Didier Deschamps debunks Pogbas retirement claims

first_imgFrance boss Deschamps believes Paul Pogba will play in Qatar 2022, despite the midfielder’s comments suggesting he may retire from international football. Pogba spoke to journalists on Sunday, catching everyone in the room by surprise by saying Russia could well be his last tournament for the French national side.His comments have come as a surprise to his current manager Didier Deschamps, who still fully expects the midfielder to be a part of the France squad at the next World Cup.He spoke to reporters about his star player: “I don’t think it will be his last World Cup, he’s only 25 years old, it’s highly probable that he will play another one,”Before suggesting that Pogba’s words were likely tongue in cheek: “I always see the same Paul,”“Over the past 15 days, he is suddenly not going to change from being the joker to someone that’s very sincere.”Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“He’s had to go through some difficult periods but I always see the same player. He has accumulated lots of experience, he’s clear in his head, he’s happy and very motivated.”France is already through to the knockout phase in Russia and faces Denmark tomorrow in a game Deschamps may use to rest many of his starting XI. A la veille du match face au Danemark, les hommes de Didier Deschamps se sont entraînés au Stade Loujniki à Moscou #FiersdetreBleus #FRADAN pic.twitter.com/iAfP6NVz4q— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 25, 2018last_img read more

Ivan Rakitic backs Modric for award after Messi snub

first_imgCroatia international midfielder Ivan Rakitic has backed fellow countryman Luka Modric to win the FIFA best player award after Messi was snub.The Barcelona midfielder insists any individual price that his club teammate Lionel Messi can’t win this year should go to Real Madrid’s Modric.After captaining the Croatian national team to a stellar outing at this summer’s World Cup where they finished as runners-up behind eventual champions France, Modric was voted as the winner of the UEFA Men’s best player of the year.The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is also amongst the final three contenders for the FIFA Best Men’s player of the year alongside Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo.However, after Messi was snubbed from the final three, Rakitic wants his international teammate to take home the award.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“If there is an individual prize that Lionel Messi can’t win, then there’s no doubt that this season it should go to Luka Modric,” he told Marca.“It wouldn’t surprise me if he were to win with many more votes. This has been his year and I am really happy for him.“If Messi isn’t the best, then it has to be Modric.”Asides leading Croatia to success at the World Cup, Modric also won the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. However, former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo who finished as top scorer in the competition whilst also winning it with Madrid also believes he deserves the award.last_img read more

Piatek reveals Champions League dream

first_imgKrzysztof Piatek hopes to make a Champions League bow soon and further revealed he knew his Genoa teammates via video games.Piatek,23, has netted 13 goals in as all competitions for Genoa since his arrival from Cracovia, earning reports of €50m offers from Napoli and Juventus.Despite the goals drying up since Ivan Juric replaced Davide Ballardini on the bench, the Poland international remains relaxed.“It’s just a coincidence,” he told the Football Italia via Corriere della Sera newspaper.“There’s no such thing as a player who scores in every single game. Plus Genoa are a big club, but not among the strongest teams in Italy right now. It’s far easier to score goals at Real Madrid or Juventus.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I never expected to be Capocannoniere of Serie A, but it’s still early days and I can’t rest on my laurels. We need goals, I am hungry for more, and those scored towards the end of the season are often more decisive.”Piatek isn’t the only one who didn’t see his success coming, as he fully admits it was a learning curve.“None of my teammates knew who I was and, to be honest, I was hoping for that clean slate. I thought to myself if they don’t know that I scored 21 goals last season and find the net almost every game, then perhaps the defenders I’ll be facing won’t know it either. So being unknown was an advantage.“I’ll admit, I didn’t know much about my Genoa teammates either. So after signing for the club, I fired up the PlayStation and searched for them on there.”last_img read more

NO LEGISLATION TO GOVERN FUEL PRICES

first_img Fuel prices expected to spike after Harvey shuts down refineries Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:fuel, legislation, malike cummings Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Jan 2015 – The floodgates are open now as comments about the disparity in fuel prices between gas stations locally and abroad and what many feel are insufficient savings on their power bills for example are coming in on Facebook, in person, via phone calls and on WhatsApp to Magnetic Media. Residents say they are waiting to see the effect of fuel reductions which is headline news in the international press. Malike Cummings, the country’s Energy Commissioner said there is nothing he can do about the prices at the pumps; there is no legislation to give his department any teeth. “As related to the gas stations, we do not have the legislation in placed to actually regulate prices. So that has been a challenge but we are looking forward to having those regulations in place.”While a good many of the suppliers are conscionable and revealing drops in prices; there was at least one service station, Mr. Cummings said he visited who explained they cannot do any better. “There is a lag between the price you see at the world crude oil prices, and the price you will see here because that’s crude oil, it has to be refined so there is a supply chain and logistics and time lag we have to cater for. So typically we are about a few months behind what you will see in the US.” TCI signs onto sustainable energy; can tap into $60 million Actions revealed for Energy Solutions by TCI EUC, Cummingslast_img read more

Marco Travel comes to rescue of Asian workforce with BA flight changes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Mar 2015 – The change of British Airways taking travellers to London Gatwick instead of London Heathrow as of April this year will not have such an adverse effect on the Asian workforce in the islands; at least not anymore. Marco Travel’s Chloe Zimmerman has revealed that her efforts to route these workers through London’s Heathrow Airport so they are able to get home and back, has netted good results. It is now confirmed that the Asian population can leave the TCI on Sundays via Bahamasair with continuing service to London via British Airways to Heathrow out of the Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport later the same day. One problem is that Gatwick does not offer the same transit services for Asians as Heathrow does. Another challenge was upon those workers’ return to the Turks and Caicos could they overnight in the Bahamas as they waited to take the next available Bahamasair flight which is on Tuesdays; two days later. The answer, according to the UK Regional Immigration Coordinator in Kingston, Jamaica is yes they can with the right documentation. The workers would have to have their local work permit or residency and an onward ticket. Zimmerman says the Filipinos and Indonesians are legally eligible to stay three days in The Bahamas without a transit visa from The Bahamas. Those workers can also apply for a UK Transit visa. While this route, which is more cumbersome, will likely be more expensive, it does eliminate the headache of trying to get out of London’s Gatwick Airport. Meanwhile the TCI Tourist Board has announced that British Airways is adding more flights to the country via Antigua beginning in October. Premier Of The Turks And Caicos Islands, Dr. The Honourable Rufus W. Ewing Addresses The Foreign Affairs Committee On Governance In London Related Items:airport, asian workers, chloe zimmerman, gatwick, london, marco travel, tourist board, UK transit Visa Recommended for you Last call to vote ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 UK support to TCI Nat’l Security limited; London meeting to build skillslast_img read more

Quant laid to rest

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Jan 2016 – Over the weekend, the family of Dorick Quant laid him to rest with service at Jericho Baptist church. Quant, who was 55 years old, died in a traffic accident just days before the start of 2016 in a two vehicle collision on Leeward Highway east. Another snorkel trip deadly in Provo; Guest dies Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:accident, dorick quant Police update on Friday 13 snorkel death in Provo Tourist man gone missing on dive, body found Saturdaylast_img read more

We can eat Nassau Grouper legally soon

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Department of environment and maritime affairs, dr. john claydon, nassau grouper New categories for legal fishing proposed in Parks amendments bill Poachers found Sunday; slammed with seven charges Government fixing error with proposed amendments to Nat’l Parks Ordinance Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Feb 2016 – Indisputably the most delicious news of the day is the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs or DEMA reminding us that the Nassau Grouper closed season ends next week. In a public notice, DEMA says: “fishing interests, restaurants and general public – Sunday, February 28th will be the final day of the closed season for Nassau Grouper for 2016.” It was the first time for the Nassau Grouper closed season in the TCI; Director Dr. John Claydon explained to Magnetic Media that it was established to preserve stocks.last_img read more

HE Governor John Freeman statement on recent criminal activity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 31, 2017 – Grand Turk – “Recent incidents of aggravated burglaries have again given rise to understandable public concern. There are immediate but also wider dimensions to the increased incidence of violent crimes. Our thoughts – as always – are with the victims of recent crimes and their families.Facing down crime requires a combination of properly resourced law enforcement agencies, a sustained determination to deal with wider challenges – including from illegal migration and other factors – and a due commitment not just to imprisonment but to the rehabilitation of offenders.Most immediately we need to ensure the RTCIPF have the resources they need to do their job. I have discussed this requirement with the Premier and with the Commissioner. Much has already been put in train and following recent incidents additional and specialized support (including from outside the Islands) is being put in place already or to be examined urgently. It would not be in the public interest to discuss all of the particular steps being undertaken.In terms of the wider challenges and factors, the TCIG has already announced new measures in statements made recently in the House of Assembly.Defeating the criminals remains a responsibility we hold in common. All responsible agencies and departments discussed current crime and other security challenges in the National Security Committee (NSC) which met yesterday. A meeting of the NSC Advisory Council is also being scheduled. We have also benefited from the UK-sponsored Security Needs Assessment of the Overseas Territories, including of the TCI.The effort to deal with violent crime is ongoing. More resources are being dedicated to security needs and more will be available in the future. And all of us with responsibilities for security are committed to seeing the task through.”Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

JAMAICA Construction Industry Members Urged to Ensure Quality of Buildings

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 12, 2017 – Kingston – Managing Director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney, is encouraging members of the construction industry to continue to ensure that quality buildings are constructed across the island.Speaking at a Construction Conference hosted by JSIF at Mona Visitors’ Lodge in St. Andrew on December 5, he noted that the quality of construction projects being executed, especially those done in partnership with JSIF, have been of good quality, and if members of the construction industry continue on this path, the country will be able to achieve its national goals regarding improvements in infrastructure.“I want to underscore the fact that you are important to JSIF.   That’s why we are here.   You form such a great part of our success in completing more than 1,500 projects over the last 20 years.   Let us make the industry one where we can be considered the best,” Mr. Sweeney told the major construction-industry players who were present at the conference.“The delivery of quality infrastructure requires a seamless coordinated participation of a number of building professionals, each playing an important role to ensure that the infrastructure meets the requisite standards and that it can come in on time and below budget,” he added.The Managing Director pointed out that the JSIF invests close to 70 per cent of its money in infrastructure, including roads, water supply systems and schools.Mr. Sweeney said one of the objectives of hosting the conference is to discuss the issues that members of the construction industry face, in an effort to improve the quality of buildings they will be constructing in the future for underserved communities across Jamaica.“The conference will explore understanding building contracts and overruns; the building code, which is so important in our dialogue; health and safety in construction, and ethics,” he noted.Mr. Sweeney thanked the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for partnering with JSIF to host the conference.“The Caribbean Development Bank has been one of our greatest supporters in terms of financing support to the construction industry in general.   We’ve put on workshops for contractors, consultants [and] quantity surveyors; we’ve introduced new costing tools, all financed through the Caribbean Development Bank, so I certainly recognise their contribution to the industry,” he said.The CIC is the umbrella organisation for the building and construction sector.   It represents the views of architects, quantity surveyors, engineers, master builders and land surveyors.JSIF has been entrusted with the mandate of improving the social and economic infrastructure of the nation’s most underserved communities.   Some projects that have been undertaken by JSIF include the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) and the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP).Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

TCI CVQ Portfolio Workshop for High School Teachers

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 2, 2018 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services, in a major thrust to promote competency-based education in the country, hosted a two-day training workshop in Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ).   The event was held at the HJ Robinson High and Clement Howell High Schools respectively on January 25 and 26, 2018.   Forty-five teachers from public and private high schools throughout the islands with specialization in TVET Education participated.  The facilitator was Miss Jodine Williams who currently serves as the Senior Assistant Registrar in the Syllabus & Curriculum Division, at the CXC Regional office in Kingston, Jamaica.In an effort to address the need for local skilled workers and to provide greater curriculum options that takes into consideration the individual learning styles and interests of our students, the Ministry of Education introduced the CVQ Programme in public high schools in 2015.  The programmes introduced thus far are Carpentry, Commercial Food Preparation, Data Operations and Office Administration.  Other programmes are expected to be introduced in the coming academic year.The CVQ Programme is based on Competency-Based Education Training and Assessment (CBETA) which is built on the philosophy of being learner centred.   As students’ progress by mastering each competency, they are required to create and maintain portfolios of their work.   The workshop was therefore specifically to train teachers in helping students build and manage their portfolios, as well as train teachers to assess their students work, based on established industry standards.Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Rangers agree Kamara and Jones signings

first_imgDundee United midfielder Glenn Kamara and Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones have both signed pre-contract agreements with Rangers.Both players are expected to join the Ibrox outfit on a free transfer by the start of the 2019/20 season.However, both Dundee and Kilmarnock may be more willing to move both players this month to avoid any conflict of interests in the second half of the campaign.Jones, who is expected to play against Rangers with Kilmarnock when Scottish Premiership action resumes on Wednesday, January 23, expressed his delight at joining the Gers.“Unbelievably proud day for me and my family, I’ve waited for this moment for a long time and today is a dream come true! #WATP” was the message tweeted by Jones last night.Unbelievably proud day for me and my family, I’ve waited for this moment for a long time and today is a dream come true! #WATP 🇬🇧❤️ https://t.co/7Ztfdxnhcz— Jordan Jones (@JJordanjones11) January 5, 2019Rangers 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.Finland international midfielder Kamara, has been at Dundee since 2017 after joining from English side Arsenal.“Rangers wishes to place on record our thanks to both Dundee and Kilmarnock for their cooperation in securing both agreements,” read a statement on the club website.✍️ #RangersFC are today delighted to confirm that the Club has signed pre-contract agreements with Glen Kamara and Jordan Jones: https://t.co/Af62eOBPNP pic.twitter.com/Q62eM7tGl6— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 5, 2019Steven Gerrard’s side will now concentrate on current deals to bring in Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis to join the team on their winter break training camp in Spain.https://twitter.com/JJordanjones11/status/1081599015513440258last_img read more

Everton boss frustrated by defeat

first_imgThe Everton Marco Silva was unhappy after receiving a goal and then seeing how Kurt Zouma was sent off.A single goal by Andre Gay gave Watford the 1-0 victory over Everton in the English Premier League on Saturday.And the Blues are now in the ninth position of the table with 33 points, after only nine wins, six draws and 12 defeats.This has led coach Marco Silva very frustrated.“When you do not achieve the result and do not score goals with the chances we created, it is a big frustration for us,” Silva told the club’s official website.“The first half was balanced, they created one good chance and we had a very good chance with Cenk Tosun.”“Second half was the same again. They started to create more problems with their long balls,” he commented.“I felt Andre Gomes and Gana were getting tired after we played on Wednesday night. Watford had one week to prepare for the game.”“I changed Andre and was preparing to put on Bernard when they scored,” Silva continued.“We reacted [to going behind].”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool 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.“We had two balls off the bar and one clear chance for Dominic,” the manager said.“We created enough chances to score but were not effective [with our finishing]. Sometimes in these moments, something can happen – but it is only us who can work more to change things.”“When you play away and create the chances we did – and clear chances in some moments – we have to be more effective,” the Everton boss commented.“In one moment they will start to go in and we’ll start to win matches.”“But there is just one way: work more, become more confident and look forward and try to change things,” he added.“It is a good moment to rest the players, then bring them back to prepare for the next match against Cardiff and the derby against Liverpool.”💬 | The boss delivers his post-match verdict: A frustrating afternoon. #EFCawayday— Everton (@Everton) February 9, 2019last_img read more

De Gea backs Man United for glory this season

first_imgGoalkeeper David de Gea is feeling optimistic over Manchester United’s prospects of landing silverware this season ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.The Red Devils will host PSG for the first leg of their last-16 tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday night hoping to make it 11 wins out of 12 games under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Helping matters for United is the fact that PSG will have to make do without Brazilian forward Neymar for both legs as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.Key duo Marco Verratti and Edinson Cavani are big doubts for Tuesday.But De Gea still believes the Ligue 1 champions are the clear favourites to progress from the tie.“This will be a very intense game,” De Gea told Telefoot.“They’re the favourites, but we’ll be very motivated.“We all want to play this game and win it. It will be very tight!”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool 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.The Spain international, who seems to have rediscovered his best form of late following a difficult start to the season, remains confident though that United will be able to challenge for silverware this term.Aside from being in the knockout stages of the Champions League, Solskjaer’s men have also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.Things in the Premier League are improving as well, with the Red Devils breaking into the top four on Saturday for the first time since their opening day 2-1 win against Leicester City.This came about following their 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, which saw the in-form Paul Pogba grab a brace and Anthony Martial scoring the other goal.“We have a team to win something,” said De Gea.“Paul Pogba is fundamental to us. Anthony Martial is unstoppable and we’re all working to go to the finals.”The United and PSG game on Tuesday will begin at 9:00 PM (CET) at Old Trafford.LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 09: Paul Pogba of Manchester United celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on February 9, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)last_img read more

ASAWISHH Attends Global Feed Conference in South Africa

first_imgASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) was in Sun City, South Africa, to attend the Global Food and Feed Conference, hosted by International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the African Feed Millers Association (AFMA). While there, WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey met with Joel Newman, president of the American Feed Industry Association; Thad Simons, CEO of Novus International; and representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Southern African Trade Hub.Animal agriculture is growing rapidly in Africa and the industry appears to be absorbing any increases in soybean production the regional farmers are able to produce.This week, Hershey traveled to Cape Town South Africa and met with the U.S. Wheat Associates, which has had a regional office in Africa for more than 20 years. Soy protein and wheat flour can be blended in many useful and economic combinations.last_img read more

Details of rival plans on spending and debt

first_imgHouse Republicans and Senate Democrats are pressing competing plans to pair an increase in the nation’s $14.3 trillion borrowing limit with spending cuts and to create a special committee to recommend bigger savings for a vote later this year. In a change announced on Friday, House Republicans would make the bulk of the debt limit increase contingent on Congress adopting an amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced budget and sending it to the states for ratification.The chief difference is the size of the immediate increase in the debt limit. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid’s $2.7 trillion debt increase plan would keep the government afloat into 2013, while Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s $900 billion increase would require action next year.Highlights of the competing plans:——DEBT INCREASEHouse GOP: Immediate $900 billion increase in the debt limit; $1.6 trillion more would be made available after enactment of up to $1.8 trillion in future spending cuts and by adoption by both House and Senate of an amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget. That would require a two-thirds margin in both chambers. Senate Democrats: Immediate $2.7 trillion debt limit increase.——SPENDING `CAPS’House GOP: Cuts $756 billion over 10 years from the day-to-day operating budgets of Cabinet agencies. Caps new spending at $1.043 trillion in 2012, $7 billion below 2011 levels. Total cuts of $917 billion, including interest savings.last_img

Vancouver man arrested in child porn case

first_imgA 50-year-old Vancouver man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of dealing and possessing child pornography, according to Vancouver police.Mark A. Brown, 50, of the 9800 block of S.E. 18th Circle in Vancouver was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and 10 counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Brown’s arrest stemmed from a long investigation by the Vancouver police Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit. Police served a search warrant at Brown’s home nearly a year ago.“Sometimes (the time of arrest) depends on the amount of evidence and the sheer amount of time it takes to go through that,” said Vancouver police Sgt. John Chapman. “That’s why there was a significant delay in the time of the warrant and the time of the arrest.”last_img read more

Rent is due at Clark College

first_imgWhat: Clark College Theatre presents “Rent.”Where: Decker Theater, Clark College Frost Arts Center, 1933 Ford Vancouver Way.When: 7:30 p.m. March 1, 7, 8 and 9; 2 p.m. March 2.Cost: $10 for students and alumni, $12 for senior citizens, $15 general admission. Tickets available at the door or at the Clark College Bookstore.Info: The theater’s website or call 360-992-2815.Acting in the Clark College production of “Rent” has been a broadening experience for James Martine, a first-semester student in the school’s theater program.The rock musical production looks at a group of struggling young artists and musicians in New York’s Lower East Side during the AIDS epidemic. It’s the most complex play he’s ever participated in, and the most broad, the 2012 Battle Ground High School graduate said.“This show has been like an entirely new experience,” said Martine, who plays Tom Collins, a gay anarchist with AIDS. “Through the process, we sat down and talked about how we felt about the production, how we felt about AIDS. In everything else I’ve done, we just sat down and had a read-through; but this show, it’s very focused on the actors being comfortable with each other.”The show runs on select dates through March 9 at the school’s Decker Theater.Director H. Gene Biby, who’s been teaching theater at the college since September 2011, said one of his goals in picking “Rent” was to put together a production that spoke to students and other young people in the community.last_img read more

Press Talk Bring on the rainmakers

first_imgThe founder of USA Today, Al Neuharth, was a rainmaker.Neuharth died Friday and many of us will miss him.Back in 1982, then-Gannett Chairman Neuharth turned the company and its 90 or so local newspapers upside down with what was then considered a crazy idea:Birth a national newspaper.The execution of such a vision would drain the resources of the local newspapers. Money and talent would have to be shipped to D.C. And more than a few reporters at those local newspapers began to complain.An early mentor of mine took a few of the complainers aside and gave them this sage advice.“You either get on the train, or you get off the train. But for God’s sake, don’t get in front of the train.”Neuharth was often described as a ruthless bully. But he was just as often described as being the guy who could get the job done. Any job. And he embraced his image. He wrote an autobiography: “Confessions of an SOB.”He was a modern-day Paladin: “Have Gun — Will Travel.”I hadn’t thought much about Al until I heard of his death. I spent six months — on and off — with him on a work assignment for USA Today that went to every state in the country. It was a life-changing experience.last_img read more

25 years later Exxon Valdez spill still lingers

first_imgANCHORAGE, Alaska — Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the nation’s largest oil spill.The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989. Within hours, it unleashed an estimated 10.8 million gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the water. Storms and currents then smeared it over 1,300 miles of shoreline.For a generation of people around the world, the spill was seared into their memories by images of fouled coastline in Prince William Sound, of sea otters, herring and birds soaked in oil, of workers painstakingly washing crude off the rugged beaches.Twenty-five years later, most of the species have recovered, said Robert Spies, a chief science adviser to governments on the oil spill restoration program from 1989 to 2002. But some wildlife, as well as the people who live in the region, are still struggling.Here’s a look at what’s changed since the spill:FishermenBernie Culbertson was preparing to fish cod when the Exxon Valdez ran aground. With oil in the water, fishing came to a standstill and life for he and other fishermen drastically changed.last_img read more

Portland airport crew trains for Ebola passenger

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — How to handle a passenger with symptoms of Ebola is part of the training for Portland International Airport Fire and Rescue crews.Although the chance of a passenger arriving in Portland is low, fire crews would use an isolation bag to prevent exposing others.Lt. Michael Dayton tells KATU the bag encapsulates the patient who would be put on a wheeled stretcher. The patient would be sealed up in the bag and given oxygen to breathe.last_img