MARCH AGAINST DRUG ABUSE IN STEER TOWN NOV 29

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Nov. 28 (JIS): Hundreds of young people and residents of Steer Town, in St. Ann, will march tomorrow (November 29) against drug abuse and other social ills affecting youngsters in response to research findings from the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).The NCDA conducted a community needs assessment survey in May, sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), through their ‘Community Action for Prevention’ programme. The survey highlighted the drug use practices as well as risky sexual behaviour. Speaking with JIS News, Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) Community Liaison Officer for Steer Town, Kadian Hutchinson, said the NCDA is aiming to effectively prevent drug abuse among youth in the community, hence the survey will guide their action. “Based on the findings, the youth population in Steer Town mostly abuse drug substances, whether it is marijuana or any other drug. This is sometimes associated with crime, illiteracy and gang involvement – problems which continue to occur in our community,” she said. In addition to the survey conducted by NCDA, Ms Hutchinson told JIS News that the CSJP, in collaboration with the Social Development Commission (SDC), developed a community priority plan for Steer Town, which highlights similar social ills that negatively impact the community.“The NCDA survey has confirmed that there are social ills in the community,” she said. Ms. Hutchinson also told JIS News that having heard the findings, the active social groups in the community decided to stage the Youth March. The March will also be supported by the CSJP, Men with a Message, NCDA, churches in the community, Steer Town Benevolent Society, schools, Police Youth Club, as well as the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).“We want to make a long term impact in the community; we want to engage the young people as there are several of them on the corner who are not employed or qualified. We want to make it our priority to include them in social intervention programmes aimed at restoring their lives,” Ms. Hutchinson said.The March will begin at Steer Town Square and continue throughout the seven districts of the community. Missing Children Down Recommended for you Women rule in TCI, Child Laws must tighten says Governor TCI: Respect for children encouraged in MoE and UNICEF ‘Positive Discipline’ campaign Related Items:Citizen Security and Justice Programme, drug abuse, Kadian Hutchinson, NCDA, st. ann, steer down, UNICEF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Government promises relief for Exuma Straw Vendors

first_img Related Items:exuma, phillip vrave davis, straw vendors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppExuma, 16 Apr 2015 – A electrical malfunction is the suspected cause, but on Wednesday evening, literally days ahead of the regatta – the biggest economic and cultural event on the Exuma calendar, the George Town Straw Market was destroyed by fire and taking with it thousands of dollars in merchandise and at least seventeen local businesses. Deputy Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis led a delegation to Exuma on Thursday, 16th April to assess the fire damage, convey the sentiments of the Prime Minister and his government and to assure the vendors that they were not alone in the hour of loss but help is on the way.“The government, the Prime Minister has expressed their concern hence I was dispatched this morning to assess what is going on, have a chat with the vendors and let them know that we care about what has happened – we are concerned about what was happening and we are hoping to bring relief to them as quickly as possible.”Also weighing in on the tragedy was Prime Minister Christie who expressed regret at the great loss and promised that his government would be reviewing this situation and taking the necessary steps to assist the vendors in resuming their business operations as soon as is practically possible.“I am personally aware of that market and of its impact in Georgetown, Exuma. Whenever I am in the area at a regatta or some occasion, I would go in there and talk to the people so I am personally aware of the extent to which that represents a major investment on the part of families down there and so it is a great loss for them and it comes at a time, (one) week before the annual regatta which is the regatta of all regattas where I am sure they are have stocked up and shot up their supplies for sale to the thousands who would come into Exuma for the regatta. So it’s really a tremendous loss to them. The government will cause an immediate review to take place on that and discussions with the vendors themselves with the view to seeing what assistance we can render and what steps we can take to put them in a position as this matter is being investigated – put them in a position to resume their business as soon as possible.”The delegation included area Member of Parliament, Hon. Anthony Moss, Chairman of the Straw Market Authority, Kevin Simmons and technical staff from the Ministry of Works and Urban Development.Also coming to the aid of the straw vendors was the General Manager of the all-inclusive resort Sandals Mr. Mutton who committed to setting up temporary tents on the site and a cash donation of $10,000. Another town meeting is planned to discuss among other matters the location of a permanent straw market and the permanent presence of a fire engine in Georgetown proper. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tropical Storm Kate now formed, almost all Bahamas on alert Fyre Festival, a huge disaster Recommended for you Million dollar marijuana drug bust in Exumalast_img read more

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TCI signs onto sustainable energy can tap into 60 million

first_img Related Items:european development fund, malike cummings, paris, sustainable energy, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jul 2015 – The Turks and Caicos has joined other overseas territories in yet another sustainable energy pact, and it appears this is a pre-requisite for future funding to the tune $60 million dollars. Executives of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and planning report that the TCI signed onto the Sustainable Energy Roadmap in Brussels, Belgium last month. Permanent Secretary, Susan Malcolm said: “The Summit fostered exchange on the possible contribution of OCTs for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the annual Conference of Parties, which will take place later this year in Paris.”The energy Commissioner, Malike Cummings presented at the conference in mid-June, “I was able to make a presentation highlighting the unique challenges faced by the overseas countries and territories, in particular the TCI. It also unveiled targeted solutions and actions to overcome the barriers for sustainable energy development.” The funding is being provided by the EDF, European Development Fund. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FUEL COSTS INVESTIGATION SLOW TO COME, PUBLIC ASKED TO SOUND OFF ON THE ISSUE Recommended for you Actions revealed for Energy Solutions by TCI EUC, Cummings Government expounds on Fuel price investigationlast_img read more

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Turks and Caicos pitching medical Tourism at Canada expo

first_img Digicel & NBA team up again, 60 TCI children to benefit Cheshire Hall explains Monday power outage at hospital Related Items:destination health, takara bain, tci hospitals Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Aug 2015 – The Turks and Caicos will for the next few days be on display at an expo in Canada as an ideal spot to get well. The TCI Hospitals today informed that they are showcasing the hospitals at Destination Health, which is the first medical tourism event to take place on Canadian soil. A delegation of three from the ICA hospitals is attending and reports are they are presenting on the various services at the Cheshire Hall and Cockburn Town medical centers. Marketing Manager, Takara Bain called it just the beginning for promotions in medical care to visitors – that the TCI Hospitals are confident of positive feedback from health professionals and patients. TCI Hospital Gets New Executivelast_img read more

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Three counts of arson conviction for 19 Year old

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA 19 year old on Friday found out that he will spend the next three years of his life in Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk for arson and it reportedly all started with a fight.  The young man was found guilty of intentionally setting fire to several structures in Five Cays on January 14, 2016 after he and his brother argued; Police report that Stavon Harris filled up an empty bleach bottle with gasoline, tossed that gas onto the house where his brother lives and lit it afire – that fire spread to several other homes.  The fire happened behind Enid Capron Primary school and raged for hours and left at least 14 families homeless. No one was physically hurt, thankfully. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Stavon Harris, reports Press Officer, Kevin Clarke, is guilty of two counts of setting fire to a building and one count of setting fire to a dwelling place.  Related Items:19 year old convicted of arson, 2016 Five Cays fire, January 14, Stavon Harrislast_img read more

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Bahamas and China celebrate 20 Years of Diplomatic relations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas-China relationship is here to stay says the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Darren Henfield after the two countries this weekend celebrated 20 years of diplomatic relations.   The Minister used the occasion at the British Colonial Hilton on Friday at the British Colonial Hilton cite some of the greater accomplishments including the construction of the Airport Corridor, the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, The Pointe resort and the FNM Minister even touted the one of the region’s largest resort developments, Baha Mar on Cable Beach.Minister Henfield said buttress for local coastlines against the ravages of sea-level rise, and the port developments in Grand Bahama and Abaco, along with the renewable energy endeavours are also from the Sino-Bahamian link.The Minister pointed out that the international relationship has introduced The Bahamas to the appointments of eight Chinese Ambassadors to The Bahamas and three Bahamian Ambassadors to China, as “the immediate and official link between our two Governments… to facilitate the communication, planning and implementation needed to realize our common aims and goals.”‘’’Bahamians also enjoy the mutual support for international candidacies, visa-free travel to China, natural disaster relief assistance, as well as the dialogues engendered and arrangements agreed at the national, regional and hemispheric levels.    In the end, and despite whispering of concerns about the closeness of The Bahamas and China, the Minister flatly shared this,  “China has proven to be a good friend and development partner to the people of The Bahamas.    To this end, my Government will do its utmost to maintain and promote Sino-Bahamian relations through on-going dialogue between our capitals, and our business and cultural communities, for the benefit of both our nations and our peoples.” Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Govt Agencies Placed on Full Alert in Preparation for Irma

first_img August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#GovtAgencies, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, September 5th, 2017 – Nassau – All government agencies in The Bahamas have been put on full alert as various hurricane-tracking models indicate Hurricane Irma poses a “serious threat’ to The Bahamas, Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Monday.This includes the activation of emergency protocols by NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency) and the uniformed branches of the government and other relevant government agencies that provide the country’s essential services.Prime Minister Minnis said the alert also extends to both public and private utility providers.“The preparation of shelters and coordination with NGOs are also priorities,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Dr. Minnis said even while the Government of The Bahamas is using all of the resources at its disposal to do all in its power to ensure that the country is fully prepared, there is a need for members of the general public and private institutions to make their preparations as well.This includes monitoring the location of the hurricane by listening to updates available via reliable radio, television and social media outlets. This especially includes updates that are issued through the National Emergency Management Agency, The Department of Meteorology, other essential government services and non-government organizations that work closely with the Government of The Bahamas.“Bahamians and residents should avoid relying on sources of information which may be questionable or unreliable, especially potentially fake information circulated through social media,” Prime Minister Minnis said.Prime Minister Minnis said the Government of The Bahamas will do “all in its power” to ensure that the country is fully prepared for all aspects of disaster management and mitigation efforts – including rescue and recovery efforts.Preparations, Prime Minister Minnis said, include ensuring that emergency communication networks, including with all Family Islands, are tested and ready for use.“Even as the Government is taking the necessary precautions to prepare for Hurricane Irma, I want to stress the need for preparation by the general public and private institutions,” Prime Minister Minnis said. “This preparation includes monitoring the location of the hurricane by listening to updates through reliable radio, television and/or reliable social media.“Bahamians and residents throughout the country need to monitor the location and proximity of Irma to the island or cay on which they live. Maritime traffic, fishermen and boaters should take all necessary precautions as Hurricane Irma approaches The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis added. #PressRelease FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

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TCI PDM Administration not in Grace Bay Boys pocket welcomes RitzCarlton by

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIRitzCarltondevelopment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 17, 2017 – Providenciales – The PDM Administration yesterday aimed to extinguish the fiery charge that they are being controlled by the so called, Grace Bay Boys and are not supportive of the Desarollos Hotelco development of a RitzCarlton resort along the world famous strip.“I don’t know what clearer way to say we welcome the Ritz Carlton project, I mean there is no such thing as any member of this government being in the Grace Bay Boys pocket, whatever that mean.”In a media one on one on Thursday, the Premier took the question and said the PDM has long supported the idea and only wait to see the final determinations from the Environmental Impact Assessment to know what kind of development will be permitted at the site.   Tourism Minister Ralph Higgs said the Administration welcomes the idea of having the RitzCarlton brand.There are vociferous claims by countrymen, including the Opposition PNP that the PDM was against the project and would do the bidding of those who are believed to be against the development.   A firm rejection of that notion came from the panel which included all Cabinet Ministers.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIRitzCarltondevelopment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Rafa Bentiez revealed he is happy at Newcastle

first_imgNewcastle United boss has admitted he could remain in charge even after his contract with the Magpies runs out next summer although his team miserably struggle in the Premier LeagueWith a record of two draws and seven defeats in the opening nine league fixtures, the Tynesiders are nailed to the bottom of the table, as one of three teams that are yet to achieve a victory.Furthermore, with just six goals scored, Newcastle have the third-worst goalscoring record in the English top flight after Huddersfield and Crystal Palace.The lack of summer signings has so far proved costly to Rafael Benitez, who still believes his side can dodge relegation if they manage to strengthen the squad in January.“Hopefully, we can be in a much better position in January, then it will be easier.“You are asking me about my future, and I decided about my future when I signed for Newcastle United for three years.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“My idea when we were talking about that was the project to finish challenging the top eight, so not even the top 10. I said we could be easily in the top eight, that was my idea.“Do I still believe it’s a top eight team? What I said – if we do the right things, yes.”When asked about his plans for the next year, the 58-year-old Spaniard said: “Yeah, I am happy here.”“We can’t waste energy with my future but, in January, we have to find the right targets to improve things on the pitch – and do it,” Benitez told the Mirror.“Last year is an example — we finished 10th after we did it in January. We can do something similar.”last_img read more

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Valencia boss backs strikers to end drought

first_imgValencia boss Marcelino believes Rodrigo Moreno and Michy Batshuayi will end their goal droughts despite his side’s 1-0 narrow win at Getafe.Dani Parejo’s VAR penalty saved the blushes of Rodrigo who had not scored since the opening day of the season, while Batshuayi was absent from the squad, leaving the Chelsea loanee on just two goals for the campaign.“Winning always matters,” Marcelino told Football Espana after Valencia won back-to-back games for the first time in 2018-19.“I saw a very good Valencia in the first half, but we had to be comfortably ahead at half-time.“When you’re forgiving, you usually pay and Getafe threatened to make us do that early in the second half.“However, the VAR helped us. It went against us last week and ultimately we won because of it. It imparted justice.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Rodrigo’s drought is football. It’s a situation that, no matter how much you think about it, has no explanation.“The important thing is that he’s a very good player. We need Rodrigo at his best. He had a great game against Young Boys the other night.“What he missed here were three clear goals, but he’ll eventually score with his back.“His work in the last third is good, he’s just lacking that edge to his finishing. He’ll be back scoring after the international break.“I’m not unhappy with Batshuayi. I’m always positive, I try to help and transmit things to the players, but I also demand things at the same time.“It’s tough. I always try to be fair and in this situation, I have to make decisions. The hardest thing for a Coach is to pick a matchday squad of 18 players and 11 to start after that because it’s discriminating.”last_img read more

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Modric Ballon dOr outcome wont change my perfect year

first_imgLuka Modric admits he wants the 2018 Ballon d’Or, but added it wouldn’t change his brilliant year whether he wins it or notFootball’s most highly coveted individual award has been contested by only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the past decade.The iconic duo have won the Ballon d’Or a record five times each over the last 10 years.But Modric’s brilliant displays for Croatia on route to the 2018 World Cup final along with helping Real Madrid wrap up a third consecutive Champions League title have made him the favourite.The 33-year-old playmaker won the 2018 Goal 50 award this week and has already beaten Ronaldo and Messi to the FIFA and UEFA Player of the Year prizes.Although Modric insists that it’s been the best year of his career and nothing can take that away from him.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Let’s see what happens,” said Modric, according to Goal.“I’m very proud to fight for it. If I win perfect, otherwise it will not change anything.“With or without the Ballon d’Or, it’s the best year of my career.”The last player to win the Ballon d’Or, other than Ronaldo or Messi, was Kaka in 2007.Modric provided Tin Jedvaj with an assist on Thursday night for Croatia’s spectacular 3-2 UEFA Nations League win over Spain.last_img read more

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Emery hopes Pochettino rejects Manchester United job

first_imgTottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly linked to Manchester United following Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday.Unai Emery – Arsenal’s manager – talked about his Spurs counterpart Mauricio Pochettino, saying he seems happy at his current club, and that he should reject offers from other teams. Emery says Tottenham improved under Pochettino, and that he wants the Spurs to remain a competitive squad, for Arsenal’s sake.“I think he’s very happy at Tottenham,” Emery told a news conference, according to FourFourTwo.“I think he’s coaching a very big team with very big players, and now they are in the Champions League – they are also in a better position in the Premier League than Manchester United.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I think his performance at Tottenham is very big.“I don’t know if he’s thinking to change for another club, but I am looking at him with a very big commitment to Tottenham, and he’s creating a good performance, a good idea at Tottenham. Tottenham improved a lot with him.“Their level now is very big. They have very good players, the coach is working very well, they are winning a lot of matches.“When they are on the ball they are a very organized team, movement, they like a lot to be in possession, progress with the passes, with quality, are physically very hard, and have attacking players with very big performances now.”last_img read more

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Ausilio Inter Milan are not interested in Mourinho reunion

first_imgInter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio insists they remain fully committed to their current manager Luciano Spalletti and will not pursue Jose MourinhoThe pressure on Spalletti has been growing this season following their Champions League group-stage exit and with Inter already 14 points behind Serie A leaders Juventus in third.Chinese owners Suning Holdings Group are understood to be determined to bring back the glory days for Inter, which has renewed talk of a possible return for Mourinho.The Portuguese coach was in charge of Inter between 2008 to 2010 and led them to becoming the first Italian club to win the treble after success in the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League.Despite the fact though that Mourinho’s available after his departure from Manchester United, Ausilio denies any interest in rehiring him.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Mourinho? He is not a shadow,” Ausilio told Sky Sport Italia.“It does not surprise me that we talk about him in a time when media and everyone need to say something.“We work in a more rational way. Our project has been ongoing for a year-and-a-half with Spalletti and will go on with him for many years.Inter defeated Empoli 1-0 on Saturday for their final match of 2018.last_img read more

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Pochettino refuses to judge Sarri for criticizing his players

first_imgAfter Maurizio Sarri’s attack on his Chelse players, manager Mauricio Pochettino refused to judge the Italian manager ahead of the Carabao Cup.The criticism that manager Maurizio Sarri has dedicated to his players after their latest defeat against Arsenal in the Premier League, was something that manager Mauricio Pochettino refuses to judge.In professional football, managers tend to take the emergency step in going after their players when they aren’t showing any type of reaction as negative results keep piling up.Chelse started the season quite well, they were even considered as a title contender during the first three months of the season but they are approaching a tipping point in which they could throw everything away in a single match.The Blues are about to play the second semifinal Carabao Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur, they urgently need a victory of at least two goals on Thursday and the Italian manager doesn’t know any other way to convince the players that they can actually reach the final.During the press conference ahead of the match against Chelsea, he was questioned about the criticism that Sarri directed at his players and refused to comment on another manager’s work ethic or strategy to motivate his footballers.Pochettino limited himself to mention what Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival could be like for Chelsea.’It’s his business’ – Pochettino refuses to judge Sarri for criticising Chelsea players https://t.co/Sl9aZtZzKt pic.twitter.com/Pl5EUj3VDI— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) January 23, 2019Ahead of this Thursday’s match, Mauricio Pochettino commented on Sarri’s strategy with his players but didn’t reveal much.The Argentine manager also spoke about the Blues’ possibility of maybe signing compatriot Gonzalo Higuain and how he could fit on Tottenham’s squad for this match in the Carabao Cup.“I cannot judge the words of a different manager. It’s his business and Chelsea’s business,” the Spurs boss told a news conference via Four Four Two.“We are talking about one subject. Every manager can have their opinion and it’s not my job to judge. What they are doing at a different club is their business and you need to respect that. It’s like here. For many people that don’t have the real situation that happens inside, [they] can talk.”“I don’t know what is going on but if he arrived in time to play, it’s going to be nice to see him,” he added.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“Gonzalo is a top player like [Alvaro] Morata, or [Olivier] Giroud. For me, one or another that is going to play against us, it’s going to be tough because we are playing a very good team in Chelsea.”Three top @SpursOfficial players [Kane, Son and Alli] will miss the second-leg of their #CarabaoCup semi-final against @ChelseaFC – the first-leg ended 1-0 in favor of Spurs.Pochettino has defeated Sarri twice already this season, will he do it a third time? #Brilafm pic.twitter.com/9Zd25mI0bU— Sports Radio 88.9 Brila FM (@Brilafm889) January 20, 2019This Carabao Cup semifinal match will be a crucial point of the season for both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, but both clubs are going through very different problems at the moment.Chelsea’s issues have a lot more to do with a lack of momentum and motivation, many of the players who started the season well have dramatically dropped their level of performance.Manager Maurizio Sarri has grown increasingly frustrated with several of his players, but especially Eden Hazard for being so distracted by the rumors that link him to a Real Madrid transfer.Tottenham’s issues are way more serious than Chelsea’s they have lost their star attacking-trio in the last couple of weeks, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli recovering from serious injuries, and Son Heung Min playing the Asian Cup with the South Korea National team for the next month.There is no way of knowing which if these clubs has the advantage for this second semifinal match, things are quite even right now and whoever wins will do it because of better fortune.Pochettino to mimic a Sarri tactic? How everyone expects Chelsea & Spurs to line up – https://t.co/zd4ZgYWuDi #CFC— The Chelsea Feed (@thechelseafeed) January 23, 2019What do you think about Maurizio Sarri’s strategy of coming after his players in order to motivate them? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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San Diego parks ranked 16th among 100 largest US cities

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Bolstered by high acreage, San Diego’s park system was Wednesday ranked 16th among the nation’s 100 largest cities by the Trust for Public Land.Neighboring Chula Vista placed 76th on the nonprofit’s 2018 ParkScore Index, which was topped by Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C.Rankings are based equally on: park access, which measures the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park; park acreage, based on a city’s median park size and the percentage of total city area dedicated to parks; park investment, which measures park spending per resident; and park amenities, including basketball hoops, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, splash pads, recreation centers and restrooms.“High quality parks make cities healthier in nearly every way,” said Adrian Benepe, the Trust for Public Land’s senior vice president.“Proximity to parks increases physical activity levels among children and adults, reducing risk for obesity, diabetes and other serious health conditions,” Benepe said. “Parks also help clean the air, mitigate the risk of storm damage, build relationships among neighbors and contribute to economic growth.”San Diego’s median park size is 6.8 acres, and the city reserves 23 percent of its land for public parks, according to the Trust for Public Land. The latter figure dwarves a national average of 9.3 percent.According to the index, 77 percent of San Diegans live within a 10- minute walk of a park, compared to a 70 percent national average.San Diego underperformed only on amenities, according to the rankings. San Diego offers 0.1 splash pads per 100,000 residents and 1.9 park restrooms per 10,000, compared to national averages of 0.9 splash pads and 2.4 restrooms.Chula Vista, meanwhile, outperformed San Diego on dog parks, offering 1.9 per 100,000 residents compared to San Diego’s 1.1 and the national average of 0.9.Only 55 percent of Chula Vista residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park, however, and the city’s parks spending is $44 per resident, roughly half the national average of $87. San Diego spends $140 per resident.Nationally, public parks spending reached $7.5 billion among the 100 largest cities in 2018, a $429 million increase over the previous year. KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, San Diego parks ranked 16th among 100 largest U.S. cities May 23, 2018last_img read more

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San Diego Police searching for suspect behind brutal beating in Kearny Mesa

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez Ashlie Rodriguez, July 10, 2019 Posted: July 10, 2019 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) – Authorities reached out to the public Wednesday for help in identifying a group of men who attacked a 64-year-old RV resident when he confronted them about standing on his vehicle’s roof, then stole an item from his pocket as he lay on the ground unconscious on a Kearny Mesa street.The attack happened around 9:30 p.m. June 28 in the 7100 block of Engineer Road, according to San Diego police.The victim was inside his RV, which was parked along the road, when a group of street racers arrived in the area for an apparent meet-up. Several vehicles arrived in the area and the drivers began doing “burn-outs” in the street, while other members of the group climbed on top of the man’s RV, police said.When the victim walked outside to confront the group, three men began physically assaulting him, knocking him unconscious. Another man took an unknown item from the victim’s pocket as he lay unconscious on the ground, then the group fled in a 2003 Audi A4 sedan, police said.The victim, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital for treatment of major head trauma, including a brain bleed, and a fractured vertebrae, according to police.Anyone with information about the assault or the identity of the men involved was urged to call the San Diego Police Department’s eastern division at 858-495-7957, or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez reports the details. center_img Updated: 6:20 PM San Diego Police searching for suspect behind brutal beating in Kearny Mesa Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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ASA Welcomes Senate Passage of Waterways Bill

first_imgWith a vote of 83 to 14 this morning, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), a move cheered by the American Soybean Association (ASA), whose members rely on a healthy waterways infrastructure to move their soybeans to market.“Improving and investing in our waterways infrastructure is vital to the U.S. soybean industry,” said ASA President and Canton, Miss., soybean farmer Danny Murphy. “With more than half of our crop exported, soybean farmers depend on an efficient transportation system to remain competitive in global markets. We face stiff global competition from many countries, and our ability to get our products quickly and efficiently to market is one of the aspects that sets our industry apart from those competitors. We simply cannot afford to ignore the needs of that infrastructure. We welcome the Senate’s overwhelming support of these priorities as evidenced by the vote today and call on the House to pass the bill quickly.”S. 601 includes provisions supported by ASA to annually increase the amount of funding that is provided from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) for port maintenance and dredging; to streamline the process for Corps of Engineers projects and reduce project completion times; and to free up money and increase the capacity of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF) by taking the Olmsted Lock and Dam project out of the trust fund account.Additionally, ASA was pleased that the Senate unanimously adopted an amendment to S. 601 offered by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.) to exempt certain farms that store oil in aboveground tanks from federal oil spill regulations. The amendment would set storage tank thresholds below which agricultural operations would be excluded from U.S. EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Rule (SPCC).“While ASA supports additional measures not included in S. 601 to increase revenues for the IWTF and establish alternative financing mechanisms in order to provide more money to address inland waterways infrastructure projects,” added Murphy, “we appreciate the significant progress that is made by S. 601 and we look forward to continuing work with Congress to achieve enactment of a final WRDA in 2013.”###ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through voluntary farmer membership by farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

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Applicants Sought for 2014 ASADuPont Young Leader Program

first_imgASA and DuPont Pioneer are seeking applicants for the 2014 Young Leader Program. Now in its historic 30th year, the ASA/DuPont Young Leader program is recognized throughout agriculture for its tradition of identifying and cultivating farmer leaders who are shaping not only the U.S. soybean industry but all of agriculture.”The Young Leader Program has had a significant impact on the soybean industry,” said ASA President Danny Murphy. “For three decades, ASA/DuPont Young Leaders have participated in training and developed peer networks that have enabled them to better serve and represent their national, state and local agricultural industry organizations. Additionally, the training has a ‘real-world’ factor, providing a significant impact on their business as well.”Interested applicants should go to https://soygrowers.com/learn/young-leader-program/.last_img read more

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Soy Growers Say Prohibiting Hedge Exemptions Would Harm Futures Market Risk Management

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) along with the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) oppose a proposal that would prohibit hedge exemptions for spread transactions during the last five days of trading of a futures contract, when convergence is expected to occur.The groups sent a sent a letter to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Secretary Christopher Kirkpatrick expressing concerns last week.“One important element of risk management, price discovery and hedging is predictable convergence between the cash and futures price. Convergence between cash and futures prices occurs as the futures contract moves toward expiration, often in the final closing days of the life of the contract,” the letter states. “Convergence occurs because buyers of futures contracts decide if they are going to take delivery of grain or sell back their futures contracts while sellers of futures contracts decide if they will make delivery of grain or buy back their futures contracts.”The letter emphasizes that this process ensures that when the futures contract expires, the prices of cash and futures converge.“Confidence in this process allows farmers to receive loans to operate their business, market their grain or hedge their risk. It allows buyers to have a ready market for our grain, users of the crops we produce to lock-in long-term contracts for the products they produce or consume, and exporters to make long-term sales to global customers,” the groups state. “If at expiration the futures price is not an accurate proxy for the cash price, then the utility of the futures market as a risk management and price discovery instrument is lost.”The letter states a prohibition on holding spread transactions would prevent convergence and harm the price discovery function of the market.Click here to read the entire letter.last_img read more

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