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DONEGAL GAA STAR RYAN IS APPOINTED ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AMBASSADOR

first_imgDONEGAL GAA star Ryan McHugh has been named the county’s official Ambassador for Road Safety.The Donegal Road Safety Working Group and CLG Dhún na nGall are again joining together to urge drivers to take care on our roads – backed by Donegal Daily.With County teams and Club team at all levels travelling thousands of miles by road each year, supporters are being encouraged to follow their teams safely by driving at an appropriate speed for the unpredictable conditions in order to reduce the risks when driving on our roads. While in 2015 the number of road deaths nationally was at 166 down by 27 on 2014, 11 of those people died in Donegal.Motorists driving at excessive and inappropriate speed are still the major contributory factors in road traffic collisions.Road Safety Ambassador Ryan Mc Hugh told us: “You don’t have to be going over the speed limit to be going too fast.“Players also drive to attend training or travel to matches and sadly we know that there have been far too many fatalities on our roads. Even the best drivers in the world adjust their speed to take account of driving conditions.” Donegal G.A.A. County Chairman, Sean Dunnion said: “There is simply no room for complacency, one death on Donegal’s roads is one too many and our focus continues to be helping to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.”To date in 2016, a total of 77 people have lost their lives on our roads, an increase of 17 on the same period last year. Far too many people are losing their lives on our roads and it is essential that motorists reduce their speed to improve road safety.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer, said: “I am delighted that CLG Dhún na nGall and our Ambassador, Ryan McHugh are supporting the ‘Safe Driving for the Football Season’ campaign.“Many Donegal fans travel the roads to attend matches to support their local club and/or county football and hurling teams, but it’s never the right decision to put ourselves, our families and others in harm’s way to get there faster.“We need to remind motorists, as the busy summer football and hurling season is underway, to obey speed limits, reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely at their destination, always wear your seatbelt, never use a mobile phone while driving, never drive under the influence of drink or drugs and beware of driver fatigue. “The tragedy of all the suffering caused by road traffic collisions is compounded by the fact that so much of it is preventable. I would appeal to all drivers to take a moment to think about the potential effects the risk-taking behaviour may have not just on themselves, but their friends who are with them, on their families at home and on their extended families.”DONEGAL GAA STAR RYAN IS APPOINTED ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN AMBASSADOR was last modified: June 8th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County Councilroad safetyRyan McHughworking grouplast_img read more

Stakeholder Consensus on Factors for Tourism’s Success in the Caribbean

first_img Caribbean tourism officials, including Jamaica’s Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, believe greater air access from source markets and significant hotel investments are recipes for the industry’s success in the region. He says his team has been on the road in Europe where “we had a number of major accomplishments”. Caribbean tourism officials, including Jamaica’s Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, believe greater air access from source markets and significant hotel investments are recipes for the industry’s success in the region.They note that it is against this background that countries like Jamaica have been active in the marketplace, securing arrangements for more non-stop flights out of non-traditional destinations to add to airlift already in place directly out of the proverbial ‘bread and butter’ markets of the United States, Canada and Europe.“As a way of enhancing the competitiveness of the region’s tourism sector, we must be prepared to enter into discussions with several airlines and tour companies to discuss the way forward in terms of possibly introducing new locations to our respective destinations. We must also aggressively target promising markets in South America, Europe, Asia and even promote more seriously the idea of intra-regional tourism,” Mr. Bartlett notes.He says his team has been on the road in Europe where “we had a number of major accomplishments”.“We had some breakthrough arrangements where there will be additional non-stop flights between Europe and Jamaica to start this summer as well as the opening up of other markets in Europe.We will also be seeing an increase in European cruise activities and heightened investor interest in the island,” the Minister further informs.Jamaica, which is now ranked as the number-one Caribbean destination for British tourists, also welcomed a record 325,804 European tourists last year, approximately 31,000 more than 2016.“The Caribbean remains the most tourism-dependent region in the world. Tourism is the single largest generator of foreign exchange in 16 of the 28 countries in the Caribbean and also the sector receiving the most foreign direct investment,” Mr. Bartlett points out.Additionally, he says stakeholders already acknowledge that the future of the Caribbean’s tourism industry may rest in the “economic convergence (across) complementary economies”.“Considering this fact, we need to look into the feasibility of multi-destination arrangements that will increase intra-regional tourist flows and promote mutual benefits for more destinations in the region,” the Minister adds.Mr. Bartlett notes that the countries in the north-western and south-eastern Caribbean are well positioned to embrace this new architecture as their geographic alignments are clear and well within 90 minutes of each other by air or sea, thus making it easy for island-hopping and experiential enrichment for visitors.Additionally, he says that in establishing multi-destinations, critical mass will be created for large investments in hotels, infrastructure, agriculture and manufacturing.“For our part, we continue aggressively pursuing a multi-destination marketing arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. As we explore the opportunities, we must also seek regional cooperation in related areas such as aviation and airlift strategies to move seamlessly within the region, visa facilitation and access to each other’s destinations, as well as pre-clearance arrangements,” the Minister adds.For his part, Director of Research at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Ryan Skeete, told journalists at a recent press briefing on the Tourism Industry Performance Review at the CTO Headquarters in Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados, that the region’s tourism product attained another milestone in 2017, surpassing 30 million stopover visitors for the first time and generating an estimated US$37 billion in earnings.He attributed this to bullish efforts by a number of Caribbean countries in the international marketplace, which, he noted, was achieved despite the onset of devastating hurricanes in September.“The performance in 2017 was primarily supported by sustained economic growth in all of our major source markets. Our major source market, the US, grew by approximately 0.5 per cent toreach an estimated 14.9 million visits to the region. This performance was attributed to solid economic growth, low unemployment rate and high consumer confidence in the US,” Mr. Skeete informed.He further noted that arrivals from the European market totalled 5.8 million and improved by an estimated 6.2 per cent.This, he pointed out, represented the strongest growth among the main markets, despite terrorist attacks in some countries and the ongoing Brexit negotiations, among other factors.“Visits from the Canadian market rebounded in 2017, growing by 4.3 per cent compared to a decline of 3.1 per cent in 2016. The country’s strong economic performance and increased seat capacity to the region helped support this recovery,” Mr., Skeete added.Meanwhile, CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley, who also spoke at the press briefing, said reinforcing the value and attributes of the Caribbean brand, educating the public and the travel industry on the Caribbean’s geography, and generating demand for the region’s tourism product will take time, careful strategy and money.“In other words, establishing leadership of the Caribbean brand requires more than just sparsely funded, ad-hoc efforts. Tourism is a serious business. It employs, directly and indirectly, 13.7 per cent of the people in the Caribbean, and it contributes, in total, from seven to over 80 per cent to gross domestic product across the region,” he saidMr. Riley further emphasised that tourism “is the business that delivers foreign exchange every time a plane lands and a cruise ship docks”, adding that “it reduces unemployment and delivers massive amounts of tax dollars to our national treasuries”. We will also be seeing an increase in European cruise activities and heightened investor interest in the island,” the Minister further informs. Story Highlightslast_img read more

With Kishors Midas touch TMC hopes to rejuvenate brand Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Fearlessness bordering on abrasiveness and unmistakable contempt for rivals has been the hallmark of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for as long as she has been in public life and collective memory. But don’t be surprised if you see a gentler, less combative avatar of the TMC boss in future. It is part of a huge makeover plan election strategist Prashant Kishor has charted out for the ebullient leader and her party to take on a battle-hardened BJP, which made deep inroads into her heavily fortified fortress, in the 2021 assembly polls. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja TMC leaders said the Lok Sabha elections this year, when the BJP won 18 of the state’s 42 seats, just four less than Banerjee’s party in West Bengal, debunked the myth of the TMC’s invincibility. The TMC felt there was a pressing need for “professional help” to refurbish the party’s image in order to counter an aggressive and ideology-driven BJP in the state. “Now, with the help of Kishor’s inputs, we are hopeful that we would make a turnaround in the assembly elections. If you have to counter an organised and ideology-driven BJP, you too either need a strong ideological mooring or an organised corporate-like setup. Kishor is providing us the second,” said a senior TMC leader, wishing not to be named. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway According to sources in the TMC and IPAC (Indian Political Action Committee), Kishor’s firm, which managed with great success Narendra Modi’s prime ministerial campaign with initiatives like ‘chai pe charcha’ and helmed backroom manoeuvres for Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in Bihar and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSRC in Andhra Pradesh, is now crafting the TMC’s poll strategy. It is the architect of Banerjee and her party’s ‘Didi ke bolo’ mass outreach programme aimed at connecting with people at the grassroots or ‘Trinamool’, after which the party takes its name. The strategy includes Banerjee and other TMC leaders being more measured and temperate in their criticism of rivals and desisting from commenting on each and every excitable subject, the TMC leader said. Political rivals will be allowed to hold their programmes unimpeded to send out a message that the party is wedded to democratic practices. Banerjee was often criticised for her government cancelling events of top BJP leaders including those of Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the Lok Sabha polls. The party and its leaders also have to shed the image of being intimidators who subjugate rivals. It has been decided that henceforth there won’t be any “poaching” or “forcible joining” of elected representatives from opposition Congress and CPI(M), the TMC leader said. Since the 2016 Lok Sabha polls around 17 Congress MLAs and three of the Left Front switched over to the TMC. The effect of the brainstorming sessions Banerjee had with Kishor and his team was visible during the July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally when unlike previous years no leader from rival political parties joined the TMC. The TMC leader said, as part of the strategy, the party and its government will desist from doing anything that would buttress the BJP’s allegation of Muslim appeasement. Instead, efforts will be made to counter the BJP’s “communal agenda”. Foremost, the party will endeavour to build a political narrative centered on Banerjee as the “one and only leader” of the TMC. “The impression that a senior youth leader is the heir apparent of Banerjee didn’t go down well with a section of the masses and party old timers. So this has to be corrected,” she said, apparently referring to Banerjee’s nephew and Diamond Harbour MP Abhishek Banerjee. Party meetings, hitherto open to media, will now be cloaked in secrecy to ensure “things are not misinterpreted”. Kishor and his team will analyse the outcome of the strategy over the next few weeks before fine tuning it further. “In 2016 we had won 211 seats. As per LS results we are still ahead in 170 seats… It has been decided to categorise assembly segments as A, B, and C to direct our energy accordingly,” a TMC leader said. “The 170 seats where we have taken a lead would fall under category ‘A’ and around 50 seats where we were a close second would fall under category ‘B’. Where we were too distant would fall under the ‘C’ category,” the TMC leader said. Stung by reverses in the Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee had launched helpline number 9137091370 and website www.didikebolo.com to enable people to have a direct interface with party functionaries. The initiative is Kishor’s brainchild. She also unveiled a massive public outreach programme under which over 1,000 party leaders will visit 10,000 villages over the next 100 days to understand people’s problems. The Lok Sabha poll results indicated a tectonic shift in Bengal politics, with the BJP emerging as the main contender to power in the state. It remains to be seen how Kishor blunts the BJP’s propaganda about allegations of corruption against TMC functionaries. Banerjee’s mercurial temperament may also be an impediment. “Another big challenge is how far will Mamata Banerjee herself comply with the changes Kishor and his team want to bring in as she is not used to taking suggestions while running the party or the government,” said another TMC leader. The BJP, however, is unfazed about how Kishor, a vice president of its Bihar ally the JD(U), will reinvigorate the TMC. “The TMC hiring Kishor proves that Mamata Banerjee has lost her Midas touch,” said Jaiprakash Majumdar, a vice president of West Bengal’s BJP unit.last_img read more

Another Chinese student extorted in socalled virtual kidnapping in Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver police say a student from China has fallen victim to a so-called virtual kidnapping scheme, the third reported in the city this year.In a virtual kidnapping, Sgt. Jason Robillard says no one is being held against their will, but the victims are contacted by suspects claiming to be Chinese police, and convinced to assist with an investigation in that country.In the latest case, Robillard says a woman was told she was implicated in a money laundering investigation in China and was threatened with arrest unless she transferred Chinese funds to cover police and court costs.She paid through a Bitcoin automated teller machine, but continued to be threatened unless she sent more money and provided compromising photos.Those photos were then sent to the woman’s family members in China, who believed she had been kidnapped and they paid additional money.Robillard wants to remind foreign students that Chinese police cannot arrest them in Canada and anyone who is frightened should contact Canadian authorities.“These deplorable crimes are having a huge impact on these young, trusting students, and their families. We need to make sure people are aware to prevent them from continuing,” Robillard said in a news release.Police believe the suspects are not in Canada and it remains unclear how their victims are chosen.Police received 20 reports of similar extortion attempts in Vancouver in 2017.Detectives from the city’s major crime section continue to work with Chinese officials and other police agencies to track the offenders, Robillard said.last_img read more

A Closer Look At The Biggest Jumps At The X Games

With all the hifalutin analytical tools available to sports like baseball, basketball and tennis, younger sports BMX and skateboarding probably aren’t the most statistically sophisticated events going. Fair enough — but the foundation is being built for them faster than for sports that haven’t yet undergone a statistical revolution, like boxing or hockey. At the summer X Games last weekend, that came in the form of a little motion-tracking gadget called Curie. Big Air skater Trey Wood, with the Curie on his helmet. Brent Rose Curie is a pod that captures jump height, jump distance, in-air rotation and impact upon landing. The contraption, made by Intel, is just 1.5 inches by 1 inch by 1 inch and weighs three-eighths of an ounce. This year, it was attached to bikes for the BMX Big Air and BMX Dirt and to riders’ helmets for the Skateboard Big Air event at the games, which took place in Austin, Texas (although because of bad weather, it only saw action in BMX Dirt). Despite its diminutive size, the puck packs in an impressive suite of sensors, including a 9-axis accelerometer, gyroscope, electronic compass, barometer and GPS — plus a built-in 900-MHz radio to beam the stats to ESPN, which owns and broadcasts the games.1ESPN also owns FiveThirtyEight. The Curie is not available to consumers — for now, it’s mainly a promotional tool for Intel among pro riders — but its closest competitor would be the Trace, which provides a similar function for surfing and snowboarding, though with far less granularity.Here’s a clip of the Curie in action in Austin:The Curie made its debut at the winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, in January. That first version of the pod was three times larger and heavier than its current iteration. In Colorado, the pod was mounted directly on to the decks of snowboards in the men’s Snowboard Slopestyle and men’s Snowboard Big Air contests. On his gold medal Slopestyle run, Canadian Mark McMorris hit the final jump at 43 mph, rotated 1,440 degrees on his backside triple cork, and landed with an impact force of 11 times the Earth’s gravity (11.1 Gs). He traveled 83.5 feet.That setup had to change for the summer games. Because a snowboard is attached directly to a rider’s feet through boots and bindings, it was easy enough to mount the pod on the board itself. But skateboarders are attached to their boards only via gravity and friction, so unobtrusively mounting one was more complicated. If a skater was rotating in mid-air and did a kickflip at the same time, the pod would report the in-air rotation of the board, but not the skater. Ultimately, Intel and ESPN had to decide which data set would be more compelling. It chose to stick Curie on the rider’s helmet, not only because it would likely deliver better data, but also because if a rider’s foot happened to catch on the Curie while coming off the 27-foot quarter pipe, the consequences could literally be deadly. Not much chance of riders opting in for that sort of risk. I asked Intel engineer Tyler Fetters if this could be bad data. He insisted that it wasn’t. “That number is the spike at the point of contact,” Fetters said. “That moment is so brief that it goes by in an instant. If they had to sustain it for even a half-second, they would probably be crushed or maybe even pass out.”I asked Wade what a 20-G landing felt like. “It sucks,” he said, wincing. “Every time, my ankles feel like they’re falling apart.”X Games judges haven’t yet integrated Curie data into their scoring. According to Fetters, the technology is just too new, and they want to make sure that it’s accurate close to 100 percent of the time before they consider it. However, he said that athletes and coaches are already asking Intel for a more mobile system (in which Curie could send data to a phone instead of the larger suite of computers and radios that is currently used) that could be deployed at parks and ramps anywhere and could help them get ready for the next big event. While the technology is so new that it has only been deployed at the X Games (and in private testing), there’s potential for it to be applied more widely. I talked to BMX Big Air rider Morgan Wade to see if he would be open to using it in his training.Wade said that he primarily rides by feel but that there are instances in which more information would be a big help in training. “Sometimes the little nuances are so small that you don’t pick up on exactly what’s wrong, but you know that something isn’t right, and that’s where this could be really beneficial,” he said.Say you’re a BMX rider who is going over a 50-foot gap jump. You’re doing a huge 360 while spinning your handlebars clockwise. The jump is under-rotated, and you go down hard upon landing. What happened? Although Curie only displays certain metrics at the end of the run, it’s recording the entire thing. It can tell you that your rate of spin was 180 degrees per second when you first left the ramp but that it slowed to only 90 degrees per second by the time you landed. Was it just the friction of the wind that did that?The data looks similar to an EKG readout, displaying the peaks and valleys over time for each metric. So you can line up that graph against the video footage, and look! The rotational speed decreased dramatically at the moment you spun the handlebars. You might think that next time you should try spinning it the other way or launch with more initial rotation to compensate.One of the stats the Curie displays has baffled me for the past two X Games: the G-forces upon landing. I’ve seen numbers that are higher than 20 Gs, and that just doesn’t compute. If a rider weighed 175 pounds and landed with 20 Gs of force, he would effectively weigh 3,500 pounds (roughly 1,590 kilograms). There’s no way our musculoskeletal system could withstand that. Brent Rose read more

The Cleveland Browns Made History — By Bungling A FourthAnd9 Play

Play TYPENO. OF plays4th down conversion % Screen passes aren’t all that successful on fourth downFourth-down conversion rates by selected play type, 2009-19 regular seasons Zone read4168.3%– Pitch7462.2– Draw1957.9– Screen3735.1– Play-action26357.8– History was made on Sunday Night Football, but likely not the kind Cleveland Browns fans were hoping for. With 9:45 left in the fourth quarter and trailing 17-13, the Browns advanced to the Rams’ 41-yard line. A first-down run by Nick Chubb and two subsequent passes by Baker Mayfield netted Cleveland a single yard, and head coach Freddie Kitchens was faced with a difficult fourth-and-9 decision. In response, he dialed up a play call that is unprecedented in recorded NFL history: a draw.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cle_4thdown.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A draw play is designed to make the defense believe that a pass is coming, but instead results in a delayed handoff to the running back. The version the Browns ran gained just 2 yards, so Cleveland turned the ball over on downs. To be fair to Kitchens, it was a bold call in adverse circumstances. The analytically inclined are sometimes guilty of screaming at the TV for teams to be aggressive on fourth down and then — if the play is unsuccessful — immediately turning around and loudly complaining about the play call. But even given the results-oriented bias of the NFL fanbase, a draw play on fourth down and long is still a very rare and deeply contrarian move.Since 2006 — the first year ESPN began tracking play types — teams have dialed up a draw just 26 times on fourth down, including the Browns’ failed attempt. In that same period, no team outside of Cleveland has called a draw on fourth down with more than 7 yards to go. Among this small sample, just one draw has successfully converted to a new set of downs with more than 3 yards to go — and the quarterback responsible was noted gridiron sorcerer Ryan Fitzpatrick back when he was starting for the Buffalo Bills in 2011.Still, faulting Kitchens for calling a draw just because few have been called historically from that distance might be unfair. Draws work more often than not when they are called on fourth and short, for instance.1Three yards to go or less. And the conversion rate on a slightly more recent sample of plays — there have been 16 since 2009, the year our dataset begins — is a robust 62.5 percent, so the play can work in the right situations. Meanwhile, the success rate for all fourth-down plays with exactly 9 yards to go — the same distance Kitchens was faced with — is an anemic 35.4 percent. It’s hard to blame a specific play type when the odds against success are stacked so high.This made us wonder if there were play types that have historically been successful in fourth-and-long situations. Historical charting is somewhat limited in the NFL, but we found five other play types we could compare to the draw across the period spanning from 2009 to 2019. Sample sizes are notoriously small for fourth- and- long plays due to the NFL’s aversion to aggressive play calling, but among the play types for which we have data, play-action is the most common.There simply isn’t a lot of evidence to guide decision making in these situations. But if we look at the relative frequency of each type of play call and break each out by success or failure, there is a play type that historically has seen reasonable success on fourth and 5 or more: the screen pass.Screen passes are short passes to a receiver that start off looking like deeper passes or runs. Linemen — usually the center and two guards — begin the play blocking as normal but will release their defenders in an attempt to get them to overcommit to rushing the quarterback. A well-executed screen usually requires the QB to wait until the opposing linemen are almost on him before he tosses the ball to the receiver. Ideally, the scrum of suddenly free offensive linemen then begin to rumble downfield in search of a smaller linebacker or defensive back to block into the turf.Acknowledging the fact that we have limited charting of play types, the screen is the only play type that has been successful the majority of the time on fourth down and between 5 and 9 yards to go. The sample size is admittedly tiny — just 10 plays — so any notion of statistical significance goes right out the window, but teams were able to successfully convert a first down on six of the 10 attempts, good for 20 percentage points over league average for the given down and distance.Perhaps the deception afforded by convincing the defense that a long pass is coming improves the play’s outcome. It’s interesting to note that of the play types under consideration, the screen is the worst performing on fourth and short — and on fourth-down plays overall. Scramble17353.8– Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group For screens to succeed, the offense needs defenders to respect the pass and try to sack the QB so space can develop for the receiver to operate. On fourth and short, considerations of containing the pass likely take a back seat to stopping the run. The numbers seem to bear this out. When all distances on fourth down are considered, the screen is the worst-performing play on average.Kitchens and the Browns might have given themselves a better shot at extending their drive had they chosen another play type on Sunday. A screen might have led to a better pay-off for their aggressive play call. Then again, given the dearth of data we have to work with, perhaps it’s just noise. Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

TCIG appointments in the UK

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Consular Services, kimo tynes, premier rufus ewing, tracy knight, UK representatives Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Sept 2015 – TCI’s Economical and Political interests in the UK have been strengthened by the addition of two new appointments in the (TCIG’s) office in the UK. Tracy Knight has been appointed as Head of Office & Resource Management, and Mr. Kimo Tynes as UK Representative – Consular Services in the Office of the Premier. Deputy Governor Anya Williams says that ”The exposure and experience they will gain while living and working in UK represents a tremendous development opportunity, both for them and their country. While Premier, Hon. Rufus Ewing said “These latest appointments in the UK are especially noteworthy as this is the first home office to be established for the country abroad and it is important that we have our own promoting the territory and representing our interests in another country. Both Knight and Tynes are set to take up their new appointments later this month. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pierlast_img read more

San Diego Convention Center Update

first_img Updated: 7:26 PM Posted: April 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter April 1, 2019 Steve Bosh center_img Steve Bosh, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s years-long-effort to expand the Convention Center has suddenly gotten a lot more difficult.The city decided not to make a 9.4 million dollar payment to gain control of the land needed for expansion.The leaseholder on the five acres of land the city needs for expansion, is held by Fifth Avenue Landing Company, which is committed to building two hotels on the site. Last year the city agreed to pay Fifth Avenue 33 million dollars for the lease, if the voters approved a hotel tax increase that was to happen in 2018.The city was to make three payments this year, the first being 9.4 million, but the vote was delayed until 2020.The land is owned by the port and was leased to 5th avenue in 2010. Five years later, the city wanted to buy the lease from 5th Avenue for 14 million dollars, but defaulted on the payment and the lease reverted back to 5th avenue.The 14 million dollars it would have cost the taxpayers to get the lease in 2015, is now 33 million in 2019. San Diego Convention Center Updatelast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday May 7 2019

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