Juventus have refused to go beyond 70million euros for the signing of Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a move that reports from Football Italia suggest it shows they are no longer interested in the midfielder.The Biancocelesti are said to be asking for in excess 120million euros and club president, Claudio Lotito has said that the club have no need to sell unless their valuation is met.The Serbian midfielder who appeared at the World Cup for his country has been drawing a lot of interest from Europe’s top club with Real Madrid and Manchester United also rumoured to be interested in his services.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Old lady has refused to raise their offer beyond 70million euros and are now believed to have switched their attention elsewhere.In October 2017, Serbia caretaker manager Mladen Krstajić included Milinković-Savić in the squad for friendlies against China and South Korea. In May 2018 he was named in Serbia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo was asked about how his experience in Italy would pan out and check out his response.“I don’t know, maybe it’ll be different here in this club,” he said as quoted in Football Espana.“So far, I feel the people at the club are different, they are nice and like a family. The supporters are the same.“I’m excited and of course I want to make them happy. I’ve been a professional for 15-16 years, so my method is always the same.Quiz: How much do you know about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign? Boro Tanchev – May 28, 2019 Let’s see how deep your knowledge is about the 2018-19 Serie A campaign. Good luck and have fun!“I played for many years at Manchester United and Real Madrid, now is a new adventure, but I want to always keep the same working method and ethic, helping the team to achieve our goals.“I know the League, as I followed it on television, but never played here before. I hope that I can adapt very fast, but I come here for the challenge to the best club in Italy, is exciting and I hope to start the season as well as possible.“Thank you for everything, I’ll do my best and for sure we’re going to win things together.”
Rangers Steven Gerrard’s men were impressive on Sunday leading to an emphatic away victory over Hearts and subsequent lead on the table but the manager says he is not carried away by the position.Steven Gerrard told Daily Mail:“It means nothing to me – and I’m not lying.”“It’s fantastic for the fans as it’s been too long. They can enjoy tonight but we have another big game in 72 hours (against Aberdeen at Ibrox) and that’s my focus.”“I said before the game it would be nice to be top, but I won’t think about that.”“All I will think about is what knocks we have, who is available for Wednesday and what am I going to do without Scott. I go straight to work for that game.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I am not interested in the league (position). You get nothing for it now. We have worked hard to get there, but it’s a challenge for us to see how long we can stay there.”“People have games in hand and will breathe down our neck, but it’s a different responsibility. The players know that and we have to handle that.”“There’s no point getting carried away because we’re in early December and you get nothing for it right now.”“It was a very important result. It’s our first big win against a rival away from home and we’ll take confidence and belief from this result.”
The Argentina Football Association finally made the decision to appoint legendary Cesar Luis Menotti, to be their National Team’s Director on Monday.As the new Argentina board of directors have managed to keep the National Team a float in the last few years, they needed to make a massive point by signing someone like Cesar Luis Menotti for an important position in the federation and they just announced him this Monday.The legendary former manager reportedly declined the position as the National Team coach, he doesn’t feel like he will deliver good results given his advanced age and he is not interested on having stress problems at this point in his life.But Menotti has always been very interested in what happens to his beloved National Team, which is the reason he agreed to sign a new contract as the new National Teams’ Director and will start his new job effective immediately.The Argentina Football Association (AFA), made the announcement on Monday and posted a picture of him and chairman Claudio Tapia shaking hands while closing the deal that binds Menotti to the squad in this new position.The input that Cesar Luis can give to the younger national teams is very valuable, he will make sure that the right decisions are made in Argentina from now on.El ex entrenador de @Argentina, César Luis Menotti, será Director de Selecciones Nacionales. Comenzará su función el próximo 1 de febrero. ¡Bienvenido a su Casa, César! pic.twitter.com/Ze2O7ksNY9— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) January 14, 2019This position has only been reserved in the past for World Cup champions with Argentina according to Diario Ole, only two other figures have taken on the job before Menotti and he has some major shoes to fill.The first one to take on the role was Carlos Bilardo, the manager who took Argentine to the 1986 World Cup championship and one of the most influential managers in the country’s history.During his tenure as the National Teams’ Director, Bilardo took Argentina when Diego Maradona took the job as the manager and he didn’t really have a lot of success in the position.The other person who took the position was Jose Nestor Pekerman, he was the Director between the mid-nineties and the start of the millennium.He was the one who appointed Marcelo Bielsa as the National Team manager, he also took the youth World Cup trophies of Qatar 1995, Malasia 1997, and Argentina in 2001.It’s Menotti’s turn to take a crack at the job, which is a huge responsibility because he will be the one calling the shots with only chairman Claudio Tapia above him in the organization.Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…¡La reconstrucción albiceleste!🇦🇷 AFA ha anunciado que a partir del próximo 1 de febrero, César Luis Menotti asumirá como Director de Selecciones Nacionales.👏 Argentina fue Campeón del Mundo con ‘El Flaco’ en 1978 de la mano de @ESPNMarioKempes pic.twitter.com/F5gREgM6cH— Fuera de Juego (@ESPN_FDJ) January 14, 2019Now that AFA has appointed Lionel Scaloni as the National Team manager, he will have to impress Menotti within the span of the next year or he will most likely be replaced if he comes out short.After the protocol is followed with all the necessary documents that Menotti will have to sign, the position will start officially on 1 February this year but Cesar Luis has already begun to form the working team that will help him build a better structure for all the National Teams in Argentina.As far as the National Team goes, it will be Cesar Luis Menotti’s job to convince Lionel Messi that he still has a lot to give to Argentina and to let him know that he has the full support from AFA for the upcoming tournaments in which he may compete.The new Director also has big plans for the manager’s job, but he will give Scaloni the benefit of the doubt and let him work without any pressure coming from his end.However, the options Menotti has for the job are Marcelo Gallardo, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, and Diego Simeone.#Seleccion 🇦🇷 ¿Qué decía Menotti de los posibles candidatos a entrenador de Argentina? ¿A quiénes elogiaba y les veía pasta? ➡ https://t.co/KPfVYhu0Wm pic.twitter.com/z0tMZOIYAm— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 15, 2019How well do you think Cesar Luis Menotti will do as the new National Teams’ Director for Argentina? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Former Real Madrid manager John Toshack, came after compatriot Gareth Bale strong as he believes the winger should emulate Cristiano Ronaldo.Gareth Bale is not going through the best times at Real Madrid, his compatriot John Toshack doesn’t like the way in which he conducts himself and thinks that he should be more like Cristiano Ronaldo.The Welsh player is currently going through another recovery process from a muscular injury, something that has become very common with him at the club.Toshack believes that Gareth Bale is making efforts that are directly affecting his performance, he is convinced that the Welshman can do a better job of understanding his limitations on the pitch and avoid certain risks.What John is asking Gareth Bale to do, is very similar to the time when Cristiano Ronaldo finally understood that he didn’t need to run all across the pitch and all he required was to save his energy only for the most important moments.Bale is regarded as one of the most important players in Los Blancos’s history already, his goals and assists have been crucial during the most important matches for the club.”Gareth Bale needs to copy Cristiano if he wants to stay at Real Madrid” says John Toshack https://t.co/lLGWU0yRnn pic.twitter.com/fDNGNJuIfR— AS English (@English_AS) January 21, 2019“Cristiano plays as a winger, he scores and assists. There is no doubt that Gareth Bale already is one of the best players in football history,” said Toshack via Diario AS.“If he wants to remain as such, he should try to imitate Ronaldo. If you only look at what he’s accomplished, you quickly think what could’ve been if it hadn’t been for his unfortunate injury record.”“So, obviously, his experience can help him diminish his game a little bit and play in shorter parts of the pitch while reading better what’s going on.”“I really hope that he can do a lot more than what he is doing right now, because there is no doubt that you always need to start over when you recover from an injury.”“As far as his physical recovery is concerned, you always have to get back up and it’s almost as if you had to come back two or three times every season.”“This whole situation has been very difficult for him, and that gives him even more credit in my opinion.”Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“What we never imagined would happen with him were the injury problems that were detected.”“I mean, he has missed almost as many matches as he’s played and that has obviously slowed him down quite a bit,” he concluded.📻Toshack, sobre el estado de salud de Bale: “Es una pena para Gareth”➡https://t.co/PeNT9WXzNA pic.twitter.com/KY2sTYIZYf— El Larguero (@ellarguero) May 31, 2017To the people who don’t remember, John Toshack was the man who discovered Gareth Bale and the one who gave him his very first cap for Wales when he was just a kid.Born a Welshman as well, John Benjamin Toshack is arguably one of the most important figures for his country and arguably one of the biggest talent seekers in football history.Under his belt, Toshack has an amazing record of discovering players such as Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, and Gareth Bale himself.If the ‘Cardiff Express’ wants to keep performing at the highest leve, he needs to start listening to his body and realize that he can no longer make those sprints that usually set him apart from all the other players.Bale is a very talented player with the ball at his feet, there is no need to rely so much on your acceleration when you know that you are risking a new muscular injury every time to sprint.Gareth has impressive finishing skills, imagination to create football for his teammates and team leadership. It may be time for him to evolve as a player.John Toshack “I’d recommend British players to go out, leave the UK to learn other leagues & cultures. It is not easy but it’s valuable. With that said, Aaron in Turin should not make the same mistake that Bale did in Madrid: the local language must be learned immediately.” pic.twitter.com/187qK2SOek— Tarek Khatib (@ADP1113) January 6, 2019Do you agree with Toshack or should Gareth Bale remain the same type of football player for the rest of his career? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Former striker Andy Cole is bewildered by Unai Emery’s “strange” decision to not play Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.The German playmaker has only started half of Arsenal’s 26 Premier League matches this season amid struggles to force his way into Emery’s plans.In fact, Ozil has only featured twice for the Gunners in 2019 due to both fitness struggles and Emery’s decision to omit from matchday squads.Despite recovering from an illness this week and returning to training, Ozil was again left out by the Spanish coach for Arsenal’s 1-0 Europa League defeat to BATE Borisov in Belarus on Thursday night.And Cole, who started out his playing career at Arsenal before going on to star for rivals Manchester United, admits he can’t understand why Emery refuses to play someone of Ozil’s calibre.“It’s becoming a bit of a comedy sketch at the moment,” Cole told Sky Sports. “We know how talented he is.“The manager has decided maybe he doesn’t want him in the team, he doesn’t work hard enough or whatever, but sometimes when you have that luxury, I think some of the boys in the team would be prepared to work a little bit harder to get him on the ball to produce that magic.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Arsenal over the previous years, when Wenger was there, did that. You’ve got to play your best players when you need them, and Ozil is one of Arsenal’s best.“If you asked [Alexandre] Lacazette and [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang: ‘Do you want Mesut to play?’ they’d say yes all day long, all day long! It’s really, really strange.”On the other hand, former Celtic manager Neil Lennon expects there will be plenty of interest in the “divisive” Ozil should he leave Arsenal this summer.“You have a talent like that, and it might come down to man management,” said Lennon.“He has certainly been a divisive character over the last few years. He’s like Marmite, some love him, some don’t! For me, I love watching him play.“He does get criticised a lot for his work rate, or lack of work rate, but his stats are up there for distance covered with many other players. He will certainly find a place somewhere, because he’s got the game.”LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Mesut Ozil of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Cardiff City at Emirates Stadium on January 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Recommended for you Related Items:john pears, lindamae malcolm, Tciaa Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Monday, September 22nd, 2014 – Security officers and division managers from the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) on Monday begin an Aviation Security Managers training course in Providenciales. The five day course is a UK Department for Transportation recognized training course being run by Atlantic Group Associates (AGA), a Florida-based security training and consultancy firm.The training course is required by any person who has a managerial responsibility for aviation security, either with an airport, airline or aviation service provider. It mirrors those required in the UK, and brings together aviation security personnel from across the Caribbean.John Pears, the lead instructor for the course said, “AGA has a long history with the UK Overseas Territories, having been contracted to provide aviation and maritime security advice to Governor’s, Directors of Civil Aviation and air and sea port personnel from 1998 – 2012.”He further stated that “during this time both this course and the training for trainers course which will be conducted next week, were delivered annually although this is the first time that they are being delivered in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”In a statement, Lindamae Malcolm, TCIAA Security Manager said “the Airports Authority prides itself as an organization that offers its employees the opportunity for progressive training in their respective fields to ensure they are equipped with the key skills necessary to operate in a challenging environment.”She added, “we recognize the importance of continuous staff training, especially for those individuals engaged in exercising security controls.” The Airports Authority has an obligation to meet international standards, and training plays an important role in the process. Not only is the organization promoting security, but the traveling public can take comfort that their safety is not being taken for granted.On the part of the Security Officers being trained, it presents them with a unique opportunity to both acquire new skill and enhance the current one in the rapidly expanding aviation industry. Lindamae concluded that “the aviation security field is now a highly sought after career option.”John Pears, a veteran security expert, will be assisted by Omar Bolivar, both of whom bring several years of experience to the classroom. The training is being conducted at the FORTIS conference facility on Leeward Highway. Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 24, 2017 – Four men had their time in prison shortened by the Parole Board and were this week released. Tesney Louis of Haiti is a free man today, having served most of a four year sentence for accidentally shooting himself. Louis was reportedly in a row of some kind and went home to get his gun; upon returning he shot himself by accident. Louis would have been completed his time in October/November this year.Rubin Campbell was also given parole and will see his time cut short by 2 to 3 years. Campbell was found guilty of robbing TCI lotto of $20,000; he got 12 years in that guilty verdict and was originally due to come out of prison by 2020.Wesley Durmoney was convicted of aggravated burglary when he caught his girlfriend with another man, he had pulled a knife on the woman and for that he was sentenced to seven years. Durmoney was originally to be released in November; he got parole and will be deported to his home, Haiti.Dentery Penn also had his case reviewed by the parole board and would have been finished his sentence in July. Penn had been sentenced to five years for a firearms arrest.Out of twelve who applied to have their sentences commuted to time spent, four were granted early release by the Parole Board.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 11, 2017 – Nassau – We are hearing it again, that national debt is down from 13.6 percent to 12.9 percent but new in a media report, is information that the Finance Minister is now grappling with a deficit which will soar by almost $100m. Deputy Prime Minister, Peter Turnquest said the government’s shortage in funds to manage the country is no longer $500m, but is now $595m.The news comes as the IMF reveals in an October report that The Bahamas will see its deficit widen due in part to a surge in Baha Mar related imports of goods and services to complete the resort. Eventually, the IMF is predicting, things will level out to a lower deficit but even then The Bahamas will not be where it wants or should be fiscally and this will mean, many FNM plans and promises will not see the light of day during this financial year which does not end until next year July.#MagneticMediaNews#nationaldebtisdown Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nationaldebtisdown
Sporting director Rafael Alkorta confirmed Athletic Bilbao’s interest in re-signing former stars Ander Herrera and Fernando LlorenteBoth players will be out of contract at the end of the season at Manchester United and Tottenham respectively.Herrera, who’s been at United since 2014, is understood to be in talks over a new deal, while Llorente could leave Spurs in this month’s transfer window.The 33-year-old striker has previously expressed an interest in rejoining Athletic, where he spent eight years at and scored 111 goals in 327 games, after growing tired of playing second fiddle to Harry Kane at Spurs.Now Alkorta has confirmed Athletic’s interest in Herrera and Llorente along with two other stars.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai [Gomez], Ander Herrera, Llorente…” Alkorta told Cadena Ser.“It’s obvious that any player that can play for Athletic is of interest to us.“Nothing is easy but we are interested in having all of the ones that can come. We have not made any moves yet. We will start on Tuesday and we will see what can be done.”Athletic secured their third win of La Liga this season by beating Celta Vigo 2-1 on Monday night after goals from Iker Muniain and Iñaki Williams.The Basque club are now 16th in the standings and two points above the drop zone.
19-year-old Nicolo Zaniolo was lost for words after scoring both of AS Roma’s goals in their 2-1 first win over FC Porto in their last-16 Champions League tie.The Italian midfielder, who arrived at Roma last summer from Inter Milan as part of a trade deal for Radja Nainggolan, proved to be the difference at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night for the Giallorossi with two second-half goals.Zaniolo got his first of the game in the 70th-minute after controlling Edin Dzeko’s pass and then slotting the ball past former Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.The teenager got his second six minutes later after Dzeko’s effort from 20 yards out hit the post for Zaniolo to then put it away to become the youngest Italian player to score a double in a Champions League match and help seal Roma a 2-1 first leg win over Porto.“I have no words, it’s a memorable day. I’ll never forget it in my life,” Zaniolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Now I want to focus on the return leg because the goal we gave up can be bothersome. We have to play like we did today without conceding anything to the opponents.“We had prepared it this way. I ran a lot, but I’m happy for the result. It’s a unique emotion to score under the Curva Sud, I can’t describe it. I hope to score many more.”Roma captain Daniele De Rossi also paid tribute to the youngster in what was also his first knockout Champions League game.“It’s another small milestone, perhaps not even a small one, that adds to what he is showing game after game and even training session after training session,” De Rossi said.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“He has an incredible natural physique for someone who is only 19 and also has great technical quality.“In my opinion, as perhaps with everyone now, he is already a very good player – and can become a great one.”Substitute Adrian Lopez capitalised on Tiquinho Soares’ mis-hit shot to score a crucial away goal for Porto to settle the scoreline at 2-1.The return leg between Porto and Roma will take place at the Estádio do Dragão in Portugal on March 6.😮 Remember the name!🇮🇹 Nicolò Zaniolo = youngest Italian player to score 2 goals in a #UCL match ⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/VUyYpQ1Xop— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 12, 2019
WISHH Committee members for 2017-18. Front row, from left: Ryan Cahoon, Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare, Dawn Scheier, Secretary George Goblish, Vice Chairman Levi Huffman, and Chairman Daryl Cates. Back row, from left: David Williams, Marypat Corbett, Matt Gast, Gerry Hayden, David Lueck, Jim Wilson, Treasurer Stan Born, Kurt Maurath, Tim Bardole and Bill Wykes. Not shown: Thomas Kentner, Jeff Lynn, Steve Reinhard and Ed Beaman.American Soybean Association (ASA) President Ron Moore confirmed 19 fellow soybean growers from across the nation to lead the ASA’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program Committee in 2017-18. The importance of their work in long-term market development was underscored on Aug. 10 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year at 4.38 billion bushels.“WISHH strives for long-term market development and is always looking over the hill to the next market for U.S. soy,” Moore said, while announcing the WISHH committee. Officers are: Chairman Daryl Cates (IL); Vice Chair Levi Huffman (IN); Treasurer Stan Born (IL); and Secretary George Goblish (MN).New WISHH Committee Members include: Matt Gast (ND), representing the North Dakota Soybean Council, and Gerry Hayden (KY) representing ASA. They will serve alongside soybean growers from 11 other states. Other new faces to the WISHH Committee include David Lueck (MO), United Soybean Board Director David Williams, a Michigan soybean grower, and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Chief Operations Officer Ed Beaman; all of these individuals will serve as ex-officio members of the committee. Returning WISHH Committee Members include the officers as well as Tim Bardole (IA); Ryan Cahoon (NC); Thomas Kentner (IL); Jeff Lynn (IL); Kurt Maurath (KS); Steve Reinhard (OH); Dawn Scheier (SD); Roberta Simpson-Dolbeare (IL); Jim Wilson (MI); and Bill Wykes (IL), representing ASA.Moore thanked retiring WISHH Committee Members Art Wosick (ND) and E.L. Reed (MO) as well as USSEC ex-officio member Marypat Corbett.“WISHH’s Program Committee’s leadership is important to U.S. soybean growers as well as the many companies and customers in developing countries that seek to use U.S. soy in livestock feeds and human foods,” Moore said. “Cooperative efforts between WISHH and these emerging economies increase opportunities for trade.”Cates added that WISHH leverages U.S. soybean farmer checkoff dollars 6 to 1.“And that’s just the beginning,” he said. “WISHH further multiplies Qualified State Soybean Board dollars through international private-sector partner investments. The right formula for trade grows markets for U.S. soy farmers, and at the same time, improves lives for people abroad. WISHH works with international companies and organizations that purchase U.S. soy. These buyers invest thousands of their own dollars to research and promote soy-based foods and feeds made with U.S. soy in emerging markets.”
The husband of a one-time Vancouver woman whose remains were found east of Estacada, Ore., last week will soon be extradited from Idaho to face a murder charge in Oregon, Portland police said Tuesday.Brian Charles Cole, the husband of Heather Dawn Mallory, has waived extradition from Bonner County, Idaho. An exact day of transfer wasn’t immediately known.Cole was arrested July 1 in Sagle, Idaho, in connection with the slaying of Mallory, whose body was found a day before on Bureau of Land Management forestland off Highway 224. Mallory, 32, was training to be a chef and living with Cole in Portland when she went missing on March 8, 2008.The Portland Police Bureau said she’d attended school the day before at the Portland Culinary Institute, worked a shift as a server and spent the night socializing with friends.When she returned home the next morning, police were told she and Cole argued and she drove away in her Ford Focus, leaving her belongings and son, River, then 3, behind.
At the risk of revealing my true inner self (as an old woman who is crabby and Andy Rooney-like), don’t you just hate when the sales clerk hands you a 1-foot-long receipt for a one-item purchase?You can only relate if you’re like me and save every receipt. Each one gets carefully folded over in triplicate (and sometimes quadruplicate) and stuffed into my checkbook-style billfold, increasing the pressure on its little snap closure as the paper piles up.By the end of the week, my wallet is so stuffed with receipts that it looks like George’s exploding wallet (as in George Costanza, played by Jason Alexander. You know, he was Jerry Seinfield’s sidekick from the 1990s sitcom, “Seinfeld.” Oh, just look up “George’s exploding wallet” on YouTube.)Told you, I’m crabby and old.Anyway, I got to thinking maybe those retailers would cut back on the length of receipts if they could see how irritating it is to customers. If it annoys you, be sure to let the CEO know. I mean, what business wants to tick off its clients?Even a business that doesn’t really care about its customers may cut down its store receipt lengths if doing so made a significant difference to the bottom line. I mean, we’re all watching that these days, right?
Woodland Planters Days festivities continue Sunday in downtown Woodland and at Horseshoe Lake Park.Here’s a schedule of events:All day: Market, car show, antique farm equipment display and Cascade Pack and Paddle rides.9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: 4X4 Show & ShineNoon to 5 p.m.: Carnival1 to 2 p.m. Talent contest3 to 4 p.m.: Raffle drawing4 p.m.: Car show awardsWoodland Planters Days is packed with fun for the whole family. But Saturday afternoon was all about the frogs.Frogs large and small showcased their hops in the 46th Annual Frog Jump sponsored by the Walter E. Hansen family. The event drew more than a hundred people to Woodland’s Horseshoe Lake Park as dozens of kids and their frogs competed for contest’s top prize.The annual contest is open to kids 12 and younger. One by one, entrants take their frogs to a white launch pad in the contest arena. From there, the kids use various techniques — including clapping, patting the ground, stomping, shouting and poking — to get the frogs to jump. After the frogs take three hops, their total distance is measured.Cash awards are given for the top three jumps, as well as the biggest, smallest and prettiest frogs. This year, 76 kids participated.Sahara Jones, 12, of Vancouver claimed first place in the contest — and $5 in award money — when her “rented” frog hopped a total of 129 inches. Sahara didn’t bring her own frog to the event; instead, she borrowed one from a collection of loaner frogs.But she did scout out the competition before selecting a frog. The small frogs didn’t jump too far. The big ones didn’t move much either, she said.“The medium ones were the best,” Sahara said.So when her turn came, Sahara plucked a medium-sized frog from the bucket and hoped for the best. After a couple claps of her hands, the frog took off hopping. Sahara Jones, of Vancouver, poses for a photo with a loaner frog at the 46th Annual Frog Jump contest at Woodland Planters Days Saturday. Her frog’s first three jumps totaled 129 inches, earning first place and netting Sahara $5 in prize money.
A 17-year-boy was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Ridgefield.The crash was reported to police at 7:38 p.m. in the 28800 block of Northwest Main Avenue.A pickup truck driver took a hard left turn to go south on Main Avenue and lost control of the vehicle, said Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy, spokesman for Clark County Fire & Rescue. The pickup ended up on its top.The driver was uninjured, but the passenger, a 17-year-old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene, Dawdy said.Clark County Fire & Rescue has responded to crashes in the same spot that stemmed from the hard left turn. The road does not get much traffic, Dawdy said.Police blocked off traffic to investigate. A medical examiner was dispatched to the site of the accident.The teen’s name was not released.
The Best Western Plus near Westfield Vancouver mall has sold for $4.6 million to Virk Properties, a California-based hotel investment company. The 75-unit facility was sold by longtime owner Patco Investment Inc. The property is located in close proximity to seven other hotels at 9420 N.W. Vancouver Mall Drive, off state Highway 500 near its junction with Interstate 205.The Bay Area buyer is an investment firm that has moved its operations to Oregon and Washington to invest in lodging properties after seeing positive trends in regional tourism. The Best Western Plus is the company’s first purchase in Washington and the company is actively looking for more opportunities, according to a written statement released by Portland-based Sperry Van Ness/Bluestone & Hockley commercial real estate firm. Company representative and broker Brian Resendez brokered the hotel transaction, representing both buyer and seller.
Police are investigating two reports of a man on a skateboard groping women on the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail in Vancouver. The first incident happened around 8 a.m. Monday. A 26-year-old woman was walking on the trail near state Highway 500 when a man riding a skateboard groped her, exposed himself and made a sexual request, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The woman yelled at the man to leave her alone, and he left the area. The victim didn’t report the incident until Monday evening, so police weren’t able to track down the suspect, who was described as a “dirty” man in his 20s with shaggy hair, wearing a white t-shirt and cargo shorts. Today, a woman said she was groped by a man on the trail near Falk Road. He was described as a man in his 20s wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and a backpack with a skateboard strapped to it. He also carried another skateboard.After she passed him on the trail, he got on his skateboard and rode past her, groping her when he did, Kapp said. The victim ran away to a safer location and called 911, which was the right thing to do, Kapp said.Anybody who sees a suspicious person or suspicious activity on the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail should report it to police. The same man may be responsible for both attacks on the trail, Kapp said.“People should be cautious in that area,” she said.