How World Cup brought enemies Iran & USA together

first_imgWorld Cup How the World Cup brought enemies Iran and USA together 20 years ago Ives Galarcep 19:55 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Iran 1998 World Cup Ben Radford World Cup United States v Iran Iran v Spain Iran United States Spain When Iran faces Spain on Thursday, it will be come exactly 20 years after the most politically-charged World Cup match of all time Politics have stayed out of the spotlight for most of the first week of the 2018 World Cup, but when Iran faces Spain in Wednesday’s 2018 World Cup showdown in Kazan, Russia, it will arrive just a day before the 20-year-anniversary of the most politically-charged match in finals’ history.Iran and the United States have had a complicated and often hostile relationship for the better part of the past 40 years, so when the two countries were placed in the same group for the 1998 World Cup, political overtones immediately surrounded the match.”We’re not going to let politics play a part in this,” then-U.S. coach Steve Sampson said in the lead-up to the match. “We want to show that what we want coming out of this match besides a positive result was that the two countries are able to compete, meet each other on the field, compete effectively, and afterwards exchange jerseys as a sign that this is hopefully a start of what can be a new relationship between the countries of the United States and Iran.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The build-up to the match coincided with a thawing of relations between the two nations, which had been adversaries since the fall of the U.S-backed Shah of Iran following the Islamic Revolution in the country in 1979.That, coupled with a hostage crisis that saw 52 American diplomats kept captive in the Tehran-based U.S. embassy for 444 days, led to a complete ceasing of all diplomatic relations between the countries.The two nations find themselves in that same position today, but there was a brief period of improved relations that coincided with their World Cup meeting. That historical backdrop made the 1998 World Cup match in Lyon, France a politically-charged event, one that even drew threats of protests and required a larger-than-normal police presence.Despite the distractions, and the history between the countries, players from the two teams joined together to take a group photo before the match, a moment that made a big impression in both countries and around the world.”We talked about taking the picture together, and we asked everybody how they all felt and all the players were all for it,” then-U.S. midfielder Tab Ramos told Goal. “We all thought that this was sports, and whatever happens in politics that’s obviously off the field. We want to make people happy and make people cheer, so we took the picture together.”The United States wound up losing to Iran on the way to an awful showing at the 1998 World Cup. Three losses in three matches doomed the Americans to a last-place finish in Group F, with Germany and Yugoslavia proceeding to the last 16. This led to the departure of Sampson, who was eventually replaced by Bruce Arena — though, coincidentally, another candidate in the running for the job then was current Iran coach Carlos Quieroz.”We were a little bit afraid of their counter,” Ramos recalled of the match, which finished with the Iranians winning 2-1. “That was a good Iran team. We had the ball more, but I think on the counter they were really dangerous and eventually they got us. If anything, we were dominating the game but unfortunately they caught us and sometimes that’s just the way it goes.”USA Iran 1998 World CupThe result was a historic one for Iran, marking its first World Cup victory, a feat the Iranians didn’t match until they defeated Morocco, 1-0, in their 2018 World Cup opener. The 1998 victory led to celebrations in the streets of Iran, not only for the first World Cup win in the nation’s history, but because it came against a country long seen as an enemy of Iran.As bad as the 1998 World Cup was for the United States, one of the few bright spots was the sportsmanship shown in the match against Iran, a display that eventually helped lead to the two countries playing each other in a friendly in the United States in 2000.”Maybe we did have a little effect on the political climate getting better,” said Ramos, who is in Russia at the World Cup working as an analyst for Telemundo. “When you’re a player that’s not really what you do, but if you can help people understand each other and come together it feels good to do that.”Not only did the nations play each other in a friendly, two members of the 1998 Iran team that defeated the Americans wound up playing in the United States in Major League Soccer. Iranian forward Khodadad Azizi spent the 2000 season with the San Jose Earthquakes, while defender Mohammad Khakpour played with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1999, where he was teammates with Ramos.”(Khakpour) was the nicest guy, and one of the few foreign players who I visited his house for dinner, and he came to my home for dinner,” Ramos told Goal. “We develped a really close relationship and I think it started that day in 1998.”last_img read more

YEDAI Project Manager Highlights Importance of Youth Creativity

first_img Manager for the Government’s Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) Project, Margery Newland, says Jamaica’s economic growth and development are, to some extent, grounded in the creativity of the nation’s youth, particularly as it relates to job creation. Story Highlights Noting that the society has, in the past, been hamstrung by the belief that young people were obliged to pursue careers in traditional professions, such as education, law and medicine, Mrs. Newland said the view has changed in relation to the current generation which has “no such limitations”. “Your only limitations, I think, is where you restrict your imagination (and) creativity…Your responsibility is to use your imagination to the fullest possible extent that you can, to think and work creatively (in doing) things in new ways that show you are able to improvise,” she told the young participants at the fair. Manager for the Government’s Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) Project, Margery Newland, says Jamaica’s economic growth and development are, to some extent, grounded in the creativity of the nation’s youth, particularly as it relates to job creation.Noting that the society has, in the past, been hamstrung by the belief that young people were obliged to pursue careers in traditional professions, such as education, law and medicine, Mrs. Newland said the view has changed in relation to the current generation which has “no such limitations”.She was speaking at the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) National Science and Technology Fair awards ceremony, held at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (June 12).“Your only limitations, I think, is where you restrict your imagination (and) creativity…Your responsibility is to use your imagination to the fullest possible extent that you can, to think and work creatively (in doing) things in new ways that show you are able to improvise,” she told the young participants at the fair.Mrs. Newland also emphasised that the society’s adults and elders have a responsibility “to encourage your creativity and provide mentorship and access to the technology that will help you to succeed. These ingredients are the things that are going to turn your dreams into practical reality”.Meanwhile, she said the high level of creativity and enthusiasm exhibited by youngsters participating in the fair is “very heartening,” and is a testimonial to the hard work by the SRC in organising the initiative.Noting the emergence of the local animation industry, Mrs. Newland said ongoing developments are positioning the sector to the point where persons, especially young people, will be able to leverage its benefits to their advantage.“Everybody is interested in and wants to do animation… which captures people’s imagination,” she said.For his part, SRC Executive Director, Dr. Cliff Riley, said the agency prides itself in being engaging and relevant through activities such as the fair.“As we look on Jamaica’s future and the developmental plans to make (it) the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business, there is no way we can achieve that without a well-educated population… that has scientists, problem-solvers and innovators. This is where our students (come in) because they are the solution persons (and) problem-solvers of our future,” he argued.In this regard, the Executive Director praised the teachers facilitating the students’ development, noting that many of them serve as mentors in providing the youngsters with the necessary guidance and inspiration designed to steer them towards making the correct choices regarding their future.“Teachers, we really thank you. You are the reasons why we are where we are (as a nation)… because you are the ones who have transformed our lives. When I see how our students are thinking, I am convinced that we don’t have a major problem in terms of the future of science. Once we are able to support our students… our innovators… we will come up with real solutions (for the challenges Jamaica faces),” he added.More than 350 students and teachers from 20 primary, secondary and tertiary institutions participated in the one-day fair, which featured 36 projects entered for cash and other prizes totalling over $1 million.The entries were developed in the areas of agriculture; food and agro-processing; energy; information and communications technology and electronics, with special focus on cybersecurity, health and safety, and sports/athletics.Seaview Primary School, Vere technical High School and Northern Caribbean University topped the respective categories.The National Science and Technology Fair, which was staged in collaboration with YEDAI and several other partner entities, aims to identify, produce and commercialise products and services geared at improving national growth and development.last_img read more

Issue of steep air fares raised in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: Members of the opposition in the Lok Sabha Thursday flagged the issue of steep air fares especially during natural calamities like cyclones and riots. Raising the issue during the Question Hour, BJD MP Pinaki Misra said during the Jat riots in Haryana in 2016, the Delhi-Chandigarh fare shot up to Rs 90,000. The same was the case when Cyclone Fani hit Odisha last month. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said airlines set their fares in different segments. Opposition members, including those from the Congress, TMC and DMK protested over the reply of the minister. “Are you trying to justifying predatory pricing?” members said continuing their protest. The minister, in response, said he be allowed to complete his answer, which could satisfy queries of members. The din, however, continued.last_img

Deere hit on both sides of trade war posts weak 1Q earns

MOLINE, Ill. — Deere & Co., a manufacturer that faces threats from both ends of a trade war, cited rising costs and anxious farmers as it reported a profit shortfall for the first quarter Friday.Shares bounced back from sharp premarket declines, however, on a relatively strong outlook, and hopes that tensions with China will recede.The U.S. and China will continue to try to hash out trade differences next week in Washington after two days of talks wrapped up Friday in Beijing. But ongoing trade tensions have damaged U.S. farmers to a degree that they are pulling back on investing in heavy equipment.President Donald Trump last year started slapping import taxes on Chinese goods and on foreign steel and aluminum. China, which buys almost 60 per cent of all soybeans the U.S. exports, retaliated by imposing tariffs on soybeans and other farm products.Farms already hurting because of slumping commodity prices have begun failing at an advanced rate.The number of farm bankruptcies in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and portions of Wisconsin and Michigan reached 84 in the 12 months leading up to June 2018, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis which monitors the region.That is more than double the total from four years earlier, when rising farm bankruptcies were first noted, according to the Fed.“Our results were hurt by higher costs for raw materials and logistics as well by customer concerns over tariffs and trade policies,” said Deere Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen. “These latter issues have weighed on market sentiment and caused farmers to become more cautious about making major purchases.”U.S-China trade negotiations continue next week while a planned American tariff hike on $200 billion of Chinese imports looms on March 2. President Trump has said he might let the March 2 deadline slide if the talks go well.Deere did bounce back from losses last year to a first-quarter profit of $498.5 million. But its per-share earnings of $1.54 were 26 cents short of Wall Street expectations, according to a survey by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue was $7.98 billion, or $6.94 billion adjusted for one-time events, which edged out analyst expectations. And the company expects equipment sales to increase by about 7 per cent this year, compared with 2018.Shares in the Moline, Illinois, company fell 1 per cent._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on DE at https://www.zacks.com/ap/DEThe Associated Press read more

Transcontinental fires back over sale of Atlantic Canada media assets

HALIFAX — Montreal-based Transcontinental Inc. is defending its handling of the sale of its East Coast media assets to SaltWire Network, and says it’s considering a counter-suit against Atlantic Canada’s largest media company.Transcontinental says the 2017 sale to SaltWire was “conducted based on fair, accurate and timely information.”SaltWire, which owns 35 newspapers in Atlantic Canada, has launched a lawsuit accusing Transcontinental of overstating its printing and distribution business and misrepresenting revenue streams of the acquired assets.The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court claims Transcontinental substantially overstated revenues, hid material facts about the condition of the assets and was not forthcoming about a number of questionable business practices.But Transcontinental said Thursday it’s a reputable organization with the highest ethical practices, and added it is considering a counter-suit because SaltWire has “failed to fulfil its payment obligations and is in breach of contract.”SaltWire chief operating officer Ian Scott said Thursday the company “has, in all instances, adhered to the purchase contract with Transcontinental.”He said the company had been unsuccessful in its attempts to reach a settlement with Transcontinental that avoids the courts.SaltWire is seeking compensation for general and special damages, as well as aggravated and punitive damages, interest and costs.Companies in this story: (TSX:TCL.A)The Canadian Press read more

Part of bourbon warehouse collapses in western Kentucky

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Part of a bourbon warehouse in western Kentucky collapsed during a thunderstorm.News outlets report the partial collapse of the O.Z. Tyler Distillery rickhouse was reported early Monday.Master Distiller Jacob Call says around 20,000 barrels are stored at the location and it appears that about 4,000 were affected. He says it appears most barrels remain intact.Call says engineers will be out later Monday to try to determine what caused the collapse. It’s unclear if weather played a role.Officials say no one was hurt. A nearby road is closed while the cleanup continues.Another Kentucky bourbon barrel warehouse collapsed last year. Half of a warehouse collapsed at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown on June 22, 2018, and the other half came down two weeks later.The Associated Press

Loan from UN agricultural fund aims to help Pakistans farmers increase crop

13 November 2009At least 25,000 poor rural households in Pakistan are expected to benefit from $18.3 million in funding from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that will help them maximize crop yields. At least 25,000 poor rural households in Pakistan are expected to benefit from $18.3 million in funding from the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) that will help them maximize crop yields.The funds will go towards the Crop Maximization Support Project, an initiative begun in response to the surge in food prices last year. It aims to increase crop production in 10 districts in the provinces of Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). Almost two thirds of the population, and 80 per cent of Pakistan’s poor people, live in rural areas and agriculture is a mainstay of the economy, but the sector needs help to boost yields, according to the Rome-based IFAD, which signed the loan agreement with the Government on Wednesday. The Crop Project also promotes gender and poverty mainstreaming in Pakistan’s national crop productivity project, by supporting the formation of special interest groups of women and the landless, promote their involvement in community development, and enhance their access to financial resources. To date, IFAD has funded 23 projects and programmes in Pakistan for a total investment of about $460 million. read more

New agreements will deliver funds expertise to help UN combat hunger

15 November 2009United Nations efforts to strengthen agriculture and enhance food security received a boost today, ahead of a major summit set to begin on Monday, thanks to new initiatives with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and a leading Brazilian university. The $1 billion agreement signed in Rome by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and IDB will fund agricultural development in 26 least developed countries that are members of both the Bank and FAO. The agreement aims to help leverage additional resources and bring total investment in the IDB-FAO programme to $5 billion by 2012. “This agreement comes at a critical moment, when the international community recognizes it has neglected agriculture for many years,” FAO stated in a news release. “Today, sustained investment in agriculture – especially smallholder agriculture – is acknowledged as the key to food security.” The agency added that both FAO and IDB share the same vision and strategy, and will continue working together in improving rural infrastructure, promoting local economic development and enhancing food security while strengthening and revitalizing their cooperation. Meanwhile, scientists from the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), one of Brazil’s leading academic institutions specialized in food and agriculture, are set to provide their expertise to FAO for its agricultural development programmes in Latin America and Africa under another agreement signed today. The university will also facilitate access by students from developing countries supported by FAO to its capacity-building and human resources development programmes.More than 60 heads of State and government are scheduled to meet at the World Summit on Food Security to focus on boosting agricultural production and eradicating hunger, a scourge affecting 1 billion people worldwide.Ahead of the gathering, the three Rome-based UN agencies dealing with the issue today launched strategy to enhance collaboration between them.According to a joint statement issued by the FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the decision culminates a two-year effort to advance joint action to help developing nations address food insecurity by investing in agriculture and safety nets, and to address hunger exacerbated by the food and financial crises and climate change. read more

UN official urges positive social legacy from Brazils Olympics and World Cup

21 July 2011The upcoming World Cup soccer tournament and Summer Olympics in Brazil should be harnessed to deliver a “positive social legacy” for the South American country and beyond, the United Nations envoy for sports and peace has said. Wilfried Lemke, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, paid a five-day visit earlier this week to Brazil, which will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.“The upcoming major sports events are a historic and unique opportunity for the people of Brazil and the UN family to harness the power of sport and the world’s attention to disseminate important messages and deliver a positive social legacy that makes a difference and lasts far beyond the events,” he said.Mr. Lemke visited sports facilities in various cities and held meetings with Orlando Silva, Sports Minister of Brazil; representatives of the Foreign Ministry; Andrew Parsons, President of the Paralympic Committee; and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Organizing Committee of the 2016 Rio Games.“The Special Adviser offered his full support to ensure that the sport events will be a success and, in particular, leave behind a sustainable social development legacy,” his said in a press release issued today. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 137.74 points to 15,053.86.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 244.73 points to 21,742.83.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 24.19 points to 2,452.36.The Nasdaq composite index was down 80.40 points to 6,354.94.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.77 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 80.71 cents US.

Book takes readers to Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests

A Vittoria native has created an entirely new world to escape to in her debut picture book, The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests.Bailey Fort, who now lives in Toronto, returned to Norfolk County on Thursday to sign copies of the book at an event at Norfolk General Hospital.Fort, who went to Queen’s University and the George Brown College School of Design, came up with the idea for the book for a class assignment.“We didn’t have to do an entire children’s book, just some ideas for one,” Fort said about the assignment.“I just couldn’t quite leave it behind,” she said.“I decided to keep going with it.”Readers are taken “beyond the high seas, A-way to the east” to the Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests, where they are introduced to characters such as the snaggle-toofed bandersnoot, two-headed mugwump and  the millipus, which has a million arms.Fort said she added to a list of possible names for the book’s characters whenever she heard interesting words.“I was trying to think of what I loved as a kid,” said Fort. “I loved wordplay and silly poems. I thought that was a really engaging way to get kids reading.”Fort wrote and illustrated the book. She then created a campaign to fund its production and started her own publishing company to self-published the work.The author said her main goal is to get children to love reading.“I wanted to do something with rich, colourful illustrations that would also be appealing to children.”She has three other books in the works, including a follow up to her first book, one about mythical beasts and one with alliteration to teach young readers the different sounds made by the same letters.Copies of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests are available in Norfolk General’s gift shop.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Commercial vehicle production falls by a quarter in October

British commercial vehicle manufacturing declines -25.7% in October to 6,921.UK demand rises 31.7% as exports fall -44.0%.Year-to-date production declines -13.3% to 68,154 units, with overseas demand accounting for 61.6% of output.British CV manufacturing fell -25.7% in October, with 6,921 vehicles leaving production lines, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).Although production for the domestic market grew 31.7% in the month, bucking the recent downward trend, this wasn’t enough to offset a -44.0% decline in export demand. However, as fluctuating fleet buying cycles can affect production volumes, caution is advised when making month-by-month comparisons.Year-to-date production has also declined, with output for UK and overseas markets both falling.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,While it is pleasing to see domestic production rise in October, naturally erratic buying cycles can have a big impact month-on-month. More significant is the overall downward trend we’ve seen this year, with the market showing the impact of declining business confidence. While exports have also fallen in recent months, they still account for almost two thirds of production, and clarity on post-Brexit trading arrangements is needed quickly to restore buyer confidence on both sides of the channel. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

How gangs are charging £3000 to smuggle migrants across the Channel before

As soon as £3,000 was put ‘on hold’ with the smugglers, Mahmood would be given a pickup point, from where he would be taken to a boat. Destination, Britain. Late on Boxing day evening, Mahmood, a 38-year-old Iranian migrant living in a tent in Calais, received a text. It was on. Forty minutes later, almost certainly to the west of Calais, the group was deposited on a beach and told to get into a small dinghy by a smuggling gang member who they… Accompanied by four friends, he found a man waiting in a car, and jumped in. His brother back in Iran moved the money, but he only pays if Mahmood arrives in the UK. Shortly afterwards Mahmood’s phone buzzed again. He studied a map and started walking. 

Clark County Council eyes code changes for cannabis

first_imgAs the Clark County Council continues to reconsider its ban on recreational cannabis businesses, it’s turned its attention to where such companies would be allowed to set up as well as other land-use questions.While the council took another step toward lifting the ban, Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring, an opponent of recreational cannabis, said it wasn’t a done deal and pushed for a more protracted process.“I don’t want to assume we are lifting the ban,” said Quiring.Recreational cannabis businesses have been banned in unincorporated Clark County since 2014, two years after Washington voters legalized the drug. Since then, cannabis businesses have proliferated in Vancouver. Earlier this year, the Clark County Council began taking a second look at the ban after last year’s elections changed the council’s composition.Last month, the council held a work session looking at the law enforcement and public health aspects of legal cannabis. On Wednesday, the council held another work session looking at what changes to the county code would be required to roll back the ban.A draft of code changes presented to the council would allow licensed cannabis producers and processors to operate in areas that have certain agricultural and forest zoning designations. Licensed retailers would be allowed to operate in commercial areas under the draft code.last_img read more

Xherdan Shaqiri hints readiness for transfer

first_imgSwitzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri has suggested that one day he would be open to a transfer out of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to move to Serie A.Shaqiri who came to Anfield after having from Stoke City in the summer transfer window is still settling to the breath of Liverpool.The 27-year-old Shaqiri netted two goals with two assists so far in nine Premier League games this season, however, he only played four times in the top flight.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by The Sports Review, Shaqiri said:“I had some good times there, and I couldn’t criticise Inter Milan ever.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“A lot of players joined in that winter, such as Podolski, Kovacic, myself, and a lot of changes were ongoing.”Shaqiri has probably opened up door for a move as he claims that he never know what next for his future yet states he is happy at Liverpool FC.“Go back to Italy? I’m fine at Liverpool, but you never know,” he added.He could also feature in Liverpool against Everton on Sundaylast_img read more

Mayor Faulconer appoints San Diego FireRescue Veteran as new Fire Chief

first_img Posted: July 11, 2018 July 11, 2018 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) – After a three-month national search, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced the appointment of Heartland Fire & Rescue Chief Colin Stowell as the next chief of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD).Stowell began his firefighting career at SDFD in 1988 and served in every rank in the department, including Assistant Chief, before leaving in 2016 to lead Heartland Fire.Stowell, who was strongly recommended by both the community and professional interview panels, brings a wide-range of experience that will benefit the department and its more than 1,200 firefighters, lifeguards and support staff.“Chief Stowell was born and raised here in San Diego and spent the majority of his firefighting career protecting our neighborhoods and our residents,” Mayor Faulconer said. “He has the right experience at the right time to continue the major investments we’re making in public safety and lead this department into the future. It’s great to bring Chief Stowell back to SDFD where it all started.”Chief Stowell will take over the department following recent significant investments made by Mayor Faulconer and the City Council, including new firefighting helicopters and the construction or renovation of nine fire stations over the last three years.As San Diego’s Assistant Fire Chief, Chief Stowell oversaw the Emergency Operations division, which includes 48 fire stations, lifeguard services, the training division, emergency medical services, and special operations comprising hazardous materials, air operations, the bomb squad, and fire investigations. He led more than 845 sworn personnel and 240 full-time or seasonal lifeguards.“My career in the fire service began as a member of this great organization. There is no higher honor, personally or professionally, than to have the opportunity to build on this history by leading this esteemed department and its dedicated members in the coming years,” Stowell said. “As Fire Chief, I recognize the critical importance of continuing to provide compassionate and professional emergency services that distinguish this department, and ones that citizens and visitors to our city both deserve and expect. Fortunately, the city leaders and elected officials are tremendous advocates of the fire service in San Diego, and I feel extremely optimistic moving forward with such support and shared commitment to these priorities.”Chief Stowell previously held leadership roles in the SDFD’s operations and emergency medical services divisions. As a Captain, he served as the department’s Wellness Officer and developed the initial concept and procedures for SDFD’s regional Wellness Program. As a Deputy Chief and Assistant Fire Chief, he served on the San Diego All-Hazards Incident Management team as Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief.“Colin Stowell is lauded by his peers, and respected by other fire agencies,” said City Councilmember Chris Cate, Chair of the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods committee. “I’m excited for what will come under Colin’s leadership.”Chief Stowell spent the past few years as chief of Heartland Fire & Rescue, which serves the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove. There he has been responsible for management and oversight of 127 sworn and civilian fire department staff, policy administration, development of four separate operating budgets as well as capital improvement projects, contract negotiations and oversight, and emergency management coordination with other city departments.“I am pleased to welcome Chief Colin Stowell back to the City of San Diego. We are fortunate to have such an experienced and capable manager for our Fire-Rescue Department,” said City Councilmember Lorie Zapf. “I look forward working with Chief Stowell to deliver the best public safety services to the residents of San Diego.”Feedback from community and professional panels were important factors in Mayor Faulconer’s ultimate decision to appoint Chief Stowell.Community and professional officials who participated in the interview process were:Dimitrios Alexiou, Hospital Association of San Diego CountyRonald Cho, Park and Recreation BoardGeorge Durado, San Diego City Firefighters Association Local 145Jim Geering, Chula Vista Fire ChiefStephen Groce, Human Relations CommissionSusan Jester, Citizens Equal Opportunity CommissionRick Robinson, Oceanside Fire ChiefWendy Robinson, San Diego Fire-Rescue FoundationChris Vanos, Teamsters 911Nick Wright, Municipal Employees Association.Chief Stowell will succeed Kevin Ester, who has served as Interim Chief since April when former Chief Brian Fennessy left the department for a similar position in Orange County. Ester will remain in a leadership role within SDFD.The City Council is expected to hold Stowell’s confirmation hearing later this month.Chief Stowell earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University, holds an associate’s degree in fire science from Miramar College and completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He is a native San Diegan who lives in San Diego with his wife and two teenage children. Mayor Faulconer appoints San Diego Fire-Rescue Veteran as new Fire Chief KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Former Clark County resident was at LAX terminal during shooting

first_imgJoseph James Joseph James, a former Clark County resident and legislative candidate, was just about to leave Terminal 3 at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning when a loud sound stopped him in his tracks. James said he had just grabbed his luggage from baggage claim and was heading for the exit when he heard what sounded like fireworks. “As I turned around, I saw about 100 people running as fast as they could toward me, screaming,” he told The Columbian on Friday. “It was terrifying. I could tell that it was some sort of shooting rampage.” James described the scene before police arrived as chaotic. At one point, someone told him the shooter had a bomb, and then he heard there was more than one shooter. Although he later learned neither of those rumors were true, James decided at that moment to hide with a group in Terminal 3 rather than run outside and encounter another shooter.Soon, James saw the first police officer arrive. “He just popped his trunk and he pulled out an assault rifle,” James recalled. “He said, ‘Don’t move. Don’t do anything. Just stay there.’” Then James saw “dozens and dozens” of law enforcement officers flood into the terminal, and he could hear helicopters flying overhead.last_img read more

Wouldbe drone entrepreneur grounded by regs

first_imgAsh Churchill. (Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI)A Homer business owner wants to use a drone to take pictures and shoot video of properties in Homer. But, restrictions on drone piloting hurt his chances of making the business work.Download AudioAsh Churchill owns a quadcopter. It’s an unmanned aerial vehicle or a drone. He flies it as a hobby regularly and that is perfectly legal.“It is probably about a square foot, has four blades, [a] single battery lasts about 20 minutes. It carries a standard GoPro camera and the camera is connected to the drone by what you call a gimbal,” said Churchill.The gimbal holds the camera steady in flight. Churchill wants to use the drone in his new photography business. That is illegal.“About a year and a half ago my wife and I were looking for a property to purchase in Homer and just looking on the internet at hundreds and hundreds of properties [we] realized the extremely low quality of property photos in general,” said Churchill.Churchill is nursing a coffee in the corner of a local coffee shop. He is an Australian native and his business is called AC Productions. He started his one man operation this summer. His plan was to sell aerial photographs and video of properties around Kachemak Bay to real estate companies. He already had an interest in photography and real estate.“That in correlation with the properties around Homer being hard to get to, especially vacant land, combined with the drone capabilities… I just saw a niche that couldn’t be ignored,” said Churchill.Churchill hasn’t been able to follow through with his idea though. To fly a drone commercially the pilot has to get a special exemption.The federal regulations on drone piloting are murky. Federal agencies insist they’re working on safely introducing drones into the country’s airspace, but it’s taking longer than drone pilots like Churchill would like.Allen Kenitzer with the Federal Aviation Administration said in a written statement that the FAA has made important steps toward a 2012 Congressional order that the agency bring drone use under rule of law by September this year.The FAA missed that deadline but Kenitzer said they are finalizing a set of rules that are scheduled to be published this coming spring. There’s also a new database the agency requires drone pilots register to by February 19th and they’ve approved 3,000 commercial exemptions to businesses. That’s the same exemption Churchill needs.He also has to get a pilot’s license.“The drone that I fly at the moment retails at around $1,000. [With] the regulations going the way they look to be going it’ll cost you around $5,000 purely just to be able to fly it. That’s before even purchasing it,” said Churchill.Churchill says the cost and restrictions are pushing him towards giving up on his drone and just relying on still photography and videos taken from the ground. And he says that’s what the FAA probably wants.“I think what’s brought about these regulations is trying to slow down the amount of drones being sold and being used. And also because of the severity of the implications of somebody misusing these drones,” said Churchill.Churchill also believes drone pilot’s rights aren’t being considered. As an example he criticizes the FAA’s plan to make the names and addresses of drone pilots who register with the agency public.“I’m all for having regulations, guidelines…I’m of the opinion that at this point the regulations are borderline ridiculous,” said Churchill.Churchill is a month away from taking his citizenship exam and he says the conflict over FAA drone regulations often reminds him of a citizen’s rights when confronting his or her government.FAA’s Allen Kenitzer said in his statement, film and video production are among the drone uses the FAA has approved for commercial exemptions.CLARIFICATION: In the original version of this story we stated using a drone as part of a business would be illegal if the business owner did not receive an exemption from the FAA. That is correct, according to Michael Drobac, an attorney consulted by KBBI. Drobac is a senior policy advisor with the Washington, D.C., law firm Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP. However, this is a developing area of law and there are others who disagree. Attorney Peter Sachs argues the FAA does not currently have the legal authority to label commercial drone use illegal.last_img read more

Yukon king salmon run predicted to be weaker than average this year

first_imgState and federal fishery managers have released the 2016 outlook for salmon runs in the Yukon River drainage.Download Audio“Chinook salmon, Yukon Delta NWR.” Photo: Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Via Flickr Creative Commons.The Yukon king run is again expected to come back weaker than average this year, with a similar array of fishing restrictions as years past. No commercial fishing opportunities are planned, and subsistence fishing will be significantly restricted, though possibly a bit more open than the past few years.The predictions for summer chum on the Yukon call for an average to above average run, meaning directed commercial openings with selective gear types like dip nets, beach seines and live release fish wheels are likely to occur, targeting the abundant summer chum while allowing king salmon to escape to their spawning grounds. Beach seines will be officially regulated on the Yukon for the first time this year, after the Board of Fish in January set limits to a beach seine’s length, depth and mesh size.Fishery managers expect a lower than average fall chum run up the Yukon this year, but not low enough to threaten escapement needs or subsistence harvests.Fish and Game Yukon Fall Season Fishery Manager Jeff Estensen said that computer models predict a fall chum run size of around 660 thousand fish, based on escapement data from 2011 and 2012, when most of this year’s returning fall chum were born.“That forecast is below average for an even year,” Estensen said. “It is important to note that over time even years tend to be lower in abundance than odd years. The average run size in even years is about 800,000 fish, so even if we hit the upper end of our forecast range, it would still be slightly below average.”As Estensen explained, the Board of Fish passed a proposal in January that makes it slightly harder to open commercial fishing on Yukon fall chum, raising the commercial fishing trigger point from 500,000 to 550,000 fish.“And what that means is that we cannot allow a commercial fishery drainage-wide on fall  hum unless we are projecting that the run size will be greater than 550,000 fish,” Estensen said.In contrast to fall chum, the coho run on the Yukon is predicted to be average or above average, in keeping with strong coho returns over the past two years. Last year’s commercial harvest of Yukon coho was the largest on record.But Estensen said that if the fall chum run is not strong enough to permit commercial openings, then fishermen seeking the higher-priced coho will be largely out of luck.“Up through August 31st it’s a fall chum commercial fishery,” Estensen said. “Any kind of commercial openings are solely based on the assessment of the fall chum. So if you were ever able to run into a situation where we couldn’t fish for fall chum, we would not be able, under the current regulations we have in place, to have a directed coho fishery.”Commercial openings to target coho salmon happen from September 1stthrough the 10th, according to the Fish and Game Yukon River Coho SalmonManagement Plan.This year will also see the introduction of a pink salmon commercial fishery on the lower Yukon. Pinks have been caught and sold as bycatch in other fisheries for years, but the Board of Fish created a new set of regulations specifically applying to pinks, allowing the use of 4 and three-quarter inch mesh nets from June 15th to July 31stin the District 1, at the mouth of the Yukon.Pink runs on the Yukon alternate between strong runs in even-numbered years, and weaker runs in odd-numbered years.Fish and Game has never officially tried to count Yukon pink salmon, but during the last even-year run in 2014, almost a million pinks were estimated to have passed the Pilot Station sonar station.last_img read more

Human rights violations in Kashmir says Mamata on World

first_imgNew Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged of human rights violation in the Kashmir region while asserting that the subject of human rights was very close to her heart. “Today is World Humanitarian Day. Human rights have been totally violated in Kashmir. Let us pray for human rights and peace in Kashmir,” the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) chief tweeted on Monday. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Adding that the subject was very close to her heart and she had in past also taken to the roads for the cause, she said, “Human rights is a subject very close to my heart. In 1995, I was on the road for 21 days to protect human rights violations against deaths in lock-ups.”Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has started easing restrictions in the region after days of heightened security measures following the abrogation of Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us Banerjee had been critical of the Centre’s move on Jammu and Kashmir and said that the “process of scrapping” Article 370 of the Constitution was wrong. Earlier, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin had outlined that no inter-governmental organisation in the world has ever said anything about Indian democracy or India’s commitments towards human rights. Advertise With Us “We are the country who started issues of apartheid at the UN. India was the country which (worked for) changing the charter of human rights declaration. Our constitution is an open book and if there are any issues these will be addressed by our courts. We do not need international busybodies to try and tell us how to run our lives,” he said in reply to a question about human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir after a closed-door meeting held at the United Nations Security Council on developments in the state.last_img read more