Month: September 2019

Professional Referee Development Training Seminar

first_img GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessions Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFreeport, Grand Bahama – Xcel Management Group International will be hosting a Professional Referee Development Training Seminar-Level I, on Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at Pelican Bay Hotel, Freeport,GB. The purpose of this seminar is to train persons, whether they have experience or not in the fundamentals and skills required to be a professional referee. These sessions will be presented by Mr. George Toliver- Associate VP of Referee Development NBA D-League and Mr Scott Bolnick Associate Director of Referee Development both men combined bring over 23 years of experience. This will be the first of 3 levels, geared towards equipping men and women in the Bahamas on how to call games at the Semi-Pro and Pro levels. With talks already set in motion Xcel Management Group will hosts a unique event, along with the Summer Pro League to combine a week of basketball and culture in 2016. Therefore, this foundation of training will put Bahamians in position to have first hand experience at calling games at the required level. More information about this will be made at a later date.Participants will get two full days of theory, starting from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. and at night games will also be held to put in practice things they were taught. At the end of the sessions, they will also get a certificate of completion during the closing ceremony.There is an online registration link, where participants are encourage to register. Another Murder in Nassau Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:nassau, professional referee, xcel management group Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

ALERT 35 HURRICANE IRMA NOON UPDATE

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 9, 2017 – Nassau – ALERT NUMBER THIRTY FVE (#35) ON HURRICANE IRMA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT NOON EDT.…IRMA CONTINUES TO POUND THE NORTHEASTERN COAST OF CUBA…HURRICANE WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES: ANDROS, BIMINI AND GRAND BAHAMA.  HURRICANE WARNINGS HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS.    HENCE THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FOR ABACO , THE BERRY ISLANDS, NEW PROVIDENCE, ELEUTHERA, CAT ISLAND, SAN SALVADOR, RUM CAY, EXUMA, LONG ISLAND, RAGGED ISLAND, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND LONG CAY, MAYAGUANA, IANAGUA AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTING OR CAN AFFECT THE AFOREMENTIONED AREAS WITHIN 36 HOURS.AT 11AM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.8 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 79.85 DEGREES WEST NEAR THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA OR ABOUT 163 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MARS BAY ANDROS.IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 9 MPH ALONG THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA.    A NORTHWEST TURN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATER TODAY WITH A FURTHER TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST TONIGHT OR ON SUNDAY.    ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CORE OF IRMA WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE NORTHERN COAST OF CUBA THIS MORNING, AND WILL REACH THE FLORIDA KEYS EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.    THE HURRICANE IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR THE SOUTHWEST COAST OF FLORIDA SUNDAY AFTERNOON.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 125 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   IRMA IS NOW A CATEGORY THREE (3) HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.   IRMA IS FORECAST TO RESTRENGTHEN ONCE IT MOVES AWAY FROM CUBA, AND IRMA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A POWERFUL HURRICANE AS IT APPROACHES FLORIDA.HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 195 MILES FROM THE CENTER.TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE NOW OCCURRING OVER ANDROS AND IS  EXPECTED TO SPREAD INTO BIMINI TONIGHT AND OVER  WEST END GRAND BAHAMA BY STAURDAY AFTERNOON.EXTENSIVE  FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED AS IRMA IS FORECAST TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES.THE COMBINATION OF STORM SURGE AND LARGE WAVES CAN RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 3 TO 6 FEET ABOVE THE NORMAL TIDE.   RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE COAST SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT PARTICULARLY THOSE NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF WEST END GRAND BAHAMA.  SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS SHOULD REMAIN IN SAFE HARBOUR.THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE IRMA WILL BE ISSUED AT 3PM TODAY.ISSUED BY:  BASIL DEANlast_img read more

Digicel continues restoration efforts of home TV and broadband services

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Customers in Discovery Bay and Plantation Hills up to the Blue Hills roundabout are receiving Digicel Play services again.  They join those in Leeward Palms, Leeward Landing, Grace Bay, Juba Sound, Long Bay, Leeward Highway, The Bight, Glass Shack, Cherokee Road, Abundant Life Ministry Road and Walter Cox Drive in Kew Town, Providenciales, where Play services were re-established last week.Please be advised that in same area where services has resumed, there may still be a lapse in service for some customers in that same location who may be connected to a grid outside of that area.   We encourage those affected customers to  check the status of their services and for assistance please call 339-4866, or visit our bill pay centre, Leeward Highway, Providenciales for help from our staff.The Digicel Turks and Caicsos technical team continues to work tirelessly on full network restoration.Press Release: Digicel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

The Governor General at Sir Durward Knowles Day Festivities at Queens College

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 6, 2017 – Nassau – Queen’s College held a special ‘Sir Durward Knowles Day,’ December 4, with celebrations at the school in honour of the 100th birthday and accomplishments of Queen’s College alumnus, Sir Durward Knowles.The festivities were attended by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis.  In the photo are Sir Durward (centre), his wife, Lady Holly (centre right), Governor General HE Dame Marguerite Pindling (left), Sir Durward’s daughter, Charlotte (right), and Principal of Queen’s College, Andrea Gibson (standing just behind Lady Holly).(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

TCI STCW95 Basic Safety Training

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 27, 2018 – Providenciales – The Maritime Department (MD), in collaboration with Sea School International, will be hosting the annual STCW/95 Basic Safety Training for local captains and skippers wishing to obtain a Boat Masters License.  This licence is the legal document required by any person who wishes to participate in the water sports business as a local captain, or anyone who wishes to be the captain of a small commercial vessel.  The holder of a local Boat masters license will be permitted to operate a small commercial vessel up to twenty-four (24) meters in length or up to one hundred and fifty (150) gross tonnes and a pleasure vessel under four hundred gross tonnes.Training in Provo will run from 26th February to 2nd March, 2018 at the Conference room, Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR), Lower Bight Road Providenciales.Fees for the course for ‘First Time’ attendees will be $630 per participant for all three days. A refresher course, for individuals where their 5-year certificate has expired, will cost $355.The three-day training will include:Basic Fire Fighting;Personal Survival Techniques;Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities; andFirst Aid/CPRRefresherIndividuals who wish to register are being asked to provide one form of identification the morning of the course.Please contact the Maritime Department Providenciales at 1-649-338 – (4171) or 1-649- 338 (4179) or the Maritime Office, Grand Turk at 1649-338-3173 for more information on the training course.  Re-sits, are to register on/or before 28th February, 2018.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Wagner warns Huddersfield of Klopps injury smokescreen

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner says Jurgen Klopp could be using his team’s injury scare as a smokescreen and expects a near full- strength Liverpool side on Saturdays Premier league clash.Despite the growing injury concerns in the Liverpool camp, David Wagner thinks his former teammate at German side Mainz in the 90’s is up to his old tricks again.‘I’ve known Jurgen long enough that I know he loves to use smokescreens,’ the Huddersfield Town manager told a news conference as reported by Reuters.‘Don’t believe everything you read – I expect that most of his players will be on the grass on Saturday.’Liverpool have stomped their feet on the ground as title contenders this season with 20 points from 8 matches and are third on the table as one of the unbeaten sides in their campaign so far. On the other hand, Huddersfield are seeking for their first win of the season to climb out of the relegation zone.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Wagner’s side will be hoping to build on their 1-1 draw at Burnley.‘Now we have a great opportunity, a wonderful game in front of our fans against a very strong side, where we can hopefully perform at the same level (as our last game). That’s what we like to do,’ Wagner added.‘Every performance gives you belief and every win gives you belief – unfortunately we have no wins so far – but we have performed at a good level consistently over the last weeks and in training the guys look very good as well.’‘Sometimes football writes some great story and nobody knows what is going to happen on Saturday.’last_img read more

De Bruyne might play against Liverpool

first_imgThe Manchester City footballer was injured for a while, but last month he made his first start of the season on Boxing DayAfter missing many games, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is hoping he can represent his team against Liverpool.The two clubs will face off tomorrow night, in one of the most important English Premier League matches of the season.And the Belgian footballer is hopeful he can play against the Reds.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He trained today but we need to check in the morning,” manager Pep Guardiola said according to Goal.“He is much better.”Both teams are currently in the Top 3 of the English Premier League, and a win will surely decide the future of the teams.last_img read more

Armed Services YMCA 12th Annual FatherDaughter Dance

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: February 9, 2018 Lauren Phinney, Lauren Phinney February 9, 2018 Armed Services YMCA 12th Annual Father-Daughter Dance 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 – On Friday, February 9th, the Armed Services YMCA San Diego (ASY) will host the 12th Annual Father Daughter Dance supporting military family bonding among active duty dads and their daughters. The night will be a Daddy and little princess theme with live entertainment, a magic show, candy bar, and keepsake photos to remember their special night. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be located at the Town and Country Resort, 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA 92108, Atlas Ballroom.The Father Daughter Dance creates a special opportunity for fathers to connect with their daughters. Family relationships are especially difficult for military families balancingdeployment, relocation, an injured service member or retirement.“The Armed Services YMCA’s Father & Daughter Dance is a wonderful opportunity for military fathers, many of which have been on several deployments, to create a special memory with their daughters,” said Tim Ney, Executive Director, Armed Services YMCA San Diego.At the Father Daughter Dance, over 200 military fathers will experience an evening out with their daughter(s). A special thanks to GEICO, Wells Fargo, USAA, Avant Garde, Navy Federal and our volunteers who make this night possible.About the San Diego Armed Services YMCAThe San Diego Armed Services YMCA (San Diego ASY) is the leading non-profit that makes military life easier for active duty service members and their families. The San Diego ASY gives military personnel and their loved ones the support and resources they need to be resilient, confident, connected, and secure. Founded in 1920 as a national affiliate of the YMCA, its mission is to enhance the lives of service members and their families in mind, body, and spirit. Through programs and services that are relevant to the unique challenges of military life, the ASY strengthens our military family by serving over 66,000 military and family members each year. www.asysd.org last_img read more

Local authorities rescue crashed paraglider

first_img Posted: March 9, 2018 Mike McKinnon III Local authorities rescue crashed paraglider Lifeguards are working to rescue a paraglider who made a hard landing on the face of a sea bluff above Black’s Beach in the Torrey Pines area.It’s unclear if the stranded person has suffered any injuries. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III, March 9, 2018last_img

Dead whale spotted off the coast of Torrey Pines

first_img Updated: 5:50 PM Dead whale spotted off the coast of Torrey Pines March 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 dead whale was spotted drifting off the coast of the Torrey Pines area today. Lifeguards at Black’s Beach sighted the roughly 30-foot lifeless cetacean about two miles offshore from Sumner Canyon this morning, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.The carcass, which appeared to be that of a gray whale in the early stages of decomposition, had a rope tied around its tattered tail, apparently from a prior attempt to tow it out to sea, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Lifeguards and scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worked into the afternoon to get biological samples of the dead marine mammal for evaluation and were weighing “disposal options,” Munoz said.IMG_0455IMG_0452IMG_0451dead-whaledead-whale-1 Posted: March 28, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Escondido Choral Arts moon landing concert

first_img July 19, 2019 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 SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) – The California Center for Arts, Escondido and a combined performance ensemble of about 150 musicians will perform a concert on Saturday July 20th honoring the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Moon Landing.For more information click here. Posted: July 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Escondido Choral Arts moon landing concert Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Pacific Legal Foundation files lawsuit challenging Californias Gag Rule on union membership

first_img Posted: August 6, 2019 August 6, 2019 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) – On Tuesday, July 30, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit challenging California’s “Gag Rule” on union membership. The case involves two San Diego employees.Last year, the Supreme Court emphasized in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees have a First Amendment right to refuse to pay a union, and “must choose to support the union before anything is taken from them.” Before the state can authorize a union to deduct dues payments from employee paychecks, workers must give their clear permission.After Janus, UC San Diego employees Mike Jackson and Tory Smith tried to exercise their rights by resigning their Teamsters membership. The union denied their demand, saying they were locked into membership until the collective bargaining agreement expires in 2022.When they asked the university’s human resources department how to resign, they were told a California state law—a Gag Rule statute—expressly prohibits the university from talking to them about their constitutional rights related to union membership and dues. PLF, on behalf of Jackson and Smith, filed the lawsuit challenging the “Gag Rule” and affirming their right to resign from the union.KUSI Contributor Jan Goldsmith explained the lawsuit in detail on Good Morning San Diego.To read a copy of the complain, click here. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Pacific Legal Foundation files lawsuit challenging California’s ‘Gag Rule’ on union membership Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Jan Goldsmith, Pacific Legal Foundation FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe W.J. Morse Foundation of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has launched an innovative, timely and informative program to educate key sectors on the importance of free trade, particularly soybeans, which are the largest U.S. farm export. Soybeans, soybean meal, and soybean oil exports totaled more than $7 billion last year. This educational program follows recent passage of critical Federal trade legislation.”On behalf of U.S. soybean producers, I want to express appreciation to Congress for passage of the Trade Act of 2002, and particularly, the Trade Promotion Authority that it granted the Bush Administration for developing new trade agreements,” said ASA President Dwain Ford, a soybean producer from Kinmundy, Ill. “Passage of this legislation has been a top priority for the American Soybean Association for several years.”The Trade Opportunities Program, called “TOP,” is designed to build upon the success of ASA’s legislative efforts to secure Trade Promotion Authority, which Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law on August 6, 2002.The Philip Morris family of companies’ Shared SolutionsSM Agricultural Initiative provided a grant for the program start-up, and Syngenta Seeds joined the effort as a sponsoring partner, along with ASA, to positively impact the future of U.S. agricultural exports.According to Katherine Trent, Director of Agricultural Relations at Philip Morris Management Corp., “If you look at all the issues confronting American agriculture today, the area of free trade is certainly among the most important. By supporting ASA’s TOP program, our Shared Solutions initiative is simply fulfilling its mandate to partner where we can to help farmers and ranchers address the concerns that have been identified as the most critical.”TOP features an educational insert that was distributed to all ASA members, and to every member of the United States Congress, accompanied by an ASA-produced multimedia presentation on CD-ROM. Text, photographs and the multimedia presentation, are also available to a worldwide audience on ASA’s web site at www.soygrowers.com/top.Mark Schmidt, Syngenta Seeds Soybean Product Manager, said, “In the months ahead, as U.S. Trade Representatives complete their work, the United States Congress will be given the opportunity to review new trade agreements. Our hope is that increased knowledge of global trade will lead to decisions that are beneficial to U.S. soybean farmers and to all Americans.”last_img read more

first_imgThe World Soy Foundation (WSF) recently received an exciting update from the field that emphasizes how the power of soy is helping children. WSF provided 1,266 bags of soybeans to Food for the Poor and partners in Guatemala where the soybeans nourished 13,895 people, including kids like Hector and his classmates.Hector lives in a hardworking and remote farming community where the children’s education is getting a boost from soybeans. Recognizing that children need proper nutrition to learn as well as grow, Food for the Poor helped the community install a small processing machine to make soy milk and other foods for the children from the soybeans.The soy is also the source of a business education. They trained two young women to make the soy foods as well as manage sales of the foods to the community of about 100 people.In addition to Hector, beneficiaries of the soybeans ranged from orphanages to a vocational school for 1,200 boys. With your support, WSF can reach even more children.Donate the value of ONE ACRE OF SOYBEANS today—Your gift today will make a significant impact in the lives of children and families as the World Soy Foundation strives to reduce malnutrition through the power of soy. Join the Acre Challenge and give the gift of protein today!How to donate: Click on the Donate Now button above; Visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org and click on the “donate now” button on the top right hand side of the webpage or send your check to:World Soy Foundation12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100St. Louis, MO 63141World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization so contributions are tax deductible for federal income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law under section 170 of the IRS Code.last_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and other ag organizations earlier this week urged Vice President-elect Mike Pence to quickly fill the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) vacancies with individuals well versed in agriculture commodity markets and issues.In a letter, industry groups pointed to the opportunity of President-elect Donald Trump to make nominations for the vacancies existing since 2014-15.“As you know, with the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFTC has taken on much more responsibility for overseeing financial markets than in the past. This has led to a makeup of the Commission that largely reflects backgrounds and experience in the financial sector,” the letter states. “Historically, however, there have always been Commissioners who understood agricultural futures markets, as well as the policy issues that impact the agricultural sector.”The groups said the industry appreciates the efforts of the sitting commissioners to learn the industry, but representation is vital for the ag futures markets.“We respectfully request that President-Elect Trump, with the consent of the U.S. Senate, ensures the CFTC has at least one Commissioner with a background in, and familiarity with, issues important to production agriculture and agribusiness. We appreciate your consideration,” the group states in the letter.Click here to read the letter.last_img read more

first_imgThe city of Camas has begun improvements to its wastewater treatment facility that will make the plant more environmentally friendly and allow it to produce fertilizer to be used locally.The $12 million project will increase solids capacity to meet the projected needs of the city for the next 20 years, convert the digester process to produce high-quality biosolids and upgrade technology and software, said Eric Levison, Camas public works director.Construction of the improvements has begun and is expected to wrap up in early 2012, Levison said. The facility was built in the 1970s. The city was recently named the recipient of a $3.5 million loan from the Washington Department of Ecology. About $1.77 million of the loan is forgiven principal, meaning the city does not need to repay the money, City Administrator Lloyd Halverson said. The remainder of the 20-year loan has an interest rate of 2.8 percent, he said.The majority of the project is funded by a $10 million loan from the Washington State Public Works Board to be repaid at 0.5 of a percent interest over the next 20 years. The city will use reserve funds and bonds to cover any remaining costs, Levison said.The improved plant will use an anaerobic process, which does not require oxygen, as opposed to an aerobic process that uses oxygen. The change means the new facility will produce class A biosolids, which are safe to use as fertilizer for nearly all applications, Levison said. Anaerobic microorganisms will decompose the organic pollutants. The remaining material will then be moved to a belt dryer, which will produce small pellets.last_img read more

first_imgNote to readers: Columbian staff have been posting the most read stories on Columbian.com each week since July. We’ve noticed, however, that the stories that received the most traffic don’t necessarily reflect the most important issues to our community of readers.So we’re trying something a little different, posting the stories that received the most comments. These stories got readers fired up for one reason or another and provide a better glimpse of the issues the community is most passionate about and interested in discussing.What do you think about this new approach? What comments and discussions would you like to see highlighted? Tell us in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.01. Why was Boldt sanctioned by GOP?Republican Marc Boldt was sanctioned by the county party’s executive board more than three months ago for making decisions that were deemed out of line with the party.“I find it amazing that his party wanted a commitment on the admissions tax BEFORE a public hearing. My goodness, why bother to have public hearings at all if you must follow the party line regardless of the hearing testimony?” –Denise Lukinslast_img read more

first_imgOn Friday August 10, 2012, at approximately 3:45 a.m., Portland Police were called to cover medical personnel at Mall 205 in the Hazelwood neighborhood on the report of a man who had been dumped from a dumpster into the back of a recycling truck.Officers and medical personnel arrived and talked to the man, identified as 27-year-old Justin Gilpatrick, who told police that he’d been drinking alcohol at a nearby bar when he decided that he was too intoxicated to drive home. Gilpatrick told police that he decided to crawl into a cardboard recycling container to spend the night until he was sober.At some point after Gilpatrick went to sleep, a Waste Management recycling truck dumped the cardboard into the truck and compacted the contents twice before the driver noticed something wrong and found Gilpatrick inside the truck, suffering from minor injuries.Gilpatrick was transported to a Portland hospital where he was treated and released.No criminal charges are expected in this case.last_img read more

first_imgClark County/ Woodland — Low-income first-time home buyers in Clark County and Woodland may be able to apply for down-payment grants of up to $58,000. Three grants are currently available via the Clark County Department of Community Services and nonprofit agency Proud Ground.Various conditions and qualifications apply — chiefly that you be a first-time homebuyer and that your income is no higher than 80 percent of the area median. Take a look at www.proudground.org/buy/clark-county to review all the details. The other overall restriction is that you are living or buying in Clark County or Woodland — but not inside the city of Vancouver. Vancouver residents and homes do not qualify for the grants.The first step toward applying for a grant is attending an information session. There are two coming up:• 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Ridgefield Community Center, 210 N. Main Ave.• 4 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. 8th Way, Battle Ground.last_img read more