What hinders a Healthy Sex Life in Committed relationships by Dr Patrick

first_img Related Items:Dr. Patrick E. Prince, healthy sex life Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSex or sexual issues are usually symptoms of other problems within the relationship. When these are resolved, most couples realized it was never about sex.The following checklist highlights a few of the common relationship issues that I have experienced / addressed throughout my 23+ years of practice dealing with couples. This is not limited to TCI, but includes my Country, St. Kitts & Nevis, as well as other Caribbean Countries, and the United States of America where I studies and trained. This is not an exhaustive list; and these so-called sexual issues are often not about sex or sexual activities, but are signs and symptoms of other fundamental issues that are ignored:1. Boundary Issues – most spouses want to change their partners, and can’t; thus, there are holdouts on sexual activities as a way to pressure that change, which often never comes. Instead, it puts more strain on the relationship and on sexual activity.2. Decreased or Lack of Intimacy – as a result of couples not being able to spend the quality time and communicating as openly and positively as before, when they first met; desire for and affection towards each other decline. This often leaves both partners, or at least one partner unsatisfied; and sexual activity becomes more of a chore than a cloud of bliss.3. Distracted Attention – couples usually bring children into the mix. Children are a blessing; but couples have a tendency to allow children to distract their love, romance, and intimacy. Couples don’t date anymore, don’t have their sexual cat-plays anymore, they don’t dress sexily in the bedroom anymore… when asked why? The usual response, “the Children.” Of course, this hinders getting to the home base (Sex!!!).4. Emotional Cheating – because of all of the above previously highlighted issues, couples usual turn to a friend or a online buddy or a neighbor to confide in. This becomes a habitual activity. And, before you know it, it has gone too far. In most cases, there are no physical sexual interactions. However, the partner becomes so caught up in the emotional relationship that it distracts from the actual “real” relationship. Not finding a way to effectively communicate their needs and the relational hiccups, couples cause the door to the bedroom to be temporary closed.5. Lack of Appreciation – can trigger infidelity or emotional cheating. When a partner does not feel appreciated, s/he often turn to others for such attention. More often than not does “it” stays as verbal compliments. Left attended, it crosses over to the other side… where sexual activity looks brighter.6. Lack of Effective Communication – instead of couples communicate with each other, they talk at each other, complain to each other, and criticize one another as a means to communicate. What this does is turn off the switch to the activities in bedroom, starting with a decline in intimacy and foreplaying.7. Money – The Mighty King Sparrow (Calypsonian) sings, “No Money, No Love.” Couples are often not openly honest with each other about the finances. In many relationships, couples don’t budget; and the financial resources become depleted. The bills are yet to paid, but one partner has a new set of leather car seats or the other partner gets her ballroom-style gown, nails done, hair style off the chain for the upcoming event… Either way, neither partner previously discussed their spending; and thus, this turns into a verbal fight of yelling and name calling, resulting into resentment lasting for weeks up to months. When this happens, you know the bedroom door is closed for business… No Money, No Love!8. Poor Time Management – due to the stressful demands of work and hours spent on community volunteering activities, couples become so busy and distressed that the quality of their marital relationship decline, starting with the lack of spending quality time with each other. Therefore, the teasing and cat-playing that usual precedes awesome sexual activities are stopped; thus, killing the “big bang” feeling during sexual activities.9. Technological Interference and Distraction – with technology comes responsibility. Many couples text at dinner, at family meetings, in the bedroom – when they should be touching and gently caressing each other. Having the laptop in bed all the time next to your partner, doe not equal “Quality Time.” Many couples are on Facebook, when they should be kissing their partners faces. Many are on Twitter, when they should be tweeting the words of love in their partners ears. When this happens, partners will be turned off; thus, shutting the lid to the cookie jar.10. Unwillingness to Forgive – “I can forgive, but I can’t forget” … is usually what is said when asked about forgiving the past and moving on for the better. Many couples are NOT willing to forgive; … they are able to forgive, but more often, they are NOT willing to forgive. When this happens, resentment usually dominates and many partners resort to sleeping in the children’s or other bedroom or on the sofa / couch to avoid intimacy or sexual interactions with their significant other.last_img read more

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Samantha WilliamsGlinton laid to rest on Saturday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Celebrated public prosecutor Samantha Williams- Glinton was laid to rest. The young woman, who has been hailed across the length and breadth of the islands unique and ahead of her time with uncommon talent in the area of law and leadership was with funeral at Paradise Baptist Church on Saturday; she died of health complications on July 12, 2015 at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center. Four year old gunshot victim takes rest in the Bight Conrad Howell to be laid to rest this weekend Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:laid, samantha williams-glinton Sorrowful season at Abundant Life Church in Provo; two being mournedlast_img read more

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UK says no to Constitutional change too risky House Speaker urges preparation

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Aug 2015 – It was labeled a ‘slap in the face’ to the Turks and Caicos and its bi-partisan Constitutional Review process, which was wholly rejected by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “The response received from the United Kingdom to the deliberations of this House embodied in the matter sent to the UK pertaining to the Constitutional Review Committee; I find it quite insulting and a slap in the face that in this day and time, a couple of gentlemen would sit in London and basically tell us what is good for us.”Peeing on his foot, calling it rain… just one of the sharp phrases the Hon Robert Hall, Speaker of the House of Assembly expressed after reading the letter from HE Peter Beckingham, the letter from the UK Foreign Office and his reply to them, also by letter. This news came during today’s session via the Governor from UK Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Rt. Hon. Grant Chaps, who said ‘no’ to changing elements of the 2011 document given to the TCI as its Constitution and which is believed in many quarters to be regressive and archaic. The UK government, in this July 20, 2015 correspondence, says it in essence believes there have been too many gains with the current constitution to turn back now. Robert Hall is the Speaker of the House, and he hotly rejected the rejection. From the FCO: “One of the key lessons was the need to put in place a series of robust checks and balances, to ensure that TCI meets international recognized standards of good governance, the rule of law and sound financial management. The present constitution and later legislation have been and continued to be important legislations to deliver positive change in TCI. The turn-around in TCIs economy over recent years has been remarkable; of course it was driven in part by increase in tourist numbers but it is also as a result of the hard work that was done in TCI to reframe its constitution and to put in place the measures highlighted above,” the letter goes on to say, “It is against this background that I have accessed the Committee’s report and have concluded that to amend the constitution in ways proposed, would risk the hard won progress that was made, I do not believe this is a risk we can afford to take.”The response to this process which toured each of the islands, in some cases twice and which provided not only a formal document but video and audio evidence of what the people of the Turks and Caicos want, has now ignited a fresh call for the country to step out of the shadow of the British and shine on its own as an independent nation. Hon. Robert Hall, Speaker of the TCI House of Assembly: “Turks and Caicos you better stand together otherwise, you gonna fall individually. Start planning now more than ever before to pull down that Union Jack and raise whatever you design Turks Island, you gatta move ahead.” Related Items:constitution change, hon. grant chaps, robert hall, UK, union jack Recommended for you SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENS PDM writes House Speaker in push to launch investigation of TOLCo Rows break out in House of Assembly; Speaker demands apologies and withdrawalslast_img read more

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TCI begins loan refinancing talks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cabinet meeting, re-financing Cabinet launches consultation drives Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government has already begun talks with lending institutions as the UK bail out loan nears its maturity date; this was revealed in the Cabinet minutes of last week.According to a Government press release from February, “It is the TCI’s intention to use the reserves held in its Sinking Fund to pay off approximately $100m of the bond, thus refinancing only the $70m balance.”In 2008, TCIG received a $260 million dollar loan guarantee endorsed by the UK government; the TCI owes a $170 million bond, which matures in February 2016.Meanwhile, Cabinet ministers also advised His Excellency the Governor to approve a third Supplementary Budget Appropriation for the financial year 2015/16 to meet, what were described as, “urgent transactions and unforeseen policy/regulation changes”; these will be forwarded to the UK Government for approval. These new financial needs for TCIG will eventually be brought to the House of Assembly. Bahamas to hold historic Cabinet Meeting outside of Capital PNP Administration to Meet the Press in Post Cabinet debriefinglast_img read more

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3Ds of Prevention

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThere has been a significant amount of rainfall recently and residents are reminded to remember the 3 D’s to the prevention of vector borne illnesses like Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. The TCI has no reported cases of Zika let us keep It that way by eliminating all mosquito breeding sites.Drain– Mosquito problems in your neighborhood or home are likely to come from water-filled containers that you can help to eliminate. All mosquitoes require water in which to breed. Be sure to drain any standing water around your house. • Dispose of any tires. Tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes. • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers. • Clear roof gutters of debris. • Clean pet water dishes regularly. • Check and empty children’s toys. • Repair leaky outdoor faucets.  • Canoes and other boats should be turned over. • Avoid water collecting on pool covers. • Empty water collected in tarps around the yard or on woodpiles. • Even the smallest of containers that can collect water can breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes. They don’t need much water to lay their eggs. (Bottles, barrels, buckets, overturned garbage can lids, etc.)Dress– Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Studies have shown that some of the 174 mosquito species in the United States are more attracted to dark clothing and most can readily bite through tight-fitting clothing of loose weave. When practical, wear long sleeves and pants.Defend– Choose a mosquito repellent that has been reviewed, approved, and pose minimal risk for human safety when used according to label directions.  Ensure that windows and doors have proper screening, use a mosquito net to cover beds when sleeping.For more information contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 3382772 Grand Turk or 3384942 Providenciales. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Debate delayed

first_img Related Items:hoa delayed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 5, 2016 – House of Assembly was due to have met today into Friday, it is unclear if Government business in Parliament will resume tomorrow. last_img

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FNMs first budget presentation Economy worse than PLP said

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 31st 2017: DPM and Finance Minister Peter Turnquest in his maiden Budget Communication said the economy is bleaker than expected; $400M worse than stated.In making the FNM Government’s first Budget presentation since taking oath two weeks ago, Minister Turnquest says while he cannot justify the actions of his predecessors, coming into office has presented the situation bleaker than they first imagined, and says the former administration left a bare cupboard.The Finance Minister says the Perry Christie Administration misled the people of Bahamas by initially stating debt at $100M, however Minister Turnquest says in actuality it stands at a staggering $500M.The debt is attributed to expenditure incurred post Hurricane Matthew, and to policies implemented in days just before the lead up to the May 10th polls.The situation, Minister Turnquest says, has caused the FNM government to defer its manifesto plans for tax relief measures until a decrease in the country’s fiscal burden.Minister Turnquest says however, some reduction in taxes will be implemented.The Opposition PLP will no doubt challenge this report when it gets a chance to speak during Budget Debate.  Members of the party are already on record accusing the Minnis-led administration of misleading the public.#MagneticMediaNews#BudgetPresentation20172018#FinanceMinisterPeterTurnquestSaysEconomyWorstThanPLPSaid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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URCA still investigating Black Friday black out of mobile protability

first_img Aliv joins Bahamas MP & PM for Back to school event Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – November 28, 2017 – URCA is still investigating why there were mobile number portability problems on Black Friday for users switching from BTC to Aliv.Stephen Bereaux, the Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority’s (URCA) chief executive said: “There are some lingering challenges across mobile number portability that we are working with the operators to resolve. We, at this stage, without any suggestion of blame from URCA’s perspective in relation to the rules that govern mobile number portability in the Bahamas, think there clearly was a breakdown of sorts and it was inconsistent with how things are supposed to happen.“Whether that was a technical issue or process issue, how it would have been caused and what action we should take, we are doing our investigation and we expect to be able to give the public a little more information on the cause and where the problem originated.”URCA’s CEO also shared that if it turns out there has been a breach, they are prepared to deal with it, but for now, the public is advised that “with these systems occasionally there may be issues.” Recommended for you ALIV Sponsors 9th Annual Bahamas National Trust Eco Camp Related Items:#Aliv, #urca, btc More BTC Layoffs, interim CEO says company restructuring Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Re calibration for Magnetic Media going off the air into the future

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 28, 2017 – Providenciales – After nearly 8 years of delivering radio news in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Magnetic Media founder and CEO today announced that the company is making a considered shift to embrace new media distribution and circulation in news for increased global and regional reach; it will mean an end to their popular radio newscasts as of December 31, 2017.“In taking stock of my own life and my company, I have determined that I want to chart a new, more impacting course when it comes to doing ‘the news’ and I am excited about it.   Today, we began informing our thousands of followers and subscribers that we will no longer be delivering news on radio in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.”It is a major shift, which we have been contemplating for years and which proved to be the best direction for our company as we move into #2018.“What better time to do ‘the new’ than in a New Year.   People expect change during this season, and we are going to deliver upon  a change which will take us off of Power 92.5FM and Kiss 102.5FM radio stations in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands where we have been presenting news productions since 2010.We will also discontinue news on Faith 98.9FM in Providenciales, a Gospel station; Island 93.9FM in Providenciales, a Caribbean music radio station and Global Bahamas 99.5FM, adult contemporary music radio station and home of the ‘Steve Harvey Show’ in Nassau and Freeport, The Bahamas.“Honestly speaking, it releases us from the schedules and deadlines and gives us the liberty to flesh out important and intriguing news stories because we can take our time, devote the hours to getting to the heart of a matter and show our followers even more sides to the issues of the day.   We will deliver our results in news reports in audio, video and print form.”The CEO, who is the newscaster of Magnetic Media news reports, the voice behind the company’s One Caribbean TV news reports and the host of three-time Telly Award winning, Turquoise Morning TV show explained that the freedom from time constraints is just the beginning.“We will also now be more selective in the news assignments we cover.   Our re-calibration includes a decision to focus on stories with more national, regional or global effect.   We believe the current media landscape in both countries has that ‘handled’.   Our focus will be on the deeper impact of policy decisions, corporate maneuvers, international incidents and the like on our People in the Caribbean, our Places in the Caribbean and our Plans in the Caribbean.   This impacting coverage delivers the news that matters most, and for us at Magnetic Media, that is what matters most of all.”Magnetic Media, with offices in #TurksandCaicos and #TheBahamas will mark a decade on April 7, 2018 and an elaborate ‘Count up to Ten Years’ campaign is to be launched in February 2018.“Our team is like Gideon’s Army; small, strategic, mighty, faithful and guided.  We have achieved amazing goals this year including quadrupling our social media popularity and dramatically boosting our presence on YouTube.  (www.youtube.com/user/turksandcaicosontv) We have so much for which to be thankful, and we are, and that is why we are enlisting major companies to come on board to provide a pool of fabulous gifts for our followers.”Now at nearly 650 original episodes of Turquoise Morning TV show, Magnetic Media is changing the look of the program and the style of its content.“Our focus now will be more deeply on our People, Places and Plans.   We have created, with this announcement and decision, the time we need to really celebrate our Turquoise Morning guests.”Magnetic Media will also launch its ‘Magnetic Media News App’ in January 2018.“This will give our ardent followers and those we hope to gain as new followers in the coming months, a way to follow us and hear from us and see what we are up to in the most cutting edge way and on the go.   We are embracing the changes of the information age and we are doing so with open arms.”The company can be found on Twitter (twitter.com/magneticmedia1); on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) and on Instagram: dee242649.   However, the most popular following for the company remains at the website (www.magneticmediatv.com) and on Facebook, MagneticMedia Fanpage (www.facebook.com/magneticmediafanpage).“It was asked of me some years ago; what do you think is the secret to success?   I replied with, “The secret to success is the ability and flexibility to change.’  In faith we are making this change, convinced that this the right season and we are doing it for the right reason.  We are on our way to truly making ‘an impact’ which will mean an amplified voice for the people and issues which matter most.  Our team is ready, the region is ready, the world is ready… it is going to get really loud in 2018.”We hope to see you there.last_img read more

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How Canada plans to be a football nation

first_imgThe 2026 FIFA World Cup will be co-hosted by Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and the Canadians have big plans.The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be played in three countries for the first time in history.There will be games in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.But Canada is not known as a football nation. The country doesn’t have its own football league, instead, its teams play in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.And that’s about to change, according to the unveiled 2019-2021 Strategic Plan released today.“Canada Soccer’s new Strategic Plan continues the momentum for our sport and propels our Canada Soccer Nation on the path to maximize the unprecedented opportunity to develop, govern and grow the sport as we prepare to co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup™,” said Steven Reed, Canada Soccer president to the football association’s official website.“The landscape for our sport has shifted with Canada Soccer leading the evolution of the sport in this country.”“The Canada Soccer Nation: 2019-2021 Strategic Plan outlines our pathway to reach even greater heights in the years to come,” he added.Beckie is excited about the Women’s International Champions Cup Manuel R. Medina – August 13, 2019 According to Manchester City and Canada forward, Janine Beckie, the international tournament will give the women’s game a boost.“Success both on and off the pitch has established Canada Soccer as a leading soccer nation,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer general secretary.“On the pitch, Canada became the first Canadian team sport in more than a century to reach the podium in back-to-back Olympic Summer Games.”“Off the pitch, the record-setting FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 united the country from coast to coast with over 1.35 million spectators in attendance and over 45 million watching the final on television,” he continued.“Securing the 2026 FIFA World Cup was a watershed moment for our nation and we now have an exciting eight-year runway to grow the game in our country.”Welcome to Canada Soccer Nation pic.twitter.com/8VXJe3rSW7— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) February 11, 2019last_img read more

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Humidity decreases in time for ComicCon weekend

first_img Posted: July 20, 2017 July 20, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Humidity decreases in time for Comic-Con weekend KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A low pressure system that brought humid conditions to the region will begin to make its way out starting Thursday.Morning clouds and fog will stretch inland until mid-morning Thursday, allowing for mostly sunny skies Thursday. Morning fog will allow for cooler temperatures throughout the day.Conditions will be slightly more comfortable as humidity levels continue to lower through the weekend.Temperatures Thursday are expected to be 76 degrees along the coast, 85 degrees inland, 84 degrees for the mountains and 106 degrees in the deserts.last_img read more

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Motorcyclist hospitalized following solo crash in La Mesa

first_img LA MESA (KUSI) – A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries Monday when he failed to turn at an intersection and ended up in the parking lot of a La Mesa business, police said.It happened shortly before 1:25 a.m. in the 8000 block of University Avenue, La Mesa police Lt. Brian Stoney said.A 56-year-old man riding a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on University Avenue at a high speed when he approached the intersection at Baltimore Drive, failed to turn, left the roadway and crashed into the parking lot of a nearby business, Stoney said.The motorcycle and the rider slid at least 100 feet before coming to rest against a chain link fence in the parking lot, Stoney said.The motorcyclist was transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries, including several broken bones, Stoney said.“Both speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in this collision,” Stoney said.Officers from the La Mesa Police Department’s traffic division were investigating the crash. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter October 15, 2018 Motorcyclist hospitalized following solo crash in La Mesa KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 15, 2018last_img read more

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Man pleads guilty to shooting death of his son

first_imgMan pleads guilty to shooting death of his son Posted: February 6, 2019 February 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:14 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom, 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 92-year-old man who shot his son in the head as he slept in his father’s Old Town residence pleaded guilty today to voluntary manslaughter and is expected to avoid prison time.Richard Landis Peck had been facing a murder charge in the death of his 51-year-old son, Robert, who defense attorneys and Peck’s friends said was abusive to his father.Defense attorney Doug Gilliland said that under the terms of the plea agreement, Peck will be sentenced March 28 to three years probation and placed under house arrest.Gilliland called the resolution “a compassionate end to an unfortunate case.”The nonagenarian was arrested the evening of Nov. 14, after going to a neighbor’s house in the 2300 block of Juan Street and telling her that he had just shot his son, according to police. Officers arrived moments later and found the victim dead in his father’s residence.Gilliland alleged in previous court hearings that his client’s son was an alcoholic who was psychologically abusive toward his father, while the elder Peck was described in letters written to the court by friends as a “kind” man and “quiet gardener” who had never been in trouble with the law.Robert “Robbie” Peck was going through a divorce and had moved in with his dad about three months earlier, Gilliland said. Within those 90 days, the defendant feared for his safety and called police twice, the attorney said.In one instance, Robert Peck was held for a mental health evaluation, and in another instance, police said it was a family matter and they didn’t want to get involved, according to Gilliland, who said the defendant’s housekeeper was also “terrified” of his client’s son and wanted to quit.A dog in the home was kicked repeatedly and was found floating in a pond, the defense attorney said.The defendant’s family had been trying to intervene for some time and were unsuccessful in trying to get Richard Peck to spend some time away from San Diego in Athens, Georgia, Gilliland said.The attorney said Richard Peck told family members that his son was trying to make changes to his will.The day of the shooting, Robert Peck smashed his father’s telephone and told him, “I’m going to see you again” as he went off to bed, Gilliland alleged. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Snow a possibility this week

first_imgThe National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the week ahead but says it is unlikely the snow or strong winds appear until at least Tuesday.The cold weather system will move through the western Columbia River Gorge and across the Vancouver-Portland metro area, characterized by powerful east winds, with gusts of up to 25 mph, and snow in high elevations. Snow accumulation is possible on the valley floor Wednesday, and likely above 1,000 feet.At this point, it’s unclear if it will be cold enough to turn the forecasted rain into snow. It’s “a borderline event,” according to the weather service. Stay tuned.Here’s the rest of the week’s forecast:Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. East wind between 8 and 11 mph.Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind around 11 mph.Wednesday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. East wind between 7 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.Wednesday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 38. Chance of precipitation is 60%.Thursday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 70%.Thursday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 40.Friday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.Friday Night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.Christmas Day: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.Saturday Night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.Sunday: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.last_img read more

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John Laird Puppet accusations dont always hold up to scrutiny

first_imgMany liberals in Southwest Washington are quick to label Jaime Herrera Beutler as a puppet of the Republican establishment. That characterization is untrue, as you’ll see a little later. But first, let’s examine the charge for exactly what it is.This denunciation of the U.S. representative from Camas actually is not so much about Herrera Beutler herself as it is about her status as a first-term member of Congress. As long as we’ve had elections, both parties have tried to cauterize opposition rookies with the “dutiful robot” brand. Sometimes it’s true. Congressional novices often wrap themselves in the warmth of party loyalty, at least until they accumulate seniority and the concomitant clout.That’s not an absolute with Herrera Beutler, though. Her willingness to venture off the GOP reservation was evident last year when Republicans tried to kill the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program. Herrera Beutler was one of two Republicans in the House to support funding the agency that offers short-term loans to people who are at risk of losing their homes because they’ve lost their jobs. And she was one of 36 who broke ranks with the 242-member Republican caucus and voted to protect funding for the Endangered Species Act. Also, she was one of six Republicans in December to vote for the payroll tax cut extension.But Herrera Beutler’s relative independence is not verified by just these three bits of anecdotal evidence. It takes an objective trend analysis. For that, we have the National Journal to thank. Patient and precise wonks at the National Journal have for 30-plus years studied and ranked members of Congress on liberal and conservative ideological scales.They do this by examining roll-call votes: 949 last year in the House and 235 in the Senate. Their website explains: “Unlike interest groups that rate lawmakers, National Journal does not attempt to say how members should have voted. Our goal is to describe how they voted in comparison with one another.”last_img read more

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Death toll raised to three in Boston Marathon bombing with video

first_imgBoston bombs said to be made from pressure cookersSecurity beefed up worldwide after Boston blastsObama: Unclear who is responsible for explosionsVancouver man went from elation to disgust at Boston MarathonLake Stevens runner just feet from blast in BostonBOSTON — Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 140 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will “feel the full weight of justice.”As many as two unexploded bombs were also found near the end of the 26.2-mile course as part of what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack, but they were safely disarmed, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation.The fiery twin blasts took place about 10 seconds and about 100 yards apart, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending dense plumes of smoke rising over the street and through the fluttering national flags lining the route. Blood stained the pavement, and huge shards were missing from window panes as high as three stories.“They just started bringing people in with no limbs,” said runner Tim Davey of Richmond, Va. He said he and his wife, Lisa, tried to shield their children’s eyes from the gruesome scene inside a medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners, but “they saw a lot.”last_img read more

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Former students staff reminisce as Marshall Elementary marks 50 years

first_imgSecretary Judie Loveall has been greeting students at George C. Marshall Elementary School for 33 years, and she welcomed back former students, former teachers and parents whose children attended the school on Thursday during an open house marking the school’s 50th anniversary at its current location.While Loveall has seen thousands of students over the decades, she wouldn’t have known David Skeans as a student. She turned 2 the year he started at the original Marshall, which opened in 1943.The original Marshall opened the same year as Lieser Elementary School and two years after Hough Elementary School opened. (The district had earlier elementary schools, but those have been completely rebuilt.) Today, the district, which now goes by Vancouver Public Schools, has 21 elementary schools.Skeans was in Marshall’s inaugural first-grade class. The original school was about a mile away from the current Marshall on Vancouver’s McLoughlin Heights and built to accommodate children of parents who worked in the Kaiser Shipyard during World War II. Both of his parents worked in the shipyard; his two sons later attended the current Marshall.Skeans enjoyed looking through scrapbooks in the school gymnasium/cafeteria Thursday, pointing out a story in The Columbian from 1948 about an evening of skits at Marshall put on by children’s groups including his Cub Scout Pack 560. His mother, listed as “Mrs. J.L. Skeans,” was the den mother.last_img read more

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Warm Springs fire expands into forested area

first_imgPORTLAND — A fire on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon has expanded into a forested upland, complicating the battle against a six-day-old blaze.The growth of the Sunnyside Turnoff fire has slowed and is now estimated at 74 square miles. But the projected date for containing it has been pushed back from Sunday to next Thursday.The reservation fire started in grass, sagebrush and juniper but has spread north into the Mutton Mountains, fire information officer Bill Queen said Thursday.The area is marked by a tree common in Oregon’s eastern forests, the Ponderosa pine. Wildfires in trees can expand quickly by igniting lower-level fuels and racing to the crowns of the trees, spreading from there. Mountain winds are less predictable, too.The Kah-Nee-Ta resort on the reservation said it would reopen part of its operation Thursday, although its main lodge is expected to remain closed because of damage from an unrelated fire a few days before the wildfire broke out.last_img read more

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