Madrid choose Ronaldo replacement

first_imgReal Madrid have chosen young Spanish sensation Marco Asensio to replace the already departed Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Calciomercato.The Spain international who joined the Spanish giants back in 2014 has improves every season and the club are hoping he can take on the mantle of being the next Galactico.Ronaldo left Madrid this summer to join Italian champions Juventus, in a deal that shocked the entire football world.The Portuguese captain who spent nine trophy-laden years at the Santiago Bernabeu opted to leave in search of a new challenge after becoming the club’s all-time leading top goal scorer with 450 goals.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Reports in Spain, suggests Real Madrid President Florentino Perez wants Asensio to become Cristiano’s successor. The Madrid hierarchy have decided to give the full-fledged Spain international more room within the club.Despite being linked with a host of players ranging from Neymar to Kylian Mbappe and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Los Blancos failed to sign any replacement for Ronaldo this summer as they decided to replace him with a player from within the club and Asensio is ready for a much bigger role in the team.The former Real Mallorca man is one of the brightest young players in Europe and Real Madrid are hoping to rely on his talent to build an era of success as they seek to end Barca’s dominance over the Spanish League and Cup double whilst maintaining their success in the UEFA Champions League.Asensio turned down the chance to sign for Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur back in 2014, opting to join Real Madrid instead.last_img read more

Gomes amazed by Watford reaction

first_imgThe Hornets were down 2-0 but they were able to tie the match and then win it thanks to a 90th-minute penalty scored by Troy Deeney.Wolverhampton Wanderers were up 2-0 in today’s FA Cup Semifinal match against Watford.But the Hornets reacted fantastically, tied the match, and then witnessed how captain Troy Deeney scored the match-winning goal in the 90th minute.Which is why goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was astounded by the work of his team.“It was amazing,” said Gomes to the club’s official website.“It was like until 70 minutes Wolves would win, but this is football – you must always believe! If we did not have a belief we don’t achieve and we believed until the last minute.”“We showed we didn’t put our heads down and we fought until the end,” he commented.“Troy can deal with any pressure, and once more he did that for us. He deserves it, and it is not easy to take a penalty like that.”“We are a team. The gaffer picks the team that is going to work,” he added.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Geri was prepared to help the team from the bench. He changed the game, and that’s why we are in the final.”Watford will play the FA Cup Final against Manchester City on May 18th at Wembley stadium.The team still has five matches left in the English Premier League where they are currently in the 10th position with 46 points.The Hornets will host Arsenal, Southampton, and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Meanwhile, they will visit Huddersfield Town and Chelsea.Love this! @BenFoster when asked what he would do if he was picked for the @EmiratesFACup final:”I’ll absolutely refuse! @hdgomes deserves it and should play without a doubt. He has never let this club down and never will. He was fantastic today.”— Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) April 7, 2019last_img read more

CWC and Facebook Collaborate to Offer Free WiFi in the Caribbean

first_img Recommended for you Perdina wins Movado Watch set from LIME & Jai’s Related Items:aruna bharathi, facebook wifi, lime Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCable & Wireless Communications (CWC) today announced a unique partnership with Facebook that will offer customers a simple, personalised way to access free Wi-Fi.The Facebook Wi-Fi solution helps improve the consumer hotspot login experience by providing a quick and simple way for consumers to access Wi-Fi by logging in via Facebook, as well as giving local businesses more opportunities to connect with their customers.Customers connecting to a CWC-powered Wi-Fi network in participating locations will be able to open their browser on any mobile device or laptop to a ‘Facebook check-in page’. After logging in, customers will be directed to a localised Facebook Page, where they can receive the latest information about the business hosting the Wi-Fi service.“At CWC, a key part of our Fixed-Mobile Convergence strategy is to enable our customers to access the internet wherever they are and on whatever data enabled device they happen to be using. Facebook Wi-Fi will enable a frictionless login experience in hundreds of CWC wireless hotspots across our markets and drive the best possible mobile internet experience,” said James McElvanna, CWC VP of Products.Aruna Bharathi, Mobile Partner Manager at Facebook, said: “Not only does Facebook Wi-Fi allow customers free Wi-Fi in a cost-effective way, but it provides local businesses with new tools to engage their customers online and generate value for their products and local economies, resulting in a win-win for all.”The first CWC market to launch with Facebook Wi-Fi will be LIME Barbados in Q1 2015. Flow counting down to Rio Games, launches Gold Tour campaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Indian Premier League Has a New Home in the Caribbean Flow Sports now offers an unrivalled Cricket line-uplast_img read more

Fun Run for TCIFA Saturday April 18

first_img Related Items:Fun run, tcifa Filipino Community in TCI Fun Run for Everyone! TCIFA and Rugby Federation with Weekend Events Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Apr 2015 – This weekend the Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association invites residents to join them for a Fun Run Walk A thon; the family event begins at the Academy at 5:30am, this Saturday April 18th. You still have time to register with lots of prizes and yes, cyclists are also welcomed. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Annual Fun, Run or Walk Meetlast_img read more

Over 430 Beaches Employees get M3 Sales Training Certification

first_img Related Items:430 beaches employees get M3 certification, Fullerton Management Group, Geoffrey Fullerton trains beaches staff Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 9, 2016 – In an ongoing effort to continuously improve sales service standard, Beaches Turks & Caicos Resorts Villages & Spa invited luxury travel sales guru, Geoffrey Fullerton of the Fullerton Management Group to once again host his highly successful M3 Sales & Service Training.M3 Sales, which stands for Mindset, Mission & Moves of luxury travel professionals is a comprehensive training system designed to have its attendees apply the most successful mindset, mission and moves of highly successful luxury travel professionals including the revenue areas of various resort such as Beaches TCI.Fullerton, founder and CEO of the Fullerton Management Group, delivered the training to 430 managers and staff at the resort using its Mindset, Mission & Moves approach, a highly interactive mixed media training system designed for luxury travel professionals.Attendees say the training is life changing, empowering easy to understand and apply. On such successful attendees was Resort shop clerk Monisheka Fobes who attribute her success to Mr. Fullerton’s M3 course, “I work in the Resort Shop at Beaches Turks & Caicos.” She said, “I made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish and out of that list I have accomplished one of my major goals, which was to buy my own house. I have actually lived up to it and I now have my own home. I am very thankful for the M3 Training; it has taught me a lot. Now, I am just going out and pushing through to make a difference in my life.”The end goal of the M3Sales   training is for attendees to raise revenue and returning guest counts through 7 key objectives. They will become more self-confident, willing to communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime. This improves their skills to effectively present their products/services, raise their personal level of production and enjoy their work on a more fulfilling level. The end result is increased profits for the organizations that apply the M3 principles.“I am very impressed with the outstanding attendance, motivation and results when I come to Beaches Turks & Caicos.” Said Fullerton “The professionals who attend are motivated, engaged and very result oriented. From the executives to the heads of departments, the dedication is gratifying.”When asked Mr. Fullerton what motivation that led you to conduct this training he said the Caribbean region and culture has great potential for development that could have a global impact but was largely underserved with resources underutilized. Fullerton felt his expertise could draw out, nurture and develop the cultural potential of the Caribbean people. This led him to adopt the goals of a) Enhancing the economic standing of those trained by Fullerton Management Group and b) improving the reputation of the Caribbean people, both native and adopted.The wins and successes are evident with close to 100% of the M3 graduates submitting written success stories based on actual application.” Said FullertonAccording to Beaches Turks & Caicos Managing Director Don Dagenais, “Geoffrey’s program is so well received we’ve suggested that he return in November for his advanced M3 Training System.”The training is part of Fullerton Management Group’s travels this year through six countries delivering training to 23 other Sandals Beaches resorts and is focused on helping attendees achieve greater success through the improvement of skills, making their work more lucrative and fulfilling.“M3 has been so wonderful! I used to be really laid back and so quiet you would not even notice I am there. It has helped me to start interacting with Talents and Guests. M3 helped me to persuade guests to book their next vacation for a couple months. Now I am powerful! ” Ally – Food & Beverage.Fullerton Management Group, founded by Geoffrey Fullerton, a Jamaica native, is a sales, service and leadership training company for luxury resorts and duty-free retail sales organizations. Clients include Sandals Resorts International, Secrets Resorts, The John Bull Group of Companies and other luxury retailers throughout the Caribbean.last_img read more

Copyright Act to be amended to tackle Digital Piracy

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, August 28, 2017 – Kingston – The Copyright Act is to be amended to introduce comprehensive measures to tackle digital piracy.Speaking at a seminar on the business of music at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on August 24, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport,   Hon. Olivia Grange, said the response to piracy needs to change to effectively address some of the challenges faced by players in the industry.“We note, applaud and appreciate the effort of the police to deal with piracy of physical recordings, but we need to start dealing effectively with piracy online. We need to go after the online pirates, shut them down and prosecute them. Our updated response must include a combination of measures, including website blocking,” Miss Grange emphasised.The Copyright Amendment Act will allow for regulations to be passed, and for   Government oversight of Copyright Collective Management Societies representing the interest of creators and publishers of musical and literary works and producers of sound recordings.Additionally, the Minister said implementation of the international treaties, to which Jamaica is a signatory, to uphold intellectual property rights must be accelerated.“Importantly, the performers’ rights agreed under the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Internet Treaties must also now be passed into local law to enable Jamaican performers to secure the benefits their counterparts in other countries already enjoy,” she said.Ms. Grange pointed out that the music industry plays a significant role in the country’s economy by promoting growth, creating jobs and investment.“Over the years, through our music and wider cultural and entertainment sectors, some of the very poorest and most vulnerable women and men have been able to achieve and sustain poverty alleviation and wealth creation, with gender equity,” she said.In the meantime, she informed that by the end of the year, record producers would have earned royalties from and through the Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS) in the amount of $131 million.“So, that’s $131 million in royalties between 2009 and the end of 2017,  with half of the money being sent overseas to international rights holders and the balance distributed to local record producers/labels,” the Minister said.She commended JAMMS for launching an automated monitoring system, which is expected to more accurately report on the airplay of recordings.“I anticipate that this new monitoring system will address the challenges with calculating and collecting royalties in this regard; and that the system will enable the creation of more comprehensive airplay data in Jamaica,” she said.The seminar was hosted by JAMMS, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the country’s national licensing body and performance-rights organisation.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Pogba is now more free since Mourinhos departure

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed Paul Pogba is more free and happy now that Jose Mourinho has left Manchester United.The former United striker has expressed his opinion on the recent Paul Pogba-Jose Mourinho feud at Old Trafford.“There are these players that need to be free, they need to feel free to do what they are able to do under the disciple of the coach,” Zlatan told ESPN FC at MLS’ annual MLS Media Days.“Obviously, he has his tactics, he has that, but some players they go above these limits, and you need to let them be free, and I think Paul [Pogba] is one of them.”ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….The Swede didn’t take a side in the feud between Pogba and Mourinho but insists that both parties were no longer right for each other.“Paul didn’t feel confidence from the coach, and the coach didn’t feel confidence for Paul. It’s difficult to perform as a player if you don’t have confidence from the coach and you don’t have that energy, that motivation, and Jose felt the same thing about Paul.”“These things happen, and that is part of the game also; I mean, not everybody can go among each other and do well together,” added Ibrahimovic.“I feel like you come to a moment where it is too blocked and one goes or the other one goes. At this moment, the coach left, and Paul is more free now.”last_img read more

Kagawa keen on moving to La Liga

first_imgBorussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa is optimistic of completing a move to La Liga this season, according to reports in Spain.Kagawa initially joined the German club from Cerezo Osaka in 2010 before spending two seasons at Manchester United.The 29-year-old has fallen down the pecking order under manager Favre, with only two appearances in the Bundesliga so far this campaign.And it’s been reported the former United midfielder who is currently valued at €4m, fancies his chances for a move abroad.In November, Kagawa told Nikkan Sports, as cited by Football Espana: “I am keen to solve the situation I am in now.“It is probably important for me to change clubs, to put myself into a different place and to set myself a new challenge.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.“I am not afraid of going to a new country and I have already done Germany and England, now I am thinking about Spain.“Spain would be the most important challenge in my career, I cannot retire without going there.”Dortmund are currently enjoying an excellent campaign and find themselves at the summit of the League, six points above rivals Bayern Munich.Shinji #Kagawa is allowed to leave #Borussia Dortmund for €2m-€3m, according to Bild. He played 216 games for #BVB and made 115 goals+assists.— German Football Daily (@GERFootDaily) January 26, 2019last_img read more

Warm weather brings out rattlesnakes in East County

first_imgWarm weather brings out rattlesnakes in East County FacebookTwitter April 3, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — As warmer weather is felt throughout San Diego County, the U.S. Forest Service is warning people to be aware of rattlesnakes.Dozens have already been sighted this year and the numbers have spiked in April the last two years.“We always say that every season is rattlesnake season because of the moderate climate in San Diego County,” said County Animal Services Director Daniel DeSousa. “But when the temperatures start rising in the spring, so do rattlesnake sightings, and calls come in from the coast to the mountains.”So far, County Animal Services has responded to 82 rattlesnake calls between Jan. 1 and March 31. Those numbers are low compared to the same time frame in 2017 when calls rose to 188. In 2016, the first three months showed 165 calls.DeSousa can’t account for why the number is low for this year but he can say that April has seen the highest number of rattlesnake calls in 2016 and 2017.If you see a rattlesnake on your property, County Animal Services recommends keeping an eye on it from a safe distance and giving them a call. Animal control officers will impound the snake and remove it to an area where it doesn’t pose a risk to the public.If you encounter one of the five varieties of rattlesnakes found in the county, give it space. Calmly back away from it, leave it alone and let it go on its way, Ramsey said.If bitten, call 911 and remove any constricting clothing or accessories like rings or watchbands.To avoid encounters with rattlesnakes, the Department of Animal Services suggests these steps:Wear sturdy hiking boots with ankle support so that your feet are protected.Stay on paths and trails. Avoid tall grass, weeds and brush where snakes may hide.Keep your dog on leash while hiking and be aware of what your dog is doing at all times.Make sure you can see where you are reaching and that you can see ahead of you. Look for concealed snakes before picking up rocks, sticks or wood.Consider bringing a walking stick while hiking. If you encounter a snake it may strike the stick instead of you or your pet.Give rattlesnakes the right-of-way.If you live in an area where rattlesnakes have been found, check your yard before letting your pets and children out to play.If you live in the County’s unincorporated areas or the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee or Solana Beach, call Animal Services at (619) 236-2341 for help removing rattlesnakes from your residence. Otherwise, call the animal control agency for your city. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Updated: 4:30 PM Posted: April 3, 2018last_img read more

SDPD monitoring nearby synagogues in response to deadly Pittsburgh shooting

first_imgOur thoughts & prayers go out to the victims of today’s shooting at a #Pittsburgh synagogue, as well as the members of law enforcement who were injured. @SDSheriff Deputies will be conducting extra patrols at synagogues in our jurisdictions as a precaution.— San Diego Sheriff (@SDSheriff) October 27, 2018 SDPD monitoring nearby synagogues in response to deadly Pittsburgh shooting SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego Police Department official said police are monitoring local synagogues after a shooting at a Pittsburgh temple left multiple people dead and injured Saturday.“We are aware of the incident in Pittsburgh,” San Diego Police Sgt. Robert Hawkins said. “We don’t have any details, but in the meantime, we will be providing extra patrols and as officers have time they will be driving by all the local synagogues.”The suspected Pittsburgh shooter was identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers. He’s believed to have made anti-Jewish comments during the shooting, which unfolded on a Shabbat morning at the Tree of Life synagogue.Three officers were shot in the incident, according to a Pittsburgh police spokesperson.President Donald Trump tweeted: “Law enforcement on the scene. People in Squirrel Hill area should remain sheltered. Looks like multiple fatalities. Beware of active shooter. God Bless All!”About an hour later, he tweeted the events in Pittsburgh “are fare more devastating than originally thought.”“Spoke with Mayor and Governor to inform them that the Federal Government has been, and will be, with them all the way,” the president said.San Diego Sheriff’s Depatrment also said on Twitter that will be conducting extra patrol around synagogues under their jurisdiction. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:54 PM Posted: October 27, 2018 October 27, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Seeks Candidates for SOY Scholarship

first_imgASA is looking for high school seniors interested in pursuing agriculture in college.The Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university in the 2015-16 academic year. The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association and is made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation. Interested candidates may apply online Sept. 20 through Nov. 20, 2014.  The scholarship is presented in $2,500 increments per semester. The student must be a child or grandchild of a current ASA member, maintain successful academic progress and be in good standing with the college or university to receive the full amount of the scholarship.Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA Board meeting. The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz. on Feb. 27, 2015.BASF sponsors the winner and one parent to attend Commodity Classic for two days to participate and receive special recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet.More information is available here.last_img read more

Submit Comments on EPAs Proposed Rule for RFS

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) urges all members and stakeholders to submit comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Proposed Rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) before July 27, 2015. The background information is below and a draft template is provided for your use. ASA encourages growers to personalize and tailor the comments, if possible.To submit comments:www.regulations.govDocket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0111BackgroundThe U.S. EPA issued a Proposed Rule to establish the volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), including the volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. EPA proposed setting the biomass-based diesel volumes at the following levels:2014 – 1.63 billion gallons of Biomass-based Diesel, 2.68 billion gallons of Advanced Biofuels2015 – 1.7 billion gallons of Biomass-based Diesel, 2.9 billion gallons of Advanced Biofuels2016 – 1.8 billion gallons of Biomass-based Diesel, 3.4 billion gallons of Advanced Biofuels2017 – 1.9 billion gallons of Biomass-based DieselThe volumes proposed by EPA are certainly an improvement over the previous proposal, which would have set the Biomass-based Diesel requirements at 1.28 billion gallons for 2014 and 2015. The increases proposed by EPA will provide some benefit and certainty to the domestic biodiesel industry and to soybean growers who supply much of the feedstock. However, ASA believes the EPA and the Obama Administration could do more to capitalize on additional benefits that could be achieved with more robust biomass-based diesel volumes. Specifically, ASA and the biodiesel industry are urging that EPA reconsider the biodiesel standards in the Proposed Rule and finalize stronger standards for 2016 and 2017. The biodiesel industry has previously requested volumes of 2.4 billion gallons in 2016 and 2.7 billion gallons in 2017. While those volumes are readily achievable and sustainable, at a minimum EPA should set the standards at not less than 2 billion gallons for 2016 and 2.3 billion gallons for 2017.The deadline for submitting comments is July 27, 2015. Comments can be submitted through ASA’s comments to EPA, please click here. Thank you for your work on this issue. ASA will keep you updated in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Teen charged with Jan 2010 beating

first_imgA Washougal teenager pleaded not guilty Friday to beating an 86-year-old woman during a home-invasion attempted robbery.Nikita V. Zimin, 18, was arraigned on charges of first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree burglary. The charges came with the aggravating factors that the alleged crimes were committed against a vulnerable adult and were an invasion of privacy.Zimin was arrested last week after investigators reportedly linked him to the Jan. 5, 2010, incident through a DNA match.According to court documents, Zimin allegedly used a ruse that his car broke down to enter the woman’s home in Washougal. Inside, he asked to use the phone and for a glass of water. Then he demanded that she hand over her purse. When she refused, Zimin struck her in the face, causing her to fall, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court.After he fled, the woman tried to call the police, but Zimin had disconnected her phone, court documents allege. Disoriented and confused, she walked to a neighbor’s house, and the neighbor called 911.The woman was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of severe facial bruising and bleeding. Police have said she did not suffer any life-threatening injuries from the attack. She now lives at an assisted living facility.A DNA sample taken from the drinking glass allegedly turned up a match with Zimin, according to court documents.last_img read more

Comrades on Arms Exhibit explores military tattoos

first_imgWhat: “Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos”When: Opens Tuesday with a reception from 5-7 p.m.; runs through Sept. 28Where: Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St., VancouverFees: $4, adults; $3, seniors/students; $2, children; $10, families; veterans, active-duty military personnel and families are free.A service-related tattoo was not always a personal choice, said Jeff Davis, a Vancouver military historian. At one point, the U.S. Army had a lot of people enlisting, receiving a bonus, then deserting so they could re-enlist in a different locale, he said. There was a move — briefly — to tattoo everyone who joined the Army to identify deserters as well as prior servicemen, Davis said.There is serious artwork on these warriors, created as tributes to fallen comrades or to signal a personal peace with a 40-year-old war.And there are some cartoon characters, done on a whim.That’s the range of military-inspired tattoos in a new exhibit at the Clark County Historical Museum.Eleven local military veterans or reservists shared their tattoos — as well as their stories — for “Vet Ink,” which opens Tuesday.The illustrations adorning Kyle Olsen and Victoria Parker commemorate soldiers who were killed in combat operations.Not everybody gets it, said Parker, an Army staff sergeant who was part of a military police unit in Iraq. Her tattoo includes an image of boots, rifle and helmet, five sets of initials and five dates of death from January 2007 through November 2007.“People will ask me, ‘Are those your kids?’” said Parker, who is a reservist attending Washington State University Vancouver.“They’re all from 2007,” she exclaimed. “Does that even make sense?”Richard Alvarez sports a fairly recent design, but it took decades for the Army veteran to walk into a Portland tattoo parlor. It finally seemed to be the right time in 2008, even though it had been 35 years since Alvarez served in Vietnam.The tattoo on his left bicep — a hand wrapped around the neck of a dragon — is the battalion crest of the 504th Military Police. It includes the battalion’s motto: “Duty Justice Honor.”His MP unit didn’t break up bar fights in Saigon, Alvarez explained. Mostly, they were convoy escorts; they also patrolled highways and responded when vehicles were ambushed, or when a Vietnamese minibus collided with a tank.last_img read more

Lawyer Hasan intent on getting death sentence in Hood shooting

first_imgFORT HOOD, Texas — The standby attorney for the soldier charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage accused Maj. Nidal Hasan on Wednesday of deliberately charting a course toward a conviction and death sentence, abruptly halting the trial after only one day.Lt. Col. Kris Poppe, Hasan’s lead court-appointed standby attorney, said he is willing to step in and be Hasan’s defense lawyer. But he asked that his responsibilities as co-counsel be minimized if Hasan, who is representing himself at trial, continues to work toward being executed.It is “clear his goal is to remove impediments or obstacles to the death penalty and is working toward a death penalty,” Poppe told the judge overseeing the case at the Texas military base.Hasan responded: “I object. That’s a twist of the facts.”The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, then cleared the courtroom.Hasan has chosen to act as his own attorney during the military trial at Fort Hood, though he has defense attorneys on standby if he needs them.On Tuesday, he told jurors during a less than 2-minute opening statement that the evidence would “clearly show” he was the shooter, but that it would “only show one side.” He also questioned only two of the first dozen witnesses, who included one soldier who was shot seven times during the November 2009 attack on the sprawling Army post.last_img read more

Port of Vancouver sued over oil lease discussions

first_imgThree environmental groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Port of Vancouver, alleging the port violated Washington state’s Open Public Meetings Act when it approved a lease agreement with two companies that want to build a controversial oil-by-rail operation.In the lawsuit filed in Clark County Superior Court, Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and Northwest Environmental Defense Center allege the port broke state law by considering the lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies in secret and by using an executive session for improper purposes.Port officials, including elected commissioners, said Tuesday they hadn’t yet reviewed the lawsuit and were unable to comment on it at this time. “We haven’t received the lawsuit yet,” said Katie Odem, a spokeswoman for the port. “We can’t talk about it if we haven’t seen anything.”Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper, said the “oil lease the port signed is unprecedented in the massive volume of oil and the threat that it brings to our region.” He added: “Important decisions should be made in front of the public, and secret meetings are inappropriate, especially when the decision is controversial.”last_img read more

Sturgeon retention remains closed in lower Columbia

first_imgSturgeon retention, scheduled to reopen Saturday in the Columbia River between the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet and Bonneville Dam, will remain closed.Washington and Oregon rescinded the season in mid-September, but are reminding anglers again.Retention was to reopen three days per week, however in winter-spring season anglers caught 1,942 legal sturgeon, which was about 96 percent of the harvest guideline.“Catch rates during the early fishery were much higher than expected throughout the lower Columbia,” said Brad James, a biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.This is the second straight year the fall fishery upstream of Wauna was eliminated.Sturgeon retention downstream of Bonneville Dam will stay closed in 2014 due to declines in the population in recent years. The closure also applies to the Washington coast, Puget Sound and tributaries to those waters.A update on lower Columbia sturgeon will be presented to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission on Dec. 6 or 7, when the panel meets in Olympia.last_img read more

Eight days of clam digging start Sunday at Long Beach

first_imgLONG BEACH, Wash. — Eight more days of razor clam digging start Sunday on Long Beach Peninsula with the chance for even another season in mid-May.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday the upcoming dig will last eight consecutive days.“This has been a great year for razor clams,” said Dan Ayres, state shellfish manager. “Clams this year have been bigger than average and abundant enough to add another series of digs.”Low tides for the coming dig are: Sunday, 5:53 a.m., -0.3 feet; Monday, 6:39 a.m., -0.8 feet; Tuesday, 7:22 a.m., -1.1 feet; Wednesday, 8:03 a.m., -1.2 feet; May 1, 8:43 a.m., -1.0 feet; May 2, 9:23 a.m., -0.7 feet; May 3, 10:04 a.m., -0.3 feet; May 4, 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet.Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open all eight days. Mocrocks will be open May 2 through 4.If enough clams remain for another dig, the best tides are around the weekend of May 17 and 18, Ayres said.last_img read more

Melco continues Philippines restructure

first_img Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts Melco Resorts & Entertainment (Philippines) has filed an application with the Securities and Exchange Commission to restructure its equity in order to eliminate accumulated deficits.The application relates to a plan by Melco, which operates City of Dreams Manila, to reduce the number of common shares in the company from 5.9 billion to just 11,800, increasing the value of each share from Php1 to Php500,000. Load More In a Friday filing to the Philippines Stock Exchange, Melco Resorts & Entertainment (Philippines) said it and three subsidiaries – MPHIL Holdings No. 1 Corporation, MPHIL Holdings No. 2 Corporation and Melco Resorts Leisure (PHP) Corporation – had each filed an application for the equity restructuring.The company added that, if approved, it would apply additional paid-in capital to the accumulated debts, bringing the resulting value of each company’s accumulated deficit to zero with no changes to the equity of individual shareholders.Melco’s application follows last year’s tender of public shares which saw MCO (Philippines) Investments Limited, a subsidiary of Melco International Development Ltd, increase its stake in Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) from 72.54% to 96.1%.By reducing the number of shares into larger batches, MCO is also looking to repurchase the resulting fractional shares at a share price of Php7.25 per current share, increasing its overall holding.last_img read more