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Stay on target Ever since announcing its partnership with DeNA a few years ago to produce mobile games, Nintendo has already brought some of its biggest franchises to iOS and Android devices. Super Mario, Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, and soon Mario Kart are all on the most ubiquitous pieces of tech out there. However, some true heavy hitters like Zelda and Metroid and Smash Bros. are still missing. That’s why I was surprised to learn that Nintendo’s next mobile is based on the fun and catchy but relatively B-tier puzzle game Dr. Mario.However, after playing Dr. Mario World myself I totally get it. Nintendo wants to be the ones who give you the next Candy Crush Saga and reap in that kind of success. I don’t know if this will do that, but if nothing else Dr. Mario World is a clever little mobile puzzle game.Whereas most falling block puzzle game are about creating and clearing huge solid masses of blocks, Dr. Mario has players creating lines to target specific colorful viruses. And that’s still the case in Dr. Mario World. But while that general concept remains, this mobile game plays surprisingly different from the NES original.For starters, instead of dropping pills down, in Dr. Mario World you drag them up from the bottom. Nintendo says this helps visibility with one-handed touch screen play, but you do need to rethink your whole puzzle approach. You can drag pills side to side as they float up but you can’t pull them back down. My best combos came from quickly dragging and T-spinning pieces of used pills over to new strategic locations before they floated out of the window. The game calls for a different kind of quick-thinking puzzle game reflex.My demo also showcased several twists players can expect in the 200 levels. The limited number of randomized pills turns each around into a larger puzzle in and of itself. Trigger bombs or bouncing koopa shells to take out whole clusters of viruses. Clear as many viruses as possible with unlimited blocks like in the original game. It stays surprisingly fresh. And that’s before you get into power-ups like stem cell-esque miracle pills that clear viruses of all colors or the special abilities of the different doctor and helper versions of Mario characters I can’t quite reveal yet.Unfortunately, Dr. Mario World is still a free-to-play mobile game. There’s a multiplayer mode that might tear me away from Tetris 99 but it requires a pointless internet connection even in single-player. There are inconvenient, flow-halting hearts and stamina bars to worry about. And running out of medicine forces you to spend real money or wait to die, just like America’s actual health care system. But it’s not exactly Nintendo’s fault the mobile game scene is the way it is. You people wouldn’t even spend ten dollars on a pretty good Mario runner game.Dr. Mario World is available on iOS and Android right now. For more on Nintendo check out these cool Nintendo Switch games. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG
An outage disrupted 911 service for Battle Ground residents who use Comcast’s telephone service for several hours this morning, according to Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, but services were restored before noon.The Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency said Comcast had the issues fixed by around 11:45. The agency said it had no information yet on the cause, and asked callers to refrain from dialing 911 to test the connection.Cell phone users and CenturyLink customers can still call 911, but Comcast VOIP customers’ calls were routed to a national call center.Battle Ground Comcast telephone customers were instructed to call the Clark County 911 center directly at 360-696-4461.
BATTLE GROUND — The family of an 11-year-old girl is reeling after she was struck and killed by a van north of Daybreak Park on Wednesday morning. Anthony Smith, 44, said that the day started like any other — his two daughters, 11-year-old Elizabeth and 10-year-old Cera, walked the 1,500 feet from their house to wait for the school bus near Northeast 82nd Avenue in the Battle Ground area. The girls were a grade apart at Daybreak Primary/Middle School, and Elizabeth loved tormenting her little sister, Smith said. “She was playing,” Smith said. “She was jumping around, and she went out into the road a little bit.”That’s when a silver minivan traveling south on 82nd Avenue struck Elizabeth, sending her down into a ditch, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
I think of my dad. Whenever I ponder the modern Republican Party, I think of my dad.Because today’s Republicans haven’t just gone off the rails, they have gone off the rails and careened into cars and smashed into a building and landed in a toxic waste dump. And that makes me wonder what my dad would have thought.Roger Alan Jayne was a Republican, the kind who liked to say, “I voted for Nixon three times and I would vote for him again if I could.” He was a Ronald Reagan supporter before it became fashionable, an advocate for small government, and a “family values” voter without the hypocrisy required to vote for a thrice-married adulterer. Nothing wrong with any of that — well, except for the supporting-Nixon-despite-Watergate thing.But Nixon, in many ways, represents the divide between responsible Republicans and modern Republicans. It was under Nixon that the Environmental Protection Agency was created, and he once said during a State of the Union address: “The great question of the ’70s is, shall we surrender to our surroundings, or shall we make our peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, to our land, and to our water?”Peace with nature? Today’s GOP prefers a scorched-earth policy. To which my father would probably say, “What a bunch of bunk!”Anyway, the state of new-age Republicans has come to mind in the past couple days. The GOP-led Congress, you see, passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that was signed Friday by President Trump. This will increase the federal debt, which recently passed $21 trillion and will further be fed by tax cuts passed late last year. Republicans pretend to believe — wink, wink, nudge, nudge — that tax cuts benefiting the wealthy will actually reduce the deficit. To which my father likely would respond, “Poppycock!”Meanwhile, President Trump replaced his national security adviser with John Bolton, who just 22 days before wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal under the headline “The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First.” Bolton wrote: “The threat is imminent, and the case against pre-emption rests on the misinterpretation of a standard that derives from pre-nuclear, pre-ballistic-missile times. Given the gaps in U.S. intelligence about North Korea, we should not wait until the very last minute.” Greg Jayne, Opinion page editor
WASHINGTON — A senior administration official sounded an alarm Wednesday about President Donald Trump’s “amorality” and “impetuous” leadership style in an unsigned opinion piece published in The New York Times. Trump swiftly responded, calling it a “gutless editorial” and “really a disgrace.”The writer, claiming to be part of the “resistance” to Trump but not from the left, says, “Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”The newspaper described the author of the anonymous column as “a senior official in the Trump administration.”The publication of the op-ed immediately triggered a wild guessing game as to the author’s identity on social media, in newsrooms and inside the West Wing, where officials were blindsided by its publication.It was not immediately clear what, if any, steps were being taken by the White House to attempt to unmask the writer.The column was released a day after the release of details from an explosive new book by longtime journalist Bob Woodward that raises concerns among the highest echelon of Trump aides about the president’s judgment.
A man suspected of starting a fire that led to the Battle Ground post office flooding appeared Wednesday morning in Clark County Superior Court.Clyde Wayne Tikka, 69, was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of second-degree arson and first-degree malicious mischief. Court records say Tikka is homeless.In a probable cause statement included in court records, an officer said he was called to the Battle Ground post office about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday to check about an alarm tripped at the building.He found the fire sprinklers were on, and he could smell smoke, according to court records. Once firefighters cleared the building to enter, police found a blue trash bin had been set on fire in the middle of the post office box section of the building.The fire triggered the sprinklers, which flooded the building, according to court records, causing more than $5,000 in damage.Outside the building, police found a hospital ID bracelet with Tikka’s name on it. At about 3 a.m., officers responded to a call from a convenience store regarding a man acting strangely. It turned out to be Tikka, according to court records.In an interview, Tikka told an officer he lit the fire to get someone’s attention and that he lit it in the garbage bin, away from walls, so it wouldn’t spread to the building, according to court records.Police arrested Tikka, and he was taken to a hospital, then the Clark County Jail. His bail was set at $75,000, and his next court date was scheduled for Tuesday.
Vancouver City Councilor Erik Paulsen will seek to retain his seat in 2019, he announced Monday.Paulsen was appointed to his Position 2 seat by the city council, so by law he has to stand for election for the final two years of the term. He succeeded Alishia Topper, who was elected as Clark County’s treasurer.“I’m thrilled to have been unanimously chosen by the mayor and council in January to represent our community as a member of the Vancouver City Council,” Paulsen said in a press release. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve our city.”Monday’s announcement kicks off Paulsen’s first campaign, though not his first bid to join the council. In February 2018, Paulsen was one of 56 applicants who sought to fill a vacant seat. He was a finalist for that position, which ended up going to Councilor Laurie Lebowsky.At the time, he called it a learning process. His second bid for council was more successful, beating out 17 applicants and five other finalists for Topper’s former seat. He was sworn in on Jan. 28, making him the city council’s newest member. Council members receive a salary of $24,060 per year. Council seats are nonpartisan.“With my business and government experience I believe I can bring a new perspective that will value all voices in the process,” Paulsen said in the press release.
Mexican defender Oswaldo Alanis does not figure in the Spanish Club’s plans and has been released without playing a single minuteSpanish club Getafe did something very strange during this summer transfer window.The La Liga team signed Mexican center-back Oswaldo Alanis after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.The player was bought from Mexican Liga MX side Guadalajara Chivas.Getafe president Angel Torres announced his signing on May 7th, 2018.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.But now the defender has been released from his contract without a single explanation of why he’s not in the club’s plans.“Oswaldo Alanis Pantoja and Getafe FC have arrived at an agreement allowing the footballer to no longer belong to the Azulona entity,” the club announced in an official statement, as reported by Goal.“From Getafe, we wish him the best in his new sporting path.”The Mexican footballer did not play a single minute with his new team.
Jose Castro has tried to sign the striker from Ligue 1 club Lyon but says he feels betrayed by the footballer and his agentSpanish La Liga club has worked hard to sign Lyon’s Mariano Diaz during the summer.But according to Sevilla president Jose Castro, the footballer will go back to Real Madrid after his spell in the French Ligue 1.“Real Madrid has a buy option they are going to exercise,” Castro told reporters as quoted by Sportskeeda.“But we still have no communication from the player, who has told us that he wanted to play with Sevilla again and again. He has the ability to say one thing or another.”“We negotiated with Lyon and then they have 48 hours to decide. Real Madrid did it. Annoyed with Real Madrid? Not at all, this is football. We have to keep working,” he added.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 have done what we had to do, in good faith, with an agent and a player who tells us on videos and audios that he only wants to play in Sevilla.”“He is one of the players we have dealt with,” Castro said. “There is nothing to be happy about here,” he commented.“Another striker is coming.”Mariano Diaz will be part of the #teamOL until 2022 ! ?? pic.twitter.com/0XvupfmdOH— OL English (@OL_English) June 30, 2017
Italy U-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio admits there is a lot be done on his team following the lost of a friendly 3-0 to Slovakia.This match makes it the third defeat of his tenure and the heaviest too, as Lukas Hereslin bagged a brace before Empoli striker Samuel Mraz added a third.“Slovakia deserved the victory, they played better than us and we were always second to the ball,” the Coach told reporters via Football Italia.“We knew that Slovakia were tough and tonight they didn’t lose a single tackle. Moments like this can happen, as we are only in September and the season has just begun, but that mustn’t be a justification.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We’ll try to find the positives, although there aren’t many of them. We nonetheless had the opportunity to perform a few experiments, trying out a different tactic and style of approaching the game.“Now we must try to improve straight away with Tuesday’s match against Albania. There is a lot we have to work on and improve.“It’s disappointing, as I never like to lose or play badly, but today we did both.”
Watford forward Gerard Deulofeu is adamant there will be no second comeback to Barcelona in the futureThe 24-year-old left his boyhood club for the second time of his career on a permanent transfer in the summer for Watford.Deulofeu, who’s previously had loan spells with the likes of Sevilla and AC Milan, now can’t envision another return to Barcelona.“That was difficult. When I was young it was terrible,” Deulofeu told the Offside Rule Exclusives podcast.“Every day in the media you are the ‘New Messi’, and that’s not good for a young player.”Instead, the Catalan controversially suggested that he is better suited to likes of Barca rivals Real Madrid.“I’m a former Barcelona player, but maybe my style is more similar to the one of a Real Madrid or Manchester City player,” added Deulofeu.“I didn’t take the chance of staying at Barcelona because playing there is so difficult and sometimes I didn’t have the chance, the confidence of Barcelona.”Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.However, the young striker is happy in the Premier League and intends to focus on Watford rather than any possible future moves.“But now I’m here at Watford, I’m still young and the coach is tough,” continued Deulofeu.“He is always trying to get the best out of me, which is good because if not you will be asleep on the pitch and you go down.“I said I will not go back to Barcelona.“We tried two times (Barca sold him to Everton in 2015 then bought him back two years later), and if those two times doesn’t work, I don’t want to try three times… it’s too hard.“I had been at Barcelona since I was nine years old, but sometimes you don’t feel hope.“My best football is in the Premier League and Watford put a lot of confidence in me.”Deulofeu has scored twice in 10 Premier League games for Watford.
French international star Paul Pogba after the Champions League match between Manchester United and Juventus said he didn’t celebrate the Manchester United winner against Juventus.“The win was important, but the Juve fans gave me such a warm welcome,” Pogba told Sky Sport Italia and Rai Sport as quoted by Football Italia.“I didn’t celebrate when we went 2-1 up, it felt too strange. I saw so many people that I know well. We played against a great team and we really had to win tonight.”Pogba was asked if he could return to Turin permanently and he says:Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Who knows? I’m with United now. There is so much talk about this, but am happy to be playing for Manchester United.”“It was wonderful coming back here, although it felt weird going into the ‘away’ locker room. I was so accustomed to the Juve one.”“The reaction of the fans really moved me, as I missed them and Italian football. It was great to be back in this stadium, where I started out and won big trophies.”Manchester United won Juventus 2-1 in yesterday’s Champions League game.
The Swedish footballer criticized the work of the referee after the match between LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.LA Galaxy defeated Houston Dynamo 2-1 in Saturday’s Major League Soccer (MLS) action in the United States. The team is now in second place of the Western Conference with 18 points, four behind leaders LAFC.But even after getting the three points, Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic was not happy, criticizing the referee’s work.“We talked about it last time. The referee can commit an error on the field but whoever is above or wherever it is, looking at the replay, he can’t,” he was quoted by Calcio Mercato.“They showed it even while we were looking and the foul was clearly out of the area and therefore not a penalty.”“I don’t want to complain too much but I think the referee was drinking coffee while what happened was happening and he didn’t see the match. The referee didn’t even go to see it,” he explained.Paul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“I don’t know if it’s a matter of ego. I don’t want to bee to critical and I don’t want to exaggerate or something like that because the MLS could punish me but I’m the MLS so I’m not worried.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined the LA Galaxy last season, after spending two years with English Premier League side Manchester United.With the Californian team he has played 32 matches, scoring 29 goals, the same number of goals he managed to score in the Premier League with United in 53 games.Amazing Support from the @LAGalaxy fans. Thank you pic.twitter.com/FT2QJRTWR1— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) April 22, 2019
Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15 Editorial: Listen to your Mama Related Items:budget, pnp administration, premier rufus ewing, TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Mar 2015 – The Budget was passed last week and now the Consolidated Fund as it is referred to in the Gazette is published. It reveals the bulk spending of each department in TCIG – from the Governor’s Office to the Ministry of Tourism to Health and Human Services, Education, Policing and the Office of the Premier. No surprises as we see a near $225 million dollar budget with the lion’s share of the monies going to the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services at roughly $57.2 million; Statutory Charges as they are categorized with $38.5 million dollars and includes debt servicing, contingency funding and pensions & gratuities; Education is next in line at 26.7 million; the Police Department getting $20.7 million; the Ministry of Finance this year was cut, but with $15.2 million; there is $14.7 million dollars allocated for Infrastructure, Housing and Planning. You can see nearly $18 million for the Attorney General’s Chambers, Director of Public Prosecutions and the Judiciary departments combined; while Home Affairs is allotted just over $9.3 million. Border Control and Tourism hover in the six million dollar category: Border Control at $6.6; Tourism with $6.4 million from the TCIG purse. As for the nation’s leaders; the Governor’s Office is given $4.2 million, the Office of the Premier at $2.2 million dollars for their operations. This is the first time in four years the country has experienced an on time budget… this spending for TCIG is activated tomorrow, April 1st. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Sink holes have again turned up in Millennium Heights and residents continue to wait on what the Government can do to aide the myriad of issues for home owners who purchased houses with Priton Development. At the town meeting tomorrow at the Gus Lightbourne Gym, many of those residents plan to be in attendance, they say, looking for answers. Hotel Workers were also encouraged to attend the town meeting to ask about their service charge money. The Premier, who will lead the public meeting with her Ministers in tow, was on Facebook this weekend calling for residents to keep the government accountable, to ask questions. Earlier today, in her media tour Premier Sharlene Robinson appeared on RTCs Expressions. #MagneticMediaNews#sinkholesinProvo#provotownmeeting Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #provotownmeeting, #sinkholesinProvo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 13, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS A PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TONIGHT AND TOMORROW WEDNESDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 6PM. GENERAL SITUATION: A SURFACE TROUGH CONTINUES TO LINGER NEAR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS PRODUCING POCKETS OF UNSETTLED WEATHER.SPECIAL WARNINGS: MARINERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE WATERSPOUTS.ALL AREASWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND WARM WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TOMORROWADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT SHOULD CONTINUE TO EXERCISE CAUTION IN SWELLS. BOATERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.WINDS: VARIABLE AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS: 3 FEET OR LESS BUT UP TO 7 FEET IN MODERATE EASTERLY SWELLS OVER THE OCEAN.OVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE 81 °F 27 °CDAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE 92 °F 33 °CSUNSET: 7:16PM SUNRISE: 6:56AM THURMOONRISE: 1:17AM THUR MOONSET: 3:03 PM THURLOW TIDE: 8:52PM & 8:59AM THURHIGH TIDE: 2:45AMTHU & 3:28 PM THURTROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: PLEASE SEE LATEST NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE JOSE.FORECASTER: SHEZELLE MATHER /C.G. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 26, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Dominique Durham as the Senior Quantity Surveyor within the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning.As the Senior Quantity Surveyor in the Ministry of Infrastructure, Mr. Durham will be responsible for preparing tender and contract documents, including bills of quantities and cost estimates and will undertake feasibility studies and cost analysis for repair and maintenance project works. He will perform risk, value management and cost control management in response to commercial risks and will serve as a member of the TCIG Project Management Team.Mr. Durham is a former student of the British West Indies Collegiate where he graduated in 2007 with 10 IGCSE’s (4 A’s and 6 B’s) and in 2009 with 3 A Levels in Mathematics, Geography and Business Studies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class Honors) in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management from the University of Greenwich (2012); a Master’s Degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of South Bank (2015) and in November 2016 was elected a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).Beginning his career as a Site Labourer with Swann’s Construction in 2006 and then as a part time Trainee Quantity Surveyor with the HAB Investment Group from 2007-2012 whilst he pursued his studies in the United Kingdom, Mr. Durham on completion of his Bachelor’s Degree took up employment in 2013 as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor at Bouygues in the United Kingdom before being promoted to the role of Quantity Surveyor in October 2015. A role he held until March 2017 when he took up employment as a Surveyor at CBRE Limited in the United Kingdom, where he served as a member of the Cost Consultancy Department which was responsible for advising lending institutions on projects in the range of £60m to £400m.Commenting on this appointment Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams said; “It is with great pleasure that I take the opportunity to officially welcome Mr. Dominique Durham to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service. When this post became available having at the same time read of Mr. Durham’s successful RICS accreditation and other accomplishments, I immediately contacted him and told him that it was time for him to return home!“He was in Malta at the time working on a multi-million dollar project that far outweighs many of the projects here in the TCI, but I am pleased that his love and devotion to country steered him in the right direction and was a factor in his decision to return to the Turks and Caicos Islands and to join the civil service.“As the Senior Quantity Surveyor within the Ministry of Infrastructure Mr. Durham will be an invaluable member of our Project Management Team and has already proven to be so as he took up employment on September 4th, 2017, just a few days ahead of Hurricane Irma and has been heavily engaged since then in carrying out damage assessments and costing for our government estate. We are pleased to have him as a member of our team and look forward to great results from him!”Mr. Durham in response said; “I am pleased that the Turks and Caicos Government has acknowledged my most recent accomplishments and experience and has considered me for this appointment. I am very confident about the role and believe that I am fully equipped with the necessary skills and expertise for the given tasks. More importantly, I feel proud to be back home as a valuable asset to the Turks and Caicos Islands.“My appointment could not have been more perfectly timed as the past few weeks have kept me very busy and I am excited to be a part of rebuilding the Turks and Caicos Islands post Hurricanes Irma and Maria!“With the majority of my experience gained internationally, I am furnished with a lot of innovative thoughts, procedures and best practices that will assist in revamping the industry and the way things are done here in the Turks and Caicos Islands. My hope is to accomplish implementing the aforementioned that will hopefully contribute to a construction industry that is safe, efficient, dispute free and modernized in order to compete internationally.”Press Release: TCIG Related Items:
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 21, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson says it is important for people to choose carefully the words they use to describe Grand Bahama in its current state.In his address of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA) during its seminar held in Grand Bahama on Saturday, November 18, 2017, as part of Accountant’s Week, the Minister noted that words matter and how Grand Bahamians choose to describe themselves will matter to someone looking to invest in the island.“There are opportunities available in and for Grand Bahama,” said Minister Thompson, “we are not dead or closed. And it is those opportunities that we should be talking about and selling our strengths, which we certainly have lots of.”Focusing on the Association’s theme for their seminar in Grand Bahama, which was “Preparing Grand Bahama for regional and global opportunities,” Minister Thompson noted that the theme was in perfect alignment with his government’s mandate: to bring economic growth and relief to the island of Grand Bahama.The Minister pointed out that the government, over the past six months since taking office, had begun the process of revitalizing Grand Bahama through initiatives geared toward diversifying the island’s economy, taking steps aimed at improving the ease of doing business, strengthening the island’s tourism product, and entrepreneurial and small business job creation.With excitement, which he says is inevitable whenever he speaks about revitalizing Grand Bahama, Senator Thompson painstakingly outlined some of those initiatives and programs that have been, or will be, carried out by the government to help in restoration of Grand Bahama’s economy.He spoke about the recent Tech Summit held in Grand Bahama over a week ago, which was designed to lay the foundation in building the Second City as the Tech Hub of The Bahamas. “The Government believes that Grand Bahama has the potential to become the Silicon Valley of the Caribbean,” said Minister Thompson. “We believe that this can and should become the third pillar of our economy.“There are real opportunities for data centers, some of which have already applied for cyber security industries, for block chain technology, Data Protection and Security, Business Incorporation Center and Technology Corporate Headquarters and conferences.”Minister Thompson also noted that Grand Bahama has the opportunity to be the leader in a market that it alone has – and that is the stopover cruise market.Grand Bahama has huge potential to capitalize on the stopover visitor market with launch of a new fast ferry – FRS – which sails between Freeport and Miami; with the existing service of Balearia fast ferry between Freeport and Fort Lauderdale; and with the Celebration cruise ship that sails between Freeport and West Palm Beach. “We are in discussions with Balearia, which has already committed to increasing its calls. We have negotiated the addition of the SS Classica, which will bring twice as many stopover passengers to Freeport,” said Minister Thompson.The Minister said Grand Bahama has economic opportunities in agriculture as a supplemental industry, and the government has already heard proposals on developing farming in East End that it hopes can be made reality.He said there are economic opportunities in light manufacturing. Recent negotiations took place between the government and Wind River Tobacco Company to bring their manufacturing plant to Grand Bahama, which would provide much-needed jobs for Grand Bahamians.With so many opportunities becoming available to revitalize Grand Bahama’s economy, Minister Thompson noted, it becomes important to increase the ease of doing business in The Bahamas, particularly Grand Bahama. “This will foster an environment for foreign investors, with whom we collaborate to stimulate the economy and create jobs for Bahamians,” added Minister Thompson.“My government is actively working to establish the Grand Bahama Investment Unit, which will mirror the Bahamas Investment Authority, located in the capital. With this unit, “we will be able to quickly see investment requests for Grand Bahama through from start to finish, thereby creating more work opportunities for Bahamians.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)PHOTO CAPTIONTALKING ECONOMICS – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (left) chats with Gowon Bowe, president of the Bahamas institute of Chartered Accountants before of the start of BICA’s seminar in Grand Bahama on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Minister Thompson was the guest speaker for the first session on Saturday. (BIS Photo/Andrew Coakley) Related Items:
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has been handed a one-match ban by UEFA for insulting Sergio Ramos, according to Marca.The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has handed Lovren a one-match following his actions towards Ramos at the end of Spain and Croatia’s UEFA Nations League clash last year.The pair had issues with one another and have had regular altercations on social media since Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final last May.European football governing body announced the disciplinary decision on Friday, resolving the case that was opened following Croatia’s impressive home win on November 15.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.In the report, the Croatian Football Federation was also fined 13,000 euros after fans threw objects and blocked gangways.Lovren hit out at the Real Madrid captain on social media after Croatia’s win over Spain.The Liverpool centre-half also pretended to be elbowing Ramos and attacked the entire Spanish National team, referring to them as a gang, before saying that his country’s flag is the only important one.UEFA also revealed that Villarreal will be without left-back Jaume Costa for two games after he received a ban for getting sent off in the 89th minute of the Yellow Submarines win over Spartak Moscow on December 13 at the Ceramica stadium.