Tips sought in Battle Ground hitrun death

first_imgBattle Ground police are continuing to investigate the fatal hit-and-run that killed a 22-year-old woman earlier this year.Tatyana Tupikova was hit by a car while walking north on the east side of state Highway 503 just north of the Battle Ground Cinema, according to a police bulletin.Police believe Tupikova was hit by a passing vehicle or an item extending from a vehicle, according to the bulletin.Her body was found in a ditch on the east side of Highway 503 on May 11.Anyone with information on the suspect vehicle or with information on the incident should call Detective Joshua Phelps at 360-342-5242 or at joshua.phelps@cityofbg.org.Anonymous tips can be submitted online.last_img read more

Affordable Care Act is here we answer key questions

first_imgClick to enlarge Only Kaiser Permanente applied, so Clark, Cowlitz firms can use exchangeThe state also intended to launch on Oct. 1 its Small Business Health Options Program. However, only one insurer submitted plans to join the business exchange — Kaiser Permanente Northwest.As a result, the small-business exchange will only be offered in Clark and Cowlitz counties, where Kaiser already has a service network, said Richard Onizuka, chief executive officer for Washington Health Benefit Exchange.The program is designed to operate similar to the individual exchange. The program provides small businesses — those with fewer than 50 employees — with a bigger tax credit if they purchase insurance for their employees through the exchange.Currently, the Affordable Care Act gives small businesses a 35 percent tax credit for providing health insurance. If businesses purchase coverage offered in the SHOP exchange, the credit goes up to 50 percent, Onizuka said.“We were disappointed in the fact that we didn’t get the carriers in the SHOP plan,” he said.Initially, four or five different insurance carriers indicated they would join, but only Kaiser submitted a plan, Onizuka said. Officials with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange heard two main reasons for the change of heart, he said.last_img read more

Fishing report 926

first_imgIt’s almost October and chinook catches are fading, with the better bite in the past week downstream of Woodland.Washington’s sampling found only 25 percent of the chinook handled downstream of Warrior Rock were fin clipped and kept. Starting today, any chinook — fin-clipped or not — can be kept between Buoy 10 and the Warrior Rock line.The gillnetters will fish from the ocean to Beacon Rock tonight and Sunday night.Buoy 10 is yielding some coho. Oregon sampled 49 boaters with 18 coho kept plus two chinook and 16 coho released. Goose Lake has been stocked with 1,300 cutthroat trout averaging more than a pound.Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:Lower Columbia — Cathlamet, 31 boaters with seven adult fall chinook salmon released. (WDFW)Westport, Ore., to Portland, 283 boat rods with 10 adult chinook and two jacks kept plus 39 adult chinook released; 15 Oregon bank rods with no catch. (ODFW)Longview, 307 boaters with 24 adult chinook and one steelhead kept plus 41 adult chinook released; 119 bank rods with 16 adult chinook and one steelhead kept plus 40 adult chinook released. (WDFW)Cowlitz River mouth, 135 bank rods with 18 adult chinook, one jack chinook and seven adult coho kept plus 78 adult chinook released. (WDFW)Kalama, 115 boaters with seven adult chinook kept and 29 released; 236 bank rods with 42 adult chinook and one jack chinook kept plus 127 adult chinook released. (WDFW)Woodland, 142 boaters with 18 adult chinook and one jack kept plus 59 adult chinook released; 80 bank rods with nine adult chinook kept plus 23 adult chinook and one jack released. (WDFW)last_img read more

Volunteers help search for dog missing since owners death on I5

first_imgWhen she heard the news that a little brown terrier name Daisy had gone missing after a 28-vehicle crash, Cindy Koch knew she had to help.“After I cried my eyes out, I said ‘Guys, who wants to go,’” Koch said.Though she lives on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound, Koch and a small group drove the 165 miles Wednesday to put up laminated fliers in the Ridgefield area.They blanketed the Interstate 5 southbound Gee Creek rest area, the nearest rest stop to the scene of the crash, and other spots where people reportedly saw the small dog running around.Daisy belongs to the family of Matthew Scott, the 39-year-old Oregon man who died in the crash, which occurred at about 10 a.m. Feb. 6 on southbound I-5 near Milepost 13 south of Ridgfield. The pileup took place shortly after a snowstorm hit Clark County. Daisy, who was wearing a collar with tags, left Scott’s Ford Explorer after the collision.“The family is so overwhelmed with the tragedy that they’re facing so if there’s anything we can do to be of assistance to them, we’re more than happy to do it,” said Koch, director of Second Chance Dogs in Roy. “It didn’t appear that there was an organized group helping this little dog.”last_img read more

Jayne Witty retorts not enough to unseat a House incumbent

first_imgMichael Delavar had a snappy retort.Commenting on the fact that Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, has a huge fundraising advantage over her opponents for this year’s election, Delavar quipped: “But, of course, on our side we have (Herrera Beutler’s) voting record. That’s the best tool I have.”It’s a good line. It’s funny and it’s pointed and it focuses the conversation in the direction Delavar wants voters to look. But, given the reality of politics, it will take more than witty quotes to unseat the representative from Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. It will take more than fast talk to unseat any incumbent representative.“Are you sitting down? At the worst, 90 percent of incumbents will win,” said Jim Moore, a political science professor at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. “At best, 98 percent will win.”At best? Best for whom?“Best for them,” Moore said with a laugh. “That percentage has been pretty steady in most of the country for the past 40 years. It’s very difficult, barring any scandals or barring a huge change in the electorate” to unseat a member of Congress.Of course, there are exceptions. The 1994 midterm elections swept Republicans into power in the House of Representatives, and voters in northeastern Washington even tossed out the sitting speaker of the House — Tom Foley — the only time that has happened in the history of the republic.last_img read more

Macau MICE industry loses steam in 1Q18

first_imgRelatedPosts Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Load More The first three months of 2018 saw fewer MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) events in Macau than during the same period last year, partially compensated by an increase in the number of visitors, Macau’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) revealed on Wednesday.There were a total of 328 MICE events during the period, including 314 meetings and conferences, 10 exhibitions and four incentives, with over 250,000 visitors.The meetings and conferences segment saw 30 less events than Q1 last year, with a significant decrease of 35 in those events with less than 100 participants. However, the number of attendees was up 31.5% to 71,000. The overall average floor area used for meetings and conferences expanded 104.2% to 551,000 square meters.On the other hand, there were three more exhibitions than in 1Q17, with 193,000 visitors attending the events, up 18.2% year-on-year. Receipts and expenditure of the exhibitions totaled MOP$7.32 million and MOP$7.95 million respectively.DSEC explained that exhibition receipts were driven by rental of booths (78%), followed by government and other organizations’ financial support (21.9%). Expenditure was led by advertising and public relations (34.1%) and production, construction and decoration (32.4%).Attendees from Macau comprised the majority of attendees with 70.2% of the 349 exhibitors and 71.4% of the 8,208 professional visitors being locals.center_img Report says MICE accounted for 22% of tourists to Singapore in 2018 MGM planning to make Osaka Asia’s MICE Capital: Murrenlast_img read more

Preliminary Macau casino relicensing plan submitted and under review Leung

first_imgMacau’s government has already begun the process of reviewing potential regulations around the upcoming re-tendering process for Macau casino licenses, according to Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leung.Leung made the comments to local media over the weekend when asked about the government’s plans, with the gaming concessions of SJM and MGM set to expire in 2020 followed by Sands China, Galaxy, Melco Resorts and Wynn in 2022. The government has previously stated that it would release information about the re-tendering process in the second half of 2018.Addressing expectations of a vastly different system to the current concession rules, Leung said that since future casino licences would be awarded via a re-bidding process rather than a license renewal, related regulation must be “revised and improved.”He added that a preliminary plan has been submitted by the technical department and that “internal research is being carried out.”However, he refused to be drawn into questions regarding the future of any individual concessionaires. Instead, Leung said that the government must listen to the opinions of residents regarding the future of its gaming management and approval, and would implement a “comprehensive analysis.”It has been suggested that the re-tendering process will see a seventh or possibly even an eighth Macau casino license issued. Casino floor space, minimum hotel size among IR regulations approved by Japanese Cabinet RelatedPostscenter_img Load Morelast_img read more

Inquiry into Melco Resorts acquisition to determine whether Crown Resorts still suitable

first_imgThe suitability of Crown Resorts to retain a gaming license for its AU$2.2 billion Crown Sydney is among the key issues to be investigated by an inquiry into Melco Resorts’ acquisition of a 19.99% stake in the Australian casino operatorDetails of the inquiry, originally announced on 8 August, were released by the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority on Friday with Patricia Bergin SC named to look into a range of issues surrounding the transaction.They include whether Crown remains a suitable person to retain its restricted gaming license for the Barangaroo development, due to open in 2021, and whether the disposal of shares to Melco Resorts constitutes a breach of the license or any other regulatory agreement.In outlining the focus of its inquiry, the Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority confirmed the inquiry was being conducted in response to recent Australian media reports which “raised various allegations into the conduct of Crown Resorts and its alleged associates and business partners and raised questions as to whether the Licensee remains a suitable person to hold a restricted gaming license for the purposes of the Casino Control Act.”Those reports include allegations that Crown Resorts or its agents or affiliates engaged in money-laundering, breached gambling laws and partnered with junket operators with links to drug traffickers, money launderers, human traffickers and organized crime groups. The reports have also questioned Melco’s acquisition of a stake in Crown due to Melco’s Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho being the son of Macau casino magnate Dr Stanley Ho, with whom Crown is prohibited from conducting business as per a 2014 agreement with the regulator.Referencing what it calls the “Melco Changes”, the regulator said on Friday that the Commissioner is required to inquire into and report upon the “the identity of any person who has or will become a close associate of the Licensee,” whether that person is “of good repute, having regard to character, honesty and integrity” and whether they “have any business association with any person, body or association who is not of good repute, having regard to character, honesty, integrity, or has undesirable or unsatisfactory financial sources.”Melco announced last week announced that it has put its acquisition of the second tranche of Crown Resorts shares on hold until the inquiry is completed, having acquired the first tranche in 6 June.IAG has previously criticized elements of the recent Australian media coverage of Crown Resorts, describing it as over-dramatized and questioning the backgrounds and motivations of some of the sources used in the reporting.last_img read more

Pension exit charges under scrutiny

first_imgExit charges on occupational pension schemes could be scrapped as part of new proposals launched by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).The proposals aim to introduce a charging cap to allow employees early access to their retirement funds without suffering high penalty charges.The long-term aim of the proposals is to apply the cap across both occupational and personal pension schemes.Baroness Ros Altmann, minister for pensions, says: “These changes are about giving everyone who has worked and saved hard for their retirement a fair deal by removing the final barriers to the pension freedoms.”Harriett Baldwin, economic secretary to the treasury, says: “The government are delivering the most far-reaching changes to pensions in a generation. Over 230,000 people took advantage of our pensions freedoms in the first year by accessing £4.3 billion flexibly from their pension pots.“Today’s consultation signals our continued commitment to ensuring that pensions freedoms work fairly for people in practice and that hard-working individuals who have taken out occupational schemes are not disadvantaged.”The DWP will consult on the proposals with a range of parties including pension industry bodies and professionals, trustees, scheme managers and employers.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 47 outsource some aspect of their benefits package

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Just under half (47%) of employer respondents outsource some aspect of their benefits package, according to research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare.The Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017, which surveyed 271 employer respondents in February-March 2017, also found that of those respondents that do outsource some element of their benefits package, 46% outsource benefits administration, while 29% outsource benefits-related technology.Pensions are the most popular benefit for which respondents outsource services, cited by 69%, followed by voluntary benefits or group discounts (59%), flexible benefits (52%), and healthcare and wellbeing (48%). Read the full Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017.last_img read more

Employee Benefits Summer School to deliver elearning via video series

first_imgEmployee Benefits Summer School 2017 will launch today (Tuesday 15 August), providing insight on the latest issues shaping the benefits landscape, delivered via a series of bite-sized videos.The e-learning tools feature Employee Benefits editor Debbie Lovewell-Tuck in conversation with industry experts, covering topics such as financial wellbeing and pensions governance.This year’s Summer School includes:Why helping employees improve their financial wellness is essential, with Wealth at Work’s Jonathan Watts-Lay.Empowering financial wellness, with Capita Employee Benefits’ Alex Tullett.Equalising mental and physical health, with Legal and General’s Vanessa Sallows and mental health advocate Clarke Carlisle.Health and wellbeing: employee benefits that matter, with Embryocare’s James Fisher.What does wellbeing for the 4G workforce look like? with Simplyhealth’s Pam Whelan.Why governance matters, with Nest’s Camilla Egginton.Employee Benefits Summer School 2017 will be rolled out from today (Tuesday 15 August).Sign up to Employee Benefits’ email alerts to receive the videos straight to your inbox or visit the Employee Benefits video channel to watch them on demand.last_img read more

Shooting in South Miami leaves 1 dead 2 injured

first_imgSOUTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A death investigation is underway, Wednesday morning, after a triple shooting in South Miami.Fire Rescue responded to the scene along 67th Street and Southwest 59th Place, around 1:30 a.m.According to Miami-Dade Police, one person was pronounced dead on the scene and two others were injured and transported to Kendall Regional Trauma Center. One of the transported was listed in stable condition, the other in critical condition. Their identities have not yet been released.The deceased victim was identified as 33-year-old Larry Edwards, a father of two.Relatives said Edwards had just finished work and was hanging out with some friends down the street from his home. According to officials, that’s when an unknown subject approached the group on foot and opened fire.“Honestly, he just did not deserve this,” said Edwards’ aunt, Vondolyn Harold-Vega. “He does not deserve to be dead on that ground over there, so I just ask who ever did it, you’re safer by turning yourself in than by staying on the streets, because my nephew doesn’t deserve this, and he’s gonna be missed truly by everybody.”Police have brought K-9 units to assist in the investigation. “My cousin died today, but I guarantee you, someone else will be dead the next week,” said Jacqueline Harrell. “Why? Because nobody is doing [expletive] about the communities.”If you have any information on this shooting, 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

Martell Foundation honors Gloria and Emilio Estefan

first_img(WSVN) – Gloria and Emilio Estefan have won a lot of awards. The honor they received from the T.J. Martell Foundation, Thursday, has to rank as one of their most satisfying.“To be here receiving, in this first time that the Martell Foundation celebrates in Miami, is incredibly important, and what an honor for us,” Gloria said.Miami’s power couple were celebrated with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the foundation that specializes in leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Amber Alert issued for 2yearold in Port Richey

first_img#PortRichey, #Florida #AMBERAlert. For most current information, go to https://t.co/hlIFPf70GA.— AMBER Alert (@AMBERAlert) January 31, 2017Officials believe they are traveling in a 2005 black Nissan Altima with a Tennessee tag number 9A47V9. PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Officials have issued a Florida Amber Alert for a 2-year-old who was last seen in Port Richey.Bane Wheeler was last seen along the 9000 block of U.S. Highway 19, in Port Richey, Tuesday. Authorities said the toddler may be in the company of 30-year-old Daniel Wheeler.Daniel WheelerDaniel was last seen wearing a green jacket, black and blue plaid shirt, dark colored pants and black tennis shoes.The adult accompanying the boy was last wearing a camouflage jacket, khaki shorts, black hat, black shoes and white socks. He also has multiple tattoos, including a flaming heart on his chest, “Wheeler” on his back, a cross on his upper left arm that says “Dustin,” and holding hands that say “Bane” on his right arm. If you have any information concerning their whereabouts, please contact the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office at 727-847-5878 or 911.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Spirit plane lands at FLL after reports of strange odor in cockpit

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials responded to reports of an unusual odor during a flight that landed at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Monday afternoon.The Spirit Airlines flight landed after pilots reportedly said they smelled a strange odor in the cockpit.There is no word on the source of the odor. The flight landed safely, and no injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit South Florida

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be paying a visit to South Florida, Wednesday.Sessions and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Acting Director Tom Homan will be at PortMiami, where Sessions will give a speech regarding sanctuary cities.Sessions will give a speech on what he says is a growing trend of violent crime in sanctuary cities that are not complying with enforcing immigration laws.Sessions is expected to highlight places like Miami-Dade, which has increased cooperation and information sharing with federal immigration authorities.His visit to South Florida comes just two days after California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department, over the administration’s plan to cut off millions of dollars in federal funding  for public safety grants to jurisdictions with sanctuary cities.“It’s hard to believe that now, the federal government would jeopardize crime fighting funds simply because it wishes to pressure local governments to do their bidding on federal immigration law,” said Becerra.The laws in question are called Byrne JAG Grants, and the Department of Justice said jurisdictions will lose unless they reverse course and cooperate with federal immigration authorities. “The Attorney General chose to visit Miami-Dade County to highlight the cooperation that our county government has with our federal partners,” said Miami-Dade Communications Director Michael Hernandez.Earlier this year, Miami-Dade reversed its policy and started cooperating with federal immigration officials. “We treat all prisoners here in Miami-Dade County the same way,” said Mayor Carlos Gimenez.  “We also will honor detainment requests from ICE as long as there’s a probable cause.”General Sessions is set to speak at 3 p.m., in Port Miami, where authorities are expecting large crowds of protesters.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 dead after apparent attack in Homestead

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating a homicide in Homestead that left one person dead.A witness said he saw the victim get attacked in the street near 1300 North Krome Avenue, early Sunday morning.Homestead Police confirmed the crime but said Miami-Dade Police is handling the investigation.As of late Sunday night, no further information had been released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Borough Mayor Addresses Road Clearing Concerns

first_imgPierce: “Don’t park your vehicle in the road, if you can, park them in your driveways and keep them out of the right-of-way. There have been a number of cases were vehicles were parked and caused the snow plow operators to have some issues, and it slows them down.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce addressed the concerns from residents regarding the ‘lack’ of plowing on borough maintained roads during this winter season. He reminded residents if you were plowed first then you’ll be plowed last: “There is a desire to want it now, and maybe the failure to have the recognition that if you were plowed first last time then you are going to be plowed last the next time. They really try to balance that.” The RSA contractors also remind residents to do their part and yield to heavy equipment operators, and be mindful not to dump snow from personal property or driveways onto the roadways. All concerns regarding road maintenance should be directed to the RSA not the contractors. For more information call the RSA at 907-262-4427 or visit: https://www.kpb.us/rds-service-area/notices-rds The Road Service Area (RSA) contractors plow roughly 600+ miles of borough-maintained roads, according to Pierce. He also reminded residents to not park on the streets in the right-of-way of snow plows. According to Pierce this creates an obstruction hazard and sight problems for the traveling public and snow removal equipment.last_img read more

Governor Dunleavy Travels To Swan Lake Fire To Thank Firefighters

first_imgThe fire is estimated at 77,732 acres with roughly 454 crew members and at currently at 14% containment primarily on that southern and southwestern edge of the fire. Hot and dry weather has continued to fuel the Swan Lake Fire, and continued smoke and record-breaking temperatures are predicted for the Fourth of July holiday week. The Swan Lake Fire was started by a lightning strike on June 5 in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy traveled to the Swan Lake fire on the Kenai Peninsula on Monday to see first hand the impacts the 70,000+ acre wildfire is causing.Photo Credit: Governor Mike Dunleavy Facebook PageGovernor Dunleavy: “Thank you to the hundreds of firefighters from across Alaska and the lower 48 that are working to contain the fire and protect life and property.”center_img Dunleavy: “The weather has been dry and it’s heating up again. It’s a big fire, and we just wanted to  let those on the front lines and those behind the scenes that the state is behind them.” last_img read more