There is a possibility some taxes may disappear says Finance Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWith the public’s cries still echoing about the financial pain inflicted by the recent increase and implementation of taxes, could we be seeing a roll-back in some of these taxes? Minister of Finance, Hon. Washington Misick, in last Cabinet’s press briefing told media that as soon as a broad base alternative to Value Added Tax (VAT) is decided upon, that can service the country’s debts, there is a possibility that some of the current taxation measures may disappear. The Minister was optimistic in the growth of the economy and says the Turks and Caicos Islands’ economy is at the bottom of an upturn. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

Only months left to get on TCI General Elections list

first_img Recommended for you TCI Preliminary 2016/17 Electors List to be Publish Friday January 29, 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Aug 2015 – Turks and Caicos general elections will likely not happen until 2016 but if you do not register by November 2015, you will not be able to cast your votes on the selection of candidates.Dudley Lewis is the Elections Supervisor, and since the fees to be able to register to vote are now waived, he has ‘amped’ up his promotion for new voters to get on the list. He said: “Eligible voters on the present Register of Electors do not need to re-apply to be included in the 2016/17 Register. They will be automatically included unless they notify the elections office that they have changed their name or place of residence, or no longer meet the eligibility criteria.” But for those newbies: including those who have moved to a different district, may have been released from prison or are just reaching the age of suffrage or voter eligibility you have only months to get onto the new voter register list.“Persons who do not register before the qualifying date November 30th, 2015 will NOT be permitted to vote in the 2016 General Elections.” Related Items:dudley lewis, tci general election Amendments will mean less time at polls, next TCI General Election Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 2015/2016 Electors list increases by less than 500last_img read more

CLOSED Revenue and Treasury Offices overrun with mold

first_img Visitors pack the first flight from Ft. Lauderdale for JetBlue; bookings solid Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Aug 2015 – Two government offices shut down this afternoon due to mold and other sanitary concerns. The Revenue Department and Treasury Office of Providenciales were served with notices this afternoon and closed until further notice.Details still unknown but MM understands that health authorities were forced to close the offices which are located at the Town Center Mall in Downtown Providenciales due to health concerns. Related Items:closed, molds, providenciales, revenue department, treasury department Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Govt Estate needs $20M injection, Minister announces rent-cutting plan A Pearl wins Graceway Supermarkets prize carlast_img

CIBC FirstCaribbean Wins Bahamas Bank of the Year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, United Kingdom. December 12, 2016 – The Bahamas’ operations of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has captured the prestigious 2016 Bank of the Year Country Award in The Banker Magazine’s 17th Annual Bracken Awards Programme.  This is the bank’s fifth time winning the title for The Bahamas having been awarded in 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and now 2016.Managing Director Marie Rodland-Allen received the award on behalf of the bank at a gala black-tie dinner held at the Hilton Bankside in London on December 7, 2016.The Bracken Bank of the Year Awards are hosted by The Banker Magazine, a subsidiary of The Financial Times.  The ceremony celebrates the success and financial achievements of the top banks from countries across the globe.  Bestowed in over 150 countries and territories, each winner is selected for their superior performance in the market and notable impact on local industry standards.Winners must prove performance, providing comprehensive data on their earnings, asset and capital growth, and return on equity. However, good figures, while essential, were not enough.  The editorial team at The Banker looked for evidence of banks setting new benchmarks for their local industries over the past 12 months, whether by using new technology or coming up with innovative, cost-efficient ways of expanding their businesses.CIBC FirstCaribbean stood out against other nominees, reporting strong results and profitable growth alongside innovative banking solutions for customers.  Throughout the year, the bank focused on initiatives to enhance client experience such as the expansion of its Automated Banking Machine (ABM) network and the roll out of the Business Banking product suite including the introduction of the new Visa Business Debit Card.The bank enriched client’s digital banking experience with the launch in June of the CIBC FirstCaribbean Mobile Banking App, becoming the first regional financial service provider to launch an app with extensive functionality.  To date, there have been more than 26,000 downloads of the mobile app across the region.Mrs. Rodland-Allen thanked CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Bahamas staff for the part that they played. “This is as much the staff’s award as it is the bank’s,” she said. “It is customer service that will ultimately set us apart. So, I thank every member of the CIBC FirstCaribbean family here in The Bahamas for going above and beyond to make sure that we stand out as a bank and financial services provider.”CAPTION: CIBC FirstCaribbean Managing Director Marie Rodland-Allen (center) receives The Bracken Bank of the Year Award from executives at The Banker Magazine. Related Items: #MagneticMediaNewscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

British ship in Caribbean ready to help says TCI Governor

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The Governor, Dr. John Freeman today confirmed to #MagneticMedia that the RFA Mounts Bay is in the Caribbean.    The Royal Navy vessel which is deployed to support regional countries, including UK Overseas territories in events like hurricanes is said to be “ready to provide practical and humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma to the British Overseas Territories.”Currently, at least four UK overseas territories in the Caribbean are in the path of #HurricaneIrma; Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos.    The RFA Mounts Bay was due to visit the TCI this past July, but the stop was postponed indefinitely. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HurricaneIrma, magneticmedia TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Recommended for youlast_img read more

Possible Migrant boat landing illegals on the loose

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 26, 2017 – Provdenciales – Adding to the mammoth task of rebounding from hurricanes Irma and Maria in TCI, we receive report of an illegal boat landing in NW point Provo.  Some say it is not yet certain.The suspected Haitian migrants were seen running through Blue Hills.  It is advised that we are vigilant; it won’t hurt to turn that vigilance up a notch to safeguard your space and report anything suspicious.(Image is a file photo)last_img

Obesity and Physical Inactivity Put Women at Excess Risk of Diabetes

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Trinidad and Tobago,  November 14, 2017 – Port of Spain –  Diabetes, a major contributor to premature death, is estimated to affect 10-15% of the adult population in the Caribbean Region.   The disease is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke and responsible for high rates of complications, such as lower limb amputation.The risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes are obesity (Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥30), abdominal obesity, physical inactivity, tobacco smoking, unhealthy diets and metabolic syndrome. Obesity is the strongest modifiable risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes in the Caribbean.CARPHA Director for Surveillance, Prevention and Control Dr. Virginia Asin-Oostburg has said, “Studies have revealed that women in the Caribbean have higher rates of obesity in terms of BMIs compared to men.   They also have higher rates of abdominal obesity, and likely to be 3 times more obese than men.”   She also stated that, “Obesity and physical inactivity put women at excess risk of diabetes.   This is confirmed by the very high levels of diabetes among women in the Region.”Women with diabetes have more difficulty conceiving and may have poor pregnancy outcomes.   During pregnancy, high blood glucose substantially increases the health risk of mother and child.   The combination of maternal obesity and diabetes have also been linked to increased risk for the child to develop diabetes during adolescence.The theme for World Diabetes Day 2017 is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future.   CARPHA joins the rest of the world to highlight women’s right to a healthy future.   It is imperative for persons to place their health before personal preferences, and all women are encouraged to pay particular attention to maintaining a healthy body weight and waist size.   Healthy eating, physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.For those already affected, diabetes can be treated, and its consequences avoided or delayed with medication, regular screening and treatment for complications.   Every adult should monitor their health status regularly.Dr. Asin-Oostburg said, “We urge you to visit your doctor or a health facility to get screened for diabetes.   Following your diabetes treatment regimen and keeping your blood glucose under control is important to avoid serious complications of the disease.”CARPHA continues to support member states in their efforts to minimize the impact of diabetes.   The Agency is also actively working with partners regionally and internationally including non-governmental organizations to reduce risk factors and chronic diseases in the region.   In addition, CARPHA is collaborating with institutions and agencies within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region to impact trade agreements and influence the availability and access to healthy foods.Press Release: CARPHA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Make Your Own Assessment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 14, 2017 – Montego Bay  –  THE NEXT MOVE IS YOURS, DO YOUR OWN ASSESSMENT AND BUY SMART-Michael Lee-Chin tells Caribbean Infrastructure Conference delegatesJamaica and the Caribbean are full of opportunities that can assure wealth creation for shareholders but potential investors should do their own assessments and evaluations and not rely totally on analysts and consultants, who may not fully grasp the special characteristics of the region, Michael Lee-Chin, President and Chairman, Portland Holdings, has said.Addressing the Caribbean Infrastructure Forum hosted by IJ Global and New Energy Events and sponsored by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and KPMG at the Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica, yesterday (Dec. 12, 2017), Mr. Lee-Chin said “the Caribbean is a treasure trove of what is required to create outsize wealth”.Using Jamaica’s National Commercial Bank (NCB) as an example, he told Forum attendees: “We were told by an international consultant not to invest in NCB.   We did not listen to them, did our own evaluation and 14 years later, the bank has made profit of over $1.5-billion.   The country has benefitted too, because we have paid over $475-m in corporate taxes.”He also referenced what he described as “the largest deal in 2017”, the sale of Columbus Communications (FLOW) to Cable and Wireless, to illustrate the investment readiness of the region, and told Forum delegates “be careful how you make decisions. Consider perception versus reality.”Pointing specifically to Jamaica, Mr. Lee-Chin said “there are myriad opportunities for investors including assets that are undervalued which means net investment returns for the professional investor, excellent location and high liquidity”He said that changes which are coming will make investing in Jamaica even more attractive.   These include the policies governing equity capital which has been “historically incarcerated by the authorities”.“The capital test (available capital as defined by required capital) for Jamaican insurance companies for example, has been set at for many years at 25 percent as against the USA – 1 percent and Canada 1.5 percent.   Finally, this is going to be reduced to 1.5 percent.    This will free up long term equity and there will be lots more money available for investment in infrastructure.Noting that many Caribbean governments are pursuing privatizations in order to boost investments, Mr. Lee-Chin offered special advice to public officials including several Premiers at the conference:  “Sell assets to new owners/operators for cash, make sure any new owners can grow those assets and give you annuity income via taxes and ensure wealth creation for your shareholders.”Release: Serena Williams PublicationsPhoto Caption:  (l-r) Michael Lee-Chin, President and Chairman, Portland Holdings; Marie Rodland-Allen, Managing Director, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, The Bahamas; Nigel Holness, Managing Director, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, Jamaica and Senator Aubyn Hill at the Caribbean Infrastructure Forum at the Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, December 11-12, 2017. Mr. Lee-Chin was guest speaker on Day 2 (Dec. 12, 2017) at the Forum hosted by IJ Global and New Energy Events and sponsored by CIBC FirstCaribbean and KPMG.last_img read more

Julio Velazquez bracing up for Napoli test

first_imgUdinese Coach Julio Velazquez is bracing up for a tough match against Napoli but suggesting “it’s not the same match as Juventus”.Udinese have lost their last three matches on a spin, and they face the Scudetto challengers tomorrow night.“It’s not the same match as Juventus,” Velazquez said in his pre-match Press conference via Football Italia.“They’re strong, but they have a different style of play, we’ll need to move differently when we’re not in possession.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: 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 play with a frightening speed, they are dynamic and they can reach the goal with three passes, but we can do well and score points at home.“I want my team to be hungry, ambitious and have the right mindset.”Napoli have been in fine form heading into this clash but are set to miss key player Insigne.Up next for Carlo Ancelotti’s men is a fixture against Ligue 1 winners PSG in the Champions League.last_img read more

Koray Gunter reportedly on verge of joining Tottenham

first_imgTottenham Hotspur are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign the promising Genoa defender Koray GunterAlthough the Spurs have one of the best centre-back pairs in the Premier League, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen holding down the backline, the London club look to add fresh blood to their defense.The Belgium internationals are moving towards the latter stages of their careers, as Toby is 29, while Vertonghen already turned 31.Mauricio Pochettino is already trying to integrate the young Juan Foyth deploying him as a defensive partner with Davinson Sanchez.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…However, according to the Turkish website, Fanatik, the Premier League giants are close to completing the transfer of Genoa youngster Koray Gunter for a reported fee of £15 million.Gunter arrived at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on a free transfer from Galatasaray last summer. The former Borussia Dortmund youth academy product has registered four Serie A starts and added three substitute appearances for the Griffin.Due to his versatility, the former Germany U-20 international can cover the right flank as well as the role of defensive midfielder.last_img read more

Pulisic I will always be thankful to Klopp

first_imgBorussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic revealed his gratitude towards Jurgen Klopp for the early impact he had on his careerThe 20-year-old arrived at Dortmund in the summer of 2015 while Klopp was still manager of the club.While Pulisic failed to break into the first-team under Klopp, the American was allowed to train alongside the senior players.Klopp left Dortmund in October that year for Liverpool and has since been reportedly keen on bringing Pulisic to Anfield.“He was there when I first moved to the club,” said Pulisic, according to Liverpool Echo.“I personally didn’t get to know him too well but I’ve heard stories from some of my teammates who did and they loved playing for him.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I was obviously playing with the youth teams at Dortmund, but he was the one who gave me my first professional training session, just to give me a taste of it.“He always accepted me and he was very kind to me, so I will always be thankful for that.“I know he’s a great guy, and it’s nice to see him doing so well for Liverpool.”Since Klopp’s departure, Pulisic has managed 15 goals and 24 assists in 109 games for Dortmund.The USA international is now regarded as one of the most exciting young prospects in football and could be available for a summer transfer.last_img read more

Kansas Soybean Grower Wins National Conservation Award

first_imgThe Conservation Legacy Awards program is presented by ASA and sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, USB/Soy Checkoff and Corn & Soybean Digest.Other regional winners of Conservation Legacy Awards are: Roger Wenning, Northeast Region winner from Greensburg, Ind. and Jeremy Jack, Southeast Region winner from Belzoni, Miss.To see video’s highlighting conservation practices on the farm of each regional winner go to https://soygrowers.com/award-programs/conservation-legacy/. Fuller on his Kansas farm. (Corn & Soybean Digest photo) Fuller receives his award from ASA President Danny Murphy (right) and USB Chairman Jim Stillman (left). (ASA photo by Jim Spelios)center_img ASA presented Gail Fuller from Emporia, Kan. with the 2013 National Conservation Legacy Award on March 1 at the ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic in Kissimmee, Fla.Fuller approaches conservation on his Kansas farm with a heavy emphasis on soil health, including continuous no-till, utilization of cover crops and maximization of microbes. In addition, Fuller says he is always looking for ways to reduce inputs. Fuller has been working to rebuild the quail population and has added a livestock component to his farm.last_img read more

ASA Weighs in on House White Paper on Agricultural Impacts of RFS

first_imgThe House Energy and Commerce Committee issued the latest in a series of white papers examining the impacts of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The latest white paper, issued April 19, outlines and seeks comment on the impact of the RFS on the agricultural sector.Following the release of the white paper on agricultural sector impacts, ASA provided extensive comments highlighting the importance of the RFS to the soybean and biodiesel industries and reinforcing the fact that the RFS does not drive higher commodity or food prices.”Soybean farmers have played a major role in the development of the U.S. biodiesel industry and biodiesel has provided a significant market opportunity for U.S. soybean producers,” wrote ASA in its comments. “However, first and foremost, policymakers must understand that markets and prices for soybeans are driven by demand for soy meal as a protein feed source for livestock. The portion of the soybean used in biodiesel production is the oil, not the meal.””Additionally, in considering the use of soybean oil for biodiesel production, it must be understood that demand for U.S. soybean oil for food use began to decline significantly following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) action in 2003 to require food manufacturers to include trans fats on nutrition labels beginning in 2006,” added ASA. “The increase in the use of soybean oil for the biodiesel market has essentially taken up the reduced demand for soybean oil in the food sector associated with trans fat labeling as the food industry shifted away from the use of partially hydrogentated soybean oil to various oil blends and the increased use of palm oil.For a full transcript of ASA’s comments, please click here, and for a copy of the committee’s whitepaper, please click here. ASA encourages all members to utilize the comments and urge their Members of Congress to support the RFS and support biodiesel.last_img read more

USDA Authorizes Use of Carryover Funds for FY14 Activities

first_imgIn welcome news for ASA’s colleagues at the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH), USDA late last week authorized Cooperators to utilize carryover FMD funds to carry out FY14 activities.“While this certainly doesn’t take the place of a new allocation of funds that can only happen when the FMD and MAP programs are reauthorized either in a new Farm Bill or an extension of the existing one, it does provide some needed additional funding and flexibility,” said ASA CEO Steve Censky in an email to ASA directors.Before the end of the FY13 year, FAS made an additional allocation of funding to ASA of more than $1 million, that represented funding in excess of the sequester that had been withheld, as well as other funding. This funding now can be utilized by USSEC and WISHH.Over the past weeks and months, ASA specifically requested that the Department make this policy decision. ASA made this request to both USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden and FAS Administrator Phil Karsting, as well as to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in July.last_img read more

ASA Writes Farm Bill Conferees on Research Crop Insurance

first_imgASA joined farm bill stakeholders in two letters to conferees this week. An unusual group of 42 stakeholders wrote in support of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), which is included in the Senate-passed bill.“The Foundation would complement USDA’s portfolio of intramural and extramural research programs,” the letter says. “Establishing a FFAR will generate new sources of funding for food and agricultural research, and provide a structure for new public/private partnerships and investments.  A FFAR can help provide funding for new concepts and ideas, high risk/high reward research, research to address knowledge gaps, translational research and emerging research needs.”Other signers on the research letter include the American Association of Avian Pathologists and the Aquatic Plant Management Society, along with farm groups and science societies.The second letter called on conferees to “do no harm” to Federal crop insurance. “We write to express our support for strong, meaningful, and affordable crop insurance protection for this nation’s farmers and ranchers, and our opposition to any changes to crop insurance that would discourage producer participation or undermine private sector delivery,” the letter says. “The significant, widespread crop losses of 2011 and 2012 have clearly demonstrated the need for crop insurance protection and the public-private partnership of program delivery.” The crop insurance letter was signed by 36 stakeholder groups, including farm groups, lenders, and crop insurance interests.Click here to see letters.last_img read more

Soy Social and Auction Stampedes its Way to another Record Breaking Performance

first_imgAuction attendees browsed silent auction items before the event officially began in San Antonio, Texas. Photo Credit: Jordan LanhamASA appreciates all of the growers who attended the annual ASA Soy Social and Auction at the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, and helped set another fundraising record.“The Soy Social and Auction continues to be one of the best events at Commodity Classic,” said Michael Cunningham, ASA Soy Social and Auction Committee Chair. “The auction offered a wide variety of items for all participants and we look forward to an even bigger event next year.”ASA thanks association and corporate donors for the items in the live and silent auction. ASA especially thanks the following sponsors Farm Credit; Rabo AgriFinance; IntelliAir, LLC; Cargill, MacDon Industries; Bayer CropScience; Syngenta; Renewable Energy Group and the Illinois Soybean Association.All proceeds benefit the SoyPAC, ASA’s political action committee, that provides the resources to give appropriate support to legislators who champion soybean farmer priorities and policies that protect and increase the market value and opportunities for soybean growers.last_img read more

Commodity Classic Educational Sessions Focus on BottomLine Impact

first_imgEducational sessions at the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando include panel discussions featuring high-yielding farmers from across the nation.As farmers look to improve their profitability in an unpredictable agricultural environment, the educational sessions at the 2019 Commodity Classic are designed to help farmers make better-informed decisions that can have a powerful impact on their bottom line.The 2019 Commodity Classic will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2 in Orlando, Fla.Educational sessions in Orlando will cover a wide range of important topics including soil health, grain marketing, farm policy, cover crops, farm succession planning, nutrient stewardship, weed and herbicide management, rural economic development, soybean cyst nematode (SCN), wheat yields, Blockchain technology, corn residue, weather trends and more.The 2019 Commodity Classic will offer nearly 50 educational sessions including Learning Centers, Early Risers, What’s New, Mini What’s New and additional presentations on the Main Stage on the trade show floor.   Applicable educational sessions are offered at no extra charge for the days for which an attendee is registered.“Every educational session is selected by the Commodity Classic Farmer Committee to ensure the content and the presenters provide high-quality, relevant content that matters to today’s growers,” said Wade Cowan, a soybean farmer from Texas and co-chair of the 2019 Commodity Classic.  “In a time of great challenge for agriculture, it’s critical that farmers continue to educate themselves—and there is no better place to do that than Commodity Classic.”Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience.  Commodity Classic is unlike any other agriculture event, featuring a robust schedule of educational sessions, a huge trade show featuring the latest technology, equipment and innovation, top-notch entertainment, inspiring speakers and the opportunity to network with thousands of farmers from across the nation.Registration and housing for the 2019 Commodity Classic is now open. To register, reserve hotel rooms and sign up for email updates, visit CommodityClassic.com.  Early bird discounts on registration end January 10, 2019.Commodity Classic is presented annually by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

Body and spirit merge at new community center

first_imgo What: The Kessid Center is a new, private, nonprofit community center.o Where: 16096 S.E. 15th Street, Vancouver — the former Bally Total Fitness building.o When: The grand opening is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 12, featuring Dan Dickau basketball clinic and more.o Information, memberships: www.kessidcenter.com.When old buddies Brett Wilkerson, manager of Vancouver’s Heathman Lodge, and Danny Clinton, former pastor at Living Hope Church, came together to start a new church in east Vancouver, they based it in leased space at the Firstenburg Community Center — because, Wilkerson said, church and community belong together.“You could go to Sunday service and then take your kids swimming,” he said.The formula was “an unbelievable hit,” he said. Their new Kessid Church grew quickly, and the men started dreaming of a new east-side recreation center serving the whole person — mind, body and spirit. Their church would be its seed, but the community center would be bigger than that. “What if you had a church in a community center, but not dominating the community center?” Wilkerson said.He was chatting up the idea at his sister’s Super Bowl party, he said, when local developer Mark Hinton told him about a California friend with a similar spirit — and some prime real estate to boot.Don and Sigrid Weisenweber, former Portlanders now living in Santa Rosa Valley, Calif., bought the Bally Total Fitness facility at 16096 S.E. 15th Street for $11 million in 2007. Bally went bankrupt in 2008, and the Weisenwebers’ plans to reopen as a different health club ultimately fell apart. Before the building was Bally, it was a Health Experience Athletic Club; that, too, went under.Clinton and Wilkerson flew to California to talk to Weisenweber, who said he found their vision “naturally compatible” with his own.On June 12, the former Bally Total Fitness building will reopen as the Kessid Center, Vancouver’s newest private recreation and community center. An opening party is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.last_img read more

Former Oxford Athletic Club purchased by medical supplier

first_imgVancouver’s former Oxford Athletic Club has sold for $1.09 million to health equipment provider Mountain View Medical Supply Inc., which moved its operation one block south into the former fitness club.The building at 7588 Delaware Lane and its adjacent parking lot were sold by Angela Friauf to Jeffery Sparacio of Mountain View Medical Supply on July 7. Friauf and her husband Trey Friauf closed Oxford Athletic on June 6, after a 50-year run. The couple had owned the facility since 2005. Before that, it was owned by Friauf’s grandparents, Jim and Eleanor Hicks, who opened the facility in 1960.The swimming pool at the former athletic club remains open and is being operated as Oxford Swim Academy.Mountain View Medical Supply’s relocation was a short-distance move. The Vancouver-based company had operated at 8080 E. Mill Plain Blvd.last_img

Portland fire responds to large garbage fire

first_imgHere is a press release from Portland Fire & Rescue:Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a garbage fire at 6:54am today. Upon arrival, crews discovered a large fire with 25 foot high flames originating from a pile of 15-20 cars and other debris in the middle of a scrap yard. The business, named American Compost & Recycling, is located at 9707 N Columbia Blvd.Crews quickly established a water supply and attacked the fire in a defensive mode. There were not any structures or exposures close to the fire to be concerned with.Aerial ladders supplying large amounts of water from Truck 22 were utilized to hit the fire from above. Yet it took time for the fire to be brought under control due to the difficulty of reaching all of the spaces and voids the vehicles created in the pile.Many crews were called to the scene, including PF&R’s Rehab Rig, due to the extended fire fighting operations and the freezing weather. Crews are currently still working to extinguish any remaining fires as the pile of cars are sifted through with the assistance of large moving equipment.Updates on the fire will be posted as received.Dispatched 6:54On Scene 7:03Recalled 7:53Five Engines, Two Trucks, One Rehab Rig and Two Chiefs respondedlast_img read more