Vancouver police detectives were working on two domestic violence cases Monday after officers searched for men who were believed to possibly be armed in separate incidents on Sunday in the Rose Village and Kevanna Park neighborhoods.About 4:20 p.m. Sunday, several officers and a tracking dog searched a home at East 32nd and X streets for a 32-year-old man with a previously issued felony warrant charging domestic violence.Later Sunday evening, at least 10 officers converged near Northeast 49th Street and 112th Avenue, south of Orchards, after an alleged assault and searched Kevanna Park for a man in his 30s.Monday evening, officers had reported no arrests and the cases were referred to the domestic violence unit, police said.
VANCOUVER — Whether a global leader, valued trade partner or potential threat, China and its relations with the U.S. and world cannot be ignored.The impact of international education on China’s evolving political economy is the focus on Tuesday of the Clark College Faculty Speaker Series.Clark College economics professor James M. Craven/Omahkohkiaaiipooyii will share insights from his teaching experience in his lecture, “Bridging Cultural Ties and Understanding: International Education Within and from China.”Free to the public, the talk will run 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 258B-C in the Penguin Union Building on Clark’s main campus, at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.Driving directions and parking maps are available at http://www.clark.edu/maps.Craven/Omahkohkiaaiipooyii is a consulting and visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.In meeting with government members and leading Chinese educators, he has joined dialogue on international education, national minorities in China, and U.S.-China relations. That includes officials charged with recruiting, structuring and monitoring new programs in international education, shaped by China’s evolving priorities.On Tuesday he plans to address shifting attitudes within China toward the West and “what international program content China is prepared to allow into China, what it will not allow, and why,” he said.
WASHINGTON — With time growing short and warnings more dire, the first, fragile signs emerged Thursday of a possible compromise to raise the nation’s debt limit and avert a potentially catastrophic default on Aug. 2.Under a plan discussed by the Senate’s top two leaders, President Barack Obama would receive enhanced authority to raise the debt ceiling at the same time procedures would be set in motion that could lead to federal spending cuts.Word that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky were at work on the fallback plan came as Obama and congressional leaders held a fifth straight day of debt-crisis talks at the White House.McConnell pronounced the session a good one. “We’re going to continue to discuss a way forward over the next couple of days and see what happens,” he said.Obama will have his say today, during his second White House news conference of the week.House Republicans and Democrats scheduled closed-door meetings of the rank and file to review the spending cuts and tax increases proposed by one side or the other so far.
Police were knocking, but no one was home.“Vancouver Police. We have a search warrant,” one officer yelled outside an apartment near Fourth Plain Boulevard. When no one answers, officers break down the door with a ram and enter.A woman peers through the window of a nearby apartment to see what is going on. Others start to take notice of the noise and the convoy of police cruisers parked nearby.The officers are a part of the Vancouver Police Department’s newly re-created Neighborhood Response Teams or NRTs, which investigate street-level crime around the city, including such offenses as forgery, property crime, drug problems, graffiti and other things.The group, which came together in early January, works with neighborhood police officers, crime analysts and officers from other agencies to identify crime hot spots and trends and catch career criminals. The department shifted a few officers from patrol to the unit in hope they would be able to help stop some crime from happening instead of having patrol officers respond after it does.That afternoon, they were serving a search warrant on an apartment where they believed there were drugs and possibly weapons. Inside, they found marijuana and methamphetamine, said Sgt. Steve Dobbs, who runs the East Precinct team. Detectives also searched a car that was tied to a series of fake checks being cashed around the county, found a stolen car, made seven arrests and worked with Neighbors on Watch volunteers to look for stolen vehicles in problem areas.
A Vancouver man was arrested Sunday morning after Portland police accused him of ransacking Kush Handmade Rugs, 205 N.W. 10th Ave.Police arrived at 5:15 a.m. Witnesses said a man broke the front window and had been in the business breaking vases, trashing the bathroom and destroying merchandise. Damage was estimated at $5,000.From a description, police arrested Joshua Wayne Stamper, 21, at Northwest Ninth Avenue and Couch Street.He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief.Stamper was in the Multnomah County Jail on Sunday night with bail set at $10,000.
La Center’s city planner has taken a leave of absence and expects to lose his job after publicly blasting superiors for what he calls their bullying tactics.At a city council meeting Wednesday, Dale Miller, an eight-year veteran of the city, accused department heads of cherry-picking which city policies to enforce and treating employees with disdain. Reading from a prepared statement, Miller said city employees regularly face retaliation for bringing their concerns to directors.He called the behavior retaliatory and illegal and questioned the city’s response to other complaints against department heads, including those contained within an internal report written by La Center’s former interim Police Chief Erin Nolan.“I expect to be fired for this,” he said Thursday during a phone interview. “It’s ingrained in us to go up through the chain of command (with personnel complaints). But when you’re bullied or fired by your superiors, or ignored and disenfranchised at the mayor level, you don’t have many options.”Miller’s supervisor, Public Works Director Jeff Sarvis, on Thursday called Miller’s statements “accusations and untrue.” He said they came out of the blue after Miller placed himself on a leave of absence earlier in the week.
Clark County and Vancouver city officials are taking a look at local business licensing and exploring code changes to prevent illicit massage businesses from flourishing in Southwest Washington.Shumway neighborhood leaders Lisa Ghormley, Michele Wollert and Anne McEnerny-Ogle, who is also a Vancouver city councilor, drew attention to the issue after a foot massage business moved into their neighborhood.The neighbors suspected illegal activity at the business, including prostitution, and turned to the Vancouver Police Department for help. Vancouver police are now investigating the business after police allegedly found a woman practicing reflexology without a license, a misdemeanor, during an unannounced inspection.The Columbian’s front-page Sunday story, “Foot massage under suspicion,” detailed the neighbors’ suspicions and the police action at the Shumway business. The business closed in the days before The Columbian story was published.“We haven’t eliminated the problem,” McEnerny-Ogle said Thursday. “We have moved it, and it will pop up somewhere else if it hasn’t already.”
About 500 walkers took part in a walk in Vancouver on Saturday benefiting the March of Dimes.The March for Babies walk at Esther Short Park raised more than $85,000 through individual, family and corporate teams.It was one of nine walks in Oregon and Southwest Washington that raised a total of $910,000, according to organizers.Money raised will help fund prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies, organizers said.
A symphony performance this month in Denver will launch on a high note as joints and marijuana brownies will replace the wine and cheese more typical of such classy events.Searching for a new audience and struggling with diminishing financial support, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra is selling $75 tickets to what it’s calling “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series.” The three fundraising concerts, to be held at a 250-person capacity art gallery, will be bring-your-own-cannabis events. Sixty-five tickets were sold in the first day.“We think it’s a great opportunity for the symphony to satisfy two of its needs: to reach a younger, more diverse audience and raise money,” said Jerome Kern, the symphony’s chief executive. “We’re not passing judgment on whether smoking marijuana is a good or bad thing.”Some traditional symphony-goers have derided the series, announced last week, as a sign of desperation and vowed to stay away. But symphonies and orchestras across the country are turning to gimmicks, including webcasts, discounts, music from video games and collaborations with pop artists, to compete for the attention of young listeners.Colorado’s effort could not only boost symphony coffers, but also help to redefine marijuana’s image.Attendees of the “Classically Cannabis” series may smoke marijuana, or regular cigarettes, on an outdoor patio attached to the gallery. Food and alcohol will be served, and guests are being encouraged to use a ride-sharing service such as Uber, taxis or public transit instead of driving themselves.
World Poker Tour announces 2019 “Asia Swing” in Vietnam, Japan and Korea China has launched a sweeping crackdown on online poker applications after authorities announced that poker will no longer be recognized as a competitive sport.The crackdown, which will ban the promotion of Texas Hold’em via social media applications, will have huge implications for the industry in China. World Poker Tour to hold inaugural WPT Cambodia at NagaWorld in November According to Chinese media reports, the ban will require all apps offering any form of social poker game to be shut down and removed from app stores by 1 June. Social media channels such as WeChat will also be banned from promoting any form of Texas Hold’em product.Given that poker in China largely exists via these social media apps, the ban could prove to be a devastating blow for players and the companies that enable them.Hong Kong-listed Boyaa Interactive, whose Boyaa Poker Tour sees players qualify via the company’s online app, saw its share price fall by 12% immediately following news of the ban.Only hours earlier Boyaa had filed its 2017 Annual Report in which it stated that, “The third Boyaa Poker Tour, our specially organized competition, was successfully held in the fourth quarter of 2017, which increased our brand’s awareness and players’ loyalty, enabling us to continue our steady steps towards becoming an internationally recognized poker game competition brand.”Boyaa’s 2017 Annual Report also indicated a 73% increase in “average revenue per paying user” via its mobile Texas Hold’em Games – the biggest jump across any of the company’s segments. It is understood that Texas Hold’em games account for up to 70% of Boyaa’s interactive revenue.Inside Asian Gaming has been informed that Tencent, developer of WeChat, has already taken down its World Series of Poker app.Ourgame, which owns and operates the World Poker Tour, posted a statement on its website in which it promised to examine and correct its poker offerings in order to satisfy the new regulations.The company added that it had been responsible for providing hundreds of millions of players with “high-end intellectual tournaments and events.“This not only plays an important role in the creation of social, cultural and economic values, it also acts as a bridge between China and the world’s intellectual sports,” it said. “Ourgame will continue to introduce and hold more top-level intellectual sports events and promote the global spread of chess and card culture.“In the future, Ourgame will actively respond to the ‘National Fitness’ strategy, promote the popularization and development of intellectual sports, meet the leisure and entertainment needs of the masses and at the same time, we will consciously assume the responsibility of supervision and control and conduct real-time supervision on violations in the game. We will supervise and clean up, increase monitoring of problem accounts and user behaviors, ensure the healthy, fair and harmonious game environment and jointly promote the standardized and healthy online game market.”The full legal framework of China’s social media poker ban is not yet known.The crackdown comes almost three years to the day since Chinese authorities raided and shut down the PokerStars APPT Nanjing Millions – a high-profile live event co-hosted by PokerStars and Beijing’s Star Poker Club that had attracted 2,359 players in April 2015. Chinese court seizes bank accounts of online card game developer Boyaa RelatedPosts Load More
Load More RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Yat Yuen is also required to continue to fund ongoing care for the dogs while they wait to be rehomed, with the company having paid an additional MOP$5 million as of December 2018, the Bureau revealed this week. Local animal welfare group Anima has been caring for the dogs since the racing facility was closed.The Canidrome ceased operations last year following an ultimatum issued by the government in 2016 that it must either shut down or relocate by 20 July 2018 and that it needed to vastly improve its animal welfare standards should it choose to continue operations at a new location. Leong, confirmed in January 2018 that the venue would close down permanently. Yat Yuen was subsequently given around 60 days to rehome its more than 600 former racing dogs under strict conditions.The Municipal Affairs Bureau revealed this week that 191 greyhounds have been rehomed between 15 October 2018 and 9 January 2019, including 180 to the United States, five to Italy and six locally. Another 310 remain waiting for new homes. Macao (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Co. Ltd, the former operator of the city’s greyhound racing facilities controlled by legislator and SJM Holdings Co-Chairman Angela Leong, has been fined MOP$25 million (US$3.1 million) for abandoning dogs formerly under its care.The Municipal Affairs Bureau confirmed the fine on Wednesday, stating that Yat Yuen had failed to rehome around 500 greyhounds under its care by the government’s 29 September 2018 deadline. The fine amounts to around MOP$50,000 (US$6,200) per dog and was implemented after an independent review was conducted by an officer within the city’s judiciary. According to Secretary for Administration and Justice, Chan Hoi Fan, the review focused on the circumstances of the offences, the company’s subjective intention and its acknowledgement of wrongdoing. Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August
RelatedPosts 300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines Inside Asian Gaming has announced the signing of a new three-year deal with Reed Exhibitions, organizer of Global Gaming Exhibition (G2E) Asia, that will see IAG produce daily show newspaper G2E Asia Daily at G2E Asia in 2019, 2020 and 2021.Following the success of G2E Asia Daily at G2E Asia in 2017 and 2018, the new deal will see IAG and Reed Exhibitions once again join forces to produce G2E Asia Daily, which will be printed and distributed early each morning of G2E Asia show days, including from 21 to 23 May in 2019. It will provide the latest news from the conference and the exhibition floor at the Venetian Macao, showcase exhibitor products and provide information on everything from G2E Asia press conferences and media launches to various networking events. G2E Asia Daily will be bilingual once again in 2018 with all content published in both English and Simplified Chinese. It will be displayed and distributed at the show entrance, personally delivered to every booth each morning and will be available at key locations around the exhibition hall at The Venetian Macao.An additional feature of G2E Asia Daily from 2019 will be a dedicated website for the show newspaper which can be found at G2EAsiaDaily.com. The G2E Asia Daily website will provide readers the opportunity to read G2E Asia Daily online and advertisers will benefit with year-round exposure for their marketing messages.More information on advertising opportunities in G2E Asia Daily can be obtained by contacting Jadeson Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +853 2875 2959.
Something for the weekend: Staff recognition programmes can vary greatly between organisations, often taking into account factors such as an organisation’s culture, values and goals. Manchester-based travel organisation Invasion made sure to mirror its fun-filled culture when planning a recent reward for employees, opting to turn its head office into a large ball pit.Co-founder Lee McAteer, who planned the surprise staff treat, liaised with marketing and media organisation What Marketing to fill Invasion’s 3,700 square foot Salford office with plastic, brightly-coloured balls.Starting at 3am in the morning, the ball pit took five hours to set up so that it was ready for staff when they arrived for work. Employees were able to play in the office ball pit together until the end of the working day at 6pm, when it then took a further eight hours to clear away.McAteer organised the perk to reward and thank staff for their ongoing hard work, especially employees who had been travelling abroad to work on projects in America and Thailand.McAteer said: “Here at Invasion Group, we treat people how we want to be treated and if you love what you do then you never work a day in your life. If you say to people your [organisation] is different you have to back it up.”Here at Employee Benefits, we would love our organisation to create an office ball pit, however, we imagine this becomes slightly trickier over five floors…
EXCLUSIVE: Hossein Kakavand (pictured), co-founder and chief executive officer at Luther Systems, will discuss how blockchain technology and smart contracts can impact on employee benefits, pay and pensions at Employee Benefits Live 2017.The session, titled ‘How will next generation technologies evolve approaches to benefits with the future workplace?’, will form part of the benefits technology conference stream on Wednesday 11 October.During the session, Kakavand will explain how delegates can embrace disruptive new technologies, such as blockchain technology and smart contracts, to create opportunities around the delivery and storage of information regarding employee benefits, wages and retirement packages.Kakavand will highlight what these new technologies are and how they can be utilised within the employee benefits industry, for example, how blockchain technology can be used as a medium of exchange or to automate processes, as well as its role in cash management. He will also explore how blockchain technology can contribute to the gig economy and discuss how it could influence data sharing and protection.He will further distinguish the differences between technologies, for example, clarifying that blockchain technology is for processing and storing information while artificial intelligence is used for analytic purposes.Kakavand said: “Technology in general [is] affecting many different areas and many different industries are warming up to the idea that they need to make the changes otherwise there might be disruptive forces that will just leave them behind. A lot of [organisations] have quite aggressively gone after new technologies; importing new technologies, bringing new technologies into the [organisation], and breaking it up with their existing systems or replacing some of their systems and so on. And [the] employee benefits space in general should be no exception.”Employee Benefits Live 2017 will take place on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October at Olympia National, London.For more information or to book your place.
Retail organisation Sainsbury’s has proposed to increase its base rate of pay for 130,000 store employees, from £8.00 an hour to £9.20 an hour for UK employees or £9.80 an hour for staff based in zones one and two in London.To fund the pay increases, which total £100 million, Sainsbury’s plans to implement numerous cost-saving measures to simplify business practices. This includes offering new contracts to all store employees that will remove employee bonuses, which are currently awarded on a non-contractual, performance-related basis, as well as remove paid breaks.The proposed contractual changes will also change premium payments, amend productivity, flexibility and attendance standards, and streamline job roles to reduce 22 specific roles down to five.Sainsbury’s intends to provide top-up payments over an 18-month period once the proposals are implemented to ensure that employees are not adversely impacted by the pay changes.If the proposed changes are accepted, they will come into effect from September 2018.Sainsbury’s has increased pay for eligible store employees by 4% over three consecutive years. The organisation has also increased its base rate of pay by 30% over the last four years.Simon Roberts, retail and operations director at Sainsbury’s, said: “The retail sector has never been more competitive and we know that customers really value our [employees] and the excellent service they provide in our shops.“[This] is why we think it is so important to invest further in our [employees] so they feel rewarded and motivated to do the best possible job for our customers every day. We expect the best from our teams and that’s why we’re committing to a leading rate of pay. Great pay for great work.“Together with our recent proposals to change our management structure in stores, we believe the proposed changes will set us up to run the best shops in the industry, delivering the best possible service for our customers.”Bev Clarkson, acting national officer for food and drink at trade union Unite, added: “We are in a classic ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ situation, which we don’t think will benefit our members in the long run.“Sainsbury’s has announced its intention of increasing the basic rate of pay to £9.20 per hour from September 2018. This would take [its] rate to the highest in the industry, which Unite welcomes as a positive move for our members. However, there will be no further increase in salary until 2020 and given what our members have been asked to give up in return for this headline rate, the overall package doesn’t look that attractive.“Our members will have to make a number of sacrifices to secure this rate of pay, which includes the removal of paid breaks and Sunday premium pay, as well as a number of changes to the attendance policy. Unite believes these ‘strings’ will offset any rise in basic pay. We will be holding a consultative ballot of our members at the end of the month.“We are recommending rejection and will decide on the next steps after our members have expressed their views in the consultative ballot, which should be known by the end of April.”
(WSVN) – A magazine known for its lists of sexiest celebrities gave a special shout out to a Florida-based supermarket chain for its community outreach efforts and the way it takes care of its employees.In a list that debuted last week, People Magazine named Publix one of several dozen companies that are making a difference in their communities.The weekly periodical put together the inaugural roster, called People’s 50 Companies That Care 2017, in partnership with the company Great Place to Work. The magazine said the listing is an effort to identify U.S. companies that care for their communities, their employees and the world.Publix came in at No. 9. “The company takes care of its communities through philanthropic efforts and the everyday heroics of its giving employees,” the article read. “Publix has a ‘Publix Serves Day’ and in 2015, 4,000 employees volunteered with more than 125 non-profits related to youth, education and the plight of the hungry/homeless.”Other companies featured on the list included IKEA, Nationwide, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Wegmans Food Markets.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Highway Patrol has reopened Interstate 75 after it was shut down due to a brush fire in far Western Broward County, Monday. Troopers leading the way as traffic on I75 is being reopened! Thank you for your patience! #FHP pic.twitter.com/qHUpF5CAFA— Lt. Gregory Bueno (@FHPTrooper_SWFL) May 30, 2017According to the FHP, the highway was shut down due to smoke between mile markers 41 and 46.The “Dragonfly Fire,” as it is called by the Florida Forest Service, has burned about 24,000 acres since it sparked over the weekend.The Dragonfly Fire is burning about 30 miles west of Weston into eastern Collier County. The fire is about four miles long and five miles wide. — PIO Mike Jachles (@BSO_Mike) May 29, 2017Westbound lanes were closed at U.S. 27 and eastbound lanes were closed at mile marker 80 in Collier County. #traffic #alert @fl511_i75 #Alligator Alley closed @ US Hwy 27 @BrowardSheriff #FireRescue #brushfires @FLForestService #FHP @FLHSMV pic.twitter.com/WjHWiRyadt I 75 (Alligator Alley) remains closed.EB traffic is back up to the 83 mile marker currently. Reduce speed / expect delays. Updates to come pic.twitter.com/k1FRLzqj6K— Lt. Gregory Bueno (@FHPTrooper_SWFL) May 29, 2017The Florida Forest Service and FHP said they will continue to monitor the situation and will shutdown the road again if necessary.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CUDJOE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — A woman has been airlifted to a Miami hospital after a violent domestic dispute on Cudjoe Key.Police responded to reports of an argument at a home on John Avery Lane, at around 6:40 p.m., Saturday.The argument involved 36-year-old Anthony Velez and 32-year-old Anelle Hernandez, who were both living with Hernandez’s parents.Hernandez’s mother called the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to report the two were arguing and pushing each other. She said she tried to break them up but couldn’t.She called back a few minutes later to say her daughter was bleeding from her head.Police arrived at the home and found Hernandez on the floor of a bedroom, unconscious and bleeding from a head wound with Velez kneeling over her.She was transported to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, where she is reportedly in stable condition. Velez was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
My brother, Justin Shields, has been found alive. Thank everyone so much for helping us search. We couldn’t have done this without you all and the lord. God is more than good. TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Florida State University sophomore from South Florida who went missing last Wednesday has been found alive, authorities said.The Leon County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sunday on social media that 19-year-old Justin Shields was located.Florida Fish and Wildlife officials, FSU Police officers and LCSO deputies discovered the student in a wooded area away from the main roadway, Old Magnolia Road.Officials said search dogs led authorities to Shields’ immediate area.He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for dehydration. He is expected to recover.Meanwhile, his sister, Ashley Shields posted the news on Twitter. — ashley🌟 (@ashleyy_shields) September 9, 2018Justin Shields, a South Florida native, graduated from Coral Reef High School in Southwest Miami-Dade.Sunday evening, LCSO posted a video on Facebook showing his family thanking everyone involved with the search.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Over 750 jobs are up for grabs at a massive job fair taking place in Miami Lakes, Thursday.Among the businesses hiring are Verizon, COX Media Group, the Marriott Biscayne Bay and the Miami Herald.The event will take place from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Don Shula Hotel at 6842 Main St.Openings ranging from entry-level to management positions are available in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties.Organizers recommend that attendees have multiple copies of their resume on hand and dress professionally.For more information, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.