Ambassador, Cuban Delegation Meet Top Bahamian Businesses at Palm Cay Captain’s Table Palm Cay Makes Waves at Annapolis Boat Show with NAVTOURS InterCaribbean Statement Concerning Flight Incident Recommended for you Related Items:incedent, palm cay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppthe Bahamas, 18 Sept 2015 – Shortly before noon today, there was an incident at Palm Cay involving an independent contractor and his employee. The Royal Bahamas Police Force is currently investigating – no Palm Cay employees were involved.Palm Cay is an exclusive community on New Providence’s southeastern shore. An open house for Starfish Isle will be held tomorrow between 11am – 3pm, as previously scheduled.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 4, 2016 – The Grade Six Achievement Test results for 2016 are under fire again, this time though two families have gone public on discrepancies in the grades their children have received. The TC Weekly News and the Turks and Caicos Sun newspapers carry the stories of pastor and business owner, Wilbert Jennings and hotelier, Nekeisha Seymour – both parents claim that after filing a complaint to the Education Department about results for their child, they gained points on one of the English papers. There were 14 more points for Jennings’ son and 20 more points for Seymour’s daughter.Magnetic Media has learned that nearly two dozen complaints were reported at the Ministry of Education for the GSAT exams. No confidence is expressed by Pastor Jennings who said something has to change in the way the papers are marked and with Seymour, she too questions the integrity of the marking process but also detailed to the Weekly News how the Ministry of Education treated her with hostility and unprofessionally. Both parents will take to radio this morning, they are due to appear on the Breakfast Club Show.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 28, 2016 – The dates are released for the Progressive National Party’s primaries; they are set for July 11th here in Provo; July 12th in North and Middle Caicos; July 13th is for the South Caicos run off; Grand Turk candidates will be chosen on July 14thand the all island race will be decided within the PNP on July 15 and if necessary, says Party Chairman, Royal Robinson, July 16 can be added to the dates. You can see visible signs of the PNP readying itself for action as the party headquarters is getting a make-over ahead of these internal races. Robinson also confirmed reports that the PNP has asked some branch executives to step down from their posts; two chairpersons and a secretary were called to resign because they were reportedly trying to sway district voters toward their favorite PNP candidate in the primaries. The vote for who will represent the PNP in the upcoming general elections is an open race, as even the Party Leader and Premier’s at large spot is up for grabs. The process will be secret ballot. Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 6, 2017 – Providenciales – The Local branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will host its Post-Election Seminar for the House of Assembly on June 7-9. Mr. Akbar Khan, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association will be visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands as a member of the Association’s Resource Team.The Seminar will begin with a Opening Ceremony, tomorrow at 9:00 AM in the West Committee Room, Hon. N. J. S. Francis Building followed by a Press Conference. The Press Conference will be to brief the General Public on the Post-Election Seminar, the Secretary General visit and the launching of the CPA Roadshow.The CPA has been the voice of parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth for more than nine decades. The goal of the CPA Roadshow is to increase awareness of the important work done by the CPA in promoting democratic governance across the Commonwealth Caribbean.#magneticmedianews#postelectionseminar Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #postelectionseminar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 26, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas most popular Festival returns to the Botanical Gardens in October, bigger and better than ever! Every year, we welcome 25-30,000 people to our event and expect even more this year.In this our 22nd year, the event is delighted to once again welcome our Presenting Sponsor, Jetblue. As an international carrier, Jetblue is a perfect t for our international festival. They will be participating in the Festival and will be providing exciting giveaways for attendees, including ‑flights!The Festival will have the usual mix of national booths, with a large Bahamas Village, featuring the very best of Bahamas food, beverages and crafts; Jamaica will be there in full force, with their own Village area, as will Cuba, Best in Show winner. The rest of the Caribbean is back, Guyana, Haiti, Trinidad, and more, with newcomer Bermuda – and more. Europe will feature the ever-popular booths from Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland plus this year we have Germany and Belgium; while North America has the USA, Canada and Mexico; and South America is represented by Peru; with our Central America booth Belize making a first appearance. Asia includes the ever-popular Philippines, with India and the amazing booths presented by the Chinese Embassy and down-under is represented by Australia.A popular new area last year, the Beer Garden, is back with local and international beers in a shady area with tables and umbrellas, to sit, relax and enjoy a cold beer.Saturday night, the Gardens come alive again with a reprise from Visage in the Bahamas Village. We are adding a concert on the Main Stage showcasing Son del Solar plus the awesome music of Willis and the Illest. The concerts are from 6pm-8pm and to assist with attendance, we are opening the gates to 7pm. After that time, no one will be allowed entry. There is no additional charge for the concerts, just the gate fee of $10 adults, $3 children. For the children, the amusements will be back, with Inflatable Rides, Face Painting, toys and more.As ever, this is a cashless festival, to safeguard our booth holders. Bank of The Bahamas has been a stalwart sponsor for several years, providing banking services to the vendors and ensuring that only our Festival Dollars are accepted throughout the event.We will hold our annual raffle, with ticket sales commencing immediately and the winners this year will be drawn at 5pm on Sunday October 15. The prizes are incredible, including airline tickets, hotel stays and gift certificates for restaurants and stores. Tickets are only $5.Our grateful thanks go out to ALL our sponsors – Jetblue, Bank of The Bahamas, ALIV, Burns House, Coca-Cola, Bristol Cellars, Bahamas Experience, Bahamas Waste, Cable Bahamas, NAD, The Punch, Doctors Hospital, Girl Guides, Out Island Promotion Board, FYP…and more!For further information, please contact email@example.com OR call 457-3261
1734The Hon. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, pictured at the IDB workshop on Monday, December 4, 2017. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: 1729The audience at the workshop. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 8, 2017 – Nassau – The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest addressed the regional workshop “Rules-Based Fiscal Policy Frameworks for the Caribbean Region,” presented by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The two-day event was held at the British Colonial Hilton, December 4 and 5, 2017 and brought together stakeholders including representatives of the IDB, government, Central Bank officials and regional policymakers for finance.Topics for discussion included — International Experience with Fiscal Rules: Criteria of Good Practice and Effectiveness, The Long View: Fiscal Anchors, Medium-Term Fiscal and Budget Frameworks and Growth, Fiscal Institutions to Ensure Fiscal Sustainability and Stability, Design and Implementation of Fiscal Rules, Stabilization Funds and Transparency, Credibility and the Role of Independent Fiscal Institutions.Mr. Turnquest on Monday said the workshop brings together an “outstanding” group of fiscal experts, policymakers and other practitioners who provide the ingredients for a “fruitful” and “rich” exchange on the topic of rules-based fiscal frameworks. He said while some regional countries are further ahead than others in undertaking fiscal consolidation, there is “broad” acknowledgment of the need for stronger and more durable measures, equal to addressing the state of the country’s fiscal affairs.Fiscal and debt sustainability are topical issues on the agenda of regional policymakers, especially Ministers of Finance, both of which are important for promoting stable macroeconomic growth, said the Deputy Prime Minister.“By virtue of our responsibilities, we grapple with the challenging dimensions of our budgetary choices—considerations such as: whether we are obtaining value for monies spent; their impact on future generations from the standpoint of equity; the need to build up buffers to deal with sure and certain adverse shocks; and maintaining credibility in external markets, partly because of our dependence on foreign direct investment.“The need to accelerate our fiscal sustainability efforts has become more imperative, given the less than desirable state of our finances and the ongoing external vulnerabilities we face. To be sure, for most of us, the fiscal space we enjoyed prior to the onset of the recent global financial crisis has been depleted,” said Mr. Turnquest.He remarked that deterioration in the overall deficit and the public debt levels are key sources of risk to the country’s maintaining economic stability, and the general view is that it cannot continue along the same path. The country’s current state of affairs has crystalized the need for “urgent” measures to restore medium-term budget and debt sustainability, and a more credible fiscal consolidation programme.“The path to recovery which, because of the nature and extent of the reforms necessary, will not happen overnight. Nor will it in any sense be easy or painless. Instead it requires a multi-year approach and a well-designed framework, to take account of all of the considerations and the tension between pursuit of the necessary reforms and the economic growth agenda. And it takes political will, resolve and leadership.“At this stage, what is important is that the Government has identified and is moving, with a sense of urgency, to execute on a concrete strategy that will: bring stability to the public finances by reducing the deficit and the debt to sustainable levels; grow the economy and provide jobs; and remove obstacles to growth and competitiveness.”By: Kathryn Campbell (BIS)Photo Captions:
Rafinha took an unusual start and provided a goal against the club he was on loan with for six months last season, however, Barca manager believes everything seems bright for his side as they overcame all adversities.“Everything seems brighter when you score a goal, but Rafinha’s work was already for all to see without it. He linked up well between the lines and was very generous when it came to winning the ball back,” Valverde said via Football Italia.“The good thing about today’s match is that we overcame the adversities we had. We have nine points and there was a draw [between Tottenham and PSV], which favours us in the group.“The team played well, but we were especially fantastic at Wembley. We always play as a team but when Messi is there, he gives us a touch of brilliance, which makes him extraordinary.“Today we were successful in the game and with our chances. Leo rescues us in games that are difficult to break open. We hope he recovers as soon as possible.Barca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“Everyone wants to play, there’s no doubt about that. Arturo has a lot of enthusiasm. He always goes forward and is contagious with his pressure.“He gets close to the opposition’s goal too. He can help us, for sure. Inter are a great team but if they didn’t play well, it’s more because of us than it is them.“We played in their half for the entire game, except at the start of the second half.”
The Liverpool Egyptian star scored three goals today in the 4-1 win over Bournemouth and he feels the expectation is very highMohamed Salah scored three goals today to help Liverpool win 4-1 against Bournemouth in the English Premier League.And the Reds star has reached 42 goals now in the English tournament.“It’s not a bad way at all [to get back amongst the goals]. Top of the table and scored three goals today, clean sheet. That’s everything I can say today,” Salah told Sky Sports.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“My expectation is very high. But I know everyone else’s expectation for me is very high. As I said before, the most important thing, we are top of the table and we win each game.”“The last one. I could say the last one was good. I was calm,” he added.“I have to congratulate James Milner. It’s an amazing career. He deserves it today. He’s had an amazing career, so I hope we are going to win something together. But I will not accept.”
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists Jurgen Klopp’s rotation policy has kept the player’s fit amidst their title challenge this season.The Reds manager has been able to rotate his midfield to the benefit of the team and their unbeaten start to the Premier League season is testament to “Since I have been here we have been quite unlucky with injuries. It goes quite well with rotating,” Wijnaldum said, according to Sky Sports.“Everyone is trying to do their best when they play. Until now it works and let’s hope it works until the end of the season.”“I think everybody wants to play every game, but you play so many games and the way we play with a high intensity sometimes you need a rest.”Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It is the manager’s decision. Sometimes it is a decision you don’t like but he knows what is best for the team. Up to now it goes quite well.”“People get a rest when they need one and the level stays the same (on the pitch). I think that is due to a mixture of things: the coaching, the players’ professionalism in the way we work together and the way we help each other out. We got the results we needed.”“I am happy if he chooses me because like I said we all want to play but it is not possible to play every game because of the way we play with lots of running, high intensity, then you have to use the squad, especially around this part of the season.”
Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola confirmed the club is not willing to sell Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi but conceded he could offer no guarantees.Hudson-Odoi, 18, was on the scorer’s sheet in the Blues’ 3-0 FA Cup fourth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday despite handing in a transfer request.Bayern have reportedly increased the bid believed to be in the region of €35million but Hudson-Odoi played down the speculation, saying: “I’ll just keep working hard and you never know what happens”.During the win over Wednesday, Chelsea fans were heard chanting for Hudson-Odoi to stay, a sentiment shared by Zola.“We want him to stay as well, we were singing for him to stay,” Zola told a news conference via FourFourTwo. “I don’t know, we want him to stay. He has a contract, we are training.“We believe in what he can do for this team. I don’t think there are many 18-year-old players around Europe that are playing as much as him in a big team.Christensen’s ball 🎯Hudson-Odoi’s touch 👏And then his turn 🤯What a beautiful goal 🙌pic.twitter.com/hEtx7quptPMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.— Chelsea FC News (@Chelsea_FL) January 27, 2019“If you look at Juventus, all the big teams, they don’t have many 18-year-old players playing like we do. That shows that we believe in him, we think he can be an important player for us, so we will see what happens.“We can do as much as we can do. From our point of view, he has a lot of strong players next to him. But we still find the space for him to play. I want to stress, if you look at the big clubs in Europe there aren’t many 18-year-olds playing as much he plays. It means we have trust. And so we are showing this.”Asked if he could guarantee that Hudson-Odoi would remain at the club, Zola replied: “No, look I am not the club, I work for the club. I can do as much as I can, but then these are decisions that don’t belong for me.“There is certainly a good understanding between the management and the club, but at the end of the day I cannot say more than that.”“Did he look like he didn’t want to play?” Zola said. “Also yesterday in training his attitude was excellent, he really played well. Yesterday in training he scored a fantastic goal. He didn’t show any sign [that he didn’t want to play] so that is why he played.”
The team has been getting impressive results lately, while also juggling with a difficult schedule and an injury crisis.Tottenham Hotspur is currently sitting in the third position of the English Premier League table with 60 points.The team is five points behind second and first place, Liverpool and Manchester City respectively.The Spurs have won 20 out of their 26 matches, drawing none and losing six.And for defender and midfielder Kieran Trippier, the results of the team speak of the strong character they have.“The past few weeks have been very good,” Tripper told Sky Sports.“We could have played a lot better, we all know that, but the results are the most important thing.”“We’ve had a few injuries recently and the people that have stepped in have done really well,” he added.“If you look at Son [HEung-min], he’s played in three major tournaments this season and he still looks fresh.”Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“He’s come back and scored goals and topped it off with the result the other night which was amazing,” he commented.“It took me a good 16 months to settle in at Tottenham.”Trippier joined Spurs in 2015, after being with Burnley three years.“But what Pochettino does really well is developing players and getting them to play for their national teams,” he continued.“His record speaks for itself – he’s got five in the Tottenham squad now and the same happened at Southampton. He makes players become bigger and better.”“He helped me develop as an attacker. He sets everything out day by day in training perfectly for the lads, the sessions are unbelievable,” he concluded.😄🙌#FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/0W4fk0ewHg— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 15, 2019
Special Olympics Plunge and Chief’s Challenge at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Waterpark , Posted: September 16, 2018 September 16, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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 SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Local law enforcement chiefs and community members are braving the waters at Aquatica this Sunday to raise funds for Special Olympics athletes in San Diego County.Dani Ruberti was live at SeaWorld’s Aquatica Waterpark with the details.Plunge, splash and play all day at Aquatica on Sunday, September 16 to raise funds for Special Olympics San Diego. Not only will you brave the wild waters of the largest wave pool in Southern California, but you’ll have the opportunity to earn prizes, party with friends and family, all while helping to support Special Olympics San Diego athletes.Local law enforcement chiefs will participate in the Chiefs Challenge, including: Chief Nisleit of the San Diego Police Department, Chief Deputy Warden Patrick Covello of the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, and Commander John Maryon of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.Special Olympics San Diego County has offered year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities for 49 years. Three thousand athletes throughout San Diego County train and compete in 11 Olympic-type sports.Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community.
KUSI Newsroom Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day kicks off at Del Mar Fairgrounds KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:11 AM Posted: November 16, 2018 November 16, 2018 DEL MAR (KUSI) -The Susan G. Komen three-day, a 60-mile walk to support breast cancer research and programs, kicked off Friday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.The event is one of seven scheduled by the nonprofit this year and one of two on the West Coast. Each year, participants across the country commit to raise a minimum of $2,300 to support the Komen organization’s efforts and walk an average of 20 miles per day for three consecutive days, according to the foundation.The 2,200 walkers in San Diego last year raised $6.5 million dollars.Walkers this year began their journey at the fairgrounds at 6:30 a.m. and will continue to Torrey Pines State Beach, La Jolla Cove, Kellogg Park and through Bird Rock before spending Friday evening at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay.One of several cheering stations will be set up at the Taylor Branch Library in Pacific Beach along Cass Street from 12:15 to 4:40 p.m.Walkers will continue Saturday morning through Ocean Beach, Mission Bay Park, Tecolote Shores and De Anza Cove Park.The route on Sunday winds through Old Town, Mission Hills, Hillcrest and Balboa Park. A closing ceremony will take place Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park in Downtown.Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the U.S. It’s the most common form of death from cancer among Hispanic women and the second-most common among women of other races, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In 2015, 246,476 women and 2,289 men in the U.S. were diagnosed with the disease.That year, 41,523 women and 463 men died from breast cancer, according to the CDC.According to the foundation, since 2003, the 3-Day walk has raised more than $120 million.For More information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
American Soybean Association (ASA) President Alan Kemper, a soybean farmer from Lafayette, Ind., today welcomed Dr. Paolo De Castro, Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, at a trade luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. ASA organized the lunch for De Castro that included an invited audience of U.S. food, agriculture, and agribusiness leaders. In his remarks, Kemper pointed out the responsibilities that the agriculture sectors in the United States and the European Union share in providing food, feed, fiber, and fuel to meet a growing world demand.”We have entered an era of tighter supplies, higher prices, and undiminished food assistance needs,” Kemper said. “At the same time, we are engaged in discussions about the role of biotechnology in meeting this rising food demand, and how sustainable agriculture regulations, standards, and policies may help or hurt our efforts to successfully meet world food needs. It is my belief that, through our discussions and meetings like this today, we can develop the appropriate policies that will allow us to succeed in meeting food needs.”In addition to the United States’ and European Union’s roles globally, these two countries have robust bilateral agricultural trade to sustain and grow. In 2010 the United States exported nearly $11 billion in agricultural commodities and food to the EU, including over $1.5 billion in soybeans and soybean meal. Likewise, the United States is a major market for EU agricultural goods, importing over $17 billion in 2009.The European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs is responsible for reviewing and amending the European Commission’s legislative proposals and preparing reports on agricultural policy for subsequent adoption by the European Parliament. The Committee gained substantial additional powers under the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009, when the European Parliament was given co-decision authority over the Common Agricultural Policy with the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the 27 EU Member States. Previously, De Castro served as Minister of Agriculture for Italy.Kemper also met with De Castro to discuss the development and approval of new biotech crops, and the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) that threatens U.S. soybean exports to the EU, valued at $1.36 billion in 2010.”The EU needs a transparent, science-based approval process that does not delay commercialization of new biotech traits in the U.S.,” Kemper said. “To address the RED certification process, we need a bilateral agreement on an aggregate approach for certification based on U.S. conservation and farm laws, and a default value for soy-based biodiesel greenhouse gas emissions savings that is based on the sustainability of U.S. soybean production and transportation efficiencies.”
Soy growers are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers for answers regarding the implementation of the final Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act.The American Soybean Association (ASA) and other agricultural groups signed a letter this week sent to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh, asking that EPA and the Corps release answers provided at a closed webinar held in September that covered several questions on growers’ minds.During the webinar on Sept. 17, 2015, EPA and Corps policy and technical personnel addressed 27 questions from state agency personnel regarding jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional ditches and canals, how the agencies will determine whether a ditch that has been in place for decades is a ‘relocated tributary’ or is ‘excavated in’ a tributary and whether permitted discharges into these ditches must be designed to meet water quality standards in the ditch or in the receiving water. Non-state agency personnel were not invited to participate.In the letter sent this week, ASA and other organizations emphasized that farmers and ranchers are struggling to understand the practical implications of the final rule. They asked not only for answers from last month’s webinar, but that answers from any future webinars be made public immediately.“Not just the regulators, but the regulated public, have a need to know how your agencies interpret the rule. Our members are deeply concerned that as a result of this final rulemaking, effective today in thirty-seven states, they now have drainage and water features on their properties that are categorically WOTUS,” the groups state.The letter underscored that the answers about implementation of other aspects of the rule are vitally helpful to farmers and ranchers to help reduce their uncertainty and make informed business decisions about whether and how their operations need to change to avoid discharges in violation of the Clean Water Act.“The answers to these questions could mean the difference between our members being in compliance or violation of federal law with all of the attendant liabilities,” the letter states. “We believe your agencies have an obligation to provide this information to the public. Whatever answers and guidance have been provided to assist state agency personnel would be equally useful to the regulated community and should be easy to share.”Click here to read the entire letter.Click here to read the list of questions EPA and the Corps answered during the webinar.
Rudy Fernandez officially wants out. The Portland Trail Blazers continue to dig in and hold their ground. As a result, nearly four months’ worth of trade-related speculation and demands boiled over Wednesday, when Andy Miller, Fernandez’s agent, said the second-year guard is “done” with the Blazers and the NBA.Miller said his client is seeking an “amicable divorce” from Portland. Moreover, Fernandez has no intention of playing in the NBA in 2010-11, and wants to return as soon as possible to his native country of Spain. Fernandez is even wiling to be fined by the Blazers or engage in legal proceedings, rather than return to Portland.“There’s nothing to fix,” Miller said. “He does not want to come back to the NBA.”Blazers general manager Rich Cho said the team’s stance about Fernandez has not changed during recent months. The first-year GM understands Fernandez’s situation and is aware of his feelings. But Cho is not willing to trade the second-year guard at a loss.“At the end of the day, we’re going to do what’s in the best interest of the organization,” Cho said.Fernandez, 25, is set to make $1.2 million next season. He is under contract with Portland through 2011-12, while the team holds a qualifying offer worth $3.1 million in 2012-13. The Blazers also hold Fernandez’s Federal International Basketball Association rights, limiting his ability to play in Europe.Fernandez is an energetic sharpshooter who quickly developed into a fan favorite following a strong rookie season during 2008-09, when he averaged 10.4 points, shot 39.9 percent behind the 3-point line and set an NBA rookie record for made 3s (159).
Friends and family members of two missing Vancouver women are planning a vigil on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Fort Vancouver High School.Jamie Grissim was a 16-year-old Fort Vancouver student who disappeared Dec. 7, 1971 while walking home from school.Carolyn Killaby vanished on Nov. 11, 1995.The vigil is scheduled from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the high school’s parking lot, 5700 E. 18th St.“It will be the 40th anniversary of her disappearance, in December 1971,” said Starr Lara, Grissim’s sister.“This will be her first vigil,” said Lara, who now lives in Hillsboro, Ore. “When she disappeared, I was her only family, and I was 14. I didn’t know what to do.”Lara said she will speak at the vigil, adding, “This is kind of new to me.”One of Grissim’s childhood friends is also scheduled to speak.Though the Grissim and Killaby cases aren’t related, Lara said she has been a friend of one of Killaby’s sisters’ for more than 10 years.An announcement for the vigil said that besides an opportunity for the families to remember Grissim and Killaby, it will be an expression of hope that someday “they can give a proper funeral service to their missing loved ones.”The public, and other families with missing loved ones, are invited to attend.Frustrating searchesInvestigators have said they believe Grissim was the first victim of a Vancouver man suspected of killing at least six women.Her remains were never found. However, sheriff’s investigators found her purse and her identification in remote Dole Valley, about a mile from where the remains of two other young women were found.
A Vancouver man was arrested Friday on suspicion of participating in a human trafficking operation at a Beaverton, Ore., adult entertainment venue.Yahir Ibidem Muniz, 30, was arrested at his home in the Bagley Downs neighborhood and lodged in the Clark County Jail. He was scheduled to be transported Tuesday to Washington County Jail in Oregon, said Beaverton police spokesman Officer Jeremy Shaw.He recently was indicted in Washington County on charges of three counts of second-degree rape, three counts of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and four counts of second-degree sodomy.He is one of three suspects in the Beaverton Police Department’s ongoing investigation into suspected sexual trafficking and forced prostitution inside the Beaverton Stars Cabaret, 4570 S.W. Lombard Ave.The other suspects, Victor Moreno-Hernandez, 27, and Steven J. Toth, 42, both of Beaverton, were arrested Dec. 10 at their respective homes.Beaverton police detectives began the investigation in September when they learned of the sexual assault and trafficking of two 13-year-old girls in the city limits and greater Beaverton area.One victim was a runaway who in 2012 had met at least three adult men in Beaverton. The men allegedly sexually assaulted the girl over a period of time and forced her into prostitution inside the Stars Cabaret, police said. At least one of the suspects repeatedly provided her with methamphetamine.The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, the Child Exploitation Task Force and the Portland Police Bureau have assisted in the investigation, Beaverton police said.
Look for a special Press Talk columnIt’s time.Time for our community to come together.And coming together, I should say, in no way means we all should be in lockstep with one another. That we all should agree on everything. That we should be cautious of bringing passion and desire to a conversation. It also doesn’t mean being frightened of pointing out when ideas stray off course.What it does mean is identifying important pieces of the community puzzle that will move us forward. It means bringing some sense of equity to the working class of people who are the main fabric of Clark County. It means having businesses pay their fair share of the community bargain, but always appreciating that without those businesses there is no community bargain to be had.This is such a wondrous place to live. Let’s make sure it still is for our children.But how do we get there? How do we end — or at least lessen — the crazy pieces of the puzzle that keep pulling us down?We’re running an unscientific poll on our website right now that hints at what we need to do. The question posed was this:“How can we best bring our divergent county together?”We listed four options. Here is how the voting was going on Friday:• Look for moderates to lead us. (10 percent)• Find common ground to concentrate on. (13 percent)• Isolate those politicians who want to divide us. (14 percent)• All of the above. (63 percent)The poll suggests each concept has some support, but what it really tells us is this: No single thing will bring us the solution.