Scottish footballer and Celtic star Ryan Christie has heaped praises on his attacking teammates after their 3-0 win against Hearts in the semi-final of the Betfred Cup.Speaking to Celtic’s official club website after the victory, Christie praised teammates and hailed their attacking influence in the fixture.“Scott Sinclair was brilliant when he came on and he had a huge part to play. We found our attacking rhythm in the second half. Our wingers, James (Forrest) and Scott were fantastic in the second half. That makes the midfielders’ job easier with us just having to feed them in,” Christie said.Johnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We’re delighted with the second-half performance and it’s great to have another cup final as well.”“Odsonne (Edouard) never got his goal today but going forward and some of his link-up play was brilliant. It’s easy for the likes of me to come in behind and keep feeding him in.”
May 28, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped four-tenths of a cent Monday to $3.757, after rising four-tenths of a cent each of the previous three days.The average price is the highest it’s been on Memorial Day since 2015.It is 1.7 cents more than one week ago, 11.4 cents higher than one month ago and 71.8 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It has risen 63.5 cents since the start of the year. KUSI Newsroom, San Diego County gas prices drop slightly KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
KUSI Exclusive live interview with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter Mike McKinnon III, Allen Denton, Sandra Maas, 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) – It’s been the toughest day of his political career. Congressman Duncan D. Hunter defends himself in studio regarding his recent indictment on campaign finance violations.The indictment alleges the couple used more than $250,000 to finance family trips, golf outings, school tuition, theater tickets and even fast food purchases.“This is politics. This is them going after me in a way that they could not beat me in an election. The Department of Justice now does the bidding of Democrats within government. You see it with Trump, and you see it right now with me” the Congressman said.Congressman Hunter and his wife both pleaded not guilty to charges they illegally used his campaign account for personal expenses.Congressman Hunter reaffirms his supporters that he is not backing down from these allegations saying, “We are not quitting. We’re going to win, we’re going to take it to him. My constituents know me, they trust me. And again, all of these things in the indictment, it’s whatever they want to say without any back and forth with me. I haven’t talked with them for a year and a half, and they pull just two months out from the election. There’s no way to clear my name in this amount of time. This is clearly to get my Socialist-Democrat opponent elected in a seat where Democrats could not win ever, unless the Department of Justice helps them out a little bit. And they’re doing so.” August 23, 2018 Updated: 6:17 PM Posted: August 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter RELATED STORY: Congressman Duncan D. Hunter in Federal Court for arraignment Mike McKinnon III, Allen Denton, Sandra Maas FacebookTwitter
San Diego teen’s haunted house raises money for cancer research KUSI Newsroom October 29, 2018 Posted: October 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, San Diego teenager Cameron Brit built a haunted house to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Cameron lost his grandmother to cancer last year, he says she was the biggest supporter of his haunted house. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The Pakistani Aquaculture Trade Team meets with the Counselor General and Trade Minister of the Pakistan Consulate in Chicago, and other Pakistani businessmen living in the area.The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) welcomed a trade team to the U.S. from Pakistan last week as part of the USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan project. During the team’s layover in Chicago, they met with the Counselor General of the Pakistan Consulate, Mr. Tirmazi, the Trade Minister and other leading Pakistani businessmen living in the area.The group was briefed on the FEEDing Pakistan project and recent improvements in the Pakistani aquaculture sector. Members of the trade team and leading representatives from the aquaculture industry in Pakistan discussed investment opportunities with the group.
The crowd watches the awards ceremony during the 2015 ASA Awards Banquet. Photo credit: Joe MurphySave the date for the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) events during Commodity Classic in New Orleans, La. this spring.Come join ASA’s annual Soy Social and Auction scheduled to “Let the Good Times Roll” on Thursday, March 3. Online registration opens soon!ASA‘s Awards Banquet is on Friday, March 4 from 6-9 p.m. The annual dinner, sponsored by the United Soybean Board (USB), DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto BioAg, brings together ASA members from across the country to recognize and celebrate successes, accomplishments and education of the many farmer-leaders, soybean associations and industry representatives who have done outstanding work to benefit the U.S. soybean farmers and industry.Awards are presented for ASA membership and association outstanding achievements, leadership building, conservation stewardship and industry accomplishments and support. The banquet entertainment this year features comedian Jay Hendren, an Ohio farmer who draws from his experiences for some good-clean humor.Check back with eBean News and soygrowers.com for more information in the coming weeks!
The American Soybean Association (ASA) supports President Donald Trump’s nomination of Gregg Doud, president of the Commodity Markets Council, to be the chief agricultural negotiator under the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).“Doud is a farm policy veteran with a wealth of experience and a solid understanding of the vital role trade plays in the U.S. agriculture economy,” ASA Vice President John Heisdorffer said.Doud’s background includes experience as senior aide to the Senate Agriculture Committee, chief economist for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association, and international trade analyst for ASA.ASA also urged prompt confirmation as the USTR plays a central role in developing U.S. international trade policy and leading trade negotiations.“With the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, we hope both the Administration and Congress will do their parts to quickly advance and confirm Doud’s nomination,” Heisdorffer said. “Now is the time to fill positions with qualified individuals who understand the importance of trade to further enhance economic growth and job creation here at home.”
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council failed again Saturday to take decisive action to stop the escalating violence in Syria as Russia and China blocked a resolution backing an Arab League plan that calls for President Bashar Assad to step down. The double-veto outraged the U.S. and European council members who feared it would embolden the Assad regime.In an unusual weekend session, 13 members of the council, including the United States, Britain and France, voted in favor of the resolution aimed at stopping the brutal crackdown in Syria that has killed thousands of people since anti-government protests erupted a year ago.It was the second time in four months that Russia and China used their veto power to block a Security Council resolution condemning the violence in Syria. Damascus has been a key Russian ally since Soviet times and Moscow has opposed any U.N. call that could be interpreted as advocating military intervention or regime change.The rare double-veto was issued following days of high-level negotiations aimed at overcoming Russian opposition to the draft resolution. In a true display of diplomatic brinkmanship, the U.S., European nations and the Arab League ultimately decided to call Russia’s bluff on its threats to block the measure despite its overwhelming support among council members. Moscow went ahead and used its veto, bringing Beijing along in support.Several European envoys said before the session that they felt compelled to call for the vote despite Russia’s attempts to seek a delay because they were concerned about the latest outbreak of violence in Syria.
Linda Greep has had a lot of reasons to break into song:… Because she was performing in a musical.… Because it was a chance to record her first Christmas song.… Because Gen. Colin Powell was expecting to hear “God Bless America.”Greep did release that Christmas CD single a few weeks ago. As she talked about achieving that longtime goal, Greep also mentioned other memorable performances in her vocal career.They included what might be called a command performance in 1991 when the chairman of the Joint Chief of Staffs was in Vancouver for a national Medal of Honor convention.Greep found herself among a group of dignitaries at the O.O. Howard House, including then-Mayor Bruce Hagensen; military officials from what was then Fort Lewis; and Powell, who went on to become U.S. Secretary of State.As spokeswoman for Evergreen schools back then, Greep represented district shop students who had made two cannons marking the west end of Officers Row.“A military band was there, playing music,” Greep recalled. “As the ceremony concluded, the band was going to play ‘God Bless America.’ A veteran had been selected to sing it. Bruce, who was MC-ing the event in his role as mayor, called out the gentleman’s name and no one came. He did it again.”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.Weather forecasters say the powerful weather system has Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic in its icy sights next.Temperatures in Montana and South Dakota were more than 20 degrees below zero during the day Saturday while much of the Midwest was in the teens and single digits. Wind chill readings could drop as low as 50 below zero in northwestern Minnesota, weather officials said.Icy conditions were expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee, and Virginia officials warned residents of a major ice storm likely to take shape Sunday, resulting in power outages and hazards on the roads.In California, four people died of hypothermia in the San Francisco Bay area and about a half-dozen traffic-related deaths were blamed on the weather in several states.Icy, treacherous sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said. Traffic on IH-35E south-bound sits at a complete stop as a tractor trailer north-bound sits on the side of the road Saturday in Sanger, Texas. Icy sections of Interstate 35 north of Dallas were closed for hours at a time over the last day as tractor-trailers had trouble climbing hills, wrecks occurred and vehicles stalled, authorities said.
A bill that would require lobbyists to file reports electronically and give the public better access to their activities won unanimous approval in the state House of Representatives on Monday.House Bill 1005, introduced by Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, sailed through the chamber on a 97-0 vote. It now heads to the Senate.The bill would make the information contained in lobbyist reports searchable and sortable online through the state Public Disclosure Commission. The PDC keeps those reports online now, but only in the form of documents that are often questionable or incomplete. A searchable database would make it easier to find out whom and what lobbyists in Washington spend money on, supporters say.The bill would also create new fees charging lobbyists, their employers and other parties to help the state set up and maintain the new filing system.Among the bill’s cosponsors is state Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver.
After a closed-door meeting Monday afternoon, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow said the City Council knows who its next city manager will be.The council will name one of two high-profile candidates for the city’s top administrative job at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. In the meantime, city staffers will work on a contract proposal, which will also go up for a vote at the meeting, Onslow said. The remaining finalists are Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart and Vancouver Police Department’s assistant chief, Chris Sutter. Onslow couldn’t say which one the councilors want, but he was confident they’re prepared to deliver a decision. “It was a great meeting,” he said. “We talked a great deal about the candidates and we talked about the contract.”Sutter declined to talk about the situation with The Columbian until the hire has been announced, and Stuart didn’t respond to requests for comment. In a previous interview with The Columbian, Onslow praised each of the finalists and said he was excited to hear what staff and residents think of them. Sutter, 52, served as Vancouver’s interim police chief for about a year after former Chief Cliff Cook resigned amid a number of controversies. Last fall, Sutter applied to fill the position permanently, but the city went with James McElvain instead.
Spring chinook salmon retention in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam will resume on Saturday, Washington and Oregon agreed today.Retention will be open through June 15 for boat and bank anglers from the Tower Island power lines near The Dalles to the Washington-Oregon border east of Umatilla, Ore. Retention also will be allowed from the shore only between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.The daily limit will be two fin-clipped salmon or steelhead, but only one chinook.Retention closed on May 10 for chinook upstream of Bonneville when the catch allocation was reached.Biologist John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the upper Columbia spring chinook forecast was upgraded today from 224,000 to 230,000.Sportsmen in the lower Columbia are expected to have 1,312 spring chinook left on their allocation even with angling open daily through June 15.State officials agreed to transfer 750 spring chinook upstream to the Columbia Gorge and 500 to the Snake River from the lower Columbia allocation surplus.North said it is estimated 365 spring chinook will be taken in the Columbia upstream of Bonneville Dam.“High flows and (dam) spill may limit angler success, North said.Gillnetting — The commercial fleet will fish from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday from Beacon Rock downstream to the ocean with 8-inch-mesh nets.Commercial fishermen are expected to retain about 600 hatchery-origin chinook on Wednesday night.North said the commercial catch for the spring will total about 3,100 chinook or about 72 percent of the allocation.Tribal fishing — The four Columbia River treaty tribes will fish from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 p.m. Saturday between Bonneville and McNary dams.Stuart Ellis, a biologist for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, estimated the tribes will catch about 4,100 spring chinook, well short of the 8,443 remaining under allocation agreements.
BAKHDIDA, Iraq — In the center of this hardscrabble Christian town there’s a 12th-century church where visitors can peer into an underground passageway that once allowed the faithful to hide from Muslim marauders.The tunnels below have since crumbled, but the threat still looms on northern Iraq’s surrounding plains.When advancing Islamic State militants launched mortar attacks in late June, nearly all of Bakhdida’s 50,000 residents fled overland to Irbil, the capital of the Iraqi region of Kurdistan, for protection. Were it not for Kurdish pesh merga forces that swept in to beat back the onslaught, this historic Christian enclave, known to locals as Qaraqosh, would be deserted.In recent days, most people have come back to their homes. But dire water and fuel shortages, electrical blackouts and a lack of work are strangling returnees who must also grapple with the mental strain of living within firing range of al-Qaida-inspired Sunni jihadists.With Iraq at risk of fracturing along sectarian fault lines, local leaders fear the loss of one of the world’s oldest Christian communities and its heritage as more and more residents move to Kurdish cities and neighboring countries. On Friday, the exodus was accelerated when the Islamic State decreed that Christian holdouts in the city of Mosul must convert to Islam or pay a special tax — with death as a “last resort.”“Bags are packed; people are leaving for good because it’s almost impossible to live here right now,” said Louis Marcus Ayub, 54, a Syrian Catholic member of the Bakhdida city council. “If there is no political solution, we’re in danger of disappearing.”
Although turbulence has threatened flight attendant Karin Chandler’s college path, she has stayed on course.Chandler, 44, will graduate from Washington State University Vancouver in May 2015 — 26 years after graduating from high school. “It’s the hardest, most exciting, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my entire life,” Chandler said. “Academia isn’t always the answer, but it’s the answer for me.”When Chandler crosses the stage and receives a bachelor of arts degree in human resources, she will be the first person in her extended family to graduate from college. Her dad was an auto mechanic and owned his own shop. Her mom worked in a school cafeteria. But Chandler’s parents have stood behind her decision to go to college.“They’ve been my biggest cheerleaders,” Chandler said.As a high school student in Gig Harbor, Chandler didn’t consider college.“College didn’t appeal to me in the slightest. I didn’t think it was in my realm of opportunities,” she said. “All I wanted to do was work.” Immediately after she graduated high school in 1989, she entered the airline industry. She started at the ticket counter and worked her way up to flight attendant with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.By her early 20s, she was married and working full time. When her husband quit work, she supported both of them. She started voicing her desire to go to college.
Local Muslims definitely feel more vulnerable to hatred — and misunderstanding — every time there’s news of violence by Islamic terrorists or the Islamic group that is trying to create its own state in Syria and Iraq.But there’s really “no such thing as an Islamic terrorist,” said Dr. Khalid Khan, one of the leaders of the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington, which has a mosque in Hazel Dell. “They are terrorists. They are murderers. It’s as simple as that.” The Quran, Islam’s holy book, would never sanction acts like Tuesday’s attack in Paris — which has been attributed to Islamic extremists. French police have caught one suspect and seeking two others.Responsibility of other kinds was also on Khan’s mind as he heard the news on Wednesday morning. “I certainly am” offended by cartoons, jokes and insults directed at Muhammad, the chief prophet and holiest figure in the Islamic faith, he said. “I don’t think non-Muslims understand how we venerate” Muhammad — and the other prophets of Islam, including Jesus and Moses, he added.Khan said the power of the press comes with a serious burden of responsibility. There are better ways of getting at uncomfortable truths and encouraging dialog than “poking fun and pulling down the pants” of prophets, he said. But that doesn’t mean that retaliatory violence is justified, he said. Even Muhammad unconditionally forgave the people who persecuted him and his family, Khan said.
A group plans to rally outside the Clark County Public Service Center on Tuesday morning to protest a proposal to display the words “In God We Trust” in the county’s main public hearing room.Clark County councilors are scheduled to consider the proposal during their regular Tuesday meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. in the public service center. Opponents say they’ll begin gathering outside the building at 9 a.m.“We just felt that it was important to push back on that,” said Karen Hengerer, who opposes the idea and has helped organize the gathering. Hengerer said she and others consider the proposal an affront on religious freedom, and “freedom from religion.”The idea was floated by Councilor Tom Mielke, who has characterized the move as a way to honor a long-standing tradition in the United States. “In God We Trust” has officially been the national motto since 1956.Clark County would be only the second local jurisdiction in Washington to display the motto in its public chamber, according to In God We Trust-America, Inc., an organization that advocates for putting the phrase in public buildings. The other is Pierce County, where leaders voted to display the motto last year.
181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet RelatedPosts Online games developer Play’n GO has been authorized by gaming regulator PAGCOR to provide software to the Philippines market.In an announcement on Wednesday, Play’n GO said the authorization establishes it as a supplier of choice in regulated markets, giving the company greater reach. Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Load More Johan Törnqvist, CEO of Play’n GO, said the positive result highlighted the company’s commitment as a leading supplier.“We have a strong presence in regulated markets and that continues to grow as we expand in both size and standing in the industry,” Törnqvist said.“This authorization opens up a wealth of new opportunities for us in the region and fits perfectly with the strategy that we plan to implement in the coming future.”
Wynn Macau’s Phase I expansion of Wynn Palace will cost an estimated US$2 billion and include a 650-room hotel tower alongside a large glass structure known as the Crystal Pavilion, the company revealed on Wednesday.Further details of the project were unveiled at a Wynn Resorts investor day held in Boston overnight, with a delay in groundbreaking from the previously planned 2020 until late 2021 meaning the first phase is now scheduled for completion by 2025.According to a note from JP Morgan’s DS Kim, Jeremy An and Christine Wang, the expansion will largely focus on the Crystal Pavilion which will be a non-gaming facility with art, entertainment and F&B amenities.Details on Phase II, which will add a second 650-room hotel, have yet to be confirmed.Wynn Resorts CEO and President Matt Maddox has previously described the planned Crystal Pavilion as providing an immersive experience similar to one found at the Vatican “with screens on the walls and on the ceiling, so the audience has a 270-degree experience including live entertainment on the stage.An artist’s impression of Wynn Palace’s immersive theatre using live technology“We thought if we take that idea and custom build it in this area with a great 600-foot theater and make it fully immersive, that experience would be like no other on the planet.”Construction of Phase I is expected to take around three years with Wynn targeting ROI of 15% to 20%, “implying incremental EBITDA of US$300 to US$400 million from Phase I (or a 35-47% boost to the Palace’s TTM EBITDA), which seems a bit aggressive for primarily non-gaming expansion,” JP Morgan said.