Monthly Archives: September 2019

Month: September 2019 Government Spent 162 Thousand Dollars on Wells Drains

first_img HOA Opens, slew of Health Bills on Agenda; Key questions to Border Control Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2014 – Provo may never experience the flooding as had been seen in the deluge of TS Cristobal again. We have learned that Government has spent $162 thousand dollars on wells & drains and new wells & drains in the aftermath of that retreating rainy system which grid locked the nation for over a week. Seventeen drains have been re-drilled, while 14 new drainage wells have been dug – all on the island of Providenciales. New wells will mean more run off points for any prolonged rains, the flooding so severe that it trapped people and created health risks. The Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed that those flood waters and the fact that they became mosquito breeding grounds did cause the cases of Dengue Fever and Chikungunya to surge dramatically for Turks and Caicos. The figures so high and changing so rapidly, especially in the case of Dengue Fever, that officials explained they are still collating numbers… and never gave new numbers for Dengue which is linked to one death in Grand Turk. There are now five new wells in Leeward; three in Long Bay; two in Blue Hills and one each for Juba Sound, Caicos Lodge and Airport Road. The re-drilled wells included the five in Leeward, four in Five Cays, four in The Bight, two in Kew Town and one each for Juba Sound and Long Bay. Related Items:Dengue, drains, flood, ministry of health, Portia stubbs smith, provo, Ts cristobal, wells TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance Energy Town Meeting for Provolast_img read more

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Month: September 2019 11th Annual Conch Festival set for November 29th to feature popular food

first_img Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills man Related Items:Alamo Car Rentals, amanyara, blue hills, conch festival, Discover Card, henry the conch, the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Villa Del Mar, Wine Cellar Recommended for you Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands –October 30, 2014 – Plans for the 11th Annual Turks & Caicos Conch Festival, are well underway with a weekend-full of activities on the tropical getaway of Providenciales, home to the World’s Best Beach. The popular beachside event attracts tourists and locals alike to celebrate the islands’ most famous delicacy, historical icon, and number one export…CONCH. The main event will take place on Saturday afternoon (November 29) in the charming Blue Hills area of Providenciales, outside of Three Queen’s Bar & Restaurant.Friday, November 28: First Annual Calypso Kick-off event.This year the weekend kicks off with a Calypso event. (More details will be available soon.) Saturday, November 29: Eleventh Annual Conch FestivalThe weekend kicks into high gear on Saturday, November 29 at Noon in the Blue Hills area. The marquee event is the ‘conch-etition’ which pits the island’s best chefs against each other in a hotly-contested tasting competition judged by a panel of experts as well as the Festival attendees. Categories include Best Conch Salad, Best Conch Chowder, Best Specialty Conch and Best in Show. More than 25 restaurants are expected to compete for the cash prizes and bragging rights this year. Tasting begins at Noon and runs until 5PM. . An entry fee of $25 gives Festival-goers a chance to sample all the dishes entered and cast a vote for Best in Show. In addition to the restaurants, the “Home Kitchen” event will take place simultaneously. Home cooks will have a chance to show off their favourite conch recipe and earn a chance to win a cash prize and more. A separate vote will be held in this category and best in show will again be decided by the general public. Home Kitchen participants will receive each receive $75 to help offset the cost of their ingredients. They are urged to bring a BIG pot of their conch recipe so everyone will get a chance to sample what they have prepared.Major sponsors for this year’s festival so far are Amanyara, Wine Cellar, Villa Del Mar, the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Discover Card, Alamo Car Rentals and the TC Weekly News with more coming on board every week, plus a host of others lending their support.Augmenting the always delectable restaurant competitors is the annual Mojito-making contest sponsored by Bacardi where the island’s best bartenders are on display with their creative twists on this classic Cuban cocktail. This year’s event also features the Turks and Caicos’ own world-renowned Junk-a-Noo, plus other local performers. Special Conch Competitions for conch blowing and other conch related competitions will assure that chefs and bartenders are not the only ones who can win prizes. Plus the biggest prize of all will be the cash prize of $10,000 drawn at 5:30 on the day of the festival by the Rotary Club of Providenciales as part of its annual Pot-of-Gold raffle. Tickets are currently on sale from local Rotarians and at 3 Queens Bar and Restaurant and will be available on the day of the event. However, buying tickets early is highly encouraged because only a limited number are available.Henry the Conch and a special appearance by Santa will also be on hand to pass out goodies to the kids. A special kids’ area will be set up with games, face painting and more. The day’s events will culminate with an after party at Zani Bar featuring DJ music by TCI Most Wanted, DJ Shakes and Unstoppable and DJ Vernam dancing into the wee hours of the night. Admission will be: ladies $10, men $20. This is the ONLY Conch Festival sanctioned after party.About the Conch FestivalThe Conch Festival is a family-friendly event with plenty of games and activities for the kids, including kids games on the beach and a showcase of local culture. There will be games on the beach, and a visit from our mascot, Henry the Conch. In 2008 the Conch Festival donated part if its proceeds to help the fishermen of South Caicos recover after Hurricane Ike, in 2011 over $4300 was donated to Clement Howell High School for much needed equipment and supplies and the Conch Festival also supplies water for their sports day every year. A clean drinking water system for Oseta Jolly Primary School is being undertaken with the proceeds from lasts year.More information on the Conch Festival can be found at www.conchfestival.com.Contact Dick Bain, President 242 4553 or Joy MacKenzie, Secretary 241-4465 or email tciconchfestival@gmail.com Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Administration announces plan to ease Blue Hills traffic congestionlast_img read more

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Month: September 2019 FortisTCI takes on five collegiate for Summer

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jul 2015 – They get eight weeks on the job at FortisTCI; five summer college students were taken on at the nation’s power supplier and Ruth Forbes, Vice President of Human Resources and CFO said, “We are impressed with this year’s group of interns and the varying scholastic backgrounds…” Demetrio Quant is 22 and working in the Energy Production and Project planning division; 19 year old Angelique Pereira is in Customer Service; 18 year old Gabriel Saunders is in Environmental Health and Safety; Jonathan Chan Jon Chu is 18 and working in Executive Services and 27 year old Miguel Swann is in HR and Finance at FortisTCI. Related Items:Angelique Pereira, Demetrio Quant, fortis tci, Gabriel Saunders, Jonathan Chan Jon Chu, Miguel Swann TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves FortisTCI reveals Education Week winnerslast_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Deputy Premier and Minister of Immigration Hon Sean R Astwood sensitizes migrant

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The Deputy Premier and Minister of Border Control and Employment, Hon. Sean R. Astwood last week spent time engaging with leaders of the larger migrant communities as a lead up to his Ministry’s crack down on the illegal population residing in the Turks and Caicos Islands.On Tuesday August 8th, Hon. Astwood met with Consul representatives of the Philippines, Jamaica and Haiti prior to his meeting of Thursday August 10th when he brought together pastors of the Haitian Community, to discuss the current Immigration and Border Control initiatives in the TCI that were recently announced on July 26th in the House of Assembly when it last convened.Since the Deputy Premier’s announcement of tighter controls and improved enforcement of the Immigration law, there has been much speculation and mischief-making and the purpose those meetings were to provide factual information that the representatives could disseminate to persons in their respective communities.During the meetings which were hosted at the Office of the Premier in Providenciales, Hon. Astwood, who was also Acting Premier and Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade at the time, briefed the attendees on the aims of his ministry to regularize immigration in the Turks and Caicos Islands and further assured them that the intention of this ongoing initiative is to ensure that everyone in the country is here legally and that all laws of the country are being upheld.The Deputy Premier noted that it is important for us as a Government and as a country to do all within our power, guided by our legal frameworks, to ensure the safety and security of all persons that live, work and visit here, and further provided information to the those present on what persons can expect after the deadline of August 14th, 2017.Hon. Astwood informed of his approach to Immigration from a border control standpoint, with the intent to ensure that all persons living in the country have valid statuses to do so.   Towards this end, the Immigration Task Force, in conjunction with the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force would perform stop and search operations, and persons found to not be in possession of a valid TCI status will be detained and processed.   While some deportation is anticipated, the Department will be keen to look at each case on an individual basis to ensure that persons falling outside of the intended target objective are not disadvantaged by the operations, and that all others are either repatriated or charged and deported in which case they too will be added to the Immigration Stop List.The Deputy Premier impressed upon his audience the need for persons to utilize the time given to either regularize themselves, or to leave the country voluntarily, as this would permit re-entry at a later date, through legal means once approved to do so.When asked for his views on the success of the meetings, Hon. Astwood stated:“I am confident that the meetings provided a platform to not only address the migrant communities concerns regarding my Ministry’s ongoing initiatives but it also gave opportunity to share this Government’s vision and expectations of the migrant population that remain amongst us with the hope that the Consuls and Pastors, as leaders within their own right, will provide clarity to persons in their communities and further encourage them to abide here following all of the laws of our country.”Hon. Astwood also, during the meetings, reiterated the need for all persons to work together to protect the borders and people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. He stated:“Illegal migration threatens the lives and livelihood of our people.   My Ministry and this Government will continue to work diligently to enforce the laws of this land for the protection of our people and the preservation of our Country.”“Make no mistake, we welcome persons from all nationalities to legally enter and reside in TCI and while your main concern is your people, please know that these measures are not just towards some, but they apply to all persons and nationalities that choose to visit, work or live amongst us.”This Immigration initiative is just the beginning of a long term goal to restore balance and order in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Many of our laws are not being adhered to and we intend to change that.”The meetings also revealed that new policies and frameworks are on the horizon and will be introduced to the public within coming months as it relates to work permits, border enforcement and improvements in processing and other operational policies and procedures.The deadline to regularize expired on August 15th, which was Tuesday of this week and joint law enforcement operations commenced as planned. As such, activities are deemed sensitive, reports on the outcomes will be given on a need-to-know basis, as will be determined by the participatory agencies in the exercises, and only in the interest of maintaining national security.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Lewd dancing at Govt school being investigated says Bahamas MOE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#lewddancingatgovernmentschool, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 25, 2017 – Nassau – It is not the first time dirty dancing has taken place on a public school campus, but in the era where everyone with a cell phone is not only a camera person but a news reporter – the lewd dancing is making headlines in The Bahamas and the world can see it.    The session unravels on a stage in the general area of a government high school, on what appears to be dress up day.A DJ is leading the dancing which is first demonstrated by who appears to be an older woman, then followed up by teenage girls who mount the stage from among the throngs of students looking on.    The crowd of students cheer as all of the females take turns in gyrating their hips; the faster the motion, the louder the cheers.The Ministry of Education is concerned about the filming and the incident and at 4:30pm issued a statement to say they are investigating.   The succinct statement says:  “The Ministry of Education is aware of a video circulating on social media in which it appears that students are dancing inappropriately, on a public school campus.   We await the findings of an internal investigation to determine what future course of action will be taken.”The school is not named by the Ministry, but on social media – H.O. Nash in Stapledon Gardens, Nassau is fingered for the vexing display.   Within three hours, the video was shared 76 times and seen over 7,700 times.   Comments on the video posted to Bahamas News range from its no big deal because it was the students’ funday, to references to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival which promoted gyrating in the streets of Nassau to this one, “Dj’s have been to school Fun Days for decades.  From primary school straight to high school.  This is nothing new why are we continuing to act like it is?!? Nothing that is taking place in no way is new, the only thing that is new is now videos have access to social media for everyone to view.”#MagneticMediaNews#lewddancingatgovernmentschoollast_img read more

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Month: September 2019 President Trump blocks Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm

first_img Updated: 4:10 PM AP, Mike McKinnon III, Hunter recently spoke about this issue on Good Morning San Diego. You can hear what he had to say here. AP, Mike McKinnon III Posted: March 12, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is blocking Singapore-based Broadcom’s takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm on national security grounds.The White House says Trump is taking the action on the recommendation of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which reviews foreign purchases of U.S. entities. Broadcom made an unsolicited bid last year to take over Qualcomm, which has been met by shareholder skepticism and regulatory scrutiny on security and antitrust grounds.Broadcom is in the process of moving its legal headquarters from Singapore to the U.S., with the company planning on finishing the move by April 3, 2018. Trump hosted Broadcom CEO Hock E. Tan in the White House last year as he announced the move, and the company had hoped that would help it skirt the national security review.On February 23, 2018, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter wrote a letter to President Trump urging he block Broadcom’s takeover of Qualcomm.center_img March 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter President Trump blocks Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm Need to watch Broadcom Ltd proposed takeover of Qualcomm. Ifallowed to occur, this would create a significant national security problem andcould mean the loss of thousands of jobs here in SD. Read my letter toPresident Trump urging him to order a national security review: pic.twitter.com/upyYdpQinf— Rep. Duncan Hunter (@Rep_Hunter) February 23, 2018last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Surfrider Foundation and other groups oppose Tijuana River Valley campground

first_img July 3, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 3, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 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) – Officials from Surfrider Foundation San Diego and other environmental advocacy groups called on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today to postpone construction of a campground at the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park.Supervisors allocated $4 million for the campground in the recently passed budget for the new fiscal year, but activists claim continuous sewage spills from the nearby Tijuana River pose health risks for potential visitors. Bethany Case with the Surfrider Foundation and co-founder of the South Bay Clean Water Movement, told reporters the park isn’t yet suitable for further development.“This area is beautiful. We would love to have a campground here — but we need to solve this problem first,” she said. “Where are you going to go to the beach, … you’re going to go to water that’s contaminated. It just doesn’t make sense.”According to Surfrider, the closest beach to the proposed campground, the Tijuana Slough Shoreline, closed for 167 days in 2017 due to poor water quality related to sewage flows that have plagued South Bay waterways for decades. The beach has closed 64 days so far this year. Case was joined at a news conference Tuesday by members of Citizens Against Sewage, San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action and the National Border Patrol Council, as well as former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who is running for a District 4 supervisor seat that includes much of the city of San Diego.Fletcher said the benefits of outdoor recreation in the Tijuana River Valley are negated by its condition. He called on county officials to better protect the area’s natural resources.To wash your spirit clean by enjoying our amazing beaches — you need beaches that aren’t closed by contamination and pollution,” he said. “It’s time for the county of San Diego to step up its commitment for clean water. It’s time for them to start cracking down on polluters. It’s time for them to be a leader in calling for the federal government to take action.”Campground construction is expected to begin summer 2019. Supervisor Greg Cox has long advocated for construction of the Tijuana River Valley campground. In a statement to reporters, he said county staff are conducting an environmental review of the site, and will seek a new location if it isn’t deemed suitable.In May, the Surfrider Foundation filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the International Boundary and Water Commission, a binational agency charged with overseeing efforts to stem ongoing pollution. The foundation argued the commission hasn’t done enough to address water infrastructure that has allowed millions of gallons of sewage to flow into the United States. center_img Surfrider Foundation and other groups oppose Tijuana River Valley campground Updated: 5:51 PM KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Sixth Annual PAWmicon Draws in Large Crowd

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 16, 2018 KUSI’s Sandra Maas and Allen Denton with details. SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – While San Diego’s biggest event Comic-Con is just a few days away, The Helen Woodward Animal Center decided to throw an event of their own- it’s called PAWmicon. The Animal Center’s 6th annual event was the biggest ever at Hazard Center in Mission Valley! Updated: 8:26 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 Settings July 16, 2018 Sandra Maas, Allen Denton Sandra Maas, Allen Denton, Sixth Annual PAWmicon Draws in Large Crowdlast_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Salvation Army hosts Thanksgiving dinner

first_img November 22, 2018 Updated: 2:10 PM KUSI Newsroom, 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 Salvation Army is hosting a very special dinner on Thanksgiving Day to more than 1,000 people in need in Golden Hall.A traditional meal will be served to close to 1,300 hungry guests on tables draped in linen tablecloths while they are entertained by The Salvation Army brass band. The guests will include struggling working families, single parents, homeless, seniors and others in need of a hot meal.For more information click here. Posted: November 22, 2018center_img Salvation Army hosts Thanksgiving dinner KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Promises2Kids is collecting new unwrapped gifts for children and teens living in

first_img Updated: 9:09 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – You still have the chance to brighten the lives of kids in need this holiday season.Donations for Promises2Kids holiday gift drive are being accepted through December 18th, 2018.Drop off bins are located throughout San Diego county to collect new unwrapped gifts for children and teens living in foster care. Promises2Kids is collecting new unwrapped gifts for children and teens living in foster care KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 17, 2018 December 17, 2018last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 New public art sculpture in San Diegos East Village

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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) – There is a new public sculpture piece at The Collection’s Plaza in San Diego’s East Village.The art sculpture is across the way from Petco Park. It’s part of the Park 12 development, luxury apartment homes, retail and restaurant complex.The 22 foot steel shell sculpture tells the history of San Diego in narrative form.“In 1850 , San Diego became a city. Alfonso Horton acquired downtown San Diego in 1867 for $265,” said Jerry Brand, Senior Managing Director of Greystar’s West Coast development. Brand is the man behind the concept.“It’s a native shell. It rolls out of the islands here. I found it on the beach and I gave it to the artist and I asked him in his own creative way to create a shell.”The artist then began to cut in the shell all about the history of San Diego.“In 1969, the Padres become a major league team… and we can now remember in 1998 when the Padres won the National League Championship.”Brand says it’s fitting that the public art sculpture sits across the street from the ballpark, in the courtyard of the newest East Village development.“There are 718 Apartment Homes. We call this the City of Villages. We have a high-rise a mid-rise they’re all connected by Bridges.”As a way to engage the community in hopes of embracing not only the history and the development of Downtown, the company is encouraging you to take a selfie or should we say “shellfie” on Instagram, using the hashtag “#park12shellfie” for a chance to win some cool prizes. And speaking of winning… “I predict that the Padres are going to win the World Series in the coming years and I’m going to cut that in the shell (sculpture) after the victory and I’m almost certain that that’s going to happen soon.” KUSI Newsroom, New public art sculpture in San Diego’s East Village Updated: 1:27 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom February 26, 2019 Posted: February 26, 2019last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Congressman Duncan D Hunter seeks to block evidence concerning infidelity

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, AP, KUSI Newsroom Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Indicted California Rep. Duncan D. Hunter is asking a judge to reject an attempt by prosecutors to introduce evidence that the congressman used campaign funds to finance a string of extramarital relationships.In a motion Friday, the congressman’s lawyers say prosecutors are seeking permission “to focus the jury’s attention on Mr. Hunter’s infidelity.”They say evidence that some of Hunter’s relationships were romantic isn’t necessary for a jury to evaluate the case.Allegations about the married Republican congressman’s affairs were outlined in a government court filing Monday, connected to charges he and his wife illegally spent more than $250,000 in campaign funds.Margaret Hunter pleaded guilty this month to one corruption count.Duncan Hunter has said prosecutors have targeted him for political reasons.The trial is scheduled for September. Posted: June 29, 2019 June 29, 2019 Congressman Duncan D. Hunter seeks to block evidence concerning infidelitylast_img read more

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Month: September 2019 ASAWISHH Participates in Farmer Field Day in Pakistan

first_imgNetting and viewing of Rohu fish fed soy-based floating fish feed.The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program recently participated in a Farmer Field Day in Pakistan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded FEEDing Pakistan project, now in its third phase. The Field Day, organized by AMG Fish Feed, was attended by more than 100 participants including fish farmers, fisheries department officials, fish traders and investors. ASA/WISHH Country Representative RSN Janjua spoke about the value of soy-based floating feed during the event.AMG Fish Feed started business in 2015, and is now the second company in Pakistan producing soy-based floating feed.  The owner of AMG Fish Feed attended an ASA/WISHH FEEDing Pakistan Farmer Field Day in 2012 where he was first convinced of the value of soy-based floating feed. ASA/WISHH provided technical assistance to the company last year and will continue to support its efforts to produce soy-based floating feed.last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Burgerville hires teenager laid off by Jack in the Box

first_imgSome of the teens who lost their Battle Ground Jack in the Box jobs last month because they were younger than 18 may soon head to work at another fast food chain — Burgerville.The Vancouver-based company has already hired 17-year-old Cory Gonzalez, and is reviewing the applications of most of his seven former colleagues.Portland-based franchisee Northwest Group Inc. laid off the teens soon after acquiring the Jack in the Box location, citing concerns about employing underage workers. There is no legal protection against age discrimination for workers younger than 40, and strict rules govern workers younger than 18, said Elaine Fischer, spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor & Industries.When Burgerville Chief Financial Officer Kyle Dean heard that Jack in the Box had laid off the young workers, Dean saw opportunity.“I was struck by the quality of this kid” after reading Gonzalez’s story in The Columbian,” Dean said. “He was pretty aligned with the kind of kids we are trying to hire.”Burgerville is in the process of beefing up staff to prepare for the 39-restaurant chain’s busier summer season. So the chain started reaching out. It has contacted most of the laid-off Jack in the Box workers, said Beth Brewer, Burgerville’s vice president of talent development and education.Gonzalez, who was laid off on March 7 and hired by Burgerville on March 23, considers himself fortunate to have landed a new job after two weeks of searching.last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Car hits deer north of BG two teens hospitalized

first_imgTwo teenagers were taken to a hospital on Monday after the car they were in hit a deer and lurched off state Highway 503 six miles north of Battle Ground.Justin David Neil, 18, of Amboy and Zachary Charles Wagner, 16, of Vancouver were taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, according to a bulletin from the Washington State Patrol.Both were listed in satisfactory condition Monday evening, a nursing supervisor said.The bulletin said Neil had been driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee south about 1 p.m. when he hit the deer.No citation was issued.last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Fewer 911 families on hand for 11th anniversary

first_imgA firefighter makes a rubbing of a victim’s name as friends and relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center gather for a ceremony marking the 11th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Several events will be held in Clark County Tuesday over the span of 13 hours to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. All observances are open to the public.NEW YORK — Americans paused Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it’s time to move forward after a decade of remembrance.As in past years, thousands were expected to gather at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history. President Barack Obama was to attend the Pentagon memorial, and Vice President Joe Biden was to speak in Pennsylvania.But many felt that last year’s 10th anniversary was an emotional turning point for public mourning of the attacks. For the first time, elected officials weren’t speaking at the ceremony, which often allowed them a solemn turn in the spotlight, but raised questions about the public and private Sept. 11.“I feel much more relaxed” this year, said Jane Pollicino, who came to ground zero Tuesday morning to remember her husband, who was killed at the trade center. “After the ninth anniversary, that next day, you started building up to the 10th year. This feels a lot different, in that regard. It’s another anniversary that we can commemorate in a calmer way, without that 10-year pressure.”last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Coast Guard hears CRC objections from projects critics

first_imgWednesday’s Coast Guard meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.CRC reaches mitigation deal with two manufacturersThe federal agency that essentially holds veto power over the Columbia River Crossing opened its ear to Portland and Vancouver residents Tuesday, and most who spoke called for a rejection of the controversial megaproject.In the first of two hearings hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard, much of the testimony focused on the proposed Interstate 5 Bridge replacement’s planned 116-foot bridge height, a clearance more than 60 feet lower than the existing twin drawbridges allow over the Columbia River. The $3.4 billion project would permanently limit navigation on the river, and limit future development and commerce upstream of the new span, opponents said.The CRC as planned “literally cuts this river in half,” said William “Chris” Girard, president of Plaid Pantry convenience stores and a CRC critic.The Coast Guard is mulling whether to approve a crucial bridge permit the CRC must have to move forward. The project filed its bridge permit application in January. Told by the Coast Guard that they hadn’t submitted enough information, CRC officials sent additional documents in April.Coast Guard officials have said their job is to protect the “reasonable needs” of navigation on the Columbia River. The agency is aiming to make its decision on the CRC by Sept. 30.last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Vancouver police officer on trial in wrongful death suit

first_imgA Vancouver police officer is one of two former Fresno Police Department officers on trial this week in a federal wrongful death lawsuit in the California city for shooting a man to death in March 2009 in the parking lot of an apartment complex.The lawsuit, filed by the parents of Stephen Willis, 23, accuses Greg Catton of Vancouver and Daniel Astacio of the Fresno area of shooting Willis without identifying themselves as police officers and without warning him.Following an investigation, the former officers were cleared of any wrongdoing. Both left the Fresno Police Department after the incident but are not allowed to say whether they were fired or resigned, according to the Fresno Bee newspaper. The Vancouver Police Department hired Catton in September, and department leadership was aware of the pending litigation against him, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. He is on leave without pay during the trial, Kapp said.The former Fresno officers’ defense has been that Catton told Willis he was a police officer. Then, Willis pulled a handgun from a holster and fired a shot at Catton, prompting Astacio, and then Catton, to open fire. However, during testimony in the trial, their accounts of the event have differed, according to the Fresno Bee. Catton on Monday testified that Willis hadn’t fired at him before Astacio shot Willis, but Willis was pulling the gun from its holster, the newspaper reported. Astacio testified last week that he fired at Willis after Willis pointed that gun at Catton and fired it, according to the newspaper.last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Wylie wants salestax exemption for Papa Murphys

first_imgPapa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza executives said their product is best served hot, fresh — and without a side of sales tax. Rep. Sharon Wylie agrees. The Democratic lawmaker called it an “equity issue.” If you buy a frozen pizza in the grocery store, you don’t pay a sales tax. But if you decide it’s a “take-and-bake” kind of night, the total tab will include a sales tax. The pizza is “affordable and fairly healthy,” Wylie said. Tacking on a sales tax “seems unfair to a lot of people,” she added.Wylie is working on legislation she plans to introduce in the coming weeks that would exempt the pizza company from collecting a sales tax. Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza company operates in 38 states, each one with varying policies over whether the company is required to collect sales tax. The pizza company, based in Vancouver, has 11 stores in Clark County and nearly 200 in the state of Washington. At the heart of this issue is whether take-and-bake pizzas should be considered prepared foods, which are defined by the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board as having more than two ingredients mixed by the seller and being sold as one item. The board, a consortium of 24 member states including Washington, aims to make sales and tax laws uniform and streamlined. Craig Johnson, the executive director of the board, said prepared foods are subject to a sales tax. So if you’re “mixing meat, crust, sauce and cheese and you’re selling it as a single item, that’s within the definition of prepared foods,” he said.last_img read more

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Month: September 2019 Court rules holiday does not need to be retroactively recalculated if hours

first_imgThe Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that employees’ accumulated holiday does not need to be retroactively recalculated following an increase in their hours.In the case of Kathleen Greenfield vs The Care Bureau, Greenfield worked part time with a holiday entitlement of 5.6 weeks a year, and took all her accrued annual leave for that period. From August 2012, her hours increased to an average of 41.4 hours a week and her employer specified that all hours, including overtime, would be used to calculate paid annual leave.Greenfield requested a week of paid leave in November 2012, which was denied on the basis that she had taken her full entitlement in June and July 2012, while working fewer hours.When Greenfield’s employment ended in May 2013, she was not paid in lieu of accrued annual leave, as she had taken it all.She argued that the EU Framework Agreement on equal treatment of part-time workers and the Working Time Directive meant that the UK Working Time Regulations should be interpreted to provide that the leave she had already accrued on fewer hours should be adjusted to reflect her new working hours and not the hours worked at the time the leave was taken.The CJEU held that employers are not obliged to provide that entitlement to paid annual leave already accrued, and possibly taken, be recalculated retrospectively according to an employee’s new working pattern.However, the Court did rule that the employer should recalculate annual leave for the period after the increase in hours.The Court had previously held that a change in working hours, particularly a reduction, cannot reduce the right to annual leave that the worker has accumulated during the period when they had worked increased hours.Jillian Naylor, employment partner at Linklaters, said: “Calculating annual leave for workers on part time or variable hours can be difficult for employers. Most employers will not recalculate accrued holiday when a worker increases or decreases their hours.“This is a common sense decision and will be a relief for employers in this situation as it confirms that their existing practice is correct.”BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswylast_img read more

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