Buffon nearly joined Barcelona – agent

first_imgThe agent of Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that his client was close to completing a transfer to Barcelona in the summer of 2001After being named the Serie A goalkeeper of the year for a second time at the end of the 2000/01 season for Parma, Buffon was being heavily pursued by Juventus in that summer transfer window.But his agent, Silvino Martina, has now revealed that the Turin side had only decided to step up their interest in signing Buffon, when they learned that Barcelona had tabled a bid for the then 23 year-old goalkeeper.“Barca looked to have bought Buffon, they had an agreement with Parma,” said Martina, according to Football-Espana.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“After that, Juve woke up and Gigi did not think twice. We also had a meeting with Bronzetti, a close friend of Florentino Perez, after the Juve-Real game in 2005.“Madrid were interested, but it didn’t amount to any real negotiations.”Buffon joined Juventus in July 2001 for a world-record fee of €51 for a goalkeeper and since gone on to win the Serie A title for the Turin side eight times.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic confirms return for World Cup

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he will likely be making a return to international football for Sweden in the upcoming World Cup in Russia this summerThe LA Galaxy forward had initially retired from international football at the end of Euro 2016, but has been hinting recently that he would be open to a potential return to the Swedish national team for the World Cup.Ibrahimovic’s involvement in the tournament had been questioned, due to the star’s ties with Malta-based gambling company Bethard prohibiting him from any form of participation under FIFA regulations.Yet the star had previously stated that “FIFA can’t stop me” and has now took to Twitter to announce that his chances of making the tournament are sky high.“The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhoga #FifaWorldCup2018.” wrote the 36 year-old.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.The chance of me playing in the World Cup is skyhöga #FifaWorldCup2018— Zlatan Ibrahimovic (@Ibra_official) 15 April 2018Prior to his retirement on 2016, Ibrahimovic was the captain of Sweden and remains their all-time leading goalscorer with 62 goals in 116 appearances.last_img read more

Gerard Pique completes FC Andorra takeover

first_imgGerard Pique has completed his takeover of First Regional Catalan Division side FC AndorraThe Barcelona defender’s investment group, called “Kosmos”, had an offer approved for by Andorra’s board members with 206 of the 207 votes going in their favour.Spanish newspaper Marca reports that Pique will act as Andorra’s president with ex-Barca players Gabri and Albert Jorquera entering coaching roles at the club.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The General Assembly of FC Andorra has unanimously approved the transmission of its assets in favour of an Andorran company jointly managed by different investors, including Kosmos,” said a statement on Sky Sports.“Kosmos welcomes the decision made by the club. The company adds this project to its global portfolio linked to sports, media and entertainment ventures.”Andorra, which was first founded in 1942, currently plays in the Primera Catalana at a fifth level of the Spanish division after previously competing in Spain’s third tier (Segunda Division B) between 1980 and 1990.last_img read more

WanBissaka is shinning at Crystal Palace

first_imgThe 21-year-old is having the time of this life since being promoted into the first-team in 2016.Defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a product of Crystal Palace youth system since he joined in 2008.And it was in 2016 when he was promoted into the first-team squad, where he has appeared in 31 occasions.He’s been playing very well and is learning from his teammates at the English Premier League club.“Training up against Wilf [Wilfred Zaha] and Yannick Bolasie toughened me up,” Wan-Bissaka told the Goal.“When I was younger my playing style was like Wilf’s, so that sort of gave me a heads-up, but he’s still a tricky one.”“As an ex-winger, you get a sense of what they’re trying to do: which way they might go, how they’re thinking. You can anticipate things easier,” he added.“When Roy Hodgson changed my timetable to full-time with the first team, I knew I was making progress.”The youngster played one match for Congo’s U20 squad in 2015, but in 2018 he was called up to England’s U20 team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.He has been promoted to the U21 side and is eligible to play for the senior squad of the Three Lions.“Yannick spoke to me about Congo, and it was an option, but my parents said they’d support me either way.”“As a kid, playing for my country was a dream. It would be such a huge honor.”Wan-Bissaka has played 31 matches in the Premier League. His debut season in 2017-2018 allowed him to wear Crystal Palace’s jersey in seven occasions.Then in the current season, he has earned the chance 24 times so far. And it doesn’t seem like he will stop soon, as he is getting better and better each time.🚗 Cheikhou Kouyaté🎓 Aaron Wan-Bissaka🤓 StatmanAnd more!It’s the latest episode of the Official Palace Pod…👉 https://t.co/1xKkE6p0hy pic.twitter.com/r8AqA6lUTt— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 9, 2019last_img read more

TCI Hospitals bring holiday cheer

first_img#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 26, 2016 – Christmas Day in a hospital can be depressing. ‘Operation Gratitude’ was therefore launched to create a tremendously positive and touching experience. Many patients are away from family, friends and neighbors on this special day and it means so much to them to receive a gift.Care packages stuffed with everyday essentials were distributed to patients on Christmas Day at Cheshire Hall Medical Centre and Cockburn Town Medical Centre to spread good cheer across the hospital ward.  Members of TCI Hospital Senior Management Team donned in red with Santa Claus at the Providenciales facility and Elves at the Grand Turk facility, visited each patient individually to hand-deliver the colorful baskets and offer a jovial season’s greetings.Each patient also received a Christmas card along with sentimental, classic board games, like Bingo, Chess and Snakes and Ladders to encourage old fashioned quality time and laughter-filled conversation with their loved ones.Gift baskets are also given to the first baby born on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, every year. Employees scheduled to work on these special public holiday’s including Boxing Day are equally treated with delicious complimentary lunches in addition to other annual staff-appreciation initiatives. The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Bahamas HOA Members collectively miss hundreds of meetings poor representation cited

first_img Related Items:#BahamasHOAmembersmissmeeting, #magneticmedianews, #poorattendanceinparliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 24, 2017 – Nassau – House of Assembly records have exposed that attendance for some members of parliament is criminally poor; falling way short of the recommended number of appearances the members are required to make as they collect a pay check from the public purse and more importantly, miss representation of hundreds of constituents.Renardo Curry of North Abaco constituency missed 102 meetings of the 220 due to the demands of his role as MP and Parliamentary Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister in Abaco.   Curry felt confident in his performance as the Member of Parliament for the district and said that is what counts, not how many times he appears in the House of Assembly.   Curry, who was reportedly even taken aback by his own total of absences offered that he believes that to publish the attendance records on the eve of elections is suspect and an attempt to discredit him.Dr. Bernard Nottage questions the accuracy of the information, telling the press that he does not recall ever being absent but was listed as having missing six days of parliament.  Meanwhile, Renardo Curry, who leads the is missed meetings at the House of Assembly shared that it is not as if he was out playing golf or taking a vacation; he explained that there is evidence that he was working.Second in absences on the list was Marco City Member, Greg Moss with 93 absences; then Fox Hill’s representative, Fred Mitchell with 69 missed times; Obie Wilchcombe the MP for West End and Bimini is said to have been out 48 times and for the Official Opposition, Loretta Butler-Turner is recorded as missing 33 meetings, while FNM Party Leader, Hubert Minnis for Killarney was out 11 times.The National Security Minister, Bernard Nottage says, despite calls to discipline members who have missed out majorly, he believes it is a waste of time.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasHOAmembersmissmeeting#poorattendanceinparliamentlast_img read more

Delano denied dream to represent GB TCI at IAAF World Championships

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United Kingdom, August 13, 2017 – London – Delano Williams is disappointed, upset but determined to keep pushing as he aims to be not only the first athletics competitor for the TCI to medal (again) at the world’s biggest and best meets, but to be the greatest in his events for the country.Islanders were shocked to not see Williams in that 4x400m final for Team Great Britain & the Netherlands on the final night of competition at the IAAF World Championships, which were for 13 days being staged in London.   The missing man, hailing originally from Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos  explained to Magnetic Media that he did not run in the heats and did not run in the finals; TeamGB went on to gain a bronze medal in the event.We reached out to Williams on Facebook, he replied with…  “To be honest there’s a lot of stuff happening in my life right now in terms of financial support and coaching. Everyone thinks that I have it together and expects so much of me, but no one really knows my struggles except for my close friends and family really and I will leave it at that …”#MagneticMedia had reached out to Rita Gardiner, who is close with the athlete and she explained that #DelanoWilliams’ times had dropped and that is what likely contributed to the changes in the composition of the relay team, which Delano is usually a part of; always running a fantastic leg two.Williams is upset, and while we could not see his face, we are fairly certain that his 24k smile was missing on Sunday when he confirmed that he was told on the day of the finals that he would not be in the relay.President of the TCAAAs, Edith Skippings explained in a WhatsApp message,  “When they announced the 4x400m relay I was in the stadium waiting for Delano to come out to run.    I was so surprised when he did not.”Allowing us a further peek into his psyche in the disappointing turn of events, Williams also shared with Magnetic Media:  “Sometimes in life you put all your trust in someone and in the end you are disappointed.    My back might be against the wall now and I might be down but I’m definitely not out.    Things will change and I will rise again.”Team Great Britain featuring Matthew Hudson-Smith, Dwayne Cowan, Rabah Yousif and Martin Rooney completed the event in a time of 2:59:00 and a bronze medal; a season’s best to end the Championships at home at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.Trinidad and Tobago managed to pull of an historic win and first time gold medal in the 4x400m for their country, with the USA earning the silver in that final race of the 2017 Championships. Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Reopening of Public Schools in the Turks and Caicos Islands

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 28, 2017 – Providenciales – As a result of the passage of hurricanes Irma on 7th September and Maria on 21st September, 80 percent of public schools suffered damages affecting approximately 4,014 students.  Immediately following the passage of the storms, the Government engaged the services of a local engineering company as well as an international engineer NGO group – UK SARAID to conduct a detailed assessment of the structural integrity of all public schools.    The degree of damages to public schools ranged from minor to severe, but all were certified structurally intact.However, given the extent of the damages in two of our schools and the potential noise impact associated with the construction environment coupled with the potential risk to our students, the Government decided to relocate all students from the Oseta Jolly Primary and the Eliza Simons Primary  into alternative temporary locations.Providing a safe learning environment is paramount and returning students to a state of normalcy by getting students back to school is a priority of the Government.  We appreciate that parents have been very understandable during this difficult time and we ask for your further patience.   The Government devised a three-prong approach which will be implemented simultaneously to return our students to school.Strategic Approach 1As can be appreciated, the senior students such as Forms 4 and 5 in the high schools and the Grades 5 and 6 in the primary schools should be preparing for examinations. As such, it is critical to return these students to the classroom.   Priority will be given to these classes in schools which were heavily impacted.Strategic Approach 2While these students are settling in their schools, the Ministry of Education will continue with the needs assessment and fine tune its plans to usher the remaining students into school within the following week(s).   This would entail, but will not be limited to, completing minor repair works to existing infrastructure at the schools thus making more classrooms available, or finalizing plans for alternative spaces for our students.Strategic Approach 3The Government is beginning the process of reprioritizing its capital programme, and in many cases has already commenced the repair work in all impacted schools, with the vision to rebuild stronger, better schools.   The Ministry of Education will remain engaged with parents throughout this process and provide continuous updates directly and via the media on progress being made to fully return our students to a state of normalcy.In keeping with the strategic approach outlined above, and acting on the recommendation from the Director of the Environmental Health Department, the following public schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands will be open to the specific classes of students as of Monday, 2nd October 2017:School Island/location Forms or GradesDoris Robinson Primary Middle Caicos All GradesHubert James Primary North Caicos All GradesClement Howell High Providenciales Forms 4 & 5 (report to the Long Bay High for classes) Ianthe Pratt Primary Providenciales Grades 6 students from the three public primary schools (Oseta Jolly, Enid Capron & Ianthe Pratt)Please note:The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College will resume classes on Tuesday, 10th October 2017.Students who attended the Mary Robinson Primary School on Salt Cay will be prioritized for placement into public schools on Grand Turk.The Ministry of Education will issue a follow-up release within the coming days to advise of plans to resume schooling for students of the H. J. Robinson High, Ona Glinton Primary, Eliza Simons Primary, Marjorie Basden High, Iris Stubbs Primary, Raymond Gardiner High, Adelaide Oemler Primary, Enid Capron Primary, and the Oseta Jolly Primary.Recognising that many students and their families may have suffered great personal loss, the Ministry of Education is relaxing the wearing of uniforms for the remainder of Term 1.   Parents are expected to ensure that their children are appropriately dressed.Press Release: Hon. Karen Malcolm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Tottenham reveals new stadium will be ready in 2019

first_imgIn a statement released on Friday evening, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy apologized to Spurs fans who he had earlier promised that the club’s 62000 capacity stadium will be ready from September, adding that the stadium will now be ready in the year 2019.Daniel Levy said as quoted by Sky Sports:“In light of the above, and taking into account the restricted availability of manpower over the festive period, we have taken the decision to confirm today that all home games will be played at Wembley Stadium up to and including the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 December.“We know the continued delay is a source of immense disappointment to everyone and I can only continue to apologise for this – it is a sentiment felt by all of us.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“There isn’t an hour that goes by when I am not asked when we will be able to stage our first game at our new home. I wish I was able to confirm an exact opening date and fixture.”“However, in light of factors completely outside of our control, contractors missing deadlines and possible future unforeseen issues, we are naturally being cautious in respect of our timetable for our test events and official opening game.“Whilst we are conscious of the need to keep pressure on our contractors to deliver as soon as possible, we are also acutely aware of how difficult the lack of clarity is for you, our supporters, to plan around games, particularly those at Christmas and New Year.last_img read more

Lockdown lifted at Chollas Creek school after armed domestic violence suspect reported

first_img , Posted: June 13, 2018 Lockdown lifted at Chollas Creek school after armed domestic violence suspect reported nearby Updated: 2:43 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 13, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A Chollas Creek elementary school was on lockdown Wednesday while police searched for an armed domestic violence suspect in the area.The lockdown at John Marshall Elementary School in the Chollas Creek neighborhood of San Diego has been lifted, school district officials advise.The roughly 40-minute precautionary alert at the Altadena Avenue campus went into effect in the early afternoon as officers searched the area for a possibly armed vandalism and domestic-violence suspect, according to police.The man was not found, an SDPD spokesman says.Police received reports just before 12:30 p.m. of an armed man in the area of the campus at 3550 Altadena Avenue.last_img read more

Teen shot in Kelly Street Park in Linda Vista

first_img Updated: 7:23 AM Posted: August 8, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 19-year-old man was shot in the arm at Kelly Street Park in Linda Vista Wednesday evening, and police were looking for a suspect.The shooting was precipitated by an argument at the park at 6600 Kelly St., at around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego Police Officer Robert Heims.Police said the victim was arguing with two Hispanic males, and one of them pulled out a gun and shot at him several times, striking him once in the left forearm. The suspects fled southbound on Kelly Street, while the victim was located two blocks away and taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 17-20 years old, wearing a dark shirt, dark pants and a dark baseball cap. San Diego Police gang detectives are investigating the case.Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call San Diego police, or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. KUSI Newsroom Teen shot in Kelly Street Park in Linda Vistacenter_img KUSI Newsroom, August 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Washougal Camas fire officials eye budget fixes

first_imgCamas and Washougal fire officials will present local government leaders with a proposal later this month designed to reduce a projected six-figure shortfall that could affect emergency services in both towns.As part of a decades-old agreement, the Camas Fire Department provides paramedic services to residents in Camas and Washougal, plus those living in the East County Fire and Rescue district in parts of unincorporated Clark County. Residents pay a property-tax levy for these services.However, a steep decline in area property tax revenues has created an estimated $310,000 shortfall in the emergency services budget this year. Washougal Fire Chief Ron Schumacher and acting Camas Fire Chief Monte Brachmann will present four options on how the shortfall can be reduced when they address a joint meeting of Camas and Washougal councils on April 18. The meeting is tentatively scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the Camas Public Library, 625 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Camas.Neither chief would say in advance of the meeting what those options would be.How large the shortfall’s impact will be on services remains to be seen.“At some point, if there isn’t enough money we’d have to consider cutbacks,” Camas City Administrator Lloyd Halverson said. The majority of the money from the levy tax goes to staff salaries, but Halverson noted it is “a little premature” to detail the upshot.The money shortage could conceivably result in fewer ambulances in service at certain times, ambulances stationed at different places or different staffing, Washougal Mayor Sean Guard said.last_img read more

A squeeze play on Highway 14

first_imgVehicles make their way through a construction zone along state Highway 14 in Camas on Tuesday, part of a $50 million project that will widen the highway to four lanes between the West Camas Slough Bridge and Sixth Street in Washougal. Construction started earlier this year, with the project expected to wrap up in late 2012 or early 2013.last_img

Crestline student makes his point

first_imgPayton Rush, 9, wearing a gray hooded coat and a red T-shirt, and other Crestline fourth-graders meet Gov. Jay Inslee during a visit to Crestline last week. Wearing a red T-shirt emblazoned with the words “I love Crestline,” Payton Rush looks like a regular 9-year-old boy looking forward to spring break.But he’s not your run-of-the-mill kid. He has a serious demeanor, an unusual resolve. And he was quoted by Gov. Jay Inslee in a speech this week.“Not all kids get to meet the governor,” he said, adding it was “really cool.”After his school, Crestline Elementary, was destroyed by fire on Feb. 3, Payton was selected to be one of the students to meet Inslee when he toured the remnants of the school on March 22.When Inslee rolled out his budget and asked the Legislature to choose education over tax breaks, he spoke for about two minutes touting the resilience of the Crestline community.He singled out Payton and the sign his mom made that read, “We can do hard things.” That sign now hangs in Payton’s new fourth-grade classroom at Fircrest Elementary, his new school. The governor said that since meeting Payton, he now has a similar sign in his office in Olympia, to remind him to be resilient.last_img read more

Frozen berries from Oregon linked to hepatitis A in 7 states

first_imgWASHINGTON — An Oregon company is recalling a frozen berry mix sold to Costco and Harris Teeter stores after the product has been linked to at least 49 hepatitis A illnesses in seven states.The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that Townsend Farms of Fairview, Ore., is recalling its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, packaged under the Townsend Farms label at Costco and under the Harris Teeter brand at those stores.Also Tuesday, the federal Centers for Disease Control said the illness count has risen from 34 to 49 people. Illnesses were reported last week in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California, and CDC said that there are additional illnesses reported in Hawaii and Utah. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said 12 of the cases are in that state. The recall came three days after the FDA and the CDC first announced a suspected link between the berries and the illnesses. The agency did not say why there was not an immediate recall.Costco has stores across the country, while Harris Teeter stores are in eight East Coast states and the District of Columbia. Both grocery chains said they have pulled the product from store shelves.last_img read more

Food collection down locally up nationally

first_imgIn Clark County and Oregon, the 2013 National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive collected slightly less food than the year before.According to Clark County Food Bank manager James Fitzgerald, 115,000 pounds of food were collected and brought to the food bank by local letter carriers on May 11 for the single-day food drive.“This was down from 126,000 pounds last year,” he said. “We were down about 9 percent. The Portland metro area did a little worse, at 18 percent down.”Overall, according to the Oregon Food Bank Network, nearly 1.2 million pounds of food were collected in Oregon and Clark County, which is part of the OFB Network. That’s “still a lot of food any way you slice it,” Fitzgerald said. Summer months are typically slim for food banks, he said, so this infusion will still help.The nationwide total of 74.4 million pounds of food was up 5 percent, for the second-highest total ever. Collections set records on the East Coast and New England, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and in Oklahoma, in the wake of recent tornadoes.last_img read more

Herrera Beutler says revived CRC plan doesnt qualify for federal money

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler reminded U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday that a last-ditch effort to resurrect the Columbia River Crossing project still must overcome some difficult hurdles before receiving federal money.CRC critic Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, wrote a letter to Foxx in which she states the Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project has failed to meet funding requirements for its desired $850 million in federal New Starts grants. Most notable, she said, is that Clark County transit officials haven’t approved a plan to pay for light-rail maintenance and operation in Vancouver, and that the Oregon and Washington legislatures still haven’t both put up money for the controversial project.The $3.4 billion project was declared dead after Washington lawmakers declined to commit the state’s $450 million share; Oregon legislators had said they would only commit their share if Washington did. Since then, a new version of the CRC has emerged as a pared-down $2.75 billion effort with Oregon solely at the helm. It would still replace the I-5 Bridge and bring Portland’s light rail to Vancouver, but it wouldn’t update any Washington freeway interchanges north of state Highway 14.So far, the Oregon-led CRC has been viewed as a long shot.“Beginning a multistate project of this magnitude without the approval of one of the involved states and its local citizens would be unprecedented in recent history,” Herrera Beutler wrote. “Without cooperation from Washington state or any commitment to fund operation and maintenance at the local level, the project becomes ‘light rail to nowhere,’ and a completely different project from the plan originally submitted by the CRC.” She also requested that Foxx provide “clarity on the administration’s role going forward and the requirements the project must meet in order to qualify for any federal assistance.”last_img read more

Tree Lights up Esther Short Park

first_imgShe’d been rehearsing carols since the weeks leading up to Halloween, but singing them Friday evening really put Mary Havel in the Christmas spirit.The red antlers she wore may have helped.“I thought it was pretty cool,” said Mary, 12, a sixth grader at Alki Middle School who was part of a Vancouver Public Schools choir.Hearing the choir of middle and high school students sing the Christmas classics helped the crowd of more than 2,500 people get into the holiday spirit at the community tree lighting in Propstra Square.Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt welcomed the crowd.“We have a lot to be thankful in this community,” said Leavitt. He mentioned Esther Short Park, the oldest public square in the Pacific Northwest, which in October was honored as one of 10 Great Public Spaces 2013 by the American Planning Association.Leavitt said the park’s Propstra Square wouldn’t have been possible without the late Burgerville founder George Propstra and his wife, Carolyn, who made a $3.2 million donation for the square and bell tower.last_img read more

Vancouver mans vehicular homicide sentence corrected

first_imgA Vancouver man who admitted to recklessly causing the deaths of Raisa Mosh, 45, and her friend, Irina Gardinant, 28, in a hit-and-run collision Jan. 19 will have to serve 18 months of community supervision instead of 12 months after he is released from prison.Brandon C. Smith, 28, was sentenced in Clark County Superior Court Dec. 12 to 8½ years in prison — the maximum allowed by the law — for striking and killing the women. The sentence also included 12 months of community supervision, more than $10,000 in restitution and revocation of Smith’s driver’s license for two years after his release from prison.At a hearing Wednesday, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu and Smith’s attorney, Jon McMullen, said that the court paperwork had contained a scrivener’s error regarding how many months of community supervision Smith would be required to serve. The plea agreement had called for 18 months, but the error stated Smith was to receive 12 months, Vu said.Judge David Gregerson then corrected the judgement and sentence.The two women and Mosh’s son, Mark, then 12, were returning from a baby shower at 8 p.m. Jan. 19.As they crossed Vancouver Mall Drive at Northeast 72nd Avenue, Smith’s white 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup struck them in the crosswalk. They had the walk sign, but the truck ran the red light.Smith drove away without calling 911 or stopping to help the victims. Mosh died at the scene; Gardinant died in the hospital the next day, and Mark Mosh’s wrist was broken and leg injured, Vu said.Smith pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to amended charges of two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault and one count of hit-and-run death.last_img read more

WSUV welcomes all to honor MLK

first_imgWashington State University Vancouver will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day next week with various free public events through Jan. 22 on the campus at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. “Educational Justice: Creating Awareness and Challenging Inequities Within Our School Systems” is the theme for WSU Vancouver’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 in Firstenburg Student Commons. The event includes music, children’s activities, interactive workshops and a keynote speaker. • 9 a.m.: Student Trenelle Doyle will sing “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” which has been referred to as the black national anthem.• 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Four interactive workshops presented by faculty and staff on topics including racial equity in schools and increasing access to higher education.• 11:30 a.m.: During a lunch provided free to participants, Charlene Williams, senior director for school performance at Portland Public Schools, will discuss educational equity.Two-part filmThe documentary “Visions of Abolition” will be shown in two parts Jan. 21 and 22 in Room 129 of Dengerink Administration Building. The film addresses mass incarceration, the war on drugs and the connections among slavery, capitalism and the prison-industrial complex. A discussion will follow each screening.last_img read more