Month: September 2019

Suspected Terrorists Have Been Detained in Suriname

first_img No apology, UK feels justified and compared SIPT threats to terrorism Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSuriname, July 28, 2017 – Paramaribo – Authorities in Suriname have confirmed that police have arrested several individuals suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. Among the five suspects, believed to be Muslim, who were detained on Sunday at several locations, are two Dutch nationals, reportedly two brothers. It is the first time ever that individuals have been arrested on suspicion of terrorist activities in Suriname.Recently the country’s Criminal Code was amended to cover terrorism and financing of terrorism. Sources indicate that one of the suspects is the son-in-law of Ronnie Brunswijk, a Member of Parliament. Brunswijk confirmed that his daughter, who was riding in the same car as the suspects, was also arrested, but has since been released.In an official statement, The Ministry of Justice and Police have claimed that so far there is no indication that the suspects were targeting a specific embassy or foreign interest.Officials from the Ministry of foreign affairs of the Netherlands have also responded to the reports, saying that so far they have no information about the arrested Dutch suspects.“We are trying to find out what is going on, as it is currently a Surinamese investigation,” a spokesperson told Dutch media.The national office of the Public Prosecutor is also unaware of what is happening in Suriname. NOT FOLLOWERS, DON’T PANICcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, dutch, netherlands, Suriname, terrorism, terroristslast_img read more

Bahamas HannaMartin dismisses PLPs unready for woman leader calls for party reform

first_img Related Items:#bravenewleader, #GlenysHannaMartin, #plpneedsreform Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – October 31, 2017 –  Glenys Hanna-Martin is speaking to media following her loss in her leadership bid for the Progressive Liberal Party and she is saying that the fact that she is a woman may have played a role in her defeat, but the MP for Englerston is convinced that it was not a major reason for the loss.Hanna-Martin, in the unofficial results published on the day after the vote at the PLPs 53rd National Convention managed to secure only 20% of the vote from some 1,600 delegates reported to be a part of the convention.The MP for Englerston said her big take away is the desperate need for reform and she pointed specifically to the democratic process within the party which suffered a botched voting process; riddled with scandalous accusations, delay in starting, delaying in ending, delay in hearing the ultimate selections by the party voters and even had Royal Bahamas Police guard.Glenys Hanna-Martin said:  “One is we need reform on money, how money plays out in these electoral processes and secondly we have to find a way to facilitate, especially for important votes like the next leader of your party, first time in 20 years that we’ve done this, to facilitate stalwarts who are able to participate even if they are not physically present at the convention hall, if only for pivotal votes of this nature.”In the interim, Hanna-Martin explained that she is prepared to work shoulder to shoulder with the newly elected leader, Philip Davis who also spoke of reform during his victory speech in the final hours of the PLP Convention.Hanna-Martin has also resigned as Government Leader of Business in the House of Assembly.  Hon Hanna-Martin shared with media it is in accordance with tradition; that as she opposed the party leader and lost it is conventional for one to withdraw from certain posts, hence her decision to vacate the Leader role in the House.  Picewell Forbes, the MP for Mangrove Cay and South Andros now holds the post. Recommended for you Woman bids for PLP Leadership, Hanna-Martin steps up for the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Klopp understands defeat in UCL was bad for the club

first_imgFor the Liverpool manager, the lost in Belgrade in the Champions League will surely be analyzed by everybody; the Gunners play the Wolves todayLiverpool is currently sitting in the third position in the 2018-2019 English Premier League standings with 27 points, two points behind leader Manchester City.And manager Jurgen Klopp knows that his decisions are being analyzed every day by every fan and pundit in England.“We come into today’s game in a very healthy position in our domestic campaign, albeit I am not immune to some of the debate and discussion surrounding our current form or level of performance,” Klopp wrote on the Liverpool’s official website ahead of today’s match against Fulham.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’ve been at this club and in this country long enough now to understand that a result like the one in Belgrade on Tuesday will lead to a lot of analysis, opinions offered and conclusions being drawn.”“This is absolutely fine of course and I understand that it even comes from those who genuinely care about our situation and have a desire to see us succeed,” he added.“To be clear: the performance against Red Star wasn’t at the levels we expect of ourselves. End of story.”last_img read more

Southgate hopes to end Englands incredible year on a high

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate wants to cap off a brilliant year by beating Croatia in Sunday’s UEFA Nations League clashThe Three Lions stormed to a dominant 3-0 friendly win over the United States on Thursday with goals from Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.Now victory on Sunday at Wembley will enable England to top Group A4 and seal a place in next year’s Nations League finals.“We were very keen that we moved on from the World Cup as quickly as possible,” said Southgate, via Daily Mail.“It has been a brilliant year. Whatever happens on Sunday, we’ve had real shoots of progress and achieved some outstanding results and really good performances and blooded a lot of new players.“It’s given us a real depth to the squad and competition for places.“But I think everybody wants to go another stage and get to a semi-final out of a group which is as tough as there has been in this competition.“So, it is a really good game for everybody to look forward to.”On to Sunday. Victory sends the #ThreeLions into the #NationsLeague finals.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 pic.twitter.com/yTBX319QQk— England (@England) November 15, 2018Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.England lost to Croatia at the World Cup semi-finals in Russia and were held to a 0-0 draw in Rijeka last time out in the Nations League.And Southgate is taking nothing for granted following Croatia’s stunning 3-2 win over Spain.“We’ve got two days to prepare, so it was one of the reasons we played the team we did tonight,” added Southgate.“We’ll look at their game from tonight, just to see how they approached it against Spain, but we know pretty much all there is to know about Croatia – most importantly that their desire, their mentality is brilliant.“So, we know that tonight would have given them a huge lift ahead of coming here.“They’ll enjoy coming to Wembley, they’ll look forward to that.“We knew the game at home for them without a crowd was probably as difficult for them as it was for us.“But coming to a full house at Wembley, they’ve got big players that will relish that challenge and we’ve got to relish that challenge as well.”The game at Wembley will begin at 15:00 (CET).last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri thanks De Laurentiis for Napoli legacy

first_imgChelsea coach Maurizio Sarri discussed the legacy he left at Napoli in the summer and gave some insight into his relationship with Aurelio De LaurentiisSarri joined his hometown club Napoli in 2015 to replace the Real Madrid-bound Rafael Benítez.In the Spaniard’s final season in charge, Napoli finished fifth in the Serie A with 63 points after winning 18 of their 38 matches.However, Sarri ensured the Light Blues of top three finishes in the Serie A in all three of his seasons in charge.The Italian left the Stadio San Paolo in the summer with a second-place finish and 91 points after winning 28 matches.“Legacy at Napoli? I think the most visible one is numeric,” Sarri told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“I took a Napoli that had closed the championship with 63 points and I left a team that has reached 91.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“More than that could not be done. The other legacy is personal: the relationship with the city and its people.“I will never leave Naples. They compared my Napoli to that of Vinicio, one of the best teams in Italy, in the seventies, to travel in the future. This combination honours me.”Despite leaving Napoli on rather unfriendly terms with club president De Laurentiis, Sarri only has gratitude towards him.“De Laurentiis? I have nothing to say. I can only thank him,” said Sarri.“It gave me the greatest personal satisfaction of my life entrusting me with Naples, the team of my heart and of the origins.“It was a wonderful adventure that can not be erased from a leave like this.”last_img read more

Matic Man United have nothing to lose at Paris

first_imgManchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic refuses to give up on their Champions League hopes following Tuesday’s first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16.The Red Devils were left outclassed at Old Trafford by a PSG side lacking star duo Neymar and Edinson Cavani in the lineup.The major turning point in the game came in the second half with former United winger Angel Di Maria returning to haunt his old club by assisting Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe for both of PSG’s goals.It enabled the Ligue 1 champions to leave with a 2-0 aggregate lead and hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his first defeat as caretaker boss in his 12th match in charge.But Matic insists that United now have nothing to lose for the return leg next month and will be giving it their all to cause an upset.“It was a difficult game for us,” Matic told UEFA.“Obviously when you lose it’s disappointing but I think we played some good football in the 90 minutes and of course in the second half when it was 2-0 it was hard for us.“They had more space to play as we had to risk more, but we have to respect them, they have great players, they are a good 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.“We will go to Paris to try to do something. We don’t have anything to lose so we will try to go there to play good football and try to win of course.”The second leg between PSG and United will take place at the Parc Des Princes in France on March 6.For now, Solskjaer’s men will need to quickly recoup from this setback for Monday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, where they will take on Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are doubts for the match after coming off on Tuesday night with injuries.Next up: Chelsea away in the #EmiratesFACup. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/yLOxIIMrD8— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 13, 2019last_img read more

Temperatures cool dramatically for Labor Day holiday

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Temperatures will drop dramatically Monday, falling to close to average for this time of year after a nearly week-long heat wave.A deep marine layer will keep temperatures relatively moderate Monday and Tuesday but by Thursday, temperatures will rise again.Some scattered, light showers from the remnants of Tropical Depression Lidia may reach San Diego County Monday, but chances will diminish as the day progresses.There is a small chance of thunderstorms in the mountains this week in the afternoons. Clouds will develop overnight this week, extending into the valleys at times.Monday’s high temperatures are expected to be 78 degrees along the coast, 89 degrees inland, 75 degrees in the mountains and 100 degrees in the deserts.  Posted: September 4, 2017 September 4, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Temperatures cool dramatically for Labor Day holidaylast_img read more

Long overdue Bronze Star Medal awarded to US Navy Veteran

first_img Posted: November 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter November 9, 2018 Mike McKinnon III Mike McKinnon III, Long overdue Bronze Star Medal awarded to US Navy Veteran 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) – Friday, a US Navy Veteran was awarded a long overdue Bronze Star Medal.Rep. Scott Peters awarded the Bronze Star with valor, to US Navy Veteran Daniel “Doc” Jacobs of Scripps Ranch aboard the USS Midway.Jacobs served during the Iraq war, where he was severely injured in an explosion. Jacobs refused treatment despite his injuries, and instead helped treat the wounded and redirected resources to other service members. last_img read more

Man severely wounded in shooting at East Village apartment

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) – A shooting Monday in an East Village apartment left a 29-year-old man gravely wounded.Officers responding to reports of gunfire at a residential complex in the 900 block of Market Street found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body shortly before 6 a.m., according to San Diego police.Medics took the man to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, which were considered life threatening, Lt. Anthony Dupree said. The victim’s name was not released.Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the circumstances of the shooting. No description of the perpetrator was immediately available. January 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Man severely wounded in shooting at East Village apartment Updated: 7:00 PM Live on #BREAKINGNEWS Police focused on this apartment after a shooting at the Strata high-rise in Downtown SD.Market Street closed off between 8th–10th. Heavy @SanDiegoPoliceD presence. @KUSI_GMSD @KUSINews @EAlvarezKUSI pic.twitter.com/sHg1rxMgZs— ELIZABETH ALVAREZ (@EAlvarezKUSI) January 14, 2019 Posted: January 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Troubled By Delay Of House Vote On Fast Track

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) First Vice President Mike Yost today expressed great concern about the delay in the U.S. House of Representatives to renew the Administration’s Fast Track negotiating authority for future trade agreements. “We need to have trade agreements. From the outset, the American Soybean Association, has been one of the leaders in agriculture in trying to get Fast Track authority for the Administration because we export 50 percent of our soybean crop. We live and die by exports,” Yost stated.Yost, a farmer from Murdock, Minnesota, and chairman of ASA’s Public Affairs committee, said, “If we don’t have Fast Track, we don’t have trade agreements. No country will negotiate with the United States unless they are sure that Congress can not amend the trade agreements. Other countries will negotiate with the Administration, but they won’t negotiate with the full House and Senate, either of whom can amend a trade agreement without Fast Track authority in place.”Yost said, “We currently have in this country a record soybean crop of about 2.7 billion bushels. That’s up 15 percent from last year, and we need foreign markets to sell our soybeans, both now and in the future. Without trade agreements, the markets we have worked to build and presently enjoy, and those future markets that we need to attract, are in jeopardy. ASA is working with the United Soybean Board to invest more than $20 million of producer checkoff and Foreign Market Develop funds annually to expand global markets for U.S. soybean producers.”The U.S. soybean industry has several issues right now that must be addressed at the trade table. One is the worldwide acceptance of soybeans grown from seedstock improved through biotechnology. We have market access issues in places like China where we currently have significant sales of soybeans and soybean products. Our access to China is in jeopardy of being shut down at any point in time unless we can nail down that access through trade agreements. We also have phytosanitary issues with countries like India and Poland that need to be addressed in the trade arena to insure our access to those markets,” Yost stated.”Farmers have to realize that over 100 new trade agreements have been negotiated worldwide in the last two or three years and the United States hasn’t participated in any of them, shutting out U.S. soybean producers from potentially lucrative markets,” Yost added.Soybeans were planted on 69.8 million acres this year, representing about 26% of all U.S. crop acres planted in 1997. The United States produces half of the world’s soybean supply and faces competition from South America, Europe, Canada and India. Last year, U.S. soybeans had a farmgate value of more than $16.9 billion, while the value of U.S. soybean and soy product exports exceeded $9.1 billion. This made soybeans the highest value U.S. farm export in 1996, positively contributing to the United States trade balance.last_img read more

ASA Responds to APHIS Comment Period on Rust Risk Assessment

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA), a membership-driven, grassroots policy organization representing 25,000 United States soybean producers, continues to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to take all appropriate and science-based measures to prevent the accidental introduction of Asian soybean rust disease into the U.S.”U.S. soybean farmers have an enormous stake in making sure Asian rust is not introduced into the United States considering the potential of the disease to cause great financial damage in lost yields and high costs to apply fungicides to control it,” said ASA President Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa. “At the same time, as a global exporter, we must ensure that the protocols we apply are based on sound science.”Reports indicate that Asian rust has spread to almost all states in Brazil this year, and that areas in Paraguay and parts of northern Argentina are also infected. Brazil’s senior soybean rust specialist indicates Brazil’s losses to Asian rust are greater in 2004 than in 2003, and that total yield losses from Asian rust could exceed 4 million metric tons (150 million bushels) with costs of spraying fungicides to control Asian rust likely exceed $1 billion.On March 12, 2004, APHIS published a Federal Register Notice calling for public comments on a draft document entitled “Status of Scientific Evidence on Risks Associated with the Introduction into the Continental United States of Phakopsora pachyrhizi with Imported Soybean Grain, Seed and Meal.” The comment period closed on April 12, 2004.Whole Soybean Imports Remain Greatest ConcernRegarding the risks posed from the importation of whole soybeans from rust-affected countries, ASA is calling for the completion of ongoing rust spore viability studies before risk assessments are finalized. It is essential that APHIS complete its research before any guidelines are issued on the importation of soybeans.”We are particularly concerned about soybeans from rust-infested soybean farms being delivered directly to export facilities for prompt loading on ships destined for the United States.” Heck said. “Because of this, we believe some soybeans, along with foreign material containing live rust spores, could be easily loaded on ships within weeks of being harvested.One way of guaranteeing that Asian rust is not introduced to the U.S. with imported soybeans is to kill the spores by heat prior to shipment. However, this likely would have a negative impact on the quality of the oil, protein and amino acids in the soybeans, and also would be quite costly.However, science has shown that it would be possible to kill all Asian rust spores in soybeans by storing them for a sufficient period in the country of origin. The required period of storage will depend on the results of research APHIS currently has underway in Paraguay and in its Beltsville, Maryland testing facility on the viability of Asian rust spores. This research is not expected to be concluded until the fall.Low Risk for Properly Handled Meal ImportsAPHIS’s scientific review found there was little risk associated with soybean meal imports, if properly handled. ASA agrees with APHIS that there is very little potential of introducing Asian rust to the U.S. with imported soybean meal provided that all of the soybean meal be heated for sufficient duration and temperature during the solvent extraction process to kill all spores, and if proper measures are taken during loading and transport to prevent re-contamination of the soybean meal.If processors remove soybean hulls and foreign material prior to the extraction process, ASA believes this material also must be heated to kill spores before being added back into the meal for shipment. ASA believes it is essential that APHIS officials or other independent entities verify that this procedure is being followed for all of the soybean meal that may be shipped to the U.S. from South America.A drought-reduced 2003 U.S. soybean crop, coupled with record exports and strong domestic demand, has led to U.S. soybean ending stocks at the lowest levels in nearly 30 years. Due to this tight supply situation, USDA projects imports of 430,000 metric tons of soybean meal will be needed to sustain and feed the U.S. livestock demand base. Brazil is one of the likely sources of this feedstuff.Fungicide Treatment of Planting Seed Would Further Reduce RiskAPHIS’s scientific review found there was negligible risk of transmitting Asian rust through soybean planting seed, because such seed is highly cleaned to remove plant material.”APHIS should spot-check soybean seed shipments to verify that they have been adequately cleaned,” Heck said. “We also strongly encourage APHIS to consider fungicide treatment of planting seed.”It is common practice for planting seed to be harvested in South America and then quickly air-shipped to the United States for planting. Such a practice increases the possibility that live rust spores could be present even on clean seed. With little additional cost, seeds could be treated with a fungicide, as is a common industry practice.”With the potential of Asian rust costing U.S. soybean farmers billions of dollars in lost yields and added production costs, the government needs to complete rust spore viability studies currently underway before contemplating protocols for whole soybean imports,” Heck said. “The Federal Government should take all appropriate and science-based measures to minimize or prevent the introduction of this disease into the United States.”last_img read more

Traffic delays due on Washougal River Road

first_imgMotorists should expect delays of as much as 20 minutes on the Cougar Creek Bridge along Northeast Washougal River Road, beginning Aug. 16.Workers will replace pier caps and a portion of the deck planks on the bridge, located at Milepost 5.16. Alternative routes include Southeast Vernon Road in Clark County or Cougar Creek and Salmon Falls roads in Skamania County.The bridge will remain open to one lane of traffic during repairs, with steel plates placed over the road deck after work hours to keep two lanes open overnight. Work should be finished within two weeks, according to the Clark County Public Works Department.last_img read more

Campaign ad funds fly in 3rd District

first_imgThe National Republican Campaign Committee, upping the ante in the closely watched 3rd Congressional District race, confirmed last week that it will spend $900,000 on TV ads in the Portland media market to support state Rep. Jaime Herrera. The ads will air from Sept. 24 to Oct. 21. Last week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it had reserved $650,000 in air time for TV ads backing Democratic 3rd District candidate Denny Heck. Those ads won’t begin airing until Oct. 5. “The NRCC’s investment suggests this will be one of the costliest races this cycle,” wrote Jeremy P. Jacobs of Hotline on Call last week. “It also shows that the Republicans are trying to get a jump on the DCCC in the district.”The two parties are also competing to outdo each other in the use of heated rhetoric.“Since it’s clear that ‘militant partisan Democrat’ Denny Heck is completely out-of-touch with Southwest Washington families, the NRCC will take advantage of every opportunity available to remind voters that they could face even higher debt, taxes and unemployment if Heck came to D.C. to promote the same treacherous policies he passed in Olympia,” said NRCC spokeswoman Joanna Burgos in a statement.DCCC spokesman Andy Stone responded in kind.“It’s no wonder that the NRCC is ready to join with the shadowy, right-wing groups that are already spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on attack ads in support of Jaime Herrera because Herrera shares their agenda: protecting tax loopholes for companies that ship American jobs overseas,” he said.last_img read more

State urges monitoring of pollution by Alcoa

first_imgo What: A hearing on the state Department of Ecology’s proposed cleanup action plan for the old Alcoa site at 5701 N.W. Lower River Road in Vancouver.o When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.o Where: Foster Auditorium, Clark College.o See the documents by clicking here.State environmental regulators are proposing to allow Alcoa to monitor pollution leaching from an old landfill on the site of its former Vancouver aluminum smelter, rather than requiring an expensive cleanup.The final cleanup action plan, to be released today for a 30-day public review, represents the last step to address Alcoa’s lingering industrial legacy along the Columbia River.It follows last year’s $10 million cleanup of a shoreline tainted with high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.The state Department of Ecology isn’t proposing to force such an expensive remedy for the old unlined landfill 50 feet back from the Columbia’s shoreline. Instead, the Pittsburgh-based company will be required to monitor groundwater polluted with trichloroethylene, or TCE, until it ultimately dissipates into the river.TCE is a type of industrial solvent that, like PCBs, is a suspected carcinogen.The level of TCE in the groundwater below the landfill is above the state’s cleanup threshold, but officials contend that it’s impractical to force a cleanup that’s estimated to cost $22 million to $24 million.last_img read more

Robber hits convenience store in Hazel Dell

first_imgSheriff’s deputies very early today converged in Hazel Dell after a robber struck at a convenience store near Northeast 99th Street and Highway 99.The call came in at 12:34 a.m. today, first as a robbery alarm and seconds later when the clerk called 911, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Police were told a male left on foot with some cash. He had something covering his face and had implied he had a weapon, though none was seen.Sheriff’s deputies took positions around the area and quickly deployed a K-9 team.John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.last_img read more

Unmanned aircraft maker Insitu has new CEO

first_imgSteve Morrow has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Bingen-based Insitu Inc., a maker of unmanned aircraft that employs 800 people in Southwest Washington and Columbia River Gorge communities in Oregon.Morrow succeeds former Insitu executive Steve Silwa, who retired April 1, Insitu’s parent, The Boeing Co., announced Thursday.Morrow’s appointment is effective immediately, according to a press release issued by Boeing’s St. Louis-based Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit. Morrow, who most recently served as director of Boeing’s Stand-off Strike unit and led the company’s long-range weapons programs, will be responsible for Insitu’s operation. He will lead an operation mainly based in Bingen and nearby Washington and Oregon towns in the Columbia River Gorge, and will report to Boeing’s Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems Division.Morrow joined Boeing in 2002 and has held other leadership positions for Boeing’s weapons systems programs. He is a retired U.S. Navy commander who also managed some of its aircraft programs, such as the $500 million Tactical Tomahawk.“Under Steve’s leadership . . . Insitu is well-positioned to build on its reputation for innovation, agility and global customer responsiveness,” said Debbie Rub, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems division, a part of the Boeing Military Aircraft business unit.An independent subsidiary of The Boeing Co. since it was acquired in 2008, Insitu designs and manufactures unmanned air systems, primarily for combat surveillance and defense. The systems, the ScanEagle and the newer Integrator, fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions for the U.S. Navy, Army and Marine Corps, and for defense programs in other countries.last_img read more

Holiday closures for Monday

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed on Monday:MAIL: Post offices closed. No home delivery. The postal unit inside the Shell gas station at Fisher’s Landing, 16320 S.E. Cascade Park Drive, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.GARBAGE: Trash and recyclables collection is on a regular schedule in Vancouver and most of Clark County today. In Camas, Monday’s trash and recyclables will be picked up Tuesday.GOVERNMENT: City, county and state offices closed.ANIMAL SHELTER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington shelter open.LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library locations open regular Monday hours. The Camas Public Library is closed through Jan. 2; it will reopen at 10 a.m. Jan. 3.BUSES: C-Tran follows reduced schedule Monday. TriMet follows Sunday schedule Monday.PARKING: Meters in downtown Vancouver free Monday.DRIVER’S LICENSING: Offices closed.VEHICLE LICENSING: Offices closed.VEHICLE EMISSIONS: Closed.CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.LIQUOR STORES: Most state-operated stores open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.ZOO: Oregon Zoo open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.FINANCIAL MARKETS: New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq and other markets closed.MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open regular hours.FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open regular hours.WESTFIELD VANCOUVER MALL: Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nordstrom open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sears open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; J.C. Penney open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.THE COLUMBIAN: Offices open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

Ratties hat trick leads Winterhawks in playoff opener

first_imgPORTLAND — Ty Rattie was in regular-season form on Friday. Which is to say that the Portland Winterhawks forward was on target.Rattie scored three goals as the Winterhawks opened the 2012 Western Hockey League playoffs with a 6-3 win over the Kelowna Rockets in front of 6,243 fans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Game 2 of this best-of-7 playoff series is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum.Rattie led the Winterhawks with 57 goals and 121 points during the regular season. Three goals on the first night of the postseason is a good opening statement.“Another hat trick due to my linemates,” Rattie said, making it sound as easy as he made it look. “I don’t do much out there. I just get the puck and sometimes it goes in.”Joe Morrow, Oliver Gabriel and Taylor Leier also scored for Portland.Rattie scored the first two Portland goals off assists from Sven Bartschi as the Winterhawks shrugged off a 1-0 Kelowna lead. On the first one he finished a cross-ice pass from a difficult angle, lifting the puck over the glove of Kelowna goalie Adam Brown. On the second he tapped the puck past Brown after Bartschi barrelled through three defensemen to reach the crease.Those high-quality goals were topped by the one that defenseman Joe Morrow netted with 1.8 seconds remaining in the second period, a laser that put the Winterhawks ahead to stay at 3-2.last_img read more

John Laird When campaigns heat up so does the bridge rhetoric

first_imgNow that political campaigns are intensifying for the Aug. 7 primary and the Nov. 6 election, radical rhetoric about the Columbia River Crossing is rising to flood levels. So it’s time to review the Top Five Delusions about replacing the Interstate 5 Bridge. First, though, let’s start with three basic principles:Two-thirds or more of traffic on the bridge is local (entering or leaving the freeway — or both — in the five-mile CRC project area).Clark County and Vancouver are not the only stakeholders in the CRC. We should listen to other people in other places and try to work with them.Always keep in mind the goal of the CRC: The bridge must be replaced because it is too narrow, too congested and too dangerous for traffic, not to mention the fact that bridge lifts on an interstate highway are unacceptable.The CRC project is beset with many problems, not the least of which are funding uncertainties and disagreements over clearance for marine traffic. But as for the Top Five Delusions wafting among the critics:o Replacing the I-5 Bridge is futile because it will only expedite southbound traffic and worsen congestion at the Rose Quarter.The greater problem the CRC will solve is northbound traffic congestion, especially in evening rush hours. As for southbound traffic, the Rose Quarter is six miles from the bridge. Even if the CRC makes congestion worse at the Rose Quarter, great! Maybe that will expedite the long-overdue widening of I-5 there.Many skeptics insist that freeway widening at the Rose Quarter will never happen. But a June 6 Oregonian story reported the Oregon Department of Transportation is planning a project that will add lanes, cap portions of the freeway and improve interchanges around the Rose Quarter. Local (Portland) approval of the unfunded project is expected to be requested this fall.o The CRC is flawed because it offers no new lanes for through traffic.No new lanes are needed for through traffic. See No. 1 among the basic principles. Bridge congestion is caused largely by local — not through –traffic. And the bridge congestion is made worse by archaic interchanges nearby with dangerously short ramps.last_img read more

Play it safe at the fair

first_imgVancouver native Dennis Kostman dressed for the weather in 2012. The summer’s best party — the Clark County Fair — is in full swing. And local health officials want you to enjoy carnival rides, farm animals and fair food (in moderation, of course) without putting your health at risk. Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, and Dr. Michael Albrich, medical director for emergency services at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, shared some advice for making your trip to the fair fun and safe.o Wash your hands after visiting animal exhibits. “Generally, the fair is a safe place to be, as long as you use good common sense when handling animals,” Melnick said.Adults and children should wash their hands after petting or handling any animals at the fair. Animals may appear clean and healthy, but they can carry bacteria that may make humans sick, such as E. coli and salmonella.The bacteria can be transmitted through animal manure, which can get on an animal’s body or anything else it touches, including its enclosure.last_img read more