Cristiano Ronaldo is nominated for Men’s Best Player of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards, along with Leo Messi, Bernardo Silva and four Liverpool stars. The 34-year-old has been nominated for the award alongside the Liverpool quartet of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk. Ronaldo joined Juventus in the summer of 2018 for a club record €112 million and scored 21 league goals in his first season in Serie A, adding a further six in the Champions League. So far this term he has scored five times for the Bianconeri. Other nominees for the award include Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Cornered by the Supreme Court’s latest missive to “fall in line” with the recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha Committee, the BCCI today decided to convene a Special General Meeting before responding to the apex court.BCCI president Shashank Manohar, a lawyer by profession, attended the meeting of its legal panel here comprising PS Raman (Tamil Nadu, chairman), DVSS Somayajulu (Andhra) and Abhay Apte (Maharashtra), along with treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary.In the meeting, it was decided that an SGM would be convened at the earliest to get the views of the BCCI’s various affiliates, before it responds to the Supreme Court on the issue.As per the BCCI’s Memorandum of Rules and Regulations 21 days’ notice has to be given to convene an SGM, but the President has the discretionary powers to direct the secretary to convene an SGM “at shorter notice in which case as a notice of at least 10 days shall be given.”The apex court had said on February 4 that the recommendations are “straight, rational and understandable” and “deserve respect” and “there is no reason to disagree with the committee” which has the most “illuminated and respected members of the legal community”.While four weeks time was granted to the BCCI to respond to the implementation of the recommendations, the court had made it clear that there should not be any difficulty in accepting the recommendations.The remarks by a bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur came after senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, representing BCCI, said there was a need to consult the 30-odd members of the Board on the recommendations and in view of its legal committee’s meeting today, four weeks be allowed to respond.advertisementThe BCCI had submitted that it should not be seen as “obstructionist” and it would come back with “concrete suggestions” after the meeting of the legal committee.However, the bench said “decks must be cleared for complete reform”.When Mr Naphade said several technical problems would arise in implementing the recommendations of the committee as BCCI is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, the bench said it would give the solution for following the suggestions.The bench, which was hearing the plea filed by Aditya Verma, Secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar, on whose petition N. Srinivasan was asked by the apex court to step down as the BCCI President for conflict of interest, posted the matter for further hearing on March 3.
Unemployed and considering a job in retail? Perhaps at WalMart? A WalMart interview reviewer, winner of the June Review of the Month, dishes on what it’s like to go through the interview process at this notorious retailer, and gives anyone considering a job at the company an insider’s study guide. Currently, WalMart garners a 2.9 (neutral) company rating and the CEO, Michael T. Duke, receives a 32 percent approval rating and 23 percent disapproval rating.According to this job candidate, the interview difficulty was about average, but the experience was positive overall. Here are some useful tips to consider if interviewing at WalMart, as well as some of the questions you may get asked if interviewing for a retailer management position:Insights about interview process:Interviewed by 3 people; only one person asked questions, but all three took notes.Each job candidate evaluated using a number score system. The job candidate adds, “don’t know what scoring scale represented and wasn’t able to see clearly what they were writing as I was seated opposite of table”In total about 5 pages of questions were asked (guestimate is about 10-15 questions)…took about 1 1/2 hours.How was the interview acquired: Applied online.Interview duration: WalMart responded to the online application approximately 1 ½ weeks after submission; interview took about 2 days to complete.Interview questions:All questions that were asked typically had 3-part answers. For example, they asked:Name a time when you found it hard to be courteous. How did you handle it? Why did you handle it that way? If you had to do it again would you handle it differently?Explain a time that you had to meet a deadline. What was the reason for the deadline? What was the quality of work?When did you have to follow a plan to reach a goal and failed to do so? What would/did you do different the next time?The reviewer adds: “You’ll want to be tentative in listening to the full question and answering it in full… My guess is if you did not answer the question in full the first time you ‘lost points or rec’d lower points’ than if you’d answer the question in full first time. They’ll keep asking the same questions until you provide a Full (3 part answer). I gave all customer service or team lead/management oriented answers and examples to all the questions. I omitted personal experience examples and kept all examples job task related.”Other important notes about interviewing at WalMart:“I asked after interview was complete if this was standard process for a Cashier position. Was told yes, they just implemented a new interviewing process to attract quality talent. Basically told me that their process is now geared toward finding folks who want to grow in the company and not earn a paycheck for 3-6 months and leave.”Keep the interview reviews coming – you never who you might help!
Eventually, Pankaj Rana came out on the top, winning the Eventually, Pankaj Rana came out on the top, winning the fascinating 70kg mens bout 9-8. The fourth bout was contested between Punjabs Nirmla Devi and Mumbais Carolina Castillo Hidalgo in the 48kg womens category. The 33-year-old Nirmla Devi, a 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medalist, used all her experience to win the contest 3-0. Colombia-born Carolina struggled against Nirmla, playing a defensive game and giving away points. By virtue of this win, Punjab went up 3-1 in the tie. For her brilliance on the mat, Nirmla Devi was adjudged player of the day. Following this, Mumbai Maharathis Vikas Kumar took on Punjabs Togrul Asgarov in a crucial fifth bout. Asgarov, who won gold in the 2012 Olympics and silver in the 2016 Rio Games, proved too good for Vikas as Punjab nailed the bout 7-3 and gained an unsurpassable 4-1 lead in the tie. Mumbais Sarita kept fighting to salvage her teams pride, as she won the 58kg womens category against Punjabs Manju Kumari. Saritas cleverly executed manoeuvre won her a crucial couple of points as she banked on tactical defence to keep Manju at bay, winning by a slender 2-1 margin. The final bout of the day was contested between Punjabs Krishan Kumar and Mumbais Pavlo Oliynik in the heavyweight 97kg mens category in which the Ukrainian prevailed 2-0, denying his opponent any chance to score points. Although Mumbai finished strongly in the tie, they conceded a 3-4 defeat to Punjab at the end of the day. Speaking after the match, Punjab captain Vladimir Khinchegashvili said: “I am very happy for the teams victory.” PTI SSC SSCadvertisement
According to a new report from Fenton on social media (download here after noon ET), there are several stages to what I would call social media hysteria.Stage 1: Urgency. As in, “Everyone’s doing it. We need to do be doing it. Set up a Facebook page. And start tweeting!”Stage 2: Existential Handwringing. As in, “Wait, what are we doing here? We’ve gotten some fans and followers but are we really attracting more donors and members this way?”Stage 3: Disappointment. As in, “This social media thing is a bust. It takes a ton of time and I’m not sure we’re getting enough out of it.”Fortunately, this kind of angst is preventable by setting goals and measuring them in simple but meaningful ways. Specifically, Fenton lays out an elegant framework:“See” Metrics. These metrics track eyeballs or impressions. They measure your exposure – though not necessarily your impact.“Say” Metrics. These metrics are when people take your messages and repeat them verbatim across their networks. This gives signs people may be more engaged with your cause.“Feel” Metrics. These metrics track the degree to which people get involved with your message – they comment on your Facebook content or they react to your Tweets.“Do” Metrics. These are the best – people donating, volunteering, signing a petition etc. It’s where you want people to be!For each metric, ask yourself:Who is engaging? What are they responding to? What are they saying? What does is mean?This kind of questioning will lead to smarter reflection and better results. Don’t wring your hands – just put on your thinking cap!
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos feels that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi’s antics off the pitch during the half-time break forced the referee to take some controversial decisions in Sunday’s thrilling ‘Clasico’ at Nou Camp.The match ended in a 2-2 draw after Wales forward denied the La Liga the bragging rights with a 72nd minute strike to draw Real level.This was the first ‘Clasico’ in a decade which had no bearing on the title race but the game was still played with the usual passion. Referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez showed a total of eight yellow cards as well as a straight red to Sergi Roberto and Ramos feels that Messi’s dressing down in the tunnel caused the referee to take such decisions.”Messi put him under a bit of pressure in the tunnel, I don’t know if there are cameras, maybe he caused him to referee in the second half in a different way,” Ramos told reporters.”He said everything to him. This is football and everything should stay on the pitch.”ALSO READ: Barcelona and Real Madrid play out 2-2 draw in ill-tempered ‘Clasico’Roberto had been sent off right at the end of the first half for clashing with Marcelo, provoking fury among the home side’s players and supporters as moments earlier Real forward Gareth Bale had gotten away with a studs-up challenge on Samuel Umtiti.The constant on-field confrontations and meaty challenges led to referee booking Ramos and Barca striker Luis Suarez as well.Ramos also said he thought Suarez had been exaggerating his pain when the Uruguayan striker went down after a challenge in the first half. Real did not put the ball out of play at the time, angering Barca players.advertisement”When an opponent is down on the floor and you think it’s serious you normally kick the ball out of play. But I know him a little and I know what he’s like,” Ramos added.”We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary.”Suarez also had a goal ruled out for offside, while Madrid were denied a late penalty when Marcelo was tripped in the area by Jordi Alba.”We watched an incredible game of football and I can’t say if the draw is fair or not,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane, who would not be drawn on the referee’s performance.”Those that came to the stadium will go home happy. The game had a little bit of everything, I imagine it was very tough to referee.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Press Trust of India MiamiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 12:52 IST Prajnesh Gunneswaran beat Jay Clarke to qualify for the main draw at Miami Open (Reuters Photo)India’s number one singles player, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, beat Jay Clarke in straight sets to make the main draw of the Miami Open, his second straight Masters appearance.Prajnesh defeated Great Britain’s Clarke 6-4 6-4 in the second qualifying round of the ATP-1000 tennis tournament in Miami to progress to the main draw.Having reached a career-high rank of 84 earlier this week, the India number one began on a strong note, breaking Clarke in the first game of the match. He saved two break points in the other games on his way to sealing the first set.The starting of the second game was no different as the 29-year-old Indian again broke his 20-year-old opponent in the first game. Clarke managed to save two break points but could not prevent Prajnesh from sealing the set and match in his favour.This is Prajnesh’s second straight Masters main draw appearance, coming a week after reaching the third round at Indian Wells.The Indian will meet Jaume Munar of Spain in the first round main draw Friday.Also Read | Rain again spoils Miami Open party, wiping out playFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Prajnesh GunneswaranFollow Miami Open Miami Open: Prajnesh Gunneswaran qualifies for second straight main draw appearancePrajnesh Gunneswaran defeated Great Britain’s Clarke 6-4 6-4 in the second qualifying round to book his spot in the Miami Open main draw.advertisement Next
Some $2.6 million has been earmarked in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, to facilitate payment of unsettled land claims under the arterial roads programme.The programme seeks to improve 809 kilometres of the island’s network of main roads and highways, which link the 14 parishes, and associated structures, such as bridges, through a programme of construction, improvement and maintenance activities.Of the allocation, $2 million will go towards settling claims in relation to the Old Harbour by-pass in St. Catherine, while the remaining $600,000 is similarly earmarked for the Ocho Rios development road in St. Ann.Meanwhile, another $700,000 has been set aside to effect similar payments in relation to 692 kilometres of roads, linking secondary towns and other commercial centres, to the main arterial road system.This secondary road programme aims to effect routine maintenance of roadways and associated infrastructure.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter
The TNA continued to express its concern about the lack of progress on the issue of accountability, and have called on the Government to present a time-bound action plan to implement its own commitments. “The systemic failure to make progress on emblematic cases in the regular courts highlights the need for a special court with robust international participation in keeping with the government’s commitments. We welcome the High Commissioner’s recommendation echoing this demand. We also call on the government to operationalize the Office on Missing Persons forthwith. The inexplicable delay in doing so unconscionably prolongs the agony of the families of the disappeared,” the TNA said.The TNA welcomed the High Commissioner’s call that the Human Rights Council sustain its close engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka and ensure monitoring of developments in the country. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has welcomed the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the implementation of the 2015 Human Rights Council resolution, and its recommendations.The TNA said that while the report acknowledges some areas of progress, such as discussions on constitutional reform, it is critical of the Government’s failure to deliver with respect to a number of critical issues. “The TNA shares the concerns of the Report that confidence building measures such as land releases, release of prisoners, repeal of the PTA, reform of the Victim and Witness Protection Authority and ending military involvement in commercial and civilian activities have not been pursued satisfactorily. In fact, the failure of the government on these issues are steadily eroding the trust of our people,” the TNA said. The TNA also called on the Government to demonstrate good faith by making swift progress on the issues highlighted by the High Commissioner. (Colombo Gazette)
Announcing the suspension, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a press release “virtually none” of the funds pledged by donors at an international conference in Cairo last year has reached Gaza, and that it will need some $100 million in the first quarter of 2015. Over 96,000 Palestine refugee family homes were damaged or destroyed during last summer’s conflict and overall, $720 million is required to address this need, according to UNRWA. To date, the agency has received only $135 million in pledges, leaving a shortfall of $ 585 million. “People are desperate and the international community cannot even provide the bare minimum – for example a repaired home in winter – let alone a lifting of the blockade, access to markets or freedom of movement. We’ve said before that quiet will not last, and now the quiet is at risk,” said Robert Turner, the agency’s Director in Gaza. While some funds remain available to begin the reconstruction of totally destroyed homes, UNRWA has exhausted all funding to support repairs and rental subsidies. “UNRWA in Gaza has so far provided over $77 million to 66,000 Palestine refugee families to repair their homes or find a temporary alternative,” Mr. Turner said, emphasizing that while this in itself is a “tremendous achievement,” it is wholly insufficient. “It is easy to look at these numbers and lose sight of the fact that we are talking about thousands of families who continue to suffer through this cold winter with inadequate shelter. People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble; children have died of hypothermia,” he stressed. Of the $5.4 billion pledged at the Cairo conference last October to help Palestinians rebuild from last summer’s war, “virtually none of it has reached Gaza,” he added. “It is unclear why this funding has not been forthcoming,” said Mr. Turner. “But UNRWA has been a stabilizing factor in a very challenging political and security context and if we cannot continue the programme, it will have grave consequences for affected communities in Gaza.” The Agency warned that if did not receive the $100 million, it would not be able to continue to provide rental subsidies fearing that large numbers of families may return to the collective centers, where almost 12,000 displaced Palestinians continue to seek shelter.
By the agreement reached on 23 September, the parties have agreed to create a Special Jurisdiction for Peace, which prioritizes the rights of the victims, including in the areas of truth seeking, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition.“I am particularly glad that the parties have agreed that there will be no amnesties for the most serious crimes, including sexual violence. This constitutes a crucial step forward in the fight against impunity,” Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said in a news release. “The peace process in Colombia marks a milestone in explicitly addressing gender discrimination and sexual violence in the conflict,” added Ms. Bangura, who visited the country in March of this year.“The establishment of a Gender Sub-Commission to ensure the integration of a gender perspective in the negotiations, and the participation of sexual violence survivors and leaders of women’s rights organisations in the peace talks are unprecedented and should be an inspiration for other peace processes around the world.” Ms. Bangura was in Havana, Cuba, in May 2015 to discuss conflict-related sexual violence with the delegations of the Colombian Government and the FARC to the peace dialogue.“It is essential that the protection and empowerment of women and girls remain at the centre of the peace talks in Havana,” the press release stated.The 23 September agreement was also welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who, in a statement issued by his spokesperson last week, commended the parties’ commitment to place victims at the centre of the peace process.“The announcements made in Havana by the parties represent significant progress towards reaching a final peace agreement and bring Colombia even closer to ending the hemisphere’s longest armed conflict,” said the statement.
1958 ~ 2019Terry Dale Bell passed away peacefully at his home on July 5, 2019. He was born on March 1, 1958 to Leslie A. Bell and Mona S. Bell in Preston, ID, the youngest of 2 boys.As a child, Terry and his family moved from Grace, ID to North Salt Lake City, UT where he attended Viewmont High School. Terry graduated in 1976 and then went on to work for Utah Power & Light.He married Julie Tullis in 1978 and they had 5 children together, three girls and two boys, before later divorcing.Terry was very artistic. He enjoyed anything that allowed him to express himself. These expressions took place in many forms such as sketching and through the last several years, photography. He always had a great love for animals which was evident through his care and love for his dogs. He was rarely seen without at least one dog by his side throughout his lifetime. Terry also had a curious mind and was always looking for ways to expand his knowledge. He took classes at both Dixie State College and Utah Valley Community College in social work, criminal justice, art, and photography.He is preceded in death by his parents Leslie A. and Mona S. Smith.Survivors include his 5 children, Nicole Deabenderfer; TJ Bell; Trevor (Malinda) Bell; Brookelle Langi; and Kerissa (Tyler) Whiting; 16 grandchildren; and his brother Leslie A. Bell Jr.Graveside services will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2 pm at Memorial Lakeview Cemetery located at 1640 Lakeview Drive in Bountiful, UT. Condolences at www.MemorialUtah.com.
(Youtube/ NASA Kennedy)“Everything is looking good,” said NASA mission control.The flawless liftoff of the $671 million spacecraft began its 10-month journey to Mars.Arrival at Mars is scheduled for September 2014, with the science mission of the solar-wing paneled orbiter set to begin two months later.The probe is different from past NASA missions because it focuses not on the dry surface but on the mysteries of the never-before-studied upper atmosphere.MAVEN before launch at the Kennedy Space Centre. (Pic: AP Photo/John Raoux)Much of MAVEN’s year-long mission will be spent circling the planet at a height of 6,000 kilometres above the surface.However, it will execute five deep dips to a distance of just 125 kilometers above the Martian landscape to get readings of the atmosphere at various levels.Researchers have described the mission as a search for a missing piece to the puzzle of what happened to Mars’ atmosphere, perhaps billions of years ago, to transform Earth’s neighbor from a water-bearing planet that might have been favorable for life to a dry, barren desert.Read: India to launch first Mars mission tomorrow >Read: Life on Mars? Not looking likely, says new NASA study >© – AFP NASA HAS SUCCESSFULLY launched its unmanned MAVEN spacecraft toward Mars to study the Red Planet’s atmosphere for clues as to why Earth’s neighbour lost its warmth and water over time.The white Atlas V 401 rocket carrying the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter blasted off on schedule at 6:28 pm (1.28 local time).
Poll: Would you trust a self-driving taxi? Would you miss the chat with the driver? Short URL Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3438100 I don’t know (623) Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 9:54 AM By Paul Hosford Yes (5074) 89 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Poll Results: No (5410) YesNoI don’t knowVote Image: RollingNews.ie SELF-DRIVING CARS have been on the agenda for over a decade. But more and more they are becoming a reality for drivers and, as the head of Lynk told Fora, commuters.But, would you trust a self-driving cab? Would you miss the chat with the driver?We’re asking: Would you trust a self-driving taxi? 18,398 Views Jun 11th 2017, 9:54 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Citizens’ Protection Ministry rebuffed on Tusesday a report in the Financial Times indicating that Greece may be temporarily ejected from the passport-free Schengen travel area for its failure to keep undocumented immigrants out of the bloc, noting that the country needs more help as the European Union’s most heavily burdened external border state.The report, which emerged as the European Commission said the EU’s border monitoring agency Frontex would be bolstered early next year, invokes EC proposals foreseeing the suspension of countries from Schengen if they fail to meet their obligations as EU member states. “Such reports create confusion and distort reality as our country has been involved in the gargantuan task, in cooperation with the European Commission and Frontex, of guarding land and sea borders,” the ministry said. It added that the Commission should support member states “managing the massive burden” of guarding the bloc’s external borders from illegal immigration. Source: Kathimerini
Related Items:Annual US-China Sister Cities Conference, chicago, immerse bahamas TCI now linked to world’s largest with Chicago Flight added Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFreeport, Grand Bahama Island — During the month of October 2015, Immerse Bahamas represented The Bahamas at the 2nd Annual US-China Sister Cities Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The 2015 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference connected business leaders, government officials, and citizen diplomats primarily from the U.S. and China. Immerse Bahamas was invited to participate as it works toward building strong sister city alliances with both the U.S. and China. The conference provided best practices and networking opportunities for continued success and growth throughout the sister city network.With the upcoming ‘Investment & Trade Mission; Hubei China to The Bahamas’ set for Grand Bahama Island on 30th November 2015, it was an ideal opportunity to progress sister city discussions with Chinese Provinces, as well as US cities looking for business, cultural, educational, tourism, and humanitarian exchanges, throughout The Bahamas. Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel officially opened the conference by highlighting that Chicago Sister Cities International has been at the core of Chicago’s global outreach. “We understand the inherent value of Sister City relationships,” stated Mayor Emanuel. “To illustrate the growth of this relationship, in December 2013, I travelled to Beijing to sign the Gateway Cities Agreement. This agreement links Chicago with eight Chinese cities, as gateway points for investment. It expands trade and investment cooperation, strengthens communication, enhances trust, boosts economic development, and creates jobs.” The economic impact as a result of the sister cities network was wildly touted, with many examples of major projects and business transactions that have occurred, as a result of sister cities ties. To support this, Sister Cities International (SCI) recently released Measures That Matter℠, presenting the major economic benefits of sister city relationships and their impact on the global economy from 2014. “Not only is the Sister Cities International network a leader in citizen diplomacy and peace building, but this data shows that our network is also of huge importance to the global economy as demonstrated through tourism, trade, and investment,” said Mary D. Kane, Sister Cities International President and CEO. For 60 years, SCI has formed thousands of strong, mutually beneficial sister city partnerships, with thousands of people to-people and municipal exchanges taking place each year. The keynote speaker of the event, Jake Cefolia, Vice President, Atlantic and Pacific Sales, United Airlines, Inc., also enthusiastically shared the impact of these sister city relationships to the airline industry, and in particular, United Airlines strategic alliance and success in many of the secondary Chinese destination markets.Immerse Bahamas, a Destination and Project Management Company, specializing in projects that benefit the entire community, was praised for its efforts to further expand and develop sister city relationships with The Bahamas throughout the world, by Chairman of Sister Cities International, Bill Boerum. With the announcement of a delegation from Hubei China set to visit The Bahamas for investment and trade opportunities, at the conference, further discussions were held on progressing sister city relationships with cities and provinces in China with Xie Yuan, Vice President, The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.The Delegation for the Investment and Trade Mission on Grand Bahama Island will consist of executives from various Hubei enterprises with a mission to seek potential investment opportunities in The Bahamas and to promote bilateral trade, with representation in the areas of Agriculture; Light Industry; Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industry; High-Tech Industry; Mechanical Equipment; Urban Construction; Engineering Construction and Building Materials [including Property/Real Estate Development and Tourism]; Mineral Resources Exploration; and Automobile Industry. Interested parties may register at the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tourism Pitch In Houston Impresses 45 Year Travel Agent Chinese Expo set for Freeport this November
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PHOTO 1: SeaVee stolen boat being recovered Nassau Village Dec 3 (white hull)Police from Nassau’s Marine Unit tow the recovered 34-foot SeaVee from the car wreck yard found behind a church in Nassau Village. The boat was hunted down over a 10-day period by a friend of Cliff Bootle, Marina Manager at Treasure Cay, a member of The Association of Bahamas Marinas. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, December 5, 2016 – A 34-foot SeaVee center console sport fishing boat, worth $140,000, stolen on Tuesday November 22 from Treasure Cay, Abaco, was recovered in Nassau, thanks to the prompt action and dedication of an Association of Bahamas Marinas member.On Sunday, December 4th, a second boat was stolen from a Treasure Cay canal residence. The 31-foot Jupiter was found in Baker’s Creek, with engines missing. Police are following up on leads concerning a car license plate.The hunt for the SeaVee, however, was a 10-day chase across two islands. Captain Cliff Bootle, Marina Manager of Treasure Cay Beach, Golf and Marina Resort, reported the SeaVee missing in the morning of Wednesday November 23rd. The hunt ended when a close friend of Bootle’s found it on Saturday December 3rd, partly covered by a tarp in a lot behind a Nassau Village church.The hunt was successful, says Bootle, due to the determination of his friend, social media posts—and a fortunate mistake by the thieves who set off a rescue beacon signal, picked up by the US Coast Guard. The sporty Boynton Beach vessel, called Desperado, was found stripped of its twin 250HP Yamaha four stroke engines but otherwise in good shape.When the boat, owned by a Georgia resident visitor, was discovered missing on Wednesday morning, Bootle started searching the Treasure Cay area and reported the boat to the police. He began calling his industry contacts and his sister spread the association’s alert on Facebook. Days later on Monday the 28th, the post caught the eye of a dock staff worker from a Nassau marina who had seen a matching boat being towed down Soldier Road by a black truck.Bootle summoned a close friend who, on Tuesday, began canvassing south Nassau. A lucky break came on Wednesday November 30th when the US Coast Guard picked up a signal from the boat’s rescue beacon, accidentally set off by the thieves. The Coast Guard picked up two signals: one in Nassau Village and another in Marshall Rd. Bootle’s friend focused on the Nassau Village signal. After days driving round, Bootle’s friend’s determination finally paid off. On Friday December 2nd, he spotted it in a Sequoia Road car wreck work yard, off Buttonwood Ave, behind the One Accord Pentecostal Ministries church. He thought it was the Desperado, but wasn’t sure. Captain Bootle caught an early morning flight from Treasure Cay and confirmed Desperado’s identity.To secure the vessel, Bootle summoned the marina association’s contacts at Nassau-based Royal Bahamas Police Force’s Marine Unit, through ASP Carlton Adderley. PC Jones ordered a wrecker and the boat was secured with armed guards and taken to the police compound for fingerprinting. The engines that were seen on the boat along Soldier Rd on Monday the 28th, had gone. “Now we have to figure out who stole it. This time we were lucky,” said Bootle who attributes the good result to his determined friend, Facebook and the US Coast Guard. “This is a case of doing everything possible to help a customer,” said Bootle. “We’ll move heaven and earth to recover any vessel from our marina.”On reflection, Bootle says the government must do something drastic to stop the thefts. It’s hurting the Abaco economy and reputation. “The police in the whole of Abaco only have one boat. It should have at least four, one for each area. The thieves know it’s hard to catch them. It’s an easy life and good living for them. We’ve tried to get government’s attention to make the penalties and bail conditions harsher, but the industry feels that the system is ineffective and not doing enough,” says Bootle. “Although thefts are down 50% from last year, it’s still a major problem,” said the captain. “The laws are way too light. These thieves are caught but the next day they’re on the streets again planning the next one. Giving these guys light bail is a serious problem. They should all be electronically monitored. But even that doesn’t work sometimes.”At the recovery scene, Pastor Preston Collins of the One Accord Pentecostal Ministries church, said he saw the boat being trailered into the yard behind his church, figuring it was innocently being bought for repairs. A witness saw the boat’s name: Desperado, Boynton Beach. “The engines were on at the time,” said Pastor Collins, “But now they’re gone. They also sanded off the name. You can see the white marks where the words were,” said Rev. Collins pointing to the hull. “The boat’s electronics and radar are still there,” said Bootle. “So, the thieves didn’t get everything.”The marinas association President, Stephen Kappeler, praised his manager Bootle for having the care and dedication to fly all the way to Nassau to make sure the boat was recovered personally and quickly. “This was superb case of going the extra mile to assist our marina customers. He didn’t have to go, but Cliff wanted to serve his owner-customer in the most safest way. He rushed to the plane with no concern for himself—no clothes, no toothbrush. He had to ask his family to put some clothes on the next plane. We’re proud of Cliff’s dedication and perseverance,” said Kappeler.“Our thanks also go out to ASP Adderley and his Nassau RBPF Marine Unit and other officers. They came to the crime scene and brought in armed support to protect it from any further loss,” added the marina association chief. “We hope the brazen thieves will be caught, appropriately punished and put out of action, behind bars—with strict terms or no bail.”Executive Director of the association, Bob Bower says: “Boat theft remains a major threat to boating yachting and fishing tourism in The Bahamas. For a real solution, this must receive attention from the highest levels. In Abaco, the police need to be equipped with more than a single boat for responding or patrolling the entire Abaco chain, where the problem has been more severely felt,” he said. “An island chain of this length needs a minimum of four active police interceptors: one for Hope Town and Elbow Cay, one for Marsh Harbour, a third for Green Turtle, and one in reserve for repair. In fact, each habited major cay or settlement could use one. That would total about eight patrol craft. And all the police should be trained in boat seamanship and equipped for night interception with night vision and searchlights. Inter-island and inter-settlement communications could do with a major upgrade,” said Bower.The marinas association is trying to encourage all boat owners to do everything possible to secure their boats and engines. Boaters are urged to install tracking devices, alarms and engine and prop locks and dock owners and marinas are advised to employ bright lighting and video surveillance. “Nowadays, every boat and engine should have tracking devices. They’re increasingly affordable and easy to install,” Bower said.Bower, reflecting the opinion of his association’s membership, believes the penalties for boat theft need to be far more severe than they are at present. “The penalties are far too low”, he said. “The association has been asking government for seven years and more to address the boat theft problem. Police catch these life-criminals but easy bail terms let them out to steal their next boat. Bahamians and visitors—as well as the police—are tired of asking and the frustration of nothing getting done.” “A big, nationwide effort against boat theft needs to be organized,” summed the association’s director. “Every stakeholder needs to be present at the table, and a definite plan made and close follow-up. The police are overloaded and don’t have anywhere near adequate resources.”The Association of Bahamas Marinas is the united voice serving the Bahamas’ yachting, boating, sport fishing and marina industries. PHOTO 2: Jupiter Boat stolen recovered Bakers Creek (black hull)
A fire this morning destroyed a La Center mobile home, located at 33011 N.E. 30th Ave. La Center Police Officer Jerry Lester was patrolling about 8 a.m. this morning when he noticed smoke in the distance, said Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy. “He suspects something is wrong, drives out to the scene and finds a mobile home on fire,” Dawdy said. The vacant mobile home is in a remote area, Dawdy said, which led to the great delay in anyone reporting the fire. By the time firefighters arrived, the mobile home was fully involved and the roof had collapsed, Dawdy said. “If it wasn’t for the police officer being so aware, we may not have been alerted at all,” he said. Firefighters attacked the flames and protected a nearby RV that was also unoccupied. Investigators from The Clark County Fire Marshals Office are on their way to the scene to determine the cause of the blaze.