In Esther Short Park’s Propstra Square, near where children were cooling off Saturday in the park’s water feature, the firemen were getting hotter.Two by two they strapped into 75 pounds worth of clothing and equipment and squared off in the firefighters challenge, a big draw for the second annual Fire in the Park.The firefighters dragged a hose across the bricks, simulated chopping through a roof and lugged a 175-pound doll to safety.Jonathan Lawrence of Vancouver Fire Department’s Station 3 repeated his win from last year, finishing this year in two minutes, 20 seconds. He and Charlie Schmidt, also from Station 3, which serves the Heights, won a relay competition.The secret to success in mid-90s heat?“Going hard and trying not to puke,” said Lawrence, 26.Fire in the Park started at 11 a.m. and ended after a free evening concert by 5 Guys Named Moe. There were a chili cook-off, a beer garden, kids’ activities and antique fire apparatus on display. Mark Johnston, president of the Vancouver Firefighters Union, was pleased with the turnout. Last year’s event raised money for the state firefighters union, but proceeds from Saturday’s event will benefit Share, which serves the homeless and hungry in Vancouver.“All the money stays right here,” Johnston said. Last year, organizers ran out of chili and lost money on the beer garden because there was no free concert to entice people to stay in the evening.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The European plane-building company that lost out on a $35 billion refueling tanker deal isn’t appealing the Air Force’s decision to go with Chicago-based Boeing.The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. said Friday it won’t ask the Pentagon to review the decision to have Boeing build nearly 200 giant airborne refueling tankers.The Air Force last week picked Boeing to build a replacement for the Eisenhower-era tanker fleet. The contract would mean tens of thousands of U.S. jobs, with Washington state and Kansas getting the bulk of the work.EADS planned to assemble the aircraft at a closed military base in Mobile, Ala.The tankers allow jet fighters, supply planes and other aircraft to cover long distances.
Secretary of State Sam Reed on Monday certified Initiative 1125 to the statewide fall ballot. The measure, sponsored by initiative activist Tim Eyman, deals with transportation tolling. The measure was the first citizen initiative to secure a place on the Nov. 8 ballot. State Elections Division crews began a random-sample check of I-1183, submitted by Costco and other supporters of a plan to privatize liquor sales in Washington. A third measure, a home care-worker initiative submitted by SEIU, I-1163, will follow in order.The certificate signed by Secretary Reed said I-1125 backers submitted 328,632 signatures, enough to allow a 3 percent random sample of 10,012 signatures. Checkers rejected 1,051: Registrations were not found for 940 signers, a signature verification from the voter’s home county was still pending for 27 people, 71 signatures did not match the one on file, and 13 pairs of duplicates were found. All told the error rate was calculated at 14.63 percent.The measure easily qualified for the ballot. It takes 241,153 valid signatures to win a spot. The full text is here.
Craig Lyons, the executive director of the Council for the Homeless during one of the nation’s longest and deepest economic recessions, has decided to leave his job.Lyons, 45, said he is pursuing various options, both locally and elsewhere. He said there has been no rift or problem between him and the board of directors he answers to. On the contrary, he said: The agreement is perfectly amicable and his track record at the Council for the Homeless has been markedly successful.“What they wanted me to do for this organization was done,” he said. “It’s time to move on.”Cheryl Pfaff, president of the council’s board, echoed that. She said Lyons has proven to be a leader at state and national levels in the fight against homelessness.Lyons said he is continuing to develop the written policies, strategic plans and measurement tools that will make life easier for his replacement. He said he will stay on the job until that replacement has been hired.“I’m still here,” he said. “What’s a better time to leave the ship, when it’s sinking or when you can hand the wheel off to the next captain?”
A dark plume of smoke rose not far from the Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Ridgefield on Sunday. The smoke came from tires burning in a wooded area, fire officials said.At about 2 p.m., callers reported smoke just east of Northeast 15th Avenue near the fairgrounds, said Scott Taube, shift commander at Clark County Fire District 6. Because of the amount of black smoke, officials sent about 20 firefighters, he said.The crews had trouble finding the fire, which was far from any structures.Eventually, they found what appeared to be illegal logging activity in the wooded area, complete with a makeshift cooking fire, which had apparently ignited some old tires that had been dumped in the woods, Taube said.Firefighters called the Department of Natural Resources, which cut down some trees near the fire.The fire was contained quickly once crews had access. It is unclear who owns the property, Taube said. Nobody was at the site when crews arrived.
OLYMPIA — The long-delayed cleanup of the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site became the subject of more bad news Friday, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that a radioactive waste tank there is leaking.The news raises concerns about the integrity of similar tanks at south-central Washington’s Hanford nuclear reservation and puts added pressure on the federal government to resolve construction problems with the plant being built to alleviate environmental and safety risks from the waste.The tanks, which are already long past their intended 20-year life span, hold millions of gallons of a highly radioactive stew left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy said liquid levels are decreasing in one of 177 underground tanks at the site. Monitoring wells near the tank have not detected higher radiation levels, but Inslee said the leak could be in the range of 150 gallons to 300 gallons over the course of a year and poses a potential long-term threat to groundwater and rivers. “I am alarmed about this on many levels,” Inslee said at a news conference. “This raises concerns, not only about the existing leak … but also concerning the integrity of the other single-shell tanks of this age.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The towering giant sequoias at Yosemite National Park would go unprotected from visitors who might trample their shallow roots. At Cape Cod National Seashore, large sections of the Great Beach would close to keep eggs from being destroyed if natural resource managers are cut.Gettysburg would decrease by one-fifth the numbers of school children who learn about the historic Pennsylvania battle that was a turning point in the Civil War.As America’s financial clock ticks toward forced spending cuts to countless government agencies, The Associated Press has obtained a National Park Service memo that compiles a list of potential effects at the nation’s most beautiful and historic places just as spring vacation season begins.“We’re planning for this to happen and hoping that it doesn’t,” said Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson, who confirmed that the list is authentic and represents cuts the department is considering.Park Service Director John Jarvis last month asked superintendents to show by Feb. 11 how they would absorb the 5 percent funding cuts. The memo includes some of those decisions.
Clark County projects completed:• Hayes Freedom High School, Camas, 2010.• St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2009.n Hanna Hall remodeled, Clark College, 2002.On the Web: http://www.teamconstruction.com/Building 2 of the former Hewlett-Packard campus, now owned by SEH America, most likely will become the temporary home to Crestline Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year.“We’re in the process of negotiating a lease agreement with SEH,” John Deeder, superintendent of Evergreen Public Schools, told the school board Tuesday night. “Pending your approval tonight is a draft of what we’ve agreed to. It isn’t official. I’m always going to wait until the ink dries until we say we’ve got it done. I’m always nervous until that bottom line is signed.”The school board did approve the lease proposal at the meeting. Next, district officials will finalize all language in the lease between the district and SEH.A Feb. 3 fire destroyed Crestline Elementary, displacing almost 500 studentsplus teachers and staff. For the remainder of this school year, Crestline is divided by grade level and housed at five different elementary schools in the district.
SEATTLE — Decades after American Indians were arrested for exercising treaty-protected fishing rights during a nationally watched confrontation with authorities, a proposal in the state Legislature would give those who were jailed a chance to clear their convictions from the record.Tribal members and others were roughed up, harassed and arrested while asserting their right to fish for salmon off-reservation under treaties signed with the federal government more than a century prior. The Northwest fish-ins, which were known as the “Fish Wars” and modeled after sit-ins of the civil rights movement, were part of larger demonstrations to assert American Indian rights nationwide.The fishing acts, however, violated state regulations at the time, and prompted raids by police and state game wardens and clashes between Indian activists and police.Demonstrations staged across the Northwest attracted national attention, and the fishing-rights cause was taken up by celebrities such as the actor Marlon Brando, who was arrested with others in 1964 for illegal fishing from an Indian canoe on the Puyallup River. Brando was later released.“We as a state have a very dark past, and we need to own up to our mistakes,” said Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, prime sponsor of House Bill 2080. “We made a mistake, and we should allow people to live their lives without these criminal charges on their record.”
Starbucks’ growing ability to draw people into the store for things other than a coffee run brought in record quarterly revenues and higher-than-expected profits.The coffee giant said that in the U.S., sales for stores that were open a year ago grew 6 percent, although the frequency of transactions in those stores only increased by 2 percent.The majority of the bump came from people buying La Boulange bakery items, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, as well as novel drinks such as Teavana iced tea, said chief operating officer Troy Alstead in an interview.The strongest growth in customer visits took place in the middle of the day and in the afternoon, a sign that Starbucks is fulfilling its long-standing goal of squeezing more revenue out of its existing footprint.“We’re increasingly seeing more traffic and more spending,” Alstead said.Booming sales in the U.S. and other markets, including Asia, led Starbucks to post profits of $0.67 per share, above Wall Street expectations and its own guidance, and 22 percent above the same period last year.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Gulch wildfire is burning within several miles of where a pack of wolves lives in southern Oregon, but the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says they are not threatened.Wildlife biologist Mark Vargas in the Rogue District office says OR-7, his mate and three pups should have little trouble skirting the flames and smoke.He told Mail Tribune, “These animals are survivors.”Vargas says the wolves are not living now in a den. They change “rendezvous zones” where they leave the pups while hunting. The pack has been tracked around southeast Jackson and western Klamath counties.PORTLAND — Some of the hundreds of people forced to flee a wind-driven wildfire in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge east of Portland were allowed to return Thursday and were happy to find their houses intact, even where flames had come as close as 30 feet.“It is a huge relief,” said Connie Thomasian, a real estate agent who moved to the little community of Rowena overlooking the Columbia River with her husband, Craig, for the world-class wind surfing. “We still have our house. It’s a relief that everybody in our neighborhood has their house.”
The longest-running nuisance case in Vancouver’s history is winding down at last.The Fruit Valley house that used to belong to Ted Pyle, and was the subject of decades of conflict that repeatedly landed in front of city hearings examiners and county judges — and landed Pyle himself in jail at least once — was demolished on Tuesday.Over the years the house at 4416 N.W. Fruit Valley Road became a potent symbol to many, but what it symbolized depended on your point of view. For the former and current owner and a handful of supporters it represented private property rights, but for neighbors and passers-by it was an eye-catching example of blight and danger. The smirking character graffitied onto the front of the fenced-off building a few years back — holding a sign reading “Welcome to Fruit Valley” — seemed to imply something menacing.In 2007, longtime owner Pyle finally gave up on his yearslong battle with the city and signed the property over to his silent partner, Paul Johnston. Johnston, now listed as the sole owner, fenced the place off and moved slowly toward asbestos abatement and the final demolition that took place this week.Before that, though, Pyle was notorious for fighting the city in inflammatory fashion. “This mess … this is a new mess I created” just to infuriate bureaucrats, he said with a grin in 2006 while showing off some fresh clutter at the property.“How tough it is that that little rat in Fruit Valley doesn’t behave like he’s in Cascade Park?” he said in a mocking tone. “Well, this is the commercial part of town, where the ugliness is supposed to be kept.”
Self-contained POGO hubs aimed at separating Chinese workers from locals: PAGCOR RelatedPosts In its 1Q18 results announcement, filed with the Philippines Stock Exchange, PhilWeb also announced a 91.1% reduction in cash losses from Php45.4 million to Php4.4 million.“These positive results were brought about by the approval by PAGCOR for PhilWeb to offer its Electronic Gaming System (EGS) to operators, thereby allowing the company to fully resume its operations,” the company said.“As of March 31, 2018, there are 38 locations operating under the PhilWeb EGS. There are also 10 locations that have been approved to use the PhilWeb EGS but are just waiting for their actual conversion.”PhilWeb added that it was looking to expand its operations with the acquisition of two eBingo sites. PAGCOR revenue to hit Php75 billion in 2020 Philippines gaming services provider PhilWeb Corporation has announced a 236.7% surge in revenue to Php87.8 million for the three months to 31 March 2018.The year-on-year boost follows the renewal of its license by PAGCOR last August after Gregorio Araneta III purchased a 53.75% stake in the company from former owner Roberto Ongpin, who was famously described as an “oligarch” by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and had his company’s gaming license revoked in 2016. Load More PAGCOR puts freeze on approval of new POGO applications
Kazuo Okada ally Takahiro Usui steps down as Chairman and CEO of Aruze Gaming RelatedPosts Okada Manila ramp drives Universal to higher sales, narrowed loss in 2Q19 Controversial gaming mogul Kazuo Okada has come out firing in response to recent reports of his arrest in Hong Kong, claiming he is the victim of a smear campaign at the hands of his former company Universal Entertainment Corp (UEC) and vowing to regain control.In a lengthy statement issued over the weekend, Okada’s Aruze Gaming Inc noted that no charges have been filed against its founder, instead describing “false and malicious allegations made by Universal Entertainment Corporation and its senior executives.” “These allegations are the latest attempt by UEC to harm Mr Okada’s reputation,” Aruze said.“After UEC’s apparently failed attempt to have the Hong Kong Police take action against Mr Okada, it is now relying on the same flawed UEC Special Investigation Committee Report to make spurious allegations to the ICAC. The speed at which UEC issued a press release announcing Mr Okada’s arrest reflects a pattern of repeated attempts to discredit Mr Okada.”Universal had issued an announcement last Monday in which it said it had been informed by the ICAC that Okada “has been arrested by the ICAC in relation to various corruption related offences” but is currently out on bail, subject to bail conditions imposed on him by the ICAC.His reported arrest followed Universal subsidiary Tiger Resort Asia Ltd (TRA) filing a complaint after accusing its founder of conspiracy to defraud Okada Holdings – the majority shareholder in Universal – of HK$135 million in 2015. Okada is alleged to have arranged a loan of HK$135 million from TRA to Goldluck Tech Limited to pay for artworks without requesting any collateral and without imposing any interest.Addressing his arrest, Aruze said that Okada had in fact presented himself to Hong Kong’s ICAC to answer their questions regarding allegations leveled against him by Universal.“The first time the ICAC heard Mr Okada’s side of the story was when he voluntarily presented himself for questioning. We must take this opportunity to stress that no charges have been filed against Mr Okada either by the ICAC or any other law enforcement agencies in any countries,” Aruze added.“It is important to note that the concept of arrest is very different in Hong Kong when compared to many other countries, such as the US, Japan, and the Philippines. In Hong Kong it is routine for the police to arrest individuals at early stages of their investigation to interview them. An arrest usually precedes a complete and thorough investigation and it certainly does not mean that the police believe that the arrested person is guilty, or that they have sufficient evidence against that person, or that he will necessarily be charged. No judge or court is involved in the decision to arrest usually, and no probable cause is required in the decision to arrest in Hong Kong.”The company alleged that news of Okada’s arrest was a deliberate ploy by Universal to discredit its former Chairman, who was frozen out of the board last year amid multiple allegations of fraud.“It is believed that UEC’s intention is to destroy Mr Okada and break up his family,” Aruze said. “They hope most people reading the latest reports will not understand the details and will simply gain a negative impression of Mr Okada. We reiterate that no criminal charges have been filed. The investigation process will provide the opportunity for the truth to come out.“Mr Okada is innocent and he is an upstanding, honorable and respectable person. Mr Okada will regain control of the company he founded and repair the damage these acts by UEC have caused his family.” Universal unveils new EGM currency, systems technology at Okada Manila Load More
RelatedPosts The landmark ruling handed down by a Malaysian court last Friday came after Wynn Macau successfully argued that a HK$40 million loan to businessman Paul Poh Yang Hong was a credit agreement rather than a gambling contract. Malaysian law offers no legal recourse for gaming operators to collect gambling debts due to gambling contracts not being recognized.“All in all, I think it is a positive result,” Alvares told Inside Asian Gaming. “Macau has strict rules concerning credit for gambling and thus it is fair to allow that contracts legal under Macau law can be enforced outside of this jurisdiction.”Alvares added that reports on the ruling implied “the key point was that Wynn claimed the debtor defaulted on the repayment of a credit agreement as opposed to it being a claim pursuant to a lost bet. From a Macau SAR law point, it is important to note that the credit agreement always precedes the wagering contract, as the gambler must put forth the chips in order to enter into a game.” Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan A HK$33 million win by Wynn Macau in a Malaysian court case against a local businessman over unpaid debt is a “positive result” for Macau’s gaming operators, according to a legal expert in the SAR.Jose C Alvares, a partner at CA Lawyers, said it was only fair that contracts deemed legal in Macau should also be deemed as such in other jurisdictions given Macau’s strict rules around the granting of credit. Load More
Wynn Resorts has announced that it won’t appeal the US$35 million fine imposed upon it by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for its failure to report allegations of sexual abuse against former Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn.However, the board says it does not agree with the findings against current CEO Matt Maddox with Wynn to pay the US$500,000 fine levied against him on his behalf. Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analysts In a statement, Wynn Resorts referenced the earlier findings of the Nevada Gaming Control Board in its own investigation, noting that it “recently reaffirmed Matt Maddox’s good standing in Nevada and praised him for creating a ‘paradigm shift’ and for taking ‘corrective actions that [have] been impressive’.“We believe Matt’s leadership has been, and will continue to be, essential in our transformation from a founder-led company to an innovative global corporation. Matt has created a more diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace culture – all while maintaining focus on executing the company’s business plan.”Wynn said it delivered payment of both its US$35 million and Maddox’s US$500,000 fine on Tuesday after the CEO declined an option to launch his own appeal in order to bring the matter to a conclusion.The company will officially open its long-awaited Encore Boston Harbor property on 23 June. RelatedPosts Wynn Palace expansion to better position property for premium mass recovery: Maddox Load More Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan
Clothing retailer Jack Wills has promoted Sarah Day to HR director.Day joined Jack Wills as head of HR in June 2013. Her previous experience includes group HR director at Ben Sherman, head of human resources at Sage UK, head of HR at the Barclays Bank Retail Network, and head of human resources at Opodo.
The UK has been ranked 13th for female economic empowerment out of 33 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), according to research by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).The Women in work index, published in March 2019, analysed female economic empowerment across 33 of the 36 member countries of the OECD, an intergovernmental economic organisation. It did this by exploring equality in the workplace, as well as comparing five key indicators: the gap between female and male earnings, the female labour force participation rate, the gap between female and male labour force participation rates, the female unemployment rate and the share of female employees in full-time work.The report, now in its seventh year, ranks Iceland in first place for female economic empowerment, followed by Sweden in second spot and New Zealand in third. PWC attributes the UK’s placement to its persistent gender pay gap. Nevertheless, the country has seen some success, rising from 17th place in 2000 to 13th this year.Alexandra Anders, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) talent director at Cornerstone OnDemand, said: “If [employers] have a male candidate who asks for £90,000 per year and a woman who asks for £40,000 per year, but both of them are happy with those respective salaries, should [the organisation] accept that? If [it does], there will always be a pay gap between those two people as they work and grow, so it’s better to review the appropriate pay for that job function and level. It’ll pay off in the long-term and lead to better retention rates.”The UK compares favourably to other G7 countries; Canada ranks nearby in 11th, while Germany (18th), France (22nd), the US (23rd), Japan (27th) and Italy (29th) all sit below the UK.Scotland tops the UK’s regional rankings, followed by the South West, Wales, Northern Ireland and the South East. London is 9th out of 12 UK regions.The report estimates that there could be a $2 trillion boost to the earnings of female employees within OECD countries as a result of closing gender pay gaps, while OECD gross domestic product (GDP) could increase by $6 trillion if member countries increased employment rates to match Sweden.Anders added: “Changing the way [businesses] attract and hire a more diverse workforce is just the first step; when building a diverse workforce, [employers have] got to retain them. There’s work to be done with training managers who may have previously worked in a male dominated team. There are also employees who don’t want or don’t like change, and the best way to get them on board is to encourage an honest exchange to find out why.“From a leader’s perspective, when [employers] bring a diverse set of people together, [they] must be clear how [they] want to be as [an organisation]. Yes, there will be local laws and cultural aspects that individuals in hold dear, but [employers] must set the ‘laws’ as a [business] and what it means to be at [the] organisation. For many organisations, this means moving away behaviours that stifle diversity.”
Football player Jaheim Williams said Haiti would have done the same thing.“I know if we had the hurricane they would try to give back to us too,” Williams said.Maverick Jones, a Pembroke Pines Optimist football player, wants to make a difference. “We just want to help them get through what they are going through and help them live and have a better life,” Jones said.Many relief agencies are now jumping on board to deliver supplies to those who need it.At Miami Dade College’s North Campus, students prayed for the people of Haiti.“The school cares. We care. It matters,” one student said.Donations were received at Hialeah Fire Station 7. MIAMI (WSVN) – The Pembroke Pines Optimist football and cheerleading team is working with the Miami Fire Rescue Department to help thousands in Haiti.Hurricane Matthew ravaged the island a week ago, leaving millions in need of humanitarian aid and killing at least 1,000.The team collected medical and food supplies from their neighborhood and delivered it to Notre Dame Catholic Church in Little Haiti, Wednesday morning. “We brought water, we brought canned goods, toiletries. We brought all the things that they can use once it gets there,” said Coach Earl Pope.Every room and hallway of the church was stacked with rice, other dry goods, clothing, baby supplies and medical supplies. Then the supplies need processing.The work hasn’t stopped for volunteers, and they, as well as Haiti, need all the help they can get.“Whatever we could do to help the people of Haiti,” one volunteer said.“We live a certain way, and they don’t have that, so it’s important to show them and support them through this,” Molly Demarzo said. “Everybody help Haiti’s people,” on donor said.At the church, organizers said, though they appreciate all donations, they have more water and clothes than they can handle. Dry goods, can goods and medical supplies, except crutches, are needed.If you’d like to help or donate items to Haiti, go to: wsvn.com/news/local/how-to-help-those-in-haiti-affected-by-hurricane-matthew.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
.@USCG responds to vessel fire, https://t.co/xK4qJkcyHb.#USCG reminds boaters to keep aware of fire hazards, stay prepared w/ functioning smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, portable fire extinguishers or on board fire extinguishing systems. #BoatingSafetyTips pic.twitter.com/Na5mJuxYgs— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) November 30, 2017There were no people on board, and no injuries were reported.There is no word yet as to how the fire started.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials are investigating a fire that broke out on a boat off the Florida Keys, Thursday.According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the vessel was found engulfed in flames in Tarpon Basin, off the coast of Key Largo.