With new Egypt capital being built what becomes of Cairo

first_imgCAIRO — Billboards across Cairo advertise luxury homes with “breathtaking” views in compounds with names like “La Verde” or “Vinci” in Egypt’s new capital that is under construction in the desert, miles from the Nile-side city which has been the seat of power for more than 1,000 years.Often, what lies behind the billboards are Cairo’s most overcrowded neighbourhoods, with shoddily built homes and dirt roads frequently inundated with sewage water.A city of some 20 million people combining charm and squalor, Cairo may soon witness an exodus by well-heeled residents, state employees and foreign embassies to the New Administrative Capital, as the vast project in the desert is provisionally known. It will be the latest phase in the flight of the rich, many of whom have already moved to gated communities in new suburbs, leaving the old Cairo in neglect and decay.The new capital — a proper name has yet to be found — is the $45 billion brainchild of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the biggest of the mega-projects he launched since taking office in 2014. He contends the projects, ranging from new roads and housing complexes to a Suez Canal expansion, attract investors and create jobs.Senior officials boastfully compare what has been built under el-Sissi to monuments like the Giza Pyramids.“History will do justice to this generation of Egyptians and our grandsons will remember its achievement, a wave of construction unprecedented in modern-day Egypt,” Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly, also the housing minister, proclaimed.Critics call the new capital a vanity project, arguing its cost could have been better put to rebuilding the wrecked economy and refurbishing Cairo.They also see it as evidence of el-Sissi’s authoritarianism, launching a multibillion-dollar plan with little debate. El-Sissi often lashes out at those who question him, telling Egyptians to listen only to him and saying he’s answerable to God alone. He often says Egypt’s resources are limited — leading some Egyptians, struggling amid skyrocketing prices, to wonder why so much is spent on questionable projects.“There is something very wrong with the order of priorities,” said political analyst Hassan Nafaa. “Maybe el-Sissi wants to go down in history as the leader who built the new capital, but if Egyptians don’t see an improvement in their living conditions and services, he will be remembered as the president who destroyed what is left of the middle class.”The government argues that Cairo is already bursting at the seams and will grow to 40 million by 2050.The new city is being built on 170,000 acres about 28 miles east of Cairo and nearly twice its size. Construction began in 2016, and the first of its forecast 6.5 million residents are scheduled to move there next year.The city will house the presidency, Cabinet, parliament and ministries. Planners promise a 21-mile-long public park, an airport, an opera house, a sports complex and 20 skyscrapers, including Africa’s highest, at 345 metres.Madbouly denied the new city will only attract the well-off, saying it is “for all Egyptians.”Prices tell a different story. The smallest apartment there — 120 square meters — is expected to cost 1.3 million Egyptian pounds ($73,000), out of reach for a mid-level bureaucrat, who may make the equivalent of about $4,800 a year.“Those targeted to live in the new capital constitute a very, very limited segment of society,” said Nafaa.Ironically, the new capital could one day be overwhelmed by the old, as illegal construction expands. That has often been the way Cairo has evolved, with the rich moving out, only to move again as the city swells, adding layer after layer.“Throughout the history of Cairo, the ruling elite and the rich have failed to completely isolate themselves from the rest of the population,” said novelist Hamdy Abu Golayyel, who authored a book about the city called “Cairo, Streets and Stories.” It will take draconian laws to keep the new city distinct, he said.No one knows how Cairo will be impacted by a new capital and the shift of the seat of power outside of the city for the first time since the Muslim conquest in the 7th Century.Many government buildings in Cairo, for example, are palaces and mansions confiscated by the socialist government of the 1950s and 1960s. In theory, they could be renovated and turned into museums or hotels, proponents argue. But then, many such empty architectural treasures are already left to fall apart or even torn down.The government is renovating some of Cairo’s illegally built neighbourhoods. But in one case, it razed a run-down district and moved out residents after compensating them to make way for a high-end district.Amar Ali Hassan, a sociopolitical expert, believes Cairo’s woes will only deepen.“It could be neglected, become estranged and left to die a slow death,” he said.Sameh Abdallah Alayli, an urban planning expert, wrote in the Al-Shorouk newspaper that the idea of a new capital was unacceptable, construction should be halted and the focus put back on overhauling the ancient city.“Historical Cairo must remain the political capital of Egypt,” he wrote.___Associated Press writer Samy Magdy in Cairo contributed to this report.Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Vegas SandsMacau dealmaker settle 15year case

LAS VEGAS — A settlement has ended a long-running breach-of-contract battle between U.S. casino company Las Vegas Sands Corp. and a Hong Kong businessman who helped it open its first casino in Macau in 2004.Terms of the agreement were not disclosed Thursday by Richard Suen (SOO’-ehn), his lawyers or attorneys for Sands.But Suen emerged from a Las Vegas courtroom saying it was worth a 15-year legal battle.Sands attorney James Jimmerson and Suen lawyer John O’Malley called terms confidential.A Nevada judge announced the settlement as he dismissed jurors ahead of a second day of videotaped testimony from ailing billionaire Sands chief Sheldon Adelson.A spokesman for publicly traded Sands declined to comment, and it wasn’t immediately clear if financial details would be reported to federal Securities and Exchange Commission regulators.The Associated Press read more

Bombardier Transportation wins contract for metro system in Saudi Arabia

BERLIN – Bombardier Transportation, a subsidiary of Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B), has won a US$383 million contract to help deliver technology for a transit system in Saudi Arabia.The work involves system interface management, project management and design, as well as the delivery of 47 two-car driverless Innovia Metro 300 trains equipped with the company’s Mitrac propulsion technology.Bombardier will be working on the project as part of a group, the ArRiyadh New Mobility Consortium, which comprises two groups that will design, build, construct and commission Line 3. The total contract is worth US$5.9 billion.Line 3, also known as the Red Line, is a turnkey project that includes the civil construction of the 40.7 kilometre alignment, including 22 stations, electrical and mechanical equipment and rolling stock.The new Riyadh Metro system will comprise six metro lines totalling approximately 176 kms, which are to be implemented over five years.The customer is the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh, represented by the Arriyadh Development Authority. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2013 11:41 am MDT Bombardier Transportation wins contract for metro system in Saudi Arabia read more

UN agency condemns suicide attacks in Chad pledges continued support

“We are particularly concerned about the attack at the Kousseri site for internally displaced Chadians in Baga Sola that left at least 22 people dead in an area where UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies have been trying to help provide protection and assistance to tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes by the conflict with Boko Haram,” Leo Dobbs, UNHCR spokesperson said at the bi-weekly news briefing today in Geneva.According to local and UN security reports, the suicide bombers, including three women and two children attacked the market and the Kousseri site for internally displaced people (IDPs) on the outskirts of Baga Sola on Saturday afternoon. The attack in Baga Sola, the first on the town, came a day before female suicide bombers killed nine people in Kangaleri, northern Cameroon. The attacks left 47 people dead and dozens injured and those in critical condition were flown by helicopter to N’Djamena.Mr. Dobbs added that UNHCR along with other agencies works 10 kilometres from Baga Sola, in the Dar Es Salam refugee camp.“All our staff in the area and the 7,139 refugees from Nigeria and Niger in the camp are safe, but we have suspended travel to and within the Lake Chad region. UN flights are on standby to evacuate people or bring in emergency supplies,” said Mr. Dobbs.The UN agency welcomed the Government decision to improve security in the country following the attacks which revealed the vulnerability and isolation faced by refugees.The spokesperson went on to note the harsh conditions of the displaced people, with many facing shortage of food, shelter and medical attention. Their makeshift shelters, some made with flimsy mosquito nets, provide little protection against insects or the elements during the current rainy season.In recent weeks, UNHCR has been providing humanitarian assistance to over 60,000 internally displaced in the Lake area, including distributing vital non-food items to more than 32,800 people. Besides aid distributions, the agency is assisting the Government by transporting food items from the capital for the displaced in the lake area, including rice, oil and sugar.At present, Chad hosts over 438,000 refugees, including 350,000 Sudanese, 90,000 from Central African Republic and some 13,000 Nigerians.“Many of these people were relocated from their island homes earlier this year as Lake Chad effectively became a war zone. Other agencies including MSF, WFP, UNICEF and the Red Cross Movement are also responding to the humanitarian needs of IDPs,” added Mr. Dobbs.The agency reaffirmed its commitment to help the displaced in western Chad and urged the international community to support the country. read more

Womens Tennis Is Finally Getting Young Again

This represents a sharp downturn from most of the previous decade. The average age of WTA winners floated between 25.8 and 26.1 between 2013 and 2016. But it also serves as a return to normalcy for women’s tennis, which had long been dominated by youth: The average age of WTA tour players in 1990 was 20.9, as 21-year-old Steffi Graf and 17-year-old Monica Seles finished the season ranked first and second. That average age would not rise above 23.5 for nearly two decades.The amount of young talent is enormous again. And impatient. Since Serena Williams won her last major at the Australian Open in 2017, only one other Slam winner has been at least 30 years old: Angelique Kerber, who won Wimbledon at age 30 last year. The winners of the other seven majors: Osaka, who won the 2018 U.S. Open at age 20 and the 2019 Australian at 21; Jelena Ostapenko, who won the 2017 French at 20; Garbiñe Muguruza, age 23 when she won the 2017 Wimbledon;1Muguruza also won the 2016 French Open. Sloane Stephens, who won the U.S. Open at 24; Simona Halep, who won the French Open last year at age 26; and Caroline Wozniacki, the 2018 Australia Open winner at age 27.Part of this may be cyclical. As clusters of young, talented players emerge, a generation of older players who exceeded the normal life expectancy of a tennis career is nearing its end — and we aren’t just talking about the Williams sisters, who are now 37 and 38 years old. Francesca Schiavone, 38, won the French Open in 2010 but retired last September. Roberta Vinci, 36, shocked the world at the 2015 U.S. Open when she beat Serena Williams, who was two wins away from a golden Slam, but Vinci retired in May 2018. Agnieszka Radwanska, 30, who lost the Wimbledon final in 2012, called it quits in November.Other players might not last that long, either. Samantha Stosur, 35, is in great shape and is an expert in doubles, but she struggles in singles. After next year’s Olympics, 30-year-old Dominika Cibulkova could decide to leave the game, too. Maria Sharapova, 32, has missed most of this season with injury. Victoria Azarenka, 29, is back after struggling since she had a child, but she might never be as powerful as she was in 2013.After she lost a doubles match this year in Paris, Lucie Safarova announced she had retired from tennis. Now age 32, Safarova had played in Slams since 2005. She never won a major singles title, but she came close at the 2015 French Open, when she lost to Serena Williams in three entertaining sets. Safarova also won five doubles majors with Bethanie Mattek-Sands, including two in Roland-Garros.“I think that it’s great that the competition is so strong,” Safarova said. “And we have, I think, at least 100 players now are amazing competitors. And you just have to be strong and play your 100 percent to be able to be here.”On Saturday, Barty and Vondroušová will likely be nervous, as is usually the case for players in a Grand Slam final. But their youth — and their passion — is what this age of tennis is all about. In the French Open final, 19-year-old Markéta Vondroušová, who dazzles with drop shots, will face off with Ashleigh Barty, 23, who is crafty and quick with a ton of energy. Amanda Anisimova, 17, reached the semis by hitting smooth strokes and bullets all day long. And world No. 1 Naomi Osaka lost early in Paris but claimed two Grand Slam titles by the age of 21.Women’s tennis is, at long last, getting young.The average age of players who have won at least one WTA title this year is 23.6 years old. That’s the lowest age since 2008 — and it will drop even further after Saturday. At the French Open this year, the final eight women in the event were no older than 28. read more

Hillhead Quarry Exhibition 2016 dates announced

first_imgQMJ, the organiser of the Hillhead Quarry Exhibition, has announced that the 17th edition of the biennial showcase event for the minerals and construction industries will take place from 28–30 June 2016 at Lafarge Tarmac’s, Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, Derbyshire, England. Following the hugely successful event in 2014, demand for stand space is expected to be very high and further details will be posted on the website at www.hillhead.com in due course. In the meantime, expressions of interest should be directed to Penny Lewin, Operations Manager.last_img read more

7 things we learned from last nights Ireland South Prime Time debate

first_img Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter A clip from Kieran Hartley’s interview with @thejournal_ie in April where he said he is NOT anti-pylons https://t.co/eImg62uCA5 #rtept— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) May 19, 2014 In any case, all candidates criticised the Eirgrid project in one way or another. Harris, a government loyalist, even criticising Eirgrid’s “mock consultation” process. Grace O’Sullivan faced the awkward question about her party leader Eamon Ryan approving the plan when he was in government. She pressed home the need for “clean, renewable” energy.7. There were couple of other issues… Theresa Heaney of the Catholic Democrats said she stood firmly with the church on gay marriage and claimed the people will choose God’s law over man’s law in next year’s referendum. She also criticised the tax system for penalising stay-at-home mothers.Peter O’Loughlin, an anti-EU candidate, talked about Europe as an “empire” and said that the State is attracting “people we don’t want” with “open borders” and a “generous” social welfare system. An Irish UKIP? Yes, he admitted.- additional reporting from Órla RyanThe final RTÉ Prime Time debate, featuring the candidates in Dublin, takes place tonight at 9.35pm on RTÉ One. Constituency profile: Battle lines and cantering elephants: Here’s how Election 2014 is shaping up in Ireland South…Yesterday: 7 things we learned from last night’s Midlands North-West Prime Time debate FOUR DAYS OUT and it was round two of RTÉ’s mammoth European election debates last night.This time it was the turn of candidates and incumbents running in Ireland South. There was little of the controversy that hit the first debate on Sunday night, but it was a lively affair nonetheless.In the first debate we had sitting MEPs Phil Prendergast of Labour, Seán Kelly of Fine Gael and Brian Crowley of Fianna Fáil with Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada also involved.The second debate saw two Fine Gael candidates Simon Harris and Deirdre Clune, Fianna Fáil’s Kieran Hartley, the Greens’ Grace O’Sullivan, the Catholic Democrats’ Theresa Heaney, Direct Democracy’s Jim Van de Ven, and independents Richard Cahill, Jillian Godsil, Peter O’Loughlin, and Diarmuid O’Flynn.Here’s what you need to know about the debate in case you missed or, inexplicably, found something better to do…1. The make-up of the panels was even more bizarreRTÉ’s pre-arranged criteria meant that just four candidates qualified to participate in the first debate, leaving ten for the second debate. This meant round one was a fairly tepid affair and round two was confusing and a bit messy, but actually a better debate. Key to the success of the second debate was Claire Byrne’s moderating as she successfully kept candidates in line but allowed a bit of back and forth between them. Source: RTÉ2. Sinn Féin was hammering its message and the opposition was hammering itLiadh Ní Riada, who is favourite to win a seat for Sinn Féin, did not get the pounding from opposition candidates that Matt Carthy got the night before. But as she pressed home that people are being “crippled by austerity budgets” the other candidates went for her, particularly Phil Prendergast who knows she faces a tough ask to win a seat for Labour. Prendergast repeatedly raised the old favourite of this government: the contradiction between Sinn Féin’s policies in the North and those in the South. Prendergast (left) and Ní Riada clashed more than once last night Source: RTÉ3. It’s every man and woman for themselvesHaving already hung her party leader out to dry, the embattled Prendergast took no prisoners last night and even criticised Labour’s coalition partner, saying that a vote for Fine Gael is “a vote for more of the same”. Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twittercenter_img Phil Prendergast: “I’ve never been afraid to speak my mind, difficult and awkward as that may be.” You don’t say. #rtept— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 19, 2014 Brian Crowley Source: RTÉ5. Debt and bank debt finally came up There was little or no mention of it in the first debate but MEPs and MEP hopefuls in the south finally got around to discussing both personal and the State’s bank debt.“It’s the biggest single issue for our country,” Jillian Godsil said, claiming it would be as big an issue now as the famine was in the 1800s. Diarmuid O’Flynn Source: RTÉO’Flynn, who has campaigned against bondholder payments for years, questioned why the “unelected” ECB is dictating the policy and said his group ‘Ballyhea Says No’ asked for a debt writedown before anyone in the Irish government did.Harris tried to defend the government, saying that it had made savings on our debt repayments, but a shouting match with O’Flynn ensued. Simon Harris Source: RTÉ6. Pylons are still an issueThe government may have headed off this hot topic by kicking the pylons issue to a review group some weeks ago, but that didn’t stop it being raised last night particularly when Kieran Hartley, a vocal anti-pylons campaigner, was asked about it.He said he was misquoted when he told us in April that he was not actually anti-pylons. Except he wasn’t misquoted at all: 4. Medical cards are an issue – but they’re not a European one The video preview before the debate highlighted medical cards as a big issue. Brian Crowley claimed that he is dealing with over 100 people a week whose discretionary medical cards have been removed.Seán Kelly was honest enough to say that it’s not an issue for European parliamentarians and pivoted to his work in Europe on tackling obesity. Not necessarily a popular move, but he was right.last_img read more

Commander votre chien à distance cest désormais possible

first_imgCommander votre chien à distance, c’est désormais possibleDes chercheurs américains ont développé une veste, qui, accrochée sur le dos d’un chien, permet de contrôler ses déplacements à distance.Le chien, le meilleur ami de l’homme, est aussi son meilleur allié dans de nombreuses situations. Chiens d’aveugle, chien démineur, chien secouriste, nos amis poilus sont utilisés dans de nombreuses situations autrement impossibles (ou trop dangereuses) pour l’homme. Des chercheurs américains viennent de franchir une étape supplémentaire en développant le gadget ultime pour chiens : une veste de contrôle à distance.Jeff Miller et David Bevly, du département d’ingénierie mécanique de l’université d’Auburn, en Alabama, décrivent dans le International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control l’appareil qu’ils ont créé. Constitué d’un microprocesseur, d’une radio, d’un GPS et de quelques circuits, la veste qui s’attache sur le dos du chien permet de le diriger à distance grâce à des vibrations (indolores).Assis derrière un ordinateur, le maître peut donc commander à son chien à quel endroit tourner, s’arrêter, faire demi-tour. Les chercheurs affirment que le taux d’obéissance est de 98 %.Chiens secouristesCe serait donc un moyen pour les propriétaires fainéants de promener leur chien sans bouger de leur canapé ? Pas vraiment, vu que l’appareil a été conçu pour des situations très sérieuses. Les chiens peuvent se faufiler dans des endroits très étroits, difficiles d’accès, par exemple pour secourir les victimes piégées après un tremblement de terre.Leur flair est également mis à profit pour repérer les explosifs, ou encore les drogues. L’un des avantages d’un tel équipement est, par exemple, qu’en cas d’environnement bruyant, le maître ne peut commander ses ordres au chien. En le contrôlant à distance, ce problème est évité.Fonctionne sur tout type de chiensÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’équipe a démontré que n’importe quel chien spécialiste peut être entrainé à répondre “quasi sans erreur” au contrôle à distance imposé par les vibrations, comme si leur maître était à portée d’eux. Des immeubles en feu à l’aide aux malvoyants, les chercheurs voient ainsi dans leur technologie des possibilités extrêmement vastes.(Crédit photo: Miller et al/Auburn)Le 8 septembre 2013 à 15:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Preview for tonights live NXT Takeover on WWE Network

first_imgFacebook First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weeks WWE Wrestler Enzo Amore Kicked Off Flight Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brandscenter_img Google+ WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Charlotte Flair NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) Becky Lynch Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The following is scheduled for tonight’s live 9/11 WWE NXT Takeover: Fatal 4-Way live special from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida on the WWE Network:1. Main Event in a Fatal 4-Way for the NXT Title: Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd2. NXT Women’s Title: Charlotte (c) vs. Bayley3. NXT Tag Team Titles: The Ascension (c’s) vs. Sin Cara & Kalisto4. Hair vs. Hair: Enzo Amore vs. Sylvester LeFort5. Bull Dempsey vs. Mojo Rawley* Plus, the NXT debut of international star KENTA, introduced by WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. The pre-show starts tonight at 7:30 PM ET on the WWE Network & on YouTube, then a post-show takes place at 10:00 PM ET.Check back later tonight for live coverage of NXT Takeover on Wrestleview.com. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

WWE issues statement on current status of Ric Flair

first_img Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Ric Flair signs deal with Adidas, Says “We’re fixin’ to make Nike the second brand” Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp WWE posted the following statement about the health status of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair:“WWE Legend Ric Flair is recovering from successful surgery and will miss tomorrow’s scheduled guest referee appearance at SmackDown. Ric is doing well and we look forward to him returning to WWE in the near future.”Flair is currently hospitalized in Georgia after undergoing several minor surgeries to correct a number of medical issues that are not life threatening.  “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair throws out the first pitch at yesterday’s Houston Astros gamelast_img read more

Vancouver Public Schools reaches tentative pact with unionized bus drivers maintenance crew

first_imgAfter bargaining through the wee hours of the morning, Vancouver Public Schools on Thursday announced a settlement agreement with the Service Employees’ International Union, Local 925, on a three-year contract.SEIU represents 506 bus drivers, maintenance crew, custodial workers, groundskeepers and cafeteria workers in the Vancouver school district.Bargaining has been ongoing since April. The two sides negotiated through Wednesday night, finally settling at 6 a.m. Thursday.“These professionals are critical to the operation of our schools,” district Superintendent Steve Webb said in a news release. “They drive our buses; cook and serve student meals; maintain our grounds, schools and equipment; and keep our students and staff members safe. They are integral members of our district and valued employees.”The announcement comes two days after purple-clad SEIU members packed the school board meeting to urge the board to come to a contract settlement. Details of the settlement, including the cost, were not available Thursday and will be released after a ratification vote. But union leaders said the last sticking point — and the most important — was ensuring the district wouldn’t eliminate employees by contracting with third-party companies to provide services. Neighboring Evergreen Public Schools, for example, contracts with Chartwells Dining Services and ABM Janitorial Services to provide dining and janitorial services, respectively.Judy Amituanai, a kitchen manager for Vancouver Public Schools and union vice president, said that’s critical for employees, like herself, who have worked for the district for many years and are nearing retirement.last_img read more

Guide helps businesses employees who interact with homeless people

first_imgCouncil for the Homeless has crafted a new guide for business owners and their employees who interact with homeless people. It’s simultaneously a tip sheet, how-to guide and list of phone numbers for major resources.“Business owners are faced with the reality of wanting to be helpful and needing to monitor their property and business for safety and customer access,” Kate Budd, the nonprofit’s executive director, said in a news release. “Our organization advocates that people experiencing homelessness be treated with respect and compassion, and we also recognize businesses have valid concerns and want to do the right thing when it comes to interacting with people who may be exhibiting disruptive behavior.”Laura Ellsworth, strategic partnerships manager at Council for the Homeless, led the project called the Business Toolkit on Homelessness.She said someone brought her a copy of a toolkit created for small businesses in San Diego. In March, Ellsworth began working on a version tailored to Clark County businesses. She brought rough drafts of the pamphlet to groups such as the Downtown Camas Business Association, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association, Vancouver’s Downtown Association and Southwest Washington Community Health Advocate and Peer Support Network.“I really tried to get input from all over the county,” Ellsworth said.iQ Credit Union and Printing Expressly For You helped sponsor the pamphlet, which cost $250 to design and print. Danette LaChapelle, senior vice president of marketing at iQ Credit Union, said they wanted to support the work Council for the Homeless is doing and appreciate that the nonprofit it working with businesses to find solutions.The toolkit is intended to be used as a reference so business owners feel more prepared when they find themselves in different scenarios with homeless patrons.last_img read more

Grand jury indicts man on capital murder for El Paso attack

first_imgEL PASO, Texas — A man accused of gunning down people at a busy Walmart in El Paso last month was indicted Thursday for capital murder, prosecutors announced.Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted on one count in connection with the Aug. 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead, District Attorney Jaime Esparza said. El Paso prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Crusius, who remains jailed without bond.Crusius’ defense lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday. Attorney Mark Stevens previously said he will use “every legal tool available” to prevent his client from being executed.The El Paso County District Clerk’s office said Crusius’ indictment would not be publicly available until next week because it takes a few days to process and assign the case to a court.The massacre was the first in a series of mass shootings last month that left dozens dead and, again, brought the debate over guns into the center of American politics.last_img read more

Fire heavily damages mobile home near Ridgefield

first_imgA fire heavily damaged a mobile home Thursday afternoon near Ridgefield.Fire crews were dispatched at 1:23 p.m. to 21617 N.E. 29th Ave. The blaze, extinguished within 15 minutes, destroyed about one-third of a double-wide mobile home with an addition, Clark County Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Max Konkright said.Smoke and water damage affected the rest of the structure, Konkright said. No injuries were reported.The Vancouver Fire Department, Clark County Fire & Rescue, Clark County Fire District 6 and Clark County District 3 all responded to the scene.“Fast response from everyone, and initial crews got a good knockdown,” Konkright said.Initial reports indicated that at least one person was injured in the fire, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. But after three crews searched the residence, they determined the home was unoccupied, Konkright said.A section of 29th Avenue near the blaze was shut down as firefighters accessed a fire hydrant across the street, Konkright said.The Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.last_img read more

Bora Milutinovic enjoys being a coach more than a player

first_imgThe Serbian manager has coached five different teams to the FIFA World Cup, more than any other manager on the planet.Serbian manager Bora Milutinovic took Mexico to the 1986 FIFA World Cup.He also managed Costa Rica in Italy 1990, the United States at their own home in 1994, and then Nigeria in France 1998 and China in the 2002 edition.And he has enjoyed a lot of success as a manager, as well as a football player. But he prefers to be on the sidelines.“I don’t know whether I’m a globetrotter or not. What’s certainly true is that Serbians are nomads by nature,” he wrote on The Coaches’ Voice.“It’s good to travel and get to know the world. To live a life full of adventure. Adventures that, fortunately in my case, have been successful. I’ve felt happy in all the countries I’ve been to in my life.” He explained: “In all of them I’ve been able to make a mark. That’s essential for me. I enjoyed being a manager much more than a player. However, I didn’t really take a firm decision as such to sit on the bench. Nothing was planned. It just happened.”“I was playing in Mexico with UNAM Pumas – that’s where my career as a player ended. After retiring, I was working as an assistant with the team. Pumas had won the league, but the following year the club decided to change their manager. That’s when the board called me: ‘Bora, would you help us while we find a manager?’”“I accepted. The situation was meant to be temporary. It ended up lasting seven years: seven years during which I didn’t need to sign a contract. I didn’t have an agent by my side to talk to the club. It was a verbal agreement, and that was enough.”“As I said at the beginning, though, that’s the most important thing. To leave my mark,” he concluded.last_img read more

Orlando Pirates want to be the Real Madrid of South Africa

first_imgAccording to chairman Irvin Khoza, the team will look to strengthen all its line to try to win the CAF Champions League.After two years without lifting a trophy, Orlando Pirates are making a lot of changes.And for chairman Irvin Khoza, the team can be the Real Madrid, Manchester City, or Barcelona of South Africa.“Micho [Sredojevic] is remaining as the coach of Orlando Pirates because he has done a good job with his assistant coaches,” Khoza was quoted by Goal.“If we played our game well against Cape Town City, we would be talking a different story now. We are happy with the performance of the team last season.”“It was his second season at the club and it is not easy to win something because this league is competitive,” he said.La Liga and South Africa will empower women Manuel R. Medina – August 1, 2019 The Spanish La Liga organization will start a grassroots football development in South Africa and the greater African continent.“There are supposed to be player movements. We will be announcing players who are on transfer next week Tuesday.”“We are going to the Champions League next season and if you look at any of the teams in the UK that are going to the UEFA Champions League, they will be in the transfer market,” he added.“Teams like Manchester City, Barcelona, and Real Madrid are going to the market because they are going to the Champions League to be competitive.”☠ Life’s Good for yesterday’s #BucsTrivia winner, Lerato Mokoena 😃👏🏽🤴🏾✔ Correct Answer = Innocent Maela🏆 A @LGSouthAfrica hamper is on its way to you, Lerato😎🔒 Keep it locked on @orlandopirates for your chance to win too, #Buccaneers! ⚫⚪🔴⭐#OnceAlways pic.twitter.com/5U97r3xYgz— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) June 5, 2019last_img read more

Lulic says Lazio deserves to be in the Coppa Italia Final

first_imgA single goal by Joaquin Correa helped Lazio beat AC Milan in tonights Coppa Italia Semifinal action.After the first leg of the Coppa Italia Semifinal ended in a 0-0 tied, Lazio had a difficult challenge ahead against AC Milan.And in tonight’s game, a goal by Joaquin Correa gave Lazio the ticket to the competition’s Final, where they will wait for the winner of the Atalanta-Fiorentina match.For Lazio’s Senad Lulic, his team deserves to be in the Final.“It was certainly deserved, as we played as a team, fought and suffered together. We knew sooner or later we’d score with the quality we have up front,” Lulic was quoted by Football Italia.“It was a struggle, but now we leave the Coppa Italia aside until we reach the Final. This is Lazio if we play like this, then we can fight it out with anyone.”“Admittedly, there was more motivation tonight than against Chievo last week and we had a different approach,” he added.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The applause to players and staff is fully deserved, as was the victory.”Lazio is currently in the eighth position of the Italian Lega Serie A table with 52 points, thanks to 15 victories, seven draws, and eleven defeats.The team has five matches left in the 2018-2019 season: against Sampdoria, Atalanta, Cagliari, Bologna, and Torino.#TIMCup #MilanLazio 0-1🏁 LA DECIDE CORREAAAAAA!!!!!🤩 SIAMO IN FINALEEEEEE!!!!! pic.twitter.com/SXWAH4eD6E— S.S.Lazio (@OfficialSSLazio) April 24, 2019last_img read more

Spanish FA approves Final Four format for Super Cup

first_imgThe four-team tournament will take place in January 2020 from the 8th to the 12th. The FA has yet to decide the hosting country.Starting in 2020 the Spanish Super Cup will have a new format and new date to be celebrated, according to the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) which announced the changes today.The new format will feature the best four teams of the Copa del Rey and the La Liga competition.If a team is in the Copa del Rey Final and in the top-two of the national competition, the place would pass down to the next team in the league.This means that the 2019 Spanish Super Cup will feature at least Barcelona, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid.The tournament will also take place in January of next year, the first Semifinal will be played on January 8th, the second the next day, and the final on January 12th.The host country has yet to be decided, but according to RFEF president Luis Rubiales, there’s a possibility to take it to Saudi Arabia or the United States.“We are working on it,” said Rubiales according to Sky Sports.“Nothing has been signed. Saudi Arabia is an option and we have not denied that.”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…“We are looking for the best thing for the teams and the players and the referees,” he added.“The United States is an option, we have had proposals from there too.”“We have to look for what would be best for everyone,” the president concluded.🗣 Alfredo Olivares, director de competiciones y de fútbol no profesional de la RFEF, explica el nuevo formato de competición de la #Supercopaℹ Más info: https://t.co/A4dFLu8VcA#AsambleaRFEF#SomosFútbol #SomosFederación📺 EN DIRECTO: https://t.co/tP49bARXDv pic.twitter.com/qWwkdVeKJa— RFEF (@rfef) April 29, 2019last_img read more

Houghton looks to create more history with the City Women

first_imgManchester City and Manchester United are set to play in the Women’s Super League this Saturday, and for skipper Steph Houghton this is a great opportunity to create history.This Saturday a great derby will be played in the Women’s Super League in England.Manchester City and Manchester United are set to play, and for Citizens’ skipper Steph Houghton this is a great opportunity to create history.“You’re always excited for the first fixture of the season and to have it as United and at the Etihad, it’s going to be an unbelievable occasion and all the girls will be up for,” said Houghton to the club’s official website.“Ever since I’ve been at the club it’s all been about making history.”“It’s massive – we want to be involved in big games all the time and it doesn’t get bigger than this one,” she added.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.“Ever since the fixtures came out in the summer, everyone has been so excited about the game.”She concluded: “Our preparations have gone really well in pre-season and we’ll do everything we can to ensure we go out and get three points.”we never give up @ManCity 💙 https://t.co/2m6xyhzxD5— Tessa Wullaert (@TessaWullaert) August 19, 2019last_img read more

Local organization calls for end of shortterm vacation rentals in San Diego

first_img September 5, 2019 Local organization calls for end of short-term vacation rentals in San Diego 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) – Mayoral candidate Barbara Bry joined a group of volunteers from Save San Diego Neighborhoods to call on the city to crack down on illegal short-term vacation rentals.Online marketplaces like Airbnb, VRBO.com, and HomeAway have exploded in growth over the past couple of years. Increasing numbers of homeowners are renting part or all of their dwelling to vacationers in order to earn passive income.Cities like San Diego, which attract large numbers of tourists, have seen out-of-state companies come in and buy numerous homes exclusively for use as short-term rentals. With San Diego’s housing crisis, residents and community leaders are fed up. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: September 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more