Three local men offered views of Storro case on Nancy Grace

first_imgThree Clark County men discussed the Bethany Storro case on the Nancy Grace Show this evening. The show is on cable channel 45, HLN.The three are Columbian Editor Lou Brancaccio, Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik, and Paul Pax, who is co-owner of Anytime Fitness in downtown Vancouver.last_img

Tropical Storm Lee resumes slow march northward

first_imgMIAMI — A tropical storm warning has been extended to include part of the Florida Panhandle as Tropical Storm Lee has begun to crawl northward again.Tropical storm warnings now stretch from Sabine Pass, Texas to Destin, Fla. The National Hurricane center in Miami says the center of the storm remains offshore, about 55 miles south of Lafayette, La. It had been stationary for several hours earlier Saturday, but was moving about 4 mph (6 kph) in the late afternoon. The center of the storm was expected to come ashore later Saturday.Its maximum sustained winds remained at 60 mph (95 kph). Fluctuations in strength were forecast to give way to gradual weakening by Sunday.last_img read more

Night work to close parts of I5 I205 in Salmon Creek this

first_imgDrivers can expect nighttime lane and ramp closures in both directions of Interstates 5 and 205 in Salmon Creek this week.The Washington State Department of Transportation said drivers should expect delays Wednesday through Friday and consider taking alternate routes.WSDOT will fully close the northbound I-205 ramp to Northeast 134th Street from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.Crews will also close lanes on both directions of I-5 and I-205 between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday through Friday.Crews will be fixing pavement that was damaged in last week’s downpour. WSDOT said in a release that heavy rain filled cracks in the pavement surface and undermined the base level of the road. The pavement deteriorated quickly over the holiday weekend.“With dry weather in the forecast this week, crews will be out in force to repair the road and return drivers to smooth pavement,” the release said.last_img read more

Jesus still invoked at Longview council meetings

first_imgLONGVIEW — The Rev. Larry Pedigo of Highlands Baptist Church delivered the invocation at Thursday’s City Council meeting and ended the prayer, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.”“Amen,” came the hearty response in the council chambers, The Daily News reported Friday.Longview Mayor Don Jensen told the audience that until the council takes formal action to remove the invocation from the meeting agendas, the prayer stays.During the public comment period, some people said they felt they have a legal right to a Christian invocation.Jensen said the council will discuss its invocation policy next week at a workshop.“We want to do it right now, and we want to have a policy so we try not to get afoul of the law,” he said.A citizen’s complaint about the Christian prayer prompted Jensen to tell the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association last month it was not acceptable to invoke Christ’s name at the council invocation because it could expose the city to a lawsuit. The ministerial association told the council its members would no longer provide invocations. Councilman Mike Wallin invited Pastor Pedigo.Invocations have been a regular part of Longview’s council agenda since the late 1950s. Longview resident Dan Smith has repeatedly written to council members to argue that non-Christians shouldn’t have to endure a prayer at a government meeting, and that he would certainly win if he took the city to court.last_img read more

ExSkamania County auditor must spend 3 weekends in jail

first_imgFormer Skamania County Auditor John Michael Garvison was ordered Thursday to spend three consecutive weekends in jail for violating probation terms related to his conviction of shredding public documents while in office.Garvison, 41, was sentenced Oct. 25 to do 168 hours of community service and to pay $62,000 in restitution. He was required to complete at least 20 community service hours per month.He completed just eight hours in November and 17.5 hours in February, according to Jamie Hepner, a Skamania County probation officer. He failed to complete any hours in December and January, Hepner said. The Columbian previously reported that Garvison had completed all of his hours in November, but that was incorrect.Jon McMullen, Garvison’s attorney, acknowledged that his client hasn’t completed the required amount of community service but that “it’s been with the best of reasons.”McMullen said Garvison tore a bicep muscle in December during a softball match and is unable to do any heavy lifting. He didn’t have medical insurance at the time and had to wait two months to receive proper treatment.last_img read more

Tea Party reigns at GOP dinner

first_imgEven though most of the 250 Republicans who attended Saturday’s Lincoln Day dinner drank coffee with their dessert, it was clear the event was all about the Tea Party.Speakers at the annual fundraising event at Vancouver’s Heathman Lodge called for the party faithful to stand up to government, defend freedom and protect gun rights. Auction items included ammunition and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.While U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler highlighted her efforts working within the halls of government, former gubernatorial candidate Shahram Hadian warned of growing tyranny and militia darling Richard Mack argued for local sovereignty.The range of passions among the event’s speakers evidences an internal struggle within the local Republican party, now led by Tea Party and gun-rights activists who have nudged aside more moderate Republicans.Divisions within the party came up first in the opening prayer, which called for party members to bridge their differences.Dixie Kolditz, a Cathlamet businesswoman who ran unsuccessfully to represent the 19th District in the state Legislature, also alluded to internal rifts. She asked those who call themselves conservative Republicans to raise their hands. Most did. Then she asked the same of those who consider themselves to be moderate. A few hands shot up.last_img read more

New wife charged with pushing husband off cliff

first_imgHELENA, Mont. — A newlywed wife with doubts about her 8-day-old marriage confessed she pushed her husband face-first off a cliff in Glacier National Park, then lied about his death and told authorities he had driven off with friends, court documents said.Federal prosecutors have given their version of what happened to Cody Lee Johnson, 25, two months after his body was found in an area of the park so steep and rugged that a helicopter had to be used in the recovery. Jordan Linn Graham, 22, appeared Monday in federal court in Missoula on a second-degree murder charge in Johnson’s July 7 death. Her attorney, public defender Andrew Nelson, declined to comment. Johnson’s family and friends had called for an investigation since the body was recovered July 12 below the Loop Trail near the sheer cliff drops of the park’s popular Going to the Sun Road. Johnson loved her and was excited for their marriage after a two-year courtship, but his relatives suspected that Graham didn’t exactly reciprocate, family friend Tracey Maness said. She was aloof, didn’t want to spend time with his family, and clammed up when she did, Maness said.last_img read more

Strictly Business Corporate culture can nurture or discourage

first_imgIt’s common sport in our world to find someone to blame for whatever goes wrong. We have blogs, comment threats on news articles, and mind-numbing talk shows all focused on finding fault.So it’s no surprise that such a culture permeates many workplaces. But what’s disturbing is that corporate leaders too often embrace that culture, pitting employees against each other instead of turning them into collaborators who can help the company achieve its goals.The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Microsoft, based in Redmond, was eliminating a personnel system commonly called “stack” or “forced” ranking. Under that system, managers were required to grade employees against one another and rank them on a scale of one to five.The cutthroat practice was popularized by General Electric CEO Jack Welch in the 1980s, when it was dubbed “rank and yank” because low-ranking employees often ended up out the door. At Microsoft, the Wall Street Journal reported, employees complained about capricious rankings, power struggles among managers and unhealthy competition among colleagues.It’s true that some employees don’t have the skills or the drive to do their jobs well.But what’s often overlooked in our pass-the-buck culture is that the management gurus and corporate captains who embrace practices like forced ranking systems frequently fail to look at themselves. Perhaps its their own inadequate management skills, or the divisive nature of the organizational structures they have embraced, that contribute to the poor performance of employees.last_img read more

ATV stolen from Brush Prairie nonprofit returned

first_imgDeputies recovered an ATV reported stolen last week by Silver Buckle Ranch, a Brush Prairie nonprofit. Joshua S. Gray, 18, of Vancouver was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. An all-terrain vehicle stolen from a Brush Prairie nonprofit last week has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The 2006 Polaris ATV was stolen Jan. 1 or Jan. 2 from Silver Buckle Ranch, 11611 N.E. 152nd Ave. The olive green vehicle, which was donated, has a dump bed and is used to haul hay and do farm chores at the ranch, which offers therapy for local youths by featuring horseback riding.Sheriff’s deputies quickly located the stolen ATV, which had been partially dismantled, because of tips from the public. Several residents told law enforcement they had seen a teen boy riding the vehicle in the Orchards area and one anonymous tipster was confident that the ATV could be found at 7016 N.E. 140th Ave., according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court. Deputy Robin Yakhour visited the address Sunday and arrested Joshua S. Gray, 18, of Vancouver for suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. He is believed to be the only person involved, according to the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

Fire crews respond to report of fire at cell phone store

first_imgEmergency crews shut down East Fourth Plain Boulevard at Fort Vancouver Way Sunday night to investigate a reported fire in a cell phone store. Firefighters were called at 10:15 p.m. to the incident at 2111 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. When they arrived, they saw smoke but no flames, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian. They were still searching for the source of the smoke at press time Sunday, but the fire appeared contained.While responding to the incident, firefighters closed both directions of Fourth Plain.last_img read more

Veterans Day closures

first_imgWhat’s open and closed Tuesday:• GARBAGE: Waste Connections will operate on its regular schedule. In Camas, pickups normally done Tuesday will be made Wednesday.• MAIL: No home delivery except Express Mail. Post offices closed. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed.• COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College or Washington State University Vancouver.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed.• BUSES: C-Tran and TriMet buses follow regular schedules.• GOVERNMENT: Offices closed.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free Tuesday.• BANKS: Most closed. Some in-store branches might be open.• U.S. FINANCIAL MARKETS: Open.• DRIVER LICENSING: Closed.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo in Portland is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.• THE COLUMBIAN: Open.last_img read more

Mass growth leads the way for NagaWorld as revenue profit soar in

first_img Success Universe profit soars 230% in 1H19 on higher Ponte 16 share Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting NagaCorp has continued its strong momentum in the six months to 30 June 2019, with gross gaming revenue rising 22% to US$872.4 million and net profit by 36% to US$245.1 million at its Cambodian integrated resort NagaWorld.Positive growth was the trend across all segments, most notably in the mass market where GGR grew 38% to US$222.5 million driven by increasing tourism to Cambodia, particularly from China which recorded a 40% growth in the first five months of 2019 according to official government figures. NagaCorp said that mass table drop grew 32% and EGM bill-ins 29% in 1H19. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts Load More VIP rolling grew by 38% to US$23.2 billion, although a lower win rate when compared with the same period in 2018 saw revenue increase by 18% to US$649.9 million.Segment growth was attributed to a range of factors, including customer demand for higher limit tables and two new junket operators commencing fixed base operations at Naga2. It also pointed to Suncity Group’s recent move to a larger space at Naga2 that accommodates more VIP tables and other supporting entertainment facilities.“Overall, both South East Asian and Macau-based junket operators have contributed to increased VIP rollings during the period,” NagaCorp said.EBITDA for 1H19 grew 41% to US$327.8 million with the company declaring a cash dividend of US3.39 cents, equivalent to HK26.27 cents, to be paid on 20 August 2019.As previously reported by Inside Asian Gaming, NagaCorp earlier this week released further details of its planned Naga3 expansion, which it says will see NagaWorld rival Macau’s best integrated resorts.last_img read more


Top five benefits to combat employee absence

first_imgNeed to know:Mental health issues and musculoskeletal disorders are common causes of employee absence.Occupational health services, group risk products, and employee assistance programmes (EAPs) can support ill or absent employees.An effective absence management strategy should incorporate a range of benefits to address different absence issues. The average level of absence per employee is 6.9 days a year, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Simplyhealth’s Absence management survey, published in October 2015. The report also found that three-quarters of employers believe it is possible to reduce instances of absence. Paul Avis, marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, says: “Employers must recognise that employees’ absences are complex, so organisations need a strong policy with an array of benefits and services in place.”The Absence management survey demonstrates that employees may be absent from the workplace due to a vast range of issues. Minor illnesses, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), back pain and stress were the most common reasons for short-term absence, while acute medical conditions, stress, MSDs, mental ill-health and back pain were the most common causes of long-term absence. The benefits employers offer must, therefore, reflect employees’ varied circumstances.Occupational health servicesOccupational health services can support healthy workforces by offering impartial health advice, whether face-to-face, by telephone, return-to-work programmes, reasonable adjustments to work, and signposting to additional assistance.Fiona Lowe, head of HR at Westfield Health, says: “Occupational health schemes, keeping-in-touch days, discussions around GP reports, general rehabilitation, and workplace mentors are great for longer-term absences.”Employers also need to emphasise that staff should not be returning to work unless they are truly fit and able to, adds Avis.Group risk products Group risk products are designed to provide financial protection, but these can also be very effective in the fight against absenteeism and presenteeism. Yet, some employers may not be aware of the additional support available through group risk benefits, says Katherine Moxham, spokesperson at industry body Group Risk Development (Grid). “Group risk policies can include legal training for managers and HR departments, general face-to-face and bereavement counselling, talking therapies or physiotherapy,” she explains.Offering a range of benefits, such as group risk in addition to occupational health services, will help an employer more effectively manage absence, says Rebekah Haymes, senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson. “Employers need to integrate benefits to make sure they work together from day one of employees’ absence from different touch points,” she adds.Flexible workingA common approach to managing employee absence is offering flexible-working polices, which allow staff to negotiate their working pattern with their employer to better suit both parties. Lowe says: “Flexible-working policies can really help with improving work-life balance and therefore stress-related illnesses or mental [wellbeing].”According to research published by Grid in January 2016, 36% of employers have implemented flexible working initiatives to address absence rates.Mental health resilience trainingWith stress and mental ill-health accounting for large proportions of absence, employers can implement programmes such as line manager and HR training to spot early-warning signs so that employees can be directed towards appropriate support services.Adrian Lewis, absence management expert at Activ Absence, says: “By the time stress is identified as an issue, it is often already sufficiently advanced as to require long-term absence from work.”Employers may seek to manage stress with wellness initiatives such as yoga classes and counselling, says Lewis. However, he adds: “Employees with genuine depression are unlikely to take these up unless specifically recommended.”If employers fail to keep on top of mental health-related absences, particularly in the first four to six weeks of absence, the employee is likely to become disengaged, says Avis.Employee assistance programmesAn employee assistance programme (EAP) provides support to employees through confidential information and counselling, usually by telephone or online, but can include face-to-face counselling if necessary. While an EAP can help to support an employee, it can also offer the employer anonymous management information, which can be used to form an absence management strategy.An EAP can also encompass several absence management benefits such as health screening, health assessments and occupational health intervention for stress-related absences. Avis says: “EAPs are a confidential service and can encourage employees struggling with mental health issues, money issues and so on. Formal manager referrals really are a hidden gem in absence management.”Ultimately, having an effective and robust absence management policy in place can have widespread benefits for businesses and staff. As Westfield Health’s Lowe says: “Having engaged and healthy employees can only be good for the bottom line.”last_img read more


Dominic Chappell fined £87170 for withholding information on BHS from TPR

first_imgDominic Chappell, the majority shareholder of Retail Acquisitions, the organisation that bought BHS for £1, has been fined £87,170 for failing to provide information to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) during the sale of the British retail organisation.Under section 72 of the Pensions Act 2004, Chappell was legally obliged to provide certain information regarding the purchase of BHS by Retail Acquisition and the participants involved, as well as transactions involving BHS and the organisation after the sale was complete. TPR had requested this Information in an ongoing investigation to protect pensions.Chappell also failed to inform the work-based pension schemes regulator about a possible disclosure of restricted material.Failure to provide the requested information to TPR, without a reasonable excuse, is a criminal offence in the UK and can result in an unlimited fine if dealt with in a magistrate’s court.On 11 January, district judge William Ashworth found Chappell guilty of three charges of neglecting or refusing to provide information and documents without a reasonable excuse. Chappell has denied the charges.As a result of these convictions, Chappell was sentenced to pay £87,170 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday 23 February 2018. This comprises a £50,000 fine, a £37,000 costs payment and a £170 victim surcharge.This case is the fifth criminal conviction against individuals or organisations for failing to comply with section 72 notices.TPR is still pursuing separate anti-avoidance action against Chappell regarding the BHS pension schemes.District Judge Gary Lucie, who ruled over the case, said: “The court must send a message to those in senior positions that refusal to answer questions under section 72 will not be tolerated. The law is there for a purpose and it must be enforced. There is a complete lack of remorse on Mr Chappell’s part.”Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, added: “We prosecuted Dominic Chappell because, despite numerous requests, he failed to provide us with information we required in connection with our investigation into the sale and ultimate collapse of BHS.“Choosing not to comply with our section 72 notices has now left him with a criminal record and a bill for more than £87,000, both of which he could have avoided if he had simply done what was required of him. Information notices are a vital investigative tool for us. Ignoring them is a crime that can lead to prosecution.”last_img read more


2 inside stolen car shoot at MiamiDade officers flee

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are searching for two gunmen who, they said, opened fire on Miami-Dade Police officers when they tried to pull them over in connection to an armed carjacking.According to investigators, the officers tried to pull over a Dodge Charger that was taken in the carjacking, early Saturday, but the men inside the car pulled out guns and started shooting.A police cruiser was struck with several rounds, but no officers were hurt.The law enforcers fired back, but police said the shooters fled on foot. A perimeter was set up in the area of Northwest 54th Street and 24th Avenue, but no arrests were made.If you have any information on the subjects’ whereabouts, 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


Body wrapped in tarp found in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a body wrapped in a tarp was found in Miami Gardens, Wednesday morning.Police responded to a Payless parking lot along Northwest 183rd Street and 27th Avenue, sometime before 6 a.m.According to Miami Gardens Police, the body was an unidentified adult black male.The body has been released to the Medical Examiner’s Office.The cause of death has not yet been determined.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Original Nintendo Game Boy could be making a comeback

first_img[商願2017-123766]商標:[画像] /出願人:任天堂株式会社 /出願日:2017年9月15日 /区分:9(家庭用テレビゲーム機用プログラムほか),14(キーホルダーほか),18(かばん金具ほか),21(化粧用具ほか),25(被服ほか),28(家庭用テレビゲーム… (WSVN) – Remember Nintendo’s original Game Boy? It could be making a return!The video game company recently filed a trademark application showing an image that resembles the iconic handheld device.International Business Times says the trademark filing could mean Nintendo is trying to protect its brand from other companies, but that it’s also sparked speculation they could resurrect the once-popular device as “The Game Boy Classic Edition.”The timing also coincides with Game Boy’s upcoming 30th anniversary, since it was released back in 1989.The move would follow Nintendo’s popular “Classic Edition” consoles of their NES and Super NES systems. Nintendo is also expected to release a Classic Edition of their N64 console next year.The original Game Boy first debuted in 1989 and featured many popular games, including Pokemon, Zelda, Tetris and Super Mario. — 商標速報bot (@trademark_bot) October 6, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Michael Cohen partner pleads guilty in deal requiring cooperation

first_imgCohen’s lawyer hasn’t returned a message.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in a deal that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigations.New York City taxi magnate Evgeny Freidman entered the guilty plea on Tuesday at a court in Albany.A person briefed on the plea deal says Freidman agreed to cooperate with federal or state authorities.The person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the case and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.State prosecutors charged Freidman last year with pocketing $5 million in state taxes on taxis he managed.For years he’s managed hundreds of cabs, including more than two dozen owned by Cohen.Cohen’s business dealings are under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York. last_img read more


Car Seat Safety Check At Kenai Fire Department Tomorrow

first_imgChief Tucker: “Probably the most common mistake is the seat’s put in too loosely. They really need to be tightened down. The adjustments on the car seats themselves to properly fit children. Those are the things that are most commonly found.” The free car seat checkup will take place from 1-3pm at the Department at the corner of Main St and S Willow. No appointments are necessary. Tucker said there’s more to installing a car seat than simply strapping it in… Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker: “People buy their car safety seats and there’s really a proper way of putting them in and we have people that are trained to do that. They actually take a 40 hour class to learn how to properly install car safety seats.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Fire Department will be conducting free car seat safety checks at Station 1 on July 19, from 1-3pm.last_img read more


Week In Review 12101214

first_imgThursday 12/13Audio PlayerThursday-1214.mp3VmThursday-1214.mp300:00RPdGoFundMe Page Created For Worker Killed At Milne Point, Coast Guard Has Assumed Responsibility For Cleanup Of Sunken Vessel In Seward, December NPR-A Oil And Gas Lease Sale Generates $1.5 million, Alyeska Resort Will Open For Skiing This Weekend Wednesday 12/12Audio PlayerWednesday-1213.mp3VmWednesday-1213.mp300:00RPdState Investigating Death Of Oilfield Worker At Milne Point, Borough Mayor Seeks Ways To Improve Anadromous Stream Ordinance, Bond Proposal For Field House Will Go To The Voters Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Monday 12/10Audio PlayerMonday-1210.mp3VmMonday-1210.mp300:00RPdRepresentative Knopp Leaving GOP Caucus, Anchor Point Man Sentenced For Wanton Waste Of 3 Moose, Kenai Continues Work On Bluff Stabilization Projectcenter_img Friday 12/14Audio PlayerFriday-1215.mp3VmFriday-1215.mp300:00RPdMayor Pierce Says Borough Reduced Deficit By Almost $4 Million, AST Launches Annual ‘Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over Holiday Campaign’, Kenai Chamber Pens Resolution Supporting Nikiski As LNG Site, Tuesday 12/11Audio PlayerTuesday-1211.mp3VmTuesday-1211.mp300:00RPdUpdated: Sunken Fishing Vessel Leaking Diesel In Seward Harbor, Drawing Hunt Application Deadline Approaching, ConocoPhillips Announces Increase In 2019 Budget For Alaska, Enrollment Down By Over 100 Students In KPBSD last_img read more