Gerrard hopes FC Ufa win redtape race

first_imgRangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard hopes FC Ufa win their red-tape race ahead of both teams UEFA Europa League playoff clash on Thursday.Gerrard hopes the visa issues facing the Russian club are resolved ahead of their tie on Thursday night.FC Ufa play against Dinamo Moscow today and will plead with the UK Embassy in the Russian capital to speed up their application.“We are actively engaged in trying to obtain British visas,” said FC Ufa President Gazizov, according to Daily Mail.“But everyone must understand it is a very difficult situation. After the game against Dinamo, we will go with our prepared documents to the British Embassy.”“We hope they are able to accelerate the process, but we will know for certain what is happening on Monday. We have been told even the accelerated process takes a minimum of five days, so that would not be enough time for us.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.Gerrard, though, doesn’t want any favours from red tape. He is eager for the chance to record another Europa League win and move to the brink of the group stage.“I heard about it just before the game and we will have to wait and see how that pans out,” said the Ibrox boss, speaking after Alfredo Morelos hit a hat-trick in yesterday’s 3-1 win over Kilmarnock in the Betfred Cup.“I hope they get them (visas) and I hope they come. We are in a good place, we are looking forward to the game and the challenge and we want Ibrox to be rocking again for another great European night.”Rangers suffered a blow when Jamie Murphy suffered a potentially serious knee injury at Rugby Park, but Gerrard was otherwise delighted with the display less than 72 hours after a successful trip to Maribor.last_img read more

Gonzalo Higuain back to training after ten days of absence

first_imgAccording to the Italian portal Calciomercato, AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain has returned to full training after missing two straight Serie A encounters with Sassuolo and Empoli.A nasty looking thigh injury that threatened to sideline the former River Plate star for a while seems to be a false alarm, as Higuain should feature already in the next weekend’s encounter with Chievo Verona.The 30-year-old Argentinean arrived at the Stadio San Siro this summer from Juventus, as the Rossoneri desperately tried to secure the services of a top-class forward.After scoring a goal on his debut in a friendly match against Real Madrid, Higuain has made the Serie A breakthrough against Cagliari, after which he broke the deadlock against Atalanta in the following fixture. He also buried Milan’s winning goal in the Europa League opener against Dudelange.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.Higuain’s goal pic.twitter.com/e8G4xm0jPN— #FreeLocatelli (@semo33) September 23, 2018With the Rossoneri’s Europa League clash with Olympiacos around the corner, Gennaro Gattuso might be looking to rest his number nine to avoid further complications and instead field Patrick Cutrone who seems to be finding his last season’s form.last_img read more

Emery looking forward to Liverpool test

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery says his side will test their progress when they face league leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.Liverpool moved six points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 4-0 victory against Newcastle United on Wednesday, while Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton leaves them at fifth place and two points behind Chelsea.Arsenal’s form and performances have been inconsistent so far this season and Emery believes playing Liverpool will be a benchmark for measuring their progress.“It is a very big match for us and them. They are unbeaten this season and will be confident,” Emery told Sky Sports.“For us, it is a big challenge and a good test, of who we are and the difference between them and us.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“In the table it is clear but I also want to look on the pitch. We have had one test against them, at the Emirates, which we drew [1-1 in November].“We played a good match but I think in Liverpool it is going to be a different game to the one we played here.”last_img read more

Wagner blames red card for Huddersfields loss

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner insists the red card picked up by Christopher Schindler played a significant role in his team’s loss to Burnley.The Terriers hosted fellow strugglers Burnley at the John Smith Stadium on Wednesday night looking for their first Premier League victory in 10 games.Steve Mounie gave the home side the lead just past the half-hour mark with his first league goal of the season, but Sean Dyche’s men leveled just before the break from a Chris Wood strike.Things went from bad to worse for Huddersfield when Schindler was giving his marching orders four minutes before halftime, leaving Wagner’s men to play the entire second half with 10 men.Ashley Barnes 74th minute goal ensured Burnley took home all three points leaving Huddersfield rooted to the bottom of the league table.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“The commitment, effort and attitude which the players have shown was absolute”, Wagner said, according to Sky Sports.“They fought but unfortunately playing more than one half [with 10 men] is very difficult to deal with.”“We took the lead and scored our first goal from a striker. I have seen a lot of good things today but obviously we weren’t able to keep the tempo and speed as high as when we played 11 v 11.”last_img read more

Rosati Conscious and Doing Well

first_img RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Dec 2014 – And Jaliyliah Rosati is conscious and doing well thanks to prayers and good thoughts and capable doctors. Rosati, who is very well known for her work with animals through the TCSPCA was in a coma in Doctor’s Hospital after being knocked down on Friday November 28th in the Grace Bay area of Provo. Jaliyliah suffered serious head trauma and was airlifted to Nassau, where she was put into intensive care. Rosati is called a ‘national treasure’ by friends on Facebook; and it seems she will be around to say thank for that outpouring of love and support. Maskanoo to take over Grace Bay strip Boxing Day Saturday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:grace bay, head trauma, Jaliyliah Rosati, tcspcalast_img read more

EDUCATION MINISTRY CONFIDENT OF ACHIEVING LITERACY TARGET

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 19 (JIS): The Ministry of Education is expressing confidence in attaining its goal of85 per cent of students in the grade four age cohort achieving mastery of literacy in 2015.An optimistic Portfolio Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, notes that the country is now 7.6 per cent away from achieving this target.“The final measurement will be made at this year’s sitting of the Grade Four Literacy Test,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a meeting with senior journalists at the Alhambra Inn Hotel in St. Andrew recently.Rev. Thwaites pointed out that when the 15 per cent of students who suffer from learning disabilities are accounted for, 85 per cent translates to 100 per cent of the educable cohort.According to National Literacy Co-ordinator, Dr. André Hill, the Ministry will do everything it possibly can in the next few months to maximise as much as possible students’ outcomes in the 2015 Grade Four Literacy Test.He pointed to the deployment of 66 reading coaches across the island to provide direct support to 420 primary schools. Each will work with approximately seven schools. “They will be particularly working with the struggling readers in grade four, providing clinical attention to these students as well as pedagogical support for classroom teachers, in addition to extending further support to the parents in schools that have registered low achievement at grade four over the last three years,” he said.Dr. Hill contended that if the Ministry gets support from the community in addition to what the Ministry is now extending to the school system, “we are certain the outcomes, certainly for this year, will take us very close, if not actually to the 85 per cent.” Meanwhile, the Minister reiterated the importance of the role parents, home life and community have in helping to achieve the target. He noted for instance, that encouraging children to read in Sunday school greatly helps the literacy levels of students.He further urged parents, even if they are not literate themselves, to encourage their children to read.The Minister informed that at the 2014 sitting of the grade four literacy test,77.4 per cent of the age cohort achieved the acceptable standard of mastery in literacy, which represented a 30 per cent increase for the 10-year period – 2004 to 2014. He noted that the improvement in literacy has been the result of the combined efforts of the Ministry’s National Literacy Team and dedicated teachers. “In addition, the country is indebted to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for its support in improving literacy outcomes,” he said. In terms of the numeracy test, Rev. Thwaites informed that 58 per cent of students who sat the Grade Four Test last year attained mastery, a marginal decline of 1.4 per cent over the previous year.“But, there has been a 20 per cent improvement for the past five years, moving from a low of 38 per cent in 2010,” he said.The Minister said that using literacy as a benchmark, the Ministry is pleased with the progress the country has made so far.The Grade Four Literacy and numeracy tests are administered to children to determine their literacy and numeracy levels at grade four, in keeping with international requirements and standards. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:jamaica, ministry of education, Ronald Thwaites Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

David Smith freed from GT Prison next faces US Feds

first_img Related Items:David smith, free, grand turk prison, olint, ponzi scheme Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Missick & Co Defendants and David Smith all in Court this Week David Smith returns to court in January; heads back to HMP in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2015 – No comment for the media; David Smith who had been serving a six and a half year sentence on four counts of financial crimes namely: two counts of money laundering and two counts of conspiracy to defraud whisked his wife through the Provo International Airport terminal today bound for a private vehicle waiting to take them away from the spotlight. Smith has been incarcerated at the Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk since 2010 and is due to complete a Federal sentence in the United States for similar crimes linked to a $220 million Ponzi scheme exposed in 2008; an Orlando court gave him 30 years. Smith was obviously thinner than when we last saw him; still with his signature beard and fresh off a flight out of the capital Grand Turk where he was released. Magnetic Media was told that he is finished his time for the Turks and Caicos; and what is next for the man who once headed Olint, a company founded in Jamaica is unclear. In 2013, the US Department of Justice advised individuals who had invested with Smith that they could make claims for compensation. The report in the Jamaica Observer explains that a part of Smith’s criminal sentence was to forfeit assets seized by federal authorities. In 2011, David Smith was convicted in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Robert Di Pano, a NY, NJ and Florida attorney who writes frequently on financial crimes cases put the gravity of what David Smith, who is a TCI Belonger into perspective, saying and I quote: “Regardless of the outcome (in the Turks and Caicos), the severity of Smith’s US sentence looms large in the background.” David Smith back in court; continues to fight US Extraditionlast_img read more

18 Underpopulated Primary Schools To Be Closed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 21 (JIS): Approximately 18 primary schools with small populations ranging from a low of 16 to a maximum of 68 students will be closed effective September 2015.Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, made the announcement during today’s (July 21) sitting of the House of Representatives.He explained that the closures are intended to achieve greater levels of efficiencies in the school system. The Ministry is projecting savings of $23 million in operational costs from the school closures.Minister Thwaites noted that the 18 schools are among the more than 200 public institutions offering primary level education, which are all underutilised, with an enrolment of 100 students or less. “In most cases, enrolment has declined steadily during the five-year period 2010-2014. In some communities, where the schools are located, the population has been declining, with a small number of youth and many older persons as residents,” Rev. Thwaites said.He added that this has negatively impacted the operational cost for these institutions, noting that while the average per capita expenditure at primary schools amounts to $88,000, in many of these small schools, it is costing up to twice as much to operate them.“Nearly all of the 18 schools targeted for imminent closure have performed below or at about the national average of 77.2 per cent in the 2014 Grade Four Literacy Test. This academic performance is despite the fact that the teacher pupil ratio is less than one to 20 in most of the schools; the ratio is as low as one to seven in several institutions,” Rev. Thwaites noted further.He told the House that the process of closing these schools involved extensive public consultations with stakeholders including parents, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), churches, community leaders and political representatives. “The team from the Ministry of Education has been very responsive to concerns raised. However, in the final analysis, we have to make a decision in the interest of student achievement and the efficient use of financial resources,” he said. Meanwhile, the Education Minister assured parents that where the relocation of students has resulted in transportation needs, transport operators will be contracted to take children to and from school.He added that the estimated total cost for transportation is $106,000 daily, with an estimated annual cost of $20 million.Also, permanent staff at the schools to be closed will be facilitated for employment through the relevant authorities and unions.“Through the necessary consultations and agreement with affected parties, teachers will either be relocated under the voluntary relocation exercise, retired or to be asked to opt for early retirement,” Rev. Thwaites said.He noted that the students from the affected schools have been transferred to others, where they can “access richer and more diverse learning experience.”“We encourage parents and school personnel to assist the students as they grow through a period of change. We are confident this can be a positive move for the children in attaining their education,” the Education Minister said.The schools, which will be closed in September are: Bowden Hill Primary, Tower Hill Primary, Clifton Primary and Mount St. James All-Age in St. Andrew; Black Hill All-Age and Belvedere Primary School in Portland; Pear Tree River Primary in St. Thomas; Preston Hill Primary and Rose Bank Primary in St. Mary; Brittonvale Primary, Clydesdale Primary, Jefferyville Primary and Watsonville Primary in St. Ann; Alps Primary and Infant school in Trelawny; Hillsbrook Primary in Hanover; Auchtembeddie Primary and Junior High in Manchester; Hopeton Primary in St. Elizabeth; and Hartlands Primary in St. Catherine. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:closed, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, Minister of Education, primary schools Recommended for you Banks closed, storm updates CLOSED: Revenue and Treasury Offices overrun with mold Education Ministry To Spend $775 Million To Purchase Textbookslast_img read more

Former TCI Deputy Premier asks for six months delay to corruption trial

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:earl whitter, Floyd Hall, justice paul harisson, michael misick, sipt trial BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Delancy challenged on leadership style, calls Floyd Hall, ‘man of integrity’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Dec 2015 – The lead attorney for former Deputy Premier and Finance Minister, Floyd Hall says he needs more time to review the evidence and made an application to delay the start to the SIPT trial. Earl Whitter told Justice Paul Harrison at the pre-trial proceedings for the SIPT yesterday that there was too much evidence and that he was too new to the case to be able to adequately represent his client without the extra time; he asked for the start date to be delayed by six months. Speaking for the Special Prosecution, Andrew Mitchell expressed shock in the courtroom asking ‘what on earth has gone on, what has Floyd Hall been doing for the last four years.’Whitter, QC reportedly explained to the Judge in the application that Hall stands to lose much in the case as all 17 counts and all the defendants are linked to him. While ex Premier Michael Misick has a limit set that he can be sentenced, if convicted, to no more than 20 years; there is no cap in the Turks and Caicos on sentencing for bribery, conspiracy to defraud TCIG and one can be jailed for 14 years for money laundering. There is not court today; it resumes Thursday with decisions expected from Justice Harrison on all of the applications put forth ahead of the trial start. Recommended for youlast_img read more

Defence Force Makes Drug Apprehension

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base (RBDF), October 14, 2016  – A total of 13 individuals were turned over to Police officials by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines after a search uncovered suspected drugs on Friday afternoon.Marines attached to the Port Security Department along with Police Officers conducted a search of the scooter rental holding area of the Port Department at 1:30pm on Friday.  Results of the search uncovered eight bags of suspected marijuana in the immediate area.  As a result, 8 males and 5 females were taken into custody and handed over to the Police for further investigation.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting and guarding the heritage of the Bahamas.last_img read more

The Governor General and Parliamentarians Paid Respects to the Late Calvin Johnson

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 9, 2017 – Nassau – The Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, pictured, paid respects during the Viewing of the late Parliamentarian Calvin Johnson at Butler’s Funeral Home & Crematorium on Wednesday.Members of Parliament also paid their respects — among them, pictured signing the Book of Condolence is Minister of Public Works the Hon. Desmond Bannister, and, viewing the body, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources the Hon. Renward Wells.    A State-Recognized Funeral for Mr. Johnson is being held today at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral.(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Tuchel pleased with PSGs midfield duo Verratti Paredes

first_imgThomas Tuchel is pleased with how Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes performed together for the first time in the Paris Saint-Germain midfield.The duo were both handed starts on Saturday night as PSG extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 10 points by beating Nimes 3-0.But the sight of new signing Paredes, who turned down interest from Chelsea in favour of a €45m transfer to PSG from Russian side Zenit in January, performing so well alongside the returning Verratti gave Tuchel plenty to feel positive about.“Both of them played well,” said Tuchel, according to SportsMax.“They played together for the first time.“We can see Leo Paredes is very clever, he likes to make some decisive passes between lines.“Marco is Marco. He can always find a space which is not possible to be found. He finds the key, always. It’s his quality.“They both were doing great. It’s good for Leo as he needs to play more minutes.”Christopher Nkunku gave the French champions a first-half lead before Kylian Mbappe slotted home a brace bring his tally up to 22 goals in just 20 Ligue 1 appearances this season.Now PSG’s focus will be on Tuesday away to Dijon FCO in a Coupe de France quarter-final clash.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“We had a lot of chances to score throughout the game,” added Tuchel.“We could have won by more. Kylian could have scored five goals! Perhaps we lacked a little concentration, but I think we played really well and defended high up the pitch.“The second half was exceptional. It was a great win. The team got stronger and stronger as the game wore on. Now we want to beat Dijon in the Coupe de France.“We haven’t forgotten our elimination in the Coupe de la Ligue against Guingamp. We need to stay calm, stay professional and be ready for Tuesday. It’s a very important match for us.”The Parisians have now made it 10 wins out of 11 matches in all competitions.🔝2⃣2⃣ wins in #Ligue1 this season! 💪🔴🔵 #ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/POZ0fSVE2F— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 23, 2019last_img read more

San Diego DA Summer Stephan fights to keep Jesus Cecena behind bars

first_imgSan Diego DA Summer Stephan fights to keep Jesus Cecena behind bars August 22, 2018 Posted: August 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Mike McKinnon III, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Summer Stephan 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) – San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan will fight to keep Jesus Cecena behind bars.Cecena, a gang member from the Skyline neighborhood, shot and killed Officer Archie Buggs in 1978. Cecena has been granted parole three times in recent years.But each time, Governor Jerry Brown has reversed the decision.KUSI spoke with District Attorney Summer Stephan, she says she will be attending the hearing. KUSI Newsroom, Mike McKinnon III last_img read more

Sandbags available at most County fire stations in San Diego ahead of

first_imgSandbags available at most County fire stations in San Diego ahead of rain Updated: 11:56 AM Posted: January 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom January 14, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two major rainstorms are heading toward San Diego.To help make sure residents are prepared, The County Public Works Department is making sandbags available at most County fire stations.If you need sandbags, you’re advised to call ahead and check availability because some stations may have limited supply. You should also bring a shovel to fill the bags with sand. Public works officials remind you to look around your property and make sure drainage areas are clear of debris.A list of sandbag locations can be found here. last_img read more

New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting aside some of his hard-line rhetoric on illegal immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wanted to recruit “top talent” to the nation as he unveiled his latest efforts to reform residency laws after years of setbacks and stalemates.“We discriminate against genius,” Trump said of current policies, which he contended excessively favor family based immigration. “We discriminate against brilliance. We won’t anymore once we get this passed.”The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the nation’s green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. The proposed shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would mark a dramatic departure from the nation’s largely family based approach, which officials said gives roughly 66% of green cards to those with family ties and 12% based on skills.The president’s plan, unveiled in a Rose Garden ceremony, has yet to be embraced by his own party — let alone Democrats — and faces dubious prospects in a divided Congress. The show of magnanimity comes as Trump seeks to put a softer facade on the signature campaign issue from his first campaign as he eyes his 2020 reelection.“Our plan is pro-American, pro-immigrant and pro-worker,” Trump said, adding that it contrasts with what he called Democrats’ support of “chaos,” and predicted it will lead him to victory next November.“Our proposal fulfills our sacred duty to those living here today while ensuring America remains a welcoming country to immigrants joining us tomorrow,” he added.Efforts to overhaul the immigration system have gone nowhere for three decades amid deep partisan divisions. Prospects for an agreement seem especially bleak as the 2020 elections near, though the plan could give Trump and the GOP a proposal to rally behind, even as Democrats signaled their opposition.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Trump’s emphasis on merit-based immigration is “condescending” because families have merit, too.The plan does not address what to do about the millions of immigrants already living in the country illegally, including hundreds of thousands of young “Dreamers” brought to the U.S. as children — a top priority for Democrats. Nor does it reduce overall rates of immigration, as many conservative Republicans would like to see.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said “Dreamer” immigrants were not included in Trump’s new plan because past proposals involving them have failed.In briefings Wednesday that attracted dozens of journalists and outside allies, administration officials said the plan would create a points-based visa system, similar to those used by Canada and other countries.Under the new plan, the U.S. would award the same number of green cards as it now does. But far more would go to exceptional students, professionals and people with high-level and vocational degrees. Factors such as age, English language ability and employment offers would also be considered.The diversity visa lottery, which offers green cards to citizens of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S., would be eliminated.As part of the plan, officials want to shore up ports of entry to ensure all vehicles and people are screened and to create a self-sustaining fund, paid for with increased fees, to modernize ports of entry.The plan also calls for building border wall in targeted locations and continues a push for an overhaul to the U.S. asylum system, with the goal of processing fewer applications and removing people who don’t qualify faster.While the officials insisted their effort was not a “political” plan, they nonetheless framed it as one they hoped Republicans would unite behind, making clear to voters what the party is “for.”“I don’t think it’s designed to get Democratic support as much as it is to unify the Republican Party around border security, a negotiating position,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a close ally of the White House.Indeed, the plan drew immediate criticism from Democrats as well as immigration activists, who remain deeply skeptical of Trump after past negotiation failures.Democrats and some Republicans tried crafting a compromise with Trump last year that would have helped young Dreamer immigrants and added money for border security. But those talks collapsed over White House demands to curb legal immigration and a dramatic Senate showdown in which lawmakers rejected three rival proposals that aligned with the “four pillars” immigration plan Trump unveiled that year.Lisa Koop, director of legal services at the National Immigrant Justice Center, also criticized the various planks of the proposal, including its failure to address those brought to the U.S. illegally as children who are currently protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, which Trump has tried to end.“A plan that forces families apart, limits access to asylum and other humanitarian relief, and doesn’t contemplate a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and other undocumented community members is clearly a political stunt intended to posture rather than problem-solve,” she said.Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower immigration rates, applauded a “very positive effort” on legal immigration, but said it was “undermined by the embrace of the current very high level of immigration.”Republicans on Capitol Hill, too, voiced skepticism. A PowerPoint presentation shared with reporters Wednesday referred to the plan as “The Republican Proposal,” even though many GOP members had yet to see it.___ New Trump immigration plan would overhaul green card system AP, Posted: May 16, 2019 AP May 16, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Kansas Soy Grower Discusses Precision Ag with Sen Roberts

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Kansas Soybean AssociationAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Director Bob Henry, Robinson, Kan. attended a roundtable discussion about precision agriculture and big data last week near Salina, hosted by Sen. Pat Roberts.The purpose of the roundtable was for the senator to hear input from farmers, service providers and machinery companies on how to best manage the data that’s generated today.“He wanted to know about our thoughts on ownership,” Henry said. “His purpose was information gathering to be prepared if and when the government decides it needs to be regulated.”There was also discussion on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with representatives from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Kansas State Salina. The senator was given a demonstration flight of the UAVs and an overview of their capabilities in agriculture.last_img read more

Senate Ag Committee to Consider Farm Bill

first_imgThe Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry is expected to mark up the farm bill next week.According to AgWeb, Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow announced the Committee will hold the meeting on June 13, 2018. The proposed bill could be released sometime this week.Last week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) signed onto a letter to Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, commending their ag leadership and urging swift movement on the farm bill. Read the full letter here.ASA continues to reiterate the importance of passing a farm bill this year, and urges board members and state affiliates to stress this during meetings and calls with your Members of Congress, and through the Soy Action Center, as the legislative process moves forward in June.Read more about the farm bill:ACTION ALERT: Farm Bill Outlook and How to Contact CongressASA Disappointed in House Failure to Pass Farm BillSoy Growers Oppose ‘Poison Pill’ Amendments to House Farm BillACTION ALERT: Join ASA in Supporting Crop Insurance in House Farm BillASA Following Progress of House Farm BillLearn more about ASA’s positions here.last_img read more

Schools seek to replace timber payments

first_imgThe spigot that poured federal timber payments from Washington, D.C., into Skamania County government and its four school districts for the past two decades is poised to run dry.Annual checks from D.C. — which since 2008 have declined from $218,235 to $131,059 for Mount Pleasant School, just east of Washougal — are likely to end, following one final payment this winter. And Congress is surely not in a giving mood.In response, the tiny Mount Pleasant district will ask voters to adopt a maintenance-and-operations property tax levy. It’s the local funding tool used by the vast majority of Washington school systems, including all Clark County districts.Getting approval from 230 or so registered voters could be tricky.Only once, in 1995-96, did Mount Pleasant, home to 60 enrolled students, have voters’ OK to charge an M&O levy.Three years ago, when federal money also appeared doomed, a similar request was defeated, 61 percent to 39 percent.However, word had come before that vote that federal payments — in lieu of logging and other property tax revenue sharply hamstrung by Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other environmental restrictions — would survive, at least a few more years. This time, there’s little reason for optimism.And so, Mount Pleasant seeks a two-year levy that would raise $100,000 in both 2012 and 2013. It would supply nearly 20 percent of the district’s operating budget, replacing the portion now covered by timber payments.last_img read more

Clark County Food Bank celebrates new warehouse

first_imgLast year, the Clark County Food Bank had to turn away the equivalent of five tractor-trailers of food due to lack of storage space.This year, nothing will be turned away.Tuesday saw the grand opening of the Clark County Food Bank’s new home — a warehouse and distribution center that’s many times larger, handier and more modern than the old space.That old space, an 8,000-square-foot warehouse in Hazel Dell, was leased and required the addition of outdoor refrigerated trailers to squeeze in the perishable donations. The new space, owned by the food bank, is 22,000 square feet with more exterior bay doors, more refrigerator and freezer space, more dry storage space, a large repacking room, administrative offices and a big meeting room that doubles as teaching kitchen.• What: The area’s first owner-occupied central food bank warehouse.• Where: 6502 N.E. 47th Ave.• Cost: $4.2 million in private gifts and support from federal, state and local governments.• Opened for business: Dec. 6.• Features: Drive-in refrigerator and freezer, offices, meeting space/teaching kitchen.• Distributions: The warehouse is not an operating food pantry; it stores and sends distributions to local pantries and soup kitchens.• On the Web: http://www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org.“Wow. This is a dream come true,” said Steve Rusk, business administrator of the Salvation Army of Clark County — which took over management of the original Clark County Food Bank Coalition in 1994. It was about a decade later, he said, that the Salvation Army and other partner agencies agreed that an expansion was in order.Five years and $4.2 million later, the building is open for business.“I wasn’t sure I’d ever see this day,” said James Fitzgerald, food bank operations manager, who’s been stationed at the tight Hazel Dell warehouse for more than 14 years. Fitzgerald thanked all the donors, large and small, who made the new building possible.last_img read more

State Patrol Womans seizure causes Highway 14 crash

first_imgA Vancouver woman was sent to a hospital after her car went off state Highway 14 near Camas Wednesday morning, officials said.Lindsay Peters, 25, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu eastbound on state Highway 14 near the Sixth Avenue exit to Camas just before 7 a.m. when she had a seizure, a Washington State Patrol bulletin said.According to the bulletin, her car left the road and came to a rest in blackberry bushes.Peters had another seizure when her car came to a stop and was sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center as a precaution, state patrol said.Wednesday night, a hospital employee said Peters was treated and released.Two engines with the Vancouver Fire Department and Camas Police also responded to the crash.last_img read more