New BA flight already bringing visitors to TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Mar 2015 – Already, The Turks and Caicos is reaping visitors thanks to the new connection to Antigua & Barbuda via a British Airways 777. Terminal & Marketing Manager at the Provo Intl Airport, Lavern Reynolds said families are taking advantage of the link. “There is a lady who told me she has friends and family that live here in Providenciales, and they invited her to come down. She almost missed her flight, but she put the pedal to the metal and she made it here in the Turks and Caicos, and she is more than happy to spend the wweek or maybe two, with her friends and family.”TC Hotel and Tourism Association President, Michel Neutelings shared that this connection to the Eastern Caribbean also links the TCI to the Middle East. “It also opens up connections to the Middle East and China as well because it has a direct link via Gatwick and also we will get to visit the Eastern Caribbean. Europeans especially who really come to the Eastern Caribbean a lot more than the Turks and Caicos will be able to link their stays with a hotel in one of the countries in the Eastern Caribbean with a stay here in the Turks and Caicos. And it will enable some people who stay here to go to the Eastern Caribbean…” British Airways will on Sundays now commute between Antigua & Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands instead of Nassau, Bahamas. Tourism Minister Porsha Smith led a delegation on the inaugural flight into Provo, from Antigua – the massive plane is now the largest commercial airliner servicing TCI. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Reports of damages throughout the Leeward Islands as Hurricane Irma hits Hurricane Irma destroys Barbuda Recommended for you Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Related Items:ANTIGUA, british aIRWAYS, Portia smith, provo international airportlast_img read more

US Coast Guard Suspends Search of Missing Plane

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 22, 2017 – Nassau – THE US Coast Guard (USCG) said on Friday morning that authorities have suspended the search for a small plane that apparently crashed into the ocean off Eleuthera this week with four people on board, including two children and a prominent New York businesswoman.Coast Guard aircraft had been searching for the United States-bound plane along with Customs and Border Patrol and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force since Tuesday. Debris recovered from the sea east of Eleuthera on Wednesday was determined to have come from a similar aircraft which air traffic control lost contact as it travelled from Puerto Rico to Florida on Monday.The people on board the plane were identified as Nathan Ulrich, 52, of Lee, New Hampshire, and Jennifer Blumin, 40, of New York, along with her sons Phineas, 4, and Theodore, 3.Ms. Blumin was founder and CEO of Skylight Group, which provides event space around New York City, specialising in the fashion industry. While New Hampshire-based Mr. Ulrich is the founder and co-owner of Xootr, a company that manufactures kick scooters and folding bicycles.#magneticmedianews#missingplanesearchsuspended Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #missingplanesearchsuspended Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Bahamas Can Regain Shipping Registry Prominence with 2 Key Measures We must

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 8, 2017 – Nassau – A maritime attorney with a leading law firm says The Bahamas is only steps away from regaining its position as one of the world’s most respected and sought after shipping registries.Syneisha Bootle, AA., LLB (Hons.), LLM (Dist.) maritime specialist with Callenders & Co., the country’s oldest law firm with a century-old history with shipping, said the country is poised to regain its position among the world’s fastest growing ship registries, but it must take two steps – update maritime legislation including a half century old insurance act and enact new legislation with strict enforcement provisions.“We have the talent, we have the resources to put The Bahamas back on the map in maritime law,” said Bootle, who holds an advanced degree in maritime law. “However, we must enact legislation enabling us to act on the many conventions and treaties we have signed. Without enforcement legislation, the signatures on the treaties are merely well-intentioned promises.”In the 1990s, The Bahamas enjoyed the position of being the fastest growing ship registry in the world and at one time was the third largest, boasting of high standards that would distinguish it from being a flag of convenience.Bootle is worried that the country has fallen to seventh place in an era when opportunities are greater than they have ever been.“It is gratifying to know that companies like Chevron, Exxon International, Maersk Line, Cunard Lines, Texaco, Holland-America Cruises, Finnlines, Teekay Shipping, Lauritzen Reefers, Smit International, the East Asiatic Company and MSC are listed on the official Bahamas Maritime Authority register and have chosen to fly the Bahamian flag. However, with the record number of new cruise ships under commission and the growth being experienced by the shipping industry as a whole, we must ask ourselves why we are sliding instead of climbing relative to other registries,” said Bootle.“We have the capacity. We have the infrastructure with a well-equipped and provisioned maritime authority with offices in London, Hong Kong, Greece and New York with an agency office in Tokyo.  We have the political stability, the strong and stable banking and financial sector requirements. We simply need to update and modernize our maritime legislation and to take a stricter stand on enforcement which requires legislation so that the treaties we have signed become law.”Bootle’s dissertation focused on the modernization of the Marine Insurance Act. The Marine Insurance Act that is more than 50 years old, she noted, and was modeled after the 1908 United Kingdom act. “Today, that Act is in urgent need of updating,” says Bootle. “Along with the Marine Insurance Act, there are several pieces of legislation that need updating or must be created if we are going to be competitive in the ship registry space.”She commends the government for recognizing the value of yacht registration and enacting legislation to introduce the separate registry in 2011.Now, she says, it is time to re-focus on the registry for commercial vessels, re-affirming the high standards it represented when the Bahamas Maritime Authority was launched in 1995.According to the government’s reports, The Bahamas has more than some 1500 ships on its registry. Panama, the world’s largest registry, reports 8,200 ships accounting for 23% of all vessels, though its requirements to register including the age of the ship are less stringent than those of The Bahamas.“We never wanted to be a flag of convenience and I am pleased that, in principle, we are maintaining that standard. But without signing onto treaties like the London Convention that sets strict penalties for dumping at sea and without updating our maritime legislation to support the treaties we have signed on to, I fear our reputation will be at stake. We want this country to grow and play a prominent role in an arena that is profitable, productive and invites many opportunities for people and companies that service the ships we register. These are relatively easy fixes and we should act on them without delay.”Release: DPA newsPhoto caption:  Syneisha Bootle, AA., LLB (Hons.), LLM (Dist.) maritime specialist with Callenders & Co., the country’s oldest law firm with a century-old history with shipping, said the country is poised to regain its position as among the world’s fastest growing ship registries, but it must take two steps.(Photo by Bahamas Visual Services.) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Lucayan Strip sale has leaders talking Govt under pressure to make a

first_img Bahamas Govt bids to buy Lucayan Strip resorts, PM Minnis tours site Related Items:#LucayanStrip, #magneticmedianews, #PortLucayaMarketplace, grandbahama Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 25, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The Bahamas Government may have to get back into the hotel business as it appears to be a rocky road ahead when it comes to solidifying a deal for the Lucayan Strip in Freeport.    Many are weighing in now, after the report that the Wynn Group out of Canada has left the table, reportedly that negotiation ended weeks ago.From the owner of #PortLucayaMarketplace saying the government should opt for short term pain to see long term gain, to an anonymous source saying the Government may take an equity stake in the resort site, to a former Grand Bahama Port Authority executive calling for a firm hand in dealing with Hutchison Wompoa and the former Tourism Minister saying the PLP Administration also considered buying in to save the district; all agree that it is an important, tough call which has to be made carefully and soon by the Minnis led government.One thousand direct jobs were lost when the Memories hotel and casino closed down, Government is under pressure to act now to get people back to work.    The FNM Administration has not not said anything, but in their saying there is little insight about what the government will do now that they are in this quandary over which direction to take when it comes to the #LucayanStrip.Peter Hunt, owner of Port Lucaya gives an interesting interview to Tribune Business where he explains that a theme park styled revamp of the strip to the tune of $350M is what their side believes is right and he explained that a sudden or rushed move by Government to get people back to work may cost the island a real game changing deal.Hunt explains,  “If they put an all-inclusive operator in there for five to 10 years, it will kill the deal.   I’m very, very nervous that the Government will have a knee jerk reaction because they want to open that resort quickly.   That will kill the deal.   It won’t work.   It will be a dead duck.    But we feel the process is being rushed because they have to do something, and that could restrict long-term gain,” he added.Hunt exposed that the Government has told him, we’d like to work with you, but people are saying we need something to happen today’.   Hunt told the publication he feels sorry for The Government’s position in this dynamic deal.    While Carey Leornard, former Chairman at the Grand Bahama Port Authority says government has to act forcefully with Hutchison because, in his view, Grand Bahama is on the brink of economic collapse.Leornard was also speaking the Tribune Business when he said,  “The Government needs to let them [Cheung Kong Property Holdings, the Grand Lucayan owner created by Hutchison Whampoa’s split] know that they cannot just shut down a major property and get away with it.   The Government needs to be extremely firm.”Obie Wilchcombe, who had days before the elections left the country to secure the Letter of Intent, with a deposit of $110,000 paid by the Wynn Group said he is watching the situation,   “We were hoping by now that the property would be under repair and being prepared for the winter season coming.   I’m deeply concerned, but I hold on to what the Prime Minister said in his national address: that the Government will be stepping up to the plate to assist.”But it seems the Minnis Administration does not believe the deal struck with the PLP could happen as originally hoped for #GrandBahama.    That anonymous source to Tribune Business said, “The Government realized Wynn couldn’t do it, and didn’t want them as a player.   They’ve been out for several weeks.”   It is reported that in addition to hundreds of jobs, Grand Bahama lost 59% of its room inventory.#MagneticMediaNews Grand Bahama is future Caribbean silicon valley, Govt tells Diplomats New cruise ship new border policy coming for grand Bahamalast_img read more

ALERT NUMBER 46 ON IRMA ISSUED AT 9PM

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 10, 2017 – Nassau – ALERT NUMBER FORTY SIX (#46) ON HURRICANE IRMA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT 9PM EDT.…IRMA MOVING NORTH NEAR FORT MYERS FLORIDA….TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS AND THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE OVER GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI…TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTING OR CAN AFFECT THE AFOREMENTIONED AREAS WITHIN 36 HOURS. AT 8PM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 26.7 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 81.7 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 15 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF FORT MYERS FLORIDA,  184 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF SOUTH BIMINI, 194 MILES WEST OF WEST END GRAND BAHAMA, 288 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF NEW PROVIDENCE.IRMA IS  MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 14 MPH AND A NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD MOTION WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED LATER TONIGHT, WITH THAT MOTION CONTINUING THROUGH MONDAY.   ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE EYE OF IRMA SHOULD MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE WEST COAST OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 105 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   ALTHOUGH WEAKENING IS EXPECTED, IRMA IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN A HURRICANE AT LEAST THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 80 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 220 MILES FROM THE CENTER.TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ALONG WITH HEAVY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE STILL BEING EXPERIENCED OVER BIMINI AND GRAND BAHAMA AND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT.EXTENSIVE  FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED AS IRMA COULD PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES OVER BIMINI AND WEST END GRAND BAHAMA.RESIDENTS IN BIMINI AND GRAND BAHAMA ARE STRONGLY ASKED TO REMAIN INDOORS AS TORNADOS REMAIN POSSIBLE THROUGH TONIGHTSMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS SHOULD REMAIN IN SAFE HARBOUR.THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE IRMA WILL BE ISSUED AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.ISSUED BY:  BASIL DEAN Related Items:last_img read more

No Bahamians hurt in UK suspected terror attack in Kensington

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United Kingdom, October 10, 2017 – London – Bahamians are safe, reports the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after another suspected terror attack in the UK.    A driver plowed into pedestrians in what is becoming a sad and scary scenario playing out far too often now in major nations, where Bahamians are resident.The attacks are causing the world to question now the safety of countries once thought to be above these senseless actions; this time it happened in Kensington in the museum district.   The Bahamas High Commission said Bahamians resident there are safe, adding that our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and their loved ones.#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#Londonattacks, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Audit of Community Standpipes in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 16, 2017 – Kingston – Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the Ministry plans to conduct an audit of community standpipes islandwide that are managed by municipal corporations, as part of measures to reduce the cost to deliver domestic water to residents through these outlets.He said the exercise, which the Ministry will be seeking to carry out in tandem with the National Water Commission (NWC), aims to identify standpipes that are either non-functional or are not being appropriately used, in order to determine how to deal with them.Addressing a special meeting of the St. Mary Municipal Corporation in Port Maria on Thursday, October 12, Mr. McKenzie indicated that he will be writing to the NWC President, Mark Barnett, to formally advise him of the proposed undertaking, and request a meeting, along with the Commission’s technical officers to discuss the matter.“We are going to engage the NWC in an in-depth discussion… so we can give the necessary instructions for some of these standpipes to be disconnected,” the Minister said.Mr. McKenzie further said mayors and councillors will be asked to furnish a list of all standpipes across their parishes for incorporation in the proposed audit.     The Minister’s proposed action comes against the background of the close to $800 million that he says the Ministry owes the NWC, through the councils, for water supplied through community standpipes.Mr. McKenzie said information gleaned by the Ministry indicates that a significant number of the standpipes are not being used for their intended purpose, noting that persons are using the water to either wash cars or supply cook shops.   Additionally, he said others “fill tanks that they have and go and sell the water to residents”.“While we have thousands of standpipes… it is totally unacceptable that social water should be costing the Ministry so much money, and we are not in a position to fully account for the number,” the Minister said.“There is a culture of waste of State resources in this country, where some people feel that ‘somebody has to pay for it, and it’s not going to be me’. There comes a point in time (when) we have to stop… and that is the decision I have taken,” Mr. McKenzie added.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Mobile apps being developed to improve policing

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 21, 2017 – Kingston – National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government is developing three mobile applications (apps) that will revolutionize policing in Jamaica.   The Minister made the disclosure during the Jamaica Police Federation/Ministry of National Security scholarship awards ceremony at the Girl Guides Association of Jamaica headquarters in Kingston on October 19.   He noted that the apps will allow police personnel to carry out their duties with greater ease and efficiency.The first of the three expected to be launched is the Jamaica Eye, which will network the almost 300 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras owned by the National Security Ministry as well as accommodate feed from privately-owned CCTV cameras.   Another app being worked on is Jampulse Stats, which will overlay the statistics of the police on a geographic information system (GIS) map of Jamaica.GIS is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present spatial or geographic data.   This app, the Minister informed, will assist the police in undertaking more accurate data gathering, noting that information is normally collected based on a police district, and not where the incident actually occurs.The final app, E-policing, will enable members of the force to log in for their shift from a smartphone, and provide the Commissioner with a more accurate picture of how many personnel are deployed on any given day; make reports; as well as provide access to all the necessary forms available at the police stations.Mr. Montague said there is a project to convert handwritten station diaries from over the last three years into a digital format, which will be available as a database in that app.   During the ceremony, a total of 62 scholarships valued at $200,000 each were presented to students pursuing tertiary studies.   They are children of rank and file police officers, who are currently serving, injured while on duty, or deceased.A total of 723 scholarships have been awarded since the inception of the programme in 2003.Release: JISlast_img read more

Saunders defends Klopps team selection in Liverpool defeat

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Dean Saunders has risen to Jurgen Klopp’s defence following the club’s shock FA Cup exit to Wolves on MondayThe German coach made nine changes to the line-up that lost 2-1 to Manchester City last week with three teenagers debuting at Molineux.But goals from Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves sealed Wolves a 2-1 win and handed a second successive defeat for Liverpool on the night.Although Saunders insists Klopp is right to give priority to other competitions, while defending his team selection.“I find it difficult to criticise him [Klopp] because he’s got a point,” Saunders told talkSPORT on Twitter.“The Premier League and the Champions League are the targets for the club.“He’s made nine changes, so that team he put out last night has never played with each other before.“He did come out and say he took a risk. He changed the goalkeeper, the whole back four was different, Lovren and Milner were the only two that were unchanged.”Liverpool haven’t progressed past the fourth round in the FA Cup for the last three seasons under Klopp.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Traditionally, in this country, everybody loves the FA Cup,” Saunders added.“But then you get managers coming over, foreign managers who probably don’t understand how important it is, plus the money that’s involved in the Premier League.”The Reds will next take on Brighton in the Premier League this Saturday.”I find it hard to criticise Klopp.””The Premier League and the Champions League are the targets.”Dean Saunders says Jurgen Klopp was right to make 9 changes to his #LFC side last night.Do you agree? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/OrxupQ7TGQ— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) January 8, 2019last_img read more

San Diego Symphony offers free tickets to federal employees impacted by the

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Symphony is offering free concert tickets to federal employees who are impacted by the government shutdown.Federal employees, with current government ID, can receive up to four complimentary tickets for any San Diego Symphony Jacobs Masterworks program between now and the end of the 2018-19 season, May 26.President and CEO of the San Diego Symphony Martha Gilmer says, “Music has the power to lift the spirits. The Symphony can offer a few hours of beauty, pleasure and hope to the many individuals and families in our community facing hardships as a result of the shutdown.”Those eligible may reserve available tickets by phone (619) 235-0804 or in person at the box office at Copley Symphony Hall, Jacobs Music Center in downtown San Diego.The Joshua Bell concert on April 14 is excluded from the offer due to limited availability. January 22, 2019 Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 22, 2019 San Diego Symphony offers free tickets to federal employees impacted by the government shutdown KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Waterways Issues and Interests Shaping Up in Congress

first_imgThe past week saw some noteworthy activity on the waterways infrastructure front. In addition to President Barack Obama’s mention of the need to invest in port infrastructure, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held their first hearing of the year and reiterated that waterways and the Water Resources Development Act would be their first priority for 2013. Likewise, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has held two hearings already this year on the importance of waterways and ports to the national economy.Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) also reintroduced the “Realize America’s Maritime Promise Act” (RAMP Act), a bill thatwould ensure that funds collected by the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) are used as originally intended – the dredging and maintenance of the nation’s ports and waterways. Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate. ASA strongly supports these measures.The HMTF is funded via a 0.125 percent tax on the value of imports and domestic cargo arriving at U.S. Ports with federally maintained harbors and channels. The tax collects $1.3 to $1.6 billion annually. In establishing the HMTF, there was an understanding that revenue generated from the tax would be spent on dredging and channel maintenance. Instead, only roughly half is spent on such projects with the balance spent on other discretionary projects that are unrelated to harbor maintenance.Last year, a “Sense of Congress” was included in the surface transportation bill (MAP-21), which expressed support for the RAMP Act. Unfortunately, a “Sense of Congress” does not include an enforcement mechanism. As a result, an increase in actual funding for harbor maintenance did not occur.In a further sign of the growing interest in addressing waterways issues, both the Senate and House saw the announcement of caucuses to coordinate supporters. U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) announced the establishment of the Mississippi River Caucus, a bipartisan effort to provide greater focus on the importance of the Mississippi River to the nation as a whole. On the House side, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) established the Congressional Maritime Caucus – an effort to raise awareness among members of Congress on a broad range of maritime related topics.last_img read more

The World Soy Foundations Farmer Leader Feature Leonard Stoll

first_imgWe would like to introduce you to Leonard Stoll, a farmer from Missouri who raises corn, soybeans and cattle about 60 miles east of Kansas City in a town called Higginsville. Leonard farmed his land for most of his life and passed his knowledge and passion down to his son who now manages the operation.Leonard and his wife Kathy, their daughter, son and his wife along with their four children, also live on the farm—making their home in Higginsville a lively place! Leonard remembers reading about the World Soy Foundation (WSF) about five years ago and thinking the WSF was doing good work that merited support. His son and daughter-in-law go on mission trips with their church, specifically to Uganda, and told Leonard stories about the children in need they encounter on those trips“Soy is a good way to feed starving kids over in third world countries, and it’s good to support an organization that does that,” Leonard said. “That’s why I got involved; to alleviate the kids who are starving to death.”Leonard explains that we cannot get wrapped up in the luxuries we are so accustomed to when there are thousands of kids dying every day around the world that have significantly less than even the poorest in America.“The Bible tells us to take care of the poor. While the WSF’s work does benefit soy farmers, too, we also need to get involved to help starving kids,” he said.The WSF commends Leonard for his passion and dedication to helping reduce malnutrition through the power of soy. Leonard is a committed supporter of the WSF and we want to especially recognize him and his family for joining with us to further our mission! Without the generosity of people like the Stoll’s, WSF would not be able to continue helping hungry kids around the world.To join Leonard and hundreds of other farmers in reducing malnutrition through the power of soy, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!Make your donation by clicking HERE or sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, Mo.63141.The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

In video production Skyview student is allAmerican star

first_imgo See the U.S. All-American Bowl, 10 a.m. Jan. 8, from the San Antonio, Texas, Alamodome, NBC-TV.See Clint Saylor’s demo tape of the Skyview band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFSE72SiLwYAn eye on the Storm has earned one local student an insider’s adventure deep in the heart of Texas.Clint Saylor, 17, a senior at Skyview High School, has been invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, set for Jan. 8 in San Antonio, Texas.No, not to play in the football game, but to capture the action for television, on and off the field.Saylor is one of five students named to an all-star video production squad, chosen in a first-time national competition run by game sponsor All-American Games and NewTek, a San Antonio-based video technology firm.On a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip, the team will assist with television production of the Jan. 8 gridiron tilt and an affiliated youth game, plus other bowl-related activities.Saylor and the others will receive training at NewTek headquarters on video equipment also used by the MTV network, the National Basketball Association’s Development League and the New York Giants pro football team.Saylor and his mother, Donna, also will have one free day for sightseeing.“It’ll be fun. It’s pretty awesome,” Saylor said.He has worked on live-action video editing before (for tape), but never a live broadcast, he said.The invitation is a by-product of chronicling months of drilling by the Skyview marching band and dance team.Saylor’s three-minute demo tape for the contest was carved from about 40 hours’ tape of band practice and performing, dating to last summer.He and two senior classmates plan to complete a 45-minute documentary on the Skyview band as the capstone project in their advanced video production course at the school. Spencer Mirabal is director and producer, and Eric Church is helping with editing on the piece, for now titled “Braving the Storm.”last_img read more

Arraignment in caged children case today

first_imgThe Vancouver man and woman accused of keeping two autistic boys in a caged room will be arraigned today in Clark County Superior Court on unlawful imprisonment charges.John Eckhart, 30, and his 26-year-old girlfriend, Alayna Higdon, were arrested after the boys — ages 5 and 7 — were found April 12 in an apartment room with a cage-like door. Investigators said there were no toys in the room and that the boys shared a single mattress.The boys are in state foster care for now. Their biological mother, Jona Bronson of Tillamook, Ore., is seeking long-term placement.The defendants’ two other children, Higdon’s 9-year-old son and an 11-month-old boy Eckhart and Higdon have together, are staying with family members.last_img

Obama tours twisterravaged neighborhood in Joplin

first_imgJOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Face to face with the legions of homeless and the bereaved, President Barack Obama on Sunday toured the apocalyptic landscape left by Missouri’s killer tornado, consoled the community and committed the government to helping rebuild shattered lives.“We’re not going to stop `til Joplin’s back on its feet,” Obama vowed. A memorial service where Obama spoke punctuated a day of remembrance one week after the disaster, as authorities pressed on with the task of identifying the victims and volunteers combed through wreckage of neighborhoods where nothing was left whole.The service erupted in cheers when Obama said, “I promise you your country will be there with you every single step of the way,” a pledge he extended to all parts of the nation raked by violent storms this season.The Joplin tornado was the worst to hit the United States in decades, leaving more than 120 dead and hundreds more injured. At least 40 people remain unaccounted for.Air Force One flew over a massive swath of brown — a land of flattened houses and stripped trees — on its approach to Joplin. On the ground, the destruction was even more stark and complete. Obama confronted painful sights at every turn and said nothing in his life measured up to what he saw this day.last_img

States budget reserves in peril

first_imgOLYMPIA — The cash cushion that Washington lawmakers recently set aside in their budget may not be enough to handle the economic turbulence expected in the months ahead, state forecasters said Thursday.In a discouraging revenue prediction, economists said they anticipate that the state’s $738 million in budgeted reserves will be whittled down to $163 million in the next two-year budget cycle. Forecasters also warned that there’s a one-in-five chance that risk factors could trigger additional revenue reductions of more than $2 billion.Marty Brown, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget director, said the numbers will take the state into uncomfortable budget territory, but he wouldn’t predict whether lawmakers would have to come back for another special session.“We will be watching expenditures religiously,” Brown said.The Legislature and budget writers will now closely watch the next revenue forecast due out in September.Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, said he thinks lawmakers should have set more money aside, especially because economic modeling is so challenging during the recession and because the general trend has been downward.“This just proves the point that I’ve been trying to make: With so much unpredictability out there and so many downside risks, you need to cushion a little more,” Orcutt said.last_img read more

Most read stories on Columbiancom week of August 21

first_imgMost read stories on Columbian.com last week:No. 1) Infant killed, 3 injured in accident on I-5 near Hazel DellA 3-month-old boy was killed and three more were injured in a two-car accident on Interstate 5 near the Main Street exit on Sunday, Aug. 21.No. 2) Police investigating ‘suspicious death’ in Vancouver The woman, described as being “in her late 30s,” was found dead in the 600 block of Martin Way on Saturday, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. No. 3) Man jumps from seventh floor at hospital; commits suicide An inmate of the Clark County Jail — injured in an apparent suicide attempt there Saturday and taken to a hospital — died early Tuesday when he jumped out the seventh-floor window of his room at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, police say.No. 4) $200,000 bail set in crash that killed baby A Beaverton, Ore. man accused of driving drunk and causing a Sunday night crash that killed a 3-month-old boy made his first appearance Monday morning in Clark County Superior Court.No. 5) Semi loses driveshaft, two cars hit it, one car explodes on I-5 A minivan driver was taken to a hospital with burns Friday afternoon after his vehicle hit a metal shaft that had fallen from a semi truck on Interstate 5 southbound in Salmon Creek.last_img read more

Arrest plea in pair of child pornography cases

first_imgPolice on Thursday arrested a local man for alleged child pornography and, in an unrelated case of the same type, said another man pleaded guilty in court.After more than a year of investigating, officers with the Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit on Thursday arrested James J. Blunt, 46, on suspicion of 607 counts of possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, also known as possession of child pornography, according to a bulletin from the Vancouver Police Department.Blunt also was arrested on suspicion of three counts of alleged dealing in child pornography, said police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. He was taken to the Clark County Jail.The investigation began in May 2010, when officers with a search warrant raided a home in the 3500 block of Northeast 109th Avenue, in the Burton area.Officers seized digital evidence from Blunt’s computer and took it to be processed by the DECU unit, which includes Vancouver police and Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies.last_img read more

Gorge scenic area gets new manager

first_imgLynn Burditt, a veteran Forest Service manager who has a master’s degree in conflict management, has been named area manager of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. She will begin her duties in the Hood River, Ore., office in early January.Burditt succeeds National Scenic Area Manager Dan Harkenrider, who recently retired.A former deputy supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Burditt comes to the job from the agency’s Region 6 office in Portland, where she has served as assistant director of resource planning and monitoring since April.“I’m truly honored for the opportunity to work with people in this special place,” she said Friday. A new Oregon Field Guide documentary on the 25th anniversary of the National Scenic Area that aired Thursday night on Oregon Public Broadcasting “was such a reminder of how much people care about the places where they live,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be part of that.”During more than 30 years with the Forest Service, Burditt has held a variety of positions in Minnesota, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, California and North Carolina. While working on Oregon’s Willamette National Forest, she was co-leader of a science/management partnership that focused on research on the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. She has extensive experience in collaborative efforts and public and private partnerships.“A lot of connecting is about just communicating with people and being able to hear each other,” she said. “ I do find it useful to step back and think about what I am hearing and how I can bring people together.”last_img read more

Local black leader Val Joshua dies at 92

first_imgVal Joshua, who served for 29 years as president of the Vancouver chapter of the NAACP, died Monday. She was 92.The YWCA’s Val Joshua Racial Justice Award is named for her.Pat Jollota, a former member of the Vancouver City Council who worked for years as curator of the Clark County Historical Museum, said Monday that Joshua was part of the “Class of ’42.”In the early 1940s, more than 8,000 blacks moved to Vancouver to work in the shipyards, building ships for World War II.“She’s on the cover of my ‘Legendary Locals of Vancouver’ book,” Jollota said of Joshua. “We talk about the ‘Greatest Generation’ who fought in the war,” Jollota said. “Val was a member of the ‘Greatest Generation’ who stayed here and made things better.”“She really did impact the city of Vancouver,” the Rev. Marva Edwards said. “She was in community efforts all over.”Edwards serves now as president of the Vancouver chapter of the NAACP.“We lost a great person,” Edwards said. “One that cared about people and she showed it in everything that she did.“I patterned my life after her.“She started the WORTH program with the YWCA and they visited the women in prison,” Edwards added. She said Joshua in October received an NAACP Lifetime Achievement award at a tri-state convention. She noted that Joshua was president of the Vancouver NAACP for 29 years.Bertha Baugh, who arrived in Vancouver in 1945, said she and Joshua were friends for more than 50 years.“She was involved in so many organizations,” Baugh. She said she and Joshua worked four years on the 2012 book, “First Families of Vancouver’s African American Community: From World War II to the Twenty-First Century.”In 2009, Joshua told a Columbian reporter that she came to Vancouver with her husband, Joseph, from Gilmer, Texas, in 1944. They helped start the local NAACP.last_img read more