Humble beginnings remember for Hon Dr Rosita Butterfield

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Feb 2015 – The Hon Dr. Rosita Butterfield is laid to rest now, the country’s first woman elected to parliament on the PNP ticket for the constituency of Kew in North Caicos. She was and is a woman who many now know grew through education and politics and business and philanthropic endeavors to be considered a wealthy Turks and Caicos Islander. Current House Speaker, Hon Robert Hall reminded us at the State Funeral last week that it was not always the case; Rosie came from very humble beginnings. “Even after she was married, you may have heard the son speak about coming to Turks and Caicos, living in a trailer – a number of them – and living in a one bedroom. So when one looks at the vast empire they have today, some people think it was always that way, but with their sweat, blood, tears, dedication they really achieved great heights.”Dr. Rosita Butterfield was 78 years old when died on January 10, 2015. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:Dr. Rosita Butterfield, Kew, North caicos, pnp, robert hall, state funral Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

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Hours after killing man being questioned in womans death

first_img Murdered father of two, shot in the head Arrests, Fake gun, bank account hacked and armed robbery Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 May 2015 – Back at home… Police have a 24 year old man in custody for the brutal killing of a 44 year old woman in Kew Town, Providenciales yesterday. It is confirmed that the man is assisting in the investigation and was detained by about 4pm after the murder report on Monday. The woman, who remains unidentified was examined at the scene and pronounced dead there. This is the second domestic violence incident in the Kew Town community in two weeks; the first woman was lit a fire, allegedly by her husband. Related Items:domestic violence, jail, kew town Woman shot, vehicle shot up in Kew Town ambush this morning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Bahamas Tourism cuts staff Minister says to save 1M

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 11, 2017 – Nassau – Tourism and Aviation Minister, Dionisio D’Aguilar says he is trying to save $1m a year at the ministry with the layoff of mainly recently recruited staff.    The Minister said 22 people were hired within weeks leading up to the General Elections and that the new hires would cost the country some $750,000 in salaries.Speaking to media about the layoffs, Minister #D’Aguilar explained, “… we are mindful of the fact that people need jobs but we also must be mindful of the fact that the core mission of the Ministry of Tourism is to grow the overall visitor count or the total number of stopover visitors to our country and therefore they bring significant spend to the country and create economic opportunities.   You don’t grow employment by the government hiring more people, you want the private sector to grow and thereby hire more people, that’s the route you need to take.”It was reported that last week 11 people in Grand Bahama were made redundant and that in July 12 people were recalled to Nassau as Tourism combined its Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices with New York and Houston.    The minister accused the Christie Administration of gross spending just before the election and shared, that there were 260 employees when former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe assumed office in 2012, five years later the staff ballooned by 155% to 403 people.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#D’Aguilar, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT TUESDAY 22ND AUGUST 2017

first_imgMOON                                                     MOONSET:         8:29PM                    MOONRISE:       8:31AM WED. TIDESLOW TIDE:        3:02PM                       3:36AM         WEDHIGH TIDE:       9:15PM                       9:38AM         WEDWEATHER OUTLOOK: PARTLY CLOUDY AND HOT WITH WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK:DISORGANIZED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE YUCATAN PENINSULA AND ADJACENT WATER AREAS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE REMNANTS OF HARVEY. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE CONDUCIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT WHEN THE SYSTEM MOVES OVER THE BAY OF CAMPECHE TONIGHT, AND A TROPICAL DEPRESSION IS EXPECTED TO FORM OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY…THIS SYSTEM HAS A 90% FORMATION CHANCE THROUGH THE NEXT 5 DAYS. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 22, 2017 – Nassau –GENERAL SITUATION:  THE NORTHERN PORTION OF A TROPICAL WAVE PRODUCES SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER ACROSS MOST OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…WHILE A SURFACE TROUGH INFLUENCES WEATHER OVER THE NORTHERN ISLANDS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: …MARINERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ALERT FOR THE POTENTIAL OF WATERSPOUTS……BEACHGOERS AND MARINERS SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR THE HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ESPECIALLY ALONG NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS…NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY, HOT AND HUMID WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TONIGHT.ADVISORY:     …EXPECT GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS…WINDS:      EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS:          2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWEATHER: MOSTLY CLOUDY AND A BIT BREEZY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.ADVISORY:     A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMASWINDS:      EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS…& 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.SEAS:          3 TO 5 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS…& 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE                  91       °F        33        °C       HEAT INDEX                           °F                    °COVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE                 79       °F        26        °C       WIND CHILL                           °F                    °C SUN                                                         SUNSET:        7:38PMSUNRISE:        6:47AM WED Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp SHOWER ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH A BROAD TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE NEAR THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS REMAINS LIMITED. ANY DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS SHOULD BE SLOW TO OCCUR WHILE IT MOVES WEST-NORTHWESTWARD. ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS COULD BECOME A LITTLE MORE CONDUCIVE FOR DEVELOPMENT BY THE WEEKEND. THIS SYSTEM HAS A 30% CHANCE OF FORMATION DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS.FORECASTER: K. WARD-FORBES/AA Related Items:last_img read more

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Temporary amendments to visa application procedures – Bahamas Embassy Haiti

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise the travelling public applying for visas at The Bahamas Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that, with immediate effect, temporary measures have been put in place regarding the issuance of visas by the Embassy.  This was necessary due to technical constraints.While the temporary measure may initially result in minor delays, the Ministry wishes to assure the public that every effort will be made to process applications in a timely manner. All other functions of the Embassy will continue uninterrupted. The Ministry will advise the public in due course when the Embassy resumes its normal visa issuing function.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs apologises for any inconvenience caused. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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BAHAMAS National Womens Week — Girl Con 2017

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 29, 2017 – Grand Bahama –FEMALE POWER PANEL – In recognition of National Women’s Week 2017, November 26 to December 9, President of the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kay Forbes-Smith created, and was moderator of ‘Girl Con 2017’ forum which took place Tuesday morning, November 28, at the studios of Keen I Media in Freeport, Grand Bahama.   The forum was designed to convey encouragement and direction to young girls.It boasted a panel of women who have been successful in their respective careers offering advice and answers to questions posed by the girls in attendance.  The panel included (from left) Senator the Hon. Jasmin Dareus; Reverend Marie Roach-Hepburn, assistant priest at Pro Cathedral of Christ the King; Eldri Ferguson, vice-president of BTC (Northern Region); Gea Pierre, playwright; and Lyndah Wells, photographer.ESSAY WINNERS – Celebrating National Women’s Week 2017, an essay on the achievement of Bahamian women was held among girls from schools throughout Grand Bahama.   Winners of the essay competition were announced during ‘Girl Con 2017’ on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.   Winner of the competition was Lauren Ritchie, of Lucayan International School (3rd from left); Second place, Nichana Miller of Lucayan International School (2nd from left); and third place, Beyonzca Fredrick of Eight Mile Rock High School (3rd from right).Making the presentation of gifts were Yvonne Ward, Ministry of Education District Education Officer (left); Allison Levarity of Aliv (second right) and Senator the Hon. Kay Forbes-Smith, Senate President and organizer of ‘Girl Con 2017.’(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Media Arsenal enter race for €90m James Rodriguez

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery is reportedly keen to sign James Rodriguez in the summer transfer windowThe Colombian winger has enjoyed a stellar loan spell at Bayern Munich for the last two seasons from Real Madrid.Bayern retains the option to sign Rodriguez permanently for €42m once his loan deal expires at the end of the season.However, the Bundesliga champions have made no indication whatsoever in regards to their plans for Rodriguez.This has opened up talk of a possible return to Real for Rodriguez with Zinedine Zidane no longer in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…But Don Balon claim that a move to Arsenal instead could arise with a €90m offer set to be enough to sign the highly-rated Rodriguez.While Premier League football doesn’t really suit him, Rodriguez is a fan of Arsenal’s playing style and is of interest to Emery.Rodriguez has managed three goals and two assists in 11 appearances for Bayern across all competitions this season.The 27-year-old is currently sidelined with a long-term knee injury and it remains unknown how long he will be out for.last_img read more

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Zlatans former LA Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid hospitalized

first_imgBefore Schmid’s firing from the club in September, the health of the 65-year-old coach, due to his weight and heart condition, worried the LA Galaxy locker room.The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center confirmed Monday that former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid, the most successful in MLS history, is in intensive care, according to the Los Angeles Times. The hospital did not issue any other details about Schmid’s health status and his family has not talked about the medical condition.In 18 MLS seasons, Schmid accumulated 266 regular season and postseason wins. He led the Galaxy to its first league title in 2002 and, six years later, repeated the feat with Columbus Crew.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.Schmid won the Supporters’ Shield – the award given to the team with the best regular season record – on three occasions. He also won five U.S. Open Cups and led the Galaxy to its only CONCACAF title in 2000.Regarding his departure from the Galaxy last September, Schmid said the decision was “probably the best decision” given that the team was not going through their best moment and change of gaffer always motivates players to do better. During his final stint with the LA Galaxy, Schmid experienced what it was like being in the global spotlight since he was coaching none other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic.last_img read more

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Klopp indifferent about taking a break from league action

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp seemed less concerned when asked about taking a break from Premier League action to play in the FA Cup.The Reds travel to the Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, on the back of their 2–1 loss to Manchester City in the league last Thursday.Speaking about the lack of opportunity to get an immediate response to the City loss in the league, Klopp said, according to the club’s official website:“I don’t think about things I can’t change too much.”“I don’t know, it’s OK, it’s like it is, we’ve known it for a while, so it’s not that I feel we have to react immediately in the league because that would feel a little bit like we are insecure about ourselves. We don’t know exactly how it will happen.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“When the draw came up and we saw Wolves it was like, ‘wow, thank you very much’ and it’s away. Then we played there and it was really difficult. Now we have to go there again and so it’s a really tough draw and nobody was looking forward to it and saying at the moment of the draw, ‘nice game, let’s go there and win’.”“We have Brighton to come after and it is always a tough place to go, they’ve had a fantastic season. Do I want play Brighton directly after Man City? I don’t know, I didn’t think about it.”“We have now between the Premier League games nine days or so, and in between is a very, very tough FA Cup game. I didn’t think about it, it’s OK like it is.”last_img read more

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Newcastle told to increase offer for Sergio Almiron

first_imgNewcastle United have been told to increase their offer if they wish to sign Sergio Almiron from Atlanta United.The player’s representative Daniel Campos has revealed he already agreed wages with the Magpies but they remain around £8million short of Atlanta’s £25m asking price.Campos confirmed two other Premier League sides are in interested in Almiron before saying, according to Daily Mail:“With Newcastle, I spoke about the player’s salary, but the club needs to raise their offers with Atlanta if they want to get the player.”The Paraguayan is at the very top of Newcastle manager’s Rafa Benitez transfer list for the January transfer window and he sees him playing in an attacking midfielder role, a position which has been a problem for the Magpies in recent seasons.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.During the 2018 Major League Soccer (MLS) campaign, the 24-year-old scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists in 32 games.Having started his senior career at Cerro Porteno, Almiron also played for Lanus before signing for Atlanta United in 2016.last_img read more

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UC San Diego Medical Center nurses rally for better benefits

first_imgUC San Diego Medical Center nurses rally for better benefits Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 5:18 PM Posted: January 25, 2018 January 25, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — UC San Diego Medical Center nurses rallied outside two hospitals Thursday as part of actions across the state amid contract talks between the UC system and the union.The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United held the pickets and rallies outside Thornton Hospital in La Jolla and UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest earlier Thursday to press their demands in the contract negotiation process regarding scheduling, retirement benefits and overtime policies, according to the union.“We have been in bargaining with UC for over eight months with dozens of takeaways still on the table that affect our ability to best care for our patients and undermine our quality of life,” said Maureen Berry, a nurse at UC Irvine. “As a public university, UC must respect and protect the patients and the communities we serve.”The union says that its proposals would involve scheduling registered nurses based on patient illness needs rather than budgetary goals, protect nurses from being deployed in areas in which they have no expertise, and maintain protection from mandatory overtime. The union represents 14,000 RNs at UC hospitals, medical centers and student health centers.Demonstrations were also held at UC Irvine Health Douglas Hospital, Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica and three others.The demonstrations in San Diego did not disrupt patient care, a spokeswoman said.A UC system spokeswoman said its proposal includes market-competitive wages, the same health insurance benefits as other UC employees and no change in pension benefits for current nurses.“The university believes its proposal reflects the skills, contributions and dedication of its nurses,” the spokeswoman said. “We hope to come to an agreement with CAN as soon as possible to continue delivering excellent care and services to our patients.” , last_img read more

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Indicted Rep Hunter heading for reelection over CampaNajjar

first_img SAN DIEGO (AP) — Despite being under federal indictment for alleged misuse of campaign funds, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, was on pace Wednesday for re-election, holding off a challenge from Democratic candidate Ammar Campa- Najjar.With about 68 percent of precincts reporting from Tuesday’s election, Hunter had about 54 percent of the vote, compared to about 46 percent for Campa- Najjar.“The voters of California’s 50th Congressional District have once again made it clear that their issues and priorities are consistent with my issues and priorities as their Representative in Congress.  This election reflects what is important to us here in San Diego and Riverside Counties, issues on which President Trump has had success, but understanding that there is undoubtedly more work to be done.  For 10 years, I have consistently and unapologetically focused on rebuilding the military, protecting the border, which includes a border wall, cutting taxes, supporting our veterans, creating small business jobs and economic development, upholding the 2nd Amendment and protecting the sanctity of life.  I am proud of this record and I intend to make it business-as-usual in working with President Trump for the next two years to achieve more success, especially given the challenge of having a Democrat-led House.  I thank my constituents for their continued trust and support and I am grateful and honored for the opportunity to continue serving them in Congress,”said Duncan Hunter in a statement.Ammar Campa-Najjar has not yet released a statement. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:05 AM Posted: November 6, 2018 Indicted Rep. Hunter heading for reelection over Campa-Najjar AP AP, A federal grand jury indicted Hunter and his wife Margaret in August over allegations of improperly using campaign funds between 2009 and 2016 for personal expenses, such as vacations and dental bills. In spite of the indictment, Hunter maintained a polling lead over Campa-Najjar, a small business owner, for most of September and October.The 50th Congressional District includes parts of Riverside County and San Diego County, including San Marcos and Escondido.Despite his win, Hunter’s lead dwindled from 15 percentage points in a late September poll from Monmouth University to just three points in an Oct. 25-29 poll from SurveyUSA.Hunter’s campaign released a much-debated TV ad in September that framed Campa-Najjar as a terrorist sympathizer and claimed he is supported by the fundamentalist Sunni Islamic extremist group the Muslim Brotherhood. The ad also called Campa-Najjar a security risk, despite the fact he served as a White House staffer during the Obama administration.There are currently 139,636 registered Republicans in the 50th district compared to 94,699 registered Democrats, according to the Registrar of Voters.Hunter, a former U.S. Marine and son of former Rep. Duncan Lee Hunter, has served in Congress since 2009. Hunter first represented District 52, but redistricting after the 2010 census shifted him to the 50th district.Campa-Najjar, a former Obama White House aide, was largely unknown in the district east of San Diego until Hunter and his wife were charged in August with illegally spending more than $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses ranging from family trips to shots of tequila.Campa-Najjar, 29, grabbed attention because of the charges and Hunter responded by fueling a bitter campaign that some say exploits racial prejudice and xenophobia.Hunter, 41, who first won the seat 10 years ago after his father stepped down, has called the charges a political witch hunt. He and his wife have pleaded not guilty.Hunter is one of two Republican congressmen seeking to win re-election while under indictment, a rare feat in U.S. history. The other is Rep. Chris Collins of New York, who is charged with insider trading. Both representatives ran low-key campaigns that largely avoided the media and relied on attack ads.The campaigns of both lawmakers, who were early supporters of President Donald Trump, are considered a fresh test of partisanship in the Trump era and whether voters will overlook the taint of suspicion to help the GOP remain in power.Janet Wallace, a nurse “over 60” from Santee, said she couldn’t believe Hunter had the audacity to run after being indicted. Campa-Najjar got her vote, but she said she would have voted for anyone but Hunter.“I would have voted for my dog over that man,” said Wallace, who didn’t disclose her political party affiliation.Robert Knapp, 59, a Santee Republican, who services trucks and buses, said he voted for Hunter in the past, but struggled with whether to continue that support after the charges. Ultimately, he decided to stick with the incumbent.“I had a lot of regrets about deciding to go with Duncan Hunter, but I was also more concerned about the border and things like that, which overtook my decision,” Knapp said.The region east of San Diego was not among the California districts Democrats targeted to pick up 23 seats nationwide to win control of the House. Registered Republicans have a nearly 15-point edge over Democrats in the inland district that went double digits for Trump in 2016.In the June primary – before the indictment – Hunter received 47 percent to Campa-Najjar’s 17 percent.But in the last month, polls suggested the race was tightening and Campa-Najjar’s campaign contributions nearly doubled after the indictment.Hunter, a Marine veteran, stepped up his attacks, raising questions about Campa-Najjar’s Palestinian father who served in the Palestine Liberation Organization, and his grandfather who was involved in the 1972 attack on the Munich Olympics that killed 11 Israeli athletes.Campa-Najjar was raised by his Mexican-American mother in San Diego and said he had little to do with his Palestinian father. His grandfather was killed by Israeli commandos before he was born.Hunter’s campaign ad claimed his rival, who was given security clearances to work in the Obama administration, is a “security risk.”Dozens of national security experts assailed the Hunter ad as racist.It’s unclear how effective the attacks have been in the district that abuts Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base and has a large veteran population.Campa-Najjar has tried to appeal to voters by emphasizing he wants to work with the Trump administration on job creation and infrastructure improvements.His campaign ads call Hunter an embarrassment and ask voters to “put country over party.”On the eve of the election, Campa-Najjar sent to voters what he called a “farewell letter” to Hunter that criticized the congressman for not attending numerous town hall and debate events and for sending his father, Duncan Hunter Sr., as a proxy to confront him at a press conference.“Neither of our fathers are running for Congress,” he wrote. “For this reason and so many others, I believe you are unfit to serve.”Hunter spent the last day of the campaign walking the 50th District, waving signs and meeting people in person to talk about his support of Trump’s border wall plans, rebuilding the military, cutting taxes, and defending the Second Amendment, among other issues.His spokesman Michael Harrison said in response to Campa-Najjar’s letter, “it’s amateur hour over there.” November 6, 2018last_img read more

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Mongolian Dairy Feeding Trial Produces Positive Results

first_imgASA/WISHH, along with its local partner V.E.T. Net, recently completed dairy feeding trials in Mongolia at the Mongolian Armed Forces livestock and Border Forces farms with positive results. Cows that were fed U.S. soybean meal had an increase in milk production from 4.52 to 5.34 liters per day/cow (an 18% increase) and experienced a 9% weight gain.  The feeding trial results will be shared with other military farms and used by V.E.T. Net with its continuing education courses and model herder dairies.The soybean meal was funded through the USDA Quality Samples Program, with technical support funding provided by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and USDA Market Access Program (MAP).Other components of the feeding trialincluded, a herd assessment test, with extensive training for veterinarians and herders on herd health plans, mastitis prevention, milking techniques and management of sick cows.ASA/WISHH and V.E.T. Net continue to look at new programs and activities to promote the use of soybean meal to the Mongolian livestock industry.last_img read more

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ASA Signs Letter on Approach to Crop Coexistence

first_imgThe Ag Biotech Alliance sent a letter on April 10, co-signed by ASA, to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) providing comments on the coexistence workshop held in North Carolina in March.The letter stated positions consistent with ASA’s position during the recent Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC-21) process:  that the best approach to coexistence for all types of production – conventional, organic, identity preserved (IP) and biotech – is for USDA to facilitate cooperation and provide educational opportunities for growers at the local level; that coexistence between producers is working well, and has been practiced successfully both before and since biotech crops were introduced; and, that this approach provides the greatest flexibility for all farmers to respond to market demand for non-biotech, biotech, IP and organic crops.  ASA continues to encourage the Department to support resolution of coexistence issues at the local level.last_img read more

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Traffic woes expected this weekend on I5 I205 into Oregon

first_imgA deck joint replacement project has closed two of the four southbound lanes on the Interstate 205 bridge across the Columbia River.Washington and Oregon transportation officials expect serious traffic backups on both I-205 and Interstate 5 heading south into Oregon. They are warning people to allow for extra time, find alternate routes or avoid travel during the peak periods of congestion between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. today and Sunday.The complete construction schedule follows:• Now until 5 a.m. Monday: Two lanes will be closed around the clock. Onramps from state Highway 14 to southbound I-205 will also be closed.• July 30 through Aug. 2: Two lanes will be closed during nights only, from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m during each of the weekend nights, through 5 a.m. Monday.• 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9: Two lanes will be closed around the clock. Onramps from Highway 14 to I-205 southbound also will be closed.• Aug. 13-16: Two lanes will be closed during nights only, from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. during each of the weekend nights, through 5 a.m. Monday.last_img read more

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Vancouver charity bridges gap between foster teens needs

first_imgStevenson High School senior Jenay Walsh is facing some steep, but important, expenses right now: college application fees of approximately $50 per school. She’s applying to four. Her grades have been great lately, and her hopes are high.Last year, due to education budget cuts, Walsh was facing steep fees for school sports: $85 per sport. Plus expenses like equipment and uniforms. Walsh is a basketball and softball star at SHS.None of those costs are chump change to this foster child and her family — a big group that includes several other foster kids, not to mention the birth son of parents Leah and A.J. Smith.In both cases, Walsh talked to her caseworker, and the caseworker talked to Bridge the Gap. That’s a Vancouver-based charity aiming to sweeten the lives of needy foster children with some of the perks most of us take for granted — from Christmas presents to dance lessons, or, in Walsh’s case, from basketball shoes to college application costs.It’s helped Walsh, 18, carve out some normalcy in what’s been anything but a normal life. Without Bridge the Gap, she said, she might be holding foster-youth fundraisers or otherwise hitting up others for help.last_img read more

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Injured climber rescued on Mount Hood

first_imgOREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — The Clackamas County sheriff’s office says its search and rescue team helped save a climber injured in a fall on Mount Hood.The 35-year-old woman, Megan Coker of Portland, slid about 300 feet Sunday on glacier ice and suffered leg and rib injuries near Crater Rock, above Timberline Lodge.Mount Hood Ski Patrol responded first, and the sheriff’s office coordinated other rescuers who carried her to an ambulance that took her to Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland.last_img

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Appeals court strikes down Calif ban on gay marriage

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Same-sex marriage moved one step closer to the Supreme Court on Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled California’s ban unconstitutional, saying it serves no purpose other than to “lessen the status and human dignity” of gays.The OlympianThe bill to make Washington the seventh state to legally recognize same-sex marriages goes to a vote in the state House of Representatives starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Senate Bill 6239 already passed the Senate last week on a 28-21 vote. Gov. Chris Gregoire requested the measure and is expected to sign it soon.The historic House vote in Olympia comes as gay-marriages advocates won another round in court Tuesday in a California case.Opponents of gay marriage are gearing up to challenge SB 6239 with a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot. Advocates with the evangelical Faith and Freedom Network, led by Gary Randall, and others plan a referendum once Gregoire signs it, and they face a June 6 deadline for signatures.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave gay marriage opponents time to appeal the 2-1 decision before ordering the state to allow same-sex weddings to resume.“I’m ecstatic. I recognize that we have a ways to go yet. We may have one or two more legal steps,” said Jane Leyland, who was gathered with a small crowd outside the federal courthouse in downtown San Francisco, cheering as they learned of the ruling.last_img read more

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TSA to retire scanners showing naked images

first_imgThose airport scanners with their all-too revealing body images will soon be going away.The Transportation Security Administration says the scanners that used a low-dose X-ray will be gone by June because the company that makes them can’t fix the privacy issues. The other airport body scanners, which produce a generic outline instead of a naked image, are staying.The government rapidly stepped up its use of body scanners after a man snuck explosives onto a flight bound for Detroit on Christmas day in 2009.At first, both types of scanners showed travelers naked. The idea was that security workers could spot metallic objects such as guns and nonmetallic items such as plastic explosives. The scanners also showed every other detail of the passenger’s body, too.The TSA defended the scanners, saying the images couldn’t be stored and were seen only by a security worker who didn’t interact with the passenger. But the scans still raised privacy concerns. Congress ordered that the scanners either produce a more generic image or be removed by June.On Thursday, Rapiscan, the maker of the X-ray, or backscatter, scanner, acknowledged that it wouldn’t be able to meet the June deadline. The TSA said Friday that it ended its contract for the software with Rapiscan.last_img read more

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Aviation steak dinner career day scheduled in Camas

first_imgThe Camas-Washougal Aviation Association’s steak dinner is returning. The annual event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. July 27 at Grove Field in Camas.The event costs $15 per person and includes a steak meal. Homemade pies will also be auctioned off. People will be able to meet local aviators and celebrate summer with like-minded enthusiasts, organizers say.The next day, the CWAA will hold an aviation career day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grove Field. Flights will be offered for $20 each.last_img

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