Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister believes the club has surpassed all expectations with their performance in this season’s UEFA Europa League.The former Scotland international accepts that Rangers have surpassed all expectations after initially becoming the first Scottish club to progress through four qualifying rounds of Europe’s second string competition, and then through arriving at the final match in their group with an opportunity to actually win the group.However, McAllister still has moments of regret in reflecting on their Europa League campaign that has brought only one defeat, a 4-3 loss to Spartak Moscow in Russia.“If you had said to us when we played Shkupi right at the beginning [of the qualifiers], I would have said, ‘yeah’ [we have exceeded expectations],” McAllister said, according to the Scotsman.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“But as we’ve progressed, we’ve done well and got to the group stages. There’s been moments in the group, games you look back on, especially when the goal was [wrongly] disallowed in Moscow that could have put us in a different position.”“But I suppose the fact we might have been going into this game looking for a point and trying to protect something, you know what it’s like, it’s more difficult. We know what we need to do now. It’s not a case of going in there and looking for a draw, we need to win and when we’re on the front foot it probably suits us better.”“[The away record in Europe has been good] but also the performance level. The one for me is Maribor [with a scoreless draw in the second leg of the third round qualifier]. I thought we were excellent because they are a good team, Champions League pedigree.”“I was impressed with the players that night and especially from that performance the players grew and thought, ‘we can effect this competition’. The performances in Spain [with the 2-2 draw] and Moscow were both very good, although different results.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKiev, Ukraine – October 17, 2012 – A logotype collection of well-known social media brand’s printed on paper. Include Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr, Myspace, Tumblr, Livejournal, Foursquare and more other logos.Providenciales, 30 Sept 2015 – The body of a five-year-old boy was found last night by his father in Bottle Creek, North Caicos and police are investigating the possible cause of the child’s death. The father is talking a little and says his son, a student of Adelaide Ohmler Primary School came home from school, took a nap but never woke up. In other Police news: It is not true that rumor about a murderous stabbing in Five Cays on Monday night. Press Officer, Audley Astwood said these social media rumors are damaging to public peace of mind and called for them to stop. Police did check out the matter and found the man, who was supposedly stabbed to death by his wife, at his home alive and watching television. In the murder case of 25-year-old Raymano Taylor, it was confirmed that a man, of Dock Yard where the killing happened was indeed arrested for the crime. Press Liaison, Astwood also characterized the posting of crime scene photos of the dead body of young Taylor, to the Internet as heartless. Recommended for you Further investigation warranted in death of Provo man Murdered father of two, shot in the head Related Items:Adelaide Oemler Primary School, audley astwood, bottle creek, child, dead, raymano taylor Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No medical report yet in Capron death
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Dec 2015 – Next was a substantive application filed on behalf of former Premier, Michael Misick. Fiery Queen’s Counsel, Ralph Thorne who represents Misick said his client is protesting the trial as ‘unfair’. The specialty argument threatens to end or delay the proceedings as Thorne has given a preview of what he wanted to present when court resumed at 2pm.The changes over the years including the number of counts which have gone from 26 to 23 to 16 to 17 expose, in Misick’s view, the erratic nature of the trial. In fact Michael Misick’s counsel will challenge the ‘regularity of the trial.’ Andrew Mitchell for the SIPT called the beginnings of the specialty argument ‘reprehensible.’ Mitchell, who today demonstrated obvious signs of exasperation at the litany of challenges by Michael Misick explained to Harrison that QC Thorne ought know better than to be a “mouthpiece of political concerns” for the ex-Premier. Thorne defended that it is a constitutional not political point, that he has an obligation to his client and intends no disrespect and stated that his motion will surround the view that the trial is ‘UNFAIR.’ Thorne had only moments before argued that it was preposterous that a new or amended witness list was provided to the various legal teams today. Justice Harrison asked QC, Andrew Mitchell to provide a ‘final and formal’ document listing over 100 witnesses for the trials. During the roll call, all defendants were present. Helen Garlick, Special Prosecutor, was also at court today; she appeared much later in the morning. Related Items:andrew mitchell, Helen garlick, justice paul harrison, michael misick, ralph thorne, trial, unfair Recommended for you Thorne, QC maintains SIPT Trial is political vendetta Forbes murder trial pushed to Sept BOYCE FIRES HER ATTORNEY, as SIPT Trial continues
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #parnellholdsrally #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 3, 2016 – Tonight the PDM Cheshire Hall Candidate hosts a rally in the constituency at the Alice Gibson clearing near Max’s Mini Mart; Parnell today told Magnetic Media the rally begins at 7:30pm. It is his first rally for Cheshire Hall and Richmond Hill.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 27, 2017 – Fort Lauderdale – Kevin Newman, the man shot on Grace Bay in Providenciales this past Friday is out of the medically induced coma and his family is calling his recovery owing to the prayers and support they have received, to Kevin’s will to keep on fighting and a very good God.In speaking to Newman’s mother, who is likely travelling right now, en route to her son who celebrates his 39th birthday tomorrow, WRBL News3 in Columbus, Georgia revealed that Newman is doing much better at hospital in Ft Lauderdale.Newman’s mother Karen said, “he remembers, he is in good memory, he is still in pain of course, he’s got a long way to go…. (the bullet) went through the vein, right next to his heart, caused him to bleed internally and they had to give him a lot of blood, they had to take one of his kidneys.”In that interview via telephone with the TV station, Mr. Newman’s mother said there were three men who attacked her son. “He’s a fighter, and I think he did try to fight those three people who tried to come up to him. He’s a family man, he is a great man, he does everything with his son… he is just all around a great person, but you know sometimes things happen even to good people.”The TCI Ministry of Tourism said, “We are shocked and saddened regarding the incident that occurred on one of our islands, in the early morning of June 23, involving a visitor to the destination. He and his family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers while doctors continue to monitor his recovery. A criminal act, whether against a resident or visitor, is never something taken lightly and there is a heightened and concentrated effort to identify the individual(s) responsible. The Turks and Caicos Islands are a popular and peaceful destination known for its pristine beaches and relaxed atmosphere and this type of occurrence sends a ripple through the entire community. The safety of all those on these islands is always our top priority and remains as such. The Ministry of Tourism is in complete cooperation with our acting police commissioner who has increased visible security. We ask that everyone cooperate with authorities as needed.”Kevin Newman, was in his final day in the TCI and called this a ‘bucket list’ vacation, his mother asked for continued prayers.#MagneticMediaNews#KevinNewman Related Items:#KevinNewman, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you Newman out of coma, tells his mother he was attacked by three men
England defender Joe Gomez has today penned down a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club.Gomez, 21, committed his future to the Reds by signing a fresh deal at Melwood on Monday morning, extending his three-and-a-half-year stay with the club.The rising star originally arrived on Merseyside from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2015 and is happy with the progress he has made.Gomez told Liverpoolfc.com: “Signing this new deal means the world to me.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“I’ve been at the club a few years now and have had the pleasure to play for Liverpool and experience what that means, so I am delighted to get the chance to extend my contract here.“I love the club, I love playing and learning here, and I am happy for that to continue.”Gomez is currently facing another spell on the sidelines due to a lower-leg fracture picked up against Burnley last week, though thankfully he’s set to return sooner rather than later in the New Year.
The Juventus footballer believes the team is achieving all the targets they have set for themselves in the 2018-2019 seasonMattia De Sciglio has been with Juventus since 2017, and in his second year with the club, he’s very happy.To him, the Bianconeri are achieving all the objectives they are setting for themselves in the Italian Lega Serie A.“We’ve achieved the target we set ourselves after the Atalanta game – to end the year with a win,” said the defender according to the club’s official website.“All the hard work we’ve put in since the start of the season has been well worth it.”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.“Samp are very well organized. They’re good at playing between the lines and we had a few problems when we got a bit stretched,” he added.“But when we pulled tighter together again – with a little luck too – we managed to secure the win.”“With the players, we have up front we know we can score at any moment so it’s very important for us to be strong defensively,” he commented.“The better we move as a unit, the better results we get. Having the best defense is another achievement for us and something we want to repeat in the second half of the season.”
The Inter Milan footballer has talked after his team defeated Empoli in the closing weekend of the first half of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A seasonFor Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar, the way Internazionale Milan is ending the year 2018 is excellent.“We’ve managed to get some good results this year and have now finished with two consecutive victories, something which is certainly a positive thing for us,” he told the club’s official website.“We’re happy to have won on the road again, and we’ve also kept another clean sheet.”Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“It’s true that we haven’t scored many goals recently, but the important thing is to win games,” he added.“Now we’ll rest for a few days before we get back to it – we need to be strong upon returning.”“In the past few days, the club has been spoken about a lot, but as a group we’re united. Providing a response on the pitch is the best thing we can do,” Skriniar explained.“We hope that we’ll be able to provide you with amazing moments in 2019. I would like to wish you all a happy new year!”
Delfi Geli insists speculation linking Girona’s star frontman Cristhian Stuani with a surprise transfer to local rivals Barcelona has no basisThe 32-year-old has enjoyed a prolific campaign in front of goal for Girona this season with 12 goals in 17 games making him La Liga’s third highest scorer.Due to this, reports from multiple Spanish news outlets claimed that Barcelona are preparing to trigger Stuani’s €15m release fee at Girona in light of losing forwards Paco Alcacer and Munir El Haddadi.But the Girona president Geli expects to see Stuani remain at the Estadi Montilivi beyond this month’s transfer window.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.“There is nothing to say about this,” Geli told Cadena Ser.“Stuani is our players, he is very happy here and we are very happy to have him here, there are no other updates.“This story does not have a basis in fact, I cannot say anything else.”Stuani scored Girona’s second goal on Wednesday night in their 3-3 Copa del Rey draw at Atletico Madrid to progress to quarter-finals on away goal difference.
The South Korean footballer is happy after more than 70,000 fans were part of the historic win 3-0 against Borussia Dortmund.Last week, Tottenham Hotspur and Son Heung-min defeated German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley Stadium.And the more than 70,000 fans that were there to support the English Premier League team went home happy.Who is also happy is South Korea superstar Son Heung-min, who has talked to the team’s official website to praise the club’s supporters.Son Heung-min started his professional career in 2010 with Hamburger in the German Bundesliga.He quickly rose in the squad and in 2013 he was bought by Baker Leverkusen, where he spent two years.It was in 2015 when he moved to England, where he has played 172 matches for his team, scoring 63 goals.“Our fans support us with heart,” he started saying.“I respect them and I support them as well.”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.“Even when I don’t play well, I try to pay them back as much as possible, try to work as hard as possible, this is most important,” he continued.“It’s about winning and losing, but we have to show people respect as well.”“This is what I try to do. I don’t know if I’m always doing well, but I always try my best, especially for the people around me and the fans as well,” the footballer concluded.The team will now play against Burnley on Saturday, then will visit Chelsea in the middle of the week and then host Arsenal on March 2nd.The second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 series will be played on March 5th, as they visit the Signal Iduna Park with a 3-0 advantage over the German club.🇸🇬 Singapore and Shanghai in July! 🇨🇳Click below for more on #SpursTour2019. 👇— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 19, 2019
Steve Bosh, March 6, 2018 The future of the Mission Valley site 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) — Because of the uncertainties of the SDSU West initiative, will the city not sell the Mission Valley land even if voters approve the measure?The SDSU Initiative is about one thing: Purchasing the property.Related Link: KUSI Special Report: What does the SDSU West memo mean?The initiative includes a provision to amend the city charter to purchase 132 acres of the site outside the normal charter amending process if the price and terms are fair and equitable as determined by the mayor and city council.An SDSU spokesman said the initiative follows existing charter provisions saying the council determines the fair market value and SoccerCity alters that to give that power to the mayor.Either way, a sale would become binding if a purchase and sale agreement gets approval from council and approval from the State University Board of Trustees.An appraisal of the property last May came in at $110 million and was not intended to include any increases in value caused by the passage of the initiative.If a majority of voters decide they want SDSU West rather than SoccerCity, their initiative creates a new legislative policy that automatically becomes part of the City Charter.The mayor and council then have to decide if the property is to be sold to SDSU. Keep in mind the mayor supports the SoccerCity plan.Upon a favorable vote, SDSU would purchase the land and develop a master plan for implementation.If the university gets control of the land, it will become state property governed by state law, not the city’s development regulations.These initiatives are set in stone and cannot be changed. Despite the city attorney’s uncertainties about both, they are going to the ballot in November with these uncertainties unresolved. Updated: 9:56 AM Steve Bosh Posted: March 6, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
SDSU hosts ‘Bike to Campus Day’ Posted: April 10, 2018 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 SettingsA colorful celebration took place Tuesday at San Diego State.SDSU hosted its first “Bike to Campus Day” to celebrate the launch of a partnership with Dockless Bike Rental provider OFO.More than 100 bikes were distributed around campus, where students can ride to wherever they need, including outside the university. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom April 10, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
UC San Diego researchers find that the costliest medicare medications are rising in price Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 3:38 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The cost of the 10 medications that Medicare Part D spends the most money on annually rose by nearly one-third between 2011 and 2015, even as the number of persons using these drugs dropped by the same amount, according to a study released today by UC San Diego researchers. Medicare Part D is the federal government’s primary prescription drug benefit for older citizens. The amount paid for the 10 medications with the largest spending increased from an inflation-adjusted $21.5 billion in 2011 to $28.4 billion in 2015, a 32 percent jump. In that same time period, the number of patients treated with at least one of the medications declined 32 percent, from slightly more than 12.9 million patients in 2011 to 8.8 million in 2015.The trend could become more costly considering a rapidly aging U.S. population, said professor Jan Hirsch, clinical pharmacy chair with UCSD’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy. The number of Medicare beneficiaries is expected to grow from 59 million in 2017 to 81 million in 2030.“One in every six dollars in Medicare these days is used on medications,” Hirsch said. “Spending on expensive, specialty medications is likely to grow with more approved drugs and a larger population that requires them. Since Medicare Part D is funded by enrollee paid premiums in addition to congressional appropriations from general revenue, Part D enrollees may expect to face higher premiums on top of increasing co-payments or co-insurance payments.”Drugs on the most-expensive list include Crestor, used to treat high cholesterol and related conditions; Nexium, for excessive stomach acid; and Humira, for arthritis. The most expensive drug was Harvoni, which is used to treat hepatitis C and cost more than $90,000 for the full treatment per user in 2015, according to UCSD.Researchers projected that unless rising medication costs are addressed, the 10 most expensive drugs are on pace to reach $40 billion annually by the end of 2020. “At the end of the day, fewer patients are receiving the medications that the federal government is spending the most money on and patients are spending more of their own money on these medications,” UCSD associate professor Jonathan Watanabe said.“For those without the benefit of subsidies, the average out-of-pocket cost for one of these 10 medications increased from $375 in 2011 to $1,366 in 2015. That works out to an average 66 percent increase per year and a 264 percent increase overall.” July 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
February 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:14 PM Animal Services officials urge San Diego residents to get their pets microchipped Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Animal Services officials recommend San Diego County residents get their pets microchipped, noting that a missing puppy was reunited with her family after six weeks because of one.The 5-month old pup, Maserati, went missing from her home in City Heights in December. Candace Sallee, Maserati’s owner, reported the dog lost or stolen on Dec. 21, but weeks passed without a trace of the canine. California Highway Patrol officers found Maserati last Thursday in the process of arresting a woman in Dulzura. The CHP contacted Animal Services, which collected Maserati and took her to the county shelter in Bonita, where the canine was scanned for a microchip. She was reunited with her owner the next day.“Absent that microchip, this dog owner would have never seen her pet again,” said Animal Services Director Daniel DeSousa. “But because the owner had implanted Maserati with a microchip, the two have been happily reunited!” According to her owner, Maserati had been microchipped a day before she went missing, and only at the behest of Sallee’s friends.“I was in shock. I didn’t think we were going to get her back,” Sallee said. “(The microchip) was definitely worth doing, 100 percent worth doing.”County residents can get their pets microchipped for $10 at the county’s Animal Services shelters. Dogs, cats and rabbits are all eligible for the chip and walk-ins are welcome, according to the county. Posted: February 5, 2019
Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, 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) – For the first time since it was closed by a massive storm, there appear to be signs of progress on the iconic Ocean Beach Pier.“It’s easy to criticize, but it should have been fixed a lot quicker. I understand there are some hidden issues,” says O.B. Native Craig Stevens.It’s true. Some of the damage is visible and some is not. But today, real signs of recovery, at least on the superficial damage. “I see they have a lot of wood that’s going out to the end of the pier and it’s going to be used for the railing. That’s really good and hopefully it will be open soon”. says Stevens.But don’t make dinner reservations at the Walking on Water restaurant any time soon. Some of the damage you can’t see, could take a while to repair. Remember, those 12-foot crashing waves also ripped out plumbing and electric lines. Currently the electricity is run by generator.“I was just looking at all the damage. I understand there it’s more complicated than I originally thought”, says O.B. local Michelle Siscon. “But now that I see there are moving ahead and they are fixing the railings, I’m stoked”.As for an “actual” time frame. The City either doesn’t know or isn’t saying, at this point. This could be tricky. City Engineers have seen the extent of the damage, now they need to lay it out for all to see.Until then, small signs of progress are welcome. Posted: February 26, 2019 Updated: 5:49 PM Ocean Beach Pier repairs progressing February 26, 2019
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In the next few months, we’ll be hearing more about the regional transportation plan from SANDAG. The San Diego Association of Government is responsible for updating a regional plan every four years.This year, with a new SANDAG chief, there’s been a lot more discussion and debate about the direction of the agency’s 2021 regional plan.Executive director Hasan Ikrata has said he wants to put more money into projects for mass transit.Catherine Blakespear, the mayor of Encinitas and the Vice Chair of the SANDAG board said SANDAG has to decide how to make the best use of TransNet revenue, the money from the half penny county sales tax that goes to pay for transportation projects.In the past, most of the TransNet money has been spent on highways and roads. Blakespear noted that the plan’s revision must reflect more stringent state requirements to reduce vehicle emissions. She said public transit, such as trolleys, light rail and “people movers” should be considered as a way to take more cars off the road to reduce congestion.“State requirements for our plan require that we show that people will drive less, and expanding roadways doesn’t do that.” Blakespear said.In the TransNet proposal put to the voters in 2004, 14 highway and road improvement projects were approved, but remain unfunded to date.With construction costs rising and more emphasis on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, Blaskspear said it’s doubtful that all of those projects will get off the ground.“The goals are congestion relief so anybody who you can take off the road and have them take the train because the train is more frequent, and it goes where they want to go, that person is reducing congestion,” Blakespear said.Some SANDAG board members have been openly critical of the new focus, and are asking whether the needs of drivers in the North and East Counties have been shortchanged.Blakespear said it’s too early to jump to any conclusions about which projects will be prioritized.“I believe the ultimate plan will have improvements for those roads, but it will be paired with more of a focus on transit than we’ve seen before,” she said.SANDAG’s updated plan is still being developed and will be presented to the agency’s board this fall. Posted: May 16, 2019 Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, May 16, 2019 SANDAG considers options for regional transportation future Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The American Soybean Association (ASA) and a coalition of 12 other national producer groups that represent American farmers and all major crop commodities are urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to conduct additional targeted testing to ensure that any potential commercial terrestrial services offered by LightSquared will not cause harmful interference to Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) operations utilized by farmers to facilitate the production of an abundant and dependable food supply. In the agricultural sector, GPS-based technologies are responsible for an estimated $19 billion in higher annual farm revenue, in addition to considerable safety and environmental benefits. Thus, much is at stake for precision agriculture and this is why comprehensive testing is so important.It would be totally unacceptable to expect the GPS community including government users, farmers, and other taxpayers to bear any cost for replacing equipment that ceases to function properly if solutions are found enabling LightSquared to move forward. Any costs associated with retrofitting or replacing GPS receivers must be borne by LightSquared.”As users of GPS precision equipment in agricultural applications, we believe this additional testing is imperative,” said ASA First Vice President Steve Wellman, a farmer from Syracuse, Neb. “We need to know with certainty that any modifications and proposed solutions will work for new and existing precision agriculture equipment.”In addition to ASA, the letter to the FCC was signed by the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Sugar Alliance, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Potato Council, National Sunflower Association, U.S. Canola Association, USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, and USA Rice Federation.In January 2011, the FCC gave conditional approval to LightSquared Subsidiary LLC to build tens of thousands of ground stations that may cause interference to GPS signals. The radio wave spectrum LightSquared plans to use for its system sits in what is known as the L-Band, which is just adjacent to the spectrum which GPS devices use.LightSquared gave initial assurances that its original proposal would not cause interference to the nation’s GPS system. However, government and commercial tests demonstrated conclusively that its original network proposal would cause widespread disruption to GPS service.”ASA noticed in recent public testimony before Congress that key government agencies that rely on GPS all agree that it is unclear whether LightSquared’s revised proposal will protect the government functions administered by these agencies from harmful interference,” Wellman said. “Agricultural operations that rely extensively on widely deployed GPS receivers and satellite augmentation signals for human safety, productivity, and mitigation of environmental hazards face the same unknown.”Testing must include laboratory and field analysis of LightSquared’s proposed solutions, and must adequately examine the full range of scenarios to ensure that the base stations and handheld devices proposed by LightSquared do not degrade GPS receivers.
Suppose you were the head of a large state university system, caught in an exciting but slippery time of rapidly advancing technologies, global competition and a brutal recession.You might wonder exactly what your four campuses should teach to revitalize economies, and best serve your students and their communities.That’s what Elson S. Floyd, president of Washington State University, said he’s trying to find out — and he’s visiting all 39 counties in Washington to do it.Floyd stopped by the university’s Salmon Creek campus for a town hall meeting Wednesday evening to share snacks and chat with Vancouver’s business, community and political leaders.The modern Washington State University Vancouver campus, perched on grassy rolling hills, is “absolutely pristine,” he said, “the best of the best.”Visiting his 21st county since the beginning of April, Floyd touched on the century-old university system’s areas of expertise. Agriculture has been a main focus as it grew from grass-roots levels around the state. The system now has extension offices in every county.In Spokane, he said, there’s a focus on health sciences, and in the Tri-Cities, it’s on alternative energy research and the area’s wine industry.
Most read stories on Columbian.com last week:No. 1) Battle Ground man arrested in alleged sex crimes involving Oregon teenA Battle Ground man was arrested Friday by Newberg, Ore., police on charges he sent sexually explicit photos of himself to a 16-year-old female and intended to have sex with her.No. 2) Kiss rocker Gene Simmons spends sleepy night in Battle Ground“The Demon” arrived in Battle Ground on Wednesday and stayed the night at Best Western Battle Ground Inn & Suites. By Thursday afternoon, Simmons and his crew were on the road again, heading to a Kiss show that night in Everett.No. 3) Man, 22, found dead at Round LakeThe body of a 22-year-old male was discovered Thursday morning in Lacamas Park at Round Lake in Camas, according to a news bulletin.No. 4) Vancouver man charged with burglary, rape in Cowlitz County Prosecutors in Cowlitz County on Tuesday filed charges of first-degree burglary with sexual motivation, first-degree burglary and second-degree rape against a 20-year-old Vancouver man, according to The Daily News in Longview.No. 5) Woman shot after reportedly advancing on officerThe woman critically injured Friday after being shot by a SWAT officer was identified Saturday as Mary Lee Andison. Andison, 60, reportedly told officers she wanted them to shoot her and advanced on them with a handgun.