Marcelino Confidence growing at Valencia

first_imgValencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral believes that his side are beginning to show flashes of their form of last season after defeating Manchester UnitedLos Che claimed a memorable 2-1 win over United at the Mestalla on Wednesday night in their final game of Group H in the Champions League.The victory may not have been enough for Valencia to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition, but Marcelino reckons the result has given his players a timely boost.“Whenever you win the mood is different, when players have the perception that they have had a good individual and collective performance you can see that in their looks,” said Marcelino on the club website.“The other day I saw details that remind me of Valencia CF from last season, scoring at the start of the first half or the second.“Undoubtedly, victories produce joy and increase confidence, they show that this team has not forgotten to do things well, it has always been competitive, and with a favourable result we dare to do more things.”Now Valencia’s focus will turn to this evening’s showdown at SD Eibar, where they hope to kick-start their La Liga campaign.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).After finishing fourth last season, Valencia find themselves down in 15th-place with just three wins from 15 games.Although Marcelino knows all to well not to underestimate Eibar, who defeated Real Madrid 3-0 at their home ground last month.“It is clear that it is a very intense team, based its game on playing forward with precision, speed and decision,” said Marcelino.“it is the team that finishes the most in the area, generates many chances of goal and they play in a tough stadium.“We know what the idea and style of the opponent is, and this year we will try to counteract them and win, we have the illusion and the ambition to win.“They scored three goals against Real Madrid and four against Levante UD in their last two home games.”last_img read more

World Wetlands Day Celebrated in TCI

first_img PNP supporter ‘no-show’ at Wheeland Claims & Objections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Feb 2015 – The Wheeland Pond was cleaned up in celebration of World Wetlands Day; the initiative was led by the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs or DEMA. Outreach Coordinator, Amy Avenant explained in a media release that on World Wetlands Day, which was Monday February 2nd, DEMA was able to visit schools to promote the importance of wetlands and an appreciation of the Wheeland Pond. Working with the Turks and Caicos National Trust, the pond was cleaned up this past Saturday with the help of teachers, students and family members from Oseta Jolly Primary School, Clement Howell High School, TCI Middle School and the FilCom Inc. Individual volunteers from all over Provo also got up early, Amy said, to be there! DEMA also shared some advice on the importance of Wetlands including: they ensure fresh water and replenish ground water, they are a breeding ground for commercially important fish species, they provide vital habitats for migratory birds, wetlands ease flooding and safeguard against drought and they reduce the impact of erosion. Hot PNP race pegged for Wheeland District Related Items:amy avenant, clement howell high school, dema, filcom, Oseta Jolly Primary School, TCI Middle School, wetland, wheeland Recommended for youlast_img read more

Extended forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands

first_imgSUNRISE:  07:12AM                        MOONRISE:  10:26AM                   HIGH TIDE:  10:47AMSUNSET:   06:36PM                         MOONSET:   09:36PM                    LOW TIDE: 05:13PM                                                                                                                           HIGH TIDE: 11:05PM                                                                                                                           LOW TIDE:   05:09AM TUE.EXTENDED FORECAST: PRE-FRONTAL ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT WILL INCREASE RAIN CHANCES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BY MID-WEEK.   THE FRONT WILL GRADUALLY DRIFT SOUTHEASTWARDS WITH BREEZY AND SLIGHTLY COOLER CONDITIONS IN ITS WAKE.FORECAST FOR TUESDAYWEATHER: VARIABLE CLOUDINESS WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.WINDS: SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…EASTERLY AT 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…3 TO 5 FEET IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS.FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWEATHER: CLOUDY TO OVERCAST AND HOT WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH SOME BECOMING HEAVY TO SEVERE AT TIMES ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS.   PARTLY CLOUDY AND HOT WITH THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED SHOWERS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.WINDS: SOUTHERLY AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS BUT BECOMING NORTHWEST TO NORTH AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS BY NIGHT AFTER THE FRONTAL PASSAGE IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…SOUTHEAST TO SOUTH AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET ACROSS ALL AREAS BUT BUILDING UP TO 5 TO 8 FEET BY NIGHT AFTER THE FRONTAL PASSAGE IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMASTROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A BROAD AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO FORM OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA IN A FEW DAYS.  SLOW DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS POSSIBLE THEREAFTER WHILE IT MOVES NORTHWESTWARD TO NORTHWARD.   THIS SYSTEM HAS A LOW CHANCE OF 30 PERCENT FOR TROPICAL CYCLONE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH 5 DAYS.FORECASTER: IAN V. MCKENZIE/and Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – GENERAL SITUATION: STRONG HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM ANCHORED NORTH OF THE AREA WILL GRADUALLY WEAKEN ACROSS THE ISLANDS BY TONIGHT.SPECIAL WARNINGS:  BOATERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO ROUGH SURF AND THE HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS MAINLY ALONG NORTH AND EAST COAST BEACHES. ALL AREAS:WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY, BREEZY AND HOT WITH A FEW SHOWERS AND THE CHANCE OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS TODAY. MOSTLY FAIR AND MILD TONIGHT.ADVISORY: A SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS AND A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS.   SMALL CRAFT SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS:  EAST TO SOUTHEAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…EASTERLY AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 4 TO 7 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…5 TO 8 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.HIGH TEMPERATURE TODAY:   90°F    32°C                                     LOW TEMPERATURE TONIGHT: 79°F     26°Clast_img read more

Pippo Inzaghi bids farewell to Bologna fans

first_imgPippo Inzaghi thanked Bologna fans after he was axed to make way for Sinisa Mihajlovic suggesting he is now an extra supporter.The Coach was dismissed after managing just two wins, eight draws and 11 Serie A defeats this season.“A very important professional experience for my career has concluded,” wrote Inzaghi on Instagram and cited on Football Italia.“It really saddens me to leave Bologna, where over the last few months my staff and I felt great affection and respect.“Now within me I feel the regret and disappointment at not being able to avoid this situation, but I really wish to thank the Bologna fans for their support throughout a difficult and hard-fought season.Mihajlovic is coaching Bologna from his hospital bed Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has been undergoing chemotherapy after his leukemia diagnosis, but assistant coach Emilio De Leo is helping take care of everything.“I wish you with all my heart the best for the future. From now on, Bologna have an extra supporter.”However, the new manager is confident the team can avoid relegation despite their current predicament.“I am convinced Bologna can avoid relegation,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“It’s a difficult task, but I am confident and believe the players are too. If they aren’t, then I’ll find a way to convince them. If I didn’t believe, I wouldn’t have even come here. I spoke to the squad, we’ll have to rush through some stages, so I asked them for concentration.”last_img read more

Man accused of punching police officer in face at Chicano Park protest

first_img Ashlie Rodriguez Ashlie Rodriguez, Posted: February 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The man accused of punching a police officer in the face could spend more than nine years behind bars.Federick Jefferson, 39, was arraigned in court Wednesday.His arrest comes after a violent incident Saturday, Feb. 3, when a white nationalist group attempted to storm into Chicano Cark and put up an American flag. For decades the park has celebrated Mexican history and culture by waving the flag of the Raza.The move sparked tension, anger, and in one case violence.Police said as officers were attempted to keep the two groups apart, Jefferson allegedly punched a police officer in the face. It’s not clear why or what group he represented. They said the officer suffered multiple facial fractures and Chief Shelly Zimmerman called the injury “significant.”Jefferson is charged with multiple felonies, including assault on an officer and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty. His bail is set at $250,000.  If convicted Jefferson faces nine years behind bars. Man accused of punching police officer in face at Chicano Park protest pleads not guiltycenter_img February 7, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:21 PMlast_img read more

New bill allows county to create Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Transportation Plan

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 SettingsSANDAG Director of Operations Ray Traynor joined us in studio to discuss Senate Bill 1151 and the impact it will have in San Diego.Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1151 into law, which will enable San Diego County or any city in the county to establish a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Transportation Plan to serve the transportation needs of its residents, while supporting a sustainable and healthy region.NEVs are low speed, motorized vehicles that have four wheels and can reach speeds up to 25 mph. These vehicles can be used in neighborhoods for local trips and could help cities reach Climate Action Plan goals by giving residents zero emission transportation options. To operate NEVs, drivers must have a valid driver license, registration, and insurance.SANDAG sponsored the legislation, which was carried by Senator Pat Bates, who represents the 36th Senate District covering South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Senate Bill 1151 received support from a wide range of organizations including the Center for Sustainable Energy, the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego, and the Sierra Club. September 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom New bill allows county to create Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Transportation Planlast_img read more

San Diegan Competing for Mrs International

first_img KUSI Newsroom, June 27, 2019 Posted: June 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom San Diegan Competing for Mrs. International 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) –  Mrs. California International will be competing for Mrs. International on July 20th in Charleston, West Virginia.Jocelyn Lomahan is from San Diego and is a has a passion in giving back to the community as well as youth sports. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Celebrates Passage of Water Resources Development Act

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) congratulates Congress for final passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes much-needed improvements to waterways that are vital to the transport of U.S. soybeans. Today, the Senate voted 79-14 to override the President’s veto of WRDA. Late Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted 361-54 to override the President’s veto.”Soybean growers appreciate the persistence of the Senate and House because the Water Resources Development Act is key to soybean sales,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean grower from Waterloo, Iowa. “U.S. waterways are the most economical and environmentally friendly way to move U.S. soybeans to domestic and foreign markets.”More than 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports move to world ports through the Upper Mississippi and Illinois river systems. WRDA legislation will authorize funding for construction of seven new locks and other critical improvements on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers.”On behalf of our grower-members, ASA and its 25 state soybean affiliates have been working in Washington for many years to improve our nation’s waterways,” Hoffman said. “Although these authorized projects must still be funded through the annual federal appropriations process, we are very pleased that this major step has been accomplished.”More than 50 percent of U.S. locks and dams have aged beyond their life cycle and many are crumbling. In addition, many are unable to handle today’s barges that are twice as long as when the system was built in the 1930s. Because many barges must be split, higher transportation costs, lower commodity prices and fewer international sales for U.S. farmers occur.last_img read more

Commodity Classic Staff Presents on Shows Evolution at Conference

first_imgCommodity Classic staff was invited to make a 75-minute presentation this week at the Professional Convention Management Association (PMCA) Education Conference. Commodity Classic staff members Dave Buchholz and Peggy Findley presented on improving the brand experience throughout all aspects of a trade show or convention—using the evolution of the Commodity Classic brand experience and brand messaging as a case study.They discussed how Commodity Classic adopted a strategic plan focused on long-term growth; how the show engages proactively with its various audiences to gain continual feedback; and how the event’s brand messaging and marketing have changed and evolved over the past few years.They encouraged attendees to focus on what each of their audience segments wants out of the event/conference—and how to use that information to build value for the event that results in long-term growth in attendance and quality.Staff shared statistics on total attendance, first-time attendees, grower attendance, exhibitor numbers and media representatives to illustrate how the marketing and brand experience have had a direct and positive effect on growing the show.Findley spoke at length about the importance of having collaborative partners including registration/trade show management, design/exhibit services, marketing/communication, event planning/branding services, audio/visual companies, advisory committees, grower leadership and others who need to understand the brand, understand the audience and work together to achieve the objectives and delivery of an outstanding brand experience for everyone who comes to the show.“We had great questions and conversations with the audience at the end of the presentation—and both Peggy and I were approached by audience members for several hours later that afternoon,” Buchholz said. “Both of us felt that putting together this presentation was a great exercise for us too—as we were able to see and appreciate the progress and success Commodity Classic has enjoyed—and truly value the partnership of everyone involved on the team.”Attendees at this annual conference are convention managers and meeting industry professionals from all over the country.last_img read more

Church counterprotest may bring chaos

first_imgFollowers of the zealous anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., plan to picket outside Heritage High School on Tuesday.Saddled with the unwanted visit, Evergreen district leaders would prefer that no one pays notice — that no counterprotest turns the Orchards campus and its neighborhood into a circus.“We feel strongly that the best way to deal with this event is to ignore it,” Superintendent John Deeder wrote in a letter sent to homes of all Heritage and other Evergreen high schoolers.Fat chance.Through Facebook and other social networking, students at Heritage and other local schools have arranged a mass response to the picketing, set for 2:15 to 2:45 p.m.Gays and their supporters, from former Heritage students to parent advocates, are expected. Likewise, Clark College and church-based and pro-peace groups — even students from Portland’s Grant High School, where Westboro plans to picket on June 3.Among suggested antics: the silent treatment; cranking up music and dancing to drown out pickets; fundraising to support the very groups Westboro finds objectionable.last_img read more

Mariners broadcaster Niehaus dies at 75

first_imgSEATTLE — Dave Niehaus, the Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Seattle Mariners’ games from their first season through this year, has died of a heart attack. He was 75.Niehaus died at his home in suburban Bellevue, according to his family.Niehaus was the voice of the Mariners from their first game on April 6, 1977, through the end of the 2010 season with his golden Midwestern voice punctuated by his trademark “My oh My!” and “It will fly away!” calls.He was the recipient of the 2008 Ford C. Frick award and was inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.“Dave has truly been the heart and soul of this franchise since its inception in 1977,” Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln and team president Chuck Armstrong said in a statement Wednesday night.From the Mariners’ debut in 1977, Niehaus served as an instructor for baseball fans in the Pacific Northwest, a region void of the major league game sans the Seattle Pilots’ one-year experiment in 1969. Adults and kids regularly tuned in on summer evenings to hear Niehaus try and put his best spin on what were among the worst teams in baseball during much of the club’s history.But no matter how bad the Mariners were, Niehaus never let the on-field product affect his approach to the game. He always brought enthusiasm and drama to some horrible teams, horrible games and horrible seasons.last_img read more

Fire damages vacant house in Vancouver

first_imgAn old stack of newspapers was to blame when a fire caused about $20,000 worth of damage to an empty house Saturday morning.Four engines and one truck from the Vancouver Fire Department responded at 9:49 a.m. Saturday to a residential fire at 602 S.E. 100th Ave.Firefighter-paramedic Kevin Stromberg said the fire was traced to a stack of newspapers that had been piled on top of a heating outlet in the floor of a bedroom.The property is owned by a bank, and a contractor had been hired to clean the house. When a worker turned the power on, the heating system started up. In 20 minutes or so, the worker noticed the smell of smoke coming from the bedroom.Eighteen firefighters who responded quickly had the fire under control. Most of the units were released after about five minutes, Stromberg said. Damage to the single-story, wood-framed house was limited. However, the fire serves as another example of the importance of keeping combustible materials away from anything that produces heat, Stromberg said.last_img read more

Girls basketball Skyview rolls into 4A state final

first_imgTACOMA — The Skyview Storm never know who is going to be their go-to player from game to game.They just know they are going to the Class 4A girls basketball state championship game after knocking off Gonzaga Prep of Spokane 63-50 on Friday.A day after being held scoreless, Delaney Keser buried four 3-pointers and scored 16 points.A day after being down on the floor with a head injury, Larissa Hamilton returned to score eight points and six rebounds off the bench.A day after struggling for much of her team’s opener in the Tacoma Dome, Jocelyn Adams bounced back with 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists.“That’s what I absolutely love about this team. Any one of us can have an amazing game,” Keser said. “We all have the opportunity to make each other look good.”Adams added: “I felt like I had to show up. If we wanted to get to the state championship, we all had to be there and help each other out.”last_img read more

Ballots for Clark County school levies mailed out Wednesday

first_imgBallots for the Feb. 12 special election were mailed to all eligible registered voters Jan. 23. Voters in the Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield and Vancouver school districts will receive a ballot.Voters who do not receive their ballot by Feb. 1 should contact the Clark County Elections Office, 360-397-2345, via e-mail at elections@clark.wa.gov or in person at 1408 Franklin St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.The public is invited to observe a logic and accuracy test of programming to tabulate ballots at 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at the elections office. The test is required by state law.Election results will be available after 8 p.m. on Election Day at clarkvotes.org. A sample ballot also is available.last_img read more

Thai Orchid restaurant to open new site on Monday

first_imgThe downtown Vancouver restaurant Thai Orchid has scheduled an 11 a.m. Monday grand opening and ribbon-cutting event and invites members of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce to help celebrate its new location at 213 W. 11th St.The new site will open to the public at 4 p.m. the same day. Restaurant owner Kat Saenguraiporn last year purchased the site — a one-story building that once served as annex showroom space for the former Koplan’s Home Furnishings — for $750,000.The space has been remodeled with natural wood and metal accents that highlight the building’s exposed brick walls. Thai Orchid has served Thai cuisine since 1997 in leased space on the southeast corner of the same city block at West Evergreen Boulevard and Washington Street.last_img read more

Local man appears on assault and firearm charges

first_imgA Clark County man appeared in court Friday after he allegedly pointed a gun at a man’s head and threatened to kill him. Charges stemming from an earlier police pursuit in a residential area of Northeast Hazel Dell were also tacked onto his slew of charges. Ira James “Jimmy” Larson, 29, faces charges of second-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, attempting to elude police, third-degree malicious mischief, second-degree assault (domestic violence), driving under the influence, driving while suspended and harassment (domestic violence). Larson has six prior felony convictions, from 1997 through 2006. On the night of Oct. 6, Camas police officers responded to the report of an assault with a firearm at an apartment in the 2600 block of Northeast Third Avenue. A probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court outlines what happened that night at the apartment where Larson’s son and the son’s mother live. Larson showed up at Kristen Benson’s apartment unannounced, but brought gifts for their son. After giving his son the gifts, Larson went out to his car and retrieved a birthday gift for Benson. Shortly after that, he said he had to leave because his girlfriend was waiting in the car.last_img read more

Fourth at the Fort Holiday a big blast

first_imgFort Vancouver park ranger Mike Twist used a long wooden wand with a smoking wick to ignite gunpowder inside a historical replica of a swivel gun — a small portable cannon used by Pacific Northwest fur traders in the early 1800s to scare away potential enemies.“Make ready,” Twist called out.A crowd of people — attired mostly in red, white and blue — simultaneously plugged their ears as the cannon fired.“That scared me,” Amelie Ellingson, 8, of Milwaukie, Ore., said. “But it was kind of cool.”Since the 1860s when the U.S. Army took over the fort, it’s been a tradition at Vancouver’s premier historical site “to make as much noise as possible on the Fourth of July,” Twist said.Friday was no exception. In addition to Twist’s “black powder” demonstration in front of the fort’s stockade, revelers at the Fort Vancouver National Site continued the noise-making tradition throughout Independence Day with fireworks, outdoor concerts on a main stage, a children’s parade punctuated with classic car horns and bagpipes and the squeals of children playing a menagerie of games.The day culminated with a 20-minute display of fireworks, synchronized to music. A crowd, estimated before the show at 30,000, counted down the show and cheered as the first salvo was set off at 10:05 p.m. The show started slowly, to drumming, then built to an early crescendo as “The Star-Spangled Banner” played.“I hadn’t been here in 25 years,” said Viktoria Strommer of Vancouver, after taking in the fireworks display. “It was amazing.”In the late 1800s, soldiers at the post celebrated the Fourth with liberal imbibing, speech-making, artillery salutes, fireworks and picnics, Twist said. Someone in an official position would read aloud the Declaration of Independence.last_img read more

Unmanned commercial supply rocket explodes at liftoff

first_imgATLANTIC, Va. — An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA’s commercial spaceflight effort. The accident at Orbital Sciences Corp.’s launch complex at Wallops Island was sure to draw criticism over the space agency’s growing reliance on private U.S. companies in this post-shuttle effort. NASA is paying billions of dollars to Orbital Sciences and the SpaceX company to make station deliveries, and it’s counting on SpaceX and Boeing to start flying U.S. astronauts to the orbiting lab as early as 2017. The Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket blew up over the launch complex. The company said everyone at the site had been accounted for, and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities. And nothing on the lost flight was urgently needed by the six people living on the space station 260 miles into space, officials said.Flames could be seen shooting into the sky as the sun set.Orbital Sciences’ executive vice president Frank Culbertson said things began to go wrong 10 to 12 seconds into the flight and it was all over in 20 seconds when what was left of the rocket came crashing down. He said he believes the range-safety staff sent a destruct signal before it hit the ground, but was not certain at this point.last_img read more

Clark County couple give thanks for 5 kids adopted from foster care

first_imgTo learn more about adoption, visit: www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/adopto Nearly 10,000 Washington state children live in foster care and approximately 1,500 are eligible for legal, permanent adoption.o Each year, across the nation, nearly 25,000 children age out of foster care without ever finding a permanent home and family.o The average foster child waits more than two years for legal adoption; nearly 20 percent wait five years or more.o Minority children, older children and children with health problems or disabilities are particularly difficult to place.o Sibling groups also are hard to place, but the benefits are great for the children, who have a continued sense of remaining with biological family.Michelle and Gary Fowler like to say that their five-year plan to give back to the community grew into a 20-year plan when they weren’t looking — because they were too busy chasing kids around.They moved to Vancouver from Oregon in 2000. They had three children between them from previous marriages, but those kids were all growing up and moving on. “We just got bored,” Michelle joked. There’s a serious truth underneath the joke, though: Her own mother adopted nine children, and Michelle was closer in some ways to the adoptees than to her biological siblings, she said. It got her accustomed to home life being something of a circus, she said, and it helped her see all the things a family can be.“We’ve always loved having kids,” said Gary Fowler. He said the couple used to run “Camp Fowler” every summer; all their relatives dropped off all their kids and for one week it was sleepaway camp at home. “There were 15 of them and they really loved it,” he said. “We have a ton of nieces and nephews.”last_img read more