SDC secures 51 Million for community groups

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Photo credit: Jamaica Observer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 20, 2017 – The Social Development Commission (SDC) has secured $5.1 million under the Government of Jamaica Administrative Grant Fund for some 170 community development committees (CDCs) across Jamaica.  This was disclosed by Executive Director of the SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, as he addressed a recent JIS Think Tank.  The grant is a dedicated source of funding available to all CDCs to be used for administrative support, once they meet the established criteria.   Dr. Vernon said the money, which was disbursed up to December 31, 2016, was used to help the groups to strengthen their administrative capabilities and undertake measures to increase “people participation” in their community.He informed that another 178 applications are being processed for grant assistance under the Governance Capacity Grant Fund (GCGF).  He said that $1 million is to be disbursed “so they can implement projects they believe can strengthen their organisation, consistent with the themes of the SDC.”   Governance structures can access funds under the GCGF to improve their sustainability and viability, to make more effective and meaningful contribution to parish and national development.Dr. Vernon also disclosed that the SDC is taking steps to introduce a grant facility to support new small and micro-enterprises.    This facility, he said, will be implemented through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP) and will have specific focal points to aid and support the beneficiaries into a stronger operational position.  “We’re going to be putting in place this grant facility and we’re very confident that this will happen.  The facility will… allow them to strengthen their productive base and also to support their registration. We also want to support them with money to help them to take their products to market,” he indicated.Meanwhile, Dr. Vernon informed that the SDC has relaunched 19 community groups, bringing the total number of active bodies to 577 island wide.    “We have strengthened 193 of the 577 community groups through the implementation of training strategies to enhance their community operations,” he said.center_img Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Stop and Searches by police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 24, 2017 – Police have been actively conducting stop and search operations this week and today, one near the Venetian Round about sparked reaction.  Residents reported to Magnetic Media on the strong presence of the Police Force and actually commended the tactical unit and those who would have arranged the operations for an assertive Police presence.#MagneticMediaNews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting 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

Official Southampton sack coach Mark Hughes

first_imgSouthampton have announced the dismissal of Mark Hughes as manager after just eight months in the dugoutThe Manchester United legend was recruited by Southampton on March 14 and helped them avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.Afterwards, Hughes was awarded a three-year contract to continue coaching the club he once played for himself.But the Saints’ 2-2 draw with United in the Premier League on Saturday proved to be Hughes’ final game in charge with the club only 18th in the table.“Southampton Football Club can today confirm it has parted company with First Team Manager Mark Hughes,” read a statement on the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already underway.”Hughes’ assistants, Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki, have also departed the south coast.The Welshman has now been fired twice in the space of a year following his dismissal from Stoke City in January.Southampton, who have only won once in the Premier League this term, will next face Tottenham away on Wednesday at Wembley.last_img read more

Broken fire hydrant floods Mission Valley apartment complex

first_imgBroken fire hydrant floods Mission Valley apartment complex July 21, 2017 Jessica Ranck, Jessica Ranck Posted: July 21, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A vehicle knocked over a fire hydrant at a large Mission Valley apartment complex Friday, causing a several-story-high geyser that flooded residences and garages on the property and displaced dozens of residents.The accident in the 900 block of Camino de la Reina occurred about 11 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.It took crews about a half-hour to halt the overflow, city spokesman Arian Collins said.The flooding affected 16 apartments, SDFRD spokeswoman Monica Munoz said. The American Red Cross was called in to help arrange for alternate lodging for 23 adults and three children pending completion of cleanup and repairs, she said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

SDSU West initiative latest

first_img Updated: 9:45 PM January 15, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Friends of SDSU, Mission Valley, SDSU West FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, 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) — Backers of a ballot initiative that would pave the way for San Diego State University to acquire the SDCCU Stadium property for campus expansion plan to submit their petitions to election officials tomorrow.Friends of SDSU will gather at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the San Diego County Registrar of Voters to submit more than 100,000 petition signatures to be verified by officials. To appear on the ballot, the group needs 71,646 verified signatures.City Councilwoman Barbara Bry, Fred Pierce of Friends of SDSU and others will speak in support of the effort.“Once verified, these signatures will qualify SDSU West for a 2018 ballot,” said Kim Kilkenny of Friends of SDSU. “With overwhelming support for SDSU and the positive impacts the university provides to our community, San Diegans clearly support SDSU West to ensure the Mission Valley stadium site is used to benefit the public, provide a place for SDSU to grow and thrive, and guarantee a permanent, public river park and open space.”The Friends group had until the end of March to collect signatures but members previously indicated they wanted to wrap up the signature drive by the end of the year.If enough signatures are verified, the City Council will decide whether to adopt the initiative or place it before voters. A competing initiative, which would result in a soccer-centric commercial development, qualified earlier this year and will go onto a 2018 ballot.If both SDSU West and SoccerCity are approved in an election, the one that receives the most votes would be adopted.The SDSU West initiative would lead to the sale of the property to SDSU, which would be required to create a comprehensive development plan.School officials in the fall outlined their vision for the project, including 1.6 million square feet of classroom and research buildings, a river park and open space, 4,500 housing units, retail shops, a pair of hotels and a multi-use, 35,000-seat stadium for college football and other sports.SDSU Interim President Sally Roush and JMI Realty CEO John Kratzer said the project would be mostly funded by public-private partnerships, and wouldn’t rely on taxpayer financing. The main exception would be the stadium, which would be funded by bonds that are paid back by future revenues.The land is three trolley stops from the built-out main campus. center_img Lauren Phinney SDSU West initiative latest Posted: January 15, 2018last_img read more

Sewage runoff from Tijuana River forces beach closure in Imperial Beach

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom February 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River forced beach closures near the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday.The shoreline from the border to the northern boundary of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife refuge was closed after testing showed unsafe water quality, according to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.Officials also issued a precautionary advisory for the beach from the slough boundary to Carnation Avenue in Imperial Beach.The closure and advisory will remain in place until testing confirms water quality meets health standards, the agency said.The unhealthy water quality comes after a Friday morning incident in which a partial power failure at a treatment facility in Tijuana allowed an estimated 560,000 gallons of water to flow through the Tijuana River across the border unhindered, according to the International Boundary and Water Commission.Officials sample the water quality in the area weekly, the environmental health department said, and sewage from the Tijuana River frequently results in closures during the winter rainy season. Sewage runoff from Tijuana River forces beach closure in Imperial Beachlast_img read more

FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy

first_img June 28, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, Posted: June 28, 2018 FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsycenter_img Updated: 8:56 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The FDA has approved a cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy. Dr. Jerry Shih, Director of Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at UCSD, was in studio to tell KUSI’s Lauren Phinney all about the new drug and an event taking place this weekend designed to raise awareness.LOKK for Epilepsy (dedicated to LOKK Legal) is a San Diego based non-profit organization founded by the family and friends of Koorosh Khashayar and we are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for epilepsy research. Our critical mission is to find a cure for Epilepsy, not just control the seizures, to find a cure for this disorder and to prevail over the challenges that effect so many people each day from experiencing a full life. We will do this through educating and funding research to accelerate treatment.Koorosh Khashayar (owner of LOKK Legal, a San Diego based Law firm) passed away (on September 6, 2015) at the age of 32, from a seizure. He was a pillar of his community and a successful young attorney. Koorosh was an amazing man who worked hard to help the people in his community. He not only donated funds to great causes (Miracle Babies, Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer, Big Brother/Big Sister of San Diego and many more) , but he also volunteered his free time to feed the homeless at the Urban Angels in San Diego and walked the 60 miles to support the Susan G. Komen foundation’s 3-Day walk for breast cancer awareness numerous times.Koorosh was a man to be admired, who held a high regard for helping others, and he was taken from us too soon. Koorosh was diagnosed with Epilepsy after he had his first seizure when he was only 17 years old. This is when Koorosh and his family began to understand the frustrations of dealing with this disease. The lack of information, funding and research, the lack of actual knowledge about the medication prescribed by doctors, and ongoing testing of multiple medications was alarming. Koorosh was put on different medications and treated by multiple doctors in many cities across California, from Stanford to the University of San Francisco, to San Diego. None of these doctors or medications succeeded in curing his Epilepsy, they only went to attempt to control the seizures. The medications he took (and all epileptic patients take) only reduce the likelihood of a seizure but do not provide a cure. He and his family were very frustrated over the years being told by many doctors that he would be living with this forever, and continue to take various medications, each with their own side effects.Koorosh lived a great life, he did not let this effect how he lived, loved and cared for everyone he encountered. Most of the people that knew him did not know what he was dealing with on a day to day basis. He was very proud and did not want any sympathy, he wanted to be the one who helped others. He was full of life and his family and friends want to ensure the frustration and loss that they have experienced does not affect others. This is why this foundation has been formed, to get the word out, to get the needed funding to finally find a cure for Epilepsy. Browse the Lokk 4 Epilepsy web site to learn more about us and our goals to find a cure for epilepsy. Lauren Phinney last_img read more

Federal judge stays ruing CA magazine ban unconstitutional

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter April 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Federal judge stays ruing CA magazine ban unconstitutional SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California’s law banning gun magazines that hold more than 10 bullets went back into effect this afternoon, one week after a San Diego federal judge ruled that it was unconstitutional.U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez issued a stay Thursday on his March 29 ruling that the law violated the Second Amendment rights of gun owners and that its passage was an overreaction to high-profile gun crimes.Benitez issued the stay following a petition from Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office which has appealed the decision declaring the law unconstitutional to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.“We are pleased that the judge stayed the effect of his decision pending our appeal,” Becerra said. “We look forward to defending this important public safety law before the 9th Circuit and are confident that it is constitutional.”The stay does not apply to anyone who purchased, sold, or imported magazines between last week’s decision and 5 p.m. Friday.In his ruling overturning the law, Benitez, an appointee of President George W. Bush, wrote, “Bad political ideas cannot be stopped by criminalizing bad political speech. Crime waves cannot be broken with warrantless searches and unreasonable seizures. Neither can the government response to a few mad men with guns and ammunition be a law that turns millions of responsible, law-abiding people trying to protect themselves into criminals. Yet, this is the effect of California’s large-capacity magazine law.”The executive director of the National Rifle Association’s political and lobbying arm called last Friday’s ruling a “huge win for gun owners” and a “landmark recognition of what courts have too often treated as a disfavored right.”“Judge Benitez took the Second Amendment seriously and came to the conclusion required by the Constitution,” said Chris W. Cox of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. “The same should be true of any court analyzing a ban on a class of arms law-abiding Americans commonly possess for self-defense or other lawful purposes.”Benitez issued a preliminary injunction in 2017 stopping enforcement of the law. The injunction was upheld in July by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 5, 2019last_img read more

ASA Alerted to Discovery of Soybean Rust North of the Equator

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) has been alerted to a confirmed case of Asian soybean rust about five degrees north of the equator in South America. Earlier this week, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed a report of soybean rust being identified north of Cali, Colombia.”Confirmation of soybean rust above the equator signals the advancement of spores in the direction of the continental United States,” said ASA Chairman Ron Heck, a soybean producer from Perry, Iowa.Asian soybean rust has been present throughout Asia and Australia for decades. In 1996, the disease moved from Asia into Uganda, and by 2001, it had spread throughout much of Africa. In 2001, soybean rust was found in South America, and it has spread throughout the soybean growing areas of Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia. By 2003, rust had also spread to a northern, non-soybean growing area of Argentina.”Prevailing wind patterns around the equator served as a temporary barrier to a natural transmission of soybean rust spores,” Heck said. “If soybean rust becomes established on host plants in Colombia, South America, it would, at least theoretically, be easier for airborne spores to be carried directly to the U.S. across the Caribbean Sea, or by way of the land bridge formed by Central America.”Based on weather models and past experience with other diseases, the experts predict a natural introduction of soybean rust spores would most likely enter the U.S. through the southern tier of states along the Gulf of Mexico. Soybean rust spores are easily transported in air currents and spread rapidly over wide distances. Limited data are available on how long spores can survive, but studies have shown that under the right circumstances, spores can be viable for more than 50 days. It is also possible that the soybean rust spores discovered in Colombia were the result of commercial trade in soybeans from an infected growing area.”The discovery of soybean rust north of the equator underscores the need for USDA to continue development of a national strategy for controlling and mitigating the potential for an Asian soybean rust infestation in the continental United States,” Heck said. “Rust is a devastating disease with the potential to cause enormous losses in annual U.S. soybean production, resulting in serious consequences for domestic industry, including the livestock sector. We must do everything possible to be prepared to minimize the economic impact of soybean rust on the U.S. crop.”ASA has also been working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to obtain approval of fungicide products to control soybean rust. Fungicide treatments currently represent the only option for containing soybean rust by lessening the spread of spores. Fungicide use in other countries has been effective in keeping soybean rust below the economic threshold of yield loss.Early detection of soybean rust will be critical to minimizing the spread of the disease. To educate producers about soybean rust, ASA will continue its efforts to host seminars, distribute news releases and publish articles. In July, ASA completed a series of Soybean Rust Education Meetings in seven cities across the country.”Because no one knows for sure when soybean rust will be introduced in the United States, we must work with the current knowledge that it could be a few months to perhaps five years or longer,” Heck said. “During that time it will be important to maintain an on-going awareness campaign with ASA members to keep a response action in the forefront of their minds at whatever time they might suspect soybean rust has infected their crop.”last_img read more

Girl 6 swept away in Clackamas River

first_imgAt 4:12 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2012 Clackamas County Communications (CCOM) received a 911 call from Ripplebrook Ranger Station, approximately 25 miles east of Estacada, Ore. The caller reported his 6-7 year old daughter had fallen into the Clackamas River near Austin Hot Springs and been swept away.At the time of the call the girl had been missing for about one hour according to the initial report.Clackamas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) is responding to the scene with assistance from multi-agency water rescue units and AMR Reach and Treat.A request is being made for air support from the National Guard.Search efforts are underway.Poor weather and high water conditions may hamper search efforts.There are no further updates at this time.last_img read more

Wreaths to be placed on graves of local veterans

first_imgWreaths will be placed at the graves of 100 veterans at Northwood Park cemetery north of Vancouver Saturday morning as part of a national observance.The 10 a.m. ceremony will be part of the annual “Wreaths Across America” event.Northwood Park Funeral Home, 16407 N.E. 15th Ave., is just south of the Clark County fairgrounds off Union Road, which runs parallel to the northbound lanes of Interstate 5.The Northwood Park wreath-laying ceremony will be sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol’s Fort Vancouver Composite Squadron.“Wreaths Across America has worked closely with the Civil Air Patrol across the country,” said Olin Brock, chaplain of the squadron.Work started earlier this year, with fundraising to pay for wreaths.Other participants will include Patriot Guard Riders, American Veteran Honor Guard and local Boy Scouts.Administrator Bonnie Johnson said Northwood Park received 100 fresh evergreen wreaths Tuesday from the Wreaths Across America organization.About 300 veterans are buried in the cemetery, so the wreaths will be distributed on the basis of most recent dates of death.While Boy Scouts have volunteered to lay the wreaths, families attending the ceremony will be able to place wreaths at the graves of their loved ones, she said.The Northwood Park ceremony is the only one in Southwest Washington, according to Wreaths Across America.The program started with a wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and went nationwide in 2007. Last year, more than 320,000 wreaths were placed at 741 locations.Tom Vogt: 360-735-4558;; read more

Washington state seeks to keep marijuana out of bars

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants the state Liquor Control Board to figure out how to stop the spread of bars allowing marijuana consumption.The issue became a concern for Inslee after an Associated Press story about two bars, Frankie’s in Olympia and Stonegate in Tacoma, letting patrons use marijuana within their walls.Voters legalized recreational marijuana through Initiative 502. But I-502 prohibits public consumption. “We think the board needs to give this a very hard look,” said Inslee spokesman David Postman. “We will implement the will of the voters and create a well-regulated industry. Washingtonians did not vote for a wide-open policy.”The board is considering its options. However, there’s “a loophole in the law that doesn’t allow the board to hold licensees accountable” for such activity, said board enforcement chief Justin Nordhorn.Sharon Foster, the board’s chairman, said she expects the board to try to come up with a new rule to deal with the situation.last_img read more

Downtown Vancouver space in demand

first_imgOffice space in downtown Vancouver is now officially a hot commodity among engineering, commercial real estate and information technology firms.These businesses are taking advantage of newfound opportunities to move into more visible, and often more upscale office space, according to Michael Jenkins, a Vancouver commercial real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Jenkins Associates and MAJ Development.“You’re seeing some repositioning,” said Jenkins, whose company triggered a cascade of move-up leases when it recently purchased and moved into a Class A office structure on the corner of West 15th and Columbia streets.Second moveAfter Jenkins and his staff of about two dozen people moved out of 1500 D St. — off East Mill Plain Boulevard, near an entrance to Interstate 5 — PBS Engineering & Environmental Inc. seized the opportunity to move into Coldwell’s vacated space.Third moveThat triggered Bob Berry’s decision to move his information technology business into a portion of PBS’s former office at 1314 Main St., a deal brokered by Doug Bartocci of NAI Norris Beggs & Simpson. Berry said ITPro will also benefit from the site’s nearby access to I-5.“It’s a more convenient location because we have some Oregon-based clients,” he said.Berry said the IT business has ramped up by at least 30 percent in general. Moreover, he expects business to grow at least 45 percent in the coming year. ITPro handles IT services for a variety of customers — including large businesses such as car rental company Hertz, and smaller tech firms such as Gravitate, a Web design, development and branding business in downtown Vancouver.“Companies are beginning to spend money again,” he said. “A lot of businesses are very hopeful right now and attempting to move beyond the recession and invest in IT services.”last_img read more

Paving maintenance starts on Vancouver streets

first_imgAnnual summer street maintenance work starts this week, including overlay paving on 14 lane miles of major arterials, according to a Monday news release from the city’s public works department.Drivers should expect possible lane closures on the following streets: Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard from Southeast Chkalov Drive to Southeast 136th Avenue; Andresen Road between MacArthur and Mill Plain boulevards; East 33rd Street between P Street and St. Johns Boulevard; St. James Road from Arnold Road to Cherry Road; and Southeast Bella Vista Road between Southeast Cascade Park Drive and Southeast McGillivray Boulevard.Much of the work will be done from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, but may run as late as 8 p.m.On heavily traveled Southeast Mill Plain, however, work will be done between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays to minimize disruption for commuters.For a list of all streets that will be treated this summer, go to read more

Person shot by police Oct 31 still unnamed

first_imgMore than a week after a man shot his neighbor at a stoplight in the Walnut Grove area, police hadn’t released the identity of a person who was shot by SWAT officers during the manhunt, or any information about that person’s injury or condition. Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said the investigation is complex and involves multiple law enforcement agencies. “Detectives don’t yet have a full picture of what happened during that part of the incident,” Kapp said. “They are finishing up some interviews today and over the weekend.” John Kendall shot Abigail Mounce on Halloween morning while his car was stopped beside the Mounces’ vehicle at a red light. The shooting triggered a wave of police response to locations around town where Kendall might have been. During the search, SWAT officers shot an unidentified person who was apparently spotted near Kendall’s vehicle in Blandford Canyon, off East Evergreen Boulevard above state Highway 14. Kendall was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.The Vancouver Police Department did release the names of three officers involved in the shooting: Vancouver police Cpl. Chris LeBlanc, 47; Vancouver police Officer Brian Frances, 38; and Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Spainhower, 39. All three were placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting. The investigation will be led by the Camas Police Department, whose officers were not involved in the shooting.“With the number of law enforcement that were in and around that area, it’s just taking a lot longer to do the interviews,” Kapp said. “They’re working as quickly as they can.”last_img read more

Herrera Beutler questions feds actions on Cowlitz casino

first_imgU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler sent a letter Monday to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, questioning why Jewell’s department would make a promise to the Cowlitz Tribe to take land into trust for a reservation while the legality of the land transfer remains tied up in federal court.Last month, an acting assistant attorney general filed notice in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alerting the judge and plaintiffs that the Department of the Interior, one of the defendants in the case, “will acquire the approximately 151.87 acres of land in Clark County, Washington, in trust for the benefit of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe no sooner than the earlier of Jan. 21, 2015, or thirty days after a court order granting summary judgment in favor of defendants.”Tribal Chairman William Iyall heralded the decision as a significant moment in Cowlitz history, given that the tribe has been fighting for a dozen years to establish a reservation west of La Center. Herrera Beutler, however, wrote in her letter that the premature decision sets a bad precedent and “has become a great source of concern and confusion in Southwest Washington.” “For this acquisition to take place while the court is still considering a case to determine whether the department even has the authority to take this land into trust is not only a major shift in the department policy, but also potentially a violation of federal law,” she wrote.last_img read more

Another strong coho run forecast for Columbia

first_imgAnother strong coho run is predicted to enter the Columbia River in 2015, although far smaller than the monster return of 2014.State, federal and tribal biologists have released the Oregon Production Index forecast, which predicts 1,015,000 coho will be swimming in ocean south of Leadbetter Point at the northern tip of Long Beach Peninsula.It is the prediction before coho get caught in sport, commercial and tribal season off the Washington and northern Oregon coasts.The Columbia River’s contribution to that forecast is 777,100 coho. To break it down further, the Columbia River early-stock forecast is 515,200 and while the late stock prediction is 261,800.Again, those are before ocean harvest occurs.In 2014, the actual returns were 760,500 early coho and 480,300 late coho.“We’re still looking at a very good return,” said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “In fact, since 1998, we have had only four runs that were larger.”“It’s not as good a forecast as last year’s epic return, but it’s plenty of fish for some early and late opportunity,” said Lance Fisher, a Oregon-based guide. “I’m excited. Coming off the numbers we saw in 2012 and 2013, we’d be real excited. It’s a lot better than 200,000 to 300,000.”Early coho enter the Columbia River in August and the first part of September. They are a big contributor to the sport catch at Buoy 10, the name of the popular August fishery between Buoy No. 10 where the Columbia meets the ocean and Tongue Point, 16 miles upstream.last_img read more

Melco likely to pass Australian regulatory inquiry target full Crown acquisition Bernstein

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Melco Resorts & Entertainment should pass a recently announced inquiry into its acquisition of a 19.99% stake in Australia’s Crown Resorts, paving the way for the Asian IR operator to pursue controlling or even full ownership, according to brokerage Sanford C Bernstein.The inquiry, to be conducted by the NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority under the NSW Casino Control Act, was called following recent reports by Australian media outlets alleging links between Crown and Asian crime syndicates and questioning the company’s relationship with junket operators. Those reports also highlighted the fact that Melco Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho is the son of Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho, with whom Crown is prohibited from conducting any business as per a 2014 agreement with the NSW regulator. Load More RelatedPosts New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm In a research note published early Wednesday morning, Bernstein analysts Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu said that while the “sensationalistic” nature of the news reports presented a risk that Melco’s acquisition could be denied, “this would be unfortunate for both Melco and Australia’s gaming industry.”More importantly, “We expect Melco and Lawrence Ho to clear probity review and receive regulatory approval on the merits.”Bernstein pointed to the fact that Melco and Crown have already been partners in the ill-fated Melco-Crown tie-up that launched IRs in Macau and Manila (before separating in 2017), passing probity checks in NSW and Victoria during that time. It also noted that historical reports alleging links between Stanley Ho and triad activities in Macau had never been proven, that he had never been arrested or convicted of any of the allegations and had repeatedly denied any criminal ties.“Further, while Stanley Ho is still alive, he is completely out of the gaming business and is in full retirement,” the analysts said. “Stanley Ho has been pretty much out of the whole gaming picture since 2009 after suffering from a fall at home and being confined to a hospital for seven months thereafter.”Assuming Melco is given the green light to proceed, Bernstein expects the company to acquire the remaining 26.8% Crown stake held by James Packer – pushing Melco to 46.8% ownership – and from there pursue a possible full acquisition.“Assuming a full acquisition of Crown occurs, Melco will become a truly global and more diversified gaming company,” it said, noting that the opening of Crown Sydney in 2021 promises to provide a strong synergy to Melco’s existing operations in the premium and VIP space.Acquisition of a bigger stake is also seen as a benefit to the company’s ultimate goal of winning a Japan IR license given it would require a full probity review by Australian regulators, therefore “enhancing Melco’s global branding in its bid for a Japan IR.”last_img read more