Spanish striker David Villa, explained the reason behind his decision to leave New York City FC and sign a new contract for Vissel Kobe.You may have already found out about the new destination that striker David Villa chose to continue his career, the Spaniard just announced that he wouldn’t be returning to the MLS and he announced that he will play in Japanese club Vissel Kobe.But we still hadn’t heard any details from the man himself after the announcement, he just offered a press conference in which he explained why he chose Vissel Kobe to continue his retirement years.To those who are not aware, David Villa is set to join Andres Iniesta and Lukas Podolski in the Japanese club that is putting together a very ambitious project under Spanish manager Luis Manuel Lillo.Villa is already in Japan where he already gave a press conference as a player for his new club, he was very clear about his reason behind the new adventure he is undertaking and revealed that he is very happy to join former teammates Andres Iniesta in the club.Both Spaniards made history with the Spanish National Team between 2008 and 2012, they also shared a dressing room at FC Barcelona under Pep Guardiola during the same period of time.My new club.https://t.co/jC8UcI6ZjI— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) December 1, 2018“In my years as a professional footballer, I have had to make many important decisions. For an athlete, the ones made off the field are the hardest, and I find myself in another one of those moments now,” Villa said via Goal.“Throughout my career, I have always listened to my body, people around me, and my instinct most of all.”“In those moments of doubt, I hope that a sign, a detail or something gives me clarity. A new challenge awaits, Asia.”“I take care when making such big career decisions, I need to know a club really wants me,” he added.“I love to feel welcome and I felt that from Vissel Kobe. That’s a big reason. “When I got the offer from Vissel I called Iniesta and my wife called Andres’ wife.”“The city of Kobe, the wonderful times with family, hearing about the club’s togetherness and their project – I got a good impression of the club from Andres.”“He was my team-mate as well as my friend for many years. It’s great that I can challenge myself in a new project with him,” he concluded.Ronaldo Nazario came to Real Madrid 17 years ago today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 2, 2019 It is time to remember the time when Ronaldo Nazario was presented as a Real Madrid player, it was 17 years ago to this…Bienvenido a @vissel_kobe, Guaje! Feliz de volver a compartir vestuario contigo 😉😊 💪🏻 @Guaje7VillaWelcome to @vissel_kobe Guaje! Happy to play with you again 😉😊 💪🏻 @Guaje7Villa pic.twitter.com/a8iBwE3z8U— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) December 1, 2018In his time alongside Andres Iniesta, David Villa has won a combined two European Championships (2008 and 2012), a World Cup in 2010, the 2011 Champions League, as well as two La Liga trophies amongst other titles alongside Andres.Villa was able to develop a unique attacking relationship and an understanding that is very rare in football, these details are what made his decision to play for Vissel Kobe all that much easier.David is about to turn 37 years old next Monday, a fitting age for a retiree to play one last season before hanging up his boots.But even if he is already a seasoned veteran in football, we can be certain that he will deliver many goals for Vissel Kobe because he still is at a very high level of performance.The 80 goals he scored for New York City FC, as a testament of what David Villa is still capable of doing.From the very start of his career with the Japanese club, Vissel Kobe can already be considered a title contender due to the impressive attacking trio they have with both Spaniards and German forward Lukas Podolski.El equipo que está armando Vissel Kobe 🇯🇵3 campeones del mundo🏆Andrés Iniesta 🏆David Villa 🏆Lukas Podolskihttps://t.co/E8Iz18eTaJ pic.twitter.com/ZTk9fFKIlq— Futbol Picante (@futpicante) December 1, 2018How many goals will David Villa score for Vissel Kobe? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Manchester City player Fernandinho has hailed teammate Bernardo Silva’s brilliance at the Etihad stadium after they defeated League leaders Liverpool on Thursday night.The Portuguese midfielder was all over the pitch as he covered 13.7km, the highest any player has covered in the English premier league thi season and his teammate Fernandinho was full of admiration for him after the match.“I think he showed his class,” Fernandinho told the club’s official website.“He has shown his technique so many times, but today he was so aggressive, recovered so many balls and he proved he is very good – one of the best players in our team.“He is so important for us.”Fernandinho added that the club has picked up from the ruins of the recent matches while acknowledging the efforts of the fans in providing a superb atmosphere.Cristiano Ronaldo makes European history for Portugal Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 10, 2019 With all the arsenal on the pitch for Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo reached another all-time record in European football against Lithuania.The Portugal National Team made…“We had a chance and opportunity to show our quality after a couple of bad results,” he said.“The team has been playing good games and this is the most important for us. If you play bad you can win the games, but you have to play good and get the three points.“It was a nice game for everybody and of course for the fans. They were so excited, and I am happy for them.“I think all the big games are like this [tense]. You cannot blink. You get punished, all the games are high tension, so you have to be careful all the time and everyone who was involved had the same feeling, the same sensation.“We had to play our football and try to defend as well as we did, not concede goals.”
Elseid Hysaj’s agent claims the player could have completed a switch to Chelsea and could still secure a move away from Napoli if he fails to become a regular.The Albanian full-back has fallen down Ancelotti’s pecking order and his representative is unhappy given he could have left last summer.“He could have gone with [Maurizio] Sarri to Chelsea, but Ancelotti blocked everything,” Mario Giuffredi fumed in a quote cited on Football Italia.“He even publicly said recently that he was counting on him for this last period, but the facts say that in the last four games, Hysaj has only played one.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“Therefore that probably means he’s not too important for the Coach. If Ancelotti no longer considers him a starter, and wants to remove the disturbance, we’ll do it.“Hysaj doesn’t deserve this bad treatment, considering how much he’s given Napoli in the last three years, and also because it’s professionally correct to be clear in life.“Maybe it’s just a transitional phase, but every Coach makes his choices and it’s right that’s the case. So if Hysaj has become the fourth choice it’s only right they communicate that to us.“If this is a transitional phase we’ll soon see Hysaj as a starter again, or at the very least playing more consistently, but if Hysaj is no longer valued by the Coach we’ll ask for a transfer in January.”
The former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim footballer feels like at home with his new German Bundesliga club and hopes to show good quality football.A week after leaving German Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for VfB Stuttgart, Steven Zuber talked to the press for the first time.“Stuttgart are a big club who obviously shouldn’t be in the position they’re in at the moment. Their current position in the table is of no great importance to me,” he told the club’s official website.“Being near the top or further down the table doesn’t affect my personal approach. I always look at things on a game-by-game basis and want to win every single one.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“You start from scratch every matchday, and each time there are three more points up for grabs. The discussions with Michael Reschke and Markus Weinzierl were much more important [in persuading me to join the club]. They totally convinced me,” he explained.“I’ve already looked at a couple of flats here in Stuttgart and think I’ll move into one of them soon. I think I’ll feel at home quickly.”“I’m also on the right track in sporting terms after my ankle injury. I was able to participate in parts of training yesterday and hope to be able to train normally again this afternoon,” he added.“I obviously want to settle in quickly and give my all right away, but I need to wait for permission from the doctors and physios, who need to keep my enthusiasm under control.”
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has issued his players a warning as the battle for a top-four spot in the Serie A heats up.The Rossoneri are currently down in sixth-place in the standings and two points adrift of fourth-place AS Roma, who defeated Chievo Verona 3-0 on Friday night.Therefore, victory against Cagliari is a must on Sunday for Milan if they are to retake their spot in the top four of the table in a bid to return to Champions League football for the first time since 2014.Gattuso’s men have only claimed three wins in their last seven Serie A games following a run of tricky fixtures, which recently involved Napoli and Roma.But Milan’s next five opponents are all in the bottom half of the standings and could potentially offer them a chance to establish themselves in the top four.Although Gattuso is taking nothing for granted given Milan’s slip-ups in recent years.“It’s important to stay focused, knowing that for the past seven or eight years we have reached spring and not been in the running for a Champions League spot,” said Gattuso on the club website.“We need to be in a good position when we come to play our final games of the season, this is our objective.“The players have had the opportunity to rest a bit this week, often it’s better to rest than work. Playing before the others has helped us because when we’ve played teams that have less games than us we’ve tended to struggle.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.“It’ll be a difficult match against Cagliari and the stakes are particularly high tomorrow, especially given other results (wins for Lazio and Roma on Thursday and Friday respectively).”In their last 10 league outings, Milan have only found the net eight times and conceded five.“We certainly need to improve technically and fill the penalty area more, and sometimes this can be put down to laziness,” added Gattuso.“However, in order to not concede goals, you have to work hard. It’s all a question of how you are mentally, and we’ve trained to play a certain kind of football.“A lot of desire is needed, and we need to make the difference by thinking about what we want to do.”The Milan and Cagliari will take place at the San Siro on Sunday with kick-off set for 8:30 PM (CET).Coach Gattuso previewed the game against Cagliari. Here are the best bits from the press conference 🎙Un minuto per riascoltare le parole del Mister alla vigilia di #MilanCagliari⏱ pic.twitter.com/eaJC1CSWwj— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 9, 2019
Real Madrid left-back Marcelo recently made a stunning revelation about his future suggesting he will leave this summer if the club wants him to.Marcelo, 30, has enjoyed a decorated career with Los Blancos having won 20 trophies including four Champions Leagues over more than a decade at the Bernabeu.But has fallen down the pecking order with coach Santi Solari preferring youth team graduate Sergio Reguilon at left-back.The Brazil international has been regularly linked with a move to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. And he recently opened up about a possible exit.“If I am on the list of players [Madrid] want to sell, then they can pay me up and all is sorted,” Marcelo said via ESPN.“I trust in myself, in my work, but if a day comes when Real Madrid do not want me, I’ll go. I will be sad, but I’ll go. But I am sure I will not be kicked out.”Rumours are rife Ronaldo is trying to engineer the move to Juve, but Marcelo played down the prospect when asked again about the possibility of a move to Turin.Marcelo on when Cristiano told him he was leaving: “F*ck, we were training for the Champions League Final and he told me, ‘I’m leaving!’ Juve is a spectacular club with a great history but I have a contract with Real Madrid and I love being at this club.” [Esporte Interactivo] pic.twitter.com/7JxrwTtexJLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…— SB (@Realmadridplace) February 11, 2019“I have seen mock-ups [of me] with the Juventus jersey, and they are a spectacular team,” he said. “But I am at Real Madrid, I have a contract here.”Marcelo has been under scrutiny for his below-par performances at the club, something he attributed to injuries.“The level I have been showing is difficult to always maintain,” he said. “I am a little below that level at the moment, but my career has been like that, some little dips, and unfortunately this season I had three injuries in two months. I went through a difficult period in my football and within the club.“But that phase is over now, I need to play to get back to my usual form and confidence. But I feel good now, physically good, I am training strongly. I need to play to get back my confidence, but physically I am good.”Solari is expected to keep faith with Reguilon for Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg at Ajax.
Education Minister tours schools this week Recommended for you Related Items:akierra missick, alicia duncanson, missing, search Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Sept 2015 – The Youth Minister and Deputy Premier has joined in the call for anyone with information on Alicia Duncanson to come forward. Hon Akierra Missick reminded that Alicia, also known as ‘Leecie,’ was missing since Wednesday and was seen a couple of times on the weekend. The DP said she has been in conference with both the Police and the Social Welfare Department on the case, informing that a command post has been established to see the 15 year old returned home. I quote the Minister now: “At this moment, the command post has established two arms, one being an investigative arm and the other being a support and counseling arm. Both arms will work in tandem to bring about a swift and lasting resolution to this matter.” The Minister turned her attention, in that press release issued earlier today, to Alicia directly when she said: “Leecie, if you are hearing or seeing this please, I repeat please – contact the social welfare department on 338-2681…” Discretion was also promised by Minister Akierra Missick.
The Internazionale Milan coach Luciano Spalletti believes the only way to beat the Blaugrana in the UEFA Champions League is to give “100 percent”Tomorrow night two football giants will place each other.Italian Lega Serie A club Internazionale Milan will host Spanish La Liga side Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.And for Inter’s coach Luciano Spalletti, there is one way to beat the Blaugrana, but it will take his team all it has.Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“They’re the best,” he told Football Italia.“It’s the most difficult match in the game, and we have before us an opportunity to show that we really can compete with anyone.”“This is a match that gives you the chance to give anyone a game. In the matches after Barcelona we wanted to strengthen the concept of keeping the ball and positioning ourselves in the opponent’s half of the pitch,” he added.“We want to stay as far as possible from our own box and to do that we need to be a team.”
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar reckons tonight’s Champions League game against Napoli will be like a finalPSG head to the Stadio San Paolo needing to avoid defeat, at least, in order to maintain their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.Currently, PSG are in third place and a point adrift of Napoli with leaders Liverpool visiting Red Star Belgrade.And Neymar, who won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2015, is well aware there is no margin for error in Italy tonight.“It’s a very difficult match, it will be a final for us,” said Neymar on his YouTube.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“We know we have to win this game and we hope to have a good match to get a great result.“Again, we must approach it as if it were the last game of our lives.”Neymar has managed 12 goals and six assists in 14 appearances across all competitions for PSG this season.Meanwhile, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel refused to confirm Edinson Cavani for the Group C game.
The Japanese team came from behind to beat Guadalajara and will play Real Madrid in the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup SemifinalsTo Japanese fans today was just like a dream. Their team Kashima Antlers was behind Club Deportivo Guadalajara 1-0 during the first half of the Quarterfinal of the FIFA Club World Cup.But their club was able to overcome all obstacles and ended up winning 3-2 at Hazza Bin Zayed stadium, to advance to the Semifinals where they will play against Real Madrid.The Mexican side known as Chivas scored after three minutes of the kick-off thanks to a great play by Isaac Brizuela who sent a cross to Angel Zaldivar, who just had to head the ball to the inside of the goal to put things 1-0.But 45 minutes later, nothing of importance happens in the game and the referee whistled the end of the first half.And just four minutes after the second half kick-off, Shoma Doi entered the Chivas area to send across to Ryota Nagaki, who scored to tie things up 1-1.Official: Barcelona agree deal for Japanese star Hiroki Abe Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Barcelona have struck a deal with Kashima Antlers to sign the highly-rated Japanese star Hiroki Abe.Kashima Antlers got a penalty kick in their favor after Michael Pérez fouled Doi at the 68th-minute mark.Brazilian Serguinho shot the ball to the right side of goalkeeper Raúl Gudiño to put the Japanese side in the lead 2-1 for the first time in the game.And just six minutes before the end of the match. Hiroki Abe, who had just been subbed in, scored a beautiful goal for the 3-1.After 90 minutes of play, and with the help of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology, the referee gave Chivas a penalty after a foul over Jair Pereira.Alan Pulido scored from the penalty spot to put things 3-2, but that was not enough for Chivas who will now play against the loser of the match between Al Ain F.C. and Esperánce de Tunis.Japanese fans line up for a photograph just before the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup match between Kashima Antlers and Mexican Club Deportivo Guadalajara. Photo by Manuel R. Medina / Ronaldo.com
Arsenal boss Unai Emery reckons it will be a difficult proposition to impose themselves on Manchester City when they trade tackles on Sunday.Teams like Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Newcastle have all adopted a defensive style and counter-attacking tactics to defeat Man City this season.But Emery concedes. Arsenal may struggle to take a proactive approach into the game at the Etihad.Impressive finish, @DenisSuarez6 👌Over five minutes of training footage now available on our @YouTube channel 📺— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2019“Usually Manchester City, in every match they impose their style,” he told Sky Sports.“You want to impose your style, you want to play with your personality, but sometimes you need adaptation – more or less, it depends on the opposition.“It is tough to break their style and impose yours. When a lot of teams play with a profound block, it’s because they need to play like that and can also have chances to win.“Usually you can play ten matches against Manchester City – maybe Newcastle, maybe Crystal Palace, perhaps us as well – you can lose ten times playing the same, or possibly lose seven, draw two and win one.Report: Kanu makes bold claim about Pepe George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Former Arsenal superstar Kanu claims the Premier League teams fear Nicolas Pepe.The Ivory Coast international Pepe, made an 80 million Euro move to Arsenal…“But this style can work for you as Newcastle and Crystal Palace won against them.”Arsenal was thumped 5-1 at Liverpool in December as they tried to impose their style of play, but the former PSG boss claims he’s unfazed by the loss and will maintain his form.“They are two different teams,” he said of City and Arsenal.“Different manner of playing, but with a huge organisation, huge managers and also big players.“For example, the progress from Liverpool is significant progress, and now they are the favourites because they have the lead.“Maybe Manchester City is a different example because they paid a lot and maybe we can’t do that now like that, but our way is we can also do one way similar to Liverpool, similar to Tottenham.“Doing more with young players, using well players who can improve with us. And we are doing that. We need time, but also we need to be very demanding of ourselves to do that.”👔 @UnaiEmery_ put the squad through their final training session this afternoon📸 Here’s a look at what happened ahead of our trip to Manchester for #MCIARS— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 2, 2019
SDSU offering course on removing President Trump from office February 28, 2018 Dan Plante, Updated: 2:52 PM Posted: February 28, 2018 Dan Plante Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Donald Trump, San Diego State University FacebookTwitter 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) — A San Diego State University course titled “Trump: Impeachment, Removal or Conviction?” has caught the attention of national conservative media outlets, but SDSU officials said the class isn’t actually focused on getting President Donald Trump out of office.The weekend-long, one-credit class will be offered in March as part of the criminal justice program in the university’s College of Extended Studies.San Diego State University’s course description reads:“Focus will be on the two constitutional grounds: impeachment and removal (25th Amendment), and the possible charges of the independent counsel, the powers of the president, a history of the creation of that office and the comparison of divine right and rule of law leadership, presidential impeachments, including Nixon’s de facto impeachment, practically limitless grounds for impeachment, presidential immunity from indictment, and grounds for impeachment, removal, or indictment covering: conflict of interests, foreign emoluments, climate change, racism, religious bias, improper influence, nepotism, and a host of crimes, including conspiracy, false statements, and obstruction of justice.”A story about the class first appeared on Campus Reform, a website that aims to “expose liberal bias on America’s campuses.” The article states the course is “dedicated exclusively to the topic of removing Donald Trump from office.”But university officials disputed that claim.“The course presents an overall framework of impeachment, removal or criminal investigation of a president and rather than focusing on President Trump, reviews all 19 impeachments in U.S. history,” according to the university.The spokeswoman stressed that the College of Extended Studies is a self-supported entity and the course is not funded through taxpayer dollars.One of the co-authors of the Campus Reform story questioned the veracity of the university’s statement.Brandon Jones, who is also president of the SDSU College Republicans, pointed to the course’s required reading as proof of its anti-Trump agenda.The lone assigned book, Allan Lichtman’s “The Case for Impeachment,” was written following Trump’s election and attempts to “lay out the reasons Congress could remove Trump from the Oval Office: his ties to Russia before and after the election, the complicated financial conflicts of interest at home and abroad, and his abuse of executive authority,” the back cover reads.“The bottom line is they’re offering a course with a clear agenda,” Jones said. “As far as not being funded by the taxpayers I’m not going to take their word for it.”Class instructor John Joseph Cleary could not be reached for comment.Representatives from SDSU issued the following response:On behalf of Joe Johnson, interim dean of the College of Extended Studies and Joyce Gattas, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts,we would like to acknowledge those who have been offended by a course offered through the College of Extended Studies, an entity of San Diego State University. In retrospect, we realize the title of the course, “Trump: Impeachment, Removal, or Conviction?” is inconsistent with the course content described. As a result, the title will be amended to accurately reflect this course offered now and for future offerings of this course.The course presents an overall framework of impeachment, removal, or criminal investigation of a president and rather than focusing on President Trump, reviews all 19 impeachments in U.S. history. The one-unit, weekend class is not a requirement for graduation and is not paid for by state funds.SDSU’s College of Extended Studies operates as a self-support entity and as such, does not receive any taxpayer funds. To reiterate, this course, or any other Extended Studies course is not state funded.We have received overwhelming response to this story on the KUSI News Facebook page. You can read and add your own opinion to the post below.
San Diego Police Department searching for missing National University student Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 27, 2018 Posted: March 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego police asked the public Tuesday to help locate a missing 29-year-old National University student.Adam Olgiun was last seen leaving a college class Tuesday around 10:30 a.m.It is believed Olgiun may have left the school campus driving his white 2013 Subaru Outback yielding California license plate 7PRS372.There is a unique green California bare roots sticker on the rear window of the vehicle. Olguin is described as a Hispanic male, 5’-11”, 190 LBS, with brown hair and brown eyes.Anybody with information on Olguin should contact the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000 or during business hours the SDPD Missing Person’s Unit (619) 531-2277. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom,
Migrants streaming into Tijuana, but now face long stay TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — About 2,000 Central American migrants had already reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana and another 1,200 from a second caravan set out from Mexico City toward the border Friday.With shelters already full, authorities in Tijuana opened a gymnasium and gated sport complex for up to 1,000 migrants, with a potential to expand to 3,000.But at least that many migrants were still on the road or trickling into the city aboard buses, and a third caravan was still waiting in Mexico City. Tijuana faced a potential influx of as many as 10,000 in all. The city’s privately run shelters are meant to have a capacity of 700.With U.S. border inspectors processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at the main border crossing with San Diego, prospects grew that migrants would be stuck waiting in Tijuana for months. Concerns continued about what the Central Americans will do, or how they will support themselves in the meantime.On Thursday, migrants napped on mattresses at the gymnasium in Tijuana while men played soccer and exchanged banter on a crowded, adjoining courtyard. A woman dabbed her crying, naked toddler with a moist cloth.Francisco Rueda, the top deputy to Baja California state Gov. Francisco Vega de la Madrid, said “This is not a crisis,” but agreed that “this is an extraordinary situation.”Rueda said the state has 7,000 jobs available for its “Central American migrant brothers” who obtain legal residence status in Mexico.“Today in Baja California there is an employment opportunity for those who request it, but it order for this to happen, it has to regulate migrant status,” he said.The thriving factories in the city of 1.6 million are always looking for workers, and several thousand Haitian migrants who were turned away at the U.S. border have found jobs and settled in Tijuana the last two years.Police made their presence known in a city that is suffering an all-time-high homicide rate. A group of about 50 migrants, mostly women and children, walked through downtown streets Thursday from the city shelter to a breakfast hall under police escort.As buses from western and central Mexico trickled in, some families camped inside the bus terminal and waited for word on where they could find a safe place to sleep.Oscar Zapata, 31, reached the Tijuana bus station at 2 a.m. Thursday from Guadalajara with his wife and their three children, ages 4, 5 and 12, and headed to the breakfast hall, where migrants were served free beef and potatoes.Back home in La Ceiba, Honduras, he sold pirated CDs and DVDs in the street and two gangs demanding “protection” money threatened to kidnap his daughter and force her into prostitution if he didn’t pay. When he heard about the caravan on the TV news last month, he didn’t think twice.“It was the opportunity to get out,” Zapata said.Zapata said he hopes to join a brother in Los Angeles but has not yet decided on his next move. Like many others, he plans to wait in Tijuana for others in the caravan to arrive and gather more information before seeking asylum in the United States.Byron Jose Blandino, a 27-year-old bricklayer from Nicaragua who slept in the converted gymnasium, said he wanted to request asylum but not until he could speak with someone well-versed in U.S. law and asylum procedures.“The first thing is to wait,” Blandino said. “I do not want to break the laws of any country. If I could enter in a peaceful manner, that would be good.To claim asylum in San Diego, migrants enter their names in a tattered notebook held together by duct tape and managed by the migrants in a plaza outside the entry to the main border crossing. On Thursday, migrants who registered six weeks ago were getting their names called. The waiting list has grown to more than 3,000 names and stands to become much longer with the new arrivals.Dozens of gay and transgender migrants in the caravan were already lining up Thursday to submit asylum claims, though it was unclear how soon they would be able to do so.Rueda, the governor’s deputy, said that if all migrants from the caravan currently in Tijuana were to register to seek asylum in the U.S., they would likely have to wait four months at current processing rates. For that reason, the state has asked Mexican federal authorities to encourage people in other caravans to go to other border cities.The caravan has fragmented somewhat in recent days in a final push to the border, with some migrants moving rapidly in buses and others falling behind.On Thursday, hundreds were stranded for most of the day at a gas station in Navojoa, some 750 miles (1,200 kilometers) from Tijuana.“We were dropped here at midnight … in the middle of nowhere, where supposedly some buses were going to come pick us up, but nothing,” Alejandra Grisel Rodriguez of Honduras told The Associated Press by phone. “We are without water, without food.”After about 12 hours, seven buses began arriving to collect the migrants, Rodriguez said, but they quickly filled up.“We would need at least 40 or 50,” she said.___Associated Press writer Maria Verza in Culiacan, Mexico, contributed to this report. Posted: November 16, 2018 AP, Ed Lenderman, November 16, 2018 AP, Ed Lenderman Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitter
As the Senate continues debate on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), language to change upcoming regulations for on-farm fuel storage has been accepted unanimously as part of the bill. The amendment would set storage tank thresholds below which agricultural operations would be excluded from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Rule.Some farms would be exempt altogether, while others storing a certain amount of fuel would be allowed to self-certify their own oil spill prevention plans.The amendment creates a temporary 6,000 gallon aggregate aboveground oil storage exemption threshold for farms for up to 30 months, pending the completion of a joint EPA–U.S. Department of Agriculture study to set a permanent exemption threshold for farms between 2,500 and 6,000 gallons, based on what constitutes a significant risk of discharge to water and a subsequent rulemaking by EPA.The amendment also permits farms to self-certify their spill prevention plans if their aggregate aboveground oil storage is between 6,000 and 20,000 gallons. A professional engineer must certify the plan if the farm has an individual storage tank greater than 10,000 gallons, an aggregate aboveground oil storage greater than or equal to 20,000 gallons, or a reportable oil discharge history.
Information provided by the National Biodiesel Board. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released the following statement from Anne Steckel, vice president of federal affairs, regarding the European Commission’s decision announced Tuesday to extend protectionist trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from the European market since 2009:“The European Commission has decided to continue a policy that is clearly aimed at giving European biodiesel producers an edge over their competition and a lock on the European market. It is disappointing, and we will continue evaluating our options for fighting these protectionist duties.”“This decision highlights why the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive should be reformed and converted into a domestic production credit so that we have a level playing field. When the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive is in effect under the current structure, European biodiesel can be shipped to the United States only to be rewarded with a $1-per-gallon incentive, while at the same time U.S. biodiesel shipped to the EU is slapped with punitive duties. This is obviously unfair to American companies and workers.”The punitive duties were first imposed by the European Commission on July 7, 2009, and were slated to expire last year. However, in July 2014, the European Biodiesel Board pushed to extend them for another five years, and the Commission has been conducting an “expiry review” for this purpose. The EU has cited the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive in the U.S. as a reason to extend the duties, ignoring the fact that the biodiesel tax incentive is currently expired and that European biodiesel was eligible to receive the tax credit so long as it was blended in the U.S.In challenging the duties throughout the expiry review, NBB emphasized that European biodiesel producers are able to sell biodiesel in both Europe and the United States without duties or limitation and can freely participate in U.S. policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard and, before it had expired, the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive. In fact, U.S. imports of biodiesel from the EU have grown in recent years while EU imports of U.S. biodiesel have been virtually eliminated since the EU duties were imposed.Biodiesel is the first EPA-designated Advanced Biofuel produced on a commercial scale nationwide. It is produced in nearly every state in the country from a variety of fats and oils including soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats. Americans consumed about 1.8 billion gallons last year. The industry supports more than 62,000 U.S. jobs.