September treat Back to school

first_imgWith each step along tree-shaded Northeast Sixth Avenue early Wednesday, the last moments of summer vacation for 10-year-old Alex Beltran-Villa faded nearer to oblivion.Young Alex didn’t mind.“Yeah!” he exulted, raising both arms over his head. “Me like learning!”A moment later, the fifth-grader who’s added 3 inches to his 5-foot frame since June (tallest kid at Sacajawea Elementary School, by most accounts) reflected on the occasion a bit more earnestly.“I’m not so sad to see summer end, ’cause I like school,” Alex said, sporting a Pac-Man T-shirt and small backpack. He does enjoy the learning, besides seeing good friends again, he said. It’s not like the past two months were boring, either: There were long camping trips and swimming, plenty of family fun.“We did a lot of things, but I’d just rather have school than summer. I like it, period,” he explained.Alex was among 21,000-plus Vancouver Public Schools students who began a new year Wednesday, many with a similar sunny outlook. In the Battle Ground district, nearly 13,000 students did the same.They were the last of the nine Clark County school districts to get classes under way, a full week after many had opened their doors.last_img read more

Cargo vessel detained on way to Vancouver due to violations

first_imgA large cargo vessel on its way to Vancouver was detained in Portland this week after an inspection found numerous safety deficiencies aboard the 618-foot ship, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.Most of the deficiencies aboard the Stargold Trader were related to fire hazards, according to the Coast Guard. Those included excessive oil leaks in the engine room, and the vessel’s primary firefighting system being found in disrepair. Eight of the ship’s 19 fire hoses failed inspections, and multiple leaks were found in its fire main piping.The vessel remained halted on the Willamette River near downtown Portland on Thursday. It won’t be allowed to go to sail until the deficiencies are corrected by its crew, according to the Coast Guard.The Stargold Trader, registered in Panama and operated by Golden Management Company, is set to load copper in Vancouver once the problems are fixed. It will then depart for Vancouver, B.C., according to the Coast Guard.last_img read more

Search called off for missing Japanese hiker

first_imgDeputies suspended the search for a missing Japanese man who set off on Mount St. Helens two weeks ago.Searchers combed the area around the mountain and searched by plane for Yosuke Onishi, 26. Hikers reported that they hadn’t seen anyone who appeared to be in distress, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies reviewed video footage from the Lakeshore Store and Deli in Cougar. They would still like to speak with the couple who visited the store on the morning of Nov. 27 and dropped off Onishi at the base of the mountain. The couple had a white dog with them in their gray or light brown car. The male had dark hair and the female appeared to be of Asian descent, according to the sheriff’s office; both appeared to be in their 30s. Onishi’s mother and sister, Tokiko and Ayako Onishi, flew into Portland and drove to Cougar with an interpreter, where they spoke with deputies. Onishi is from Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. He’s listed in the national missing persons database. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 360-577-3092. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.last_img read more

Oregon SW Washington head for Round 2 of snowfall

first_imgPORTLAND — A second winter storm in two days is bearing down on Oregon and southwestern Washington, this one topped with ice that could make highways more treacherous in some areas and knock out electricity.Snowfall starting late in the morning Friday will be widespread, dropping a foot or more in mountainous parts of Southern Oregon and 2 to 8 inches in Western Oregon valleys that got slammed Thursday, the National Weather Service said.The snow is expected to turn to freezing rain Friday night and Saturday in many areas, especially the southern and central Willamette Valley and the Pacific coast.That will turn roadways icy and increase the possibility of power lines drooping and falling, resulting in outages, forecasters warned.The first storm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of the Pacific Northwest and left one person dead in a massive Interstate 5 pileup in southwest Washington. It caused multiple other wrecks and closed schools and offices.Many school districts in the region canceled Friday’s classes as well.The snowstorm also caused a string of multiple car crashes on I-5 near Albany, Ore., essentially closing the highway there for five hours, the Oregon Transportation Department said.last_img read more

Seattle passes on 2016 Dem National Convention

first_imgSEATTLE — Seattle was one of dozens of cities invited by the Democratic National Committee to bid on hosting the 2016 national convention that will nominate the party’s candidate for president.A spokesman for the mayor’s office says they city decided not to bid.Spokesman Jeff Reading says the city does not meet requirements for hotel rooms, convention space and other amenitiesThe Seattle Times reports the city also lacks a suitable arena. KeyArena doesn’t have enough seats or luxury boxes to meet the party’s criteria.Seattle also is not among the eight finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. Portland also passed on the convention last month.last_img read more

4A girls basketball Skyview falls to Inglemoor places 6th at state

first_imgTACOMA — The Skyview Storm made it to a trophy game, but they also had to play that game at 8 in the morning.They will take the trophy, but they probably never want to play basketball at that hour ever again.Inglemoor outlasted Skyview 39-36 in for fourth place at the Class 4A state girls basketball tournament Saturday in the Tacoma Dome. The Storm (25-4) finished the season with a sixth-place trophy.“I’m going to tell them how much I love them,” Skyview coach Jennifer Buscher said before going into the locker for one final post-game meeting with this group. “They are some of the best kids I know. I just couldn’t be more proud of this group.”Still, the Storm will probably be wondering what happened Saturday. Having a rough morning from the floor was one thing — playing three days in a row and going up against Inglemoor’s 6-foot-4 post Deja Strother will bother most teams — but the Storm also struggled at the free-throw line.“It’s just not a time to be in a shooting slump,” Buscher said.Skyview was 11 for 48 from the floor and 10 of 27 from the free-throw line.“State tournament. Anything can happen,” Buscher said. “Missing 17 free throws isn’t going to cut it.”Buscher, looking at the stat sheet, asked again, “Did we really miss 17 free throws?”Yep.Strother, who had a triple-double in Friday’s consolation victory for Inglemoor, had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocked shots against the Storm. In foul trouble in the third quarter, she returned in the fourth and scored five quick points to give the Vikings a nine-point lead at 32-23. Skyview’s Big Three — Jocelyn Adams, Stephanie McDonagh, and Aubrey Ward-El — responded, each scoring in an 8-0 run to make it a one-point contest.last_img read more

Three judge hopefuls weigh in on issues at forum

first_imgThree Clark County judicial appointee applicants offered their opinions Monday about the judiciary’s role in addressing inequalities in the legal system, including a higher rate of the poor in the county jail and people who can’t afford to hire an attorney. The comments from Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield and private attorneys Denise Lukins and Bob Vukanovich were part of a Clark County Bar Association forum for judicial appointee applicants and were elicited by questions from the audience and from people who electronically submitted questions to the bar association. The bar association also conducted a poll of its nearly 500 members about their first choice for Clark County’s next judge, whom Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to appoint next month.“Obviously, the poll gives our community a voice, and it affects our community,” said bar association President Arin Dunn. It also gives voters and the governor information that they really wouldn’t obtain from any other source.”Banfield, Lukins, Vukanovich, Chief Deputy Prosecutor John Fairgrieve and attorney Christopher Ramsay have applied for the position. Judge Barbara Johnson — Clark County’s first female Superior Court judge — is retiring from the position March 31 after 28 years on the bench. Her successor will be required to seek election in November to complete the last two years of her four-year term.last_img read more

Vietnam gives green light to US500 million horse racing facility

first_img Vietnam ponders easing casino investment requirements in Special Economic Zones APE completes new installation of Konami’s “Fortune Cup” at MGM Cotai Authorities in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi have given the green light to a US$500 million horse racing and entertainment facility as part of the city’s 2020 socio-economic development plan.According to local media, the complex will be built on a large parcel of agricultural land located in Soc San to the north of Hanoi and will be operational by 2021. Load More Hoiana golf course to welcome first players from 23 September RelatedPosts The project is almost 20 years in the making, having first been proposed in 1999 only to fall though due to the lack of a legal framework for horse racing and sports betting. A local travel company asked for permission to re-open a feasibility and research study in 2007 but was told the legal framework for sports betting would need to be completed first.That milestone was finally accomplished in 2017 when the national government passed a law making sports betting legal. The VnExpress says that foreign companies are also looking to invest in horse racing facilities in Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc and Ho Chi Minh City.last_img read more

So this is Yumeshima An inspection of the Osaka IR Candidate Location

first_imgThe dream is getting bigger. On 17 January, after meeting with three members of the Osaka IR Promotion Bureau on a visit to the Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building, IAG looks down on Yumeshima floating 24 floors below. It is now common knowledge that Yumeshima is the candidate site for an Osaka IR property.Osaka Bay has three man-made islands including Maishima, Sakishima and Yumeshima. Yumeshima is actually quite unknown to the residents of Osaka city. It was also this reporter’s first time looking down on it. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Load More “The IR location is planned for the back of that area just across the white bridge from Maishima,” one of the Osaka IR Promotion Bureau staff members explains. “The left side is where the World Expo will be and there is already a tunnel from Sakishima, where we are now, to Yumeshima.”We look in the direction the staff member is pointing and can see where the underwater tunnel connects the two islands.The World Expo will be held in 2025. A massive IR structure is supposed to be completed a year before the Expo. What will it look like? We get excited just imagining it.There are so many issues that must be resolved when establishing an IR. Playing its part is the Seminar for the Prevention of Problem Gambling, which was held by the Osaka IR Promotion Bureau on the afternoon of 17 January in Nakanoshima, Osaka. The venue is near MGM Resorts Japan’s recently opened Osaka office.This is the third time this type of seminar has been held. It consisted of two experts lecturing for two hours about gambling disorders and how they are treated. The estimated number of addictions are also the worst in the world – the conclusion being that going forward, Japan needs to continue activities to raise awareness and needs a reinforced support system.This reporter feels like we’re ready for a solution, but it’s not something that can be solved overnight. We must tread carefully. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentionslast_img read more

Wynn Macau wins landmark court case in Malaysia to recoup HK33 million

first_img Load More Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Wynn Macau has won a landmark court case in Malaysia against a local businessman to recover HK$33 million (US$4.2 million) in unpaid credit.The decision, handed down on Friday, comes despite Malaysian law offering no legal recourse for gaming operators to collect gambling debts due to gambling contracts not being recognized. Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts According to news agency Reuters, Wynn Macau’s lawyers were instead able to argue that the debt it was chasing was not a result of a gambling contract but a credit agreement between the operator and Malaysian fund manager Paul Poh Yang Hong.Poh had taken a line of credit worth HK$40 million (US$5.1 million) but had only paid back HK$7 million before Wynn Macau launched legal action to reclaim the remainder in 2017. He will now have to repay that amount plus interest.Wynn’s lawyer Vincent Law told Reuters he expected the ruling to set a precedent for those chasing debt from Malaysian citizens.“If there is no appeal, I believe this judgement today will be the law in Malaysia for the foreseeable future,” Law said. “It is a good sign for the whole gaming industry.”last_img read more

MGM Resorts officially declares Osaka First policy

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts On 10 January, MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Murren visited Osaka Prefecture Governor Ichiro Matusi and Osaka City Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura, stating his opinion to them that Osaka is “the best.”Jason Hyland, President and Representative Officer of MGM Resorts Japan, commented, “The IR proposal and regional development plan offered by MGM Resorts should reflect the wonderful history and culture of Osaka and the Kansai region. We hope to continue deepening our relationships with those in the regional tourist industries as well as the financial circles.”Focusing all efforts on Osaka is certainly an aggressive strategy to win a Japanese IR license.Governor Matsui has already announced that the public offering to select an IR partner will begin this Spring. This policy decision by MGM is an extremely strong backing for an Osaka IR to become a reality. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions MGM Resorts Japan has announced its new “Osaka First” policy – a move which aims to “concentrate MGM’s management resources in Osaka to gain regional improvement plan approval for an IR facility in Japan.”MGM has cooperated in a number of local events in recent months, such as the Tenjin Festival and Dotonbori Riverwalk, in order to enhance the company’s connection with Osaka – the current front-runner as an IR candidate location. Load Morelast_img read more

Megaworld announces major new residential projects to link with US11 billion Manila

first_img G2E Asia officially announces new Philippines expo In a Thursday announcement, Megaworld said the residential projects will include the 15-storey South Beach Place, comprising 582 units, with direct access to the Westside City Resorts World complex, while Sunny Coast Residential Resort will feature two 21-storey towers with a combined 1,309 residential units. All will be completed by 2024.Megaworld is set to invest around Php64 billion (US$1.23 billion) into Westside City in the next 10 years with Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. committing Php57 billion (US$1.1 billion) into Westside City Resorts World.Travellers, which operates Resorts World Manila, is a joint venture between Genting Hong Kong and Alliance Global Group.Megaworld is also developing two new hotel brands in Westside City – the 529-room Kingsford Hotel and 685-room Grand Westside Hotel – both of which will be linked directly to the casino complex. Load More Philippines real estate developer Megaworld has announced plans to build two new residential projects in the 31-hectare Westside City precinct in Manila’s Entertainment City.The new projects will see the number of units in the township – which forms part of Travellers International Hotel Group’s Westside City Resorts World development – increase by more than 50% from its current 3,500 units to around 5,400. Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts Megaworld insists POGO exposure “small and manageable” as license moratorium sees share price tumblelast_img read more

Post Office staff strike over closure of defined benefit pension scheme to

first_imgPost Office staff who are members of trade unions Unite and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) are taking part in strike action in a dispute over the closure of the organisation’s defined benefit (DB) pension scheme to future accrual and potential job losses.The 24-hour strike action commenced at 3am today (Monday 31 October 2016). It involves more than 700 managers who are members of Unite, and more than 3,000 members of CWU who work in Post Office branches, admin and supply chain units.The industrial action centres around potential job losses, branch closures, and the closure of the Post Office’s DB pension scheme to future accrual.The trustee of the Post Office section of the Royal Mail pension plan has accepted the proposal to close the DB scheme to future accrual from 31 March 2017.The Post Office plans to move current DB pension scheme members to the organisation’s defined contribution (DC) scheme from 1 April 2017. The Post Office plans on providing staff with financial planning information to help with this transition.The unions estimate that 3,500 employees will be affected by the pensions change.Today’s strike action follows a 24-hour strike on 15 September 2016.Natasha Wilson, reward and pensions director at the Post Office, said: “Taking this decision is the right and responsible thing to do both for members of the plan and for the long-term financial health of the business.”Kevin Gilliland, network and sales director at the Post Office, added: “The Post Office wants to reach a constructive way forward through talking with our unions. More than 99% of people in the UK live within three miles of a Post Office branch, but we must make changes to safeguard that level of service for future generations.”Brian Scott, officer for the Post Office at Unite, said: “We cannot stand by and see the retirement incomes of our members being eroded by thousands of pounds. This decision is unnecessary and mean spirited as the pension scheme is currently in surplus to the extent of more than £143 million. We, once again, call on the Post Office to reverse its decision to close the scheme.”Dave Ward, general secretary at the CWU, added: “We have a simple demand; that the government pauses the cuts and brings stakeholders together for a structured period of talks to develop a plan that is about more than managing the decline of the service. Our members and the public deserve nothing less.”last_img read more

Winners of the Corporate Adviser Awards 2017 announced

first_imgPhoto: Simply PhotographyEmployee Benefits’ sister title, Corporate Adviser, announced the winners of its annual awards on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at Grange St Paul’s Hotel, London, hosted by Scottish comedian Alun Cochrane.Capita Employee Benefits was named Corporate Adviser firm of the year at the ceremony, and also won the best use of technology by a corporate advisor award.The winners of the Corporate Adviser Awards 2017 were:Pension advisor of the year: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). Highly commended: Capita Employee Benefits.Group risk adviser of the year: Arthur J. Gallagher. Highly commended: Aon Employee Benefits.Best group pension provider: Royal London. Highly commended: B&CE, provider of The People’s Pension.Best healthcare provider: Axa PPP Healthcare. Highly commended: Bupa.Healthcare adviser of the year: Aon Employee Benefits. Highly commended: Advo Group.Best group risk provider: Canada Life Group Insurance. Highly commended: Ellipse.Best adviser auto-enrolment proposition: PB Financial Planning.Best provider decumulation proposition: LV= Corporate Solutions. Highly commended: Aegon.Best cash plan provider: Simplyhealth. Highly commended: Health Shield.Best use of technology by a corporate adviser: Capita Employee Benefits.Best master trust: The People’s Pension.Ultimate default fund: Royal London, Royal London Target Lifestyle Strategies. Highly commended: Schroders, Schroders Dynamic Multi-Asset Fund.Corporate Adviser small firm of the year 2017: The Ink Group. Highly commended: Mearns and Company.Corporate Adviser firm of the year 2017: Capita Employee Benefits.last_img read more

Ryan Lauren Tannehill welcome new baby boy to their family

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Miami Dolphins are adding a little leaguer to the team thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Tannehill.Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill and his wife, Lauren, welcomed a baby boy into their family.Lauren gave birth on Sunday, and the first-time parents said they couldn’t be happier.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Explosive thrown at home of samesex couple no injuries

first_imgIf you have any information on this explosive attack, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after, they said, an explosive device was thrown into the Southwest Miami-Dade home of a same-sex couple, early Thursday.Windows shattered and neighbors were left stunned after, investigators said, someone tossed the unknown type of device at the home, near Southwest 282nd Street and 133rd Place, just before 1:45 a.m.Police said the detonation caused debris to fall on the neighboring home and caused structural damage to the victims’ residence.“By my experience in the military, I know about what an explosion or something like that sounds like,” said area resident Terrance James.No one was home at the time, and no one was hurt.Investigators said the motive is unknown at this time, but the homeowners believe this may have been a hate crime because the homeowners are a gay couple.In a press release, Miami-Dade Police said they are conducting an arson investigation in conjunction with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. last_img read more

Pedestrian fatally hit by car in Miami Lakes

first_imgMIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – A car fatally struck a pedestrian near Northwest 169th Street and 74th Place in Miami Lakes, Thursday.Miami-Dade Police said the victim was a woman.The driver stayed on the scene, according to police.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Man found not guilty in murder of security guard

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A jury found Nathaniel Payne-Collins not guilty, Monday, in the murder of a security guard in South Miami-Dade in 2013.Payne-Collins and three others were accused of killing 50-year-old Robert Nelson as he patrolled Hidden Grove Apartments in August, 2013.Nelson was robbed and shot nine times. He died on the scene.Payne-Collins still faces prison time for the lesser charge of theft.One of those three co-defendants, 31-year-old Gregory Lewis, pleaded guilty and is serving a 10-year prison term. He testified against Payne-Collins in court.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 hospitalized after Oakland Park shooting

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – First responders hospitalized a man as a trauma alert after a fight led to a shooting in Oakland Park, Wednesday night, police said.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the shooting, near Northwest Eighth Terrace, just after 8 p.m.At least one shooter remained on the scene, according to police. Multiple people have been detained as police continue to investigate.The man’s condition is not known.If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Former employee accused of stealing money cell phone liquor in armed robbery

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. (WSVN) – A liquor store’s surveillance cameras captured an armed robbery, last Thursday, in Pembroke Park.The man on camera was seen pointing a gun to the clerk’s head at Sweeney’s Liquors and repeatedly striking him in the face.According to the arrest form, the armed robber then took off with $2,133, a Samsung Note 3 and two bottles of Remy Martin.After almost a week, 21-year-old Joseph Micah Yshua turned himself into the Broward Sheriff’s Office.BSO said that Yshua was a former employee at Sweeney’s Liquors and was familiar with the layout of the store.The 21-year-old man was charged with robbery with a firearm.Yshua was denied bond. last_img read more