Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Oct 2014 – Within the next two years the center plans to expand to a full pledge Call center which will include a Help Desk.This New Help Desk will eventually be able to accept all calls and requests from outside of the Public service as well as within the Public Service pertaining to queries, as well as maintenance issues. It will allow better functioning, as they will be able to schedule and record progress to completion of any faults and or maintenance issues received, as well as it will allow TCIG to better disseminate information to the Public overall.The initial implementation of the DIGICEL system is completed and the center currently has three CISCO switch Boards. They are also currently are still operating with two LIME switch boards as well, as the system has not been completely migrated.Within the next few months they should have the system up and running and totally functional, completing the migration and rendering the former LIME system obsolete.When the system is fully migrated additional staff will be recruited, as the automated system has been refuted. Current staff is also scheduled to receive training as required within the next two years. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Recommended for you Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Related Items:call center, cisco, digicel, help desk, public service Thousands without power in TCI
Related Items:daylight saving time, turks and caicos Crown Land Motion by PDM demands better process Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Oct 2014 – The Turks and Caicos will change time this year… this coming Sunday November 2nd will see clock hands fall back as usual but it will be the last time according to a Cabinet decision. Earlier this year government announced that it would remain with Daylight savings time which gives us more daytime hours… but MM learned that the decision had to be postponed to 2015 due to the flight schedules of the international airlines which could not be altered so easily. Government said consultation led to the move; but it appears some residents were still not aware of the change of heart or more rightly, the delay on the decision… so this Sunday; before you turn in or at 2am; take your clocks back one hour. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aid Recommended for you
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews #Rutherforresigns Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 4, 2017 – Executives of Invest Turks and Caicos Agency do not believe the loss of its lead player will hurt operations, but they are hailing departing CEO, John Rutherford as having been a tremendous asset. A media release Friday confirms that John Rutherford is departing the office of CEO of the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency after just 13 months on the job.Rutherford, is reportedly departing for personal reasons and explains that he regrets leaving. “I am sad to leave these beautiful islands and it has been a pleasure having such a great product to promote to prospective investors. I have also very much enjoyed being involved in the support the Agency provides to local entrepreneurs and businesses and it has been very rewarding to see the success of some of our MSME applicants,’’ said Mr. Rutherford, who adds that the Agency has a very supportive Board and a strong team.” The Agency was recently rebooted after the dismantling of the former concept by the British under former Governor, Damian Ric Todd. Rutherford, who will remain on until May 2017 is credited with getting the ball rolling, Chairman Anton Faessler had these words, “The Board has been extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication he has shown during his time as CEO and we wish him well in the future.’’ Among the objectives of the Investment is to give a red carpet approach to foreign investment interest, support the development and opportunities of and for local business and to promote the Turks and Caicos as a good place to do business. The Agency was also given the responsibility of overseeing the Ministry of Finance’s MSME programme offering grants of up to $10,000 to qualified applicants. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Rutherforresigns
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWillemstad, Curaçao May 1, 2017 The Partido Alternativa Real (PAR) has emerged victorious in Curaçao elections. The party, which is led by Eugene Ruggenaath, was declared the winner on Saturday after receiving 18, 362 votes in the April 28 general elections.The party of former prime minister Hensley Koeiman, PARTIDO MAN, receieved 16.071 votes coming in second. The election also marks the first time in 70 years that the political party PNP will not be represented in Parliament. The PNP did not get enough votes to secure any seats in Parliament although it is the country’s oldest political party.Koeiman’s government collapsed in February after only seven weeks in office when his coalition lost its majority. A four-member Caricom electoral observer group monitored the election.#MagneticMediaNews#CuraçaoElections Related Items:#magneticmedianews, curacao, Curaçao elections, Eugene Ruggenaath Recommended for you TCI Junior Tourism Minister represents well in Curacao
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp says that since Unai Emery took charge at the club, Arsenal have gotten rid of their ‘soft’ reputation.Arsenal defeated Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday but lost in last season’s corresponding fixture by the same scoreline under Arsene Wenger, and Redknapp feels there an attitude change with Emery’s Arsenal as they extend their unbeaten run to 17 games.“I think they’ve changed the mentality too. In the last few years, they’ve been soft. How many times have we spoken about how they have no strength in the midfield?,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Too many times we’d see someone overrun them, overpower them, last year Xhaka had someone run off the back of him at Bournemouth when they scored the winner.“Those things can’t happen, but they were happening time and time again under Arsene Wenger. They are more resilient, they are stronger.“There’s still a long way to go, the top four will be a big ask, but I like what I see. I think the manager has got them going, they’re aggressive, they get to the ball more, and that’s what you’ve got to do if you want to win any sort of title.”
Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: gun control, March For Our Lives, poway high school, Poway HS, Westview HS FacebookTwitter Poway Unified School District students organize ‘Town Hall for Our Lives’ KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:31 AM April 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 SettingsAs young people continue to pressure Congress to implement stricter gun laws, students from Poway Unified School District are making their voices heard.Yesterday, students gathered at Westview High School to share their perspectives on gun control and school safety. Congressman Scott Peters attended the event.It was part of a nationwide initiative called the Town Hall for Our Lives, which was organized for April 7 because all members of Congress were in their districts during their recess. Posted: April 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom,
Posted: April 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom High temperatures expected across San Diego through weekendSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A spring heat wave generated summery conditions — and a handful of high-temperature records — in the San Diego area Monday.A high-pressure zone over Southern California sent the mercury into the 80s along the coast and the 90s and beyond inland, according to the National Weather Service. San Pasqual Valley’s afternoon high broke the triple-digit barrier, topping out at 100 degrees.The lofty thermometer readings set records for the date in three local communities: Ramona, 97 degrees, surpassing the previous milestone of 90, set in 2014; Alpine, 92 degrees (90, 2014); and Vista, 89 degrees (87, 2014). Escondido’s high of 93 matched its standing April 9 record, set in 1897.Temperatures near the coast are expected to dip significantly Tuesday as onshore flow strengthens, with the warmth dissipating in inland areas later in the week, according to meteorologists. Gusty winds will bring cooler air and clouds to the region by Wednesday or Thursday, the NWS reported.Another warm spell, however, is due to begin Friday and last at least through early next week. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 5:31 PM Early spring heatwave hits areas of San Diego County Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 9, 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)- Like many big cities in California, San Diego is struggling with a severe housing shortage. In his”State of the City” speech on Tuesday night, Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined his plans to spur the development of more housing.“I want to radically overhaul the system itself,” Faulconer said.In his address, the mayor presented a host of proposals. He called for eliminating height restrictions except in the coastal areas, to allow developers to build projects with more units.Another proposal would remove parking requirements for properties located near bus and transit routes. Mayor Faulconer also suggested giving developers permission to build bigger projects with unlimited density as long as there are units set aside for homeless or low income housing.The head of the industry group that represents San Diego developers said the mayor’s ideas may help ease the shortage, but in a city where the housing deficit is so deep, these measures may not be enough.Borre Winckel, the president and CEO of the Building Industry Association said excessive state and local regulations have imposed prohibitive costs on developers, making it too expensive to build.“Our regulations make up nearly one half of the total construction cost of the unit. California, has in essence, destroyed middle income housing by its zeal to regulate and regulate and put in more impact fees, thereby restricting the opportunity to build,” Winckel said.The mayor also vowed to increase the number of affordable housing units in San Diego.Ken Sauder, the president and CEO of Wakeland Housing, which has developed dozens of affordable housing projects in Southern California said the biggest obstacle is finding the money to build them.“If we really want to tackle the problem in a real big way, we’re going to need to bring in more resources, especially locally,” Sauder said.The mayor wants to make it easier for more projects to be green-lighted, without facing roadblocks from local planning groups. Even if housing developments do not need local approval, Sauder said developers will still need to meet with neighbors to help separate facts from fears.“What we would do is we’ll sit down and talk with the neighbors anyway and hear their concerns and try to address them and go from there,” Sauder said.According to estimates from the Building Industry Association, the city needs to build a minimum of 12,000 housing units every year to meet the current demand. At present, San Diego is building less than half of that total.If the city doesn’t build more housing, Winckle had this forecast, “Unless we pay attention, we’ll be a city dominated by old folks.It will be a city that will ‘gray out’, a city that has sent away our young, our productive, our millennials, who on account of high housing costs say, ‘Adios, San Diego’.” Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: January 16, 2019 Updated: 8:02 PM January 16, 2019 San Diego’s housing crisis: Mayor promotes system overhaul to build more housing Sasha Foo,
Updated: 7:15 PM 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 former Yuma police officer was sentenced to 20 years in state prison Friday for raping and sexually assaulting a 23-year-old Kensington woman related to him by marriage during a family get-together in San Diego.Jared Elkins, 35, was convicted by a jury last December of one count each of forcible rape and sexual penetration by force and two counts of oral copulation by force. He was acquitted of rape, oral copulation and sexual penetration of an intoxicated person.Prosecutors said Elkins, who had known the family for years, entered the woman’s bedroom on Sept. 15, 2017 and forced himself upon her, threatening to kill her if she screamed. Deputy District Attorney Lisa Fox said that afterwards, the victim waited until she thought Elkins was asleep in another room, then woke up her mother and the two jumped out a window and ran off, with the mother calling 911.Elkins said he was awakened the next morning by a call from the San Diego Police Department, telling him to come outside, where he was arrested.He later resigned from the Yuma Police Department.Elkins testified that the sex was consensual and that the victim came on to him by cuddling on the sofa as they watched a movie. Defense attorney Ellis “Trip” Johnston told the jury that the victim, knowing that she had just slept with the husband of a relative, feared the consequences.The victim, her family members, and another woman who alleged Elkins tried to sexually assault her in Arizona months after his initial arrest, told the court that they live in fear of retaliation from the tight-knit community of Yuma, particularly among members of law enforcement and their supporters.The victim said the attack transformed her from an outgoing, adventurous person to one constantly afraid of being alone or leaving home, and routinely plagued by nightmares.She said that the trial was like reliving the attack all over again, all while also weathering accusations of lying from strangers.“While he spent well over a year-and-a-half innocent until proven guilty, I hid indoors guilty until proven innocent,” she said.The victim’s mother, Kelly, reproached Elkins for his “selfish and disgusting behavior,” which she said required the longest sentence possible in order to safeguard her daughter.“This will be over the day that he stops breathing,” she said. “One day, he will be released from prison and once again, she will have to look over her shoulder. The only reprieve she has is the time he serves behind bars.”The victim’s father, Robert, said “I don’t believe the man has integrity or honor…I don’t think he has any regret.”As a former colonel in the military, he said it was even harder to accept Elkins’ crimes because “I know what it’s like to take an oath, an oath to protect and to serve…And that’s why when this happened to my family, not only was it hurtful that this crime would be committed against my family, it was also hard for me because I knew he had taken an oath as well, an oath as a peace officer to protect and to serve. And he violated that oath, he violated that trust.”A Yuma woman testified that Elkins tried to force anal sex on her after a night out last March in their hometown, while he was out of custody on bail.She called the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office after seeing the San Diego case on television “because it was the right thing to do,” she said during Friday’s sentencing. Elkins is not currently facing any charges in Arizona.The Yuma woman, a retired military member, said she also has received threats.“I felt safer flying military missions in the middle east over Iraq and Afghanistan than I do in my own hometown,” she said Friday.San Diego County Superior Court Judge Charles G. Rogers said he elected to impose consecutive, rather than concurrent sentences for the four convicted counts because it was important to send a message “to the men and young men in our society that they don’t have a license to do whatever they want, sexually speaking,” and that “however commendable a person’s character may be in other respects, however much that person may have served society, even at risk of life and limb, those things are not a free pass.” KUSI Newsroom, March 29, 2019 Former Yuma police officer gets 20 Years for raping woman in San Diego KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
“Growing up in a small town in rural North Dakota, I understand the importance of farms to supporting our way of life. And throughout my career in public service, including in the U.S. Senate, I’ve been an advocate for rural America,” said Sen. Heitkamp. “I greatly appreciate this award which reinforces that the work we do in Congress has serious impacts on farmers and our communities. We need strong policies that give soybean farmers and all farmers the certainty to do their jobs, help biodiesel production grow, and enable farmers to export their products around the world. Working together in a bipartisan way, we can accomplish these goals to support our farms, families, and our country.” ASA presented Sen. Heitkamp with the award during the association’s annual July board meeting and Legislative Forum, in which the ASA directors and representatives from 30 soybean-growing states gather in Washington to meet with lawmakers and raise the profile of public policy issues impacting soybean farmers. Sen. Heitkamp sits on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, on which she helped write, negotiate and pass the 2014 Farm Bill. She has been a leader in pressing the EPA to set strong Renewable Volume Obligations for biodiesel and ethanol to get the Renewable Fuel Standard back on track after years of delays and put people back to work. She has stood up for North Dakota’s farmers by helping introduce bipartisan legislation to provide certainty for farmers, ranchers, and small businesses by requiring the EPA to redo its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule., and Sen. Heitkamp introduced a bipartisan bill to help support and improve the export of American agricultural commodities to Cuba.[gview file=”https://soygrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/15ASA-010_SoyChampion_HR.pdf”] “Senator Heitkamp is a great example of why this week in Washington is such an important one for soybean farmers,” added Erickson. “She grew up in a rural community and throughout her career she has sought farmer insight and input through meetings like the ones we’re having here with week to make sure she represents North Dakotans in the best way possible. Senator Heitkamp quickly made her voice known on the Senate Committee on Agriculture as she helped craft a bipartisan Farm Bill. And she has remained a staunch advocate for our farmers through her work pushing for a strong Renewable Fuel Standard and her efforts to change the Waters of the U.S. rule. Those efforts make a difference for our farmers and families throughout the U.S., and with this award we aim to show our support and gratitude for her work.” In a presentation before its board of directors, the American Soybean Association (ASA) presented Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) with the Soy Champion Award in Washington on Tuesday. In recognition of outstanding public advocacy for soybean farmers, the Soy Champion Award honors Heitkamp for her considerable work on biodiesel, farm programs, trade and transportation as a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. ASA will meet with lawmakers and administration officials in Washington through Wednesday. “Senator Heitkamp has proven herself to be a strong voice for North Dakota soybean farmers,” said Ed Erickson, Jr., a soybean farmer and ASA Director from Milnor, N.D. “She has relentlessly and consistently reached across the aisle to fight for the priorities of soybean farmers, both in North Dakota and across the country.”
Dennis Bogaards shows a trade team around his farm. Photo credit: Karey Claghorn Kudos go to Dennis Bogaards, Pella, Iowa, who hosted a team of Chinese buyers last month, providing them an opportunity to get a close look at Iowa soybeans. During the visit, Dennis showcased his UAV to demonstrate some of the technology U.S. farmers use. Also, last week Dennis hosted a farm tour for participants in the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.Click here to see last week’s ASA Kudos!
About 10 percent of Clark County voters who received ballots for the Aug. 17 primary election have returned them to the county elections office, despite a misdated instruction sheet included with some ballots. The county mailed 218,166 ballots last week and had received 22,620 returns as of Aug. 5, the latest tally available. County auditor Greg Kimsey has predicted a ballot return of 38 percent to 40 percent. Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 17 or delivered to the elections office or drop-off boxes by 8 p.m. on Election Day. The deadline for voter registration by mail has passed, but people can register in person at the elections department, 1408 Franklin St., through Monday.The primary election will winnow the candidate field to the top two vote-getters in races for U.S. Senate, the 3rd Congressional District, two open legislative seats and several local offices. The winners will face off in the November general election. In races with just two candidates, both will advance to the general election.Clark County voters will pick the top two candidates for county assessor, county prosecuting attorney, state Supreme Court justice, Clark Public Utilities commissioner, and Vancouver city council.Voters also will decide whether to renew emergency medical services tax levies in Fire District 6 and the city of Washougal and whether to allow the Fort Vancouver Regional Library to restore its regular property tax levy.
Typical chores for most of us are things like mowing the lawn, shopping for food, cleaning the dishes, taking out the trash.But for Eric Werts, chores are also things like scratching an itch on his leg. Rubbing a tired eye. Moving from bed to chair. Lifting a hand that’s holding a fork.Werts, 68, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — what’s commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. It’s an unforgiving illness, robbing the sufferer of muscle control as it progresses. The typical patient dies in three to five years, though some have been known to live longer.Werts gingerly describes his situation as a “horror,” but he also says he’s grateful and comforted — blessed, in fact — by the overlapping communities of care that are helping him cope with his decline by sharing the burden of his increasing needs.It’s called a Share the Care group, and it’s based on a book Werts read when he and his wife, Ruth, were living in Portland, Maine, and struggling to accept his shocking new diagnosis. Share the Care is a model that’s catching on with the families and friends of people suffering life-threatening or fatal diseases like cancer or ALS.The ALS Association’s Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter helped the Wertses pull their group together based on the circle of friends they developed when new to their North Salmon Creek neighborhood. That network began with folks who attend St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in west Vancouver, where Eric is a priest — but other friends and neighbors have also been involved.
A two-car collision in the southbound lanes of the Interstate 5 Bridge has traffic backed up to 39th Street in Vancouver. The cause of the wreck and the extent of any injuries is unclear. What is clear: A trip across the bridge is likely to be slow.Traffic appears to be moving somewhat smoothly in the northbound lanes, according to traffic cameras on the Oregon Department of Transportation website. At least one southbound lane was temporarily closed while emergency crews tended to the wreck. All lanes reopened shortly after 3 p.m.
Most read stories on Columbian.com, June 12-18:No. 1 Accident victim identified as Clark College official A 38-year old Clark College dean died in a Saturday night accident near Scappoose, Ore., Clark College President Bob Knight said late Sunday night.No. 2 Vancouver man arrested after fatal accident A Vancouver man was arrested on suspicion of criminally negligent homicide Saturday, after a passenger riding in the back of the pickup he was driving fell out and died of his injuries. The passenger was later identified as a Clark College dean. The driver, the dean’s former brother-in-law, was later released from the Columbia County, Ore., Jail.No. 3 Nine arrested in sweep for drugs, guns The warrant sweep targeted armed career criminals, gang members, drug traffickers and prolific auto thieves, according to a Vancouver Police Department news bulletin announcing the arrests. No. 4 Washougal Mayor Sean Guard faces misdemeanor charge Washougal Mayor Sean Guard will face a misdemeanor charge in Cowlitz County for a December incident in which he allegedly used the emergency lights on his city-owned vehicle to pass slower traffic on Interstate 5, court officials said Thursday. No. 5 Vancouver Plaza courts new tenantsOwners of Vancouver Plaza say negotiations are under way that could bring Dick’s Sporting Goods, new restaurants, and even a small Walmart store into the shopping complex
Camas musician Peter Christ During Julie Andrews’ twirl around a mountain meadow, the hills are alive with the sound of a Camas musician and about 70 orchestra mates.We all know the scene. And many of the following songs are so ingrained in our pop culture that NBC was hoping for a ratings bonanza with them Thursday, when it aired a live telecast of the Broadway version of “The Sound of Music.”Rewind back to the 1960s, when Peter Christ was a busy working musician in Los Angeles. He looked through the music for this job and saw songs like “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “My Favorite Things.”“I was not familiar with it,” the oboe player said.“I don’t know how long it was on Broadway” before it became a film, Christ said.That’s because he’s always focused on classical music. But he does like the music on the soundtrack, Christ said, and he appreciates the impact of Andrews’ opening scene.“Everyone can remember her up on that mountain,” he said.The orchestra got a sneak peek, well ahead of filmgoers, although the conductor got a better look.“They showed the movie behind us,” Christ said. “The screen was behind the orchestra. The conductor was looking at it and would conduct to match what was happening on the screen.“I can remember Julie Andrews running up to the top of the hill, starting to sing.” A sound man cut off her vocal track, “and that’s when we started playing.”