Ten candidates in five contested Clark County legislative races fielded questions on the economy, education, health care and transportation for nearly two hours Tuesday — and scarcely a snarky comment was heard.The forum, sponsored by the Neighborhood Association Council of Clark County and the Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance, was an oasis of civility and substantive discussion in what has become an angry, partisan campaign season. Not that the candidates agreed. They did not, especially on whether tolls and light rail should be part of the Columbia River Crossing. But they disagreed respectfully.Taking part in the forum at the Clark Public Utilities Community Room were 49th District candidates Bill Cismar, a Republican, Rep. Jim Jacks, a Democrat, Craig Riley, a Republican, and Rep. Jim Moeller, a Democrat.Also, 17th District candidates Republican Brian Peck and Democratic Rep. Tim Probst, and Democrat Monica Stonier and Republican Paul Harris. The 18th District candidates are Republican Ann Rivers and Democrat Dennis Kampe.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Wednesday called on local business and political leaders to come together in support of a new Interstate 5 bridge with light rail.Murray, a Democrat elected to her fourth term in November, said she will fight for federal funding but said it will have to be matched by a local funding component. Project planners have identified a bridge toll as that local share.“This community is going to have to coalesce around a fair and responsible tolling system,” Murray said.Murray challenged tolling critics to identify an alternative.“You can’t just say ‘no’ to tolling without saying what you think the regional funding component ought to be,” Murray said during the noon hour visit to the Vancouver Convention Center.The lunch was sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia River Economic Development Council and Identity Clark County.Alluding to the shooting in Arizona earlier this month, Murray encouraged local leaders to be willing to stand up to critics.“It isn’t easy to be an elected official these days,” Murray said. “We need local leaders to stand up and take a position.”Murray, who chairs a key Senate transportation committee, has laid the groundwork for the Federal Transit Administration to underwrite $850 million in transit funding to build an extension of Portland’s light-rail transit system in downtown Vancouver. C-Tran will ask voters in November to boost the sales tax to generate an estimated $2 million to $3 million annually needed to operate it.
Thirty-two students at the Clark County Skills Center got an impromptu civics lecture Monday morning from Gov. Chris Gregoire on the hard state budget choices she faces due to Washington’s ongoing recession.The students may not have absorbed all the numbers, or her explanation of how the state and the nation got into this mess, but it was hard not to get her bottom line:“The last thing I wanted to cut is education, but it’s half the budget.”Haley Taylor, a student from La Center High who’s studying at the Skills Center to become a dental assistant, asked the governor why she is proposing to cut $150 million from the state’s $300 million levy equalization budget. The state aid helps property-poor school districts match programs offered by districts with richer tax bases.La Center stands to lose half its levy — about $291,000 — under the governor’s proposal.“It greatly impacts us,” Taylor said. It could cost her school 5 percent of its staff and might force the La Center district to cut bus transportation, she said. “Do you think it’s necessary to cut half the equalization?” she asked Gregoire. “When you cut now, you’re actually cutting our future.”
With a glance at a computer screen, Bob Moag sees more than two dozen dots colored red, yellow and green that represent maintenance vehicles scattered around Clark County.“Here’s my crew, right here,” said Moag, a facility maintenance specialist who dispatches workers to county-owned or -leased properties, including the Clark County Courthouse, Clark County Jail, Clark County Center for Community Health, Clark County Fairgrounds, Camas-Washougal Municipal Court, the 78th Street Heritage Farm and Clark County Sheriff’s Office precincts.Red dots mean a vehicle that has been stopped for more than an hour, yellow dots mean a vehicle has been stopped for less than an hour and green dots mean a vehicle is in motion. If Moag wants, he can see how fast the vehicle is going. If the vehicle has been stopped for longer than a traffic light, he can tell whether the driver is in violation of the county’s no-idling policy.If an emergency repair call comes in, Moag can tell in an instant which employee would be the most efficient choice to respond.Tracking county vehicles using satellite technology isn’t new, but until recently it has been confined to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The CCSO has approximately 125 vehicles, which, for at least five years, have been equipped with global positioning system technology through Clark Regional Emergency Service Agency’s computer-aided dispatch system, said Sgt. Fred Neiman.That includes the sedan used by Sheriff Garry Lucas, the only elected county official who drives a publicly owned vehicle home each night.But as part of the county’s reconfiguration efforts to ensure a balanced budget, when expenses are rising faster than revenues at about a rate of 2 percent a year, the use of tracking devices has gone beyond police cruisers and will continue to expand. A pilot
Surely it’s not easy to stand outside your place of work, holding a picket sign and walking back and forth as someone else does your job on the other side of the fence.But members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are doing just that, pacing beyond the gate of the massive United Grain Corp. grain export terminal at the Port of Vancouver. They’ve been there since Feb. 27, the day that they were locked out based on the company’s allegation that a union member had vandalized United Grain property, a charge the union denies and that the Vancouver Police Department is investigating.The men stand vigil 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They spend five-hour stints holding signs and pacing in front of the terminal gate, waving to sympathetic truckers who toot air horns as they pass.The stare-down won’t continue forever. Before the lockout, union members worked for about two months under a contract that they’d voted overwhelmingly to reject, and stories of work slowdowns — denied by the union — were common. It’s unlikely that either side wants to return to such a volatile workplace.Exporters and other waterfront employers using longshore workers want more flexibility in staffing, work hours and working conditions. And they want to be able to adopt new technologies that can eliminate jobs. Unions, naturally, want to protect jobs.
If you want to improve your travel time along some of Clark County’s busier roads, turn your Bluetooth device to “discoverable” mode.Clark County traffic engineers — along with engineers from the state of Washington and the city of Vancouver — have in place a system that can detect Bluetooth devices in discoverable mode.The program is being funded primarily through a $540,000 federal grant, with a small match from the local governments.And with some 900 vehicles traveling through the Andresen corridor during peak travel times, even a small sampling is enough to give information on how quickly cars are moving along the roadways.“Right now, we are seeing between 3 and 5 percent of traffic broadcasting in discoverable mode,” said Rob Klug, traffic signal operations and engineering lead at Clark County. “From that, we can track MAC addresses and … get a timestamp of when cars enter and exit the area we are scanning. From there, the next step, we can make traffic signal settings based on (the information).”Klug explained the process from an interior office at the Clark County Public Service Center. Large computer screens blink out traffic data and display live footage from intersection cameras. When something traffic-related in Clark County breaks, this office is where it starts to get fixed. At times, Klug will run signals manually from his computer to unclog congested areas.He receives immediate reports from an automated system when cars start to back up beyond expectations.Klug can talk at length about traffic philosophy and methodology, and he can recommend a few books to read if you’re really interested in how traffic systems have evolved over the years. Click to enlarge
PORTLAND — TriMet says rides are free Monday on the MAX light rail system through the Portland area.The transit agency says on its website, “MAX riders: It’s been a rough week. As a small ‘thank you’ for your patience through last week’s disruptions, we’re offering free rides on all MAX lines all day Monday, August 18.”Maintenance, hot weather, a derailed car and accidents have all caused MAX delays.
Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move US tribal casino operator Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (MGE) has announced a new partnership with leading live entertainment company Live Nation Entertainment to help acquire talent for its Korean integrated resort, Project Inspire – MGE’s premier integrated entertainment resort currently in development in South Korea.Mohegan’s first international foray, Inspire is scheduled to open its first phase in 2021 at a cost of US$1.6 billion, including three luxury hotel towers, high-end shopping, a 15,000 seat indoor arena and large casino. Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Load More “Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment and Live Nation have been long-time partners in creating one of the most successful arena venues in the world for its size, the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut,” said Mohegan CEO Mario Kontomerkos. “Now we are partnering again to do the same, only this time it will be at the Inspire Super Arena at the Incheon International Airport, right in the heart of the burgeoning Northern Asian entertainment market. The move further solidifies MGE’s position as the premier global gaming and entertainment resort developer and operator.”According to Mohegan, the Korean partnership with Live Nation Entertainment will ensure that Project Inspire venues attract the “very best in global talent and create the region’s most exciting entertainment experience.”MGE’s flagship property, Mohegan Sun, has partnered with Live Nation since 2001 to secure talent for the 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena. During that time, Live Nation has delivered over 1,100 performances, the company said.
Suncity also revealed that MGM Suncity VIP Club recently became the ninth Suncity VIP Club in Macau to be crowned with SGS Qualicert Service Certification. The group currently operates VIP Clubs in Macau, Manila, Melbourne, Sydney, Incheon, Phnom Penh and Danang.Suncity had announced over the weekend a series of key moves in 2019, highlighted by the acquisition of an unspecified stake in Summit Ascent Holdings Ltd – operator of Tigre de Cristal Resort & Casino in Russia.It will also launch a new app, Sun Travel App, as part of the group’s plan to become an “all-round service platform integrating tourism, entertainment and gaming.” RelatedPosts Macau junket operator Suncity Group saw its total number of employees increase 23.5% in 2018 to 4,574, located in seven regions around the globe, the company revealed on Tuesday.Details of the group’s rapid growth were outlined in a press release about Suncity’s 12th annual staff party, “Sun Superstars”, which saw around 2,200 team members gather at the Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel on Monday. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Load More
Unum is using communications and webinars to reinforce the support in place for its staff during Carers Week (6-12 June).The organisation is communicating the resources and support programmes available to staff through digital channels, including a special people focus in its weekly blog, which is available on its intranet site and sent out to employees via email.Staff can also access a number of webinars that provide information designed to help those with eldercare responsibilities. Employees can view the webinars through an online platform, AgeingWorks, provided by Mercer’s The Positive Ageing Company. This week’s webcast topics include: Positive ageing; Working carers; The big conversation, which looks at the warning signs of family member vulnerability; Living arrangements and care planning; Dementia; Staying connected and technology.Unum also supports the wellbeing of its staff, including those with caring responsibilities, through its employee assistance programme (EAP), which provides access to face-to-face support, flexible working arrangements, a cancer support initiative provided in partnership with charity Maggie’s, as well as access to an online bereavement workshop developed in partnership with St Catherine’s Hospice.Line manager training is also a key part of the support network available to Unum’s employees. This includes online training modules that managers can access on demand, lunch and learns, and face-to-face training sessions. This week, line managers received training on mental health awareness and identifying the early signs of stress in the workplace.Liz Walker (pictured), HR director at Unum, said: “We are trying to reinforce the support that we give carers, whether or not that’s eldercare, to make sure that employees feel engaged and supported at work.“We know that supporting employees regardless of where they are in their journey in life, which often includes caring or balancing family and home obligations, creates a more engaged workforce, better productivity and better business results.”
Three-quarters (75%) of respondents find it difficult to balance their work and family commitments, according to research by health insurer Benenden Health.Its Supporting employees with family and caring commitments report, which surveyed 1,084 employees aged between 25 and 50 who have caring responsibilities for children, elderly or sick relatives, or who have multiple care commitments, also found that of the employees who struggle to balance their family and work commitments, only 4% do not experience stress, financial problems, mental health issues or relationship breakdowns as a result. In particular, 77% of respondents aged between 36 and 40 find it difficult to juggle work and family successfully.Helen Smith (pictured), chief commercial officer and business sponsor for wellbeing strategy at Benenden Health, said: “Our in-depth research across multiple industries showed great concern for working families in the UK. Three-quarters of people we surveyed shared that they found it difficult to balance modern day family life with their work commitments.“Sadly, this is due to a lack of proper support in the workplace. To ensure the right level of support is given, this has to change; attitudes and approaches to flexible working across industries need to be open to a new way of working.”A fifth (20%) of respondents have had a request to work from home or to work flexible hours refused, while 14% have been unable to take time off for healthcare appointments or to access mental health support.Furthermore, 86% of respondents who are trying to balance their family commitments with work suffer with stress, while 55% state that it has led to financial problems.Smith added: “It’s important we understand the unique needs of this group and the benefits of creating a more compassionate working environment for them across all business industries, to ensure we gain loyal, less stressed and likely more productive employees.“After all, over three million people in the UK now juggle caring commitments for elderly or sick loved ones with work and almost three-quarters of mothers in the UK work part-time or full-time. Times have changed and businesses need to adapt urgently to meet this cultural need.”
Celebrating youth, community & giving by honoring one of our student’s life as we kick off the #1 @UnitedWayMiami campaign #MDCPSlivesunited pic.twitter.com/VUampQNOei— Miami Dade Schools (@MDCPS) September 30, 2016Friday’s project was sponsored by the United Way, as they kicked off their annual month-long partnership with Miami-Dade Schools focused on building a stronger Miami.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida community came together to honor a student who recently died of cancer with a mural at his school, Friday.Family members, students and volunteers gathered at Howard D. McMillan Middle School, in Southwest Miami-Dade, to paint the mural in memory of Alberto Hernandez.His mother, Nelvis Izquierdo-Hernandez, thanked all of those who helped, and passed along words of encouragement to her son’s former classmates. “You guys are all amazing, one-of-a-kind, intelligent and talented,” she said. “My God, there’s no limit. You are bound to do great things, and you’re equipped to do great things.”
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – After a Jewish community center in Davie received two bomb threats in a little over a week, Florida Governor Rick Scott visited the center to address the matter with the concerned community.Scott visited the David Posnack JCC, Friday, following a string of false bomb threats made there and to JCCs across the country.At the meeting, he promised to work with local and state officials to keep the community safe.“It’s disgusting, and we need to make sure everybody in our state is safe,” said Scott, “and, you know, we’re blessed right now. We’re in a 45-year low in our crime rate, but when you hear about threats, when you hear about people that are threatining others just because of their religion, or for any other reason, it’s just disgusting, but you’re seeing now threats around our state. I’m going to work with local, state and federal law enforcement to make sure everybody is safe.”The David Posnack JCC received two bomb threats in only 10 days. Both investigations concluced that the bomb threats were hoaxes.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A thief took advantage of an elderly lady, getting away with containers full of jewelry at her Lauderdale-by-the-Sea home.Surveillance video captures the perpetrator breaking into the victim’s house near Commercial Boulevard and Ocean Drive while she was asleep in her bedroom, back in January.He walked away carrying containers full of jewelry.Police believe the robber is behind multiple break-ins in Fort Lauderdale.If you know anything that could help police with these recent burglaries, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a fun day for families celebrating Easter weekend in Miramar.Children ran around in search of pastel-colored treats around at the ninth annual Egg-A-Palooza at Miramar Regional Park, Saturday.The event included food, music and an egg hunt. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny also made an appearance.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Organ donors, transplant recipients and their families were honored in observation of Donate Awareness Day, Friday.The National Donate Life Blue and Green Day, which takes place once a year, aims to honor everyone involved in the organ donation process.“It’s an emotional day, but it’s a happy day, too,” said Jeff, a parent. “It’s very difficult to go through this day, but uplifting to know that we get to meet the recipient.”He hopes that others will consider donating as well. “The fact that you can help one particular family or two or three families, it makes such a difference,” he said.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue encourages people to register as organ donors to help save lives.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Following a foot pursuit and search of the area resulted in the apprehension of Carroll. Cason was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of Hindering Prosecution in the 1st Degree, Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 4th Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree. The vehicle initially failed to yield, then upon coming to a stop the driver, Jeremy Carroll, 29, of Kenai fled on foot. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a black Toyota 4 Runner for moving violations in Nikiski on December 9. Carroll was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of Vehicle Theft in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the 3rd Degree, Removal of Identification Marks, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer in the 1st Degree, and Improper Use of Evidence of Registration. There was a passenger in the vehicle was Dionne Cason, 42, of Nikiski. According to Troopers, Cason initially claimed she had no knowledge of who the driver was or the status of the vehicle. According to the Trooper dispatch, investigation showed the vehicle was stolen, had a VIN removed, and had a license plate from a different vehicle.
The preliminary investigation found that a Volvo Station Wagon was traveling southbound and a Chrysler 200 was traveling northbound when the Volvo came into oncoming traffic in the path of the Chrysler and hit the vehicle head-on. According to officer reports, all parties involved were wearing their seatbelts. At this time it is unknown whether speed, alcohol, or drugs were a factor in this collision. The driver of the Volvo, an adult male, was declared dead at the scene. The identity of the driver has not been released pending next-of-kin notification. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Officers with the Patrol Division responded to Mile 101 of the Seward Highway, at 12:25 a.m., this morning, to a head-on collision involving two vehicles. The driver and the passenger of the second vehicle, both adults, were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Northbound and southbound lanes of the Seward Highway near Mile 101 were cleared and reopened around 6:30 a.m.
On December 31, the Alaska State Troopers responded to Wildwood Correctional Center for report of an inmate bringing controlled substances into the facility. Vinberg had self remanded on a $25 warrant the day before. The drugs were found on her person while doing a routine search. Troopers contacted Diane Vinberg who admitted to bringing in Suboxone and other unidentified pills. Vinberg was charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 4 and Promoting Contraband 1 and was remanded without bail. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A woman was charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into Wildwood Correction Facility.
In 2006, Thomas Publishing (now ThomasNet) went online-only and farmed out much of its editorial to India. “It’s a highly skilled, educated workforce,” says publisher Paul Gerbino. “They have high speed Internet access and the business culture is very close to that of the U.S. (even if the writing style—which tends to be British—is not).”Gerbino suggests U.S. publishers write up a request for a quote, particularly when dealing with an offshore firm. “If you can’t write it down, the vendor will never understand it,” he adds. ThomasNet made its remaining U.S. editors part of the quality training and adjusted its content management system to create a feedback loop. ThomasNet also hosts monthly meetings for its Indian reps at its New York City office. “When they press the flesh, the barriers start to break down,” Gerbino adds.Indian freelancers cost about half as much as U.S. freelancers and ThomasNet almost tripled content production from 700 pages to 2,000 pages, Gerbino says. However, be prepared to reign in your partner. “The vendor wanted to write more but we said no to keep quality up,” he adds. Real-Time Updates Outsourcing sales is typically more accepted and transparent than outsourcing other publishing disciplines. Often the outsourced sales rep works in conjunction with the in-house sales staff. Rep firm James G. Elliott specializes in taking over a publisher’s sales function completely, and that’s what ABA Journal was looking for when it decided to court advertisers beyond just the legal industry. “We had great relationships with endemic advertisers who market to lawyers,” says editor and publisher Edward Adams. “But our half a million readers are also businesspeople, who travel, who buy office supplies, you name it. We partnered with Elliott because we could use their experience without having to train people up.” To communicate with Elliott, ABA Journal uses a variety of forms, including a program called Datatrax that manages the ad sales process from start to finish. ABA Journal also gets weekly reports from its six Elliott reps and hosts sales meetings twice per year. “Our expenses are significantly lower than when we had an ad sales and marketing staff,” says Adams. “They’ve also brought in advertisers of the sort we’re trying to get, like Intel and Ritz-Carlton.” Meanwhile, American School Board Journal recently tapped rep firm Fox Associates to handle its ad sales. Fox has set up an automated Call Report system that provides detailed information on a call-by-call basis. “We’re estimating that outsourcing this function will give us a full, nationwide sales force at about the same cost as salary, overhead, and expenses for one high-level, full-time staff salesperson,” says associate executive director and publisher Marilee C. Rist. A Process ChecklistDetermining what the client wants is key. Bates Creative Group, which handles print design, has an established process for identifying the client’s concerns. “We talk very clearly with the prospect about our philosophy and process for redesign,” says president Debbie Bates-Schrott. “At the RFP stage, we ask questions to determine what services they will really need. Do they need editorial consulting and not just design, for example. If we do not feel that the client is a good fit, we can tell from these early discussions. This could be based on style of communication, budget, design and magazine philosophy and possibly schedule.”The process includes:• An in-person kick-off meeting. Bates sends a questionnaire ahead to the client to prepare. It covers things like target reader characteristics, defining the competition, editorial planning, etc. Bates also writes a creative brief which they use to measure everything against. • The creative process is about six weeks (depending on client launch date). During this step Bates has at least three designers working and is critiquing as a group at least once a week.• Presentation of three different design directions (Cover, TOC, Department, Column, Feature).• Feedback provided by client with about two rounds of refinement.• Once approved, Bates creates a style guide, templates and style sheets ready to use for the first new issue.Lux Design originally looked to Bates for a redesign and after initial talks, decided to outsource production to them as well. “Based on the cost per issue, it was more cost-efficient to hire Bates than to hire someone in-house,” says Lux Design president and publisher Michael Solovy. “As our magazine grows, we’ll have to constantly re-evaluate the cost/value relationship. Additionally, the talent-to cost-ratio was far beyond what we could have found in the Twin Cities.” To coordinate the workflow, Bates provides an issue map and organized the FTP server to avoid confusion. Lux Design details any proof changes via e-mail and Word documents. “We set up some general guidelines and gave Bates creative freedom to execute,” says Solovy. “Because they are paid per page, they have a vested interest in making sure Lux Design grows as well.” Few topics are as touchy as outsourcing. But as budgets shrink, it’s becoming more of a reality for publishing disciplines across the board, from design and production to edit and circulation. “Independent publishers probably need less internal staff on the production and circulation sides,” says Henry Donahue, chief executive officer at Discover Media. “A lot of these functions have been picked up by big vendors. Your printer, paper broker, subscription fulfillment house—they have been fighting for market share and adding more and more on the service side.” But the key to successful outsourcing is making sure vendor and client are on the same page. Discover Media outsources its newsstand management and market research. “Those are straightforward,” says Donahue. “We have a regular set of weekly reports and more formal monthly meetings with our newsstand guy. Their job is to be very accessible.”Put It In Writing