September 2019

New Magazine to board InterCaribbean Airways

first_img Related Items:cacique, inflight magazine, Intercaribbean Airways, trevor sadler Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Recommended for you Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Mar 2015 – An inflight magazine is coming for InterCaribbean Airways according to CEO, Trevor Sadler. Just before Summer, the magazine to be called, ‘Cacique’ will be planted in all seat back pockets and will showcase the things to see and do in the six Caribbean countries to which the TCI-based airline flies. “interCaribbean Airways teamed up with global publisher Land and Marine which is a specialty publisher publishing in 56 countries today. With their strength in printing magazines, we look forward to a fruitful relationship in the Caribbean.” Gary Gimson, of UK-based, Land & Marine Publication said ‘Cacique’ will be produced quarterly. The magazine debuts in May. Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zikalast_img read more

Bahamas Waterkeeper President Joseph Darville Addresses 2016 Annual Waterkeeper Alliance Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp “Probably the most frightening of our concerns over climate change is the increase of tropical storms, which are now spawning right in our waters,” Darville said, citing the destruction wrought in the southern Bahamas last October by Hurricane Joaquin. “They no longer have to originate off the west coast of Africa.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppRising Sea Levels, Hotter Temperatures, Extreme StormsOn Horizon for The BahamasSave The Bays Chairman, Bahamas Waterkeeper President Joseph Darville Addresses Country’s Most Pressing Environmental Concerns at 2016 Annual Waterkeeper Alliance Conference in North Carolina According to the U.S. National Weather Service, if you live anywhere near the Atlantic Ocean, this isn’t the best year to let your guard down while you soak up the sun.With a record three named storms already on the books since the start of hurricane season on June 1, the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is projected to be among the most active ever with as many as 14 named storms and six hurricanes before the season ends November 30. Moreover, experts predict at least two of those hurricanes could be major, reaching Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, suggesting “devastating damage” could occur.With 80 percent of the land mass in The Bahamas essentially at or slightly above sea level, the country is even more vulnerable to devastation than most when catastrophic storm systems rise up out of the Atlantic.“Massive flooding from rising sea levels poses a very real threat to one of the most, if not the most beautiful, spots on this planet,” said Save the Bays Chairman and Bahamas Waterkeeper President Joseph Darville during a recent presentation at the 2016 Annual Waterkeeper Alliance Conference in Wilmington, N.C.Headed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who was reelected for another two terms as president at this year’s conference, Waterkeeper Alliance is recognized as “the voice of the world’s waters.” With volunteers of licensed Waterkeeper affiliates monitoring rivers, lakes, oceans, ponds and wetlands in dozens of countries, Waterkeeper Alliance is among the largest and fastest growing non-profit organizations, its sole   focus on clean water. The four-day conference in North Carolina brought together 295 waterbody stewards from every corner of the world to discuss the effects of the global warming crisis on their communities.center_img Related Items: According to Darville, unregulated development is one of the largest contributing factors to the accelerated rate at which the shores of The Bahamas is eroding, further escalating the chance of cataclysmic flooding when powerful storms strike.“This erosion results not only from the sea level rise, heavier storms and storm surge, but is dramatically associated with unregulated and basically unsound major developments,” Darville said. “Whether it’s the absence of qualified marine engineers, or simply an ignorance of the nature of our coastal geography, structures and walls are built without the slightest knowledge of how winds and tides naturally flow.”Additionally, Darville points to developers’ insatiable desire for oceanfront golf courses as further compounding environmental hazards created by rampant and unrestricted development.“They are usually plunked right along the sea front, resulting in the run off of all the chemicals which just glory in the destruction and death of our coral reefs,” Darville said. “We have lost hundreds and hundreds of acres of what used to be a scene of magnificent beauty. They also once served as significant barriers for storms and storm surges.”Darville’s greatest long-term concern – an issue that could affect the ability to inhabit The Bahamas — is the looming loss of the country’s drinkable water. Because the fresh water lens in The Bahamas is only around three to four feet from the land surface, any erosion of land increases salt water intrusion into the water tables.“Already after major hurricanes, we have had to wait months before the water was potable due to the infusion of salt water,” Darville said. “As the sea level continues to rise, and are exacerbated by major storms, we face real danger of a nation being in a constant state of thirst.”last_img read more

TCSPCA to host its annual dog show

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurtle Cove marina will this Saturday literally go to the dogs as the TCSPCA will host its annual dog show and the public is welcomed to attend the event which has free admission.  Even your pets can attend, but they must be on a leash.It is one of the biggest fundraisers for the organization and the Fun Dog Show goes from 1 to 4pm.  Executive Director of the TCSPCA, Susan Blehr says they anticipate some 200 people to attend and she is excited about naming the canine ranked ‘Best in Show’.Funds support the Spay and Neuter program of the Turks and Caicos Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

PNPs Washington Misicks Complete Remarks at JAGS Memorial Service

first_img Recommended for you TCI: ‘Demons JAGS conquered are resurrected’; Preacher calls the country together at Natl Hero’s Day service Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, may 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Today, on National Heroes Day, the day he officially established into law, the leader of the Opposition, Washington Misick made a series of distasteful remarks in his address at the Memorial Service for the country’s only National Hero, Rt Excellent JAGS McCartney.Below are Mr. Misick’s complete remarks:“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” Henry David ThoreauThat my friends is why most heroes live short lives but achieve more than many who go on to live into old age and Honourable JAGS McCartney was no different – meeting his early demise just shy of his 35th birthday.As someone growing up in the sixties, just five years younger than McCartney and witnessing the unprecedented wave of decolonization: 32 countries gaining independence between 1960 and 1968, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana – a combination of the civil rights and the black-power movement in the US resulting in the civil rights act in 1964 and the voting rights act in 1965 instilled a sense of racial pride and self-esteem in blacks across the world, and greatly influence the fearless courage of McCartney and others to agitate for change in the status quo from colonial rule to the attainment of self-determination.I knew JAGS; we disagreed on the means and the timetable for self-determination – a divisive argument to this day, but we were never disagreeable. JAGS had a strong conviction and an unshakeable focus on improving the future of these islands. And in this he was selfless. McCartney was a humble man who never forgot his roots, or seek out credit for things he did or did not do, as so many of us do today. He was empathetic, and compassionate, always displaying a sense of concern and kindness devoid of partisan politics.Don’t get me wrong JAGs was no saint. He was human and never hypocritical about his faults. His love of women is legendary. He was a regular guy with his share of domestic issues, but he was also a great visionary with a profound sense of purpose leaving a legacy that testify to the fact that imperfection, has never been a barrier to greatness. JAGS were about love and about cooperation and compromise and working together. The decision to introduce legislation to establish a National Heroes Day on which JAGs was inducted as our first National Hero was easy for all of those reasons.There is a lot of cheap talk these days about change, but Jags was a real change agent, a leader who refused to work in the system but choose to work on the system instead. Change – historic change and heroic change comes by working on the system. Real change is not spin without substance. It is honesty in the face of vulnerability. McCartney despite his vulnerabilities demonstrated that he could be trusted with power. May those who have inherited his baton and all of us who lead prove to be trustworthy as we remember the contribution of our first National hero.#magneticmedianews#NationalHeroesDay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmeidanews, #nationalheroesday TCI: 25 Years of National Hero’s Day; JAGS is still the ‘One’ Increased Police presence promised, TCI Police Commissioner statement on recent shootingslast_img read more

Darren Moore describes West Broms trashing as bizarre

first_imgWest Brom’s head coach Darren Moore has labeled the game against Derby County as “bizarre” after losing at home to a more clinical side.The Baggies’ five-game winning streak in the league at home came to an abrupt end tonight after losing to Derby County by four goals to one in front of their home fans.Darren Moore felt his side was denied what appeared to look like an obvious penalty just before the halftime marker when Dwight Gayle was trapped inside the 18-yard box.The referee turned down West Brom’s plea for a spot-kick even after replays showed Scott Malone had caught Dwight Gayle’s leg faintly in the penalty area.“I thought the changing part of the game was the incident with Dwight,” Moore said as quoted by Birmingham Mail.“Dwight wouldn’t go down like that, not when he has the chance to score. Whether it was a penalty or a free kick I’m not sure. My players stayed on it and huffed and puffed to the end”videoAshley Cole announces his retirement from football Andrew Smyth – August 18, 2019 Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Ashley Cole has confirmed his retirement from football at the age of 38.“Well done to Derby. They had some clinical finishes and ran out winners.”Albion were jittery and made too many errors at the back that their opponents capitalized on. Derby would have extended the score line but Sam Johnstone was resilient in goal.Yet Moore believed things could have turned out differently and felt his boys dominated some parts of the game.“It was a bizarre game,” he said. “Obviously they were very clinical in their finishing. The first goal they got up and there was a clinical second finish.”“I thought West Brom were in the ascendancy all the way. We had half-chances, which in recent weeks we’ve capitalised on and been devastating with our finishes. It just wasn’t to be. Call it what you want, whether it was a bizarre game or a bad day at office.”West Brom are now fourth on the Championship table with 24 points  just behind Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Leeds United who all share 26 points but ate separated by goal difference. The Baggies will host Blackburn Rovers on the 27th of October in round 15 of Championship matches.last_img read more

Plastic surgery patients asking to look like filtered selfies

first_imgPlastic surgery patients asking to look like filtered selfies Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 8, 2018 Posted: August 8, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Filters on social media apps like Snapchat or Instagram have now lead to people requesting plastic surgery to look like their filtered selves.Plastic surgeons are concerned because they’ve seen a rise in people nationwide asking to look like the filtered selfies of themselves that are created through social media apps, like Snapchat and Instagram.One click and, just like that, you have smoother skin, fuller lips, whiter teeth, bigger eyes. You can cover up any flaws in just a matter of seconds.“It makes it fun to take pictures because you have a dog face,” said Hailey Justice, Snapchat User from Alpine.“The filters definitely make you look better,” said Jake Kemper, Snapchat User from San Diego. “Sometimes it’s nice to look at Snapchat filters now and then and I don’t have acne anymore.”The filters in apps like Snapchat and Instagram, which give you instant perfection, are leaving some with the need for perfection in real life.“People want that faster, quicker, turnaround,” said Dr. Vincent Marin, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.Plastic surgeons have seen a trend that’s called Snapchat Dysmorphia. Instead of people coming in asking to look like their favorite movie stars, they’re asking to look like the filtered, airbrushed, Snapchat version of themselves.“It’s a lot easier to do on pixels than on human DNA,” said Dr. Marin.Dr. Marin told KUSI just because it’s something you can do on your phone, doesn’t mean it’s something you can request from a plastic surgeon.“The biggest challenge with these filters is that they don’t just change one thing,” said Dr. Marin. “They make the nose smaller, the eyes bigger, the chin smaller, the skin smoother. There’s a lot of things that go into making the face look better.”In his words, that’s dangerous, unrealistic and costly.Nabil El-Ghoroury, the Executive Director of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, echoed that thought.“For some people, it can really trigger some feelings of real dissatisfaction with their body,” said El-Ghoroury.He said it’s kind of like body dysmorphia where people don’t see themselves as they are and want to enhance themselves.“It could be that they feel pressure form other people posting,” said El-Ghoroury. “It could be that they hear thoughts about themselves that they are not pretty, that they are not attractive or not attractive enough.”Too often these days, social media is pushing the feeling of inadequacy, in parents and teens alike.“I think people just need to be confident in who they are and it’s just a way of escaping how they are and I’m not a fan of that,” said Kayden Kropf.  “They should really be who God created them to be,” said Maureen Degan, Parent from Alpine. “There’s no reason to change anything on them for any reason, at all.”Dr. Marin also said some of the requests aren’t even possible, and to even get close to the Snapchat version of themselves, most people would need a complete reconstruction. That could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Most importantly, it’s dangerous. The lesson here is to embrace our imperfections. center_img , KUSI Newsroom Updated: 11:53 PM , KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Political organizations host panel on future of SDSU West Plan

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) – Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 and the League of Women Voters of San Diego hosted a panel discussion Thursday about planned renovations to the current SDCCU Stadium site and surrounding area.San Diego voters approved Measure G, the SDSU West initiative, by a 54.5-45.5 margin during the Nov. 6 election. San Diego State University is expected to begin negotiations some time in 2019 to purchase the land from the city of San Diego. Until then, the plan for a 35,000-seat football stadium, an SDSU campus extension, commercial and residential space and a public river park remains only conceptual.San Diego City Council members Barbara Bry and Scott Sherman and SDSU Assistant Vice President of Divisional Communications & Strategy Gina Jacobs were expected to participate in the discussion.Sherman represents City Council District 7, where the aging stadium currently sits, and endorsed SDSU West’s election competitor, the SoccerCity plan. Bry, meanwhile, endorsed SDSU West in January, well before most of her colleagues on the council. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: December 14, 2018 December 14, 2018 Political organizations host panel on future of SDSU West Plan KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Cirque du Soleils VOLTA in San Diego

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) – Cirque du Soleil’s newest production is now playing under the Big Top at the Del Mar Fairgrounds through May 5th.The first ever sports-inspired show by Cirque du Soleil, VOLTA features a full-blown BMX park mounted live in front of the audience’s very eyes.Cirque du Soleil VOLTA is Cirque du Soleil’s 41st original production since 1984, and its 18th show presented under the Big Top.For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com. KUSI Newsroom Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA in San Diego Posted: April 23, 2019 April 23, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img• What: Global “Thrill the World” dance event• When: 7 p.m. Saturday• Where: McKenzie Stadium, 2205 N.E. 138th Ave.• Why: Connect the world/local food driveLocal students will take part in a zombie march — as well as other dance moves — of global proportions at 7 p.m. Saturday in Evergreen’s McKenzie Stadium.Student dancers from Evergreen, Heritage and Union high schools will be part of “Thrill the World,” an event that sets undead toes a-tapping at the same time all around the world to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”The annual worldwide event, which started in 2007, is staged during a weekend near Halloween.The 2009 version of “Thrill the World” drew 22,571 dancers in 264 cities from 33 countries.The event requires more than just random twitching to a Michael Jackson tune, however. There are specific moves.“The choreography was broken down into simplified parts for everyone to learn,” said Heritage dance teacher Kimberleigh Anderson, who taught the moves to 200 of her students.Heritage dancers offered a sneak peek Friday with a “flash mob” dance — an unannounced performance of the routine — in the school dining area during lunch.Kristen Edmiaston taught the routine to her students at Evergreen and Leslie Robb taught the moves — including “zombie march,” “stomp” and “oh snap, rock on” — to her dance classes at Union.last_img read more

first_imgThe state of Washington is considering relocating the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s southwest region headquarters from Vancouver to the Port of Ridgefield’s new 30-acre Discovery Ridge office park at Pioneer Street and 45th Avenue in Ridgefield, the port said in a news release on Monday.The port and the state wildlife department are discussing an agreement under which the port would finance and build a 38,000 square-foot building on 5 acres to house up to 100 employees.The development would include outdoor storage space for boats and field equipment, and would have 150 parking spaces for employees and the public.The facility also could be used by the state Department of Ecology and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It would be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, silver certification standards.Long-term leaseThe estimated cost of a Fish and Wildlife office in Ridgefield is $9.2 million, and financing would likely come from either revenue or general obligation bonds, said Randy Mueller, the port’s director of business development. The port would offer a long-term lease at a rate that initially matches Fish and Wildlife’s present lease rate, and would include a purchase option. The proposal is being reviewed by the state Office of Financial Management.Mueller said he can’t speculate on when state officials will make a decision.The Department of Fish and Wildlife regional headquarters serves Clark County as well as Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, Klickitat and Wahkiakum counties. It’s currently located in a former Fred Meyer garden center at 2108 Grand Blvd., Vancouver. The lease at that site will expire Nov. 30.last_img read more

first_imgWe had a welcome break Wednesday from the heavy rains and even got to enjoy some sunshine a good share of the day. That was a transition day from a southwest flow of air to a cooler northwest flow of air. The good news is that the mountains should receive 1 or 2 feet of new snow, including the passes, between now and the weekend as orthographic showers develop over the mountains.The bad news, if you will, is the much cooler temperatures, with highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s. Any clearing by the weekend will lead to frosty conditions. The snow level is not quite as low as we thought earlier in the week. Snow could fall down to 2,000 feet.The weekend at this point looks to be not too bad, other than cool with some dry periods, and more rain moving in later on Sunday. Next week looks unsettled, with rain or showers. There still is a threat of cold and lowland snow the week prior to Christmas — but don’t place bets on it just yet.According to the Washington State Climate office, November was warmer and wetter than average across the entire state. With just a couple of exceptions — at Wenatchee and Yakima — areas east of the mountains had above normal precipitation.The office also reports that an El Niño pattern is unlikely now and things will remain rather neutral, which leads to an equal chance of having either below, above or normal temperatures and precipitation this winter. It does say that precipitation amounts have a 40 percent chance of being above average in December only.last_img read more

first_imgBarrett Business Services Inc., the Vancouver-based supplier of staffing and outsourced human resources services, reported surging net revenue Wednesday, hauling in $111.6 million in the January-to-March period. The company’s revenue is up 35 percent from $82.4 million in the first quarter of 2012.The company showed a net loss of $2.5 million, or 36 cents per share, in the first quarter of this year, but that was to be expected. Barrett historically experiences first-quarter losses because of higher payroll taxes that ensue at the beginning of every year. The company posted a net loss of $2.2 million, or 22 cents per share, in the first quarter of 2012.During their quarterly earnings conference call Wednesday, company officials said that, based partly on Barrett’s strong revenue growth and high retention of clients, the company — which has 57 offices in 10 states and conducts business in 23 states — will invest this year in getting bigger.Company officials also addressed questions about the broader economy, with president and CEO Michael Elich saying, at one point, that he thinks the U.S. economy will remain stable and will not see a double-dip recession.For now, Barrett will take its gains and plow them back into “talent and operational infrastructure throughout 2013 to ultimately support a much larger organization,” said James Miller, the company’s chief financial officer.last_img read more

first_imgWOODLAND — Half a dozen hoglines stretched out from the Washington shore and crept into the edge of the Columbia River channel just downstream of the Lewis River.“This is one of our problem areas and it will get worse than this,” said Clark County sheriff’s deputy Todd Baker, patrolling the Columbia by boat. “The ships coming downstream have to make a turn here.”Baker nodded toward the boat on the outside of the anchored line of fall chinook salmon fishermen.“They’re in the channel right now,” he said. “If a ship comes by, they are going to have to move.”Baker typed the boat’s registration numbers into the computer and learned it was registered to a Moses Lake owner.“Often it’s out-of-area fishermen,” he said. “The ones around here have been checked so many times they know.”Fall chinook season is a busy time of year on the Columbia River. Thousands of anglers are anchored in the deeper stretches of the river trying to catch a few of the 678,600 chinook working their way upstream this year.The deeper spots have the cool water preferred by the chinook, but also overlap with much of the shipping channel.Baker and deputy Shaun Robertson patrolled the river from Vancouver to Woodland Sunday as part of Operation Make Way, a joint effort by law enforcement and other boating interests to avoid accidents on the lower Columbia.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has a boat on its 50 miles of the Columbia River daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.last_img read more

first_imgFive months ago, Jimmy Nickell worked alongside other inmates from Larch Corrections Center to plant more than 40 rows of seeds in a 2-acre plot of land in the Andresen-St. Johns neighborhood.He and other prisoners then returned a handful of times over the summer to weed and spray the plants to keep away mildew.On Monday, Nickell worked to harvest the fruit of his labor: tens of thousands of pounds of butternut squash.“I think it’s pretty gratifying to see something at the beginning and to finish it all the way through,” he said.Snipped from their vines and then packed into crates, the squash was hauled off to the Clark County Food Bank. Although prison inmates have worked with the food bank in the past, the recent harvest was the product of a collaboration where the inmates did all the work — from seed to harvest.“I think they’re amazed at what their efforts led to,” said Jerry Hofer, co-owner of J’s Custom Landscaping. “Their effort was 90 percent of the work.”Hofer and Blair Wolfley, who manages Heritage Farm on 78th Street, worked together to lead the inmates and teach them how to grow the squash. That included laying about a mile and a half of irrigation drip lines.“These guys are good workers,” Hofer said. “The commitment and enthusiasm is high.”For the Department of Corrections, the work fell to its work crew program, which charges government agencies and nonprofits $1.31 per hour per inmate for their labor. For their work, inmates earn 50 cents an hour.last_img read more

first_imgA parks director from Modesto, Calif., has accepted an offer to lead the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Department.City Manager Eric Holmes said Monday that Julie Hannon will start Dec. 3.“I’m excited to add Julie Hannon to the city’s leadership team. She has the right skills to lead our hard-working department into an exciting new era,” Holmes said. “As we look ahead to 2014 and beyond, Vancouver’s focus will be on a sustainable plan for Parks and Recreation as a city-focused department, after many years as a shared city/county agency.”Hannon has 25 years of parks and recreation experience, said Barb Ayers, the city’s spokeswoman. She has a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in public administration from Ashford University. In switching jobs, Hannon will take a pay cut, as she earned $147,053 in 2012 in Modesto and will earn $133,272 a year in Vancouver. California, however, has an income tax, while Washington does not.She will oversee a smaller staff but be responsible for more parks. In Modesto she has a staff of 112 and 72 parks; Vancouver’s parks and recreation department has 44 full-time equivalent employees and 108 parks.But while Vancouver has cut the parks staff in half in recent years, worse times could be ahead in Modesto. Voters there will consider a temporary sales tax increase next week and a loss would will be “devastating” to its general fund, resulting in more parks cuts, according to the Modesto Bee.last_img read more

first_imgPolice are asking the public to help them find a woman who apparently left her home in east Vancouver a week ago.Yesterday, 22-year-old Mariah Gonzales was reported missing from her home in the 13600 block of Northeast 67th Street. A relative who lives at the home said she hadn’t seen Gonzales since Aug. 5. It’s not unusual for Gonzales to go away for several days, and she left with a small bag, according to the Vancouver Police Department. However, she has been gone longer than normal and hasn’t checked in since she left, which is also unusual, police said.Gonzales has diminished mental capacity and regularly takes medication, which has likely run out, police said.She’s described as a white woman 5 feet 5 inches tall, 150 pounds, with long, dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Gonzales has pierced ears and a tattoo of small stars on her upper chest.She was last spotted around 11:15 p.m. Sunday at a local WinCo, wearing a floral print dress and carrying a florescent green backpack with string straps. At the time, she was with a white man in his mid-20s.Police said it’s possible she’s with her boyfriend, Paul Mullins, 55, of Vancouver.Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 911.last_img read more

first_imgCAIRO — The head of the Arab League urged its members Sunday to confront Islamic State extremists “militarily and politically,” issuing an apparent call to arms as President Barack Obama prepares to go to lawmakers and the American public with his own plan to stop the militants.Backing from the 22-country Arab League could provide crucial support across the Middle East for Obama’s effort to assemble an international coalition against the Islamic State, the marauding group that has conquered a swath of Iraq and Syria and committed beheadings and mass killings to sow terror.Already, NATO forces have agreed to take on the extremists.Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said that what is needed from Arab countries is a “clear and firm decision for a comprehensive confrontation” with “cancerous and terrorist” groups. The Arab League includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday and then outline his plan to the war-weary American public Wednesday, the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “I just want the American people to understand the nature of the threat and how we’re going to deal with it and to have confidence that we’ll be able to deal with it,” Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”last_img read more

first_imgClark County’s economy showed continued strength in September, adding 400 jobs over the month in seasonally adjusted numbers and bringing total growth for the past 12 months to 5,900 jobs.The official job growth rate of 4.2 percent is likely a low estimate, said Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Employment Security Department. An unofficial tally shows an increase of 6,400 jobs over 12 months, for a 4.6 percent growth rate. That compares to 1.9 percent job growth for the U.S., 2.5 percent for Washington; 2.2 percent for Oregon; and 2.4 percent for the Portland metro area.Jobs increased in every employment sector, led by trade, transportation and utilities, up 1,400 jobs; professional and business services and construction, both with 1,000 new jobs; and education and health services, which showed an increase of 900 jobs.The preliminary August unemployment rate of 7 percent was revised upward to 7.5 percent. The preliminary September rate of 5.9 percent also is likely to rise by a half-percent, Bailey said, while noting in his monthly report the significance of even a fleeting rate that starts with the number “5.”“We haven’t had one of those since April 2008,” Bailey wrote. “Unemployment hit double-digits in December of that year, and didn’t drop down to single digits for another three years.”While initial unemployment claims increased slightly for the month, they remained low, Bailey noted. “Continued unemployment claims continued their long decline from recession highs,” he wrote.last_img read more

first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Investors in Macau gaming stocks can benefit from adopting a “12-month buy-and hold strategy” despite recent stock declines, according to analysts from investment bank JP Morgan.In a research note obtained by Inside Asian Gaming, analysts DS Kim and Sean Zhuang state that the negativity surrounding Macau stocks have been somewhat overblown and that the risk-reward case for investors is compelling. Load More RelatedPosts All six of Macau’s concessionaires have experiences major declines over the past six months, with Wynn Macau falling from HK$30.95 to HK$16.78, Sands China from HK$44.30 to HK$33.30, Galaxy from HK$70.00 to HK$44.90, Melco International from HK$27.00 to HK$14.78, MGM China from HK$22.05 to HK$12.36 and SJM Holdings from HK$7.37 to HK$6.68, having reached a high of HK$11.26 in May.“We are under no illusion that these stocks will rally sharply in the near term given the uncertain macro and market backdrop, especially amid well-anticipated earnings downgrade by the Street,” Kim and Zhuang state.“However, it would be extremely challenging to pinpoint the absolute bottom for these cyclical stocks anyway, and we see potential returns (~60% returns over two years, including dividends) as markedly bigger than the risks (primarily macro-related) at current levels.“We thus believe that medium-term investors who can do a 12-month buy-and-hold strategy here will enjoy asymmetrically strong returns, and we recommend accumulating. At the end of the day, the potential (or perceived) downturn that the industry is facing today should be a cyclical one, hence does not warrant a structural de-rating in valuations. Fear not, not even your bear-case scenarios, we say.”The JP Morgan analysts estimate that in absolute worst-case scenario, industry demand will decline just 1% in 2019, assuming a 7% decline in VIP GGR  and a deceleration in mass growth to +4% – both around 10% lower than recent trends. However, they add that these estimates are likely “too bearish” and unlikely to materialize. They also note that, even taking into account such a bearish outlook, industry EBITDA can still print small positive growth next year, thanks to resilient non-gaming/mass demand (85%+ of EBITDA), ongoing margin ramp-up of new casinos and broadly benign cost environments.”Kim and Zhuang rate Wynn Macau as their top pick, citing a rare opportunity to purchase the “best quality asset at a bargain price”, followed by Sands China and Galaxy.“Time is on our side,” they state. “Granted, a lack of positive catalysts makes it difficult to establish a bottom for these stocks, while sentiment could stay negative in the near term amid well-anticipated estimate cuts by the Street. Our instinct is that most revisions should be done into upcoming 3Q results, after which we expect the stocks to grind higher and climb the ‘wall of worry’ with normalizing multiple – after all, the potential (or perceived) downturn that the industry faces today should be a cyclical one, so does not warrant a structural de-rating. Hang in there, as the rewards for those who wait could be handsome.”last_img read more