The Saturdays’ Mollie King has been unveiled as the face of the British Heart Foundation’s National Heart Month.Mollie has already shown incredible support to the Foundation, including attending their annual Tunnel of Love art and fashion auction and party for the last two years.The Saturdays star will be asking people to pay £2 to Rock Up in Red and join the fight against heart disease on 1st February 2013.Mollie says: “I’m thrilled to be supporting the British Heart Foundation this February by rocking up in red and joining the fight against heart disease.“Whether it’s red nails, red lipstick or even red socks, it’s really easy to do and for just £2 you’ll really be helping the BHF continue its life-saving work. Anything goes, as long as it’s red!”Mollie added: “It is a cause very close to my heart, as my grandfather sadly passed away after suffering a heart attack when I was younger.”Heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer. It kills one in six men and one in nine women and is responsible for almost 80,000 deaths in the UK each year, an average of 220 people each day. As well as being the leading cause of death, nearly 2.7 million people in the UK are living with heart disease, many of whom struggle with everyday tasks.Rock Up In Red this February and make a heartfelt statement for your loved ones. Order your free fundraising pack online or call their hotline on 0300 330 0645.
APTN National NewsResidents from across Nova Scotia, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike, came out to downtown Halifax to show their support for the Idle No More movement.The crowd quickly made it clear that this movement isn’t going away any time soon.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBritish Overseas Territories all on one page…A facebook page has been launched that will feature content from all 14 territories. The Turks and Caicos Islands will be featured this Monday November 18. The page will also serve as a useful tool for instant updates and information in a few weeks when the leaders of all British Overseas Territories meet in London for the Joint Ministerial Conference. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp read more
Recommended for you New categories for legal fishing proposed in Parks amendments bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Apr 2015 – Planning Department not offering any updates on how the public is responding to the opportunity to weigh in on the 12-storey resort proposal. Next week is the deadline for residents to offer their views and opinions on the very serious proposal for a 12-storey hotel development in Leeward, Provo. A campaign was launched earlier this month among the near 4,000 members of Speak Your Mind TCI asking for people to express themselves on the development. A revised application has been submitted by Sunset Point Development Ltd. Representations are to be sent to in writing to the Director of Planning, South Base, Grand Turk, or through the Department of Planning, Downtown, Town Center Mall, Providenciales. The resort would bring 250 rooms, reception and conference building, spa building, gym, retail stores and three restaurants. It would be the tallest resort development in the Turks and Caicos, if approved. Construction Industry growth projected at 10% in 2017 Related Items:12 story hotel, planning department, sunset point development Taller buildings for Grace Bay to Turtle Cove approved at Cabinet read more
#speechfromthethroneBahamas Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, Today’s opening of Parliament follows upon my government’s election to office fourteen days ago in a most historic election victory. My Government is grateful to Almighty God for his guidance, which enabled a peaceful political transition by free people who have embraced Parliamentary democracy for well-nigh 288 years. With a voter turnout of 88% and the participation of 175 candidates representing five (5) political parties in the General Election of 2017 bears eloquent testimony to the spirit of participatory democracy. This it is a reason for exultation and pride, particularly when we are surrounded by examples of many nations with historically low voter turnout. It is therefore suitable that while thanking Almighty God we also commend the Bahamian people for their spirited and full participation in an electoral process that turned out, despite early confusion, to be violence free, and that gave birth to a new era. Our Bahamas is world renowned for the civility that surrounds our national elections, and once again we can take collective pride in reinforcing our reputation for upholding our democratic traditions. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, On 10 May 2017, the Bahamian people spoke loudly, clearly and resolutely in the ballot boxes, and gave the Free National Movement, an overwhelming vote of confidence to restore this nation to the core values of Self Discipline, Industry, Loyalty, Unity, good governance and an abiding respect for Christian values and the Rule of Law. Consequently, my Government is fully committed to harnessing the energy the Bahamian people and is determined to pursue policies that promote harmony and not division. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, The mandate given to my Government on 10 May 2017 is a mandate for change. This is a time for the accelerated development of all of our people in all spheres of national life. This is a time for the people. This is indeed the peoples’ time. My Government has therefore pledged to listen to the voice, aspirations, dreams, hopes and desires of our people. Despite the parallels with the victory of 1992, my Government is well aware that the world has changed significantly. Thus the policies of my Government will not be drawn from the experiences of the past, but must be formed in the sunlight of contemporary realities. This reality is reflected in the very large number of new faces in our Parliament which tells me that there is a growing number of young people with a strong desire for public service. My government will be well served by this large contingent of first time members in the halls of Parliament. They will be assisted by a number of experienced Members of Parliament in both the people’s Senate and House of Assembly, on whom we rely to provide the thread of continuity that is so valuable in passing the torch of good governance and experience to new generations. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, When we look around the world, we easily come to appreciate how fortunate we are, and what a privilege it is to be a citizen of The Bahamas. The members of our new Parliament surely recognize what a privilege it is to serve, in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, some of the most favored people, lands and seas to be found anywhere on God’ s earth. We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our God, to focus first, foremost and forever, on restoring those values that our forefathers espoused at the founding of our nation 44 years ago. My government is convinced that our transgressions in governance, our levels of crime, our levels of unemployment, our unhealthy lifestyles, our levels of social injustice and our seeming worship of power over principles, will never abate until and unless we begin to restore those Bahamian values that we cherished and embraced not so long ago. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, We propose to enlist our religious communities to assist my government in reawakening and reestablishing those national values, as a persistent, ongoing and ever growing effort. And with an eye to the future, we fervently ask for the support of our religious community, in bringing an increasing number of our young people, and especially our young Bahamian men, back to becoming fully engaged members of our spiritual communities. We must intervene to save our youth, for this time is indeed, and especially, the younger peoples’ time. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My government is troubled by the perceived increase in talented young Bahamians, seeking their fortunes permanently beyond the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. No country can maximize its potential, if many of its talented young people enlist their talents permanently in the development of economies elsewhere. My Government will implement a national skills register of Bahamians overseas to assist with their participation in national development and to provide them with opportunities for engagement in regional and international organizations. My Government will work assiduously to reduce the high level of youth unemployment to secure the future of this nation. We will also seek to reduce total unemployment which will improve the standard of living and quality of life for all of the people of The Bahamas. We will address youth unemployment, in collaboration with stakeholders, through the implementation of specialized programmes that will equip our youth with essential job-related skills and provide employment opportunities. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government will place before you, an ambitious agenda of reform and modernization. My Government will ensure that its Ministers are held to the highest standards of constitutional and personal conduct. Consequently, my Government will enact and enforce anti-corruption legislation for all Parliamentarians and Public Officers. My Government will, with the consent of the electorate in a referendum, constitute an Independent Electoral Commission and Boundaries Commission, introduce term limits for Prime Ministers and introduce a system of recall for non-performing Members of Parliament. The Office of Ombudsman will be created to provide a direct source of relief, where people have legitimate grievances due to the actions or inactions of government or any agency of the government. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, The Rule of Law is critical to the maintenance of the People’s trust in the exercise of public authority, so my government will enact legislation to establish the Office of an Independent Director of Public Prosecutions. In support of this endeavor certain functions now performed by the Attorney General, such as the power to issue a Fiat authorizing the commencement of legal actions in sensitive matters or a Nolle Prosequi, will be transferred to the Director of Public Prosecutions. To restore the People’s confidence in public administration, my Government will create a Bureau of Investigations to investigate matters referred by the Auditor General, the Ombudsman or the public. My Government will put forward legislation to establish and strengthen the independence of the Office of the Auditor General, allowing it to function properly and without government imposed constraints on its finances. My Government will amend the Public Disclosure Act to broaden the scope of application to include campaign finance reform and to make provision for direct referral to an independent prosecutor. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government will modernize and increase the efficiency of the judicial system to give wider access to justice. We will improve the efficiency of the Judiciary by enacting a Court Services Act to remove the Office of the Judiciary from the Public Service, and we will require all new Magistrates and Judges to attend the newly created Justice Training Institute. To improve the efficiency of the magistrates’ courts, my Government will seek to introduce an audio-visual digital recording system to reduce the need for manual recording of evidence by Magistrates. This will ensure that Transcripts of Trials or Preliminary Inquiries are prepared and certified in a timely manner to reduce delays in cases. Additionally, to enhance efficiency, my government will amend the 82 years old Magistrates’ Rules of Court 1934 which govern proceedings so that Magistrate Court summonses will no longer have to be served by police officers only. This will release our police officers to actively fight crime. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government recognizes the value of tourism to the economy, while being keenly aware of the fierceness of the competition in the global and regional tourism marketplace. My Government will collaborate with all the major tourism industry stakeholders to enhance the tourism product onshore, to develop throughout our islands. My government’s primary goal in communications, sales and airlift strategies will be on ensuring a return on investment in all that we do. My Government will work aggressively towards expanding our digital footprint by using data driven metrics towards all efforts. My government will give greater priority to initiatives to enliven and bring excitement to downtown Nassau. My Government will execute plans for the continued refurbishment of Festival place. My Government will aggressively pursue additional airlift. My Government will strengthen the sales and marketing team in our network of Bahamas Tourist Offices across the United States, Canada and Europe. My Government will capitalize on the marketing power of social media by engaging freelance bloggers to generate content and publicity about the Family Islands. My Government will launch the rebound of the island of Grand Bahama in accordance with the template of a master strategic plan designed for Grand Bahama. Accordingly, my Government will establish a tourism signature identity in the marketplace for the Island of Grand Bahama. My Government will collaborate with strategic international partners to bring world class tournaments and competitions to Grand Bahama. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government will stimulate the local business environment. My Government will strengthen the Fresh Start and Jump Start initiatives established during its last term in office. My Government will establish a One-stop-shop to improve the ease of doing business. My Government will grant tax inducements or incentives to Bahamians comparable to or in line with those given to foreign investors. My Government will review and give consideration to the ownership of taxi licence plates by persons who have been leasing those plates for many years. My Government will enact legislation to ensure that there are standards applied to import products that Bahamians consume as well as to products manufactured here. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government realizes that a healthy and strong Grand Bahamian economy is vital to the growth and development of the entire Bahamas. Consequently, my Government will establish an Investment Promotion Board to promote Grand Bahama as a place for doing business and recreation. My Government will repeal and replace the Grand Bahama (Port Area) Investment Incentives Act 2016 to ensure that all licencees receive equal treatment under the law. My Government will focus on the development of Freeport as an off shore technology hub. My Government will promote Grand Bahama as a primary location for the local and international film and television industries. My Government will create incentives to establish a financial services centre in Grand Bahama. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government is committed to the exploration and development of the untapped resources of the Family Islands. Consequently, my Government will promote diversification in tourism and banking and promote more Bahamian ownership of these industries. My Government will, where practicable, ensure the purchase of locally manufactured goods and services and other supplies. My Government will renew the Family Island Incentives Act to promote growth in agriculture and manufacturing and support diversification in growth of agricultural produce among Family Islands and encourage and enhance inter island trade. My Government will provide for a portion of the revenue collected by the District Councils to be used to address local needs. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government will establish a committee to look into the implementation of local government in New Providence. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government firmly believes that to live and work in a safe, secure, and prosperous community is the inalienable right of all citizens in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Our steadfast resolve is to target the root causes of crime and implement modern crime fighting strategies. My Government is committed to collaborating and working with community partners: parents, educators, church leaders, youth leaders, social workers, and all relevant agencies of the government. Through neighbourhood safety programs and community-based partners the culture of violence in our communities will change. My Government continues to be committed to zero tolerance for crime, inclusive of minor infractions. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, Our most urgent priorities in crime fighting are initiatives that focus on prevention, deterrence, and enforcement. My Government will enact legislation to establish the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). My Government will enact legislation to address the conditional release of offenders into society through a Parole and Probation of Offenders system. My Government will enact legislation to establish a Guns and Gang Unit that will focus on dismantling gangs and disrupting the trafficking in illicit firearms. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government will continue to close the gap between science and criminal justice and the quality of admissible DNA evidence. Recognizing the influence of the Internet in all aspects of our lives, and the use and misuse of social media, my Government will place emphasis on the detection of financial, commercial, and cyber-crimes. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government recognizes that the education and training of Bahamians are key factors in the progressive and sustainable economic development of our nation. We must, with purpose and urgency, address the present national skills deficit, improve sub-standard literacy, numeracy and communication levels in our nation and promote greater inclusiveness in the education of society. My Government will mandate pre-school learning for all two and a half year olds. We will ensure the availability of adequately staffed and equipped pre- school facilities in all Family Islands where practicable. My Government will enhance the provision of Specialty Education to ensure equity in education and employability of students with special needs. My Government will establish a National Apprenticeship Scheme, in consultation with relevant stakeholders. My Government will expand technical and vocational education. My Government will implement a pilot programme for single gender classes at the Junior High School Level to assist with closing the achievement gap between boys and girls. My Government is committed to substantially reforming the Education Act that will allow for the establishment of a National Education Commission. A long term goal is the end of social promotion in the school system. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government will provide easy and affordable health care throughout The Bahamas. My Government reaffirms that the fundamental premise of National Health Insurance is that eligible residents have equitable access to quality healthcare. My Government supports National Health Insurance but recognizes that the present roll-out model, which focuses on primary care services, does not address the significant health maladies our country presently faces. My Government will therefore extend the focus of NHI to secondary and tertiary health care. My Government will oversee the incremental implementation of a progressive and functional National Catastrophic Health Insurance Programme. My Government will construct, upgrade and expand state-of-the-art facilities and services throughout New Providence and the Family Islands, inclusive of a mini hospital on the island of Eleuthera. My Government will enhance the conditions of service for all health care staff. My Government will ensure an adequate supply of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to all medical facilities and clinics in The Bahamas. Ever cognizant of the pervasiveness of the Internet, my Government will complete the full implementation of an electronic medical records system, digitize all paper records, and encourage the expansion of telemedicine throughout The Bahamas. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, A clean environment results in a healthy nation. It is our duty to enable a clean environment for daily living and to develop and protect our surroundings for future generations. My Government will enact legislation to establish a Ministry of the Environment to coordinate all national and international environmental obligations and activities. My Government will set up a mechanism to respond to environmental incidents and emergencies, and to introduce liability for persons or institutions polluting our environment. My Government will focus on the remediation of the New Providence landfill to minimize fires. Madam President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government is committed to building a society in which those with the greatest need are granted the greatest assistance and therefore we will work to expand our social services throughout the length and breadth of the Family of Islands. My Government will take action to effect a reduction of VAT on breadbasket items. My Government will continue to provide assistance to those adversely impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Special focus will be given to the construction of new homes for those persons who meet the requirements. My Government will bring the Child Protection Act 2007 into full force, by establishing Regulations to govern the Children’s Registry and for the creation of the office of Minors Advocate. My Government will appoint Disability Inspectors to assist with the monitoring and enforcing of the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act, particularly as Provision 21 of the Act will come into full effect on 31st December, 2017. My Government will enact legislation to make the misuse of accessible parking an offense with penalties. My Government will implement a Gender-Based Violence National Strategic Plan. My Government will launch a programme of Real Property Tax discounts and rebates for pensioners 65 or over who qualify. Mr. President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, All Bahamians are entitled to an acceptable standard of living, ready access to essential services and liveable physical environs. My Government is deeply aware of poverty, especially in the Inner City of Nassau, and is determined to eradicate the “in your face” physical conditions that demean the dignity of our people. For decades resident in the Over-The Hill areas have not received the kind of attention required to transform their business, residential and overall environs. Accordingly, my Government will institute Urban Development by revitalizing inner city communities (Urban Renewal) and expanding the reach of social services. My Government will enact legislation to provide for a “rent-to-own” programme to facilitate home ownership. We will continue the development of new Government housing subdivisions to address unmet demands for truly affordable housing. My Government will continue the regularization of long term unauthorized occupation of Crown Lands for individuals and families. We will also make available, Crown Land to qualified Bahamians at concessionary rates. My Government will review legislation to ensure that adequate provisions exists for the protection of homeowners with respect to foreclosures and mortgage protection. My Government will encourage and empower absentee landlords to redevelop their ancestral lands and abandoned buildings. My Government will create tax free economic zones in these areas to encourage business growth and spur job creation in the redevelopment phase and beyond. These zones will operate in a safe and clean environment with each zone addressing the socio economic situation of the area, through tripartite arrangements with landlords, government and Bahamian investors. My Government will enact legislation which allows duty free concessions on all construction materials and building supplies used in the construction of business premises and new or/or refurbished owner occupied homes in these zones. Mr. President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, All government services are performed by Bahamians who work in the Public Sector of The Bahamas for the people of The Bahamas. We recognize that outdated policies, inattention to the development of human resources, the acceptance of mediocrity in the performance of duties have led to the inefficient delivery of public sector services. These agencies exist to provide service, and the public should not be frustrated by inattentive and/or inefficient workers. Accordingly, my Government will move expeditiously to provide the appropriate training for all levels of the Public Service. Madame President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, I have set out an ambitious programme of activities for the next five (5) years and these programmes will be guided by the resources available. Madame President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government will strengthen the accountability and transparency of the fiscal operations of government in the Ministry of Finance. My Government will introduce Public Procurement Regulations under the Financial Administration and Audit Act. In this regard, the Ministry’s immediate focus is on improving its systems for public finance management through the procurement of new software applications for the operations of the Customs and the Treasury Departments. My Government will be introducing legislation to allow the government to meet its international obligations with respect to financial regulation and supervision. This would also include legislation to facilitate the exchange of information for tax purposes in a manner that has the full support of the private sector. These measures seek to secure The Bahamas’ position as a premier financial services centre. My Government will advance legislative initiatives to benefit the domestic financial sector. Legislation will establish a credit bureau and strengthen the oversight of domestic and international financial institutions. My Government will commence the strengthening of the Department of Statistics, giving that department the autonomy and resources to improve the timeliness and reliability of statistics which are critical for decision making. My Government will also introduce Legislation to strengthen financial regulations in The Bahamas. Madame President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, The national development of The Bahamas is the collective responsibility of all its citizens through the strategic and purposeful work of the Government. Our aspirations will be greatly enhanced by the ties we forge with our partners in regional and international communities. My Government will maintain the level of The Bahamas’ participation in regional, hemispheric and international organizations such as CARICOM, the Organization of American States, (OAS), the United Nations (UN) and the Commonwealth of Nations. We will continue in the forefront of initiatives originating with, and connected to, the international campaign against the traffic of narcotic drugs, other illegal substances and firearms. My Government will endeavour to establish mechanisms to include and engage the Bahamian Diaspora in the fulfilment of our national interests and development. My Government will continue to provide effective and efficient delivery of passport and other services. Madame President and Honourable Senators, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Honourable House of Assembly, My Government is proud of the capabilities of the team that you have entrusted with your mandate. As has been noted publicly already, we will ensure that all members of Parliament and all of the senior members of the Public Service are familiar with all of the practices, principles and tools of good governance as we get to work on your behalf. Permit me to address a special word to our young people, our young ladies and young gentlemen; God has blessed the Commonwealth of The Bahamas with great wealth and with great opportunity. Over the course of the next few weeks and months, you will see my Government increasing transparency about specific programs and specific actions that we are executing on your behalf, in line with what has been outlined broadly today. My Government recognizes that we have much work to do, but with your support and energy and contribution we have the will and the capacity to do it. I pray the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your deliberations. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 24, 2017 – Nassau –COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS SPEECH FROM THE THRONE DELIVERED AT THE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT BY HER EXCELLENCY THE GOVERNOR – GENERAL DAME MARGUERITE PINDLING DCMG WEDNESDAY 24 MAY 2017 10:00 A. M. Related Items:#speechfromthethroneBahamas read more
Posted: April 3, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 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) – The race for the 51st Congressional District Seat is on again, and it may seem familiar.Republican Juan Hidalgo is attempting to unseat Democrat Juan Vargas. Hidalgo was on Good Morning San Diego this morning to tell us more about his candidacy.Hidalgo provided KUSI with a brief biography of his life and career that you can read below.Juan M. Hidalgo Jr. was born in San Diego, CA and raised in National City, CA. In February 1984, Hidalgo graduated high school and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In April 1984, he attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego, CA.Until earning the rank of First Sergeant in 2003, Hidalgo’s military occupational specialty was Armor, (Tank) Crewman. He served in every enlisted leadership position within the Armor Community.Outside the Armor Community, Hidalgo served as a Recruiter’s Aide at National City Recruiting Sub-Station. Hidalgo also served as a drill instructor, senior drill instructor, and later served as a Company First Sergeant at MCRD. In 2003 he deployed and led his tank platoon in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hidalgo was assigned as the First Sergeant of Support Company, Combat Service Support Battalion 10. He deployed in February 2004 to lead a company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2. In January 2007, Hidalgo reported to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169, Camp Pendleton, CA and again returned to lead Marines in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 6-08.After a series of successful leadership assignments within the Marine Air Ground Task Force, he was assigned in March 2010 to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit as the Unit Sergeant Major. As a Marine Sergeant Major at the pinnacle of his career, from 2013 to 2015 he was selected to represent all services as the Senior Enlisted Leader of Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba. A well-decorated combat veteran, Hidalgo retired on 1 October 2015 after over 31 years of proven leadership and faithful service to his country.With his desire to remain an active member of the community while an active member of the military, Hidalgo, along with his family, continuously volunteer for causes such as Toys for Tots, Volunteers of America and feeding the homeless. Hidalgo also served as School Board Chairman and member for a significant portion of his military career.Since retirement, Hidalgo has remained active with the community and his church, serving as a church leader and board member. Committed to supporting veterans and military families he has also remained active with a military non-profit organization.Hidalgo holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (Summa cum laude) from Park University and is a National Defense University Graduate of Keystone Executive Leadership.Hidalgo and his wife, Francisca, reside in the heart of San Diego with their children who look forward to supporting their father’s bid for continued service of this country. KUSI Newsroom April 3, 2018 Race for the 51st Congressional District seat intensifies read more
The layoffs that have rocked the publishing industry have come to Source Interlink. The Bonita Springs, Florida-based distributor and enthusiast magazine publisher recently laid off “upwards of 80 employees,” a knowledgeable source told FOLIO:.A Source spokesperson confirmed the layoffs but declined to say exactly how many were affected or offer any additional details. “As with most companies in these economic times, the company is sharpening its focus on core initiatives designed to enhance our efficiencies and profitability going forward,” the spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “We are diligently working on aligning our resources better, eliminating redundancy and decreasing cost, the spokesperson wrote. “These initiatives, which have included some work force reductions, are intended to benefit all of our stakeholders, including the 6,000 employees we have nationwide. We believe that our actions will better enable us to compete most effectively and ensure our long-term success.”Source—which made headlines in 2007 when it acquired Primedia Enthusiast Media in a stock purchase of approximately $1.2 billion—reported a net loss of $296.7 million for the six month period ending July 31, compared to a $4 million net income for the same period last year. Net revenue for the period was $1.1 billion, up from $909 million during the period last year. At the time, then chairman and CEO Michael Duckworth cited declines in advertising and circulation revenues in its media division, and indicated that the company merged three “underperforming” titles with other titles within its portfolio during the period.In October, Source replaced Duckworth as chairman and chief executive with a member of its board of directors, Great Atlantic & Pacific Teas Company director Greg Mays. Source publishes more than 75 magazines—including Motor Trend, Automobile and Power & Motoryacht—and distributes DVDs, CDs and books. read more
Does this new performance announcement signal that Florence & The Machine will be releasing a new album soon? Only time will tell.Morrissey Talks New Album, Future Of Etienne Records Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Florence And The Machine – Touring News Florence & The Machine have been announced as headliners for the Ferropolis, Germany-based Melt Festival taking place July 13–15, 2018, along with the xx. Other musicians slated to perform include Tyler, The Creator, Nina Kraviz, Mura Masa, and the Black Madonna. Florence & The Machine Set For 2018 Melt Festival florence-machine-plot-return-2018-melt-festival-germany GRAMMY-nominated band will make their way back to the big stage next year for Germany’s annual music festRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2017 – 4:17 pm With a sweeping sonic landscape, it only takes one listen to recognize the powerful sound of Florence & The Machine. Though things have been quiet for the GRAMMY-nominated band since 2016, it looks like there will be some activity in the new year. Twitter Florence & The Machine Plot Return At 2018 Melt Festival In Germany Facebook read more
Hatchbacks Electric Cars Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh The Peugeot 208 is a French hatchback steeped in history, but it’s about to make history again with a new electric variant at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.Peugeot on Monday unveiled its new 208 hatchback before its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week. Now available in both traditional and electric forms, the 208 gains more versatility alongside a fresh new look that has us hoping for the 208 as part of Peugeot’s plans to reenter the US market. No word on that for the time being, but in the interim, let’s see what makes this little guy so intriguing. More From Roadshow • 52 Photos 1 reading • Peugeot 208 lands in Geneva with new looks, new EV variant 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse Share your voice Geneva Motor Show 2019 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster See All 1:29 The exterior bears a passing similarity to the hatch-on-stilts Audi Q2. The hatchback has a nice curve to it, while a distinct lack of sharp, straight creases adds to the hatch’s cute factor. Up front, there’s a modestly sized (for 2019) grille, hanging out between large headlights with a long running light that practically scrapes the ground at its bottom terminus. The shapely silhouette doesn’t appear to mess up rearward visibility all that much, which is nice.Inside, Peugeot makes use of interesting layering on the dashboard, with the gauge cluster and infotainment screens mounted nice and high. There’s a sort of white-space gap between that and the lower dashboard, which has centrally mounted switchgear, two USB ports and a load of storage space. The shifter packs a wild design that looks like an accessory for a game of Duck Hunt. It’s on the modest side, but it still looks futuristic.Enlarge ImageSmall hatchbacks offer versatility over sedans without requiring the owner to go out and buy a crossover. Peugeot The Peugeot e-208 packs an entirely electric powertrain. Its 50-kWh battery is integrated into the floorpan, which maintains cargo space and provides for a sportier center of gravity. The electric motor isn’t the most powerful at about 134 horsepower, but that thrift allows for a decent driving range of 211 miles (by Euro-spec WLTP standards). It’ll take more than 20 hours to charge the e-208 using a conventional wall outlet, but a dedicated home charger drops that time to about 8 hours. The cabin can be preconditioned using Peugeot’s smartphone app, which also handles remote charging duties.The standard Peugeot 208 has four engines on offer. There are three 1.2-liter inline-3 gas engines available, and one 1.5-liter inline-4 diesel. Transmissions vary depending on the engine, but both manual (five-speed or six-speed) and automatics (eight-speed) are available. It can be loaded with just about every safety system under the sun, including adaptive cruise control, active park assist, autobrake, lane-keep assist and traffic sign recognition. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available through the car’s touchscreen, available in both 7-inch and 10-inch variants. The new Peugeot 208 goes on sale in Europe in late summer. However, eager buyers can shell out for a reservation as early as the end of March. Pricing will likely be announced closer to its on-sale date. Now playing: Watch this: Geneva Motor Show 2019 2018 Ford EcoSport: Better late than never Comment Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Peugeot’s new 208 is just too darn cute Tags Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Peugeot read more
SDCC 2018 news 4 Culture TV and Movies 2019 will be differentThis year should be a complete reversal. Remember what I said before about Game of Thrones ending its run before next year’s SDCC? Truth is, even though it has, there’s just no way HBO won’t show up in 2019. With reports coming in that Game of Thrones will return for a fan service final panel, there’s very little chance we won’t see HBO in SoCal next month. Here’s how we could see the powerhouse series taking over San Diego Comic-Con:Thank-you/goodbye panel in Hall H: Cast and creators thanking fans with “special footage” and loads of love. Special-edition panel: First looks at the features of a “coming soon” mega-edition Blu-ray of the final season, or even a boxed set of the series.The unveiling of the spin-offs: Trailers and special footage from at least the first of the 2020 spin-offs, as well as panels with the cast(s).A “George R.R. Martin avoids writing by being on a panel” panel: Seriously dude, just please finish Winds of Winter. Please. Fans are literally begging.As for Disney, it’ll be coming in hot off Toy Story 4, and looking forward to Maleficent 2 and Frozen 2 this winter, 2020’s live-action Jungle Cruise starring everyone’s favorite action star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The studio could also bring trailers or glimpses of its live-action slate of films, like Mulan.Finally, the recent opening of Star Wars land at Disneyland and the upcoming Disney World version means the easiest Comic-Con option for Disney is showing off a sizzle reel from the opening, and using the opportunity to tease the end of an era, ahead of Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker arriving in December. I’m obviously already looking forward to Comic-Con’s golden anniversary.See you there! Watch every Comic-Con 2018 trailer here DC wins Comic-Con thanks to epic Aquaman, Shazam, Wonder Woman teases At Comic-Con, Funko reigns as unofficial king of pop culture Comic-Con Beyond Comic-Con: VR obstacle courses, escape rooms and more Tags Note: This piece was originally published July 24, 2018, and has been updated with new Marvel and Game of Thrones info and speculation. 36 Photos Share your voice Comments Seems legit. Tania González/CNET Comic-Con 2018 was huge and over the top, with more extreme experiences than I’d seen in the decade since I first started attending SDCC.But on the news front, Comic-Con 2018 was sorta chill. No major breaks or announcements came until Saturday at the Warner Bros. panel. There was no big, crazy reveal Wednesday during preview night, no major stunners Thursday (though seeing the new Doctor on stage was wonderful), and Friday passed with little to get excited about. Surprisingly it was DC that brought the fire: Details on its new streaming service, tons of new trailers and tidbits about new DC Extended Universe films that excited even this MCU fan.Last year, the absence of a Saturday night Marvel Studios panel or a look at the final season of Game of Thrones was deeply felt. In 2018 in fact, both Disney and HBO took SDCC off, and that was a letdown. Especially considering all the rumors and slips were right: the final Game of Thrones season premiered and ended its run well before Comic-Con 2019.But now, with reports indicating Marvel will be returning to San Diego after last year’s hiatus, we can safely say the 50th Comic-Con is going to be anything but a snooze.In an interview this week with ComicBook.com, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said we can expect Marvel to announce more on the future of the MCU after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, but was noncommittal on whether Marvel would officially hit SDCC. He definitely wasn’t sharing what the studio would bring to Comic-Con or to its own D23 event in August:”We’ve done it, I think, at least twice already where we’ve done both … And if we do both this year we find a way to divvy it up or to do it to give a spin to make each one unique.”In the same interview, Feige also confirmed Nova is still on the table as a potential character, and he’s definitely as interested as we are in Keanu joining the MCU… someday. Could the internet’s boyfriend make an appearance at yet another cultural con this year?! (I would not know what to do with myself tbh.)Could Nova be joining the MCU? Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios Marvel, Avengers take a bowAt the opening of Avengers: Infinity War, Disney set a record of 117 days for the fastest gross to $1 billion, according to Box Office Mojo. With that milestone and with numerous financial records for both Black Panther and Infinity War, it came as a shock to many that the studio would forgo San Diego that year, especially with some big titles hitting theaters in 2019. But Avengers: Endgame has come (and will return) and may very well become the highest grossing movie ever soon, and Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still up in the air. There are so many ways for Marvel Studios to take over San Diego this year:Farewell to the Avengers: After that death and those splits, we need some processing time.The Avengers are dead. Long live the Avengers: A panel with new stars and an easy flip-side to the first suggestion.Future of the MCU: We can be sure the MCU will continue, with multiple films planned each year from 2020 through 2022, with sequels for Doctor Strange and Black Panther coming plus Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. All Black Panther: Seriously, Marvel could just have a single Black Panther panel and we’d be there.Women of Marvel: Very few people would be angry if Marvel finally went all in on inclusivity and used its panel time to announce every female superhero getting her own film, from Black Widow to Ms. Marvel to She-Hulk.No DC in 2019in 2018, without the Disney-owned studio, and arguably without Disney itself, Warner Bros. and DC crushed most of the weekend’s news. By now, hopefully you’ve either heard about DC’s new streaming service, witnessed people raging in Harley Quinn’s cell at last year’s con and maybe even subscribed to the service to catch Titans or the newly begun-and-cancelled Swamp Thing.Yes, DC was easily the winner of Comic-Con last year, but we knew that going in, didn’t we? Which is exactly what left little to the imagination. read more