Gift of excess fresh produce sought for needy

first_imgA local leadership group has an idea for what you can do with this August’s inevitable bumper crop of zucchini — besides ditch them on your neighbors’ doorsteps at midnight.A Leadership Clark County group has stepped in to help encourage growers of all stripes to donate their extra harvest, or even plant extra rows, to help feed those who need it most.Six members of this year’s graduating class came up with the idea of bringing fresh produce to the tables at four area nonprofits. “We realized community gardens were kind of a hot topic,” group member Cheree Nygard said. “We knew there is a huge need for donations.”While Clark County has numerous nonprofit organizations that serve prepared meals, they often contain canned or processed food, Nygard said. So when they contacted four agencies to see if they’d be interested in taking on a gardener or farmer’s extra bounty of cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables, she said they were eager to get in on it.last_img read more

Homebuilders hammered over debt

first_imgWhen the Bank of Clark County failed almost two years ago, many of its borrowers feared the worst — that their loans would be sold to outside investors and targeted for immediate collection. For at least three of Vancouver’s prominent developers, that scenario has become reality.The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and its private partner last month filed lawsuits in Clark County Superior Court against developers Corey Harris, Sam Vilhauer and Ian McFatridge after they couldn’t pay off their commercial real estate loans originally held by BOCC. The land behind these loans is now worth far less than the FDIC and its partner, Multibank 2009-1 RES-ADC Venture LLC, could make by foreclosing and then selling the property. So they’ve sued, seeking $6.9 million in remaining debt that they are legally entitled to as the new owners of the loans.These two lawsuits — one against Harris, the other against Vilhauer and McFatridge — represent a more aggressive approach than the FDIC has taken with other loans from failed banks, including some that Harris was involved in. Vancouver bankruptcy attorney Doug Whitlock has seen a dramatic increase in similar lawsuits by debtholders. It’s a tactic that often doesn’t justify the cost, because of the high cost of litigation and the low recovery rate, he said.last_img read more

Faulty legs hinder highspirited dog

first_imgo What: Tyson, a 13-month-old Doberman pinscher, has carpus valgus, a genetic disorder that has caused his front legs to grow improperly. Without surgery, his legs will likely give out by the time he’s 6, and he will have to be euthanized.? Donations: Second Chance Companions, a Battle Ground-based nonprofit group, is nearing the $8,000 it needs for surgery, but it isn’t there yet. Visit http://www.sccpets.com to donate (specify it’s for Tyson) or donate in person at the Hazel Dell Petco, 8820 N.E. Fifth Ave.Tyson’s faulty feet have taken him on a long journey in his short 13 months of life.The Doberman pinscher was born with a rare genetic disorder that has caused his front legs to grow crooked, earning him the appearance of a ballerina doing a plié.While it gives the affable pup an almost comical look, those who care for him say the condition, known as carpus valgus, is no laughing matter. While Tyson can get around OK, he tires easily and cannot run very well — a situation that’s not easy for a high-spirited young dog. And without specialized orthopedic surgery, the arthritis the carpus valgus is likely to cause his legs to give out at age 6. When that happens, he will have to be euthanized, said Wendy Campbell, dog foster coordinator for Battle Ground nonprofit Second Chance Companions, which is trying to raise $8,000 for two specialized surgeries Tyson needs to have his legs straightened. The perfect Christmas gift would be clearing their fundraising goal, she said.last_img read more

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne dies at 96

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96.LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California’s central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.Lalanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.“I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for,” Elaine LaLanne, Lalanne’s wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement.Just before he had heart valve surgery in 2009 at age 95, Jack Lalanne told his family that dying would wreck his image, his publicist Ariel Hankin said at the time.“He was amazing,” said 87-year-old former “Price is Right” host Bob Barker, who credited LaLanne’s encouragement with helping him to start exercising often.last_img read more

Blazers top Timberwolves

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Getting ready to play his fourth road game in five nights, Nicolas Batum said he felt sluggish during warmups Saturday night at Minnesota.“I was like, ‘Let’s play this game and get out of here,’ ” he said. “I was tired.”It was the Timberwolves, though, who looked and played how Batum felt.Batum and Wesley Matthews each made five 3s and scored 26 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the injury-depleted Timberwolves 102-97.“I got tired I think when I got 31 here a couple years ago,” Batum said, recalling a 31-point performance at Minnesota in 2010 — he had five 3s in that game as well. “I was tired,” he said.Imagine if he had actually felt energized.The Blazers tied a franchise record with 16 3-pointers and withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Timberwolves to win for the 10th time in 13 games and finish their four-game road trip with a 3-1 record.“If you shoot the 3 that well, you should probably win by more than five,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.Nikola Pekovic led the Wolves with 21 points but left the game in the third quarter because of a left hip strain. Only hours earlier, Minnesota learned it lost star forward Kevin Love to a broken right hand for the second time this season when an MRI confirmed the injury.The banged-up Timberwolves — who dressed only 10 players — also played without point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat out with back spasms. Afterward, coach Rick Adelman bemoaned his team’s flat play in the first three quarters before suddenly coming to life in the end.“The league doesn’t stop for you, there’s nobody coming over the mountain for us, it’s who we’ve got right now,” Adelman said. “And that’s what we have to do, and everybody has to step up.”last_img read more

Former HP site may draw more lease deals

first_imgThe relocation of at least 500 people employed by the telecom firm Integra from Portland to a portion of the former Hewlett-Packard campus in Vancouver may be a harbinger of additional lease deals at the 735,000-square-foot site at 18110 S.E. 34th St.“I think we’ve got a lot going for that site,” said Lisa Nisenfeld, president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, which began working with Integra to find its new space more than a year and a half ago. “I think you’ll see more development there in the coming year.”Integra, which provides businesses with advanced networking, communications and technology solutions in 35 metropolitan markets, expects to begin operations inside 85,000 square feet of the former HP site in June 2014. Its new location, Building 1 on the campus, enables the company to largely consolidate its Portland-area staff from multiple current locations into a single facility when the company’s current leases expire in 2014.The former HP site, now owned by SEH America Inc., is “a great facility,” Nisenfeld said, in part because it has adequate road and water systems, among other infrastructure needed to support new tenants.“You can pretty much go in quickly,” Nisenfeld said of the property. And, she added, the city of Vancouver is “very good at processing permits quickly.”last_img read more

Weather accelerates strawberrypicking season local growers say

first_imgIt wouldn’t be a good idea to procrastinate this year on buying local strawberries for jam or preserves. This year’s strawberries are already a delicious-looking red, and local growers advise buyers to head to the farm store or farmers market before it’s too late.“Strawberries are coming in the earliest I have ever seen them in my life, and I have been growing strawberries since 1956,” said Joe Beaudoin of Joe’s Place Farms, 701 N.E. 112th Ave. Beaudoin says his farm began picking on May 16, in sharp contrast to last year when only a few berries were ready to pick even by June 1.The same is true at most other Southwest Washington berry farms. At Thoeny Farms in Woodland, picking began May 18, and the crop probably won’t stretch into July, said Erin Thoeny. Those who wait until school is out or — worse — the Fourth of July to buy berries may find themselves outwitted by nature, she said.“People aren’t mentally ready to do jams and freeze,” said Thoeny, who sells berries at the Vancouver Farmers Market and other mobile locations. “If they wait, there won’t be any.”last_img read more

Off Beat Guns of Gettysburg echoed across the country

first_imgWhile re-enactors and historians will observe Gettysburg’s sesquicentennial for the next week, today is the 150th anniversary of a Vancouver link to that Civil War milestone.Union Maj. Gen. John Reynolds was killed in the opening engagement of the three-day battle.He was among several Gettysburg generals — on both sides — who served here before the war or were posted to Fort Vancouver later in their careers. (It became Vancouver Barracks in 1879.)Reynolds was an artillery major at Fort Vancouver in 1860. He was named commander of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy before being assigned to a combat role. Reynolds was shot in the head on July 1, 1863 — the highest-ranking officer on either side to die at Gettysburg.Union Maj. Gen. Oliver Otis Howard was involved in the same engagement on July 1. He came to Fort Vancouver in 1874 as commander of the Department of the Columbia.George Pickett came to Fort Vancouver in 1856 during a tour of Northwest posts, including Camp Pickett on San Juan Island, where he took part in what became called the Pig War. The Virginia native left in July 1861 to join the Confederate Army.last_img read more

Stevenson man allegedly blows up dog with explosive device

first_imgA Stevenson man who owns a fireworks stand allegedly attached an explosive device to his dog and detonated the device, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.Christopher Dillingham, 45, allegedly detonated the device at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. A neighbor reported the loud explosion and deputies responded to the semirural residence and found the animal dead on Dillingham’s property.Investigators are certain the explosion was intentional, although they are withholding the motive for now, Undersheriff Dave Cox said. They believe the device was attached to the collar of the large dog. They also found evidence inside the home.Dillingham owns a fireworks business and operates a stand at Stevenson every year for Independence Day, Cox said.Dillingham was booked into the Skamania County jail early Sunday morning on suspicion of second-degree malicious mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of explosive devices. He appeared in the Skamania County Superior Court on Monday afternoon.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explsives, as well as the Metro Bomb Squad, responded to the incident.The investigation into the case is ongoing, according to the sheriff’s office.The Associated Press contributed to this story.last_img read more

Press Talk Of railroads and …

first_imgThe Tracks Of My Tears“Hey, I like that idea. Let me double-check with the boss man right after this meeting, but I think we could get started pulling tracks up in a couple of days!”OK, that would have been big! Really big! But it didn’t happen. Still, you have to ask right? Ya never know.o o oEarlier this week we had a few railroad executives in to speak to our editorial board. The railroad has been in the news lately because of its hauling of oil to our neck of the woods. And although the percentages are very small, some oil railroad cars have sorta, kinda — you know — blown up. Then there’s that proposed oil terminal issue down at the Port of Vancouver. Lots more oil railroad cars are headed our way, and that oil terminal would almost make us kissin’ cousins with Houston.So Matthew K. Rose, executive chairman of BNSF Railway, stopped by to talk to us about all of this.We covered a lot of important stuff: safety, oil shipments and pipelines, to name a few.But at some point during the meeting, I chimed in with another one of my off-the-wall questions.I set my question up by talking about the Columbia River Gorge. It’s a world-renowned environmental tourist attraction, and its beauty — in my view — is really unmatched. Now, beauty — way back in the day — wasn’t the top priority for us humans. Stuff like eating and surviving was. And it made perfect sense for the railroad to build its tracks abutting this wonder. It’s relatively flat land, it had the Columbia River for symbiotic transportation needs, and most folks — customers — lived and worked near a water source like the Columbia River.last_img read more

Genting Malaysia earnings per share to fall 9 following decision to dump

first_img RelatedPosts Empire Resorts to delist from NASDAQ as Genting-linked firms given green light for takeover Vietnam ponders easing casino investment requirements in Special Economic Zones Load More The casino operator responded by filing an application for Judicial Review of the MOF Decision with the Kuala Lumpur High Court in January of this year, which was granted, only to announce last week that it had withdrawn its application. No reason for the change of heart was given.In a research note published Monday, Maybank Research noted that Genting Malaysia can now expect higher corporate tax rates in the near future, with Resorts World Genting’s tax rate rising from a previously expected rate of 12% to around 20%.As a result, earnings per share estimates have been revised down by 9% per annum through 2019 and 2020. However, earnings per share estimates for 2021 have been revised up by 2% as “there will now likely still be GITP tax incentives to be utilized then.”Maybank estimates Genting Malaysia will see a 2.7% rise in revenue to MYR10.19 billion (US$2.46 billion) in 2019, growing further to MYR10.53 billion in 2020. But net profit forecasts are heading in the other direction, falling from a realized profit of MYR2.02 billion (US$487.7 million) in 2018 to an estimated MYR1.25 billion (US$301.8 million) in 2019 and MYR1.35 billion in 2020. Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting Malaysian investment bank Maybank has estimated that last week’s decision by Genting Malaysia to withdraw its application for a Judicial Review into a Ministry of Finance amendment to the terms of tax incentives will result in a 9% reduction in earnings per share in FY19/FY20.Genting Malaysia had been granted tax incentives by the MOF in December 2014 for its multi-billion dollar Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) redevelopment, only for authorities to amend the agreement in December 2017 to significantly prolong the utilization period of those tax allowances.last_img read more

Caledonian MacBrayne earns living wage accreditation

first_imgFerry operator Caledonian MacBrayne’s parent company, David MacBrayne, has been accredited by the Poverty Alliance on behalf of the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation has committed to paying its 1,450 staff the hourly living wage rate of £7.85, including all employees at Argyll Ferries.Caledonian MacBrayne has also made a commitment to ensure that its regular contractors comply with the living wage.The organisation is the first major transport company in Scotland and the first ferry operator in the UK to earn the accreditation.Martin Dorchester, managing director of Caledonian MacBrayne, said: “It is absolutely right and proper that Caledonian MacBrayne’s employees should earn a living wage.“It is something we were already doing with our staff and gaining accreditation simply formalises our commitment to this.“In an ideal world, [organisations] should not have to wear a badge to let others know they are doing the right thing by staff, but if by wearing this badge Caledonian MacBrayne can persuade others to follow suit and reward their staff properly, then this can only be a good thing.”The living wage rate of £7.85 an hour is based on the cost of living in the UK. It is distinct from the national living wage announced by the government in the Summer Budget. This will begin at £7.20 an hour from April 2016, with the aim of reaching £9 by 2020. The national living wage only applies to workers aged 25 and over.last_img read more

61 million employees have been autoenrolled into a pension scheme

first_img“We needed to target these employers in new and innovative ways. The hard work and commitment of the many organisations which support employers, from trade bodies to employer representative bodies, has made a huge difference.“The compliance rates achieved have been consistently at the top of our expectations and the savings landscape has been transformed. But we know the job is not yet done and there are still significant challenges ahead.”Nathan Long, senior pension analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “Defined benefit pensions are largely consigned to history, with defined contribution plans the new home for millions of new pension savers. Master trusts are attracting the lion’s share of monies especially from smaller employers. This highlights the need for the new pension minister to implement tougher regulation for this type of plan as tabled in the Pensions Bill.“Employers which use pensions to reward staff rather than simply comply with auto-enrolment seem to favour contract-based pensions like group personal pensions and group Sipps. Employer pension contributions are higher to these plans that offer greater choice, flexibility and control for savers.” More than 6.1 million UK employees have been automatically enrolled into a pension scheme since 2012, according to research by The Pensions Regulator (TPR).Its Automatic-enrolment: commentary and analysis report, which covers the period from April 2015 to March 2016, also found that two-thirds (66%) of employees are active members of a pension scheme. This compares to 59% at the end of March 2015, and 47% in 2012.The research also found:TPR used its formal powers 8,812 times between April 2015 and March 2016. This is 6,643 times more than in April 2014-March 2015.93% of employers use a defined contribution (DC) scheme for auto-enrolment, compared to 86% in April 2014-March 2015.6% of employers chose a defined benefit (DB) scheme for auto-enrolment, and 2% have opted for a hybrid.More than half (59%) of employers have opted for a DC trust-based scheme, and 34% chose a DC contract-based scheme.Among employers who opt for a DC trust scheme, 98% use a master trust. This compares to 94% last year.97% of employees enrolled into a master trust are in one with master trust assurance status.57% of employers yet to stage are micro employers, of which 34% have just one employee.The average employer contribution for staged employers is 3%.The average employer contribution for stakeholder pension schemes is 4%, and 5% for group personal pensions (GPP) and group self-invested personal pension schemes. This compares to an average employer contribution of 2% for both Nest and other master trusts. Charles Counsell, executive director for automatic-enrolment at The Pensions Regulator,  said: “Our key challenge in the past year has been to engage hundreds of thousands of small and micro employers and to help them prepare for automatic-enrolment.last_img read more

17 have taken a longterm absence from work

first_imgAlmost a fifth (17%) of employee respondents have been off work for four weeks or more because of an illness, accident or injury in the last 12 months, according to research by Legal and General.Its Workplace wellbeing report, which surveyed 2,000 full-time employees and 200 managing directors and HR managers, also found that employer respondents believe staff take an average of 4.69 sick days a year, while employee respondents believe staff take an average of 3.44 sick days a year.The research also found:35% of employee respondents take no days off sick.Just 5% of employer respondents think an average employee would take no sick days in a year.36% of respondents know at least one friend, family member or colleague who has been off work for four weeks or more in the last 12 months.Martin Noone (pictured), managing director at Legal and General Workplace Health and Protection, said: “Long-term absences from work can have a serious effect on both employee and employer. Our research shows that long-term absence is a prevalent issue and perhaps happening more often than employers realise. Long-term absence is a very real threat to business health, productivity and finances.“The costs of paying people to do the work of the long-term absent employee can be high and employers should consider solutions that can help get their staff back to work quickly. Helping reduce the incidence of absence in the first place through health and wellbeing strategies is also extremely important.”last_img read more

GE Appliances seeks professional grandma to demonstrate products

first_imgSomething for the weekend: US home products supplier GE Appliances is advertising for a professional grandma to demonstrate the cutting edge in its kitchen technology.The organisation states that it wants to celebrate non-traditional, stylish grandmas, and highlights the need for candidates who represent diversity and can help sustain cultural legacies through food.According the ad, the job title will be ‘great American grandma’, and the successful candidate will earn a $50,000 salary as a contracted employee. They will work for between 10 and 15 hours per month from 15 March 2019 to 15 March 2020. Benefits include five brand new GE Appliances kitchen products.The requirements are quite specific, however. The job advert states that the ideal candidate will be: “A grandma who can make us laugh and hasn’t touched a cookbook in decades…who believes in tradition but is anything but traditional…who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer when asking you if you’re hungry.GE Appliances also states that the position will require smiles, laughs, selfies, videos and social posts, and that the right candidate will be socially engaged and willing to travel.Prospective candidates should apply for the position via video submission, but the organisation notes that third party applications will also be accepted: “Friends and family can also submit applications on Grandma’s behalf by submitting interviews with their squeezable, lovable, witty, cantankerous, fashionable, camera-loving, foodie, edgy matriarch.”Here at Employee Benefits, we like the sound of the reward package, but think GE Appliances may be missing a trick by not mentioning the pension…last_img read more

MakeAWish Foundation sends young cancer patient to Disney

first_img“We have passes to every park, so I’m going to try to bring her everywhere,” Emmanuel said, “at least two parks throughout the day. It’s going to be amazing.”The family will be staying at a resort that caters to kids with health issues and their families. They fly back to South Florida next Thursday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A young girl was granted a wish to help her forget about her daily struggles and be a carefree kid for a day.Four-year-old Aaliyah, from South Florida, went on vacation in style for a week-long trip to Orlando with a little help from her Disney friends.Gate D-30 at Miami International Airport was transformed into a Disney wonderland, decked out with characters from “Frozen” to send her off.“This is an amazing day. We’ve been through so much,” said mother Georgina Emmanuel. “She’s been in the hospital for weeks at a time, and to have her dream actually come true is simply amazing.”Aaliyah is battling an aggressive form of cancer and hoped to meet the characters from her favorite movie. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her dream with some assistance from local students who were willing to bring the cartoon movie characters to life.Not too many air travelers get treated to a musical show before boarding. With cotton candy in hand, Aaliyah sat back and enjoyed being entertained. “To have Elsa and Anna sing to her … she’s never had that,” Emmanuel said. “She’s always wanted that. We’ve watched ‘Frozen’ at least a thousand times during the week, so know she’s excited about them singing to her and having Olaf there, it’s amazing.”If she’s amazed now, wait until she sees what awaits in Orlando during the next seven days. last_img read more

Satanic display restored in Boca Raton

first_imgBOCA RATON, FLA. (WSVN) – A Satanic sight is back in Boca Raton.The inverted pentagram is on display again in Sanborn Square.A teacher got permission from the city to install it after successfully arguing that the city should allow all religious symbols on public property.It has caused controversy among some in the community. Last week, someone tore it down. It was the fourth time it had been vandalized.The city said the pentagram can stay up until Jan. 7.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Precautionary water warning in Bal Harbour lifted

first_imgBAL HARBOUR, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials said all is clear, Wednesday, after a precautionary water warning was lifted from over the weekend in Bal Harbour.Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department said residents no longer need to boil their water before using it because test samples have come back clean for the past two days.The problem started with a water main break near 96th Street and Bal Bay Drive.The water warning was issued Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

911 calls released after woman gets stuck in SUV dangling from Miami

first_imgMIAMI SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police have released several 911 calls for help after a woman became stuck in an SUV dangling from a Miami Springs parking garage.Officials said the woman’s car was barely hanging on by its hatchback at a garage along the 700 block of South Royal Poinciana Boulevard on April 4.First responders quickly worked to stabilize the vehicle and pulled the woman out to safety.Several people called police to report the car had gone over the wall.“Dade County Police and Fire. What’s the address to the emergency?” the operator could be heard saying in one of the calls.“Listen, we’re at 700 South Royal Poinciana Boulevard,” the witness said in response. “A car ran over the railing on the second floor parking lot. The person is in the car.”“OK. Yeah, we have the car already. We’re on the way,” the operator said. The woman was alone at the time of the incident.She said she was backing out of the second story parking space when her car lost traction.Officials said the woman must have put the vehicle in drive at some point, which sent her car over the edge.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

State Commission Considers Expungement Of Criminal Records

first_imgAudio courtesy of KTVA-TV Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Criminal Justice Commision (ACJC) is looking at the possibility of allowing former inmates to have their criminal records expunged after a period of good behavior. The Commission, which consists of thirteen members, evaluates and makes recommendations in order to improve criminal laws and practices. Williams is a voting member of the ACJC and says he plans to make recommendations to lawmakers on the legislation. The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission was created by the Alaska State Legislature when Governor Sean Parnell signed SB 64 into law. Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams: “I think it’s the right thing to do. I’m very much in favor of a way for someone to get a black mark off their record.”  This comes from an action item on Governor Bill Walker’s Public Safety Action Plan, evaluating the possibility of legislation to remove barriers for former inmates to reenter the job force, including the possibility of expungement of criminal records after period of good behavior.last_img read more