Arsene Wenger, who publicly announced his departure from Arsenal, where he spent the last 22 years, has reportedly turned down a big-money offer from Paris Saint-Germain.It is believed there a three-year contract was offered to Wenger and if he was to accept, PSG would be paying him about 15 million euro per year – an offer not many can refuse.However, according to Football Fancast, he is desperately in need of a break as not only has he not taken any rest for the last two decades, but he has built a sentimental relationship with Arsenal.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…Facts are that Les Parisiens are in desperate need of a capable manager as they are currently regarded mostly as a joke – after all the money spent they are yet to win a single European trophy. Wenger is a perfect fit for the role as he has the needed experience to take care of such a squad and could possibly turn them into the top team in Europe.Considering the sum PSG are willing to pay for him and his refusal, it seems like PSG need Wenger way more than he needs them at the current moment.
Gunners ready for a backroom shake-up with legends Jens Lehmann and Steve Bould moved.While shuffling his pack, Emery is looking to add loyal allies Juan Carlos Carcedo and Pablo Villa at the Emirates. This move will have club hero Steve Bould, along with Boro Primorac roles altered with the former reportedly asked to be a link-man between Emery and the players.Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…Meanwhile, the Gunners are also trying to find a new position for Jens Lehmann, although this won’t be as a goalkeeping coach as Gerry Peyton will be replaced by Javi Garcia, according to talkSPORT.Julen Masach will replace Tony Colbert as the fitness coach, and video analyst Victor Manas is also set to join Emery at Arsenal. Former assistant boss Bould has been asked to be a link-man between Emery and the players. And the club are also hoping that a position can be found for Arsenal Invincible Lehmann, according to The Sun.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo “probably have one last chance” to win the World Cup. Both players are appearing at their fourth World Cup finals.The 33-year-old Portugal captain Ronaldo, and the 30-year-old Argentina skipper Messi, who have multiple honours for their clubs are under pressure to lift the World Cup trophy for their nations and prove their all their honours.“They both arrive at this World Cup probably as the last one,” Mourinho said on Thursday according to BBC.“It would be the pinnacle of their careers.”Madrid forward Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016 but Messi is yet to enjoy a major success with Argentina at senior level.Speaking to Russian broadcaster RT, Mourinho added:“Everybody knows for the last decade Ronaldo and Messi are the two best players on the planet.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They have tried to give the best of themselves to their countries.”Asked if this was their last chance to win the World Cup, the Portuguese said:“Cristiano is a superman. He can [play at another World Cup] if he wants.“But four more years at the highest level? To come back to the next World Cup I feel it will be hard.“Of course Lionel is younger and he can perfectly be in the next World Cup in four years time.“But I would also think that to play every week – two or three matches per week for Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, Champions League, national team – I think to resist to all of that and four years later to come to the highest level is hard.“They’re both going to try to finish their careers with the only thing they don’t have.”
Heerenveen have completed the signing of Rodney Kongolo from Manchester City, according to Sports Mole.The English Premier League Champions have confirmed that young midfielder has left the club to sign for Dutch side Heerenveen.Kongolo joined Manchester City from Feyernoord in 2014 failing to make a single first-team appearance in the first team before spending the 2017-18 on loan at Doncaster Rovers.The 20-year-old Dutch Under-20 midfielder will join the Eredivisie outfit for a fee believed to be about £750,000. However, Pep Guardiola’s side have an included an option to buy him back.Madrid delighted with Odegaard Martin Varga – November 9, 2017 According to Martin Odegaard, Real Madrid are delighted with his development as the teenager patiently waits for his chance The 18-year-old Norwegian moved to Madrid…Kongolo will be hoping to take the next step in his career after his four-year football education with Manchester City.Pep Guardiola’s men are preparing for a title defence as they seek to become the first club since Manchester United in 2009 to successfully defend the Premier League title.The Citizens won the title in grand style last season finishing with a 100 points in the league to set a new Premier League record.
Paul Pogba was integral to France’s World Cup success, says Hugo LlorisThe under-fire midfielder has once again come under the spotlight due to his troubled relationship with his Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.The Portuguese coach appeared to criticise Pogba following Les Bleus’ triumph in Russia.While agent Mino Raiola has further fuelled speculation linking Pogba with a move to Barcelona after his outburst earlier this week.But, ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League fixture with United on Monday night, Lloris insisted that Pogba was essential to France’s success in Russia.“We showed that French players have character and that we’re strong together,” he told L’Equipe.“If you’re not strong together, you fall at the first hurdle. There are players who were revelations in that regard.“For example, Paul. People have always been telling him to focus on the team, and he couldn’t have done it any better than during the World Cup.“He was at the team’s service from the start to the end and was rewarded for that. We were all rewarded.”After all the criticism that had been directed at France following a lacklustre qualifying campaign, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final was a particularly satisfying moment for Lloris.“I can’t forget, because sometimes it was over the top,” said the France captain.Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“But the key to my success was not to fall into the trap, to refuse to get into an area I’m not comfortable in, and to stay focused on myself, on the essential things.“That’s what was my strength.”DANS L’HISTOIRE À JAMAIS ??… pic.twitter.com/NmzRHreXj1— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 16, 2018Lloris is looking forward to seeing teenage striker Kylian Mbappe develop in the future.He also expressed his regret that Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was unable to join them after sustaining an Achilles’ tendon injury.“Kylian Mbappe is world champion at 19,” Lloris said.“It’s a career trajectory totally different [than mine]. He has to use that. He should win the Ballon d’Or.“That’s destiny, and it makes me think of those who could have been there, like Lolo [Koscielny] and others.“Those are the ups and downs of a career, and you have to spare a thought for them.”
Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, granted an interview to former striker Hristo Stoichkov and confessed he felt out of Barcelona at Manchester United.The case of Gerard Pique is like many others in the top European clubs, he revealed some very interesting information to former Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov during an interview.The Catalan defender was able to speak directly to the Bulgarian former footballer, who was on assignment with Univision Deportes and was granted the exclusive with Gerard.The interview was mostly about Pique’s beginnings in Barcelona, he spoke freely about the time when he believed that going back to his childhood club could become impossible.During last Tuesday’s press conference in which manager Ernesto Valverde gave a preview of the upcoming match between the Catalan club and Internazionale Milano, Hristo was allowed to ask the boss a question that made everybody in the room burst with laughter as he offered himself to replace Messi on Wednesday against Inter Milan.But the main focus of Hristo’s visit was Gerard Pique’s interview.“I thought I would never go back to Barcelona, especially when I left to play for Manchester United,” said Pique during an interview with Univision Deporte’s Hristo Stoichkov.“I believed I could be a professional in this sport, I wanted to live the experience of playing football on a professional level. But I did think that going back to Barcelona would be very, very difficult.”Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“When I finally returned I was living a dream because I was finally playing for the first squad, that meant I was going to play at Camp Nou.”“I followed Barça since I was a little boy. You were one of my idols,” said Gerard to Stoichkov.“I remember the first match I attended was in 1992 in San Sebastian, I watched a Real Sociedad vs Barça, which you lost 2-1. But that was a birthday present that my parents made for me, the trip to Anoeta that was. When I was there, I met Andoni Zubizarreta.”“I met several of the players there. And well, my love for the club and football came from there, I was a club member since I was born. My grandfather made me a member,” he concluded.😀 Cuando una leyenda como Hristo Stoichkov se ofrece para volver al equipo… pic.twitter.com/1SaSxp1yQ2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) October 23, 2018
Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has questioned his successor Mauricio Pochettino’s decisions in light of their 4-2 derby defeat to ArsenalThe Argentine made the shock decision to start Juan Foyth instead of Toby Alderweireld on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.The 20-year-old Foyth notably lost possession of the ball within his own half in the build-up to Alexandre Lacazette’s goal – which handed Arsenal a 3-2 lead.Pochettino later defended Foyth and insisted that his fellow Argentine was one of the best players out there.But, for Sherwood, Alderweireld’s absence from the derby was a mistake and he also expects the Belgian to leave by next year.“Hindsight makes it easy to be a football manager when you look at decisions made,” Sherwood told Sky Sports’ The Debate.“I was surprised when I saw Alderweireld wasn’t in the starting line-up with Vertonghen.Merson 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.“I know that they’re looking to the future because Alderweireld almost certainly will not be at the football club next year.“The young Argentinian boy Foyth has come into the side, struggled a bit and made a few mistakes at Wolves.“He made a mistake in the derby at the beginning of last week against Chelsea when he should have given a penalty but he got away with that. Then he made a mistake at the weekend.“Now I understand Mauricio wants to see if he can play in the big games, give him the confidence and try to stick with him and there comes a time when you’re playing in that position, which is a very responsible position on the field, when you make a mistake you invariably get punished at the top level. He’s made too many and maybe the boy needs to come out.“It was a massive game, it’s a north London derby and arguably the best centre-half partnership in the country is Alderweireld and (Jan) Vertonghen.“But it’s easy sitting here after the event. Mauricio makes a lot of decisions for that football club and you have to say 99 per cent of them have been correct up to now.”
Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk insists he’s focused on the Reds trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City after their 5-1 win over Arsenal.City’s 3-1 win at Southampton means they now trail league leaders, Liverpool, by seven points ahead of their January 3 showdown at the Etihad.After having previously ignored the looming league clash against the champions, Van Dijk now says all of Liverpool’s focus is on the clash against Pep Guardiola’s men.He said, according to Goal: “We were almost perfect, we conceded the goal and that was the only thing. But it was an important win.”“After this we can now focus on the City game. Before we didn’t do that.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Arsenal had been playing pretty well this season so we had to stay focused on them, not think about City.”“We have finished 2018 now pretty well and hopefully we can keep that going.”“City is a game that we want to win. It will be very hard, very tough, but for them as well.”“It’s going be a good match, but it is not a decisive game or something like that. We are not going to treat it different to any other.”“We will be prepared for a very tough game.”
TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Mar 2015 – Despite plans and a decision to go past 6pm with debate on the Budget Communication which was yesterday delivered by the Minister of Finance, Hon Washington Misick… the House of Assembly broke off early and will resume this morning with contributions on the fiscal plan and other business continuing. Naturally, all of the knocking and support and kudos which Minister Misick received for his presentation on the PNP Administration’s fiscal plan did not go without a counter perspective; the Opposition Leader, Hon Sharlene Robinson had a long list of undones by the Government.“But we do have primary health care Mar. Speaker and many other departments in health that remain under the Government and are without adequate resources, not just building, Mr. Speaker but without basic medication, basic medical supplies, clinical supplies. Mr. Speaker the Ministry of Education had one of the highest under spending, 1.3 million; Mr. Speaker the Ministry of Finance under spent by $1.5 million; Home Affairs, Lord knows I was looking for the juvenile facility, under spent $802 thousand; Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, Mr. Speaker under spent by almost a half million dollars; Tourism, Heritage etc. under spent by $323 thousand, as we go down, the Governor’s Office under spent $187 thousand; the Premier’s Office under spent by $125 thousand; but Mr. Speaker the Police even had money left, $100 thousand under spent by; AG Chamber’s just under a hundred thousand (dollars) and Mr. Speaker, Youth and Sports under spent!”Hon. Sharlene Robinson continued: “Worthy of note Mr. Speaker is that the total expenditure before Capital contribution is $187, 624, 309 with a revised expenditure $191,464,960; forecast out turn $175,615,520 which is lower than what was budgeted for in the beginning. The total under spending for the past year, Mr. Speaker, for this year is $15,849,440.”The Administration has presented a $224.7 million budget; up 9% over last fiscal year. Recommended for you Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech 11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:budget commission, oil price. sharlene cartwright-robinson, pnp, washington misick Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Feb 2016 – A weekend statement from Gordon Butch Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International paints a grim, very grim picture for the lead defendant, Michael Misick in the ongoing SIPT trial.Stewart said principals of his company did not know that $1.65 million dollars, plus, was paid into the account of Prestigious Properties and they named four Misick brothers as owners of that real estate firm: Michael, Washington, Philip and Chalmers through his law firm, Chalmers & Co. A high powered law firm and a big time accounting firm were hired by Sandals and reportedly scoured the SRI accounts in search of the alleged pay out, and with the pressure from the DOJ or US Department of Justice; Sandals did find the payment. According to Stewart, it cost him a fine by TCI Authorities of $12 million and he fired the Treasurer who according to this release went rogue to issue the money to Prestigious Properties. “The unauthorized payments were made by a Senior Executive and then Treasurer of Sandals. This culminated in the separation of the Senior Executive from the company and was followed by Sandals filing a lawsuit against him in the Bahamas to recover the unauthorized payments.” Sandals said they also had to give evidence to the DOJ and SIPT and said the Robin Auld Commission of Inquiry was what led them to dig deeper and Sandals found that others also siphoned money from the company; they are now facing prosecution in Jamaica. PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution Related Items:beaches resort and spa, butch stewart, michael misick, prestigious properties, robin auld commission, sandals, Sipt Recommended for you TCI: Judge rules there is ‘a case’; all nine defendants will go to trial in September Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENS
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 07 Feb 2016 – The board of directors of the Historic Bahamas Foundation today announced the extension of the online auction, in connection with the Trinkets & Treasures National Fair held over the weekend, with part proceeds to benefit repairs to The Hermitage on Cat Island. “We had such a great response to the online auction we thought it necessary to extend the time to allow persons to bid on a few remaining prizes not scooped up during the fair on Saturday,” said Owen Bethel, Foundation Chairman.Thousands of dollars-worth of items including weekend trips for two at chic resorts, romantic dinners, luxury timepieces, electronics, access to a number of attractions and excursions, two Harl Taylor bags, paintings, jewelry and other items will be on display in a virtual arena for bid. Participating organizations donating items towards the auction were comprised of the Bahamas Red Cross, Sickle Cell Association, Historic Charles Towne, Blairwood Academy, PMH Foundation, Price of Peace Lodge, the Bahamas National Feeding Network, The Links Inc., Anthony Howorth as well as other corporate partners. “There are some great deals and we’re encouraging persons to take advantage of this second opportunity to outbid and be the lucky winner,” said Bethel. The fair held on Saturday on the grounds of Collins House, Shirley Street & Collins Avenue was compared to a national patio sale with booths displaying fine art, books, antiques, furniture and collectibles.The auction can be accessed at auction.bahamaslocal.com until Friday, February 12. Hundreds Expected to Fill Collins House Grounds for Trinkets & Treasures Fair and Auction to benefit 10 charities Related Items:historic bahamas foundation, Trinkets & Treasures National Fair Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you
Brazilian midfielder Arthur, revealed that he is praying hard to get Neymar back as an FC Barcelona player in the not so distant future.It was just recently revealed that Neymar is desperately pushing forward the plan of making his shocking return to FC Barcelona from PSG, he is not the only one doing everything in his power to do it as compatriot Arthur is also praying for this to happen.The former Palmeiras midfielder has Neymar as a very good friend, and recently revealed that he would love it if both players could share a dressing room at club level.Arthur Melo is considered one of the biggest revelations at FC Barcelona this season, his contribution to the squad could be one of the most alluring factors that could pull Neymar back to the Catalan club.But the midfielder understands how busy the PSG star’s life is, he knows that getting him back on the Barcelona train will be very difficult.“I personally am praying for him to come because he is a superstar, it is indisputable,” Arthur told Mundo Deportivo.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I think that the more great players the team has, the better.”“Personally, I’m doing a lot of work to get him back, but he has his life, he knows what he’s doing and I do not know how deep those negotiations are, if there are options for him to come or not.”“But he is a personal friend and a professional that I admire a lot and would be very happy if he could come back here,” he added.Arthur: I’m praying Neymar comes to Barcelona 🙏 pic.twitter.com/nnR0yOgIR1— Goal Singapore (@Goal_SG) December 26, 2018
KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO — Caltrans crews will close two freeways this week for construction work.Early Wednesday, crews will close all lanes of northbound Interstate 805 (I-805) at the northbound Interstate 5 (I-5)/I-805 split in Sorrento Valley from 12:01 am to 4 a.m. to install a new sign structure. The structure includes self-reflective signs that use headlights from vehicles on the highway to illuminate the signs. All motorists will be detoured to the northbound I-5/State Route 56 local Bypass Lane.On Wednesday and Thursday night, all lanes of State Route 163 (SR-163) between Interstate 8 (I-8) and Genesee Avenue will close from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. so crews can continue installing falsework on the Friars Road Bridge. The northbound lanes will close on Wednesday night and the southbound lanes will close Thursday night. At no time will SR-163 close in both directions at the same time.During the SR-163 full freeway closures, crews will begin closing some of the freeway lanes at 7 p.m., with all lanes closing by 11 p.m. The closure also includes the eastbound and westbound I-8 connector ramps to northbound SR-163. In addition, the eastbound Friars Road on-ramp to northbound SR-163 will be closed. The Genesee Avenue on-ramp to northbound SR-163 will remain open.All southbound SR-163 motorists will be detoured to southbound I-805 to westbound I-8 to the southbound SR-163 connector ramp. All northbound SR-163 motorists will be detoured to eastbound I-8 to northbound I-805 to the merge at northbound SR-163.Traffic controls and detour signs will be placed to alert motorists in advance. Crews will take the opportunity to clear trash from the area.Caltrans reminds drivers to ‘Be Work Zone Alert’ by avoiding distracted driving, paying constant attention to traffic, and slowing down when approaching work zones. October 9, 2018 Multiple lane full freeway closures this week on I-805, SR-163 Posted: October 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
Posted: May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019 Citizen panel recommends changes to San Diego Police Department 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 citizens advisory panel has issued its recommendations to enhance trust and allow community members to have a greater voice in the practices of the San Diego Police Department.A 15 member board of citizens interviewed police chiefs, officers and community members to come up with 30 recommendations. One of them was to impose a pilot moratorium on pretext stops, where an officer may pull someone over for a minor violation, while looking for evidence of another offense.The report said the practice has “negatively impacted the trust and increased the tension between police and citizen interactions during stops.”The board felt the pretext stops should be examined and recommended a pilot program to suspend stops in two communities for a trial six month period to see if that would improve relations between police and the community.Detective Jack Schaefer, the only police officer on the advisory board dissented and said the practice was a useful police tool to make arrests and solve crimes.The report also looked at training practices. Board members noted that an estimated 30 percent of the recruit candidates each year come from active “on the ground” military backgrounds.The report said the unbalanced workforce can lead to a certain “culture” in the department, “highlighting the premise it is easier to teach a candidate to fire a weapon than to teach them to effectively interact in communities of color.”The board suggested that the department extend its reach to people from other backgrounds. The Reverend Gerald Brown who is the executive director of the citizens panel said historically black colleges might be one place to recruit new officers.The recommendations also addressed officer wellness, especially in the area of post traumatic stress. The board suggested that the department initiate PTSD testing every six months for officers in the first year of the job.The San Diego Police Department said it welcomed the efforts of the CAB. According to police spokesperson, Lieutenant Shawn Takeuchi, “seeking community input is a key component of community oriented policing.”The recommendations will be presented at the city council committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods on June 26. Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Updated: 10:16 AM Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter
Posted: June 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 2:06 PM ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – A 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg outside a strip mall movie theater in Escondido, police said.The gunfire erupted just before 9 p.m. Friday, outside the Regal cinemas, near the corner of West Valley Parkway and North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido police Sgt. Ryan Banks told the San Diego Union-Tribune.Banks also said a fight outside a nearby Subway restaurant may have led to the shooting. The unnamed victim was found lying on the ground in front of the theater.Banks also told the media the victim was being uncooperative with police and there was no clear description of the gunman who fled on foot.Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call the Escondido police at 760-839-4722. Teen shot and wounded outside Escondido movie theater June 29, 2019
KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 10, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Former La Jolla private school student files suit alleging teacher molestation KUSI Newsroom September 10, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A lawsuit filed on behalf of a former student at the private Bishop’s School in La Jolla alleges that a female computer science teacher repeatedly molested and harassed the now 41-year-old plaintiff over a two-year period, beginning when he was 16 years old.The alleged abuse included fondling, oral sex and sexual intercourse on campus grounds, the teacher’s home, a hotel, a restaurant, a park and other locations throughout San Diego, according to the lawsuit.The teacher — a married mother with children then in her early 30s — would sometimes bring John H. Doe into the computer lab and molest him with the door locked and windows covered, the complaint alleges.The alleged acts continued after the student turned 18 and was no longer a student at the college preparatory school, according to the plaintiff’s court papers.A statement issued by plaintiff’s attorney Vince Finaldi said the school, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego and the teacher are defendants in the suit filed in San Diego Superior Court.Representatives from the school and the diocese could not immediately be reached for comment.According to the suit, Doe only realized last year through therapy that lingering “psychological injuries or illnesses” were the result of the abuse he allegedly suffered at the hands of the teacher.The suit alleges that on multiple occasions, other staff and the school’s headmistress saw the plaintiff and his computer science teacher leaving the computer lab together, with no other person in the room. The headmistress’ follow-up questions to the plaintiff, including “How are you really?” suggested knowledge about what was happening, according to the complaint.The court filing states that the teacher was fired in 2018 for reasons not stated in the lawsuit.Allegations against former Bishop’s School teachers have made headlines over the years, though the bulk of the allegations related to abuse that allegedly occurred in the 1970s and ’80s. A letter issued to alumni last year stated that seven graduates had come forward regarding alleged sexual abuse at the campus, with 15 separate incidents described, according to a July 2018 La Jolla Light article.Finaldi said, “This scandal-plagued school had every reason to be on guard given the long history of criminal sexual activity on their campus. Instead, they ignored all the warning signs and allowed a teacher to sexually molest, harass and threaten our client for two years.”Doe said in a statement, “I have chosen to keep my name private as is the right of every victim of child sexual assault in California. My message to other victims of abuse at the Bishop’s School is — contact law enforcement. Hold your abuser accountable. Protect other children. Your privacy will be respected, and you will be believed.”
American Soybean Association President Mark Berg testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today urging Congress to approve legislation designating blends of biodiesel and petroleum diesel as an alternative fuel, and therefore, eligible for use in alternative-fueled vehicles in government fleets. Berg, a soybean producer from Tripp, S.D., explained the value of the decision to help reach goals created under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT).The EPACT calls for alternative fuels to replace imported petroleum used by the transportation sector by 10 percent by the year 2000 and 30 percent by 2010. Yet, imported petroleum use in this sector is steadily increasing. According to the Department of Energy, petroleum import dependence in this sector was about 40 percent in 1992 and will reach almost 60 percent by the year 2005.”We would like to see biodiesel become an established alternative fuel and make a contribution toward achieving EPACT’s goals, not through vehicle or fuel subsidies, tax breaks, or additional mandates, but through the elementary and expedient method of designating a blend of biodiesel and petroleum diesel, called B-20, as an alternative fuel,” Berg said. “We are asking for the opportunity to compete fairly within the EPACT market.”Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as soybean oil that is often in surplus. It is widely used in Europe and Japan and is available in the United States. An independent study has verified that the 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel blend (B-20) reduces air pollution when used with a catalytic converter. Compared to petroleum diesel, biodiesel blends have significantly lower emissions of the pollutants that may be cancer causing. B20 reductions are over or around 50% in particulate matter, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide in comparison to petroleum diesel emissions.Congress is currently considering amendments to EPACT that would qualify biodiesel for use in fleets regulated under the program. Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Larry Craig (R-ID) sponsored the legislation (S. 1141) in the Senate, while Representatives John Shimkus (R-IL) and Karen McCarthy (D-MO) sponsored the legislation (H.R. 2568) in the House.Enactment of this legislation could add 11 cents to the price of every bushel of U.S. soybeans. Here’s how: The government’s fleets include more than 375,000 buses, 295,000 medium and heavy-duty trucks and a large numbers of off-road vehicles. If these mostly diesel-powered vehicles were allowed to count toward EPACT’s light-duty vehicle purchase mandates, they would require more than 1.5 billion gallons of fuel annually. If biodiesel blends were permitted under EPACT, a 20 percent biodiesel blend running in just 10 percent of these EPACT vehicles would use 30 million gallons of biodiesel each year. This market would absorb 219 million pounds of soyoil and support the price of oil by 1 cent a pound. Because there are 11.4 pounds of oil in a bushel, this would push up the price of soybeans by over 11 cents per bushel.”Biodiesel is not a threat to any alternative fuel’s market share because fleets already are failing to meet their vehicle purchase requirements at the same time as those requirements are continuing to increase,” Berg said. “The pie simply continues to get bigger and more uneaten.”
Late last week, the House passed H.R. 4923, the FY2015 Energy & Water Development Appropriations bill. In addition, an amendment, offered by Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA) and Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI), was adopted to add $57.6 million to the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) funding to meet the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) spending targets included in the enacted Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).The amendment passed on a strong 281-137 vote and increased the bill’s overall Corps funding to just under $5.6 billion. The ASA strongly supported the HMTF targets in the WRRDA bill and is pleased that the House has acted to fulfill that agreement. While the Energy & Water Appropriations bill has passed the House, it is stalled in the Senate. A Senate “mini-bus” bill combining appropriations for Agriculture, Commerce-Justice, and Transportation-HUD was pulled from Senate floor debate at the end of June because of pending controversial amendments related to Clean Water Act regulations and the EPA’s carbon emissions rule. Action by the Senate Appropriations Committee on its Energy & Water bill has been delayed indefinitely for the same reasons. None of the 12 annual appropriations bills has been passed yet in the Senate, making it likely that a Continuing Resolution will be required in September.