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Napoli believe in Scudetto – Mertens

first_imgAhead of tonight’s clash between Napoli and Udinese, Dries Mertens assured the fans his team has not given up and still keep Scudetto hopes alive, despite being 6 points down to the leaders in Serie A, Juventus.Due to the fact that Mertens is only one yellow card away from suspension, he is rested for tonight’s faceoff.“We really believe in the Scudetto and will do as long as it’s mathematically possible for us to do it,” the Belgian told, according to Football Italia.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“As with every game, we go in knowing that we have to win, then we’ll think about Sunday and Juventus.”“We want to do well and that is the most important thing.”The Belgian midfielder has played a total of 3275 minutes across all competitions this season for Napoli. For those 41 appearances, he has managed to net in a total of 20 goals, 17 of which in the Serie A. Mertens is also accountable for 9 other goals as he has provided the assists for them.last_img read more

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Mesut Ozil in Arsenal squad for ICC tour

first_imgMesut Ozil will link up with his Arsenal team-mates on their pre-season tour of Singapore following Germany’s early World Cup exit.The German midfielder alongside Mohamed Elneny (Egypt) and Alex Iwobi (Nigeria) will join the 25-man squad for the International Champions Cup. New signings Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Matteo Guendouzi, are also part of the traveling team.The Gunners squad leaves London on Sunday to play two matches in Singapore as part of the International Champions Cup that is played across three continents. They face Atletico Madrid on Thursday, July 26, Unai Emery’s former club Sevilla, and Paris Saint-Germain on July 28.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…First-team players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Petr Cech, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Alexandre Lacazette, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shkodran Mustafi and Aaron Ramsey will travel with the squad.The notable absentees were Carl Jenkinson, Chuba Akpom, Jeff Reine-Adelaide, Joel Campbell and Krystian Bielik who may be surplus to requirements for the Spanish boss.last_img read more

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Mourinho stopped Manchester United from signing Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgJose Mourinho stopped his employers at Manchester United from signing Cristiano Ronaldo when the superstar was going to leave Real Madrid in the summer, Mirror reports.Mourinho did not see the rationale in signing Ronaldo for £90million and attracting wages of £500,000 a week when they could spend the money on reinforcing the club’s defensive force.However, Mourinho’s position had a hitch when the club failed to come through with signing Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, and Diego Godin.According to the report, Mourinho is not in doubt of his proficiency but he made certain concessions: “I said in the summer what would happen, before the competition started.“I knew this was going to be difficult because I also knew that last season was very, very difficult.“The teams that are really, really good offensively are the teams that are very very solid from the back.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Teams that have the offensive mentality are also ultra-confident defensively.“Against Spurs were really positive and really strong and I think a very good opponent felt they were really in trouble.“But two defensive mistakes in five minutes lost the game for us.“It’s a process and it’s a process that has risks – especially if you make the defensive mistakes that break that dynamic.“Two defeats are two defeats. We still have 35 matches to play. But our realistic target now is to win on Sunday. After that it will be to win against Watford.”last_img read more

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Fabinho Liverpool focus now on Burnley

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Fabinho revealed that they’ve had to quickly put their derby win over Everton behind them with Burnley awaiting on WednesdayJust three days after Divock Origi’s 96th-minute winner at Anfield against Merseyside rivals Everton, Liverpool will travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley.The Premier League’s Christmas schedule gives teams little time to reflect on their games with Liverpool to play seven times over the next month.Aside from that, Jurgen Klopp’s side also have a crucial Champions League encounter with Napoli next week with victory necessary for their last-16 hopes.“Without a doubt,” Fabinho told the club website on if the team had to quickly refocus for Wednesday.“When you’ve got a lot of fixtures in a short space of time after each game, whatever the result was, you have to immediately start preparing for the next game.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That’s what we’re doing: the result against Everton was great, another three points, we’re still fighting for first place, but now we’ve got an important, difficult game against Burnley. We’re going to work hard and focus on this game.”Burnley have failed to win their past seven matches in the Premier League and are 19th in the standings, despite last season’s strong seventh-place finish.But Fabinho expects a challenge from the Clarets due to their strong form at home.“The players mention that it’s a difficult place to play,” said Fabinho.“But even before I came here, I knew Burnley as a tough, physical team who were very difficult to beat at home.“But that’s what it’s like in the Premier League, especially away from home. We’ll work on that [and] study their team to be prepared for Wednesday.”last_img read more

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West Ham were unlucky says Pellegrini

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has lamented his side’s hard luck in front of goal as they lost 2-0 to Watford on Saturday in the Premier League.Pellegrini believes they deserved a positive result after creating many chances but failed to find the net.Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu were both on target on Saturday to deny West Ham a chance to win their fifth Premier League in a row.“Really I think we were a bit unlucky to not at least draw,” Pellegrini told Sky Sports.“The penalty was the only action in our box in the first half, and we had three or four chances to draw the game.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“Unfortunately, we didn’t score and then they scored their second.“We had to be faster and more accurate. In the second half they had a couple of chances but before that, we had all the clear opportunities to draw.“One of the targets was to not lose any more points at home, but football is football.“We played against a good team. We were not lucky today and I think we deserved a little bit more.”last_img read more

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Save The Bays Sponsored Youth Environment Ambassadors Program Kicks Off with Waiting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Bahama, 16 Dec 2014 – (SAVE THE BAYS PRESS RELEASE) Anyone who thinks teens are not interested in studying hasn’t met some special students in Grand Bahama. More than 40 of them between the ages of 12 and 14 are trading Saturdays at the mall for Saturdays in the park, literally, preparing to be ambassadors for the environment.The program called Youth Environment Ambassadors is funded by the fast-growing environmental movement Save The Bays and run in Grand Bahama by Save The Bays Director Joseph Darville with a group of assistants, including Rashema Ingraham, Jensen Farquharson, Javan Hunt, Nikie Severe, Robert Nabb and others. This year’s course includes special leadership training with Sharon Glover, a volunteer from North Carolina with Bahamian roots.“When we arrived for the start of the program this year, we couldn’t believe it,” said Darville. “Nearly 80 students had signed up for the six week course and there were only 40 slots. And the first day, which was December 6, was incredible.” Initial work at a facility provided by the YMCA involved comparing the life of a tree to ecology of the planet. “When we went into the Garden of the Groves and they could see the trees and understand how it all revolves and evolves, how everything from limbs to leaves to the ants on the ground, were intertwined, it was if they had unraveled the secrets of the universe,” Darville said. “You have never seen such excitement and passion among young people eager to learn more. They were touching every part of the tree, asking a million questions. It was incredible.”The purpose of the program is twofold – to help prepare young Bahamians for the future with jobs in the expanding blue and green economies that are projected to grow at rates greater than traditional jobs.“But also we know that the real stewards of our environment are the young people who will be the conscience and caretakers of our precious universe,” Darville explained. And Ms. Ingraham agreed.“Our young students are being prepared to protect, preserve and lead as stewards of the archipelagic Commonwealth with its abundance of unique and natural resources,” said Ms. Ingraham.According to Tristan Rampersad, a second-year participant, “Similar to last year, I expected this first session to be fun, educational and to teach me even more about our environment,” he expressed. “I hope this knowledge can help me and others save our environment and to show everyone why it is so important.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:grand bahama, joseph darville, rashema ingraham, Save The Bays, tristan rampersand Grand Bahama International Airport Will Reopen Today Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island Reopens Grand Bahama Set to Return to Normal After Hurricane Irma Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Governor hopes for healthier facilities as Human Rights Day marked in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Dec 2015 – The Governor was a guest on national radio last week when the world commemorated International Human Rights Day on December 10th. The focus of Governor, His Excellency Peter Beckingham was on children, human trafficking, proper facilities for the mentally challenged and for juvenile defenders. The Governor said: “We also talked about the problems for TCI, and many other communities… The current fallback position of a place in prison is inappropriate, and I hope that a visit by a UK NGO next year to TCI may help us start to improve an unhealthy position.” Governor Beckingham said a recent report from within St Helena may hold valuable lessons for the Turks and Caicos as it focuses on children; the TCI just recently and finally identified a location for a juvenile detention center but the Governor, through his wife’s visits to the prison to spend time with younger offenders has formed the view that, “they need more education and support than they are receiving.”The Human Rights Commission for the country is under the direction of Doreen Quelch-Missick, an attorney and advocate who was cited as doing a good work by the Governor with both the radio show and discussions which also underscore the need to, as the Governor put it, “confront the potential risks of illegal trafficking and to work at ensuring the key areas of employment, security and education are addressed.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:doreen quelch-missick, governor peter beckingham, human rights commission, human rights day New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awarded More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Recommended for you DR wants consulate office in TCIlast_img read more

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2017 Grand Turk Fishermans Tournament

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 21, 2017 – Grand Turk – The 2017 annual Grand Turks Fisherman’s tournament (GTFT Inc.) was a resounding success, despite the challenging weather conditions with gusty winds and high seas.The event started with live and silent auctions and a record breaking Calcutta at the historic Salt Raker Inn on Grand Turk on Friday night with host Erika Faller.Boats were on the water from first light on Saturday but encountered very rough conditions as soon as they were out of the lea of Grand Turk. Despite this a decent catch was landed on day one. Grand Turk boat “Juice Kings” captained by Tim Dunn took the lead on the overall weight with 94.5 pounds of tuna, followed by “Due West” skippered by Bruce Barron on 78.2 pounds and “Screaming Reels”, skippered by Damien Noyes in third with 63.1 pounds. Heaviest fish of day one was a beautiful yellow fin tuna of 40 pounds caught by “Due West”.Day two was windier still, but this did not stop the fleet bringing in an even larger catch, and more variety, with Mahi, Wahoo, tuna and mackerel.“Catching Caicos” captained by Roy Forrester, landed 138.2 pounds to win day two. Second was “Juice Kings” with 60 pounds, and a very close third “Screaming reels” with 58.1 pounds. Largest fish of day two was caught by Captain Edwin Dickenson running “La Christa” with a nice yellow fin tuna of 37.7 pounds.On combined weight, Tournament Champions were “Catching Caicos”. The largest fish of the weekend caught by “Due West” won the TCI Lotto $1,000 bonus.“Catching Caicos” also won the Calcutta with the boat, and winning bidder Ralph Dietsche of “My Boat”, (last years champions) sharing $8,400.00Lively fish auctions followed each day of fishing with everyone trying to get in on the action, as local auctioneer William Cole whipped the crowd into frenzy with some very frantic bidding.E. The Governor, Dr John Freeman handed out the prizes to the victorious crews at 5PM and offered some brief remarks. Local food, music, DJ and a very lively bar topped off a great family weekend for all.The committee of GTFT Inc. would like to offer a HUGE thank you to all our incredible sponsors from far and wide, of which there are far too many to mention, but special thanks should go to Grand Turk Liquors who have been our tournament partners since inception, and TCI Lotto for once again generously supporting the largest fish of the tournament prize and Allied Industrial & Marine for their continuing and very generous support all the way from Nova Scotia!GTFT Inc. is a registered Not for Profit. The annual fishing tournament is a fund raising vehicle for local good causes, with a mandate of developing projects that support the young, vulnerable, elderly and promoting education within the TCI. This year’s beneficiary was the Turks & Caicos National Museum. Séamus Day President GTFT Inc.Ends: 3rd  – highest legal poundageScreaming Reels 1Damian Noyes63.1 1st  – Highest legal poundageJuice KingsTim Dunn94.5 2nd – highest legal poundageDue WestBruce Barron78.2 SATURDAY 17th June CatergoryBoat NameCaptainLBS SUNDAY 18th June CatergoryBoat NameCaptain 1st  – Highest legal poundageCatching CaicosRoy Forrester138.2 Largest Single Fish OverallDue WestBruce Barron40.0center_img 3rd  – highest legal poundageScreaming Reels 1Damian Noyes58.1 2nd – highest legal poundageJuice KingsTim Dunn60.0 CatergoryBoat NameCaptain Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Heaviest single fishLa ChristaEdwin Dickenson37.7 Heaviest Overall Combined CatchCatching CaicosRoy Forrester175.5 Heaviest single fishDue WestBruce Barron40.0 Related Items: WEEKENDlast_img read more

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Haitian Migrants apprehended in the Exumas

first_imgHeader photo: Some of the Haitian migrants waiting to be processed on July 30, 2017. They were apprehended in the area of Humming Bird Cay near mainland Exuma.Insert photo: RBDF Marines assisting some of the Haitian migrants after arriving in the capital on July 30, 2017.   They were apprehended in the area of Humming Bird Cay near mainland Exuma around 9:30 am.Photo Credit: Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle)(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage BAHAMAS: RBDF Personnell attend SeventhDay Adventist Thanksgiving Service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp BAHAMAS: RBDF Basketball Tournament Recommended for youcenter_img Related Items:#GuardOurHeritage Bahamas joint effort recovers more bodies of Haitian migrants Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Exuma – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Sunday assisted Police and Immigration officials in Exuma with the transport of a second group of migrants to be apprehended in The Bahamas within a week.This second group was apprehended off Humming Bird Cay near mainland Exuma around 9:30 a.m.   Sunday morning by Police and Immigration officials stationed on the Island. Upon boarding the 30–ft. wooden sloop, approximately 57 undocumented Haitian migrants were found.The Defence Force fast patrol craft, HMBS P-49, coxswained by Chief Petty Officer Clyde Burrows along with another RBDF craft assisted in this effort.   The migrants – 49 males, 8 females were transported to the Capital for further processing.On Tuesday past, 120 Haitian nationals were apprehended off the island of Long Island.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting the territorial integrity of The Bahamas and keeping our borders secured.Press Release: RBDFlast_img read more

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Dyche analyzes Burnleys problems

first_imgThe team has not won in the English Premier League since two months ago but expects to turn their luck around soonBurnley hasn’t won a single game in the English Premier League since beating Cardiff City two months ago.And for manager Sean Dyche, the team can turn their luck around soon.“Last weekend wasn’t good enough. We know that,” Dyche was echoed by Sky Sports.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“But then a short number of days before against Newcastle [Burnley lost 2-1], I thought it was a good performance and I thought we deserved more than we got.”“So, there is a balance to the workload and how we are performing,” he added.“I know the players we are working with, and I know the honesty and the endeavor and I know some of the quality. That sometimes gets pushed aside when results aren’t going your way.”“The players are still working and have been good around the place. We’ve had disappointments before and pushed them aside quickly, and we’ve got to do that again,” he commented.last_img read more

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Valverde dubs Madrid clash a Clasico twice over

first_imgBarcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde is expecting a fierce battle when Real Madrid comes to town in what he dubbed a “Clasico twice over”.The Camp Nou has not been a good hunting ground for Los Blancos in recent times especially after their 5-1 thumping in October.But Valverde feels it would be different this time considering their improved and the absence of Lionel Messi who suffered a thigh injury in their 2-2 draw against Valencia.“It’s a Clasico twice over,” Valverde told a news conference via FourFourTwo. “Of course it’s a special game, it’s a semi-final against a very big team.“It does make it even more attractive, having the chance to get to the final, and it’s the same for them too.“When we prepare the game obviously we have the reference of the players and how they performed [in the 5-1], but there was a different morale [at Madrid] at that time, that counts for a lot.“Madrid tend to be very strong at Camp Nou, the last game we were strong and won clearly but they were in a delicate spot and they’re better now. We’ll see the best of Real Madrid tomorrow, that’s what we’ve seen in the last few games.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.🔊 Ernesto Valverde: “It’s a special game. It’s a semi-final and playing against Madrid is another incentive to reach the final”🔵🔴 #ElClásico #CopaBarça pic.twitter.com/59bMaOtCOZ— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 5, 2019A semi-final against Madrid adds to a complicated fixture list for Barca, but Valverde feels a busy schedule should not be used as an excuse for either side.“Fixtures lists are always difficult at this time of year, throughout January, and with this semi-final with two top-level games, league games, and the Champions League starting soon, we all need to be careful,” Valverde added.“But we still haven’t hit the decisive part of the season yet. We need to use all the players we can and we’ll analyse if we need to make changes tomorrow or Sunday. We have a week off next week, no Champions League game, so we will get a rest then.”last_img read more

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One San Diego hosts fourth annual Neighborhood Experience

first_img March 6, 2018 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) — More than 1,000 community members and leaders representing neighborhoods from across San Diego came together Tuesday night to celebrate “One San Diego’s” Fourth Annual Neighborhood Experience.The annual celebration showcases San Diego’s unique cultural, artistic, and culinary diversity through various performances and tastings.Mayor Kevin Faulconer and First Lady Katherine Stuart helped to launch the nonprofit “One San Diego” to promote equal access to economic prosperity, safe and vibrant communities, and an enhanced quality of life.KUSI’s Mark Mathis was LIVE from the event and had the opportunity to speak with Chief David Nisleit, the San Diego Police Department’s newly appointed Chief of Police about the importance of creating a strong community relationship. Posted: March 6, 2018 Mark Mathis Mark Mathis, ‘One San Diego’ hosts fourth annual Neighborhood Experience Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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San Diego fisherman unload more than 20000 pounds of fish

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Ed Lenderman, San Diego fisherman unload more than 20,000 pounds of fish 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 SettingsMay is Maritime Month at the Port of San Diego and the robust historical and present day commercial fishing and sport fishing industry is an important component of our regional maritime industry, with many fisherman working in the industry for generations. Today, four San Diego fisherman returned to port with over 20,000 pounds of massive swordfish, tuna, manchong, etc.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was live at Driscoll’s Wharf checking out the scene. Posted: May 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Ed Lenderman May 17, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Maritime Month FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Escondido Police Department homicide investigation update

first_imgEscondido Police Department homicide investigation update ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – The Escondido Police Department has released an update regarding the two bodies found in the Escondido area on 08-09-18. They have arrested 33-year-old Juan Carlos Ortega at his place of work in the City of Carlsbad. The official release can be read below:RELATED STORY: Two possibly linked suspicious deaths discovered miles apart in Escondido areaDue to the conditions of the victim’s bodies and the circumstances surrounding their discovery, their identification is not going to be released until the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted scientific verification of their identities.On 08-09-18, Escondido Police detectives arrested Juan Carlos Ortega (33) at his place of work in the City of Carlsbad. The Escondido Police Department does not believe that his employers had any knowledge of the incidents and they have been fully cooperative with the investigation.The children located in the residence were not harmed and were found asleep in a bedroom when officers entered the residence. They have since been released to family members.Many of the circumstances surrounding this case, including, relationships, potential motives, and the events leading up to the deaths, are still under investigation.Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Escondido Police at 760-839-4722, leave an anonymous tip at 760-743-TIPS (8477), or via our Website at police.escondido.org. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 10, 2018 Mike McKinnon III Posted: August 10, 2018 Mike McKinnon III, last_img read more

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How to have fun while choosing sobriety for the holiday season

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: December 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom How to have fun while choosing sobriety for the holiday season KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The holidays are just around the corner, and they’re typically associated with social drinking.Scott Silverman CEO of Crisis Coach joined us earlier to tell us how you can still have an awesome holiday while choosing sobriety.For more information, please visit his website at www.confidentialrecovery.com.If you have an issue or any questions for Scott Silverman, you could call him at 619 993 2738. December 16, 2018last_img read more

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ASA and USBCA Thank White House Capitol Hill for Continued Efforts to

first_imgASA and the United States Biotech Crops Association (USBCA) thanked the White House and Capitol Hill this week for continued efforts to establish a timely, comprehensive framework agreement for biotech approvals in China, and emphasized the importance of the U.S.- China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in December.“Action on only a subset of biotech-enhanced crops will not provide the necessary predictability to the U.S. value chain as there continues to be crops authorized for cultivation in the United States that are not approved in China,” the groups state. “This creates untenable risk to exporters of U.S. origin grains and oilseeds and provides an advantage to competitor agricultural exporting nations.”China is a key export market for U.S. soybean, but the trade is at risk due to China’s restrictive regulatory approval procedures for biotech products. The letters state re-establishing a predictable process for enabling compliance with Chinese laws and regulations regarding biotechnology products will enable U.S. agriculture to continue to supply China’s demand for imported commodities without disruption, and allow U.S. farmers access to innovative products developed to improve yields and reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture.“China remains the utmost international priority for the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance,” the letter to Capitol Hill states. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with your office as the framework agreement is being crafted and implemented. Accordingly, we request a high level meeting with you and the leadership of the USBCA in early 2015 to discuss how to maintain the level of engagement required to bring this issue to resolution in the near term.”Click here to read both letters.last_img read more

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Soy Growers Call for Mandatory and Continuous Grain Inspections

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) Director Bill Gordon, of Minnesota, testified in Washington this week, calling on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee to help ensure that grain inspections under the Grain Standards Act remain both mandatory and continuous, even in the event of a work stoppage due to strike or lockout.Gordon’s statement comes as Congress weighs reauthorization of the Grain Standards Act of 1976, under which official inspections are required for all export shipments. His testimony was supported by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Barley Growers Association.  In the testimony, ASA indicated that, while most provisions subject to reauthorization before October 2015 are non-controversial, it is critically important for Congress to resolve outstanding questions about whether and when the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) is required to step in when inspection services are withdrawn by delegated state agencies.The focus of the statement, and the hearing, was on the suspension of inspections and exports due to a labor-management dispute at the Port of Vancouver last July and August, when the Washington State Department of Agriculture suspended service for 36 days.  ASA and 21 other farm and industry organizations sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in July asking for FGIS to immediately take over inspections. The department responded that it would not do so, citing safety concerns.The Grain Standards Act requires FGIS to assume responsibility when inspection services are disrupted, but allows discretion over the length of time before action is taken.  ASA and other farm organizations stated that services should be restored “in hours, not days or weeks,” and pointed out that USDA still has not clarified its responsibilities or announced a contingency plan for dealing with any future disruptions since last August.  Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and other members of the Committee made clear their intention to resolve this issue, either by obtaining appropriate guarantees from USDA or through legislative action in the reauthorization process.last_img read more

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Extremely difficult city budget outlined

first_imgVancouver City Manager Pat McDonnell’s proposed 2011-2012 budget is one of losses and cuts.McDonnell called the budget, with $9.1 million in cuts set for both years, “extremely difficult,” and he and several administrators outlined a document that included cutting the city’s capital budget by more than $100 million, a sewer rate increase, the elimination of 107.4 jobs, possible new taxes and no new roads or parks.“The impact of budget reductions will be noticed by citizens in a variety of service areas across the city,” Chief Financial Officer Lloyd Tyler said.The budget presentation to the city council spanned two hours and more than 80 slides; here is a rundown of some of the main points:• As of 2012, Vancouver will have 980 employees, fewer than it had in 1999, even though the city will have grown by 35,000 people, Assistant City Manager Eric Holmes said. The staffing cuts for 2011-2012 include 107.4 employees. When jobs fueled by the capital fund are included, about 244 full-time city jobs will have evaporated.• Sewer revenues aren’t enough to cover the city’s debt service or maintenance costs, and system development charges, which are paid for through new development, are also down, Budget and Planning Manager Natasha Ramras said. The next budget includes a 9 percent sewer utility increase in 2011 and a 6.5 percent increase in 2012. That will cost an average home an additional $2.56 a month in 2011 and another $2.08 a month in 2012.last_img read more

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