Several C-Tran bus stops in Vancouver will temporarily close this week for road work.The transit agency announced that routes No. 4 and 44 — both serving the Fourth Plain corridor — will skip stops between Northeast Andresen and Falk roads from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, while construction crews are scheduled to complete microsurfacing work — which aims to extend the life of the pavement with a “shell” of coarse liquid mix that cures and smooths out as cars drive on it over several weeks, according to the city — in the area.Also on Tuesday, route No. 39 will not serve the loop along Northeast Stapleton Road, Plomondon Street and Caples Avenue.For routes No. 32 and 37, all stops between Fourth Plain and the BPA stop on Highway 99 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.Riders can call C-Tran’s passenger service line any time at 360-695-0123.
WASHINGTON — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn’t care much for his popular “Stormin’ Norman” nickname.The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander’s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: “The Bear.”That one perhaps suited him better later in his life, when he supported various national causes and children’s charities while eschewing the spotlight and resisting efforts to draft him to run for political office.He lived out a quiet retirement in Tampa, where he’d served his last military assignment and where an elementary school bearing his name is testament to his standing in the community.Schwarzkopf capped an illustrious military career by commanding the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait in 1991 — but he’d managed to keep a low profile in the public debate over the second Gulf War against Iraq, saying at one point that he doubted victory would be as easy as the White House and the Pentagon predicted.Schwarzkopf was named commander in chief of U.S. Central Command at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base in 1988, overseeing the headquarters for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly two dozen countries stretching across the Middle East to Afghanistan and the rest of central Asia, plus Pakistan.
A 27-year-old Felida man appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of possessing and dealing in hundreds of depictions of child pornography.James Alexander Gardner faces charges of five counts of dealing in depictions of minors and 10 counts of possessing depictions of minors at his Aug. 2 arraignment.Gardner on Tuesday posted $75,000 bail, which was set by Judge Scott Collier. As a condition of his release, he is prohibited from contact with minors and possessing or using computers at work.Gardner doesn’t qualify for a court-appointed attorney and has hired Vancouver attorney Jon McMullen to defend him.According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Vancouver police began investigating Gardner last year. On Oct. 22, an investigator detected a computer located in Vancouver was being used to share images of child pornography through a peer-to-peer network.Vancouver police on Jan. 30 served a search warrant at Gardner’s apartment in the Felida neighborhood and seized multiple items of digital evidence. A forensic investigation of the items revealed 191 videos of child pornography, according to the affidavit. At least 10 of those depicted a minor engaged in a sex act, the affidavit says. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that 54 of the videos showed images of an identified child victim, the affidavit says.
Happy New Year! Hard to believe another year has come and gone. This past year was one of the driest years we have had for nearly 25 years. Good news is we get a little rain later today and tonight, and the Cascade passes will get a little snow. I mean a little as in an inch or two, not much. Freezing levels remain way too high for this time of the year. When they do drop after whatever weather front moves inland, the precipitation is lacking. Same old pattern continues.At least we lost our stagnant air advisory yesterday, although things may worsen in the next few days. Vancouver ended 2013 with only 26.60 inches of rain (68 percent of normal), which makes it the fourth driest year on record. The driest was 23.88 inches in 1929. These records go back to 1890. If we hadn’t had that record rainfall in September of 5.24 inches, we certainly may have set a new record for the driest year ever.Washington had two reported tornadoes last year; do you remember where? One was in Pierce County on Sept. 30. It was one mile in length with wind speeds to 110 mph, on the ground for about five minutes, causing roof damage and blowing over several empty railcars. It was an EFI tornado. The second one was a brief EF0 tornado on March 21 here in Clark County, two miles northeast of Hockinson. There was also a funnel cloud that appeared over Clark County for about five minutes on June 19.NASA released this short YouTube video showing the coldest spots in Antarctica. Link: http://tinyurl.com/q2elkan.Bottom line: Rain today and tonight, then mostly cloudy and foggy through the weekend. Highs in the 40s lows in the 30s, except upper 20s in outlying areas under any clearing skies.
TUMWATER — Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will get a first-year update on Saturday of its policy to restructure commercial fishing in the lower Columbia River.The citizen commission meets Friday and Saturday at the Comfort Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1620 74th Ave. S.W.The Columbia River policy briefing, to be followed by a public comment period, is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. A briefing on lower Columbia sturgeon is scheduled at 11 a.m.The top item on the agenda will be a briefing and public hearing on Grays Harbor salmon management, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — A helicopter and tracking dogs have been added to the search efforts for a hiker overdue in Olympic National Park.Authorities say 64-year-old Kelly Hall is three days overdue from his planned six-day, 39 mile hike in the northeast corner of the park. Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes says a helicopter will join the search Sunday afternoon, providing aerial search and transporting crew to remote areas.Hall was scheduled to meet family members Thursday. When he didn’t show up, they reported him missing that night.The search for Hall began late Friday and continued Saturday. Park employees are walking trails and following Hall’s route.Hall set out from Obstruction Point Trailhead near Hurricane Ridge on Aug. 30.
WASHINGTON — While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.At the center is a cell known as the Khorasan group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there, the Nusra Front.But the Khorasan militants did not go to Syria principally to fight the government of President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials say. Instead, they were sent by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to recruit Europeans and Americans whose passports allow them to board a U.S.-bound airliner with less scrutiny from security officials.In addition, according to classified U.S. intelligence assessments, the Khorasan militants have been working with bomb-makers from al-Qaida’s Yemen affiliate to test new ways to slip explosives past airport security. The fear is that the Khorasan militants will provide these sophisticated explosives to their Western recruits who could sneak them onto U.S.-bound flights.The Obama administration has said that the Islamic State group, the target of more than 150 U.S. airstrikes in recent weeks, does not pose an imminent threat to the continental U.S. The Khorasan group, which has not been subject to American military action, is considered the more immediate threat.
Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Galaxy boss Francis Lui pleased by Yokohama’s IR bid JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Galaxy Entertainment Group (GEG) has announced the appointment of Michael Mecca as a non-executive director, effective immediately.The 69-year-old, who joined the group as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009, had previously announced his retirement in April after nine years with the company. Load More RelatedPosts In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE), GEG said Mecca had entered into a three-year service contract with GEG which will see him subject to retirement by rotation and re-election in accordance with company and HKSE regulations. He will be paid an annual fee of HK$240,000 plus bonuses.“The board would like to express its warmest welcome to Mr Mecca on his appointment,” GEG said.Mecca is also a member of the board of directors of GEG’s strategic partner in Japan, Société Anonyme des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Étrangers à Monaco (“SBM”), of which GEG holds a 5% equity interest. He remains licensed by the Gaming Commissions in Macau and Australia as well as those in both Nevada and Michigan in the US, is Honorary President of The Macau Gaming Management Association (MGMA), sits on the Advisory Board of Macau University Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming, is a member of the G2E Asia Executive Non-Gaming Advisory Board, an Honorary Advisor of the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) and Honorary President of Macau Responsible Gaming Association.
RelatedPosts Cairns targeting up to 500,000 tourists a year with Global Tourism Hub Silver Heritage Group Limited has announced the resignation of non-executive Director Robert Benussi, effective immediately, to be replaced by leading market consultant Michael Bassett.Benussi, who is departing to focus on other business interests, played a key role in the company’s recent capital raising and bond restructure exercise. Donaco shareholders vote Joey and Ben Lim off Board of Directors Load More Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline Silver Heritage revealed in September that it had renegotiated terms with its corporate bondholder OCP Asia in a deal that will see it pay back around US$6 million of its outstanding bonds in order to focus on the ongoing ramp of its Nepal IR, Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa. It also raised AU$7.5 million via an institutional share offering and AU$5.2 million through a fully underwritten entitlement offer.His replacement has over 25 years direct experience in investment markets, having held a variety of senior management roles in Australia and the United Kingdom. According to Silver Heritage, Bassett possesses an in-depth understanding of the small cap market, having concentrated on ASX-listed companies outside the Top 100 for much of his career.He previously worked as a Portfolio Manager for the Regal Australian Small Companies Fund, as Head of Equities for Credit Suisse Emerging Companies and Head of Institutional Equity Sales at Credit Suisse Australia as well as holding senior positions at Deutsche Asset Management and Merrill Lynch.Bassett is currently Managing Director of a market consultancy business that works with Boards and Senior Management in developing market strategies. Over his career he has been involved with countless small companies, analyzing, advising and raising capital for them, Silver Heritage said.
Something for the weekend…What kind of benefits should an employer offer to poultry employees? This is a question that Employee Benefits never imagined it would be asking, but it is in fact one that Australian fast food chain Chicken Treat may have to consider.The firm has taken on a new member of staff, Betty the tweeting chicken. Betty will be in charge of Chicken Treat’s social media feed until she manages to tweet a five-letter word.This could be a tall task for the feathery recruit as most of her tweets are thus far unintelligible, for example: “QQ 0U8 BCUIJCN3WQBVHCXQQWRSqwxq xcghxg q #chickentweet.”However, if she succeeds, she may gain entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, which is a pretty impressive form of reward and recognition for any employee. A video of the ‘training’ she has received to help her achieve this goal has also been released by the food chain.Not everyone is a fan of the PR stunt though, with some suggesting that hiring a chicken is in bad taste for a business that serves them up as food. Others, such as animal rights organisation Peta, have pointed to the poor conditions in which many chickens are bred and kept.Chicken Treat has responded by tweeting: ”We are happy to assure everyone that Betty is well looked after and is very happy at her home at Chicken Tweet HQ.”At Employee Benefits we are wondering what kind of motivational benefits would best suit poultry, or whether the chance to avoid ending up on a plate is enough to keep Betty from tweeting that elusive five-letter word…
EXCLUSIVE: The majority (82%) of respondents feel they could do more to better address mental health in the workplace, according to research by employee assistance programme provider CIC.Its Stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace index 2017, which surveyed 440 HR professionals, also found that 86% of respondents have bullying or harassment policies in place that are kept up to date and reviewed on an on-going basis.The research also found:51% of respondents say that not having enough personnel to support wellbeing initiatives hinders how they support staff with stress, anxiety and depression. Other factors that hinder employer-provided support include: not enough budget being assigned to staff wellbeing (47%), a lack of staff or managerial training (39%), and not enough support or awareness from organisation leaders (31%).95% of respondents provide employees with access to confidential and anonymous counselling or an EAP, 89% offer flexible working and work-life balance policies for employees, and 78% give staff with stress, anxiety and depression reasonable workplace adjustments.33% of respondents feel that counselling or an employee assistance programme (EAP) are the most effective ways to improve psychological wellbeing in the workplace, 27% believe flexible working and work-life balance policies are most effective, and 18% rank reasonable workplace adjustments for staff with mental illness related to stress, anxiety and depression as key to improving employees’ psychological wellbeing.70% of respondents raise awareness of benefits and policies that can help support employees’ mental health, while 64% feel support measures are easily understood and accessible to all staff.60% of respondents think that workplace mental health is a key priority for their organisation.44% of respondents are not aware of the National Health Service’s (NHS) mental health initiative Mindful Employer, and 42% are unaware of mental health campaign Time to Change, run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.Kate Nowlan (pictured), chief executive officer at CIC, said: “There is a vast array of options available to employers to support the mental health and wellbeing of their people, so it’s a significant concern that so many HR professionals don’t consider their current wellbeing offering to be top class.“Our research revealed that 70% of HR [professionals] felt their [organisations] were doing a good job when it comes to raising awareness of their wellbeing offer to employees, which is great news, but with over one-third admitting that these services aren’t easily understood or accessible to all staff, there is a great deal of work to be done.”
The Bank of England has reported a mean gender pay gap of 21% and a median gender pay gap of 24.2% for the year to 30 March 2017.Its figures on mean and median salaries by gender, which compared data from March 2016 to March 2017, found that the mean gender pay gap increased from 18.7% in March 2016, with the equivalent figure for median salary dropping from 26.4% last year.The Bank of England has reported its latest gender pay gap data in line with the government’s gender pay gap reporting regulations and ahead of the private sector submission deadline of 4 April 2018.The gender pay gap reporting regulations require organisations with 250 or more employees to publish the difference between both the mean and median hourly rate of pay for male and female full-time employees; the difference between both the mean bonus pay and median bonus pay for male and female employees; the proportions of male and female employees who were awarded bonus pay; and the proportions of male and female full-time employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands.The Bank of England’s mean gender pay gap for bonuses paid in the year to 30 March 2017 was 23.6% and the median gender pay gap for bonuses was 25.6%.Under a third (30%) of employees in the highest pay quartile at the bank are women, compared to 38% in the second quartile, 49% in the third quartile, and 57% in the lowest pay quartile.The bank has attributed its gender pay gap to an imbalance of men and women throughout its organisational hierarchy, with typically male employees in the more senior positions receiving the highest pay. It aims to have 35% female representation in senior roles by 2020.Johanna Place, chief operating officer at the Bank of England, said: “To pursue our mission of maintaining monetary and financial stability for the good of the people of the United Kingdom we must reflect the diversity of the people we serve. The data published in this report shows that there is currently a 21% mean pay gap. We have made good progress in building a more diverse and inclusive workplace since first setting targets in 2014 but we recognise we still have more to do, particularly in terms of representation of females in senior roles, which will, in turn, help address the pay gap.”Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, added: “Three years ago we made ‘Diverse and Talented’ the first pillar of our inaugural strategic plan. To support our objectives, we have introduced diversity targets, including an aim to have 35% female representation in senior roles by 2020. We have made steady progress towards that objective since it was set, moving from 20% senior female representation in 2014 to 30% in 2017.“We must also support equality through fair pay. We’re confident that men and women are paid equally for doing the same job at the bank; however, the greater proportion of men than women in senior roles creates a gender pay gap.“We are working hard to address this imbalance through inclusive and diverse recruitment, including diverse shortlists and interview panels, offering flexible working, providing continual unconscious bias training, and fostering an inclusive culture. Addressing the disparity in gender representation at senior levels will take time, but it will help close the current gender pay at the bank.”
Reward, benefits and HR professionals should not miss the opportunity to showcase their benefits strategies and successes, as entries begin to roll in for the annual Employee Benefits Awards.The Employee Benefits Awards 2018, which returns for its 16th year in 2018, provides employers with the chance to showcase and celebrate the outstanding work they have carried out on their reward and benefits strategies, as well as demonstrate the difference this has made to their organisations and employees.The wide range of categories includes: best defined contribution (DC) pensions strategy, best mental health strategy, best flexible benefits plan, best benefits to support diversity and inclusion, best benefits to support working carers, best benefits communications, and most motivational benefits, among many others.Winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, which will be held on 8 June 2018 at The Pavilion at The Tower of London. The lunchtime awards ceremony is a must-attend event, giving the industry the opportunity to come together to network and celebrate employers’ achievements.Ensure your organisation has a chance to make the final shortlist by submitting your entry by Monday 8 January 2018.A 10% discount on all award entries is available until Friday 8 December 2017.Read more information, obtain the discount code and enter the Employee Benefits Awards 2018.
The top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 28 June and 4 July 2018 were:Co-op launches payroll loan benefit for 63,000 staffRandstad launches employee engagement platform for 1,400 staffDeliveroo pays compensation to settle riders’ employment status claimsTop 10 most read stories: 21-27 June 2018TGI Friday’s subject to demonstrations over tip policy disputeCMS UK launches time out policy to enable staff to take one month of unpaid leaveCA Technologies introduces 12 weeks of paid parental leave for 11,000 global employeesChina caps film actors’ payChiswick Park Enjoy-Work organises zip wire activity for 9,000 staffHilton Saudi Arabia offers employer-funded support for female drivers
Nine in ten (88%) employees have admitted to attending the workplace when suffering from a minor illness, according to a study on absence and presenteeismby Canada Life Group Insurance.The online survey of 1,001 full-time and part-time UK employees, carried out in August 2018, also revealed that nearly half (47%) of workers went through 2017 without taking a day off sick, representing a decrease from 54% in 2016.Over half (53%) of employees attending work despite suffering a minor illness felt their condition did not warrant a day off. A quarter (25%) of respondents said their workload had been too great for them to take time off, while around one in ten (9%) did not feel secure enough in their role to phone in sick.Paul Avis, marketing director at Canada Life Group Insurance, said: “Presenteeism is a vicious cycle. The drive to remain in the office can cause illness to spread or end up leading to a longer recovery time.”Among those concerned about how their colleagues would view them, 19% felt they would be seen as weak, 17% believed they would be perceived as lazy and 15% thought they would be viewed as inconsiderate.Nevertheless, while 14% felt they would be seen as undedicated and 7% as dishonest, 17% believed they would be seen sensible, the same percentage thought they would be perceived as genuine and 15% felt they would be viewed as honest.Avis said: “It is encouraging to see that many employees view those taking time off for illness in a positive way, being described as genuine, honest and sensible. To reduce presenteeism, these positive perceptions must be encouraged so workplaces can reduce any stigma attached to taking time off.”For employees who took time off for illness, the average number of days rose in 2017, from 2.8 to 4.4. Some 28% of those taking time off sick were out of the office for between one and five days, representing a slight decline from 30% in 2016, but one in 12 (8%) took between 11 and 20 sick days in total, the highest proportion since 2015.On preventative measures, three in 10 (28%) respondents said flexible working options would help with both their physical and mental health, 27% said a more positive workplace attitude towards health and wellbeing would be beneficial, while a fifth (19%) wanted better workplace support, such as employee assistance programmes (EAPs).
DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida Power and Light crews were able to repair a power line in Doral following a possible underground blast in the area, Tuesday night.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and FPL crews responded to the scene on Northwest 33rd Street and 79th Avenue, at around 7:15 p.m.The street was blocked off while repairs were made. Power has since been restored.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Miami-Dade County bus was involved in an accident in Northwest Miami-Dade, Thursday.Multiple bikes fell off the front bike rack after the bus crashed near Northwest 119th Street and 22nd Avenue.It is unclear if any passengers were hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The FBI has taken over the investigation.If you have any information on this armed bank robbery, please 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. CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Coral Springs Police are searching for an armed subject who robbed a bank in Coral Springs, Thursday.According to police, the subject robbed the Priority One Credit Union building, located at 1700 N. University Drive, at around 11:30 a.m.Police said the subject entered the bank, displayed a weapon and demanded money from a bank employee.A police perimeter was set up in the area as officers began their search for the suspected robber. At around noon, police and K-9 officers were seen searching backyards of homes located west of the bank.According to police, the bank was filled with customers at the time of the robbery. However, there were no injuries.Police later provided a still image taken from surveillance footage of the suspected bank robber.The amount of money stolen has not been released.
PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A former Hialeah police officer accused of threatening two teenagers in his Pembroke Pines neighborhood entered a plea of not guilty at his arraignment, Monday.Mario Lazaro Perez, 49, was arrested April 17 after police said he chased two teenage neighbors who were riding in a noisy convertible with the top down in the gated Pembroke Shores community.Perez allegedly cursed at the driver, 19-year-old Tyler Muraida, punched him in the face and pointed a gun at the back of 15-year-old Jordan Ganthier’s head, striking him there with the weapon.Related: Judge denies bond for former cop charged with threatening teensPerez was charged with two counts of armed burglary of a car, one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.Pembroke Pines police said a Miami Police officer was present during the alleged assaults. Police Sgt. James Ross Faris, 51, was riding in Perez’s car and told investigators he could not see what happened between Perez and the teens in the convertible, according to an arrest report.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – Police are on the lookout for two subjects who attempted to, but failed, to steal from a Wilton Manors 7-Eleven.Police said surveillance cameras captured the pair in action on Aug. 3, at the 7-Eleven near North 31st Street and Andrews Avenue.One man is seen entering an “Employees Only” section of the store, where he tried cracking open a safe while the other kept a look out.The safe never opened, but owners said the men caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.If you have any information on this attempted-theft, 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.