GOVT SIGNS US50 MILLION MOU TO STRENGTHEN BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 24 (Jamaica Information Service): Government has signed a US$50 million Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Bank, to strengthen the business environment in Jamaica to enable further private sector investment.The loan agreement was signed by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips and Senior Private Sector Development Specialist with the World Bank, Thomas Vis, during the launch of the programme at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge on September 24.The initiative, which has been dubbed the Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth project, will be implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) over a six-year period from August 2014 to June 2020.Dr. Phillips said the project will enhance competition in the business environment, facilitate strategic private investments and support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).The Minister informed that the project will also provide resources for private businesses to undertake pre-feasibility studies in relation to strategic investment projects that are to be implemented.“It will also facilitate the development of technical studies for critical sectors that the country may choose to emphasise as part of its growth strategy,” he said. Dr. Phillips noted that in this vein there is a need to explore much further, the global dynamics of the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry, pointing out that this is an area where Jamaica can make a significant mark. “This is an area where we can put tens of thousands of Jamaicans to work,” he argued. For his part, Mr. Thomas said the project represents an element in a larger partnership between the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank, and is aimed at advancing the prospects for growth, as the country goes through a strenuous economic reform programme that forms part of the agreement with the IMF.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Vivian Brown, said a part of the Government’s role, as it strives for greater economic growth and job creation, is to facilitate and enable private investment, both domestic and overseas, in the Jamaican economy.“It is our belief that this project will support that strategy,” the Permanent Secretary added.Director General of the PIOJ, Colin Bullock, said under the project, new and existing businesses will benefit from streamlined regulations and processes, opportunities for public-private partnerships as well as training and access to financing.“It is a timely initiative, as there are investment opportunities available to the private sector, which can be facilitated by enhancement of the business environment,” he noted.Mr. Bullock said the project seamlessly aligns with the Government’s growth agenda and directly supports the achievement of goal three of the National Development Plan, Vision 2030, which is to make “Jamaica’s economy prosperous.”Chief Executive Officer, Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, Dennis Chung, said the private sector strongly welcomes the initiative, noting that “it will finally allow us to tackle critical areas affecting our ability to be competitive and grow the economy.”He emphasised that sustainable economic growth is only possible with the growth of the SME sector, where new innovations tend to be created. Related Items:colin bullock, dennis chung, jamaica, peter philips, thomas vis, vivian brown Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

Radar station capable Govt to investigate what went wrong

first_img Related Items:donhue gardiner, illegal haitians, radar PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 108 Haitians intercepted thanks to radar Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Feb 2015 – It is not that the radar is broken.“Well the radar is actually operating well, there is no mechanical difficulties that we are aware of with the facility.” It is not that the radar could not detect the vessel.“No, this is an area that is actually within the scope so there is no reason why the radar station should not have picked it up.”It is not that there was not someone on duty; it’s an round the clock job.“There are personnel there 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”But for the first time, that media is aware, the coastal radar did not cause an interception at sea and the Minister said there will be an investigation into why.“And that is why it is important for us to now conduct, behind the scenes, whatever investigation that we would need to do in order to determine what happened and how it could have happened. As I’ve said, the radar station has enjoyed a very stellar record since its implementation.”Already speculation about human shortcomings are being tossed about but Minister of Border Control and Labour, Hon Donhue Gardiner yesterday avoided delving too deeply into that line of questioning as he admitted the country’s first illegal landing of a Haitian sloop in recent times; at least on record. It is believed 40 illegals were on the boat which made it to the Five Cays Beach around 2am February 17; a manhunt is on for the at large migrants, all believed to be from Haiti. Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultationslast_img read more

Police Commissioner presents at Cabinet New investigative strategies heralded

first_img PDM sends Commissioner another message: Bring GT Police Officers back Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:crime statistics, james smith, operation dragnet, wayne jones Recommended for you Special Force helping murder cases in TCI Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootings Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Mar 2015 – Cabinet yesterday heard from new Police Commissioner James Smith; who one day after leading his team in giving the Crime Statistics for the past two years was called upon to set out his observations of policing in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the first four weeks of his appointment. During that media debriefing on Wednesday at Police Headquarters in Provo, it was explained that average daily crime calls are down substantially in the past two weeks for Provo. Acting Assistant Commissioner Wayne Jones shared that a new strategy for mapping crime will be introduced; it will give CID officers more scientific analysis of trends in crime. Commissioner Smith explained that in the budget prepared by former Commissioner Colin Farquhar, there is provision for the purchase of special software to support the mapping strategy; they are calling this tactical maneuver ‘Operation Dragnet.’ While crime was very slightly decreased for the country overall when comparing 2013 and 2014; so far for 2015, the reports for January and February are trending upward. The Commissioner will next bring forward his vision and strategy for the development and modernisation of the Force to Cabinet.last_img read more

Shaquielle Oneal cuases excitement at Straw Market

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 7, 2017 – Nassau – A Shaq citing yesterday amped up the excitement at the World Famous Straw Market of Nassau; NBA Hall of Famer and champion, Shaquielle Oneal was spotted browsing the shopping area and even my sister in law managed to get her photo with the superstar. #MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Opening of Schools – MP Leeward and Long Bay – Akierra M

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 27, 2017 – Providenciales – As the Former Minister of Education and Deputy Premier of the TCI, it is my profound belief that we must return our Children to school sooner rather than later.   Having had an opportunity to read the Minister of Education’s press release, like many parents I am concerned that there seems to be no contingency plan communicated to parents for the Country’s public school children.   We are greatly concerned that the schools damaged were not assessed and repairs quantified within the week after the passage of Hurricane Irma.While we empathize with the Ministry of Education, we know the patience of our parents is waning, and even our teachers are ready to get back in to the classroom and to some semblance of normalcy as soon as possible.   We commend the teachers who attended to their campuses and commenced the clean-up process in their classrooms, and recorded the damage.Special attention must be given to the 4th and 5th Form students across the Islands as the Caribbean Examination Council (“CXC”) has not (that we have seen) issued a notice that they will be suspending January exams in the wake of the storms which have affected many of the Countries that subscribe to the CXC and CVQ exams.The US$4,000,000.00 that is budgeted for in this financial year from the previous PNP Administration’s successful grant from the European Development Fund 11 be renegotiated quickly, to be utilized to repair all primary schools in the TCI which were affected, and in some instances expand them where they can be expanded.   It would make very little economic sense to now construct a fourth primary school when there are 10 in serious disarray.Suspend the Grade Six Achievement Test for all Grade 6 students, as it will not capture a true assessment of student success in transitioning to high school in the upcoming academic year.   Hurricane Irma and Maria were traumatic experiences and with delays of having students return to school there will be deficiencies in their learning found. Having students repeat Grade 6 because they do not pass the GSAT in this academic year will only compound matters and student placement numbers for the next two academic schools years.   Grade 6 teachers should be provided with another mechanism to assess their students’ transition to high-school for the 2018/2019 academic school year.Assessments of all Teachers’ homes must be done.   Especially those Teachers who may have suffered severe lost or are displaced be housed quickly, as it would be difficult to ask they provide services to our children when they themselves are displaced.Work closely with Food for Thought Charity, as many students may face nutrition deficiencies when they return to school, and provide assistance to Food For Thought to bring in food items at a no duty rate.We are committed to working with the Ministry of Education to ensure our youngest citizens have a chance to return to their schooling as soon as possible, as institutions are safe places where they can grow, learn and explore. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

How Athletic Bilbao has kept tradition alive

first_imgThe Spanish La Liga club has only used players born in the Basque Country or “formed locally”, and they have never been relegated to a lower divisionSpanish La Liga side Athletic Club Bilbao was founded 120 years ago, in 1898.After the 1911 Copa del Rey, the team was accused of fielding ineligible foreign players, and so they decided only to use local ones.The Basque Country team only uses players born there or “formed locally”, which makes everything more difficult but it’s a great tradition.“This football club becomes part of our identity from the second we’re born,” says U16 coach and former footballer Jon Solaun told The Irish Times.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“Any boy born within a 60km radius of here is showered with Athletic balloons and gifts; maternity wards are plastered in red and white.”“I was born in Bilbao and to put on this tracksuit and represent this club is everything to me. I know the boys feel the same pride. We all feel like a piece of history here as a family,” he added.“It’s incredible for the kids to be around one another and watch each other grow through the categories as both people and players. When a Lezama kid pulls on the red and white in San Mamés, we all feel a great sense of triumph.”“We’re all living the dream. Every person in this complex has a season ticket. If the first-team play away, the kids will train then go home and put on their Athletic pajamas to watch the game with their family,” he explained.“The coaches have a meeting point in town where we watch the games together. We’re all members of the Athletic family and have our own culture and identity.”last_img read more

The UCL and Real Madrid are inseparable says Solari

first_imgLos Blancos boss Santiago Solari believes the European competition is part of the club’s history and go hand by handReal Madrid and Viktoria Plzen will face off tomorrow night in the UEFA Champions League.And for interim manager Santiago Solari, Los Blancos and the European tournament go together.“It’s always very nice, this competition, which is linked to the history of our club, inseparable,” said Solari according to Goal.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.“When we hear the Champions League anthem, we all get excited. It’s fantastic to be back in this competition. This is my third game in this role, so I’m very happy that I get a chance [in the Champions League]. I enjoyed it a lot as a player.”“When you look for a solution to a problem in football, it’s never just one thing, it’s step by step,” he added.“We’ve taken two steps, two games. We had to play well to win them, you don’t win games without doing things well, and they were tough games.”“We did a lot of good things in these two games and we have to do what we did well again, but also improve what we didn’t do well. Every team can always improve,” he commented.last_img read more

Sol Campbell praises the FAs brand new diversity

first_imgEngland assistant coach Sol Campbell, is surprised by the many changes that the FA has gone through since the last time he applied for a job.It’s not only the major England National Team what’s changing in the country, but it is also the whole FA structure according to England’s own Sol Campbell.It was only seven years ago when the former Arsenal player applied for a job as Roy Hodgson’s assistant manager and was completely rejected to take the position, they gave the job to Gary Neville instead and failed to get the results they expected.With a whole new staff inside the institution, Sol Campbell just got a job under coach Aidy Boothroyd who is currently taking care of the u-21 squad and gave Sol the opportunity to start from scratch once again.Campbell expressed how pleasantly surprised he is for the new face that the FA is showing to the world, he hopes that new exciting times are coming for him and for other young managers looking to make a name for themselves.“Football was probably the slowest of all the sports to open up to diversity,” said Campbell to the Daily Mail.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Now I think the pathways are there. The more BAME coaches who get their badges the better it will become. But the most important thing is now the FA are addressing that.”“I applied for a job with England seven years ago. That one job went to Gary Neville and they had nothing left. Now there are pathways, so if you don’t get that job you could get something else.”“It feels like a totally different era to when I was playing – a totally different FA, too. It’s a privilege and honor to be here. For me, it’s about getting in the system, letting people know who I really am and I never minded mucking in,” he added.Former Arsenal centre-back Sol Campbell looks on during England U21s training session. pic.twitter.com/lfnYbE9FZt— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) November 14, 2018last_img read more

Andre is more of a forward player than me – Idrissa

first_imgSenegalese Idrissa Gana Gueye says his side’s football games are not about him but about assisting the team secure victory that they actually really need.He adds that Andre is more of a forward player than him and plans to play a little bit further back this season.Everton will face Liverpool on Sunday looking to win Jurgen Klopp’s side after their scoreless away match with Chelsea.Speaking to the club’s official website, Gana said:“It’s not about me, it’s about the team,”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I just try to help the team, to do my job on the pitch… I like playing football, tackling, giving the ball.”“For me, if I go into a tackle and don’t win the ball, then it is a bad tackle. Every time I go into a challenge, I am trying to win the ball back for one of my teammates and to help my team. Sometimes I don’t realise how many tackles I have made in a game.”“I have to play a little bit further back this season because Andre is more of a forward player than me. Sometimes I have to control the game and allow him to decide when to go forward and when to stay. But it is a good balance playing with Andre.”“He is a very good player. We try to help each other and that is one of the reasons why it is working so well.”“But these things start on the training ground. Players who are currently on the bench help us a lot because they are not giving up and train hard every week. They make it tough for us to be picked and they are why we are good at the weekend.”last_img read more

Gattuso likens Piatek to Tomasson

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has compared Milan new boy Krzysztof Piatek to Danish legend Jon Dahl Tomasson.Piatek who recently joined Milan from Genoa played in the barren draw against Napoli and his manager has seen enough to liken him to former teammate Tomasson.Tomasson was not a regular starter at Milan but scored 35 goals in three seasons, winning a Champions League and earning praise for his battling qualities.“We have to pick up from where we left off in the first 50 minutes, showing the same character,” Gattuso told Milan TV and Cited on Football Italia ahead of his side’s Coppa Italia quarter-final against Napoli on Tuesday.“We stopped dribbling in the last 30 minutes and were stretched, so all of Napoli’s qualities came out.“We must have the desire to play and show our faces, dribbling well. We need experience. We’re a young team and we need games like these.“For us to get back to being competitive, we need consistency in our performances, game and mentality.Piatek is ready to make his debut as a starter with the AC Milan shirt tomorrow night in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals against Napoli once again. Gennaro Gattuso is seriously thinking about it and a final decision will be made between tonight and tomorrow morning. pic.twitter.com/yu9JpVotxtCristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….— AC Milan Africa (@africa_milan) January 28, 2019“We’ve shown it at times, but we still have too many ups and downs. Piatek reminds me of Tomasson. He had some very specific characteristics.“Jon never spared himself in training and gave us a huge hand, also when he played from the start.“Piatek has just joined, but I like him already. He’s a curious lad who looks at photos at Milanello: he likes to observe, talk and experience the structure here first hand.“It’s something beautiful. Will he start tomorrow? Him or Cutrone will play. Caldara and Biglia yesterday did some light work with us yesterday.“They’re working to improve their physical level and I think they’ll be available in a week.“We’re very happy with them, they have great desire to return and have shown it through the commitment they’ve been putting in.”last_img read more

Aguero was once again Citys hero

first_imgThe Argentinean footballer has scored a hat-trick once again for the Citizens, as he’s catapulting himself to greater heights.For the second time in less than a week, Argentinean footballer Sergio Aguero scored three goals for Manchester City.He and the Citizens trashed Chelsea in today’s English Premier League fixture.“I think it might be one of the best performances of this team so it was a great game and an even better result,” Aguero spoke to the club’s official website.“I am very happy for the hat-tricks and for breaking records, both in the Premier League and for the club.”“I try to keep those good memories and especially thanks to my team-mates for helping me in the game and what matters most, in the end, is us winning,” he added.“What matters most to me is to try and finish the season in the best way and try to win some silverware.”Former EPL footballer Jamie Carragher was also surprised at how well Aguero is currently playing, and he was quick to give him praise.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.“He’s just clever. He’s switched on, he’s alive,” he told Sky Sports.“I’ve played against him and at times he can be quiet in a game, but before you know it something just happens. In terms of a goalscorer, he’s the greatest we’ve seen in the Premier League.”“That’s the difference between him and the other greats, he’s a goalscorer rather than the greatest all-around player,” he added.“He does work a lot harder now than he ever did. The manager has lit the fire under him.”Happy about the win, the hat-trick and for matching an all-times record. It’s my honour and my pleasure to belong to this FC, with great companions, amazing fans, and being part of this wonderful team. C’mon, City!!! pic.twitter.com/BM17BmERe6— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) February 10, 2019last_img read more

Ibrahimovic happy to see Modric end Duopoly

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic revealed he was delighted that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric broke the duopoly held by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The former Swedish international equally he was slightly surprised the Croatian received multiple individual honours in 2018.Modric was pivotal in Los Blancos third consecutive Champions League and also inspired Croatia’s run to the World Cup final.Those displays earned the former Spur’s man the Golden Ball at Russia 2018 and then the coveted Ballon d’Or that has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade.And former United striker Ibrahimovic, who came fourth in the 2013 Ballon d’Or back then with PSG was happy to see a different name in a different position win the award.“I think [Modric] is one of the most complete midfielders in the world,” Ibrahimovic revealed in a quote cited on FourFourTwo.“He has fantastic pace, he has a vision for the game that is amazing. The ball handling is amazing.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…’Now we know it was Perez who was competing with Messi’Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokes Real Madrid chief was crucial to Ballon d’Or success of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modrichttps://t.co/UCN6M4L2eK pic.twitter.com/Gs11wpjgwh— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) December 8, 2018“I played against him at an early age, when he was a young player. Now he is an experienced player and I’m happy that he won the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA best player at the World Cup, all these things, because it’s not often that a player like that gets that credit.“Normally it’s a striker or somebody that has been ‘wow’. But this year, let’s say last year, was his year. I’m happy that he won.“Me and my mother being from Croatia, he’s Croatian, so I’m happy. It’s part of the blood.”last_img read more

President Trump declares state of emergency for Southern California orders federal assistance

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Responding to a request from California Gov. Jerry Brown, President Donald Trump Friday declared a state of emergency in Southern California, ordering federal assistance to help fight a string of wildfires ravaging the region.The federal aid is earmarked for Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Posted: December 8, 2017 , ??California Secures Presidential Declaration Providing Direct Federal Assistance for #SoCalFires https://t.co/168Y0zEPaG pic.twitter.com/JRzpesYzK4— Gov. Brown Press Office (@GovPressOffice) December 8, 2017Trump’s order authorizes the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide leadership in coordinating disaster relief efforts.”This action will help alleviate the hardship and suffering that the emergency may inflict on the local population and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures,” a White House statement said.FEMA is authorized at its discretion to identify, mobilize and provide equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impact of the fires.Seventy-five percent of direct FEMA and Homeland Security assistance will be backed by federal funding.Statistics show that as of Wednesday, CalFire already has spent $490.3 million in battling wildfires in the fiscal year that ends in June 30, 2018, more than the $426.9 million authorized for the 12-month period.That total does not include the cost of fighting the massive blazes now raging across Southern California, authorities said. President Trump declares state of emergency for Southern California, orders federal assistance to help fight wildfires December 8, 2017last_img read more

Discounted gas sold in an effort to repeal gas tax

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:50 PM Posted: February 5, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The statewide effort to overturn the 12-cent gas tax took an interesting turn Monday. Former San Diego council member Carl Demiao lured people into signing a petition with really cheap gas.“I came here for the cheap gas, but I also signed the petition,” said Jabulo Carls who drives an Uber and Lyft.The gas station owner agreed to lose money in order to entice people with $1.99 gas.“I’m taking a hit, but it’s ok,” said Les Kourie. “The public is happy, they seem happy. And they get the message, stop this gas tax.”Carl Demaio started this tax recall after a super majority of Democrats in Sacramento approved a 12-cent tax on each gallon gas and a huge increase in the car tax.“Look, the people up there are not accountable,” Demaio said. “They say this money will fix roads and bridges and it’s simply not true.”Demaio is hoping to collect almost 600-thousadn signatures to make the November ballot. He’s already collected about 500,000.While hundreds of people enjoyed filling up their tanks with cheap gas, they also signed the petition.One step closer to the people taking back control from elected officials. Dan Plante, center_img Discounted gas sold in an effort to repeal gas tax Dan Plante February 5, 2018last_img read more

Retrial set for exNavy commander accused of attempted rape

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Jury selection is scheduled to begin today at the retrial of a former Navy helicopter squadron commander accused of trying to rape a junior officer in her San Diego home.In December, jurors voted 11-1 to convict John Michael Neuhart II of assault with intent to commit rape during a burglary and attempted forcible rape, prompting a judge to declare a mistrial.Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Tag told a jury that Neuhart went with the alleged victim to her Valencia Park home in the early morning hours of Sept. 12, 2016, after a night of drinking downtown, entered her house and “ripped her clothes off and tried to rape her.”The prosecutor said the woman — who had worked under Neuhart’s command in a helicopter squadron in Guam — respected the defendant but told him that night that she wasn’t interested in having sex with him.“This is about a man taking what he wants,” Tag told the jury. “To the defendant, no didn’t mean no. This was a game to him.”When Neuhart broke into the woman’s home and attacked her, she screamed like she was being “murdered,” prompting a neighbor to call 911, the prosecutor said.Neuhart, 41, knew the woman was intoxicated and was not going to leave her home “until he gets what he wants,” the prosecutor said.In a video recorded by the defendant on his cell phone about 3 a.m., the woman is heard saying “no, stop,” or “get off” at least 90 times in a 15-minute period.Defense attorney Kerry Armstrong told the jury that the alleged victim was not telling the truth when she said she wasn’t attracted to Neuhart.The woman gave the defendant mixed signals by kissing and hugging him during a limousine ride to her residence, Armstrong said.Neuhart testified that he set up his cell phone outside the alleged victim’s door so he would have evidence in case she claimed rape.The defendant, a married Iraq War veteran and father of six, was relieved as commander of the helicopter squadron after his arrest. Neuhart, a Navy commander, was commanding officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 based at Anderson Air Force Base on Guam.Neuhart — who is still in the Navy — faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge of assault with intent to commit rape during a burglary. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:31 AM Retrial set for ex-Navy commander accused of attempted rape Posted: March 27, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 27, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Two Dogs Attack Mother and Child in La Mesa neighbor comes to

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: attack, Dogs June 21, 2018  Two Dogs Attack Mother and Child Posted: June 21, 2018 La Mesa PD received several 911 calls reporting that a small child had been attacked by two dogs in the 6900 block of Waite Drive, in the City of La Mesa at around 8:15 this morning.La Mesa Police Officers, City of La Mesa Animal Control and Heartland Fire personnel responded to the scene, within just minutes.A 29-year-old mother was walking along the sidewalk, pushing a stroller with her 2-year-old son in it. Her 8-year-old daughter was walking alongside her. Two (2) Rottweiler dogs escaped from their backyard kennel, jumped over a fence and ran across the street where the mother and her children were walking. The dogs approached the family and immediately attacked the child in the stroller, biting him several times. The mother attempted to pull the stroller and her child away from the attacking dogs. At this point one of the dogs jumped up on her, knocking her to the ground and began to bite her, while the other dog continued to attack her child.Several neighbors saw what was happening and came outside in an effort to help the family. The dog’s owners also came outside and managed to pull the dogs off of the mother and her child, returning them to their backyard.The mother and child were both transported to the hospital where they were treated for serious, non-life threatening injuries. The mother received several puncture/bite wounds on her arm. The 2-year-old child received several bite wounds to his head, face and arm. The injury to the arm will require surgery. The 8-year-old child was not physically injured.Both of the dogs were declared dangerous at the scene, seized by La Mesa Animal Control and taken to the El Cajon Animal Shelter for quarantine.There is an on-going investigation into this incident being conducted by the La Mesa Police Department and City of La Mesa Animal Control.The La Mesa Police Department would like to thank those persons who saw what was happening and came to the rescue of this family.Jamir Grigsby is reportedly one of the neighbors who pulled the dogs off of the family. Updated: 1:06 PM FacebookTwitter Two Dogs Attack Mother and Child in La Mesa, neighbor comes to rescue Neighbors come to the rescue , last_img read more

Applicants Being Sought for Young Leader Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer, a DuPont Company are seeking applicants for the 2004 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry.The Young Leader Program began in 1984. The program goal is the same today as it was twenty years ago, to seek out and develop new leadership for agriculture. The Young Leader Program is looking for soybean farmers who are innovative, assertive, “young” (or new) to leadership, and looking to make their mark in agriculture. More than half of all past Young Leaders serve on state or national soybean associations or promotion boards, and many are active in regional or county organizations as well.“The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said Ron Heck, ASA President. “The instructors and program content are of the highest quality. This program provides information that the participant can start using immediately, not only in business but personally as well.”“Applicants selected as Young Leaders have an excellent opportunity to learn the key leadership skills necessary for high profile roles within agriculture,” said Kevin Turnblad, Pioneer Key Account Manager. “They do this through interactive training that utilizes instructors and materials that have been very successful in the real-world. Participants can also learn from each other and through the use of case studies of topics that are ‘front-burner’ and pivotal to the future of agriculture. If anyone is interested in making a difference in agriculture, this program is for you.”The 2004 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience February 28 – March 2, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This seminar will include leadership and issues training and provide an opportunity for participants to meet and learn from other Young Leaders from around the country. The class will also take part in the Commodity Classic, March 2 – 4, 2004, rounding out a full week of learning, networking, and personal growth. Participants will travel to Pioneer’s Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, to complete their training in December 2004.Application forms for the 2004 Young Leader Program, sponsored by Pioneer, a DuPont Company, are being mailed to all ASA members. Forms may also be obtained by calling (800) 688-7692, your state soybean office, or on the web at www.SoyGrowers.com. Soybean producers are encouraged to apply or nominate another producer who would be an excellent candidate for the program. Nominations should be returned to ASA by Wednesday, December 17, 2003. One Young Leader couple will be selected from each of ASA’s state affiliates.last_img read more

ASA Hails Senate Passage of Tax Legislation Urges Prompt House Passage

first_imgPackage contains retroactive extension of biodiesel tax incentive, estate tax provisionsThe American Soybean Association (ASA) applauds Senate passage of the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010,” and urges prompt House passage of the legislation. The Senate bill makes the biodiesel tax incentive retroactive for 2010, and extends it through 2011.”ASA thanks the Senate for passing this legislation, which is crucial to the economic viability of the U.S. biodiesel industry,” said ASA President Alan Kemper, a soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind. “Biodiesel is a major market for U.S. soybean oil, and has been a key factor in supporting domestic soybean prices in recent years.”The bill, which now moves on to the House for a possible vote later this week, provides for an expedited process for U.S. biodiesel producers to claim retroactive 2010 credits. In 2009, the U.S. biodiesel industry produced 545 million gallons of biodiesel. Based on August and September production levels, 2010 production is expected to be 345 million gallons, a decline of over 35 percent from the previous year.”Many biodiesel plants in the U.S. are either idle or are producing at less than their overall capacity,” Kemper said. “If the House does not pass this legislation, continuing absence of the biodiesel tax credit will cause further job losses and undermine our ability to increase production of domestic renewable biodiesel.”In addition to the biodiesel tax credit extension, the bill contains estate tax provisions that raise the exclusion level to $5 million per spouse and lower the tax rate on estates exceeding the exclusion to 35 percent. If this legislation is not passed by the House, a $1 million exclusion and 55 percent tax rate will take effect on Jan. 1, 2011.”With farmland in many regions selling for $5,000 per acre, it takes only 200 acres to reach the $1 million exclusion level,” Kemper said. The state of the U.S. economy, coupled with the uncertain nature of estate tax liabilities, makes it difficult for family-owned farms and ranches to make sound business decisions. Allowing estate taxes to be reinstated without an exemption and rate that protect family farms puts many operations at risk and threatens succession to the next generation of farmers.”ASA’s farmer-leaders recently participated in a press conference on estate tax legislation, as well as a biodiesel fly-in to Washington, D.C., to gain passage of these top soybean priorities,” Kemper said. “I encourage all agriculture supporters to press their representatives in the House to pass this legislation, which is of critical importance to U.S. soybean farmers.”last_img read more

Woodland Campground goes from state to county ownership

first_imgClark County will be the new owner of a campground southeast of Woodland, thanks to the state Board of Natural Resources.Earlier this month, the board approved the transfer of an 80-acre parcel from state ownership to the county.The state Department of Natural Resources’ old Woodland Campground will continue to be managed as a campground and recreation area. The campground itself covers 18 acres, with the remainder of the acreage managed for timber production.The state is tapping $1.03 million in funding from the Legislature to make the transfer happen.The Legislature’s Trust Land Transfer Program is providing $518,000 to the Common Schools Trust fund for the value of the standing timber. Timber sales under state ownership had been used for school construction.Timber production has proven to be more difficult as homes sprout up near state-owned forests.“The legislative intent is to continue funding schools and then also help the trust for the future by re-gearing its land assets into something more profitable,” said Bob Redling, spokesman for the state Department of Natural Resources. “This forest is never going to be logged anymore. There are houses all around it.”Another $515,000 from the Trust Land Transfer Program will be used to purchase replacement properties better suited to produce revenue in the future.The property includes 10 campsites, six picnic tables and six vault-type toilets. It also includes such recreational amenities as a large group picnic site, a basketball and volleyball court, and two horseshoe pits.All of it has been closed for the past year and a half due to state budget cuts, said Jeroen Kok, with Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation.last_img read more