Report Pepe turns down Arsenal for Monaco move

first_imgFormer Real Madrid defender Pepe has reportedly turned down a move to Arsenal in favour of joining AS MonacoThe 35-year-old is a free agent after leaving Turkish side Besiktas in December and had been linked with a return to Portugal at FC Porto.But L’Equipe reports that Pepe will instead join Monaco, despite a late attempt by Arsenal to hijack the deal.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Unai Emery’s side are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements in this month’s transfer window with Rob Holding sidelined for the rest of the season.Out-of-favour Juventus defender Medhi Benatia is allegedly being lined up in a trade deal involving Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal.Meanwhile, Monaco are expected to sign Chelsea and former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas shortly as new manager Thierry Henry attempts to steer the club clear of the relegation zone in Ligue 1.last_img read more

Actor Forest Whitaker to receive University of San Diegos Medal of Peace

first_imgActor Forest Whitaker to receive University of San Diego’s Medal of Peace April 5, 2018 Posted: April 5, 2018 Updated: 10:51 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img 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) — Actor Forest Whitaker will receive the University of San Diego’s Medal of Peace at a ceremony Thursday night, as the Dalai Lama and Martin Sheen have done before him.Whitaker was selected to receive the honor in recognition of his international humanitarian work. The Emmy and Oscar winner in 2012 founded the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, which develops peace-building programs and campaigns that aim to foster peace and reconciliation in disadvantaged and fragile communities throughout the world.Among the tools used by the organization are vocational training, conflict resolution, communications instruction, meditation and youth-led community projects to help achieve lasting peace, according to USD.Whitaker is also a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization special envoy for peace and reconciliation.“This year, as we mark the tenth anniversary since the founding of the Kroc School (of Peace Studies) at the University of San Diego, we wanted to recognize someone who has had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of men, women, and children globally,” said Kroc Dean Patricia Marquez. “While Mr. Whitaker is well known for his award-winning work in front of the camera,far fewer people know about the phenomenal work he has done through the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative. We wanted to shine a light on his global work, and thank him for his fearless leadership.”The Dalai Lama in 2012 was given the Catholic university’s award and actor Marin Sheen has received it three times, including in 2007, along with Ken Hackett, the president of Catholic Relief Services. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Dockless Scooters and Bikes possible new regulations

first_imgDockless Scooters and Bikes possible new regulations Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 16, 2019center_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) -Mayor Kevin Faulconer is proposing a new set of regulations for dockless scooters and bikes. This comes after a number of scooter and bicycle crashes that happened in 2018.Regulations for the scooters and bikes would include slowing down the devices in heavily trafficked public spaces and establishing clear rules of the road.Circulate San Diego’s director of policy, Maya Rosas stopped by to talk more about these new possible regulations. February 16, 2019 Updated: 8:04 PMlast_img read more

Celebrating Purim in San Diego

first_imgCelebrating Purim in San Diego KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 20, 2019 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) – The Jewish holiday of Purim begins Wednesday, March 20th and Rabbi Devorah Markus stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the holiday.Rabbi Markus said the festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar, which is late winter or early spring. Purim 2019 begins on Wednesday night, March 20, and continues through Thursday, March 21st.According to Rabbi Markus it commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.last_img read more

Gregoire takes aim at education reform

first_imgVancouver’s state Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, said Gov. Christine Gregoire’s education reform package should include financial incentives for school districts and their employees whose students show academic improvement.Probst said the House education and higher education committees on which he sits would likely offer such amendments when the package is considered during the regular legislative session, which begins Jan. 9.“Our education system is primarily funded by enrollment regardless of performance of the school,” Probst said. “We need to ask ourselves: Is it the enrollment we value or the performance?”Probst said he favors a system in which schools that show improvement receive a greater share of funding.However, Probst said the reform plan was a good step in recognizing the integral link between the state’s education system and its economy.Meanwhile, Gloria Smith, president of Evergreen Public Schools Education Association, said the four-tiered evaluation system the governor proposed Tuesday is a better indicator of performance than the existing system in which teachers are rated either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.last_img read more

Football programs building from the ground up

first_imgComing into the game with identical 0-8 records, Fort Vancouver and Hudson’s Bay did not attract a big crowd at Kiggins Bowl. The Fort Vancouver football team celebrated like it had won a championship last week at Kiggins Bowl when the Trappers beat Hudson’s Bay.Hugs.High-fives.At least one player dropped to his knees.That’s what happens when a team ends a 23-game losing streak.The Eagles, meanwhile, walked off the field 0-9 this season, with only one close game among those results — the 24-14 loss to Fort.As recently as 2007, the Trappers beat Columbia River. They made the playoffs in 2004.The Eagles beat Union in 2007. From 1999 to 2002, they had four consecutive winning seasons.For today’s Trappers and Eagles, that must seem like a hundred years ago.Fort Vancouver and Hudson’s Bay football have combined to win two games the past two seasons — each beating the other once.This past season, in their 16 games against other competition, the Trappers and Eagles were outscored 892-68, an average of 56-4.This is rock bottom.Parents have contacted The Columbian upset with Vancouver Public Schools, accusing the district of allowing too many athletes who live in the Fort or Bay boundaries to attend Skyview or Columbia River, the other two schools in the district.Alumni have expressed concerns with the athletic directors, disgusted over the direction of the football programs.And Fort and Bay administrators are frustrated with the perception that their schools are sub-standard.Some fans have opined that the two programs should leave the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League and go to an independent schedule, competing against similar struggling programs throughout the Northwest to gain some confidence.This week, The Columbian sat down with Bay athletic director Stoney Myers and Fort AD Dirk Hansen, as well as Mick Hoffman, who is in charge of athletics for all Vancouver Public Schools. The three addressed those concerns and established a foundation to build the programs:• One, the programs are not going independent. They are committed to remaining members of the 3A GSHL.• Two, the administrators have a plan.• Three, they all expect success. It will take years, it will take effort, and it will take a lot of things to change, but they say it can happen.last_img read more

Sea Shepherd campaigns to stop sea lion killing

first_imgGRANTS PASS, Ore. — A conservation group known for interfering with whaling ships wants to stop Oregon’s killing of sea lions that eat endangered salmon in the Columbia River. The group Sea Shepherd was in Astoria on Sunday photographing and video-taping Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife technicians as they captured and branded 38 sea lions at the East Mooring Basin.The photos showed flames and smoke coming from hides of sea lions being branded.“We believe these animals are being scapegoated,” said Ashley Lenton, leader of Sea Shepherd’s Dam Guardian Campaign. “The scientific fact is they take less than 4 percent of the salmon runs.”Lenton said habitat loss, hydroelectric dams, hatchery fish and harvest are responsible for the bulk of wild salmon declines.Lenton said a trap used to capture the sea lions nearly sank with the weight of some 30 animals and a wildlife technician, putting the animals in danger of drowning. Sea lions sometimes go into seizures after being captured, forced into a branding chute, and branded, she said.A federal judge in February upheld the authority of NOAA Fisheries Service to let Oregon kill up to 30 sea lions a year to protect salmon. Department records showed 10 sea lions were killed last year. Sea lions are killed by lethal injection if they are seen eating salmon and won’t be driven away by hazing.Jessica Sall, a spokeswoman for Fish and Wildlife, defended the branding.She said the hot irons sometimes cause the fur on sea lions’ hides to burn, but the department is using the same techniques used on cattle. She said the trap has no top, so if it sank the sea lions could swim out.last_img read more

High court skeptical of federal marriage law videoaudio clips

first_imgWASHINGTON — In a major gay rights case, the Supreme Court indicated Wednesday it could strike down the law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits that go to other married people.Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the decisive vote in close cases, joined the four more liberal justices in raising questions about a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that is being challenged at the court.Kennedy said the law appears to intrude on the power of states that have chosen to recognize same-sex marriages. Other justices said the law creates what Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called two classes of marriage, full and “skim-milk marriage.”The federal law affects a range of benefits available to married couples, including tax breaks, survivor benefits and health insurance for spouses of federal employees.It still is possible the court could dismiss the case for procedural reasons, though that prospect seemed less likely than it did in Tuesday’s argument over gay marriage in California.last_img read more

One wounded in New Years shooting

first_imgClark County sheriff’s detectives are looking for a suspect who shot and wounded a man early this morning at a home near Five Corners.Deputies were called to 10016 N.E. 72nd Circle just after 3:30 a.m. after a reported shooting at a New Year’s Eve party.When they arrived, they were told an adult man with a gunshot wound had been driven to a local hospital. The man who shot him had fled.According to a news release, the wounded man was treated for the gunshot wound and released from the hospital.Though still at large, the shooter is not believed to pose an imminent threat to the community, according to detectives.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit and gang detectives with the Safe Streets Task Force are leading the investigation.The home is located in the Maple Tree subdivision, east of Covington Road near Five Corners.last_img read more

Summit Ascent could see Russian tax rate double

first_img RelatedPosts Hong Kong-listed Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd could see gaming tax at its Russian integrated resort, Tigre de Cristal, double should the Russian Federation pass a draft bill proposing an increase to allowable tax rates.In a clarification announcement to investors on Tuesday, Summit Ascent outlined its current tax responsibilities at Tigre de Cristal, located in Vladivastok in the Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone, which sees it pay the maximum rate allowed by law of RUB9,020,000 (US$154,770) per month – equal to RUB125,000 (US$2,145) per gaming table and RUB7,500 (US$129) per gaming machine. Summit Ascent completes HK$297 million fundraising exercise for Russian IR expansion VIP, slots growth at Tigre de Cristal sees Summit Ascent profits soar in 1H19 Summit Ascent to raise almost HK$300 million for Russian IR expansion via share placement Load More Tigre de Cristal has 55 gaming tables and 286 gaming machines.However, the draft bill proposes doubling the maximum monthly tax rate to RUB250,000 (US$4,290) per gaming table and RUB15,000 (US$258) per gaming machine.“There will be a negative impact of approximately RUB9,020,000 (US$154,770) on the monthly gaming tax payable of Tigre de Cristal, equivalent to an annual negative impact of approximately RUB108.24 million (US$1.857 million) assuming that the same number of gaming tables and gaming machines will be in operation as in September 2017,” the company said.The draft bill has gone through a first reading by the local legislative assembly, known as the State Duma, and must go through two more before it can be signed into law with the second reading scheduled for this Friday 10 November.Summit Ascent said that the Primorsky Government also intends to recommend no change to the tax imposed on the company even if the law is passed in order to attract investors to continue investing in the Primorsky Integrated Entertainment Zone, but added “there is no guarantee that the Primorsky Krai Duma would necessarily approve such a proposal.”Gaming tax in the Russian Federation has long been based on a fixed levy per gaming table or machine rather than on a percentage of gaming revenue, with taxes payable to local governments.last_img read more

Sands China bans shark fin from all Macau properties

first_img Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts Macau gaming operator Sands China Ltd has banned shark fin from its restaurants.The company revealed in a press announcement on Tuesday that the ban came into effect as of 1 January 2019 and covers all food and beverage outlets – both internal and external – located at any of its Macau integrated resorts. Load More The initiative is part of Sands ECO360, the global sustainability strategy of Sands China’s parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp, which aims to incorporate responsible business operations in the areas of green buildings, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings and events, and stakeholder engagement and outreach.“This shark fin ban reflects our company’s firm commitment to continue reducing the environmental impact of our operations,” said Sands China’s SVP of Resort Operations and Development, Mark McWhinnie.“As a leader in our industry, we hope our actions inspire and encourage our customers and business partners in their own sustainability efforts in Macau and in the region.”Sands China’s recent green initiatives have included a company-wide ban on the use of plastic straws, which also came into effect this year.last_img read more

The top 10 most read stories SeptemberOctober 2016

first_imgThe top 10 most-read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 19 September and 17 October 2016 were:EXCLUSIVE: BT to consolidate benefits in global online platformCommunications organisation BT is launching an online benefits portal that will bring all of its employee benefits together in one place. bit.ly/2eaU86e2. National minimum wage rises to £6.95A higher minimum wage rate came into effect on 1 October 2016, increasing from £6.70 to £6.95 an hour for employees aged 21-24 years old. bit.ly/2dB9JYP3. British Gas Court of Appeal decision confirms inclusion of commission in holiday payThe Court of Appeal has confirmed that holiday pay calculations should include a representative amount of commission-based pay, upholding the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of British Gas v Lock. bit.ly/2ejV5JU4. EXCLUSIVE: Central government to launch online benefits platformThe UK central government is to launch a benefits platform to provide 418,000 civil servants with online access to their employee benefits package. bit.ly/2elERfi5. EXCLUSIVE: Hachette UK introduces financial education workshops for under 30sPublishing group Hachette UK introduced targeted financial education workshops to address financial issues that affect employees under 30. bit.ly/2cUfm4b6. BMW consults on closure of final salary pension schemes to future accrualOn 29 September, BMW opened a 60-day consultation with employee representative bodies regarding the closure of its two final salary pension schemes to future accrual. bit.ly/2dVOROk7. 80% do not take time off for stress-related illnessesResearch by Canada Life Group Insurance found that 28% of respondents feel their workload is too great to call in sick, and 21% go into work when ill because of financial reasons. bit.ly/2di5RAj 8. 70% want to access employee benefits from their mobile deviceAccording to Thomsons Online Benefits’ Global employee benefits watch 2016-17 report, 18% of employee respondents are unhappy with how they have to interact with benefits, while 17% are unhappy with benefits communication. bit.ly/2dbIAP89. 59% feel their employer supports their work-life balanceThe Why BWell report by Barnett Waddingham found that 45% of respondents aged between 18 and 29 feel their organisation supports them in leading a healthy lifestyle, compared to 41% of 30-49 year olds, and 37% aged 50 and over. bit.ly/2cKjbM010. Old Mutual launches financial education programme for staffInternational investments and savings organisation Old Mutual launched a personalised financial education programme for its 200 employees as part of its wellbeing strategy. bit.ly/2dgsIsTlast_img read more

Tim Kaine reaches out to black voters visits attorneys

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine made a South Florida stop.Hillary Clinton’s running mate was in town to raise campaign money and reach out to black voters. He stopped by Betty’s Soulfood Restaurant on Sistrunk Boulevard, the main street in a historically black business district of Fort Lauderdale.Kaine also visited the home of Fort Lauderdale attorneys Mitchell and Sharon Berger. The couple has previously raised money for U.S. Senate candidates.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Suspect charged in attempted yacht theft in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man accused of trying to steal a yacht from the Miami Beach Marina before he came to a crashing halt nearly two months ago is facing some serious charges in connection with that incident.Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Jocelinn had been arrested in Pembroke Pines on Oct. 4 for unrelated charges. He is facing charges of grand theft in the first degree, burglary and criminal mischief.Police said Jocelinn tried to steal an 80-foot yacht docked at the marina, Oct. 2. The yacht slammed into multiple vessels, forcing the suspect to jump out into the water.The crash caused more than $10 million worth of damage.On Thursday, Jocelinn was transferred and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

3 kayakers rescued off Bal Harbour

first_imgBAL HARBOUR, FLA. (WSVN) – Rough waters made for a scary day for three kayakers who were rescued off Bal Harbour, Sunday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade Fire Ocean Rescue, the victims were on a kayak when a strong current threw them off. One passenger became trapped between the watercraft and a bridge near Haulover and Bal Harbour.Officials said the trio ended up with a few minor cuts and bruises.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Lonely library dog goes viral gets flood of requests after heartbreaking Facebook

first_imgSting is booked all the way through April.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – After having nobody sign up to read to him, one friendly greyhound is now busier than ever thanks to a Facebook post that went viral.Sting is a 10-year-old therapy dog, who participates in the White Bear Lake Library Paws to Read program in Minnesota — a program that helps kids of all ages work on their reading skills in a safe and fun environment.According to Fox 9, on Feb. 7, Sting’s owner took to Facebook to request more visitors for Sting’s reading sessions. A picture, showing the let down pup, quickly went viral, and now has over 80,000 shares.“We got inundated with calls from people all over the country who wanted to visit him,” said librarian Ann Wahlstrom to Fox 9. “People wanted us to hold a phone up to his ear so they could read to him.”Though Sting only visits the library twice a month, his owner said he will now take him in four times a month to accommodate such a high demand for reading sessions.“Our hearts are full,” said Wahlstrom. “I mean, it’s kids and reading and dogs.” last_img read more