Pochettino compares Chelsea game to a North London derby

first_imgMauricio Pochettino believes that their upcoming match against Chelsea in the Premier League is comparable to a North London derbySpurs will face Chelsea in a a potentially decisive game with both sides competing for a top four spot in the Premier League this season with Pochettino’s side looking to secure a first win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 28 years.“I think, to compare with Arsenal, I think it is similar. Similar in everything.” said Pochettino, according to Sky Sports.“Arsenal, Chelsea are always tough games because they are derbies. For me it is a similar type of opponent and, for the fans, it is so important.“And of course three points for us would be fantastic, to put us in a very good position in the table.”Currently Pochettino’s side have a five point lead over last season’s league winner’s in fourth place and a win will give them an eight point with just seven matches remaining, but the Spurs’ coach warned that it is still far from over.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It is always a massive game, because it is a London derby. I think, when you play this type of game, I think the pressure is for both teams.” continued the Argentine.“Of course, there are still a lot of games to play.“It is not a final, it is not a decisive game that is going to put you in one or another position, because there are still a lot of games to play.“But obviously it is important for your confidence, your motivation.“To win against Chelsea would be fantastic for everyone but it will be a very tough game – they are a very good team and it is always tough to compete with them.”Previously, Pochettino revealed that injured star forward Harry Kane was making very progress with his ankle and may feature for the side on Sunday. Defender Toby Alderweireld, who played for Belgium during the international break, will also be assessed the club before the match.last_img read more

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Ryan Loft agrees twoyear Leicester contract

first_imgOnce the World Cup ends on Sunday, the summer transfer window will become heated up, and we at Ronaldo, are all here to report all of it.As clubs seal up transfer and negotiate transfer talks, former Tottenham striker, Ryan Loft has signed a two-year contract with Leicester, according to Sky SportsLoft, who is 20-year-old will connect with the Foxes’ development squad ahead of the new season.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Loft joined Tottenham in 2013, however, he couldn’t make a first-team appearance as he also spent time on loan at Braintree Town, Stevenage and Exeter. He was released by Spurs at the end of last season.After playing for Dartford and Ebbsfleet United, Loft joined Tottenham Hotspur for the 2013–14 season. He moved to Braintree Town in March 2016 on a ‘work experience’ deal, He signed on loan for Stevenage in January 2017, and for Exeter City in January 2018.He was released by Tottenham at the end of the 2017–18 season. Loft attended Northfleet Technology College, where he was a high jump champion.last_img read more

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Sarri throws shades at Arsenal

first_imgMaurizio Sarri believes Chelsea have achieved more than Arsenal this season because they have reached the Carabao Cup final.The two London clubs are level on points (50) in the League but have been ousted in FA Cup and through to the Europa League last 16.But Sarri who has been under intense pressure at Chelsea after a poor run feels they are better than their fellow London rivals.“It’s important to win the final,” Sarri told Sky. “It’s very important for us, we have to find confidence. We are in the first final of the season and one point off the [Premier League] top four.“Arsenal’s season is good but we’re doing a little bit better because we are in the final, and our season is a disaster? I am not able to understand.“I want to remind you that in the last two seasons this team had 70 points, not 100. In the summer, we changed everything. It is not easy.”Chelsea ended City’s unbeaten start to the 2018/19 season when they won 2-0 in December before Pep Guardiola’s side took revenge with a 6-0 thumping earlier this month.Sarri has some questions… 🤔Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.Which team is having a better season: Arsenal or Chelsea? 🤷‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/r4sIKk7YYu— Goal (@goal) February 22, 2019The Italian manager on those games and suggested Chelsea must “stay in the match for a long time” if they have any hope of lifting the Carabao Cup trophy on Sunday.“I thought we were lucky in the first match because we were in trouble in the first half, we scored in the last minute of the first half and then the match changed.“I thought we were unlucky in the second match because we started very well for five minutes but then conceded a stupid goal and we were unable to react. It was a disaster.“For us, it’s very important to stay in the match for a long time [on Sunday] then we will be able to do something.”last_img read more

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Public Forecast 27 Jan 2015

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST6AM WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT TUESDAY 27TH JANUARY 2015.GENERAL SITUATION: A WEAK FRONT NEAR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS ALONG WITH A SECOND FRONT IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WILL MERGE BY TONIGHT AS ANOTHER COLD FRONT NEAR FLORIDA APPROACHES THE AREA.SPECIAL WARNINGS: MARINERS AND SWIMMERS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF HAZARDOUS RIP CURRENTS.NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS:WEATHER: FAIR TO PARTLY CLOUDY SKIES, WINDY AND MILD TODAY WITH THE SLIGHT CHANCE OF A PASSING SHOWER THROUGH TONIGHT.ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THIS MORNING BUT A CAUTION COMES INTO EFFECT BY EARLY AFTERNOON FOR NEW PROVIDENCE TO LONG ISLAND.WINDS: WEST TO NORTHWEST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS THIS MORNING BUT DECREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS FROM NEW PROVIDNCE TO LONG ISLAND BY EARLY AFTERNOON.SEAS: 7 TO 10 FEET OVER THE OCEAN BUT DECREASING TO 4 TO 7 FEET BETWEEN NEW PROVIDENCE AND LONG ISLAND BY EARLY AFTERNOON.SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS:WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY TO CLOUDY, BREEZY AND MILD WITH FEW LINGERING SHOWERS OR A POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM NEAR THE FRONTAL ZONE THROUGH TONIGHT.WINDS: NORTHWEST TO NORTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEANDAYTIME HIGH :76F 25C LOW TEMPERATURE: 63F 17CSUNRISE: 6:55AM SUNSET: 5:51PMMOONRISE: 12:07PM MOONSET: 1:28AM WED.LOW TIDE: 7:32AM HIGH TIDE: 1:28PM LOW TIDE: 7:48PM HIGH TIDE: 2:15AM WED.EXTENDED FORECAST: AS TWO OLD FRONT MERGE AND EXIT THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, ANOTHER COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS ON WEDNESDAY MORNING. THIS FRONT WILL REINFORCE THE COOLER AIR OVER THE BAHAMAS AS IT QUICKLY MOVES THROUGH THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS FOLLOWED BY BUILDING HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE AREA.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWEATHER: CLOUDY PERIODS WITH FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS OR A POSSIBLE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM NEAR THE FRONTS.WINDS: NNW TO NNE AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE NW BAHAMAS AND NW TO N AT 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SE BAHAMAS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE NW BAHAMAS AND 3 TO 5 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SE BAHAMAS WITH MIXED LIGHT TO MODERATE SWELLS.FORECAST FOR THURSDAYWEATHER: A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS WITH COOLER AND DRIER CONDITIONS ACROSS THE BAHAMAS.WINDS: N TO NE AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS AT FIRST, THEN BECOMING MORE NE TO E AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER ALL AREAS.SEAS: 4 TO 7 FEET OVER THE OCEAN FOR ALL AREAS WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE MIXED SWELLS.THE END. GG/ivm. Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weather Noon Bahamas Marine Forecast Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Marine Forecast 27 Jan 2015

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bahamas Marine Forecast – 10th August 2015 Related Items:bahamas weather, turks and caicos weather Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBAHAMAS MARINE FORECAST6AM MARINE FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT TUESDAY 27TH JANUARY 2015.GENERAL SITUATION: A WEAK FRONT NEAR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS ALONG WITH A SECOND FRONT IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WILL MERGE BY TONIGHT AS ANOTHER COLD FRONT NEAR FLORIDA APPROACHES THE AREA.SPECIAL WARNINGS: NO GALE WARNINGS BUT VISIBILITY REDUCED BELOW 3NM AND GUSTY WINDS ABOVE 25 KNOTS IN HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS. MARINERS AND SWIMMERS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF HAZARDOUS RIP CURRENTS.NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS:ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THIS MORNING BUT A CAUTION COMES INTO EFFECT BY EARLY AFTERNOON FOR NEW PROVIDENCE TO LONG ISLAND.WINDS: WEST TO NORTHWEST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS THIS MORNING BUT DECREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS FROM NEW PROVIDNCE TO LONG ISLAND BY EARLY AFTERNOON.SEAS: 7 TO 10 FEET OVER THE OCEAN BUT DECREASING TO 4 TO 7 FEET BEWTEEN NEW PROVIDENCE AND LONG ISLAND BY EARLY AFTERNOON.WEATHER: SLIGHT CHANCE OF A PASSING SHOWER THROUGH TONIGHT.SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS :WINDS: NORTHWEST TO NORTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEANWEATHER: FEW LINGERING SHOWERS OR A POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORM NEAR THE FRONTAL ZONE THROUGH TONIGHT.MOONRISE: 12:07PM MOONSET: 1:28AM WED.LOW TIDE: 7:32AM HIGH TIDE: 1:28PM LOW TIDE: 7:48PM HIGH TIDE: 2:15AM WED.EXTENDED FORECAST: AS TWO OLD FRONT MERGE AND EXIT THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, ANOTHER COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS ON WEDNESDAY MORNING. THIS FRONT WILL REINFORCE THE COOLER AIR OVER THE BAHAMAS AS IT QUICKLY MOVES THROUGH THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS FOLLOWED BY BUILDING HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE AREA.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IN EFFECT FOR NW BAHAMAS.WINDS: NNW TO NNE AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE NW BAHAMAS AND NW TO N AT 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL AND SE BAHAMAS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE NW BAHAMAS AND 3 TO 5 FEET IN THE CENTRAL AND SE BAHAMAS WITH MIXED LIGHT TO MODERATE SWELLS.WEATHER: FEW SCATTERED SHOWERS OR A POSSIBLE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM NEAR THE FRONTS.FORECAST FOR THURSDAYADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IN EFFECT FOR ALL AREAS.WINDS: N TO NE AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS AT FIRST, THEN BECOMING MORE NE TO E AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER ALL AREAS.SEAS: 4 TO 7 FEET OVER THE OCEAN FOR ALL AREAS WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE MIXED SWELLS.WEATHER: NO SIGNIGICANT WEATHER EXPECTED OUTSIDE THE FRONTAL ZONE.THE END. GG/ivm. Marine Forecast 18th August 2015 Noon Bahamas Marine Forecastlast_img read more

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Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:beaches resort and spa, dock, gordon ‘butch’ stewart, pier, premier rufus ewing Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – Beaches has tried to put out fires concerning the boardwalk and dock which obstructed passage along Grace Bay Beach, and with some late night construction to try to remedy the situation, came a revealing statement from the Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. Gordon Butch Stewart not only reveals that successive governments have given SRI the permission construct the dock but that one former country leader speaking out, was directly responsible for an approval. In a chat with DEMA, and with coming legislative changes – Magnetic Media was informed that building structures that obstruct free use of any Turks and Caicos beach will be officially illegal. Residents were already aware that there was something wrong and had been sounding off on the matter for months; but today the issue reached a head as Stewart said this, “The dock at Grace Bay which lay in front of our resort, has been located at the site for many years and was constructed with government’s approval.” The communication continued with, “We are appalled that former Premier Michael Misick has been calling for the complete removal of the Pier when approval for its extension was granted under his administration.” Misick appears to have offered opinion on Facebook, from his page he said: “I call on the Government to remove the obstacle or have Beaches to unblock the Beach immediately. This can get Ugly!!!!!”Others believe it could too get ugly, but apparently, despite the comments the dock has elicited, the current PNP Administration has never made contact with SRI about the offensive structure. ‘Butch’ in the statement says he is prepared to sit down on any matter, that he is not given to disenfranchising any group. A Facebook set of photos reveal that the work to create a through, if you will, was constructed at the wooden pier overnight. It drops the dock to the sand and now allows anyone walking along the beach to do so without having to climb over the dock or dodge under it. For some, this is not enough… while the Rufus Ewing Administration remains silent on the issue, the PDM tells Magnetic Media they are ready to speak. Magnetic Media has before reached out to Beaches on this issue of the dock, with no reply. PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Premier speaks out on Tourist Attack Positive Campaign to launch

first_imgTurks and Caicos, June 27th 2017: Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson will embark on an aggressive positive campaign in coming days and months with Tourist stakeholders in an effort to reaffirm the TCI as a safe destination. In a release, the Premier says her government is working arduously with the Police Service on “devising a way forward on repairing the obvious fall out” following the attack on American Tourist, Kevin Newman.In acknowledging the incident as an eye opener to the people of the TCI, the Premier says her government will not tolerate any heinous crimes and stated that “serious crime strategies were already in train together with tougher penalties” and a plan to save its youth as the keys to lowering crime in the TCI.And one of the areas she says government is working on is sending added police to the Grace Bay area, while she reminded the public that stiff penalties for gun crimes and crimes against visitors to our shores were already in law.Premier Robinson says while she will not downplay the incident, she says “crime fighting is everyone’s business” and called for an ‘all hands on deck’ approach in the TCI, with “residents and visitors alike asked to be vigilant and not take any unnecessary risks by making yourselves an easy victim”.And while she says now was not the time to make speeches, she reiterated her government’s crime fighting initiatives, including $1.2M set aside for new policing vehicles, and the CCTV project currently on the cards.Meanwhile, the Premier says despite the NHIP policy her government was able to offer coverage for medical transport, but arrangements were already done privately. The premier says the Tourist Board will continue to maintain contact with Mrs Newman and receive updates on his care. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#TCIPositiveCampaign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Woman arrested at LPIA for drug possession

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 14, 2017 – Nassau – A 22 – year old Bahamian woman was taken into custody after she was found in possession of a quantity of dangerous drugs at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) on Wednesday 13th September 2017.According to reports, around 6:30am, the was woman traveling to the United States, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials detained her at the United States Pre- Clearance Departure Lounge at LPIA, after they uncovered two packages containing just over two pounds of cocaine concealed in a short pants underneath her dress.   The woman was handed over to the police and is expected to appear in court later this week to be formally charged.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO THE PUBLIC TO SHARE INFORMATION ON ANY ILLEGAL/SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8476 (FAMILY ISLANDS)WEEKLY PREVENTION CRIME TIP IF YOU SEE OR SUSPECT A CRIME IS BEING COMMITTED; PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE FEATURES OF THE OFFENDER/S AND ANY VEHICLES INVOLVED.Please visit the Royal Bahamas Police Force Website at www.royalbahamaspolice.org or facebook page at www.facebook.com/rbpforce or follow Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade on Twitter, for Latest News, Daily Crime Reports and additional Crime Prevention Tips.Press Release: RBPF Related Items:last_img read more

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Koke reveals Morata will be welcomed at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Koke has revealed Alvaro Morata will be welcomed at the club following rumors of the player’s uncertain future at Chelsea.Morata has struggled to impress since joining the Blues in the summer of 2017, has been linked with loan moves to Sevilla, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Speaking about the prospect of Morata joining Los Colcheneros, Koke said, according to Marca:“Morata is a great player, I’ve always said it, I’ve played with him since he was little in Atlético’s youth academy and then, due to circumstances, he has played in different teams, yes it’s true that you hear that rumor, he’s not our player, it’s Chelsea and we have to respect Chelsea, right now we are the players here and do not have to think about those who are out.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Speaking about Atletico’s next game against Levante, Koke said:“We had a very difficult start in Seville, in Girona we played a great game but we could not win … it’s hard for us to beat Girona, but at the moment I see the team is performing well, we are growing after the Christmas break.”“I see the team plugged in and we have to pick up maximum points on Sunday by winning at home with our fans.”last_img read more

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Helen Woodward provides puppies for weddings this Valentines Day

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Several orphaned puppies served as ring bearers for Valentine’s Day weddings at the county Assessor/Recorder/Clerk’s office.The Helen Woodward Animal Center announced a partnership with the county Assessor/Recorder/Clerk’s office Monday to have a group of orphaned puppies serve as ring bearers for Valentine’s Day weddings.The four Havanese puppies will be put up for adoption on Thursday, but will first be part of the busiest wedding day of the year, under a partnership with the Helen Woodward Animal Center.According to county Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernest Dronenburg, more than 100 couples got married at his downtown office on Valentine’s Day last year.“We are happy to share the love at the county making everyone’s wedding ceremony more memorable while helping these adorable Valentine’s Day puppies find a forever home,” Dronenburg said.The Helen Woodward Animal Center took the puppies’ mother into foster care in December, when one of the shelter’s partner organizations found her as a pregnant stray. The shelter nicknamed them the “Valentine Puppies” and subsequently saw increased social media traction from their “fans.”“We’ve never experienced anything quite like this,” said Christina London, the shelter’s online marketing specialist. “I’ve been here for years and people are always excited to look at new puppies, but these puppies have truly stolen the hearts of everyone who sees them. They just radiate love.”The puppies will act as ring bearers for weddings between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Residents interested in adopting the puppies can meet them afterward at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, located at 6523 Helen Woodward Way. The puppies will be available to meet prospective adopters from noon to 5:15 p.m. Helen Woodward provides puppies for weddings this Valentine’s Day February 14, 2019 Posted: February 14, 2019 FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Last Skating Rink in Linda Vista could close

first_imgLast Skating Rink in Linda Vista could close 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) -The last Skating Rink in San Diego is on the verge of closing“SkateWorld” located in Linda Vista could be closing it’s doors soon.The Community is trying to save the local landmark from big box store developers who are selling the building that Skateworld has been a part of for decades Posted: March 25, 2019 Updated: 9:39 PMcenter_img March 25, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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Upper Mississippi Governors Weigh in on NESP

first_imgInformation provided by the Waterways Council Inc. e-Brief. Governors from the Upper Mississippi River states (Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin) sent a joint letter to President Obama seeking support for critical investments in the Upper Mississippi River System as a “nationally significant navigation system and a nationally significant ecosystem.” In the August 20, 2014 joint letter, the Governors expressed their ongoing commitment to the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP) authorized by Congress in 2007. NESP is an unprecedented, dual-purpose program that integrates lock capacity expansion and modernization (including seven new 1,200-foot lock chambers and several small-scale navigation efficiency measures) and ecosystem restoration efforts designed to improve the river’s ecological health.The Governors requested the President’s support for funding to address the navigation system’s longstanding infrastructure needs to ensure its capacity to relieve congestion on other parts of the nation’s multi-modal transportation network. Such investments are necessary to increase the system’s reliability and efficiency, minimize safety risks, and stimulate market opportunities. In the joint letter, the Governors asserted that “the time is now to both address the navigation system’s longstanding needs and ensure its capacity to relieve congestion on other parts of our nation’s multi-modal infrastructure.” These infrastructure investments would also allow the region to capitalize on the Panama Canal’s expansion. The Governors also requested comparable funding for ecological restoration efforts on the Upper Mississippi River System.In the near term, the Governors are seeking funding to immediately construct small-scale navigation efficiency improvements; restoration projects that will provide tremendous ecological and economic benefits to the region; and planning for at least one new 1,200-foot lock chamber to begin modernizing the system. Congress authorized NESP to construct new 1,200-foot locks at Lock and Dams 20, 21, 22, 24, and 25 on the Upper Mississippi River and at La Grange and Peoria on the Illinois Waterway. The current 600-foot locks found at most Upper Mississippi dams require the modern 15-barge tow configuration to be split in two, dramatically increasing lockage times at the most congested locks lower on the system. The small-scale navigation efficiency projects authorized by Congress include such measures as switchboats at Locks 20-25; mooring cells at Locks 14, 22, and La Grange; and a guidewall extension at Lock 22 that will better assist operators in transiting the locks prior to completion of the new 1,200-foot locks.Congress also authorized NESP to include comparable ecological restoration funding to address the effects of the lock and dam system and related impacts. Habitat projects on the Upper Mississippi have proven to provide tremendous ecological and economic benefits by restoring the river’s natural ecological processes and improving its ability to support an array of human uses.Read the letter here.last_img read more

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Driver injured afer car hits cow on I5

first_imgA cow wandering in the center lane of Interstate 5 was blamed for an accident that sent a Kelso man to the hospital late Wednesday.The accident occurred at 11:03 p.m. in the northbound lanes, about three miles south of Ridgefield.The Washington State Patrol said Edgar Tello-Lopez, 36, was driving his 1992 Honda Civic toward Kelso when he suddenly came upon the loose cow standing in the center lane.Tello-Lopez received a cut right hand and complained of head and neck pain, and was transported to a local hospital to be examined.The cow was put down and the Honda was totaled.last_img read more

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Washougal assemblies evoke Sept 11

first_imgWASHOUGAL — When Washougal High social studies teacher Jim Reed asked students gathered for the school’s second assembly Friday morning how many were too young to remember 9/11, hands raised across the auditorium.For the school’s freshmen, many of whom were four or five years old on Sept. 11, 2001, there are no memories of that dark day, just television clips and pictures. For many of them, the horrors of the day are as distant psychologically as Washougal is to New York City or Washington, D.C., geographically.Watch scenes from the Washougal High School assembly.“It’s pretty easy for you guys to forget the events that unfolded on that day because you were pretty young,” Reed observed during the day’s first assembly, attended by sophomores and seniors.Washougal High recognized the victims of 9/11 and the service members who have died in its aftermath with a performance from the school chorus, a poetry reading and a moment of silence. The presentation was an important illustration to students why Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people is so monumental, teachers said.“They don’t really know what it was like that week, not to know what was coming,” choir teacher Jennifer Mahorney said.The most striking moment of Friday’s assembly came in the form of a YouTube video featuring images of planes slamming into the Twin Towers, people jumping to their death from the burning buildings and mountains of smoke climbing toward the heavens over Manhattan. All are etched into the minds of those old enough to remember 9/11.last_img read more

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Off Beat Autograph collector employed all the tricks of the trade

first_imgCollector Ron Zollo holds an autographed portrait of Frank Sinatra. A connection to the sports industry can come in handy. At other times, what you really need is a thermos of hot coffee.Those are just a couple of the things that have helped Ron Zollo get celebrity autographs.After building his collection over the span of 40 years, the Vancouver man doesn’t deal in face-to-face signings much any more.However, “I’ve done it,” said Zollo, who took part in a fundraiser Saturday at the Clark County Historical Museum.One memorable “get” was Funkadelic singer George Clinton, who appeared in Portland in the 1990s.“It was November, and it was cold,” Zollo recalled. With a couple of Clinton albums in hand, Zollo headed for Portland and the old La Luna club.The guy at the door told Zollo that Clinton wouldn’t be available until after 2 a.m.“I went home and got a thermos of hot coffee,” and then returned to the club and waited around outside in the cold.By 2 a.m., “It was me and one other guy,” Zollo said.When Clinton finally walked out of the club, he saw them and remarked, “You still here?” before signing Zollo’s items.As a baseball executive with Tacoma’s team in the Pacific Coast League, Zollo had a chance to meet a lot of sports notables. But access didn’t guarantee an autograph, he added.When Reggie Jackson visited Tacoma, Zollo had a copy of a 1987 Sports Illustrated magazine with “Mr. October” on the cover, along with a promo for the cover story, “Reggie Speaks Out on Racism.”“He was ready to sign it, and I said I really liked the story.”Reggie paused, then pointedly asked Zollo: “And what was it about?”“I told him it was about how he would like to manage” a baseball team, Zollo said, “and he signed it.”Off Beat lets members of The Columbian news team step back from our newspaper beats to write the story behind the story, fill in the story or just tell a story.last_img read more

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Rivers holds big fundraising lead over Schmidt in 18th District race

first_imgRalph Schmidt Ann RiversParty: RepublicanCity of residence: La CenterAge: 46Occupation: Small business ownerCampaign website: Elect Ann RiversMajor endorsements: National Rifle Association, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, Washington State Farm Bureau, Association of Washington Business, Washington State Council of FirefightersMoney raised in campaign: $148,190Ralph SchmidtParty: DemocratCity of residence: CamasAge: 70Occupation: Retired information technology specialistCampaign website: NoneMajor endorsements: Clark County Democratic Women’s Club, Planned Parenthood, 18th Legislative District Democrats, Clark County DemocratsMoney raised in campaign: $4,872State Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, is campaigning in the 18th District this fall to defend her recent Senate appointment against Democratic tax reform advocate Ralph Schmidt.Rivers, previously a member of the state House, was appointed in June to complete the final months of Joseph Zarelli’s term.Rivers and Schmidt disagree on most issues, including the Columbia River Crossing, how to increase job opportunities in Clark County, and whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. Another difference between the two is seen in their fundraising abilities. Rivers has raised nearly $150,000 in campaign contributions; Schmidt has raised nearly $5,000.On the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, Schmidt said the Interstate 5 Bridge should be replaced as soon as possible, and that recent differences between CRC officials and the U.S. Coast Guard, which has permitting authority over the CRC, should be resolved as soon as possible. The proposed $3.5 billion CRC project would replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, extend light rail to Clark College, and rebuild freeway interchanges on both sides of the Columbia River.“While this area does not have much seismic activity, it has enough to make possible collapse of a current bridge into the river a dangerous risk,” Schmidt wrote in response to The Columbian’s 2012 legislative candidate survey. “We cannot risk the loss of river traffic for months, if not years.”last_img read more

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Local church aims for pet food world record

first_imgThat’s a ton of kibble. Or 9.8 tons to be exact.Living Hope Church recently collected 19,600 pounds of pet food in seven days, a feat that — when verified — should smash a record held for seven years by a South African supermarket.Between April 30 and May 5, church leaders asked their 5,000-strong congregation and the Vancouver-area community to aid their lofty goal of breaking the Guinness World Record for “largest donation of pet food in one week.” The current 13,011-pound record was set Sept. 2006 in Boksburg, South Africa.Senior Pastor John Bishop said nearly two-thirds was dog food, but donors also gave horse feed, goldfish flakes and even gerbil chow. About 2,200 pounds of pet food was expired and not counted in the final tally.After the bounty was weighed, the food was delivered to a handful of Clark County animal charities, including 4,000 pounds to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and 769 pounds to Northwest Battle Buddies, which provides service dogs to combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.The Guinness Book of Records was first published in 1955 and has since become one of the best-selling titles in history, with new editions released yearly.last_img read more

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Send us your fall foliage photos

first_imgThe Columbian would like to share readers’ fall foliage photos.Go to www.columbian.com/newstip and choose “Photo” as your submission type to upload your images. Be sure to include your name and information on when and where you took the photo.We will create a user photo gallery of your submissions and attach photos to this story.last_img

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