Pochettino confident Spurs can compete with top sides

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first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is certain that his team have proved themselves against the top sides, despite losing their last match 3-1 against Manchester CityThe Argentine’s side hosted the newly-crowned Premier League champions at Wembley on Saturday and were defeated 3-1 in a convincing display from City.The result marked their first league defeat in 14 matches, since their last meeting with City back in December. But Pochettino was nevertheless positive about Spurs’ prospects.“After 14 games unbeaten, it was a massive, massive run for us,” said Pochettino, according to Football365.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We played Liverpool, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and 14 games unbeaten I think the players deserve full credit.“We are disappointed but not frustrated or sad because when we increased our level and showed our real quality we showed we can compete against Manchester City – the best team in England.“That is why I am not concerned about the future. Yes it was 20 minutes where we were really poor but I am not worried because I think the team competed really well.”last_img read more

Zidane not planning to rest players before the Liverpool game

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first_imgReal Madrid will face Liverpool in the upcoming Champions League final game but Zinedine Zidane insisted that he won’t rest his players in the league games that are about to be played before this crucial match.The French coach claimed that of course, if the player won’t be 100% ready, he won’t play – but besides that, everyone who is fit is going to be included in the match squads as usual.The Real Madrid head coach spoke about his side’s upcoming weeks as he said, according to Liverpool Echo:“No, not at all. I’m not going to think about that.”“If that were the case, there’d be no point playing tomorrow or in our four or five remaining games.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: 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…“If a player isn’t at 100%, though, he won’t play. But as for the rest, they’ll play as always.”“We can’t think about that. We have to focus on the game and on playing with intensity.”“It’s true that this year because the title is already decided, there is less expectation, but that’s normal.”“Before the match, it’s like that, but when the game starts I don’t think that’ll be the case.”last_img read more

VAR will have a big influence on World Cup – Lopetegui

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first_imgSpain manager Julen Lopetegui believes that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will have a major “influence” on the World Cup this summer and believes that there is no point complaining about the technologyThe International Football Association Board in Zurich in March gave VAR their unanimous approval and voted for the system to be used permanently.While goal-line technology was used in the previous World Cup in Brazil in 2014, this will be the first time that VAR will debut in world football’s biggest competition and will be used by the match officials to determine whether any errors were committed in regards to decisions for penalties, goals, straight red cards and mistaken identity.Lopetegui, who will be hoping to erase Spain’s previous poor display in the 2014 World Cup with a strong run in Russia, believes that due to the players having a lack of experience with VAR it will have a heavy influence on games and he will be making sure his squad is fully prepared for the system.“It’s certainly an important issue, no doubt about that,” said the 51-year-old told AS.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“VAR is going to influence and condition lots of games at the World Cup. For example, using it will mean stopping and starting games; that in itself has an effect on the continuity and rhythm of them.“Spain like to have long spells with the ball and wear down their opponents, so we’ll need to be ready for what is a brand new situation for us. Of course, we’ll make sure we are fully prepared for VAR and all its various scenarios, for when matches are stopped and then started again.“I’ve analysed where VAR is in use and see that there are usually a lot of goals scored just after stoppages for it, which shows that teams make full use of the break in play and concentration of their opponents.“But there’s no point in complaining about it as we must be ready for VAR. We’ll be studying it with the players and making sure they are prepared. It’s something we do need to take into account.”Spain has been drawn in Group B for the World Cup with Iran, Morocco and Euro 2016 Champions Portugal.last_img read more

Emery bids PSG goodbye

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first_imgUnai Emery has officially left his post at Paris Saint-Germain and has taken the opportunity to bid the club supporters goodbye and thank everyone at the clubThe Spaniard has been replaced by Thomas Tuchel at PSG, despite having led them to a domestic treble this season.Since arriving from Sevilla in the summer of 2016, Emery won 87 of his 113 games in charge of the Parisians and collected seven trophies in his two seasons at PSG.The 46-year-old posted this message on his personal website to thank everyone at PSG.“Hello everyone,“A page turns for both PSG, myself and my staff, after two intense seasons from which we will remember many good things.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“The first day the PSG contacted us, the meeting where the President explained to me what he wanted from us, the presentation, the first time in the Park with our fans …“Beyond the titles and this adventure that has lasted for almost two years, it is the people we met who will mark our minds. That’s why I can only thank all those Paris fans who have supported us since the first day, in the good and the bad times, the players with whom we worked with and that we saw progress but which also made us progress ourselves, all those with whom we have lived these long days of work at Camp des Loges, at the club …“And the President who showed me his support and his honesty at all times. So many people and professionals who accompanied us in this way to continue building a better PSG to dream even bigger!“After this great experience in the City of Light that has welcomed us so warmly and in this Championship that continues to grow, we leave the Park, empty behind us but still magical, and we prepare for a new challenge, while remaining Parisians.“A big THANK YOU and SOON, and a very strong GO TO PARIS !!!”Emery has recently been linked with the West Ham vacancy and is believed to set to meet the board at the London Stadium to discuss the role.last_img read more

New Chelsea boss hails Chelsea new signing Jorginho as a wonderful

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first_imgNew Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri had worked with Jorginho at his former club Napoli and they are both now in Chelsea.After the Blues’ penalty shootout win against Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup in Nice on Saturday, Sarri has showered praises on Jorginho describing him as a “wonderful player”.Having played an impressive 90 minutes game which finished 1-1 after Pedro put the Blues ahead in the first half before Roberto Gagliardini equalised for Inter. Jorginho netted Chelsea’s first penalty which the Blues won 5-4.“For Jorginho, this is a normal match,” Sarri told the club’s website as quoted in Sky Sports.“He has technical ability but Jorginho also has a great mental speed, too. So for this way of football, I think Jorginho is a wonderful player.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“All over the pitch though we move the ball very quickly and we moved it well tonight, but not at the right speed.“You have to move the ball at a great speed on the floor. Otherwise, we risk to play for 90 minutes with 75 per cent ball possession but without scoring. That’s what we need to improve on.”Sarri added he was satisfied with his team’s performance.“So far I am satisfied. I am of course waiting for the other players from the World Cup to return, but the players gave me total availability.“I am satisfied and I saw in the match some things that we have tried in the training sessions. So far, so good!”last_img read more

Liverpool accept Rosenborg bid for Chirivella

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first_imgLiverpool have accepted a bid worth up to £3.5 million ($4.5m) from Rosenborg for their young midfielder Pedro Chirivella according to Goal.comChirivella, 21, looks set to leave Anfield after failing to nail a place in the first team, with the Norwegian outfit offering him an alternativeThe Spaniard has played regularly during the Reds’ pre-season campaign and featured in the 4-1 win over Manchester United in Michigan on Saturday.But having returned to Merseyside with the rest of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, the 21-year-old is now set to travel to Norway to conclude his transfer.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil 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.The deal is expected to be completed before Rosenborg take on Celtic in their Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.Liverpool will receive £2.4m ($3.1m) up front with the rest in performance-related bonuses. The Reds have insisted on a buy-back option, which will apply for the first three years of Chirivella’s new contract.Signed from Valencia in 2013, Chirivella went to make five senior appearances at Anfield, including his Premier League debut under Klopp against Swansea City in May 2016.He spent the last two seasons on loan in the Netherlands, first with Go Ahead Eagles and then last season at Willem II.last_img read more

Nightmare start of the season for Keylor Navas

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first_imgThe Costa Rican goalkeeper will be terrified of the way things have started this season with Real MadridKeylor Navas must be terrified of how things have started for him this season.First of all, Real Madrid signed Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, which of course puts his job with Los Merengues in jeopardy.Then he received four goals against Atletico Madrid during yesterday’s UEFA Super Cup match, marking the start of the 2018-2019 season for Los Blancos.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The Costa Rican goalkeeper didn’t receive four goals since November 21st, 2015, when he and Real Madrid faced Barcelona.That night at Santiago Bernabeu his team lost 4-0 against the Blaugrana.Navas was lucky that Courtois was not registered for the European match on Wednesday, and was able to give a regular performance.But if things continue, the Costa Rican might not be under the goal when his team plays Getafe CF on Sunday.last_img read more

Marco Silva – Yerry Mina ready for Everton debut

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first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva has revealed that Yerry Mina is set to make his Everton debut when they host Brighton at Goodison Park on Saturday.Mina has been plagued with injury and has yet to make an appearance for Everton since his £27.2m transfer from Barcelona on deadline day, but Silva says he could feature their home league game against Brighton.Mina’s last appearance was at the 2018 World Cup when Colombia lost to England on penalties.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Everton will be without center back Kurt Zouma next week they play Chelsea, and Silva wants to give Mina game time as he could possibly fill in for the French man.“It’s something you already know, some months ago, that Zouma won’t be able to play next week,” Silva told Sky Sports.“But our way to think is preparing the other players to play. Mina is ready to play if I make the decision.“It is the Brighton match, nothing more. We do not think about Chelsea. Our ambition and focus is on tomorrow’s match. The friendly match next week [against Gor Mahia] could be a good solution.”last_img read more

Gareth Bales decision key to Pochettinos future

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first_imgReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale could help determine the future of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.The European champions have been tracking Pochettino for the best part of two years and are prepared to match United’s offer for the former Southampton boss. United are believed to be in the race for Pochettino after sacking Jose Mourinho last week. That means that Los Blancos must dig deep in the summer to stand any chance of winning the battle for the former Espanyol boss.Spurs are reportedly looking at least £45m in compensation and Pochettino is expected to get a massive pay rise at Old Trafford. Spurs have first option to buy back Bale on the cheap which could help the Spanish giants secure the services of Pochettino.Certainly, the idea of the Wales international returning to the club he left nearly half-a-decade ago would be a tempting one for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.Re-signing the former PFA player of the year, even at a reduced price would be a statement of intent for the North London club for the upcoming season.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…At least, that’s the believe for former Tottenham Hotspur defender Terry Fenwick.He said, according to Daily Star:“The squad is fantastic already but I’m hoping Daniel and Mauricio get their heads together and bring in one or two world-class players.“If they don’t spend I think he will leave.”last_img read more

NHI Grand Bahama Consultations

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first_img Related Items:damara dillett, grand bahama, nhi Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama International Airport Will Reopen Today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, The Bahamas – Monday, February 15, 2016 – Public consultations regarding National Health Insurance Bahamas continued throughout the island of Grand Bahama on Friday, February 12, to educate and engage residents about the modern, affordable and accessible healthcare system. Ms. Damara Dillett, representing the NHI Bahamas Secretariat, spoke about the need for national health insurance, clarified who is eligible and outlined the benefits of primary care. While consulting with staff members at the Ministry of Grand Bahama, Ms. Dillett confirmed who is eligible to receive NHI Bahamas benefits. She said, “Bahamians resident in country and legal residents – no matter their income, age, island of residence or current health status – can receive health care free of cost at point of service with the NHI Bahamas plan.” Additionally, consultations continued with staff of the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation, human resource personnel with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Directors of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. The conversations provided clarity.During the consultations, individuals were advised about what to expect when NHI Bahamas is fully implemented. Private insurance holders questioned whether or not NHI Bahamas mandated that they give up their existing coverage. Ms. Dillett advised that persons had the option of keeping their private health insurance and further explained that there was no mandate for individuals to discontinue private healthcare coverage.Residents attending town hall meetings in Eight Mile Rock and West End, listened attentively about NHI Bahamas. They embraced the opportunity to ask questions and get more details about the registration process. Ms. Dillett explained that the “Registration drive for the National Insurance Board (NIB) Smart Card continues at NIB locations. Individuals ought to ensure that they obtain their NIB Smart Card in order to be prepared for the enrolment.”All residents are encouraged to attend community meetings across the country to become more informed about NHI Bahamas and the benefits of the programme. Details of these meetings will be made available to you.The Secretariat continues to meet with stakeholder groups regularly. Any group that wishes to schedule a presentation by the NHI Bahamas team may contact the Secretariat directly at 502-7601 or email info@nhibahamas.gov.bs.More information on NHI Bahamas can also be found at www.nhibahamas.gov.bs. Grand Bahama Set to Return to Normal After Hurricane Irma Recommended for you Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island Reopenslast_img read more

Finance Minister says Christies administration left millions in Collateral Calls

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first_img Economy records real growth of 1.8 per cent in 2017 Related Items:#CollateralCalls, #magneticmedianews, #PeterTurnquest Hurricane Irma forecast to be an expensive problem Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14th 2017 – Nassau – Once again the newly-elected government has revealed more debt and challenges left for them by the former administration. This time, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Peter Turnquest has reported that the government is now faced with $150M of collateral calls left by the previous Christie administration.That is to say, that during their 5-year tenure, the Christie-administration made calls/demands to banks or other financial institutions to request collateral and/or payment for debt/loans/contracts they needed to have funded. Collectively, these were in excess of $150M and not repaid, thus leaving the new Minnis-administration in a risky fiscal position.Consequently, Turnquest revealed, “The Government is now required to provide a minimum of $70 million by the first week of July to meet this collateral call.” During his contribution to the 2017/18 Budget Debate in the House of Assembly last Wednesday, Turnquest also reported that the total outstanding payments of The Bahamas Treasury was $161,283,514.04.The Deputy Prime Minister also stated, “The Ministry of Finance was partially successful in negotiating temporary waivers but the obligation has not gone away.” He added that the figure owed may increase in the event of any further negative ratings action.  As a result, Turnquest admitted that employees and vendors have had to wait an “inordinate time for payment.”However, despite Opposition Leader Phillip Brave Davis’ initial questioning of the Government’s decision to borrow such a large fund, Turnquest said he was grateful that they have decided to accept this position, explaining “the emergency borrowing authority was the only prudent thing this administration can do to protect the financial reputation of The Bahamas.” Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Member of Parliament Honorable Mark Humes Pays Courtesy Call on RBDF Commodore

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 8, 2017 – Nassau – The Honourable Mark Humes paid a courtesy call on Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis A. Bethel at the Defence Force Headquarters at HMBS Coral Harbour to discuss plans for the maintenance and upkeep of The Bahamas Veterans Cemetery on Infant View Road.The adoption of the military cemetery is a new project undertaken by the Defence Force and coordinated by Commander Frederick Brown and Chief Petty Officer Lincoln Rolle, along with members of the Defence Force’s Military Police and Force Protection Department.   Also present during the meeting were the Defence Force’s British Legion-Bahamas Branch Liaison Officer, Commander Shonedel Pinder, the Defence Force representative at the British Legion, Reservist Adina Munroe, and Chief Petty Officer Lincoln Rolle and Petty Officer Dominique McPhee of the Military Police and Force Protection Department, and Force Chief Petty Officer Basil Miller of the Defence Force’s Base Maintenance Team.Photo shows (From Left): Force Chief Petty Officer Basil Miller; Commodore Tellis Bethel; Chief Petty Officer Lincoln Rolle;The Honourable Mark Humes, Member of Parliament for Fort Charlotte; Petty Officer Dominique McPhee; Airwing Commanding Officer, Shondel Pinder; and Reservist Adina Munroe, 1st Assistant Secretary to British Legion-Bahamas Branch. (RBDF Photo by Marine Seaman Michael Turner) Photo shows: The entrance of the Bahamas Veteran Cemetery, Infant View Road. (RBDF Photo by Marine Seaman Kyle Smith) (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Related Items:last_img read more

McLeish rallies home support for match with Isreal

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first_imgScotland manager Alex McLeish has called on fans and supporters to fill Hampden Park for their UEFA Nations League decider against Israel on Tuesday.Despite nine players dropping out of Scotland squad, they defeated Albania 4-0 in Shkoder and now need to a win against Israel to head to the playoffs of the UEFA Nations League.Scotland prepare to host Israel on Tuesday night and a win will see them secure a playoff spot for the 2020 European Championship and McLeish wants to count on the home support at Hampden Park to help them finish top spot in Group C1.“We always try to win so we have set ourselves up as have Israel and it should be a good game,” McLeish told Sky Sports.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“We are at home so let’s hope there is a response from the Tartan Army. We’d like the supporters to come to cheer the guys to victory.“If we play to that level again then we have a good chance.”last_img read more

Newly elected San Diego County officals sworn in

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first_img January 7, 2019 Posted: January 7, 2019 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Newly elected San Diego County supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Jim Desmond will be sworn in Monday along with Sheriff William Gore, District Attorney Summer Stephan and other county officials.Fletcher is just the second Democrat to serve on the technically nonpartisan Board of Supervisors in roughly three decades and will be the only one on the board until at least 2020.Desmond is the former Republican mayor of San Marcos and beat Democrat and legislative analyst Michelle Gomez with slightly more than 56 percent of the vote for the District 5 seat.The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 Monday morning at the County Administration Center. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Newly elected San Diego County officals sworn inlast_img read more

RV owners protest law that bans sleeping in vehicles overnight

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first_img 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) – A new law in San Diego, makes it illegal to sleep in a car or RV overnight.Today, that ordinance came under fire by people who say the city of San Diego is making criminals out of people who have to live in their cars. RV owners protest law that bans sleeping in vehicles overnight July 17, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 17, 2019center_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 9:22 PMlast_img read more

Crews knock out attic fire in Central Vancouver

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first_imgVancouver firefighters on Monday morning knocked out an attic fire in a Maple Wood neighborhood house.The fire was reported at 3907 E. 15th St. around 7:40 a.m.Several units from the Vancouver Fire Department responded to the house, near 15th Street and Brandt Road. Arriving units reported light smoke coming from the attic, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Vancouver police temporarily blocked the intersection.A man in the home told firefighters he smelled smoke and noticed the ceiling in the top floor of the home was hot, said Capt. Kevin Murray, a Vancouver fire spokesman. The man saw smoke when he looked into the attic, got his family out of the house and called 911, Murray said.Because the fire was reported early, crews were able to cover items in the home with salvage tarps to protect them from damage during the firefighting effort, Murray said.The fire appeared to be under control by about 8 a.m.A Vancouver Fire Marshal said the fire was unintentional and caused by an electrical problem. It caused an estimated $10,000 in damage.last_img read more

Judge End slowdown at Portland port

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first_imgPORTLAND — A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order that requires longshoremen to end an illegal slowdown that has disrupted shipping at the Port of Portland and forced Northwest businesses to reroute cargo.Judge Michael Simon handed down the 10-day order Tuesday after learning that mediation failed to resolve a dispute between the unions representing longshoremen and electrical workers over duties that amount to two full-time jobs.Simon noted that 10 days isn’t a long time, and he urged the sides to continue negotiations. He said their disagreement will end, one way or another, but the economic damage — particularly if container shippers decide to permanently skip Portland — could be indefinite for the parties and the region.“It really is in your best interests, and the public’s, to end it sooner rather than later,” he said.The slowdown led the two main container-shipping lines that serve the port’s Terminal 6, Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd AG and South Korea’s Hanjin, to announce last month they were diverting ships to other ports.A Hapag-Lloyd ship, however, is scheduled to arrive at 4 a.m. today, and many eyes will be on the dockworkers to see if they engage in delay tactics. If they do not work at full speed, they could be held in contempt of court.last_img read more

Woodland nonprofit keeps reaching

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first_imgWOODLAND — Chris Becker has been in and out of jail. Not because of blatant criminality, but because Becker’s bipolar disorder triggered behaviors that brought out police. One time, he called police himself because he was getting deeply paranoid; but when the “wrong” officers showed up, he said, he protested violently and got himself tossed in the clink.Becker’s stays in county jails and at Western State Hospital, a psychiatric facility for criminals with mental illness, were nothing short of brutal, he said.“Gladiator school” is how Becker, 40, described one holding cell at Western State. “It was one of the most violent places I’ve ever seen,” he said. If you were one of the smaller, scareder guys in the mostly unsupervised room, he said, good luck. After being repeatedly assaulted by a fellow inmate, Becker told an orderly he was getting ready to unleash one knockout punch; the orderly asked Becker to wait until the next staffer’s shift because of the inevitable paperwork.Becker pulled himself together and got out of Western in one piece, but he never forgot the hapless folks whose problems were only made worse behind bars. He spent years as a state-certified peer support counselor with various Clark County social service agencies that work with the mentally ill homeless; now, he’s joined forces with friends in Woodland to launch a multifaceted nonprofit agency that reaches out to people in jail — as well as people on the street.“I have always had a heart for helping people. It’s just the right thing to do,” said Mike Rindahl, Becker’s buddy, who is president of the board of StreetReach NW.last_img read more

Volunteers clean up cigarette butts

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first_imgClark County — Fifty-five volunteers showed up Saturday at Luke Jensen Sports Park in Hazel Dell and cleaned up a record 25 pounds of cigarette butts, organizers said.The cleanup was part of the national “Make a Difference Day,” and put on by the city of Vancouver, Clark County Public Works and Clark County Public Health.Saturday morning, the volunteers met in Hazel Dell and then went in groups to 10 parks throughout Vancouver and Clark County. In addition to the 25 pounds of butts, volunteers also collected 12 bags of litter, said Karen Llewellyn, volunteer coordinator with Clark County Public Works. Member of the Sherwood Neighborhood Association also picked up 20 bags of garbage.Organizers were fearful that the rain would deter volunteers from coming out. But Saturday’s event surpassed last year’s effort in terms of volunteers and pounds of cigarettes collected.Last year, the first year the county has organized a cigarette-butt cleanup, 50 volunteers picked up 15 pounds of butts, Llewellyn said.“Despite the weather, I was really impressed with our turnout,” she said.last_img read more