Ronaldo is the most powerful footballer exReal Madrid fitness coach

first_imgGiovanni Mauri has worked with at least six Ballon d’Or winners but considers the Portuguese to be the bestGiovanni Mauri is one of the most experienced fitness coaches in the world of football.He has worked with at least six Ballon d’Or winners.He has also work in the biggest teams in the world: AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.But to a coach that has seen the best footballers in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best of them all.“Cristiano is a phenomenon and an elite level athlete,” Mauri told Tuttosport as reported by ESPN.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He always trains to the best possible level because his way of working is comprised of three things: dedication, competitiveness and a positive attitude.”“To improve football you would need to bring every young player to watch his training sessions,” he said.“He does everything with a smile and not against his will, unlike certain kids even in youth ranks.”“We are talking about a world class player who, when we returned home at 2 a.m. from a Champions League away match would not jet off home in his car,” he explained.“No, he would stop at the training center for at least an hour for various recovery exercises and cryotherapy.”“As well as living a healthy life, he has a total dedication for physical recovery,” he said.last_img read more

There have been no formal offers Piateks agent

first_imgThe Polish striker is the hottest player in the Italian Lega Serie A having scored 14 goals in his last 10 competitive matchesPolish forward Krzysztof Piatek recently joined Genoa in the Italian Lega Serie A.The footballer has only played 7 matches, where he has scored 9 goals for his club.And there have been many rumors of him leaving Genoa soon, but there’s nothing official.“Many clubs have contacted us, but there has been no formal offer,” Piatek’s agent Szymon Pacanowski was echoed by Football Italia.“Many clubs have contacted us over the last few weeks, but I won’t name them.”“However, there has been no formal offer from any club, including Napoli,” he added.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“His value has certainly risen over the three months in Serie A, but right now we are happy to remain at Genoa.”📋 – Straight off the training ground!Take a look at how Krzysztof Piatek gave Poland the lead against Portugal…Watch Poland v Portugal live on Sky Sports Football Red Button or watch in-game clips and highlights here: https://t.co/orKC8PgnPR pic.twitter.com/vlh1GWtWlC— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) October 11, 2018last_img read more

Premier says keep London out of TCI Partisan arguments

first_img Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jun 2015 – The Premier in the House of Assembly today said he believes arguments between Turks and Caicos political parties should be dealt with amongst the parties right here at home and should not involve the UK. Hon Rufus Ewing was responding to At Large Member, Hon Derek Taylor’s promise that if the PNP Administration continued to resist responding to what he and others believe are legitimate public concerns and queries, he would exercise his right to report the executive government to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. Taylor was speaking Tuesday at the PDM’s post-convention press conference when he said his party is fed up with issues going unanswered and even unacknowledged. The PNP Administration has been slammed with criticisms that it is an ‘invisible’ government… Taylor said he would take the matter to the House of Lords. Related Items:derek taylor, london, pnp, rufus ewing, tci politics TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

TCIs Jennings wins bronze in Kenya

first_img#Colbydidit#BronzeforTKS#ColbyJenningstrackstar Related Items:#Colbydidit #BronzeforTKS, #ColbyJenningstrackstar, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNairobi, Kenya – July 14, 2017 – Jennings did it! Secured IAAF hardware at the World Youth Games in Nairobi, Kenya for Turks and Caicos.  Colby Jennings almost did not attend the Games but now has a BRONZE story to tell after running a personal best (PB) and placing third in the 400m Men’s final today.Colby Jennings, a student of Jamaica College ran a blazing 46.77 behind Guyana’s Daniel Williams and Jamaica’s Antonio Watson; all three with PBs.Edith Skippings, President of the TCAAAs is dizzy with joy as are others in the TCI sporting community – CONGRATULATIONS COLBY ON A STELLAR SHOWING FOR TKS –  More to come later.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

BAHAMAS Administrations investments in education healthcare communities and economy to ensure renaissance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 24, 2018 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration will channel resources into areas such as education, healthcare, social development and economic opportunities – including jobs and opportunities to become entrepreneurs and businesspersons – as part of its commitment to provide Bahamians with the resources and opportunities they need “to build a good life and a better Bahamas.”“That is my vision and commitment as Prime Minister,” Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said while addressing the 17th Jones Communications Network’s (JCN) Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards Ceremony held at Jones Communications Media Centre, University Drive.“We will only truly achieve success as a nation when more of us succeed.  This is why I am committed to the redevelopment of Over-the-Hill and to providing training and other opportunities for entrepreneurship for young Bahamians.  This is why I am also committed to Family Island development and to a rebound and renaissance for long-struggling Grand Bahama,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Prime Minister Minnis, who was named Jones Communications Network’s Person of the Year for 2017, used the opportunity to further explain the path his Administration will take in order to “build a better Bahamas while providing greater opportunities for Bahamians – especially our young people.”The Prime Minister said his Administration will use the tools of education and the internet to “help our young Bahamians succeed and flourish.”“This is why I have an emphasis on improving pre-school and introducing more technology-based learning into our schools.  This is why my Government will introduce an ambitious programme for the development of young entrepreneurs. This is why I have insisted on introducing free WiFi to communities Over-the-Hill.”Recalling the story of the legendary German Printer/Inventor Johannes Gutenberg (Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg his full name) who has been credited with being the first European to use movable type, Prime Minister Minnis said Gutenberg’s introduction of mechanical movable type-printing began the Printing Revolution and is regarded as a milestone of the second millennium, ushering in the modern period of human history.“Gutenberg played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment and the scientific revolution and laid the material basis for the modern, knowledge-based economy, and the spread of learning to the masses.“Gutenberg’s accomplishment helped a mass of people to realize their talents and imaginations,” Prime Minister Minnis continued, “this included the great inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci who had around 300 books in his library.“Today, the tools that will help our young Bahamians to succeed and flourish are education and the internet,” Prime Minister Minnis added in driving home his point about his Administration’s decision to provide free WiFi to Over-the-Hill communities and the introduction of more technology-based learning in schools.“The Internet is like the Gutenberg Press, enabling the mass of people to use it for learning and personal development.  The internet is one of the greatest learning tools in human history,” Prime Minister Minnis added.  The Prime Minister said as a “son of Bain Town” he knows the value of education.“I could never have dreamt of being here to receive such a award. But through education, I was able to develop my talents and gifts.  My commitment is to help our young people realize their talents and gifts so that they can contribute to our Bahamas in a meaningful way.  Who knows from whence will come our own Leonardo da Vinci, or the next Max Taylor, or Brent Malone,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption: Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis – ‘Person of the Year’ for 2017 addresses the 17th Jones Communications Network’s (JCN) Person of the Year and Civil Society Awards Ceremony at Jones Communications Media Centre, January 19, 2018.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Simeone backs Costa to end goal drought

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has backed Diego Costa to break his LaLiga goal scoring drought.The Brazil-born Spanish international striker has failed to find the net in his last 17 top-flight appearances, but he scored against Monaco in the Champions League in September and hit a brace in Atletico’s UEFA Super Cup victory over rivals,Real Madrid.“Of course, he is working so that the goals return,” Simeone said at a post-match news conference after his side bounced back from a crushing 4-0 Champions League loss away to Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad.“He is extraordinary and very important for us, for all the things he does in the dressing room. If you play like he did [against Sociedad], you are very close to scoring. It is the way.”Meanwhile, Lucas Hernandez was withdrawn at half-time in the game against Sociedad as a precaution due to muscle fatigue, with Filipe Luis replacing him.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“At first [Lucas] started to feel a little pain, we knew that if he started feeling more, we would stop before there was anything worse,” Simeone said, according to FourFourTwo.“He has an extraordinary present and future and has Godin and Filipe that will not let him rest.”“They do not stop fighting. It is the strength of the team in recent years.”Simeone also revealed he is looking forward to watching Sunday’s El Clasico, although Atletico will be overtaken in the table by Barcelona if they avoid defeat against Madrid at Camp Nou.“I care about today,” he added. “[El Clasico] is a great game with two extraordinary teams, hopefully an encounter that we can all enjoy.”last_img read more

Ranieri tips Seri to shine at Fulham

first_imgFulham manager Claudio Ranieri has described midfielder Jean Michael Seri as a “very important” player for the club and has vowed to help build his confidence.Jean Michael Seri signed for Fulham from Nice for a club record of around £25million in July 2018.The Ivorian was impressive in Fulham’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday but failed to make much of an impact as they lost 4-1 to United on Saturday.Ranieri believes that once his confidence is back, he can help Fulham stay in the Premier League this season.“It’s important he continues to play because I believe he can improve more,” Ranieri told Sky Sports.“In Nice he played so well two years ago, he was fantastic. In the newspapers it was that Barcelona wanted him.“Maybe he stayed there in Nice and his confidence went down a little – maybe he wanted to go, but he stayed in Nice, and the second year was so-so.The team of OGC Nice line up during the UEFA Europa League group K match between Vitesse and OGC Nice at on December 7, 2017 in Arnhem, Netherlands.Report: Nice has been sold to billionaire Ratcliffe George Patchias – August 27, 2019 French Ligue 1 club Nice has been sold to British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos chemical company.According to the BBC.co.uk, one of…“For this reason, Fulham had the chance to buy him, and for me, he’s a very, very important central midfielder.“He’s a key player because a lot of the play goes through him, and the other midfielders.“This is very, very important, because he always shows for the ball, plays with the ball, and is important for his team-mates.“I give him a lot of confidence, and him to his team-mates. It’s very important to have the confidence of the manager.“He is very, very important. If you [climb] off the bottom, confidence gets higher and we can do something more.”last_img read more

Jamul Indian Village regains control of the Jamul Casino

first_img Updated: 5:20 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 SettingsJAMUL (KUSI) — For the first time in their 12-thousand year history, the Jamul Band of the Kumeyaay Nation will be self-sufficient.“I can’t tell you how proud we are. For the first time we can take care of ourselves, something we could not do in the past,” said Tribal Chairwoman Erica Pinto of the Jamul Indian Village.The change happened at midnight on Memorial Day. When the clock struck 12:00, ownership of the “Hollywood Casino” was transferred from an out of state corporation to the local Tribe.“It was time to part ways. They did a great job, now it’s time for us to take over. It’s an accomplishment we’ve been working on for a long time,” Chairwoman Pinto said.Thirty years to be exact. While other tribes have been building massive casinos and hotels, the Jamual Band had been left behind. Not anymore.“Now we can help with housing, education for the kids and the biggest is health care. A lot of our people have diabetes and health issues. Now we will have the best healthcare anywhere,” Chairwoman Pinto said.Unlike casinos is Vegas and New Jersey, the money made goes back into the Tribe and the community.“We’ve already bought two new fire trucks, the road are improved and the community will benefit in general,” Chairwoman Pinto said.The Jamul Band of the Kumeyaay has been around for 12-thousand years. This is the first time in history they will be self-sufficient.“It preserves our heritage, it guarantees our future. We can now start making plans for the next 12-thousand years,” said Council Member Tello.Appropriately, the Jamul Casino is located in Jamul, California. May 31, 2018 Jamul Indian Village regains control of the Jamul Casino Posted: May 31, 2018center_img Dan Plante Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Latest on short term rental debate in Mission Beach

first_imgLatest on short term rental debate in Mission Beach Dan Plante 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 SettingsMISSION BEACH (KUSI) — It’s an issue that is pitting neighbor against neighbor in San Diego.The fight over short-term vacation rentals, especially along our beaches, has gone on for years. And now Mayor Kevin Faulconer has come up with a plan.But as KUSI’s Dan Plante shows us, critics of the plan are lining up. Dan Plante, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 13, 2018 July 13, 2018last_img read more

City Council committee voices support for dockless scooter regulations

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday voiced support for a suite of proposed regulations on dockless scooters and directed city staff to draft a fleshed-out version.Mayor Kevin Faulconer introduced the proposed regulations Oct. 18 after the city spent months wrestling with how to both ensure public safety and allow dockless scooter companies like Bird, Lime and Razor to continue operating in San Diego. Faulconer’s plan would mandate that scooter companies limit the maximum speed of scooters in high-traffic areas of the city, send monthly data reports to the city detailing things like parking and trip information, educate riders on local traffic laws, and indemnify the city for liability for riders injured within city limits. The companies would also have to obtain an annual permit and pay associated operational fees.“The rapid evolution of this industry is evidence of the popularity of dockless mobility devices as great options for folks who would like to leave their car at home,” Faulconer said when he announced the proposal. “As with many disruptive new technologies, there are issues that need to be addressed. First and foremost, public safety is our top priority and that will be reflected in these common-sense regulations.”According to a spokesman for the mayor, Faulconer’s office intends to have the full proposal back before the council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee in early January. By that time, new council members could be seated in the wake of the November election. Once the committee approves the full regulatory proposal in early 2019, the full council will then consider it.Councilwomen Barbara Bry and Lorie Zapf, who voted along with fellow committee members Chris Cate and Georgette Gomez in support of the concept, expressed concern about each company’s use and sharing of data with third parties. Zapf suggested that the companies are able to keep ride fares cheap because they make large amounts of money from data sharing. Representatives from Bird and Lime flatly denied the claim.Residents voiced their opposition to the scooters at both the committee session and a meeting of the full City Council last month, when representatives from the three companies reported on ways they’re attempting to make the scooters safer to use in busy areas. One part of the proposal by both Faulconer and the scooter companies is using the GPS information on each scooter to limit speeds from 15 mph to 8 mph in areas like Balboa Park, the downtown embarcadero and various boardwalks in Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla. This “geofencing” technology has been available for roughly six weeks, according to a Bird spokesman, and is already being implemented on the Santa Monica Beach Bike Path.Zapf proposed a ban on the use of scooters on city boardwalks last spring, but the City Council voted against the proposal, 6-3.Representatives of the public transit advocacy group Circulate San Diego and Razor USA joined Faulconer on Monday to discuss the proposal.“Razor has a proven track record of working with cities to create shared scooter programs that best address their particular needs. Since we launched in San Diego, we have collaborated with the mayor’s office, City Council and city staff to create a great last-mile solution for the city,” said Razor Government Affairs Manager Brandon Cheung. “We support regulations that will continue to encourage San Diegans to leave their car at home while enhancing rider and pedestrian safety.”Zapf and Bry suggested a similar amendment to the proposed regulations during the committee meeting but Cate nixed it, suggesting that there will be time to add amendments at a later date either during a full council meeting or when the proposal returns to committee. Zapf also expressed support for adding larger notifications on the scooters about local and state traffic laws.“I don’t want people to be surprised, we don’t want to ding our tourists,” she said. “I’m not trying to be the fun police, I’m trying to be the safety police and I think there’s definitely a place for scooters … when responsible riders are riding them and they’re going to work and they’re doing the last mile.”Bry said: “We’re already behind in getting something done. You understand the concerns that Councilmember Zapf and I have about their use in certain areas, so I think that needs to be looked at when we reconvene with a fuller framework to look at.”Gomez said a lot of backlash to the scooters is due to riders using sidewalks because of a lack of suitable infrastructure to safely park and ride them on the street.“I cannot stress that we need the infrastructure for safer mobility because it’s not going to get solved by today’s actions,” Gomez said. “I think it’s a step in the right direction, but at the end of the day, if we are not creating paths for people to take, they’re going to take what’s safe.” October 24, 2018 Posted: October 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, City Council committee voices support for dockless scooter regulationslast_img read more

SDSU City of San Diego provide update on stadium redevelopment project

first_img Posted: March 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SDSU, City of San Diego provide update on stadium redevelopment project 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The city of San Diego and San Diego State University announced today the establishment of negotiating teams that have begun taking proposals from real estate consultants for the SDCCU Stadium redevelopment project.City and SDSU officials are currently negotiating sale terms for a 132-acre parcel of land in Mission Valley containing SDCCU Stadium. If all goes according to plan, SDSU will re-develop the site into a 35,000-seat athletic stadium, a campus extension, a park along the San Diego River and commercial and residential space.“Before us is a golden opportunity to turn the city’s most underutilized piece of real estate into something special that will benefit the entire San Diego region,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “We will negotiate an agreement with SDSU that respects taxpayers, fulfills the will of the voters and allows for the university’s future growth.”The city entered into a memorandum of understanding with the California State University Board of Trustees that details facets of the negotiations like public records requests and consultation regarding the California Environmental Quality Act.The city’s nine-person negotiating team includes COO Kris Michell, Deputy Planning Director Alyssa Muto and Public Utilities Department Assistant Director John Helminski, while SDSU’s team includes the university’s CFO, Tom McCarron, and former president, vice president and CFO Sally Roush.Roush was SDSU’s interim president when the university broke off negotiations with FS Investors, the La Jolla-based investment firm that would eventually launch the competing SoccerCity initiative. Roush unveiled the SDSU West plan with other university officials in November 2017.“Each team member brings to the table knowledge and expertise that will be critical to the success of these discussions,” said SDSU President Adela de la Torre. “I am confident they will ensure this process proceeds in a way that is fair and equitable to both the university and San Diego residents.”Voters approved the so-called SDSU West plan during the mid-term election last November, favoring the university’s plan over the venture capital-backed SoccerCity initiative. SDSU announced Thursday the selection of Clark Construction, the builder of Petco Park, to design and build the new stadium to replace SDCCU Stadium. March 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Man shot killed in alley near Spring Valley

first_img SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) – A man was fatally shot Thursday morning in an alley in the La Presa area south of Spring Valley, authorities said.Dispatchers received multiple reports of gunfire shortly after 1:20 a.m. near the intersection of Delrose Avenue and Elkelton Boulevard, just west of state Route 125, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Karla Menzies said.Deputies responded to the area and found a man lying in an alley near the intersection suffering from at least one gunshot wound, Menzies said.Paramedics responded, but the man, whose age was not immediately available, was pronounced dead at the scene, the lieutenant said.The circumstances leading up to the shooting were under investigation and no suspect descriptions were immediately available.Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call sheriff’s homicide investigators at (858) 974-2321 or (858) 565-5200 after-hours or on weekends. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can contact San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, March 21, 2019 Posted: March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Man shot, killed in alley near Spring Valleylast_img read more

ASA Unveils Comprehensive Production Use and Export Data in 2012 Soy Stats®

first_imgThe U.S. soybean industry planted crops on 75 million acres in 2011, producing nearly 3.1 billion bushels and totaling $35.7 billion in value according to the latest issue of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Soy Stats®, released last week.The annual publication, now in its 19th year, is a comprehensive resource for statistical information about the U.S. soybean industry and its relationship to world oilseed production. Soy Stats is available at www.SoyStats.com.According to the publication, which comprises data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ASA, and the United Soybean Board, soybeans represented 56 percent of world oilseed production in 2011, 33 percent of which was produced in the United States. Additionally, the U.S. exported almost 1.3 billion bushels, accounting for 37 percent of the world’s soybean trade.In terms of exports, U.S. soybean and soy product exports exceeded $21.5 billion in 2011, nearly half of which—$10.4 billion—went to China. Canada was the largest customer for U.S. soybean meal at $375 million, while Morocco was the largest customer for U.S. soybean oil with purchases of $336 million.Domestically, soybeans provided 66 percent of the edible consumption of fats and oils. Domestic crushers accounted for 1.6 billion bushels, with U.S. ending stocks of soybeans at 275 million bushels.Major funding for the 2012 edition of Soy Stats was provided by the United Soybean Board, with additional financial support from the Illinois Soybean Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, North Dakota Soybean Council, Maryland Soybean Board, U.S. Soybean Export Council, Kentucky Soybean Board, Ohio Soybean Council, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council, North Carolina Soybean Producers Association, Kansas Soybean Commission, and Oklahoma Soybean Board.last_img read more

Soy Growers Urge Surface Transportation Board to Take Action on Declining Rail

first_imgSoy growers and several other groups are urging the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to take action and find the causes for continually deteriorating rail service provided by the CSX Transportation Co. (CSXT).The American Soybean Association, as part of the Ag Transporation Working Group, signed a letter to STB this week, encouraging them to press the CSXT for its plan to rectify the harm it has caused to its customers over the past few months and restore service to levels that comply with CSXT’s statutory obligations.“Farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and the food industry rely heavily upon freight rail to move agricultural products from geographically diverse sources of production to domestic and export markets, as well as to provide critical farm inputs like fertilizer, seed and agricultural chemicals to producers,” the groups state in the letter. “Unfortunately, starting in June, a wide range and growing number of agricultural facilities and manufacturing plants dependent upon CSXT have experienced an alarming and precipitous degradation in rail service that worsened in July and shows no sign of abating.”Issues have been reported in multiple states. A key area of concern for soy growers is delays in train placements have led to reduced oilseed processing crush levels at numerous plants and/or resulted in critical plant shutdowns.last_img read more

Is the new City Hall too elegant

first_imgAs the confetti is swept up and the last piece of celebratory cake is eaten, government workers are settling into the beautiful new Vancouver City Hall.OK, I missed the open house party last Saturday, so I’m not certain about the confetti and cake. But if it wasn’t there, it should have been, right?I mean this joint is the cat’s meow.And I should know. I worked there for a year. But difficult economic times forced The Columbian to put the building into the hands of the bank and the city ended up buying it from the bank for about half what it cost to build.There’s no question the city got a great deal on the building. And city officials say it also will save taxpayers about $1 million a year. (Hey, if you wait by your mailbox, I’m pretty certain your cut of the savings will be coming soon.)• o oNow I don’t want to drizzle on anyone’s parade but am I the only one who is thinking that maybe, just maybe, the new City Hall is (dramatic pause required here) too nice?last_img read more

Fire damages Felida home

first_imgNo cause had been determined Friday night for a fire that left the home of a Felida family uninhabitable.Sandra Scovil, who was the only person at home Friday afternoon, left for 20 minutes, said Dawn Johnson, spokeswoman for Clark County Fire District 6. When she returned home from the store at about 2 p.m., she found the house filled with smoke.Scovil went to a neighbor’s house to call 911, Johnson said.The first unit from Fire District 6 that arrived found the house at 3405 N.W. 122nd St. filled with smoke.“The smoke alarms were sounding when they arrived,” Johnson said.“It started in the living room,” Johnson said. “That’s where the fire damage was. There was heavy smoke damage throughout the house. They won’t be able to get back in right away.”The house was occupied by Scovil, her husband, Eddie, and their daughter. Firefighters also rescued a pet gecko from the house, Johnson said.Northwest 36th Avenue was shut down as the firefighters worked in the split-level home in a cul-de-sac about two blocks west of Thomas Jefferson Middle School.Fire District 6 was assisted by units from Clark County Fire & Rescue and the Vancouver Fire Department.The family is being assisted by the American Red Cross, Johnson said.A damage estimate was not available Friday night.last_img read more

Minivan flips blocks traffic on Mill Plain

first_imgA flipped minivan blocked two lanes of East Mill Plain Boulevard in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning, but no one was injured.A crash was reported just after 6:30 a.m. at Mill Plain and C Street, according to emergency dispatch logs. The crash appeared to be between the minivan and a white sedan.Vancouver police were on scene about 7 a.m. directing traffic around the crash as tow truck crews worked to right the van.Call notes said AMR ambulances weren’t needed, said Kim Kapp, Vancouver police spokeswoman. She said police requested two tow trucks and a street sweeper to clean debris.Vancouver police Officer Missy Skeeter declined to release the name of the driver. Alcohol did not appear to be involved, Skeeter said.last_img

Official NJ mall shooter only wanted to hurt himself

first_imgPARAMUS, N.J. — A 20-year-old gunman intent on dying fired multiple shots inside New Jersey’s largest shopping mall, trapping hundreds of customers and employees for hours as police scoured stores for the shooter, who was found dead early Tuesday of a self-inflicted wound, authorities said. There were no other injuries.Investigators don’t believe the gunman, identified as 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck, intended to shoot anyone when he began firing at the ceiling and elsewhere at the Garden State Plaza on Monday night shortly before the mall’s closing time, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said.“We think he went in with the intent that he was not going to come out alive,” Molinelli said.He said Shoop was known to authorities and had had a problem with drugs, but he did not elaborate.The prosecutor said Shoop left an ambiguous note with his family. While Molinelli would not call it a suicide note, he said it did “express that an end is coming. It could have been prison. … It could have been what he did last night. It gave his family reason to reach out to us.”The suspect’s brother, Kevin Shoop told reporters outside their home on a quiet suburban block in Teaneck that he had no advance warning about what Richard intended to do.“He just sadly decided to make an act of — an act of, I guess, self-indulgence — by taking his own life publicly,” Kevin Shoop said. “And it’s a tragedy to us all. And we’re going to now handle matters and deal with them.”last_img read more