Two critically hurt in crash north of Battle Ground

first_imgTwo people were critically injured Saturday afternoon in an accident north of Battle Ground, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The two-vehicle crash was reported about 2:42 p.m. near the intersection of Northeast 142nd Avenue and 259th Street.A sheriff’s press release said the crash occurred when a Toyota pickup traveling south on Northeast 142nd Avenue turned west onto Northeast 249th Street and made a sudden U-turn back onto Northeast 142nd Avenue — directly in the path of a southbound Chevrolet pickup.The Chevrolet pickup struck the driver’s side of the Toyota, the press release said. It said the driver of the Chevy did not have time to avoid the crash.Both occupants of the Toyota were critically injured and taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, one by Life Flight and one by AMR ambulance.The driver of the Chevy pickup was treated and released at a local hospital.This collision is currently under investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.The names of those involved in the crash were not released.last_img read more

Washington teacher shot at Christian school in Iraq

first_imgSULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — The quarrel at a Christian school was at first easily ignored by other students: a disagreement between a classmate and a teacher that could barely be heard. But it quickly escalated into gunfire Thursday in a murder-suicide marking the rare violent death of an American in Iraq’s most peaceful region.Authorities in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah said 18-year-old Biyar Sarwar shot his gym teacher, U.S. citizen Jeremiah Small, before turning the gun on himself at a private English-speaking school during a morning sports lecture. Sarwar died later at a nearby hospital.Small, 33, was from Cosmopolis, a town in western Washington near Aberdeen. His father, J. Dan Small, confirmed the death on his Facebook page. “Our oldest, Jeremiah, was martyred in Kurdistan this a.m.,” the elder Small wrote.Eyewitnesses in Iraq described a scene of chaos in the classroom, with some students fainting in fear after gunfire shattered the morning class.Ahmed Mohammed said he was sitting in the front of the classroom and paid little attention to the argument when it first erupted. He said he could barely hear what was happening because Sarwar was at the back of the room.“Then I heard the gunshot,” said Mohammed, his face pale as he recounted the scene. “I turned my head and saw the body of the American teacher on the ground with blood near it. All the students started to run out of the room. Seconds later, as I was running to the reach the school gate, I heard another gunshot.”last_img read more

Life in the Red Zone A closeup view of spectacle danger

first_imgLiving a dozen miles from the volcano, Daphne Kivinen and her family had a Red Zone view 34 years ago when Mount St. Helens blew itself apart.“We were watching a spectacular eruption,” Kivinen said.Huge ice chunks flew through the air, she recalled. “It made its own electricity, and you could see lightning.”At another vantage point, they could see ripples coming at them across Yale Lake. When those ripples lapped onto the shore, the ground beneath them shook.“That was the first time I could see an earthquake coming at me,” Kivinen said.It was quite a spectacle. Then the group went to Kivinen’s house for lunch. When they turned on the television, the day changed.“Then it was a tragedy,” Kivinen said. “I felt awful. We never realized how much devastation was going on on the north side. We were shocked that people were hurt.”Now a Vancouver resident, Kivinen was Daphne Webb when Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980.She worked for the U.S. Forest Service, and her former husband, Tom Webb, drove a log truck. With children Scott (he was 13 back then) and Wendy (she was 10), they lived in Cowlitz County, southwest of the peak.last_img read more

Prosecutor 800 rounds found in White House intruder case

first_imgWASHINGTON — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday. President Barack Obama was “obviously concerned” about the weekend incident, a spokesman said.The Secret Service increased security around the famous grounds on Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capital, some guards openly holding weapons, others escorting dogs. There was talk of expanding the security zone beyond the current area as a major investigation began into the question of how the man managed to get to the building without being stopped.Forty-two-year-old Omar J. Gonzalez of Copperas Cove, Texas, faces charges of entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. He had been arrested earlier in the summer in Virginia with a carful of weapons, authorities said, and a federal prosecutor said Monday in court that Gonzalez had had a map then with the White House circled.Authorities ran into Gonzalez again, less than a month ago on Aug. 25, when he was stopped while walking along the south fence of the White House, his car parked nearby. He had a hatchet in a rear waistband but no firearms, a federal prosecutor said at Monday’s hearing. Gonzalez gave permission to search his car and was not arrested.Friday evening, Obama and his family had left the White House for Camp David when the incident occurred. Gonzalez was seized just inside the building’s front door. No guns were found in his car.last_img read more

House approves 11 trillion government spending bill

first_imgWASHINGTON — Swapping crisis for compromise, the House narrowly approved $1.1 trillion in government-wide spending Thursday night after President Barack Obama and Republicans joined forces to override Democratic complaints that the bill would also ease bank regulations imposed after the economy’s near-collapse in 2008.The 219-206 vote cleared the way for a final showdown in the Senate on the bill — the last major measure of a two-year Congress far better known for gridlock than for bipartisan achievement.House lawmakers approved a short-term funding measure — continuing resolution — by voice vote to give the Senate time to act on the huge budget bill. The Senate then acted without dissent to keep the government open for two more days to give itself time to debate the longer term package.Hours before the vote, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi delivered a rare public rebuke to Obama, saying she was “enormously disappointed” he had decided to embrace legislation that she described as an attempt at blackmail by Republicans.The White House stated its own objections to the bank-related proposal and other portions of the bill in a written statement. Even so, officials said Obama and Vice President Joe Biden both telephoned Democrats to secure the votes needed for passage, and the president stepped away from a White House Christmas party reception line to make last-minute calls.last_img read more

Falling VIP volume marks tough quarter for Genting Singapore

first_img Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion Load More RelatedPosts The results followed a 19% decline in VIP volume to SG$7.6 billion (US$5.57 billion) for the period, with management pointing to Chinese uncertainty and geopolitical frictions which it says “continue to cast a cloud of uncertainty for 2019.”In his results recap, Union Gaming’s Grant Govertsen also suggested customers were patronizing other regional properties in relatively close proximity to Singapore, estimating a full-year decline of 12% in VIP volumes at RWS in 2019.RWS saw its Singapore VIP market share fall to 44% in 1Q19, down from 47% in the fourth quarter of 2018.Govertsen estimates that mass GGR grew by around 3% for the quarter, but adds, “we are not optimistic on this segment for RWS in the context of recently enacted higher entry levies, which we believe will weigh on both revenue and margin. Even prior to the enactment of higher levies, some number of mass customers were trialing other regional properties and we expect this dynamic to increase over the coming months as these properties can increasingly offer compelling value even for lower-tier customers.”Genting Singapore recently announced an impending SG$4.5 billion expansion of RWS, adding more gaming and non-amenities plus another 1,100 hotel rooms which are expected to come online by 2024. Lower VIP volumes on the back of China’s slowing economy saw Genting Singapore’s revenue, Adjusted EBITDA and net profit all suffer declines in 1Q19, despite a quarter aided by good luck.Revenue at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) for the three months to 31 March 2019 was SG$640.4 million (US$469.4 million), down 5% year-on-year, with Adjusted EBITDA falling 8% to SG$329.7 million (US$241.6 million) – although EBITDA was substantially higher than the SG$286.0 million reported in 4Q18. Net profit after taxation fell 5% to SG$205.5 million. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

Koreas Paradise Co still rising with July casino revenue up 191

first_imgKorea’s Paradise Co saw its casino revenues rise 19.1% to KRW74.15 billion (US$61.1 million) in July, the fourth consecutive month of year-on-year growth.Despite a 9.4% decline in table drop when compared with June, July’s numbers also represented a 3.2% sequential increase on the back of better luck on the gaming tables where revenue was up 21.0% year-on-year to KRW70.51 billion. Conversely, EGM revenue was down 8.9% to KRW3.64 billion. RelatedPosts Paradise Co is tracking at 19.1% growth for the first seven months of 2019 with revenue of KRW425.63 billion (US$350.5 million), including KRW399.39 billion in table revenue (up 20.1%) and KRW26.23 billion in EGM revenue (up 5.4%). Table drop through 2019 to date is 25.5% better off than last year at KRW4.02 trillion.Paradise operates Paradise Walker-hill in Seoul, Jeju Grand and Busan Casino as well as its first integrated resort, Paradise City, in Incheon, which is a joint venture with Japan’s Sega Sammy. Load More Big trouble in little China South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

Total pay grew 28 in MayJuly 2015

first_imgTotal pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.8% in real terms in May-July 2015 compared to the corresponding period in 2014, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its Labour market statistics, September 2015, report, also found that regular pay (excluding bonuses) grew 2.9% between May-July 2014 and May-July 2015.In nominal terms, not adjusting for consumer price inflation, both total pay and regular pay rose by 2.9% in May-July 2015. This is the highest rate of growth recorded for regular pay since the three months to January 2009.In July 2015, average regular pay reached £465 a week before tax and other deductions. Including bonuses, average pay for July 2015 was £496 a week. This compares to total pay of £311 a week when records began in January 2000, representing an increase of 59.2% in nominal terms. Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: ”Today’s labour market statistics show that gains in the number of people employed are levelling off as the recovery matures, and that wage growth continues to accelerate as employers find they need to pay more to attract staff.“Average pay growth of 2.9% in the three months to July, compared with a year ago represents the strongest growth for six years.”last_img read more

Total pay increases by 24

first_imgTotal pay, including bonuses, for employees in Great Britain increased by 2.4% between August and October 2015, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its Labour market statistics, December 2015 also found that pay excluding bonuses increased by 2% between August and October.In real terms, for October 2015, average regular pay (excluding bonuses) for employees in Great Britain stood at £463 per week before tax and other deductions from pay, up from £455 per week for a year earlier.In addition, average total pay (including bonuses) for employees in Great Britain was £493 per week before tax and other deductions from pay, up from £484 per week for a year earlierMark Beatson, chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “Today’s statistics suggest that job growth in the UK has well and truly recovered, following what seemed to be a pause earlier in the year. But wage growth remains subdued, and this makes it less likely that we will see interest rates increase during 2016.“With very low inflation, the average pay packet is still increasing in real terms, but this will only be sustainable if productivity increases. This will require organisations to invest in technology, new systems and their workforce.”Mariano Mamertino, economic research analyst at Indeed, added: “Even though the labour market continues to show signs of tightening, wage growth is falling back after gains in 2015. Near zero inflation and steady inflows of EU migrants may have contributed to the lacklustre wage rises for workers.“Productivity and inflation are the determinants of real wage growth that we should watch for in 2016. A surge in productivity will be needed to boost the pay packet of the average worker.”last_img read more

Do not miss Employee Benefits Wired Supporting financial wellbeing

first_imgEmployee Benefits Wired: Supporting financial wellbeing, presented in association with Neyber, will be broadcast live at 11am on Thursday 25 May 2017.The expert panel discussion can be viewed for free on the Employee Benefits video channel.The online debate will provide insights on the key factors that influence employees’ financial wellbeing, and what employers can do to support staff in this area.Topics that will be discussed include how employers can address financial inclusion and incorporate this into their benefits strategies, how socio-economic challenges can impact employees’ views around saving, and the affect of financial pressures on the physical and mental health of the workforce.The panel will also highlight how employers can support staff on fluctuating incomes, and outline the potential impact of workforce mobility on financial wellbeing.The expert panel will include Debbie Lovewell-Tuck, editor at Employee Benefits; Heidi Allen, head of insights and engagement at Neyber; Katie Evans, head of policy and research at the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute; and Marcus Underhill, director of engagement and insights at Staffcare.Viewers can submit questions to the panel by tweeting #EBWired.Tune in to the Employee Benefits video channel at 11am on Thursday 25 May 2017.last_img read more

Route to Safety Evacuation Zones

first_imgZone B, in the orange, includes areas along the Turnpike Extension near Homestead. Plus, some big residential and business centers, including downtown.Curt Sommerhoff: “You’ve got areas in the City of Miami and, of course, our barrier islands going from Miami Beach all the way up to Sunny Isles.”Zone C, in yellow, includes areas along U.S. 1 to Florida City, pockets that are vulnerable to rising water from canals, as well as low-lying areas to the north.Curt Sommerhoff: “Along the Intracoastal, 79th Street Causeway here, 96th Street.”Moving west, the large Zone D, in green, incorporates areas of Kendall and the Redlands.And finally, E, in blue.Curt Sommerhoff: “A lot of this could potentially be from a storm tracking from more of a westerly direction, pushing water in, essentially from the Everglades.” We saw the devastation after Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Homes were flooded, and lives were lost. Here in South Florida, we have a high risk of water being pushed on shore by a hurricane.Curt Sommerhoff, Director, Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management: “People tend to focus on wind and the high miles per hour of the different categories of storm, but storm surge is what does the most destructive damage.”And it doesn’t take much. Experts say six inches of fast moving flood water can knock over an adult. Two feet can carry away a car.It’s why you need to know now whether you live in an evacuation zone, and if you do, be prepared to leave when an order is issued.Curt Sommerhoff: “In a lot of cases, people are calling Uncle Joe, or somebody else to go, ‘Hey, is that serious? Are you leaving? ‘Cause if they are going to leave, then I’ll leave, too.’ We want people to listen to emergency officials.”In Miami-Dade County, there are five color-coded evacuation zones, starting with A, the red zone areas along Biscayne Bay.Curt Sommerhoff: “‘A’ would always be the first to go. Almost down to the county line, following up along the Bay, through areas like Palmetto Bay, coming up in towards Gables-by-the-Sea. Of course, Virginia Key, Key Biscayne and this area at the top of the Intracoastal — this is in and around Oleta Park.” Because the evacuation zones are so widespread, officials encourage you to check the county’s website, plug in your address and see what zone you’re in.In Broward County, things are a bit simpler. There are only two zones, A and B.We start with A.Miguel Ascarrunz: “It would be a Category 1 or 2 hurricane. We evacuate east of the Intracoastal, or A1A.”That means people living along the coast, from Hallandale Beach north to Deerfield Beach.Broward officials typically evacuate Plan B in a Category 3 hurricane or stronger.Miguel Ascarrunz, Director, Broward Emergency Management Division: “We’re looking at evacuating east of Federal Highway, or U.S. 1, from Hallandale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, all the way up to Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach.” Broward Emergency Management Divisionhttp://www.broward.org/emergency/pages/default.aspxCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. If an evacuation order includes your home, officials say it’s best to stay with family or friends just outside the evacuation area. If that’s not possible, emergency shelters will open in both Broward and Miami-Dade but should be considered a last resort.If you have special needs, register for a shelter ahead of time. And don’t forget to pack the basics: toiletries, medication, clothes, pillows, blankets, books, even an iPad to keep the kids happy.Regardless of where you go, the message from officials is clear: If an evacuation order is issued where you live, you need to leave.Curt Sommerhoff: “If you decided not to evacuate, it’s probably not going to be safe for us to send somebody to get you. Now you’re going to be stuck with your decision. You’re on your own.Jeff Lennox: “To illustrate just how serious storm surge can be, try this tool from our friends at Florida International University. Enter your address and the category storm, and see just how high the water could get at your house. While it’s interesting, don’t use it to base your decision on whether to leave. Always listen to officials.”FOR MORE INFORMATION:Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Managementhttp://www.miamidade.gov/fire/emergency-management.asp last_img read more

Electronic devices stolen from USA Wireless store in West MiamiDade

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two crooks were caught on camera swiping a tablet and two phones from a store in West Miami-Dade.Surveillance video was rolling when both thieves walked into the USA Wireless store on Southwest 107th Avenue, near 16th Street, at around 7 p.m., Tuesday.According to police, the men quickly snatched the devices from their holsters on the wall before taking off and damaged the front door on their way out.Both men wore blue jeans and T-shirts, one blue and the other white.If you recognize them, 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.last_img read more

Police respond to fatal crash in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police responded to a crash involving a car going into a canal in Pompano Beach.First responders could be seen at the crash site, located near the southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike at Atlantic Boulevard. Two cars could be seen being towed from the scene.According to officials, the two cars were heading down the Turnpike when one of the cars veered left and side-swiped the other car. The car that caused the crash then traveled into the grass median and into a canal. The driver did not survive.The second driver was not injured.The cause of the crash is now under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Driver killed after Challenger crashes into concrete Metrorail post in NW MiamiDade

first_img“I saw the man in the floor, but it was too late. He was dead there,” said Stewart. “There was no way to save him. He was face down. I couldn’t see the face.”Debris from the car sprawled out all over the street and sidewalk like a scrap yard.“Look at the damage left at the crash scene,” said Stewart.Sunday night, 7News cameras showed twisted metal from the Challenger being cleared from the scene.Police have not yet released the driver’s identity.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The driver of a sports car was killed after crashing into a concrete Metrorail column in Northwest Miami-Dade, causing the vehicle to catch fire.Surveillance video captured the moments before the victim’s yellow Dodge Challenger plowed into the support beam along Northwest 27th Avenue and 75th Street, just after midnight on Sunday.Area residents heard the deafening bang.“I was outside and I heard the crash. I thought, ‘Has the Metro fallen down?’” said area resident Javier Stewart as he spoke through a translator.The vehicle was completely destroyed. The force from the impact was so intense that the car’s engine ejected.“The car was traveling at a high rate of speed,” said Stewart. “Later, it hits the Metrorail pole.”According to Miami-Dade Police, the driver died shortly after the crash. last_img read more

5th Bellas Ball fundraiser held in downtown Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida ball fit for royalty reigned over downtown Miami, and it was all for a good cause.The Fifth Annual Bella’s Ball took place at the JW Marriott Marquis on Biscayne Boulevard Way, Saturday night. The event honors and benefits children battling cancer.Today in Florida anchor Alex de Armas was on hand for the festivities.The star-studded guest list also including rapper Flo Rida and DJ Laz.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Bei Bei the panda tumbles in first snowfall of the season

first_imgWASHINGTON (WSVN) — Bei Bei the panda celebrated the first snow fall of the season by tumbling around at the Smithsonian National Zoo, Thursday.Bei Bei is the zoo’s youngest panda at just 3 years old.He spent the day rolling down the snow covered hills and climbing trees.According to the zoo, giant pandas are the most active in cold weather and enjoy rolling and tumbling in the snow.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

1 student transported after buses collide in Miramar

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – A school bus rear-ended another big yellow bus along Miramar Parkway and Douglas Road, early Tuesday morning.At least one person was placed on a stretcher and transported for treatment.Other students were checked out as a precaution.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

House Finance Committee Continues Work On Amendments To Operating Budget

first_imgThe full vote could come as early as Monday. House Finance Committee member Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole) has offered a majority of the 100 amendments so far. On Monday, the committee added $1 million to the public defender’s office, $18 million to the University of Alaska’s budget, and $1 million to the Department of Fish and Game to assist with fisheries management. Committee co-chair Paul Seaton (R-Homer) says he expects the work on over 100 amendments to be completed in a few days. Representative Mike Chenault (R-K-Pen): “House Republicans on Finance are proposing over $13 million in cuts which will all be rejected. Again, it should be emphasized there is a deficit and adding to the state’s operating budget increases that deficit.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House Finance Committee says they are getting closer to a final vote on the state’s operating budget before sending to the House of Representatives next week.last_img read more

Good Scales Back Frequency

first_imgGood, the three-year-old for-profit magazine with a non-profit ethos, is scaling back frequency.The bimonthly title “for people who give a damn” will go quarterly. The “transportation issue,” currently on newsstands, is the first at the 4X frequency.“It was a decision we made for a variety of reasons,” Good creative director Casey Caplowe wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “Our people are easier to reach and connect with online, we wanted to devote more resources to serving them there.” “Ultimately we felt that we’d rather put a bit more into the Web efforts even if [we] took some resources from print,” Caplowe continued. “That said, the magazine and print as a medium is still one we believe in thoroughly.”Good’s circulation has grown from 25,000 to about 60,000, in part, through a campaign which readers could name their own price for a yearlong subscription to the magazine, with proceeds donated to charity. Last year, Good named its first CEO, a signal that the bootstrapping company was getting serious about the business side.“Within a five-year timeframe, we hope to emerge as a lifestyle brand that provides content through digital and print media,” founder Ben Goldhirsh said at the time. “I would not estimate the numbers, but we hope to achieve profitability in that timeframe.”last_img read more