first_imgThe Connecticut-based Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority made news this week for its worsening finances, but the chips are still on the table with regard to the group’s plans to build a casino in Clark County, officials say.“They are still committed to our project,” said Phil Harju, spokesman for the Cowlitz Tribe. “And we’re still waiting on the federal government to act.”The tribe applied in 2002 to establish a 152-acre reservation near La Center and put a $510 million casino-hotel complex on it.Harju said Wednesday he’s stopped guessing when the Department of Interior, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will issue a decision on whether the fields west of La Center’s Interstate 5 interchange will be put into trust.“All the paperwork is in Washington, D.C., and you will know when it happens because you’ll hear us screaming from Longview,” Harju said.This week, Moody’s Investors Service placed the gaming authority on review for a possible downgrade over debt concerns, the Associated Press reported.Moody’s senior vice president Keith Foley told the Associated Press that the gaming authority may find it difficult to reduce its debt in time to refinance outstanding bonds on good terms.last_img read more

first_imgA possibility of morning snow showers is the only remaining hurdle bridging a stormy work week from a mild President’s Day weekend.There’s a chance of snow before 10 a.m., then a slight — 30 percent — chance of showers this afternoon and evening. Today’s high is forecast at 46 degrees. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny, while rain, but no snow, is likely to fall Sunday and Monday. The high for all three days is 45 degrees.Columbian weather blogger Steve Pierce wrote that computer models are predicting snow will return in the form of an “arctic blast” next week.last_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver woman is getting her life in order after a man stole her purse from her office building Monday and used her credit cards to go on a shopping spree.Joy Perry, office manager of Corner Office on Northeast 77th Avenue, said she stepped away from her desk for 40 minutes and returned to find her purse missing from its usual hiding spot: on a bottom shelf behind her desk.Surveillance footage from the office building shows a man entering the building around 3:40 p.m. and leaving a few minutes later.“I feel safe at my work, so never really had to worry (about theft),” Perry said. “Now, I have a different point of view of making sure things are locked down.”After discovering her purse was missing, Perry quickly logged onto her bank account to see if her cards were being used. She said the purse thief spent $65 on a keyboard at Computer Mart on Northeast Andresen Road, $116 at Safeway and $32 at a smoke shop. She canceled her cards and is working with her bank to monitor her accounts.Stolen credit cards aren’t the only thing Perry is concerned about. She said the suspect also walked away with family photos, health insurance cards, bank account information and a $25 Outback Steakhouse gift card that belonged to her 10-year-old son.last_img read more

first_imgA memorial service for H.A. “Hal” Dengerink will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, on the Washington State University Vancouver campus, 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave.The memorial will be in room 110 of the Dengerink Administration Building. A reception will follow. Dengerink, the campus’ founding chancellor, died Sept. 14 after battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, for nearly two years. He was 68. At an Aug. 23 reception following Dengerink’s resignation, it was announced that the administration building was being named in his honor.Dengerink was named the WSU system’s first chancellor emeritus by WSU President Elson S. Floyd.Those who wish to honor Dengerink can contribute to the H.A. “Hal” and Joan Dengerink Endowed Fellowship. Visit and click on the “Dr. H.A. ‘Hal’ and Joan Dengerink Endowed Fellowship Fund” on the left side of the page.last_img read more

first_imgAfter almost 10 years riding C-Van, Barbara Chu can’t imagine her life without it. The Vancouver resident uses C-Tran’s demand-based paratransit service for doctor appointments, grocery shopping and a host of other trips around the area.“Without C-Van, I’d be homebound,” Chu said.She’s not alone. Ridership on the point-to-point service for disabled people reached an all-time high in 2013. Chu, who has suffered two strokes and uses a wheelchair and walker to get around, is among those who use C-Van nearly every day.The growth has put C-Tran in the unusual business position of expanding its most costly, least efficient service — which also happens to be mandated under federal law. The agency is hiring new drivers to keep up with demand, while looking for ways to tweak how C-Van operates.The numbers suggest a difficult task. C-Van accounted for about 3 percent of C-Tran’s total passenger boardings in 2012, but more than 20 percent of its operating cost, according to C-Tran. Running C-Van costs the agency an average of $38.72 per passenger boarding, compared with $5.11 for fixed route bus service. In both cases, the regular single-ride fare paid by passengers is $1.70.In 2013, C-Van carried an estimated 229,970 passenger trips, its most ever, said Walt Gordon, C-Tran’s passenger service manager. C-Van drivers are stretched thin, he said.last_img read more

first_imgClick to enlarge. WASHINGTON — Progress toward integrating America’s schools since the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision 60 years ago is being chipped away, and it’s no longer just a black-and-white issue.Latinos are now the largest minority group in public schools, surpassing blacks. And about 57 percent attend schools that are majority Latino. In New York, California and Texas more than half of all Latino students go to schools that are 90 percent minority or more.For black students, the South now is the least segregated section of America. Outside of Texas, no Southern state is in the top five in terms of most segregated for black students. But more than half of black students in New York, Illinois, Maryland and Michigan attend schools where 90 percent or more are minority. Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and author of “Brown at 60” about the Supreme Court decision, says the changes revealed in the report are troubling, with many minority students receiving poorer educations than white and Asian students who tend to be in middle class schools. Educational policy since the 1980s has largely ignored race, he says, with an emphasis instead on accountability measures that assume equal opportunity can be achieved in separate schools.When people ask if there is any great advantage to sitting next to a white person, Orfield said, his answer is no. “But there is a huge advantage to being in a middle-class school where most of the kids are going to go to college and almost everybody is going to graduate and you’ve got really good teachers who know how to get you ready for the next education step and you’ve got a class of other students you can learn from.”last_img read more

first_imgHAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington Saturday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don’t expect detente to do away with the communist system.Castro’s speech to Cuba’s National Assembly was a sharp counterpoint to the message U.S. President Barack Obama gave in his year-end news conference the day before. Obama reiterated that by engaging directly with the Cuban people, Americans are more likely to encourage reform in Cuba’s one-party system and centrally planned economy. “We must not expect that in order for relations with the United States to improve, Cuba will abandon the ideas that it has struggled for,” Castro said.Also appearing before parliament, shaking their fists in victory, were three convicted spies just released from long U.S. prison terms. The last imprisoned members of the “Cuban Five” spy ring were freed this week in a sweeping deal that included American contractor Alan Gross and a Cuban who had spied for the U.S., both released from their cells in Cuba as a first step toward the restoration of full diplomatic ties and a loosening of U.S. trade and travel restrictions. While the 83-year-old Castro spoke in Havana, other Cubans of his generation were leading a protest in Miami against plans to normalize relations with the Castro government. About 200 people showed up, most of them older Cuban exiles.last_img read more

first_imgThe identity of any player looking to buy chips worth JPY300,000 (US$2,650) or more would need to be verified under a new proposal by an expert panel setting out the ground rules for Japanese integrated resorts.The Experts’ Committee held its latest meeting on Tuesday in which it also confirmed a recommendation for the maximum space the casino floor can occupy to be limited to 3% of the total IR space and suggested a higher minimum size for hotel rooms in the nation’s IRs. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Most notable though was the call for players’ IDs to be confirmed for all transactions of JPY300,000 and above.The panel also wants any transactions worth JPY1 million (US$8,830) to be reported to the Casino Management Committee – the IR oversight committee to be established next year.The Japanese government will issue its decree in 2019 laying out the specific standards for IRs based on the Act on Promotion of Development of Specified Complex Tourist Facilities Area. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Load More Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive teamlast_img read more

Walmart to pay 75m settlement over samesex spousal health insurance benefits

first_imgUS retail organisation Walmart is to pay $7.5 million (£5.8 million) in a class action settlement relating to spousal health insurance benefits for employees in same-sex marriages.The class action case challenged why corporate health insurance benefits could not be extended to same-sex spouses of eligible employees before 2014.The settlement is a result of the Jacqueline Cote v Walmart Stores case, which was brought by former Walmart employee Cote, who was unable to add her wife to her health insurance plan despite qualifying for the benefit.Cote attempted to enrol her wife for the spousal health insurance benefit, which is mainly paid for by Walmart, between 2008 and 2014. Cote’s wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August 2012, and as a result of not being insured on the spousal health plan, the couple incurred approximately $150,000 (£115,075) of uninsured medical expenses for cancer treatment between 2012 and 2014.The settlement, which was approved by a federal judge on Monday 15 May 2017, will pay for the claims of affected Walmart employees based in the US and Puerto Rico who were unable to obtain health insurance coverage for their same-sex spouses through Walmart’s health insurance benefit provision between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2013.The settlement will also cover administration costs, legal fees and expenses.Walmart voluntarily extended its health insurance benefit to same-sex spouses of employees in 2014. As part of the settlement agreement, Walmart has committed to continuing to do so.The settlement is expected to include a few thousand current and former Walmart employees. The organisation currently employs around 1.5 million staff across the US and Puerto Rico.Sally Welborn, senior vice president, global benefits at Walmart, said: “We’re happy both sides could come together to reach a resolution. Respect for the individual, diversity and inclusion are among the core values that made Walmart into the [organistion] that it is today. We will continue to not distinguish between same and opposite-sex spouses when it comes to the benefits we offer under our health insurance plan.”Peter Romer-Friedman, counsel at Outten and Golden, which represented Cote alongside GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC), and Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer, said: “We are glad that as part of the settlement Walmart will continue to provide the same health insurance benefits regardless of the gender of the [employee’s] spouse.”Janson Wu, executive director at GLAD, added: “This is an important settlement for LGBTQ [employees].”last_img read more

Tesco to increase pay by 1045 for hourly store and customer service

first_imgSupermarket retailer Tesco has announced that it will increase pay by 10.45% for hourly, store-based employees, as well as those employed at its Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC), by October 2020.The pay deal, which was agreed with the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw), will see selected employees receive a 6.9% pay rise from 1 September 2019, increasing wages from £8.42 an hour to £9.00 hour. A further pay increase of 3.3% will then be effective from 4 October 2020, raising pay to £9.30 an hour.This higher hourly rate of basic pay will replace the supermarket’s employee bonus scheme, and will affect approximately 240,000 members of staff.The agreed pay deal, which was developed in partnership with both Usdaw and elected employee representatives, aims to respond to staff feedback, which found that employees wanted more pay certainty and a guaranteed, higher basic hourly rate.Alongside the pay deal, Tesco will continue to offer premium payments of time and a quarter for shifts completed on Sundays or bank holidays.Store-based and CFC staff last received a pay rise in 2017; this two-year deal increased pay by 10.57%.Jason Tarry, chief executive officer at Tesco UK, said: “We are delighted we have been able to offer our [staff] a pay increase of over 10%, despite the significant economic challenges and uncertain times many retailers are currently facing.“Together with our other [employee] benefits, it makes our total reward package more competitive than ever before.”last_img read more

MiamiDade County unveils renovations to traffic management center

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade County unveiled modern upgrades to its 42-year-old Traffic Management Center in Doral, Friday.A new video wall made up of 14 screens was added to the center, allowing engineers to see road conditions from 80 traffic cameras installed at major intersections throughout the county. They can then react in real-time and make adjustments to help alleviate congestion.“Technology is critical to our vision of increasing access to services like transportation for all Miamians,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez said. “That’s why we have even more technology initiatives up our sleeves.”The project cost $1.3 million and took about five months to complete.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

North Miami Beach unveils new trolley cars expands routes

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – North Miami Beach is giving a retro makeover to its public transit system.City officials debuted “old town” style trolley cars at City Hall, Sunday afternoon. Though they may look like a vintage mode of transportation, each vehicle is equipped with Wi-Fi service and surveillance cameras for rider safety. #NMBTrolley Unveiling at #NMB! Specials thanks to @GoCITT for their financial assistance with this valuable resource for our residents.— CityNMB (@CityNMB) April 9, 2017The new fleet will also allow the trolley service to expand from one route to three for more access to desired destinations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Roads reopen after crews cap gas water line leaks in Dania Beach

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A severed gas line and ruptured water line in Dania Beach prompted a response from the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Department and Hazardous Materials team.A construction crew had mistakenly hit both lines in the area of Southwest 54th Street and Anglers Avenue, Monday.Roads were closed but have since reopened.The scene has been cleared.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Carvalho highlights proposed school safety measures at Hialeah town hall

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Local leaders and concerned residents came together in Hialeah to discuss possible changes to make sure students are safe at Miami-Dade County schools.Officials at Thursday night’s town hall, hosted by Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Carvalho, said they are trying to come up with effective ways to ensure students are free from danger on school grounds in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.“A lot of the improvements and upgrades we’re making, people are going to be able to see them,” said Carvalho. Thank you to all who attended tonight’s #MiamiSupTownHall meeting, the first of several taking place in the coming weeks to discuss important issues @MDCPS, including safety, academic programs, budget, and more. To view tonight’s presentation, visit:— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) April 13, 2018The superintendent said an increase in police presence is a top priority. “Obviously, the positioning of police officers in every single high school, as well as middle school, with a plan leading to the beginning of the next school year of hiring of additional officers to ensure a police officer in front of every single school,” he said.Thursday’s event was the first in a series of scheduled town halls where officials will hear from students, teachers and staff. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Amazon delivery guy hides package from womans husband after reading doormat

first_imgThe O’Shea’s saw the attempt to hide a package as it was captured on their security camera.They say they had a good laugh over the effort and hope to get in touch with the delivery person.The viral video has already been seen more than eight million times on Facebook.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – An Amazon delivery person is getting praise for lending a helping hand to a Texas wife.Vanessa O’Shea bought a doormat that reads, “Please hide packages from husband,” so that’s exactly what this Amazon employee did.last_img read more

Crews extinguish house fire in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews responded to the scene of a house fire in Northwest Miami-Dade.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, the blaze broke out at a home along Northwest 77th Street and 13th Court, just before 2 a.m., Saturday.Firefighters were met with a large amount of fire coming from the structure upon arrival.Crews worked to quickly put out the fire, while also ensuring the home was unoccupied.No injuries were reported.The cause of the house fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Donation allows for cameras that let parents watch children in NICU at

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A generous donation has made it possible for parents to connect with and watch their babies who need extra care at a South Florida Hospital.Few things are more concerning to a new parent than having a baby admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit. But what’s even harder is having to leave their baby in the NICU.“It’s really hard to explain if you haven’t been through it,” said mother Darlene Biltz.Darlene and her husband, Shane Blitz, have been traveling to South Miami Hospital from Naples for quite some time. Their son, Vincent, was born prematurely, weighing only 1 pound and needed to stay in the NICU — alone.“When we leave on Sunday, it’s the hardest thing that we have to go through,” Darlene said.But thanks to a generous donation — things are now looking different for parents.“We were able to purchase 62 cameras for our 62-bed unit,” said Dr. Jorge Perez, the Medical Director of the NICU at the hospital. The camera, called the NIC-view, provides live streaming video for parents to monitor their babies from their cellphones or a computer.“This is just a way for our parents to be in touch and stay in touch with their child,” Perez said.The system is new to NICUs in the country. South Miami Hospital is one of the first in the region to get the cameras up and running.“We’re one of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the area, and it was very important for us, as parents coming from out of town or mothers going back to work earlier and then saving their time off for when their babies go home,” Perez said.Everything is web-based and all accounts are password protected.Now, parents can have some peace of mind and keep an eye on their baby’s recovery every step of the way.“It keeps you grounded. It keeps you knowing what’s important and most importantly, it keeps me and my wife on the same page,” Shane said. “If it wasn’t for the camera, I wouldn’t have been as calm and collected as I have been,” Darlene said.Dr. Perez said they’ve seen more than 9500 log ins from at least 11 states and 12 countries. Meanwhile, good news for the Biltz family, Vincent will be discharged just in time for Christmas.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tamarac fire causes partial building collapse no injuries reported

first_imgThe cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FLFR crews along with multiple other agencies are assisting Tamarac Fire Rescue at a 3 alarm warehouse fire at 5500 Prospect Rd #workingfire— FLFR PIO (@FLFR411) February 21, 2019Officials said no injuries were reported. TAMARAC. FLA. (WSVN) – – A Tamarac warehouse has been left in ruin after a fire caused part of the building to collapse.The three-alarm fire broke out near Northwest 28th Avenue and 55th Court around 8:30 p.m., Wednesday.Tamarac Fire Rescue crews backed out of the building and battled the fire from outside.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and Plantation Fire Rescue crews also responded to the scene.last_img read more

Four Charged With Attempting To Smuggle Drugs Into Prison

first_imgIt is further alleged that they conspired to distribute these drugs to other inmates being held in ACC. Steven Cao, 32, a federal inmate at the time of the offense, Brandon Beltz, 26, Jennifer Delossantos, 33, and Allyson Moore, 20, were named in the indictment charging each of them with drug conspiracy and attempt to obtain a prohibited object by a prison inmate. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Four Anchorage residents have been charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into the, State of Alaska Department of Corrections, Anchorage Correctional Complex. The indictment also charges Cao and Delossantos with use of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and Beltz and Moore with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. According to charging documents, the plan was to recruit an individual who was subject to pre-trial supervision to whom the conspirators would deliver the drugs. The individual would then internally smuggle the drugs into the correctional institution by intentionally violating his conditions of release so that the state would remand him back into prison custody for 72 hours.center_img According to the indictment, between Nov. 13, 2017, and continuing to Dec. 7, 2017, Cao, Beltz, Delossantos, and Moore allegedly attempted to obtain buprenorphine, also known as “subutext,” a narcotic drug, for Cao while he was in federal pre-trial custody at ACC. During this short period of re-incarceration, the smuggler was to deliver the drugs to Cao, who would then distribute the drugs to other inmates. Cao and Delossantos allegedly gave a firearm to Beltz and Moore as payment in furtherance of executing the plan to smuggle drugs into ACC.last_img read more

First Lady Opens Nominations For Volunteer Of The Year

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Continuing a long standing tradition, First Lady Rose Dunleavy announced on Friday that nominations have opened for the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards. First Lady Rose Dunleavy: “It will be a special honor for me to present these awards to Alaskans who are selfless, caring and have made a perceptible and meaningful difference in the lives of other Alaskans. Each one of the recipients has an inspirational story to tell and I look forward to sharing those stories with all Alaskans when the winners are announced this spring.” Mrs Dunleavy is the latest to oversee the program started in 1975 by First Lady Bella Hammond. To submit a nomination, visit  The First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Executive Committee will review the nominations, and recipients will be announced this spring. The program will take nominations from February 8 through close of business March 8, recognizing Alaskan volunteers who have “displayed an extraordinary personal commitment to volunteer service, and have made a major impact on their community or state.”last_img read more