Barca only have themselves to blame – Busquets

first_imgBarcelona’s Sergio Busquets feels that they only have themselves to blame after their unbeaten league run came to an end in their shocking 5-4 defeat to LevanteThe Catalan giants were 5-1 down against the 15th-place side at the Estadi Ciutat de València on Sunday night, before Phillipe Coutinho and Luis Suarez put the deficit down to 5-4 with 19 minutes remaining.However, Barcelona was unable to find an equaliser in the final moments and fell to their first La Liga defeat in 44 games.“Conceding five goals makes it very hard. We were caught on the counter-attack and there was a lack of concentration at times, too. Like I say, when you concede five, it’s hard to get anything positive from the game and that’s been the case,” said Busquets, according to Sport.The league champion’s late comeback proved to be futile in the end, despite their best efforts.“The fourth goal came with 20 minutes left,” he added.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We were pushing, working hard and used lots of energy, but that takes its toll in the end. We had chances to equalise but it wasn’t our night. When you give away five goals it’s hard to haul it back.”While disappointed to have not finished the season unbeaten, Busquets hopes that this defeat does not spoil what has been otherwise an outstanding season and the Spanish midfielder feels that his teammates should be proud to have managed a record 43 games unbeaten.“It’s clear we wanted to end the season unbeaten, but this doesn’t take any credit away from what we have done this season and everything we have achieved in La Liga,” said the 29-year-old.“The record [for games unbeaten, 43] we have over two years, but it’s shame [to lose out on an unbeaten season].“But we have won the league, it’s been an incredible season beyond this one game and I think we can be proud. Now we can celebrate with our fans in the final game.”last_img read more

Ramsey out for Wales against Republic of Ireland

first_imgWales have announced that Aaron Ramsey will miss their Uefa Nations League clash with the Republic of Ireland due to “family reasons”The loss of the Arsenal midfielder will come as another blow for head coach Ryan Giggs after Gareth Bale returned to Real Madrid.Wales were handed a 4-1 thrashing by Spain at Cardiff on Friday after a brace from forward Paco Alcacer, along with goals from defensive duo Sergio Ramos and Marc Bartra.Ramsey, whose Arsenal future remains increasingly uncertain, played the full 90 minutes of the loss but could not make an impact with Sam Vokes grabbing an 89th-minute consolation goal.Now the 27-year-old will be replaced by Swansea City’s Daniel James for Tuesday’s game in Dublin.Daniel James, Manchester UnitedDaniel James impresses Patrice Evra Manuel R. Medina – September 12, 2019 The Manchester United legend gave Daniel James a passionate speech after the youngster was voted Player of the Month for August.“Daniel James has been called up to the senior team from the under 21’s this morning. Aaron Ramsey will no longer travel with the squad to Dublin due to family reasons,” read a statement on the Wales FA Twitter.SQUAD UPDATE | DIWEDDARIAD CARFANDaniel James has been called up to the senior team from the under 21’s this morning. Aaron Ramsey will no longer travel with the squad to Dublin due to family reasons.#TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/lYWOUUrI5M— Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) October 15, 2018last_img read more

Dalot and his connection to Portugal is still alive

first_imgThe 19-year-old has donated a minibus to his former Escola de Futebol O Fintas in Braga, where he was developed as a footballer.Full-back Diogo Dalot moved from Porto in the Portuguese First Division to Manchester United in the English Premier League in the summer of 2018.He had barely spent one season as a professional with his club, debuting in 2017.But the 19-year-old doesn’t forget where he comes from, and he just donated a minibus to his Escola de Futebol O Fintas in Braga.“I wanted to give them something because they didn’t get anything for my transfer to here and I’m aware of their difficulties,” Dalot told the Manchester United official website.“I needed to help – it’s my job. I didn’t do it for the press. I did it because I wanted to and they’ve helped me get here.”“I think we [as footballers] can all help in some way. I don’t think it’s just all about the money, but I tried to help in this way and I think it was good for them,” he added.“I remember the days when my dad had to drive my friends and I [to matches] because they didn’t have a van for the players.””I will try and help more if I can. I gave them a shirt too and they thought it was just the shirt, so they were very surprised [about the minibus],” he continued.“I Facetimed them when I was traveling to a United game, so it was a good moment to see.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The Red Devils will pay Crystal Palace a visit tonight, as part of the Premier League Matchday 28.“I think when we play them at [their] home it’s always a tough game,” he said.“Of course we have a few injuries so we need to stick together as always, but this time more than ever. I think we’re going to be ready for it.”“In the last game, Crystal Palace did well, but we just need to keep focusing on ourselves first and, of course, be ready for the dangers,” Dalot recalled.“I think we’ve had some very good games. The away games have been incredible. I think we are keeping the team solid and playing good football and the away games, for me, have been a good experience to be a part of.”Next up for #MUFC:🆚 Crystal Palace📆 Wednesday 27 February⏰ 20:00 GMT🏟 Selhurst Park🏆 #PL pic.twitter.com/qr00vzO854— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2019last_img read more

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CCTV Steering Committee to be established

first_img Related Items:cctv may be coming to TCI, meeting held to see what other jurisdictions are doing in terms of cctv Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 29, 2016 – A steering committee will be formed and CCTV is finally closer to coming for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  In the fifth National Security Council or NSC meeting, held on Tuesday July 26, it was determined that a committee will explore what other jurisdictions are doing.  This committee is to be chaired by Director of the Premier’s Office, Althea Been.   At the meeting were:  the Governor, Premier, Police Commissioner, Minister for Border Control and the Attorney General. last_img read more

Young teen boys gunned down Police ask where are Parents

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Teenboysfounddead, #teenboysnotreportedmissing, #youngteenboysgunneddown Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 20, 2017 – Nassau – Police were yesterday stumped that no one had reported two young teenage boys as missing; the pair was found riddled with bullets in a track road in Yellow Elder Gardens in Nassau on Sunday morning – dead.It was an emotional scene, apparently even for Police and leaders as the pair was left to die on the cold, hard, dirty ground and Police during the initial investigation and media interviews were unable to say that there was even anyone reported missing.   Police had promised they would go door to door to find out what happened to these two teens who were killed sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.#MagneticMediaNews#Teenboysfounddead#teenboysnotreportedmissing#youngteenboysgunneddown Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Update on Restoration of Government Services post Hurricane Irma and Maria

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 8, 2018 –  Following on from the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, government services have resumed across all sectors, but it is important for the general public and our clients to be aware that there remain challenges in a number of key areas which currently impact service delivery.The islands of Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay which account for 54% of government staff, suffered significant damage to government infrastructure during the last hurricane season.  This is in addition to damage to schools which accounted for the majority of loss.As of today there remain a significant number of displaced departments which are currently being housed within other departments whilst they await repairs to government infrastructure.  This includes critical departments such as the Information Technology, Customs, Planning, Land Registry, Public Works, Land Survey, Internal Audit and other departments on the island of Grand Turk.  Following on from the Hurricanes the Ministry of Infrastructure conducted damage assessments and costing on all government buildings.In the area of communication, we have noted a marked improvement in communication services on the island of Grand Turk which should result in the full functionality of department phones.  To this end persons can now once again reach departments through the switchboard numbers 946-2801 and 338-2801, while a full listing of government direct extensions is also posted on the governments website for easy reference.  Kindly note that the departments telephone lines operate on a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system which relies on the stability of the network itself.Revenue and Expenditure systems have suffered a number of challenges during recent months due to internet and communication instability, but with recent improvements by telecommunication providers this should shortly be resolved.We take the opportunity to thank our clients for their patience during this period and do hope that we can work to expeditiously resolve all remaining concerns.Please see below an updated listing of the affected departments new operating locations:Customs Department – Treasury Department, Front StreetCentral Information Technology Unit – Treasury Department, Front StreetPublic Works Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetPlanning Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetWater Undertaking Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetLand Registry Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadValuation Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadSurvey and Mapping Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadCrown Land Unit – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadElections Department – Strategic Policy and Planning Unit, South BaseInternal Audit Department – Audit Department, Tony Clarke Office ComplexRoad Safety Department – Printing Department, Ruthann Lightbourne PlazaMinistry of Education, Youth and Sports – Franklyn Misick Building, Church FollyTCIG Press ReleasePhoto by Magnetic Media, Providenciales Police Headquarters after Hurricane Irma Editorial: Listen to your Mama TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#hurricaneirmatci, #hurricanemariatci, TCIG Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15last_img read more

Bolton boss reacts to Villa defeat

first_imgBolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has been talking about his team’s 2-0 loss to Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday.On his assessment of the game, Parkinson told the club’s official website, saying:“I thought we had more than enough chances to get something from the game.”“I think everybody who has watched it can see that. When we have periods of pressure, like we have done of late, we have to take those opportunities.”“We’ve come to Villa Park, which is a difficult place to come to, I thought we created more than enough to get something from the game. It was so close, the width of the post or someone sliding in half a yard quicker to get a goal.”“The keeper made a great save from Nooney in the second half. Obviously, we are disappointed with conceding that early goal and we know we’ve done that a lot recently.”Keith Hill is set to protect Bolton’s young players Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 After the team’s takeover last week, the club has only relied on youth players, and manager Keith Hill wants to protect them and give them chances for the future.“Was it a lack of concentration or a good piece of play from Abraham, to put Grealish in, who we know is a top-class player.”“I still feel we could have been more switched on in that situation.”“The second goal, how the referee can give a free kick for Joe Williams’ tackle, I honestly don’t know.”“However, I do feel we need to defend it better. We know they are good at set plays and have a very good delivery. We need to back stick better than we did.”“It was a performance that typified us recently, where we have had so much good play in the game and we need to capitalise on those big moments.”last_img read more

Benitez reveals the game plan that defeated Man City

first_imgRafael Benitez revealed that Newcastle United’s willingness to stick to their game plan was key behind their shock comeback 2-1 win over Manchester City.Sergio Aguero’s goal in the opening 24 seconds of the game at St James’ Park appeared to set City on route to a 19th Premier League win this season.But things soon began to change when Aguero later had a goal disallowed after referee Paul Tierney deemed that Kevin De Bruyne had taken a free-kick before he gave it the go-ahead with City rarely troubling Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka afterwards.Benitez’s side began to grow in confidence in front of their home crowd and were awarded for their patience when Salomon Rondon scored an equaliser in the 66th-minute.Matt Ritchie then fired home a penalty in the final 10 minutes of the match after Fernandinho had fouled Sean Longstaff in the area to hand Newcastle all three points.Speaking after the victory, a jubilant Benitez praised the reaction of his squad following the very early setback by sticking to their game plan.“We had a game plan – it was not to concede a goal in the first minute,” said Benitez, according to Liverpool Echo.“The reaction of the players was important. We said in the half-time to stay in the game. The fans appreciate how we played and the way we won against a very good team. We stuck with our game plan.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We were good enough to score two and lucky enough not to concede. Overall we needed to win one of these games.“I think they were surprised they scored so early and maybe they had more confidence they could win. There’s pressure and I think that was another factor – a draw wasn’t enough for them.”The win moves Newcastle up to 14th-place in the Premier League and, crucially, five points above the drop zone.Meanwhile, City’s title hopes suffered a major dent with Pep Guardiola’s men sitting six points behind leaders Liverpool and having played one more game than their rivals.FULL TIME – Newcastle United 2 Manchester City 1. It’s a superb win for the Magpies! #NUFC pic.twitter.com/76osmK1RfC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 29, 2019last_img read more

City of Chula Vista considers legalizing marijuana sales

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 6, 2018 Posted: February 6, 2018 Updated: 10:46 PM Sasha Foo center_img City of Chula Vista considers legalizing marijuana sales CHULA VISTA (KUSI) — The City of Chula Vista is considering a proposal to make marijuana shops and other businesses legal.A draft proposal of the ordinance was presented to city councilmembers on Tuesday night.Last November, KUSI showed viewers that many unlicensed, illegal dispensaries are flourishing in Chula Vista.Under the proposed ordinance, Deputy City Manager Kelley Bacon says the city would restrict the number of retailers to a maximum of three in each council district.That could mean a combination of storefront and delivery services with no more than two storefronts in each district. Businesses involved in the cultivation, distribution, manufacture or testing of cannabis products would only be allowed in the city’s industrial zones.Any operator who had an illegal business in Chula Vista would be barred from applying for a license. The future of marijuana in the county’s second largest city hinges on passage of a sales tax by voters. Revenue from the sales tax will be applied to the costs of hiring additional staff to enforce the new regulations.In a separate vote later this month, the City Council will decide if a sales tax initiative should be presented to the voters in June.Although City Councilmember Mike Diaz is not a big proponent of bringing commercial cannabis into the city, he said it’s better if the city crafts its own set of regulations, instead of allowing the marijuana industry to pass its own regulations through a citizens’ initiative.A group called the Association of Cannabis Professionals is campaigning in several cities in San Diego County to legalize marijuana sales through the initiative process. Diaz said the initiative backed by the cannabis industry may not be stringent enough.“If you don’t regulate it enough, it’s bad for the community,” Diaz said.He said the goal is to work with city staff and other councilmembers “to come up with a plan that eliminates the black market portion and also protects the community.” Sasha Foo, last_img read more

Additional beds available for homeless due to rainy weather in San Diego

first_imgAdditional beds available for homeless due to rainy weather in San Diego KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Inclement Weather Shelter Program at Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown for homeless San Diegans has been activated by the San Diego Housing Commission in partnership with the City of San Diego.Shelter nights are provided when the temperature is 50 degrees or below and there is a 40 percent chance of rain, or in exceptional weather conditions, such as one or more inches of rain within 24 hours and sustained winds of over 25 MPH.The date(s) is listed below:Monday, February 26Father Joe’s Villages Shelter — up to 250 individualsCheck-In: 4 p.m. — Throughout the nightCheck-Out: 5 a.m.Meal provided1501 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92101The City of San Diego funds the Inclement Weather Shelter Program at Father Joe’s Villages.PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown Shelter – Up to 30 individualsCheck-In: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.Check-Out: 7 a.m.Meal provided1250 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101The San Diego Housing Commission funds the Inclement Weather Shelter Program at PATH San Diego/Connections Housing.Inclement Weather Shelter Program–Downtown San Diego Area The Inclement Weather Shelter Program in the city’s downtown area is a partnership of the San Diego Housing Commission, City of San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages, PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown and 2-1-1 San Diego. For more information about this shelter program or other county-wide shelter programs, dial 2-1-1, or visit www.211sandiego.org KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Father Joe’s Villages, Weather FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Concerned parents speaking out against sex education curriculum at SDUSD

first_imgConcerned parents speaking out against sex education curriculum at SDUSD Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Unified School District FacebookTwitter Posted: March 1, 2018 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 SettingsConcerned parents gathered Tuesday at San Diego Unified School District to send a message to the board and Superintendent Cindy Marten.They say the sex education curriculum is lewd and inappropriate. It’s their most recent effort after a year of petitioning.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez was LIVE with the details. Updated: 1:23 PMcenter_img Ashlie Rodriguez March 1, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, last_img read more

National City PD searching for suspects responsible for fatal shooting of pedestrian

first_img April 9, 2018 National City PD searching for suspect(s) responsible for fatal shooting of pedestrian KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 9, 2018 Victim: Onan Loaiza SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the National City Police Department’s Homicide Unit are asking for the public’s help in finding the person(s) responsible for murdering Onan Loaiza.On Tuesday, March 27 at about 11:00 a.m., 26-year-old Onan Loaiza was walking in the 800 block of Eta Street in National City, presumably on his way home. A black, two-door Nissan Altima pulled up next to him. A male exited the passenger door of the Altima and shot and killed Onan Loaiza. The suspect got back into the black Altima and fled the scene in an unknown direction.Onan Loaiza was involved in a fight with two men minutes before his death at the Mex Mart, located at 1740 S. 43rd Street in San Diego. He was likely targeted for his involvement in the fight.Robert Allen Garduno (27) has been arrested for Loaiza’s murder. The investigation is ongoing and other suspect(s) are still outstanding.Anyone with information on the identity or location of the person(s) responsible for this murder is asked to call the National City Police Department at (619) 336-4411 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.  Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.  Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Mural remembers two children killed in Rancho Bernardo apartment fire

first_img Posted: June 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News RANCHO BERNARDO (KUSI) — A mural dedicated to two children killed in an apartment fire last October was unveiled Monday at Sunset Hills Elementary School.The mural is dedicated to the memories of 7-year-old Isabella Lopez and 10-year-old Cristos Lopez, who died in a fire that burned through their Bernardo Terrace condo.The children’s father, Henry Lopez, was charged with child endangerment causing death, reckless fire starting causing great bodily injury and involuntary manslaughter.Witnesses spotted flames coming from the second-story of a condominium on Bernardo Terrace about 3:20 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 28 and dialed 911.Firefighters arrived within minutes and found 7-year-old Isabella and 10-year-old Cristos upstairs with their father. Both children died later at a hospital.Lopez was legally separated from his wife but the estranged couple owned the home together.According to court documents, Lopez threatened to burn the residence down during a conversation about selling the condo and finalizing their divorce. Prosecutors claimed Lopez fell asleep with a cigarette in his hand, which started the fire, ultimately taking the lives of the two children.Their mother, Nikia Lopez, stood in front of the mural, teary and thankful for those who have helped her through the past several months.“Those children would not have been buried the way that they did had it not been for the community. I had nothing,” she said. “I have been in bed for three days. I have women coming to my house peeling me off the floor and getting me dressed. They feed me, I sleep on their couches. They have moved mountains for me. They say I don’t know why your babies are gone but they are special, they are not forgotten.”According to their GoFundMe page, Cristos was a 5th grader and Isabella was a 2nd grader at Sunset Hills Elementary school.“He loved playing basketball and was the MVP of his basketball team. He dreamed of playing professionally. But he also thought about being a banker because he was so good at math. And whenever you saw Cristos, he always had the biggest, warmest and most infectious smile for you. Even at just 10 years old, he always asked how you were doing with a quirky shyness that matched his caring personality. His family adored him. So did his friends and classmates.”“Isabella was the family firecracker. She had a spark that proved she could do anything. And she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Even though she was the baby sister, she acted like Cristos’ big sister, as she liked to watch over him … She loved reading and wanted to become a doctor. She loved helping people. Most knew her as ‘Bella.’ And if she saw you from across the room, she would go out of her way just to say hello.” Mural remembers two children killed in Rancho Bernardo apartment fire , June 11, 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Driver hits multiple vehicles nearly hits house in Bay Terraces

Fire closes Dennys in Pacific Beach

first_img Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Fire closes Denny’s in Pacific Beach SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three people escaped unharmed Thursday from a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage at a restaurant in Pacific Beach.Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 12:40 a.m. at the Denny’s restaurant on the corner of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke in the restaurant as well as fire in the roof and attic area above the kitchen, Munoz said.Crews were able to knock down the flames around 35 minutes after arrival, Munoz said.Three workers, who were inside when the fire started, were able to escape unharmed, 10News reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation.The blaze caused an estimated $850,000 in damage to the structure and $150,000 in damage to the building’s contents, Munoz said.San Diego County health officials were notified and the restaurant was closed down until the officials can complete an inspection. Posted: October 25, 2018center_img Jonathan Halvorson Updated: 3:34 PM October 25, 2018last_img read more

Man arrested on suspicion of sexually trafficking teenager

first_img Posted: August 14, 2019 August 14, 2019 Man arrested on suspicion of sexually trafficking teenager KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A parolee suspected of sexually trafficking a 15- year-old runaway was arrested today in Sorrento Valley.Joseph Price, 23, was taken into custody in the 9800 block of Pacific Heights Boulevard in San Diego about 9:45 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.Earlier in the morning, detectives contacted the alleged victim and returned her to her home, Sgt. Chase Chiappino said.Price was booked into county jail solely on suspicion of violating conditions of his parole, but sex-trafficking charges are expected to be filed against him, the sergeant said.Details about Price’s purported victimization of the girl –allegations that arose from an investigation by juvenile-services officers and the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force — were not immediately available. Updated: 6:02 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Soy Growers GMO Labeling Bill would Provide Clarity with a National NonGMO

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) issued its firm support today for a bill introduced and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would provide for a national labeling standard for non-GMO foods. The bill, brought forward by Reps. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, bypasses a potentially conflicting patchwork of state laws and regulations governing the labeling of GMO and non-GMO foods, as well as multiple private sector non-GMO labeling standards, by establishing one common framework for labeling at the national level.“We have heard loud and clear the message that consumers want to know what’s in their food, and we agree completely that this information should be easily available to them. At the retail level, though, consumers who want to choose non-GMO foods have to contend with an increasingly confused landscape of different labeling schemes with different requirements,” said Wade Cowan, ASA president and West Texas-based farmer. “This bill would end confusion for consumers over which food products do not contain biotech ingredients by establishing a national standard for non-GMO labels. That way, all of the products in the grocery store that don’t contain GMOs will have one simple, easy-to-understand label on them, and the consumer gets the information he or she is looking for.”In addition to provisions for a national non-GMO label, the bill would also solve the problem created for consumers, farmers and retailers by the inconsistent patchwork of potential state regulations governing the labeling of GMOs.“The bill also helps to provide consumers with greater clarity by replacing state laws and regulations that can be at odds with one another with a clear and simple national labeling standard,” added Cowan. “We know that labeling at the state level will only disrupt interstate commerce and result in increased costs to consumers since food companies would need to label products to meet potentially 50 different labeling requirements. Moreover, there is near unanimous agreement among members of Congress – including both liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans – that a patchwork of conflicting state labeling laws is unworkable and would only increase consumer costs.”Cowan also noted that both sides of the GMO debate have more in common than many think, and that ASA is working to highlight them, rather than focus on the small number of areas that divide the two camps.“We’ve been a part of the debate over biotechnology and GMOs for almost 20 years now, and what we’ve found is that the science on the safety of this technology is solid and unanimous. We’ve also found, however, that consumers just want to know more about what they’re eating. As consumers ourselves, we agree wholeheartedly, and think that a simple, clear label for products that don’t contain GMOs is the way to provide shoppers the clarity and information they demand.”last_img read more

County to expand use of EVerify

first_imgClark County commissioners on Tuesday voted to increase the number of public contracts that require bidders to prove they have signed up with a federal database that allows them to check the citizenship of their workers.As of Nov. 1, companies bidding on county contracts worth $25,000 or more will have to show they’ve entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the federal E-Verify database.Making E-Verify a requirement for contracts that trigger the sealed bid process means the county has taken the toughest stance locally on trying to ensure no public dollars are going to companies that employ illegal aliens.In the sealed bid process, the county has to advertise and go with the lowest bid that meets county requirements. Lack of controversyThe city of Vancouver uses E-Verify for contracts worth $500,000 or more. The city of Washougal uses it for contracts worth $100,000 or more. When Washougal’s policy took effect in February, city councils in Ridgefield and Camas discussed using E-Verify but decided to wait and see how well it works elsewhere.last_img read more

Skamania County asks AG to drop Garvison case

first_imgSkamania County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to ask their newly elected prosecuting attorney to handle the case of former county auditor J. Michael Garvison and to ask the state attorney general’s office to dismiss a charge of official misconduct against Garvison for his unauthorized use of county funds.Garvison was scheduled to enter a plea in the case Friday in Skamania County District Court.“The commissioners thank the Attorney General’s office for their work on the case and consistent communication throughout,” the three-member commission said in a press release issued after their meeting. County Commissioner Paul Pearce said the county asked the attorney general’s office to handle the case in the first place because county Prosecuting Attorney Peter Banks, having represented Garvison on county business, had a conflict of interest.Banks was defeated for re-election in the primary. Two former deputy prosecuting attorneys, Democrat Adam Kick and Republican Randy Krog, faced off for the job in Tuesday’s election. Tuesday night, Kick was in the lead with 51.7 percent .“With the change in the prosecutor in the current election, the conflict of interest issues will be alleviated, allowing the case to be handled locally,” the press release said.last_img read more