September 2019

This Day In History Planet Neptune

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:johann gottfried galle, neptune Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGerman astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune; the year was 1846…. Also this day, in 1939 Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, died in London. last_img

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Alden McLaughlin Announced As Caymans Premier for the Second Time

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCayman Islands, May 29, 2017 – George Town – The decision of who will be the Premier of the Cayman Islands and form the new government has been rethought and announced three times since the general election, last week Wednesday. This third time might be a charm.Today, it was announced that the Premier will in fact be Hon. Alden McLaughlin and Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush. This was the initial announcement that was made last week, following a meeting with both parties where the People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) and the Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) agreed to work together in the interest of national unity.Shortly after that announcement was made, news broke that the agreement fell apart and the Premier would be CDP Leader, McKeeva Bush. The decision of who will govern is now back to it’s initial agreement, and this one seems to be final.The two long-time political rivals met with Governor Helen Kilpatrick to confirm that they would be forming a coalition government of “national unity” for the next four years.Mr. McLaughlin put together a 12-person government consisting of all seven elected Progressives party members, including himself, all three elected Cayman Democratic Party members and two independents. The independent members were Prospect MLA Austin Harris and West Bay South MLA Tara Rivers.Progressives Deputy Leader Moses Kirkconnell was confirmed as Deputy Premier.Mr. McLaughlin said he was seeking cooperation from two additional independent members in joining the government, but has yet to receive confirmation from those individuals.“I’m still hopeful we get on board a couple more of the independents so that we truly have a government of national unity,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “I didn’t want four years of battling over nonsense and personality clashes.”The Legislative Assembly is to meet Wednesday morning to swear in its new members, namely Mr. Bush as Speaker of the House and Mr. McLaughlin as Premier.#magneticmedianews#flipflopincaymangovernment Related Items:#flipflopincaymangovernment, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Minister Pintard Gives Report on Commonwealth Youth Ministers Meeting

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 16, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard said in the House of Assembly, on November 15, 2017, that shortly after his appointment as Minister responsible for Youth Affairs, he received an invitation by the Commonwealth Secretariat to attend the 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting, held in Kampala, Uganda.“This invitation permitted me along with members of my delegation Mr. Darron Turnquest, Director of Youth Affairs, and Ms. Keturah Babb, Youth Delegate – to explore opportunities for strategic partnerships,” Minister Pintard said.Minister Pintard noted that it was important that public officials and those who are sponsored by the “People’s Money” provide the basis for expenditure on travel to such meetings.“We are further obligated to report on the outcomes we expect and what the terms of reference were for the meeting,” he added.   “Please note that the representation by the Government of The Bahamas in this forum provided an opportunity for my Ministry to develop and adopt, based on the Government’s agenda, clear, transparent and Commonwealth-endorsed approaches to youth participation, youth empowerment and development.”Minister Pintard said that they also explored how to create youth networks, inclusive of utilizing national youth councils.“Furthermore, we were able to increase our capacity to improve and/or create guidelines for partnerships between my Ministry, representatives of youth organizations and other youth governing bodies within and outside of The Bahamas,” he stated.In addition, to the previously stated objectives, Minister Pintard said, the purpose of the meeting was three-fold.The first objective, he said, was to review and assess programs in national youth development; share, celebrate and adopt good practice strategies, solutions and models; and identify new priorities for action to advance youth development in the Commonwealth – in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015.The second broad objective, he said, was to explore the holistic potential of youth and their role in national development and in the youth sector.“Furthermore participants at this conference gathered to consider emerging youth themes, and how they might contribute to the global youth development agenda,” Minister Pintard said.Thirdly and finally, he said, the meeting gave participants an opportunity to engage with international organizations and the private sector on strategies for technical and financial support for national and regional youth development.“I am happy to report that this meeting of Youth Ministers, and Youth Stakeholders and International Organizations achieved this,” he said.Minister Pintard pointed out that during the meetings, members of the Bahamian delegation were able to review current youth development tools used internationally, pursue resources and learn about potential access to professional support available to member states, which are affiliated with Commonwealth Youth Program (CYP).These meetings, he said, proved to be successful for the entire team.“We in the Ministry were able to secure numerous professional partnerships and strategic alliances with other Member States and International Organizations,” Minister Pintard said.   “The Bahamas delegation had an opportunity to critically assess its own initiatives and the others presented, that we thought might be useful in The Bahamas.“We were able to determine how we could better equip youth practitioners, young people, themselves, and, of course, how to guide the implementation of the National Youth Policy – which has been entrained for at least a decade.”“Further opportunities were granted to investigate various avenues for technical assistance from represented agencies and further assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat,” Minister Pintard added. “I am happy to report that significant inroads made during the recent trip to Uganda.”By: Eric Rose (BIS)Photo Caption:  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard speaks in the House of Assembly, on November 15, 2017, about The Bahamas delegation’s attendance to the recent 9th Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ Meeting, held in Kampala, Uganda.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose)last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Timothy Smith 24 Named Top Rookie Producer at Better Homes and

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 15, 2018 – Nassau – Timothy Smith, 24, in his first year in real estate earned honours as rookie sales associate of the year at Better Homes and Gardens MCR Group, one of The Bahamas’ leading real estate firms with offices or representatives in Nassau and on several Family Islands.Smith did it, he said, by putting in days that began before sunrise starting with e-mails and researching the market and lasted long into the night attending functions and making connections.   Smith credits much of his success to the mentorship of one of the most successful brokers in Bahamian real estate, Mario Carey, president and founder of Better Homes and Garden MCR Group Real Estate.“Mario took me under his wing.  He has been great,” said Smith.   “He really wants to see your career grow and he shares the stuff he did as an up and coming young realtor.   He also shows you how to get out of your comfort zone when you need to if you want to be successful.”Smith had another advantage. He grew up in a family of real estate developers and was on site to witness the buildings go up and deals closed.“In an age when everyone relies more and more on doing business online, Tim has an advantage in being able to work social media and get those likes translated into sales.   He doesn’t slumber on his laurels but gets out there and networks the old-fashioned way, letting people know he is in real estate and if they ever have a need, he’d be very pleased to assist them,” said Carey.  “It works.”Carey described Smith as a disciplined and dedicated, fast learner.“It has been a pleasure to see Tim grow and develop an amazing amount of understanding of the market along with self-confidence this past year.   Tim is a very likeable person which works in his favour with clients as well as within the office.   Everyone likes him and likes being around him.”“It’s all about hard work and the willingness to do it,” notes Smith.   “Real estate isn’t easy.  There are more than 700 agents and brokers.   A major key is differentiating yourself from the others and determining how the service you provide is different.   There is only so much property and there are serious shortages in key areas like housing for millennials.”Smith believes the importance of millennials as investors and in national development is under-rated.   He is the same young entrepreneur who was widely quoted from a non-partisan stance saying he believed millennials, many of whom were voting for the first time, made the difference in the May election in The Bahamas and he hoped younger people would be appointed to boards and recognized as significant contributors to national development.“The greatest shortage we have in housing right now is for people like me, those between 24 or 25 and up to 34 who are working hard whether in a trade or a profession and do not want to rent.   They want to own and until they can afford to do that many continue to live at home,” said the winning young agent.   “It is an under-tapped market with incredible potential for developers to create offerings, at a starter range with amenities and activities in a community, designed for millennials.   It would also help to stop the brain drain because one of the reasons Bahamians say they don’t come home after college is they cannot afford the housing and they would have to move back in with family.”Which is exactly what Smith is doing while he – young and successful in two fields – continues to live out his dream of conducting business.3Release: DPA Newslast_img read more

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Unai Emery is keen on using youngsters vs Tottenham

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery, revealed that he won’t hesitate to grant some minutes to the younger players on his squad vs Tottenham.Maybe some of us didn’t have enough with the very first North London Derby of the season, we are going to get another one in the Carabao Cup but manager Unai Emery revealed that he may not use his top players against Tottenham on Wednesday.The upcoming second North London Derby of the season will grant us a very different light compared to what we got a few weeks ago, mostly because Arsenal is thinking more on staying alive in the Premier League rather than winning the Carabao Cup.Just this Tuesday he offered a press conference in which he discussed why he is considering on using more youngsters for this match, which is set to be played at the Emirates Stadium.“Our first idea is that we play with the best players that we can use in this derby,” Emery told a news conference on Tuesday via Four Four Two.“The opposition is very big and it’s demanding a big performance from us tomorrow. We can use some young players because we think with a big performance, they can help us win.”“Sunday for us is a big reality check in our way. We need to improve and also we need to continue doing our way in our process.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“It’s not a good result but this reality gives us more motivation to continue to work hard, finding a new thing to work on each day, and also it makes us demand a lot from ourselves in the way we work on this way.”“We need to improve by not conceding as many chances to the opposition,” he added.“A clean sheet is very important in each match. Tomorrow is the next. A scoring moment is very important and we are second for that in the Premier League. But we need to do better in our balance defensively, and our hard work now is this,” he concluded.💬 “I think showing emotion is very important. I think football is emotion. And in a derby, maybe this emotion is greater.”👇 @UnaiEmery_ looks ahead to tomorrow’s #CarabaoCup tie— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 18, 2018last_img read more

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Al Hayam says Bahrain want to progress beyond the Group Stage

first_imgThe Bahrain international wants to see his team advance to the next round of the Asian Cup for the first time in 15 years.The last time Bahrain made it out of the Group Stage of the Asian Cup was in the China edition in 2004.The team reached the Semifinals that year, in their best result so far.And now footballer Waleed Al Hayam says he hopes his team can make it out of Group A in the 2019 edition.“I think it’s a good time to qualify for the next round,” he said according to Ghana Soccer.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“We have a new team, we have a young team, they are thirsty to make something in this tournament. We have only three or four players above 30 so it’s a good time to qualify now.”“(2004) is a really good memory, it was a golden age for Bahraini football, and we hope that we make something similar to what they did,” he added.“We had confidence from before that game, that’s why we got the good result,” declared the 47-cap central defender.”“We have been together two years, so that’s why we are playing as a good group,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Suspect arrested in connection to fatal National City shooting

first_imgSuspect arrested in connection to fatal National City shooting Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities announced an arrest Friday in connection with a fatal South Bay shooting.Robert Alan Garduno, 27, was booked Wednesday on suspicion of murdering a 26-year-old man in a neighborhood in the northern reaches of National City, according to police.Patrol officers responding to reports of a shooting and a person down in the 800 block of Eta Street found the mortally wounded victim, Lt. Greg Seward said. The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification.Witnesses told police the shooter fled to the south in a vehicle that possibly was being driven by an accomplice.Homicide investigators believe the slaying may have stemmed from adispute at a market in the 1700 block of South 43rd Street in the Shelltownarea of San Diego, a few blocks north of where the victim was found, Sewardsaid.A second suspect in the case is in jail on unrelated charges and asyet has not been charged in connection with the fatal shooting.Garduno was being held in San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 30, 2018 March 30, 2018last_img read more

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Police Chief David Nisleit holds meet and greet event in University City

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 SettingsKUSI’s Ginger Jeffries sat down with newly-appointed San Diego Chief of Police David Nisleit for an exclusive interview on his path to becoming San Diego’s head policeman.Business owners, CEOs, nonprofit leaders and other professionals have been invited to participate in a fireside chat with Chief Nisleit Thursday, where he discussed leadership insights and his career path from business to public safety.Related Video: Meeting SDPD’s new Chief of Police David NisleitThe event is part of the Center for Wealth and Legacy’s Leadership Insights Forum. May 10, 2018 Updated: 6:18 PM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 10, 2018center_img Ginger Jeffries Police Chief David Nisleit holds meet and greet event in University City Ginger Jeffries, last_img read more

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Poway Unified School District votes to install security cameras on campuses

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 SettingsThe Poway Unified School District is moving forward with upgrading and installing security cameras at its campuses.Board members made the decision at a special meeting last night.The Board awarded a contract to “Standard Electronics” for the upgrade and installation of security cameras at multiple District sites. In phase 1, District staff will work with Standard Electronics to upgrade/install and maintain existing security video systems at multiple District sites:AbraxaDel NorteMt. CarmelPoway HighRancho BernardoWestviewBernardo HeightsBlack MountainMeadowbrookTwin PeaksDesign39 CampusDistrict OfficeThe work will occur over the summer and be completed before the new school year begins.Security camera Phase 1 will cost $482,016 from Fund 17, a special reserve fund.Meanwhile the security facilities assessment of all District sites currently being done by Guidepost Solutions should be complete next week.Other plans that are part of next year’s proposed budget include adding more counselors, psychologists and hiring a campus supervisor at each middle school.If parents want to get involved in what the district is planning to do, they’re encouraged to apply to be on a safety committee.For more information: www.powayusd.com Poway Unified School District votes to install security cameras on campuses Posted: June 6, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 1:57 PMcenter_img Elizabeth Alvarez June 6, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Tijuana River Pollution CrossBorder Sewage Meeting

first_imgTijuana River Pollution: Cross-Border Sewage Meeting June 25, 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 SettingsOn Friday there was a meeting is specifically to discuss the Tijuana River and the constant trans-border spills and resulting beach closures with representative on both sides of the border.Lauren Phinney sat down in studio with Paloma Aguirre, Coastal and Marine Director, to discuss the sewage problem and the proposed solutions. Lauren Phinney, Lauren Phinney Posted: June 25, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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West Fire victims receive property tax relief free copies of vital records

first_imgWest Fire victims receive property tax relief & free copies of vital records KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Assessor / Recorder / County Clerk’s office was on hand at the Alpine Library Local Assistance Center assisting West Fire victims with their recovery. Since the Governor proclaimed a state of emergency in San Diego County due to the West Fire, the County Assessor / Recorder can now legally provide property tax relief to owners of properties damaged by the West Fire and provide replacement of vital records without charge. Assessor Dronenburg said, “My office is part of the well-coordinated County of San Diego effort to help victims of the West Fire begin their rebuilding process.” Dronenburg continued, “My team is ready to assist West Fire victims at any of the five Assessor / Recorder locations including Chula Vista, El Cajon, Kearny Mesa, San Marcos and Downtown San Diego. We are also available by phone at 858-505-6262 or via email at arcc.fgg@sdcounty.ca.gov.” Property Tax Relief Properties damaged or destroyed in the West Fire may be eligible for property tax relief. Assessor staff can assist with applications for reduced assessment. If your property has suffered damage of $10,000 or more as a result of the recent fire, you are eligible for a reduction in your property taxes. Qualified taxpayers may also defer their next installment of property taxes if they have filed a claim for property tax reduction. If approved, your property will be reappraised and you will receive a corrected tax bill or refund. The application must be filed within 12 months of the occurrence of the damage.Replacement of Vital Records Recorder/Clerk staff is on hand with applications for replacement of vital records. Certified copies of recorded birth, marriage, and death certificates, as well as real estate documents will be provided at no cost to individuals who lost such records as a result of the West Fire. July 10, 2018 Posted: July 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Cultural landmark freeway signs along I15 unveiled

first_img KUSI Newsroom Cultural landmark freeway signs along I-15 unveiled KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of state and local officials unveiled freeway signs today along Interstate 15 indicating the city’s Little Saigon District as a cultural landmark.The city of San Diego designated the Little Saigon area, which sits between the neighborhoods of City Heights and Talmadge, in 2013.Assembly members Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez and Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, crafted a resolution last year to formally recognize the area as a cultural landmark.“Little Saigon is a vibrant cultural hub in the city of San Diego,” Gloria said. “It’s a place we should take pride in and increase its visibility. These wayfinding signs along I-15 will properly recognize Little Saigon and encourage more folks to visit and support the district.”Gloria attended the unveiling ceremony alongside City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez and Little Saigon Foundation representative Su Nguyen. The signs will eventually go up near the I-15 freeway exits for El Cajon Boulevard.“The cultural landmark freeway signs for the Little Saigon District are an exciting opportunity to bring even more visibility to this vibrant area,” Gomez said. “This is an example of strong local and state partnerships to strengthen our communities.” February 1, 2019center_img Posted: February 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:53 AMlast_img read more

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And Two If By Sea Documentary film premieres at San Diego Theatre

first_img Posted: April 18, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new documentary film told through CJ & Damien Hobgoods career.They said it a tale of sibling rivalry and struggle for identity. “Sure there are serious issues in it, but its built to be fun and not take its self too seriously,” said Damien Hobgood.For more information click here. And Two If By Sea Documentary film premieres at San Diego Theatre Box April 18, 2019center_img Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 12:50 PMlast_img read more

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Shelter of Hope travels throughout San Diego for the American Red Cross

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 Shelter of Hope is traveling throughout San Diego raising funds and awareness to support local disaster relief from May 1-8 for the Red Cross.According to the Red Cross nearly every 24 hours the Red Cross responds to a disaster right here in San Diego and Imperial Counties, from devastating home fires to wildfires to floods and more. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter May 1, 2019 Updated: 12:03 PM KUSI Newsroom center_img Shelter of Hope travels throughout San Diego for the American Red Cross Posted: May 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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SARAI 2014 Mechanization Efforts

first_imgCalibrating the planter for soybean planting (Credit: ASA/WISHH)To help increase crop quality and increase post-harvest yields, the Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI) project, funded by USDA and managed by the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program, is introducing two mechanized implements during the 2014 crop year.Farmers receiving training on how to use mechanical planters for spring planting. (Credit: ASA/WISHH)Mechanization will reduce the amount of physical labor and time farmers will spend producing soybeans.  In previous growing seasons, hand-labor was used to plant, harvest and thresh the soybean crop, which contributed to yields and crop quality that were lower than desired.In collaboration with Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAIL) and local farmer co-ops, ASA/WISHH is providing planters and training to farmers, many of whom have not used mechanized planters before, which will help achieve greater results. Through the use of mechanical planters, the concept of row-cropping is being introduced to farmers.  Row-cropping will assist with cultivation, weed control, irrigation and harvesting.Stationary threshers will replace sticks and pitch forks and prevent unnecessary labor as well as damaged soybeans. These small threshers will be used during the upcoming fall harvest to help increase post-harvest yields.last_img read more

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Man killed in Battle Ground accident

first_imgBattle Ground police late Wednesday night were investigating a fatal accident that reportedly occurred in a bus yard off Grace Avenue.Paramedics and police rushed to the scene about 8:20 p.m., and the first crews arrived about two minutes later, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.A man was run over and killed, an official said, at The Columbian’s press time.More information should be coming later from the Battle Ground Police Department.last_img

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House debris over Florida sinkhole demolished and removed

first_imgSEFFNER, Fla. — A backhoe chipped away Monday at the remains of a house where a sinkhole opened up and swallowed a man, but there was little certainty as to what would come next for the site of the freak geological incident.Though thousands of sinkholes erupt in Florida each year, most are small, few affect homes, and even fewer cause deaths. The sinkhole in the Tampa suburb of Seffner, however, was different.Crews still were working to remove enough of the home to see more clearly inside the hole and determine what steps would come after the property is razed. There has been no definitive word as to whether the hole will be filled or whether the property could be built on again. But some experts say the fact that the sinkhole claimed a life — that of Jeff Bush, 37 — and that his body is expected to remain below the surface make rebuilding less likely.“It’s kind of a bad omen,” said Dave Arnold, a hydrogeologist who has surveyed sinkholes for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. “This is an even worse omen with someone buried under there.”Arnold and other experts expect that once the house if destroyed, crews will work to fill in the hole and the lot will likely remain empty. Depending on the circumstances, past Florida sinkholes have been handled in varied ways.last_img read more

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Boston official says video footage shows bomb suspect

first_imgToday: Chinese grad student identified as third victimTuesday: Boston bombs said to be made from pressure cookersMonday: Death toll raised to three in Boston Marathon bombingBOSTON — In what could be major break in the Boston Marathon case, investigators are on the hunt for a man seen in a department store surveillance video dropping off a bag at the site of the bombings, a local politician said Wednesday.Separately, a law enforcement official confirmed that authorities have found an image of a potential suspect but don’t know his name.The development — less than 48 hours after the attack, which left three people dead and more than 170 wounded — marked a possible turning point in a case that has investigators analyzing photos and videos frame by frame for clues to who carried out the twin bombings and why.City Council President Stephen Murphy, who said he was briefed by Boston police, said investigators saw the image on surveillance footage they got from a department store near the finish line and matched the findings with witness descriptions of someone leaving the scene. “I know it’s very active and very fluid right now — that they are on the chase,” Murphy said. He added: “They may be on the verge of arresting someone, and that’s good.”The bombs were crudely fashioned from ordinary kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and ball bearings, investigators and others close to the case said. Investigators suspect the devices were then hidden in black duffel bags and left on the ground.last_img read more

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UPDATE NTSB clears I5 Skagit River bridge collapse scene

first_imgMOUNT VERNON — Portions of a temporary Interstate 5 bridge could extend over the Skagit River in a day or two and the entire 160-foot gap could be filled next week, reopening freeway lanes that have been detoured since the May 23 bridge collapse, the Washington Department of Transportation said.“We’re gradually launching the bridge across the gap,” spokesman Travis Phelps said Thursday. The department expects to meet its goal of a mid-June reopening.“We’re making some good progress,” he said.National Transportation Safety Board investigators concluded their work at the scene, the agency said Wednesday. All of the bridge structure components of interest to investigators have been removed from the bottom of the river.Some debris still has to be removed and divers have to make sure the bridge piers are in good shape to hold the temporary span, Phelps said. Some repairs also have to be made to the top of piers that will hold the replacement.The temporary is actually two connected 24-foot wide spans being erected by the contractor, Acrow Bridges. The structure will be a total of 240 feet long for overlapping support, Phelps said. It will restore two highway lanes in each direction.The section of the 58-year-old bridge between Mount Vernon and Burlington crumbled when a semi-truck with an oversize load hit an overhead girder. The truck made it off the bridge but two other vehicles fell into the water and three people were rescued with mostly minor injuries.last_img read more

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