Craig Cathcart on Watfords comeback victory

first_imgWatford defender Craig Cathcart reflects on their 2-1 away win at Crystal Palace after he scored on both ends of the pitch on Saturday.Cathcart was unfortunate to be on the end of Abdoulaye Doucouré’s attempted clearance which ricocheted off him and went into the net.The Northern Irishman equaled the most own goals scored in the Premier League this season, on par with Wesley Hoedt of Southampton.He went from zero to hero in the 67th minute when he nodded in the equalizer from a corner kick sent in by Jose Holebas.Tom Cleverley then came off the bench and scored in the 74th minute to give the visitors a 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“It was my first brace! So I’m happy with that…” Cathcart jokingly told the club’s website.“Obviously, it’s nice after scoring an O.G. to get the equalizing goal. Then we had the momentum going forward.“The second goal from Tom was a great finish, and we pretty much controlled the game after that.”last_img read more

Solskjaer wary of Liverpools threat as he seeks Fergies support

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has opened the door to Sir Alex Ferguson to give Manchester United’s team talk before they face bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.Solskjaer who understands the magnitude and importance of the clash wants his team to have a grasp of what it means to the fans.And the interim manager believes Fergie is the right man for the job despite admitting they cannot be caught up in the emotion of the occasion.🤣During the press conference this morning, Ole Gunnar Solskjær joked that Sir Alex Ferguson will take the Manchester United team talk against Liverpool!😬Who would like to see this happen?! #MUFC #MUNLIV pic.twitter.com/GEcmShOqPu— Betfred (@Betfred) February 22, 2019“He would be welcome to have his talk to the players because we know how much it means for him to overtake Liverpool,’ said Solskjaer of his former manager who took such delight in ‘knocking Liverpool off their f***ing perch’ during his 26 years at Old Trafford.“I played in a few of these myself and know the magnitude of it for the fans and everyone who works here. He told the Daily Mail.“The staff there have been making comments that this is the big one, then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode when we start the game on Sunday.“It’s not about emotions. I understand emotion can be brought into it but we have to stay focused and controlled with some fight in us as well.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Solskjaer went to explain the need to win the game in what could be pivotal to securing a Champions League spot“For them, it’s a big game, we want to be in the top four and we’re playing Liverpool. We know how big that game is for Manchester United, the staff and supporters.“We’re just looking forward to another challenge for this team. We want to build this team to be worthy of Manchester United’s history.”Asked if he would prefer Tottenham to win what he sees a three-horse title race, a smiling Solskjaer replied: ‘Maybe!’”Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”The Reds are well aware of the threat #MUFC will pose but head to Old Trafford with designs only on bringing the three points back to Anfield, @MoSalah insists…https://t.co/htDH5OILxV— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 22, 2019Solskjaer believes the clash with their arch-rivals will be somewhat similar to the PSG tie. He, however, feels his players are ready to show they have learned from that experience.“We have to perform better than we did against PSG because it’s a big game and a big team,’ he said. ‘Suddenly we’re not underdogs anymore.“We know we’re in for a very tough game. Liverpool have been fantastic and will know to come to Old Trafford it should be a difficult one. They pay us respect and we’ll pay them respect.”last_img read more

Ministry of Government Support Services takes part in Renewable Energy and Regulatory

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos Islands Government Press Release, 01 Oct 2014 – Deputy Secretary, Russell Cox and Energy and Utilities Commissioner, Malike Cummings attended the Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) forums in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, 22-23 of September 2014. The annual renewable energy forum considered how to work towards achieving greater acceptance and increased integration of renewable energy generation into the energy mix. Both also attended the Regulatory Forum, co- sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the World Bank, on the 24 September, 2014. Malike Cummings, presented a paper at the Renewable Energy Forum titled; Energy Policy and Strategy Solution-The Case of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). This outlined the core policy principles and actions to address the barriers to sustainable energy in the TCI. The paper acknowledges the need to take advantage of integrative and comprehensive approaches, targeting legislative and regulatory framework reforms, operational efficiency improvement as well as energy efficiency initiatives, renewable energy integration with consideration and assessment given also to the integration of future viable alternative fuels into the energy mix. The Regulatory Forum session which targeted an audience comprising, ministers, regulators, government representatives and management from several electric utilities across the region. The various stakeholder perspectives were brought to the fore, culminating in the documenting of regulatory solutions for further evaluation and implementation, in an effort to address the regulatory challenges facing the Caribbean energy sector, as well as the identification of opportunities to enable efficient renewable energy integration. Russell Cox said: “I was very impressed with the content of these strategic talks. It was very helpful to have taken part and to share the latest thinking on how to improve the energy sector, especially renewable energy integration and energy efficiency implementation. Clearly, we need concerted, collaborative efforts and greater commitment by everyone to ensure sustained success and accomplishment of our objectives.”ENDS Related Items:Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation, malike cummings cox, renewable energy, russel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you $20 Billion Invested In Renewable Energy Sectorlast_img read more

Provo Roadrunners finish fine at Marathon Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Jan 2015 – We got em; those 13 Provo Roadrunners were filmed by Magnetic Media this weekend after doing a valiant job in the half marathon and the Sunshine Insurance Agency Marathon Bahamas. You can see photos and our news reports of the participants from the TCI and across the globe when you follow, like, subscribe or link up and you can pinterest your favorites too! Two guys even ran the marathon dressed as Superman and the Green Lantern at the event held in Nassau on Sunday. Related Items:marathon, provo runners, sunshine insurance agency RED CROSS CALLING ON PROVO TO WALK WITH JILLcenter_img Recommended for you Provo Runners headed to Marathon Bahamas Weekendlast_img read more

Mayor Of Montego Bay Highlights Citys Achievements

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, July 14 (JIS): With Montego Bay celebrating its 35th anniversary of being granted city status, Mayor Glendon Harris says there are major achievements of which the city can be proud.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ in Montego Bay, today (July 14), Mayor Harris said despite some obvious shortfalls, the city has grown in stature and currently stands as the fastest developing city in the Caribbean.Citing the high level of infrastructural development, the growing world renowned Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry, the establishment of several university campuses, and investments by major hotel chains, the Mayor said Montego Bay has come a far way in 35 years.“We are employing strategies that will ensure that Montego Bay becomes the Montego Bay that we want – the complete resort – comfortable for the residents and comfortable for visitors,” he said.The Mayor pointed out that issues which are holding back the city’s development will be tackled head on by the authorities, using a “tough love” approach.“It is the love for the city that will tell us that you cannot vend where you want to vend…it is the love that is going to let us say you cannot throw your garbage at the most convenient place, so we are at that stage now where we will be tackling these problems,” he said.Montego Bay was granted city status on October 9, 1980. The proclamation of its recognition as a city was officially read in Sam Sharpe Square on May 1, 1981, by then Minister of Local Government, Pearnel Charles.It has Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s largest airport, the Donald Sangster International, and as such is the gateway to most of the island’s tourists.According to figures released by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, last year Jamaica welcomed over 3.5 million visitors to the island, a 3.6 per cent increase over 2013. Gross earnings from the sector in 2014 stood at US$2.1 billion, which translates to a 5.8 per cent increase over the previous year. Montego Bay’s Elegant Corridor ‘Lights Up’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Mo-Bay Expects To Earn Us$9 Million During Reggae Sumfest Sandals’ Ceo Stewart’s A Winner… Again! Recommended for you Related Items:35th anniversary, Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry, city achievements, mayor harris, montego baylast_img read more

Bishop Boyd demands accountability on VAT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 9, 2017 – A member of The Church is demanding accountability and clear, thorough reporting on the money collected from the recently instituted Value Added Tax.  During the Anglican Synod on Monday in Nassau, Bishop Laish Boyd rallied around the cry for clarity in spending of the contentious VAT tax, and criticized the government for the lack of accountability.Boyd, ever ready to lend a word to government on the posture it should be taking with the people is quoted saying, “There needs to be more reporting of these matters to the Public and real dispassionate accounting no pat phrases and sound bites…”   Bishop Boyd said “it is totally unacceptable to have so much money unaccounted for…”#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Hon Ralph Higgs Gives Update on the Tourism Industry After Hurricane Irma

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 12, 2017 – Providenciales – Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs gave an update on the state of Tourism and the Tourism industry post-Hurricane Irma.“We were happy that the tourism infrastructure, the hotels have sustained very little damage and we suspect that the vast majority of them will be operational in very short order.” He promised.The Tourism Minister also reiterated that the airport is now opened and commercial flights have resumed. Since the passing of Irma, the TCI has already had tourists show an interest of immediately visiting the island to vacation. While Mr. Higgs welcomes the prospect of guests to the island, he is also urging prospective visitors to consider the current condition of some parts of Turks and Caicos that have had extensive damage done to buildings and landscape. “It is obviously not business as usual”, he said.Since the passing of Irma, the TCI has already had tourists show an interest of immediately visiting the island to vacation. While Mr. Higgs welcomes the prospect of guests to the island, he is also urging prospective visitors to consider the current condition of some parts of Turks and Caicos that have had extensive damage done to buildings and landscape. “It is obviously not business as usual”, he said.He also gave an update on the 2000+ visitors that were on the island during Hurricane Irma. “They all weathered the storm as we did, with some challenges and stress from the weather. Flights have resumes so those persons will leave today or tomorrow. We certainly rolled out all of the hospitality to all our guests to ensure their safety and the best hospitality during those circumstances.” ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

Update from the Royal Bahamas Police Force

first_imgPlease visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force Website at www.royalbahamaspolice.org or facebook page at www.facebook.com/rbpforce or follow Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on Twitter, for Latest News, Daily Crime Reports and additional Crime Prevention Tips.Release: RBPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 14, 2017 – Nassau –DEU SEIZE 280 MARIJUANA PLANTS, A BAHAMIAN AND TWO JAMAICANS IN CUSTODYConsistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Drug Enforcement Unit officers took a Bahamian man along with a Jamaican woman and man into custody following the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana plants on Friday 13th October 2017.Reports are that shortly after 10:00am, a team of officers assigned to the Drug Enforcement Unit, acting on intelligence executed a search warrant on a home located at Portago Road, where they uncovered a large amount of marijuana plants inside and outside of the home. In total, 280 plants were seized. The three suspects were subsequently taken into custody.30 ARRESTED, 85 DRIVERS TICKETED BY MOBILE DIVISION OFFICERS DURING 48 HOURS PERIODConsistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Priorities for 2017, Mobile Division targeted patrols intended to reduce crime, and to minimize the ability for criminals to commit criminal activities, has resulted in the arrest of thirty (30) persons during the past 48 hours for, murder, stolen vehicle, possession of dangerous drugs, stealing, and outstanding court warrants.Additionally, 85 drivers were ticketed for various traffic violations.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8477 (FAMILY ISLANDS)CRIME PREVENTION TIP OF THE WEEK – If a crime occurs – report it!Everyone should consider it his/her responsibility to report crime. Many criminals target favorite areas and have predictable methods of operation. When you report all the facts about a crime, it helps the police assign officers in the places where crimes are occurring or where they are most likely to occur. If you don’t report crime, this allows the criminal to continue to operate without interference.In many cases, it is the information provided by victims and witnesses that leads to the arrest of a criminal. So tell the police as much as you can; no fact is too trivial. The police need the eyes and ears of all citizens.last_img read more

Jimmy Conrad says why he still loves football

first_imgThe former American player is still organizing matches in his spare time as he cannot stop playing the beautiful gameFormer American defender Jimmy Conrad has been organizing five-a-side football matches because he just love the game so much.“It’s fantastic, I did a pick-up game in Barcelona and I didn’t think much of it,” he told Goal.“By the time we got to Manchester, the following event, basically every single competitor there had brought their boots and were asking me if we were doing another game!”Christian Pulisic, ChelseaChristian Pulisic praises Frank Lampard impact at Chelsea Andrew Smyth – September 5, 2019 Christian Pulisic opened up on just how much “great guy” Frank Lampard has helped him out since he joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund.“Everybody wanted to be involved, maybe it takes off the pressure because those guys had been preparing so hard, playing for months in order to qualify for that event,” he said about the chance to play against gamers.“I think the players needed a release, somewhere they could go out and just be friends.”“It was amazing, we had about 40-50 guys come out. It’s been nice to see just how strong this community is outside of competition but even then everyone is so supportive,” he commented.“It’s very unique where if someone gets knocked out, they go right over to their friends and try to give them tips. It’s such a positive environment.”last_img read more

Pellegrini admits Chicharitos goal was a handball

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini admits Javier Hernandez’s equaliser against Fulham was indeed a handball on Friday night.The Mexican striker, more commonly known as Chicharito, netted his 50th Premier League goal with his arm after initially appearing to have headed the ball into the net from a yard out following Robert Snodgrass’ corner.Chicharito’s strike cancelled out Ryan Babel’s opener for Fulham at the London Stadium before Issa Diop’s header found the net to put West Ham 2-1 up heading into the break.Michail Antonio then added a third goal in stoppage-time to hand the Hammers a first win in five matches.But the talking point after the game was naturally all about Chicharito’s equaliser, who’s “helping hand” proved to play a decisive part of West Ham’s recovery.“I’ve seen it now, it’s handball but nobody really saw very clearly,” Pellegrini admitted to Sky Sports.“The Fulham players didn’t complain much about it, maybe they didn’t see if it was the head or hand, but I don’t think it decided the game. We scored two more and created plenty more chances.“We started the game sleeping, the first 10 minutes were unbelievable, they created chances, scored the goal and had another shot wide, but after those 10 minutes we played very well.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We scored three goals, had three or four clear chances and they didn’t have any more clear-cut opportunities.”Once more this season, West Ham again struggled during the opening phase of the game with former Liverpool star Babel punishing them by scoring his first Fulham goal in the third minute.“You never know the reason why but maybe we are a little bit struggling with instruction at the moment,” said Pellegrini on West Ham’s slow starts this term.“The important thing was that we changed the attitude.”Pellegrini’s side, who are currently ninth in the Premier League table, will next face reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.50 – Javier Hernandez has become the first Mexican player to score 50 Premier League goals; all 50 have been scored inside the box. Opportunist. #WHUFUL pic.twitter.com/4I8fIVwFPF— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 22, 2019last_img read more

SD County unemployment rate remains lower than state and country average

first_img Posted: January 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County unemployment rate remained steady at 3.3 percent between November and December despite a loss of 3,500 jobsThe puts the region’s unemployment rate below that of the state, 4.2 percent, and the country, 3.9 percent, during the same period. The figure is below the state estimate made one year ago, which projected unemployment would be at 4.1 percent in December, according to state Employment Development Department data.The county’s educational and health services sectors lost 2,400 jobs between November and December, the region’s greatest decline during that period. Other major losses occurred in the construction and services industries, according to the EDD.Growth occurred in leisure and hospitality over the month, adding 1,100 jobs. The growth occurred primarily in restaurants, food service and bars.Between December 2016 and December 2017, total non-farm employment grew by 1.5 percent. Agricultural employment decreased by 100 jobs.The largest increase came in the leisure and hospitality sectors, which added 4,900 jobs, according to the state. KUSI Newsroom, SD County unemployment rate remains lower than state and country average KUSI Newsroom January 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Summer family activities with Family Entourage

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSummer is here and soon enough the kids are going to be saying, “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” So rather than get to that point, we wanted to share some fun things you can do together as a family.Family Entourage joined Good Morning San Diego to help parents create some fun family memories together and be active:• You hear all the time about how tennis and golf are life sports, so start your kids young and grab your clubs and get out on a course. We belonged to a country club growing up and it was so fun to get it out and play as a family. But gone are the days where only the members can play, the San Diego area boasts more than 90 golf courses, laid out among seaside settings, desert mountains or the inland valleys.• Cool down with a family movie-There are those days that it might just be too hot or it is raining, or you have done so many activities that you need to take a break. It can be fun to watch a movie together as a family.• Lake Life -As the summer heats up, you don’t have to go too far to enjoy water activities. Break away from the beach this summer and escape to the sunny shores of Lake San Marcos. Enjoy a leisurely ride in a kayak, or strike a pose on the stand up paddle board, water bikes to a captained luxury Bennington boat rental. You can also cast away in hopes of reeling in the catch of the day while fishing off the docks.• Whether you prefer Storm Troopers or Wizards with Wands, space travel or time travel, patriotic or the classics… the San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights is the perfect choice for the whole family to spend and unparalleled under the stars. It’s the long-running summer concert series located on the Embarcadero Marina Park South and this summer’s lineup is top notch. patriotic Star Spangled Pops, 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular, two nights of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ In Concert with John Williams’ unforgettable score performed live to the film, J.K. Rowling’s classic tale Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince™ In Concert and two special Comic-Con week concerts inside Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center featuring the world premiere of Galaxy Quest™ In Concert and Back To The Future™© In Concert.• Go for a ride-Some of my favorite memories growing up were riding bikes with friends around the neighborhood. Whether it is exploring a new trail, cruising along the beach or learning how to ride a bike for the first time, summer time is a great time to take a family bike ride. There are over 20 mountain bike trails in San Diegocounty alone. It can be fun to pick out a new trail or spot and make a day trip out of it. For us, our boys are just at the beginning stages of learning how to ride a bike. Summer family activities with Family Entourage June 11, 2019 Posted: June 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Just in Time for Foster Youth to hold college bound celebration

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Dozens of foster youth who’ve beat the odds to head for college will start their journey with help from Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) through its College Bound service.College Bound provides young people with everything they need to succeed in higher education, including school supplies, electronics, household items and a community with ongoing support.JIT will host the College Bound kick-off “pep rally” at the San Diego Central Library on Saturday, June 15, 2019, with the College Bound Awards following on Saturday, June 29, 2019.To learn more about College Bound, volunteer opportunities or how to invest, please visit www.jitfosteryouth.org Posted: June 14, 2019 June 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Just in Time for Foster Youth to hold college bound celebration Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

House Transportation Panel Releases Report on PublicPrivate Partnerships

first_imgOn Wednesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Panel on Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Panel) released its final report and recommendations on how to balance the needs of the public and private sector to finance the Nation’s infrastructure.The panel was tasked by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) with examining the current use of P3s across the Committee’s jurisdiction – including all modes of transportation, public buildings, water and maritime infrastructure. The Committee’s Vice Chairman, U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), led the P3 Panel and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) served as its Ranking Member. Rep. Duncan issued a statement upon release of the report.“Billions of dollars of infrastructure needs in the U.S. are in search of funding, and well-executed public-private partnerships can enhance the delivery and management of infrastructure,” he said. “P3s cannot provide the sole solution to all of the Nation’s infrastructure needs, but they can offer significant benefits, particularly for high-cost, technically complex projects that otherwise may risk dying on the vine.”Rep. Capuano said throughout the process, his focus has been on how to best invest limited federal transportation funds and what role public-private partnerships can play in stretching those dollars.“The Panel studied numerous P3s throughout the country and found a mix of successful partnerships as well as ones that did not meet expectations,” he said. “Although a transparent and functioning P3 can meet certain transportation needs, when it comes to improving our Nation’s infrastructure there is no question that federal investment remains a key factor in project success…”Over the last six months, the Panel held hearings and meetings to examine the role P3s can play in the development and delivery of transportation and infrastructure projects. They also considered whether P3s enhance the delivery and management of infrastructure projects beyond the capabilities of government agencies or the private sector acting independently and focused on how to balance the needs of the public and private sectors when identifying, developing and implementing P3 projects.The final report proposes improvements to traditional procurement processes to ensure better outcomes for all projects. The report includes a series of recommendations for breaking down barriers to P3s and changes to federal programs to allow for partnerships to be more easily considered by states and localities. The report also recommends steps to ensure transparency and accountability for P3s, which is critical to fostering public support for such complex agreements. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee indicated its intent to use the panel’s recommendations as a resource when considering future legislation.last_img read more

Chinese Buyers to Commit to Large Volume of US Soy

first_imgInformation courtesy of USSEC. Soybeans are barely out of the ground on many U.S. farms, but this year’s crop is already in high demand. China is the No. 1 customer of the 60 percent of U.S. soybeans that are exported each year as whole soybeans and soybean meal and oil. This month, the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC), with support from the United Soybean Board (USB), American Soybean Association (ASA) and Iowa Soybean Association and in conjunction with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Foodstuffs, Native Produce and Animal By-Products (CFNA), will host a Chinese delegation of buyers at a soybean trade agreement contract signing ceremony July 13 at The Des Moines Embassy Club.“As China’s middle class expands, so does its appetite for protein – and more livestock means more opportunity for U.S. soy as a preferred feed ingredient,” said Xiaoping Zhang, USSEC Country Director – China. “In light of this trend, combined with a boost in trade relations between the U.S and China, the Chinese delegation is expected to sign contracts for a multi-billion dollar volume of U.S. Soy – one of the largest commitments ever.”The exact volume of this year’s purchase won’t be known until July 13. Last year, at similar events Chinese buyers purchased 9 million metric tons (MMT; more than 330 million bushels), of U.S. soybeans, worth nearly $4 billion, and in this marketing year exports to China have already been a record 34 MMT (~1.25 billion bushel).“This latest purchasing commitment signifies the strength of the soy industry and the integral partnership between the U.S. and China as the largest global producer and buyer of soy, respectively,” said Jim Miller, USSEC chair, ASA director and Nebraska soybean farmer. “International customers have many options; the decision of this Chinese delegation to purchase a large volume of U.S. Soy, year after year, is testament to the reliability of the U.S. as a supplier and the continuous improvement and sustainability of the crop.”This ceremony isn’t the only event celebrating the symbiotic relationship between the farmers who grow U.S. soy and the Chinese buyers who purchase large volumes of it. In June, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter moderated the China Grains and Oilseed Forum in Beijing. The Chinese buyers’ delegation will visit U.S. soybean farms in July. In September, USSEC will host an anniversary event in Beijing to celebrate the 35 years of U.S. Soy in China.In addition to soy, the Chinese delegation is also expected to sign contracts for U.S. sorghum, pork and beef at the July 13 event.USSEC connects U.S. soybean farmers with opportunities to improve human nutrition, livestock production and aquaculture. This mission is accomplished with a science-based technical foundation and a global network of partnerships including soybean farmers, exporters, agribusiness and agricultural organizations, researchers and government agencies.last_img read more

Hedrick throws his support to Herrera

first_imgHeck, Herrera come out swingingTea Party Republican David W. Hedrick, who finished third in Tuesday’s top two primary for the open 3rd Congressional District seat, said Wednesday he’ll support state Rep. Jaime Herrera, R-Camas, in the general election campaign.“I like Jaime. I have a lot of respect for her,” he said. “She’s run an honorable campaign. It’s been clean between our two camps.”Hedrick, a Camas management consultant, won 13.5 percent of the vote districtwide in Wednesday returns, outpolling Republican David Castillo, a former Bush administration official who had been campaigning for the seat for 14 months.Hedrick said the mainstream news media failed to take seriously his campaign and the campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Clint Didier, a Tea Party candidate and former pro football player who made headlines when he won the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Didier had 12.2 percent of the vote in Wednesday statewide returns. Some political observers expected him to make a stronger showing against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and GOP front-runner Dino Rossi.last_img read more

Deadline set for Occupy Portland

first_imgWith a deadline looming for Occupy Portland to clear out we felt this classic ’60s song was appropriate. What are your thoughts?last_img

Countys jobs picture remained steady in June

first_imgClark County’s economic recovery continued to amble forward in June, according to a state report issued Tuesday.The employment picture showed little change in June. The preliminary jobless rate was 8.6 percent, reported Scott Bailey, labor economist with the Washington Employment Security Department. He expects the revised number for June to end up slightly greater than 10 percent, pushing it up from a revised 9.3 percent in May, but down year-over-year from 11 percent in June 2012.Revised figures take into account those unemployed county residents who previously worked in Oregon.Washington’s unemployment rate also held fairly steady last month at 6.8 percent, with Oregon at 7.9 percent.The U.S. unemployment rate is 7.6 percent.Through June, Clark County employment was up by 2,700 jobs from a year earlier. Hiring sectors included retailers, which added 200 new jobs last month, reacting to increased consumer spending in the first three months of the year. The period saw retail sales grow by more than 8 percent, according to figures released by the state on Monday.“A tough retail climate has slowly gotten better,” Bailey reported. He noted, however, June’s retail employment gains were still less than half the average for the previous three months.Other nonfarm sectors hiring in June were leisure and hospitality, at 200 jobs above the seasonal norm; construction and manufacturing, which added 200 jobs each; and professional and business services, at 300 jobs. K-12 education dropped 200 jobs in June, which Bailey said is not typical for the month.For the year, Clark County’s unemployment picture has slowly improved across most sectors, except in the health and education services industry, which has dropped 500 jobs through the year ending in June. The information/financial services category also has lagged other sectors, with employment remaining flat through June.last_img read more

Police 7 wounded in shootings near Oakland park

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Seven men were wounded, one critically, when gunfire erupted on an Oakland street and continued for several blocks, police said.Officers received reports of a shooting about a block away from a park in East Oakland shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said. Police learned about a second shooting scene nearby when they arrived.Watson said Tuesday that initial reports suggest that two armed suspects approached a group of men who were celebrating a birthday and began shooting at them. One of the victims is in critical condition, down from an initial police report of two, while the other six suffered non-life threatening injuries, Watson said. The wounded are between the ages of 23 and 31.Police do not have a motive for the shooting and were still trying to determine whether the assailants were on foot or in a vehicle.Chief Sean Whent said it was possible several of the victims were not targeted.“This is really kind of outrageous,” Whent said after arriving at the scene. “Six o’clock at night isn’t that late at night.”last_img read more