Ford Explorer, Vancouver police said, with a large, circular emblem or image on the vehicle’s rear driver side window.Investigators said that the vehicle would have moderate to heavy damage to the front bumper.Anyone with information on the suspected driver or the suspected vehicle involved is asked to call 911.last_img read more

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From the Newsroom Ad campaign puts faces to our names

first_img If you have lived in Clark County for awhile, you probably know what some of the local television news personalities look like. KOIN’s Dan Tilkin? Dark curly hair, 40s, blue eyes. KPTV’s Andy Carson? Blond hair, soul patch, doesn’t like to wear ties. And so on. Depending on your viewing habits, these folks are in your family rooms five days a week.But how about Tim Martinez, who’s brought you Clark County prep sports news for the last 18 years? Or Jessica Prokop, who in four years at The Columbian has become one of our best reporters and worked her way onto our management team?Trying to match names and faces is the goal of an advertising campaign we launched about three weeks ago. On Mondays, you’ll see a color ad somewhere in the print edition with pictures of some of our journalists, and a little bit about them. This week, we featured Jessica and the other two members of our Breaking News team, Jerzy Shedlock and Jack Heffernan.I have to admit there is some discomfort on the staff about this feature. It’s sort of like when you had to present your project in front of the class.Besides Jessica, Jerzy and Jack, we’ve already featured our outdoors writer, Terry Otto, and Tim and Sports Editor Micah Rice. I think our photo team is up next. We have almost 40 journalists, and the ads feature no more than three people at a time, so we might go all summer! Craig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or craig.brown@columbian.comlast_img read more

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Heavy rain flooding Grand Bahama homes senior citizens call for Govt help

first_img Related Items:freeport, grandbahama, magneticmedia, NEMA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Recommended for you TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 25, 2017 – Grand Bahama – People in Grand Bahama are bailing water out of their homes and praying that mold ridden walls won’t kill them as the help promised through #NEMA and Urban Renewal has not yet come through.  #MagneticMedia is in touch with families on the island who say the incessant rain is literally back breaking work as homeowners, women in their 70s are bailing water out of their homes as they hope and wait for Government help.The reason for the hold up is multi pronged and includes that some repair workers are on holiday, reports of misappropriated funds and a process which had to be revisited and reviewed once the new government came in.    Calls to local government leaders, to members of parliament and government ministers and government offices are not falling on deaf ears we are told but they are not reaping any swift action to help these senior citizens out.It has been raining for the past two days in #Freeport in unrelentingly.    During a recent rain event, Grand Bahama Minister Kwasi Thompson told media that the help for homeowners was a work in progress, that homeowners were not forgotten.    Almost a month later, and as we enter the busy part of the hurricane season – people say they need help, not promises.A NEMA damage assessment of #GrandBahama, released right after the storm in October 2016 mainly focused on the outlying areas of the island, with no reports on damaged building in the Freeport area.    At that time, 525 structures were reported destroyed in 15 areas including West End, Holmes Rock, Pinder’s Point, Mack Town, Hunters, Jones Town, Hanna Hill, Sea Grape and Pinedale.last_img read more

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Supervisors OK letter asking SANDAG to keep highway promises

first_img KUSI Newsroom April 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a formal letter calling out a new regional transportation plan that some board members say neglects needed highway improvement in favor of more mass transit.The board’s 3-2 vote, with Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher opposed, comes after the San Diego Association of Government on Friday unveiled a new regional transportation plan.In 2004, 67 percent of San Diego voters approved a 40-year extension of TransNet, a half-cent sales tax to generate funds for highway, road and public transit projects.As requested by Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar, the county letter will oppose any modification to the 2004 TransNet Extension Ordinance, including changes to the highway projects and their funding; advocate for highway and road projects in the new Regional Transportation Plan; and request that SANDAG pursue new sources of funding for projects not listed in the 2004 TransNet Extension Ordinance.Supervisor Kristin Gaspar said “SANDAG now wants to divert that voter-approved money away from several North County highway projects, into a fantasy project for downtown that’s being compared to Governor Brown’s high speed rail proposal. Kristin says she’s hearing from a lot of people in her district, angry that North County is being shafted again to cater to downtown.” 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 Settingscenter_img Posted: April 30, 2019 Updated: 8:22 AM Supervisors OK letter asking SANDAG to keep highway promises Desmond said SANDAG’s overhaul removes 14 highway projects.Desmond added while he’s not opposed to a new vision, original highway projects need to remain — otherwise, voters are paying an additional 29 years for projects they won’t receive.“A functioning road and freeway system is essential to our economy,” Desmond said.Gaspar said the SANDAG vision doesn’t include a price tag, and that any plan shouldn’t be modeled after mass transit in Los Angeles or Seattle, given their commute programs.Further, she added that plans calling for mass transit near affordable housing are deceptive because such housing goals haven’t been met.Fletcher said ultimately, the county must take climate change seriously, and any letter in opposition to SANDAG’s new vision is a step backward.The way to reduce congestion is giving people transit options, he said.“Today the majority of the board made a choice to contribute to increases in greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. My choice is to fight for a better future and reject the idea of clinging to a failed past,” Fletcher said. “The non-binding resolution will not prevent SANDAG and our community from moving forward with delivering fast, safe, reliable and green transit for San Diego.”Cox agreed that TransNet promises should be kept, but said it would be premature to reject the new SANDAG plan.Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said she doesn’t oppose new SANDAG proposals on mass transit, but the agency should call for a separate ballot measure and not break faith with voters on critical highway projects, or the public may never again approve new transportation proposals.The board voted after hearing from more than 20 public speakers, both in support and opposition, to the SANDAG plan. last_img read more

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UPDATE Alert neighbor helps nab burglary suspect

first_imgA Rose Village woman woke up Wednesday evening to see an intruder standing at the foot of her bed.“I just sat there. I didn’t know what to do,” said the woman, Eleanor.Fortunately, an observant neighbor had already taken action. He’d asked police to respond when he saw a man enter his neighbor’s back door a few minutes earlier.Both the neighbor and victims asked that their last names be withheld from this story. Here’s how the situation unfolded:John, the man who called 911, was working in his backyard near the intersection of 30th and U streets Wednesday night when he saw a shirtless man in the alley behind his house.“This guy I’ve never seen before,” he said, noting he knows most people who pass by his home.The man asked if he could use the bathroom. John said no. Then the man asked for some water.John gave him a bottle of water and the man started walking down the alley again.“I didn’t think anything much of it after that,” John said.After a few minutes, John saw the man (who John said was now acting strange) in the backyard of his neighbors’ home. Eventually, the man went in the back door.John called 911 and went around the block and saw two cars in the driveway. His neighbors were still in the home, he thought. He didn’t hear any commotion and worried that he had called the police on someone his neighbors knew.Officers with Vancouver police’s West Precinct Neighborhood Response Team arrived at the home on the 3000 block of U Street around 7:30 p.m.They found Eleanor’s husband and two children on the first floor on the home, said police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. The husband told police he’d heard his door open but didn’t know who opened it. He thought Eleanor had gone out to the car, but when he didn’t see her outside, he went downstairs into the basement to check on her. While Eleanor’s husband had gone out to the car, the intruder allegedly hid in the basement’s bathroom.last_img read more

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2 chemical burn victims in Hialeah airlifted to JMH

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man and a woman were airlifted to the hospital after, officials said, they sustained chemical burns in Hialeah, Monday afternoon.Hialeah Fire Rescue responded to the scene on the 900 block of West 74th Street. According to investigators, a man in his early 70s and a woman in her 50s suffered burns to their lower extremities from an unknown chemical.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue assisted crews with airlifting the victims to Jackson Memorial Hospital.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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AMHS report Ferries boost Anchorage MatSu economies too

first_imgPassengers disembark the ferry Malaspina in Skagway during its 50th anniversary sailing. Most ferry fares went up Jan. 1. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/360 North)Download AudioMany people think the Alaska Marine Highway System only serves port communities in the Southeast and Southwest parts of the state, plus Prince William Sound. It turns out the Railbelt benefits, too.The McDowell Group, a Juneau-based research business, was hired by the ferry system to produce an economic impact report.It lists Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough among the top hometowns for residents booking ferry travel. And Anchorage is tied for first as the prime destination for ferrying summer tourists.“The marine highway system has this invisible role in the rest of the state that’s not as apparent,” said Heather Haugland, who wrote the report based on 2014 fiscal year information.It shows the ferry system to be an essential part of Alaska’s economic landscape. The marine highway employs about 1,000 people directly, which leads to almost 700 other jobs in retail, tourism and other industries.The report, released Feb. 4, said the system led to about $270 million a year of economic activity statewide. That’s more than double what the government spends on operations and maintenance. Direct revenues from ticket sales, freight and related activity remain far below the state’s costs.Haugland said the economic benefits start with about $65 million in ferry workers’ pay.“Those wages, in turn, get spent elsewhere in the state. And that creates indirect impacts. And then businesses, as well, that the marine highway system works with and makes purchases from, they in turn make additional purchases,” she said.Of course, the marine highway’s biggest impacts are on smaller, isolated communities. Their residents depend on ferry travel for medical care, shopping and school trips.“The marine highway system serves 33 communities. And only five of them are connected to the road system,” she said.The report said the marine highway carried almost 320,000 passengers and more than 100,000 vehicles in the year studied. More than 4,000 container vans carried groceries and seafood, as well as other products.Haugland said those are especially important in small communities with few other options.“You can’t just replace the ferry system with air. Air travel (has) a lot of canceled flights. There is not as much capacity on air. It just plays such an essential role in many facets of life in these really small communities,” she said.The schedule has been cut since the data was collected that was used in the report. More reductions are planned, due to the state’s budget crisis.Haugland said economic and other impacts will drop proportionately as sailings and ships are cut.Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said the report is timely.“There have been requests from the public and … the legislature as well to look at this economic impact and renew the study information,” he said.Woodrow said the study has been sent to coastal legislators, as well as members of the House and Senate Transportation committees.last_img read more

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