France have announced their final 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia with the likes of Karim Benzema and Alexandre Lacazette surprisingly being omittedBoth forwards have struggled at their respective club this season with Benzema, in particular, struggling to find the back of the net at Real Madrid on a consistent basis with only five goals in 31 La Liga appearances to his name this season.Meanwhile, Lacazette struggled to get to grips with the demands of English football in his first season at Arsenal but he had scored eight goals in his last 10 appearances for the Gunners at the end of his debut campaign.The 26-year-old won the last of his 16 caps for France in a 2-2 friendly draw with Germany in November.Head coach Didier Deschamps has also left out Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, who has struggled to start regularly under Jose Mourinho in his two years in charge at Old Trafford.The 22-year-old did start in France’s 3-1 friendly victory over Russia in March, but it appears he has not done enough to convince Deschamps that he was worthy of a place.Also missing out is Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet, who went off injured during the Europa League final defeat by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.Despite having been out injured for almost the entire campaign, Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy has been included.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…France World Cup Squad:Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (PSG)Defenders: Djibril Sidibé (AS Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (VfB Stuttgart), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Adil Rami (Marseille), Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea FC), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Thomas Lemar (AS Monaco)Attackers: Kylian Mbappé (PSG), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea FC), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona), Nabil Fékir (Lyon), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)Reserves: Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Benoît Costil (Bordeaux), Mathieu Debuchy (St Étienne), Lucas Digne (FC Barcelona), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal FC), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Adrien Rabiot (PSG), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea). (Obtained by GetFootballNewsFrance)
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Germany coach Joachim Low made comments that suggests reason for his decision to drop Arsenal star Mesut Ozil for this evening’s game against Sweden.His reason appears to have been made due to errors made against Mexico. Ozil was in the starting lineup for the defeat in Germany’s World Cup opener, but has been bench for their second group game.Low insists he still has faith in the high-profile players he has dropped – Ozil and Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira – and claims he still trusts them.But he suggested the changes he made were o address mistakes made against Mexico. Speaking yesterday before it was known that he had dropped Ozil for this evening’s game, Low said:Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Why should I lose faith with my important players? My fundamental faith in those players will not be broken because of one game,” he said via OffthePost.“Of course, one or two might be on the bench, but I trust them because they’re still at a very high level. To question these players now would be fatal. Of course I don’t.“There is no point questioning our idea. There will be corrections, to address the mistakes, but there’s no doubting our playing style.”That would suggest that the manager either felt Ozil made mistakes against Mexico or thought picking him in the starting lineup was a mistake in itself.
Augsburg full-back Philipp Max has dismissed claims that Manchester United and PSG have made offers for him this summer.Max has been reportedly linked with Manchester United and PSG, but recently decided to a new contract with Augsburg, which will keep him at the club till 2022.The 24-year-old is familiar with all the transfer rumours and speculations he has read in the papers but insists he hasn’t received any concrete offers from either clubs.“Some things you read in the newspaper, some things are passed on through your agent”, he told Lattenkreuz.de., via TeamTalk.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“It was not that I was dealing with an offer.“It was important for me to focus on pre-season. I think that went quite well.”Max understands that his future is dependent on what offers that could arrive in the nearest future.“It always depends on whether there are specific requests. That was not the case this summer.”
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel hopes their 1-0 away victory at Cardiff has made Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s family proud.It was an emotional day as players, staff and fans paid tribute to the late owner in their first game since last weekend’s tragic helicopter crash.Demarai Gray’s lone goal in the second-half was enough to seal the three points for Leicester City.“I feel proud,” said Schmeichel, via Leicester Mercury.“It has been a really tough week for everyone. The way everyone has handled themselves, it is a testament to the family that Vichai built. That took a lot.“So proud of how everyone played, how professional they were.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Always going to be an emotional day but I’m glad we got the three points.“You come across very few people in your life that hit you there and impact you. He had a really big impact on my life. You can see from the reaction of everybody that he had an impact on so many lives.“It’s a man that we’re immensely proud to have known. His family, that’s what we’re thinking about.“We’re all hurting, we’re really hurting, but we can’t imagine what they’re going through.“So we wanted to do it for him and for his family tonight.”
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuesday February 3, 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government extends sincere condolences to the Government and citizens of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, on the tragedy which claimed the life of Officer Latorio Demeritte of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, in Nassau, early Monday morning.It is understood that Officer Demeritte was a part of the escort convoy for the ceremonial handover of the body the late Hon. Dr. Rosita Butterfield, MBE, Former Speaker to the House of Assembly of The Turks and Caicos Islands and was en route to the airport for the arrival of Officials from the Turks and Caicos Islands when he met with the fatal crash.On receiving the news of the accident, which came during the third meeting of Cabinet in Grand Turk this morning, Premier, Dr. the Hon. Rufus W. Ewing commented: “The death of Officer Demeritte is extremely unfortunate and I am terribly saddened by this news. Death is never an easy thing to bear, and death of a colleague or loved one from most illnesses, often gives us time to reconcile or say our goodbyes. But tragedy comes so swiftly and unexpectedly, leaving us shocked, heartbroken and with many unanswered questions.“Our thoughts are with the Government, the Commissioner and Members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the family and friends of Officer Demeritte, and I want them to know that they are not alone in mourning his passing. We are eternally grateful for the selflessness of Officer Demeritte, the Bahamas Government and Police Force for their profound generosity, and while we lay to rest our Hon. Dr. Butterfield, we will forever remember and revere the life that was given in service to her and to our country.”END Related Items:death, LATORIO DEMERITTE, royal bahamas police force, rufus ewing Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide No medical report yet in Capron death Police seize drugs, gun & ammo in recent raids
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – All crimes and not just gun violence are a growing problem in the Turks and Caicos, and the People’s Democratic Movement in a recent media statement said country leaders ought not forget it. During their radio talk show, the PDM Opposition Party said illegal sex, underage sex and underage drinking, illicit drug smuggling, abuse and dealing and gang violence are crimes too and these are also eating away at the moral fiber of the country. The PDM slams who they call, ‘persons in officialdom’ for denial of the true situation and lack of pro-activity. “The knee jerk reactive leadership cannot be tolerated in the fight against crime. We expect the Government to provide the much needed resources and to be sustainable in its approach.” The PDM says police are denied sufficient resources, cite that there is no clear plan of action and pointed out that the National Security Council is not a new concept. “Whilst we welcome the reintroduction of a National Security Council that first existed under the 2006 Constitution and the call for outside help, we will never move away from our approach and call for the provision of resources to build internal capacity… this can only come through frank discussions and clear admissions of the true picture.” Recommended for you TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:crime, Pdm TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why
PDM gets 22 potential candidate applications; public meeting tomorrow Related Items:Civil Servants Association, election STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 1ST JUNE 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Feb 2016 – The Civil Servants Association has awakened from a deep slumber; one that lasted nearly four years and the organization gets up and out with a bang.Election of new officers for the CSA is announced and March 1st will see those interested in heading the group which represents all government workers, offer as candidates. And it appears this will be an interesting race for the top posts. Government last week announced that: Nomination Day is this Tuesday; that on March 4th those nominees will be reveled and by March 23rd, there will be an election. The President and Vice president posts will be revealed on April 1st; ironically that is April Fool’s Day but it also one month from the start of the CSA election process. Many see the CSA as a launch pad to national political office, especially after Premier Rufus Ewing went from its President to being Premier of the TCI. Recommended for you CSA confirms four nominees for public workers elections Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Bahamasfoodimportband, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 5, 2018 – Nassau – Table tomatoes and sweet peppers should be better priced in The Bahamas now that farmers are yielding enough of the items to meet much of the local demand. Late January, The Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture announced a ban which will limit how much of these items are imported was instituted to the delight of local farmers… the ministry is calling this a great sign on the road to reducing food imports overall.“It is such a wonderful time in our nations’ history and development when it is that I consider we’ve actually due to the quantity and the quality of both sweet peppers, we call them bell peppers as well, and table tomatoes have reached a level where this ministry has put a restriction on the importation of those two items because of the amount that we’be been able to produce in country by Bahamian farmers.”The Minister, Renward Wells assured that Bahamian grown does not mean the quality is sub par either, in the statement issued about the national limit on imports of these tomatoes and sweet peppers there was talk about the quality of the produce.“The quality of what we were able to produce is as good or better than what is being imported. And I also want the Bahamian people to know that the price point being offered for these two commodities is actually lower than what is being offered in the United States, substantially lower. And so this goes a very long way to our whole efforts in this ministry of bringing real food security to the Bahamian people.”Food security is a serious topic in The Bahamas as growers argue for more investment and support from Government, this move was praised by the industry. The Minister is now encouraging consistency in production.“We’re gonna be seeing how we completely diversify the Bahamian economy and bring more money to the agricultural industry to the pocket of farmers in this country.”#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamasfoodimportband
Everton manager Marco Silva says their 3-1 victory against Brighton at Goodison Park on Saturday was their “best home performance this season”.Richarlison scored a brace while Seamus Coleman was also on target as Everton bounced back from last weekend 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.Silva praised his side after the game and called it their best display at Goodison Park this season.“It was a pleasure to see how we played and how we won the game. Honestly, we really deserved the three points and, in my opinion, it was our best performance at home this season,” Silva told Sky Sports.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We had a very good 30 minutes at the start of the first half, we started quick, played in our way with confidence and played it forward every time. From the sixth minute, we were created chances to score.“The only thing I didn’t like was the corner when they scored to make it 1-1 because they didn’t have a chance to score and Jordan (Pickford) made just one save at the end of the match.“We controlled the match with the ball, without the ball we did well as well, but in that moment, we have to do better.“It is something we worked on during the week as well but I think we deserve the three points. A good performance, a very good second half again, we had three goals but we created more chances to score as well.”
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos is full of excitement that his side won the Saturday game against Sevilla with two goals after his club had an inconsistent 2019 start.He boasts that Los Blancos still hast the capacity to ensure excellent performances when they want and need it.“We needed a match like this,” he said after the match as quoted by Marca.“We dominated in all aspects of the game.“We finished the chances we had and we’re very happy.“It could have been a larger margin.“We were keen to win in a convincing manner in front of our fans.“By pressing from the first minute, we got our reward.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“This is really important for the team.“Football is sometimes unfair because everything is based on results.“We can show our best version when we want to.”Ramos also talked about about the relationship between the players and the supporters as there were many more fans at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for the match unlike some of the previous ones.“We need to all be in the same boat,” he said.“You could see that they enjoyed it today and they leave content.”
KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — After a bout of cooler but more humid temperatures, San Diego County will begin to see warmer and drier weather Wednesday. A trough of low pressure off the California coast will begin to bring drier conditions to San Diego. Monsoonal moisture that brought humidity and rain to the mountains and deserts, will begin to move out of the area. There is still a chance that the mountains and deserts will see rainfall Wednesday afternoon. A thick marine layer will keep the coast cooler even as temperatures begin rising across the county through the end of the week. By Friday, temperatures will be back to normal for this time of year to slightly above average. High temperatures Wednesday will be 73 to 78 degrees at the beaches, 80 inland, 82 to 87 in the western valleys, 86 to 91 near the foothills, 85 to 92 in the mountains and 106 in the deserts. July 26, 2017 Humidity begins to move out of San Diego County Posted: July 26, 2017 KUSI Newsroom,
Updated: 3:37 PM November 2, 2017 , 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 U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission announced Thursday that it wants to hold a workshop with San Diego-area cities and agencies in hopes of staving off a lawsuit over the flow of sewage from Mexico.The cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and San Diego, the county of San Diego and Port of San Diego have declared their intent to sue the USIBWC — an agency is responsible for water treaties covering Mexico and this country — over continued spills that have fouled water on both sides of the border.The notice of intent gave the commission two months to create a plan to reduce or end polluted waters coming across the border. The county, cities and port can go ahead with a lawsuit if they don’t find the plan acceptable.The U.S. Justice Department made the request to hold a workshop on behalf of the USIBWC in a letter to the local jurisdictions.”We want to work with the community to address these concerns cooperatively rather than through litigation,” Commissioner Edward Drusina said. “The USIBWC continues to work with our partners to take concrete actions to improve sanitation conditions at the border.”In its announcement, the commission outlined a series of steps it has taken in response to the spills, including:developing a more detailed protocol for providing notification of spillsforming a working group to address trans-border issues in the Tijuana River Valleyembarking on a study of infrastructure that could reduce the impact of flows into the valleyupdating a plan for regular water quality testingworking with the Mexican Section of the IBWC to finalize operating protocols to ensure more reliable operation of equipment that diverts wastewater out of the riverThe USIBWC said the letter proposed an inclusive process to address the matters identified in the notice of intent to sue and requested the workshop with stakeholders to resolve the concerns quickly. USIBWC attempting to avoid litigation from San Diego cities over Mexican sewage spills Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: November 2, 2017
April 26, 2018 Posted: April 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose three-tenths of a cent Thursday to $3.629, its highest amount since Aug. 24, 2015.The average price has increased 15 of the past 16 days, rising 7.9 cents, including nine-tenths of a cent on both Tuesday and Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 4.9 cents more than one week ago, 13.6 cents higher than one month ago and 61.5 cents greater than one year ago. It has risen 50.7 cents since the start of the year. Average gas price in San Diego reaches highest point in nearly three years
KUSI Newsroom, Savvy Giving by Design gives kids facing a medical crisis free room makeovers January 20, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 20, 2019 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) – Being in a medical crisis can be an extremely stressful and hard time for families- especially when it’s a child who’s been diagnosed.One non-profit is seeking these families out to do some good by giving the child’s room a makeover free of charge.Founder of Savvy Giving by Design Susan Wintersteen and Savvy recipient Soledad Albino joined us Sunday morning with more.
KUSI Newsroom, August 27, 2019 Posted: August 27, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Famosa Canyon, a five-acre bowl in Point Loma is where the Housing Authority plans to build affordable housing.They want to use the space to build 78 low-income apartments, but residents are not happy.The area is beneath power lines from a nearby SDG&E substation and is environmentally sensitive, draining into the Famosa Slough preserve. Residents push back against affordable housing plans at Famosa Canyon KUSI Newsroom
Legislation that sets a national standard for the labeling of bioengineered food, as well as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership and its impact on soybean producers across the country are among the top issues that the Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) will address with lawmakers during its annual spring meeting in Washington. ASA’s meeting coincides with the introduction of the Senate floor of S.2609, a bill from Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts that would avoid a potential patchwork of state-level GMO labeling statues by establishing a nationwide framework, and farmers will met with senators and leadership from both parties this week to urge its passage.”The Roberts bill is the top priority of soybean farmers this spring and the closer we get to the July 1 implementation of the Vermont labeling law, the more important it becomes for Congress to step up and pass a national standard to avoid the convoluted and expensive patchwork that state-by-state solutions present,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del. “The message we’re taking to the Hill this week is one of urgency. Research shows that the Vermont law alone will add an additional $1,050 to the average American family’s grocery bill, which is reason enough to take action, but add to that the unwarranted stigmatization of safe and sustainable modern agricultural practices, and it’s clear that the time for the Senate to act is now.”Wilkins also pointed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its benefits to soybean producers in a down farm economy as key points ASA will take to the Hill.”We recognize that with an election in November, we’re facing a difficult political climate in Washington, but that doesn’t subtract from the critical importance of moving the TPP forward in 2016.” he said. “The TPP means jobs, it means increased exports and it means growing demand in 11 extremely important developed and emerging economies for the meat proteins that demand our soybean meal to produce. It’s too important to let Congress get to it when it’s convenient; we have to press now.”The Board will also relay in its meetings the urgency to act this year on other issues, including funding in the FY17 Energy & Water Appropriations bill for operations, maintenance, and upgrades to inland waterways infrastructure as well as harbors and ports; and co-sponsorship of House and Senate bills that will be re-introduced to extend and reform the biodiesel tax credit; and normalization of relations with Cuba.This week’s meeting is the first of three annual meetings of the ASA board, and runs today through Wednesday.
In comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today, the American Soybean Association (ASA) urged EPA to increase the volumes for biomass-based diesel to 2.5 billion gallons for 2018, an increase of 400 million gallons over the levels in the Proposed Rule.“Our differences with EPA’s proposed volumes are relatively small, but they are important,” wrote ASA President Richard Wilkins in the association’s comments. “The EPA and the Administration are missing an easy opportunity to help the agriculture and rural economy while at the same time achieving greater greenhouse gas emissions reductions – a high priority for EPA and this Administration.”“While EPA’s Proposed Rule does move forward with biomass-based diesel volumes, increasing them from 2.0 to 2.1 billion gallons from 2017 to 2018, we can – and should – do more,” added Wilkins. “Given the many benefits that biodiesel provides, we think EPA should enthusiastically support more aggressive, but easily achievable, volume targets for biodiesel. We see no reason why EPA should not, at a minimum, support biomass-based diesel volumes of 2.5 billion gallons for 2018.”ASA argued that EPA’s proposed requirements fail to capture either the current capacity or the potential growth for biodiesel.“An increase of biomass-based diesel volume requirements to 2.5 billion gallons in 2018 is achievable and warranted,” wrote Wilkins. “There is idle domestic production capacity and ample, price-competitive feedstock available to supply increased domestic biodiesel production. … While the Proposed Rule does increase biomass-based diesel volumes, these proposed volumes are below the registered production capacity in the United States, below the amounts utilized in the U.S. in 2015 and the amounts expected to be utilized in 2016 and 2017.Wilkins pointed in the comments to the significant greenhouse gas emissions reduction potential of biodiesel as a key reason EPA should more fully embrace and recognize biodiesel in the RFS moving forward.“By EPA’s assessment, biodiesel achieves greenhouse gas emissions reductions ranging from 50 percent to 86 percent better than petroleum diesel,” wrote Wilkins. “These significant GHG emission reductions achieved by biodiesel makes it hard to understand EPA’s reluctance to embrace more aggressive biomass-based diesel RFS volumes. The Administration and EPA have repeatedly cited that reducing emissions is a priority and the energy sector has been a primary focal point in achieving this goal.”“Given the economic and environmental benefits of biodiesel, we believe that the soybean industry and the EPA should be allies on RFS issues,” concluded Wilkins. “We can do more than a slow crawl forward.”Click here for a copy of ASA’s comments.
BNSF Railway won’t hold its annual holiday train event in Vancouver this year, according to railroad spokesman Gus Melonas.He said the SP&S 700, a 1938 Baldwin oil-fired steam locomotive, is down for repairs, so it won’t bring a special train featuring Santa Claus into Vancouver. BNSF has hosted the event for each of the previous six years.“We really enjoy doing it and appreciate the opportunity Burlington Northern-Santa Fe gives us to operate over there,” said John Frazee, a board member for the Pacific Rail Preservation Association, which maintains the steam engine owned by the city of Portland.Area residents who pine for Santa and trains have a couple of other options this weekend.The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad will operate its annual Christmas tree train out of its Yacolt station Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. The railroad charges family rates of $55, $65 and $75. That includes ride tickets for four people and the choice of a Douglas fir, grand fir or noble fire when the train arrives at Moulton Falls. The normal adult fare to ride the train is $15 per person.The north Clark County train also will operate Dec. 18-19.Meanwhile, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation will operate its annual Holiday Express this weekend out of Oaks Park in southeast Portland. The train, pulled by the old Southern Pacific 4449 steam engine, is scheduled to make six runs between 2 and 8 p.m. Friday, and nine runs between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.Cost is $16 for adults and $10 for children 3 to 12 years of age, not including a surcharge for tickets purchased through http://TicketsWest.com. David Cautley, a volunteer with the heritage foundation, advised people to buy tickets in advance, as almost half the remaining trips were sold out as of mid-week.