Jamaica And World Bank Sign US105 Millions Loans

first_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 3 (JIS): Three loans totalling US$105 million were signed by the Government and the World Bank, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., today (September 3). Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, signed on behalf of Jamaica, while World Bank Country Director for the country, Sophia Sirtaine, signed for the bank. The loans are in support of three government projects – the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth, which will receive US$50 million; the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry, US$20 million, and the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, US$35 million. “The projects are intended to further the overarching goals of the Government of Jamaica-World Bank Country Strategy for the period 2014 – 2017; to support the government’s investments in key strategic areas, including physical sustainability in youth employment; public sector modernization and to facilitate a more enabling environment for private sector growth,” the Finance Minister said at the signing. Dr. Phillips added that the loans represent an important cooperation 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. He said the Government will do its utmost best to ensure a smooth implementation of the three projects.The Minister explained that funds for the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth project will enhance competition in the business environment, facilitate strategic private investments and support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Funds for the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry will provide training and coaching for over 200 young Jamaicans, enhance entrepreneurial skills and create 150 start-up companies. Under the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, the funds will be used to strengthen public investment management systems, budget preparation process and property tax compliance administration. In her remarks, Ms. Sirtaine had high praise for Jamaica regarding the programmes it has implemented to spur economic growth, and for the results it has been reaping since its implementation. She added that the bank is committed to working with Jamaica in ensuring the success of its various economic programmes. Dr. Phillips and his delegation are also engaged in a series of discussions with officials at the US Treasury, State Department, the IMF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is accompanied by the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter; Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe and Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie. Related Items:bank of jamaica, Brian Wynter, colin bullock, devon rowe, jamaica, peter phillips, Sophia Sirtaine, stephen vasciannie, world bank Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more

GOVERNOR SAYS MELOCHE NOT BOOTED OUT OPTED OUT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Dec 2014 – Director of Public Prosecitions says public conjecture is wrong; her decision and resignation from the office came long before Rodney Adams case. HE Governor Peter Beckingham said already there is advertising on for the position to be filled; he said he hopes some islanders apply for the job. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:director of public prosecution, governor peter beckingham, JoAnne Meloche DR wants consulate office in TCI Recommended for you New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awardedlast_img

Bahamian Cultural Icon passes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 6th 2017 – Nassau – Bahamas has now lost a cultural icon. Cleophas Adderley, founder and director of The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC) passed away yesterday after a long illness. Adderley was 62 years of age and had spent most of life showcasing Bahamian talent of the arts worldwide. He was a well-known musician and composer, and led the National Choir to perform for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, the late Nelson Mandela, the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and so many others.Adderley also recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards in June. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Michel Pintard expressed his condolences to the family and said, ““He was a unique and iconic cultural character who dedicated his life to music and to the people of the Bahamas. His life experience led him to be involved in many facets of the community where he touched the lives of thousands through music.”Adderley started the BNYC in 1983 as part of Bahamas 10th Independence anniversary celebrations. Over the past three decades he had trained hundreds of young people, and led the BNYC to win and participate in numerous competitions both locally and internationally.Adderley also composed “Our Boys”, the first Bahamian grand opera, which was also the first opera to have been written and performed in the English-speaking Caribbean; and the composer of the first Bahamian Concert Mass, “Missa Caribe”.Adderley was the son of former Member of Parliament, late Cleophas E. Adderley and the grandson of the later R. M Bailey.Adderley will be remembered by many as a “distinguished” and “talented” scholar and musician and will be especially missed by his National Youth Choir family.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting 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 Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

News Report cites Bahamas refugee laws lacking UNHCR to help

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 17, 2017 – Nassau – The United Nations Human Rights Commission is telling a local newspaper that Bahamas laws are lagging when it comes to how legitimate refugees are handled; and it is leading to outrageously lengthy detention times for those who rightly fall into the category.   The Tribune reports that this is a twenty year old problem, and despite the fact that The Bahamas has signed onto the conventions since 1993, which would necessitate these laws, the legal framework is simply absent.UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer, Deneisha Moss Balboni said, “…if you look at the people who are admitted into a process and have access to UNHCR, there are still ongoing gaps because there are no guarantees under Bahamian law for people who are recognized as refugees.    So things that are protections that are provided for in the refugee convention that people don’t have access to, for example the right to be issued ID documents and whatever necessary residence permit to facilitate a refugee’s continued stay in a country of asylum, or a right to gainful employment so they could become self-sufficient or the right to access basic healthcare and education.”No law it seems, equates to no respect for the right of that UNHCR refugee and for 12 detainees at the Carmichael Road detention center, who were recently released it meant being held for years and years and years without any criminal charge.   Bascially, local laws should allow the proven refugee to have freedom of movement.Moss Balboni reports that the Government is prepared to fill the legislative gaps with some formal mechanisms, adding that as an advisor for the United Nations, her outlook for the future is bright as The Bahamas aims to get this right.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto Credit: The Tribunelast_img read more

CEO of Providenciales Airport presented with Commando Dagger

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 3, 2017 – Providenciales – John Smith, the CEO of Providenciales International Airport, was awarded a ceremonial Commando knife by the grateful UK troops who have been using PLS for the past weeks.On Monday, at an evening ceremony held in front of one of the British military’s helicopters currently at PLS, Governor Freeman thanked Wing Commander Phil Wadlow for the work he and his men had done moving people, stores and supplies around the Turks & Caicos Islands.  Wg. Cmdr. Wadlow in turn thanked Mr. Smith for his generous assistance, and the vital use of the airport given to the British forces.“It was an honour to come out here and be able to help.   We would not have been able to get anything done without the very generous use of the airport and facilities here, which have been absolutely fantastic”, said Wg Cmdr. WadlowHe was followed in thanking Mr. Smith by Lieutenant Colonel Tom Salberg, who has been based at the airport during the post-hurricane relief effort.   Lt. Col. Salberg took the opportunity to present Mr. Smith with a ceremonial Commando dagger, an emblem of 3 Commando Brigade, of which Lt. Col. Salberg’s men are part.“It’s been a privilege to work side by side with the TCI people to help the relief effort after the recent hurricanes.    The airport has been a vital location for us and we wanted to say our thanks before my team leaves TCI, and is replaced by a smaller team of specialists who can help with longer term recovery”, said Lt. Col. Salberg.“This dagger is a small, and sharp, symbol of our thanks”, he added.Press Release: TCIGPhoto captions:Header photo: Lt. Col. Salberg presents Mr Smith with his new dagger1st insert: The group at the evening ceremony2nd insert: The British military helps deliver supplies across TCI after hurricanes Irma and Maria. Related Items:last_img read more

Giuseppe Marotta apponited Inter Milan CEO

first_imgFormer Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta has today officially joined Inter Milan as chief executive officer for sport.Marotta took to Twitter to announce the news in a video message and Inter Milan held a board meeting on Thursday to ratify his appointment.#Marotta: “Da oggi farò parte della grande Inter, per me è motivo di grande orgoglio” #FCIM pic.twitter.com/6zexEy62aC— Inter (@Inter) December 13, 2018At the end of October, Juventus terminated Marotta’s contract as CEO.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I am happy and proud to be beginning a new professional challenge at a prestigious club such as Inter,” Marotta told Sky Sports.“President Steven Zhang has an ambitious project and I am looking forward to becoming an active part of that.“It’s certainly going to be an important chapter in my professional life, and I will have a great responsibility but that doesn’t daunt me.“It is the start of a new chapter and it must be one marked by success.”Marotta will work alongside chief executive officer corporate Alessandro Antonello, who is now in charge of all corporate activities.last_img read more

Former EPL footballer believes Arnautovic should stay in England

first_imgThe West Ham United player is wanted by Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League, but for Paul Merson, he would also be good for Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur.West Ham United footballer Marko Arnautovic is wanted by Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande.And former English Premier League footballer Paul Merson says he should not leave England and but should join other teams.“Marko Arnautovic is too good to go to China – but maybe the money is too good to turn down,” Merson was quoted by The Express.“There must be a personal reason why he wants to go because he still has a lot to offer and he could play for bigger teams than West Ham.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“If you were Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United or Tottenham you would take him tomorrow,” he added.“He could play for any of those teams. He’s a really good player and he’s not just a center-forward.”“He could play in other positions too and give you a different option,” he commented.“But you’re playing in front of fans who adore you and it’s a real kick in the teeth for them when it’s a Chinese team he’s joining and not a top European club capable of winning trophies.”last_img read more

Farmers Insurance Open concludes today at Torrey Pines Golf Course

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Dave Scott Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Dave Scott, January 28, 2018 Updated: 9:35 AMcenter_img Posted: January 28, 2018 Farmers Insurance Open concludes today at Torrey Pines Golf Course 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 SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI) — Organizers of the Farmers Insurance Open warned golf fans that parking at the event was expected to sell out Sunday.No parking passes would be sold at the Torrey Pines Golf Club event, although parking passes were to be sold online at www.farmersinsuranceopen.com/parking .Uber, Lyft and other car passengers may be dropped off and picked up at the main spectator entrance, 2880 Torrey Pines Road.Alex Noren holds a one-stroke lead over Ryan Palmer entering today’s final round of the $6.9 million Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course, seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour.Torrey Pines High alumnus Michael Kim and J.B. Holmes are tied for third, two strokes behind Noren.Tiger Woods will be playing in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open for the first time since winning the tournament in 2013. He missed the 54-hole cut in 2014, withdrew in 2015 because of pain in his back after playing 11 holes at 2-over, did not enter the tournament in 2016 and missed the traditional 36-hole cut in 2017.Woods is eight strokes off the lead in a five-way tie for 39th. He had his best score in the 2018 edition of the tournament Saturday, a 2-under 70 on the South Course in a round he described as “gross.”“It was a struggle out there,” said Woods, who is playing his first PGA Tour event in a year. “I didn’t hit it worth a darn all day. I was really struggling out there trying to find anything that was resemblance of a golf swing. But I was scoring, I was chipping, putting, I was grinding.“I was trying to miss the ball on the correct sides because I know I didn’t have it, trying to give myself the correct angles and I did that most of the day. Then I had to rely on my touch, my feel, my putting and it’s been good all week.”Woods made four birdies, including three on par 5s, and bogeys on the 11th and 16th holes.Noren shot a three-under 69 to take the lead after any round for the first time in his 36 PGA Tour starts.Noren began the round three shots off the lead. He had an eagle on the par-5 sixth hole, a double-bogey on the par-4 12th hole and birdies on the 13th, 16th and 18th holes to go to 11-under 205 for the tournament.Noren is a 35-year-old from Sweden who played at Oklahoma State and mainly plays on the European Tour. This is the first time he has played in the Farmers Insurance Open.Noren’s best result on the PGA Tour was tying for fifth in the 2017 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play when he reached the quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Dustin Johnson. His best finish in stroke play was tying for sixth in last year’s British Open. He has nine victories on the European Tour, including four in 2016.Noren is 19th on the Official World Golf Ranking, 11 spots below his highest ranking, which came in July.Only five times since 2000 has a player leading or sharing the lead through three rounds gone on to win the Farmers Insurance Open, most recently Woods in 2013.Palmer, the tournament leader by one shot over Jon Rahm entering Saturday’s play, shot a 1-over 73. He had a birdie on the fifth hole, bogeys on the seventh and eighth, an eagle on the 13th and bogeys on the 14th and 16th.“It was a grind,” Palmer said. “I hit a lot of solid putts, just speed was off pretty bad I thought for a while there. Got a little lazy on my golf swing the last four or five holes. Unfortunately on 14 I thought I hit it perfect and ends up a foot in the rough and dead.”The eagle on 13 “made up for the whole day,” Palmer said.“I hit a great tee shot,” with a 5 wood Palmer said, measured at 336 yards. “I knew it was enough club and I hit it perfect.”Palmer hit his second shot 259 yards, leaving him with a 44-foot, 6- inch putt for the eagle.“It rolled in like I tapped it in, it rolled in so perfect,” Palmer said.The putt prompted a roar from the crowd.“When you get those kind of roars, that’s excitement,” Palmer said. “You don’t get that very often. That was a thrill.”sunday is the 11th birthday of Palmer’s son Mason.“Hopefully I can go out (Sunday) and give my son, Mason, a big birthday present,” Palmer said. “That would be a fun way to end the day.”Mason is not at the tournament, remaining home to play in a hockey game, his father said.Palmer has three victories on the PGA Tour, most recently the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii. The tournament winner will receive $1.242 million.Kim was among three golfers tied for sixth, four shots off the lead, entering the round, then shot a 2-under 70, with four birdies and bogeys on the 11th and 15th holes.“Hit it really good all day, got some putts to go, and within range I feel like of the lead heading into tomorrow, so feel good about today,” Kim said. “I feel super comfortable at this place, more so than I feel like anybody else because I’ve got the number of rounds in.”Rahm, the tournament’s defending champion who would move into first in the Official World Golf Ranking with a victory, hit his second shot on the 18th hole into the greenside water hazard, en route to a double-bogey 7, completing his round at 3-over 75, dropping into a five-way tie for 12th, four strokes off the lead.Rahm also had bogeys on the second, third, fourth and 12th holes and birdies on the first, sixth and 10th. last_img read more

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla celebrates canine therapy volunteers

first_imgScripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla celebrates canine therapy volunteers 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 SettingsScripps Health therapy dogs and their human companions gathered in front of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla Tuesday to celebrate the Best in Show canine volunteers and present them with blue ribbons.This annual event recognizes the important service provided by these specially trained dogs and their human companions — an important part of the caregiving teams at Scripps hospitals. KUSI Newsroom, April 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

City of San Diego employees are leaving

first_img 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) – For several years San Diego had major problems recruiting and retaining police officers. That ended last year by giving the cops a 30 percent pay raise.Then last November, the voters doubled the pay of the city’s elected officials, and now it’s the city employees turn.The city had to raise the pay for cops to keep the city safe, and if the city is to provide quality public services, it needs to keep qualified city employees who are leaving.Just as the police department had retaining and retention problems, the city is finding those same issues with employees who provide city services. A city auditor’s report says this puts the city at risk of low morale, less institutionally knowledge, and increased costs to train replacements.These money problems go back to the late 1990’s and 2000’s when generous pension benefits were granted without paying for them.Proposition B allowed for changes, including scrapping the old lucrative pension system in favor of a 401k style system, but now that’s in jeopardy. City of San Diego employees are leaving Steve Bosh Posted: February 4, 2019 February 4, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Steve Bosh, last_img read more

Lions Optometric Vision Clinic pizza fundraiser

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lions Optometric Vision Clinic pizza fundraiser KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 10, 2019 Updated: 6:01 AMcenter_img 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 Settings(KUSI) – The Lions Optometric Vision Clinic has two fundraisers at BJ’s and Blaze Pizza this summer.According to the organization, volunteers from the Lions Club and the San Diego County Optometric Society have made this an ongoing successful project helping over 10,000 individuals.For more information on the fundraisers visit their website here. KUSI Newsroom June 10, 2019last_img read more

Iowa and New York Associations Are Top Membership States for First Quarter

first_imgThe Iowa Soybean Association and New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association are the first quarter winners of the ASA State Association Quarterly Membership Challenge. The challenge is an effort to recognize state associations with the top overall growth and top percentage growth for a quarter. The first quarterly challenge started Jan. 1 and concluded March 31.Iowa Soybean Association was the top overall state in membership growth, adding 316 members between January and March. The New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association was the top overall state in percentage growth, with a 57 percent increase in membership during the same quarter.”ASA congratulates Iowa and New York for their efforts to grow their state and ASA membership,” said Bob Worth, ASA Membership and Corporate Relations Chairman. “ASA’s success is based on the strong efforts of our recruiters and state associations to tell our story about how ASA is helping to increase soybean producers’ profitability.”The State Quarterly Membership Challenge continues with the current quarter of April 1 through June 30. The final quarter begins July 1 and concludes Sept. 30. The winning state associations each receive $500 to use for their state association activities.The ASA State Quarterly Challenge is a component of the ASA Membership Program and is sponsored in part by DuPont Pioneer and AGCO Corporation.last_img read more

ASAs International Efforts Receive Praise from Secretary Vilsack

first_imgSecretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack singled out the ASA when answering a question at a recent conference on Feed the Future, hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Sec. Vilsack’s speech to about 400 USAID staff and stakeholders cited the many programs the USDA manages that contribute to agricultural development.When asked how the private sector can get involved, Sec. Vilsack specifically lauded the ASA’s work around the world. He suggested that more economic development increases both food security and our own national security. He also challenged everyone involved in Feed the Future efforts to talk about the good work that is going on around the world to increase small farmers’ livelihoods and improve people’s nutrition. Click here to learn more.last_img

Legislators sing different tune on budget I5 bridge

first_imgSouthwest Washington’s state legislators told business leaders on Friday they’re glad to take the baton from Gov. Chris Gregoire for what’s sure to be an endurance run of budget-cutting in Olympia.As for the Columbia River Crossing?Lawmakers are still playing tug-of-war — or maybe hot potato — on that prickly debate.It was a mixed message for an anxious crowd at the annual legislative breakfast sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Identity Clark County and the Columbia River Economic Development Council.Nearly all nine state senators and representatives on hand hailed Gregoire’s new budget plan as a clear-eyed starting point for cold-blooded budget cuts needed to close a nearly $5 billion spending gap for 2011-13.More important, they voiced hope the Legislature can replicate the bipartisan, no-nonsense approach in which it approved short-term budget cuts in a one-day special session last week.“We chose to work within the reality of the day,” Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, told the Hilton Vancouver Washington assembly.“There aren’t a lot of options out on the table other what the governor (proposed),” Zarelli said. “I hope legislators realize that, early on.”last_img read more

Thousands flood Capitol to oppose budget cuts

first_imgState Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, said thousands of workers who rallied at the State Capitol Friday to denounce deep cuts to social services are “right on the money” in calling for an overhaul of the state tax code to eliminate some of its 500 tax exemptions and save vital services.“I respect and support the message these regular, mainstream Washington working people are emphasizing in their protests and demonstrations,” Moeller said in a statement. “We need to overhaul our dismal tax-exemption system. If what it takes to send that message loud and clear is a Capitol Campus full of stirred-up Washington citizens and taxpayers, then more power to them.”“Ending the sales-tax exemption for Oregonians, for example, would bring in an additional $83.7 million that could go to help fund Washington schools,” he said.Moeller said he’s not the only lawmaker who is open to eliminating tax breaks. But he said a supermajority approval requirement on any measure to raise taxes — a mathematical impossibility without at least some Republican support — “all but throttles much talk of tax-exemption reform.”— Kathie DurbinOLYMPIA (AP) — Thousands of union members from all over Washington poured into the state Capitol Friday, calling on lawmakers to “put people first” by ending corporate tax breaks and painful cuts to public programs.last_img read more

Marrion eyesore will be focus of citys dangerous building fund this year

first_imgMARRION — Jim Faull and Ed McMillan’s street in the Marrion neighborhood is the kind where neighbors keep their yards mowed, folks hang signs proclaiming “Welcome!” and flag poles dot the landscape.Then there’s the house that they jokingly call “The Castle.” It’s been almost two years since they’ve seen the owner — she got into a car carrying suitcases, they say, and never came back.Now, raccoons and opossums are the only ones to call it home. The Castle’s not just overgrown — it’s a jungle in there. Blackberries climb halfway up the two-story home. There’s a hole in the roof. It wasn’t maintained before the owner, Deborah Hansen, disappeared. But it’s gotten worse.“This house has been in violation of city codes for years,” Faull said. “I just had not done anything with the city until she abandoned the place.”Faull started filing complaints in October 2009. Just last month, he got action.Vancouver building officials have posted signs on the house, on Northeast 16th Street, saying it’s uninhabitable. Hansen had until today to either respond or demolish the house and its excessive shrubbery.last_img read more

French shooting suspect police exchange gunfire

first_imgTOULOUSE, France — French police officers have exchanged gunfire and are negotiating with a man who claims connections to al-Qaida and is suspected of killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers in three attacks.French Interior Minister Claude Gueant says three police officers have been injured in the raid on a house in the southern city of Toulouse.Gueant says the man is 24 years old, of French nationality and says that “he belongs to al-Qaida.” He says the suspect “wants to take revenge for Palestinian children” killed in the Middle East, and is angry at the French military for its operations abroad.Gueant says the man’s brother was arrested.last_img

Biggest Washington wildfire now halfcontained

first_imgWENATCHEE — Washington’s biggest wildfire is now half-contained, as crews resume work on a fire line on its western perimeter.The Colockum Tarps Fire has burned across 125 square miles south of Wenatchee. Managers say crews are conducting burnout operations in the steep, forested draws where it’s burning, essentially using fire to fight fire by depriving the main blaze of fuel.It’s expected to take another three to four days for crews to finish the remaining three miles of fire line and contain the fire.About 750 people were assigned to the fire Saturday.Firefighters in north-central Washington also are working to contain several small fires sparked by lightning on Thursday.Near Goldendale, the Mile Marker 28 Fire was 82 percent contained Saturday.last_img