TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos, 23 Sept 2014 – Government Support Services Minister, Hon George Lightbourne is alleging victimization for being so outspoken. The Minister during his statement in the early part of House of Assembly debate yesterday says because he is so vocal, he gets no support to do his work, even charging that during budget debate, there was misinformation about a salary and position he and other Members believed should have been eliminated.Minister Lightbourne was once again going to bat for islanders in government employ, this time his Permanent Secretary or acting PS, Ian Astwood. An update coming too on the Salt Cay Reverse Osmosis Plant; that it will be ready for operation by November and that Grand Turk will continue to ship water to the tiny island, home to about 80 people until the RO plant is done. The Official Opposition PDM announcing that they too recently took a tour, and found the waste disposal situation a mess and are informed that the RO plant will not be done until December. Minister Lightbourne defended his ‘intel’ on the completion as good and that if there is any change, the House of Assembly would be immediately informed. Related Items:george lightbourne, Pdm, reverse osmosis, salt cay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA
Grace Bay Beach, #1 Again Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Related Items:grace bay beach, great exuma, regent palms, sandals emerald bay golf, wayne garland, world travel awards Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Oct 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands retained the title of Leading beach destination winning six World Travel Awards at the 2015 Caribbean and North American Gala event held on the weekend in The Bahamas. It was the first time for the World Travel Awards to be staged in Great Exuma, Bahamas and the host resort was Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa resort which also won for Caribbean’s Leading conference hotel. The Regent Palms secured two for its property in Providenciales, Karen Whitt, General Manager was there. “You know we have been fortunate and very blessed to have won so many awards and that is a testament and accolade to the strength of our team to the strength of the destination, to our partners all here this evening; each time it’s very exciting.”Tourist Board executive, Wayne Garland collected on behalf of the Regent Grand Resort. “It says a lot for the property, the Regent Grand is a very private but very nice, boutique styled hotel so it says a lot for the property and the people who work behind the scenes to make the property do well.”Cesar Campbell picked up the prize for Olympia Destination Management Company, which got Caribbean’s Leading in that category. TCI Tourist Board Director Ralph Higgs said despite the numerous wins for Grace Bay Beach, it still feels good to collect the top prize. “I think we can expect, the world can expect that Grace Bay Beach will continue to be considered one of the premier beaches if not the most beautiful beach on the planet. The Lord does not make beaches anymore, so I think we are lucky.”The Bahamas won for Caribbean Leading luxury island destination and Tourism Minister, Hon Obadiah Wilchcombe was presented a special prize as Caribbean’s Leading Tourism Personality for 2015. The biggest winner of the night was Sandals Resorts International snagging a slew of WTAs including Caribbean Leading hotel brand. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 1, 2017 – Nassau – The quality of The Bahamas’ character as a nation and its values are riding on how the country responds to the needs of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) partners such as Dominica which was devastated by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Wednesday, September 27, 2017.“We can either respond with humanitarian and Christian values, or we can close our hearts to those who are now experiencing tremendous suffering and emergency needs.“Charity, must begin at home, but Charity never stops at the border of a country (and) is rooted in love and compassion and must extend to others beyond ourselves,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Delivering his communication to the House of Assembly on The Bahamas’ proposed post Hurricanes Irma and Maria assistance to Dominica, Prime Minister Minnis said Dominica experienced “an apocalypse” as a result of the two Super Storms.Homes are flattened, buildings roofless, water pipes smashed and road infrastructure destroyed. The hospital is without power and schools have disappeared beneath the rubble. Additionally, crops have been uprooted and where there was green, there is now only dust and dirt.The majority of the country’s population of 75,000 citizens and residents are homeless, and many of the country’s mountainous communities are not accessible by road. Reports suggest that 80 per cent of the buildings have either been destroyed or severely damaged.Dominica’s beautiful Rain Forest, which gave life to the island-nation’s tourism industry, has been flattened and its agriculture destroyed. The majority of its fishing boats have been lost and the country literally cannot feed itself.There is no running water, most of the electrical grid has been destroyed, public health is at risk of disease from stagnant water and dead animals, and those in need of dialysis are at-risk of dying because the hospital is without power.Thus far, 15 persons have been confirmed killed as a result of the monster Hurricanes with the death toll likely to rise.“The desolation is beyond imagination,” Prime Minister Minnis told House Members. “I could only imagine how I would feel if The Bahamas was devastated in the same way and I had to travel overseas to ask for assistance if we were hit as hard by a monster Category 5 Hurricane.“Imagine if 80 per cent of the buildings on New Providence were destroyed. Imagine if our electrical and telecommunications grids were destroyed. Imagine if most of the roads in New Providence were uprooted and if PMH (Princess Margaret Hospital) was without power.“Imagine if every single government-operated school was destroyed and most police stations, clinics and government offices destroyed. Imagine if most people on Grand Bahama or New Providence became homeless overnight.“So how should we respond to our Caribbean neighbour and CARICOM Partner? We should respond the way we would want others to respond if we were in such dire need and desperation,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister said there have been many expressions of gratitude (in The Bahamas) about being spared the fury of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic.“If our expressions of gratitude do not translate into generosity towards those in dire need because of these killer storms, our gratitude to God is superficial at best. One cannot fully express gratitude to God, yet turn one’s heart away from a neighbour in great need.“As Caribbean neighbours we share a similar history of overcoming colonialism and slavery. And we share a common destiny now also shaped by the reality of climate change and global warming.“How should we respond? The Character of our nation and our values are riding on how we respond.”By: Matt Maura (BIS) Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 23, 2018 – Nassau – In The Bahamas a census is conducted every 10 years. Acting Prime Minister, the Hon. Peter Turnquest remarked at the official launch of the ‘2020 Census of Population and Housing’ at the Department of Statistics, Monday, January 22, 2018 that the data collected during the upcoming census — which will start May 4, 2020 — will be used for statistical purposes only, and will be held in the strictest confidence.He explained, the Statistical Act of 1973 provided the necessary legal authority for the Department of Statistics to be the agency mandated by the Government of The Bahamas to conduct census and surveys throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He added it is this Act, which also stipulates and gives the assurance to the public that all data collected will be used for statistical purposes only and will be held in the strictest confidence.“In essence, the information collected will not be used to pry into your personal affairs on behalf of any agency. It will not be used against you in any manner and will not be disclosed along with information that can identify you to any individual or any entity or agency.”The Acting PM also noted that it is vital that the general public play its role and that the Department of Statistics relies on their assistance and cooperation if the Department is to succeed in its goals of collecting timely, accurate and complete data.“This has to be attempted in an [existing] environment of distrust where we are suspicious of any and everybody that comes knocking on our doors and asking for answers to a whole lot of personal questions, which many are not convinced are needed or relevant to them.”He said this was evident in the recent Labour Force Survey. “With the advances in technology moving forward, we will be taking steps to minimise the necessity for 100 per cent of these interviews to be completed in person and certainly on paper, but that is a little bit to come.”The Acting PM explained that around the world, it is customary to conduct a census every five or 10 years. The Bahamas conducts a census every 10 years, with the most recent census in 2010.The Population and Housing Census is the process of collecting, compiling, analysing and publishing demographic, socio-economic and environmental data pertaining to all persons in a country as well as compiling the national housing stock at a specific time. He said since the last census was conducted many changes have taken place including changes in population growth, population age structure, employment and the average birth and death rates.“Changes in any of these areas have implications for the demand for social services such as healthcare, education, as well as the development and upkeep of infrastructure related to utilities, such as water, electricity and roads,” Acting PM Turnquest said.During the launch, Talamique Jolly Cadot was announced winner of an inter-departmental competition to choose a slogan for the 2020 Census of Population and Housing.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)Photo Captions:Header: Acting Prime Minister, the Hon. Peter Turnquest presents an award to Talamique Jolly Cadot (centre), winner of the Department of Statistics inter-department competition to choose a slogan for the 2020 Census of Population and Housing. Also pictured is Acting Director of the Department, Leona Wilson. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)Insert: Acting Prime Minister, the Hon. Peter Turnquest brings remarks at the official launch of the ‘2020 Census of Population and Housing’ at the Department of Statistics, Monday, January 22, 2018. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Rangers midfielder Ovie Ejaria says he’s confident the Scottish club can defeat Villarreal in their all-important UEFA Europa League clash on Thursday.Steven Gerrard’s men host the Yellow Submarines at the Ibrox Stadium as they go in search of all three points to help secure qualification into the second round of the competition.The Spanish club were held to a 2-2 draw on home soil in the reverse fixture and Ejaria believes the team can take the confidence from their recent games into the tie.He said, according to Evening Times:“Yes [we can take confidence from our form at Ibrox] – and especially on the back of our last two results as well.”Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“The confidence is really high so everyone is looking forward to the game on Thursday.”“I missed the game in Spain with injury. I was getting treatment back here and I had to watch it on television.”“Of course, that was frustrating because as a player you want to perform in every match but sometimes these things happen and it’s about how you react. You’ve always got to support the team.”“I want to play every game but we have a big squad and a lot of top quality players. With loads of games coming up it’s the manager’s decision to who he picks. Whoever the manager picks I’m sure he will do a good job for the team.”
Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard is in awe of teammate David de Gea after his impressive saves helped them to a 1-0 hard-fought victory at Spurs.De Gea put in a stellar performance at Wembley on Sunday as he pulled off a series of brilliant saves to deny Spurs an equalizer after Marcus Rashford gave United the lead just before the break.The Spaniard denied Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Heung-min Son in spectacular fashion with both his feet and hands in the second half.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He was excellent – but it was a normal day for him,” Lingard told the club’s website, praising De Gea.“When they looked like scoring, he saved us. We see that in training and it pays off when it comes to the big games.“With some of his saves, you’re like ‘oh my God’. ”He’s one of the best keepers in the world, if not the best. Having a keeper like that gives you extra confidence.”
Posted: March 5, 2018 Updated: 7:00 PM 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) — San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott issued her legal analysis Monday of the SDSU West initiative, which is now in the hands of Mayor Kevin Faulconer and members of the San Diego City Council. The measure has enough signatures to get on the November ballot.Ed Lenderman shares details, including the fact that the initiative does not include specific plans to develop a stadium, live from Qualcomm Stadium. KUSI Special Report: What does the SDSU West memo mean? Nick Stone, the project manager for SoccerCity, issued the following statement regarding City Attorney Elliott’s analysis:“The City Attorney’s analysis exposes the empty promises that the developer promoters of SDSU West are making to San Diego. It’s clearer than ever that the so-called SDSU West initiative, while hiding behind the university’s name, is really about protecting the interests of Mission Valley land barons on the backs of San Diego taxpayers. SoccerCity will transform what’s now a drain on the city’s finances into something for all San Diegans: a new Major League Soccer & Aztec football stadium, sports-and-entertainment district, a large river park, and room for SDSU to grow — all without a dime of taxpayer money.” Ed Lenderman, March 5, 2018 Ed Lenderman Categories: Local San Diego News, Special Reports Tags: City Attorney Mara Elliott, sdsu, sdsu stadium FacebookTwitter
Several San Diego locations offering free unwanted drug disposal Saturday KUSI Newsroom, April 28, 2018 Posted: April 28, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego police and sheriff’s stations will be among the collection sites where local residents can drop off expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs Saturday during National Drug Take-Back Day.The effort, organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement agencies, is intended to highlight the importance of taking commonly abused drugs out of circulation.“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” according to a sheriff’s department statement. “Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing … as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”The DEA began holding take-backs eight years ago to provide the public with alternatives to flushing expired or unwanted pills down a toilet.According to the agency, since its first take-back event, 9 million pounds — more than 4,500 tons — of prescription and non-prescription drugs have been collected at thousands of disposal sites throughout the country.The agency noted that provisions in the federal Secure & Responsible Drug Disposal Act also authorize pharmacies, hospitals and other facilities to serve as collection sites year-round.County residents are invited to drop off unwanted pills at the following police stations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.:— Eastern Division, 9225 Aero Drive— Mid-City Division, 4310 Landis Street— Northeastern Division, 13396 Salmon River Road— Northwestern Division, 12592 El Camino Real— Southern Division, 1120 27th Street— Southeastern Division, 7222 Skyline Drive— Western Division, 5215 Gaines StreetNo questions will be asked of people disposing of pills or other medications, organizers said. More information and a list of additional dropoff locations is posted at: takebackday.dea.gov . KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ginger Jeffries Ginger Jeffries, May 16, 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 SettingsA report from the San Diego Housing Federation and the California Housing Partnership finds a direct relationship between a lack of state bond funding and an increase in homelessness.While neighboring Southern California cities have approved tax hikes to address homelessness, their homeless rate continues to climb.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries has the story. Posted: May 16, 2018 Report reveals alarming data on San Diego’s housing emergency
Gunman is on the run in Lemon Grove after 2 people were shot – one killed KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsLEMON GROVE (KUSI) – There is a gunman on the run in lemon grove after he left 2 people shot and hospitalized this evening. Authorities are warning people to avoid the intersection of Main Street and Olive Street due to the continuing investigation.Currently there is no description of the suspect and the San Diego Sheriff is asking anyone with any information to call crime stoppers at (888) 580-8477 March 9, 2019 Posted: March 9, 2019 Updated: 10:29 PM KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging Congress to pass, and President George W. Bush to sign, the “Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.” The new Food & Farm Bill will provide a basic safety net for farmers, support for energy and conservation programs, and funding for nutrition programs that provides food assistance for the poor, through 2012. Congress is expected to vote on the bill later this week.In reviewing the various titles of the Farm Bill, ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean farmer from Waterloo, Iowa, pointed out that “over two-thirds of the funding in the legislation is devoted to the food stamp program and other nutrition initiatives, while 9% is reserved for conservation, 14% to provide a safety net for farmers, with the remaining 10% spent on energy initiatives, rural development, research, trade promotion, international food assistance, crop insurance, and other priorities. So this legislation really is a Food, Conservation, and Energy bill.”ASA is pleased that the bill addresses many of the priorities advanced by ASA, including providing a more equitable safety net for soybean producers, funding a biodiesel production incentive program, authorizing cost-sharing for the production of soybeans with improved oil traits, reauthorizing and funding a biodiesel education program, providing increased funding for conservation stewardship on working lands, and allowing some non-environmentally sensitive land that is in the Conservation Reserve Program to return to production to meet food, feed, and fuel needs.”We applaud the decision by Congress to increase the soybean target price from $5.80 per bushel to $6.00 per bushel,” Hoffman stated. “Raising the soybean target price to a more equitable level has been a top ASA priority for the 2008 Farm Bill. If soybean prices remain high, as they are now, we may never need this safety net, but farmers will have this reassurance in the event prices fall in the future.”Among its many provisions, the Farm Bill reauthorizes the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Bioenergy Program, a key legislative priority for the U.S. soybean industry. The $300 million provided for the CCC Bioenergy Program will make domestic biodiesel more competitive with petroleum diesel and imported biodiesel. The Program will bring some stability to the industry so that domestically-produced biodiesel can continue to add to the nation’s fuel supply.The Food & Farm Bill also authorizes a Quality Incentive Program to promote increased production of high-stability soybeans and other oilseeds to replace trans fats in food products. This initiative has also been an ASA priority in the Farm Bill debate.”In addition to these provisions, ASA looks forward to implementation of the ‘Average Crop Revenue Election’ (ACRE) program,” Hoffman stated. “This alternative to the traditional farm program would compensate producers when both state and farm income fall below recent average revenue levels. Soybean farmers welcome the option of enrolling under this new program.”
From crop insurance to conservation programs and transportation, President Trump’s proposed budget would significantly slash programs vital to the soybean industry.Cuts to crop insurance and farm subsidies would be deep, totaling $28 billion over 10 years. This would directly impact soy growers in several ways: The majority of those savings would come from reducing the portion of farmers’ crop insurance premiums covered by taxpayers from 62 percent down to 48 percent. And, the President’s budget proposes to reduce the cap on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for recipients of Title I program payments from $900,000 to $500,000. This provision was included in the Senate version of the new Farm Bill and was not adopted by the Conference Committee.ASA president and soybean farmer from Clinton, Kentucky, Davie Stephens said, “These cuts seem like a 180 from support we saw a few short months ago. President Trump praised the 2018 Farm Bill and the bipartisan majorities that passed it in both the House and the Senate at the signing ceremony on December 20. I and other farmers are confused as to why his budget proposal would include wholesale changes and spending cuts in Farm Bill programs.”ASA is also very concerned the Trump Administration’s budget proposal includes reductions to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers programs that support inland waterways infrastructure. Cutting these programs would be contrary to President Trump’s pledge to invest in infrastructure, which is vital to improving the global competitiveness of U.S. soybeans and other commodities. Congress has rejected proposed cuts to these programs in the past, and ASA will continue to work with its coalition partners to significantly increase investments in inland waterways infrastructure.Said Stephens, “Given the significant disruptions that we are experiencing in trade markets for soybeans, it is more important than ever to invest in infrastructure that will improve our future global competitiveness.”Conservation program cuts, as proposed, would total nearly $9 billion over the next decade. The budget would eliminate the Conservation Stewardship Program, which encourages farmers to use long-term conservation practices. The White House also vowed to target enrollment and incentive payments for the Conservation Reserve Program.Regarding trade, the Administration has again proposed ending the Food for Progress program, which donates U.S. commodities, including soy products, to developing nations. However, the White House proposal does call for an unspecified increase in funding for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to support the President’s trade agenda.
MIAMI — For Dirk Nowitzki, the resume is complete. He’s an NBA champion.For LeBron James, the agonizing wait continues for at least one more year.Avenging what happened five years ago in perfect turnabout style, the Dallas Mavericks won their first NBA title by winning Game 6 of these finals in Miami 105-95 on Sunday night — celebrating on the Heat’s home floor, just as Dwyane Wade and his team did to them in the 2006 title series.Jason Terry scored 27 points, Nowitzki added 21 and the Mavericks topped the Miami Heat 105-95 in Game 6 of the NBA finals on Sunday night. The Mavericks won four of the series’ last five games, a turnabout that could not have been sweeter after seeing the Heat celebrate their first title in Dallas after Game 6 of the 2006 finals.“Tonight,” Terry said, “we got vindication.”James did not. Not even close, and a year unlike any other ended they way they all have so far — with him still waiting for an NBA title.He scored 21 points for Miami, shook a few hands afterward, and departed before most of the Mavs tugged on their championship hats and T-shirts. Chris Bosh had 19, Mario Chalmers 18 and Dwyane Wade 17 for the Heat.Mavs coach Rick Carlisle joined a highly elite group, those with NBA titles as both a player and a head coach. Only 10 other men are on that list, including the presumably retired-for-good Phil Jackson, one of Carlisle’s mentors in K.C. Jones, and Heat President Pat Riley — who led Miami past Dallas in 2006, and was the mastermind of what the Heat did last summer by getting James, Wade and Bosh on the same team with an eye on becoming a dynasty.
Frito-Lay is asking Vancouver for $585,000 in water bill credits over three years, which the company says will help it make $15 million to $25 million in investments at its Fruit Valley plant.The company wants to install automation and water efficiency measures that will help it keep competitive in today’s snack-making environment, Alisa Pyszka, Vancouver business development director, told the city council Monday.But the deal outlines a complex chain of cause-and-effect: city leaders don’t dispute thatinstalling automatic packaging equipment at Frito-Lay would cause layoffs at the 500-employee plant. However, without the equipment, the plant claims it will lose its competitive edge and possibly close, eliminating all the jobs there.“That’s the way it is with manufacturing, if you want to be successful and stay in the business,” Pyszka said. “It’s about keeping them sustainable.”The Frito-Lay plant, at 4808 Fruit Valley Road, makes Doritos, potato chips, Cheetos and popcorn, going through 6,000 pounds of Washington and Oregon potatoes an hour, she said.
The first mile of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail comes to an end on property owned by the state. There’s no timeline for building the rest of the trail. Costs and funding sources for Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail:Master plan: $228,304 (federal transportation enhancement grant)Design/engineering/permitting: $210,987 (federal transportation grant, state recreation grant)Right-of-way: $39,650 (local real estate excise tax revenue)Construction contract: $480,000* (state, local)Construction management/inspection: $71,192 (state, local)TOTAL: $1,030,133Estimate; final amount still being negotiated.The sign at the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Trail declares it to be nine-tenths of a mile. County officials later clarified it to be slightly longer — 5,257 feet, just 23 feet short of a mile — but let’s just round up and call it a mile.Then add up what Clark County has spent so far on the railroad trail project, and call it a million-dollar mile.The $1 million includes a $228,304 federal grant which paid for a study that launched the entire 33-mile project. The first paved mile, from design to final inspection, cost $801,829, for a total of $1,030,133.The county acknowledges the first segment was more expensive than anticipated, but the price tag hasn’t provoked uniform reactions.County Commissioner Tom Mielke, who never wanted to accept a state grant that paid for part of the project, said it’s too expensive.When Commissioners Marc Boldt and Steve Stuart voted in 2009 to accept the grant, which required matching local funds, Mielke said he’d heard from homeowners along the rail line who didn’t want the public near their property.Mielke said last week he would have rather seen the money go toward extending an existing trail as opposed to one that starts across the street from Battle Ground Lake State Park and dead-ends on land owned by the state Department of Natural Resources.
For more information on preventing or stopping elder abuse, visit Prosecuting Attorney.If someone wants to change their name, they have to file a petition in court to do so. But the same person could hand over authority over their finances, known as power of attorney, to someone else without court approval.Lack of state regulation over power of attorney can hamper efforts to prevent and stop financial exploitation of elders and other vulnerable adults, according to Clark County law experts. Additionally, there are no state-approved standard power-of-attorney forms to serve as a safeguard against exploitation.“Literally, what you are doing (when you give power of attorney) is saying, ‘Here is the key to my kingdom. Please, take care of,’” said Vancouver attorney Jessica Dimitrov. “Power of attorney is the No. 1 tool for financial exploitation.”Growing problemA power of attorney is commonly used to allow another person to make financial or health decisions on one’s behalf. The contract may be written to take effect immediately or when a specified number of medical professionals declares one to be incompetent.
A researcher at Washington State University Vancouver is the first recipient of a new type of grant from the university’s College of Education.Michael Dunn, who trains teachers of special education on the Vancouver campus, was awarded the Judy Nichols Mitchell faculty fellowship. He will receive $10,000 annually for the next three years to run research projects focusing on elementary school students in Clark County who are struggling with writing.The fellowship represents a fairly new concept in college grant-giving, as it’s meant as seed money for researchers who stand a good chance of attracting larger federal or private grants once they’ve produced small-scale results.The new Mitchell fellowship is available to any education researcher in the statewide WSU system. The leadership of the College of Education in Pullman nominated the Vancouver professor for the award, said Kim Holapa, the college’s director of development.The fellowship is named after the late Judy Mitchell, who was the dean of the college of education from 1998-2009.Mitchell had created the concept of a faculty fellowship at the college. Such fellowships are funded through private donations, not tax dollars, and are relatively small, Holapa said.
Linda Rigert donated a kidney to her daughter Jennifer Browning. Rigert said the transplant surgery has made her life better because she pays closer attention to her own health. She wasn’t supposed to survive.Jennifer Browning grew up hearing those words.When she was 1 year old, Browning contracted E. coli. The infection caused her kidneys to fail, sparking the need for dialysis treatment.• Code your driver’s license, permit or ID card as a donor.• Sign up on the donor registry at Donate Life.• Request a paper form at 800-452-1369.After four months, the toddler’s kidneys began to function on their own again. But the scar tissue meant she would eventually need a kidney transplant.For the next 20 years, Browning led a normal, active life. She traveled, played sports, moved to Los Angeles.But by the time she was about 24 years old, Browning’s kidney function had declined to the point of needing a transplant.“I immediately raised my hand,” said Linda Rigert, Browning’s mother. “And I was a match.”Every 11 minutes a new name is added to the United Network for Organ Sharing waiting list.As of this month, more than 126,600 people in the U.S. are on the organ waiting list. More than 101,100 of those people are waiting for a kidney transplant.In Washington, nearly 2,000 people are on the organ waiting list.Source: United Network for Organ SharingBrowning and Rigert underwent surgery June 3, 1997.Prior to the surgery, Browning was in denial about her health. She didn’t think she was sick.But after the transplant, Browning changed her thinking.“I realized what it was like to be healthy,” she said.Her fingernails no longer had a blue tint. Her skin wasn’t itchy. She no longer needed to pull over to take a nap while driving to work.Browning jumped back into her life at full speed. Three weeks after surgery, she was back at work. Soon after that, she resumed her swimming routine.“It just seems like I didn’t miss a beat,” she said.In the years that followed, though, Browning came to the realization that while she was alive, she wasn’t really living. She had never pictured her life beyond the transplant. Once she reached post-transplant life, she was left wondering: “What now?”