Armed men on rampage in Blue Hills two new cases under investigation

first_img TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 21, 2017 – Police confirm the armed robbery of a woman, just off Millennium Highway in Blue Hills on Saturday night, Sunday morning; the home owner said she opened the door to a knock and four masked, armed men rushed in and demanded money. They took jewelry and cell phones and cash.The four robbed two women in that residence.  Magnetic Media got reports of outrage and grave concern from friends of both the women robbed by armed men.  It is now clarified that there was one armed home invasion, but two women, living at the residence were robbed at gunpoint.Police explain an investigation is launched from the weekend into the shooting around 12:30am on Sunday when a man came outside after hearing screams.  That man came face to face, he said with three masked and armed men, who fired shots and struck him in the ear.The woman who had screamed, told Police that she ran back into her home at the sight of the men, standing in her apartment corridor with guns; she is unhurt.   The male was treated and has since been released from hospital.Police are asking for help in these and all other outstanding investigations; remember if you know anything please contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-TIPS.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Gianfranco Zola sympathises with Eden Hazards frustrations

first_imgChelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola claims that even though Eden Hazard may not be known for his industry off the ball, Chelsea still needs him to assist the team.The Belgium winger hasn’t really impressed in all his outing this term after he was deployed by new coach Sarri to play as a false nine.Chelsea defeated Tottenham 2-1 on penalties to reach the EFL Cup final on Thursday with Hazard scoring the Blues’ second goal in a second leg.“I was very much like Eden,” Zola told reporters, according to FourFourTwo.“I was a very positive player, I liked to move around the pitch, find the spots on the pitch where I could receive the ball, turn and make the damage to the opposition.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I was very, very similar and I do understand that. I believe we try to give him this but also to be an organised team defensively and offensively. Especially offensively. That’s why we ask Eden sometimes to put himself about in working hard.“I know that’s not his best quality. We understand that sometimes he needs to be fresh when he receives the ball. There is no doubt that we are on the same page. We want to find a common ground where he can get the best out of himself and the team can benefit from him.“Not only when he is scoring goals but when we have moments in the game where we need everybody to defend and everybody to press. That’s exactly what we are trying to do. Eden, I think, I have to be fair that he has been doing it.“He has been trying to do it. We are very demanding because we want to do it all the time. I am sure that we will find a compromise. I am not in a position to criticise a player like Eden. We believe, Maurizio said one thing, that the potential of Hazard is greater than the performances.“So he is not criticising what Eden is doing but he believes he can do much more for himself and the team. That’s all he is saying. This is the situation he wants Hazard to understand. Again, when we see his performances we look forward to seeing more and more.”last_img read more

San Diego International Auto Show kicks off

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) — The San Diego International Auto Show is scheduled to open for a five-day run Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center with EV Day, showcasing electric vehicles.Various types of electric vehicles will be on display, and experts from the California Center for Sustainable Energy will provide information on owning that type of car. The day’s activities are sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric.According to the utility, around 22,000 EVs are being driven on San Diego roadways, making the area one of the highest per-capita EV markets.The Chevrolet Bolt and Volt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Kia Soul EV and Optima Hybrid, and Nissan Leaf will be among the EVs on display.Overall, more than 400 vehicles from over 30 manufacturers will be showcased at the event — some of them just-released models, or types not yet in showrooms.According to show organizers, models making their debut include the 2018 Jeep Wrangler SUV, 2018 Nissan Kicks compact, the futuristic Toyota FV2 concept car and 2019 Lincoln MKC luxury compact. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego International Auto Show FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 28, 2017 December 28, 2017center_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 SettingsTest drives will be offered by 13 manufacturers, according to Kevin Leap, the show’s director.“The test drive is the single most effective tool we have to educate our audience,” Leap said. “Product specialists engage consumers as they experience the features and drivability of the cars without sales pressure, giving them a true appreciation for the vehicles and a first-hand experience.”The auto show opens daily at 10 a.m.Tickets are $15 for attendees over the age of 12. For seniors 62 and over and military with identification, entry will cost $12. Tickets for children ages 7-12 are $11, except for Sunday, when they’re free when accompanied by a paying adult. Children 6 and under are free all five days. San Diego International Auto Show kicks off KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:51 PMlast_img read more

San Diego Sheriffs Department agrees to revisit investigation of Rebecca Zahau death

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter San Diego Sheriff’s Department agrees to revisit investigation of Rebecca Zahau death KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 16, 2018center_img Updated: 8:20 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Sheriff’s Department announced Monday they will review their investigation of the death of Rebecca Zahau.“The Sheriff’s Department has continually indicated its willingness to reevaluate the Rebecca Zahau case if new evidence was presented. After a productive conversation with the family’s attorney, Keith Greer, Sheriff Bill Gore determined that, while no new evidence was presented, new analysis of existing evidence was presented in the recently concluded civil trial. In the spirit of transparency and open-mindedness, we have agreed to undertake a fresh review of the case, by investigators who have had no prior involvement with the case, to evaluate the new information. Without having the materials and reports from the civil attorney in front of us at this time, it is difficult to say how long this review will take; however, we expect it will take at least 90 days.When our investigation is complete, we will meet with the family’s attorney to discuss our findings. Ultimately, the cause and manner of death, in any case, is determined by the Medical Examiner. In San Diego County, the Medical Examiner’s Office is an independent entity and separate from the Sheriff’s Department.”Zahau was found hanged, naked, bound and gagged on July 13, 2011 at the historic Speckles Mansion in Coronado, owned by her boyfriend, pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai.Although her death was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the County Medical Examiner, the Zahau family disputed that finding and in a wrongful death suit, alleged that 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, murdered her after a sexual assault and then staged the killing to look like a suicide.In early April, a California civil jury found Adam Shacknai guilty and he was ordered to pay Zahau’s family $5 million for the loss of Zahau’s love and companionship.The panel has not yet determined whether they will order punitive damages.Adam Shacknai released a statement Monday following the announcement from the Sheriff’s Department.“I welcome a fresh review by the San Diego Sheriff’s Office. As I have maintained from the beginning, I was in no way involved with Rebecca’s death, which was part of a tragic sequence of events, that also involved the loss of my six year nephew Max. I will be pleased to assist the investigation in any way requested, as I have all along.” April 16, 2018last_img read more

Mylar balloons cause electrical explosion water leak in Chula Vista neighborhood

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Mylar balloons cause electrical explosion, water leak in Chula Vista neighborhood Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 11:13 PMcenter_img May 28, 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 SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — Residents in the 400 block of D Street were without water and power Monday night after several mylar balloons got stuck in nearby power lines, causing an explosion.The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. at 497 D Street when residents heard a series of explosions outside their homes.One woman reported smelling smoke inside her house and took her children outside for safety.According to David Albright, Battalion Chief of the Chula Vista Fire Department, the electrical explosions caused several water leaks prompting crews to shut both power and water off to two houses.No injuries were reported.Crews remained on scene repairing the damaged water and electrical lines. Posted: May 28, 2018last_img read more

Divers find body of 12yearold girl in San Vicente Reservoir

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 SettingsUPDATE (8/15/18) – After five long days of searching, authorities have confirmed that they have found the body of the missing 12-year-old girl in the San Vicente Reservoir. 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 SettingsDivers search for body of 12-year-old girl in San Vicente ReservoirLAKESIDE (KUSI) August 12, 2018 — Hope has been lost for the safe recovery of a little girl who fell of a drifting personal watercraft in the San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside, police said.Dispatchers were told just after 6 p.m. Saturday that a 12-year-old girl had gone off a WaveRunner boat in the lake, according to San Diego police Officer Sarah Foster.Multiple agencies responded to help search for the girl, including sheriff’s deputies, park rangers and San Diego lifeguards.The girl is believed to have gone under the boat after falling overboard, Foster said. Her life jacket was later found, but there was still no sign of her.Adults were in the boat at the time of the accident.San Diego lifeguard Lt. Rich Stropky said that the boat was not operating under its own power when it happened, and was drifting with the waves and wind.Rescue efforts were halted around sunset as conditions it became too dark for divers to safely continue.The lake has clearer water than most, a help for search crews, but it also has a lot of underwater debris, Stropky said.“There’s big huge rocks you can get snagged on, and there’s lots of trees and branches and that makes this type of thing always dangerous,” he said.Search crews were back in the water after daybreak Sunday, and the lake will be closed for recreation Sunday to aid in the recovery, according to Foster.Lifeguards spoke to the boat operator and were able to narrow down a location to restart the search using SONAR, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo, Lake San Vicente will be closed all day Sunday, Aug. 12. Several agencies are engaged in the recovery mission for a 12-year-old girl who went missing yesterday. pic.twitter.com/bJ7ef5HIRa— SDFD (@SDFD) August 12, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Sasha Foo center_img Posted: August 15, 2018 Divers find body of 12-year-old girl in San Vicente Reservoir August 15, 2018 Updated: 11:27 PMlast_img read more

San Diego DA clears police in custody death of Earl McNeil

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, San Diego DA clears police in custody death of Earl McNeil 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) – National City police and sheriff’s deputies will not face criminal charges in connection with the death of a drug-impaired mentally ill man following his combative arrest in the South Bay city last spring, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Friday.Earl McNeil, 40, was high on methamphetamine and had been fighting with officers when he stopped breathing and suffered heart failure, Stephan told reporters. McNeil died in a hospital 16 days later due to brain damage from lack of oxygen, she said.According to the medical examiner’s office, a high level of methamphetamine in McNeil’s system could have been enough to cause his death. McNeil was agitated for two hours starting when he first came into contact with National City police officers in front of their headquarters, and that could have led to heart and respiratory failure, Stephan said.Stephan played a 55-minute compilation video of the events following McNeil’s arrest, including paramedics trying to revive him as they prepared to take him in for medical and psychological evaluation.Before playing the video for reporters, Stephan informed McNeil’s family that officers and deputies would not be facing criminal charges in connection with his death. She said they were respectful of her decision, calling them “extremely wonderful people.”McNeil’s death prompted a series of protests and arrests at city council meetings in National City in recent months.The events that led to the one-time gang member’s death began shortly before 5:30 a.m. May 26, when McNeil called the National City Police Department’s emergency-communications center from a telephone near the entrance to NCPD headquarters.“During his conversation with the dispatcher, McNeil requested to speak with an officer and made paranoid, threatening and irrational statements,” according to a statement from the agency. “When officers arrived to speak with McNeil, he was very agitated (and) paranoid and said he was in possession of a controlled substance.”In order to “de-escalate the situation,” officers handcuffed McNeil, the memo states. At that point, he allegedly began resisting and spitting at the personnel, prompting them to put him in maximum restraints and take him to San Diego Central Jail.“During the intake process with county jail staff, McNeil exhibited signs of medical distress, and NCPD officers called for paramedics,” according to police. “Paramedics responded and treated McNeil at the jail. McNeil was transported by paramedics to UCSD Medical Center for additional treatment.”McNeil died in the hospital on June 11.Stephan said McNeil was an informant for the District Attorney’s Office in the 2003 murders of two women and the wounding of a 7-year-old boy in the Dr. J’s liquor store shooting. McNeil — who had a substantial criminal record — was a witness in the case and the only benefit he received was relocation money for his family to move out of San Diego due to safety concerns, the county’s top prosecutor said.Warning: The video contains content and strong language that viewers may find disturbing. September 21, 2018center_img Posted: September 21, 2018 Updated: 5:12 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

We Remember Walter Munk with Daves World of Wonder

first_img February 9, 2019 We Remember Walter Munk with Dave’s World of Wonder 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#DavesWorldofWonder: Walter Munk became a professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1939, provided forecasting for tides and waves that assisted the allies in World War II and helped found UC San Diego Posted: February 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom center_img Updated: 9:17 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

California bans state employees from traveling to South Carolina

first_img Updated: 3:47 PM Today California politicians banned travel to South Carolina for its “anti-gay” laws. Same idiots also applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom for traveling to El Salvador to stand in solidarity with that country. Guess they don’t care about the anti-gay laws in El Salvador. *sigh*— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) April 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 2, 2019 April 2, 2019 California’s State employees cannot travel on state business to South Carolina.Attorney General Xavier Beccerra imposed the rule of law because South Carolina now allows Christian based foster homes to deny placement of children, if the potential guardians are not of that faith.It is California law that the state can sanction travel to states that restrict access to gays, transgender people, or in this case, faiths from the rights of the general population.The South Carolina law is likely to be challenged in court, and is judged by many to be patently unconstitutional.The Office of the Attorney General in the State of California Department of Justice released the following information regarding the decision to ban state funded travel to South Carolina:SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that, effective April 15, 2019, California will prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to South Carolina as a result of a discriminatory provision buried deep within a general budget bill enacted on July 5, 2018 in South Carolina. The law, H-4950 Paragraph 38.29, enables private faith-based child-placing agencies to discriminate against those who do not conform to their religious beliefs or moral convictions, including members of the LGBTQ community. Although H-4950 does not mention sexual orientation explicitly, it is written broadly enough to authorize such discrimination, subjecting it to the provisions of California’s Assembly Bill 1887 (AB 1887).“The State of South Carolina recently enacted a measure that sanctions discrimination against families in the placement of children in need of homes. The State of California stands strongly against any form of discrimination. AB 1887 authorizes my office to make that promise real,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Pursuant to AB 1887, California will now bar state-funded or sponsored travel to South Carolina.”South Carolina’s discriminatory measure comes on the heels of other actions taken in the state prior to the enactment of H-4950. Earlier in 2018, South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster requested that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services waive all applicable anti-discrimination regulations to permit the faith-based foster care agency Miracle Hill, as well as other such agencies receiving public funds, to discriminate on any basis consistent with their religious beliefs. As a result of these discriminatory laws, Miracle Hill is able to collect information on the faith of those applying to be foster parents and use it to reject families who want to provide foster care solely on the basis of those beliefs. In one instance, these policies led to the exclusion of a Jewish woman who simply sought to mentor foster youth. This is particularly egregious in light of the fact that Miracle Hill accounted for 15% of all South Carolina foster placements and is reportedly the largest provider of foster families for children who do not have significant special needs in the state. Shortly after requesting an exemption from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Governor McMaster then issued an executive order propping up this discriminatory practice. In January 2019, the Trump Administration granted the waiver requested by Governor McMaster, sanctioning this form of discrimination in South Carolina’s foster care system.AB 1887, which took effect in 2017, prohibits state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states with laws that authorize or require discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. AB 1887’s restriction on using state funds for travel applies to California state agencies, departments, boards, authorities, and commissions, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California, the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the California State University.For additional information on AB 1887, including the list of states subject to its provisions, visit: www.oag.ca.gov/ab1887.center_img California bans state employees from traveling to South Carolina KUSI Newsroom South Carolina recently enacted a law allowing child-placing agencies to discriminate against prospective parents. We stand strongly against any form of discrimination, so, effective April 15, California will restrict state-funded travel to South Carolina. https://t.co/yUhXt8y3gS pic.twitter.com/eodf91atly— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) April 2, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Golf Tournament and Gala At Del Mar Country Club raises 15M for

first_imgGolf Tournament and Gala At Del Mar Country Club raises $1.5M for Navy SEALs DEL MAR (KUSI) – The eight-annual Del Mar Country Club Golf Tournament and Dinner Gala raised $1.5 million to assist Navy SEALs and their families through the SOF Support Foundation, the event organizers announced Thursday.Former 60 Minutes reporter and long-time war correspondent Lara Logan and retired Navy Vice Admiral David Buss served as the gala’s keynote speakers on Saturday.The event included an 18-hole golf scramble at the Del Mar Country Club followed by a dinner gala and live and silent auctions, which featured a trip to New York City with U.S. Open Tennis Tournament tickets included and dinner for 10 with retired NFL defensive lineman Michael Strahan at the Pamplemousse Grille among other prizes.“Thanks to the selfless generosity of our loyal supporters … we’re going to be able to further expand our mental-health and family-counseling programs for the men and women who defend our country and so badly need it,” said SOF Support Foundation vice chairperson Dominique Plewes.The golf tournament and gala were co-hosted by Plewes, Madeleine Pickens, Geniya and Doug Manchester and Jenny Craig.Event sponsors included American Airlines, Konica-Minolta, the Burr Family Foundation, Michael and Victoria Fitzpatrick and Debby and Hal Jacobs.“San Diego is an incredible city and to see everyone rally together to raise so much money for our servicemen and women is amazing to see,” Pickens said.Prior to this year’s tournament, former war correspondent and the tournament’s keynote speaker, Lara Logan, told us all about the event. 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 SettingsRELATED STORIES: Del Mar Country Club holds Golf Tournaments to benefit Navy SEALs Posted: April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img April 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Provides Views on Final Farm Bill to Ag Committee Leadership

first_imgSt. Louis, Mo… As Congress continues to debate potential solutions to the fiscal cliff issue, the American Soybean Association (ASA) reached out today to leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees to provide its views on potential provisions in a comprehensive five-year farm bill.In a letter from ASA President Danny Murphy, ASA restated its support for many of the provisions included in both the House and Senate versions of the farm bill, and expressed specific support for the Senate’s Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program, which will provide important protection against reductions in both price and yield. ASA also pointed out major drawbacks to the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) option included in the House bill identified in a recent analysis by AgRisk Management, LLC.The PLC program “establishes much higher and disproportionate reference or target prices that bear little relation to recent average market prices or production costs,” stated ASA. “Moreover, by tying payments to crops that are actually grown in the current year, the PLC option has the potential to significantly distort planting decisions, production, commodity prices, and government program costs in the event market prices fall. ASA noted that, according to the analysis, “soybean farmers would receive less protection than producers of other crops, and the soybean share of crop production in almost all regions would be adversely affected.”ASA’s letter concluded that “if this option is included in the final farm bill, payments must be decoupled from current-year production and tied to historical crop acreages.”A transcript of the letter is available by clicking here.ASA remains committed to a farm bill that protects planting flexibility, and protects and strengthens the current federal crop insurance program. ASA also strongly supports streamlining and eliminating duplication of conservation programs, authorization of the MAP and FMD export promotion programs, and renewal of research, biofuels, and biobased product program authorities.ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 30 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Danny Murphy, ASA President, 601-906-3809, dpmurphy@bellsouth.netPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

DC Press Feds Detail Effects of Looming Shutdown Farm Bill Expiration

first_imgWith only two weekdays until a simultaneous government shutdown and farm bill expiration at midnight Tuesday, both Capitol Hill publication Roll Call and the Congressional Research Service (CRS) have examined the ramifications of the one-two punch on agriculture. Roll Call this week released an article detailing the potential impacts of a government shutdown on the U.S. Department of Agriculture, while CRS last week issued a report, pasted below, on which programs authorized or funded through the extended 2008 Farm Bill would continue, and which would cease in the event Congress allows the bill to expire on Monday night.With regard to the farm bill, the House has yet to begin the necessary procedure of marrying the two bills it passed as a result of separating the farm bill into separate food and farm pieces. It will need to do so before a bill can be sent to conference with the Senate. Additionally, Speaker John Boehner has yet to name conferees for those negotiations. ASA and other farm groups have been vocal in our demands that conferees be named and the process move forward.As for the Continuing Resolution, the fate of the CR in both chambers rests on the Senate’s ability to move its version off the floor and back to the House, and the House’s ability to pass a resolution that will likely lack its provision to defund the Affordable Care Act.As the process moves forward, ASA will keep members updated on developments, as well as projected impacts on soybean farmers.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Expiration-and-Extension-of-the-2008-Farm-Bill.pdf”]last_img read more

Enlightening curious young minds

first_img• What: Community Science Night, presented by Seattle’s Pacific Science Center staff members.• Where: Cascade Middle School main gymnasium, 13900 N.E. 28th St.• When: 4 to 8 p.m. today. Free raffles each 30 minutes. Live shows: 5 to 5:40 p.m. “Radical Reactions”; 6:30 to 7:10 p.m. “Super Cool Science Show.”• Cost: Free.• Information: http://www.evergreenps.org; http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org.Paul Hoffine, 12, dodged the downpours Thursday afternoon as he hiked with a friend back to Cascade Middle School.Spotting a rainbow, Paul explained its dynamics: Water droplets in the atmosphere act as tiny prisms that split sunlight into sharp bands of color, he told his companion.“That’s why there’s no gold at the end,” Paul concluded, safely inside Cascade’s main gymnasium.Yet there was treasure for the Cascade sixth-grader, and dozens more youngsters and families who flocked to the east Vancouver gym.It was Community Science Night — which repeats from 4 to 8 p.m. today — a traveling show of hands-on displays and live shows presented by the staff of Seattle’s Pacific Science Center.The free event is part of Pacific’s Science on Wheels outreach program. With state and local school support, it’s made the rounds in all 39 Washington counties since the U.S. gasoline crunch in the 1970s crimped family travel.At the event, children and their parents can pop plastic human organs and bones into proper position in several skeletons and mannequins. They can compare animal parts with human versions, and learn about parasites, irrigation, climate and energy production. They can test their body balance, piece together molecules that shape common chemicals, and learn intriguing aspects of bees, bugs and other critters.last_img read more

Portland police reopening Gore investigation

first_imgPORTLAND – Police say they are re-opening an investigation into allegations by a Portland massage therapist that former Vice President Al Gore groped her at a hotel in 2006.In a brief statement issued Wednesday, the Portland Police Bureau did not say why it was re-opening the investigation. Police had earlier said they consider the case closed because there was no evidence.Also on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Gore said the former vice president “unequivocally and emphatically” denies making unwanted sexual advances toward the woman.last_img read more

David W Hedrick I like to fight for what I believe

first_imgThe Columbian is profiling the six candidates who are running for the open 3rd Congressional District seat. With Democratic U.S. Rep. Brian Baird’s retirement from Congress, the seat representing Southwest Washington has grabbed national attention as one of a handful of toss-up congressional races in the nation.Republicans see a chance to retake control of the U.S. House and their first opportunity in a dozen years to win the 3rd. Democrats hope to hold onto the seat by coalescing around a single leading candidate. Voters’ first chance to weigh in on this important race will come in the Aug. 17 top-two primary. Ballots will be mailed late next week.In conjunction with this series, The Columbian is publishing all the candidates’ responses to its questionnaire on major issues that will face the next Congress. Those responses are available at http://www.columbian.com/politics.o Wednesday: David Castillo, Republican.o Thursday: Denny Heck, Democrat.o Friday: Jaime Herrera, Republican.o Today: David W. Hedrick, Republican; Cheryl Crist, Democrat; Norma Jean Stevens, Independent.Republicano Age: 31.o Residence: Camas.o Occupation: Management accountant.o Political background: None.o Campaign funds raised: $41,358.o Quote: “I am not a career politician! Like you, I’m sick of career politicians bankrupting our nation and stealing our liberty.”o Campaign website: www.david4congress.comDavid W. Hedrick found his voice last August at a Vancouver town hall meeting on health care reform. He hasn’t stopped voicing his views since. A self-described Tea Party Republican and a Marine Corps veteran, Hedrick is at ease on a stage with microphone in hand. A video clip of his tirade at U.S. Rep. Brian Baird’s August 2009 town hall on health care reform, at which he warned the federal government to “stay away from my kids” and told Baird, “You don’t have the right to tell me who I pick for my health insurance,” went viral on YouTube, receiving more than a million hits.last_img read more

Several days later car still stuck in duplex

first_imgThe driver of a black Volkswagen Jetta lingered to stare Monday morning, before making a right turn. The driver and passenger in a passing gray -Isuzu Rodeo levied lasting glances, mouths agape, as they passed Sandra Weaver’s home — the duplex with the dirty white Chrysler stuck out the front door.The car has beckoned onlookers since it slammed into the duplex near the corner of Norris Road and East 17th Street late Friday night, driven by a man police say they stopped pursuing minutes earlier.“It’s an attraction,” and an unwelcome one, Weaver said Monday, standing in front of the home with her arms wrapped around yellow police tape.Later, on Monday night, the situation was the same.“This is ridiculous,” said Christy Grimes, 35, whose apartment next door to Weaver’s sustained considerable damage.Three nights after the crash, the car was still jammed into Grimes’ front door and she said she hadn’t slept much since the crash.“If (the driver) would have been 10 to 15 inches to the right, he would have killed my 9-year-old son,” she said.Alex Grimes, 9, had been sitting on the couch near the point of impact, and his friend Gavin Jones had been sitting on the floor near Alex.last_img read more

Orchards Plaza with its quaint mural falls into disuse

first_imgWhat time is it, over in Orchards?When a Columbian reporter swung by on a recent lunch hour, the impressive wrought-iron quadruple-faced timepiece at the very visible corner of Fourth Plain and Covington roads said: 11:56, 12:04, 7:38 and 11:55.The actual time was 12:40 p.m.“My question is, why can we not keep the clock at the right time?” a reader named Tony wrote to ask us. “Also, why do we not use the square to promote community actions? How about some entertainment? How about anything? This seems like a lot of money went to, well, nothing?”Here’s a quick answer to the easier question — about the profusion of time zones at the spot known as Orchards Plaza.“The clock has some major flaws that prevent it from being maintained either in the traditional fashion or remotely,” Vancouver public works spokeswoman Loretta Callahan said in an e-mail. “Due to the way it was designed and built, resetting or correcting the clock takes a series of service visits by a licensed maintenance electrician. The city is looking at whether this can be corrected, or whether it should no longer be maintained due to budget and staffing constraints.”Which leads us to Tony’s broader question about expense. Most of Orchards Plaza’s homey trimmings were donated by local businesses and residents. The community square cost a lot to build only if you include the cost of the overall roadway realignment that spurred its existence.That $8.5 million project took years of planning and construction before it was done in the summer of 2002. At that time, the property was outside the Vancouver city limits, in unincorporated Clark County. The upgrade brought curbs, left-turn lanes, concrete-block retaining walls, traffic signals, sidewalks, new lighting, bike lanes and more to a rural crossroads that was overwhelmed by the growing onrush of modern urban traffic.last_img read more

Vancouver envisions rules for collective pot gardens

first_img? Who: Vancouver City Council.? What: Public hearing on an ordinance to restrict collective medical marijuana gardens to areas zoned for heavy or light industry.? When: 7 p.m. Dec. 3.? Where: City Hall, 415 W. 6th Street.The Vancouver City Council tentatively agreed last week to consider restricting collective medical marijuana gardens to areas zoned for heavy and light industry.The council will do a first reading of the ordinance Monday and can send it on to a public hearing, 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.During a workshop on Nov. 19, councilors asked why the proposed ordinance was so restrictive. In addition to being in heavy or light industrial areas, gardens would have to be at least 1,000 feet from schools, community centers, public parks, licensed day-care facilities and other collective gardens.As one councilor asked, “Are there any spaces left?”Heavy industrial and light industrial zones include areas such as the Port of Vancouver, Columbia Business Center and Columbia Tech business park.Community and Economic Development Director Chad Eiken said he felt the ordinance struck a balance between allowing them everywhere and not allowing them anywhere, approaches taken by other jurisdictions in the state with mixed results.Councilors asked City Attorney Ted Gathe how the approval of Initiative 502 will affect medical marijuana use, and he said that remains to be seen.I-502 addressed recreational use, Gathe said, as it decriminalized the possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older. The law changes Dec. 6, but the state has a year to establish guidelines for growing, processing and selling it. The state has also been waiting to see if the federal government plans to intervene.last_img read more

Police 4 wounded in Bourbon Street shooting

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Gunshots erupted in a crowd of bead-wearing, drink-carrying late-night revelers on Bourbon Street during the countdown to Mardi Gras, wounding four people and sending bystanders running and screaming. Hours later on Sunday, though, the same stretch was packed with partiers who said they weren’t letting the violence dampen their fun.In a video taken by a witness Saturday night and released the next day, the shootings are preceded by footage of people standing shoulder to shoulder in New Orleans’ famed tourist district, with some holding green plastic cups and wearing gaudy hats or masks. A section of the frame highlighted by police shows people jostling and speaking with angry expressions.Police said in an email that the video depicts an argument involving one of the shooting victims and the suspects. Two men are seen leaving the argument and returning with a third, then approaching the victim as at least one of the suspects begins shooting, according to police. Four shots are heard in rapid succession, followed by screams as some in the crowd stagger into one another and a nearby wall. A man whom police identified as one of the suspects is shown walking through the crowd with his arm extended as the gunshots are heard, though it’s difficult to make out a weapon.Police said Sunday that they were seeking the three men.The shootings wounded two males and two females. One male victim hit in the abdomen, thigh and pelvis was in guarded condition Sunday after surgery the previous night, New Orleans Police spokesman Frank B. Robertson said. The second male was shot in the buttocks, one female was shot on the chin and right foot, and the second female was shot on the toe, according to Robertson’s statement. Those three were in stable condition. No ages or names were released.The shooting came on the last weekend of partying before Mardi Gras, the Fat Tuesday celebration that is the signature tourist event of the year in New Orleans. And for thousands, the partying continued despite the shooting. Parades rolled under cloudy skies Sunday before crowds of onlookers, though the shootings were on the minds of some revelers.last_img read more

Weather Eye Its lazy summer for weathermen

first_imgNow I know why weathermen take vacations this time of the year — with little change in our weather for a few days and no storms on the horizon, there’s not much to talk about.The forecast is an easy one, sunshine and warm temperatures and then a bit of cooling with those morning clouds midweek. No rain on the horizon for the next couple of weeks — maybe the rest of the month. But living here in the great Northwest, we always know that may be subject to change.So, nothing to talk about, eh? I can always find something weather-related to talk about. How about reviewing rainfall amounts from June as promised from your friends and neighbors?I had 2.10 inches here in Salmon Creek; Claudia Chiasson, Carson, 1.74 inches; Tyler Mode, Battle Ground, 2.54 inches; Judy Darke, Felida, 1.65 inches; Bob Starr, Cougar, 3.39 inches; Robin Ruzek, Lakeshore, 1.88 inches; Pete Conrad near Tukes Mountain, 2.52 inches; Merle Moore, two miles west of Yacolt 3.47 inches; Bill Sobolewski, Livingston Mountain, 3.17 inches; Tom Dixon, Amboy, 3.11 inches; Nancy Ellifrit, Mount Vista, 2.71 inches; and Ellen Smart, Ridgefield, 1.75 inches.Rainfall was just about average for the month of June. July is our driest month, with just under an inch of rain likely here in Vancouver. So unless we get a surprise thunderstorm or some marine drizzle here and there, the rainfall reports next month probably won’t be much.last_img read more